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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

Rams revamp staff, turn focus to roster

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LOS ANGELES -- In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Rams' playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons last month, their Coliseum locker room was filled with voices of players reflecting on the game and the season.

For Trumaine Johnson, there was a period of prolonged silence.

A reporter had asked the cornerback if it struck him that, after playing six ...Read more

Ben Agajanian, one-time L.A. Ram who changed placekicking, dies at 98

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LOS ANGELES -- Ben Agajanian, who would one day become a Trivial Pursuit answer for his placekicking prowess, nearly saw his professional football career end before it started.

He lost four toes on his right foot in an industrial accident when he was a kicker for the University of New Mexico in 1941. All but his little toe were damaged beyond ...Read more

Are Panthers giving minorities a fair shake in general manager, ownership searches?

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While Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney waits for the NFL to finish its investigation into allegations he harassed his ex-wife, the three minority candidates who interviewed for the general manager job also remain in limbo.

With the GM search on hold, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance says he's satisfied the Panthers ...Read more

Chiefs say goodbye to veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson

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The Chiefs have decided to let inside linebacker Derrick Johnson hit free agency in March.

Johnson told The Star on Tuesday that he was made aware of the club's decision during a recent discussion with general manager Brett Veach.

Johnson, a 35-year-old four-time Pro Bowler, recorded 71 tackles and seven pass deflections in 2017, his 13th NFL ...Read more

Woman says Chiefs' Kareem Hunt shoved her, another police report lists her as suspect

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An Ohio woman told police that Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt "shoved and pushed" her over the weekend, but a second police report lists her as a suspect.

The woman, Abigail Ottinger, 19, said she was shoved during a dispute early Saturday morning at The Metropolitan at the 9, Hunt's hotel apartment in downtown Cleveland. The story was first ...Read more

Former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel says he is bipolar, seeks return to NFL

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Johnny football wants a second chance at an NFL career.

And he believes he's discovered one of the major obstacles previously standing in his way.

On Monday, in a taped interview with "Good Morning America," the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback said that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Manziel revealed that he was diagnosed ...Read more

If John DeFilippo brings Vikings quarterback stability, his stay in Minnesota may not last long

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Growing up the son of a coach, new Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo got an early taste of the nomadic path he would take as a professional when his father, Gene, moved from Ohio to jobs in Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky before settling in Philadelphia as the athletic director at Villanova.

"I think I've lost count, but I ...Read more