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Gronk’s getting in one more Vegas run before surgery

Gronk’s getting in one more Vegas run before surgery

profootballtalk.com yahoo.com Updated May 17, 2013
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have a fourth arm surgery on Monday. But that’s three days away. OK, two days and change. Still, that’s time for plenty of living. And Gronk will be living it up one more time in Las Vegas. Jumpseat.me, a jet-sha
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  • Bills’ Mt. Rushmore could get crowded

    Bills’ Mt. Rushmore could get crowded

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Only one team made it to four straight Super Bowls. But, like every team, the Buffalo Bills are limited to four heads on their version of Mt. Rushmore. So nominate the best of the Bills below. And we realize it won’t be easy. Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas,
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  • Williams, former fiancée at impasse over ring

    Williams, former fiancée at impasse over ring

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    When it comes to the lawsuit recently filed by Bills defensive lineman Mario Williams for the recovery of a $785,000 engagement ring from his former fiancée, the wheels of justice are spinning quickly. According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle…
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  • Bears, first-round pick G Long agree to deal

    Bears, first-round pick G Long agree to deal

    The Bears agreed to terms on a four-year deal, plus an option, with 2013 first round draft choice Kyle Long on Friday, the team announced.
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  • Report: Titans LB Moise Fokou faces DUI charge

    Report: Titans LB Moise Fokou faces DUI charge

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Titans linebacker Moise Fokou faces an October trial date on charges of driving under the influence and operating a vehicle while impaired in connection with an alleged incident earlier this year in Washington D.C., the Washingtonian magazine reported F…
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  • Bruce Irvin apologizes again, says image has taken “another blo…

    Bruce Irvin apologizes again, says image has taken “another blow”

    Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin issued another public apology Friday after being suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The statement, which was posted on Irvin’s verified Twitter account, followed an ap
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  • Report: Packers give undrafted guard Lane Taylor $7,000 bonus

    Report: Packers give undrafted guard Lane Taylor $7,000 bonus

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    One major reason why the competition for undrafted free agents is so fascinating: every team gets the same amount of money to use for bonuses on undrafted rookies, and it is not much. Per the CBA, the bonus pool was $75,00o in 2011, and it has grown at …
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  • Whitworth will pay for funeral of boy who died from football in…

    Whitworth will pay for funeral of boy who died from football injuries

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Though the NFL has not seen a player die from on-field injuries in decades (Korey Stringer died in 2001 from heat exhaustion), tragedy often strikes at the lower levels of this sport. It happened recently in Farmerville, Louisiana, to 17-year-old Jaleel…
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  • RGII says everything “on cue” with RGIII’s rehab

    RGII says everything “on cue” with RGIII’s rehab

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    We haven’t had a post all week on the recovery of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III from his knee surgery, so we’ll squeeze this one in under the wire. Anyone who has been following the story can probably guess ahead of time that the news is pos
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  • Raiders officially sign Chris Kluwe

    Raiders officially sign Chris Kluwe

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    During the 2012 regular season, punter Chris Kluwe showed support for former Raiders punter Ray Guy. Now, the Raiders are giving Kluwe a chance to join Guy’s line of successors. The Raiders announced on Friday that Kluwe has joined the team. According t
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  • Falcons get three more draft picks in the fold

    Falcons get three more draft picks in the fold

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    There were reports Thursday that safety Kemal Ishmael had signed his rookie deal with the Falcons and the team confirmed them by announcing Ishmael’s signing on Friday. They added three more signings to the pot for good measure. The Falcons announced th
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  • Source:  Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery

    Source: Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery

    A mere possibility quickly has become a probability. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski “probably” will need back surgery. He currently is waiting for a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins. The back surg
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  • Redskins sign second-rounder Amerson

    Redskins sign second-rounder Amerson

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Redskins drafted several defensive backs who should make a quick impact. And they’re signing them quickly as well. The team just tweeted out a photo of second-round cornerback David Amerson signing his rookie deal. That leaves just third-round tight
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  • Former agent indicted for fraud

    Former agent indicted for fraud

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    To maximize its effectiveness, life insurance proceeds must make their way to the intended beneficiaries. In the case of the late Frank Warren, a former NFL player who spent 13 seasons with the Saints, that didn’t happen. Former NFL agent Benjamin Gelle
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  • Dion Sims is fourth Dolphins draft pick to sign

