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Tom Brady’s appeal of Deflategate suspension rejected

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Jarryd Hayne not selected for Rio Olympics

Former San Francisco 49ers running back and kick returner Jarryd Hayne wasn't selected for Fiji's sevens team for the Rio Olympics.

He had left the NFL to pursue a berth on the team.

"As much as I would have loved to go to Rio, I too knew I wasn't ready yet," Hayne wrote on Facebook.

Former San Francisco 49ers running back and kick returner Jarryd Hayne wasn’t selected for Fiji’s sevens team for the Rio Olympics.

He had left the NFL to pursue a berth on the team.

“As much as I would have loved to go to Rio, I too knew I wasn’t ready yet,” Hayne wrote on Facebook. “During my time with the team, I pushed my body above and beyond. I used all my experience as a professional athlete and have tried everyday and in every way possible to make this team and make it better but unfortunately, time has been against me.

“It was hard to comprehend and understand at first why I came here? Why God put me here, but deep down I knew there was a reason and a purpose. God takes you places not so you can achieve what you set out for, but to play a part and help something greater than yourself. This has been an amazing journey for me and a truly humbling experience. I have learnt so much and will never forget my time with this team.”

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Browns running back Isaiah Crowell issues apology

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell issued an apology after posting a picture on Instagram that showed a man slitting the throat of a police officer.

Crowell deleted the post.

He has now issued a public apology after posting a note that read: "They give police all types of weapons and they continually choose to

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell issued an apology after posting a picture on Instagram that showed a man slitting the throat of a police officer.

Crowell deleted the post.

He has now issued a public apology after posting a note that read: “They give police all types of weapons and they continually choose to kill us….#Weak”

“Last week was an emotional and difficult week as we saw extreme acts of violence against black men across our country as well as against police officers in Dallas,” Crowell said in a statement. “I posted an image to Instagram in the midst of that emotion that I shouldn’t have and immediately removed it. It was an extremely poor decision and I apologize for that mistake and for offending people. My values and beliefs do not match that image. I am outraged and upset by the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile along with so many others.

“I am also outraged and saddened by the attacks in Dallas and the deaths of the 5 honorable police officers (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa) who were providing protection while trying to keep peace. We have to be better as a society. It’s not about color, it’s about what’s right and wrong. I was very wrong in posting that image. Every single life matters, every death as a result of violence should be treated with equal outrage and penalty.”

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Giants sign punter Brad Wing to contract extension

The New York Giants signed punter Brad Wing to a contract extension.

He's now under contract through the 2019 season.

Wing was acquired via a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers last year.

Wing was playing under a $600,000 exclusive-rights free agent deal.

The Australia native played at LSU.

He had a 38.9 net average last

The New York Giants signed punter Brad Wing to a contract extension.

He’s now under contract through the 2019 season.

Wing was acquired via a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers last year.

Wing was playing under a $600,000 exclusive-rights free agent deal.

The Australia native played at LSU.

He had a 38.9 net average last season.

He tied a franchise record with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line.

He has previous stints with the Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Dolphins’ Michael Thomas giving back to community at camp, ‘Walk for Prayer’

Miami Dolphins safety and Houston native Michael Thomas is giving back to the Houston community this weekend.
After holding his annual football camp at WW Thorne Stadium in partnership with APEX Academy and former Michigan State football players Kaleb Thornhill, the Dolphins' director of player engagement, and Travis Key that included college preparatory panels, football
Miami Dolphins safety and Houston native Michael Thomas is giving back to the Houston community this weekend.
After holding his annual football camp at WW Thorne Stadium in partnership with APEX Academy and former Michigan State football players Kaleb Thornhill, the Dolphins’ director of player engagement, and Travis Key that included college preparatory panels, football skills and personal development workshops, Thomas is getting involved a “Walk for Prayer” intended to end violence.
Thomas will attend the event at Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church in Houston that was organized by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, in the wake of the deaths of five police officers in Dallas that was preceded by shooting deaths of African-American men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
“My second annual ‘Camp Mike T’ introduced unique opportunities to kids by exposing them to computer science, SAT/ACT prep and filling out college applications,” Thomas said. “The surprise visit from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee sent a powerful message to kids that someone of such importance and responsibility cared about them and their community. I think camps that combine sports and education help bridge the gap of continued learning outside the school year.”
Jackson Lee is a senior member of the House judiciary committee and a ranking member of the House judiciary committee on crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations.
“We mourn the loss of our five Dallas police officers and we walk in prayer to end all violence,” Jackson Lee said.
Thomas is a former Nimitz and Stanford standout and a two-time All=Pro Football Focus selection.
The 26-year-old is entering his fifth NFL season.
Thomas recorded a career-high 85 tackles last season in 14 starts.
A former undrafted free agent who had a previous stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas won the game for the Dolphins in his first career NFL game by intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
He has 106 career tackles, one interception and four passes defended.
Thomas will appear on NFL Network on Tuesday.
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Chargers sign third-rounder Max Tuerk

The San Diego Chargers signed rookie center Max Tuerk today.

It's a four-year contract.

Tuerk is a third-round draft pick from USC.

He was selected 66th overall.

The Chargers' lone unsigned draft pick is first-round defensive end Joey Bosa.

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The San Diego Chargers signed rookie center Max Tuerk today.

It’s a four-year contract.

Tuerk is a third-round draft pick from USC.

He was selected 66th overall.

The Chargers’ lone unsigned draft pick is first-round defensive end Joey Bosa.

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Former New Mexico State running back Jermicheal Selders chasing NFL dream

HOUSTON -- Former New Mexico State running back Jermicheal Selders' roots are here in Houston where he was once a blue-chip recruit.
Now, Selders has returned here and is working out diligently trying to earn an NFL opportunity.
Selders @jermicheal is a 6-foot, 210-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash who's run the
HOUSTON — Former New Mexico State running back Jermicheal Selders’ roots are here in Houston where he was once a blue-chip recruit.
Now, Selders has returned here and is working out diligently trying to earn an NFL opportunity.
Selders @jermicheal 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.
Selders’ athleticism is evident in these series of workout videos
He’s been training as frequently as three times a day to stay ready for a call from an NFL team.
“Very hungry and just waiting on an opportunity,” Selders told National Football Post. “This humbles me. I dealt with adversity when I was in college. I had to work behind an All-American running back. It’s adversity. It made me more hungry.”
Selders has been training with Rischad Whitfield of Blitz Football who also works with NFL veterans like former Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson and Denver Broncos Super Bowl champion wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
“I’m trying to get myself right working out with Rishad,” Selders said. “Explosion and speed is my game. I need that with the type of running back I am. I’m a downhill running back. I can be a power or speed back. I need my explosiveness, speed and power.
“Since I came home, I’ve been focused on those things getting bigger, faster and stronger. I have to stay in shape and stay ready to go. That’s why I work out three times a day I never know when that call is going to happen.”
His speed is evident in this highlight video.
The second cousin of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne 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 trained 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.
“I just want to be financially stable and play the game I love,” Selders said. “I just want to live my dream and help my family anyway possible.” My son needs stability. 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.”

