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Chiefs sign Husain Abdullah

Chiefs sign Husain Abdullah

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 18, 2013
Earlier this month, veteran safety Husain Abdullah worked out for the Chiefs.  And the Chiefs apparently liked what they saw. The team announced that Abdullah has agreed to terms. Abdullah spent four seasons with the Vikings, after entering the league a…
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  • Packers part ways with veteran center Saturday

    Packers part ways with veteran center Saturday

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers have released veteran center Jeff Saturday.
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Chicago Bears

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Chicago Bears

    yahoo.com Feb 18, 2013
    Over the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We move to the NFC North and the…
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  • Extension or not, Clay Matthews is getting a raise

    Extension or not, Clay Matthews is getting a raise

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    With one year left on his rookie deal, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews could be in line for a contract extension this offseason. Whether or not he gets it, he’ll be getting a raise for the 2013 season. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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  • Christian Ponder says Vikings players don’t want to lose Percy …

    Christian Ponder says Vikings players don’t want to lose Percy Harvin

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    The Vikings’ front office may be looking to trade Percy Harvin, but Harvin’s quarterback says the players want him back. Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder said on KFAN that the Vikings’ locker room doesn’t want to lose Harvin. “Obviously we
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Detroit Lions

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Detroit Lions

    Over the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We move to the NFC North and the…
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  • Current and former Bears special teams coaches debate style

    Current and former Bears special teams coaches debate style

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    New Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub likes his move from Chicago, in part because he thinks a 3-4 defense gives him a better cast of players to work with. But the guy who replaced him in Chicago has taken the opposite approach, saying he’s grateful
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  • Brian Xanders developing new scouting database for Lions

    Brian Xanders developing new scouting database for Lions

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    When the Lions hired former Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive last month, one of his roles was said to be changing the way the team’s scouting department evaluates players. General Manager Martin Mayhew has provided a
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  • Ron Rivera calls lack of minority hires disheartening

    Ron Rivera calls lack of minority hires disheartening

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    When it comes to minority hiring, the NFL this year came within one vacancy of mimicking the 2008 Lions, going 0-for-15 in coaching and G.M. positions. Despite a fairly vocal contingent of fans who seem to not understand the impact of state and federal …
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  • NFC North links: Bears gig excites Tucker

    NFC North links: Bears gig excites Tucker

    ESPN.com Feb 18, 2013
    Chicago Bears To put it mildly, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is excited about his new opportunity. "What's not to like about the Bears?" Tucker said. "It's a great organization, lots of tradition, and my wife is from Chicago. I'…
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  • First-round draft trades could be less plentiful this year

    First-round draft trades could be less plentiful this year

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    Last year, the Rams reeled in two first-round picks and a second-rounder in exchange for a flip-flop of the second and sixth overall picks.  Likewise, the Vikings pilfered from the Browns a fourth-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and a seventh-round pick…
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  • Banks: St. Louis Rams 2013 Offseason Preview

    Banks: St. Louis Rams 2013 Offseason Preview

    CNNSI.com Feb 18, 2013
    The blueprint is clear, Don Banks writes, but it may not be easy. With an offense in need of playmakers, little cash and a key free agent, the Rams will have to be creative.
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  • Scott Mitchell: Lomas Brown lied to improve his position at ESP…

    Scott Mitchell: Lomas Brown lied to improve his position at ESPN

    profootballtalk.com Feb 18, 2013
    Former Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell now believes that the bizarre boast from his old teammate Lomas Brown about purposely missing a block to get him hurt was nothing more than an attempt to get attention for himself as an analyst at ESPN. Mitchell t…
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  • Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree have most at stake at 2013 NFL Combin…

    Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree have most at stake at 2013 NFL Combine

    CNNSI.com Feb 18, 2013
    It's the start of draft hype season. The stakes are always high at the Combine, but in a draft short on sure-things, some have more on the line than others, Peter King writes.
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  • Remembering Charles Woodson's Remarkable Turnaround with the Gr…

    Remembering Charles Woodson's Remarkable Turnaround with the Green Bay Packers

    grantland.com Feb 18, 2013
    When the rumor was circulating on Friday morning that the Packers were going to release Charles Woodson, I got more than one text message with the sam...
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  • Video - Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson earns best dressed 00:26

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson earns best dressed

    Feb 18
    Check out the fancy jacket, shoes, socks and rings that Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson wears on "NFL Total Access."
  • Video - Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson: 'We didn't finish' 03:33

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson: 'We didn't finish'

    Feb 18
    Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson joins the show to explain what went wrong for his team in 2012, the Lions' biggest offseason need and why Matthew Stafford is a championship-caliber quarterback.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Best Fit For Freeney, Woodson 02:05

    NFL Live OT: Best Fit For Freeney, Woodson

    Feb 18
    Jason Taylor and Jerry Rice discuss the possible destinations for Dwight Freeney and Charles Woodson.

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  • Don Banks: St. Louis Rams 2013 Offseason Preview

    Feb 18
    SI.com is laying out offseason road maps for all 32 teams as they start their journey for the Lombardi Trophy -- two teams per day, from the teams that need the most work to contend in 2013 to the ones that are in pretty good shape. See them all.
  • Clayton's mailbag: Focus on safety not waning

    Feb 18
    Safety remains a primary concern for the league's competition committee. Plus, answers to reader questions.
  • Peter King: As combine hype machine revs up, two players have lots at stak…

    Feb 18
    So we're at the official beginning of draft season, with the annual Scouting Combine starting later this week in Indianapolis. Here's what we know as the 333 college prospects pack for the Heartland:
  • The Lakers Lose Buss, the NBA Loses a Titan

    Feb 18
    The Lakers lost their way right around the time Dr. Jerry Buss started dying. This wasn't a coincidence. Within NBA circles, everyone respected Buss s...