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

Chiefs coach says Eric Berry has completed cancer treatments, waiting on results

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Eric Berry's recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma continues to go well.

"Eric is doing well," Reid said Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities. "He's going to get his big end-of-the-school (year) exam down here. He's been through all the treatments, so now the doctor is going to sit down with him and go over ...Read more

Few details emerging on arrest of ex-Bear Ray McDonald

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Ray McDonald walked out of the Santa Clara County Jail on Monday after his latest legal troubles earlier in the day cost him his job with the Chicago Bears.

McDonald was released on bail, still facing misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and child endangerment stemming from an incident that occurred early Monday morning at an apartment in ...Read more

Lions punter Martin looking ahead, putting playoff kick behind him

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The last time Sam Martin punted a football in the NFL, it went 10 yards. It was one of several mistakes and tough calls that contributed to the Lions losing a playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.

It has been nearly five months since Martin punted that ball 10 yards, but he has forgotten about it. Actually, he has tried to forget about it.

...Read more

Bears' Ray McDonald arrested on domestic violence charge

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Ray McDonald's second chance with the Chicago Bears went only 62 days before he landed in police custody again Monday morning. Now, McDonald's third arrest in the last nine months leaves his status with the team in jeopardy and forces the new regime to contend with an unreciprocated trust in McDonald's vow to end his legal troubles.

McDonald ...Read more

John Madden discusses safety and trends in today's NFL; a question and answer

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SAN FRANCISCO -- John Madden says three different generations know him by three different names.

To those who remember him leading the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, he's Coach.

To those who best remember him as a broadcaster, he's John.

To the millions who play his football video game, he's Madden.

Regardless, at 79, the Hall of...Read more

Tim Jennings wants a role in Bears secondary, not a secondary role

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Tim Jennings gasped and bent forward, a series of post-practice sprints leaving him spent. The Bears' voluntary April minicamp had just finished and the 31-year-old cornerback was intent on getting in some extra conditioning.

Just outside Halas Hall, Jennings caught his breath and admitted it all felt pretty good. The work. The fatigue. The ...Read more

Defenses will have tough choices to make vs. Seahawks with Graham in tow

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The Jimmy Graham factor is real, and by adding him in a trade two months ago the Seahawks are daring teams to make a choice.

Graham is one of the NFL's elite tight ends, and he is a matchup nightmare for safeties who aren't big enough to hang with him or linebackers who aren't fast enough to run with him. But one of Graham's subtler effects is ...Read more

Cities scramble in race to build stadium in LA area

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LOS ANGELES -- The four-page letter to California's Department of Finance is crammed with enough legal jargon and land-use minutiae to make a second-year law student blanch.

Phrases such as "pursuant to the OPA ... to the JPA in violation of Section 34177.3..." fill the missive alleging "financial irregularities" connected to Carson's proposed ...Read more

Cowboys cornerback Scandrick gets contract extension

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All is well between cornerback Orlando Scandrick and the Dallas Cowboys after the two sides came to terms on a contract extension and a bump in pay on Friday.

Scandrick, who boycotted the first four weeks of the offseason program unhappy about his contract, returned on Monday with the promise of a new deal.

The Cowboys held their end of the ...Read more