Selders has trained with his cousin, former New Mexico State wide receiver Justin Allen, the younger brother of Dwayne Allen, at Blitz Football under Rischad Whitfield. Allen is training his brother and other Colts players in London later this week.

“Jermicheal is out to prove he belongs in the NFL and that he has the ability to play there,” Allen said. “He’s been working hard with Rischad to become more of a dual-threat running back. I feel like he’s one of the most explosive, physical running backs I’ve ever seen. Rischad compares him to Jerick McKinnon from the Minnesota Vikings. Jermicheal is hungry and has been working out with us and is up to 210 pounds. His speed and explosiveness are at their peak.”

“I played under coach George Rush and Jimmy Collins in junior college and coach R. Todd Littlejohn at New Mexico State and coach George and coach Jimmy taught me how to win and the importance of every player. Their motto was to get to every player and improve every player. Coach Littlejohn was the best hands-on coach. He cared about more than just football. He made you a better man. These gentlemen set a great example and are a large reason I’ve now decided to concentrate on training football players at Blitz Football under Rischad’s direction. We’re very excited about the improvements that we’re seeing from our clients. I thank Rischad Whitfield for the opportunity.”

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Saints sign Darryl Tapp

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp.

They cut tight end Jack Tabb.

The Saints needed help at defensive end.

Hau'oli Kikaha tore his anterior cruciate ligament recently.
Tapp is a former Seattle Seahawks second-round draft pick.
He has 2 1/2 sacks and 43 tackles in

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp.

They cut tight end Jack Tabb.

The Saints needed help at defensive end.

Hau’oli Kikaha tore his anterior cruciate ligament recently.
Tapp is a former Seattle Seahawks second-round draft pick.
He has 2 1/2 sacks and 43 tackles in his past two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
The Saints also have Cameron Jordan and Bobby Richardson at defensive end.
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Lions finally cut Stephen Tulloch

The Detroit Lions finally cut middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch on Tuesday.

They had told him four months ago he would be released.

"As I have said numerous times since I became head coach of the Lions, Stephen Tulloch has been a consummate professional on and off the field," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said in a

The Detroit Lions finally cut middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch on Tuesday.

They had told him four months ago he would be released.

“As I have said numerous times since I became head coach of the Lions, Stephen Tulloch has been a consummate professional on and off the field,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement. “We thank him for his contributions to the Lions and the Detroit community and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.”

Tulloch didn’t pass a physical until Tuesday.

He led the Lions with 107 tackles last season.

The Lions replaced Tulloch with Tahir Whitehead at middle linebacker

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Bills’ Marquise Goodwin doesn’t qualify for Olympics

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin didn't qualify for the Olympic team in the long jump.

He finished seventh with a jump of 27 feet 3/4 inches.

"At the time, it's frustrating, but you really can't dwell on that,'' Goodwin said of not making his second Olympic team. "Life is too good to harp on

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin didn’t qualify for the Olympic team in the long jump.

He finished seventh with a jump of 27 feet 3/4 inches.

“At the time, it’s frustrating, but you really can’t dwell on that,” Goodwin said of not making his second Olympic team. “Life is too good to harp on a situation like that. Maybe at the time I can be a little disappointed, but now I’m alive, and there is so much more to look forward to.”

Now, he’ll start getting ready for football season and Bills training camp.

“I’ll take a few days off, get my mind right and start getting ready for football,” Goodwin said. “Camp is less than a month away.”

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Jets DL Sheldon Richardson ‘grateful’ suspension just for one game

New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was suspended for one game by the NFL for violating the personal-conduct policy.

He'll miss the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In July, 2015, Richardson was arrested for driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on an interstate highway near his offseason

New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was suspended for one game by the NFL for violating the personal-conduct policy.

He’ll miss the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In July, 2015, Richardson was arrested for driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on an interstate highway near his offseason home in St. Louis. He avoided jail time after pleading guilty in January to reduced charges connected to last summer’s high-speed police chase.

Richardson was accompanied by a 12-year-old relative and two male passengers when he was stopped. Police say they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat and detected a strong marijuana odor.

Richardson is a former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
“So the league has sent down there decision I have to live with it,” Richardson wrote on Instagram. “I’m grateful it could have been more but this is overspill from a silly offseason on my part but I’ve grown from it been pass it….I’m still smiling like its draft day….to my family and fans I love ya #whatdontkillyoumakesyoustronger #trulyblessed and #highlyfavored #positivevibes GOD BLESS!!!!”

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Browns cut quarterback Connor Shaw

The Cleveland Browns cut quarterback Connor Shaw.
He started once over the past two seasons.
The Browns have quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler on the roster.
Shaw spent last season on injured reserve with a broken thumb.
The Cleveland Browns cut quarterback Connor Shaw.
He started once over the past two seasons.
The Browns have quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler on the roster.
Shaw spent last season on injured reserve with a broken thumb.
He started as a rookie against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain suspended for 10 games

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He was suspended last season, too.

McClain was signed to a one-year, $5 million deal.

He's due a $1.25 million base salary. He received a $750,000 signing bonus.

McClain is a former consensus All-American and Butkus

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He was suspended last season, too.

McClain was signed to a one-year, $5 million deal.

He’s due a $1.25 million base salary. He received a $750,000 signing bonus.

McClain is a former consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner from Alabama.
He was drafted eighth overall in the first round in 2010 by the Oakland Raiders.
He retired twice already.
He was traded to Dallas by the Ravens in 2014.
He had 108 tackles in 2014.
He had 97 tackles last season with two sacks and nine tackles for losses with one interception.
Meanwhile, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence’s four-game suspension has been upheld with his appeal denied.
Lawrence led the Cowboys with eight sacks last season.
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Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended one game

New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was suspended for one game by the NFL for violating the personal-conduct policy.

