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

Allen Hurns goes from homeless in high school to donating thousands to his alma mater

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Here was a man who they aspired to be. Here was a millionaire. A local legend. An NFL star. A man who'd sat in their same seats and made it out.

And so they watched as this man wearing a T-shirt and a diamond-studded Egyptian cross sauntered to the forefront of the Carol City (Fla.) Senior High gymnasium to speak on Saturday morning. It didn't ...Read more

Calvin Johnson: Playing through concussions is part of NFL life

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If Tom Brady played through a brain injury last season like his wife, Giselle Bundchen, suggested, he wouldn't be the first NFL player to do so.

In fact, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said that's a regular practice in the NFL

"Guys get concussions, they don't tell the coaches," Johnson said after his "Catching Dreams" football ...Read more

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he had another eye surgery this week

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Mike Zimmer had surgery No. 8 on his right eye this week.

The Vikings head coach, speaking at his foundation's first youth football camp, told reporters Saturday at Winter Park, Minn., that he had "another little surgery" on Wednesday.

"It's so complicated. But they took the silicone oil out, put the gas bubble in," said Zimmer, his eyeball ...Read more

Unlike his combative dad, Panthers DE Bryan Cox Jr.'s big fight is for roster spot

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As the sixth round gave way to the seventh round and it became increasingly apparent Bryan Cox Jr. wouldn't be drafted last month, the food at his draft party started getting cold but none of the attendees got too hot -- including the host.

Considering Bryan Cox Sr. racked up fines totaling roughly $150,000 during his 12-year NFL career for ...Read more

No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett signs rookie contract with Browns

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There's workout music. There's pregame music. There's walk-up music.

Apparently there's signing music, too.

Moments after the Browns announced No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett signed his rookie contract on Friday, the team tweeted a video clip of the former Texas A&M defensive end sitting in an office as he handled the paperwork.

...Read more

Browns sign DT Brantley two days after battery complaint against him dismissed

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The Browns signed defensive tackle Caleb Brantley to his four-year rookie contract Friday.

Brantley joined the team April 29 as a controversial sixth-round draft pick because he had been accused of punching a woman in the face 16 days earlier, but the state attorney's office in Gainesville, Fla., announced Wednesday a misdemeanor battery ...Read more

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills reaches out to support free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Kenny Stills hasn't been afraid to speak his mind on social issues, considering the Dolphins wide receiver chose to kneel during the national anthem last season.

Recently, he reached out to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the pioneer of the anthem kneeling movement, who has been unable to find a job in the league this ...Read more

Steelers release tight end Ladarius Green

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The Steelers had high hopes that adding veteran tight end Ladarius Green would bring a new dimension to an already potent offense.

Instead, he brought them real headaches, and those led to him playing just six games. He caught 18 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown in a brief Steelers career that ended on Thursday when they released him.

...Read more

Raiders' Reggie McKenzie on Derek Carr contract: 'We'll get it done'

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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie strongly disputed a recent report that there are any communication issues regarding the pending contract extension of quarterback Derek Carr.

"I see Derek every day," McKenzie said Thursday in an interview on 95.7 The Game. "We have a great relationship, communicate very well. Now, that's not going to be ...Read more

Inglewood football stadium's opening delayed a year because of record rainfall

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LOS ANGELES -- The $2.6 billion stadium for the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, originally scheduled to open in 2019, will be delayed almost a year and is now scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2020 NFL season.

Developers, who broke ground on the project in November, blamed the postponement on record rainfall during the "mass excavation...Read more

Sentence transferred to Minnesota, Floyd can join Vikings next week

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Michael Floyd's sentence in Arizona has been transferred to Minnesota, clearing the way for him to attend Vikings offseason workouts next week, according to a league source.

Floyd, who signed a one-year deal with the Vikings last week, was arrested in Arizona last December after he fell asleep in the driver's seat of his vehicle while stopped ...Read more

Alex Smith remains focused on goals, despite Chiefs' selection of Patrick Mahomes

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Alex Smith knew the Chiefs were drafting a quarterback. He said as much a few weeks before the draft, so when the Chiefs moved up to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the first round, he was hardly surprised.

That's one of the reasons he felt compelled to call Mahomes shortly after his selection and welcome him to Kansas City....Read more

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