    Dion Sims is fourth Dolphins draft pick to sign

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Dolphins drafted a pair of players named Dion last month and they announced Friday that they have agreed to a contract with one of them. Tight end Dion Sims, selected in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick, signed his four-year rookie deal …
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  • Vince Young Graduated From College Today

    Vince Young Graduated From College Today

    deadspin.com yahoo.com May 17, 2013
    It's a big weekend for Vince Young. Just a few hours ago, he received his bachelor's degree, 11 years after first enrolling at Texas, and five years after the Longhorns retired his number. Tomorrow, he turns 30. The NFL may no longer be in his future, b…
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  • Smokers will help pay for funding gap in Vikings stadium

    Smokers will help pay for funding gap in Vikings stadium

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    As it turns out, folks who puff on Marlboros will help pay for the next place where Ragnar will be blowing his horn. With electronic pulltab and bingo games, the original funding mechanism for the state’s portion of the new Vikings stadium, falling far
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  • Josh Chapman healthy again, working with Colts starters

    Josh Chapman healthy again, working with Colts starters

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    After red-shirting his rookie year, Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman is apparently well and ready to win a starting job. Last year’s fifth-round pick didn’t play because of a knee injury suffered in college, but according to the team’s official websit
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  • Sean Payton’s return energizing the Saints

    Sean Payton’s return energizing the Saints

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Last year was anything but normal for the Saints. The bounty investigation dominated their offseason and suspensions to coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and General Manager Mickey Loomis robbed the team of big parts of their brain trust …
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  • Five gun and drug charges for Mike Goodson

    Five gun and drug charges for Mike Goodson

    Jets running back Mike Goodson was just the passenger this morning, but he’s far from off the hook. Goodson was charged with five gun and drug counts Friday morning, after New Jersey State Police found the car he was riding in parked in the middle of Ro
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  • Kendall Wright drops 14 pounds after cutting out junk food

    Kendall Wright drops 14 pounds after cutting out junk food

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    You can always tell when you’ve reached the OTA portion of the offseason because of the spike in players talking about being in the best shape of their lives. One of this year’s entries on that front is Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright, who told th
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  • NFL is watching, but not expecting to strip Haslam of Browns ow…

    NFL is watching, but not expecting to strip Haslam of Browns ownership

    CNNSI.com May 17, 2013
    The NFL is watching the fraud investigation into Jimmy Haslam very closely. But for once in Cleveland, Don Banks found out, the worst-case scenario doesn't appear imminent.
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  • Glennon doesn’t plan to take a “back seat” with the Bucs

    Glennon doesn’t plan to take a “back seat” with the Bucs

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    There are two kinds of backup quarterbacks. Those who accept their position and conduct themselves accordingly, and those who refuse to adopt the mindset of a second-string player. Put Buccaneers rookie Mike Glennon in the latter category. “I just want
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  • Redskins sign fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas

    Redskins sign fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Redskins have announced the signing of another draft pick. Safety Phillip Thomas, selected in the fourth round with the 119th overall pick, has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Thomas is the fifth of seven Washington draft picks to sign, le…
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  • Under insurance policy, Broncos get $10 million if Peyton can’t…

    Under insurance policy, Broncos get $10 million if Peyton can’t play in 2014

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    As explained earlier today, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s new contract doesn’t change the money or the cap number, in any way. Instead, the renegotiated contract contains a clause acknowledging that the Broncos have purchased insurance to prote
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  • Ex-OJ lawyer says Simpson knew about guns

    Ex-OJ lawyer says Simpson knew about guns

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges testified Friday his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.
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  • Patriots sign Jamie Collins, Steve Beauharnais

    Patriots sign Jamie Collins, Steve Beauharnais

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Patriots got two more draft picks under contract on Friday and both of them are linebackers. Second-round pick Jamie Collins and seventh-round selection Steve Beauharnais have both reached agreement on their four-year rookie deals. The team announce…
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  • Stallworth cleared to return to football after hot air balloon …

