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Aaron Rodgers Isn’t Scared: Of Aging, New Contracts or Sharks (Anymore)
In the debut of his new column Football Morning in America, Peter King covers: • Aaron Rodgers ... on aging, his upcoming contract, sharks and the Dalai Lama • Tony Romo ... on golf, broadcasting and the...
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Blake Bortles likes Tom Brady’s model for quarterback salaries
The Jaguars could have had quarterback Blake Bortles play out this year under the terms of the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, but they signed him to a three-year contract extension in February...
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Doug Pederson: Complacency can set in, but I haven’t seen it
Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo resurfaced last week for the first time since being fired late in the 2017 season and revealed that he believes the Eagles are “gonna have a hard time handling success...
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Yes, Le’Veon Bell could stay away into the regular season — at a price
As the clock ticks loudly toward the deadline for a long-term deal between the Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell, it’s time for both sides to apply any and all pressure aimed at getting...
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Avoiding another deadline snafu on franchise tag deadline day
Whether it’s the restructuring of the Elvis Dumervil contract in Denver or the failed Browns-Bengals trade for AJ McCarron, the deadline-driven NFL requires certain i’s to be dotted and t’...
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Ben McAdoo “at peace” with how he handled Eli Manning benching
When former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo broke his post-firing silence last week, he said he “wouldn’t have stood on the table to draft” any of this year’s top prospects to be Eli Manning...
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Le’Veon Bell once again takes center stage
In fewer than seven hours, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will, or won’t, have a long-term deal. If he doesn’t, he can’t have one until the regular season ends, at the earliest....
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Bears first-rounder Roquan Smith unsigned, not reporting yet
Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is one of the 14 remaining draft picks without a contract, which wouldn’t ordinarily a cause for panic in mid-July. Except for the fact the Bears rookies report to camp...
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The Patriot Way has made its way to Michigan
If the arrival of the “Do Your Job” mantra wasn’t enough, the transformation of Lions players into say-nothing robots proves what many suspected would happen — new coach Matt...
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Malcolm Butler sees some Belichick in Mike Vrabel
It’s probably not an overstatement to say that Malcolm Butler is a Titan this year because of Bill Belichick. What’s a bit surprising is how excited he is that his new coach so resembles his old...
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Al Riveron: New helmet rule won’t lead to “ejection-fest”
The impact of the NFL’s new rule regarding the use of the helmet will be closely watched once games start being played this year. The rule bars players from lowering their heads to initiate contact...
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Aaron Rodgers on Anthony Barr: “It’s time to move on”
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr previously suggested that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers “get over it.” And he apparently has. “I mean, I think it’s time to move on for everybody,”...
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Richard Sherman: Mistakes and poor judgment ruined “really special” Seahawks
Cornerback Richard Sherman spent the last seven seasons with the Seahawks, but his only appearance in Seattle this season will come as a member of their NFC West rivals from Northern California. Sherman...
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Monday morning one-liners
Bills fans can drink a cocktail named after Tom Brady‘s tears. What happens if the Dolphins don’t succeed this season? Patriots LB Elandon Roberts is trying to improve heart health in his...
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Nick Foles: It was hard to watch other QBs sign big contracts
Quarterback Nick Foles has been consistent this offseason when it comes to expressing his happiness about being a member of the Eagles even if staying in Philly means he is back to being a backup this...
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Ben McAdoo: I let Odell Beckham down
Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo is reflecting on what went wrong in his brief stint with the team, and one thing he’s realized is that he didn’t do enough to connect with star wide receiver Odell...
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Sean Payton’s daughter grills him about playoff loss
Even when he’s trying to relax with some pre-training camp golf in Lake Tahoe, Sean Payton can’t get away from what happened in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Saints coach was doing an interview...
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Aaron Rodgers wants to play until 40, preferably with Packers
Despite a pair of clavicle injuries which have shortened a pair of seasons, Aaron Rodgers is feeling good. And thus healthy, he’s going to get asked about how long he wants to play, because that...
