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Football returns next week, sort of

Football returns next week, sort of

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 26, 2013
The extended offseason break for NFL players ends next week, as offseason programs launch for four teams on April 1: the Browns, Chiefs, Eagles, and Chargers. The next day, the Cardinals, Bills, Bears, and Jaguars get rolling. Each team may have nine we…
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  • CB Hayden agrees to terms to return to Bears

    CB Hayden agrees to terms to return to Bears

    The Chicago Bears are bringing back cornerback Kelvin Hayden, agreeing to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract.
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  • Dez Bryant thinks he can gain 2,000 yards and score 20 touchdow…

    Dez Bryant thinks he can gain 2,000 yards and score 20 touchdowns

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    Lions receiver Calvin Johnson set a new NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards last season. But Dez Bryant doesn’t see Megatron’s record lasting long. In fact, Bryant said he believes he can be the first player in NFL history with 2,000 yards in a seas
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  • Jared Allen had knee, shoulder worked on the same day

    Jared Allen had knee, shoulder worked on the same day

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    Vikings defensive end Jared Allen went from never having surgery to having two in the same day. According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Allen had his knee cleaned out the same day he had a torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired. The shoulder issu…
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  • Lions claim Leshoure, Bell will have big roles

    Lions claim Leshoure, Bell will have big roles

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    Now that the Lions have added running back Reggie Bush, what should they do with Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell? How about trade one of them? How can the Lions trade someone that they don’t want, you ask? That’s easy. Pretend you still want them. That
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  • King: Titans feel good about leap of faith hiring Gregg William…

    King: Titans feel good about leap of faith hiring Gregg Williams; mail

    CNNSI.com Mar 26, 2013
    Gregg Williams says he's changed, and the Titans are expecting their new coach to have learned his lesson. But has he? The world will be watching to find out, Peter King writes.
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  • Cowboys agree to sign Justin Durant, someday

    Cowboys agree to sign Justin Durant, someday

    The Cowboys can’t give out contracts at the moment, so they’re apparently going for promise rings. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cowboys have agreed to a two-year deal with Lions free agent linebacker Justin Durant. The only problem is, they
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  • Vikings keep special teamer Marvin Mitchell

    Vikings keep special teamer Marvin Mitchell

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    With the draft a month away, teams are in fill-in-the-blanks mode, and veterans want to make sure they have a place to land. With that as context, the Vikings have brought back linebacker Marvin Mitchell, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Mi…
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  • NFC North links: Finley staying put

    NFC North links: Finley staying put

    ESPN.com Mar 26, 2013
    Chicago Bears The Bears added another player to the mix at right tackle by re-signing Jonathan Scott. Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: "Phil Emery had been moving along pretty well in changing a Chicago Bears teams that missed the playoffs …
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  • Cliff Avril surprised by lack of contact from the Lions

    Cliff Avril surprised by lack of contact from the Lions

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    Cliff Avril played the first five seasons of his NFL career in Detroit, but this year the Lions haven’t shown much interest in him, either before or after he left for Seattle. And Avril finds that surprising. Avril told Mike Freeman of CBS that Lions de
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  • Heyward-Bey takes another trip, Detroit on deck

    Heyward-Bey takes another trip, Detroit on deck

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    Darrius Heyward-Bey didn’t do all that much in four years with the Raiders to justify his draft status, but he’s quickly picking up steam in the free agent market. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the former seventh overall pick is
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  • Report: Packers sign kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

    Report: Packers sign kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

    profootballtalk.com Mar 26, 2013
    A shaky season from kicker Mason Crosby has led to the Green Bay Packers bringing in some offseason competition. According to Matteo Gandini of Sportitalia, former University of California kicker Giorgio Tavecchio has signed with the Packers. The move w…
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  • Video - Tavares' Late Goal Lifts Islanders 00:35

    Tavares' Late Goal Lifts Islanders

    Mar 26
    John Tavares scored his 20th goal of the season in the Islanders' 3-2 win over the Capitals.
  • Video - Randall Cunningham looks back on NFL career 03:47

    Randall Cunningham looks back on NFL career

    Mar 26
    Former Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Randall Cunningham reflects back on his playing career on the eve of his 50th birthday.

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    Tennessee coach Mike Munchak knew he'd have a bullseye on his back when he stuck his neck out and hired Gregg Williams as the team's senior assistant on defense (that's the real title) last month. So many questions surround the hire, and will surround i…
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