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When schedule comes out, Polamalu looks at December first

When schedule comes out, Polamalu looks at December first

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Mar 29, 2013
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu grew up in California and played college football at USC. But when it comes to his pro career, Polamalu has become a cold-weather guy. He explained on Friday’s Pro Football Talk that, when the schedule comes out for the nex
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  • Taylor: Romo needs to rewrite his legacy

    Taylor: Romo needs to rewrite his legacy

    Long defined by his failures, QB inherits big responsibilities with big contract
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  • Report: Carson Palmer likes Arizona, San Francisco as possible …

    Report: Carson Palmer likes Arizona, San Francisco as possible landing spots

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    If Carson Palmer is indeed on his way out in Oakland, he reportedly has an idea of a couple places he would like to land. Palmer is said to like Arizona and San Francisco as potential new destinations, Mike Garofolo of USA Today reported Friday. The sit…
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  • Amendola, Brady likely to begin work next week

    Amendola, Brady likely to begin work next week

    New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola touched on starting the process of developing a rapport with quarterback Tom Brady in an interview this week on 101ESPN St. Louis. The work apparently will start next week.
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  • Browns work out Derek Dimke, Thomas Weber

    Browns work out Derek Dimke, Thomas Weber

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Browns’ special teams could look far different in 2013. At the very least, Cleveland will have a new placekicker, as Phil Dawson signed with the 49ers. What’s more, punter Reggie Hodges is an unrestricted free agent, as is returner /all-around spe
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  • Slauson wants Cushing to know he’s sorry

    Slauson wants Cushing to know he’s sorry

    Shortly after signing with the Bears today, guard Matt Slauson addressed the play for which he’s best known: The blindside hit to Brian Cushing’s knee that ended Cushing’s 2012 season while Slauson played for the Jets. Slauson told Sean Jensen of th
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  • Stewart's wife files counterclaim for divorce

    Stewart's wife files counterclaim for divorce

    ESPN.com Mar 29, 2013
    A lawyer for reality television star Porsha Williams says his client has filed a counterclaim for divorce against her former NFL player husband Kordell Stewart.
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  • J.J. Watt hits five BP home runs with Astros

    J.J. Watt hits five BP home runs with Astros

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took batting practice with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday. You can probably guess what happened next, because we wouldn’t have written this had he solely worked on moving the runner over from second to th
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  • Clemson’s Andre Ellington works out for scouts

    Clemson’s Andre Ellington works out for scouts

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    No fewer than 20 NFL teams watched former Clemson running back Andre Ellington go through a workout at the school on Friday, the Associated Press reported. Ellington missed Clemson’s Pro Day with a hamstring injury he aggravated at the Combine. Accordin
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  • Ex-Lions great Barney files discrimination suit

    Ex-Lions great Barney files discrimination suit

    ESPN.com Mar 29, 2013
    Former Detroit Lions great and Hall of Famer Lem Barney filed a discrimination lawsuit Friday against a Detroit health system, alleging he was fired because of his age.
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  • Bears sign a quarterback too, but for a lot less

    Bears sign a quarterback too, but for a lot less

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Cowboys aren’t the only team doing quarterback business today. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have brought back backup Josh McCown, on a one-year deal. While we’re guessing McCown will make roughly $107 million or so les
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  • Flynn deal shows Raiders don’t think much of rookie quarterback…

    Flynn deal shows Raiders don’t think much of rookie quarterbacks

    So much for the Raiders being interested in Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft. The reported trade that will send one-game wonder Matt Flynn from Seattle to Oakland means that the Raiders won’t be drafting Smith, or presumably any other
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  • Saints bring in Kenyon Coleman from Cowboys

    Saints bring in Kenyon Coleman from Cowboys

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The brand new Dallas-to-New-Orleans pipeline continues to push guys from Texas to New Orleans. Earlier this week, linebacker Victor Butler jumped from the Cowboys to the Saints. Now, defensive end Kenyon Coleman has joined a defense that will be run bef…
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  • Report: NFL opposes FCC proposal that could affect wireless mic…

    Report: NFL opposes FCC proposal that could affect wireless mics

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The New York Times has a fascinating story on how the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to auction off airwave space utilized by wireless microphone users is drawing pushback from numerous groups - including the NFL. “Despite NFL’s best
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  • Dolphins put John Jerry on notice about his weight

