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Report: Dolphins still haven’t extended formal offer to Vonta L…

Report: Dolphins still haven’t extended formal offer to Vonta Leach

profootballtalk.com Updated Jul 8, 2013
Training camp for the Miami Dolphins is scheduled to open in just under two weeks as players report on June 20. Free agent fullback Vonta Leach seems to be leaning toward the Dolphins in hopes of joining the team for the upcoming season. However, Leach …
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  • London team would have at least one major in-season logistical …

    London team would have at least one major in-season logistical challenge

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    The possibility of moving a team to London raises plenty of potential problems. Free agents won’t want to go there. High first-round draft picks may decide to pull an Elway/Eli and force a trade. Travel time, extended road trips, exchange rates, tax rat…
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  • Given his circumstances, Cruz did well

    Given his circumstances, Cruz did well

    Did Giants receiver Victor Cruz break the bank on his new contract? No. Did he end up with far more money than he ever should have earned in the NFL after being passed over 255 times in the 2010 draft? Absolutely. Cruz has made the ultimate climb from u…
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  • Sports Briefing | Football: Kraft Suggests Patriots Were Duped

    Sports Briefing | Football: Kraft Suggests Patriots Were Duped

    The New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made public comments for the first time since the team’s former tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.
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  • Jets coach Ryan runs twice among bulls in Spain

    Jets coach Ryan runs twice among bulls in Spain

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Rex Ryan spent part of his summer vacation running from angry bulls.
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  • Raiders call Kingdon, Kebric age discrimination claims “meritle…

    Raiders call Kingdon, Kebric age discrimination claims “meritless”

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    The NFL’s Summer of Law, Part II got a relatively late start. But the sequel is picking up steam. Last month, former Raiders scouts Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric sued the team for age discrimination. Both were relieved of their duties in the days followi…
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  • Broncos executive arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Broncos executive arrested on suspicion of DUI

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) -- Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized Monday for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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  • Ron Jaworski, Herm Edwards rip Kaepernick’s hat

    Ron Jaworski, Herm Edwards rip Kaepernick’s hat

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got some grief from fans last week for wearing a Dolphins hat, and he was defiant in his response. That was probably the wrong tack to take if he wanted to make the issue disappear. On Monday, Kaepernick …
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  • Police: Lawrence Taylor's son charged with rape

    Police: Lawrence Taylor's son charged with rape

    POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) -- Police in suburban Atlanta say a man who identified himself as the son of NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on rape charges.
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  • Ex-Bengals cheerleader trial begins again

    Ex-Bengals cheerleader trial begins again

    ESPN.com Jul 8, 2013
    A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who is suing a gossip website for alleged defamation wiped tears from her eyes Monday as she testified that she was mocked and humiliated by website posts that she says were false and malicious.
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  • Pats exchange more than 2,500 Hernandez jerseys

    Pats exchange more than 2,500 Hernandez jerseys

    It was a busy two days for the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium. Per a team spokesman, the official number of Aaron Hernandez jerseys returned by customers exceeded 2,500. Between 30 and 35 percent of the jerseys exchanged were youth models. The Pat…
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  • There Is Now Video Of Rex Ryan Escaping A Charging Bull

    There Is Now Video Of Rex Ryan Escaping A Charging Bull

    deadspin.com Jul 8, 2013
    After photos emerged of the Jets coach taking part the annual Running of the Bulls, it was only a matter of time before video surfaced. Reader John was in Pamplona, and after realizing Ryan was there too, reviewed his footage.Read more...
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  • Report: Broncos up their offer to Clady

    Report: Broncos up their offer to Clady

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    While other franchise-tagged players are sitting around listening to their phone not ring, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady’s negotiation appears to be moving. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos upped their previous offer to Clady, bey…
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  • Judge orders concussion cases to mediation

    Judge orders concussion cases to mediation

    Judge Anita Brody is putting the squeeze on the parties to the concussion lawsuits. Previously expected to issue on July 22 a ruling on the key threshold question of whether more than 4,000 claims against the NFL will be dismissed in deference to the ar…
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  • Report: No contract talks expected for Bills, Jairus Byrd

    Report: No contract talks expected for Bills, Jairus Byrd

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Over the weekend, we passed along a report that there was no progress on a contract for Bills safety Jairus Byrd. There might not be much need to keep the light on waiting for updates. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News backs up that report with one of his …
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  • Former NFL player sues Washington Redskins, says he suffered kn…

    Former NFL player sues Washington Redskins, says he suffered knee injury in bounty incident

    Barrett Green's lawsuit against the Washington Redskins could have some interesting ramifications, if successful. Green, a NFL linebacker from 2000 to 2005, said his knee was injured by a Redskins player as part of a bounty program. The Associated Press…
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  • Shifting blame does little to inform when discussing risky play…

    Shifting blame does little to inform when discussing risky players

    yahoo.com Jul 8, 2013
    He was a first-round talent who went in the fourth round of the NFL draft because teams were so worried about his character, some organizations found him undraftable. After a solid start to his career, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernand…
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  • Broncos call Russell’s behavior “unacceptable and very troublin…

