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  • California legislation responds to cheerleader lawsuits

    July 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

  • Judge weighing Missouri lawmaker lawsuit over Rams stadium

    June 30, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A Missouri state lawmaker asked a judge to block Gov. Jay Nixon from working on plans to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis, calling the effort a misuse of taxpayer dollars for an ''illegal purpose.''Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City represented a group six lawmakers suing Nixon and officials who oversee the current Rams stadium. They want to block Nixon and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority from taking action on a new stadium, saying they don't have the authority to do so.

  • California bill seeks to make cheerleaders team employees

    June 29, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees.The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees.

  • Eagles sign guard John Moffitt to 1-year deal

    June 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have signed guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract and released guard Cole Manhart.The 6-foot-4, 319-pound Moffitt was drafted by Seattle in the third round in 2011 and last played in the NFL two years ago with Denver.

  • Hyundai replaces General Motors as NFL auto sponsor

    June 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The National Football League is getting a new official automotive sponsor: Hyundai.The Korean automaker announced the sponsorship deal Monday, replacing General Motors Co. The deal gives Hyundai the ability to use NFL trademarks in its marketing and access to big events year-round such as the Super Bowl, playoffs and the widely watched draft of college players.

  • Report: Michigan, Pipkins in disagreement over health

    June 26, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins tells ESPN.com he plans to transfer, and he says the Wolverines' staff asked him to sign a medical scholarship form that would have halted his career.Pipkins says doctors initially said he has arthritis in his knee but should not be disqualified from competition. Pipkins says he was later sent by Michigan back to his knee surgeon, who then recommended he rest for six months.

  • Hernandez co-defendant's attorney says police were coercive

    June 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) An attorney for a man who was charged with murder along with ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez argued Friday that police coerced him to answer questions in the investigation and the information should not be allowed into evidence.

  • Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston: 'I'm just moving forward'

    June 26, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Jameis Winston knows there are always eyes on him - watching, dissecting and waiting for him to make a mistake.The spotlight doesn't leave, and Winston wants to shine in it.''It's about my actions,'' the Tampa Buccaneers rookie said while attending a youth football clinic. ''I got to be a quarterback. When I'm off the field, I got to be a quarterback. When I'm on the field, I've got to be a quarterback. I know people are going to look at me in each and every way.

  • Hernandez co-defendants appear in court on murder charges

    June 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Two men accused of joining with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to kill a man in 2013 have appeared in court for the first time since Hernandez's murder conviction.Attorneys for Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz discussed trial dates Friday at Bristol County Superior Court. Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder.

  • Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston: 'I'm moving forward'

    June 26, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston knows he'll never escape scrutiny following multiple off-field incidents in college, but he's trying to ''be a better person'' as he embarks on his NFL career.The No. 1 overall pick says he's not looking back at his days at Florida State. The former Heisman Trophy winner had a string of problems in school, including a rape accusation that was dismissed after prosecutors cited problems with a police investigation.

  • Confidence biggest lesson at Pellerin's summer camp

    June 26, 2015

    MADISON, Miss. (AP) Sporting a straw hat to ward off the sun, Cleveland Browns defensive back Micah Pellerin keeps a watchful eye on the middle school kids racing across a football field in this historic Mississippi railroad town.The blazing morning sun already has temperatures into the 90s, so Pellerin and his former high school teammate Joe Marquez keep tabs on repetitions for each fundamental drill. They mix in frequent water and rest breaks, plus encouragement and smiles. Lots of smiles.

  • Aaron Hernandez co-defendants due in court on murder charges

    June 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Two men accused of joining with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to kill a man in 2013 are due in court, the first time they will appear since Hernandez was convicted of murder in April.Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz are scheduled for status conferences Friday at Bristol County Superior Court. Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder.

  • Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin finishes 4th at nationals

    June 26, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin almost had a convenient excuse to miss some of training camp.Oh well, the long jumper can now leap into the Rex Ryan era without distractions. Goodwin finished fourth at the U.S. championships Thursday night, just missing out on a spot at worlds. His best attempt was 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches - or about a yard shy of a first down. Marquis Dendy of Florida won at 28-5 3/4.

  • Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities in Las Vegas have charged Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.The criminal complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court charges Sapp with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18 months in jail if he's convicted.

  • NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities in Las Vegas have charged NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.The criminal complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court charges Sapp with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18 months in jail if he's convicted.

  • New Pitt AD Barnes focusing on football

    June 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes has been on the job less than two weeks, yet the new Pittsburgh athletic director already has a clear vision about what should be the top item of his ''to do'' list. It's the same as the second. And the third. And the fourth.

  • Ex-Detroit Lions coach Tommy Hudspeth dies at 83

    June 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Tommy Hudspeth, a Detroit Lions coach in the 1970s who also coached in college at BYU and UTEP, has died at 83.His death was announced Thursday by the Toronto Argonauts, for whom he once worked as coach and general manager. The CFL team said he died Tuesday of cancer.

  • NFL players union complains about Pats disciplining Butler

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL Players Association has complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts.NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently.

  • Tennessee Titans' home field to be renamed Nissan Stadium

    June 25, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans' home field is changing its name from LP Field to Nissan Stadium.Officials from the Titans and Nissan announced Thursday a 20-year partnership that renames Nashville's downtown stadium. The naming rights are subject to approval by the NFL and Metro Government Authority.

  • Bills receiver Goodwin on track for long jump at nationals

    June 25, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin spent the offseason running various slants, fades, screens and curls. His favorite? The ''go'' route.As in, go to the U.S. championships this week and try to earn a spot for worlds in the long jump. Goodwin needs to leap about a yard shy of a first down Thursday night for a chance to make the American squad.

  • Judge says ex-NFL star's co-defendant should get more info

    June 25, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A co-defendant of former NFL star Darren Sharper in a federal drug and sexual assault case is entitled to more information about witnesses and specific allegations being made by prosecutors who claim there was an attempt to keep witnesses from testifying in the case, a judge ruled Thursday.

  • Benson's daughter, grandchildren appeal competency ruling

    June 24, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The daughter and grandchildren of Tom Benson are appealing last week's ruling that found the Saints and Pelicans owner mentally competent to make his own business decisions.The appeal from daughter Renee Benson and her children, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc, was filed Wednesday.

