Insider Buzz: Dez Bryant Camp Believes Cowboys Using Rumors to Drive Down Price

NFL.com has obtained an incident report thought to be tied to rumors of an alleged situation involving Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot in 2011.

What’s the feeling in Bryant’s camp about the rumors?  How will this impact his standing with the Cowboys?

Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole deliver the latest Bryant buzz in the video above.

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Draft Will Be True Test of ‘New NFL’

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s early in the process for teams to determine whom they want to take in the 2015 NFL Draft, but it appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are more comfortable than once thought with one top prospect.

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Head coach Lovie Smith spoke to reporters on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine and indicated the team is comfortable making quarterback Jameis Winston the face of the franchise, despite the prospect’s well-documented history of off-the-field issues.

“With the information we have right now, we haven’t taken him off of our list right now,” Smith said.

Smith said the Bucs have not yet met with Winston, but intend to meet with him at the combine, as will most other clubs.

The quarterback-needy club has been linked to Winston since he applied for early entry into the draft. The Heisman Trophy winner has done plenty on the field to warrant consideration for the No. 1 overall pick, but scouts and analysts have significant concerns over a series of off-the-field incidents during his time with Florida State.

Winston was investigated for an alleged sexual assault but did not face criminal charges and was cleared in a Florida State code of conduct hearing stemming from the December 2012 incident.

“As far as how we look at it, if a player has been accused of something, and again, they’ve been exonerated of it, you have to go with it,” Smith said. “That’s what our justice system is all about. That’s how we’ll go forward.”

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday during NFL Network’s coverage of the combine that Smith and Bucs GM Jason Licht have done “more than their share” of research into Winston’s history of off-field incidents.

The dirtiest NFL players of 2014

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The dirtiest NFL players of 2014 are some of the meanest and most hated men to ever play professional football. You probably won’t see these current and former National Football League players earning any sportsmanship awards anytime soon but there’s a good chance their names will be in the news for bone-crushing hits, injuries and losing their tempers on the football field.

Football is a game of physicality, and I dare say, violence. As much as we love it, it is something of a gladiator’s arena, with injury and often life-changing ailments as residual after effects. Given that it is a game which filters for the toughest, hardest-hitting players, there is something of an inevitability to the game attracting players with a penchant for violence and physical abuse.

Everyone wants to wag a finger at these players; but truthfully our telling them to keep it clean is something of a hypocritical art. Can we say there is a ‘right’ amount of violence? After all, we love players that win us games–and if a defensive back launches helmet to helmet on the opposing team’s best receiver and takes him out of the game with a concussion, that could win a team the game. There’s a reason those players are on rosters across the league.

Now, to be clear, I am not condoning any such intentional violence. I’m merely playing devil’s advocate; these players have to survive the trials and tribulations of intense competition to get these roster spots, and some of them know the only reason they did was because of their tone-setting, violent play. However there are a number of players on this list who engage in extracurricular violence after the whistle blows. There’s no place for that in the NFL either, it’s simply unprofessional and rage-driven. But again, this game is often fueled by hatred of your enemies. The line we ask these players to walk is certainly thin.

1. Ndamukong Suh
2. Terrell Suggs
3. Michael Griffin
4. Steve Smith
5. Dashon Goldson
6. Vontaze Burfict
7. Cortland Finnegan
8. Brandon Meriweather
9. James Harrison
10. Bernard Pollard

Letterman says DeflateGate “nonsense” during Belichick interview

We enjoyed the hilariously awkward interview with David Letterman and Bill Belichick on Wednesday’s edition of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” which was, as expected, mostly an exercise in frivolity.

But was there actually some breaking news from it?

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As Frank Schwab detailed previously, Letterman and Belichick volleyed around the deflate-gate silliness for a few minutes with the New England Patriots coach not giving the late-night talk show host much.

But Belichick, in what sounded like an attempt at humor, offered one interesting detail to the still-ongoing investigation into what the Patriots did and didn’t know about ball pressure.

“We’re gonna bring you in,” Belichick said to Letterman, “to testify when we get the investigation next month.”

Wait, what? Next month?

It makes some sense that with the Patriots still basking in the afterglow of a Super Bowl title and Belichick and his players embarking in the talk-show circuit — and the NFL combine next week closing fast — that there might not be a lot of time for NFL investigator Ted Wells to get an audience with Belichick, Tom Brady, the “elderly” ball boy or Bill Nye, for that matter.

But goodness, what is the darned hangup here? Looks like we’ll be waiting for a while to find out if the Patriots will be fined. After all, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank all but admitted that his team pumped in fake crowd noise, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam did the same with GM Ray Farmer illegally texting down to the sideline, and we don’t have any resolutions in those cases yet, either.

The difference with deflate-gate? Belichick wasn’t admitting to anything Wednesday night.

But for fun, let’s roll through a Top 10 list — in the Letterman tradition — of our favorite moments from Belichick’s appearance:

10. Belichick clumsily high-fiving band director Paul Shaffer on his way out on the stage.

9. After sitting down, Belichick heard mostly cheers from the audience, with a few scattered boos. “I hear the Jet fans,” he said to Letterman with a smile.

8. Belichick, responding to the Patriots’ AFC title game win over the Indiana-bred Letterman’s Indianapolis Colts: “Well, it was only a 38-point win.”

7. After Letterman segued away from that game, Belichick zinged him a bit. “We get off that Colts subject in a hurry, didn’t we?”

6. Letterman imitating Belichick’s mumbling “We’re onto Cincinnati” statement. Funny stuff.

5. Asked by Letterman about Jonas Gray, the regular-season Colts killer who disappeared down the stretch, and whether he missed a meeting (and pressing on the issue), Belichick didn’t exactly deny it. “Well,” he said, laughing, giving us all we needed to know on that “Fifty Shades of Gray” issue.

4. Do fans and neighbors and armchair coaches offer up fancy plays to Belichick? Perhaps, but the coach made a funny paper-crumpling motion with his hands and said that it’s harder to pass a bill through Congress than for an outsider to wedge their way into the Patriots’ playbook.

3. Do Brady and Belichick hang out outside the facility? Belichick said Brady gave him a “good licking” while playing golf together at Pebble Beach.

2. Letterman making a few funny age jokes, saying Brady is his age (Letterman is 67; Brady is 37) and asking Belichick (who is 62) if he takes 90 seconds in the men’s room, like the ball boy did on that fateful night.

1. Letterman referring to deflate-gate as “horseplay” and doing the whole “you know that I know that you know” routine about what actually happened. Belichick didn’t bite, of course, but it was a fun bit of “Three’s Company”-esque humor.

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Bill Belichick, David Letterman talk Deflategate on ‘Late Show’

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick stopped by David Letterman on Wednesday night to discuss his team’s Super Bowl XLIX win and of course, Deflategate.