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Panthers fans shouldn’t worry about Cam Newton leaving

Panthers fans shouldn’t worry about Cam Newton leaving

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 13, 2012
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a five-year contract, with one year expired.  And so, naturally, Panthers fans are concerned that he’ll finish out the next four seasons and bolt for a bigger city. According to Newton himself, fans need not worry. â
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  • Brees says Vitt is “obvious choice” to take over Saints

    Brees says Vitt is “obvious choice” to take over Saints

    At a time when many are wondering how the Saints will function with an interim head coach and, when Joe Vitt is suspended for six games, an interim interim head coach, quarterback Drew Brees isn’t troubled. “Joe Vitt is one of the most respected coach
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  • Ronde Barber says Bucs “probably” will take Morris Claiborne

    Ronde Barber says Bucs “probably” will take Morris Claiborne

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Earlier today, Rams running back Steven Jackson said he’d “stand on the table” to advocate the selection of receiver Justin Blackmon with the sixth overall pick.  If Blackmon makes it past the Browns at No. 4, there’s a good chance he’ll get pa
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  • Jerry Rice (27 over) withdraws from Stonebrae

    Jerry Rice (27 over) withdraws from Stonebrae

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was 23-over par for 27 holes when he withdrew Friday during the second round of the Nationwide Tour's rain-delayed TPC Stonebrae Championship.
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  • Napoleon Kaufman returns to Raiders, as team chaplain

    Napoleon Kaufman returns to Raiders, as team chaplain

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    As the saying goes, “Once a Raider, always a Raider.”  And one former Raiders has found a way to stay a Raider, by becoming the team’s new chaplain. The Raiders have announced that one-time running back Napoleon Kaufman is returning to the franchis
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  • After some drama, door officially closes on Kroenke buying Dodg…

    After some drama, door officially closes on Kroenke buying Dodgers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Last month, when the Dodgers announced that the team would be sold to someone other than Rams owner Stan Kroenke, I used the occasion to pay homage to a great baseball player who had a penchant for saying unintentionally brilliant things. “It’s not ov
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  • Bengals re-sign tight end Lee, linebacker Skuta

    Bengals re-sign tight end Lee, linebacker Skuta

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Bengals on Friday re-signed tight end Donald Lee and linebacker Dan Skuta.
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  • Chargers keep Jacob Hester

    Chargers keep Jacob Hester

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Chargers have signed another free agent.  This one is one of their own. Fullback Jacob Hester has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday night. The Chargers say that Hester will back up Le’Ron McClain, who joined the Chargers
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  • Giants agree to terms with veteran Blackburn

    Giants agree to terms with veteran Blackburn

    The New York Giants completed a busy week by coming to terms with middle linebacker Chase Blackburn on Friday.
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  • London Fletcher says he’s back with the Redskins

    London Fletcher says he’s back with the Redskins

    As expected, the Redskins have worked out a new contract with the leader of their defense. “Redskins fans your captain is back!” linebacker London Fletcher declared on Twitter. Fletcher, who turns 37 next month, has appeared in every game during 14 NF
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  • Michael Griffin plans to participate in Titans’ offseason progr…

    Michael Griffin plans to participate in Titans’ offseason program

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    As explained earlier on Friday, franchise players who have not yet signed their tender offers can still participate in their teams’ offseason programs.  Though rare, it’s not unprecedented. And it’s happening again. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean repo
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  • Ben “feels bad” for “the Sanchez”

    Ben “feels bad” for “the Sanchez”

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    When last we heard from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he was explaining that an extended European golf vacation will somehow help him get ready for the NFL season. Speaking from Yankee Stadium, where dodging foul balls could, in theory, prepa…
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  • Gronkowski raises eyebrows again

    Gronkowski raises eyebrows again

    Whether he’s apologizing for lending his jersey to a porn star or dancing shirtless hours after losing the Super Bowl, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a tendency to make eyebrow-raising public appearances. And now we have another. In an appearance
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  • Ex-QB Leaf formally charged with four felonies

    Ex-QB Leaf formally charged with four felonies

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been formally charged with four felonies on accusations that he broke into an acquaintance's home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail.
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  • Dolphins bring aboard Gary Guyton

