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Adrian Wilson makes unique offer for his number

Adrian Wilson makes unique offer for his number

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Updated Mar 22, 2013
With veteran players changing teams, some will find that the number they have been wearing for years isn’t available. That’s the case in New England, where newcomer Adrian Wilson’s familiar No. 24 belongs to Kyle Arrington. Often in these situations
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  • Dwan Edwards sticks with Panthers

    Dwan Edwards sticks with Panthers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    After briefly testing the free agent market, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards is headed back to the Carolina Panthers. Edwards took a free agent visit to the Miami Dolphins on Friday but instead elected to re-sign with the Panthers according to Joe Person …
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  • Victor Butler leaves Saints without contract

    Victor Butler leaves Saints without contract

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    For a change, the Butler didn’t do it. Specifically, free-agent linebacker Victor Butler didn’t sign a contract with the Saints. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Butler concluded his visit to Louisiana without becoming a me
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  • Chris Johnson’s instincts may be right

    Chris Johnson’s instincts may be right

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    The decision of Titans running back Chris Johnson to question the decision to sign former Jets running back Shonn Greene seems, on the surface, confusing. But Johnson’s instincts may be on the money. And money is the key word. With the Titans signing Gr
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  • 14 teams show up for Sharrif Floyd’s Pro Day workout

    14 teams show up for Sharrif Floyd’s Pro Day workout

    Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd missed Florida’s March 12 Pro Day workout, due to a tweaking of his ankle suffered at the Scouting Combine. Floyd took to the field on Friday, with 14 teams showing up to see what he can do. According to NFL.com, the thron
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  • Report: Texans agree to terms with punter Shane Lechler

    Report: Texans agree to terms with punter Shane Lechler

    For the first time in his 13-year NFL career, Shane Lechler will not be a member of the Oakland Raiders next season. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Lechler has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Houston Texans. Per Adam Schefter…
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  • Bengals bring back Dennis Roland

    Bengals bring back Dennis Roland

    The Bengals intended to spend their cap money on their own players. So far, they have re-signed eight of them. The eighth is offensive lineman Dennis Roland, who has appeared in 67 straight games. He has started at tackle, and he lines up from time to t…
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  • Schwartz says Lions will use Bush the way the Saints used him

    Schwartz says Lions will use Bush the way the Saints used him

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    When Lions coach Jim Schwartz joined PFT Live this week, he noted that the Lions’ passing game will open things up for new running back Reggie Bush in a way that playing in another offense might not. “His talent doesn’t stand alone. The combination
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  • Panthers sign return man Ginn to 1-year deal

    Panthers sign return man Ginn to 1-year deal

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2013
    The Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Ted Ginn from the San Francisco 49ers,.
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  • Browns ink TE Davis, CB Owens to 1-year deals

    Browns ink TE Davis, CB Owens to 1-year deals

    The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent tight end Kellen Davis and cornerback Chris Owens to one-year contracts.
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  • Raiders reunite linebacker Burnett with brother

    Raiders reunite linebacker Burnett with brother

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2013
    The Oakland Raiders have re-signed linebacker Kaelin Burnett to an exclusive-rights deal.
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  • Fred Davis: If I stay, I could do a lot of damage to defenses

    Fred Davis: If I stay, I could do a lot of damage to defenses

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    The Browns are the only team other than the Redskins that has been linked to tight end Fred Davis since the start of free agency, but Cleveland signed a different Davis (Kellen) on Friday. That may take them out of the running for Fred Davis, which may …
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  • Ryan: Jets not actively looking to trade Revis

    Ryan: Jets not actively looking to trade Revis

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2013
    All the reports that the New York Jets are shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis, with Tampa Bay as a strong contender, were refuted by coach Rex Ryan on Friday when he was asked about the future of arguably the team's best player.
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  • Scheduling Conflict Forces Ravens to Open on Road

    Scheduling Conflict Forces Ravens to Open on Road

    The N.F.L. usually stages its season opener at the home of the Super Bowl champion, but a Ravens-Orioles scheduling conflict will keep that from happening.
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  • Filling void: Bears sign ex-Broncos LB Williams

    Filling void: Bears sign ex-Broncos LB Williams

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2013
    The Chicago Bears signed former Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams to a one-year contract Friday.
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  • Report: Bills hold private workout with QB Smith

    Report: Bills hold private workout with QB Smith

    The Buffalo Bills' offseason search for a quarterback has led them to West Virginia, where they have conducted a private workout involving the Mountaineers' Geno Smith.
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  • Wilfork angry after ex-Patriot called his wife ugly

    Wilfork angry after ex-Patriot called his wife ugly

    CNNSI.com deadspin.com Mar 22, 2013
    Wilfork angry after ex-Patriot called his wife ugly
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network stays up late on Friday night