He'll miss the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In July, 2015, Richardson was arrested for driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on an interstate highway near his offseason

New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was suspended for one game by the NFL for violating the personal-conduct policy.

He’ll miss the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In July, 2015, Richardson was arrested for driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 mph on an interstate highway near his offseason home in St. Louis. He avoided jail time after pleading guilty in January to reduced charges connected to last summer’s high-speed police chase.

Richardson was accompanied by a 12-year-old relative and two male passengers when he was stopped. Police say they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat and detected a strong marijuana odor.

Richardson is a former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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Johnny Manziel suspended four games for violating NFL substance-abuse policy

The domestic violence accusation was the final straw for the Browns.

“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Manziel was previously investigated in October by Ohio police for allegedly hitting Crowley. He wasn’t arrested and eventually was cleared by the NFL under its personal-conduct policy.

On Oct. 13, Manziel and Crowley got into an argument where she told police that Manziel beat her and shoved her head into the glass before taking back the allegations.

“I appreciate the NFL’s diligence and discretion in reviewing a situation that was both personal and embarrassing,” Manziel said in a statement when he was cleared by the NFL. “Colleen and I cooperated fully with the NFL’s process and completely support their goals of making sure that every family under their umbrella is safer and more secure. I’m grateful that the review was so thorough and fair that there should be no question left in the public mind about what actually happened.”

Signed to a four-year, $8.254 million rookie contract that included a $4.318 million signing bonus and $7.707 million guaranteed after being drafted 22nd overall in the first round following a stellar career in College Station, Manziel never lived up to expectations in Cleveland.

He squandered the Browns’ investment with repeated bad behavior and became a fixture on social media with videos and photographs showing him partying, including rolling a $20 bill in Las Vegas and chugging champagne on a swan float at an Austin nightclub.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to draft Manziel two years ago, but was talked out of it by his son, Stephen Jones, and they wisely instead drafted Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. It proved to be a wise decision.

Manziel frequently travels to Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he wore a blonde wig and a fake mustache and went by an alias, Billy.
He’s a fixture for paparazzi photos of him leaving and exiting nightclubs, often appearing disheveled and inebriated
Manziel lost his starting job during the season when he lied to Browns coach Mike Pettine and told him that videos of him partying were outdated. He later regained his starting job, but Pettine said Manziel had “deeper-rooted” problems than the team was aware of when they drafted him and said the undersized, talented quarterback had violated his trust.

Manziel went 2-4 as a starter last season and 2-6 overall in two NFL seasons. He passed for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions last season with a 79.4 passer rating. Manziel has passed for 1,675 career yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Whether Manziel will ever play in another NFL game and realize the vast potential he displayed in College Station remains in serious doubt.

Manziel has more important issues to deal with before he can ever have hope of resuming his football career.

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Andrew Luck locked up through 2021 season

Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck has signed a contract through the 2021 season.

Luck is expected to now be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.

He was limited to seven games last season due to injuries.

He led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three NFL seasons.

The Houston native and

Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck has signed a contract through the 2021 season.

Luck is expected to now be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.

He was limited to seven games last season due to injuries.

He led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three NFL seasons.

The Houston native and former Stanford standout has thrown 101 career touchdown passes.

He was drafted first overall in 2012.

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Seahawks sign Doug Baldwin to $46 million deal

The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin to a four-year, $46 million deal.

It includes $24 million guaranteed.

Baldwin caught 78 passes for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

Baldwin is a fomer undrafted free agent from Stanford.

"It is a big deal. It is a very serious negotiation, as they all

The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin to a four-year, $46 million deal.

It includes $24 million guaranteed.

Baldwin caught 78 passes for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

Baldwin is a fomer undrafted free agent from Stanford.

“It is a big deal. It is a very serious negotiation, as they all are,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said recently “But he’s done an incredible job for us and been a great teammate. And hopefully, eventually, we’ll get something worked out. I hope it happens. The intent is to get him signed and secured for a good while, so we’ll see if we can get that done.”

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Cory Redding retires from NFL

Veteran defensive lineman Cory Redding retired from the NFL today.

The former University of Texas standout has played in the league since 2003.

Redding, 35, wrote on Twitter that he's "leaving the game I've played for 23 years."

Cut by the Arizona Cardinals in March, Redding had an interception last season against the Detroit Lions.

Veteran defensive lineman Cory Redding retired from the NFL today.

The former University of Texas standout has played in the league since 2003.

Redding, 35, wrote on Twitter that he’s “leaving the game I’ve played for 23 years.”

Cut by the Arizona Cardinals in March, Redding had an interception last season against the Detroit Lions.

Redding is a former Detroit Lions third-round draft pick.

He played for the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.

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Rex Ryan on passing of Buddy Ryan: ‘He truly was our hero’

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan issued a statement paying tribute to his father, the late Buddy Ryan.

Buddy Ryan was the architect of the famed Chicago Bears 46 defense.

“On behalf of the entire Ryan family, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sympathies, prayers and warm thoughts with the passing

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan issued a statement paying tribute to his father, the late Buddy Ryan.

Buddy Ryan was the architect of the famed Chicago Bears 46 defense.

“On behalf of the entire Ryan family, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sympathies, prayers and warm thoughts with the passing of my dad,” Rex Ryan said. “He was many things to many people–outstanding coach, mentor, fierce competitor, father figure, faithful friend and the list goes on. But to me and my brothers Rob and Jim, he was so much more. He was everything you want in a dad–tough when he had to be, compassionate when you didn’t necessarily expect it, and a loving teacher and confidant who cherished his family. He truly was our hero.”

“For Rob and me, we’ve had the great fortune of sharing the coaching profession that he was so proud of and cherished so much. There is no way we can possibly begin to measure how much football we have learned from him over the years and we are forever thankful to him for instilling within us his unwavering love for the game of football. While today is a tough day for all of us in the Ryan family, we are consoled in knowing how much dad was loved by so many and the love he gave back in return. Though we will miss him dearly, we take comfort in knowing that his memory will live on through all of us.”

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Defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan dies

Buddy Ryan, the crusty architect of the Chicago Bears' famed 46 defense, died Tuesday morning.

He was 82 years old.

Ryan had dealt with a stroke and cancer

"The 85 Bears was the best defense there ever was, and ever will be,” Ryan said in 2011. “They had a great scheme and great

Buddy Ryan, the crusty architect of the Chicago Bears’ famed 46 defense, died Tuesday morning.

He was 82 years old.

