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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Football

Adrian Peterson aiming higher after resurgent first season with Washington

Adrian Peterson

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson surged to his first 1,000-yard rushing season in three years last season, but in his mind, it wasn’t nearly good enough.

In an interview last week with Kyle Stackpole of the team’s official website, Peterson said he thought he should have been closer to 1,500 yards, and aims to do much better this year.

“I feel like last year was just a decent season, like for me in my mind,” Peterson said. “People were like, ‘Wow, you did incredible, you had 1,000 yards.’ And I’m like, ‘Man, I should have had 15, 16 hundred yards.'”

Peterson has always held himself to a very high standard. Only twice in his career has he eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark, and those years came in his physical prime at a position not known for aging gracefully. Don’t expect him to use that as an excuse. He never has before.

Robert Kraft’s attorney accuses law enforcement of illegally obtaining evidence

Robert Kraft

The attorney for Robert Kraft has gone on the offensive.

Kraft’s attorney issued a statement on Friday in which he said the evidence against his client was obtained illegally.

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it. The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained,” attorney William Burck told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two charges of solicitation of prostitution after he was recorded participating in sex acts at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida back in January. The New England Patriots owner will not accept any plea deal that involves him admitting any guilt.

The video was obtained and arrests made as part of a sting operation regarding sex trafficking. Kraft’s attorney issued his statement the same day a sheriff involved in the case said he expects the video evidence to eventually be made public. Kraft’s legal team is fighting to have the video kept private.

Bre Tiesi speaks on Johnny Manziel marriage issues: ‘Vows were broken’

Bre Tiesi Johnny Manziel

Bre Tiesi and Johnny Manziel’s relationship status has been the subject of public attention this week after numerous changes were noticed on their respective Instagram profiles.

Tiesi dropped “Manziel” from her name and deleted all pictures of Johnny from her profile. Manziel deleted his page.

On Friday, Tiesi posted a photo to her Instagram profile from Bali. She also responded to comments on the post about her issues with Manziel. In posts, Tiesi responded to those who said she was with Manziel for money.

“maybe u should wonder why I would leave him instead of worrying about “money” lucky for him I don’t air out personals and lucky for u you are behind a screen u low life,” Tiesi wrote back in one comment.

In another comment, Tiesi says she was “betrayed” and “vows were broken.”

“u been married? U been betrayed? I don’t do betrayal for a person I was devoted to period. Vows were broken f— money and f— u and every other loser on here,” she wrote (commented edited due to profanity).

The nature of the vows that were broken are unclear. The two began dating in 2016 and were engaged in March 2017 before later getting married. Manziel was cut by the CFL last month amid odd circumstances and has since joined the Memphis Express in the AAF.

H/T The Spun

Oakland Raiders sign backup QB Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon

The Oakland Raiders have found a replacement for AJ McCarron.

The Raiders announced on Friday that they have signed quarterback Mike Glennon. Glennon should slide in as the team’s backup, behind Derek Carr and in front of Nathan Peterman, who was signed to a reserve/future contract.

Glennon spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals and attempted 21 passes in two games. He spent the first four seasons of his career with Tampa Bay, then went to the Chicago Bears in 2017 before landing with Arizona last year. He has passed for 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his NFL career.

Glennon is likely coming at a cost savings compared to McCarron, who was released to save $5 million.

Report: Pacman Jones agrees to jail time as part of plea deal for casino arrest

Pacman Jones crying

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones found himself in trouble with the law once again last month, and his latest run-in with police will result in some jail time.

Jones agreed to a plea deal this week in cases involving nine felony and five misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest at an Indiana casino back in February. Authorities said Jones was suspected of cheating at a table game and struck a public safety official when confronted. Some of the charges include intimidation, battery against a public safety official, cheating at gambling and attempted theft.

On Thursday, Jones entered a guilty plea to one count of felony cheating at gambling and one count of misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. The details of the plea agreement are confidential until it is filed by the court, but TMZ reports that prosecutors have agreed to drop all the remaining charges in exchange for Jones serving 10 days in jail and not drinking during a probationary period of a year and a half. He has also been banned from the Rising Star Casino.

Last month’s incident was at least the second one Jones has been involved in at a casino, as he was kicked out of a different casino for disorderly behavior back in 2015 but not arrested. The 35-year-old has been arrested multiple times during his NFL career, and the casino incidents probably seem like nothing to some of his other arrests.

Julio Jones reportedly close to signing record extension with Falcons

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a revised contract with Julio Jones prior to the start of last season that was essentially a temporary fix, and they are reportedly on the verge of giving the star receiver the deal he has really been seeking.

According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, Jones and the Falcons are closing in on a contract extension that would pay the 30-year-old a record $20 million per season.

Jones has had 1,400 or more receiving yards in each of the past five seasons, and he can easily make the case that he is the best in football at his position. He’s had some nagging injuries, but he almost always plays through them and missed just three games during that five-year stretch.

There was some talk last year that Jones could hold out from training camp if he did not receive a new deal, but it ended up seeming like that was just a bluff. Assuming the report about his new contract is true, that certainly won’t be an issue this summer.

Malcolm Brown posts great reaction after Rams match offer sheet

The Detroit Lions forced the Los Angeles Rams into a decision with running back Malcolm Brown when they signed him to an offer sheet earlier this week, and the defending NFC champions have made up their mind.

On Friday, the Rams announced that they have matched the offer sheet the Lions signed Brown to. And if Brown’s reaction is any indication, the former undrafted free agent got the result he was hoping for.

Brown rushed for just 212 yards last season before being placed on IR with a broken collarbone late in the year, but the Rams obviously value the depth the 25-year-old provides. Their decision to bring back Brown could be an indication that they do not expect to retain CJ Anderson, who remains a free agent.