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DeMarco Murray Retires From NFL After Seven Seasons

Jul 13, 2018 4:59 PM

DeMarco Murray has retired after seven seasons in the NFL.

"It's been a long time thinking, the last year or two, and physically, mentally and emotionally, I think it's time for me to hang it up," Murray said while making his announcement Friday on ESPN's NFL Live.

Murray was cut by the Tennessee Titans on March 8th.

 

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Tags: Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

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Ray Lewis Loses Half His Followers After Twitter Purge

Jul 13, 2018 7:35 AM

Ray Lewis was one of the celebrities named by the New York Times in a story about buying Twitter followers.

Now Twitter has begun purging fake accounts and Lewis has seen his followers decline from 712,000 to 364,000.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Misc Rumor

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AAF Players Will Get Three-Year, $250K Contracts

Jul 13, 2018 7:24 AM

The Alliance of American Football has revealed details about player allocation and salary expectations.

Bill Polian, an ESPN NFL analyst and co-founder, said the league will give players three-year, non-guaranteed contracts worth $250,000 each.

Players can leave the league, which is set to kick off Feb. 9, to go to the NFL, but Polian said it's unclear how the league will handle the rights of those players.

Salaries will be in line with AAF competitor the XFL, which has said it will pay players an average of $75,000 per season. That league launches in 2020.

 

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NFL Won't Honor Terrell Owens At HOF Ceremonies

Jul 13, 2018 7:20 AM

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will not acknowledge Terrell Owens individually during enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio.

"The focus is on the guys who are here," Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said. "There's no reason to bring him up as an individual. He's not here."

Owens announced last month that he would not attend the ceremonies, scheduled for Aug. 3-4, and would instead give a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

A finalist for the past three years, Owens had been critical of the board of selectors after he was not chosen in 2016 or 2017, his first two years of eligibility.

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Tony Romo Predicts Packers-Jaguars In SB LIII

Jul 12, 2018 8:59 AM

Tony Romo was asked to predict who will face off in Super Bowl LIII during an appearance on the NFL Network this week.

"If I had to pick right now? It's pretty early," Romo said. "Thing about the NFL is things change pretty fast. Injuries happen, a lot of stuff happens, but, um... if I was picking right now, I'd probably go with Green Bay versus Jacksonville. That would be a tentative, rough guess here in the summer months."

Romo retired after the 2016 season and had a very successful first season as a broadcaster for CBS.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

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Jameis Winston Working Out With Randy Moss

Jul 12, 2018 8:56 AM

While Jameis Winston prepares for a season that will begin with a three-game suspension, he has been working out with Randy Moss.

"He's doing things right. It's a bump in the road," the Hall of Fame receiver said of Winston. "Man, just continue to fight. It happens. What he did was wrong... there was a woman involved, so, I'm not going to get into all that. What he did was wrong. He knows he was wrong. I think it's up for him as a man to understand what he did wrong, live and learn from it and let it go."

Winston will face reporters when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp in two weeks.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Las Vegas Raiders PSLs Will Cost Up To $75K Each

Jul 12, 2018 8:52 AM

The cost for personal seat licenses for premium club seating at the Raiders' Las Vegas stadium will be between $20,000 and $75,000 apiece.

A team representative confirmed the pricing Wednesday.

The licenses are agreements that enable fans to buy season tickets. Under the pricing, the Raiders would generate at least $160 million in revenue based on the estimated 8,000 club seats and "VVIP club seats" available.

Richard N. Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal

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LeSean McCoy Hires Defense Attorney Amid Probe

Jul 12, 2018 8:49 AM

LeSean McCoy has hired a prominent Atlanta defense attorney amid a police investigation into a home invasion that sent his former girlfriend to the hospital after she was allegedly beaten and robbed of jewelry.

Don Samuel's office confirmed on Wednesday morning that it was representing McCoy but had not yet released a statement about the case.

McCoy owns a house in the Atlanta suburbs, where his former girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, was living. Milton police on Wednesday released a redacted version of their report of Tuesday's incident at the home that listed crimes of armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm, residential burglary without force, and aggravated battery.

Police have not named any suspects.

McCoy, who has been training in Miami this summer, denied accusations made on social media Tuesday by a friend of the victim that he was responsible for her injuries. He said he has not had direct contact with her in months.

