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Big Decision: Packers' salary-cap space

Big Decision: Packers' salary-cap space

ESPN.com Updated Jan 30, 2013
Another in a series of important offseason issues facing NFC North teams: We have detailed the deep list of expensive contracts the Green Bay Packers must extend to retain some of their core players, from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to linebacker Clay Mat…
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  • Moss-Rice: Who changed the game more?

    Moss-Rice: Who changed the game more?

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    NFC West colleague Mike Sando is handling our coverage of Randy Moss' continued assertions that he is the best receiver in NFL history. Based on Twitter, at least, it seems clear that NFC North blog readers remain interested in Moss' comments as well as…
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  • Homegrown or imported, 49ers deep in talent

    Homegrown or imported, 49ers deep in talent

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching sub-plot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almo…
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  • Outside the Lines: Leroy Hoard

    Outside the Lines: Leroy Hoard

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    Over the past few years, we've seen countless stories of former NFL players suffering from debilitating pain and depression they attribute to the violence of their careers. So I appreciated the approach ESPN's Kelly Naqi took in this "Outside the L…
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  • Denver mayor pays off bet by doing Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance in…

    Denver mayor pays off bet by doing Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance in his office

    yahoo.com Jan 30, 2013
    First of all, mayor bets on football games are stupid. We don't care if Philadelphia's mayor will ship cheese steaks to Green Bay if the Packers win, and Green Bay's mayor will send cheese wheels to Philly if the Eagles win, or whatever lame local cuisi…
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  • Man With The Plan: Behind the NFL's most explosive postseason o…

    Man With The Plan: Behind the NFL's most explosive postseason offens…

    CNNSI.com Jan 30, 2013
    Behind the NFL's most explosive postseason offense is a coach whose plans surprise his players as much as opponents. Jim Trotter gets into the head of the Niners' Greg Roman.
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  • Cris Carter's 'Touchdown hands'

    Cris Carter's 'Touchdown hands'

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Cris Carter is among the 15 finalists for the 2013 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At some point, voters will relieve the three-way logjam at receiver between Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed. Will it be this ye…
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  • Jim Zorn may replace Marc Trestman in Montreal

    Jim Zorn may replace Marc Trestman in Montreal

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Marc Trestman has left his job as head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes to become the head coach of the Chicago Bears, and now a former NFL head coach may replace him. Jim Zorn has interviewed for the Alouettes job, NFL Network
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  • Brian Urlacher knows he needs pay cut to stay in Chicago

    Brian Urlacher knows he needs pay cut to stay in Chicago

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30, 2013
    Linebacker Brian Urlacher hasn’t spoken to the Bears yet this offseason, but he doesn’t need to have direct contact with them to know what it is going to take to have any shot at remaining in Chicago in 2013. He’s going to have to take a serious cut
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  • BBAO: Media day = Pile on Lions Day

    BBAO: Media day = Pile on Lions Day

    ESPN.com Jan 30, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: One of the staples of Super Bowl media day is press gatherings with national television analysts. Most of them are former players who come armed with strong opinions on the league and its trends, and their job is to share …
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  • Video - Chicago Hot Button: Should the Bears re-sign Brian Urlacher? 02:17

    Chicago Hot Button: Should the Bears re-sign Brian Urlacher?

    Jan 30
    ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle explains why there's no simple answer to whether the Bears should re-sign linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Sports Columnists

  • Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super Bowl

    Jan 30
    Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.
  • Don Banks: Homegrown or imported, 49ers are loaded with blue-chip talent

    Jan 30
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching subplot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almos…
  • Super Bowl XLVII - Ray Lewis, NFL too popular to be tarnished by performan…

    Jan 30
    Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis is far too big of a brand to be damaged by performance-enhancing drug accusations.
  • Jim Trotter: Behind 49ers' offense, a creative genius who's always thinkin…

    Jan 30
    NEW ORLEANS -- When 49ers players and coaches are asked about the ingenuity of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's game plans, the response is always the same. There is a smile, a chuckle or a roll of the eyes, then a virtual shrug of the shoulders that …