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Ravens cut Trent Richardson

The Baltimore Ravens have released veteran running back Trent Richardson.

He had hamstring and knee injuries.

Richardson is a former Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick.

He was cut by the Oakland Raiders last year.

He has averaged 3.3 yards in 37 starts.

Richardson was an All-American at Alabama.

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The Baltimore Ravens have released veteran running back Trent Richardson.

He had hamstring and knee injuries.

Richardson is a former Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick.

He was cut by the Oakland Raiders last year.

He has averaged 3.3 yards in 37 starts.

Richardson was an All-American at Alabama.

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Cardinals sign Tyrann Mathieu to five-year, $62.5 million deal

The Arizona Cardinals signed safety Tyrann Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed.

Mathieu intercepted five passes and 17 passes defended and 80 tackles last season.

He had a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season and is still recovering.

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The Arizona Cardinals signed safety Tyrann Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed.

Mathieu intercepted five passes and 17 passes defended and 80 tackles last season.

He had a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season and is still recovering.

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Bills sign Reggie Bush

The Buffalo Bills signed veteran running back Reggie Bush as a backup to starter LeSean McCoy.

Bush played in just five games last season.

He injured his knee when he slipped on the concrete at Edward Jones Dome at St. Louis.

Karlos Williams is suspended for the first four games of this season.

The Buffalo Bills signed veteran running back Reggie Bush as a backup to starter LeSean McCoy.

Bush played in just five games last season.

He injured his knee when he slipped on the concrete at Edward Jones Dome at St. Louis.

Karlos Williams is suspended for the first four games of this season.

Bush has totaled 5,493 rushing yards and 3,508 receiving yards in 10 NFL seasons. He eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in 2011 with the Miami Dolphins and in 2013 with the Detroit Lions.

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Raiders give Reggie McKenzie contract extension

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie landed a four-year contract extension.

Raiders owner Mark Davis announced the new deal.

McKenzie under contract through the 2021 NFL draft.

"Reggie's contract was up at the end of the year, and we felt it was time to reward him for the job that he has done," Davis said.

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie landed a four-year contract extension.

Raiders owner Mark Davis announced the new deal.

McKenzie under contract through the 2021 NFL draft.

“Reggie’s contract was up at the end of the year, and we felt it was time to reward him for the job that he has done,” Davis said.

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Aldon Smith checks into rehab

Suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith checked into a rehab facility.

Smith denied posting a video of himself smoking what appeared to be marijuana.

Smith was in court last month for a probation violation.

He went to rehab in 2013 after twice being charged with driving under the influence.

Smith is suspended for at least

Suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith checked into a rehab facility.

Smith denied posting a video of himself smoking what appeared to be marijuana.

Smith was in court last month for a probation violation.

He went to rehab in 2013 after twice being charged with driving under the influence.

Smith is suspended for at least a year for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

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Titans sign Andre Johnson

Johnson should provide leadership for the Titans.

Johnson is the Texans’ all-time leading receiver, with 1,012 catches for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. He ranks eighth in NFL history with 1,053 catches and ninth with 14,100 receiving yards. He is first among active players in both categories, and his 51 career 100-yard receiving games are fifth in league history.

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Tom Coughlin hired by league office as advisor

The NFL has hired former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin to work in the league office.

Coughlin is now a senior advisor to the football operations department.

Coughlin will advise the NFL on the draft, Pro Bowl, rules, coaching and personnel.

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The NFL has hired former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin to work in the league office.

Coughlin is now a senior advisor to the football operations department.

Coughlin will advise the NFL on the draft, Pro Bowl, rules, coaching and personnel.

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Lions sign Darius Slay to $50.2 million contract extension

The Detroit Lions signed cornerback Darius Slay to a four-year, $50.2 million contract extension.

He's now under contract through the 2020 season.

The former second-round pick gets $23 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Slay was due to become a free agent in March.

He's started for the past two seasons.

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The Detroit Lions signed cornerback Darius Slay to a four-year, $50.2 million contract extension.

He’s now under contract through the 2020 season.

The former second-round pick gets $23 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Slay was due to become a free agent in March.

He’s started for the past two seasons.

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NFL reinstates Dolphins’ Dion Jordan on conditional basis

The NFL reinstated Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan on a conditional basis. He had been indefinitely suspended since last year.

Jordan may join the Dolphins at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan’s clinical resources in Miami, he will be permitted to participate

The NFL reinstated Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan on a conditional basis. He had been indefinitely suspended since last year.

Jordan may join the Dolphins at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan’s clinical resources in Miami, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.

Prior to the start of the regular season, Jordan will meet with the NFL to review his progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement.

Jordan had been suspended indefinitely since April 2015 without pay following multiple violations of the substance abuse policy.

 

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Vikings sign Mike Zimmer to contract extension

The Minnesota Vikings signed coach Mike Zimmer to a contract extension.

The Vikings finished 11-5 last season and won the NFC North title.

“Our ownership deserves a championship, our fans deserve a championship, and there’s no doubt in our organization’s mind that Coach Zimmer is the right leader for this football

The Minnesota Vikings signed coach Mike Zimmer to a contract extension.

The Vikings finished 11-5 last season and won the NFC North title.

“Our ownership deserves a championship, our fans deserve a championship, and there’s no doubt in our organization’s mind that Coach Zimmer is the right leader for this football team into the future,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said

“I feel very, very fortunate to be the coach of the Vikings,” Zimmer said, adding, “It’s good to get it done now and get a chance to move forward.”