    Dolphins bring aboard Gary Guyton

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Dolphins worked out free agent linebacker Gary Guyton on Tuesday, and on Friday he was formally added to the Fins’ offseason roster, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Guyton, 26, made the Patriots’ roster as an undrafted free agent
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  • Broncos release starting cornerback Andre’ Goodman

    Broncos release starting cornerback Andre’ Goodman

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Three weeks after trading their starting quarterback, the Broncos have dumped one of their starting cornerbacks. The team has announced that veteran corner Andre’ Goodman has been released. Goodman started every game in 2011, eight in 2010, and all 16 i
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  • Another former Peyton target is available

    Another former Peyton target is available

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    If Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning craves familiarity, another guy who used to catch his passes in Indy is available. The Colts have announced that received Blair White has been waived. White, an undrafted free agent who signed with the team in 2010,…
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  • Steven Jackson would “stand on the table” for a receiver

    Steven Jackson would “stand on the table” for a receiver

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    In a Friday appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live, veteran Rams running back Steven Jackson made clear his preferences for the team on draft day, if he were in the team’s war room. “I’m standing on the table for a receiver,” Jackson said.  “Arguably
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  • Chargers sign T Henderson to 1-year contract

    Chargers sign T Henderson to 1-year contract

    The San Diego Chargers have signed free agent tackle Mario Henderson to a one-year contract.
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  • Franchise players can participate in offseason programs

    Franchise players can participate in offseason programs

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    As offseason programs open and franchise players remain unsigned and fans looking for something to worry about are now worried about franchise players not participating in offseason programs, the popular belief is that unsigned franchise players can’t p
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  • Redskins add ex-Tampa Bay safety Jackson

    Redskins add ex-Tampa Bay safety Jackson

    The Washington Redskins have signed free agent safety Tanard Jackson, who was released by Tampa Bay earlier this week after failing a physical.
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  • Cary Williams will not be at the start of Ravens workouts

    Cary Williams will not be at the start of Ravens workouts

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Cornerback Cary Williams won’t be reporting to the start of the Ravens’ offseason workouts on Monday. Jason La Canfora reports on NFL.com that Williams hasn’t signed his restricted free agent tender and doesn’t plan on signing it any time soon. Th
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  • Texans add free agent LBs James, Dobbins

    Texans add free agent LBs James, Dobbins

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Houston Texans have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Bradie James and re-signed linebacker Tim Dobbins.
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  • Ed Hochuli gives advice on how to admit a mistake

    Ed Hochuli gives advice on how to admit a mistake

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    In 2008, Ed Hochuli cost the Chargers a game against the Broncos by wrongly ruling that Denver quarterback Jay Cutler had thrown an incompletion, when he had actually fumbled. Afterward Hochuli apologized and admitted he had botched the call. The apolog…
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  • Mitch Petrus's Newest Groove

    Mitch Petrus's Newest Groove

    nytimes.com Apr 13, 2012
    Mitch Petrus of the Giants plays bass with the band Vikings of North America, which has a five-song demo that is available on iTunes.
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  • Tom Benson talked to Drew Brees today, thinks deal is “close”

    Tom Benson talked to Drew Brees today, thinks deal is “close”

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Although the Saints and Drew Brees haven’t made progress yet in contract talks, Saints owner Tom Benson believes progress is coming. At a press conference today to announce that he purchased the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, Benson said he spoke with Bre
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  • Brees: Vitt 'obvious choice' to take over Saints

    Brees: Vitt 'obvious choice' to take over Saints

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    Drew Brees, the unquestioned leader in the New Orleans Saints locker rooms, calls Joe Vitt "the obvious choice" to take over as interim head coach while Sean Payton spends the entire 2012 season serving a suspension for his role in the club's …
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  • Chiefs left tackle Albert changes agents

    Chiefs left tackle Albert changes agents

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Offensive tackle Branden Albert is one of a host of Chiefs players entering the last year of their contracts. Unsigned franchise player Dwayne Bowe, defensive end Glenn Dorsey, guard Ryan Lilja, running back Peyton Hillis, and linebacker Jovan Belcher a…
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  • Veteran defensive end Ball re-signs with Titans

    Veteran defensive end Ball re-signs with Titans

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Tennessee Titans have re-signed veteran defensive end Dave Ball.
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  • Russ Lande: Tannehill has strongest arm in 2012 draft

