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Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Snee is reportedly ready to hang up his cleats and shoulder pads. A source close to the New York Giants lineman says he has scheduled a meeting for Monday morning with team officials to tell them he’s considering retiring.

While his final decision is not 100% made, the 32-year-old would not be able to start the season on time anyway thanks to a longer than expected recovery from elbow surgery in November.

After missing the team’s minicamp in June because of the extended rehab, New York and Snee each began weighing their options. The Giants gave the majority of reps to third-year player Brandon Mosley while also letting their second-round pick, Weston Richburg, see some time.

Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler, could be entering his 11th season as an offensive lineman for the Giants.

Snee played just three games in 2013 and was placed on injured reserve on October 4 due to an ailing hip injury. The 2004 draft pick out of Boston College helped the Giants to two Super Bowls in his 10-year career. He is also the son-in-law of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games on Friday after an independent investigation found Priefer made a homophobic comment in the 2012 season.

In a statement released by team owner Ziggy Wolf and president Mark Wilf, the Vikings apologized for the incident. 

“In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.”

Allegations over an alleged anti-gay comment came from former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed that he was released by the organization because of his advocacy for the LGBT community. While the report found Priefer had made disparaging comments, no evidence was obtained to support Kluwe’s claim as to why he was released.

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49ers Reward Tackle Joe Staley with Two-Year Extension

49ers Reward Tackle Joe Staley with Two-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — One of the strengths of the San Francisco 49ers is their offensive line, which is why they’re rewarding tackle Joe Staley with a two-year extension that will run through the 2019 season.
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Calvin Johnson: ‘We Need to Win a Super Bowl’

Calvin Johnson: ‘We Need to Win a Super Bowl’

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Detroit Lions Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team needs to come through big in 2014.

Johnson joined the NFL Network on Wednesday and said the expectations are simple, Super Bowl or bust.

“We need to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. That’s the No. 1 thing [and] should be for every team going into the beginning of the year.”

“We’re definitely in a place where we feel we could do that.”

Johnson will be playing for new head coach Jim Caldwell after the Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz in the offseason.

“It’s an overall change and vibe here, and we love it,” Johnson said of working under Caldwell. “We’re going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he’s helped bring us together, and we’re doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going.”

Johnson had 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and pulled in 12 touchdowns last season.

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Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continues to find himself in trouble. Already facing a possible year-long ban, Gordon was arrested Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone around 3 a.m. Saturday. While no official word was given as to whether the impairment was alcohol or drug related, WNCN in Raleigh reported that the wide out’s blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.

Gordon was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. Neither Gordon, nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus, had a comment on the arrest.

“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time,” Brown general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement.

The 23-year-old could be banned for the entire upcoming season after failing a second drug test. Gordon was suspended four games in 2013 for what he said was the use of codeine.

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NFL Suspends Colts’ LaVon Brazill for Entire Season

NFL Suspends Colts’ LaVon Brazill for Entire Season

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The NFL has announced that they’ve suspended Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill without pay for the entire 2014 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

This is the second time in his career that Brazill has been suspended by the NFL. He was banned the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the same policy.

Last summer when his first suspension was announced, Brazill said “it’s either money or marijuana. I know any of you would choose money any day.”

The latest suspension puts Brazill’s future with the Colts, and even in the NFL, in serious jeopardy.

The 25-year-old Brazill was entering his third NFL season, all with the Colts. He was battling it out for one of the final roster spots to make the team.

In 2013, he caught 12 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

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Ravens Trade Linebacker Rolando McClain to the Cowboys

Ravens Trade Linebacker Rolando McClain to the Cowboys

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dallas Cowboys are so desperate for defensive help, they’ve acquired now un-retired linebacker Rolando McClain from the Baltimore Ravens.

Dallas sent Baltimore a 2015 sixth-round pick while Baltimore will also send over a 2015 seventh-round pick.

McClain retired in April because he claimed he had lost his passion for football. His agent, Pat Dye, thinks McClain can resurrect his career in Dallas with the recent injury to starter Sean Lee.

“I see and Rolando sees the Dallas situation as a great opportunity given Sean’s injury and you’re talking about a great franchise and a great organization,” Dye said. “I’ve described to any of the clients we’ve had through the years there, Emmitt Smith, Dexter Coakley, DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Keith Brooking, DeMarco Murray, that playing for the Cowboys in football is kind of like playing for the Yankees in baseball. Just an iconic franchise.