Zimmer has gone 18-15 in two seasons.

“We are very excited about the direction of our football team with Mike Zimmer as our head coach,” owner and team president Mark Wilf in a statement. “His leadership and the strong partnership he has with Rick Spielman has helped transform the culture of our football team.”

“All I know is that this is the right organization for me because they have the right people,” Zimmer said. “I believe this team is the right fit for me.”

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Lions sign Anquan Boldin

The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin and linebacker Dominique Tovell.

They cut wide receiver Damian Copeland and linebacker Jerry Franklin.

Entering his 14th NFL season, Boldin joins the Lions following a three-year stint (2013-15) with the San Francisco 49ers. Last season he appeared in 14 games (13 starts) and led the 49ers with

The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin and linebacker Dominique Tovell.

They cut wide receiver Damian Copeland and linebacker Jerry Franklin.

Entering his 14th NFL season, Boldin joins the Lions following a three-year stint (2013-15) with the San Francisco 49ers. Last season he appeared in 14 games (13 starts) and led the 49ers with 69 receptions for 789 yards (11.4 avg) and four touchdowns. He spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals (2003-09) before playing three years with the Baltimore Ravens (2010-12), where he was a member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII championship run.

Last season, Boldin received the NFL’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes an NFL player each season for his positive impact in the community.

Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the second round (54th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Florida State, Boldin has played in 186 career games and 14 career postseason games. His regular season career totals include 1,009 receptions (12th all-time) for 13,195 yards (17th all-time) and 74 touchdowns.

Tovell comes to Detroit after previously signing with the New Orleans Saints earlier this offseason. An undrafted rookie free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016, Tovell recorded 238 total tackles in 50 games during his college career (2012-15).

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Vikings’ Kevin Williams retires

The Minnesota Vikings have signed five-time All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a one-day contract so he can formally retire as a member of the team.

The Vikings announced the news Wednesday. Williams will finalize his retirement Thursday after 13 seasons, including 11 with Minnesota.

He was signed to a one-day contract.

Taken with the

The Minnesota Vikings have signed five-time All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a one-day contract so he can formally retire as a member of the team.

The Vikings announced the news Wednesday. Williams will finalize his retirement Thursday after 13 seasons, including 11 with Minnesota.

He was signed to a one-day contract.

Taken with the ninth pick in the 2003 draft by the Vikings from Oklahoma State, Williams is eighth in team history with 60 sacks. His 171 regular-season starts are the most all time by a Vikings defensive tackle, and his five interceptions are tied for the most by a defensive tackle in NFL history.

Williams played for NFC champion Seattle in 2014 and New Orleans in 2015. He was picked for six Pro Bowls.

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Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott found not guilty of DUI

Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott was found not guilty Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence and speeding.

The fourth-round draft pick from Mississippi State was arrested in Starkville, Miss., before the draft.

Prescott was arrested on April 23 and charged with DUI after he was stopped and accused of speeding near the

Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott was found not guilty Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence and speeding.

The fourth-round draft pick from Mississippi State was arrested in Starkville, Miss., before the draft.

Prescott was arrested on April 23 and charged with DUI after he was stopped and accused of speeding near the college campus.

“Dak is obviously extremely relieved this process is over,” Prescott’s lawyer Jay Perry told The Clarion-Ledger. “He’s looking forward to going back to Dallas and then to California to compete in camp and learn from Tony Romo.”

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Jets inking Ryan Fitzpatrick to one-year, $12 million deal

The standoff between quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets is over.

The two sides agreed to a one-year, $12 million offer that includes an additional $3 million in incentive clauses.

The deal was increased Wednesday and Fitzpatrick was given until Wednesday to accept the deal or the team would move on.

Fitzpatrick repeatedly

The standoff between quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets is over.

The two sides agreed to a one-year, $12 million offer that includes an additional $3 million in incentive clauses.

The deal was increased Wednesday and Fitzpatrick was given until Wednesday to accept the deal or the team would move on.

Fitzpatrick repeatedly declined a three-year, $24 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed.

He passed for a career-high 31 touchdowns and 3,905 yards last season.

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Rams cutting Nick Foles

The Los Angeles Rams cut veteran quarterback Nick Foles after being unable to trade him.

"We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved," coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement released by the team. "We appreciate the

The Los Angeles Rams cut veteran quarterback Nick Foles after being unable to trade him.

“We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved,” coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement released by the team. “We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Jared Goff was drafted first overall.

Rams also have Case Keenum and Sean Mannion.

Los Angeles paid Foles a $6 million roster bonus in March.

 

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Jets first-rounder Darron Lee signs

The New York Jets have signed linebacker Darron Lee.
Lee was drafted 20th overall.
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The New York Jets have signed linebacker Darron Lee.
Lee was drafted 20th overall.
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Belichick getting Jimmy Garoppolo ready to start during Brady suspension

The New England Patriots are getting backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ready to start while quarterback Tom Brady serves his four-game Deflategate suspension.

"We had, finally, some definition with Tom's situation, so our priority now is to get Jimmy ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona game [Sept. 11]. That will be, obviously,

The New England Patriots are getting backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ready to start while quarterback Tom Brady serves his four-game Deflategate suspension.

“We had, finally, some definition with Tom’s situation, so our priority now is to get Jimmy ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona game [Sept. 11]. That will be, obviously, a comprehensive process,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. “Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule, and that will be to get Jimmy ready to go.”

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels weighed in.

“This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions,” he said. “We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don’t really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point.

