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Steelers Create $6M In Cap Space With Restructured Contracts

Sep 1, 2015 1:53 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured the contracts of Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and Shaun Suisham to create $6 million in cap room.

The Steelers will use the newly created space to offset a large number of injured players counting against the salary cap.

Brown will make $8 million this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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NFL Loses Top PR Employee Paul Hicks

Sep 1, 2015 1:08 PM

Paul Hicks, the NFL's top public relations employee, is leaving the league to join Glover Park Group.

Hicks will continue to contribute to NFL projects within his new company.

With the arrival of Tod Leiweke as NFL's Chief Operating Officer, the goal has been to reduce the number of people who report directly to Roger Goodell.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Fred Jackson Meeting With Seahawks

Sep 1, 2015 1:04 PM

Fred Jackson has traveled to meet with the Seattle Seahawks following his release by the Buffalo Bills.

Jackson previously shared a backfield with Marshawn Lynch. Jackson and Lynch have been close friends since 2007, when both broke into the NFL with the Bills.

Jackson, 34, was the NFL's oldest running back last season.

John Wawrow/AP

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tyrod Taylor Could Earn Extra $3M As Bills' Starting QB

Sep 1, 2015 12:24 PM

Tyrod Taylor turned down more money from the Denver Broncos in order to sign with the Buffalo Bills because he believed he had a chance to win their starting quarterback job.

Taylor's cap number this season is a mere $833,333, but he can earn more through various incentives built into his deal. 

Taylor can earn an extra $3 million if he continues this season as the Bills' starting quarterback.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills

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Griffin Denies Liking Post Criticizing Washington

Sep 1, 2015 12:22 PM

Robert Griffin III has blamed an intern for liking a post on Instagram that criticized the Washington organization, including Dan Snyder and the front office. The post also lauded Griffin.

"I just wanted to set the record straight on this one," wrote Griffin on Instagram. "I did not "like" that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team. One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked. That is not how I feel and I appreciate your understanding."

Some high-ranking Washington officials and coaches want to part ways with Griffin, who has been sidelined with concussion symptoms, but are meeting resistance from ownership.

ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Raiders Release Trent Richardson

Sep 1, 2015 12:10 PM

The Oakland Raiders have released Trent Richardson.

Oakland gave Richardson $600,000 in guaranteed money this offseason after the Indianapolis Colts cut him.

Richardson had 19 yards on five carries in Sunday's preseason game.

Richardson, 25, was the No. 3 overall draft pick by Cleveland in 2012. He was traded a year later to the Colts for a first-round pick. In three NFL seasons he has averaged 3.3 yards per carry.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Brady Was Open To One-Game Suspension, NFL Would Have Accepted Two

Aug 31, 2015 9:29 PM

Tom Brady was believed to be "open" to serving a one-game suspension for not cooperating with Ted Wells' investigation as part of a potential settlement.

Talks never got far as settlement talks broke down on Monday and Judge Richard Berman informed both sides they were too far apart to continue.

Brady maintained his position that he would not accept the findings of the Wells Report and was unwilling to accept responsibility for his potential role in the deflation of footballs.

The NFL appeared set to offer to shorten Brady's four-game suspension by two games, provided he accept some responsibility.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Suspension

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Julius Thomas Could Miss Four Weeks With Finger Surgery

Aug 31, 2015 8:20 PM

Julius Thomas is considering undergoing surgery on his finger, which would rule him out for at least four weeks.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Thomas in the offseason.

David Caldwell confirmed Monday that Thomas will receive a second medical opinion Tuesday before deciding whether to undergo the surgery.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Thomas is expected to undergo the surgery.

ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Fantasy, Injury

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Fred Jackson Released By Bills

Aug 31, 2015 12:05 PM

Fred Jackson has been released by the Buffalo Bills.

"Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. "He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years.

