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Vince Young Announces Retirement

Vince Young Announces Retirement

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He has not played since 2011, but Vince Young announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. Young played parts of six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
Young was the third overall pick in 2006 by the Titans and was named Rookie of the Year, starting immediately. The former Texas Longhorn was also selected to the Pro Bowl in both 2006 and 2009. The 31-year-old threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career.
After not playing in 2013, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers and was later signed by the Cleveland Browns May 1. Cleveland also signed Tyler Thigpen that day before releasing Young after they drafted Johnny Manziel. 
Althought he signed a rookie contract that guaranteed him just under $27 million, Young suffered from financial issues his entire career and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. 
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Chiefs Release Pro Bowl Corner Flowers

Chiefs Release Pro Bowl Corner Flowers

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Brandon Flowers, Pro Bowl corner for Kansas City, was released by the team on Friday. Flowers had started for each of the past six seasons for the Chiefs.
Flowers had not been attending offseason practices with the Chiefs, causing many to speculate that he was not happy with the franchise. The cornerback took to twitter on Friday saying “thanks to the Hunt family for the 6 years in Kansas City”. 
“We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” a statement released from new general manager John Dorsey said. “It’s in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career.”
Marcus Cooper has replaced Flowers in the starting lineup during offseason workouts.
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Chuck Noll, Legendary Steelers Coach, Dead at 82

Chuck Noll, Legendary Steelers Coach, Dead at 82

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl titles, has passed away at the age of 82. The Alleghany County Medical Examiner confirmed that Noll had died of natural causes.
After playing seven season in the NFL, all with the Cleveland Browns, Noll began his ascent to one of the greatest coaches in league history as the defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960. Noll spent three years as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Colts who set a record for fewest points allowed in 1968.
A year later he would be named the 14th head coach in Steelers history, a team that had eight consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival. Pittsburgh won the first of four Super Bowl titles in 1975 before winning three more championships in 1976, 1979, and 1980.
In 23 seasons, Noll was 209-156-1 including the postseason. He was inducted into the professional football Hall of Fame in 1993.
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Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks have loaded up on defense again.  Seattle and defensive tackle Kevin Williams agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The one-year deal is worth $2 million, according to league sources.
The six-time Pro Bowler spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and started 15 games last season in a difficult year for the team.
Seattle will have their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday.
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Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Steelers recognize they need to keep their offensive line in tact if they want to get back to the playoffs. In an effort to do so, they’ve rewarded center Maurkice Pouncey with a five-year extension.
Pouncey is one of the NFL’s richest offensive lineman. His new extension is worth $44 million, including $13 million in guaranteed money.
In new money, Pouncey is the NFL’s highest-paid center at $8.8 million. His new deal will pay him $48 million over the next six years.
The 24-year-old Pouncey was selected 18th overall by the Steelers in the 2010 Draft. Since coming to Pittsburgh, he’s been one of the best at his position.
Pouncey is also fortunate because about nine months ago, he suffered a torn ACL.
Maurkice’s twin brother, Mike, is a center for the Miami Dolphins and has been vocal in his desire for a new contract as well.
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Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the subject of media scrutiny thanks to how he’s spent his time away from the football field since getting drafted. His head coach, Mike Pettine, has no issues with how his new quarterback is spending his time off.
“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said Tuesday after the Browns minicamp practice. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal, and I would be concerned if it affected his job.”
Photos have surfaced recently of Manziel partying in Vegas and attending other events that have seen paparazzi follow him like he’s a Hollywood celebrity.
If Pettine was concerned about Manziel’s behavior this offseason, he admits it’d be hypocritical.
“I was involved with an event this weekend,” Pettine said, “and if there were cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. We had a good time but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of something that involves breaking the law or we feel is a potential problem. we’ll step in.”
Manziel was selected 22nd overall by the Browns.
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Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with the loss of a defensive starter before training camp has even started as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
The team had been holding out Weatherspoon from organized team activities as he recovered from a knee injury. He apparently was running with the medical staff when he suffered the injury.
“We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”
Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he’s entering the final year of his contract with the team, leaving his future in Atlanta up in the air.
The 26-year-old Weatherspoon has played just 16 games in one season in his four NFL seasons.
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Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans signed the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Friday.
The Houston Chronicle reports the deal is for four years, includes a fifth-year option, and is fully guarenteed. The Chronicle also reports the contract is worth $22.272 million and comes with a signing bonus worth $14.518 million.
The 6-foot-5, 266 pound Clowney played three seasons at South Carolina where he recorded 24 sacks including a school record 13 in 2012. The two-time first-team All-Southeastern conference selection finished his college career with 130 tackles, 24 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss and nine forced fumbles.
Clowney, who played defensive end in college, is transitioning to outside linebacker in Houston’s 3-4 system.
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Pete Carroll Takes a Shot at the 49ers

Pete Carroll Takes a Shot at the 49ers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is still committed to the run game in 2014.
Coming off their Super Bowl run, the Seahawks have put their win over the Broncos in February in the past and are focusing on one practice and one week at a time headed into September.
“We want to run the football whenever we want to,” Carroll said on Wednesday the team’s annual Town Hall meeting with fans, according to the Seattle Times.  “We are an absolutely committed running football team.”
The Seahawks will square off against the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game and Carroll was asked about their head coach, Jim Harbaugh.