“What we really try to focus on is getting everybody opportunities to work on their fundamentals and techniques, and to work with the different players on our team because we don’t know right now who’s going to be doing what six, seven weeks from now.”

 

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Jets sign Bernard Pierce

The New York Jets have signed veteran free agent running back Bernard Pierce, according to a source.

Pierce is suspended for the first two games of the season due to a guilty plea for a driving under the influence arrest while playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Pierce was cut by the Ravens and claimed off

The New York Jets have signed veteran free agent running back Bernard Pierce, according to a source.

Pierce is suspended for the first two games of the season due to a guilty plea for a driving under the influence arrest while playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Pierce was cut by the Ravens and claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He missed the final six games of last season with a calf injury.

Pierce had a concussion while playing for the Jaguars, too.

He had 11 yards on six carries with three catches for 7 yards.

Pierce rushed for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns, including 532 yards as a rookie when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Pierce is a former Ravens third-round draft pick from Temple.

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick cleared to play

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was medically cleared to practice.

Kaepernick was limited in the offseason. He had surgeries last year on his left shoulder, left knee and right thumb.

Training camp starts Sunday.

Kaepernick had a rough offseason where he demanded a trade.

Blaine Gabbert is the projected starter.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was medically cleared to practice.

Kaepernick was limited in the offseason. He had surgeries last year on his left shoulder, left knee and right thumb.

Training camp starts Sunday.

Kaepernick had a rough offseason where he demanded a trade.

Blaine Gabbert is the projected starter.

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Cowboys’ Randy Gregory facing 10-game suspension, heads to rehab

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He was previously saddled with a four-game suspension.

Gregory is going to a rehab facility.

Gregory is going to appeal, but he's not expected to win.

Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last year.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He was previously saddled with a four-game suspension.

Gregory is going to a rehab facility.

Gregory is going to appeal, but he’s not expected to win.

Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last year.

Gregory had multiple issues at Nebraska.

Gregory signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.8 million after the 2015 draft, including $1.4 million guaranteed. If he is suspended for 10 games, he would be out more than $350,000 of his $608,406 base salary this season.

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Panthers signing Kurt Coleman to extension

The Carolina Panthers are signing safety Kurt Coleman to a three-year contract extension.
Coleman will sign on Wednesday,.
Coleman is a former starter for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
He intercepted seven passes last season.
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The Carolina Panthers are signing safety Kurt Coleman to a three-year contract extension.
Coleman will sign on Wednesday,.
Coleman is a former starter for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
He intercepted seven passes last season.
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Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham arrested

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested and charged with beating a man at the Hilton in South Beach.

Bradham and his friends argued with an employee over how long it took him to bring over an umbrella.

A glass bottle was broken over the back of his head.

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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested and charged with beating a man at the Hilton in South Beach.

Bradham and his friends argued with an employee over how long it took him to bring over an umbrella.

A glass bottle was broken over the back of his head.

The six people fled the scene.

Bradham’s credit card receipt was submitted to police as evidence. He paid for the umbrella.

“We are aware of the recent incident involving Nigel Bradham in Miami,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We have been in contact with Nigel and the proper authorities. Due to the ongoing legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.”

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Andre Johnson visits Titans

Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson visited the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.

No deal has been reached yet.

Johnson, 35, caught 41 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns.

Johnson previously played for the Houston Texans.

He could help a young receiving corps.

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Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson visited the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.

No deal has been reached yet.

Johnson, 35, caught 41 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns.

Johnson previously played for the Houston Texans.

He could help a young receiving corps.

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Seahawks sign Pete Carroll to contract extension

The Seattle Seahawks signed coach Pete Carroll to a contract extension.

His deal runs through the 2019 season.

Carroll is the NFL's oldest head coach at 64 years old.

The former USC coach and Super Bowl winner was entering the final year of a three-year deal.

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The Seattle Seahawks signed coach Pete Carroll to a contract extension.

His deal runs through the 2019 season.

Carroll is the NFL’s oldest head coach at 64 years old.

The former USC coach and Super Bowl winner was entering the final year of a three-year deal.

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Redskins’ Junior Galette tears Achilles tendon again

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette tore his right Achilles tendon, ending his season before it could begin.

Galette missed last season with the same injury on his left leg.

He signed a one-year, $4.1 million deal in march.

Galette had a torn pectoral whe nhe was with the New Orleans Saints.

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Washington Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette tore his right Achilles tendon, ending his season before it could begin.

Galette missed last season with the same injury on his left leg.

He signed a one-year, $4.1 million deal in march.

Galette had a torn pectoral whe nhe was with the New Orleans Saints.

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Chargers’ Joey Bosa still unsigned

San Diego Chargers rookie first-round draft pick Joey Bosa remains unsigned.
Will a deal be struck in time for training camp.
"I don't know," Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said. "I guess we'll see. I really don't know if he'll (show up). We're still working on it. Hopefully we'll get something done,
San Diego Chargers rookie first-round draft pick Joey Bosa remains unsigned.
Will a deal be struck in time for training camp.
“I don’t know,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said. “I guess we’ll see. I really don’t know if he’ll (show up). We’re still working on it. Hopefully we’ll get something done, but I don’t know. We’ve never really had an issue signing draft picks since I’ve been here. We’ve actually been one of the quicker teams in getting guys done. Especially when it’s not really over money — or guaranteed money — I know people get puzzled by it.