  • Brady waiting for Goodell decision after 10-hour hearing

    June 24, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) It's back to the waiting game for Tom Brady.After making his case in a 10-hour hearing, Brady's fate is in the hands of Roger Goodell. Just when the NFL commissioner will announce his decision to uphold, reduce or eliminate Brady's four-game suspension in ''Deflategate'' is uncertain.

  • NFL concussion awards on hold amid appeals through this fall

    June 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall.About 90 former players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia. The settlement covers about 21,000 NFL retirees.

  • Ex-NFL coach Haslett hired as Penn State's 'sounding board'

    June 24, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The coach who guided the New Orleans Saints through Hurricane Katrina has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant.Penn State says Jim Haslett will work with its offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a ''sounding board'' for the staff.

  • NFL concussion awards on hold through this fall amid appeals

    June 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall.Dozens of ex-players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

  • Curry and James up for best male athlete at ESPY Awards

    June 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Stephen Curry and LeBron James are going head-to-head again not long after battling for the NBA title.The Golden State Warriors champ and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar are among the nominees for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards. Serena Williams leads the list of nominees for best female athlete.

  • After appeal, what's next in Brady deflated football saga?

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.The league suspended Brady for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • Brady appeal hearing ends after more than 10 hours

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • Brady appeal continues into evening at NFL offices

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With thunder clouds erupting over the city, Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union continued meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters into the evening Tuesday as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.

  • Life's playbook: NFL schools rookies on being a professional

    June 23, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) To prepare rookies for life as professionals, the NFL is again providing a crash course filled with seminars, testimonials and advice on how to navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune.All the league really had to do was have the new players look at Commissioner Roger Goodell's appointment book Tuesday.

  • Brady appeal continues into late afternoon at NFL offices

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union have been meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters for much of Tuesday as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • Confederate flag case cited in Redskins trademark battle

    June 23, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week on license plates and the Confederate flag could be bad news for the Washington Redskins.Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Redskins' name and trademark say their case has been strengthened by the decision, which found that Texas was not required to issue specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag.

  • NFL schooling rookies on life as professionals

    June 23, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The NFL is again schooling its rookies on the pitfalls of professional life during a four-day symposium designed to make them better players and people.For the 17th straight year, the league is holding an orientation program focusing on financial responsibility, personal conduct, social media and other topics. The symposium includes guest speakers, including current and former players who provide firsthand accounts of situations they've faced, true stories that can have profound impact.

  • Only Jaguars mascot in team history retires after 19 years

    June 23, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) For the second time in franchise history, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a new mascot.Or at least someone new to wear the ''Jaxson de Ville'' costume.Curtis Dvorak, who has been ''The Cat'' since the mascot's inception in 1996, announced Tuesday that he is retiring after 19 seasons.

  • Judge hears arguments on Redskins trademark battle

    June 23, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Washington Redskins' trademark say their case has been strengthened by a recent Supreme Court ruling on license plates and the Confederate flag.A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit.

  • Brady appeal begins at NFL headquarters

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • LeBeau, Moore, Scarnecchia win PFWA award

    June 22, 2015

    Hall of Fame coach Dick LeBeau, and Tom Moore and Dante Scarnecchia have won the Paul ''Dr. Z'' Zimmerman Award from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).The award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL and named for Zimmerman, who covered the NFL for 29 years.

  • Lions sign veteran safety Taylor Mays

    June 22, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Taylor Mays.The team announced the move Monday. Mays is entering his sixth NFL season after stints with San Francisco in 2010 and Cincinnati from 2011-14. He played in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, primarily as a special teams contributor.

  • Time for Brady to present his case in suspension appeal

    June 23, 2015

    When Tom Brady's appeal hearing kicks off Tuesday, key arguments will be about who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league's findings about deflated footballs.The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the New England Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFL Players Association challenged Vincent's power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

  • Browns awarded Terrelle Pryor, will try him at receiver

    June 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Terrelle Pryor believes he can be an NFL wide receiver. The Browns are giving him a chance to catch on with them.Pryor, who has made 10 pro starts at quarterback, was awarded on waivers to Cleveland on Monday and the Browns intend to give him a shot at making their roster as a wideout.

  • Judge blocks contact with juror in Hernandez murder case

    June 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A judge is barring both sides of the completed Aaron Hernandez murder case from contacting one of the jurors who convicted the former New England Patriots star tight end of a 2013 killing.The order follows concerns from a Hernandez lawyer that the juror might have been ''untruthful'' during jury selection. Lawyer James Sultan said in earlier court records he received an anonymous tip that the juror had been present for a discussion about a separate Boston double-murder case Hernandez is also charged in.

  • Richardson gives 0,000 to families of Charleston shooting

    June 20, 2015

    Jerry Richardson, the owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, has donated 0,000 to the families of the Charleston shooting to help cover burial costs of the victims.Richardson sent a letter to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund dated Friday along with a check for 0,000.

  • Patriots sign top draft pick, DL Malcom Brown of Texas

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed their first-round draft pick, defensive lineman Malcom Brown from Texas.The Patriots chose Brown with the 32nd pick after his three-year college career in which he had 8 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and 165 tackles in 39 games, 26 of them starts.

  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer dies at 77

    June 30, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77.Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week.

  • Steelers cited as top public relations staff

    June 30, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for having the most efficient public relations staff in the NFL.The award, named for the NFL commissioner from 1960-89, is given to the club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. Rozelle himself was a publicist for three years with the Rams.

  • Raiders sign 2nd-round pick Mario Edwards Jr.

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round pick defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. to a rookie contract.With the deal announced Friday, the Raiders have now signed all 10 of their draft picks.Edwards was selected 35th overall out of Florida State. In three seasons in college, Edwards had eight sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Edwards also helped the Seminoles win the 2013 BCS National Championship.

  • Titans sign 3rd-round draft pick Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have signed rookie offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah, leaving quarterback Marcus Mariota as their only draft pick still unsigned.The Titans announced Poutasi's signing Friday.The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Poutasi was the 66th selection overall when the Titans drafted him in the third round. Poutasi started 35 of his 36 games at Utah, spending his first season at right tackle as a true freshman before playing left tackle his final two seasons.

  • Polish prospect: Vikings give giant 27-year-old tackle a try

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Babatunde Aiyegbusi has limited American football experience in leagues in Germany and his native Poland. Yet the 27-year-old offensive tackle is getting a shot at the NFL.He is the latest example of the obsessive search by NFL teams for unknown talent, a hunt unbounded by U.S. borders. Hulking at 6-foot-9 and 350 pounds, it's a wonder how Aiyegbusi has ever been hidden.