Ryan had dealt with a stroke and cancer

“The 85 Bears was the best defense there ever was, and ever will be,” Ryan said in 2011. “They had a great scheme and great players.”

Ryan named the 46 in honor of safety Doug Plan, who wore that jersey.

Ryan once took a swing at Houston Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

He feuded with the media and Bears coach Mike Ditka, eventually working things out with Ditka.
He allegedly put bounties on Dallas Cowboys players Troy Aikman and Luis Zendejas.
“Learning how to tear down a player with one sentence,” Ryan said years ago “That’s what coaching’s all about.”
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Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta arrested on battery charge

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.

He was released on a $500 bond on June 19.
Skuta had 40 tackles in eight starts last season.
He signed a $20 million deal with the Jaguars last year.

"The Jaguars are aware of the situation involving

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.

He was released on a $500 bond on June 19.
Skuta had 40 tackles in eight starts last season.
He signed a $20 million deal with the Jaguars last year.

“The Jaguars are aware of the situation involving linebacker Dan Skuta and are currently gathering more information,” the team said in a statement. “The team has been in constant communication with Dan through this process in its entirety. No further comment can be made at this time.”

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Calvin Johnson content in retirement

Calvin Johnson has no regrets.

The former Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver retired due to his physical ailments, which included knee, ankle and finger issues that required surgeries.

"I know everybody wants to know why I retired, but it's more so I put a lot into the game and it's taken a lot out of

Calvin Johnson has no regrets.

The former Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver retired due to his physical ailments, which included knee, ankle and finger issues that required surgeries.

“I know everybody wants to know why I retired, but it’s more so I put a lot into the game and it’s taken a lot out of me and that’s where I’m at right now,” Johnson said. “I’m not getting into the specifics of the things that it has taken away, but it definitely feels good, I guess I could say for myself, to spend more time around my family, my son, just got married. Things are going good right now.”

 Johnson caught 731 career passes for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.

“I wouldn’t just quit because we were losing,” Johnson said. “Just [my] body, man, I was tired of it. I was fed up. Had enough. I’m not coming back. You ain’t gotta worry about that.”

Johnson knew he would retire before last season.

“It’s my decision,” Johnson said. “I made my own decision. I’m good with it.”

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NFLPA issues statement about NFL wanting to interview players

The NFL Players Association, the union that represents NFL players, issued a statement in response to the NFL requesting interviews with players mentioned in the Al Jazeera story involving performance-enhancing drugs that included former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

The statement notes that the source for the story recanted and

The NFL Players Association, the union that represents NFL players, issued a statement in response to the NFL requesting interviews with players mentioned in the Al Jazeera story involving performance-enhancing drugs that included former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

The statement notes that the source for the story recanted and the union has “repeatedly asked the NFL why any player should have to submit to an investigation that is not credible from the start.  The NFL now is using public pressure to force the players to submit. The Performance Enhancing Substances Policy is jointly bargained for and administered by the NFLPA and the NFL, and we agreed to the Policy to ensure a clean game.  We don’t believe that players should be forced to respond to random allegations made by people for any possible reason. ”

“The NFL has chosen to initiate an investigation of these players based upon now-recanted statements that appeared in an Al Jazeera report. The NFLPA requested from the NFL any additional evidence supporting an investigation of the players; the NFL did not provide any such evidence, nor did they inform the NFLPA or the players that any such evidence exists.  Instead, the NFL has decided to publicly pressure the players into submission. We will continue to advise our players about their rights and hold the NFL accountable.”

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Steelers cut kicker Shaun Suisham

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut veteran kicker Shaun Suisham with a failed physical designation.

They signed running back Brandon Johnson.

Suisham tore his ACL last year. Chris Boswell will remain the kicker.

“Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won’t allow him to compete in a timely manner,” Steelers general manager

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut veteran kicker Shaun Suisham with a failed physical designation.

They signed running back Brandon Johnson.

Suisham tore his ACL last year. Chris Boswell will remain the kicker.

“Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won’t allow him to compete in a timely manner,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Shaun has played a significant role in our success during his time in Pittsburgh. He has been the consummate professional on the field and in our community. We wish he and his family all the best in the future.”

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Ex-Lions corner Stanley Wilson II arrested while naked, shot

Former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson III was shot while breaking into a home naked by the homeowner.

Wilson, 33, has been charged with first- and second-degree attempted burglary, and first- and second-degree trespassing. More charges could be coming.

Wilson was discovered in a water fountain with non life threatening injuries.

Wilson’s father, Stanley Wilson Sr.,

Former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson III was shot while breaking into a home naked by the homeowner.

Wilson, 33, has been charged with first- and second-degree attempted burglary, and first- and second-degree trespassing. More charges could be coming.

Wilson was discovered in a water fountain with non life threatening injuries.

Wilson’s father, Stanley Wilson Sr., became infamous when he missed Super Bowl XXIII, after being found in a hotel bathroom the night before the game with cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

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Broncos QB Mark Sanchez cheated out of at least $7 million by financial advisor

Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez and other professional athletes were cheated out of millions of dollars by a financial advisor named Ash Narayan, according to the Securities and Exchange commission.

Sanchez was cheated out of at least $7 million, according to the lawsuit in a Dallas federal court.

Sanchez, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy

Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez and other professional athletes were cheated out of millions of dollars by a financial advisor named Ash Narayan, according to the Securities and Exchange commission.

Sanchez was cheated out of at least $7 million, according to the lawsuit in a Dallas federal court.

Sanchez, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy and former Rockies pitcher Roy Oswalt were defrauded out of about $30 million.

Narayan concealed multiple conflicts of interest from investors, the SEC said in its lawsuit against him. He directed the athletes’ cash to The Ticket Reserve Inc., which allows fans to reserve face-value tickets to sporting events where the teams have yet to be determined, the SEC said. He was on the company’s board of directors, owned more than 3 million shares and was its primary fundraiser — raising more than 90 percent of the company’s investment capital, the agency said.

All three athletes sought low-risk, conservative investment strategies, the SEC said. Narayan ignored their requests and instead invested in TTR even as the company’s financial conditions were in distress. TTR’s chief executive officer wrote to Narayan in a May 2014 e-mail: “To be sure, our revenue sucks. Our balance sheet is a disaster.”

Sanchez, who’s set to be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos this year, met Narayan soon after entering the National Football League in 2009, he said in a court filing. The two attended the same church in California, and Sanchez said he believed the adviser was a devout Christian and highly qualified. The quarterback had his NFL paychecks deposited directly into a brokerage account.