“But it really just comes down to generally this — there’s some things that are negotiable, and money always is negotiable, obviously — but there’s certain things in contracts language-wise, whether you’re picked third, 33rd or 203rd, there’s certain things of consistency and doing things the same way for everyone on the team. And we’re far from uncommon with how we work. I know a lot of other teams probably operate the same way. We try to keep some things constant in everyone’s contract, whether you’re Philip Rivers or the 85th guy on the football team.”

The Chargers and Bosa are haggling over cash flow and offset language.

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Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by NFL

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was granted conditional reinstatement by NFL commissioenr Roger Goodell after previously being indefinitely suspended for repeated substance-abuse violations.

Gordon will serve a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the regular season

The former Lamar and Baylor standout was suspended last February, failing an alcohol test after flying

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was granted conditional reinstatement by NFL commissioenr Roger Goodell after previously being indefinitely suspended for repeated substance-abuse violations.

Gordon will serve a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the regular season

The former Lamar and Baylor standout was suspended last February, failing an alcohol test after flying to Las Vegas.

Gordon has passed a series of drug and alcohol tests and met recently with Goodell to discuss his progress.

“As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed,” Goodell wrote in a letter to Gordon. “Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, [ Browns owner] Mr. [Jimmy] Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so.”

Gordon was suspended two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He was denied reinstatement in April after reports he failed a drug test because of a diluted samples that also tested positive for marijuana. However, it wasn’t a high enough level of marijuana to constitute a failed test.

Gordon has caught 161 career passes for 2,754 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Gordon caught a career-high 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.

“What I’m anxious to do is evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate every player on our roster and see if they are the right fit for the Cleveland Browns,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said this spring.

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NFL exonerates Peyton Manning of any HGH use or PED use

The NFL announced that it's determined that former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn't use human growth hormone or performance-enhancing drug policy following an investigation.

The league announced that it "found no credible evidence" of the allegations in an Al-Jazeera America report that Manning's wife, Ashley, received deliveries of HGH in 2011.

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The NFL announced that it’s determined that former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn’t use human growth hormone or performance-enhancing drug policy following an investigation.

The league announced that it “found no credible evidence” of the allegations in an Al-Jazeera America report that Manning’s wife, Ashley, received deliveries of HGH in 2011.

Before making its final determination, the NFL interviewed Manning and his wife, Ashley, who were “fully cooperative with the investigation,” according to the league.

The NFL also received medical records pertinent to the case and, after reviewing them and the interviews, determined there wasn’t any evidence that any violation had occurred.

The NFL Players Association also issued a statement later Monday about Manning, who retired earlier this offseason.

“As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest,” the NFLPA’s statement said. “The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights.”

The league still is planning to interview Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and James Harrison. Each player sent written affidavits to the NFL, but the league wants to interview each player.

“On January 11, 2016, the league notified Messrs. Peppers, Neal, Matthews and Harrison that it had initiated an investigation following the airing of the Al-Jazeera America documentary, which raised serious issues concerning their possible violation of the NFL/NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances,” the NFL wrote in a letter to the NFLPA last month. “The players were further advised that, with their full and timely cooperation, the investigation would be conducted expeditiously and with minimal disruption.

“While the investigation has proceeded, we have yet to interview the players. We have attempted since early April to work through the NFLPA to schedule them, but despite multiple requests the NFLPA has failed to respond, except to seek reconsideration of the basis for the investigation. This continuing delay and avoidance has obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation.

“In fairness to all, including the players involved, we must move forward with the interviews. Accordingly, this will advise that the interviews of Messrs. Peppers, Matthews and Harrison will be scheduled for the first day of their respective training camps, and the interview of Mr. Neal [free agent] will take place on or before July 22. The players will be advised of the specific scheduling details by separate correspondence on which the NFLPA will be copied, and of course an NFLPA representative may attend each interview should the player so request.”

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Greg Jennings retiring

Veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.

In a video posted on the FamiLeague channel on YouTube, Jennings said he was "done" with football and is "excited to be done."

"The past 20 years of my life has been football, but today that all changes," he says in

Veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.

In a video posted on the FamiLeague channel on YouTube, Jennings said he was “done” with football and is “excited to be done.”

“The past 20 years of my life has been football, but today that all changes,” he says in the video. “This smile is not going to be removed — it’s going to be enhanced. The same dedication, the same work ethic that I put into pursuing that sport, this game, I’ll be pursuing everything else with the same mindset,” he said.

Jennings, 32, had 19 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown last season for the Miami Dolphins.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and finishes his career with 571 yards for 8,291 yards and 64 touchdowns.

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Seahawks sign GM John Schneider to five-year extension

The Seattle Seahawks signed general manager John Schneider to a five-year contract.

Schneider's contract was set to expire.

Schneider is expected to make nearly $3.75 million per year.

The Seahawks are expected to sign Pete Carroll to a contract extension, too.

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The Seattle Seahawks signed general manager John Schneider to a five-year contract.

Schneider’s contract was set to expire.

Schneider is expected to make nearly $3.75 million per year.

The Seahawks are expected to sign Pete Carroll to a contract extension, too.

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Darnell Dockett retiring today

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is retiring.

He was cut in February.

He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2014.

He was with the San Francisco 49ers, but got released.

Dockett, 35, had 40 1/2 career sacks.

He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is retiring.

He was cut in February.

He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2014.

He was with the San Francisco 49ers, but got released.

Dockett, 35, had 40 1/2 career sacks.