“[He's] a great coach and we love beating him,” Carroll said.
The 62-year-old coach signed a contract extension in April that will keep him with the Seahawks through the 2016 season.
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NFL Suspends Giants Cornerback Jayron Hosley for Four Games

NFL Suspends Giants Cornerback Jayron Hosley for Four Games

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — All of the sudden, the New York Giants defensive backfield is a lot thinner as the NFL has suspended cornerback Jayron Hosley for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s drug policy.
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Joey Logano: NASCAR’s Safer than the NFL

Joey Logano: NASCAR’s Safer than the NFL

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — NASCAR driver Joey Logano believes that his sport is safer than the NFL.  
“We take a hit maybe once every 15 races or so, on average, and these guys are taking hits on every play,” said Logano when he visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. “So I feel like my sport’s a lot safer.”
“We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour thinking that, but I’d much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me,” he added.
Logano, who has two Sprint Cup victories this season, said drivers also have more protection around them inside the car than football players in regards to safety.
“There’s areas that we have to improve on. I don’t think there’s as much area in football to improve on,” Logano said. “Obviously you got your pads, you got your helmets, stuff like that, but you’re still going to get hit every time.”
“There’s still going to be big guys hitting you, and obviously when you get all that adrenaline going, those hits don’t become softer. I think they are big and that’s just a big difference. You are kind of comparing apples to oranges on that.”
NASCAR comes to Michigan on June 15 for the Quicken Loans 400.
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Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been limited at the team’s organized activities, but he’s battling the coaching and training staff about when he’ll get to participate in full 11-on-11 drills.
Hoyer has spent all offseason recovering from a surgically repaired right knee that he injured in October and has been limited to just a shotgun position where defenders let up while pass rushing.
“You never want to see someone else doing your job,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “That’s the biggest thing for me. I feel I’m ready, and I know a lot of people who come back from this injury talk about the mental aspect. I think I’ve conquered that months ago.”
“So I know [the coaches and medical staff] emphasized it’s the best thing in my interest and for the team, but as the competitor in me, I want to be out there with my guys, calling the plays and running them.”
Hoyer understands the importance of being on the field with a team that just drafted former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“My argument is OTAs, are they that important? For me, they are. This isn’t my third year in this offense. I’m trying to get out there and read plays that I haven’t ever run before,” Hoyer said.  “I understand what’s at stake. I’m not stupid. I don’t want to get hurt here and not even be in training camp. I also know how much it means to be taking these reps right now.”
Hoyer wants to start working with the offense in full drills so he can implement himself in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“The NFL is a copycat league, so some of the plays I’m running with Kyle when I was in New England we stole from Kyle just to put in our offense,” Hoyer said. “So there’s a lot of things that have carryover, but there’s certain things Kyle runs that I’ve never run before. So I’ve been begging to get those reps because I want to make the mistakes in OTAs, not when it comes to training camp.”
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Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 29-year-old Sims spent the previously two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he compiled 86 tackles with one forced fumble in 22 games.
Sims was originally drafted out of Florida State by the Lions with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent four years in Detroit, where he accumulated over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons. He recorded a career-high 172 tackles in 2007.
The Cardinals finished the 2013 season with the sixth overall defense in the league.
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Giants Waive Safety Will Hill

Giants Waive Safety Will Hill

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants have had enough of safety Will Hill as the team has decided to waive the safety after being suspended a third time by the NFL in the past three years.
On Friday, the NFL suspended Hill for six g…

Dan Marino Files Lawsuit Against NFL

Dan Marino Files Lawsuit Against NFL

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Dan Marino is one of 15 former NFL players that have filed a concussion-related lawsuit against the league. The Hall of Fame quarterback and 14 other plaintiffs filed the suit in federal court in Philadelphia last week.
While the lawsuit does not specifically state any medical issues for any of the plaintiffs, it does seek undisclosed damages and special medical monitoring.
Marino retired in 1999 and joins a group of almost 5,000 other players who have sued the NFL for misleading players about the long-term effects of concussions.
The league continues to deny those claims while more and more of it’s former athletes come forward against the NFL. A settlement between the league and its players was reached last August, giving more than $765 million to the original plaintiffs. In January, that settlement was rejected by a federal judge.
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Giants Safety Will Hill Suspended 6 Games by the NFL