    PFT on NBC Sports Network stays up late on Friday night

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    If you normally watch Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. ET on weeknights, you’ve got a free hour on Friday evening. We’d suggest you fill it by watching college hockey on the network instead - it’s not like there’s any other spor
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  • Urlacher: We'll find out if anyone wants me

    Urlacher: We'll find out if anyone wants me

    A free agent for the first time in his 13-year career, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said Friday "maybe nobody wants me," but he is happy to talk to other teams.
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  • Source: Falcons hope for Umenyiora deal soon

    Source: Falcons hope for Umenyiora deal soon

    ESPN.com Mar 22, 2013
    The Atlanta Falcons are making a strong push to sign New York Giants free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora and are trying to wrap up a deal before the end of the weekend, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.
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  • Cruz, Patriots and Seahawks: Answers to Readers’ Questions

    Cruz, Patriots and Seahawks: Answers to Readers’ Questions

    nytimes.com Mar 22, 2013
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • Report: Dolphins have “jumped into” Dumervil discussions

    Report: Dolphins have “jumped into” Dumervil discussions

    We’ve heard plenty about interest from the Broncos, Ravens and Steelers in signing defensive end Elvis Dumervil since the Broncos put Dumervil on the market after the fax machine’s most high-profile moment in at least a decade. Mike Klis of the Denver
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  • Jim Harbaugh is worried that Colin Kaepernick might get too mus…

    Jim Harbaugh is worried that Colin Kaepernick might get too muscle-bound

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the most maniacally well-prepared people in the NFL, and he's been that way for a long time. It's one of the things that allowed him to play quarterback in the pros for 14 seasons with the Chicago Be…
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  • Rams corner Trumaine Johnson arrested for DUI

    Rams corner Trumaine Johnson arrested for DUI

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson didn’t have to pay any price for sleeping through his first practice of training camp, but he might not be as lucky after getting arrested on Friday morning. Johnson was arrested in Missoula, Montana early on Friday morn
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  • NFLPA’s plan for performance-based pay crosses a line

    NFLPA’s plan for performance-based pay crosses a line

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Several weeks ago, we began to catch wind of a plan to delay the payment of so-called performance-based pay to NFL players. As it was initially explained, the move arises from efforts to pump up the salary cap. Now, it’s being sold as a way to protect p
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  • Mike Brown defends spending habits on free agents

    Mike Brown defends spending habits on free agents

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    The Bengals have signed a grand total of one unrestricted free agent, a guy who will compete to be a backup quarterback. And while there are more deals to do, Bengals owner Mike Brown said bringing in a bunch of players from outside the organization isn…
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  • Ravens “understand” why Reed is leaving

    Ravens “understand” why Reed is leaving

    Safety Ed Reed has joined the Texans. And the Ravens officially have said farewell to the eight-time All Pro. “Our hope is that the Hall of Fame players we drafted could play their entire careers with us, but we understand why Ed is moving on to the Tex
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  • Sources: Chiefs want 2 picks in any Albert deal

    Sources: Chiefs want 2 picks in any Albert deal

    The Kansas City Chiefs want two draft picks in any trade for left tackle Branden Albert, sources say.
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  • Burke: 2013 NFL Draft Big Board 4.0

    Burke: 2013 NFL Draft Big Board 4.0

    CNNSI.com Mar 22, 2013
    There will be some adjustments to the Big Boards as we move closer to the 2013 NFL Draft (and there are some in this version), but the days of major movement are more or less gone, barring an arrest or injury to this year's prospects.
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  • PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, PFT Planet calls and twe…

    PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    The end of Brian Urlacher’s run with the Bears will be one of the topics up for discussion on Friday’s edition on PFT Live. John Mullin of CSN Chicago will join Mike Florio to talk about the Bears’ decision to draw a hard line on what they were will
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  • Chudzinski admits to consumption of dog biscuits during his day…

    Chudzinski admits to consumption of dog biscuits during his days as Browns fan

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    The great stories spawned by the NFL now include a guy who grew up as a rabid Browns fan coaching the team. Rob Chudzinski, a Toledo native, returns to Ohio to take the reins of Cleveland’s team. As a boy, his passion included putting the TV at the wind
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  • Any Takers?: Osi Umenyiora. Brian Urlacher. Elvis Dumervil. Bi……

    Any Takers?: Osi Umenyiora. Brian Urlacher. Elvis Dumervil. Bi…

    CNNSI.com Mar 22, 2013
    Osi Umenyiora. Brian Urlacher. Elvis Dumervil. Big names, but they're all still on the market. But why? Peter King looks into the future for some of the surprising names left unsigned.
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  • Earl Campbell says Jack Lambert’s words have come to pass

