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Jason Mackey: Troy Polamalu and the 'compelling obligation' that has led to him reconnecting with Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH — Troy Polamalu waited a few extra seconds before answering the question, either trying to gather the right words or not offend. It was the polar opposite of the Tasmanian Devil approach he employed on the football field, a trait nearly as distinguishable as his hair and something that made him not only one of the most revered ...Read more

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For the Vikings, NIL rules add another layer of unpredictability to the NFL draft

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Each year as the Vikings prepare for the NFL draft, General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah asks his football operations staff for names of underclassmen they expect to leave college a year or two early, so he and the team's scouts can study them more closely. Increasingly, Adofo-Mensah finds some of the players he's scouted are going back to school....Read more

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Police say Chiefs' Rashee Rice was driving well above 100 mph before crash: report

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Kansas City Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice was driving 119 miles per hour just seconds before his crash on a Dallas highway, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The newspaper, which acquired Rice’s arrest affidavit, stated that the Lamborghini Urus driven by Rice was going 119 mph some 4.5 seconds before he collided with other cars. The ...Read more

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Edge rushers

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Welcome to draft season! This is the second of 11 positional breakdowns leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are my top 10 edge rushers, plus "bonus" players I believe will be drafted or signed as a priority free agent:

— 1. Jared Verse (Jr., Florida State, 6-foot-4, 254 pounds)

After his 2020 season at Albany was canceled due to ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: How the Steelers' signing of local QB Charlie Batch has turned into 'so much more'

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PITTSBURGH — When the Steelers signed Charlie Batch to a one-year contract in 2002, team president Art Rooney II insisted expectations were fairly modest.

“We thought we were getting a backup quarterback,” Rooney said. “We got so much more than that.”

Not that he needed a reminder, but if Rooney wanted to assess what Batch has become...Read more

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Former Patriots QB Tom Brady leaves door open to late-season NFL return

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BOSTON — Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left the door open to a possible NFL return Thursday, saying he wouldn’t be opposed to playing again if he received a late-season call from a playoff team that had lost its starting quarterback.

Brady was asked on the DeepCut podcast if he would pick up the phone for such a team, possibly the ...Read more

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Sam Farmer: Silence spoke volumes about O.J. Simpson's deeply tarnished football legacy

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The terse response from the Pro Football Hall of Fame to O.J. Simpson's death says so much in so few words.

No flowery language. No hyperbole. Straight facts.

"O.J. Simpson was the first player to reach a rushing mark many thought could not be attained in a 14-game season when he topped 2,000 yards," Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim ...Read more

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2024 NFL draft prospect rankings: Defensive tackles

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Editor's note: The Union-Tribune's Eddie Brown is breaking down prospects, position by position, leading up to the NFL draft (April 25-27). Here are his top 10 defensive tackles, plus "bonus" players he believes will be drafted or signed as a priority free agents:

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— 1. Jer'Zhan Newton (Jr., Illinois, 6-foot-2, 304 pounds)

Newton ...Read more

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David Furones' 2024 NFL mock draft

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel’s 2024 NFL mock draft series continues with Miami Dolphins beat writer David Furones’ first-round selections. Trades were factored into this mock draft. The NFL draft is April 25-27 in Detroit.

1) Chicago Bears (from Carolina): Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Maybe there’s some hubbub over a possible switch in the ...Read more

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Former Ravens star Terrell Suggs arrested, charged with assault in Arizona after allegedly threatening to kill another driver

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BALTIMORE — Former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested in Arizona on Tuesday after allegedly threatening to kill another driver and pulling out a gun at a Starbucks drive-through last month, according to police records.

Suggs, 41, was charged with threatening and intimidating, and disorderly conduct with a weapon. He was released ...Read more

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Fletcher Cox finishes off his NFL career with a farewell to the Eagles and family by his side

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PHILADELPHIA — Experiencing the magnitude of the moment, Fletcher Cox let out a sigh into the microphone in front of him.

The gust of air that emanated from his 6-foot-4, 310-pound frame was so strong that the NovaCare Complex auditorium sound system crackled in response. Cox laughed, then took another breath, as he put his emotions into ...Read more

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How Travis Kelce played a role in this Chiefs running back returning to Kansas City

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire could have ended up with a few other NFL teams following free agency this offseason.

So why did the running back return to the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year deal?

He said one big reason was his teammates — and especially tight end Travis Kelce.

“Personal level, from football to on a day-to-day basis, he’s ...Read more

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Source: Patriots, safety Kyle Dugger agree to 4-year, $58M deal

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BOSTON — The game of tag is over.

After placing the transition tag on safety Kyle Dugger to keep him through next season, the Patriots have re-signed their top safety to a 4-year, $58 million contract with $32.5 million guaranteed, a source told the Boston Herald.

Dugger’s new contract carries a maximum value of $66 million. He was set to ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Want to feel better about Dolphins' offseason? Check out the AFC East.

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Somewhere in the past two Miami Dolphins decades — the precise fallen era eludes me — I suggested that somehow, someway, those holding this franchise in the center of the universe will emerge from another squashed season with renewed hope.

And now that way is clear: The rest of the AFC East. It isn’t just in disarray. It’s in freefall. ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Busy Texans aim to do with C.J. Stroud what Chargers couldn't pull off with Justin Herbert

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SAN DIEGO — Like few other NFL teams this offseason, the Houston Texans are as acquisitive as Richard Pryor's character in Brewster's Millions.

You know, the movie whose protagonist must spend $30 million in 30 days in order to inherit $300 million.

Shopping, shopping and shopping, the Texans have added no fewer than seven players to their ...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: J.J. McCarthy or Drake Maye? Former Minnesota Gophers coach breaks down Vikings' options.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings are deep into their reconnaissance work on quarterbacks in the draft class with the mission of identifying The Guy.

The two quarterbacks most often linked to the Vikings by various mocketeers are North Carolina's Drake Maye and Michigan's J.J. McCarthy.

One man has firsthand knowledge of both.

As Gophers defensive ...Read more

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NFL mock draft: Two-round projections with trades as team needs come into focus

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It’s officially draft month.

The first round of the 2024 NFL draft begins April 25 in Detroit, which means there are only a few weeks left for prospects to make their final impressions and teams to solidify their big boards as they fill their remaining roster holes.

Here are The Baltimore Sun’s latest projections for the first two rounds, ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Are Dolphins free-agent moves good enough to deliver a playoff win?

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Every NFL offseason, it’s the same free-agency fantasy.

We see it with the Dolphins, we see it all over the NFL.

Hope abounds.

No, let’s be real.

Hope runs amok.

Player A replaces Player B, and Player A will be even better because … and then you concoct some unlikely scenario in which Player A, as your team’s coach and general ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: There's still some unknown about the Rashee Rice crash. But the known is inexcusable.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royce West, the attorney and Texas state senator representing Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice, stepped in front of a collection of microphones at 1:34 p.m. Thursday.

By 1:36 p.m., he’d cleared up, and stunningly so, I might add, the most pressing question about a multi-vehicle crash that resulted from an apparent race ...Read more

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Giants re-sign defensive weapon Isaiah Simmons, agree to terms with RB Dante Miller

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NEW YORK — The Giants re-signed defensive weapon Isaiah Simmons on Friday and agreed to terms with former South Carolina running back Dante Miller.

Simmons, 25, was effective in strategic usage under previous defensive coordinator Wink Martindale last season, particularly as a blitzer and in coverage against running backs.

He lined up at ...Read more