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Clay Matthews: Julius Peppers is going to create a lot of oppor…

Clay Matthews: Julius Peppers is going to create a lot of opportunities for me

profootballtalk.com Updated 32 minutes ago
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is feeling good on a couple of fronts these days. Matthews’ thumb is feeling better after a pair of injuries led to season-ending surgery in December and the opposite side of the Packers defense is looking more imposing …
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  • Matthews: 'I'll be ready' for training camp

    Matthews: 'I'll be ready' for training camp

    ESPN.com 6 minutes ago
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the Green Bay Packers report for the offseason program on Tuesday, don't expect linebacker Clay Matthews to put his twice-broken right thumb through any vigorous work right away. But when training camp begins in July -- and more …
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  • Jadeveon Clowney’s visiting the Lions, for some reason

    Jadeveon Clowney’s visiting the Lions, for some reason

    profootballtalk.com 38 minutes ago
    Jadeveon Clowney won’t be doing a lot of extra workouts for teams, because frankly, he doesn’t need to. But that’s not stopping him from seeing more of America than he needs to. According to Tim Twentyman of the Lions official website, Clowney was visit…
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  • Vikings: Quick takes on QB items

    Vikings: Quick takes on QB items

    ESPN.com 1 hour ago
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Some quick thoughts on a few Minnesota Vikings quarterback items: Josh Freeman has signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants -- the beneficiaries of his now-infamous "Monday Night Football" misadventure last October -- and…
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  • Packers had some interest in Freeman if Flynn didn’t stay

    Packers had some interest in Freeman if Flynn didn’t stay

    As it turns out, Matt Flynn and Josh Freeman were two men for two jobs. But they could have easily reversed roles, as it turns out. Flynn decided yesterday to stay with the Packers, and Freeman just took advantage of the void in New York to agree with t…
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  • Josh Freeman agrees to contract with Giants

    Josh Freeman agrees to contract with Giants

    profootballtalk.com 3 hours ago
    Josh Freeman is Eli Manning’s new backup quarterback. Shortly after news broke that Freeman and the Giants were close, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the two sides have agreed to terms. The Giants were the opponent for Freeman’s only start in…
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  • Golden Tate thinks he’ll be a “more explosive” Lance Moore in J…

    Golden Tate thinks he’ll be a “more explosive” Lance Moore in Joe Lombardi’s offense

    profootballtalk.com 5 hours ago
    Wide receiver Golden Tate hasn’t played a game as a member of the Lions yet, but a couple of weeks of offseason work has led him to think that their offense will prove to be an excellent fit for his skills. Tate said that he has been watching film of th…
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  • Mark Murphy: Packers “hopeful” to have Brett Favre back at Lamb…

    Mark Murphy: Packers “hopeful” to have Brett Favre back at Lambeau soon

    Brett Favre hasn’t been back to Lambeau in anything other than a Vikings uniform since he left the Packers for the Jets before the 2008 season, but president Mark Murphy said that isn’t because the team isn’t interested in honoring their former quarterb…
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  • Calvin Pryor: I can bring physical play to the Bears defense

    Calvin Pryor: I can bring physical play to the Bears defense

    profootballtalk.com 6 hours ago
    The Bears have added three safeties in free agency, but they aren’t believed to be done addressing needs at the position after getting poor play there throughout the 2013 season. One possible addition is Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, who is expected t…
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  • Lions intend to split the running back role between Bush and Be…

    Lions intend to split the running back role between Bush and Bell

    profootballtalk.com 16 hours ago
    The Lions have a pair of potent tailbacks. And they plan to use both of them. Perhaps equally. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday that Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will share the load. “[T…
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  • Vikings sign Reisner, claim Manning

    Vikings sign Reisner, claim Manning

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings made a pair of roster additions Tuesday, bringing back tight end Allen Reisner and claiming former San Diego Chargers linebacker Terrell Manning off waivers. Reisner spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Vikings, …
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  • Bears waive Cheta Ozougwu

