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Josh Cribbs kicks off world tour in Oakland

Josh Cribbs kicks off world tour in Oakland

profootballtalk.com Updated May 8, 2013
We mentioned earlier today that former Browns return man Josh Cribbs was feeling good and about to start taking visits. His tour appears to be starting in Oakland with a visit with the Raiders, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, who says more visi…
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  • Bengals reach deal with rookie center T.J. Johnson

    Bengals reach deal with rookie center T.J. Johnson

    profootballtalk.com May 8, 2013
    The Bengals have signed center T.J. Johnson, a seventh-round pick from South Carolina, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. Johnson (6-4, 310) started all 53 games in his collegiate career, playing right guard as a freshman in 2009 and …
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  • Browns sign Rashad Butler

    Browns sign Rashad Butler

    profootballtalk.com May 8, 2013
    Tackle Rashad Butler has missed 30 of the last 32 games after tearing his triceps twice and he’ll be trying to get his career back on track in Cleveland this season. Butler’s agent Ken Sarnoff tweeted out congratulations to Butler on signing a deal wi
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  • Bruschi says if Brady ducks under pressure, he’s smart

    Bruschi says if Brady ducks under pressure, he’s smart

    profootballtalk.com May 8, 2013
    When Steelers safety Ryan Clark said this week that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ducks and flinches when he feels pressure, it caused a stir among those who saw Clark as calling Brady out. One of Brady’s teammates, however, says that there’s some tr
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  • Mel Kiper Jr. remixes Browns' 2013 draft

    Mel Kiper Jr. remixes Browns' 2013 draft

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    Many have speculated that the Cleveland Browns' top two targets in the 2013 draft were Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and LSU pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo. How would the Browns' draft board change if the 2014 class had been eligible? That's where ESPN's …
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  • Ronde Barber Retires

    Ronde Barber Retires

    deadspin.com May 8, 2013
    Buccaneers DB Ronde Barber is officially calling it a career, saying "I've had a better run than I ever could've dreamed of having." With the retirements of Barber, Ray Lewis, and Donald Driver, the oldest non-special teamer left in the NFL is…
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  • Greene: Money has disrupted Steelers' way

    Greene: Money has disrupted Steelers' way

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    Pittsburgh Steelers great Joe Greene told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he is disappointed that money has changed the franchise's players.
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  • Equal Opportunities?

    Equal Opportunities?

    CNNSI.com May 8, 2013
    Fifteen openings, zero minority hires, one big problem. The NFL struck out in a big way this offseason, and many are anxiously watching if the issue grows, Don Banks writes.
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  • AFC North position rank: Wide receivers

    AFC North position rank: Wide receivers

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    The AFC North blog is continuing its rankings of each position for the next week. This is a projection on how the group will fare this season. It's not an evaluation based on last year. For Wednesday, let's look at the quarterbacks. 1. Pittsburgh Steele…
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  • AFC North chat reminder

    AFC North chat reminder

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is declining to answer questions. Luckily for you, I didn't receive the same advice from my counsel. The AFC North weekly chat will be held today at 2 p.m., so stop on by with your lingering thoughts about the draft, free agenc…
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  • Agent says Armonty Bryant’s “remorseful” about DUI

    Agent says Armonty Bryant’s “remorseful” about DUI

    The agent for Browns rookie defensive end Armonty Bryant said his client was “remorseful,” after pleading no contest to a recent DUI charge, the kind of trouble he said he was going to avoid after a college arrest for selling marijuana twice to an und
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  • Next best pass-rusher: Mingo or Jones?

    Next best pass-rusher: Mingo or Jones?

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    The last two linebackers to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year came from AFC North. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers received the honor in 2008, and Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens followed him in 2011. Who's the next great pass-rusher …
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  • The question Haslam needs to answer

    The question Haslam needs to answer

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    To his credit, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam hasn't gone into hiding. He has repeatedly stepped in front of cameras and said all of the right things. It was the same way Tuesday night when he once again apologized to Browns fans and vowed to give every truc…
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  • Wake-up: Is Polamalu the third-best safety?

    Wake-up: Is Polamalu the third-best safety?

    ESPN.com May 8, 2013
    Let's take a quick break from the arrests and federal investigation going on in the AFC North to talk about ballroom dancing. In my 13 years of covering the NFL, I have never written a sentence quite like that one, but I digress. On Tuesday night, Balti…
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  • Video - Was One-Upmanship Comment Fair? 10:40

    Was One-Upmanship Comment Fair?

    May 8
    Steelers safety Ryan Clark responds to Joe Greene's comments about current NFL players' attitudes toward their contracts.
  • Video - Tom Brady Protecting The Franchise 01:20

    Tom Brady Protecting The Franchise

    May 8
    Tedy Bruschi reacts to Steelers safety Ryan Clark's comments about Tom Brady seeing ghosts.
  • Video - James Harrison brings bite to Bengals 02:05

    James Harrison brings bite to Bengals

    May 8
    Jamie Dukes says recent comments from Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis about linebacker James Harrison mean the former Steeler will bring some toughness to the Bengals' defense.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Are better days coming for minority hires? Many anxiously await

    May 8
    PHILADELPHIA -- The rising use of analytics in the NFL has prompted a new respect for the power and relevance of statistical data, but there's one set of recent numbers that can't be sliced or interpreted in any way but the obvious: In a league where mi…