  • Brady's legacy faces next step in appeal to Goodell

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he's a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals.All that has made the New England Patriots superstar the object of admiration and respect to some, jealousy and enmity to others.

  • Eagles coach Chip Kelly hit with K tab for penthouse rent

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been hit with a ,000 tab in a lease dispute over an ,000-a-month penthouse.A city judge sided with landlord Tempa Berish and found that Kelly failed to give notice he was moving out after a year.

  • Former Jets player gets probation in 'revenge porn' case

    June 30, 2015

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) A former New York Jets linebacker was sentenced to probation Friday in a case that invoked New Jersey's landmark ''revenge porn'' law.Jermaine Cunningham, an NFL free agent, pleaded guilty last month to charges including invasion of privacy and admitted to posting revealing photos of a woman online without her consent. Prosecutors said the woman was Cunningham's estranged girlfriend.

  • Saints see Spiller as perfect for Payton's playbook

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller spent much of his youth on baseball diamonds, where coaches sought to take advantage of his quick first step, range and sure hands by playing him at shortstop and center field.''I kind of credit my pass-catching ability to going from catching a baseball to a football,'' Spiller said during Saints minicamp this week.

  • Rivera pleased with QB Newton's development this offseason

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera said the Carolina Panthers are well ahead of where they were last season in terms of preparation for the season in large part due to the health of quarterback Cam Newton.Newton participated in all offseason practices this spring and has taken ''some really big steps,'' according to Rivera, the team's fifth-year coach.

  • Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson - and the current power structure he has set up - have cleared a crucial legal hurdle in a struggle for control of the NFL and NBA teams.A judge ruled Thursday that the 87-year-old Benson remains competent to run his nearly billion business empire as he sees fit. The ruling means Benson's decision to oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the sports franchises will stand.

  • QB Matthew Stafford not dwelling on tough playoff loss

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Matthew Stafford tries not to spend too much time thinking about how close his Detroit Lions came to an elusive victory in the postseason.''In this business, if you're thinking about what was, you've got issues,'' Stafford said. ''I feel like I've trained my body and my mind for as long as I've played quarterback to forget the last play, forget the last game, whatever it was, good or bad, and go forward.''

  • Russell Wilson remains silent on contract talks with Seattle

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson wouldn't budge much Thursday when asked about his ongoing contract negotiations after the Seattle Seahawks finished up minicamp.Wilson is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal, which is worth .5 million in 2015.

  • Texans extend contract of cornerback Johnathan Joseph

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Cornerback Johnathan Joseph has signed a contract extension with the Houston Texans.The two-time Pro Bowler was entering the final year of the contract he signed when he signed as a free agent in 2011. The new deal will keep him in Houston for the next three years.

  • Chiefs head toward July with stable coaching staff, QB

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With minicamp over, the Chiefs are set to experience two major firsts when the team reports for training camp in late July.The upcoming season marks the first time in 12 years the Chiefs have the same coaching staff for a third straight year.

  • Hamstring keeps Odell Beckham Jr. out at Giants minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. didn't have much of a minicamp with the New York Giants.Bothered again by a hamstring injury, the dynamic wide receiver spent the past three days working in straight lines with trainers; talking with the also-injured Victor Cruz; taking mental notes on the field; and soaking in classroom sessions for a second season in coordinator Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast offense.

  • Beasley ready to show Falcons they made right decision

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Now that Vic Beasley has signed a four-year rookie contract and finished his first mini-camp, the rookie defensive end is eager for the next phase of his development with the Atlanta Falcons.Beasley, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick, must wait until the start of training late next month to show his new coaches and teammates what he can do in pads.

  • Bengals waive QB Terrelle Pryor at end of minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals waived quarterback Terrelle Pryor at the conclusion of their minicamp on Thursday, leaving one less candidate for the job of backing up Andy Dalton.The former Ohio State quarterback signed with the Bengals on May 10 following a tryout during rookie camp. He was competing with AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for the backup job.

  • Cowboys QB Romo back strong, misses no offseason workouts

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tony Romo walked off the field after the Dallas Cowboys finished their final minicamp practice without stopping to speak with reporters.The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback said plenty by taking part in every organized offseason workout for the first time in three years.

  • WR Adams has Rodgers, Packers excited

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Davante Adams doesn't know what it means to be the Packers' offseason MVP. The second-year wide receiver knows this much: His coaches and teammates are excited about him.Now, he has more work to do.From coach Mike McCarthy to quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to the team's top wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the one player who seems to have everyone in Green Bay buzzing is Adams, the team's second-round pick a year ago.

  • Titans waive tight end Taylor Thompson after minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have waived tight end Taylor Thompson after wrapping up their three-day mandatory minicamp.The Titans announced the move Thursday.Thompson was a fifth-round draft pick by Tennessee in 2012 out of Southern Methodist where he played defensive line. The Titans switched him back to the tight end position he played in high school, and he played 35 games over the past three seasons catching 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

  • Coach says Titans look improved, need to show it on field

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Coach Ken Whisenhunt believes a Tennessee's revamped and younger roster makes the Titans an improved football team.Tight end Delanie Walker says the Titans certainly are better than a year ago when they went 2-14, noting Thursday that they should be at least a .500 team this season.

  • McCoy trying to help Bucs' Winston make transition to NFL

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Gerald McCoy remembers what it was like to enter the NFL on a struggling team lacking strong veteran leaders who rookies could rely on for guidance.That's one of the reasons the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle is eager to help No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston with his transition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Giants sign top draft pick, OT Ereck Flowers

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tackle Ereck Flowers, the New York Giants' top draft pick this year, has signed a four-year contract with the team.Flowers negotiated the deal himself, which the Giants announced Thursday at the end of their minicamp. He is slotted to make around .5 million with a signing bonus in the neighborhood of .7 million. The team holds an option on a fifth year.

  • Famed Bills receiver Reed joins team as coaching intern

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Legendary receiver Andre Reed is once again looking to make his mark with the Buffalo Bills.The Hall of Fame wide receiver joined his former team this week as a coaching intern. As part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Reed is one of seven coaches who will work with the team through training camp.

  • Lions release cornerback Bill Bentley

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have released cornerback Bill Bentley.A third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Bentley has played only 18 games for the Lions. He went on injured reserve after last year's season opener with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.

