Harrison rips NFL, calls former Patriots 'clowns'

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Harrison rips NFL, calls former Patriots 'clowns'

Lockout or no lockout, James Harrison will not be silenced. In an interview with Men's Journal magazine, the Steelers' linebacker continues his nasty habit of ripping the NFL for its decisions to fine him for hits he thought were legal. He also takes shots at everyone from Roger Goodell, to teammate Ben Roethlisberger, to two former Patriots turned broadcasters.

From Pro Football Talk:

Harrison also called Goodell a crook and a devil and a puppet and a dictator. Harrison also described Goodell with the use of what the AP calls an anti-gay slur, a clumsy articulation of what most people describe simply as a gay slur. (Unless theres a new slur that is used to describe folks who dont like gay people. . . . Maybe Harrison called Goodell Michele Bachmann.)

Harrison likewise said that, if the Steelers had won Super Bowl XLV, he would have whispered this particular sweet nothing in Goodells ear: Why dont you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?

But Goodell isnt alone in feeling Harrisons wrath. Harrison calls former Patriots standouts Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison clowns. Harrison also claims that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is juiced out of his mind.

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi discusses the odds that the New England Patriots franchise tag Dont'a Hightower and what he expects the Pats to get if they were to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

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Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

It's unlikely that any team would express interest in Jones, however, given what it would cost.

Under the franchise tag, Jones would receive about $15 million for the coming season.

Acquired in a trade with New England a year ago, Jones had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss last season

Jones has 25 1-2 sacks over the past two seasons, third-most in the NFL over that span.

The Cardinals' move came two days before the NFL deadline for making franchise designations.

It also came on Jones' 27th birthday, prompting teammate David Johnson to tweet "Happy BDay to `The Man,' `Mr. Franchise' himself.....The one and only."

The franchise tag move came as no surprise.

Club President Michael Bidwill has stated all along that Jones would not be going anywhere, that the team didn't make the trade - sending guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick to New England - to keep him just for one season.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said in a recent interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that."

Jones immediately upgraded what had been an average Cardinals pass rush at best. His fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden had 12 1-2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Together they form one of the better outside pass rush combinations in the NFL.

By all accounts, the contract talks with Jones have been cordial and Jones has said he wants to stay in Arizona.

"I love it here," he said near the end of last season. "I love the vibe that the people give off and I can see myself being here for a long time."

Chandler heads a long list of free agents that the Cardinals must either re-sign or let go. That group includes starters defensive tackle Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.