Giants Safety Will Hill Suspended 6 Games by the NFL

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Giants safety Will Hill has been suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Hill tried to appeal the decision, but was ultimately denied. The NFL could have suspended him for the entire season, so he is fortunate that his suspension was merely six games.
This is Hill’s third suspension by the NFL. In October 2012, Hill was suspended by the league for testing positive for a performance enhancing subject which was later revealed as adderall.
The third came back in 2013 when Hill was suspended four games for violating the substance-abuse policy. He admitted the positive test was for marijuana.
Despite his immense talent, Hill has had trouble staying on the field during his brief NFL career.
In 12 games for the Giants last season, Hill recorded 77 tackles along with two interceptions.
Other than the initial announcement, the Giants declined further comment on the situation.
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Giants Release Quarterback Josh Freeman

Giants Release Quarterback Josh Freeman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Josh Freeman era is already over in New York as the Giants have cut the quarterback just six weeks after signing him as a backup to starter Eli Manning.
With Manning back practicing at OTA’s the team now has three healthy quarterbacks in he, Curtis Painter, and Ryan Nassib.
Not too long ago, Freeman was considered one of the up-and-coming stars in the NFL after he was selected in the first-round of the 2009 Draft out of Kansas State by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last season, he feuded with head coach Greg Schiano before he was ultimately released mid-season. He wound up signing with the Minnesota Vikings, but started just one game for the team, which happen to come against the Giants.
Freeman’s lack of ability to learn the Vikings offense did him in with Minnesota, and reportedly, Freeman had trouble picking up the Giants offense as well.
 Still just 26-years-old, Freeman has thrown 80 touchdowns during his career, but has also thrown 67 interceptions.
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Saints Safety Jairus Byrd to Undergo Back Surgery

Saints Safety Jairus Byrd to Undergo Back Surgery

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) — One of highest-profile free agents this off-season is set to undergo back surgery as New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd is set to go under the knife.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said that Byrd will probably miss all of OTA’s as well as minicamps over the next month.
“This is something after the doctors looked at it, and the specialists out in [Los Angeles] looked at it, [they] felt this was one scenario that would kind of take care of it rather than try to [keep managing it],” Payton said of Byrd’s surgery. “If it was during the season, you wouldn’t go through the procedure. You would treat it symptomatically then.”
Byrd is a three-time Pro Bowl player, and is one of the best at his position. Earlier in the off-season, the Saints signed Byrd to a six-year deal worth $54 million, with $20.03 million of that guaranteed.
The 27-year-old Byrd spent all five seasons of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Saints.
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Woodley: Raiders Are Still a Playoff Contender

Woodley: Raiders Are Still a Playoff Contender

Al Bello/Getty Images(ALAMEDA) — Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley still believes that this current roster is a playoff team in 2014.
The Raiders reported to OTAs on Tuesday and Woodley backed up his comments from March about the team being a playoff contender.
“People definitely reacted when I said this was a playoff-caliber team,” Woodley said. “That should always be the main objective. If your goal is to go 8-8, I don’t want you on my team. We’re aiming for the top. Anything less is unacceptable.”
Woodley believes that the team has a lot of potential, with new veterans brought in that include quarterback Matt Schaub.
“After going back and looking at Raiders games from last year, they were in a lot of close games and couldn’t seal the deal,” Woodley said. “During the offseason, they brought in guys who know how to win. You need that attitude to get to the next level.”
Woodley spent his first seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before coming to Oakland this offseason.
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ESPN: Cowboys LB Sean Lee Has Torn ACL

ESPN: Cowboys LB Sean Lee Has Torn ACL

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was told on Tuesday that he tore his left ACL and will probably miss the entire 2014 season, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Lee was hurt during the team’s first organized activity workout when he was blocked to the ground by offensive lineman Zack Martin. Lee needed to be helped to the locker room by the members of the Cowboys’ training staff.

Lee had an MRI Tuesday and while the Cowboys haven’t made an official statement, ESPN says Lee was told the MRI confirmed the tear in his anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee.

This isn’t the first time Lee tore an ACL. In 2008, while at Penn State, Lee tore his right ACL and in 2009 he partially tore his left ACL.

“Sean has had to deal with injuries throughout college and also here in the NFL,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “He really does everything he can to get himself ready to play. Unfortunately, he had to deal with a few of those things, but he’s as mentally tough as an individual I’ve ever been around. Whatever the circumstances are, he always puts his best foot forward and strives to be his best. I don’t anticipate this being any different.”
The 27-year-old Lee has played in 46 games during four seasons with the Cowboys. During that time Lee has compiled 193 tackles, 11 interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
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