Scott Fowler: Trade for Antonio Brown would net rare talent who could propel Panthers offense

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If the Carolina Panthers don't try hard to trade for Antonio Brown this offseason, they are making a big mistake.

I get that it would cause a salary-cap problem. I understand the Panthers are already heavily invested in their young receivers. I know Brown will turn 31 before the 2019 season.

But Brown is the sort of game-changer who is worth ...Read more

'I want to give back': Man who became a sensation helping Chiefs player has hard past

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Busy, busy Dave Cochran is going to talk while he drives.

He's tooling along Monday afternoon in his old Chevy Suburban, which just had new windows installed where he'd previously covered the openings with black plastic bags. And he's talking on a cellphone that someone just set up for him.

Because strangers are suddenly doing many things for ...Read more

NFL's conference championship games have it all: Top seeds, top players, top coaches

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NEW ORLEANS -- There's a written-in-the-stars feel to this weekend's NFL playoff games, a synchronicity that goes beyond the fact that both conference championship games are rematches from earlier this season.

Maybe it's that, for the first time, these title games feature the top four scoring teams from the regular season: the Kansas City ...Read more

Rams and Saints predicted they'd see other again

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LOS ANGELES -- After suffering an early-November loss to the New Orleans Saints, several Los Angeles Rams players said they were relieved that the pressure to complete a perfect season was over.

The Rams went on to finish 13-3, and they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff game.

Now, the Rams are embracing the pressure they will...Read more

Eagles face big free-agent decisions with Brandon Graham, Jordan Hicks and Golden Tate

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As the Eagles cleaned out their lockers at the NovaCare Complex the day after Sunday's season-ending 20-14 divisional loss at the New Orleans Saints, defensive end Brandon Graham wasn't in a hurry to depart.

In fact, after every player cleared out, Graham stayed around to greet each media member as they exited the locker room. He is somebody ...Read more

Raiders willing to discuss playing in Oakland next season

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Don't close the door on the Raiders playing one final season in Oakland just yet.

The Raiders will meet with the Coliseum Authority one last time to discuss possibly playing at the Coliseum in 2019 before leaving for Las Vegas, the Bay Area News Group has learned.

"Yes, there still is a possibility that an agreement can be reached, (I'm) not ...Read more

Why Jason Garrett walked back his promise of no staff changes, Scott Linehan's return

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FRISCO, Texas -- The first official day of the Dallas Cowboys offseason featured as much confusion and backpedaling as the defense when it gave up 275 yards rushing to the Los Angeles Rams in the season-ending 30-22 loss in the divisional playoffs on Saturday.

Jason Garrett began Monday morning all but promising no coaching changes on his radio...Read more

Jim Caldwell could join Brian Flores' Miami Dolphins coaching staff

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Brian Flores could potentially add an experienced former NFL head coach to his Miami Dolphins coaching staff once his hire becomes official.

The Dolphins are expected to add former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell to Flores' staff in some capacity, according to a report Monday by Sports Illustrated's MMQB.

The Dolphins ...Read more

Super Bowl winner Gary Kubiak joins Mike Zimmer's Vikings staff

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A makeover of the Vikings' offensive coaching staff began in earnest Monday with the addition of a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Gary Kubiak, the 57-year-old former Texans and Broncos head coach, has been hired as assistant head coach and offensive advisor to coach Mike Zimmer, an NFL source said.

Kubiak is being joined by his son, Klint, as ...Read more

Chiefs' Sammy Watkins feeling 'good' after playing Saturday; no LDT decision yet

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Days after playing in his first game in more than a month, Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is feeling good.

Watkins, who first injured his foot against Cleveland on Nov. 4, played 81 snaps -- or 93 percent -- in the divisional-round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I think he's doing OK," Chiefs...Read more

Ex-Dolphins coach Adam Gase has somewhat awkward introduction as Jets coach

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Adam Gase's introductory press conference with the New York Jets on Monday was, well, rather interesting.

It may have been underwhelming for Jets fans eager to know more about their new coach in Gase, who shared a tempered excitement about developing quarterback Sam Darnold and constructing a new coaching staff for his second tenure as a NFL ...Read more

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens vows to prove franchise made right choice by hiring him

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CLEVELAND -- Freddie Kitchens will continue to do what got him the head coaching job of the Browns -- call the offense's plays.

Despite hiring Todd Monken as his offensive coordinator, Kitchens announced Monday during his introductory news conference he'll command the offense on game days and expressed confidence he's ready to succeed as a head...Read more

Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown 'badly' wants to play for 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Antonio Brown not only has Jerry Rice's blessing but also an apparent passion to join the 49ers.

With Brown's Pittsburgh Steelers tenure likely ending with a trade in the upcoming months, the wide receiver is eyeing refuge on Rice's former team.

"He wants to come here really bad," Rice said Monday morning on 95.7 The ...Read more

Saints eliminate champion Eagles, host Rams in NFC championship game

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NEW ORLEANS -- Talk about instant replay.

In posting a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the New Orleans Saints secured a Superdome rematch next weekend with the Los Angeles Rams. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.

It was just two months ago that the Saints beat the Rams in this same venue, 45-35, pulling away down the ...Read more

Patriots' Brady was in a zone Chargers' porous defense.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Los Angeles Chargers opened Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots in their usual "cover-three" zone defense. For long stretches of the first half in frigid Gillette Stadium, the scheme looked more like a cover-none.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the 41-year-old veteran who was ...Read more

Why beating the Colts was extra-sweet for Chiefs running back Damien Williams

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Damien Williams bounded down the tunnel at Arrowhead on Saturday afternoon, leaping his way to the field as his name reverberated around the snowy stadium.

As giant flames flanked him, the running back stomped his feet, clenched his fists, arched his back and yelled.

This was the moment, before the Chiefs beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-13, ...Read more

Eagles title defense spoiled by Alshon Jeffery miss, Nick Foles interception in loss to Saints

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NEW ORLEANS -- Nick Foles took the field late in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the game for the Eagles, just as he did last week and last winter and so often during his Eagles career. But there will be no fairy tale finish to the season this year, even with Foles at quarterback.

With the Eagles at the New Orleans Saints' 27-yard line ...Read more

It's Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady in an AFC title-game showdown, Chiefs vs. Patriots

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The Chiefs-Patriots AFC Championship Game is set, and some contrasts couldn't be sharper.

New England might as well schedule these games. The Patriots are playing in the championship game for the 16th time in franchise history -- the 13th time in the era of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, including eight straight.

The 1993 ...Read more

Chargers could never catch up in 41-28 loss to Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The vulnerable New England Patriots looked entirely more venerable Sunday.

The team reported to be suspect by its impressive standards instead hammered the Chargers 41-28 at Gillette Stadium to advance to the franchise's eighth consecutive AFC title game.

The Patriots will play at Kansas City next weekend with the winner ...Read more


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