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Giants, Washington Make Supplemental Draft Selections

Jul 11, 2018 11:30 PM

The New York Giants have spent a 2019 third-round draft pick on Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and Washington has selected Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round Wednesday.

Both players were ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college football season and entered the supplemental draft.

Not selected were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.

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DeMarco Murray: Derrick Henry Can Be 'The Guy' For Titans

Jul 11, 2018 8:29 AM

DeMarco Murray, who shared a backfield with Derrick Henry for two seasons, believes the younger running back can be "the guy" for the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans parted ways with Murray this offseason, signing Dion Lewis in free agency.

"I think Derrick's a smart guy. He's a fast guy, very physical, athletic, and now that I'm not there I think he can hone in on being the guy," Murray said. "And if they use him the right way and if he can consistently be the every down back, I think he has a great future, a bright future."

The Titans typically used Murray as the No. 1 and Henry as the No. 2.

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Jaguars Spending $24M More Than Any Other Team On Defense
The Jaguars have allocated $120 million in salary to their defense.

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Eli Manning: Odell Beckham Looked Like 'Old Self' At Camp
Eli Manning was impressed with Odell Beckham, Jr. when the pair worked on full-speed routes last month at mandatory minicamp.

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NFLPA Files Grievance Over Anthem Policy
The NFLPA was not consulted about the anthem policy change.

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Steve Keim Told Police He Was Cardinals' Chief Of Security
Steve Keim misidentified himself to police and also tried to name drop an officer who had died in 2014.

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LeSean McCoy Denies Allegations Of Abuse, PEDs
The post also included allegations that LeSean McCoy beat his son, beat his dog and used "illegal steroids."

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Raiders Hoping Bruce Irvin Produces Double-Digit Sacks
The Raiders are aiming for Bruce Irvin to best last year's career-high of eight sacks.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Panthers Finalize Sale To David Tepper
The Panthers also announced the resignation of Tina Becker, the team's chief operating officer.

Marc Sessler/NFL

Australian Officials Hope To Host NFL Game
Officials from Queensland have talked to the NFL about bringing a game to Australia.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

DeMarco Murray Hopes To Sign Before Training Camp
DeMarco Murray passed on a chance to work out for the Saints last month, but that doesn't mean he isn't looking for a job.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Exec: Rob Gronkowski Not Off Trade Block Until He Signs Extension
Rob Gronkowski reportedly considered retirement this offseason.

Greg Bedard/Boston Sports Journal

Leonard Fournette Wants To Improve 3.9 Yards Per Carry Average
Leonard Fournette expects to report to training camp with the Jaguars at 224 pounds, 11 pounds lighter than his playing weight as a rookie.

John Reid/Florida Times-Union

Josh Doctson Aiming For 'Huge' Third Year
Josh Doctson, who the Redskins drafted in the first round back in 2016, is hoping to make an impact in his third NFL season.

Drew Davison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Brandon Browner Arrested After Threatening Ex-Girlfriend
Former NFL defensive back Brandon Browner was arrested after police say he broke into the Southern California house of an ex-girlfriend who has a restraining order against him.

Associated Press

NFL Adds Seven Rookie Officials For Upcoming Season
The league also promoted Shawn Hochuli, Alex Kemp, Clay Martin and Shawn Smith to referee.

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Nick Foles' Book Debuts On New York Times' Best Seller List
The book chronicles Nick Foles' path to Super Bowl LII and how his faith has impacted his career.

Caitlyn Holroyd/The Score

Steve Keim Charged With DUI On July 4th
Steve Keim has been GM since 2013.

RealGM Staff Report

New Kickoff Tweak Will Lead To More Touchbacks
Kickoffs that hit the end zone without being touched by a member of the receiving team automatically become touchbacks.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Hunter S. Thompson Told Jim Irsay To Draft Leaf Over Manning
Prior to the 1998 NFL Draft, author Hunter S. Thompson advised Jim Irsay to have the Colts take Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning with the first overall pick.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Nick Foles' Autobiography To Debut On Best-Seller List
Nick Foles' autobiography, titled "Believe It," will debut at No. 5 on the New York Times Hardcover, Nonfiction list on Sunday, July 15.

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NFL's PED Policy Encourages Players To Snitch
A player facing a four-game suspension can potentially cut their suspension in half if they provide information on a teammate, coach or trainer.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk