Steve Smith intrigues me. I’m sure he also intrigues, at least, some members of the San Francisco 49ers’ decision-making team. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the 49ers pursued the California native if, as expected, he becomes available. There is a lot of 49ers love for Smith, who is likely on his way out of Carolina. He was actually teammates with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in 2001. After the 49ers beat Carolina in the playoffs in January, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted a photo of him and Smith hugging after the game with the text: “respect the hell out of his game.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bear with me a minute for this anecdote that best illustrates what the Chicago Bears lost Wednesday when backup quarterback Josh McCown signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he joins former Bears coach Lovie Smith. It wasn't long after Marc Trestman took over the head coaching job in Chicago last year when driving around near the club's practice facilities, he decided to drop by the hotel where the team houses rookies during the offseason.
As soon as free agency opened Tuesday, we reported that the New York Giants had agreed to terms on a two-year, $8 million deal with linebacker/pass-rusher O'Brien Schofield. But as NFL Network first reported Wednesday, the Giants saw something they didn't like with regard to Schofield's knee when they gave him a physical. And now, there's a chance Schofield won't be a Giant after all. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the deal is not completely dead, but if it's ultimately completed, it's unlikely to be for as much money as originally expected.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Joique Bell had his news conference Wednesday to chat about his new contract that could keep him with the Detroit Lions for the next three seasons, but he also touched on some other topics unrelated to his new deal. Bell confirmed that he ran into wide receiver Golden Tate -- a free agent the Detroit Lions are pursuing -- in the hallway of the team's offices Wednesday afternoon. Tate was headed into the room that Bell just walked out of after signing his contract, but Bell didn't know if that meant anything.