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Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Leon Halip/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets will part ways with running back Chris Johnson after one underwhelming season.

The team declined a second year option worth $500,000. A decision was required on Monday.

Last season Johnson was signed by former general manager John Idzik to a two-year, $8 million deal in the expectation that he would create an aggressive running attack. The running back formerly known as "CJ2K" ran for a career low 663 yards on 155 carries. 

Johnson had hoped to revive his career with New York after being released by the Titans after the 2013 season.  Initially he was to provide a speed compliment to Chris Ivory, but by the end of season he saw his carries eclipsed by the Ivory and Bilal Powell.

Johnson, 30 was one of seven running backs in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. In 2009 he ran for 2,006 yards.  

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Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told "The TK Show," a San Jose Mercury News podcast on Friday that he wanted to return as the 49ers head coach, but it was their choice to move on.

Harbaugh led the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance during his time in San Francisco.

"I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh said. "And then ... you can call it 'mutual,' I mean, I wasn't going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn't want anymore."

"But that's the truth of it," Harbaugh continued.  "I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."

Harbaugh was 49-22-1 in four seasons and he admitted in the podcast that others inside the organization began treating him differently.

"I wasn't reading anything that was on the Internet, I was really focused on doing my job, but definitely walk down the halls and people look away or they look at you and you know something's going on," Harbaugh said.

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Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Peyton Manning tells the Broncos he is ready to return to the team next season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen, Manning is close to being ready to announce his return.

“I would be surprised if we don’t have some type of word next week some time,” Mortensen said. “That’s when I would expect that we would have word, officially, that Peyton is going to play football.”

Mortensen also said, “Manning has got his heart, his mind, his spirit and his body ready to play in 2015.”

If Manning passes a physical, it seems like he's likely to be the Broncos' quarterback next season.

 

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Ex-Seahawk Says Marshawn Lynch Weighing Retirement

Ex-Seahawk Says Marshawn Lynch Weighing Retirement

Leon Halip/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Former Seattle Seahawks fullback, Michael Robinson spoke to Marshawn Lynch about possible retirement, and he confirmed that Lynch isn't sure if he will continue to play next season.

"My bet would be that he plays next year in Seattle," Robinson said Thursday during a 710 ESPN Seattle radio interview. "I don't think Marshawn knows yet. I don't know what the timeline is. It's probably going to be a feel thing, and we'll just see like everybody else."

After speaking with Lynch, Robinson also said Lynch is contemplating retirement due to the fact of eight years of being in the NFL, and the beating Lynch has taken on his body because of his physical style of running the football.

Lynch held out of the beginning of training camp last year for eight days, before Lynch and the Seahawks agreed to changes in his contract.

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Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice issued an apology to fans in a letter issued to The Baltimore Sun on Friday.

Rice was suspended by the NFL after punching his then-fiancée in an elevator and is trying to find his way back onto an NFL team this season. 

"The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives," Rice said in the letter. "From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you've shown my family and I throughout my football career. We'll always be grateful for the love we've received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl."

"To all the kids who looked up to me, I'm truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it's helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare," the letter continued. "There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people's lives by raising awareness of this issue."

The Sun reported that Rice plans on moving to New York while he waits for the NFL team to come calling.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

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(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- One year after signing Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tossed the quarterback off the port bow.

The team announced Wednesday that they released McCown the year after they agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract.

McCown started 11 games for Tampa Bay, completing 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. 

The Buccaneers had hoped that McCown would show a similar flair to that of his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears, when found success throwing to the towering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In Tampa, McCown couldn't find a similar rhythm with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

Currently, Mike Glennon is the only quarterback on Bucs' roster who has regular season experience. According to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds, the team may be willing to trade Glennon for a fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay possesses the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and a report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests the team will take Florida State's Jameis Winston.

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Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

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(DENVER, Co.) -- After twelve years of professional football, Wes Welker is considering walking away from the game.

The Denver Broncos wide receiver is undecided about his future after a season in which he suffered his latest concussion and saw a significant decline in his on-field production, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

Welker was suspended two games after a positive drug test revealed amphetamines in his system. 

In the preseason, Welker suffered his third known concussion and his role was reduced after free agent signee Emmanuel Sanders flourished with the Broncos. 

Last season Welker caught 49 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games. Through his career with the Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos, Welker has totaled 890 catches for 9,922 yards and 50 touchdowns.

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Richard Sherman Opts Against Elbow Surgery

Richard Sherman Opts Against Elbow Surgery

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE, Wa.) -- The provocative and talented cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks has opted against undergoing elbow surgery.

