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Steelers’ Brown Wants New Contract

Steelers’ Brown Wants New ContractPittsburgh Steelers/NFL (PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- After a career season, Antonio Brown wants a new contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown chose not to attend the team's offseason workouts because he desires a reworked deal. Currently, Brown has three years remaining on his contract that has him as the 14th highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. Last year, Brown caught 13 touchdowns on 129 passes with 1,698 yards receiving -- the sixth highest in league history. Brown signed a five-year, $42.5 million in 2012. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Analyst: Two Teams Needed For Carson Stadium Success

Analyst: Two Teams Needed For Carson Stadium SuccessDoug Pensinger/Getty Images (CARSON, Ca.) -- As the NFL moves towards its inevitable return to the Los Angeles media market, as many as three teams have interest in relocating. A financial report has concluded that the proposed $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, California would require two teams in order to be a profitable venture. As the Chargers and Raiders negotiate with San Diego and Oakland respectively for new stadium deals in their current markets, both teams have made it known of their interest to relocate to Los Angeles. The report discovered that if one team were to play in the stadium the city of Carson budget would face, "annual fiscal losses in most of the first 30 years." The Rams are currently the frontrunner to be the first team to move to Los Angeles, as owner Stan Kronke is moving forward with plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Eagles to Sign Tim Tebow

Report: Eagles to Sign Tim TebowJared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of signing quarterback Tim Tebow, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports. Tebow worked out with the Eagles in the middle of March, but the team had no plans to sign him back then. Tebow last appeared in an NFL regular season game when he was with the New York Jets back in 2012. He did spend time with the New England Patriots in 2013, but was cut before the regular season started. A true media magnet, Tebow was one of the greatest college football players of all time while he was with the Florida Gators. He was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, and even led the team to a division title in 2011. Despite his success, his erratic and unorthodox style never quite fit in the NFL, and he's been unable to gain many opportunities to continue his pro career at the quarterback position. Tebow completed 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his pro career, while rushing for 989 yards and 12 scores. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rex Ryan Critical of Jets Tight End Amaro Again

Rex Ryan Critical of Jets Tight End Amaro AgainNick Lahem/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is taking aim at his former team, in particular second year tight end Jace Amaro.  This is the second time Ryan has had harsh words towards Amaro in an interview with Kim Jones on WFAN in New York.  The kid's got some talent," Ryan told WFAN on Saturday. "I'm just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke, and talk about accountable—he's going to be accountable when he go to play him. He's going to be accountable for his comments. "It's not the truth. That kid's a little... he's going to get... we'll see what happens." The comment that initially caught the attention of Ryan's ire was: "He's not really playing around with everyone being late," Amaro said of Bowles. "We had an issue with that last year. Guys just weren't accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that's the biggest thing. [Bowles is] making sure everyone's gonna be 100 percent in or he's not going to be on the team." Amaro was not the only member of the Jets to intimate similar comments. During last season linebacker Demario Davis at one point remarked, "I don't see a lot of guys putting a lot of effort into film study." Rookie safety Calvin Pryor missed several meetings and was benched at several points during the season. Amaro's comments were in reference to quarterback Geno Smith arriving late to the team hotel before a road game in San Diego last season.  Smith started the game the next day. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in Rehab

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in RehabElsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization.  "I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. "I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues.  "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process. "I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes. The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The rewards of playing in the NFL may be fleeting for some of the players who choose to put their bodies at risk. A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the thousands of players drafted into the NFL during the years of 1996 through 2003, almost 16% of them declared bankruptcy within 12 years of retirement. "Moreover, bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player's total earnings or career length. Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt," researchers concluded. For example, Terrell Owens, a six-time pro bowler drafted in 1996, made an estimated $80 million during his 15-season NFL career and filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Researchers examined NFL players' financial behavior to test the traditional life-cycle model of savings. That theory claims that people optimize their consumption over their entire lifetimes, which would indicate that NFL players would have set aside a large portion of their income for when they retired from the league. "Our findings are different from what the life-cycle model predicts," the study wrote. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor Announces Retirement

Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor Announces Retirement Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- After 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, veteran cornerback Ike Taylor has announced his retirement from the NFL. "Other than having my son, playing for the Steelers has been the best experience in my entire lifetime," Taylor told the team's website. "It is rare, in this day of free agency that is super rare to play for one team. For me to have this opportunity says a lot about how they felt about me, what I gave back to the organization. "I wasn't cut, I wasn't released. It was just my contract was up and it was time to retire. If you want to have pride, well that is the kind of pride I have, being able to play my contract out," he added. Selected in the fourth round back in 2003, Taylor became a staple of the Steelers defense. He started 135 games for the team during his career, and won two Super Bowls as well. The Steelers also lost longtime safety Troy Polamalu to retirement last week. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

WR Michael Crabtree Leaves 49ers for Raiders

WR Michael Crabtree Leaves 49ers for Raiders Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree reportedly has signed an agreement to join the Oakland Raiders. The deal is for one year and $3 million, with another $2 million in incentives, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Crabtree's production decreased last season, and he appeared to lose explosion from a 2013 Achilles injury. Crabtree has had just two 100-yard receiving games in 24 games since he returned from his injury. His highest yardage total in 2014 was 85 yards, and he averaged 10.3 yards per reception on 68 catches. Crabtree has a chance to be a starter for Oakland, which badly needs receiving weapons for second-year quarterback Derek Carr. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Russell Wilson Not Giving Up on Two-Sport Dream

Russell Wilson Not Giving Up on Two-Sport Dream Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Russell Wilson be joining the likes of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, who've played two sports professionally?   In a recent interview with HBO's Real Sports, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback did not rule out pursuing a full-time career in baseball along with football. "I never want to kill the dream of playing two sports," Wilson said. "I would honestly play two sports."   Wilson played both baseball and football while at NC State. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He spent 2010 and 2011 in the Rockies farm system and was drafted by the Texas Rangers during the Rule 5 draft in December 2013. He was able to be selected because MLB allows teams to draft players who have never been called up to the big leagues after spending at least four years in another franchise's farm system. "I don't know," Wilson said when asked if he'd consider playing both sports full time. "I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days." According to MLB.com, Wilson hit .229 in 315 at-bats during his minor league career with the Rockies. He has participated in Rangers spring training practices the past two seasons as well. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Source: Jets will exercise 5th-year option on Quinton Coples’ contract

Source: Jets will exercise 5th-year option on Quinton Coples’ contract Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets will exercise their fifth-year option on outside linebacker Quinton Coples' contract, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini. Coples' option for 2015 will be worth $7.8 million. The Jets' decision to pick up the option was reported earlier Saturday by the New York Daily News. Coples recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks and started 15 games last season while making the transition from defensive end to linebacker. A first-round draft selection in 2012, Coples has 16.5 career sacks with the Jets. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Steelers’ Troy Polamalu Retires

Steelers’ Troy Polamalu Retires Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu recently announced he's retiring. "Since the end of the season I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level that I never had before. It was awesome," Polamalu continued in the Herald-Standard of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. "Thank God football has provided me the ability to be able to sit back and see what the options are. But I'll definitely be the best father I can be." Polamalu told the Steelers on Wednesday night about his decision and was very grateful for everything they did for him in 12 seasons. Polamalu added with a laugh, "Maybe it was a sign for me to retire when I chase my kids around and couldn't catch them. It was either a sign for me to retire or a sign for them to begin training." Polamalu had two years left on his contract and was a first-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2003. He was also a member of two Super Bowl championship teams and made eight Pro Bowls. "Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a team-issued statement. "It's a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man. I congratulate him and wish him nothing but the best moving forward."   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Suspended Three Games

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Suspended Three Games Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been suspended after violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports. Bell will miss the first three games of next season and will also be fined an additional game check. He plans to appeal the suspension, Schefter reports. Bell's suspension comes after his arrest last August where he was caught with marijuana and also received a DUI. He received 15 month's probation. Bell ran for 1,361 yards and scored eight touchdowns last season Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bills’ Guard Richie Incognito Discusses “Humbling” Time Away from Football

Bills’ Guard Richie Incognito Discusses “Humbling” Time Away from Football NFL via Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Now back in the NFL after more than a year away from football, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito is grateful for the chance to be back in the league. Incognito spent a season and a half away from the NFL after he was the central figure in a bullying scandal with offensive lineman Jonathan Martin when they were both members of the Miami Dolphins. He wound up being released from the Dolphins as a result of the incident, and spent last year unsigned by any team. "It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute," Incognito said Monday. "It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: 'Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?' It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth. "There were some dark days where I didn't think I was ever going to play again," he said. "It really just kind of fueled me to work harder. ... [It] kind of forced me to go back and really look at things and say, 'Is this still important to you? Is this still what you want?' And the answer was always a resounding yes." Incognito was a Pro Bowler back in 2012. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bills’ LeSean McCoy Takes Another Shot at Chip Kelly

