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Horton happy with Cleveland’s free-agent haul

Horton happy with Cleveland’s free-agent haul

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 15, 2013
The Browns quickly pounced on linebacker Paul Kruger, defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, and linebacker Quentin Groves when free agency opened. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton is happy about that - especially in light of the players the team already
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  • Source: Ex-Bears TE Spaeth going to Steelers

    Source: Ex-Bears TE Spaeth going to Steelers

    Former Bears tight end Matt Spaeth is returning to the Steelers, according to a source.
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  • Jets sign another widebody, getting Antonio Garay

    Jets sign another widebody, getting Antonio Garay

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    For the second time Friday afternoon, the Jets grabbed a useful lineman with a one-year deal. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they agreed with former Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay, who was released earlier this week. Earlier Friday, they si
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  • Ravens add depth with Marcus Spears

    Ravens add depth with Marcus Spears

    The Baltimore Ravens signed Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears to a two-year, $3.55 million contract, which continues a free-agent trend for Baltimore to upgrade the defensive line. The Ravens made it a priority earlier this week when they signe…
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  • No deals for Steelers after free-agent visits

    No deals for Steelers after free-agent visits

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Pittsburgh Steelers had a small group of visiting free-agents Friday, but all left without a contract. Sounds like a theme in the AFC North today. According to Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, running back Beanie Wells, outside linebacker…
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  • Jets get Willie Colon on a one-year deal

    Jets get Willie Colon on a one-year deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    Even though they gave decent money to a third-down running back , the Jets aren’t in a position to spend heavily. But they did add a potentially valuable part, getting former Steelers guard Willie Colon. According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com,
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  • Giants to take a look at Dan Connor

    Giants to take a look at Dan Connor

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Giants continue to look for linebacker depth, and seem particularly interested in depth inside. According to Geoff Mosher of Comcast SportsNet, Dan Connor will visit the Giants. The former Cowboys and Panthers inside linebacker had previously visite…
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  • Pats dust off the RFA market

    Pats dust off the RFA market

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    In recent years, the restricted free agency market hasn’t been a market.  Last year, for example, more than 40 RFAs were available, but not a single one signed an offer sheet. This year, the Patriots have dusted off the restricted free agency market by
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  • The National Sport Of Afghanistan Is Called Bukkake, According …

    The National Sport Of Afghanistan Is Called Bukkake, According To Clueless Pittsburgh Sports-Talk Hosts

    deadspin.com Mar 15, 2013
    Ron Cook and Vinnie Richichi hold down the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot on Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan. Four hours can be a lot of time to fill for five days a week, even in a town with a hockey team on a winning streak, an NCAA-bound college basketball team, t…
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  • Bengals try for new streak with Johnson

    Bengals try for new streak with Johnson

    The Cincinnati Bengals announced that defensive end Michael Johnson signed his $11.175 million franchise tag tender, which guarantees his salary for 2013 as well as his participation in the team's offseason workouts and training camp. If Johnson hadn't …
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  • Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders visits Patriots

    Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders visits Patriots

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Pittsburgh Steelers expected to lose wide receiver Mike Wallace this offseason. They hadn't planned on his replacement possibly leaving as well. Emmanuel Sanders, a restricted free agent, is visiting the Patriots on Friday, according to ESPN NFL Ins…
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  • Schefter: Reed to Houston '50-50 at best'

    Schefter: Reed to Houston '50-50 at best'

    A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the chances of safety Ed Reed signing with the Houston Texans is "50-50 at best" despite Houston pulling out all the stops on his visit. Schefter says there is a chance Reed could end up coming…
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  • Report: Dennis Pitta drawing interest from other teams

    Report: Dennis Pitta drawing interest from other teams

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Ravens gave tight end Dennis Pitta a second-round tender before the start of free agency, which will force teams that want to sign Pitta to fork over a second-round pick for the right to do it. We’ll see if anyone is willing to buck recent trends an
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  • Cornerback options for Browns, Bengals

    Cornerback options for Browns, Bengals

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    The cornerback market began to dry up over the past couple of days when the likes of Sean Smith (Kansas City), Chris Houston (Detroit), Keenan Lewis (New Orleans), Cary Williams (Philadelphia) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver) all signed. This sh…
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  • Bill Walton Made A Ray Lewis Limo Joke And Referenced Bill Simm…

    Bill Walton Made A Ray Lewis Limo Joke And Referenced Bill Simmons's Twitter Suspension On Tonight's ESPNU Broadcast

    deadspin.com Mar 15, 2013
    Bill Walton's on-air behavior has been consistently weird this college basketball season, and that didn't change tonight as broadcasting's biggest Grateful Dead fan launched into numerous questionable tangents during ESPNU's Pac-12 tournament coverage o…
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  • 49ers sign Dan Skuta

    49ers sign Dan Skuta

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    The 49ers have added to their special-teams coverage units and linebacker depth, signing Bengals free agent Dan Skuta to a two-year contract. The club announced the move early Friday morning. Skuta, who turns 27 in April, recorded 26 tackles (15 solo) o…
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  • Video - How important is it for Baltimore to sign Ed Reed? 01:05

    How important is it for Baltimore to sign Ed Reed?

    Mar 15
    The Baltimore Ravens have lost a lot of starters in free agency. Heath Evans and Willie McGinest debate the importance of the Ravens keeping Ed Reed on the roster.
  • Video - State of the Franchise: Cincinnati Bengals 03:52

    State of the Franchise: Cincinnati Bengals

    Mar 15
    Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins says the team is just a few pieces away from a Super Bowl run. See what the Pro Bowler thinks about the Bengals' future.
  • Video - Chances Ed Reed Signs With Texans 01:03

    Chances Ed Reed Signs With Texans

    Mar 15
    Adam Schefter weighs in on the odds that Ed Reed ends up signing with the Houston Texans.

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