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Secaucus mayor asking NFL for $25,000 for breached contract wit…

Secaucus mayor asking NFL for $25,000 for breached contract with Super Bowl halftime show

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 10
Secaucus mayor Michael Gonnelli is seeking a reimbursement from the National Football League for $25,000 after the production company in charge of the Super Bowl halftime show backed out of an agreement to lease space at the high school. According to Li…
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  • Vilma apologizes for recent comments about gay players

    Vilma apologizes for recent comments about gay players

    During Super Bowl week, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma made a controversial comment based on the hypothetical example of a gay player being on his team. Now that former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has come out as gay, Vilma has expressed remors…
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  • Ex-NFLer Boyd gets nearly 3 years for fraud

    Ex-NFLer Boyd gets nearly 3 years for fraud

    ESPN.com Feb 10
    Former NFL player Greg Boyd has been sentenced to almost three years in prison for income tax fraud.
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  • Team-by-team look at who could be tagged

    Team-by-team look at who could be tagged

    Last year, only eight teams used the franchise tag, down from a record high of 21 the year before. It was a surprise — until the free-agency market opened and the big money simply wasn’t there. This year, conflicting opinions exist regarding the amount …
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  • Seahawks sign Travis Beckum, two others to contracts

    Seahawks sign Travis Beckum, two others to contracts

    The Seahawks are giving Travis Beckum a look. Beckum, the former Giants and University of Wisconsin tight end, was among three players signed to reserve/future contracts by Super Bowl champion Seattle on Monday, the club said. A Wisconsin product, the 2…
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  • DeMaurice Smith calls anonymous General Managers who criticize …

    DeMaurice Smith calls anonymous General Managers who criticize Michael Sam “gutless”

    On the heels of Michael Sam’s decision to come out as gay, at least one unnamed General Manager boldly predicted Sam would be undrafted. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith had an even stronger assessment for any General Managers who say things abo…
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  • Sports Briefing | Football: Jets Change Ticket Prices

    Sports Briefing | Football: Jets Change Ticket Prices

    On average, upper-level tickets dropped a little more than 10 percent and lower-level seats increased 3 percent.
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  • Elway applauds Michael Sam

    Elway applauds Michael Sam

    Someday, the decision of a football player to come out as gay will be met with not even a shrug. To get to that day, however, someone had to be the first. And so the positive words of support continue for former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. “I ap…
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  • Manziel will throw on his own schedule, not at A&M Pro Day

    Manziel will throw on his own schedule, not at A&M Pro Day

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wants to throw for NFL talent evaluators when he’s ready to put his best foot forward, and that will not be at the Aggies’ Pro Day workout. Manziel has decided to throw for scouts at a workout he has scheduled fo…
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  • Colts waive guard Justin Anderson

    Colts waive guard Justin Anderson

    The Colts have parted ways with a member of their 2012 draft class. Indianapolis has waived offensive guard Justin Anderson, the club said Monday. The 25-year-old Anderson was one of the club’s three seventh-round picks in 2012. He spent a significant p…
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  • Bucs cut OL Carimi, a former 1st-round pick

    Bucs cut OL Carimi, a former 1st-round pick

    Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, a first-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2011, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.
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  • Vikings add Hank Fraley as assistant offensive line coach

    Vikings add Hank Fraley as assistant offensive line coach

    A former NFL offensive lineman has joined the Vikings’ coaching staff. The Vikings announced the hiring of former Eagles, Browns and Rams center Hank Fraley as assistant offensive line coach on Monday. Fraley played 11 NFL seasons and started 123 games.…
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  • Mike McCarthy: Our defense is going to change some

    Mike McCarthy: Our defense is going to change some

    The Packers had a rough year defensively in 2013 as injuries took several key players away from a unit that struggled to stop just about every opponent that came their way. As a result, head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the “defense is going to …
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  • Michael Johnson seen as unlikely to remain in Cincinnati

    Michael Johnson seen as unlikely to remain in Cincinnati

    The Bengals appear poised to say goodbye to defensive end Michael Johnson. Johnson played the 2013 season on the one-year franchise tender of $11.175 million, but he’s unlikely to return in 2014, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. If the Bengals want…
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  • Free Agent Primer: Changes for AFCN?