    Stallworth cleared to return to football after hot air balloon accident

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    During the offseason, receiver Donte’ Stallworth suffered serious injuries in a very unconventional way: Via hot air balloon. Two months and one day later, Stallworth has been cleared to return to football, according to a source with knowledge of the si
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  • Report: P. Manning's money same in new deal

    Report: P. Manning's money same in new deal

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has signed a new contract, although the deal doesn't alter his compensation, Pro Football Talk reported Friday.
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  • The Next Dynamic Duo

    The Next Dynamic Duo

    CNNSI.com May 17, 2013
    Tyler Eifert was highly coveted for a reason. Now with the Bengals, he'll pair with Jermaine Gresham to form a tight-end duo that could rival the Patriots', Chris Burke writes.
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  • Dallas Cowboys LT Tyron Smith opens up about family financial n…

    Dallas Cowboys LT Tyron Smith opens up about family financial nightmares

    Former West Virginia and current St. Louis Rams receiver Tavon Austin recently said that he can't believe how many people are crawling out of the woodwork asking for money now that he's set up as the eighth-selected player in the 2013 NFL draft. "E…
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  • Ravens suspected Reed had hip problem, Texans apparently didn’t

    Ravens suspected Reed had hip problem, Texans apparently didn’t

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    There’s an intriguing post-script when it comes to the recent news that Texans safety Ed Reed needs hip surgery that could cause him to miss part of training camp. We’re told that the Ravens, while not specifically aware of the extent of the problem,
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  • Ex-Ohio State RB Clarett to try hand at rugby

    Ex-Ohio State RB Clarett to try hand at rugby

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett will trying his hand at something other than football.
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  • Change is nothing unusual for Brandon Carr

    Change is nothing unusual for Brandon Carr

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    For Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, the shift in scheme under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s not that big of a deal. Primarily, that’s because he changes coordinators like some people change socks. “Just the name of the game,” Carr said
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  • Lions offense reminds Reggie Bush of the Saints

    Lions offense reminds Reggie Bush of the Saints

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Back in March, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that the Lions plan to use running back Reggie Bush in a similar role to the one he played for the Saints during the first five years of his career. It’s little surprise, then, that Bush appeared on the NFL N
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  • Saban chafes at comparison to Satan

    Saban chafes at comparison to Satan

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Yes, Nick Saban hasn’t worked in the NFL since the conclusion of the 2006 season. You know, not long after he insisted he wouldn’t be the coach of the school where he has been the coach for six years and counting. When Saban coached the Dolphins (2005
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  • C.J. Spiller not ready to concede spot on Bills track team

    C.J. Spiller not ready to concede spot on Bills track team

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Bills added some serious speed this offseason. But C.J. Spiller is not prepared to let anyone else anchor the relay team. The Bills running back is fast, running a 4.37 40 at the Combine. But third-round pick Marquise Goodwin ran his in 4.27 this ye…
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  • Woodson expected to visit Raiders on Tuesday

    Woodson expected to visit Raiders on Tuesday

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Charles Woodson’s visit with the Broncos didn’t result in a contract, leaving him free to visit another AFC West team next week. It’s one he is very familiar with. Woodson spent eight years with the Raiders after they made him the fourth overall pic
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  • Peyton Manning makes another big donation

    Peyton Manning makes another big donation

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Last month, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning pledged $500,000 to aid the Pat Summitt Foundation in its work to combat Alzheimer’s Disease but that wasn’t the end of his giving for 2013. Manning’s PeyBack Foundation is donating $581,000 to children
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  • Quinton Coples heard Ryan’s message loud and clear

    Quinton Coples heard Ryan’s message loud and clear

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Rex Ryan sent a message to Quinton Coples last week, telling reporters that he wasn’t happy with Coples’ performance in the weight room. Thanks to modern technology, the message was received. Coples said he found out about Ryan’s remarks when his ma
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Tracing Doug Whaley’s move from Wall Street to Bills G.M. The Dolphins signed undrafted rookie T Rupert Bryan and plan to move him to fullback. Do the changes on the defensive line foreshadow scheme changes for the Patriots? Jets G Vladimir Ducasse know
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  • Clay Harbor looking at new position to try to stick

