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10 things to know about the Vikings stadium situation

10 things to know about the Vikings stadium situation

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 19, 2012
With the situation in Minnesota going from simmer to full boil over the past few days, and with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney II, chair of the league’s stadium committee, planning to meet with legislative leaders on Friday, no
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  • Draft minute: LB-DE Courtney Upshaw

    Draft minute: LB-DE Courtney Upshaw

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Here's a quick analysis to go along with the video report by ESPN's Todd McShay: Courtney Upshaw Position: Defensive end-linebacker. School: Alabama Possible AFC North destinations: Ravens, Steelers and Bengals Positive: Very strong and runs to the ball…
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  • Ravens sign ex-Colt Painter to back up Flacco

    Ravens sign ex-Colt Painter to back up Flacco

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter to a one-year contract
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  • Browns settled on choice for overall No. 4 pick

    Browns settled on choice for overall No. 4 pick

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Wild rumors are flying around about Cleveland's plans in next week's NFL draft.
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  • On the spot: Bengals safety Taylor Mays

    On the spot: Bengals safety Taylor Mays

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Over the next week, the AFC North will feature one player who is "On the spot" leading up to the NFL draft. That's a player who is holding a starting job now, but could lose it depending on how his team drafts. Taylor Mays, Bengals safety Who …
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  • Ravens sign Curtis Painter

    Ravens sign Curtis Painter

    The Ravens held a backup quarterback derby on Thursday and the winner was Curtis Painter. Painter, Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon all worked out for the team and the Ravens announced Thursday afternoon that they have signed Painter to a one-year deal. Whe…
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  • Wallace never caught a break this offseason

    Wallace never caught a break this offseason

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    No team is expected to make a run at Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace before Friday's deadline, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The lack of interest shouldn't be a reflection on Wallace, who is one of the top young wide re…
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  • Broncos and Steelers were already scheduled for Sunday night op…

    Broncos and Steelers were already scheduled for Sunday night opener before Manning signing

    yahoo.com Apr 19, 2012
    When the NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, the game that drew the most attention was the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on "Sunday Night Football's" season premiere. It was widely assumed that Denver got the nod because the…
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  • Mayock says Browns need to take Trent Richardson

    Mayock says Browns need to take Trent Richardson

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2012
    The top three picks in the draft are expected to be Andrew Luck (Colts), Robert Griffin III (Redskins), and Matt Kalil (Vikings). The Browns pick fourth, and G.M. Tom Heckert stopped well short of tipping his team’s hand in a Thursday afternoon pre-draf
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  • Ravens. Steelers. The re-match. The movie trailer.

    Ravens. Steelers. The re-match. The movie trailer.

    baltimoresun.com Apr 19, 2012
    As if the rivalry between Baltimore and Pittsburgh needed to be ratcheted up a few notches, the NFL is ratcheting away -- months before football season even starts.
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  • Browns know who they’ll take if they keep fourth pick

    Browns know who they’ll take if they keep fourth pick

    Browns general manager Tom Heckert held his predraft press conference on Thursday and offered a little insight into what the team is thinking a week before the first round picks are made. Major stress on “a little.” People don’t tend to tip their ha
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  • Gruden QB camp: Ryan Tannehill

    Gruden QB camp: Ryan Tannehill

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Leading up to the NFL draft, no player has caused more of a heated debate in the AFC North blog than Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Some draft analysts, like ESPN's Todd McShay, believe the Cleveland Browns should consider taking Tannehill wi…
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  • Goodell to visit Minnesota on Vikings stadium

    Goodell to visit Minnesota on Vikings stadium

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Minnesota's latest stadium snag has the NFL publicly questioning the state's interest in keeping the Vikings and league Commissioner Roger Goodell is concerned enough that he's coming for another visit.
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  • Ravens' schedule ranked second-hardest

    Ravens' schedule ranked second-hardest

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Our friends at numberFire have crunched all the schedules and determined the Baltimore Ravens have the second-hardest road to the playoffs. The group rated the five toughest and easiest schedules based on their calculations. The Ravens, who were one gam…
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  • Steelers consider Dontari Poe as Casey Hampton’s heir apparent

    Steelers consider Dontari Poe as Casey Hampton’s heir apparent

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2012
    After Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe’s stunning performance at the Scouting Combine, there was talk that he could be a Top 5 pick. Then everyone remembered that football isn’t played in shorts and a T-shirt, and that defensive tackles aren’t a
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  • Kiper's three-round mock: AFC North style

    Kiper's three-round mock: AFC North style

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    In the latest mock draft by Mel Kiper Jr., the ESPN draft analyst goes three rounds. It's an Insider piece, but I can give you a glimpse of the AFC North part of it along with my commentary: CINCINNATI BENGALS Rd 1 (17) CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolin…
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  • James Harrison doesn’t like the Steelers’ throwback jerseys

    James Harrison doesn’t like the Steelers’ throwback jerseys

    yahoo.com Apr 19, 2012
    The following news shouldn't come as a surprise, as James Harrison has both strong opinions and two eyes: The menacing Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker doesn't like the new "bumblebees in jail" throwbacks the team will be wearing for its 80th se…
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  • Cedric Benson hasn’t met with any teams

    Cedric Benson hasn’t met with any teams

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2012
    Cedric Benson’s departure from the Bengals in free agency was assumed long became official. Benson was critical of the offensive direction on several occasions, didn’t hear anything from the Bengals once free agency opened and then had his exit set in
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2012
    BuffaloBills.com lists the team’s 30 pre-draft visitors. Second-round quarterbacks have a poor success rate. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has earned his due. ESPN New York examines the Jets’ options in the draft. Ravens CB Lardarius Webb wants to be
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  • Wake-up: Saban likes Richardson, Browns

    Wake-up: Saban likes Richardson, Browns

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2012
    Every morning, grab a cup of coffee and get your AFC North wake-up call here: It appears that I'm not the only one who thinks the Browns should take Alabama running back Trent Richardson. His college coach, Nick Saban, feels Richardson would be a great …
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  • Video - Rumor Central: Brandon Weeden 01:19

    Rumor Central: Brandon Weeden

    Apr 19
    ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the possibility of Brandon Weeden getting drafted late in Round One.
  • Video - Mike Wallace Likely To Remain With Steelers 00:55

    Mike Wallace Likely To Remain With Steelers

    Apr 19
    Adam Schefter on why Steelers WR Mike Wallace hasn't been offer a contract by any other team.

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    Apr 19
    We're still a week away from officially knowing Robert Griffin III's fate in the NFL draft, but it sure doesn't feel that way, does it? In many ways, it seems like Griffin became a Redskin the minute Washington and St. Louis executed their blockbuster f…