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Michael Bennett Wants Seahawks To Pay Him Or Get Rid Of Him

Jul 24, 2016 10:22 AM

Michael Bennett is encouraging the Seattle Seahawks to either improve his contract or get rid of him.

"It is never-ending," Bennett said. "Especially when people are getting new contracts every day. You sit there and you're like, 'Damn, really?' I'm just to the point where it's kind of like, if you don't think I'm valuable, then just get rid of me."

Bennett has two seasons left on his current deal. Bennett was also unhappy last offseason with his contract.

"We're gonna make an effort. An effort so he remains a Seahawk," Pete Carroll said.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Dennis Green Dies At Age 67

Jul 22, 2016 11:17 AM

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green died Friday morning at the age of 67.

Green's former agent Ray Anderson spoke to Green's wife and confirmed the death to ESPN. Anderson said Green died after a cardiac arrest.

Green made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000. He led the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998.


Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals

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Ezekiel Elliott Accused Of Domestic Violence

Jul 22, 2016 10:49 AM

Ezekiel Elliott has denied a domestic abuse allegation made against him.

Elliott was the Dallas Cowboys' first round pick pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

TMZ Sports reports that a 20-year-old woman filed a police report with the Columbus Police Department on Friday morning and accused Elliott of assaulting her while they were in a car together. She said she and Elliott used to live together, although Elliott denied that and the abuse allegation when contacted by police.

TMZ Sports

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Fantasy, Suspension

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Le'Veon Bell Facing Four-Game Suspension For Missed Drug Test

Jul 22, 2016 9:24 AM

Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's drug policy, according to sources.

The suspension is the result of a missed drug test, not a failed one. The reason it hasn't yet been announced is that the appeal process is still going on.

Bell was suspended for the first three games of 2015, which was later reduced to two games, for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Suspension

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Packers Apply To Host NFL Draft

Jul 22, 2016 8:19 AM

The Green Bay Packers have applied to host the NFL draft.

Mark Murphy said that the club has applied to host the event in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

"We think it'd be great for the league to have the draft here and celebrate the smallest market in the NFL," Murphy said.

The draft was held in Chicago for the second consecutive year this spring. The NFL has yet to announce any sites for future drafts. Other cities that have expressed interest in hosting the draft include Atlanta, Chicago, Canton, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Draft

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J.J. Watt Could Be Out Up To 10 Weeks

Jul 22, 2016 8:16 AM

There have been conflicting reports as to how long J.J. Watt will be sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back this week.

A 6-8 week timeline was initially pegged, but it is now being suggested that it may take 10 weeks for Watt to recover fully.

A 10-week timetable would have Watt ready to return in the last full week of September, which would mean an Oct. 2 debut for Watt against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.

The Houston Texans play the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in the first three weeks of the regular season.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Injury

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Ray Rice Willing To Donate Entire Salary If Signed For 2016

Jul 22, 2016 8:10 AM

Ray Rice says he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity if signed by an NFL team this season.

Rice has been out of football since 2014 after being suspended at the start of that season for domestic violence.

"All the scrutiny that I've got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing," Rice told USA Today.

"Me donating my salary is something that'll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there's a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It's raising awareness.

"People need homes. People need shelter when they're in a crucial situation. I've donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I'm not saying I'd be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it's something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way."


Tags: Free Agent Rumor

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NFL To Interview Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers Over PED Allegations

Jul 22, 2016 8:08 AM

The Green Bay Packers have confirmed that the NFL will interview Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, who were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.

The interviews are expected to take place in Green Bay when training camp opens next week.

"The league is pursuing that," president Mark Murphy said. "I know there's been some resistance from the NFLPA about the credibility of some of the sources there, but I don't think we know much more than that."

Matthews and Peppers have denied the assertions of the Al-Jazeera report.

The initial report came out last December and linked several NFL players, including Peyton Manning, to HGH and other drugs.

"I think it's bulls---, to be completely honest with you," Matthews said back in December. "It's 100 percent falsified, fabricated information. I don't who this guy is. I couldn't tell you what he looks like. I've never talked with him. I've never communicated with him. So for him to bring my name up like that, which appears to be out of thin air, it's bulls---, for a lack of a better term.