    Broncos call Russell’s behavior “unacceptable and very troubling”

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Usually, an arrest of an NFL team employee results in a perfunctory statement that doesn’t really state anything. The Broncos have opted for a different approach with director of player personnel Matt Russell, who was arrested Saturday for DUI and crash…
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  • PFT family expands, sort of

    PFT family expands, sort of

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    No, we haven’t hired yet another writer. But one of the guys who technically classifies as a member of the PFT family has added to his own family. Pro Football Talk on NBCSN analyst Ross Tucker and his wife, Kara, have welcomed their second baby girl. M…
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  • Dolphins' Ellerbe: Patriots vulnerable in AFC East

    Dolphins' Ellerbe: Patriots vulnerable in AFC East

    Dolphins' Ellerbe: Patriots vulnerable in AFC East
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  • PFT’s Top 100: 51-75

    PFT’s Top 100: 51-75

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Last week we introduced our own rankings of the Top 100 players in the NFL, as voted on by a panel of media members. We began with the players ranked No. 76 to No. 100, and now we’ll unveil the next 25. The latest update gives you much to discuss. It’s …
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  • Ernest Wallace held without bail until at least July 22

    Ernest Wallace held without bail until at least July 22

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Ernest Wallace was arraigned on Monday, charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Odin Lloyd. The arraignment happened quickly, with Wallace ordered to be held without bail pending a July 22 pre-trial hearing. The Wallace hearing c…
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  • Cody might not be ready for start of camp

    Cody might not be ready for start of camp

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody said he’s feeling better, and hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season. The start of training camp is another question. Cody told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that his recovery from hip surgery was goin…
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  • Browns fan takes last shot at team in obit

    Browns fan takes last shot at team in obit

    A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan has gone to his final rest, but not before making one last request from the team.
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  • Lito Sheppard says McNabb puked during Super Bowl

    Lito Sheppard says McNabb puked during Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    One of the great mysteries of the modern age involves not a grassy knoll by something that may or may not have been deposited on the grass crown of a football field. As legend has it, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb vomited during crunch time of Super…
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  • Field of Jeans finds yet another revenue stream

    Field of Jeans finds yet another revenue stream

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    When it comes to milking every last potential dollar from a football stadium, the 49ers are authoring the textbook. The latest chapter for the so-called Field of Jeans comes from the ability of fans to buy bricks with their names on them. It’s hardly a …
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  • Report: Long-term deal for Michael Johnson unlikely

    Report: Long-term deal for Michael Johnson unlikely

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    We’re a week away from the deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals before the end of the 2013 season and things aren’t looking good on that front for one of the players tagged earlier this offseason. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer re…
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  • How Bad Are The Browns? Even Obituaries Are Cracking Jokes.

    How Bad Are The Browns? Even Obituaries Are Cracking Jokes.

    deadspin.com Jul 8, 2013
    Scott Entsminger died on Thursday. Three days later, he was taking a shot at the Browns from the peace of the grave.Read more...
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  • The holiday weekend that was

    The holiday weekend that was

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    It’s Monday. You’re back at work, likely after having the last four days off. You’re bored. It’s lunch time (in some time zones). PFT Live doesn’t return for two more weeks. So instead of requiring you to scroll and click and scroll and click through th…
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  • Cleveland Browns salary cap outlook: An extension for Alex Mack…

    Cleveland Browns salary cap outlook: An extension for Alex Mack tops the ‘to-do’ list

    yahoo.com Jul 8, 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 Cle…
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  • FCS lineman bypassing supplemental draft

    FCS lineman bypassing supplemental draft

    We mentioned this morning the six names eligible for the more-discussed-than-important supplemental draft. But one name that’s not on the list is creating what seems to be an unusual precedent. According to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com, Stony Brook ta…
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  • Brandon Myers excited about opportunity with Giants

    Brandon Myers excited about opportunity with Giants

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    In recent years, the Giants have had a hard time holding onto their starting tight ends. Kevin Boss and Martellus Bennett both left as free agents after strong years as targets for Eli Manning and Jake Ballard got claimed by the Patriots on waivers last…
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  • Watch Robert Griffin III rap about “Pop Rocks and Tootsie Pops”…

    Watch Robert Griffin III rap about “Pop Rocks and Tootsie Pops” in a hilarious, goofy video

    yahoo.com Jul 8, 2013
    Well, we know that Robert Griffin III doesn't take himself too seriously. On his official Facebook page, the day after he was married to college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat he posted a video of the Washington Redskins quarterback rapping about "Po…
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  • Tony Romo still on track for training camp

    Tony Romo still on track for training camp

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    There’s been no news about Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s recovery from surgery to remove a cyst in his back for a while and it looks like a situation where no news is good news. The last we heard was that Romo was making some throws as the Cowboys wou…
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  • Former Bengals cheerleader gets another shot at bankrupting web…

    Former Bengals cheerleader gets another shot at bankrupting website that allegedly defamed her