In mid-2011, Sanchez agreed to make a $100,000 investment in TTR. Instead, Narayan forged documents and directed more than $7 million of Sanchez’s money to the ticket company, the SEC said. In total, Narayan transferred more than $33 million from all investors to TTR, earning almost $2 million in hidden compensation.

The vast majority of Peavy’s personal wealth, about $15 million, was invested in the ticket company without his authorization, he said.

The NFL Players Association immediately and indefinitely suspended Narayan,.

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NFL practice squads can have four players with two accrued seasons, up from two

NFL practice squads can now have up to four players with two accrued seasons of experience, according to an NFL memo from NFL senior vice president of labor relations Peter Ruocco to union counsel Tom DePaso.

It's an increase from the two players with exceptions from the previous two years.

The player limit for practice

NFL practice squads can now have up to four players with two accrued seasons of experience, according to an NFL memo from NFL senior vice president of labor relations Peter Ruocco to union counsel Tom DePaso.

It’s an increase from the two players with exceptions from the previous two years.

The player limit for practice squads remains at 10 players.

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Ex-Cowboys running back Joseph Randle charged with felony

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with threatening a deputy while jailed on other charges in Kansas.

Randle was charged in Sedgwick County with a felony count of criminal threat. He said he planned to hire a lawyer to represent him during a first appearance Tuesday via a video link from

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with threatening a deputy while jailed on other charges in Kansas.

Randle was charged in Sedgwick County with a felony count of criminal threat. He said he planned to hire a lawyer to represent him during a first appearance Tuesday via a video link from the jail.

Randle threatened a deputy, according to police.

He was assigned a $5,000 bojnd and a July 6 court date.

He’s also been charged in Kansas with a casino disturbance and with backing his car into three people. Those charges also are felonies. He is due in court to answer those charges on July 26.

He was cut from the team last year.

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Ex-Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess arrested

Former Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Monday in Arizona after barricading himself in his home for hours following him fleeing a traffic stop and then surrendering to police.

Bess has a history of mental illness.

He faces three felony charges: endangerment, felony flight and failure to stop

Former Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Monday in Arizona after barricading himself in his home for hours following him fleeing a traffic stop and then surrendering to police.

Bess has a history of mental illness.

He faces three felony charges: endangerment, felony flight and failure to stop for a police officer

Two years ago, Bess was arrested for battery on a police officer at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

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Colts to induct Bill Polian into Ring of Honor

The Indianapolis Colts will induct Pro Football Hall of Famer and former President/Vice Chairman Bill Polian into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

 

Polian spent 14 of his 32 NFL seasons with the Colts from 1998-2011. During his

The Indianapolis Colts will induct Pro Football Hall of Famer and former President/Vice Chairman Bill Polian into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

 

Polian spent 14 of his 32 NFL seasons with the Colts from 1998-2011. During his time in Indianapolis the team won eight division championships, two conference championships and reached the Super Bowl twice. The franchise also won its fourth world championship with a victory against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Polian was named The Sporting News Executive of the Year on six occasions, including two with the Colts (1999 and 2009). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8, 2015.

 

“Bill was incredibly successful during his time with our franchise and proved to be a Hall of Famer,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “He was one of the most innovative personalities to ever grace our sport, and his passion for the game was and still is unmatched. I will always be grateful to Bill for his contributions to the Colts, and to the NFL.”

 

During Polian’s tenure, Indianapolis advanced to the postseason 11 times during a 12-year span and posted 10 or more wins in each of those playoff years. From 2000-09, the Colts produced 115 regular season wins, the most in a decade by any NFL club. Under his direction, the Colts posted a 143-81 (.638) regular season record, which ranked as the second-best mark in the NFL during that span. The team won eight division titles with Polian at the helm.

 

Polian’s expertise was prevalent in the NFL Draft as he was responsible for picks such as Peyton Manning (1998), Edgerrin James (1999), Reggie Wayne (2001), Dwight Freeney (2002), Dallas Clark (2003), Robert Mathis (2003), Bob Sanders (2004), Joseph Addai (2006), Pierre Garcon (2008), Pat McAfee (2009) and Anthony Castonzo (2011). Polian also found key free agents in Jeff Saturday, Mike Vanderjagt, Gary Brackett and Adam Vinatieri.

 

In 24 seasons as a general manager or president with Indianapolis (1998-2010), Carolina (1995-97) and Buffalo (1985-1992), Polian’s teams made 17 playoff appearances, eight championship games and five Super Bowl appearances. In Buffalo, he led the Bills to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990-92.

 

Polian becomes the 13th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and joins Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), Colts Nation (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013), Marshall Faulk (2013) and Jeff Saturday (2015).

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Bears sign tight end Tony Moeaki

The Chicago Bears signed veteran tight end Tony Moeaki to a one-year contract.

Moeaki was previously with the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

For his career, the Wheaton, Illinois native has caught 89 passes for 1,154 yards and five touchdowns.

Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns

The Chicago Bears signed veteran tight end Tony Moeaki to a one-year contract.

Moeaki was previously with the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

For his career, the Wheaton, Illinois native has caught 89 passes for 1,154 yards and five touchdowns.

Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.

In 2012, Moeaki caught 33 passes for 453 yards and a touchdown.

He played collegiately at Iowa.

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Muhammad Wilkerson doubts Jets’ sincerity about wanting to sign him

New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has doubts about the team's intentions despite public statements they want to sign him to a long-term deal.

The unsigned franchise player is nowhere close to a new contract.

“It’s shocking. It’s frustrating,” Wilkerson told The New York Post.“Because I feel like I’ve earned it and I deserve

New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has doubts about the team’s intentions despite public statements they want to sign him to a long-term deal.

The unsigned franchise player is nowhere close to a new contract.

“It’s shocking. It’s frustrating,” Wilkerson told The New York Post.“Because I feel like I’ve earned it and I deserve it. It would be different if I was just a mediocre player. I feel like each and every week I’m dominating and it’s showing. The stats speak for themselves. Basically, what more do I need to do? You know what I mean?”

“Do I feel that they want me back? As of right now, no. I don’t feel like they want me. I’m a talented guy. Everybody knows that. I feel like they’re going to get the best they can out of me and just let me go. That’s how I feel. Do I like that feeling? No. I’m a New Jersey guy, born and raised and would love to raise my family here.”

It didn’t help when Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox got a six-year, $103 million deal that included a $26 million signing bonus. Wilkerson is due $15.7 millon this year.