"We thank Fred for his hard work, dedication and leadership during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Fred has inspired the city of Buffalo in a number of ways. Fred and his family have been dedicated to this community, and we can't thank them enough for their contributions through his career."

The Bills will save about $2.5 million off their 2015 salary cap by releasing Jackson. NFL Players Association records listed the Bills with $6.6 million in cap space Monday morning.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Tyrod Taylor Named Bills' Week 1 Starter

Aug 31, 2015 11:58 AM

Tyrod Taylor will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

Rex Ryan made the decision to go with Taylor instead of EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel.

Taylor was a sixth round pick in 2011 out of Virginia Tech and joined the Bills in the offseason from the Baltimore Ravens.

Jay Glazer/FoxSports

Tags: Buffalo Bills, IQ

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Tom Brady, NFL Unable To Reach Settlement
A ruling likely will come on Tuesday or Wednesday as both sides have asked Judge Richard Berman to decide by Sept. 4.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Washington To Start Kirk Cousins, Interested In Trading Robert Griffin
Some high ranking officials and coaches within the organization would like to trade Robert Griffin, but are meeting resistance from ownership.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Julio Jones Signs Five-Year, $71.25M Deal With Falcons
Receiver Julio Jones will receive $71.25M over the life of the five-year deal, with $47.5M guaranteed.

ESPN.com

Michael Bennett Fined $17,363 For Hit On Alex Smith
Michael Bennett's hit drew a roughing the passer flag.

NFL.com

Robert Griffin III Will Be Reevaluated In 1-2 Weeks
Robert Griffin suffered concussion-like symptoms in an Aug. 20 preseason game.

John Keim/ESPN

NFL Drops $75k Fine Against Marshawn Lynch If He Complies With Media
The NFL expects Marshawn Lynch to comply with their media access policy going forward.

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

DeMarco Murray Doesn't Expect To Rotate Series With Ryan Mathews
DeMarco Murray doesn't expect to alternate series with Ryan Mathews in the Eagles' backfield.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Bill Cowher Enjoys TV Job, Doesn't Miss Coaching
Bill Cowher is still just 58 years old.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Ray McDonald Indicted On Rape Charge, Ahmad Brooks Charged
Ray McDonald was formerly with the 49ers, while Ahmad Brooks remains part of the team.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Jonathan Martin Explains Decision To Retire From NFL
Jonathan Martin mentioned struggles with racial identity and being accepted by the crowd.

David Newton/ESPN

Junior Galette Out For Season With Torn Achilles
Junior Galette was released by the Saints earlier this summer, less than a year after they signed him to an extension worth up to $41 million.

John Keim/ESPN

Texans Expect Jadeveon Clowney To Play Week 1
Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice Aug. 17 after a lengthy recovery from microfracture surgery.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Russell Wilson Claims 'Recovery Water' Cured Head Injury
Russell Wilson claims the water, which the company he's working with sells for $3 a bottle, caused his brain to recover from what could have been a serious injury.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Taylor Mays Signs With Raiders
Taylor Mays is entering his sixth NFL season, following stops with the 49ers and Bengals.

Raiders.com

Rex Grossman Signs With Falcons
Rex Grossman joins T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in the competition for the No. 2 QB role behind Matt Ryan.

AP

Michael Bennett: Only QBs Get Paid For Being Mediocre
Michael Bennett had a candid interview talking about how quarterbacks are treated differently financially and in regards to the rules.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Michael Vick Signs One-Year Deal With Steelers
The Steelers have signed QB Michael Vick to backup Ben Roethlisberger.

ESPN.com

Cowboys Fear Orlando Scandrick Suffered Torn ACL
Orlando Scandrick had emerged as the Cowboys' best cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Evan Mathis Agrees To One-Year Deal With Broncos
Evan Mathis has multiple Pro Bowl appearances at guard.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michael Vick Meets With Steelers
Michael Vick will meet with the Steelers following an injury to Bruce Gradkowski.

Josina Anderson/ESPN

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