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No long-term deal expected for Lamarcus Joyner before deadline
The Rams and safety Lamarcus Joyner will continue their talks Monday, but they are not expected to reach a long-term deal before the 4 p.m. ET deadline, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Joyner will make $11....
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Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence not expected to reach a deal before deadline
The Cowboys are not expected to reach a deal with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to multiple reports. Lawrence repeatedly has said he has no problem...
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To no surprise, no long-term deal will happen between Lions, Ziggy Ansah
Four franchise-tagged players have yet to reach long-term deals before Monday’s deadline. One of them definitely won’t, #asexpected. Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Lions and defensive end...
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New Jersey averages nearly $1 million per day in bets
The state that helped open the floodgates for nationwide sports betting launched its betting program on June 14. From then through the end of the month, New Jersey took $16.4 million in bets during the 17...
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Tony Romo wins American Century Championship
Tony Romo never won a Super Bowl ring, but he now has two meaningful golf titles. A week after winning the Tri-Course Amateur Championship last weekend in Wisconsin, the former Cowboys quarterback clinched...
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Thurman Thomas not happy with Terrell Owens’ decision
With everyone having an opinion about Terrell Owens not showing up for the Hall of Fame ceremony (and with the opinions of non-football people like Charles Barkley and Dick Vitale getting noticed), it makes...
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Darren Sproles looking to move to No. 5 in all-time all-purpose yards
Running back Darren Sproles made it clear why he decided to re-sign with the Eagles earlier this offseason. Sproles planned for 2017 to be his final NFL season, but a torn ACL and broken arm meant that he...
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NFLPA exec: Sports betting has “serious consequences” for players
As a growing number of the various states move toward adopting legalized gambling, the sports leagues have concerns. The players associations do, too. “There are serious consequences, particularly for...
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John Schnatter: Papa John’s doesn’t want to do business with Roger Goodell
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter continues to search for a good spot to dig, despite being at rock bottom. He may have found one. In Friday’s radio interview with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS,...
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Browns think Emmanuel Ogbah can “really stand out” this season
The Browns opted to take cornerback Denzel Ward over defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft in a decision that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams jokingly...
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Firmly on the bubble, will Ameer Abdullah make the team in Detroit?
Three years ago, the Cardinals hoped that running back Ameer Abdullah would slide to them. The Cardinals had to “settle” for David Johnson instead. They may get another chance at Abdullah. As...
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Sunday morning one-liners
FB Zach Olstad is trying to earn a spot with the Bills. Some numbers of note about the Dolphins running backs. A look at one of the staples of the Patriots offensive playbook. Previewing the Jets’...
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John Schnatter claims he was “pushed” to use racial slur
John Schnatter a/k/a Papa John saw his effort to restore his image implode this week, with the report from Forbes.com that he made racially inappropriate remarks during a conference call with a firm hired...
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Mike Tomlin: Hopefully we’ll have exciting Le’Veon Bell news on Monday
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is sounding an optimistic note about running back Le'Veon Bell‘s contract. Tomlin told WAVY in Virginia that he’s hoping to have a long-term contract done with...
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Terrell Owens says he’s boycotting HOF enshrinement for those who “had to wait”
Soon-to-be Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens hadn’t said much to explain why he’s not attending the enshrinement ceremony. Some think he won’t be there because none of his former teams...
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Report: Dolphins considering $75 million training complex at stadium
Three months ago word leaked that the Dolphins were expected to have a new training facility within four years. Now comes news that they might practice where they play. Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald...
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Evan Engram: Eli Manning is still Eli Manning and poised for a big year
The Giants didn’t draft a quarterback with the second overall pick, showing their belief in Eli Manning. (Or their lack of faith in Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold.) Manning is 37 and coming...