  • Adrian Peterson finding a new normal with Vikings

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson has been back on the football field, wearing that familiar purple No. 28 jersey and running through the plays that he ran last year before everything fell apart.After almost a full season away from the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson at first glance appeared to be restoring some normalcy his life. But after his child abuse case and discussions about his contract thrust fan criticism on him like he had never experienced before, getting back to ''normal'' may no longer be possible.

  • Bears sign Sherrod Martin, Daniel Thomas to 1-year deals

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have signed safety Sherrod Martin and running back Daniel Thomas to one-year contracts.Martin has appeared in 72 games with 38 starts over six seasons for Carolina (2009-13) and Jacksonville (2014). He has 195 tackles, eight interceptions, 22 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He played in 13 games for the Jaguars last season and had one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.

  • Ravens' Flacco adjusting to another offensive coordinator

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Another year, another offensive coordinator for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.Marc Trestman follows Gary Kubiak, who replaced Jim Caldwell, who took over for Cam Cameron.The one constant throughout the process is that no matter who's in charge of the offense, Flacco finds a way to win.

  • Jaguars receiver Robinson has been 'unbelievable' in OTAs

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson spent last season looking for a niche.Cecil Shorts III was the veteran of the receiving corps. Marqise Lee was the higher-drafted rookie. Allen Hurns was the team's biggest surprise.

  • Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire, a civil judge ruled Thursday as he dismissed accusations by Benson's estranged heirs who've been ousted from ownership positions with the clubs.

  • Cam Heyward stepping into leadership role with Steelers

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The ball slammed to the ground to end a spirited Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp and Cameron Heyward sprang to his feet.It wasn't just the joy of reaching the end of four sometimes tedious weeks of organized team activities. The Steelers defensive end actually kind of enjoys the deep dive into football minutiae and wasn't even on the field Thursday for the last play before training camp begins July 25.

  • Rams' LB Akeem Ayers picks up Super Bowl ring

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Rams' linebacker Akeem Ayers had a busy week, picking up a Super Bowl ring before returning to the practice field with his new teammates.The New England Patriots had a Super Bowl ring ceremony at owner Robert Kraft's house on Sunday. Ayers, who signed as a free agent with the Rams in the offseason, was back on the field by Tuesday for OTAs.

  • Ravens to stay on West Coast after facing Broncos, 49ers

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens will be staying out west during the regular season after playing in Denver and San Francisco.The Ravens open the season on Sept. 13 in Denver and play at Oakland the following week.Coach John Harbaugh says Thursday that instead of returning home after facing the Broncos, Baltimore will practice in the Bay area before taking on the Raiders.

  • Ball used in 2nd half of 'Deflategate' game auctioned

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A properly inflated ball from the game in which Tom Brady used underinflated footballs is up for auction.Bidding starts at ,000 in the auction running through July 17.An NFL-commissioned report found that during a halftime examination, 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots offense were under the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. The balls were re-inflated for the second half against the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Lions' Jason Jones dealing with undisclosed injury

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says defensive lineman Jason Jones has been dealing with an injury, but he didn't elaborate on what type.Jones has missed practice at minicamp this week. Caldwell says Thursday that Jones had ''a little bit of an injury that he got taken care of'' and he should be back in the fall.

  • Cardinals coach Arians wins PFWA's Horrigan Award

    June 30, 2015

    Arizona's Bruce Arians, the 2014 NFL Coach of the Year, has won the Jack Horrigan Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his cooperation with the media.Arians is the first member of the Cardinals to receive the honor. He was the league's top coach in 2012, when he served on an interim basis while Colts head coach Chuck Pagano battled leukemia. Arians joined the Cardinals the next season. In 2014, despite a slew of injuries, he led them to an 11-5 record and an NFC wild-card berth.

  • Dez Bryant joins Dallas Cowboys for last day of minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant has indicated that he would be willing to miss regular-season games without a new long-term contract from the Dallas Cowboys.The unsigned All-Pro receiver still couldn't stay away from the team on the last day of minicamp Thursday.

  • Panthers to hold joint practices with Dolphins during camp

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have announced they will have joint training camp practices with the Miami Dolphins this summer.The practices are scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in advance of the Dolphins-Panthers preseason game in Charlotte on Aug. 22.

  • Giants defensive back line: young and inexperienced

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) There are a lot of questions about the New York Giants' defense heading into Steve Spagnuolo's second stint as coordinator and none is more pressing than the safety spots.The Giants have gone from a veteran group that struggled last season to the young and inexperienced corps that features an oft-injured third-year pro, a second-year player without a career start and two draft picks.

  • Bill Callahan brings passion to Redskins

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Bill Callahan coached the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.Last season as Dallas won the NFC East for the first time in five years, Callahan was the coordinator and line coach for the NFL's second-ranked run offense.

  • Now a veteran, Bell can help rookies such as Abdullah

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Joique Bell remembers what it was like to be a rookie, when he was with Buffalo and roomed with first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller.As they prepared for the season, the two running backs were up late quizzing each other on the playbook.

  • Sudfeld clears waivers, placed on injured reserve by Jets

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have placed tight end Zach Sudfeld on season-ending injured reserve after he cleared waivers.The move Wednesday comes after Sudfeld was waived/injured earlier in the week because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered during minicamp practice last week. He was helped off the field after he went down when safety Calvin Pryor shoved him in the shoulder during non-contact drills.

  • Perriman appears to be a good catch for Ravens

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The tall, slender receiver sprints downfield as his dreadlocks flap from under his helmet. Hands outstretched, the rookie makes the catch and hustles the rest of the way into the end zone.This slice of action from the Baltimore Ravens' minicamp on Wednesday involved top draft pick Breshard Perriman. It very well could have been a scene from 2011, when Torrey Smith arrived and made an immediate impression with his speed and unyielding work ethic.

  • Tannehill, Dolphins look sharp during mini-camp practices

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked sharp during the second day of the Dolphins' mini-camp.He threw seven touchdown passes, three of them on consecutive plays during goal-line/red-zone work and had another on a long ball to Greg Jennings. Tannehill also connected with Jarvis Landry on a deep completion.

  • Falcons' Jones focused on new offense, not contract talks

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Julio Jones is learning there are more ways to go about his job in the Atlanta Falcons' new offense.The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver believes the way to do that is to show up for work every day, even though he is looking for a new contract.

