Rams try to convince Suh to be big part of rebuilt defense

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LOS ANGELES--Recruiting overtures from the Los Angeles Rams began last week, just after the Miami Dolphins released five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.

Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson made the initial pitch, touting the team's defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald, its "All Pro secondary" and "Super Bowl contender"...Read more

Carlos Hyde: Chance to revive Browns is 'something that definitely brought me back' to Ohio

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Carlos Hyde wanted to return to his home state so he could be closer to family, but the idea of helping the Browns become respectable again also appealed to the former Ohio State star.

After spending his first four NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Hyde signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Browns last week as a free agent. The...Read more

Former Bears coach John Fox joining ESPN as NFL analyst

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John Fox's parachute out of Chicago has guided him to ESPN. The recently fired Bears coach will be an NFL analyst for the network, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

That Fox, 63, would join the media is quite a twist, considering he never warmed to media in three seasons as Bears coach. He alienated local reporters with an ...Read more

Richard Sherman defends deal he struck with 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A man who has made a living defending NFL wide receivers on Tuesday spent time defending the contract he signed with the 49ers.

Richard Sherman's three-year, $39 million deal, which he signed on March 12, has been widely criticized because much of it is tied to incentives. At a news conference Tuesday, Sherman said the ...Read more

Ex-NFL running back Ricky Williams launches marijuana brand

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Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has launched his own marijuana brand.

The line called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams includes six products sold as salves, vape cartridges and tonics that contain "hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or a mix of both," according to the company. They also contain extracts ...Read more

Former Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin expected to surrender in Los Angeles

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Jonathan Martin, the former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle who was the subject of a bullying scandal in 2013 and the ensuing Wells Report in 2014, is expected to surrender to authorities in Los Angeles in connection to five criminal charges, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

A Los Angeles police spokesman told the L.A. ...Read more

Joe Thomas laughs at himself, Browns as he says goodbye and vows to be their No. 1 fan

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BEREA, Ohio -- Joe Thomas knew his farewell news conference would be emotional, so the future Hall of Famer kept the mood light Monday by turning part of his 17-minute farewell speech into a playful roast of former Browns coaches, executives and teammates.

After all, if you don't laugh, you'll cry. And Thomas made a concerted effort to avoid ...Read more

Michael Bennett says he's ready to help lead Eagles' charge to another Super Bowl

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He talked the talk about fitting into a defensive line rotation, but when he introduced himself to reporters Monday at the NovaCare Complex, Michael Bennett didn't really act like a guy who was easing toward a part-time role.

After riffing about how he didn't think there was a tight end in the league who could block him, Bennett, 32, name-...Read more

Ndamukong Suh to meet with Rams, who also agree with Dominique Easley on one-year deal

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LOS ANGELES -- Free-agent lineman Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, the latest potential plot twist in the Rams' remade defense.

On Monday, the Rams announced they had agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defensive lineman Dominique Easley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during training ...Read more

Former Vikings receiver Jarius Wright headed to the Panthers

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Former Vikings receiver Jarius Wright is headed to the Carolina Panthers, a league source confirmed to the Star Tribune.

The former 2012 fourth-round pick left the Vikings as one of the longest tenured players. Wright, who was cut Friday, appeared in 83 games, including four playoff games during which he caught nine passes for 129 yards. The ...Read more

Chargers sign former Dolphins center Mike Pouncey

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The Chargers addressed one of their more subtle needs this offseason, signing former Miami center Mike Pouncey to a two-year deal.

Pouncey, who visited with the Chargers after being released in a cost-cutting move by the Dolphins, is a former first-round pick who started in all 93 games of his seven-year career.

Pouncey is a three-time Pro ...Read more

Analyzing Lions RB LeGarrette Blount's 1-year, $2 million deal

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While some NFL teams lavished big contracts on free-agent running backs, the Detroit Lions avoided such a commitment with their major signing from the weekend, former Philadelphia Eagles back LeGarrette Blount.

Blount's contract with the Lions is for one year and a guaranteed $2 million, according to NFL Players Association records, with the ...Read more

Cowboys the only team in NFL with no free agent signings; now have five visits set

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FRISCO, Texas -- Every team in the NFL has at least made one addition since the start of free agency last week.

Every team, save for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys have had added no one while losing cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Washington Redskins), linebacker Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs), fullback Keith Smith (Oakland Raiders) and ...Read more

Another one out the door: CB Orlando Scandrick signs with rival Redskins

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Cornerback Orlando Scandrick didn't take long in finding a new home after requesting and being granted his release from the Dallas Cowboys.

Scandrick took the familiar route and joined the rival Washington Redskins on a two-year deal worth up to $10 million, according to sources.

Scandrick asked for released from the Cowboys last week and it ...Read more

Former Dolphins Mike Pouncey and Ndamukong Suh drawing plenty of interest from other teams

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A couple of the players the Miami Dolphins recently released have been in demand, and could find a new employer this week.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who the Dolphins gained $17 million in cap space by releasing last week, has visited the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans. The Seattle Seahawks have also expressed interest in ...Read more

Report: Marshawn Lynch will remain with Raiders in 2018

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Though nothing concrete indicated Marshawn Lynch wouldn't return to the Raiders for next season, some speculated the running back as a potential cut under Jon Gruden given his contract carries no dead money against the cap, among other reasons.

Well, Lynch will be a Raider in 2018, and a telling sign will kick in Sunday. According to NFL ...Read more

Orlando Scandrick gets release from Cowboys he asked for

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Orlando Scandrick's time with the Dallas Cowboys is coming to an end after a decade with the organization.

Coach Jason Garrett informed Scandrick of his release, which could come as soon as Monday, according to sources.

The move gives the Cowboys $1.4 million in cap space and allows Scandrick an opportunity to find a new home.

Scandrick, 31, ...Read more

Eric Reid says he knows why his free-agent market is quiet

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the excuses for why Colin Kaepernick has been out of the NFL for more than a year now is that he's a poor scheme fit for many teams.

The argument, which usually has come in the form of an anonymous quote from a team executive, is that Kaepernick is a running quarterback and that teams prefer their passers to be ...Read more

Ravens sign wide receiver Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Friday morning that he would have had interest in wide receiver Michael Crabtree regardless of whether Ryan Grant passed his physical or not. What he didn't say, but what should be quite obvious, is with Grant's deal falling apart because of concerns over his ankle, the sense of urgency to ...Read more

Packers sign CB Kyle Fuller to offer sheet; Bears must decide if they will match

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CHICAGO -- The Bears will have to match terms dictated by the rival Packers if they want to keep cornerback Kyle Fuller.

The Packers signed the 2014 first-round draft pick to an offer sheet Friday, and the Bears will have to review the deal and determine if they want to match it or lose him to the Packers and receive no compensation. Terms of ...Read more