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Rams agree to trade for Peters

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Rams did not wait until the start of free agency or the NFL draft to address a pressing need at cornerback.

On Friday, the Rams agreed to trade unspecified draft picks for two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The people requested ...Read more

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin taken into custody in connection with Instagram post that closed school

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LOS ANGELES -- Former NFL player and Harvard-Westlake alumnus Jonathan Martin was taken into custody Friday in connection with an Instagram post that displayed a shotgun and referenced the Los Angeles school by name, a source told the Los Angeles Times.

A picture of the weapon with the words Harvard Westlake written across the barrel triggered ...Read more

Disturbing post on Jonathan Martin's Instagram account about Dolphins, bullying shuts down high school

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A high school in California was shut down after an Instagram account of former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin showed a disturbing picture with threatening commentary on Friday morning.

Martin was one of the major figures in the bullying scandal that sideswiped the Dolphins' 2013 season. An Instagram account under his name ...Read more

Chiefs will trade mercurial Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to Rams

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The Chiefs have finalized a trade that will send cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, two sources confirmed to The Star on Friday.

The trade concludes Peters' three-year run in Kansas City, which was filled with multiple highs -- his two Pro Bowl and All-Pro appearances -- and lows, most of which occurred during a tumultuous 2017 ...Read more

Sebastian Janikowski on the Raiders, Jon Gruden, and what's next for a man about to turn 40

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Sebastian Janikowski is alive and kicking. Has been kicking since Week 8 last season, in fact.

And the man known to his teammates as "Seabass" intends to keep on kicking after 19 years, a Raiders franchise record 268 games and approximately $46 million in salary and bonus money.

"When I got healthy, I thought I was going to come back and kick,...Read more

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson might get his bidding war after all

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Multiple deep-pocketed individuals are being mentioned as potential bidders for the Carolina Panthers, put up for sale in January by longtime owner and founder Jerry Richardson.

That could be good news for Richardson, who owns 48 percent of the franchise, and his minority partners.

The Panthers could sell for between $2.3 billion and $2.8 ...Read more

Eagles' Alshon Jeffery played with torn rotator cuff; surgery could sideline him through preseason

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A source close to the situation confirmed an NFL.com report Wednesday that Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has undergone surgery to repair his right rotator cuff. The source said the goal is for Jeffery to be ready for the 2018 regular season, though he could return during the preseason if all goes well.

Jeffery, 28, one of the Eagles' ...Read more

Marty Hurney gets Panthers' full-time GM job, golden parachute that comes with it

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Jerry Richardson is keeping the band together as long as he can.

In what figure to be among his final moves as the Carolina Panthers owner and founder -- although as the past two months have taught us, expect the unexpected with this franchise -- Richardson rewarded head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney with new contracts.

If ...Read more

Dolphins put franchise tag on WR Jarvis Landry

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who led the NFL with 112 receptions in 2017, has received the non-exclusive franchise tag from the Miami Dolphins. The thinking, according to a source, is the Dolphins want to keep a player they've drafted and developed.

Salary projections for wide receivers with the 2018 franchise tag are in the $16 ...Read more

Roster rebuild begins: Bears cut LB Jerrell Freeman

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In advance of the Bears' foray into roster rebuilding, the club has begun tidying up their roster.

The Bears on Tuesday informed inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman his contract will be terminated. Pro Football Talk first reported the news.

With the start of the new league year -- and free agency -- slated for March 14, it's the first of what is...Read more

Baker Mayfield says he's more than scrambling playmaker and social media provocateur

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Baker Mayfield doesn't plan on changing the essence of who he is as a football player.

He might try to be less flamboyant on social media, but the Heisman-winning Oklahoma quarterback thinks he has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL.

Mayfield was at the Fort Worth Club on Monday night to pick up the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback ...Read more

Ex-Carolina Panther Rae Carruth won't ever get custody of son he wanted dead, grandma says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth has broken a 17-year silence and has apologized from behind bars for his role in the death of Cherica Adams.

In a letter to and later a phone interview with Charlotte television station WBTV this month, Carruth said he "feels responsible" for both the death of Cherica Adams ...Read more

Panthers reinstate Marty Hurney as interim GM after NFL's inquiry

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney was reinstated Friday following the NFL's two-week investigation into harassment allegations made by his ex-wife.

The league said it found no evidence to support Jeanne Hurney's claims of "domestic violence or similar conduct" that would have violated the NFL's personal ...Read more

Dolphins coaches, staff donate $17,500 to family of Douglas coach Aaron Feis, killed in school shooting

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The feeling of helplessness has been pervasive in South Florida since Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead.

Darren Rizzi, Miami Dolphins assistant coach/special teams, took action because he was acquainted with Douglas assistant football coach Aaron Feis, one of the victims. Feis ...Read more

Jimmy Garoppolo's $137 million deal means there's a big payday ahead for Dak Prescott

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Shortly after Dak Prescott's sensational rookie season, amid the hoopla of owner Jerry Jones being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Dallas Cowboys brass gleefully resigned themselves to the fact they would one day make a neophyte quarterback the highest paid player in the NFL.

It made sense, considering the excitement surrounding ...Read more

Sebastian Janikowski's agent: 'At 39, Sebastian is too young to retire'

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Even though he turns 40 in less than three weeks, Sebastian Janikowski still intends on playing for an NFL team next season. Just not the team he's played for since the start of the century.

The Raiders have decided not to bring back their longtime kicker, ESPN reported Wednesday. Janikowski was the team's longest-tenured player in franchise ...Read more

AJ McCarron will be unrestricted free agent after winning grievance vs. Bengals

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The path for the Browns to secure AJ McCarron as their next starting quarterback became easier Thursday.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of McCarron in his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals, determining the two-time national champion from the University of Alabama will be an unrestricted free agent when the new NFL year begins at 4 p.m. ...Read more

Report: Raiders won't bring back kicker Janikowski

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Veteran place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has played more games than any player in franchise history, won't return to the Raiders in 2018, according to an ESPN report.

Janikowski, an 18-year veteran, missed the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with a back injury, with Giorgio Tavecchio taking over place kicking ...Read more

Lions president Rod Wood insists: 'We're not trying to replicate Patriots'

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Rod Wood insists he didn't set out to build the Midwest version of the New England Patriots when he oversaw a change in the entire Detroit Lions operation some two years ago, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that's what's happened.

Wood hired Ernie Accorsi as a consultant to help the Lions find a general manager late in the 2015 season. ...Read more

Mike Preston: Ravens are at least one or two playmakers away from contending

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Regardless of a team's record, the season usually comes down to about 10 plays.

If a team has playmakers, it can overcome its obstacles and get to the postseason. These are the players who can make those 10 plays.

The Ravens' top priority this offseason is to find an offensive playmaker or two. They have other needs, but they are still in the ...Read more