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Adrian Peterson Says Absence About Securing Future With Vikings

May 27, 2015 9:45 PM

Adrian Peterson released the following statement explaining his absence from OTAs with the Minnesota Vikings.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

Peterson has wanted to start fresh with a new team, according to various reports.

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sam Bradford Sitting Out Drills At Eagles' OTAs

May 28, 2015 12:03 PM

Sam Bradford has not participated in drills at the Philadelphia Eagles' organized team activities this week.

First-team reps have gone to Mark Sanchez, which isn't surprising considering that Bradford -- acquired in a March trade with St. Louis -- is just nine months removed from tearing his left ACL for the second time in as many seasons.

Bradford was on the field during Phase 2 of spring workouts earlier this month, impressing Philly's receivers with his arm, according to McLane.

Chip Kelly also said during the draft that Bradford's rehab was on schedule, noting: "We've got plenty of time."

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles

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Ryan Clady Likely Out For Season With Torn ACL

May 28, 2015 5:44 PM

Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during practice on Wednesday and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.

Clady was injured while blocking on a pass play during an 11-on-11 drill. He was treated by trainers after he went down and did not participate for the rest of the practice, but he remained on the field, limping slightly.


"He pulled himself out (of drills), said his knee was sore," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. "We really weren't that worried last night, everybody felt good, but we felt like we'd take a look at it this morning, and unfortunately we got some horrible news."

Clady previously blew out his left knee in a pickup basketball game in April 2010, but returned to start every game for Denver that season.

This will be his fourth major surgery in the last five years, with the others coming on his left knee, shoulder and foot.


A first-round pick in 2008, Clady is the last remaining player from Mike Shanahan's 14-year tenure as Broncos coach.


A four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, Clady has started 16 games in six of his seven NFL seasons. 


Tags: Denver Broncos, Injury

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Peyton Manning Growing More Comfortable In Kubiak's Offense

May 28, 2015 1:18 PM

Peyton Manning is still getting accustomed to the Denver Broncos' new offense under Gary Kubiak.

Manning has been more comfortable operating from the shotgun late in his career, but he's coming up to the line of scrimmage on almost all of his snaps right now.

"We know the other end of the stick is fine. It's something he's been doing forever," Kubiak said. "So, we're going to spend a lot of time under center initially. ... He's been very responsive and he's working extremely hard."

After what he called the Broncos' "first real day of practice in shoulder pads," Manning said he's eager to smooth out the roughness in this new hybrid offense, saying, "I feel I can do whatever they ask me to do."

Some believe quarterbacks like the shotgun because they don't have to take their eyes off the pass rush.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, IQ

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Odell Beckham Jr. Doesn't Expect Double Teams To Be Effective

May 28, 2015 1:11 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. is expecting to receive double teams this season, but he doesn't believe it will slow down the New York Giants' passing game.

“I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention,” Beckham said, via “But it’s just not going to work.”

Beckham said Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle will benefit if opposing team's secondary key in on him too much.

“You know you have Vic and Reuben, it’s going to be hard to double or have a safety over the top with the stuff that we have going on,” Beckham said. “I don’t think it’s going to be beneficial for them.”

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Giants

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Agent: Russell Wilson's Contracts With Seattle 'Positive, Encouraging'

May 28, 2015 12:52 PM

Mark Rodgers, the agent for Russell Wilson, said Thursday that negotiations on a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks have been "positive and encouraging," but there is no deadline for getting a new deal done.

"We've had an ongoing dialogue, not all of it being a negotiation,'' Rodgers told 710 ESPN radio in Seattle in his first public comments about the negotiations. "Some of it just being philosophical and really trying to understand each other's positions.

"I would characterize our talks as ongoing, fluid, robust at times, thoughtful and we've made progress. Frankly, about 95 percent of the speculation has been off point. I would characterize [the negotiations] as positive and encouraging."

Wilson is entering the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $1.54 million this season. He signed a four-year, $2.99 million deal in May 2012 after the Seahawks drafted him in the third round.

Wilson is believed to be seeking a contract worth more than $100 million over five years.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Ex-Teammate: Rivers Far More Approachable Than Peyton

May 28, 2015 12:07 PM

Peyton Manning has been affable pitchman in commercials, but his qualities as a teammate have been uneven.

Manning once called Mike Vanderjagt an "idiot kicker" and there's been countless shots over the years visibly disgusted with the performance of teammates.

Orlando Franklin signed with the San Diego Chargers this offseason and he's enjoyed working with Philip Rivers.

"One thing I noticed immediately when I got here is that Philip Rivers is definitely more approachable than Peyton," Franklin said on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. "I don't know if it was because I was a lot younger being that I met Peyton in my second season and now meeting Philip going into my fifth season but definitely I will say Philip is more approachable than Peyton."

