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Colts Promise Andrew Luck's New Contract Will Be 'Shocking'

Feb 10, 2016 1:12 PM

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will almost certainly agree upon a long-term extension this offseason.

"It's going to be a big number," Jim Irsay told WISH-TV, via the team's official site. "It's going to be a shocking number, nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year, but again we will find the right number to get to."

Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler have all signed nine-figure deals in the past five years.

The shocking part of Luck's deal could come in the form of a guarantee percentage.

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Peyton Manning Must Make Decision By Mar. 9th

Feb 9, 2016 6:02 PM

The Denver Broncos aren't trying to rush the decision of Peyton Manning but his $19 million base salary becomes guaranteed on March 9th. The deal counts $21.5 million against the salary cap.

"We're going to enjoy this, let Peyton enjoy this,'' John Elway said. "I'm sure he'll sit down with his family. Eventually we'll talk to him too and go through that. There's no timeline for that right now.''

Manning has said he wanted to "take some time" to decide up on his future.

Manning made the $4 million back with $2 million bonuses each for wins in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.

"Important thing is, it's going to be his decision,'' Elway said. "Where we get a chance to sit down and talk to him, that's up to Peyton, where he is in that process, what he thinks he can ... what he wants to do from here on out.''

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Broncos' Goal Is Long-Term Deal For Von Miller

Feb 9, 2016 5:58 PM

Von Miller will be a free agent this offseason and the Denver Broncos can use the franchise tag upon him.

Miller has been one of the NFL's best pass rushers since coming into the league with the second overall pick in 2011.

"The goal is always to get a long-term deal," John Elway said, who added that it also is a priority to re-sign Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. "That goes into the same process of trying to include everybody. Looking at it from the 20,000 foot view of how this team is going to look not only next year but two, three years down the line. ... Our goal is always to be competitive year in and year out and that's what we want to do."

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Browns Deny Lying About Manziel Concussion To Cover Up His Drinking

Feb 9, 2016 4:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns denied a report that they "lied" about Johnny Manziel experiencing concussion symptoms before the season finale to cover up for him showing up drunk to a team meeting.

One well-placed Browns source who had contact with Manziel that day told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he "was heavily hung over on something."

An independent neurologist diagnosed Manziel with a concussion four days before the 2015 season finale, the Browns said Tuesday. 

The statement from the Browns came in response to an NFL Network report that the Browns "lied" about the concussion to protect Manziel because he was drinking heavily and had showed up for a team meeting inebriated.

"Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms," a statement released by the team said. "He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league's concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist."

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns

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NFL Not Allowing Players With Violent Convictions At Combine

Feb 9, 2016 12:07 PM

The NFL will not allow prospects to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine if a background check shows misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault.

"It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters," states NFL Football Operations Executive Vice President Troy Vincent in the memo to NFL teams.

Zach Mettenberger wouldn't have been allowed to participate under the new rule as he pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in 2010.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

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Marshawn Lynch Retires At Age Of 29

Feb 9, 2016 12:43 AM

The agent for Marshawn Lynch confirmed he will retire from the NFL at the age of 29.

Lynch posted a photo during the Super Bowl of his cleats hanging up with a peace-sign emoji.

Lynch was a first round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and became one of the league's best running backs when joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Thomas Rawls will likely become Lynch's replacement at running back for the Seahawks.

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz/USA Today

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Saints Cut Jahri Evans

Feb 9, 2016 12:40 AM

The New Orleans Saints have released Jahri Evans.

Evans has been a 10-year starter and a four-time first-team All-Pro selection. Evans signed a seven-year, $56.7 million deal in 2010.

The Saints will save $3.1 million against the cap by releasing Evans, who is considered one of the best players in franchise history.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Super Bowl 50 Draws 111.9M Viewers, Down From Super Bowl 49

Feb 8, 2016 4:22 PM

Super Bowl 50 had 111.9 million viewers for the Denver Broncos' win over the Carolina Panthers ending a streak of records for the NFL.

Last year's game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers.

Nielsen said an average of 1.4 million computer users watched the live stream of the game. The stream had just under 4 million unique visitors during the game.


Six of the past seven years until this one had set a viewership record.

David Bauder/Associated Press

Tags: Denver Broncos

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Riley Cooper Released By Eagles

Feb 8, 2016 1:48 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Riley Cooper.

Cooper was a fifth round pick out of Florida by the Eagles in 2010.

Cooper caught 21 balls for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 2015.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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LeSean McCoy Involved In Assault Of Off-Duty Officers

Feb 8, 2016 11:38 AM

LeSean McCoy and Curtis Brinkley reportedly assaulted two off-duty police officers in Philadelphia in a Sunday morning incident.

The report said there was “a dispute over the purchase of champagne” between the men and Brinkley “grabbed the bottle.”

Two of the officers suffered broken ribs.


Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Buffalo Bills

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Budweiser Didn't Pay Peyton Manning For Postgame Plug
Budweiser spent an estimated $15 million on three Super Bowl ads this year.

Barbara Kollmeyer/Market Watch

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

Peyton Manning Won't Rush Retirement Decision
Peyton Manning battled a left foot injury and missed seven starts before getting his job back in Week 17.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Marshawn Lynch Telling Friends He'll Retire
Marshawn Lynch turns 30 in April and was limited to just 111 carries and 417 yards in the regular season due to a hamstring injury.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Peyton Manning Nearly In Tears Addressing Broncos
Peyton Manning didn't say whether the game would be his last in the NFL.

Sal Paolantonio/ESPN

Sam Bradford Unlikely To Receive Franchise Tag From Eagles
While the Eagles are not expected to use the franchise tag upon Sam Bradford, they do have interest in re-signing him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Eagles Interested In Reacquiring Nick Foles
Doug Pederson was with the Eagles when they drafted Nick Foles and he's interested in reacquiring him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Cam Newton Nearly Unanimous As NFL MVP
Cam Newton received 48 votes while Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Ron Rivera Named Coach Of The Year
Ron Rivera has been named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

Barry Wilner/AP

Cam Newton Wins Offensive Player Of The Year
Cam Newton had 35 passing touchdowns and an additional 10 rushing while throwing for 3,847 yards.


Favre, Pace, DeBartolo Headline 2016 Hall Of Fame Class
Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel will join Brett Favre, Orlando Pace and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

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J.J. Watt Named Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt joined Lawrence Taylor as the only players to win the award three times.

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Marcus Peters Named Defensive Rookie Of The Year
Marcus Peters emerged as a lockdown cornerback for the Chiefs.

Todd Gurley Named Offensive Rookie Of The Year
Todd Gurley finished his rookie season with 1,106 yards in 13 games.

Conor Orr/

Tony Romo Comfortable With Cowboys Adding QB In Offseason
The Cowboys may draft a quarterback with their first round pick as Romo nears the end of his career.

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Roger Goodell Would Love to Have Hypothetical Son Play Football
Roger Goodell has twin daughters who are teenagers.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

NFL To Review Concussion Protocol In Offseason
Case Keenum was not removed from a game this past season despite clearly being disoriented after being knocked to the ground.

Ken Belson/New York Times

DeMarco Murray, Eagles Headed Toward Stare-Down
A pre-June 1 cut of DeMarco Murray would hand the Eagles a $13-million salary-cap charge.

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Peyton Manning's Legal Team Hired Private Investigator On PED Source
Peyton Manning's legal team hired private investigators to visit the source of a report that he and other athletes obtained performance enhancing drugs.


Johnny Manziel Allegedly Struck Ex-Girlfriend Multiple Times
Colleen Crowley told Fort Worth Police that Johnny Manziel struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs.

Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer

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