“I think he’s a great player. Do I feel like I’m better than him? Yes,” Wilkerson said. “Not to be cocky, it’s just a confidence thing. Everybody in the league that plays feels like they’re the best player at their position. If you ask any NFL player, they’re going to say they’re the best at their position. I feel like I’m better than him and whatever [his deal is] I deserve that or better.”

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Giants want to sign Eugene Monroe

Now that the Baltimore Ravens have jettisoned veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, the New York Giants want to sign him after aborted trade discussions.

The Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers are interested, too.

Monroe, 29, isn't in a rush, though.

The Giants didn't want to assume the final three years and $20 million remaining

Now that the Baltimore Ravens have jettisoned veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, the New York Giants want to sign him after aborted trade discussions.

The Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers are interested, too.

Monroe, 29, isn’t in a rush, though.

The Giants didn’t want to assume the final three years and $20 million remaining on Monroe’s contract.

However, they’re interested in him at a lower price.

Monroe is a former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick.

He has raised some eyebrows around the NFL with his passionate advocacy for allowing players to use medical marijuana.

Monroe didn’t live up to expectations with the Ravens and was replaced by rookie Ronnie Stanley at left tackle.

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Ravens shopping Eugene Monroe

The Baltimore Ravens are shopping veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, attempting to trade the blocker.

Monroe has been cleared to play after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The Ravens have been protecting Monroe while general manager Ozzie Newsome is trying to trade him.

“My understanding right now is that teams are inquiring about Eugene, and when you’re

The Baltimore Ravens are shopping veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, attempting to trade the blocker.

Monroe has been cleared to play after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The Ravens have been protecting Monroe while general manager Ozzie Newsome is trying to trade him.

“My understanding right now is that teams are inquiring about Eugene, and when you’re in that kind of situation and there’s a possibility of those kinds of things happening, you’re pretty much obligated to pull back and not practice a guy,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “So that’s where it’s at right now, it’s in Ozzie’s hands, and we’ll just see where it goes.”

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Broncos sign Brandon Marshall to four-year, $32 million deal

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall has signed a four-year, $32 million contract.

The deal includes $15 million guaranteed.

“We’re thrilled to agree to terms with Brandon on a four-year extension,” Broncos general manager John Elway said. “Brandon’s become an integral part of our defense over the last three years and has put in a lot

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall has signed a four-year, $32 million contract.

The deal includes $15 million guaranteed.

“We’re thrilled to agree to terms with Brandon on a four-year extension,” Broncos general manager John Elway said. “Brandon’s become an integral part of our defense over the last three years and has put in a lot of hard work into becoming such a key player on our team. We congratulate Brandon and look forward to him being a Bronco for many more years.”

Starting 29-of-31 games for the Broncos during the last three seasons, Marshall collected 212 tackles (165 solo), 3.5 sacks (27.5 yds.), two interceptions, 13 passes defensed and three forced fumbles. He also opened 4-of-7 postseason games for Denver from 2013-15, totaling 20 tackles (13 solo), two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Marshall opened all 16 games for the Broncos in 2015 and posted his second consecutive 100-tackle season, totaling 101 defensive stops (76 solo) to go along with 1.5 sacks (10.5 yds.), one interception, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He added 14 tackles (9 solo) and one forced fumble in the postseason which ended with a Broncos victory in Super Bowl 50.

In his first season as a starter in 2014, Marshall started 13-of-14 regular-season games for Denver and led the team with a career-best 110 tackles (88 solo). He also notched two sacks (17 yds.), nine passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Marshall played five games for the Jaguars as a rookie in 2012, splitting time between the club’s active roster and practice squad. He was signed to the Broncos’ practice squad in 2013 and competed on that unit before being elevated to the active roster for the rest of the season in Week 17.

A four-year starter at Nevada, Marshall totaled 259 tackles, including 40 stops for a loss, during his collegiate career with the Wolf Pack. He attended Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas and was born on Sept. 10, 1989.

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco disappointed unsigned first-rounder Joey Bosa skipping minicamp

San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco expressed disappointment that unsigned first-round outside linebacker Joey Bosa is skipping mandatory minicamp.

“We’re disappointed he’s not here,” Telesco said. “This is a big part of the learning process for all players, not just rookies. But there is part of a business to this too, and we understand

San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco expressed disappointment that unsigned first-round outside linebacker Joey Bosa is skipping mandatory minicamp.

“We’re disappointed he’s not here,” Telesco said. “This is a big part of the learning process for all players, not just rookies. But there is part of a business to this too, and we understand that. It’s part of being a professional athlete. I’ll say the time he’s been here, (we’ve) been really impressed by not only his ability, but his work ethic.

“That’s been great. But that all being said, we’ve got to treat all of our players the same. That’s the big thing. We can’t do one thing different for one guy and the same for 89 others. These things tend to get worked out. It’s June, and we’ll just keep going.”

Bosa was picked third overall. He recorded 150 career tackles, 50 1/2 tackles for losses, 26 sacks and five forced fumbles.

“We like what we’ve seen so far,” Telesco said. “His combination of his hand use, athletic ability, his size and how he plays; he’s going to come along just fine I think.”

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Eagles sign Fletcher Cox to six-year, $103 million deal

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to a six-year, $103 million contract.

It runs through the 2022 season.

It includes $63 million guaranteed.

It's the biggest guaranteed amount for a non-quarterback in NFL history.

Cox, 25, recorded 9 1/2 sacks last season as a defensive end operating in a 3-4

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to a six-year, $103 million contract.

It runs through the 2022 season.

It includes $63 million guaranteed.

It’s the biggest guaranteed amount for a non-quarterback in NFL history.

Cox, 25, recorded 9 1/2 sacks last season as a defensive end operating in a 3-4 scheme.

Cox is going to shift to defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense.

 Cox reported to mandatory minicamp.

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Bills sign Leger Douzable, Chris Martin

The Buffalo Bills signed defensive end Leger Douzable and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Douzable comes to Buffalo after spending the last three seasons with the New York Jets. The 6-4, 284-pound Central Florida product originally entered the NFL in 2008 as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Douzable has appeared in 91 games

The Buffalo Bills signed defensive end Leger Douzable and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Douzable comes to Buffalo after spending the last three seasons with the New York Jets. The 6-4, 284-pound Central Florida product originally entered the NFL in 2008 as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Douzable has appeared in 91 games throughout his career, accumulating 116 tackles (67 solo) and five sacks.

