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Lions sign linebacker Jerry Franklin

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The Detroit Lions signed journeyman linebacker Jerry Franklin Thursday.

Franklin did not play in the NFL last year after being cut by the New Orleans Saints just before the start of the season.

He's appeared in 20 games since going undrafted out of Arkansas in 2012 and had stints with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, ...Read more

Raiders agree to one-year lease extension in Oakland

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- With the Oakland Raiders' long-term plans still up in the air, team officials announced Thursday afternoon that the team had agreed to a one-year lease extension to remain at the O.Co Coliseum for the 2016 NFL season.

The deal also includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Raiders owner Mark Davis said at the press ...Read more

Archie Manning defends Cam Newton's abrupt news conference exit

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Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning defended Cam Newton's abrupt exit from his news conference after Super Bowl 50, saying it was similar to when Peyton Manning was criticized for heading directly to the locker room following Super Bowl XLIV.

"It's really hard, really, really hard," Archie Manning told reporters in Mississippi on Wednesday. "...Read more

Panthers OT Michael Oher skates at Levi's, but coach Ron Rivera had no complaints

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When someone says an offensive tackle was on skates, that's never a good thing.

But on a play in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50, Michael Oher looked like he actually ice skating on the field at Levi's Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers left tackle slid nearly 5 yards on a DeMarcus Ware rush late in the first quarter on a third down. On video ...Read more

Eagles re-sign linebacker Najee Goode

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The Eagles re-signed linebacker Najee Goode to a one-year contract Wednesday, keeping the four-year veteran off the open market.

Goode, 26, provides depth and is a proven special-teams contributor. He was set to become a free agent next month.

Goode originally joined the Eagles in 2013. He finished with 21 tackles and one sack that season ...Read more

Browns outside linebacker Bryant indicted on felony drug possession charges

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Browns outside linebacker Armonty Bryant was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony drug possession stemming from a Christmas-morning traffic stop, according to court records.

Former Browns safety De'Ante Saunders was also indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

The indictment was made public Wednesday.

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Former tight end Tony Gonzalez looks forward to being in Chiefs' Ring of Honor one day

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortly before the Chiefs' 23-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 25, former Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez allowed himself to think about the future.

Gonzalez was down on the field before the game, banging the team's huge ceremonial drum, when he looked up at the Ring of Honor that surrounds the interior lining of the ...Read more

Panthers GM Gettleman could use franchise tag on star CB Norman

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Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman isn't scared to use the franchise tag this offseason, and if he does, it will almost certainly be on All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.

Norman, who's set to be an unrestricted free agent in March, is a prime candidate to be tagged, which means he'll be with the Panthers for 2016 with guaranteed ...Read more

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DeMarcus Ware says he'll be back with Broncos

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Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller spearheaded a ferocious pass rush that frustrated Cam Newton and won the Denver Broncos the Lombardi Trophy. Ware apparently decided he's going to come back next year to try to win another title, according to bleacherreport.com.

After Denver's victory, the veteran linebacker, 33, talked ...Read more

Browns deny report that they 'lied' about Manziel suffering concussion

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The Browns denied a report from NFL Network claiming they lied about Johnny Manziel suffering a concussion late last season to cover up the troubled quarterback allegedly showing up to a practice drunk.

The team's stance is as follows:

Manziel suffered a concussion Dec. 27 in a 17-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs but wasn't diagnosed with the...Read more

Raiders cut ties with safety Nate Allen

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Safety Nate Allen, one of the Raiders big-ticket items in free agency last year, was released Tuesday, the club announced.

Allen played in five games with three starts. He had knee injury that didn't require surgery in the regular-season opener against Cincinnati and was placed on injured reserve/designated for return.

When ...Read more

Falcons owner Arthur Blank diagnosed with prostate cancer

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer.

"In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer," Blank said in a statement on Tuesday. "Over the last several weeks Angie (Macuga) and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify ...Read more

Cam Newton: No regrets on Super Bowl news conference

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Tuesday that he has no regrets for how he handled the Super Bowl news conference, where he mostly said one-word answers and walked off after about three minutes.

"I've been on record to say I'm a sore loser," Newton said at his locker Tuesday morning. "Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and...Read more

Panthers WR Philly Brown: Don't suspend Aqib Talib for intentional facemask

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Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has admitted he intentionally pulled down Carolina Panthers receiver Philly Brown by his facemask, but Brown doesn't want Talib suspended to start the 2016 season.

"I don't think Talib should be suspended," Brown tweeted Tuesday afternoon. "I hope he plays when we travel to (D)enver next (year). He was ...Read more

Marshawn Lynch's agent offers further confirmation of retirement

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A day after the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch had announced his retirement in a wordless tweet, tributes continued to pour in.

"One of the realist ... " Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor tweeted Monday afternoon. "I'm grateful to have met a brother like him. He will definitely be missed!!!"

Lynch announced his retirement during the Super Bowl on ...Read more

Broncos' Von Miller loves Super Bowl ring more than MVP trophy

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Von Miller picked up the MVP award at a Monday morning news conference.

The Denver Broncos linebacker smiled and posed with the Pete Rozelle Trophy.

But Miller said getting his Super Bowl ring will mean more.

"The Super Bowl MVP is special, but the Super Bowl ring is something that I will keep with me for the rest of my life,...Read more

Police seek arrest warrants in LeSean McCoy bar incident

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An argument over champagne at an Old City nightclub devolved into a brutal beatdown early Sunday, leaving two off-duty cops in the hospital and a group of football players including ex-Eagle LeSean McCoy facing possible arrest, according to incident reports.

The 2:45 a.m. fight, inside the Recess Lounge on 2nd Street, remains under ...Read more

Eagles release embattled WR Riley Cooper

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Riley Cooper's controversial career in Philadelphia concluded on Monday when the Eagles released the polarizing wide receiver after six seasons with the team.

Cooper, 28, would have counted $5.3 million against the salary cap in 2016. There is $2.4 million in dead money, so the team saved $2.9 million against the cap by releasing Cooper.

The ...Read more

Broncos' Gary Kubiak latest coach to make the most of his second chance

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Call it the Revenge of the Retreads.

Once again, one team's trash is another's treasure.

On Sunday, Gary Kubiak became the fourth head coach in five years to win the Super Bowl after getting fired from his previous head coaching job.

The company is good.

Bill Belichick in 2015. Pete Carroll in 2014. And Tom Coughlin in 2012....Read more