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Adrian Peterson 'In No Rush' To Sign In Free Agency

Mar 26, 2017 11:55 AM

Adrian Peterson says he's "in no rush" to sign with a new team in free agency.

Peterson became an unrestricted free agent on March 9 after the Minnesota Vikings decided not to pick up their option, which would have paid him $18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus.

"Here is something straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush," Peterson tweeted. "Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why ... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD."

Peterson is reportedly seeking more than $8 million in the first year.

"It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately," he tweeted. "You'd think these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million!"

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Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bengals Release Rey Maualuga

Mar 26, 2017 3:09 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga.

Maualuga, 30, was entering the last season of his contract and was due $3.6 million in salary and bonuses.

"Rey has been a tough and productive player for us, and a fine teammate, and this is a difficult decision," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "It's one of several we have made to transition to a younger group at linebacker as we continue to shape our 2017 roster."

Maualuga was the Bengals' second-round draft pick in 2009 and has been a longtime fixture in the middle for Cincinnati, starting 104 regular-season games there during his eight-year tenure.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Oakland Presents Revised Plan For $1.3 Billion Stadium

Mar 24, 2017 6:05 PM

The City of Oakland and its partners on Friday submitted a revised financing plan for a $1.3 billion mixed-use stadium project on the same site where the Oakland Raiders currently play.

NFL owners are expected to vote as early as Monday on Mark Davis' application to move his franchise to Las Vegas, where city, county and state officials have pledged $750 million in public funding toward a new stadium. 

"At the end of the day this is the decision of the Raiders and the NFL," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told ESPN by phone when asked her confidence level of retaining the Raiders. "What I am confident about is, if the Raiders want to stay in Oakland we have a viable plan to build them a stadium with no upfront money from them, in financial terms that I believe are more favorable to them than the terms in Las Vegas -- what we know of them.

"And then, of course, we have something that Vegas can never offer, and that's legacy and loyalty. This team was born in Oakland. This team enjoys some of the most passionate and dedicated fans of any NFL franchise. Those things belong uniquely to Oakland."

Under the city's plan, a new home for the Raiders would be built on a 55-acre parcel on the southern edge of where their current home sits. According to the plan, Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics could continue to play in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum while a football-only venue is constructed.

Mayor Schaaf said she has spoken with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell twice this week, adding: "They certainly have not led me to feel unrealistically optimistic about what the results will be on Monday. But they have been fair, they have been honest and they have been responsive."

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal

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CBS Pursuing Tony Romo

Mar 24, 2017 5:48 PM

CBS has joined Fox in pursuing Tony Romo as a broadcaster.

Romo remains in a holding pattern regarding his future as a player but he could also decide to retire.

Romo has had back and collarbone injuries the past two seasons that have limited him to parts of five games, and he played in just one series in 2016. Romo has two young sons and a third child on the way.

The Cowboys are content to wait for a trade for Romo as they don't need to release him for salary cap purposes.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Richard Sherman Believes Colin Kaepernick Being Blackballed

Mar 24, 2017 5:36 PM

Richard Sherman was asked if Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams.

Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem became a major story and there are reports of NFL owners afraid to sign him due to political pressure.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman said. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand. Obviously he's going to be in a backup role at this point. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year. So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before."

While Sherman initially said Kaepernick would have to settle for a backup role, he later changed his mind when considering some of the other quarterbacks who have gotten starting jobs.

"You don't have 32 starting-level quarterbacks in this league," Sherman said. "You have about eight elites, and then you have the rest of the league. You have about eight, nine elite quarterbacks. You have two or three who have the potential to be elite. And then you have the rest of the teams. So he could play and start on a ton of teams in this league. He would be a starter on probably 20 of the teams in this league. But you're telling me that you're going to let other guys, you're going to pick up some of these other guys and tell me that they're starters?"

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers

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Mark Sanchez Signs With Bears

Mar 24, 2017 1:12 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract.

Sanchez has started 72-of-77 career contests in eight seasons with the New York Jets (2009-13), Philadelphia Eagles (2014-15) and Dallas Cowboys (2016). He also spent the 2016 preseason with the Denver Broncos. Sanchez has completed 1,295 passes on 2,285 attempts for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns. He also owns 449 yards on 169 rush attempts. Sanchez missed the entire 2013 season due to a shoulder injury.

Last season with the Cowboys, Sanchez saw action in two contests throwing for 93 yards passing on 10-of-18 attempts.

Sanchez has started all six postseason contests in which he appeared, completing 95-of-157 passes for 1,155 yards and nine touchdowns. He also posted nine yards on 11 rush attempts. His nine touchdown passes rank 1st in Jets postseason history, while his 1,155 passing yards rank 2nd.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Packers Considered Meeting With Adrian Peterson

Mar 24, 2017 12:43 PM

The Green Bay Packers considered visiting with Adrian Peterson before deciding against it.

