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Florida Senate President sounds off on Stephen Ross

Florida Senate President sounds off on Stephen Ross

profootballtalk.com Updated Jul 12, 2013
The efforts of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to retaliate against politicians who blocked efforts to finagle public funds for renovations to Sun Life Stadium may be backfiring. According to Anthony Mann of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Florida Senate Pr…
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  • Fans want ex-players to be candid, then rip McNabb for being ca…

    Fans want ex-players to be candid, then rip McNabb for being candid

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Plenty of fans complain that former NFL players won’t criticize current NFL players out of deference to their former brethren. But then when one of the former players is willing to criticize current players, the former player gets criticized for it. Don…
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  • Jets’ Aboushi Faces Aspersions for Being Palestinian

    Jets’ Aboushi Faces Aspersions for Being Palestinian

    When the Jets’ Oday Aboushi spoke about his Palestinian-American upbringing at a convention last month, he stirred an outcry online, with some alleging ties to terrorism.
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  • Report:  Grand jury investigating Pilot Flying J, Haslam

    Report: Grand jury investigating Pilot Flying J, Haslam

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    The latest development in the Pilot Flying J scandal won’t come as a surprise, because most assumed it already was happening. But WEWS-TV in Cleveland conclusively reports that a federal grand jury in Knoxville is “now investigating allegations of fuel …
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  • Mark Sanchez calls Web video a lesson of life in ‘spotlight’

    Mark Sanchez calls Web video a lesson of life in ‘spotlight’

    On Friday, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez addressed the viral Web video that showed him in a state of undress with good perspective and good humor. Calling the video “a little embarrassing,” Sanchez told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that he’s …
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  • Kellen Winslow: “My goal is always to catch 100 balls”

    Kellen Winslow: “My goal is always to catch 100 balls”

    Jets tight end Kellen Winslow caught exactly one pass last season. He expects a whole lot more than that this year. Winslow, who has played all 16 games in five different seasons and caught 89, 82, 77, 66 and 75 passes in those five seasons, said he thi…
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  • Lions’ Ronnell Lewis pleads no contest to two misdemeanors

    Lions’ Ronnell Lewis pleads no contest to two misdemeanors

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Lions defensive end Ronnell Lewis has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors stemming from an April bar fight in Norman, Oklahoma. The Detroit Free Press reports that Lewis pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace and public int…
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  • Chris Zorich gets probation for failing to pay taxes

    Chris Zorich gets probation for failing to pay taxes

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Former Bears and Redskins defensive tackle Chris Zorich has been sentenced to probation for failing to pay taxes. Zorich, who pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor charges of failing to file federal income tax returns, got three years of probation toda…
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  • 49ers claim Charly Martin off waivers

    49ers claim Charly Martin off waivers

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    On Thursday, the Seahawks claimed a former member of the 49ers off of waivers. On Friday, the 49ers returned the favor. The NFL announced Friday afternoon that the 49ers have made a successful waiver claim on wide receiver Charly Martin, who was waived …
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  • Jags owner buys English soccer club Fulham

    Jags owner buys English soccer club Fulham

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Jaguars owner Shad Khan is happy to take his football team to London once a year. Now he has a football team in London every day. Khan confirmed Friday that he had purchased the English soccer club Fulham, with the deal to be announced tomorrow. “I do n…
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  • NFL quarterback salary comparison tells you why Russell Wilson …

    NFL quarterback salary comparison tells you why Russell Wilson pick was a gamechanger

    yahoo.com Jul 12, 2013
    When breaking down the quarterback competitions around the NFL, I once again pointed out why it makes no sense for a team that needs a quarterback to pass on intriguing players at that position in the middle rounds of the draft. Well, then Dave Birkett …
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  • Cowboys cut Lawrence Vickers, their only fullback

    Cowboys cut Lawrence Vickers, their only fullback

    In another sign that the NFL fullback is going the way of the dodo, the Dallas Cowboys have just released the only fullback on their roster. Lawrence Vickers, who played in all 16 games last season and started six of them, was waived on Friday afternoon…
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  • Locker unfazed by next-to-last ranking

    Locker unfazed by next-to-last ranking

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Any time there’s a list, the people on it will always think they should be ranked higher. Titans quarterback Jake Locker’s no exception, but he said ESPN’s Ron Jaworski listing him 31st of 32 starting quarterbacks is not a motivator. “It doesn’t matter …
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  • Report: Vonta Leach looking for multi-year deal

    Report: Vonta Leach looking for multi-year deal

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    It’s been a few days since we’ve checked in on free agent fullback Vonta Leach, so it’s a good time to check in on one of the top names left on the free agent market. There’s not much new to report, however. The Dolphins are still seen as the frontrunne…
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  • Jaworski sees Kaepernick as “special talent” with “elite skill …

