Kirk Cousins will file grievance with players’ union if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Washington Redskins can officially tag Kirk Cousins starting on Tuesday. But if they do, expect the quarterback to go on the offensive. Cousins will file a grievance through the NFL players’ union if the Redskins stick a franchise tag on him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The basis for the complaint is simple: Cousins could argue that the

It’s time. Pat Bowlen, the rare sports owner, should be in Canton.

Pat Bowlen was the fastest NFL owner to reach 300 wins, is the only NFL owner to reach four Super Bowls with four different head coaches, owns the remarkable feat of having more Super Bowl appearances (seven) than losing seasons (six), also has 21 winning seasons, 18 playoff berths and a record that puts him in elite company. But the Broncos’ owner of 34 years has built a legacy that

ESPN willing to “back up the truck” to lure Peyton Manning to “Monday Night Football” booth, per report

ESPN is aggressively pursuing former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as an analyst on “Monday Night Football,” according to a report by the New York Post. The report, citing an unnamed source, says the sports network is willing to “back up the truck” in order to land Manning as the replacement for Jon Gruden, who left the network to coach the Oakland Raiders. Gruden reportedly earned $6.5 million annually at

Raiders will part with kicker Sebastian Janikowski, ending 18-year partnership

Sebastian Janikowski, one of the late Al Davis’s most controversial draft picks, will not be returning to the Raiders, bringing to an end his long career in Oakland. The kicker, who turns 40 in March, was the 17th overall pick in 2000, the same draft in which the New England Patriots took Tom Brady. Although Janikowski had said he hoped to be kicking for the Raiders when they move to

Larry Fitzgerald says he’ll be back for 2018 season, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks says

PHOENIX — New Arizona coach Steve Wilks says Cardinals standout wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has told him he’ll return for a 15th NFL season. Wilks made the comment Thursday in an interview on the “Doug &Wolf” sports talk radio show. Wilks says Fitzgerald told him of his decision in a conversation on Wednesday night. Fitzgerald hasn’t said publicly whether he would remain for another season and there was speculation he

Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron wins arbitration, becomes free agent

CINCINNATI — AJ McCarron has won his arbitration case against the Cincinnati Bengals and will become an unrestricted free agent next month, making him one of the more attractive quarterbacks on the market. McCarron challenged the Bengals’ decision to put him on a non-football injury list his rookie year of 2014, when the fifth-round pick had a sore passing shoulder. The Bengals contended he should be under contract for an

Denver a finalist to host NFL draft in 2019 or 2020

The NFL draft could be coming to Denver. And if the Broncos follow in the footsteps of the Philadelphia Eagles, perhaps a Super Bowl victory could follow. The Broncos were informed by the league Thursday that Denver is one of five finalist cities to host the draft in either 2019 or 2020. The other finalists are Cleveland-Canton, Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas and Nashville, Tenn. The announcement for the host

Johnny Manziel, former Heisman winner, attempting football comeback

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he will participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate. Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left

Loren Landow expected to be hired as Broncos’ new strength and conditioning coach

The Broncos appeared to have found their next strength coach. Longtime trainer Loren Landow, who works with numerous Broncos players in the offseason as well as Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, among others, is expected to be hired to lead the Broncos’ strength program, according to an NFL source. Luke Richesson, the team’s previous strength coach of six years, was granted permission to leave a

Broncos podcast: What’s the future for Denver’s wide receivers?

In a fresh episode of the First And Orange Podcast, Nick Kosmider and Nicki Jhabvala take a look at what a pursuit of QB Kirk Cousins could mean for the Broncos’ wide receivers in 2018. Will Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both stick around? Who is ready to step up behind them? And what other financial decisions do the Broncos have to make with free agency rapidly approaching? Subscribe to

Peyton Manning to be honorary pace car driver for Daytona 500

Former Broncos quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning will be the honorary pace car driver for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, Daytona International Speedway announced Tuesday. “Serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience,” Manning said told Dayton International Speedway. “I want to thank NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and Nationwide for making this possible. I’m really looking forward to race

Denied an NFL scouting combine invite, former CU Buffs star Phillip Lindsay is out to prove ’em wrong

Phillip Lindsay flew to Florida last month with the hope and belief that he would return less than a week later with a life-changing invite. He hoped that the NFL scouting combine, the annual showcase for college football’s top prospects, would welcome him to Indianapolis for the chance to test in front of every NFL team. He believed that after the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, he would get

Man arrested in crash killing Indianapolis Colts LB Edwin Jackson charged in 2nd case

LEBANON, Ind. — A Guatemalan living illegally in the U.S. and charged in a drunken crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man has been charged in an unrelated case. Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer filed charges of perjury, forgery, identity deception and misdemeanor false informing Tuesday against 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala. Meyer says Orrego-Savala gave police a false identity during his 2017 arrest and prosecution for misdemeanor

Reuben Foster arrest: Girlfriend alleges 49ers player dragged her during argument, sources say

LOS GATOS — The domestic-violence arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster stemmed from his girlfriend’s accusation that he physically dragged her during an argument at a Los Gatos home Sunday morning, according to sources familiar with the investigation. The reported victim, who has been in a relationship with Foster for several years, also told police dispatchers during a 911 call that he owned multiple semiautomatic rifles, according to

Johnny Manziel says he’s taking medication for bipolar disorder as he eyes NFL comeback

Johnny Manziel is making his mental health a priority as he continues a comeback he hopes eventually leads back to the NFL. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 first-round pick of the Browns, who hasn’t played since he was released after the 2015 season due to poor performance and numerous off-field incidents, opened up about his downfall and said he’s taking medication for bipolar disorder during an interview that

Indianapolis Colts hire Frank Reich as new head coach

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts’ second choice for head coach could turn out to be even better than the first. And Frank Reich has the Super Bowl championship gear to prove it. Five days after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to take the Colts’ job, Ballard hired Reich, the man who outwitted McDaniels last week and helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first

Kickin’ it with Kiz: Is Broncos’ offense so bad quarterback Kirk Cousins would refuse to join it at any price?

The Super Bowl reminded us back-up quarterbacks have proven to be a very important commodity in the NFL. The Broncos had three legitimate No. 2 quarterbacks in 2017. The pity was there was no coaching to help Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch achieve at the level of a No. 1. Nick Foles of Philadelphia showed what can happen to the clay, given the right sculptor. Gregory, coaching aficionado

With free agency and draft looming, Broncos face tough choices in manipulating salary cap

For the last couple of years, the same story has followed the Broncos as they weigh their off-season needs with their options and, again, start to retool their roster. They need a starting quarterback. They need help on the offensive line. They could use another playmaker on offense and depth on the defensive line. They need another reliable cornerback, help on special teams and they have to decide what they’re

Here’s why the Eagles should resist the urge to trade Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles

The confetti barely had finished falling Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis when the question popped into the minds of some observers: What should the Philadelphia Eagles do with Nick Foles? So much for the Eagles being given time to savor their first Super Bowl triumph and Foles being given a chance to bask in the glow of his MVP performance in the 41-33 victory over the New