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No shoulder surgery for Bears' Kyle Long this offseason

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bears' Kyle Long will keep his focus on rehabilitating from reconstructive surgery on his right ankle and has opted not to have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder this offseason.

Long has been rehabbing from surgery to repair his right ankle, which was seriously injured in the Nov. 13 loss to the ...Read more

Report: Kirk Cousins won't be traded to 49ers

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It looks as though the 49ers may not be getting Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, after all.

Cousins, who reportedly said he'd welcome a trade to San Francisco, had an exclusive franchise tag applied to him by the Redskins. Additionally, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Washington intends to keep their 28-year-old quarterback.

"He is ...Read more

Chiefs release franchise rushing leader Jamaal Charles

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Jamaal Charles' sterling nine-year run in Kansas City has come to an end, as the Chiefs announced Tuesday they have released the star running back.

Charles, 30, was set to enter the last year of his contract, which came with a $7 million salary cap number. The Chiefs will gain approximately $6.187 million in cap savings by releasing him.

"I ...Read more

Vikings won't exercise option on Adrian Peterson's contract

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For a decade in purple, Adrian Peterson gave Vikings fans plenty of thrills and chills, and later in his career conflicting feelings, as he plowed over would-be tacklers and pulled away from defenders in the open field.

His 2012 season, when he bounced back from a major injury suffered that previous December to win the league's Most Valuable ...Read more

Chiefs keep Eric Berry with multi-year deal that makes him NFL's top-paid safety

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The heart and soul of the Chiefs will remain in Kansas City.

On Tuesday, star safety Eric Berry and the Chiefs reached a six-year, $78 million contract agreement, a source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Star. The contract also includes $40 million guaranteed with a $20 million signing bonus, according to the source.

Berry, 28, is ...Read more

With Bell and Brown deals, Steelers show commitment to winning with their offensive stars

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The Steelers once thought of wide receivers as a dime a dozen and their actions proved that. Rarely since the days of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth did any receiver not named Hines Ward stick around beyond his rookie contract.

That changed in an historic way Monday when they signed Antonio Brown to a five-year, $72.71 million contract that ...Read more

Chiefs finalizing five-year, $41.25 million extension for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

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The Chiefs are finalizing a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension for guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a source confirmed to The Star on Monday.

Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has been the Chiefs' starter at right guard the last two years, starting 27 of 32 possible regular-season games. He was set to become a ...Read more

Antonio Brown, Steelers nearing new contract agreement

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The Steelers are getting close to a new contract for two-time All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown and could have a deal finalized this week during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

"I hope so," a team source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday.

The Steelers have made re-signing Brown, who is in the final year of a six-year, $43 ...Read more

Former Falcon Freeney to become unrestricted free agent

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Former Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney is set to enter free agency again.

Freeney, 37, wants to play a 16th season in the NFL, according to a USA Today sports report, which cites an unnamed source.

Freeney played 415 defensive snaps (37.4 percent) for the Falcons last season and had three sacks in the season and one...Read more

Not tagging Alshon Jeffery, bears opt to play receiver market

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As the Chicago Bears prepare to dive into free agency next week with millions to spend, receiver Alshon Jeffery is one step closer to a payday of his own on the open market. The team, as expected, has decided not to use the franchise tag on him.

The Bears in 2016 protected their rights to Jeffery by using the tag. Doing so again would have ...Read more

Panthers place franchise tag on Kawann Short

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In the climax of what has been a flurry of front-office activity surrounding the Carolina Panthers defensive line, the team's franchise tag was placed on defensive tackle Kawann Short on Monday afternoon.

The tag is non-exclusive, meaning Short can talk with and potentially sign an offer sheet with another team, which the Panthers could match ...Read more

Chiefs' Eric Berry maintains he will not play '17 season under franchise tag

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been very clear about his uncertain contract status. The pending free agent told The Star at the Super Bowl that he will sit out the season if he is franchise-tagged and not given a long-term contract by the July 15 deadline, and on Sunday, he reiterated that point when asked at the 101 Awards if he's changed his ...Read more

Le'Veon Bell gets Steelers' franchise tag, huge raise

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Le'Veon Bell just received a 1,200 percent raise in pay to play at least one more season with the Steelers.

The team used the exclusive franchise tag on its star halfback, two days before the deadline to do so, virtually guaranteeing he will play for them at least through next season.

Bell earned just under $1 million in salary last season ...Read more

Bears' Cutler, Jeffery face uncertain futures as NFL offseason heats up

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Indianapolis will again become the NFL's hub this week, playing host to the annual scouting combine. As always, much of the TV spotlight and outside hype will center around the 330 draft-eligible invitees who will partake in on-field testing, medical examinations and interview sessions.

Yet for Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox...Read more

LaDainian Tomlinson: Terrell Owens is a Hall of Fame player

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Count one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, among those who feel wide receiver Terrell Owens should have a bust in Canton, Ohio.

Tomlinson, elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, addressed Owens' controversial status before serving as an honorary starter for...Read more

Ravens safety Matt Elam arrested in Miami, facing drug charges

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Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested Saturday evening after police say he was speeding recklessly through Miami Beach in a Range Rover with an armed passenger and a Gucci book bag with marijuana, cash and jewelry.

"Detectives detected a strong odor of fresh/burning marijuana and a big cloud of smoke emitting from inside the vehicle," Miami ...Read more

Jerry Jones: No decision has been made on Cowboys QB Tony Romo

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It was a night of remembrance and celebration for Dallas Cowboys' 1992 Super Bowl title team.

But as owner Jerry Jones began to get emotional Saturday about the close relationships he had with his former players he was asked about the status of one his current favorites, quarterback Tony Romo.

Jones said no decision has been made on Romo's ...Read more

Five areas the Seahawks need to address this offseason

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The Seahawks enter the offseason again considered one of the favorites for the Super Bowl, currently listed at 15-1 to win it all next February in Minneapolis, the fifth-best odds in the NFL.

But they also enter the offseason in a seemingly more precarious state since 2012.

That spring the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson, which proved to be ...Read more

49ers to sign DT Earl Mitchell to four-year deal

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers found a big body to plug the center of their new defense on Friday when Earl Mitchell agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million overall.

The 49ers beat out three other teams -- Seattle, Atlanta and Denver -- in landing Mitchell, who goes 6-3, 310 pounds and will play the run-stuffing defensive tackle role in ...Read more

Browns to keep two of four compensatory picks

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The Browns were awarded four compensatory picks for April's draft, the NFL announced Friday.

They received one selection in the third round (No. 103 overall), two in the fourth (Nos. 139 and 142) and one in the fifth (No. 183).

However, the third-round pick will go to the New England Patriots because it's what the Browns agreed to surrender in...Read more