    Jaworski sees Kaepernick as “special talent” with “elite skill set”

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is in the process of ranking all of the league’s passers, and he positively gushed in his assessment of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jaworski ranked Kaepernick at No. 11, noting that he has played …
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  • Panthers come in 25th in PFT preseason rankings

    Panthers come in 25th in PFT preseason rankings

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    The Panthers are an intriguing mix of young and old, which makes them a little hard to figure. They boast emerging stars such as Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, productive veterans such as Steve Smith and a base of in-their-prime starters such as Charles J…
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  • Sanchez: “Not a big deal” Geno not at his camp

    Sanchez: “Not a big deal” Geno not at his camp

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    We mentioned yesterday that Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith wasn’t going to be attending Mark Sanchez’s little sleepover. But Sanchez said Friday there’s no problem with the fact Smith decided not to come to his Jets West camp in California, a weeken…
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  • Only one Tennessee Titans fan camps out to buy ticket, TV repor…

    Only one Tennessee Titans fan camps out to buy ticket, TV reporter wakes him for sleepy interview

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Jul 12, 2013
    There's a lot going on in this bit of video gold, which Deadspin thankfully found. David Cline lines up every year when the Tennessee Titans put single-game tickets on sale. Hopefully for the Titans, most people buy tickets online, because Cline was the…
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  • Alfonzo Dennard says he didn’t fail or refuse any sobriety test…

    Alfonzo Dennard says he didn’t fail or refuse any sobriety tests

    Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of DUI, which led the Patriots to issue a statement saying they were “extremely disappointed” to learn of the arrest. Dennard hasn’t issued a formal statement of his ow…
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  • Donte Whitner: Kaepernick will get flak from teammates for posi…

    Donte Whitner: Kaepernick will get flak from teammates for posing nude

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently riled up some folks by being photographed while wearing a Dolphins cap and now he may be in for some razzing in his own locker room for wearing nothing at all. During an appearance on the Bull and Fox Show on …
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  • Jay-Z says he’s a “problem” for agents

    Jay-Z says he’s a “problem” for agents

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    The decision of Jay-Z to launch a sports agency that services football, basketball, and baseball players has created plenty of waves. Some of that flows naturally from the decision of an extremely rich and influential entertainer branching out in a very…
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  • Clash Of The Titans: Once the butt of league-wide jokes, the NF…

    Clash Of The Titans: Once the butt of league-wide jokes, the NFC West …

    CNNSI.com Jul 12, 2013
    Once the butt of league-wide jokes, the NFC West now boasts two legit Super Bowl contenders. But don't sleep on the other two teams, Chris Burke writes in his division preview.
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  • San Diego Chargers salary cap outlook: Bargains and busts at wi…

    San Diego Chargers salary cap outlook: Bargains and busts at wide receiver

    yahoo.com Jul 12, 2013
    The "Shutdown Countdown" is going full steam ahead. 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 serie…
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  • The Chargers Want $700 Million In Public Money For A New Stadiu…

    The Chargers Want $700 Million In Public Money For A New Stadium

    deadspin.com Jul 12, 2013
    How to convince a city to buy you a brand new stadium in five easy steps, starring Chargers Chief Marketing Officer Ken Derrett:Read more...
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  • Mike Williams frustrated with deal or caps lock

    Mike Williams frustrated with deal or caps lock

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    A month ago, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams said he was “very close” to a new contract. Now that his definition of close has been turned upside down, Williams is either frustrated by the lack of movement toward a deal, or he’s talking about some…
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  • NFL’s DUI penalties should be tied to blood-alcohol concentrati…

    NFL’s DUI penalties should be tied to blood-alcohol concentration

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    It’s been established that the NFL wants to increase the DUI penalties for players who drive drunk, and that the NFLPA has resisted. It’s also been established that non-players are held to a higher standard than players for violating the league’s polici…
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  • Austin Collie, not long ago a promising young receiver, waits f…

    Austin Collie, not long ago a promising young receiver, waits for a team to sign him

    The San Francisco 49ers are interested in receiver Austin Collie, just not interested enough to sign him right now. The team's attitude is, we'll wait and see. "The 49ers remain interested in former Colt Austin Collie, but they are unlikely to make…
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  • Report: Bills, Byrd negotiations aren't going well

    Report: Bills, Byrd negotiations aren't going well

    CNNSI.com Jul 12, 2013
    Report: Bills, Byrd negotiations aren't going well
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  • Workouts with Frank Gore helping Lamar Miller

    Workouts with Frank Gore helping Lamar Miller

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    There’s a long tradition of former Miami Hurricanes gathering during the offseason to work out together and two running backs are keeping that alive this year. 49ers running back Frank Gore has been working out with Dolphins running back Lamar Miller tw…
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  • A.J. Francis, 309-pound Dolphins rookie, wants to show off his …