  • Weddle works with Chargers while statements linger

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers coach Mike McCoy is focusing on the future and not All-Pro safety Eric Weddle.But as the Chargers concluded their minicamp on Wednesday - McCoy gave them Thursday off - Weddle's pointed remarks from Tuesday were still resonating.

  • Trevathan, Marshall aim to be back for training camp

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan is guaranteeing he won't re-injure the left kneecap that gave him so much trouble last season.How can he be so sure?Because, he revealed Wednesday, ''I've got a new kneecap. The old one is gone.''

  • Steelers' Grant given Ike Taylor's old No. 24

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers expected a lot from Doran Grant after they selected him in the fourth round of the draft. The 5-10, 200-pound cornerback hasn't let them down so far.Grant worked with the third secondary group during voluntary workouts and this week's minicamp and appears to be ready to take the next step in his development.

  • Galette says he'll meet with NFL about offseason arrest

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette said Wednesday that he'll meet with NFL officials by the end of the month about an offseason arrest that stemmed from a domestic disturbance at his New Orleans-area home.Galette, who had a team-leading 10 sacks in 2014, said he hoped his meeting at league headquarters in New York would go well because prosecutors dropped the case.

  • Pats defenders line up to replace departing Wilfork

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) For a day, at least, Vince Wilfork was with the Patriots again, to collect a Super Bowl ring at the home of team owner Robert Kraft.His presence at the celebration served as an immediate reminder that the leader won't be in Foxborough this coming season for the first time in a long time.

  • Cowboys' Jones expects Dez Bryant will be at camp, all games

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Dez Bryant to spend his entire career with the team, and anticipates that the disgruntled All-Pro receiver will be at training camp and the regular-season opener.Bryant has not signed his franchise tender that will guarantee him .8 million this season. He has indicated his willingness to skip regular-season games without a new long-term deal.

  • Talks falter for new Chargers stadium in San Diego

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday questioned whether the Chargers were serious about staying in San Diego as the strained relationship between the city and the NFL team hit a new low amid negotiations over a new stadium.Faulconer's uncharacteristically angry public words came one day after the team shot down the mayor's trial balloon for a city election this year on financing a stadium, dealing a blow to San Diego's efforts to prevent the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles. The team said the mayor's proposal wouldn't satisfy state election and environmental laws.

  • Browns' Manziel says 'Johnny Football' overtook him

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Football became more than Johnny Manziel could handle.''It just overtook who I was as a person,'' the Browns quarterback said Wednesday.Speaking to the media for the first time since spending 10 weeks in a rehab facility, the polarizing Manziel said he's hoping to move past a regrettable chapter in his life. While he didn't divulge the reasons for his stay in a Pennsylvania substance-abuse facility, Manziel acknowledged he got caught up trying to live up to a persona he helped create.

  • Lots of study before camp ahead for Titans QB Marcus Mariota

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota loves playing football and calls playing in the NFL a privilege.Still, the rookie is ready for a break.Mariota wraps up his first NFL offseason Thursday with the final day of the Titans' three-day minicamp and six weeks of work learning a new offense and new teammates. Crammed in that time was a trip to Los Angeles for a NFL Players Association rookie event in late May.

  • Panthers promote Beane to assistant general manager

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have promoted Brandon Beane to assistant general manager.Beane joined the Panthers in 1998 and has spent the past seven years as the director of football operations. He served as the team's interim general manager for the final 10 weeks of the 2012 season after Marty Hurney was fired.

  • Not cruising yet: WR Cruz has learned to be patient

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Patience is one virtue few football players are familiar with.Then they get injured and they have little choice.Victor Cruz can't wait to be running all those zigs and zags, posts and fly patterns. But he has to wait, and the receiver is spending most of this week's New York Giants minicamp observing.

  • Giants use drone to videotape minicamp workout

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have become the latest NFL team to use a drone to videotape a portion of practice.The Giants entered the high-tech surveillance field Wednesday when they used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to videotape a part of the second day of a mandatory veterans minicamp.

  • Browns' Manziel: 'Johnny Football took over me'

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he got caught up in the hype surrounding his ''Johnny Football'' persona and hopes to close a regrettable chapter in his life.Speaking for the first time since spending 10 weeks in rehab, Manziel says he's trying to move on after a rookie season he called ''a disaster.'' Manziel would not divulge the reasons behind his stay in a substance-abuse facility. He says he didn't do enough to suppress the spotlight on him and that everything that happened to him was his fault.

  • Former Packers QB Bart Starr took part in stem cell trial

    June 30, 2015

    Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is participating in a clinical trial using stem cells as a possible treatment for strokes.Starr suffered two strokes and a mild heart attack last September. His family said Wednesday in a statement released by the Packers that Starr is participating in the trial.

  • Hamstring issues plaguing Panthers 2nd-year WR Benjamin

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers second-year wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is back on the sideline with more hamstring problems.Benjamin missed minicamp practice on Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. A left hamstring injury kept last season's 1,000-yard receiver out of most of Carolina's OTAs in previous weeks.

  • Jaguars sign A.J. Cann, getting rookie class under contract

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have their entire rookie class under contract.Third-round draft pick A.J. Cann, a 313-pound guard from South Carolina, signed his four-year deal Wednesday. Cann was the team's lone rookie unsigned heading into a three-day, mandatory minicamp that began Tuesday.

  • AP's Dave Goldberg wins writers' McCann Award

    June 30, 2015

    Dave Goldberg, who covered the NFL for The Associated Press for 25 years, has posthumously been given the Dick McCann Award by the Pro Football Writers of America for his distinguished work.Goldberg, who spent 41 years at the AP and passed away on Feb. 8 from complications following hip surgery, was the wire service's lead pro football writer from 1984-2009. Well known to three NFL commissioners - Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell - his background as a political reporter was put to good use during two player strikes and the USFL-NFL trial. Goldberg also was a longtime member of the selection committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Tuesday Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Golden State Warriors have won their first NBA championship since 1975, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 on Tuesday night.Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each had 25 points for the Warriors, who won the final three games after Cleveland had taken a 2-1 lead.

  • O'Brien not ready to name starting quarterback

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston coach Bill O'Brien wasn't ready to say who will start at quarterback as the team started a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.He did however discuss the most important factor that will go into his decision whether to go with Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer.