    Dolphins put John Jerry on notice about his weight

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    Dolphins guard John Jerry is getting a simple message: If you want to stay on this team, you’d better keep your wait under control. That’s the word from Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who says that when offseason work begins, he wants to see Jerry in goo
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  • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski would be okay with a gay teammate

    Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski would be okay with a gay teammate

    yahoo.com Mar 29, 2013
    During a Wednesday appearance on ESPN New York, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski repeated his stance that a gay teammate would be accepted in his locker room. "I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically will say the …
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  • Cedrick Wilson seeks diversion in alleged test scheme

    Cedrick Wilson seeks diversion in alleged test scheme

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    Former NFL wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was in federal court in Memphis Friday seeking diversion in a case where he is alleged to have conspired to have someone else take a teaching certification exam for him, the Associated Press reported Friday. Wilso…
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  • Ryan Mathews blames injuries on bad luck, too much contact

    Ryan Mathews blames injuries on bad luck, too much contact

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is treading closer and closer to “bust” territory, in part because he has spent too much time in his first three NFL seasons being broken. Mathews knows that he has to stay healthy, and he recently talked about the s
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  • Saffold isn’t returning Rams calls after Long signing

    Saffold isn’t returning Rams calls after Long signing

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    Rams coach Jeff Fisher is confident he can talk Rodger Saffold into getting on board with playing right tackle. That is, as soon as he talks to Saffold. Fisher told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he wasn’t worried about smoothing things
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  • Meet the Tampa 7, the successful spawn of a league laughingstoc…

    Meet the Tampa 7, the successful spawn of a league laughingstock

    CNNSI.com Mar 29, 2013
    They were the laughingstock of the league. And yet, born out of that ineptitude came one of the most successful GM trees of all-time. Don Banks introduces you to The Tampa 7.
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  • Tyrann Mathieu to visit New England

    Tyrann Mathieu to visit New England

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Patriots are taking a look at the Honey Badger. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will visit with the Patriots on April 5, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Mathieu is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft. As a tru
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  • Wheelin' And Dealin'

    Wheelin' And Dealin'

    CNNSI.com Mar 29, 2013
    OK, so there won't be another RGIII-esque mega-trade in this year's draft. But there will be drama. Chris Burke looks at nine teams who could move up in the first round.
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  • The Shutdown 50: LSU DE Sam Montgomery

    The Shutdown 50: LSU DE Sam Montgomery

    yahoo.com Mar 29, 2013
    With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to conti…
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  • NFL quietly reaches key anniversary

    NFL quietly reaches key anniversary

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    As the Pro Football Hall of Fame noted earlier today, NFL owners voted 36 years ago Friday to expand the regular season to 16 games. At that same league meeting, owners also agreed to add a second wild-card team. Whether the NFL ever adds games to the r…
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  • PFT Live: Justin Pugh, PFT Planet contributions

    PFT Live: Justin Pugh, PFT Planet contributions

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    Quarterback Ryan Nassib isn’t the only Syracuse draft prospect with whom NFL fans should start to familiarize themselves. On Friday’s PFT Live, we check in with former Orangemen offensive tackle Justin Pugh, who may have the ability to play multiple p
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  • Connor Barwin thanks ex-teammates, cleaning lady, and … Blaine …

    Connor Barwin thanks ex-teammates, cleaning lady, and … Blaine Gabbert?

    yahoo.com Mar 29, 2013
    Linebacker Connor Barwin is leaving Houston for the Philadelphia Eagles, and, as is the custom, took a moment to thank the team which gave him his first shot at an NFL career. But Barwin went a step further than the traditional blanket thank-you newspap…
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  • Kwame Harris tells gay players: Don’t feel alone

    Kwame Harris tells gay players: Don’t feel alone

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    In the days before the Super Bowl, a story emerged that former NFL player Kwame Harris had been involved in a domestic dispute with his former boyfriend. At that time, Harris had never publicly acknowledged that he’s gay. Now he has. Harris said on CNN
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  • Changes to Eagles culture extends to seating chart

    Changes to Eagles culture extends to seating chart

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    There is no limit to Chip Kelly’s willingness to bring change to the Eagles. From defensive schemes to hiring a sports science coordinator, the entire deck is being shuffled. And so is the locker room. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily Ne
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  • 49ers WR says Super Bowl hit wiped out sight