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    With the George Zimmerman trial still happening and the Aaron Hernandez courtroom drama looming for 2014, another case of somewhat lower profile returns to the halls of justice today in Covington, Kentucky. Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones sued Th…
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  • Shutdown Countdown: Cleveland Browns are still rebuilding, but …

    Shutdown Countdown: Cleveland Browns are still rebuilding, but the defense could be stellar

    yahoo.com Jul 8, 2013
    The Cleveland Browns haven't had a winning record since 2007, and the franchise has had just two winning seasons in total since the NFL re-established the Browns name in 1999. And as frequently happens after so much organizational underperformance, ther…
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  • Extra security planned for Hall of Fame parade this summer

    Extra security planned for Hall of Fame parade this summer

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    The festivities surrounding the induction of new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame includes a parade through the streets of Canton and that parade will be a little bit different this year. Canton Police Department Captain Jack Angelo said that th…
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  • Pierce bulks up, even if his role may not

    Pierce bulks up, even if his role may not

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    His role might not necessarily be bigger this year, but Bernard Pierce is. But the added 10 pounds of bulk haven’t slowed the Ravens running back down, as he said he was leaner than he was last season. “I’m not slow,” Pierce said, via Aaron Wilson of th…
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  • Jared Allen says he’ll be ready for training camp, “unfortunate…

    Jared Allen says he’ll be ready for training camp, “unfortunately”

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is healthy and will be good to go for the first day of training camp. Not that he’s exactly thrilled about that. Allen said on NFL AM that his surgically repaired shoulder is coming along nicely and he has no doubt that…
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  • Giants say Connor is cooperating with team, authorities

    Giants say Connor is cooperating with team, authorities

    On Saturday, Giants linebacker Dan Connor was arrested with a switchblade in his luggage at the Philadelphia International Airport. On Sunday, the Giants said Connor has spoken with the team about that situation, and that Connor is cooperating with auth…
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  • Travis Frederick could wind up at guard

    Travis Frederick could wind up at guard

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    When the Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in the first round, there were two widespread reactions. The first was that the Cowboys may have reached to take Frederick at that point in the draft. The second grew out of the first as many inferred that Frede…
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  • 'Fail Mary' ref, Tate reunite at charity game

    'Fail Mary' ref, Tate reunite at charity game

    ESPN.com Jul 8, 2013
    The replacement referee who made the controversial touchdown call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers last season was the guest umpire at Richard Sherman's charity softball game on Sunday.
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  • Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, awaiting trial for intoxic…

    Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter for the death of a

    deadspin.com Jul 8, 2013
    Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter for the death of a teammate, had returned to jail June 27 after twice testing positive for marijuana use. A judge yesterday granted his release. He remains on the Cowboys'…
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  • Monday morning one-liners

    Monday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Will the Bills make a selection in the supplemental draft? The Dolphins website offers a preview of the team’s defensive backs. ESPNBoston.com doesn’t give WR Kenbrell Thompkins much chance of making the 53-man roster. A look back at the days when WR Wa…
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  • Haslam says he has no plans to sell Browns

    Haslam says he has no plans to sell Browns

    ESPN.com Jul 8, 2013
    Jimmy Haslam, whose Pilot Flying J company is under a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud, told ESPN Cleveland he will not be selling the Cleveland Browns.
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  • ACLU uses Hernandez case to criticize solitary confinement

    ACLU uses Hernandez case to criticize solitary confinement

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Aaron Hernandez has been jailed without bail pending trial on murder and weapons charges. He has enjoyed limited public support, due in large part to the strong circumstantial evidence that prosecutors have compiled in only three weeks since the killing…
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  • Josh Brent released from jail

    Josh Brent released from jail

    profootballtalk.com Jul 8, 2013
    Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who is awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter for the car crash that killed a teammate, has been released from jail. Brent’s bail was revoked on June 27 because of two failed drug tests, but the Dallas Morning …
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  • Second-year slumpbusters: Robert Griffin III

    Second-year slumpbusters: Robert Griffin III

    yahoo.com Jul 8, 2013
    The 2012 NFL season may have given us more impressive performances by first-year starting quarterbacks than any previous season in the league's long history. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick all took their teams at e…
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  • Video - Chris Kluwe in studio 04:39

    Chris Kluwe in studio

    Jul 8
    Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss his new book "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" and more.
  • Video - Haslam: Browns Not For Sale 02:53

    Haslam: Browns Not For Sale

    Jul 8
    Andy Baskin discusses Jimmy Haslam's announcement that he does not intend to sell the Cleveland Browns.
  • Video - Browns Fan Takes Shot At Team In Obit 02:02

    Browns Fan Takes Shot At Team In Obit

    Jul 8
    Andy Baskin discusses the obit of a Cleveland Browns fan that took a parting shot at the team.
  • Video - EA Sports Removes Hernandez 02:02

    EA Sports Removes Hernandez

    Jul 8
    Field Yates discusses the decision by EA Sports to remove Aaron Hernandez from its games.