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Report: Jimmy Haslam, NFL have indictment contingency strategy

Report: Jimmy Haslam, NFL have indictment contingency strategy

profootballtalk.com Updated Jul 7, 2013
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has consulted with the NFL as his family’s Pilot Flying J trucking company deals with a fuel rebate controversy, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported Sunday night. Of particular note: Grossi quoted an unnamed league source wh…
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  • Kaepernick criticized for Dolphins hat, fires back

    Kaepernick criticized for Dolphins hat, fires back

    CNNSI.com Jul 7, 2013
    Kaepernick criticized for Dolphins hat, fires back
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  • Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and …

    Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and replacement ref Lance Easley

    Hey Packers fans, remember that game you lost at Seattle last year? You know, the one where the replacement official called a touchdown that should have never been? Seattle Screwjob, Fail Mary, etc.? Yes, yes, figured you would. And we're pretty sure yo…
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  • Guest MMQB: Austen Lane on the struggle to succeed on- and off-…

    Guest MMQB: Austen Lane on the struggle to succeed on- and off-field

    CNNSI.com Jul 7, 2013
    Succeeding in the NFL and after it is a challenge many players fail. In his guest MMQB, Austen Lane speaks from experience, crafting a guide for his peers to handle the struggle.
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  • After four years, Matthew Stafford’s mechanics still an issue

    After four years, Matthew Stafford’s mechanics still an issue

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    It’s been four years since the Lions selected quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. And there are still bad habits Stafford needs to break. Although Stafford insists there’s nothing wrong with his mechanics, it would…
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  • ACLU is concerned about how Aaron Hernandez is being treated in…

    ACLU is concerned about how Aaron Hernandez is being treated in prison

    yahoo.com Jul 7, 2013
    The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned about Aaron Hernandez's accommodations in prison as the former New England Patriots tight end waits for his murder trial to start. In a blog post on ACLU.org, the group expresses concern about the damage b…
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  • Cowboys' Brent out of jail due to court order

    Cowboys' Brent out of jail due to court order

    ESPN.com Jul 7, 2013
    Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday morning, 11 days after he returned to Dallas County's custody due to violating terms of his pretrial release by allegedly testing positive for marijuana twice.
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  • Gun charges provide strong fallback in Hernandez prosecution

    Gun charges provide strong fallback in Hernandez prosecution

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    Constitutional protections premised on the idea that it’s better for 10 guilty men to go free than one innocent man to be imprisoned mean that Aaron Hernandez could be acquitted of murdering Odin Lloyd., if his high-priced defense lawyers can conjure “r…
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  • Giants LB Connor arrested with knife at airport

    Giants LB Connor arrested with knife at airport

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jul 7, 2013
    Police and team officials say New York Giants linebacker Dan Connor was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport after federal authorities alleged that a switchblade was found in his luggage.
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  • Kerrigan optimistic about D.C. defense

    Kerrigan optimistic about D.C. defense

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    With so much focus on the question of whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will get, and stay, healthy, it’s easy to forget about the other side of the ball. That could be harder to do once the games start. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan believes t…
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  • NFL Pros Go Back to College to Fight for Their Video Game Right…

    NFL Pros Go Back to College to Fight for Their Video Game Rights

    deadspin.com Jul 7, 2013
    Two letters and a number. That's all you need to be a household name in college football—or its video game, at least. But this year, when NCAA Football 14 hits shelves on Tuesday, South Carolina's fearsome DE#7 and Texas A&M's do-it-all QB#2 will be…
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  • Trent Richardson remains on schedule for training camp

    Trent Richardson remains on schedule for training camp

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    A month ago, Browns running back Trent Richardson was denying a report that a leg injury would keep him out of the start of training camp. From all indications, Richardson is still on pace to achieve his optimistic goal of being ready to go when the Bro…
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  • Pat White willing to play other positions to stay with Redskins

    Pat White willing to play other positions to stay with Redskins

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    As Pat White prepared to enter the NFL more than four years ago, he resisted the notion of moving to a position other than quarterback. Now that he’s back in the league after a three-season absence, White is willing to do what it takes to stick. “Whatev…
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  • Rams to become free agents in two seasons, but where will they …

    Rams to become free agents in two seasons, but where will they go?

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    With 31 NFL stadiums and the useful life of each one in the range of 20 to 30 years, it’s safe to say that at any given moment at least one NFL team will be jockeying for a new venue. Most of them do their jockeying atop a horse named Taxpayer’s Money. …
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  • Buffalo Bills salary cap outlook: C.J. Spiller is a bargain in …

    Buffalo Bills salary cap outlook: C.J. Spiller is a bargain in 2013

    yahoo.com Jul 7, 2013
    The "Shutdown Countdown" is underway. In addition to previewing each team, "Shutdown Corner" will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Buf…
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  • Franchise quarterback or the next great defensive end? Next yea…