    Bears waive Cheta Ozougwu

    profootballtalk.com 22 hours ago
    The Bears waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu on Tuesday, the club announced. The 25-year-old Ozougwu played in the Bears’ final seven games of 2013, notching a sack and forcing a fumble in the club’s overtime win vs. Baltimore. Overall, Ozougwu appeared…
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  • Steelers sign Adam Podlesh

    Steelers sign Adam Podlesh

    profootballtalk.com 23 hours ago
    The Steelers used two different punters in the regular season last year and their quest to find a permanent solution at the position has led them to Adam Podlesh. The team announced Tuesday that they have signed Podlesh to a one-year deal. Podlesh was r…
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  • Rodgers, Stafford, Brady among world’s highest-paid athletes

    Rodgers, Stafford, Brady among world’s highest-paid athletes

    profootballtalk.com 23 hours ago
    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady were the three highest-paid players on American sports teams in the last year. That’s the word from ESPN’s survey of worldwide sports salaries, whic…
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  • Kyle Rudolph says his foot is totally healed

    Kyle Rudolph says his foot is totally healed

    profootballtalk.com 24 hours ago
    Earlier this month, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph made an eye-catching comment when he said he puts himself on the same level as Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski when it comes to the best tight ends in the NFL. Rudolph made his argument by highlighting …
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  • Sharper’s former teammates shocked by allegations

    Sharper’s former teammates shocked by allegations

    profootballtalk.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    Former NFL safety Darren Sharper faces serious allegations of rape. For some who knew him during his time with the Packers, the charges comes as a shock. “I never, ever could have imagined seeing what has allegedly happened with Darren Sharper,” former …
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  • Lions need to find a kicker

    Lions need to find a kicker

    profootballtalk.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    The Lions aren’t accustomed to needing to search for a kicker. From 1980 to 1991 they had Eddie Murray, and from 1992 to 2012 they had Jason Hanson, giving them more than three decades of stability at the position. But David Akers won’t be back after on…
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  • Could addressing safety lead to playoffs?

    Could addressing safety lead to playoffs?

    ESPN.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    Neil Hornsby over at Pro Football Focus put together a piece Wednesday identifying five teams that could push themselves into the playoffs by identifying and addressing one specific positional need in the upcoming NFL draft. He pointed to Carolina in 20…
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  • Teddy Bridgewater visiting with Vikings after weekend workout

    Teddy Bridgewater visiting with Vikings after weekend workout

    profootballtalk.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    While responding to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN about poor workouts by his client Teddy Bridgewater, agent Kennard McGuire said that the report was false because, in part, Bridgewater had only worked out for one team. McGuire also said that wo…
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  • Report: Kevin Williams visiting Giants

    Report: Kevin Williams visiting Giants

    profootballtalk.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is in search of a new team after 11 seasons spent playing for the Minnesota Vikings. His first free agent visit is with the New York Giants. According to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Williams traveled to Ne…
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  • Lions having 'civil and productive' talks with Suh

    Lions having 'civil and productive' talks with Suh

    CNNSI.com profootballtalk.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions have been negotiating with Ndamukong Suh in the hopes of signing him to a long-year deal before he potentially becomes a free agent next year.
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  • Video - Will Bears focus on defense in the draft? 03:12

    Will Bears focus on defense in the draft?

    Apr 15
    Brian Baldinger, Charley Casserly and Charles Davis discuss which direction the Chicago Bears should go with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Inside the Chicago Bears draft room 04:45

    Inside the Chicago Bears draft room

    Apr 15
    Although a talented team, the Chicago Bears can use some draft prospects to bolster their roster. Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah break down some potential draft scenarios for the Bears.
  • Video - Source: Flynn To Stay In Green Bay 01:47

    Source: Flynn To Stay In Green Bay

    Apr 15
    Rob Demovsky discusses backup QB Matt Flynn's value to the Packers and why it's important for them to have him on the roster.
  • Video - Jeremiah: Vikings are 'best fit' for Teddy Bridgewater 01:47

    Jeremiah: Vikings are 'best fit' for Teddy Bridgewater

    Apr 14
    Could Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater turn around the Minnesota Vikings offense? Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis discuss Bridgewater's potential if he were chosen by the Vikings at No. 8 overall.

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