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Bears Part Ways With Matt Forte

Feb 12, 2016 11:58 AM

The Chicago Bears have parted ways with Matt Forte after eight seasons.

"Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte said in an Instagram post. "I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency.

"I will remain forever grateful for my time spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a rich history. My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy for the best fans in all of sports. I'm excited about the next chapter of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home."

Forte rushed for 8,602 yards and scoring 64 total touchdowns in his eight seasons with the Bears. 

Forte earned a base salary of $7.05 million with the Bears last season.

ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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More Details Emerge Of Peyton Manning's Alleged Sexual Assault At UT

Feb 13, 2016 2:14 PM

Peyton Manning had two alleged sexual assaults against Jamie Ann Naughright during his collegiate career at Tennessee.

Naughright was the Director of Health & Wellness for the Men's Athletic Program at Tennessee.

Details of a 1994 incident were redacted from a 74-page document but there is information about an incident in 1996.

At page 14 of the 74-page document, Naughright’s lawyers tell the story of the 1996 incident, with excerpts from Naughright’s deposition regarding what allegedly occurred while she was examining Peyton Manning’s lower leg for a stress fracture.

“It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles, and the area in between the testicles,” Naughright said. “And all that was on my face when I pushed him up and off.”

The 74-page document then alleges that Manning worked with another Tennessee trainer, Mike Rollo, to “hatch a story” that Manning was “mooning” another UT athlete. That was the version, according to Naughright’s lawyers, that Peyton Manning and Rollo provided to investigators and the media, and it was the version that appeared in the Mannings’ book.

“That’s what struck me as so bizarre about the whole situation,” Peyton Manning testified in the lawsuit, “that she was distraught, she was upset, and it seemed unusual. And I think I’ve described it in here as an incredible awkward or unusual occurrence. And I have no explanations for it.”

The 74-page document also alleges that Peyton Manning later taunted Naughright by reenacting the incident two other times.

“Mr. Manning looked at me. The athlete was behind me. He pulled down his pants and sat on the athlete’s face,” Naughright testified as to the first incident of reenacting/taunting.

Archie Manning allegedly made comments to the ghost writer of the Mannings’ book regarding Naughright, including an alleged statement from Archie Manning to the ghost writer that Naughright, who is white, “had been out with a lot of black guys.”

Shaun King/New York Daily News (via PFT)

Tags: Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts

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Matt Hasselbeck 'Strongly Leaning' Toward Playing In 2016

Feb 12, 2016 2:09 PM

Matt Hasselbeck is open to returning for an 18th NFL season at the age of 40.

"I haven't really made up my mind completely on it," Hasselbeck said. "You have to kind of count the cost to what it would mean. What you're saying 'yes' to and what you're saying 'no' to. My kids are getting older, but all in all I would say that I'm strongly leaning toward playing again. We'll see."

Hasselbeck has been a strong mentor for Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts, but they could decide to sign a younger backup.

Hasselbeck was 5-3 as a starter in 2015.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Doug Martin 'Hoping To Hit Jackpot' In Free Agency

Feb 12, 2016 1:31 PM

Doug Martin is "hoping to hit the jackpot" in free agency after a career year.

Martin rushed for 1,402 yards in 2015, trailing on Adrian Peterson. Martin had six rushing touchdowns and 271 receiving yards.

"We've had great discussions, and I think it's pretty mutual he'd like to be here and we'd like to have him," Bucs GM Jason Licht said. "We'll have to see how it goes."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Raiders Re-Sign Nate Allen Two Days After Release

Feb 12, 2016 1:29 PM

The Oakland Raiders have re-signed Nate Allen two days after cutting him.

Allen, who signed a four-year, $23 million free-agent contract last spring, would have been guaranteed a $4.9 million salary for the 2016 season if he were still on the Raiders roster on Wednesday.

 

Originally a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles out of South Florida in 2010, Allen appeared in just five games last season, starting three, after tearing an MCL in the first quarter of the Raiders' season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

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

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Raiders Sign 2016 Lease To Remain In Oakland

Feb 11, 2016 6:25 PM

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a one-year lease to continue playing at the O.co Coliseum.

The Raiders attempted to move to Carson with the Chargers, but the NFL chose relocation for the Rams to Inglewood.

The Raiders are trying to build a new stadium in Oakland.

RealGM Staff Report

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332 Players Invited To 2016 NFL Combine

Feb 11, 2016 5:59 PM

The NFL has invited 332 players to the 2016 draft combine.

The combine is scheduled for Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis.

Last year, 41 players were drafted in the 2015 class who were not invited to the NFL Combine while 108 players who were invited went undrafted.

Dane Brugler/CBS Sports

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

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Kroenke Purchases $725M Ranch In Texas Half As Big As Rhode Island

Feb 11, 2016 5:54 PM

Stan Kroenke has bought a 520,000 acres ranch in Texas that's half the size of Rhode Island for $725 million.

The ranch is bigger than Los Angeles and New York City combined.

"This is an incredible opportunity and an even greater responsibility," Kroenke said in a statement. "We are honored to assume ownership of the Waggoner -- a true Texas and American landmark -- and are deeply committed to continuing the proud legacy of W.T. "Tom" Waggoner, his family and his descendants."

The ranch is located about 175 miles northwest of Dallas and has 6,800 head of cattle, 500 quarter horses, 1,000 oil wells and 30,000 acres of cropland.

Kroenke is worth an estimated $7.2 billion.

John Breech/CBS Sports

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Giants Hire Martin Mayhew As Director Of Football Operations

Feb 11, 2016 1:43 PM

The New York Giants have hired Martin Mayhew as director of football operations/special projects.

Mayhew will help assistant general manager Kevin Abrams on all aspects of the salary cap, CBA compliance and player contract negotiations. He will also handle special projects as assigned by general manager Jerry Reese.

Mayhew spent 15 seasons with the Detroit Lions and was general manager since 2008.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Robert Kraft On Mannings: We Have One Son Who Has Won Four Super Bowls

Feb 11, 2016 1:29 PM

Robert Kraft called Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as "the greatest coach and quarterback of all time."

Kraft had an interesting response to Peyton Manning winning his second Super Bowl to also join Eli Manning with two wins.

"I happened to see Archie [Manning] there," Kraft said. "He has two sons who have won two Super Bowls [each]. But with all due respect, we have one son who has won four."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Jarryd Hayne Wants To Continue Pursuing NFL Career
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