  • Learning curve less steep for Giants on offense

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The learning curve.New York Giants players on offense talked about it all of last year, their first season under new coordinator Ben McAdoo. His variation of the West Coast offense was vastly different from the attacks of previous years under Kevin Gilbride, head coach Tom Coughlin's long-time assistant.

  • Harvard, Yale players take rivalry to Colts' locker room

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Undrafted running back Tyler Varga fits right into the Colts' locker room.Here, players routinely tout their alma maters and playfully trade barbs with guys who attended rival schools. So when Varga pulls out a camouflage baseball hat with the blue letter ''Y,'' it barely draws a response from his new teammates - with one notable exception.

  • Kevin Williams says Saints were the best fit for him, family

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) After 12 years in the NFL, six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams is willing to concede he may have lost a step.Apparently, he hasn't lost his sense of humor.Asked why a month - not to mention 10 offseason training sessions - passed between the time he met with coaches in New Orleans and the day he signed with the Saints, Williams grinned and responded, ''I was waiting for minicamp, man.''

  • Winston upbeat about progress with Buccaneers

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston smiles and keeps a positive attitude with just about everything these days.And that includes Florida's stifling heat and working mostly with second- and third-stringers on the opening day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' mandatory minicamp.

  • Rams' redone offense faces adjustments

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Rams' offense has a new look just about everywhere.There's a new quarterback, new running back and a redone offensive line.But the biggest change might not be on the field at all.New offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is responsible for making all of the new - and old - pieces fit together while improving a unit that finished 28th overall in the NFL in 2014.

  • Seahawks officially sign backup QB Tarvaris Jackson

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have officially signed backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, giving them a proven veteran behind starter Russell Wilson.Seattle finalized Jackson's deal Tuesday, the first day of minicamp. Seattle cleared a roster spot when defensive end Ryan Robinson was waived/injured after rupturing his Achilles tendon last week. Robinson cleared waivers and reverted to Seattle's injured reserve list.

  • Lions owner Martha Ford attends minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Martha Firestone Ford's presence around the Detroit Lions has been noticeable to members of the team, even as she remains largely out of the public eye.''She comes to practice often, as you can see,'' coach Jim Caldwell said. ''We talk periodically. One of the things you'll find out very, very quickly is that she knows football. She reads it, she studies, she knows what's going on, knows the team. So, most often it's questions about maybe a player that we've discussed, but she does a great job. She's on top of everything.''

  • Matt Ryan reports progress in learning new Falcons offense

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Now in his third month working with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Matt Ryan believes the Atlanta Falcons have a chance to be special this year.Ryan is getting a good feel for how Shanahan wants to attack even though several parts of the offense are still unsettled.

  • Packers sign 1st-round pick DB Damarious Randall

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) First-round draft pick Damarious Randall has signed his rookie contract with the Green Bay Packers.The defensive back out of Arizona State was the 30th overall selection in this year's draft. He was the last of the Packers' eight picks this year to sign a contract.

  • Chargers reject San Diego election on new stadium

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers on Tuesday shot down Mayor Kevin Faulconer's trial balloon to hold a citywide election this year on financing for a new stadium, dealing a blow to the city's efforts to stop the team from moving to Los Angeles.Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani said that the Dec. 15 election the mayor suggested wouldn't survive legal scrutiny under state election law and state law for environmental impact reviews.

  • Mike McCarthy mixing it up in Packers camp

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels is looking for any edge to beat an opposing lineman.His offensive-minded head coach is sharing some tips that Daniels may not have necessarily received before this offseason.Coach Mike McCarthy is relinquishing offensive play-calling duties this year to spend more time working with the defense and special teams.

  • Matt Flynn has lots to learn as new Patriots backup QB

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start.He's not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady.Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first day of their three-day minicamp Tuesday, four days after signing with the Super Bowl champions.

  • Vaughn gets another chance in his 5th pro football league

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Chase Vaughn's journey to the NFL took him through two small Colorado colleges and four professional football leagues before he called in sick from his hospital job to covertly try out for the Denver Broncos.When he was offered an invitation to training camp last year, he had to quit his day job at National Jewish Health and `fess up to his fib: He wasn't really stricken with the stomach flu; he just couldn't seem to shake this football bug.

  • Versatile Moats finds a permanent home in Pittsburgh

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) If Arthur Moats is being honest, he's kind of surprised he's here.Not that the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker planned on leaving. But business is business. When Moats explored his options as free agency loomed in March, he figured he was heading south.

  • Suh finding his way with Dolphins, on and off the field

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) While many of the Miami Dolphins were going 11-on-11 during minicamp Tuesday, Ndamukong Suh spent plenty of time watching from the sideline with Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.Frankly, they didn't need to be out there. The Dolphins have a good idea what to expect from that trio.

  • Raiders sign 3rd round TE Clive Walford

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round pick tight end Clive Walford.The deal announced Tuesday leaves second-round defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. as the only unsigned player in Oakland's 10-player draft class.Walford was selected 68th overall out of Miami. He caught 121 passes for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns, becoming just the seventh tight end in Hurricanes history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards.

  • Bills coach Rex Ryan welcomes raised expectations

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan welcomes the raised expectations that come with the Buffalo Bills setting a franchise season-ticket sales record.''Yeah, and they should be (raised),'' the first-year coach said after the Bills opened a three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

  • Suggs takes reigns of Ravens defense in 13th season

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) As he prepares for his 13th NFL season, Terrell Suggs is beginning to realize that the shelf life of a hard-hitting outside linebacker is somewhat limited.Suggs is only 32, yet he understands there will soon come a time when he won't be spending fall and winter chasing down quarterbacks for the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Coach: Panthers' Norman on verge of being a top cornerback

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman may not be a household name right now.Assistant coach Steve Wilks predicts that's about the change.''He's on the verge of being one of the top corners in the National Football League,'' said Wilks, who also serves as Carolina's defensive backs coach.

  • Gipson hopeful to reach agreement with Browns

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) After missing most of the offseason program, safety Tashaun Gipson is hopeful of reaching a long-term agreement with the Cleveland Browns before the start of the regular season.Gipson says he can't be bitter about the situation.''I know that one day, hopefully, eventually rather sooner than later, we can get something worked out, and this will be something that's far in the past,'' Gipson said. ''They've got to make the right moves for the team and I've got to do what's best for me going forward.''