Richard Sherman suffered an elbow injury against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game: he awkwardly bent his arm between Packers running back James Starks and Seahawks defensive back Kam Chancellor.

Sherman played the rest of the of the game, but it was believed the injury would require Tommy John surgery.

He also played with a brace during the Seahawks 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Sherman confirmed the decisicion to skip the operation to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Ed Sabol, Founder of NFL Films, Passes Away

Ed Sabol, Founder of NFL Films, Passes Away

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films, passed away at 98 years old.

Sabol died in his home Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the NFL.

NFL Films was created by Sabol in 1962 originally under the name Blair Motion Pictures, named for his daughter Blair. Sabol won the rights to film the 1962 NFL championship game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was so impressed by Sabol's film that he asked the owners to buy the motion picture company. After initial hesitation, the owners agreed to buy the company after rebranding it NFL Films.

Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. In his speech he said, "I dreamt a dream, the impossible dream. I dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right this minute."

Football fans were introduced to John Facenda, often referred to as "The Voice of God," through Sabol's work. NFL Films provided an innovative look at pro football, through unique narration, an underscore and alternate camera angles. 

Sabol and his son Steve, who later became president of NFL films in 1985, created many of the popular programs such as Football Follies, Hard Knocks and The Lost Treasures.

Steve Sabol passed away in 2012 from brain cancer at the age of 69.

Ed Sabol is survived by his wife of 74 years, Audrey, his daughter, Blair, and grandson, Casey.

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Domestic Violence Charges Against Panthers’ DE Greg Hardy Dismissed

Domestic Violence Charges Against Panthers’ DE Greg Hardy Dismissed

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed after his accuser did not make herself available to help with the case.

Hardy's appeal was set to begin on Monday, but his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, was a no-show for the hearing.

"Without her testimony, in this particular instance, the State could not proceed," the district attorney's office said.

Hardy played just one game for the Panthers in 2014 after he was placed on the inactive roster. He was then placed on the commissioner's exempt list before Week 3 until his case was resolved.

Despite appearing in just one game last season, the Panthers still paid Hardy $13.1 million after the team used the franchise tag on him during the 2013 offseason.

ESPN.com reports that the Panthers will not pursue Hardy as he is now set to hit the free agent market.

Had he been found guilty, Hardy would have been subject to a minimum six-week suspension by the NFL under the league's new code of conduct policy.

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Report: Reggie Bush Accused Of Spiking Women’s Drinks

Report: Reggie Bush Accused Of Spiking Women’s Drinks

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(NEW ORLEANS, La.) -- Amid Darren Sharper's legal proceedings for rape accusations a former teammate has been accused of spiking drinks.

Sharper's former New Orleans teammate Reggie Bush has been implicated by a co-defendant for dropping ecstasy in women's drinks in a Las Vegas nightclub several years ago.

Brandon Liccardi, who is also being charged with multiple counts of rape, says he witnessed Bush, now a member of the Detroit Lions, drug multiple women, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

According to the indictment Liccardi stated:

“OK, um, I was in Vegas about three years ago and um, Reggie Bush put Molly in Champagne. He was handing out 'Molly' on the dance floor to girls. Handing it out. Like giving it to them,” Licciardi said.

“And how do you know that?” asked James O’Hern, an investigator for the DA’s Office.

“[Because] I saw it with my own eyes,” Licciardi responded.

Sharper and his co-defendants face charges across multiple states, including Arizona and California.

Bush denies the allegations.

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Former Bully Richie Incognito Close to Deal with Bills

Former Bully Richie Incognito Close to Deal with Bills

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is close to a deal with the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills, ESPN reports.

Incognito was involved in a bullying scandal along with former teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, who harassed Johnathan Martin during the 2013 season.  Martin was then traded to San Francisco.

Incognito will visit with the Dolphins Saturday and take a physical, according to the report.

Following the bullying investigation, Incognito was suspended the final eight games of the 2013 season.

After being cleared to play all football activities, Incognito met with the Broncos and Buccaneers last year, but did not get signed.

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Patriots’ LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt

Patriots’ LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW ENGLAND) -- During the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade in Boston, running back LeGarrette Blount was seen holding up a t-shirt mocking Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch.

Pictures went viral of Blount holding up a shirt that read "B***h Mode" with the No. 24.  

Blount took to Twitter to explain his actions.

"About this shirt...Just so ppl know, I have 100% respect for @MoneyLynch and how he plays the game. There's a reason he's called #BeastMode," he wrote.

In the Patriots win over the Seahawks, Blount carried the ball 14 times for 40 yards.

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Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting

Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The black cloud looming over the Cleveland Browns is turning into an outright thunderstorm.