The 24-year-old McClain was the eighth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders back in the 2010 Draft out of Alabama.

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Chiefs OL Watkins Suspended Four Games

Chiefs OL Watkins Suspended Four Games

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The NFL suspended Kansas City Chiefs’ Rokevious Watkins for the first four games of the 2014 season for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. The reserve offensive lineman will not receive pay during his suspension.

Watkins will be allowed to partake in training camp and preseason games with the suspension beginning on Sept. 7 when the Chiefs open the year at home against Tennessee. Watkins will also miss games against Denver (9/14), Miami (9/21), and New England (9/29). He is eligible to return following the Monday night game against the Patriots.

After playing three games last season, starting one for Kansas City, Watkins was competing for a backup role with the Chiefs. Three offensive lineman have been signed away as free agents in the offseason.

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Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Buffalo Bills suffered a hit to their defense on Tuesday.  Top linebacker Kiko Alonso is expected to miss the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL injury.

“We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league’s outstanding rookies in 2013,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement on Wednesday.

Alonso was recovering from hip surgery this offseason. 

Alonso won the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and finished third in combined tackles.

The Bills begin training camp on July 18.

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Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys acquired linebacker Rolando McClain in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Dallas sent a 2015 sixth-round pick to Baltimore in return for McClain and Baltimore’s 2015 seventh-round pick.

McClain was selected out of Alabama with the eighth overall pick by the Raiders in 2010. He eventually was released by the Raiders after multiple arrests and other off-field issues.
                                                               
McClain signed with the Ravens in 2013 but retired before playing a game. The NFL reinstated McClain in March 2014 after the linebacker communicated that he wanted to play, but McClain decided to retire again soon after. But again the itch to play came back again, and McClain was officially taken off the reserve/ retired list Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                    
The addition of McClain helps the Cowboys replace linebacker Sean Lee, who tore his ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
                                                                                                                           

The 24-year-old McClain has played in 41 NFL games. During that time, he had 175 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 17 passes defended.

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Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised and ready to be the starter come Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manziel said at the end of his first offseason training program on Friday that he expects to be the starter over Brian Hoyer.

“Absolutely,” Manziel said.  “I want to play. That’s what anybody wants to do. Anybody that’s been a starter in the past, and been playing, they want to play,” he said. “To say I don’t want to be the starter, that would be ridiculous.

“I absolutely want to start, that’s my goal. Hopefully I can achieve that.”

Manziel credited Hoyer’s work ethic and said that he can learn a lot from a quarterback that was an understudy to Tom Brady in New England.

“What I can learn from him, from a routine standpoint, from a knowledge standpoint, and where I need to get to,” Manziel said. “When camp starts, I’ll have a better grasp of the playbook. It won’t feel like I’m brand new to everything. But still, I think everything coach Pettine said was spot on, that Brian obviously is ahead — he’s been doing this a lot longer than I have. I’m a rookie, and so I have a lot of ground to catch up on.”

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Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sees that emerging receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of becoming a star.
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Jaguars Sign Blake Bortles

Jaguars Sign Blake Bortles

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed their rookie quarterback Blake Bortles on Wednesday.

Bortles was drafted by the team with the No. 3 pick and signed a four-year contract worth $20.65 million.

“It’s awesome,” Bortles told Jaguars.com on Wednesday. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing to sign your first contract, it’s a cool feeling.” 

Chad Henne is scheduled to be the starter in 2014, but Bortles is taking everything in stride as he prepares for training camp in July.

“I’m trying to get better each and every day and trying to improve what I can do,” Bortles told the website.

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Giants’ Jon Beason Fractures Foot, May Miss Season Opener

Giants’ Jon Beason Fractures Foot, May Miss Season Opener

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants defensive players continue to drop like flies. This time linebacker Jon Beason injured his right foot during OTAs, suffering a ligament tear and a small fracture.

Beason will be further inspected by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Unfortunately for Beason and the Giants, his status for the team’s season-opener Sept. 8 against Detroit Lions is up in the air.

“The prognosis is ‘X’ amount of time and [the Sept. 8 opener] is within that time frame,” Beason said in a statement. “I expect to be back [for that game]. If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 [games played], maybe it’s 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one.”

After struggling with injuries with the Carolina Panthers, the Giants traded for the former Pro Bowler. He then played like his old self, making 93 tackles for the club in 12 games.

The Giants resigned Beason to a three-year deal worth $16.8 million earlier in the offseason.

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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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