Martin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-5, 305-pound Central Florida product rejoins the Bills after spending time with the team during the 2015 season. Martin spent 2014 on the New England Patriots and Texans practice squads. Following the 2014 season, Martin signed with the San Francisco 49ers before going on to spend training camp with the Miami Dolphins and the Patriots. Martin played in 46 games during his collegiate career, starting 27.

The Bills cut defensive end Claudell Louis and offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin.

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Lions to add cheerleaders this fall

The Detroit Lions are adding cheerleaders for the first time.

They made the announcement Monday.

“The Ford Family is unwavering in their commitment to improving the Detroit Lions fan experience on and off the field,” said team president Rod Wood. “After thorough consideration and receiving input from our fans through season ticket member surveys and

The Detroit Lions are adding cheerleaders for the first time.

They made the announcement Monday.

“The Ford Family is unwavering in their commitment to improving the Detroit Lions fan experience on and off the field,” said team president Rod Wood. “After thorough consideration and receiving input from our fans through season ticket member surveys and focus groups, we believe that this is an opportunity to elevate our game day entertainment.”

The team’s cheerleaders will perform choreographed dances and cheers as an integral part of the in-game entertainment. The squad will also have a presence in the community, appearing at various media, fan and sponsorship events.

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Browns nose tackle Danny Shelton loses 30 pounds

The Cleveland Browns are happy with nose tackle Danny Shelton.

He lost 30 pounds and is down to roughly 335 pounds.

"He can do so many more things at the weight he's at right now and the condition he's in," defensive line coach Robert Nunn said. "So he's got to keep that and

The Cleveland Browns are happy with nose tackle Danny Shelton.

He lost 30 pounds and is down to roughly 335 pounds.

“He can do so many more things at the weight he’s at right now and the condition he’s in,” defensive line coach Robert Nunn said. “So he’s got to keep that and time will tell. He’s the one that controls that. I can help him only so much and the strength coaches can only help him so much and Coach (Hue) Jackson can only help him so much. I think he sees the difference of where he was and where he can be.”

Shelton was 365 pounds at the end of last season.
Now, he’s back in fighting trim.
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Stephon Gilmore, Kawann Short report to minicamps, Reshad Jones doesn’t

Buffalo Bills veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore reported to minicamp.

He had been absent from organized team activities while involved in contract negotiations.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended minicamp.

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is skipping a mandatory minicamp and will be fined.
He wants a deal over $10

Buffalo Bills veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore reported to minicamp.

He had been absent from organized team activities while involved in contract negotiations.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended minicamp.

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is skipping a mandatory minicamp and will be fined.
He wants a deal over $10 million per year.
Chicago Bears wide receiver and franchise player Alshon Jeffery reported for minicamp.
Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short reported for a mandatory minicamp.
A new deal is a possibility.
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Anquan Boldin visits Lions, Andre Roberts signed

The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Andre Roberts to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.

They also brought in Anquan Boldin for a visit.

Roberts has previous stints for the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins.

Roberts caught 11 passes for 135 yards last season.

Boldin caught 69 passes for 789 yards

The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Andre Roberts to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.

They also brought in Anquan Boldin for a visit.

Roberts has previous stints for the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins.

Roberts caught 11 passes for 135 yards last season.

Boldin caught 69 passes for 789 yards and four touchdowns last season for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Ex-Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson dies

Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson died at age 41.

He was found in a Milwaukee hotel room.

An autopsy and toxicology report is pending.

Robinson played six seasons for the Bears, also playing for the Rams, Dolphins, Bengals and Cardinals.

He played in the Super Bowl for the Cardinals.

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Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson died at age 41.

He was found in a Milwaukee hotel room.

An autopsy and toxicology report is pending.

Robinson played six seasons for the Bears, also playing for the Rams, Dolphins, Bengals and Cardinals.

He played in the Super Bowl for the Cardinals.

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Eagles WR Nelson Agholor investigated for alleged sexual assault at strip club

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholo has has been accused of sexually assaulting a dancer at a Philadelphia strip club.

He hasn't been charged with a crime.

The alleged assault took place Thursday afternoon at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club in South Philadelphia.

"We are aware of the police investigation involving Nelson Agholor," Derek Boyko, a

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholo has has been accused of sexually assaulting a dancer at a Philadelphia strip club.

He hasn’t been charged with a crime.

The alleged assault took place Thursday afternoon at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club in South Philadelphia.

“We are aware of the police investigation involving Nelson Agholor,” Derek Boyko, a spokesman for the Eagles, said in a statement. “The organization has been in contact with Nelson and with the proper authorities in Philadelphia. Because of the legal nature of this matter, we will have no further comment.”

“Once everybody investigates, I believe he will be exonerated,” said Agholor’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes. “They’re going through the investigation now. It’s a shame his name is out there in the media at this time.”

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Rams sign Jared Goff, entire draft class

The Los Angeles Rams have signed first-round quarterback Jared Goff.

They've also signed their entire rookie draft class.

Goff is the top overall pick from Cal.

His deal has a team option for a fifth year.

The Rams also signed fourth-round tight end Tyler Higbee, fourth-round wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, sixth-round tight end Temarrick Hemingway,

The Los Angeles Rams have signed first-round quarterback Jared Goff.

They’ve also signed their entire rookie draft class.

Goff is the top overall pick from Cal.

His deal has a team option for a fifth year.

The Rams also signed fourth-round tight end Tyler Higbee, fourth-round wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, sixth-round tight end Temarrick Hemingway, sixth-round linebacker Josh Forrest and sixth-round wide receiver Michael Thomas.

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Rams defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat tore ACL, MRI confirms

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice, a magnetic resonance imaging exam confirmed.

Trinca-Pasat is likely to be placed on injured reserve.

Trinca-Pasat didn't suffer damage to his bones, medial collateral ligament or other supportive tissues and ligaments.

Trinca-Pasat joined the Rams last year after going undrafted out

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice, a magnetic resonance imaging exam confirmed.

Trinca-Pasat is likely to be placed on injured reserve.

Trinca-Pasat didn’t suffer damage to his bones, medial collateral ligament or other supportive tissues and ligaments.

Trinca-Pasat joined the Rams last year after going undrafted out of Iowa where he was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection. He had 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for losses as a redshirt senior.

The former Chicago high school standout chose Iowa over Wisconsin, Michigan State and Stanford.

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Von Miller rejects Broncos’ $114.5 million offer

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller rejected a six-year, $114.5 million contract that includes $39.8 million guaranteed in the first two years of the deal.