Peterson remains a free agent as he continues to seek a major contract.

The Packers lost Eddie Lacy in the offseason and ended 2016 using Ty Montgomery. Green Bay also re-signed Christine Michael.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Colts Release Arthur Jones

Mar 24, 2017 12:39 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have released Arthur Jones.

Jones was scheduled for a $7.35 million cap hit in 2017. The move saves Indy, $5.15 million in space, per OverTheCap.com.

Jones signed a five-year, $33 million deal in 2014 after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones played in just 17 games over the three years due to injury and a four-game PED suspension. 

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Jonathan Stewart Signs Extension With Panthers Through 2018

Mar 24, 2017 11:56 AM

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018.

Stewart had a team-high 824 yards and nine touchdowns on 218 carries last season.

"It means a lot. This is a special place," Stewart said Friday. "... I'm not satisfied by any means. Last year was disappointing. We just have to get back to the mindset of winning, and it's really about the little things."

Stewart, who turned 30 on Tuesday, was scheduled to count $8,250,000 against the salary cap this season. 

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Bears To Hold Private Workout With DeShone Kizer

Mar 23, 2017 2:10 PM

The Chicago Bears will hold a private workout with Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer.

The Bears also sent a contingent to the Clemson pro day last week to get a closer look at QB Deshaun Watson. The club also had at least one representative at North Carolina's pro day earlier this week, where another top-rated QB, Mitch Trubisky, worked out.

The Bears signed Mike Glennon in the offseason but he's considered a bridge quarterback.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Roger Goodell Has 'Felt Increased Commercialization' Of NFL
The NFL is working on improving the experience of television viewers, which could include decreasing the number of in-house promos run by the networks during the telecast.

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ESPN Decided Adam Schefter Should Stop Driving To Maximize Reporting
Producer Seth Markman thought Adam Schefter should be freed up to call and text at all times so he could break as many stories as possible without the danger of texting while driving.

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Johnny Manziel Receiving Interest From Saints
Johnny Manziel and Sean Payton were spotted having breakfast together during Super Bowl week.

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Jaguars Sign Mychal Rivera
The Jaguars have signed Mychal Rivera, who will fill the void left behind by Julius Thomas at tight end.

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Packers Agree To Re-Sign Christine Michael
The Packers claimed Christine Michael off waivers on Nov. 16 in the wake of numerous running back injuries.

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Latavius Murray Undergoes Ankle Surgery
Latavius Murray, who signed a three-year deal with the Vikings last week, underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

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Raiders' Relocation Vote Expected Next Week
NFL owners are expected to vote at next week's meetings whether to approve the Raiders' relocation to las Vegas.

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Kamar Aiken Signs One-Year Deal With Colts
Kamar Aiken led the Ravens with 75 catches for 944 yards and five touchdowns in 2015.

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Reuben Foster Taken Off Draft Board Of Team With Top-15 Pick
At least one NFL team has removed Reuben Foster from their draft board in the wake of a heated argument between the Alabama linebacker and a hospital worker at the Scouting Combine.

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Dolphins, Kiko Alonso Agree Upon Four-Year Extension
The linebacker led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season.

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Solomon Thomas Goes To 49ers At No. 2 In Half Of Major Mock Drafts
Solomon Thomas had 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss last season, including a sack in the Sun Bowl.

Daniel Mano/San Jose Mercury News

Cam Newton To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
Cam Newton will undergo surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff.

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Marshawn Lynch's Agent Unsure If He'll Return
According to Marshawn Lynch's agent, money won't be the biggest issue with regard to a comeback.

Jerry McDonald/Oakland Tribune

Patriots, Saints Haven't Discussed Malcolm Butler Trade
The Patriots won't negotiate until Malcolm Butler signs his restricted free agency tender.

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Donald Trump Takes Credit For Colin Kaepernick Being Unsigned
Donald Trump has taken credit for the fact that Colin Kaepernick has not signed with a team since opting out of his contract with the 49ers three weeks ago.

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Tom Brady's Super Bowl Jersey Found In Possession Of Media Member
The jerseys were found in Mexico and currently are being authenticated by authorities, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

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Jets Sign Josh McCown To One-Year Deal
Josh McCown's deal is worth $6 million and is fully guaranteed.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Saints Close To Signing Manti Te'o
Manti Te'o, who turned 26 in January, has missed a combined 26 games in his four previous NFL seasons.

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Ben Roethlisberger 'Leaning Towards' Return In 2017
Ben Roethlisberger, 35, has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career.

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49ers Remain Open To Bringing Back Colin Kaepernick
The 49ers currently have Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as options under center.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL