First Down Morning Links

First Down Morning Links
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Saints grab Jarius Byrd on day one

“We had hoped for the opportunity to pursue Jairus Byrd,” Saints GM Mickey Loomis told “After meeting with him, we are excited that he will become a member of the New Orleans Saints. We think that his play-making abilities will be an excellent fit with what we are trying to accomplish with our defense and in our secondary.”



One of those addition by subtraction deals

49ers acquired OT Jonathan Martin from the Dolphins for a conditional draft pick.
The conditional pick is almost certainly a day-three selection. It’s possible the Dolphins could end up with no compensation if Martin doesn’t make the 49ers’ 53-man roster, but that’s just speculation. Martin had been on a leave of absence from the Dolphins since Week 9. A 2012 second-rounder, Martin hasn’t looked like he can cut it at the NFL level, but was miscast as a left tackle last season. Reuniting with college coach Jim Harbaugh should be a boon for his confidence, and perhaps his game. He’ll fight for swing-tackle duties in camp.




Dynasty Week on NFL Network
New England Patriots


Each week during the month of March, NFL Network’s programming will focus on the five greatest NFL dynasties – the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.

This week is Patriots Week, which started Monday, March 10 and continues through Sunday, March 16




Howard Hits Open Market; Jets Sign Folk


Howard, 26, is seeking a multi-year deal and was thought to be a priority for Jets general manager John Idzik, but the sides couldn’t agree to terms before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. start to the free agency signing period. As a result, a very good and young offensive lineman will be free to explore his options.


Today’s Line-up

10am    New York Jets Top Three Draft Needs



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