Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Pro Bowl pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released on the opening day of the National Football League’s free-agent period.
Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Jairus Byrd are among the free agents who stand to benefit from the National Football League’s 8.1 percent salary cap jump to $133 million per team, the sport’s biggest increase since 2006.
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was activated from the physically unable to perform list three months after breaking a bone in his right foot and said he’ll be ready for the season-opening game.
Peyton Manning got the best of younger brother Eli for the third time in as many meetings, helping the Denver Broncos pull away for a 41-23 win over the New York Giants in a game that was the worst-possible scenario for the father of the two quarterbacks.
Eli Manning outlasted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a second Super Bowl, leading a game-deciding drive to give his New York Giants a 21-17 victory and double the championships won by his older brother Peyton.
Eli Manning said he knows his New York Giants will have big-play opportunities against the Green Bay Packers’ league-worst defense in this weekend’s playoff game. It will be up to his offense to take advantage.