He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Running back Jermicheal Selders trying out for Saskatchewan Roughriders today

Speedy former New Mexico State running back-safety Jermicheal Selders is working out today for the Sasketchewan Roughriders.
Selders is also on the radar of the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.
Selders has been working out at Footwork Kings in Houston with Rischad Whitfield and Justin Allen, the younger brother of Colts tight end
Speedy former New Mexico State running back-safety Jermicheal Selders is working out today for the Sasketchewan Roughriders.
Selders is also on the radar of the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.
Selders has been working out at Footwork Kings in Houston with Rischad Whitfield and Justin Allen, the younger brother of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
Selders is a 6-foot, 210-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash who’s run the 100 meters in 10.5 seconds.
His speed is evident in this highlight video.
The second cousin of Allen, Selders was recruited by West Virginia and Baylor out of high school at Cypress Creek in Houston. He was a first-team all-district and second-team all-state selection.
He was also recruited by Arkansas, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
Although he committed to West Virginia, Selders had academic issues.
He enrolled at City College in San Francisco before transferring to New Mexico State.
“My grades got in the way,” Selders said. “That kind of messed me up at times.
After transferring, Selders redshirted and moved to defense to play safety. He then went back to running back.
He played behind Larry Rose at running back, averaging six yards per carry.
“I’m a physical guy with speed and power,” said Selders, who’s training at IX Innovations in Houston and is represented by Houston-based agent J.D. Ogilvie. “I will play special teams, free safety, corner or running back. I’m real fast.”
Selders is determined to support his family.
His mother needs two knee replacements. He’s also a devoted father.
“My son needs stability,” Selders said. “My dream is still within reach. I’m really motivated. My son is my life. I just want a better life for him. My mom has been struggling. I went through so much. I’m just so motivated. I just want to show it on the field. On the field is where I release all my stress. I just want to show everybody, all the people who’s been doubting me that it’s my time to come back.”
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Bengals cut Taylor Mays

The Cincinnati Bengals cut veteran safety Taylor Mays.

The former USC standout is a big safety at 6-3, 235 pounds. He has 72 career tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

He played last year for the Oakland Raiders

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The Cincinnati Bengals cut veteran safety Taylor Mays.

The former USC standout is a big safety at 6-3, 235 pounds. He has 72 career tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

He played last year for the Oakland Raiders

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Dennis Green dies at age 67

"Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest," Green's family said in a statement. "His family was by his side and he fought hard."

Green's Vikings made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons

“Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest,” Green’s family said in a statement. “His family was by his side and he fought hard.”

Green’s Vikings made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons from 1992 to 2001, reaching the NFC championship Game in 1998 and 2000. He led the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998 and ranks second in franchise history in games coached, wins and winning percentage, trailing Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant in each category.

“Denny made his mark in ways far beyond being an outstanding football coach,” the Vikings said in a statement. “He mentored countless players and served as a father figure for the men he coached. Denny founded the Vikings Community Tuesday Program, a critical initiative that is now implemented across the entire NFL. He took great pride in helping assistant coaches advance their careers. His tenure as one of the first African-American head coaches in both college and the NFL was also transformative.”

Mike Tice, who served on Green’s staff in Minnesota and succeeded him as head coach, called Green a “great motivator of men.”

“Great teacher of coaches. Excellent eye for talent,” Tice said. “I hadn’t seen Denny in years, but I find myself quoting him: ‘Plan your work and work your plan.’ He taught me a lot.”

“All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green’s passing. Coach Green will rightly be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “We express our deepest sympathy to his family and his many friends.”

Green had a career record of 113-94, and he went 4-8 in the playoffs. He was the second black head coach in the NFL’s modern era; the Vikings hired Green three years after Art Shell became the Raiders’ head coach.

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Browns sign Nick Hayden

The Cleveland Browns have signed defensive lineman Nick Hayden.

Hayden is 6-3, 295-pounds and entering his seventh NFL season out of Wisconsin.

Originally selected by Carolina in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, Hayden has appeared in 76 games with Carolina (2008-10), Cincinnati (2011) and Dallas (2013-15). He has logged 183 career tackles, two

The Cleveland Browns have signed defensive lineman Nick Hayden.

Hayden is 6-3, 295-pounds and entering his seventh NFL season out of Wisconsin.

Originally selected by Carolina in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, Hayden has appeared in 76 games with Carolina (2008-10), Cincinnati (2011) and Dallas (2013-15). He has logged 183 career tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Last year, he started 15 of his 16 games with the Cowboys and totaled 48 tackles and a fumble recovery. A native of Hartland, Wis., he graduated from Arrowhead High School.

The Browns roster is currently at the maximum of 90 players.

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Colts’ Arthur Jones suspended for four games for PED violation

Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones was suspended four games for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy.

He's suspended without pay.

Jones, 30, missed all of last season after suffering an ankle injury.

He has played nine games in two seasons.

Jones signed a five-year, $33 million contract in 2014.

Jones, who took a

Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones was suspended four games for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy.

He’s suspended without pay.

Jones, 30, missed all of last season after suffering an ankle injury.

He has played nine games in two seasons.

Jones signed a five-year, $33 million contract in 2014.

Jones, who took a pay cut this offseason, has 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks with the Colts. He is the brother of mixed martial arts star Jon “Bones” Jones, who is facing a two-year doping suspension from the UFC.

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott denies domestic violence accusation

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott denied a domestic abuse allegation from a former girlfriend.

The accusation stems from an allegation in Columbus, Ohio. He denied those allegations to police on Friday.

The Cowboys have declined comment.

The Cowboys don't believe the allegation.

The woman, Tiffany Thompson, posted photos on Instagram showing bruises.

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Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott denied a domestic abuse allegation from a former girlfriend.