    49ers WR says Super Bowl hit wiped out sight

    ESPN.com Mar 29, 2013
    49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was targeted on the team's last three plays of Super Bowl XLVII, said Thursday that he lost vision after being hit hard in the face near the goal line on third down.
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  • Redskins re-sign tight end Davis to 1-year deal

    Redskins re-sign tight end Davis to 1-year deal

    The Washington Redskins re-signed tight end Fred Davis, the team announced Friday.
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  • Sanders, Bradshaw leave Pittsburgh without contracts

    Sanders, Bradshaw leave Pittsburgh without contracts

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Steelers usually don’t do much in free agency. Which makes even the possibility that they’ll do something in free agency big news in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, the Steelers hosted safety James Sanders and running back Ahmad Bradshaw for free-agency
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  • For Gross, Panthers pay cut was a balancing act

    For Gross, Panthers pay cut was a balancing act

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Panthers needed to save a little money on Jordan Gross, and Gross needed to decide whether he wanted to take a chance at the same money being somewhere else, minus moving costs. That led the Panthers long-time left tackle to accept less on what amou…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Dolphins signed Vaughn Martin before he could visit the Seahawks. Fifty years ago Thursday marked an important date in Jets history. Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, per the Boston Herald, feels “really good now” as he recovers from knee s
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  • Pat White to work out for Giants, too

    Pat White to work out for Giants, too

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The 49ers may not be the only team looking for a read-option scout-team quarterback. The Giants, who face Robert Griffin III twice per year and now will be dealing with whatever Eagles coach Chip Kelly concocts in his speed-talking laboratory, also will…
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  • Huff respects Reed’s legacy, wants to create his own

    Huff respects Reed’s legacy, wants to create his own

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    When he agreed to a three-year, $6 million deal with the Ravens, one of the first things Michael Huff did was text Ed Reed. But at the same time, he doesn’t need to spend too much time trying to be Ed Reed. “It means a lot,” Huff said, via Aaron Wil
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  • Jets take a look at Jake Scott

    Jets take a look at Jake Scott

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Jets continue to look around for bargains, and have brought in journeyman offensive lineman Jake Scott for a visit. According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, Scott visited Thursday but didn’t sign. The former Colts fifth-rounder has also played for th
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  • Osi Umenyiora calls Falcons the most talented team he’s ever se…

    Osi Umenyiora calls Falcons the most talented team he’s ever seen

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    In Osi Umenyiora’s 10 seasons with the Giants, they had a winning record seven times, made the playoffs five times and won the Super Bowl twice. But Umenyiora says none of those Giants teams has the talent of the Falcons team he just joined. Umenyiora s
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  • Cardinals retain Ronald Talley, release Blake DeChristopher

    Cardinals retain Ronald Talley, release Blake DeChristopher

    profootballtalk.com Mar 29, 2013
    The Arizona Cardinals made a pair of roster moves on Thursday. The team retained defensive end Ronald Talley and waived guard Blake DeChristopher. Talley was an exclusive rights free agent and could only sign with the Cardinals if he was tendered an off…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Romo Gets His Money 02:36

    NFL32OT: Romo Gets His Money

    Mar 29
    Episode 296: Ed Werder breaks down Tony Romo's contract extension with the Cowboys. The NFL32 crew discuss Ryan Mathews' comments on is team being complacent last season.
  • Video - Carson Palmer's future 01:07

    Carson Palmer's future

    Mar 29
    With Matt Flynn now on his way to the Oakland Raiders, where might QB Carson Palmer end up? Ian Rapoport has the latest.
  • Video - Donovan McNabb defends his Tony Romo tweet 02:29

    Donovan McNabb defends his Tony Romo tweet

    Mar 29
    Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb defends his tweet questioning if Tony Romo is worth the money the Dallas Cowboys just gave him.
  • Video - Draft War Room: Carolina Panthers 03:39

    Draft War Room: Carolina Panthers

    Mar 29
    The "Path to the Draft" crew gives you an inside look at what the Carolina Panthers' war room will look like in April for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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    Mar 29
    As the 2013 NFL Draft looms less than four weeks away, first-year New York Jets general manager John Idzik likely feels the heat of the spotlight on him as much or more so than any club executive in the league. As a rookie GM in the NFL's biggest media …
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    Mar 29
    The next generation of combine drills could be a tool to evaluate draft prospects far more accurately.
  • The Sports Guy breaks down the Miami Heat's win streak

    Mar 29
    With Miami's streak in our rearview mirror, who were the winners and losers in this whole spectacle?