    Free Agent Primer: Changes for AFCN?

    CNNSI.com Feb 10
    Michael Johnson, Dennis Pitta, T.J. Ward and Emmanuel Sanders represent four of the AFC North’s top free agents. (AP [4])
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  • Tony Gonzalez: “It’s not a matter of if” Matt Ryan becomes elit…

    Tony Gonzalez: “It’s not a matter of if” Matt Ryan becomes elite

    Last week, Tony Gonzalez created stirs on a pair of fronts with comments in an interview with Seth Wickersham for ESPN The Magazine. Gonzalez made a comment about returning to play next season if the Falcons were looking like a Super Bowl contender and …
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  • Mike Mayock thinks Michael Sam’s a 3rd- to 5th-rounder

    Mike Mayock thinks Michael Sam’s a 3rd- to 5th-rounder

    The NFL was quick to come out with a statement, saluting the courage of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. And now, the lead draft analyst of the league’s own network is on the record saying Sam should be a mid-round pick. “I watched the tape and saw h…
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  • Kluwe warns that “distraction” is code for intolerance

    Kluwe warns that “distraction” is code for intolerance

    Three weeks ago, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman suggested that “thug” has become code for racial slurs. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe has applied that same argument to the circumstances confronting former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. In Kluw…
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  • Former players comment

    Former players comment

    CNNSI.com Feb 10
    Bart Scott's NFL career spanned 11 seasons, two organizations and 172 games. He spent countless days in training camp, numerous hours in meetings and endless swaths of time in locker rooms.
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  • Hugh Douglas pleads no contest, avoids jail

    Hugh Douglas pleads no contest, avoids jail

    ESPN.com Feb 10
    Former pro football player Hugh Douglas has pleaded no contest and avoided jail in a Connecticut case alleging he assaulted his girlfriend at a Hartford hotel.
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  • Cowboys LB Lee (neck) still awaiting clearance

    Cowboys LB Lee (neck) still awaiting clearance

    Two months after suffering a torn ligament in his neck, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has not been fully cleared by the team's medical staff.
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  • Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin unify t…

    Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin unify to support Michael Sam

    Miami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin finally agreed on something. Incognito was accused of bullying and harassing Martin, but he denied those allegations. After several months of criticism, over 1,000 text messages between both …
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  • Williams returns to Redskins as an executive

    Williams returns to Redskins as an executive

    The Redskins hired Doug Williams to become a personnel executive under general manager Bruce Allen, bringing back a piece of the franchise's storied past.
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  • Jets promote Tony Sparano Jr., add Eric Smith to staff

    Jets promote Tony Sparano Jr., add Eric Smith to staff

    The Jets promoted a familiar name Monday, giving Tony Sparano Jr. a new title. The team announced that Sparano Jr. had been promoted from seasonal intern the last two seasons to offensive assistant. His dad was the Jets offensive coordinator in 2012, an…
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  • Moving Us Forward: The LGBT sports community is proud of Michae…

    Moving Us Forward: The LGBT sports community is proud of Michael Sam…

    CNNSI.com Feb 10
    The LGBT sports community is proud of Michael Sam, perhaps the bravest and most free of us all.
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  • Over-under set on Michael Sam’s draft position

    Over-under set on Michael Sam’s draft position

    Michael Sam’s draft position is now officially an NFL thing — because you can gamble on it. According to Bovada.lv, there’s now an over-under on the out-of-the-closet Missouri defensive end’s draft position. They’ve set the line at 125.5, or the second …
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  • Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Cleveland Browns

    Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Cleveland Browns

    yahoo.com Feb 10
    After the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, all 32 teams officially entered the offseason and started plotting how they could position themselves for a shot at Super Bowl XLIX. Shutdown Corner will look at the offseason blueprint for each of the 3…
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  • Graham’s franchise-tag designation pits practicality against le…

    Graham’s franchise-tag designation pits practicality against letter of CBA

    Soon, the Saints will apply the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham. Soon after that, Graham will file a grievance, claiming that he’s actually a receiver. And he has roughly 4.5 million reasons to make that argument. Already, folks are chiming in o…
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  • Adam Vinatieri: Field goals over 50 yards should be worth four …

