Seahawks bring Colin Kaepernick, Austin Davis for visits Wednesday

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In their escalating search for a veteran backup quarterback, the Seahawks on Wednesday brought in Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis for visits, the Seattle Times confirmed.

The visits, though, don't mean a signing is necessarily immediately in the offing. Indications instead are that the Seahawks will use the visits to gather information -- ...Read more

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch 'really soaking up the system' at OTAs

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- For much of Tuesday's OTA practice, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood off to the side of the action, talking with teammates and coaches.

Lynch wore his white No. 24 jersey over a long-sleeved black shirt and his dreadlocks spilled over his shoulders as he did not even carry a helmet.

The veteran running back, who ...Read more

Blindsided by trade, Osweiler determined to become Browns' starting QB

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BEREA, Ohio -- Brock Osweiler was in a trap as the brutal business of the NFL ambushed him.

The 6-foot-7, 240-pound quarterback was golfing March 9 in Arizona when he learned the Houston Texans had traded him the Browns.

"I was standing in a sand trap, and I got a phone call and here we come," Osweiler said Wednesday after the second practice ...Read more

Jim Caldwell: Lions concerned about Calvin Johnson's unhappiness

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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday the entire organization, from owner Martha Ford on down, is concerned about comments Calvin Johnson made recently about his unhappiness with the way he was treated after he retired.

"I think all of us within the organization, top to bottom, Mrs. Ford down through Bob (Quinn) and the Ford children,...Read more

Cowboys' Elliott to miss workouts after getting injured in car accident

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be held out of some organized team activities after being injured in a car accident.

Elliott, the NFL's rookie of the year and a Pro Bowler last season, suffered a bump on his head while a passenger in a car involved in an accident earlier this week. No more details were ...Read more

Super Bowl in Los Angeles is delayed a year; Inglewood will host in 2022

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CHICAGO -- Call it the Super Bowl Reshuffle.

Five days after the Los Angeles Rams announced their Inglewood stadium would be finished in 2020, a year later than the original plan, NFL owners unanimously voted to push the Los Angeles Super Bowl back a year until February 2022.

Tampa, Fla., will host the 2021 game originally promised to L.A. -- ...Read more

Marshawn Lynch easing in to Raiders system at OTAs

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch spent most of his first public practice with the Raiders Tuesday engaging with teammates and coaches, flashing his ever-present smile and appearing to enjoy the concept of playing for his hometown team.

Lynch talked and laughed with left tackle Donald Penn and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski during warmups. ...Read more

Alex Smith clarifies comment about Chiefs being committed to him 'through this year'

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on Tuesday clarified something he said last week, about the team being committed to him for only this season.

Smith has two years left on his contract, but last month the Chiefs selected a quarterback, Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech, in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time since 1983.

Does Smith ...Read more

What was Calvin Johnson doing at the Raiders practice?

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- No, he's not coming out of retirement to join the Raiders.

Former Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, is merely serving as a guest of offensive coordinator Todd Downing for this week of the Raiders' organized team activities.

"He's obviously a big good-looking guy," Raiders coach Jack Del ...Read more

Ben Roethlisberger only committed to playing in 2017

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has three years and $46 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2015, but he said Tuesday he did not give team president Art Rooney II a commitment beyond the 2017 season when he informed him last month that he would return for his 14th NFL season.

"I never commit to anyone more than one ...Read more

Steelers' Bryant: 'I changed my whole life around'

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Martavis Bryant walked off the Steelers practice field for the first time in 16 months, 10 pounds heavier yet looking and sounding as if the weight of the world was off his shoulders.

"I changed my whole life around compared to how I used to be," he said.

Of course, the gifted wide receiver made promises before, to Ben Roethlisberger and other...Read more

Seahawks legend Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

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Cortez Kennedy, one of three Seahawks to have his number retired and one of four to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after playing his entire career in Seattle, has died at the age of 48.

Sgt. Wanda Miglio of the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department confirmed that Kennedy was found dead of still unknown causes Tuesday morning, stating via ...Read more

Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram is 'still doing his negotiating thing'

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, a belly-rolling, lineman-battling 311-pounder, felt good about his team after its first day of organized team activities last week.

He saw Joey Bosa, the league's reigning rookie of the year, position himself down the line. Denzel Perryman, Jatavis Brown and Kyle Emanuel, the team's trio of ...Read more

Rams' Aaron Donald misses first day of organized team activities because of contract situation

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LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Donald deserves a raise, Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said a few months ago.

Now Donald, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, apparently is taking a stand until he gets one.

Donald was absent from the first day of organized team activities Monday because of his contract situation.

"We were aware he wasn't...Read more

Ex-Ravens safety Matt Elam arrested for second time in less than three months

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Raven safety and first-round draft bust Matt Elam has been arrested for the second time in less than three months.

According to Palm Beach (Fla.) County records, Elam was booked at 8:48 a.m. Monday at the county's main detention center and charged with grand theft and battery.

He's being held on $4,500 bond.

TMZ Sports reported that he was ...Read more

Adam Gase eagerly awaiting Tuesday's start of Dolphins OTAs

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Organized team activities don't get many football fans excited. OTAs basically consist of players running around without pads and without contact during the spring.

But Dolphins coach Adam Gase will view things differently when his team takes the field Tuesday.

"I think every time we get out there it's important," he said. "We only get so many...Read more

Is Raiders' Derek Carr frustrated by slow contract negotiations? He speaks out

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Derek Carr hasn't signed the contract extension with the Oakland Raiders the quarterback has been talking about most of the offseason.

Time to panic? Not according to Carr, who disputes a recent report that he's grown frustrated by the pace of the negotiations.

"I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (...Read more

Steelers OTA preview: Martavis Bryant seems ready to go

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This could be one of the more intriguing springs for the Steelers as they begin practices Tuesday, the first of 10 permitted voluntary sessions followed by a three-day minicamp.

While few starting jobs would seem to be seriously contested, there are important questions begging for answers, or at least clarifications, which can start to be ...Read more

Mike Zimmer, after another surgery, taking time away from Vikings

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Coach Mike Zimmer, who last Wednesday had yet another surgery on his right eye, "will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," general manager Rick Spielman announced in a statement Monday morning.

"We all agree Mike's health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in ...Read more

Panthers move into next phase of OTAs, but will tackle Michael Oher be with them?

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When the Panthers begin the third phase of organized team activities Tuesday -- the phase that starts to resemble real football -- they are expected to do so without offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Oher's status has been a mystery since the last week of September when he entered the concussion protocol and -- other than firing off an occasional ...Read more


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