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Michael Irvin agrees with Hall’s decision to not acknowledge T.O. individually
Michael Irvin said he has no problem with Terrell Owens, only Owens’ decision not to show up for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction next month. Irvin again criticized Owens for choosing to do his...
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Steelers, Le’Veon Bell enter 48-hour home stretch
They say the NFL is a deadline-driven business. One of the most consequential deadlines in recent years arrives in roughly 48 hours. If the Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell fail to agree to terms...
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Shaq Mason wants to stay with the Patriots
With tackle Nate Solder leaving the Patriots via free agency, guard Shaq Mason becomes the best offensive lineman on the roster. And it sounds like he’d like to stay on the roster. “Yes, I would...
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Seahawks end relationship with Papa John’s
The Atlanta Falcons have indefinitely suspended their relationship with Papa John’s. The Seattle Seahawks have now taken similar action. Via KIRO-TV, the Seahawks currently are not partnering with the...
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Now on Patriots’ staff, Bret Bielema finds he prefers pro football
Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is now an assistant on the Patriots’ staff, his first job in the NFL after a quarter century coaching in college. He doesn’t think he’ll go back....
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Saturday one-liners
Former Bills G Richie Incognito is the national ambassador for an anti-bullying group. (Scut Farkas may have been the first choice.) Will changes to the Dolphins receiving corps give a positive bump to WR...
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Jameis Winston takes issue with criticism over “Jameis Against The World” T-shirt
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has plenty of challenges as he enters his fourth season. From a behavioral standpoint, he can’t afford to make another mistake. From an image standpoint, he can...
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How many NFL teams will end their relationship with Papa John’s?
Plenty of baseball teams have suspended their relationships with Papa John’s in recent days, moves that create real complications and revenue consequences when they happens during baseball season. How...
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Randy Moss, Shannon Sharpe settle whatever differences they had
A day ago, Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Shannon Sharpe had beef. And now they don’t. “Just got off the phone with @RandyMoss. Had a great conversation and provided context into why I mentioned...
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Will Corey Davis step up in year two?
First-round receivers come to the NFL with high expectations, especially when selected in the top five. Titans receiver Corey Davis, the fifth overall pick a year ago, failed to live up to those...
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Drew Brees, Tom Brady in a race toward Peyton Manning’s touchdown record
Heading into the 2018 season, Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are tied on the career passing touchdowns list: Both have thrown exactly 488 touchdowns in their career. That...
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Tony Romo predicts Packers-Jaguars in Super Bowl LIII
Tony Romo already said the Packers “probably got better maybe more than any team I saw this offseason.” He apparently really believes in the team he grew up a fan of. The former Cowboys...
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Tony Dungy: Jameis Winston knows right things to do, needs “good decision-making”
Jameis Winston drew criticism Friday after posting a video of a workout with his trainer, who wore a shirt that read “JAMEIS AGAINST THE WORLD.” The shirts are NFLPA-licensed and personalized...
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Walt Coleman: Don’t blame the refs for catch rule fiascos
As the catch rule changes, one prominent referee sees no real change to how the play will be called on the field. “Most of the calls that seemed to create the most controversy, we ruled them correctly and...
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Fridays with Florio Jr., Week Four
The week-ending edition of the #PFTPM podcast has, for the fourth straight week, featured a visit from my son, Alex. A/k/a @aflo_. A/k/a Florio Jr. This week’s edition of Fridays with Florio, Jr. was...
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Packers claim Ethan Cooper off waivers from Giants
The Packers have made a change to their offensive line group ahead of training camp. Field Yates of ESPN reports that they have claimed guard Ethan Cooper off of waivers. Cooper was waived by the Giants on...
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Falcons indefinitely suspend relationship with Papa John’s
The hits keep coming for Papa John’s. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have indefinitely suspended their relationship with Papa John’s in the aftermath...
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Texans release Jeff Allen from PUP list
The Texans removed offensive lineman Jeff Allen from their 90-man roster when they placed him on the physically unable to perform list in May and now he’s out of the organization altogether. The team...
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