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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

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence, assault rifle allegations

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San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle at a Los Gatos, Calif., home, authorities said.

Arrest and jail records show that Foster was booked at the Santa Clara County jail Sunday on the felony counts and released on $75,000 bail that evening.

A call ...Read more

Report: Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich to become Colts head coach

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Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is expected to become the next Indianapolis Colts head coach, according to the NFL Network.

Reich, 56, has been with the Eagles during the past two seasons as Doug Pederson's top assistant on offense. He would take the job that remained vacant after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh ...Read more

Chiefs are confident in leadership abilities of Patrick Mahomes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs coach Andy Reid stepped to the microphone and awaited the questions about Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes, the club's first-round pick in 2017, had just aced his first career start, completing 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards and leading the Chiefs' game-winning drive in a 27-24 victory at Denver to close out the regular season...Read more

NFL appears to have investigation of Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney on fast track

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney was scheduled to meet with an NFL investigator in Charlotte on Friday, the first step in a process he hopes will clear his name and help him get his job back.

Hurney was slated to answer questions Friday morning from Lisa Friel, the former New York City sex-crimes ...Read more

Instant connection between 49ers, Garoppolo led to quick deal

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- When the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo midway through the season, the two sides seemed headed for the franchise tag, a one-year contract during which they could get to know each other before committing to a long-term relationship.

As it turned out, the chemistry between quarterback and franchise was so strong and so ...Read more