"I work hard on my reputation, and really that's all I have," Matthews added. "For seven years, I've worked my ass off. For this guy to say those type of things, it's just not true, and especially for him to recant everything that he said, too, I think it really just goes to show the [type of] source he is, as well. The truth will come out, and I'm not worried about it, because I carry myself a certain way, and that is the right way."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers

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Greg Hardy Works Out For Jaguars

Jul 21, 2016 9:27 PM

Greg Hardy visited and worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday and Thursday.

No signing is imminent despite the workouts.

Hardy was suspended 10 games during the 2015 season though it was later reduced to four games on appeal.

Hardy had an uneven season with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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J.J. Watt Undergoes Back Surgery

Jul 21, 2016 9:23 PM

J.J. Watt has recently undergone surgery on his back.

Watt will start training camp with the Houston Texans on the PUP list but should be ready to start the season.

Watt has won Defensive Player of the Year three times.

In March, Watt underwent surgery for a sports hernia.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Injury

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Gary Kubiak Indicating Mark Sanchez Will Start For Broncos
Gary Kubiak has been indicating to players that Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback for the Broncos this coming season, according to Sylvester Williams.

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Josh Gordon Meets With Roger Goodell Over Reinstatement
Roger Goodell met with Josh Gordon in person on Wednesday to discuss his potential return to the field, according to sources.

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Jordy Nelson Ahead Of Curve In Knee Rehabilitation
Jordy Nelson appears to be ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL suffered 11 months ago.

Bob McGinn/Milwuakee Journal-Sentinel

Melvin Gordon Working With Adrian Peterson On Ball Security
Melvin Gordon has joined Adrian Peterson for offseason workouts in Houston.

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Eugene Monroe Announces Retirement From NFL
Eugene Monroe was the only active player to support taking marijuana off the NFL's banned substances list.


DeAngelo Williams Has No Sympathy For Patriots
DeAngelo Williams has no sympathy for the Patriots, who will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season because of suspension.

Mark Kaboly/Pittsburgh-Tribune Review

Larry Fitzgerald Has 'A Lot Of Good Football Left'
Larry Fitzgerald, who entered the NFL as a first-round pick in 2004, says he has a lot of football left.

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Jameis Winston Has Lost 20 Pounds Ahead Of Camp
Jameis Winston was heavily criticized entering the 2015 draft for being overweight and out of shape.


Odell Beckham: Josh Norman 'Relevant Because Of Me'
Josh Norman, who battled with Odell Beckham as a member of the Panthers last season, signed with the Redskins this offseason.

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Ezekiel Elliott Tops NFL Jersey Sales
Ezekiel Elliott has sold more jerseys than any other NFL player over the past three full months.

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NFL To Hire Chief Medical Officer
Roger Goodell wrote the new position is aimed at continuing and expanding upon initiatives and expert resources that are "designed to accelerate science, identify new technologies and means of preven

Giants To Induct Tom Coughlin Into Ring Of Honor
The Giants plan to honor Tom Coughlin by inducting him into the franchise's Ring of Honor just months after they replaced him as head coach.

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Talks Between Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick Could Drag Into Preseason
Talks between the Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick on a new contract have stalled and it doesn't appear as though the two sides will negotiate anytime soon.

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Study Reveals White Coaches Dominate Offensive Positions
White coaches overwhelmingly fill the offensive positions associated with advancement to the head coaching ranks, according to a study of 2016 NFL coaching staffs.

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NFL Data Chips Won't Measure PSI In Footballs
The NFL plans to use data chips in footballs this summer to provide information that could lead to changes on the field, but measuring the PSI of the balls won't be one of the measurements.

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Johnny Manziel Apologizes To Fans, Vows He'll 'Be Back'
Johnny Manziel has issued an apology to his fans on Twitter and is vowing to return to professional football.


Charles Tillman Retires After 13 NFL Seasons
Charles Tillman was a second round pick for the Bears in 2003 and was one of the leaders of their excellent defense for many years.

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Justin Durant Signs One-Year Deal With Cowboys
Justin Durant played for Dallas in 2013 and 2014.

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Bills Interested In Reggie Bush
The Bills are interested in Reggie Bush and have made a contract offer to the running back.

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Arian Foster To Sign One-Year Deal With Dolphins
Arian Foster worked out for Miami on Monday and had been scheduled to also met with the Lions.

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