The offer would make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

Miller, as a franchise player, has until July 15 to reach a deal or play this year under the

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller rejected a six-year, $114.5 million contract that includes $39.8 million guaranteed in the first two years of the deal.

The offer would make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

Miller, as a franchise player, has until July 15 to reach a deal or play this year under the franchise tag.

Miller had two sacks in the Super Bowl and 2 1/2 sacks in the AFC championship game.

He’s due $14.129 million this year.

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Bears lineman Manny Ramirez retiring

Chicago Bears veteran offensive lineman Manny Ramirez intends to retire following eight NFL seasons.

"When it's time, it's time," Ramirez said in a statement."You can't really push it anymore when your body tells you that you can't do what's required at this level. That's one thing that I've always told myself throughout my entire career,

Chicago Bears veteran offensive lineman Manny Ramirez intends to retire following eight NFL seasons.

“When it’s time, it’s time,” Ramirez said in a statement.”You can’t really push it anymore when your body tells you that you can’t do what’s required at this level. That’s one thing that I’ve always told myself throughout my entire career, that when the body starts not being able to produce like it’s supposed to, you really can’t do anything about it.”

Ramirez, 33, signed a one-year contract with Chicago on March 30.

Ramirez played in 83 games with 65 starts over eight seasons with the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos.

“You’ve got to listen to your body,” Ramirez said. “I feel like I had the opportunity to come out here and try to compete, but the body wasn’t responding like I wanted it to and when you don’t have 100 percent focus on football and other things are running through your mind, it’s not safe. I know this game isn’t the type of game where you can just try to stick it out and stay in it. That’s just where I’m at in my career.”

“At the beginning of the offseason I felt great, but once we started OTAs, the body was just not responding like it’s accustomed to. I understand the bumps and bruises and getting back into the rhythm of things, but my body has never felt the way it has these past few weeks. It just didn’t feel comfortable or as strong anymore.”

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Bengals sign Giovani Bernard to three-year, $15.5 million deal

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed running back Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million contract, running through the 2019 season. Prior to the extension, Bernard for 2016 was in the final season of the four-year contract he signed as a Bengals second-round draft choice in 2013.

Bernard (5-9, 205; North Carolina) has averaged 1,147 yards

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed running back Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million contract, running through the 2019 season. Prior to the extension, Bernard for 2016 was in the final season of the four-year contract he signed as a Bengals second-round draft choice in 2013.

Bernard (5-9, 205; North Carolina) has averaged 1,147 yards from scrimmage over his three Bengals seasons. He has rushed for 2105 yards (4.3 avg.) and had 1335 receiving yards on 148 catches (9.0). He has scored 17 touchdowns, 12 rushing and five receiving. He has played in 48 of a possible 51 games (including postseason), missing only three, due to injuries in 2014.

“It’s great to be able to extend our commitment with Gio,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “It’s all a part of what I keep saying — draft the right players, develop them, and retain them. We’re excited about the great things Gio will continue to add to our offense.”

Last season, Bernard had a career-best 730 rushing yards and a 4.7 average, sharing opportunities in a tandem with running back Jeremy Hill. Bernard averaged a career-best 9.6 yards on receptions (49-472).

“I love Cincinnati and want to be here for as long as I can,” Bernard said. “This moment is about having a future. It’s a secure feeling knowing I’ll be here and can help this team win. I can’t picture myself in anything but orange and black.”

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Browns executive Bryan Wiedmeier dies of brain cancer

Browns executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier, who spent more than 35 years working in the NFL and thrived in the background as a leader of teams’ business endeavors, passed away today. He was 57.

 

Wiedmeier, at the age of 54, was diagnosed with Stage Four brain cancer in Oct. 2012. One week later, after

Browns executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier, who spent more than 35 years working in the NFL and thrived in the background as a leader of teams’ business endeavors, passed away today. He was 57.

 

Wiedmeier, at the age of 54, was diagnosed with Stage Four brain cancer in Oct. 2012. One week later, after undergoing surgery to remove a glioblastoma tumor, Wiedmeier attended a Browns home game against the Chargers and was awarded a game ball from then-coach Pat Shurmur following the 7-6 victory.

 

Given 15 months to live, Wiedmeier made it nearly four years. In June 2014, nearly two years removed from the surgery, Wiedmeier signed a contract extension with the Browns.

 

Wiedmeier was a veteran of 35 NFL seasons, 29 with the Dolphins and six with the Browns. He served in a myriad of roles during his tenure with the teams, including Dolphins President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-08, which followed a four-year stint (2002-05) as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. He was the club’s Senior Vice President – NFL Affairs and Special Projects before coming to the Browns in 2010.

 

After joining the Browns organization Jan. 11, 2010, Wiedmeier, who served as one of the team’s executive vice presidents, went right to work on the Browns’ long-term strategic planning. He held a pivotal role in the $125 million worth of renovations and improvements to FirstEnergy Stadium, which were completed in two phases from 2014 and 2015. Wiedmeier’s NFL experience was incorporated throughout each of the project’s stages, from conception and design to construction and fan and partner integration.

 

During his NFL career, which began in 1981, Wiedmeier focused on business operations, football administration and labor. For a majority of his time with the Dolphins, he was the club’s primary representative in National Football League affairs, served on a number of NFL committees and was an original member of the NFL Management Council’s Working Club Executive Committee.

 

In Wiedmeier’s 29 years with the Dolphins, the team recorded 20 winning seasons and qualified for the playoffs on 14 occasions, including eight division titles and a pair of Super Bowl appearances.

 

Wiedmeier earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and was a member of the Florida Bar. He received his B.A. from Carroll College in Montana, which he attended on a football scholarship and served as team captain his senior year. He was the starting center on the school’s 1978 undefeated Hall of Fame team.

 

Wiedmeier is survived by his wife, Mary K., and five children, Lauren, Victoria, John, Danielle and Matthew.

 

Statement from Cleveland Browns Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam on Passing of Bryan Wiedmeier

“It’s with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Bryan Wiedmeier. We were very fortunate to have gotten to know him during our time with the Browns. Bryan truly is a special person, exactly the type of person you want in your organization and on a personal level as a friend. He would always put others before himself and we always valued his opinion because of his vast experience in the league. We had the opportunity to spend some time with Bryan and his family last week and were really moved by his spirit at this most difficult time. He loved his family and will be sorely missed. Our sympathy goes out to Mary and his family.”

 

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