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Indianapolis Colts Sign Tight End Eric Ebron
The Indianapolis Colts made a major splash in free agency Monday, signing tight end Eric Ebron. The 24-year-old Ebron — who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 253 pounds — was a record-setting tight end at the University of North Carolina before entering the NFL Draft following his junior season, when the Detroit Lions made him the 10th-pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Life of a Coaching Family – Part 1: Marriage and Coaching
Over the next few weeks, Under The Headset will deliver a three-part series called, The Life of a Coaching Family. The series will take a firsthand look into what it’s like to be married in the world of college coaching from the perspectives of the coach, spouse, and children. The insights for come from UNC football coach, Larry Fedora, and his family.
Ryan Switzer is hard at work. Will he see an increased role with Cowboys in 2018?
Among all of the intriguing players and stories that the Dallas Cowboys will have in store for us in 2018, one of the most interesting ones will be second-year wide receiver Ryan Switzer. Drafted in the fourth round last year out of North Carolina, many expected a lot more from him as a rookie. Switzer was an exciting return specialist, getting better week after week.
Tennessee Titans release defensive lineman Sylvester Williams
The Tennessee Titans have released defensive lineman Sylvester Williams. The Titans pick up $3.6 million in cap space with his release. Williams was due $2.5 million guaranteed on Sunday. Williams signed as a free agent with the Titans last March. He spent his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos. In 2017, Williams played in 15 games with 11 starts.
5 things you need to know about New York Giants LB Kareem Martin
A native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Kareem Martin went on to start 41 games for the Tar Heels and recorded 178 tackles (92 solo), 19.5 sacks, 45.5 tackles for loss and 24 QB pressures. His 45.5 tackles for loss ranked fifth on the UNC career list behind William Fuller (57.0), Julius Peppers (53.0), Greg Ellis (50.0) and Marcus Jones (46.0).
Redskins' Zach Brown signs three-year extension
The three-year contract that will keep Zach Brown with the Washington Redskins is worth a maximum of $24 million. Despite missing the final three games of the 2017 season with injuries, Brown led the team with 127 tackles, the ninth-highest mark in the NFL. The 28-year-old is set to reprise his role as a starting middle linebacker for Washington.
New York Giants sign linebacker Kareem Martin
The Giants Thursday continued the rebuilding of their linebacker corps when they signed Kareem Martin. Martin played his first four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. Martin’s position coach in his rookie season and defensive coordinator the last three years was James Bettcher, now the Giants’ coordinator. GM Dave Gettleman is thrilled to have Martin.
We’re lucky to get another season of Julius Peppers. Here’s how you should celebrate.
The first time I saw Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers run down a quarterback in person, it was the 16th preseason of his career. It was a sticky August night in Jacksonville and Peppers got loose and chased Chad Henne into the arms of Carolina’s linebackers. “There he goes,” I remember someone saying up in the press box at Everbank Field.
UNC to Recycle Kenan Stadium Bleachers
In January, UNC Athletics announced that the bleachers in Kenan Stadium would be replaced by 34,000 individual chair back seats. The seats will replace bleachers in upper and lower levels except for student sections. “We wanted to make sure the bleachers were removed in the most environmentally and fiscally responsible way possible,” said Bubba Cunningham.
Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer got married! Check out some wedding pictures here.
Dallas Cowboys WR and return specialist Ryan Switzer got married recently. From the looks of his and Gabie Switzer's social media profiles, it was a good time. You can see current Bears QB -- and former North Carolina teammate/rooomate -- Mitchell Trubisky in some of the photos above. A little insight on their college relationship:
What ageless Carolina Panthers wonder Julius Peppers’ stats could look like in 2018
Carolina Panthers edge rusher Julius Peppers seemed to defy the aging process in 2017 when he collected 11 sacks at 37 years old. With Peppers back for a 17th NFL season after signing a one-year deal Wednesday, it seems like a good time to consider what can reasonably be expected of Peppers at 38. Peppers will play predominantly in passing situations.
Detroit Lions release tight end Eric Ebron
The Detroit Lions have released tight end Eric Ebron, the club announced Wednesday, less than an hour before free agency was set to begin. Ebron was due $8.25 million - not guaranteed - against the cap in 2018. Ebron told ESPN in January that he wished he had a better feeling of what his future would be with the Lions but added: "I honestly don't know."
DE Julius Peppers will return to Panthers for 17th NFL season
Defensive end Julius Peppers is coming back to the Carolina Panthers. The future Hall-of-Famer has signed a one-year deal worth $5 million, including $2.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Peppers, 38, will play his 17th NFL season in 2018. Peppers had 11 sacks last season and passed Chris Doleman for fourth place on the all-time sacks list.
Healthier Tar Heels get a fresh start this spring
Over the next few weeks, we'll be chatting with each ACC coach to go over the highs and lows of 2017 and take a look at what's in store for spring practice and the season ahead. Next up, North Carolina's Larry Fedora, whose Tar Heels endured nearly two dozen season-ending injuries and now look to find a fresh start with more healthy bodies in 2018.
Larry Fedora Completes Coaching Staff, Adds Robert Gillespie
Larry Fedora has finalized his coaching hires with the addition of former Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie, multiple sources confirmed. Gillespie, who spent five years as running backs coach in Knoxville, was initially retained by new Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt in December. He was let go on Feb. 13, less than a week after National Signing Day.