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Darren McFadden has been where Ezekiel Elliott is as the No. 4 overall pick

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IRVING, Texas -- Darren McFadden has been in Ezekiel Elliott's cleats. He was the fourth overall choice in 2008. Elliott was the fourth overall choice last month.

"Coming in as the fourth overall pick is going to be a lot of weight on your shoulders," McFadden said. "But I feel like it's something he can handle. He's been doing a great job in ...Read more

Browns' Pryor says he's '10 times' better as receiver: 'I don't even call it a transition anymore'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Terrelle Pryor's confidence as a wide receiver has grown so much this offseason that the big, athletic former quarterback no longer views his transition as such.

"I don't even call it a transition anymore," Pryor said Wednesday after the fifth practice of organized team activities. "I feel like I'm there. I already transitioned. ...Read more

New Eddie Lacy taking shape for Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Shortly after the Green Bay Packers began practice Tuesday, the running backs gathered in the back corner of Ray Nitschke Field. One by one, the players moved quickly through a footwork drill. Coach Ben Sirmans was a phantom defender.

Like moths to a flame, the media horde assembled. This was the first organized team activity...Read more

Vikings' Walsh: 'I thought I had one of my better years'

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It's not quite the same as a January wild-card game at TCF Bank Stadium, but, for the record, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh made all five field-goal attempts during the team portion of the OTA session that was held in the team's indoor facility Wednesday morning.

In his first attempts during a team portion of an OTA session, Walsh was straight ...Read more

Raiders studying Las Vegas option

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, South Florida, and Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Raiders, meanwhile, are simply looking for a place to call home.

With little to no progress on a new stadium in Oakland, Raiders owner Mark Davis has turned his full attention to Las Vegas and said he'll move his team there if that city ...Read more

L.A. is awarded 2021 Super Bowl by NFL

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Four months after giving the Rams the green light to return to Los Angeles, NFL owners on Tuesday awarded the city the right to host the Super Bowl in early 2021, after an absence of 28 years.

The game will be played at the soon-to-be built $2.6-billion Inglewood stadium, which is scheduled to open for the 2019 season.

In ...Read more

South Florida lands 2020 Super Bowl, plans festival for NFL Centennial celebration

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The drought is over, and the Super Bowl is coming back.

NFL owners voted Tuesday to award Super Bowl LIV (54) to South Florida in February 2020, ending a string of rejections.

The game at the Miami Dolphins' newly renovated stadium in Miami Gardens will be a record 11th to be staged in South Florida, breaking a tie with New Orleans.

It will ...Read more

NFL owners award 2019 Super Bowl to Atlanta

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The Super Bowl is headed back to Atlanta after a vote Tuesday by NFL owners to play America's No. 1 sporting event in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February 2019.

It will be the third Super Bowl played in Atlanta and the first since 2000.

One of four bidders for the 2019 Super Bowl, Atlanta won on the owners' fourth ballot. Miami and Tampa ...Read more

WR Kelvin Benjamin missing from Panthers first OTA practice

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The most glaring absence at the Carolina Panthers' first OTA session was third-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin, kicker Graham Gano and defensive tackle Paul Soliai were given excused absences to attend to their respective family issues.

Rivera said he expects all three to return later this week for other ...Read more

NFL owners approve modest changes to instant replay system

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The Ravens withdrew their proposal for an expansion of instant replay last week because although it had generated some support, there remained some influential NFL officials who were strongly opposed to it.

The NFL competition committee instead proposed some relatively minor alterations to the system that are focused on helping the game ...Read more

Steelers' Bell says Bengals were trying to injure him intentionally

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Le'Veon Bell, halfback thumper and nouveau rapper, performed his best Tony the Tiger impersonation after his first football practice since last fall.

"I feel GREAT," Bell intoned early Tuesday afternoon as the Steelers completed their first spring practice.

He did not feel that way last Nov. 1 at Heinz Field, when the pain in his injured right...Read more

Adam Gase's youth, energy and enthusiasm scoring points with Dolphins players

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Adam Gase, the NFL's youngest head coach, could be anywhere on the field during a Miami Dolphins practice. Sometimes you might see the 37-year-old bundle of energy rushing the passer, other times defending receivers.

But whatever Gase is doing, you can bet he's doing it with enthusiasm and energy.

"Definitely a lot of enthusiasm," newly-signed...Read more

NFL owners will use secret ballot to vote for 2018-2020 Super Bowl host cities

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NFL owners will vote on whether they should kick off their second century with a Super Bowl in the nation's second-largest market.

By secret ballot Tuesday, the league's 32 owners will take the unusual step of naming the host cities for three consecutive Super Bowls, from 2018 through 2020.

Los Angeles, which last played ...Read more

NFL Hall of Famer pleads guilty in Kansas City to tax fraud

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Ronald Jack Mix, a lawyer and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Kansas City to tax fraud in a case involving worker's compensation claims he filed for former athletes.

Mix, 78, a California resident who practices law in the San Diego area, illegally paid a non-lawyer for referrals on clients, ...Read more

With the NFL back in Los Angeles, Super Bowl can't be far behind, perhaps as soon as 2020

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LOS ANGELES -- It was early 1993, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was in football heaven.

He walked out of a tunnel at the Rose Bowl -- site of the seventh and most recent Super Bowl in the Los Angeles area -- and into the Southern California sunshine.

"It was one of the greatest memories of my life and certainly of my career," Jones ...Read more

New Lions WR Jones establishing relationship with QB Stafford

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They're not finishing each other's sentences yet, but wide receiver Marvin Jones and quarterback Matthew Stafford are beginning to develop a rapport that should serve both them and the Detroit Lions well this fall.

"We've had a month, a little over a month to get some camaraderie between the quarterbacks and the wide receivers and everything's ...Read more

'Happiness is a good cure': Steelers rookies bring smiles at Children's Hospital

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In addition to his responsibilities on the football field, Steelers first-round draft pick Artie Burns, a cornerback out of Miami, must provide for his younger brothers, Thomas and Jordan, and toddler son, A.J.

Burns is connected to and responsible for children in ways that most 21-year-olds aren't, giving him the right combination of ...Read more

Ron Jaworski's golf empire now includes 7 courses

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Ron Jaworski has enjoyed much success over the years as the longtime Eagles starting quarterback, an ESPN football analyst and a businessman. But he still loves to talk about the times he used to sneak onto South Park, a nine-hole public golf course in Buffalo, N.Y., and play a few holes.

"Where I went to junior high school, we'd have a lunch ...Read more

Browns CB Haden on comeback from ankle surgery: 'I'm not missing any games'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden doesn't have a definitive timetable for his return to football, but he's convinced his offseason ankle surgery won't prevent him from missing any regular-season games this year.

"I think I'm going to be back definitely for sure not to miss any regular-season time," Haden said ...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott gets $16.3 million signing bonus in $24.9 million deal with Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel is officially signed, sealed and delivered.

The fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft inked a four-year, $24.9 million deal with the Cowboys on Wednesday, including a $16.3 million signing bonus, per sources.

The deal is fully guaranteed and comes with a fifth-year option.

Elliott's agreement tops that ...Read more