    Russ Lande: Tannehill has strongest arm in 2012 draft

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick isn’t high on former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a 2012 draft prospect, but league evaluators certainly seem to be. Tannehill is widely regarded as a surefire top-12 pick. Russ Lande of Sporting News i
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  • Lingerie Football League goes on hiatus for 2012 season

    Lingerie Football League goes on hiatus for 2012 season

    yahoo.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Lingerie Football League is hanging up its garters for the 2012 season. League spokesman Jim Wallin announced Friday that the LFL will go on hiatus until April 2013 so it can get on a warm-weather schedule in the spring and summer. Until then, playe…
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  • Nearly 1,200 former players have filed suit for concussions

    Nearly 1,200 former players have filed suit for concussions

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Several of you have asked, given the ongoing rash of concussion-related lawsuits, for a full tally of the total number of former players who have instituted legal action. Per a source with knowledge of the total number of actions and plaintiffs, and bas…
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  • T.O. says he’ll play this year, but Romo keeps him out of Dalla…

    T.O. says he’ll play this year, but Romo keeps him out of Dallas

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Terrell Owens still wants to play in the NFL this season, and still believes he’s going to. But he says a return to the Cowboys is out of the question because of Tony Romo. In an interview on the Ben and Skin Show, Owens was asked to give his thoughts a
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  • Raiders under Reggie McKenzie not interested in Hard Knocks

    Raiders under Reggie McKenzie not interested in Hard Knocks

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    The new-look Raiders have adjusted in many ways their approach to the media.  Transactions are now announced via press release, not through a subtle update to the transactions page on the team’s website, days after the transaction occurs.  Also, playe
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  • Team needs: Miami Dolphins

    Team needs: Miami Dolphins

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    If it’s April, it must be time to pay taxes and renew the hunt for the Miami Dolphins’ next franchise quarterback. The Dolphins brought in a new coach in Joe Philbin this offseason, but Jeff Ireland remained as general manager and the team struck out
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  • Sporting News: VY thinks he could still be starter

    Sporting News: VY thinks he could still be starter

    CNNSI.com Apr 13, 2012
    Sporting News: VY thinks he could still be starter
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  • Patriots sign Dan Koppen to two-year, $6 million deal

    Patriots sign Dan Koppen to two-year, $6 million deal

    After spending the last month testing the waters in free agency, center Dan Koppen is staying in New England. Koppen and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal worth about $6 million, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports. The contract likely means Ko
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  • Jeff Fisher’s disconnect over Gregg Williams reflects the NFL’s…

    Jeff Fisher’s disconnect over Gregg Williams reflects the NFL’s internal conflict

    Current St. Louis Rams and former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has long been one of the most respected men in pro football, and for good reason. He coached the Titans through a franchise move from Houston, got them a yard away from a possible…
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  • Don Banks: What's in a name? For Baylor's other Robert Griffin,…

    Don Banks: What's in a name? For Baylor's other Robert Griffin, quite a bit

    CNNSI.com Apr 13, 2012
    We know all about Robert Griffin. But what about Baylor's other Robert Griffin? The less-heralded lineman is also in this draft, Don Banks writes, taking coincidence to new heights.
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  • PFT Live: Brian Billick and PFT Planet

    PFT Live: Brian Billick and PFT Planet

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    It’s Friday and that means it is time for PFT Planet to make their voices heard on PFT Live. We’re looking for questions/thoughts on Twitter - @ProFootballTalk - and we’ll be taking calls at 12:20 pm ET at 888-237-5269. Bring your best stuff, PF
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  • Panthers re-sign Jordan Senn

    Panthers re-sign Jordan Senn

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    The Panthers announced Thursday that they have re-signed linebacker Jordan Senn. Senn, who is the smallest linebacker in the league at 5’11 and 224 pounds, filled in as a starter seven times for the Panthers last season and acquitted himself pretty well
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  • Nate Burleson will lay down some law to arrested Lions

    Nate Burleson will lay down some law to arrested Lions

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    The three members of last year’s Lions draft class that have been arrested on marijuana charges since the end of the regular season should clear some space on their calendar. Wide receiver Nate Burleson wants to have a discussion with the trio - defen
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  • The Commish apparently needs to send out a new memo