The accusation stems from an allegation in Columbus, Ohio. He denied those allegations to police on Friday.

The Cowboys have declined comment.

The Cowboys don’t believe the allegation.

The woman, Tiffany Thompson, posted photos on Instagram showing bruises.

Elliott has told police that the bruises were a result of a bar fight Thompson was involved in.

The NFL will investigate the matter.

Elliott was selected fourth overall out of Ohio State.

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell facing four-game suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

The violation stems from missing drug tests.

Under NFL policy, a missed test is the equivalent of a failed test.

Bell is appealing, but it's unlikely he can beat the punishment.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

The violation stems from missing drug tests.

Under NFL policy, a missed test is the equivalent of a failed test.

Bell is appealing, but it’s unlikely he can beat the punishment.

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Greg Hardy worked out for Jaguars, not signed

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He wasn't immediately signed to a contract.

Hardy served a four-game suspension last season for conduct detrimental to the NFL.

Hardy had six sacks with the Cowboys, but they didn't want him back.

Hardy didn't mesh well with the Cowboys in the

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He wasn’t immediately signed to a contract.

Hardy served a four-game suspension last season for conduct detrimental to the NFL.

Hardy had six sacks with the Cowboys, but they didn’t want him back.

Hardy didn’t mesh well with the Cowboys in the locker room.

Hardy has a history of domestic violence, allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend in North Carolina when he played for the Panthers.

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Eugene Monroe retires from NFL

Veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is retiring.

He was cut by the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

Monroe, 29, is a former ninth overall pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Monroe was on the trading block, but the Ravens couldn't find a deal they liked.

Monroe became an outspoken proponent of medical marijuana and is investing in

Veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is retiring.

He was cut by the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

Monroe, 29, is a former ninth overall pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Monroe was on the trading block, but the Ravens couldn’t find a deal they liked.

Monroe became an outspoken proponent of medical marijuana and is investing in that business.

Monroe wants the NFL to accept marijuana as an alternative for pain management.

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Charles “Peanut” Tillman retires

Veteran cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman has retired.

The 35-year-old played 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears.

He played for th4e Carolina Panthers last season, starting a dozen games.

Tillman was an All-Pro in 2012, a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

He intercepted 38 career passes and was named Walter Payton Man of the Year three years

Veteran cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has retired.

The 35-year-old played 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears.

He played for th4e Carolina Panthers last season, starting a dozen games.

Tillman was an All-Pro in 2012, a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

He intercepted 38 career passes and was named Walter Payton Man of the Year three years ago.

“I’ve had 13 amazing years on two great teams and I’m just thankful for the love and support that I got from my teammates, the fans and my coaches,” Tillman said. “I’m thankful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am right now because I definitely didn’t do it by myself.”

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Cowboys sign Justin Durant

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Justin Durant to a one-year deal.

He'll step in for suspended linebacker Rolando McClain.

Durant has previously played for the Cowboys and started.

He's also played for the Jacksonville Jauars, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, all as a starter.

The Cowboys cut defensive tackle Casey Walker.

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The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Justin Durant to a one-year deal.

He’ll step in for suspended linebacker Rolando McClain.

Durant has previously played for the Cowboys and started.

He’s also played for the Jacksonville Jauars, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, all as a starter.

The Cowboys cut defensive tackle Casey Walker.

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Arian Foster lands with Dolphins

After seven years with the Texans as their all-time leading rusher, former Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has found a new NFL home.
Foster signed a one-year contract Monday with the Miami Dolphins following a successful tryout.
His contract has a maximum value of $3.5 million, including a
After seven years with the Texans as their all-time leading rusher, former Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has found a new NFL home.
Foster signed a one-year contract Monday with the Miami Dolphins following a successful tryout.
His contract has a maximum value of $3.5 million, including a $400,000 signing bonus, and a base value of $1.5 million, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Foster, 29, had previously visited the AFC East franchise, which needed a veteran presence to complement projected starter Jay Ajayi.
“My interest and teams’ interest was spotty here and there,” Foster said during a conference call. “But after my visit with Miami, I kind of already made my mind up that that’s where I wanted to be. So, I was stressing to my agent that I wanted to get the deal done, because I see a lot of promise in this team, and I feel like I can add value and help the team get to where they want to be. I’m going to try to do that as best as possible. I still feel like I’m a Pro Bowl caliber player, and I intend to show it.”
Foster has made a sound recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in October against the Dolphins that ended his season with the Texans and required surgery.
Foster endured an injury-plagued season last year where he tore a groin muscle during training camp and underwent surgery. Foster indicated that he’s fully recovered from his injuries.
“I know that this league knows that when I’m on the field, I’m one of the most productive doing it,” Foster said. “If there was any reluctance, it was on their end, and that’s really none of my business. All I can control is how hard I work and what I put into this game.”
Foster was scheduled to work out for the Detroit Lions later this week, but reached a deal with the Dolphins after displaying that he was healed up from his injuries.
Foster has been training twice per day at IX Innovations in Houston with his older brother, Abdul Foster.
The Dolphins needed a running back after losing Lamar Miller to a four-year, $26 million deal during free agency to join the Texans.

Their offer sheet for restricted free agent running back C.J. Anderson was matched by the Denver Broncos and Chris Johnson opted to remain with the Arizona Cardinals after visiting the Dolphins.
Foster will compete with Ajayi for a starting job.

“I don’t have any expectations,” Foster said. “I’m just coming here to compete and help the squad out however I can.”