    Clay Harbor looking at new position to try to stick

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Eagles tight end Clay Harbor showed promise last year as a pass-catcher. But he went from second in line to fourth in a hurry this offseason, and that traffic could send him to the other side of the ball. According to Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Ti…
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  • The Fifth Down: George Sauer’s Love-Hate Connection With Footba…

    The Fifth Down: George Sauer’s Love-Hate Connection With Football

    nytimes.com May 17, 2013
    The Jets receiver became a critic of the game and its role in American society. But the decision to walk away was also personal.
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  • Freeney leaves SD without a deal, for now

    Freeney leaves SD without a deal, for now

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Dwight Freeney enjoyed a pleasant two days in San Diego, but left without a deal. Which probably means the Chargers weren’t prepared to pay him “Osi money.” According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Freeney wrapped up a two-day stay with the Ch
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  • Cribbs calls Idzik’s comment on his knee a “negotiation tactic”…

    Cribbs calls Idzik’s comment on his knee a “negotiation tactic”

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Jets General Manager John Idzik said this week that when his team took a look at Josh Cribbs, they found that his knee “isn’t quite there yet.” Cribbs, who subsequently signed with the Raiders, thinks Idzik was just trying to bring Cribbs’ price d
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  • Browns agree to terms with ex-Cards QB Hoyer

    Browns agree to terms with ex-Cards QB Hoyer

    CNNSI.com May 17, 2013
    The Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former Arizona quarterback Brian Hoyer.
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  • Giants sign tight end Morgan Newton, waive two

    Giants sign tight end Morgan Newton, waive two

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The New York Giants made a change at the tight end position on Thursday. The Giants signed former Kentucky quarterback-turned-tight end Morgan Newton after having him in for a tryout during the team’s rookie mini-camp last week. Newton replaces former A
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  • Chargers sign linebacker Thomas Keiser

    Chargers sign linebacker Thomas Keiser

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Just two days after losing Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL, the San Diego Chargers have made a move to bring in additional depth at the linebacker position. The Chargers announced Thursday they have signed former Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Keiser. …
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  • 111-Day NFL Warning: Wes Welker Switches Sides in the Brady-Man…

    111-Day NFL Warning: Wes Welker Switches Sides in the Brady-Manning Blood Feud

    grantland.com May 17, 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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  • A Recap of the 2013 NFL Season, Based on Nothing But the Outrag…

    A Recap of the 2013 NFL Season, Based on Nothing But the Outrageous Predictions of NFL Players

    grantland.com May 17, 2013
    Everyone remembers that feeling on the first day of school. Rolling up in that brand-new collared shirt and the impossibly clean shoes. Not thinking, ...
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  • Video - Tim Jennings 1-on-1 03:44

    Tim Jennings 1-on-1

    May 17
    Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings shares his thoughts on the loss of Brian Urlacher, his new head coach and more on "NFL Total Access."
  • Video - Tim Jennings 1-on-1 03:44

    Tim Jennings 1-on-1

    May 17
    Tim Jennings shares his thoughts on the Chicago Bears losing Brian Urlacher, his new defensive coordinator and more on "NFL Total Access."
  • Video - Tim Jennings one-on-one 03:44

    Tim Jennings one-on-one

    May 17
    Tim Jennings shares his thoughts on the Chicago Bears losing Brian Urlacher, his new defensive coordinator and more on "NFL Total Access."
  • Video - Will Tyler Wilson be Raiders' starting QB? 00:42

    Will Tyler Wilson be Raiders' starting QB?

    May 17
    Tyler Wilson plans to be the Oakland Raiders starting QB, but does the rookie have a good shot? He joined "NFL Total Access" to discuss the Silver and Black signal-caller race.

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  • NFL - John Clayton breaks down big spenders and big bargains in free agenc…

    May 17
    Plenty of teams made big splashes early in free agency, but keep an eye on those who waited for smart bargains, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: NFL is watching, but not expecting to strip Haslam of Browns ow…

    May 17
    In the relatively short but tortured history of the re-incarnated Cleveland Browns, every dark cloud appearing on the horizon has generally presaged a darker and more ominous one, leading the team's fans and even the organization itself to develop an al…
  • Chadiha: Rolando McClain's wise move

    May 17
    To get his life in order, Rolando McClain is right to retire from the NFL at the age of 23, writes Jeffri Chadiha.