    Adam Vinatieri: Field goals over 50 yards should be worth four points

    When Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was a guest of Mike Florio’s on PFT Live during Super Bowl week, he said it would be a “crying shame” if the NFL wound up eliminating extra points. He’s not the first kicker to come out against altering the extra point b…
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  • Report: Keith McCants arrested for 12th time

    Report: Keith McCants arrested for 12th time

    As the fourth overall pick in the 1990 NFL draft, Keith McCants was a disappointment on the field. His post-NFL life has been significantly more disappointing. McCants was arrested for drug possession in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday — at least the 12th tim…
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  • Oneida Indian Nation, Redskins issue competing Monday morning p…

    Oneida Indian Nation, Redskins issue competing Monday morning press releases

    On the heels of a new bipartisan letter from members of Congress to Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to change the name of the Washington Redskins, Oneida Indian Nation and the Redskins have issued a pair of competing press releases. “The NF…
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  • Colts sign former garbageman/Eagles safety

    Colts sign former garbageman/Eagles safety

    This is the time of year teams fill in the fringes of their roster, with guys who have lingered on the fringes of the league. The Colts have made such a move, signing journeyman safety David Sims. The former undrafted free agent from Iowa State began hi…
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  • Miami Dolphins offering Sea World tickets to boost season ticke…

    Miami Dolphins offering Sea World tickets to boost season ticket sales

    The Miami Dolphins are giving their fans plenty of incentives to purchase season tickets in 2014. They are not selling quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is not part of their campaign push. The Dolphins are not trying to convince t…
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  • Monday morning one-liners

    Monday morning one-liners

    Bills wide receivers coach Rob Moore expects a smooth transition to his new job. A look at Mike Wallace and the rest of the Dolphins receivers. Another awkward high five for Patriots QB Tom Brady. Michael Manganiello, a Jets fan that the team supported …
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  • Senator threatens NFL over Redskins name

    Senator threatens NFL over Redskins name

    ESPN.com Feb 10
    Two members of Congress will send a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, telling him to publicly announce support for a name change -- and that the NFL can no longer ignore the issue.
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  • Early player reaction to Michael Sam news is mixed

    Early player reaction to Michael Sam news is mixed

    While no one knows at the moment how Michael Sam’s draft stock will be impacted by his decision to announce that he’s gay, it’s clear that finding a good fit once a team picks him will still have challenges. While there were a number of players supporti…
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  • Report: Texans hire Brian Gaine

    Report: Texans hire Brian Gaine

    The Dolphins’ loss has turned out to be the Texans’ gain. Or Gaine, to be precise. When the Dolphins fired General Manager Jeff Ireland after the end of the regular season, they interviewed assistant G.M. Brian Gaine along with other candidates for the …
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  • Herm Edwards Suggests Mike Sam Is "Bringing Baggage" …

    Herm Edwards Suggests Mike Sam Is "Bringing Baggage" Into Locker Room

    deadspin.com Feb 10
    Herm Edwards repeatedly called Michael Sam by the wrong name and compared the openly gay NFL prospect to a player with off-the-field issues in a disaster of an appearance tonight on ESPN.Read more...
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  • Video - Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith: Being gay 'has nothing to do' with what's happening on the field 03:23

    Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith: Being gay 'has nothing to do' with what's happening on the field

    Feb 10
    Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith says there's too much responsibility during a game to be worrying about a gay football player on the field.
  • Video - Film study with Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith 03:41

    Film study with Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith

    Feb 10
    Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith looks at video from the game and gives insight on how he made some key plays.
  • Video - Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith : 'Sherman can be our voice' 04:14

    Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith : 'Sherman can be our voice'

    Feb 10
    "NFL Total Access" asks Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith how life has changed since becoming MVP and if he's OK with cornerback Richard Sherman being the voice of Seattle's' defense.
  • Video - Are 49ers Biggest Obstacle To Seahawks Dynasty? 00:55

    Are 49ers Biggest Obstacle To Seahawks Dynasty?

    Feb 10
    Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith joins "SportsNation" to explain how the Seahawks can get better and have the same success next season.