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Steelers' sixth-round draft pick could start new trend

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Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel formed the best 3-4 defensive line in the NFL for many years. They helped turn the Steelers into the league's No. 1 defense several times, collected two Super Bowl rings each and only once fell out of the top three against the run.

They were so good for so long that fans and others became spoiled, ...Read more

Report: Browns QB Manziel moves from downtown apartment to Cleveland suburb

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The Browns have made plenty of moves this offseason, but quarterback Johnny Manziel has made a major move of his own since being discharged from inpatient rehabilitation about a month ago.

Two weeks ago, Browns strong safety Donte Whitner revealed on the team's radio show, Cleveland Browns Daily, that Manziel has moved out of his downtown ...Read more

Dolphins use full-court press to recruit La'El Collins

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Several Dolphins players traveled to Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday to meet with LSU offensive lineman La'El Collins in an attempt to persuade him to sign with the Dolphins.

The Dolphins did not send coach Joe Philbin, any coaches or team officials to the meeting. That would have risked violating an NFL rule limiting contact in certain ...Read more

Eagles draft pick Agholor's mind-set: 'Work like a peasant'

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The post-draft photo opportunity with a first-round pick and head coach holding a jersey happens in just about every NFL city, but Nelson Agholor might have been the only one with the team's janitor in the photo.

When the Eagles introduced Agholor on Friday, Chip Kelly asked Troy Robinson, the popular janitor at the NovaCare Complex, to join ...Read more

Chiefs asked for three road games to avoid conflicts with Kansas City events

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The Chiefs will only play three home games before Nov. 29, and part of the reason is that they asked to be on the road for three weekends in October and November.

After the Chiefs announced that Arrowhead Stadium would become the new home of the American Royal barbecue this October, Chiefs president Mark Donovan said the team asked the NFL for ...Read more

Former NFL player Titus Young sentenced to probation in battery case

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LOS ANGELES -- Former NFL player Titus Young was sentenced to five years' probation Tuesday and ordered to spend a year at a mental health facility in Escondido, Calif., for attacking his former attorney.

The case stemmed from an incident last July in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles where the former Detroit Lions receiver tackled ...Read more

An early look at top players available for 2016 NFL draft

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This time a year ago, Marcus Mariota was projected as the top pick in the 2015 draft.

As it turns out, he went second.

Ten of the 20 picks we projected as top prospects for 2015 went in the first round. Two underclassmen on the Star-Telegram list returned to school. One went in the third round, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the...Read more

Seahawks' Bruce Irvin comes across angry on social media about his contract option

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Bruce Irvin is under contract to be a Seahawk in 2015.

And for now, that's about all that is certain about the future of the team's 2012 first-round draft choice.

While the team has yet to publicly comment on its decision not to pick up an option in Irvin's contract for the 2016 season, the Seattle linebacker took to Twitter to make his ...Read more

Rebuilt Miami Dolphins gather this week; will Ndamukong Suh join them?

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Draft weekend has come and gone, and so the construction of the 2015 Dolphins is all but done.

Beginning this week, however, the building of the team will truly begin.

That's because the Dolphins' seven draft picks -- plus a slew of rookie free agents -- will join the veterans at team headquarters.

The established players will report for Week...Read more

Decision on NFL draft's return to Chicago expected this summer

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A day after expressing its satisfaction with Chicago's hosting of the NFL draft last week, a league spokesman said officials will weigh their options for next year before the start of the 2015 season.

"We will take some time to evaluate the success of the draft and its impact on fans, clubs, media and business partners," NFL spokesman Brian ...Read more

Steelers will give Harrison reduced role for several reasons

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If all goes as expected, the Steelers will start four first-round draft picks at linebacker this season, perhaps as early as the opener in New England.

It will only be a matter of time before Bud Dupree, their No. 1 choice in the three-day draft that concluded Saturday, moves in as the starter at left outside linebacker. Who knows, he might ...Read more

Carolina Panthers agree to terms with 10 undrafted free agents

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The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with 10 undrafted free agents, including a speedy receiver, a talented cornerback and two defensive ends.

Among the top names are former South Carolina receiver Damiere Byrd and former Clemson cornerback Garry Peters. The team also signed former Florida defensive tackle Darious Cummings and former Ohio ...Read more

New Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters says he's prepared to reel in temper

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Marcus Peters knows it's coming. Veteran NFL wide receivers will try to push his buttons, get under his skin, rile him and see if he'll make a mistake -- in coverage or with his temper.

Peters, a Washington cornerback who was chosen by the Chiefs with the No. 18 overall selection Thursday in the 2015 NFL draft, acknowledged that he brought such...Read more

Browns pick league-high 12 players, but no quarterback

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The Browns vowed to leave no stone unturned this offseason during their seemingly everlasting quest for a quarterback of the future.

But the NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday without the franchise finding any potential solutions to its persistent problems at the game's most important position.

They drafted 12 players -- the most in the NFL this ...Read more

NFC North: NFL draft Day 3 picks

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A roundup of the NFC North teams picks from the last day of the NFL draft.

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Laken Tomlinson, Rd. 1, Pk. 28, G, Duke

Ameer Abdullah, Rd. 2, Pk. 22 (54 overall), RB, Nebraska

Alex Carter, Rd. 3, Pk. 16 (80), CB, Stanford

Gabe Wright, Rd. 4, Pk. 14 (113), DT, Auburn

Michael Burton, Rd. 5, Pk. 32 (168), FB, Rutgers

Quandre Diggs, Rd. 6, ...Read more

Rams finish 2015 NFL draft with nine players

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The St. Louis Rams entered the 2015 NFL draft with six selections and ended the three-day process with nine players.

On Friday, the Rams swapped second-round picks with the Carolina Panthers and ended up with additional third- and sixth-round selections. On Saturday, the team moved running back Zac Stacy to the New York Jets in exchange for a ...Read more

Drama surrounds undrafted Collins

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CHICAGO -- The most bizarre and disturbing story of the NFL Draft entered a new phase Saturday when Louisiana State tackle La'el Collins, a week ago considered a first-round prospect, went undrafted.

Collins essentially was deemed untouchable when reports surfaced that authorities in Baton Rouge, La., wanted to talk to him about the homicide of...Read more

Ravens 'feel good' after filling needs during NFL draft

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Pick by pick, the Ravens, an organization that clings tightly to the draft-the-best-player-available philosophy, attacked their biggest needs over the past three days.

The speedy wide receiver came first, followed by the play-making tight end. The defensive line was beefed up with the next two picks and then a running back was added with one of...Read more

UCLA's Brett Hundley has chance to learn as he is drafted by Green Bay

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CHICAGO -- There is hope for Brett Hundley. Ten years ago, another quarterback from a California school was drafted later than expected by Green Bay, learned at the elbow of a legendary starter, and eventually developed into one of the greatest passers in the game.

But there aren't a lot of Aaron Rodgers stories out there.

As it is, UCLA's ...Read more

Jarrett escapes house fire before Falcons draft him

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?Grady Jarrett will remember his NFL draft experience for a long time.

"It's crazy," said Jarrett, who escaped a house fire Friday night with about 30 to 40 other family members and friends, who were gathered for a draft party in Conyers.

Jarrett, who's the son of former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle, was a projected second-round pick before the...Read more