Released by the Texans after seven seasons, Foster was entering the fifth year of a $43.5 million contract and had an $8.925 million salary-cap figure and was scheduled for a $6.5 million nonguaranteed base salary.


Foster was limited to four games last season, gaining just 163 yards and scoring one touchdown with 22 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He was just starting to regain his old form when he injured his Achilles against the Dolphins. Foster has rushed for 6,472 career yards and 54 touchdowns.
One of the reasons Foster chose the Dolphins is because of his affinity for coach Adam Gase’s offense, which heavily features the running back as a pass-catching presence.
“I think Adam really knows how to use running backs out of the backfield, which I feel like is my best quality: route running and catching the ball out of the backfield,” Foster said. “I think he knows how to steer the ship. I’m just happy to have a seat on the boat now.”
 


Foster will celebrate his 30th birthday in August. He’s played in 25 games over the past three seasons.
When healthy, Foster has been extremely productive. In 2014, he played in all but three games and rushed for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns as he averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He caught 38 passes that season for 327 yards and five touchdowns.
The two times that Foster has played in all 16 games, he’s rushed for 1,424 yards in 2012 and 1,616 yards in 2010.The two times that Foster has played in all 16 games, he’s rushed for 1,424 yards in 2012 and 1,616 yards in 2010.

The Texans and Dolphins essentially traded running backs without actually making a formal trade.
“I don’t have anything to prove to anybody,”: Foster said. “The time that I spent in Houston was an amazing time. I’m grateful for the people I’ve met and the family that I made there. My family lives there now, so I have nothing but love for the people and fans in Houston.  It is just a new chapter of my life.
There’s nothing that I have to prove. I’m pretty sure Lamar feels the same way. There is nothing he has to prove. We are all on our own personal journey helping out where we can and doing what we love to do.  It’s as simple as that.”

 

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Arian Foster to work out for Dolphins, Lions

 

Former Texans star running back Arian Foster has progressed physically to the point where he'll work out this week for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Foster previously visited the Dolphins and they have remained in contact with the four-time Pro Bowl selection.

 

Former Texans star running back Arian Foster has progressed physically to the point where he’ll work out this week for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Foster previously visited the Dolphins and they have remained in contact with the four-time Pro Bowl selection.
The Dolphins lost running back Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency on a four-year, $26 million contract. Their offer sheet for restricted free agent running back C.J. Anderson was matched by the Denver Broncos and Chris Johnson opted to remain with the Arizona Cardinals after visiting the Dolphins.
Foster, 29, has been making a sound recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in October during a road loss to the Dolphins.
The Lions could use a veteran presence to work in tandem with Ameer Abdullah.
Foster been training twice a day at IX Innovations under the direction of his older brother, Abdul Foster.
“Arian’s doing great,” Abdul Foster told The Chronicle previously this offseason.”When you go through stuff like this, you say, ‘OK, I’m financially set. I don’t need to do this to take care of my family, but, at the end of the day, do I still love this game? Is there still a passion for me?’ The reason I’m excited is because Arian is still passionate about football.
“That’s always a question when money is involved and you’ve made your mark in the league. Do you still have a desire to play in the league? Arian still does, which is exciting to me. The good part is he’s motivated. He’s definitely putting in the work here.”
Released by the Texans after seven seasons, Foster was entering the fifth year of a $43.5 million contract and had an $8.925 million salary-cap figure and was scheduled for a $6.5 million nonguaranteed base salary.

Foster has made significant progress in his recovery.

Foster was limited to four games last season after undergoing groin surgery in August before hurting his Achilles in October, gaining just 163 yards and scoring one touchdown with 22 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He was just starting to regain his old form when he injured his Achilles against the Dolphins. Foster is the Texans’ all-time rushing leader with 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns.

Foster will celebrate his 30th birthday in August. He’s played in 25 games over the past three seasons.

When healthy, Foster has been extremely productive. In 2014, he played in all but three games and rushed for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns as he averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He caught 38 passes that season for 327 yards and five touchdowns.

The two times that Foster has played in all 16 games, he’s rushed for 1,424 yards in 2012 and 1,616 yards in 2010.

“The bad part is Arian’s had a string of injuries, the good part is he doesn’t have as much wear and tear and carries and games that a seven-year vet would normally have,” Abdul Foster said. “He’s still young. The good part about Arian and what makes him an every-down back is he’s sharp and one of the reasons he was one of the Texans’ prize possessions. He understands the game.

“Arian’s definitely in the position to make a right decision for himself. I think it’s good. He will find a way to rejuvenate himself in football.”

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Jets, Muhammad Wilkerson strike deal before deadline

The New York Jets beat the deadline, signing defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $85 million deal.

The franchise player was originally due a $15.71 million franchise tender.

The Jets had until 4 p.m. Eastern to finish the deal. Otherwise, Wilkerson would have played the entire season under the tag.

The Pro Bowl defensive

The New York Jets beat the deadline, signing defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $85 million deal.

The franchise player was originally due a $15.71 million franchise tender.

The Jets had until 4 p.m. Eastern to finish the deal. Otherwise, Wilkerson would have played the entire season under the tag.

The Pro Bowl defensive lineman led the Jets with 12 sacks last season.

He broke his right leg and had surgery after the season.

Wilkerson had 36 sacks in his first five seasons.

Wilkerson is a former first-round draft pick from Temple.

