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Vikings finalize plans for upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium

Vikings finalize plans for upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 13, 2014
TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, unexpectedly become a temporary home for the Minnesota Vikings after the roof collapsed at Mall of America field in December 2010 due to snow. This time around the facility will be be…
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  • Josh Gordon gets name and number tattooed on his back

    Josh Gordon gets name and number tattooed on his back

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    If Browns receiver Josh Gordon ever were to lose his helmet and shoulder pads during a game, we’d all still known who he is. Gordon has had his jersey number and name tattooed on his back, via Cleveland.com. Images of the elaborate, and apparently incom…
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  • HBO to launch fictional football series

    HBO to launch fictional football series

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    It’s been more than a decade since ESPN pulled the plug on Playmakers, at the behest of former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Another network that doesn’t televise NFL games is going to give it another try. According to Deadline.com, HBO has picked up…
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  • English failed to hit minimum playing-time threshold in any yea…

    English failed to hit minimum playing-time threshold in any year of his rookie deal

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    Plenty of you have asked for more information regarding the fact that Chargers linebacker Larry English, a first-round pick in 2009, won’t be a free agent in 2014. And so here it is. Even for those who didn’t ask. English, the 16th pick in 2009, agreed …
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  • TE or WR? Graham says it's not his decision

    TE or WR? Graham says it's not his decision

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Thursday that the looming debate over whether he should be considered a tight end or wide receiver is "not for me to decide."
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  • Browns plan to void Bess guarantee

    Browns plan to void Bess guarantee

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    After trading last year with the Dolphins for receiver Davone Bess, the Browns gave Bess a new contract. It included $3.067 million in guaranteed base salary for 2014. Per a league source, the team plans to take the position that the guarantee has voide…
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  • Gunther Cunningham wants to stay in Detroit, go out a winner

    Gunther Cunningham wants to stay in Detroit, go out a winner

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    Gunther Cunningham decided stay in Detroit despite being replaced as the Lions’ defensive coordinator in large part because he thinks he can finish his career in Detroit, and go out on top. Cunningham told the Lions’ website that when former Lions coach…
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  • Bengals cheerleader alleges wage violations

    Bengals cheerleader alleges wage violations

    A Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader is accusing the team in a lawsuit of violating federal wage laws.
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  • Montee Ball: I want to start and get the ball every time next y…

    Montee Ball: I want to start and get the ball every time next year

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The Broncos got a strong season from running back Knowshon Moreno, who scored 13 touchdowns to help the team take the AFC title. Moreno is set to become a free agent next month, though, and the Broncos may choose to spend their money in other areas. One…
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  • Dolphins commence process of creating trade value for Jonathan …

    Dolphins commence process of creating trade value for Jonathan Martin

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    From the moment the Dolphins swung open the doors to their locker room and allowed multiple players to speak out in defense of suspended guard Richie Incognito in November, it was clear that tackle Jonathan Martin would not be able to return to the team…
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  • Rules For Ben-Gals Cheerleaders: "No Panties," "…

    Rules For Ben-Gals Cheerleaders: "No Panties," "No Slouching Breasts"

    deadspin.com Feb 13, 2014
    Looks like that Raiderettes lawsuit was just the beginning. Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Alexa Brenneman has filed her own class-action lawsuit against the team for allegedly violating federal employment laws. As with the Raiders and Ravens, the juici…
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  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged St. Louis Rams to hir…

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged St. Louis Rams to hire Gregg Williams

    St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher did not need a list of references from Gregg Williams before officially hiring him earlier this week, but received an unexpected endorsement. Williams was slated to join St. Louis’ coaching staff in 2012. However, he was…
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  • Packers add tight end Raymond Webber

    Packers add tight end Raymond Webber

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The Packers have added some depth at tight end. The club signed former Jets and Buccaneers wide receiver Raymond Webber, whom Green Bay is listing as a tight end, on Thursday. Webber (6-2, 237) played collegiately at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He signed with …
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  • Detroit Lions clear up cap space by releasing Louis Delmas, Nat…

    Detroit Lions clear up cap space by releasing Louis Delmas, Nate Burleson

    The Detroit Lions have made two cost-cutting moves that should help them be more flexible entering free agency, releasing wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety and Louis Delmas. By cutting Burleson and Delmas, the Lions save $11.5M in cap space. Those …
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  • Mike Lombardi’s son is still with the Browns, for now

    Mike Lombardi’s son is still with the Browns, for now

    Even though his father was fired earlier this week, there’s still a Lombardi on the Browns payroll. For now. According to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, Matt Lombardi remains with the team, even after his father Mike was fired. Matt’s a part-time ass…
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  • Lions cut Burleson, avoid $7.5M cap charge

    Lions cut Burleson, avoid $7.5M cap charge

    The Detroit Lions have released veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas.
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  • NFL Draft: Top tight end prospect Eric Ebron is good … just ask…