    A.J. Francis, 309-pound Dolphins rookie, wants to show off his body

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    A.J. Francis, a 309-pound rookie defensive tackle on the Dolphins, has a problem with the ESPN the Magazine Body Issue: There aren’t any guys like him in it. The Body Issue, which hit newsstands today, features athletes wearing nothing at all (but placi…
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  • Dannell Ellerbe wants to create his own legacy in Miami

    Dannell Ellerbe wants to create his own legacy in Miami

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    When Ray Lewis announced near the end of the 2012 season that he would not be returning to the Ravens in 2013, many believed that Dannell Ellerbe would be charged with establishing himself in the shadow of the legacy Lewis left in Baltimore. Things didn…
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  • Brian Orakpo plans to “rip it up” this year

    Brian Orakpo plans to “rip it up” this year

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo wasn’t part of the team’s run to the NFC East crown last season after tearing his pectoral muscle in the second game of the season. With so much time to rehab the injury before the 2013 season, Orakpo is now fully health…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Tickets for two night practices at Bills camp go on sale Friday. C Mike Pouncey takes you inside the Dolphins offense. Jim Donaldson of the Providence Journal wonders if the Patriots are planning to change their uniforms. Said Jets G Vladimir Ducasse, “…
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  • Former Bengals cheerleader wins lawsuit against website for ‘re…

    Former Bengals cheerleader wins lawsuit against website for ‘reputation-ruining’ story

    yahoo.com Jul 12, 2013
    Here's a story that perfectly sums up 21st-century American culture, from sports to celebrity to sex to money to legal woes to Internet use and misuse. Former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones has won a $338,000 judgment against the website The…
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  • Some “chatter,” but Melton not sweating deadline

    Some “chatter,” but Melton not sweating deadline

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Like all the teams who used the franchise tag, the Bears have until Monday to reach a long-term deal with their guys. And while defensive tackle Henry Melton said there’s been some “chatter” between his agent and the Bears, he’s not sweating the outcome…
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  • Chip Kelly thinks it would be “unfair” to pick a QB too soon

    Chip Kelly thinks it would be “unfair” to pick a QB too soon

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Eagles coach Chip Kelly will take his time in choosing a starting quarterback, and he thinks he would be doing his team a disservice if he rushed the decision. Kelly said the choice among Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley can come only after he …
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  • Large turnout for FCS lineman Michael Bamiro’s pseudo pro day

    Large turnout for FCS lineman Michael Bamiro’s pseudo pro day

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    Through a sizable list of unforeseen circumstances Stony Brook offensive lineman Michael Bamiro is looking to make the jump to the NFL. One thing that sets Bamiro apart, however, is that he hasn’t had to go through the draft process and gets to enter th…
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  • Ortiz statement to police raises several hearsay questions

    Ortiz statement to police raises several hearsay questions

    profootballtalk.com Jul 12, 2013
    It’s one thing for police to have statements from Carlos Ortiz that can be used to support the issuance of a search warrant. It’s quite another to be able to use those statements at trial. Many of you instantly recognized that Ortiz’s explanation to pol…
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  • Time for Some Cricket: Five Reasons to Watch the Ashes

    Time for Some Cricket: Five Reasons to Watch the Ashes

    grantland.com Jul 12, 2013
    As this summer drags its heels through NFL image issues, a soccer transfer window with a few eye-opening moves, NBA free agency, and 162 games of base...
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  • 55-Day NFL Warning: That Was Not a Dream, Bears Fans. Brandon M…

    55-Day NFL Warning: That Was Not a Dream, Bears Fans. Brandon Marshall Really Is Here.

    grantland.com Jul 12, 2013
    What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spen...
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  • Video - NFL contenders stock watch 04:30

    NFL contenders stock watch

    Jul 12
    The "NFL Total Access" crew breaks down if the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will win more or less than 10 games in 2013.
  • Video - 32 in 32:  Cleveland Browns 04:24

    32 in 32: Cleveland Browns

    Jul 12
    Is Brandon Weeden the answer for the Cleveland Browns? Will the team's defense improve with Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo? "NFL Total Access" lets you know in the Browns' 2013 outlook.
  • Video - Should Geno Smith have attended Jets West? 01:37

    Should Geno Smith have attended Jets West?

    Jul 12
    New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith opted not to attend Mark Sanchez's annual Jets West camp this week. Was that a rookie mistake? "NFL Total Access" discusses Geno's decision.
  • Video - Ranking Second-Year Starting QBs 02:58

    Ranking Second-Year Starting QBs

    Jul 12
    Tim Hasselbeck and Andrew Brandt say QB Andrew Luck will have a better season than Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.