Bills’ LeSean McCoy Takes Another Shot at Chip Kelly Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel

Browns’ Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than one year after being dubbed the quarterback of the future, Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns may already be the quarterback of the past. Before even entering the NFL, there were questions about Manziel's maturity and ability to be the face of the franchise. He did little to alleviate those concerns, according to All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas. "I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being 'the man,' being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life," Thomas told ESPNCleveland.com. "You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I'm guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. ...I think those were really positive steps," Thomas added. Manziel entered voluntary treatment as a result of his partying lifestyle back on Jan. 28. In five games during his rookie season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one total touchdown. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Josh Freeman Signs One-Year Deal With Dolphins

Josh Freeman Signs One-Year Deal With Dolphins Marc Serota/Getty Images (MIAMI, Fl.) -- The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Josh Freeman to a one-year deal  Freeman spent all of the 2014 season out of football, a decision he felt was best because, "personally, during the year, I felt it was better to let things cool down because it was a pretty rocky year the previous year." After being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midway through the 2013 season, Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings, started one game and was let go in the offseason. He signed with the New York Giants, but was released again before the 2014 season. Through the team website, Freeman stated: “I feel like they have a really strong direction in their organization from a leadership standpoint,” Freeman said in an interview at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. “I’m familiar with Dennis Hickey and a number of staff members. (I was) in there with (quarterbacks coach) Zac Taylor and Coach (Bill) Lazor. We were in there talking about the offense and the direction. Also the conversations I had with Coach (Joe) Philbin were pretty awesome. I think it will be a great fit.”  Freeman was drafted in 2009 by the Buccaneers where Hickey, the Dolphins general manager, served as Director of College Scouting for Tampa Bay. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: NFL To Hire First Female Official

Report: NFL To Hire First Female Official NFL(NEW YORK) -- The NFL is set to hire its first full-time female official according to a tweet from the Baltimore Sun. Sarah Thomas, a former Conference USA official, is set to join a group of eight new members of the NFL's referee group, first reported by the Los Angeles Times. "The thing is, I've never set out to be the first, and that hasn't changed," said Thomas, who first started officiating football games in 1996. "I do this because I love it." In 2012, Shannon Eastin, who was a member of the replacement officials the NFL employed while the regular officials were locked out, became the first woman of officiate a regular season game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Redskins Trade for Dashon Goldson

Redskins Trade for Dashon Goldson NFL via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded safety Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. Goldson began his career with the San Francisco 49ers, and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Bucs signed Goldson to a five-year, $41 million contract in 2013, but he never quite lived up to his billing with Tampa Bay, which also sent a 2016 seventh-round draft pick to the Redskins in the deal. Goldson issued a series of statements on Twitter to fans of both the Bucs and Redskins. "To Buc Nation, I'm sorry things didn't workout the way we both wanted them to," Goldson said. "... I've learned a lot in the 2 yrs spent there and it has been an honor to be part of the Buc nation, to play for the buccaneers and share my time with the community." Goldson is the 10th former Pro Bowler traded this offseason, among them LeSean McCoy, Brandon Marshall and Jimmy Graham. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eagles Sign Miles Austin to One-Year Deal

Eagles Sign Miles Austin to One-Year DealScott Boehm/Getty Images (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network. The deal is worth $2.3 million, with an opportunity to earn $700,000 in incentives, according t...

Browns GM Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games

Browns GM Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games NFL(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season on Monday for sending text messages to team personnel during games in 2014. The league also fined Cleveland $250,000. Farmer’s suspension will begin on the midnight of the Sunday before the Browns’ Week 1 contest and concludes following the team’s Week 4 game. During the ban, Farmer won’t be allowed to deal with team business or permitted to be at the team’s facilities or games. “I respect the league’s decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions,” Farmer said in a statement. “Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to Jimmy Haslam, Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am and I will certainly be better from this situation.” According to ESPN, Farmer texted an assistant coach and an unnamed team representative on the sideline that dealt with use of personnel and in-game strategy.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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