    NFL Draft: Top tight end prospect Eric Ebron is good … just ask him

    Eric Ebron, the gifted tight end out of North Carolina, has a simple and fair rule. He's not going to talk himself up ... unless he can back up whatever he says. "I feel like I work hard, so I should brag about it," Ebron said. "I don’t b…
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  • Report:  Nike courting Johnny Manziel

    Report: Nike courting Johnny Manziel

    Quarterback Johnny Manziel’s football future will be determined by someone else. But he remains in full control of his non-football earnings. According to Matthew Kish of the Portland Business Journal, Manziel met Wednesday with Nike executives at the c…
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  • Fox: Ultimately, Sam's story is about football

    Fox: Ultimately, Sam's story is about football

    Michael Sam's playing ability eventually should matter more than his sexuality
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  • Analyst: Watkins arguably best WR prospect since A.J. Green, Ju…

    Analyst: Watkins arguably best WR prospect since A.J. Green, Julio Jones

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    As scouting reports go, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has received a favorable one from a noted evaluator. In an interview with 104.5 FM “The Zone” in Nashville on Wednesday, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said Watkins was arguably the top …
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  • Will free agency let AFC South catch up to Indy?

    Will free agency let AFC South catch up to Indy?

    CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2014
    Antonio Smith, Donald Brown, Chad Henne, and Alterraun Verner will provide compelling decisions for their teams. (Getty Images [4])
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  • Cowboys continue minor tweaks to coaching staff

    Cowboys continue minor tweaks to coaching staff

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The Cowboys never made the wholesale coaching changes many expected this offseason, but they continue to tweak the staff. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys named Keith O’Quinn assistant special teams coach and Kyle Valero offensive…
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  • Mike Pettine: “Overblown” that Ray Farmer wasn’t in interviews

    Mike Pettine: “Overblown” that Ray Farmer wasn’t in interviews

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    In the wake of the Browns’ decision to part ways with General Manager Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner after the two men spent a year in their jobs, it was reported that new General Manager Ray Farmer did not take part in interviews with Mike Pettine be…
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  • Why Colin Kaepernick Is Just As "Cerebral" As Peyton Manning

    Why Colin Kaepernick Is Just As "Cerebral" As Peyton Manning

    deadspin.com Feb 13, 2014
    Excerpted from Deadspin's Big Book of Black Quarterbacks. This entry is written by Kyle Wagner.Read more...
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  • Steelers think Mike Munchak will make a big difference

    Steelers think Mike Munchak will make a big difference

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The Steelers haven’t signed the first player yet, but they think they made a significant upgrade their offensive line. General Manager Kevin Colbert told reporters that getting Mike Munchak on board as the line coach this offseason should have an immedi…
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  • O'Leary not ready to say Bortles will be star

    O'Leary not ready to say Bortles will be star

    ESPN.com Feb 13, 2014
    Blake Bortles' college coach at UCF isn't ready to label him a franchise quarterback.
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  • Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Boldin deals are priorities for 49ers

    Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Boldin deals are priorities for 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    As the San Francisco 49ers try to get back to the Super Bowl and win it, they’ve got some offseason business to deal with. Their priority list contains at least three names: Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, and Anquan Boldin. Per a league source, the pla…
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  • Golf pro not surprised Bill Belichick, Tom Brady dominate the l…

    Golf pro not surprised Bill Belichick, Tom Brady dominate the links, too

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2014
    Massachusetts native and PGA pro golfer James Driscoll got to do what most New Englanders only dream of: golf with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Over four days at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament last week, Driscoll played with both the New England Pa…
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  • Report: Jets want to sign Austin Howard before free agency

    Report: Jets want to sign Austin Howard before free agency

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The Jets have designs on signing one of their starting offensive linemen to a new deal before free agency begins. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have begun contract talks with right tackle Austin Howard, who is slated to …
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  • The All-Emerge Team: OK, enough: Let's talk about next season. …

    The All-Emerge Team: OK, enough: Let's talk about next season. These o…

    CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2014
    OK, enough: Let's talk about next season. These offensive players are serious breakout candidates.
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  • Joseph Fauria thinks he can “contribute very similarly” to Jimm…

    Joseph Fauria thinks he can “contribute very similarly” to Jimmy Graham

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    When Joe Lombardi was introduced as the Lions’ offensive coordinator at a press conference last week, he said that there would be a lot of similarities with the offense that Lombardi was part of as the quarterbacks coach in New Orleans. That led to an e…
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  • Source:  McDaniels declined second interview with Browns

    Source: McDaniels declined second interview with Browns

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    A couple of intriguing reports emerged on Thursday regarding Josh McDaniels’ candidacy for the coaching job in Cleveland. And now there’s a third. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer got the ball rolling with a report that McDaniels was a candi…
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  • Ed Reed has $50K stolen while visiting banks

    Ed Reed has $50K stolen while visiting banks

    Free-agent safety Ed Reed reported $50,000 in cash stolen from the passenger seat of his car Wednesday while visiting banks in Houston, the Houston police department confirmed Thursday morning.
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  • Steve Keim plans to be aggressive in free agency