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Tags: Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers

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Zimmer: Peterson Can Play For Vikings Or Not At All

May 27, 2015 1:33 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are losing patience with Adrian Peterson, but they're not changing their position on his future with the team.

“Adrian has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play. He’s not going to play for anybody else,” said Mike Zimmer.

Peterson has sought a trade from the Vikings because he felt a lack of support from the franchise during his child abuse suspension.

The Vikings have been adamant they intend to keep Peterson.

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Carroll: Communication With Russell Wilson On Contract Has Been Great

May 27, 2015 1:12 PM

Pete Carroll said the Seattle Seahawks have had good conversations with Russell Wilson on a new contract.

"So hopefully we'll get something done," Carroll said. "But if we don't, we'll just have to deal with that. But we're very close in our conversation and our exchanging process through this. Our communication has been great."

When asked the likelihood of a deal getting done worked out before training camp begins in late July, Carroll said, "I don't know. I'm not talking about that right now."

Wilson is scheduled to make $1.5 million this season in the last year of his rookie deal. He is believed to be seeking a multiyear deal in excess of $100 million.

Carroll was asked how Wilson is dealing with the contract situation.

"I think as much as anybody can deal with it, Russell will," Carroll said. "We've talked a lot about the process of it and all of that and the expectations. He's had a great offseason. He's looked incredibly in-shape and faster than ever. He's worked great on the field when he's been with us. He's really set his mind to it. The proof is in the action of what he can put out there. He's on it."

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Texans To Be This Year's 'Hard Knocks' Team

May 27, 2015 12:47 PM

The Houston Texans will be this year's team on HBO's "Hard Knocks."

This marks the first time the Texans are the subject of the show, which dates back to 2001.


J.J. Watt and the Texans made a cameo on the show last season when the Atlanta Falcons were the team on the show.

The show has featured the Ravens, Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins and Falcons one time each. The Cowboys and the Bengals have each been featured twice.

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Jaguars Have Youngest Offense In NFL
The Jaguars ranked 31st in offense in 2014.

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Julio Jones Not Holding Out While Seeking Long-Term Extension
The Falcons picked up Julio Jones' fifth-year option for 2015 and could slap him with the franchise tag in 2016 if a deal can't be worked out.

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Ndamukong Suh Joining Dolphins For OTAs
Ndamukong Suh signed a $114 million contract in the offseason with the Dolphins.

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Cowboys To Sign A.J. Jenkins
A.J. Jenkins caught just 17 balls for 223 yards in 25 games for Kansas City.

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Eric Mangini Plans Confusion For 49ers' New Defense
Eric Mangini is planning on putting his own mark on the 49ers' 3-4 defense with that being total confusion.

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Ray McDonald Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge
Ray McDonald signed with the Bears this offseason.

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Adrian Peterson Won't Attend OTAs With Vikings
It could cost Adrian Peterson a $250,000 workout bonus and comes in the context of his expressed unhappiness with the organization.


Falcons Likely To Have Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman Split Reps
Tevin Coleman was a third round pick out of Indiana and has said he's ready to be the starter.

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DeMaurice Smith: Wells Report Delivered What Client Wanted
The Wells Report was commissioned by the NFL and returned findings that found the New England Patriots as being culpable in deflating footballs


NFL Rejects NFLPA Motion For Goodell To Recuse Himself From Brady Case
The NFLPA will likely eventually go to court on Tom Brady's suspension barring a total overturn of the suspension.

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Reggie Bush Would Like To Return Punts Again
Reggie Bush hasn't returned any punts since 2011, but he's taken four back for touchdowns during his career.

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Chargers Optimistic About New Deal With Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers was in trade rumors leading up to the draft due to his uncertain future with the franchise.

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Orlando Scandrick Signs $9.5M Extension With Cowboys
Orlando Scandrick finished 10th out of 108 qualified cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus' ratings.

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Michael Sam Signs Two-Year Deal With Montreal Alouettes
Michael Sam was the SEC co-defensive player of the year in 2013.


Marcell Dareus Suspended One Game For Substance Abuse Violation
Marcell Dareus has become one of the NFL's best defensive tackles during his tenure with the Bills.

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Darrelle Revis: Patriots Have History Of 'Doing Stuff'
Darrelle Revis was critical of the Patriots' history with circumventing rules just months after winning a Super Bowl with the franchise.

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Derek Carr's Finger Injury Downplayed By Agent
Derek Carr has experienced numbness in the finger, a condition that can be nerve-related.


Cowboys Working Out Felix Jones, Ben Tate
Felix Jones was a former first round pick for the Cowboys.

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Jets Anointing Geno Smith As Starting Quarterback
Geno Smith entered last season fighting for the job with Michael Vick.

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Muhammad Wilkerson Absent From Jets' OTAs
Muhammad Wilkerson lost quite a bit of leverage when the organization selected USC star Leonard Williams at No. 6 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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