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Miami signs six ex-players, including QB Dan Marino, so they can retire as Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins signed six ex-players Wednesday -- quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino, cornerback Sam Madison, guard Larry Little, wide receiver Nat Moore and defensive end/linebacker Kim Bokamper -- so they can retire as Dolphins.

Each player signed a contract, was added to the active roster, and then officially retired as a member of ...Read more

Julius Thomas passes physical, clearing hurdle needed to finalize Dolphins trade

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According to a league source, Julius Thomas passed a physical that was necessary to complete his pending trade to the Miami Dolphins.

The Jacksonville Jaguars tight end has also reportedly agreed to restructure his contract, potentially lowering his base salary in 2018 and 2019.

Neither Thomas' deal, nor the corresponding deal which sends left...Read more

Mike Tolbert says he has nothing but respect for way Panthers handled his release

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Fullback Mike Tolbert finished working out Tuesday morning at Bank of America Stadium and was kicking back with a protein shake.

That it was not a Budweiser tall boy or a vanilla shake might surprise some Carolina Panthers fans who've snickered at Tolbert's beer-league body and wondered how he has lasted nine NFL seasons and gone to three Pro ...Read more

Speculation heightening as Bears explore trade options for Jay Cutler

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With the opening of NFL free agency just a little more than two weeks away, the speculation circus is already raising its curtain. And as far as Bears fans are concerned, curiosity over Jay Cutler's status in Chicago will quickly begin to surge again.

On Tuesday evening, ESPN reported that the Bears had actively begun seeking a trade partner ...Read more

Deshaun Watson not sold on parallels to Cowboys' Prescott but hopes to match rookie year

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Deshaun Watson, a two-time winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, understands why some NFL scouts liken him to the reigning NFL Rookie of the Year.

The former Clemson star, one of four O'Brien recipients recognized Monday night at the Fort Worth Club, is not sure he'd draw a parallel between himself and Dallas Cowboys ...Read more

Dolphins plan to trade Albert to Jaguars for draft pick, but not Julius Thomas

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Executing a multiple-player trade in the NFL is rare because of all the moving parts, and it appears that the Dolphins have backed off their pursuit to acquire tight end Julius Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a deal for left tackle Branden Albert.

Instead of a player-for-player swap, which had been discussed, sources say the Dolphins ...Read more

Deshaun Watson, two-time O'Brien winner, seeks to sway NFL scouts

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Through the testimony of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, the warning has been sounded to every NFL general manager in regard to quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The two-time winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, who will formally accept the 2016 version of the trophy Monday night at the Fort Worth Club, ranks among the more ...Read more

Dolphins working to finalize trade sending Branden Albert to Jaguars for Julius Thomas

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Dolphins are working on a trade with the Jaguars that would swap Miami left tackle Branden Albert with Jacksonville tight end Julius Thomas, according to league sources.

The trade may be contingent on Albert and Thomas restructuring their contracts. The players would also need to pass physicals, and a deal can't be ...Read more

Cameron Wake signs two-year, $19 million contract extension with Dolphins

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Cameron Wake didn't just earn a Pro Bowl nod and Comeback Player of the Year consideration with his dominant 2016.

He earned another year with the Dolphins, and some more guaranteed money.

Wake signed a contract extension through 2018 season Saturday. The terms: two years, $19 million, including $11 million guaranteed, ESPN reported.

Wake was...Read more

Dolphins release Branden Albert, Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell to clear cap space

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Miami Dolphins are making a series of cuts Thursday -- including releasing left tackle Branden Albert and defensive linemen Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell -- to free an additional $20 million in salary cap space ahead of free agency.

A league source confirmed those plans, which also include the release of cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Albert's...Read more

Steelers make Antonio Brown contract extension a priority

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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team has made it a priority to extend the contract of Antonio Brown as soon as possible and are already in negotiations with the two-time All-Pro receiver.

Brown has one year remaining on a five-year, $42 million deal and the Steelers have already had active discussions with his agent, Drew ...Read more

Dolphins' Kenny Stills among players who pulled out of goodwill trip to Israel

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Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills was one of a half dozen NFL players who pulled out of what was intended to be a goodwill trip to Israel.

Only five of 11 players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit.

Stills, an impending free agent expected to land a lucrative contract when free ...Read more

Chiefs will likely pass on 2017 option for backup quarterback Nick Foles

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When Nick Foles signed with the Chiefs in early August, he joined the team to reunite with coach Andy Reid, whom he trusted to help him develop as a quarterback.

It now appears that Foles could move to another team, as a source confirmed to The Star on Wednesday that the Chiefs will likely pass on Foles' contract option for the 2017 season.

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Panthers' Jagr turning 45, but like other all-time greats shows no signs of stopping

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He's often referred to as the ageless wonder and the label sure seems to fit as Florida Panthers top-line right wing Jaromir Jagr turned 45 years old on Wednesday.

While no one can defeat Father Time, Jagr has certainly fended him off like he does most opposing defenders who dare try to take the puck from him.

Last season, Jagr became the ...Read more

Former San Diego Union-Tribune owner contacts NFL regarding stadium

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SAN DIEGO -- Local developer Doug Manchester has contacted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressing a desire to build a privately-financed stadium in Mission Valley.

Manchester, the former owner of The San Diego Union-Tribune, told Goodell he had "assembled a powerful group of associates" who will develop the land on which Qualcomm Stadium ...Read more

Will Le'Veon Bell get Steelers' franchise tag?

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The clock on Le'Veon Bell's contract status begins Wednesday, when the Steelers can issue him the franchise tag in order to guarantee he remains with them for at least one year.

The Steelers and other NFL teams have until March 1 to use the franchise tag on one player. The Steelers are expected to give Bell the franchise tag during that two-...Read more

NFL issues Seahawks warning for Richard Sherman injury situation

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The Seahawks have received a warning from the NFL, but will get no other penalty, after the league reviewed the circumstances of how the team handled disclosing an injury to cornerback Richard Sherman, sources told the Seattle Times, confirming a report earlier Tuesday from the league-owned NFL Network.

The NFL determined that the Seahawks ...Read more

Police respond to call involving Raiders' Aldon Smith

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Police responded to a call involving Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith early Saturday morning just weeks before he was set to met with the NFL about the possibility of being reinstated.

Smith and an unnamed person who made the initial report are cooperating with police, San Francisco Police officer Grace Gatpanden said Monday. The SFPD would not ...Read more

Myles Garrett says he just wants to be picked No. 1 overall

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A day after a video of Myles Garrett begging his hometown Dallas Cowboys to acquire him in a hypothetical trade-up scenario with the Browns went viral, the Texas A&M defensive end insisted he's not concerned about which team drafts him April 27.

"It doesn't matter at all," Garrett said Saturday night in a video tweeted by Houston TV station FOX...Read more

Seahawks' Bennett pulls out of planned trip by NFL players to Israel

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who was scheduled to be one of 11 NFL players to visit Israel next week as part of a goodwill tour sponsored by the Israeli government, has decided not to make the trip, apparently over concerns that his involvement would be construed as approving the country's policies, and in particular in regards to ...Read more