    Steve Keim plans to be aggressive in free agency

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    Steve Keim had a successful first offseason as Cardinals general manager, moving aggressively in free agency to acquire players that helped the team win 10 games during the 2013 season. Keim is planning more of the same this time around. He told Darren …
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  • Guyton pokes fun at his 2009 snow-day punishment

    Guyton pokes fun at his 2009 snow-day punishment

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    As much of the East Coast digs out from the latest dose of winter weather, former Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton has poked a little fun at one of his misadventures from snow days gone by. Via Twitter, Guyton has posted a photo of a car buried in the sn…
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  • Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2014
    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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  • Donald Butler, Chargers have resumed contract negotiations

    Donald Butler, Chargers have resumed contract negotiations

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The Chargers personnel department is hard at work preparing for next week’s combine, but that’s not the only thing on their plate. Free agency is coming down the track shortly behind the combine and San Diego is also working on matters on that front. On…
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  • Holmgren “stunned” by Browns changes, for some reason

    Holmgren “stunned” by Browns changes, for some reason

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    Former Browns president Mike Holmgren’s been there, but he still said he was “stunned” by the recent changes in Cleveland. During an interview with KJR-AM 950 in Seattle, Holmgren shared his thoughts on his time with the Browns ending, and how he though…
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  • Victor Cruz wants Hakeem Nicks to re-sign with the New York Gia…

    Victor Cruz wants Hakeem Nicks to re-sign with the New York Giants

    New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz wants Hakeem Nicks to be his teammate in 2014. It is hard to understand why. Nicks is slated to become a free agent in March, and his timing could not be worse. He did not catch one touchdown pass during 15 games in …
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  • Banner, Lombardi clashed, so Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Hasla…

    Banner, Lombardi clashed, so Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam canned both

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2014
    The details of the Cleveland Browns' second wave of mass firings has come out, and it appears as if team owner Jimmy Haslam just wanted to make his whole first-year mess go away. May Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that because former CE…
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  • Packers president unsure if playoff expansion close to passing

    Packers president unsure if playoff expansion close to passing

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    Packers president Mark Murphy is an advocate for expanding the playoffs, but he admits getting the proposal passed might take some time. One of the proposals for adding a seventh playoff team would be to reduce the preseason by a game, and that would re…
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  • Report: 49ers to play first regular season game at Levi’s Stadi…

    Report: 49ers to play first regular season game at Levi’s Stadium in Week Two

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    A new stadium, like a new pair of jeans, has to be broken in before it will be a perfect fit. That’s true whether or not the stadium is named after a jeans manufacturer like the new home of the 49ers. Levi’s Stadium will be coming online this year and E…
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    New Bills WRs coach Rob Moore said the time was right to join the team this offseason. The Dolphins are setting this up as a make-or-break year for QB Ryan Tannehill. Patriots QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick impressed pro golfers with their skills…
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  • Jermichael Finley should be fully healed in next 4-8 weeks

    Jermichael Finley should be fully healed in next 4-8 weeks

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    Tight end Jermichael Finley said recently that he expects to be cleared soon after having neck fusion surgery, saying that his doctor told him that there was a “99.9 percent” chance of making a full recovery. Finley’s agent Blake Baratz added some more …
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  • Incognito says he was just telling his side of the story

    Incognito says he was just telling his side of the story

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    So what prompted Wednesday’s Twitter tirade from Richie Incognito? Incognito, who stopped tweeting but didn’t stop talking, told Mike Silver of NFL Network that Incognito is frustrated by the ongoing delay in the issuance of Ted Wells’ report. “I talked…
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  • Clowney aiming for a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the Combine

    Clowney aiming for a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the Combine

    Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is planning to put on a show at the Scouting Combine. Clowney told Yahoo Sports that he thinks he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, which is a good time for anyone, but a stunningly good time f…
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  • Chargers hope to renew stadium discussons with new San Diego ma…

    Chargers hope to renew stadium discussons with new San Diego mayor

    profootballtalk.com Feb 13, 2014
    The San Diego Chargers have been seeking a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium for over a decade. With a new mayor set to take office, the team looks to once again push for a new stadium to call home. According to Bernie Wilson of the Associated Pre…
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  • Video - Know your teammate: Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse 03:02

    Know your teammate: Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse

    Feb 13
    How well do Super Bowl teammates -- Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse -- know one another off the field?
  • Video - Which free agent is most important to re-sign? 02:06

    Which free agent is most important to re-sign?

    Feb 13
    The "NFL Total Access" guys and Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson discuss which free agent is the most important player a team should re-sign.
  • Video - Film Study: Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner 03:17

    Film Study: Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner

    Feb 13
    Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner stops by to discuss some game film of him during the 2013 NFL season as well as Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • Video - Film Study: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse 02:36

    Film Study: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse

    Feb 13
    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse joins Solomon Wilcots at the touchscreen to explain how he was able to break loose for touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos during the playoffs.