  • TE Martellus Bennett back for Chicago Bears minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Tight end Martellus Bennett likened his first day under new Chicago Bears coach John Fox to starting out at a new school.When mandatory minicamp began Tuesday, Bennett made an appearance after staying away optional offseason workouts because he'd like a contract extension with two years still remaining on his present deal. Bennett seemed entirely in tune with the new Bears offense despite the absence.

  • Nose tackle Knighton brings big presence to Redskins

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Terrance Knighton is imposing even on a football field filled with generally large men.What makes Washington's new 6-foot-3 and more than 350-pound nose tackle special, however, is his relative quickness for a man of his massive bulk.

  • Vikings' Kalil: 'It's the best I've felt in a long time'

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Matt Kalil's performance for the Minnesota Vikings last season was frequently dissected, and dissed.For him, 2014 is best left forgotten.''What are you going to worry about last year for?'' he asked. ''I'm focused on this year and excited to get after it again. It's fun to play. It's fun to be out there.''

  • Seahawks CB Richard Sherman wins Good Guy award

    June 30, 2015

    Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media.Seattle's All-Pro follows teammate Russell Wilson as a winner of the award.The Good Guy Award is given to a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award was first given by the PFWA in 2005.

  • Eagles will have at least five new starters on offense

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) While Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray headline a new-look offense for the Philadelphia Eagles, their success depends on the performance of the blockers in front of them.The Eagles have two new starters on an offensive line that was dominant in 2013 but was depleted by injury in 2014. The team opened minicamp Tuesday without two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, who was released last week following a contract disagreement.

  • Bengals lineman Devon Still buoyed by daughter's improvement

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Devon Still wore his blue hospital identification band on his left wrist during practice. No sense in taking it off. He'll need it when he visits his daughter again at the end of the week.The defensive lineman was back in town for the start of Bengals minicamp on Tuesday, relieved that his 5-year-old daughter seems to have turned the corner in her long fight against cancer.

  • Titans release Shonn Greene, choose youth at running back

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's decision to release veteran Shonn Greene kicks the Titans' youth movement at running back into full gear.Greene had stayed away from the Titans' offseason program until the start of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. He showed up, passed his physical and then was released with one year left on his contract at .25 million.

  • Chiefs release WR Da'Rick Rogers ahead of minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs released wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers and offensive lineman Kelvin Palmer and signed offensive lineman Tavon Rooks before the start of their mandatory minicamp Tuesday.Rogers, once a college standout for Tennessee, was kicked off the team for disciplinary issues and transferred to Tennessee Tech. But he's been unable to make it in the NFL, catching just 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while bouncing through three franchises.

  • Vikings release safety Taylor Mays

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have released safety Taylor Mays.The move was made Tuesday before the team began minicamp.The Vikings signed Mays as a free agent in March. He was a second-round draft pick out of USC by San Francisco in 2010 and traded by the 49ers the following year to Cincinnati, where he played three of his four seasons with the Bengals under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

  • Jaguars' Clemons vows to be more productive in 2015

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons wasn't looking for more money or trying to avoid injury.The 12-year veteran skipped the voluntary portion of the team's offseason program because ''it's the way I focus, the way I get in my zone.''

  • Bills sign veteran free agent defensive tackle Fluellen

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have added depth to an already talented defensive front by signing veteran free agent tackle Andre Fluellen.Listed at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Fluellen has seven years of NFL experience spent mostly with the Detroit Lions.

  • Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rape

    June 30, 2015

    GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware last summer.Wearing a pained and anxious expression as the entered the courtroom, Molly Shattuck, 48, told a judge she understood that her plea to a single felony count of fourth-degree rape means she could face up to 15 years in prison. Shattuck, who will be sentenced Aug. 21, also will have to register as a sex offender.

  • No surprise, Dez Bryant no-show for Cowboys minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) As expected, Dez Bryant was a no-show for the start of the Dallas Cowboys mandatory offseason minicamp.Coach Jason Garrett, however, doesn't seem all that concerned about threats from Bryant's camp that the All-Pro receiver with the franchise tag is willing to sit out regular-season games without a new long-term contract.

  • Titans interim president staying on job through this season

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are keeping interim president Steve Underwood on the job through this season and postponing their search for his permanent replacement until the offseason.The team is looking for some stability after so many changes since owner Bud Adams died in October 2013

  • Giants open mandatory minicamp without Jason Pierre-Paul

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants opened their mandatory offseason minicamp without their best defensive player.Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is skipping the three-day minicamp after deciding not to sign the team's .8 million tender offer as its franchise player.

  • Former Ravens cheerleader to enter plea on child sex charges

    June 30, 2015

    GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and ex-wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive has agreed to enter a guilty plea after being charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy.Forty-eight-year-old Molly Shattuck was scheduled to enter the plea before a Delaware judge Tuesday afternoon, days before her trial was to begin. Details of the plea agreement were not immediately available.

  • Titans release veteran running back Shonn Greene

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have released running back Shonn Greene before the start of a three-day mandatory minicamp.The Titans announced the move Tuesday.Greene had not taken part in the team's offseason program and had one year left on the contract he signed in 2013. Greene ran for more than 1,000 yards in both 2011 and 2012 with the New York Jets. But injuries limited him to 11 games with Tennessee in 2013, and he ran for only 392 yards with two touchdowns in 13 games last season under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

  • Monday Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres, who began the season with high expectations thanks to a high-profile overhaul of their roster, fired longtime manager Bud Black on Monday after limping to a weak start.The team's offseason frenzy saw them add Matt Kemp from the rival Dodgers, as well as Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and James Shields. But they entered Monday night's game at home against the Athletics with a 32-33 record and in third place behind the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

  • 49ers sign OL Ben Gottschalk and 2 more, waive 2others

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk to a two-year contract while also adding kicker Corey Acosta and wide receiver Mario Hull on three-year deals.San Francisco waived wideout Darius Davis and tackle Chris Martin on Monday, four days after wrapping up a mandatory minicamp at Levi's Stadium.

  • Owen Daniels came for Kubiak, Manning, finds paradise

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) For Owen Daniels, this is heaven.His quarterback is Peyton Manning.His coach is Gary Kubiak.And he's living in Colorado.Daniels smiled at the mention of each of these benefits as the Broncos began their final week of offseason workouts Monday.

  • Jaguars DE Clemons reports for mandatory, 3-day minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons has reported for the team's mandatory minicamp.Clemons arrived in Jacksonville on Monday and is expected to be a full participant when the Jaguars take the field Tuesday for the first day of the three-day camp.