    Earl Campbell says Jack Lambert’s words have come to pass

    Only days short of his 58th birthday, Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell has become a real-life billboard for the wear and tear of a lifetime of football. Of any former players, then, Campbell should appreciate efforts to make the game safer. He do…
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  • Former Dolphins Star Mark Duper Allegedly Beat The Shit Out Of …

    Former Dolphins Star Mark Duper Allegedly Beat The Shit Out Of His Teenage Son

    deadspin.com Mar 22, 2013
    Mark Duper, the best non-Mark-Clayton receiver of the Dan Marino era, was charged yesterday with a felony count of child abuse. He is accused of twice knocking out his 17-year-old son, in a drawn-out brawl that sounds like Roddy Piper's big fight in The…
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  • Report: Chargers want to keep Vaughn Martin

    Report: Chargers want to keep Vaughn Martin

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Vaughn Martin has made 27 starts on the defensive line over the last two years and a report on Friday indicates they’d like to see him make a few more in the future. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Chargers hope to retain Martin, who
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  • Giants like David Carr’s ability to “run” practice

    Giants like David Carr’s ability to “run” practice

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Considering the fact Giants quarterback Eli Manning has started 146 straight regular season and postseason games, it almost doesn’t matter who the Giants backup quarterback is. (Knocks on wood, so Tom Coughlin doesn’t have to.) But the decision to bri
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  • Reggie McKenzie on Jarvis Jones: You can’t change what you see …

    Reggie McKenzie on Jarvis Jones: You can’t change what you see on tape

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    For years under Al Davis, the Raiders had a reputation for drafting players who ran very fast even if their on-field results were less impressive. Davis has passed away, leaving a new group in charge of making personnel decisions and they’re using diffe
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  • Maurice Clarett wants to be a rugby Olympian

    Maurice Clarett wants to be a rugby Olympian

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Maurice Clarett was a bust in the NFL, first failing in his attempt to sue the league for early entry into the draft, then failing in his attempt to make the Broncos’ roster a year later. But he’s hoping things work out differently in a new sport. The
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  • Diehl willing to “restructure” for Cruz, too

    Diehl willing to “restructure” for Cruz, too

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    It’s not quite the “jersey” scene from Rudy, but there’s a two-man line of Giants who are willing to reduce their cap numbers to help keep receiver Victor Cruz around. The parade began with quarterback Eli Manning, who said Wednesday that he’s w
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    OL Zebrie Sanders is working to make the most of his second chance with the Bills. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has high hopes for S Kelcie McCray. S Adrian Wilson said it wasn’t a “hard sell” to sign with the Patriots. It’s been a year since the Je
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  • Adrian Wilson said Belichick interest made decision easy

    Adrian Wilson said Belichick interest made decision easy

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Adrian Wilson wasn’t sure what he was looking for after being released by the Cardinals, but it’s obvious who he was hoping to hear from. Wilson said when Patriots coach Bill Belichick called, his decision became an easy one. “Whenever Coach Belichi
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  • Criticism of Gabbert “pisses off” Jones-Drew

    Criticism of Gabbert “pisses off” Jones-Drew

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has taken a break from his job to focus on his education. But he doesn’t like what he’s been learning about the things folks have anonymously said about his quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. “That pisses me off,”
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  • David Wilson blasts the “stupid” helmet rule

    David Wilson blasts the “stupid” helmet rule

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    Yes, we’ve found another running back who has weighed in on the NFL’s new rule banning runners delivering hits with the tops of their helmets. And no, we haven’t found a running back who likes the rule yet. The latest to weigh in is David Wilson of
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  • Shaun Phillips is quietly generating interest

    Shaun Phillips is quietly generating interest

    profootballtalk.com Mar 22, 2013
    The group of free-agent pass rushers on the wrong side of 30 contains a veteran whose name hasn’t been mentioned much in free agency, but who quietly is generating interest. Shaun Phillips, a nine-year veteran of the Chargers, became available last week
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  • Video - State of the Franchise: New England Patriots 01:48

    State of the Franchise: New England Patriots

    Mar 22
    While Charlie Casserly has some major questions about the New England Patriots 2013 roster, he still sees a potent offense that could be among the best in the AFC.
  • Video - Darrelle Revis trade rumors heat up 02:03

    Darrelle Revis trade rumors heat up

    Mar 22
    Charley Casserly breaks down whether or not the New York Jets should consider trading cornerback Darrelle Revis.
  • Video - Ed Reed one-on-one as a Houston Texan 07:13

    Ed Reed one-on-one as a Houston Texan

    Mar 22
    Houston Texans safety Ed Reed talks with Andrew Siciliano shortly after his introductory press conference with the team.
  • Video - Draft war room: San Francisco 49ers 05:11

    Draft war room: San Francisco 49ers

    Mar 22
    How might the San Francisco 49ers use the 31st and 34th picks in the 2013 NFL Draft? Finding a replacement for Dashon Goldson may be a top priority.