    Franchise quarterback or the next great defensive end? Next year’s draft debate could be fascinating

    yahoo.com Jul 7, 2013
    If you've spent any time looking at the 2014 NFL draft (and why not, there's still three weeks of dead time until training camp), there's a potentially fascinating storyline brewing. If a team that needs a quarterback gets the first pick of the draft (a…
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  • Report:  Hernandez failed no drug tests with Patriots

    Report: Hernandez failed no drug tests with Patriots

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    Regardless of whether Aaron Hernandez failed one drug test or six drug tests or something in between during his time at Florida, Hernandez reportedly failed no drug tests during his NFL career. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, zero is the mag…
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  • Today’s politicians could finish what Nixon started in 1972

    Today’s politicians could finish what Nixon started in 1972

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    At a time when some politicians want to end blackouts for any stadiums built or maintained with public money, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press looks back more than 40 years, at a time when all games, sold out or not, were still blacked out in …
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  • Lions enjoy peace during quiet time

    Lions enjoy peace during quiet time

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    Most NFL coaches spend the period between the conclusion of the offseason program and the start of training camp sleeping with one eye on the cell phone. Last year, Lions coach Jim Schwartz may have eventually decided to quit sleeping altogether. This y…
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  • Falcons don’t plan to use Steven Jackson much in the preseason

    Falcons don’t plan to use Steven Jackson much in the preseason

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    In Sunday’s one-liners, there was a note about running back Jacquizz Rodgers helping new teammate Steven Jackson learn the intricacies of the Falcons offense. That effort will continue into training camp as Jackson prepares for a lead role in his first …
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  • Broncos and Clady to resume talks this week

    Broncos and Clady to resume talks this week

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    As we mentioned last week, the talks for a new contract between the Broncos and left tackle Ryan Clady were expected to hit another gear this week. And that seems to be the case, as Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos will resume talks…
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  • Winning Super Bowl means more to Matt Hasselbeck than starting

    Winning Super Bowl means more to Matt Hasselbeck than starting

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    After he was released by the Titans early this offseason, Matt Hasselbeck had a choice of what to do next. He could sign somewhere to compete for a starting quarterback job or he could move into the role of an wise old backup to a player on the way up t…
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  • Steelers look to Lawrence Timmons to step into larger role

    Steelers look to Lawrence Timmons to step into larger role

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    There’s been a lot of discussion this offseason about the need for young players and reserves to carve out big roles on a Steelers defense that’s lost veteran leaders like linebacker James Harrison and defensive tackle Casey Hampton. Such needs go beyon…
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  • Congratulations to Robert Griffin III, who married his college …

    Congratulations to Robert Griffin III, who married his college sweetheart (Photos)

    yahoo.com Jul 7, 2013
    What an incredible two years for Robert Griffin III. He became the first Baylor player to win the Heisman Trophy, was drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins, won NFL offensive rookie of the year and became one of the most popular players in t…
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  • Alfred Morris was a “lost little puppy” last year

    Alfred Morris was a “lost little puppy” last year

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    Redskins running back Alfred Morris was one of the more surprising rookie success stories in 2012 as he went from a sixth-round pick to the second-most rushing yards in the league while helping his team to the playoffs. A debut like that would leave man…
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  • Jameel McClain awaiting medical clearance

    Jameel McClain awaiting medical clearance

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain has rehabbed and worked and waited. And now, all he’s waiting on is a thumbs-up from the team doctors to complete his comeback from a spinal cord contusion which he suffered last December. McClain did limited indi…
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  • Sunday morning one-liners

    Sunday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    Will 2013 be a breakout season for Bills DT Marcell Dareus? Former Dolphins WR O.J. McDuffie looks back at five memorable moments in his career. A strong offensive line could help the Patriots thrive despite holes at wide receiver and tight end. Jets LB…
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  • Stripping draft picks is the only way to dissuade teams from ta…

    Stripping draft picks is the only way to dissuade teams from taking chances on troubled players

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    The Aaron Hernandez saga has placed renewed focus on the decisions of teams to take chances on players with checkered pasts that could make for troubling futures. Already, there’s talk of barring academically ineligible players from the Scouting Combine…
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  • Joe Schmidt thinks the Lions have to learn how to win

    Joe Schmidt thinks the Lions have to learn how to win

    profootballtalk.com Jul 7, 2013
    The Detroit Lions are in a paradox: In order to win, they need to know how to win. But they won’t know how to win until they’ve experienced winning. That’s the view of one former Lion who won a lot during his Hall of Fame career: Joe Schmidt, who was on…
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  • Video - Parting Shot: Jay-Z's Influence 01:03

    Parting Shot: Jay-Z's Influence

    Jul 7
    Bryan Burwell discusses the potential impact Jay-Z could have in the world of sports representation.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Guest MMQB: Austen Lane on the struggle to succeed on- and off…

    Jul 7
    Peter King is taking his annual vacation, and he's lined up some special guests to fill in on MMQB in the meantime. This week, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Austen Lane takes over.
  • John Clayton's NFL mailbag: Franchise-tag system flaws exposed

    Jul 7
    Mailbag: The franchise-tag system doesn't appear to be working as intended for teams or players, writes John Clayton.