    The Commish apparently needs to send out a new memo

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    After the Wonderlic score generated by former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was leaked by one or more of the 32 teams that exclusively had access to it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dispatched a memo reminding the various franchises that this should…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    As of now, Donald Jones is the number two receiver for the Bills. Five options for the Dolphins with the eighth overall pick. Patriots DT Vince Wilfork likes the team Bill Belichick has been building this offseason. S DeAngelo Smith will be visiting wit…
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  • Team needs: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Team needs: Jacksonville Jaguars

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Last year, Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith chose the quarterback he hopes will be the starter for years to come in Blaine Gabbert. This year, Smith needs to surround Gabbert with talent to make the Jaguars a winner - and Smith needs to hope Gabbert l
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  • The Shutdown 50 - #31: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

    The Shutdown 50 - #31: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

    yahoo.com Apr 13, 2012
    With the 2011 NFL season in the books, it's time to turn our eyes to the NFL draft, and the pre-draft evaluation process. Right up to the draft, we'll be taking a closer look at the 50 players who may be the biggest NFL difference-makers when all is sai…
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  • Schwartz thinks offseason will be critical for second-year play…

    Schwartz thinks offseason will be critical for second-year players

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Last year, incoming players had no offseason program.  That’s because no one had an offseason program, thanks to the lockout. Though some first-year players, like Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, had an immediate and significant impact, plenty of playe
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  • Osi doesn’t like being a backup to Tuck and Pierre-Paul

    Osi doesn’t like being a backup to Tuck and Pierre-Paul

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora had a good postseason, recording 3.5 sacks and helping his team win the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean he’s happy with his situation. Umenyiora was not in the starting lineup for any of the Giants’ four postseas
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  • Giants, Keith Rivers talk up “fresh start” for former Top 10 p…

    Giants, Keith Rivers talk up “fresh start” for former Top 10 pick

    profootballtalk.com Apr 13, 2012
    When the trade of former Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers to the Giants became official, the term of the day was “fresh start” - that’s what Rivers and the Giants say a player who was talented enough to go ninth overall in the NFL draft, and who is
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  • The Shutdown 50 - #32: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

    The Shutdown 50 - #32: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

    yahoo.com Apr 13, 2012
    With the 2011 NFL season in the books, it's time to turn our eyes to the NFL draft, and the pre-draft evaluation process. Right up to the draft, we'll be taking a closer look at the 50 players who may be the biggest NFL difference-makers when all is sai…
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  • Roddy White apologizes for bizarre tweet about sexual preferenc…

    Roddy White apologizes for bizarre tweet about sexual preference

    yahoo.com Apr 13, 2012
    On Thursday, an enthusiastic fan on Twitter asked Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White about his statistical goals for the 2012 season. Roddy said that his goals were to lead all wide receivers in all applicable statistical categories. A perfectly …
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  • Broncos' receiver Thomas doesn't miss Tebow

    Broncos' receiver Thomas doesn't miss Tebow

    ESPN.com Apr 13, 2012
    Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on one of the Denver Broncos' most memorable touchdowns in franchise history.
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  • About Last Night: Saint Asymptote

    About Last Night: Saint Asymptote

    grantland.com Apr 13, 2012
    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. The New Orleans Saints have named top assistant Joe Vitt...
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  • Video - Should Wonderlic scores matter? 03:56

    Should Wonderlic scores matter?

    Apr 13
    NFL video: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne reportedly earned the worst-ever score on the Wonderlic test - but should it…
  • Video - City, fans benefit from dual ownership of Saints, Hornets 02:02

    City, fans benefit from dual ownership of Saints, Hornets

    Apr 13
    Doug Mouton / Northshore Bureau Chief Email: | Twitter: @dmoutonwwl NEW ORLEANS -- Top New Orleans…
  • Video - Can Joe Vitt fill the void? 02:31

    Can Joe Vitt fill the void?

    Apr 13
    Is Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt the best replacement for Sean Payton? Michael Lombardi explains from a front-office perspective.
  • Video - Clay Matthews looks forward 04:39

    Clay Matthews looks forward

    Apr 13
    Three-time Pro Bowl selection Clay Matthews stops by the "NFL Total Access" set to talk about the 2012 Packers and much more.

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