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Ben Roethlisberger: It Doesn't Matter How Close I Came To Retiring

May 24, 2017 12:09 PM

Ben Roethilsberger was asked how close he was to retiring from the NFL this offseason.

"It doesn't matter, I'm here now," said Roethlisberger.

"Honestly it doesn't even matter. I'm happy to be back here. I'm happy to be back with the team," Roethlisberger said Tuesday, via ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I love the city. I love these guys. I love being out here. Football is a passion of mine. It's what I do and it's what I love to do."

Roethlisberger said he's "110 percent committed" to 2017, but made zero promises about the future.

"I never commit to anybody more than one year," Roethlisberger said, via the team's official website. "I think that's all we should always commit to with this sport. Because if we look past this year, then we're cheating ourselves and we're cheating other people. We need to give this year everything that we can, everything that we have because ultimately that's what we have, right here and right now.

"I'm here on Day One. You see me out there taking every rep I'm supposed to take and then some. I actually took some of the rookies' (reps) today. I'm 110-percent committed."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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Patriots Restructure Rob Gronkowski's Deal To Include Big Incentives

May 24, 2017 8:04 AM

The New England Patriots have restructured Rob Gronkowski's contract for the 2017 season, giving him the chance to become the NFL's highest-paid tight end through incentives.

The new deal will give Gronkowski a chance to boost his salary this year from $5.25 million to $10.75 million.

Gronkowski, 28, hasn't played a 16-game season since 2011. Including the playoffs, he has missed 30 of the team's 92 games over the past five seasons.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Browns Add Ryan Grigson To Front Office

May 24, 2017 7:01 PM

The Cleveland Browns have hired Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive. Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown made the announcement.

Grigson will report to Vice President of Player Personnel Andrew Berry.

“Ryan brings valuable experience to our personnel group,” said Brown. “He was raised as a road-scout and has been evaluating talent in this league for almost 20 years. We place a premium on that experience and on his passion for football. Ryan has much to offer to any personnel department and we are pleased that he chose to join our staff.”

“We are excited to add Ryan to our personnel department,” said Berry. “Having worked with him for four years with the Colts, I know Ryan is an individual with a palpable passion for scouting, a tireless work ethic and an insatiable competitive drive. His experiences as an NFL player and executive will prove valuable to the mission of our group, while his team-orientation and personal integrity will continue to strengthen our department’s culture.”

Grigson enters his 19th season in an NFL front office after previously serving as General Manager for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-16.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Super Bowl LV Moved To Tampa; L.A. To Host SB LVI

May 24, 2017 8:11 AM

The NFL is delaying the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles.

League owners voted unanimously Tuesday to relocate the site of Super Bowl LV in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The vote was held days after it was revealed the opening of the Rams and Chargers' joint stadium would be delayed by a year.

Owners voted for the yet-to-be completed stadium to host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

"From our standpoint, we felt this was an appropriate thing to do," Roger Goodell said. "We were fortunate that Tampa had a very competitive presentation when they bid on the Super Bowl earlier [in 2016]. So this was a solution the membership got on very quickly."

Austin Knoblauch/NFL

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Seahawks To Work Out Colin Kaepernick

May 24, 2017 8:07 AM

The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to work out some veteran quarterbacks and Colin Kaepernick is slated to be among them, according to sources.

Pete Carroll said earlier this month that the Seahawks would consider Kaepernick when looking for a backup to Russell Wilson.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Odell Beckham Jr. Signs NFL's Richest Shoe Deal

May 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. has signed a shoe deal with Nike.

According to sources with knowledge of the deal, Beckham's contract is a five-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $5 million a year -- the richest shoe deal for an NFL player.

The deal will make Beckham a larger brand spokesman for Nike, including campaigns outside of football. Adidas wanted to sign the wide receiver away from Nike, which drove up the value.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Rashad Jennings Wins 24th Season Of 'Dancing With The Stars'

May 24, 2017 7:54 AM

Rashad Jennings and partner Emma Slater won the "Dancing with the Stars" finale on Tuesday night.

The running back edged former Major League Baseball player David Ross and Lindsay Arnold for the crown in the show's 24th season.

Jennings, a free agent, spent the previous three seasons with the New York Giants.

ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Cortez Kennedy Passes Away At 48

May 23, 2017 1:03 PM

Cortez Kennedy has died at the age of 48.

Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowler at defensive tackle with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks drafted Kennedy third overall in 1990 out of Miami.

TMZ

Tags: Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Shortens Regular Season Overtime To 10 Minutes

May 23, 2017 1:01 PM

Owners have approved a rule change to shorten overtime in the regular season from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

Last season, there were six overtime games in which the extra period lasted more than 10 minutes.

The NFL claims the proposal was made with player safety in mind.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Legal

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Kirk Cousins, Washington Have 'Constant Dialogue' On Contract

May 23, 2017 11:53 AM

Washington remains engaged with Kirk Cousins on a long-term contract.

While Bruce Allen remains optimistic, he knows there might not be much movement for another two months.

Washington and Cousins have until July 15th to agree upon a long-term deal.

"There’s been constant dialogue," Allen said at the Redskins Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament at Army Navy Country Club. "I don’t want to say it’s every day. I do believe the July 15 league deadline will be the driving point, but it’s ongoing."

Cousins will make $24 million in guaranteed money this season if he plays under the franchise tag.

"I'm always an optimist," he said. "Even Kirk said it, there's a lot of players in the league on one-year deals. It’s the nature of it. We’d like to get a long-term deal and he should want to get a long-term deal."

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Owners Discuss Allowing Teams To Hire Coaches Still In Playoffs
The 49ers waited until after the Super Bowl to agree upon a deal with Kyle Shanahan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tony Romo To Make Broadcasting Debut This Weekend
Tony Romo will make his CBS broadcasting debut this weekend at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kevin Patra/NFL

O.J. Simpson To Receive Parole Hearing In July
O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year after nearly a decade behind bars.

NBC News

Jay Gruden: Chris Thompson Is NFL's Best Third-Down Back
Jay Gruden is pretty confident in Redskins' running back Chris Thompson.

CSN Mid-Atlantic

Larry Fitzgerald Will Only Address Future During Camp
Larry Fitzgerald won't be answering questions about his future throughout the 2017 season.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

NFL Planning Rule Changes For Celebration Penalties
The NFL is scheduled to hold ownership meetings on Tuesday in Chicago and rule changes for celebration penalties will be discussed.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns Sign Myles Garrett To $30.4M Contract
The Browns have signed first overall pick Myles Garrett to his four-year, fully guaranteed rookie contract.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Calvin Johnson Didn't Like The Way Lions Treated Him Upon Retirement
Calvin Johnson doesn't like to talk about the Detroit Lions much.

ESPN.com

Former Lions All-Pro Wayne Walker Dies At Age 80
Wayne Walker played 15 seasons with the Detroit Lions and worked as the Sports Director for KPIX in San Francisco.

ESPN.com

Seahawks Want To Run Ball More This Season
The ground game struggled last season due to Marshawn Lynch's departure, injuries to running backs and a disastrous offensive line.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Agent: Tom Brady Didn't Suffer Concussion In 2016
Tom Brady's health came into question after his wife, Gisele Bundchen, said earlier this week on CBS This Morning that Brady "had a concussion last year."

Conor Orr/NFL

Buccaneers, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Agree To One-Year Deal
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 17 interceptions and 12 touchdowns and compiled a league-low passer rating (69.6) as the Jets stumbled to a record of 5-11 in 2016.

ESPN.com

Steelers Cut Ladarius Green Year After $20M Deal
The Steelers have released Ladarius Green with a failed physical designation.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Reggie McKenzie Wants Derek Carr To Be 'Raider For His Career'
Derek Carr has reportedly grown frustrated with the pace of contract talks with the Raiders, but the club isn't worried about their long-term relationship with the quarterback.

NFL

Las Vegas Approves Raiders' Lease Agreement
The Las Vegas Stadium Authority has unanimously approved a conditional lease agreement for the Raiders, helping avoid any possible delays on the team's relocation.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Rain Delays Chargers-Rams Stadium To 2020
Heavy rainfall in Los Angeles has delayed the highly anticipated, $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood by a year.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Drew Brees Likely Wouldn't Tell Wife About Concussion
Drew Brees was asked about Gisele Bundchen's recent comments that her husband, Tom Brady, had a concussion last year that wasn't reported.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Jamaal Charles Isn't A Lock To Make Broncos' Roster
The Broncos are planning for a committee approach at running back this season.

Mike Klis/9News

Gisele: Tom Brady Suffered Concussion In 2016
Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, says he has a history of concussions, including one suffered last year during the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl.

ESPN

Eagles Sign LeGarrette Blount To One-Year Deal
The deal is worth up to $2.8 million, with a base value of $1.25 million and incentives worth upward of $1.55 million, according to a source.

ESPN