As the Browns offseason continues to spiral into the abyss, general manager Ray Farmer could face a possible suspension and the organization a loss of a draft pick and a steep fine as a result of texts being sent to the sidelines mid-game during the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com.

First reported by Cleveland.com, the Browns, specifically Farmer, was reported to have texted with former quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggins, who sat in the press pox and additionally sent messages to former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan down on the sideline.

Sending communications via text during a game is illegal under NFL rules. It is believed that Farmer was not sending information regarding strategy but commenting about the use of quarterbacks and play calling.

Shanahan resigned and Loggins was fired. According to ESPN reports, Shanahan felt that the front office was interfering with the team decisions on-field and the text messages were another form of influencing coaching decisions.

This offseason has not been productive for the Browns as wide receiver Josh Gordon faces at least a one-year ban, quarterback Johnny Manziel enters rehab, the teams two top offensive minds need to be replaced and according to CBS' Jason La Canfora, starting tight end Jordan Cameron, who is a free agent, has said he is "not interested" in re-signing with the team.

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Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested

Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was arrested and charged with assault after arguing over a parking spot in Washington, D.C. 

Jackson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge on Tuesday after allegedly punching a man in the face, according to the police report.

"The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D'Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in DC with a count of simple assault. When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement," the team said in a statement.

Jackson signed a four-year, $22 million contract last year with the Colts.

Jackson had 140 tackles and 4 sacks this past season.

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Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeau

Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeauScott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau has found a new home. LeBeau will join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff this Thursday, according to ESPN.com. "Onward and upward," LeBeau said. "Coaching's been ...

Pete Carroll Denies Reports About Changing Final Play of Super Bowl

Pete Carroll Denies Reports About Changing Final Play of Super Bowl

Whitney Curtis/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll denied all reports that he changed the final goal-line play in Sunday's Super Bowl loss against the Patriots from a run play to a pass.

Carroll and the Seahawks will be seeing Malcom Butler's game-sealing interception play over and over again, until they get back to work next season.

"There was not a thought about running it, and then I changed the play," Carroll said Monday when reports said that he went with a throwing play so Marshawn Lynch wouldn't get a chance at the MVP. "That did not happen."

Carroll said that he didn't have any problem with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's call.

"There's no reservation in [the call], and don't make it out like there is," Carroll said Monday. "First off, Darrell is an incredible playcaller. He's done a fantastic job. We are so lucky to have him. He has been absolutely instrumental in what we have done. He is an awesome guy on our staff and crucially important to our future, as well."

"And let me say this, too," Carroll continued.  "We don't ever call a play thinking we might throw an interception.  I don't ever think that, just like [the 11-yard TD pass to Chris Matthews] with six seconds to go in the half. We go with what we know. There was not a thought in my mind that we would make a mistake on [the interception] play. It was a tremendous play by the guy on the other side."

Carroll gave credit to Butler for making the play on second down, but wouldn't second-guess himself.

"One of those downs we were likely to throw the ball and maybe two of those downs," Carroll said, "depending on how we had to save the clock to get in all of our plays. It wasn't just run the ball. That wasn't what the thought was."

Seattle has opened up as the favorite to win Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.

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Browns’ Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment center on Wednesday.

"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns."

"We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same," he continued.

ESPN.com interviewed numerous Browns sources who made reference that Manziel was partying too hard. His party habits have been much scrutinized since his days at Texas A&M.

After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel became a lightning rod in the media and sports world. He was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick in the first round.

He struggled his rookie season, throwing for 175 yards in five games with one total touchdown.

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ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release

ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Unhappy with his playing time, ESPN reports that wide receiver Lance Moore has requested release his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It didn't go the way I'd hoped it would go, but that's life in the NFL sometimes," Moore said Jan. 5 after the Steelers were eliminated in an AFC wild-card game. "It's unfortunate that it unfolded the way that it did, but I enjoyed my time here this season.

"I just want to play...whether that's here or somewhere else," he continued. "I'd love to be here, I'd love to be a part of this offense, but I think those are decisions that have to be made down the line."

Last March, Moore signed a two-year deal with the Steelers worth $3 million. The Steelers will only have to pay $322,500 towards their cap if he is indeed granted his release.

Just two seasons ago, the 31-year-old Moore had 1,041 yards for the New Orleans Saints. In 2014, Moore caught just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

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Report: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman Could Need Tommy John Surgery

Report: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman Could Need Tommy John SurgerySteve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not only did the Seattle Seahawks lose Super Bowl XLIX in heartbreaking fashion, Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman reportedly played with torn ligaments in his left elbow that could result in him undergoing Tommy...

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