Bettis believes Bell can develop into Steelers all-time best running back

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Four Steelers running backs have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And then there is Le'Veon Bell.

One of those Hall of Famers thinks Bell could be the best of them all.

"I think if he continues on his course, I think he can be one of the best that ever put on a uniform -- not just a Steelers uniform, one of the best running backs...Read more

Adrian Peterson tweets his frustrations

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Adrian Peterson, who has been mostly silent as he stays far away from Winter Park, took to Twitter on Thursday to express his displeasure with non-guaranteed NFL contracts -- most notably his.

The Vikings running back urged his 1.1 million followers to "research how many NFL teams hasn't honored a player's contract & learn something" and ...Read more

Tebow's arm not that impressive during Eagles' OTA workout

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It was just like old times for Tim Tebow during organized team activities for the Eagles on Thursday at the NovaCare Complex: It was not very good.

Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time college football champion at Florida, showed explosiveness as a runner. But even though Eagles coach Chip Kelly raved about his improvement as a passer ...Read more

Bradford limited participant in Eagles' OTAs

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With a brace covering his twice-surgically repaired left knee, Sam Bradford participated in individual passing drills with the other three Eagles quarterbacks during organized team activities.

But when practice progressed to seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, Bradford became a bystander.

The presumed starting quarterback was a limited ...Read more

Unlike Jerry Rice, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has no plans to play into his 40s

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Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith displayed his traditionally feisty personality and his sense of humor Thursday when the subject of his age and longevity was raised.

The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver celebrated his 36th birthday this month as he heads into his second season with the Ravens and his 15th year in the NFL.

When asked ...Read more

Cowboys hoping Greg Hardy's suspension reduced on appeal

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IRVING, Texas -- Defensive end Greg Hardy drew the most attention Wednesday, the second day of the Dallas Cowboys' organized team activities, even though the defensive end didn't talk to the media.

He walked off the practice field with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who grabbed Hardy's hand at one point.

"He comes to work every day," ...Read more

Cowboys' Randle on replacing Murray: 'Lot of meat left on the bone'

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IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray had a season for the ages last year, surpassing Emmitt Smith's single-season team rushing record with 1,845 yards, leading the NFL in rushing and earning NFL offensive player of the year honors.

Although he was a valuable cog in the Dallas Cowboys' 12-4 record and run to the NFC East title, the front office didn'...Read more

Former 49er Ray McDonald arrested for allegedly violating restraining order

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Ray McDonald, the former 49ers and Bears defensive tackle who was arrested Monday after a domestic violence call, was arrested again Wednesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order, police said.

McDonald reportedly showed up at a Santa Clara residence shortly before 3 p.m., according to police. He is not allowed ...Read more

Lions' Ihedigbo: I outperformed my contract last year

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James Ihedigbo made $1.5 million in his first year with the Detroit Lions last fall, far below the going rate for safeties with his kind of production.

So does Ihedigbo feel like he outperformed his contract last year?

"I was a Pro Bowl alternate, so that answers that question," Ihedigbo said after the Lions' second of 10 Organized Team ...Read more

NFL's use of Chicago park for draft, pegged at nearly $1 million, cost league nothing

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Those who attended the 2015 NFL draft and outdoor fan festival in downtown Chicago nearly four weeks ago aren't the only ones who got to take advantage of the action for free.

The NFL did too.

The Chicago Park District waived a $937,500 rental fee to use Grant Park and nearby parkland, according to documents released to the Chicago Tribune ...Read more

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Peterson: 'He's not going to play for anybody else'

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It took 3 minutes and 15 seconds for reporters to get around to the one Viking absent from this week's voluntary OTAs at Winter Park.

That's 195 seconds from the start of coach Mike Zimmer's post-practice news conference to someone asking if Zimmer is concerned about running back Adrian Peterson's absence among the 89 other Vikings who did show...Read more

Contract issues won't keep Matt Forte away from Bears training camp

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Matt Forte's eyes remain wide open. The veteran running back knows his days with the Bears might be numbered, his current contract set to expire next March. But Forte, at age 29 and entering his eighth season, also has been around long enough to possess a mature savvy with which to better handle his predicament.

So as he came off the field ...Read more

49ers' Kaepernick apologizes for post about Texas floods

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Colin Kaepernick, who once caused a stir by posting a picture of himself in a Miami Dolphins cap, made a far more serious social media blunder Tuesday when he captioned a picture of the recent flooding in Houston with, "I warned you the #7tormsComing!!! #Houston."

Severe rains and subsequent flooding in Texas has killed several people and ...Read more

Manziel works with Browns' second-team offense at OTAS

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns strong safety Donte Whitner has been monitoring the main parking lot at team headquarters in recent weeks, and he's noticed a specific car is usually there earlier and later than the others.

It belongs to quarterback Johnny Manziel.

"He's taken the steps that it takes to be a good quarterback," Whitner said Tuesday after ...Read more

Key Seahawks miss OTA for various reasons

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RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks who took the field for the opening of organized team activities Tuesday hardly resembled the team that will be expected to take the field next fall.

Absent from the first of what are 10 voluntary workouts over the next three weeks were quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive ends Cliff Avril ...Read more

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ready for more pressure

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After the first spring practice on the first day of the rest of his career, Ben Roethlisberger fielded all kinds of questions about pressure: Pressure to improve on the best passing season of any Steelers quarterback, pressure from opposing defenses and, of course, the air pressure in the footballs he throws.

Last to first, how does he like his...Read more

Ex-Ravens DT Terrence Cody assigned August court date in felony animal cruelty case

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Former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been assigned an August court date in his felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor drug charge case.

Cody and his girlfriend, Kourtney Jammese Kelley, have been assigned an Aug. 11 court date in Baltimore County Circuit Court. They are both represented by Towson, Md., attorney Joe Murtha and are ...Read more

Ndamukong Suh off to fast start at Miami Dolphins OTAs

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Here's what Ndamukong Suh proved Tuesday as he practiced with the Dolphins for the first time:

A. He's as good as advertised, spending more time in the Dolphins' backfield than running back Lamar Miller.

B. The benefits of participating in the league's offseason conditioning program are wildly overrated -- at least for the best players.

Suh, ...Read more

Lions' Ihedigbo reports for OTAs amid contract issue

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James Ihedigbo is back, but the Detroit Lions safety has made little headway in getting a new contract.

Ihedigbo took part in the start of Organized Team Activities Tuesday after sitting out voluntary workouts for the first half of the offseason.

A Pro Bowl alternate last year, Ihedigbo is unhappy with the two-year, $3.1 million deal he signed...Read more

Contract aside, Steelers' Antonio Brown shows up for start of OTAs

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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown might be unhappy with his contract situation, but he won't be expressing any dissatisfaction by holding out from any team-related activities.

One month ago, the Post-Gazette confirmed that Brown was unhappy with his contract and was prepared to hold out. His absence from voluntary workouts lasted only a week, and...Read more