He is satisfied that he played 18 NFL seasons and remained a productive player

A player has to be notably gifted, superior beyond even NFL standards to do that.

Woodson was.

He knew it. And he never tried to play the game with more thought than instinct. He said he never wanted to know too much about an opponent or know too much even about his own scheme. He played football, he said, relying on his skill and instincts. He let them guide him, lead him. That took him to great places. Great heights. Low places, too, like the Tom Brady-sack-that-wasn’t-Tuck-Rule 2001 AFC championship game and play that helped define Woodson.

He is satisfied that he played 18 NFL seasons and remained a productive player. He was not just hanging on until the end but still producing. Early in his career his teammates included Hall of Fame players Rod Woodson and Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. He played with superior cornerbacks Eric Allen and Albert Lewis. They never had long conversations about the game. They just watched each other and learned from each other.

San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Lynch entered the draft following three very good years starting for a Memphis team that went from being poor to winning 19 games the last two seasons. Lynch is a tall and athletic passer who has considerably more potential than Goff. He’s not a perfectly refined passer at this point, but his tools and accuracy are too intriguing to pass up.

Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Miami doesn’t have a lot of talent at cornerback other than Brent Grimes, who will be 33 at the start of next season. Some consider Hargreaves the draft’s best cornerback. For the Dolphins, he could slide into the starting lineup straight away and provide an immediate upgrade to the pass defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
It’s worth monitoring Alexander’s draft decision. He’s only a redshirt sophomore but could make a name for himself on a national stage in next week’s College Football Playoff Championship. Alexander’s instincts are impressive, and only overtaken by his athleticism.

Dan Campbell leaving the Dolphins after being passed over for head coaching gig

The Miami Dolphins have granted former interim head coach Dan Campbell his release, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Campbell interviewed for the team’s head coaching job, but the Dolphins instead elected to hire Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Campbell was Miami’s No. 2 choice following an impressive interview, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, but the Dolphins were concerned about handing the team over to a man who had never been more than a tight ends coach.

On Saturday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spoke to the media about the Gase hiring and was asked whether Campbell is welcom to remain with the organization.

“I mean, that’s really up to Adam [Gase],” Ross said, via the Dolphins’ website. “I mean, I love Dan Campbell. He’s done a great job. I’d love to see him in the organization but Adam has really the free hand to hire his assistants. And the question is, he’ll probably meet with Dan, and he can tell you that, but I don’t think any conclusion [has been made]. But I think, the way we feel about Dan, as an organization, is fantastic.”

Hardy also caused various problems for the team off the field.

In his interview with KDFW 4, Mincey said that since his locker was right next to Hardy’s, he had an up-close view of this entire circus.

If there’s a tiebreaker between the two schools, it’s Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after three seasons at Clemson. He has provided some highlights of his own, including a ridiculous touchdown that helped the Steelers survive the Wild Card round against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Edelman, 29, last played in Week 10 for the Patriots, catching four passes for 53 yards against the New York Giants before leaving with the foot injury. The Patriots won that game 27-26 to improve to 9-0 on the year, but the team finished 3-4 in the seven games without Edelman including losses in the last two weeks that handed the No. 1 seed in the AFC to the Denver Broncos.

The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Brandon Gibson on Friday

“I know Ray and Brian want to get together,” Linta said. “Ray is very busy. I’m sure Ray will find the time between now and the start of free agency. Once those two get together we can move forward. Brian definitely knows how the coaching staff feels.”
When asked whether Hoyer wanted to come back, Linta noted only that Hoyer “is excited about the possibility of staying” in Cleveland.

Hoyer had a strong start to the 2014 season in leading the Browns to a 7-4 record, but really struggled down the stretch. He threw nine interceptions and completed less than 50 percent of his passes in his final five games as Cleveland finished with a losing record (7-9) for the seventh straight year.

Even with his solid numbers over the first few months, Hoyer finished the season among the league’s worst signal callers, and his stats were eerily similar to McCown’s. His passer rating (76.5) ranked just ahead of the former Bucs quarterback, while his completion percentage (55.3 percent) was slightly lower.

Whether McCown represents an upgrade over Hoyer is unclear, but what is certain is that the Browns once again are searching for a quarterback to lead the team in 2015.

The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Brandon Gibson on Friday, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Gibson was owed almost $3.5 million in 2015, and though at one point he was considered an up-and-comer, he struggled last season.

Washington, the team that just signed defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois on Thursday, made a couple big cuts in that area on Friday. They released defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen on Friday, which saves them nearly $10 million in cap space for the 2015 season, according to John Keim of ESPN.

Bowen saved the team $5.5 million on his own. Both Cofield and Bowen have been effective at times, and at one point were anchoring what was considered a deeply talented defensive line. But injuries wrecked said line, and Washington is content to part ways with these two to make room for Jean-Francois, who should now step into a starting role.