>>Rams Promote Cignetti, Boras
(St. Louis, MO) -- The St. Louis Rams are promoting from within to fill vacancies on the coaching staff. They have named quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Rob Boras assistant head coach in charge of the offense. Cignetti replaces the departed Brian Schottenheimer and will call plays and lead the coaches through game planning and installments. Boras will continue to coach the tight ends, but will also oversee the entire offense with an emphasis on the running game. Schottenheimer left the Rams after the season to become offensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.
>>Vikings' Warren: We Would Welcome Peterson Back
(Minneapolis, MN) -- New Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren says he would welcome back suspended running back Adrian Peterson once he's reinstated by the NFL. Warren was promoted from general counsel on Thursday and said he feels the same as team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, GM Rick Spielman [[ SPEEL-min ]] and head coach Mike Zimmer, who previously expressed the same sentiment. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last November that Peterson felt Warren was someone in the organization who didn't support him after his child-abuse case.
The NFL suspended Peterson until at least April 15th after he pleaded no contest to charges stemming from disciplining his four-year-old son with a tree branch last May. Peterson's appeal was denied by the league and the Players Association sued the NFL on his behalf seeking his immediate reinstatement. The 29-year-old played just one game last year. Peterson was drafted by Minnesota in 2007.
>>Anti-Bully Activists Unhappy With Incognito Signing
(Buffalo, NY) -- A group of anti-bullying activists in Buffalo is less than thrilled that the Bills signed embattled offensive lineman Richie Incognito. The "Buffalo News" reports local advocates are calling it a "slap to the face" that the guard is getting an opportunity to play again with the Bills. The 31-year-old has played nine NFL seasons, but did not suit up at all last year following a bullying scandal that engulfed the Miami Dolphins organization. Incognito was suspended the final eight games of the 2013 season for his role. He was free to sign with any team last season, but failed to catch on with any of the 32 clubs.