Cowboys to play in Hall of Fame Game, watch Jones induction

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The Dallas Cowboys can officially set their plans for the week-long Hall of Fame party honoring owner Jerry Jones.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that the Cowboys will play the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game, set for Aug. 3 at the new Tom Benson Stadium.

The game will be played two days before Jones will be...Read more

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill won't require knee surgery, per source

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, sidelined late last season with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, will be ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April without having surgery on the knee, according to a source.

Tannehill sprained the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the knee against Arizona ...Read more

The Chargers' Anthony Lynn has surrounded himself with head-coaching experience

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CARSON, Calif. -- The large glass windows inside the American Express Club at StubHub Center offered a picturesque pitch that the Los Angeles Chargers will turn into their home field.

Across the room is a private bar, cold beer on tap. To the left, there are private restrooms and a kitchen capable of churning out high-end food -- certainly, at ...Read more

Broncos get best odds for landing Tony Romo

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Oddsmakers give the Cowboys the fourth-best odds of having Tony Romo on their roster next season. That, though, isn't going to happen.

The Cowboys are likely release Romo on March 9.

A trade would take Romo's cooperation, and he has little incentive to do that. Besides, no team is going to give up much for a soon-to-be, 37-year-old quarterback...Read more

Kaepernick meets with 49ers' brass; evaluation of QB still 'fluid'

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who for the second consecutive year faces a murky offseason with the 49ers, met coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch at team headquarters Wednesday for what Lynch said was "really a positive discussion" during a KNBR radio interview.

Kaepernick is the only quarterback under ...Read more

Report: Kirk Cousins could be traded to 49ers

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Multiple reports suggest the 49ers could be on the verge of acquiring their next quarterback. Depending on which report you believe, San Francisco will either be trading for Washington's Kirk Cousins or Chicago's Jay Cutler.

NFL Network analyst Dan Jeremiah suggested the 49ers could pull off a trade for Cousins as early as next week at the NFL ...Read more

Miami signs six ex-players, including QB Dan Marino, so they can retire as Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins signed six ex-players Wednesday -- quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino, cornerback Sam Madison, guard Larry Little, wide receiver Nat Moore and defensive end/linebacker Kim Bokamper -- so they can retire as Dolphins.

Each player signed a contract, was added to the active roster, and then officially retired as a member of ...Read more

Julius Thomas passes physical, clearing hurdle needed to finalize Dolphins trade

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According to a league source, Julius Thomas passed a physical that was necessary to complete his pending trade to the Miami Dolphins.

The Jacksonville Jaguars tight end has also reportedly agreed to restructure his contract, potentially lowering his base salary in 2018 and 2019.

Neither Thomas' deal, nor the corresponding deal which sends left...Read more

Mike Tolbert says he has nothing but respect for way Panthers handled his release

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Fullback Mike Tolbert finished working out Tuesday morning at Bank of America Stadium and was kicking back with a protein shake.

That it was not a Budweiser tall boy or a vanilla shake might surprise some Carolina Panthers fans who've snickered at Tolbert's beer-league body and wondered how he has lasted nine NFL seasons and gone to three Pro ...Read more

Speculation heightening as Bears explore trade options for Jay Cutler

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With the opening of NFL free agency just a little more than two weeks away, the speculation circus is already raising its curtain. And as far as Bears fans are concerned, curiosity over Jay Cutler's status in Chicago will quickly begin to surge again.

On Tuesday evening, ESPN reported that the Bears had actively begun seeking a trade partner ...Read more

Deshaun Watson not sold on parallels to Cowboys' Prescott but hopes to match rookie year

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Deshaun Watson, a two-time winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, understands why some NFL scouts liken him to the reigning NFL Rookie of the Year.

The former Clemson star, one of four O'Brien recipients recognized Monday night at the Fort Worth Club, is not sure he'd draw a parallel between himself and Dallas Cowboys ...Read more

Dolphins plan to trade Albert to Jaguars for draft pick, but not Julius Thomas

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Executing a multiple-player trade in the NFL is rare because of all the moving parts, and it appears that the Dolphins have backed off their pursuit to acquire tight end Julius Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a deal for left tackle Branden Albert.

Instead of a player-for-player swap, which had been discussed, sources say the Dolphins ...Read more

Deshaun Watson, two-time O'Brien winner, seeks to sway NFL scouts

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Through the testimony of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, the warning has been sounded to every NFL general manager in regard to quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The two-time winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, who will formally accept the 2016 version of the trophy Monday night at the Fort Worth Club, ranks among the more ...Read more

Dolphins working to finalize trade sending Branden Albert to Jaguars for Julius Thomas

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Dolphins are working on a trade with the Jaguars that would swap Miami left tackle Branden Albert with Jacksonville tight end Julius Thomas, according to league sources.

The trade may be contingent on Albert and Thomas restructuring their contracts. The players would also need to pass physicals, and a deal can't be ...Read more

Cameron Wake signs two-year, $19 million contract extension with Dolphins

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Cameron Wake didn't just earn a Pro Bowl nod and Comeback Player of the Year consideration with his dominant 2016.

He earned another year with the Dolphins, and some more guaranteed money.

Wake signed a contract extension through 2018 season Saturday. The terms: two years, $19 million, including $11 million guaranteed, ESPN reported.

Wake was...Read more

Dolphins release Branden Albert, Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell to clear cap space

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Miami Dolphins are making a series of cuts Thursday -- including releasing left tackle Branden Albert and defensive linemen Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell -- to free an additional $20 million in salary cap space ahead of free agency.

A league source confirmed those plans, which also include the release of cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Albert's...Read more

Steelers make Antonio Brown contract extension a priority

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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team has made it a priority to extend the contract of Antonio Brown as soon as possible and are already in negotiations with the two-time All-Pro receiver.

Brown has one year remaining on a five-year, $42 million deal and the Steelers have already had active discussions with his agent, Drew ...Read more

Dolphins' Kenny Stills among players who pulled out of goodwill trip to Israel

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Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills was one of a half dozen NFL players who pulled out of what was intended to be a goodwill trip to Israel.

Only five of 11 players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit.

Stills, an impending free agent expected to land a lucrative contract when free ...Read more

Chiefs will likely pass on 2017 option for backup quarterback Nick Foles

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When Nick Foles signed with the Chiefs in early August, he joined the team to reunite with coach Andy Reid, whom he trusted to help him develop as a quarterback.

It now appears that Foles could move to another team, as a source confirmed to The Star on Wednesday that the Chiefs will likely pass on Foles' contract option for the 2017 season.

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Panthers' Jagr turning 45, but like other all-time greats shows no signs of stopping

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He's often referred to as the ageless wonder and the label sure seems to fit as Florida Panthers top-line right wing Jaromir Jagr turned 45 years old on Wednesday.

While no one can defeat Father Time, Jagr has certainly fended him off like he does most opposing defenders who dare try to take the puck from him.

Last season, Jagr became the ...Read more