 

 

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Von Miller becomes NFL’s highest paid defensive player

After months of occasionally contentious negotiations, star pass rusher Von Miller and the Denver Broncos found common ground Friday afternoon as they struck a blockbuster deal.
The former Texas A&M standout and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million contract.
The deal includes $70 million in total guaranteed. That includes a
After months of occasionally contentious negotiations, star pass rusher Von Miller and the Denver Broncos found common ground Friday afternoon as they struck a blockbuster deal.
The former Texas A&M standout and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million contract.
The deal includes $70 million in total guaranteed. That includes a $23 million signing bonus, according to NFL sources.
Miller is now the highest paid defensive player in league history.
His contract averages $19.08 million annually.
Miller recorded 2 1/2 sacks during the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Miller has 60 career sacks in five NFL seasons since being drafted in the first round by the Broncos.
Miller posted a photo on himself in a Broncos uniform on his official Twitter account after the deal was struck.
It included a caption that read: ‘For Life’

 

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Robert Kraft issues statement

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement about Tom Brady:

While I was disappointed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision not to rehear Tom Brady's case, I am most frustrated that Tom was denied his right to a fair and impartial process. The League's investigation into a football pressure matter

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement about Tom Brady:

While I was disappointed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to rehear Tom Brady’s case, I am most frustrated that Tom was denied his right to a fair and impartial process. The League’s investigation into a football pressure matter was flawed and biased from the start, and has been discredited nearly unanimously by accredited academics and scientists.

“The penalty imposed by the NFL was unprecedented, unjust and unreasonable, especially given that no empirical or direct evidence of any kind showed Tom did anything to violate League rules prior to, during or after the 2015 AFC Championship Game. What Tom has had to endure throughout this 18-month ordeal has been, in my opinion, as far removed from due process as you could ever expect in this country.

“From day one, I have believed in Tom and given him my unwavering support in his pursuit to rightfully clear his name of any wrongdoing. That support extends throughout our organization and has only grown more steadfast as the preponderance of scientific evidence has exonerated Tom. Unfortunately, this stopped being about air pressure a long time ago.

“This entire process has indelibly taken a toll on our organization, our fans and most importantly, Tom Brady. His reluctant decision to stop pursuing further action and to put this situation behind him is what he feels is best for the team in preparation for this season and is fully supported by me and our entire organization.

“To our devoted fans, your unwavering support for Tom and our organization have only reinforced our longstanding belief that we have the greatest fans in all of sports. We will continue to unequivocally support Tom and know our fans will rally around him and the rest of the team like never before. Our full focus now is on making the upcoming season a memorable one for all of our fans.

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Bills’ Karlos Williams suspended for four games

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams has been suspended for the first four games of the season.

He violated the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He's eligible to return for an October game against the New England Patriots.

Williams has been criticized by the organization for not being in good shape this offseason.

“As an organization, we

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams has been suspended for the first four games of the season.

He violated the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He’s eligible to return for an October game against the New England Patriots.

Williams has been criticized by the organization for not being in good shape this offseason.

“As an organization, we are disappointed that Karlos has put himself in this situation,” the Bills said in a statement. “Poor decisions such as this affect not only the individual, but the entire Bills organization. We will continue to work with Karlos through the various player programs we provide to assist him in making better decisions moving forward.”

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Tom Brady won’t appeal Deflategate suspension to Supreme Court

New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady is standing down in his legal battle in the Deflategate controversy, accepting a four-game NFL suspension.
The former Super Bowl and NFL Most Valuable Player announced on Facebook on Friday that he won't
New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady is standing down in his legal battle in the Deflategate controversy, accepting a four-game NFL suspension.
The former Super Bowl and NFL Most Valuable Player announced on Facebook on Friday that he won’t appeal his suspension to the United States Supreme Court.
This decision comes two days after Brady’s latest appeal of the NFL punishment was rejected in a one-sentence decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.
This means Brady will miss the opening four games of the regular season, including a Sept. 22 game at Gillette Stadium against the Texans, as well as games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start in place of Brady.
That left Brady facing the long shot of appealing to the Supreme Court, which legal experts predicted would be tough to convince to take up the case. Brady allegedly had a role in a scheme to deflate footballs prior to the 2015 AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to NFL special investigator Ted Wells.
“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans,” Brady wrote on Facebook. “It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”
The NFL Players Association, the players’ union that appealed on behalf of Brady, issued a statement saying it will review all legal options and didn’t rule out petitioning the Supreme Court. Regardless, it’s unlikely that would change anything for Brady.
“After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four game suspension with the 2nd Circuit,” the union said. “This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court.”
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Browns’ Desmond Bryant tears pectoral, has surgery

Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle that was sustained during a workout last week. A full recovery is expected but he will miss a significant amount of time and will unlikely be able to return during the 2016 season.

 

Statement from Cleveland Browns Head Coach

Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle that was sustained during a workout last week. A full recovery is expected but he will miss a significant amount of time and will unlikely be able to return during the 2016 season.

 

Statement from Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson:

 

“We feel awful for Des. This is a young man that worked extremely hard this off season to prepare himself for the 2016 season. He really bought into our coaching, our team-over-self-philosophy and was intent on becoming a leader for our team. Ray (Horton) and the defensive staff were expecting a really productive season from him. We all understand that injuries are part of this profession and as a team you have to find a way to overcome them. There is no doubt that we will miss Des this season and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

 

Statement from Cleveland Browns DE Desmond Bryant:

 

“First off, thank you to all the fans, friends, and family who have reached out expressing their well wishes in response to the news of my injury. While I’m frustrated and disappointed about having to miss some time out there with my teammates, I take comfort in knowing that preparations have already begun for an epic return.”

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