  • Chiefs preparing without Houston during mandatory minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The videos that Justin Houston has been posting on social media of his workouts this offseason, and the absurd amount of weights he's been lifting, should help set Chiefs coach Andy Reid at ease.Especially considering Reid probably won't see Houston until at least training camp.

  • Jets waive/injured Zach Sudfeld, sign Steve Maneri

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have waived/injured tight end Zach Sudfeld with a knee injury, and signed veteran tight end Steve Maneri.Sudfeld tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during minicamp practice last Wednesday. He was helped off the field after he went down when safety Calvin Pryor hit him in the shoulder during drills.

  • Under-construction Vikings venue has a name: US Bank Stadium

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings will play in U.S. Bank Stadium starting next season, per a 20-year exclusive naming rights agreement with the banking behemoth.The agreement was announced Monday. The two sides declined to disclose the cost of the contract.

  • Practicing too hard costing Seahawks this offseason

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seahawks have become notorious for the way they practice, from the music thumping throughout the workouts to the fast-paced intensity of players bouncing between drills.Turns out, though, the Seahawks went a little too hard last offseason. And they're about to pay for it during the team's mandatory minicamp this week.

  • Lawyer: Aaron Hernandez juror may have been 'untruthful'

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez has told a judge he's concerned one of the jurors who convicted the former New England Patriots star tight end of murder may have been ''untruthful'' during jury selection.In redacted court documents released Monday, lawyer James Sultan says an anonymous tipster first called him April 16, a day after the 12-person jury convicted Hernandez of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Sharper pleads guilty to rape, finishes multistate plea deal

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Monday to rape in Louisiana, completing a series of pleas in four states that will see him serve at least nine years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting women.

  • Panthers sign LB Thomas Davis to 2-year contract extension

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Thomas Davis plans to end his career right where it began - with the Carolina Panthers.The 32-year-old linebacker signed a two-year contract extension Monday, which keeps him with the team through 2017.Financial terms were not released.

  • Former Saints player Gleason wins Halas Award

    June 30, 2015

    Former New Orleans Saints special teams player Steve Gleason, who is afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), has won the George Halas Award for overcoming adversity and succeeding.The award, announced Monday by the Professional Football Writers of America, is named for the former Chicago Bears owner and head coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member.

  • Falcons release veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker.The team announced the move Monday.Baker started 61 of his 70 career games, but injuries have hindered his progress. He missed last season after tearing his right patellar tendon during a preseason game, has undergone three back surgeries and even lost his starting job during the 2011 season.

  • Ex-NFL player Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Monday to rape in a Louisiana drug-and-sexual-assault case, completing a series of pleas in four states that will see him serve at least nine years in prison.Sharper entered his plea in a Louisiana state court in New Orleans. He had already pleaded guilty in the federal courthouse in that city late last month.

  • Ex-NFL player Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana, completes multistate plea deal

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ex-NFL player Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana, completes multistate plea deal.

  • Ex-Giants RB David Wilson improves triple jump in 2nd meet

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Giants running back David Wilson significantly improved his performance in the triple jump in his second meet in two days but still was short of the qualifying standard for the U.S. championships.Wilson jumped 52 feet, 3/4 inches at the East Region Open Championships on Sunday with an eight-step approach. A day earlier, he went 48-1 1/4 in his first pro meet at the Adidas Grand Prix, realizing he wasn't ready for a full 12-step approach at this stage of his training.

  • Ex-Giants RB David Wilson makes pro debut in triple jump

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) David Wilson knew he looked like a football player lined up alongside the rest of the triple jumpers at the Adidas Grand Prix.At 196 pounds, he dwarfed the competition - and he felt that weight on his jumps, too.The former New York Giants running back came up well short of his personal best Saturday in his first professional track and field meet. Wilson plans to jump again Sunday as he tries to qualify for the U.S. championships.

  • Browns safety Gipson signs contract tender

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Browns Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson signed his one-year contract tender and will report to mandatory mini-camp next week.Gipson skipped the team's voluntary spring practices after the club placed a second-round tender on the restricted free agent in March. He'll now make .35 million next season.

  • Lions cut QB Anthony Boone

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions say they have released quarterback Anthony Boone.Boone was an undrafted free agent out of Duke. He threw for 2,700 yards for the Blue Devils during the 2014 season, completing 56 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

  • Falcons, Beasley agree to terms on 4-year rookie contract

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have reached terms on a four-year contract with defensive end Vic Beasley, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick.Beasley has participated in offseason training activities, but he was limited this week because of a sore shoulder.

  • Michael Sam leaves training camp for personal reasons

    June 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Michael Sam has left the Montreal Alouettes training camp for personal reasons.The CFL team said the rookie defensive end has been given special permission to return home to Texas.''With all due respect for Michael Sam, the nature of this decision will remain confidential,'' said a team statement. ''The Montreal Alouettes fully respect Michael Sam's decision and rally around him to offer him all time and support needed. The team has left the door open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready.''

  • Saints sign defensive tackle Kevin Williams to 1-year deal

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a one-year contract.Williams, whose signing was announced by general manager Mickey Loomis on Friday, is entering his 13th NFL season.The 6-foot-5, 311-pound lineman was a 2003 first-round draft choice by Minnesota, with whom he spent his first 11 seasons. Williams moved to Seattle last season, during which he was credited with 29 tackles, including three sacks. He also started all three of the Seahawks' postseason games.

  • Ex-NFL player charged criminally in alleged Ponzi scheme

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former NFL cornerback Will Allen and his business partner are facing criminal charges for an alleged multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme involving loans to professional athletes.Prosecutors and FBI officials in Boston say 36-year-old Allen, of Davie, Florida, and 55-year-old Susan Daub of Coral Springs, Florida, were arrested Friday morning on security fraud charges and appeared in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Chiefs wrap up OTAs, head to minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid wrapped up his third organized team activities Friday since becoming the Chiefs head coach in 2013.Each year has built on the previous, especially during the first year when players went through a familiarization process of what Reid and the coaching staff expected on offense, defense and special teams.

  • Vikings DT Johnson acquitted in disorderly conduct case

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson has been acquitted of all counts stemming from his October arrest at a Minneapolis restaurant.Johnson was charged with three misdemeanor counts, including disorderly conduct, after authorities say he refused orders to leave Seven, a downtown steakhouse and sushi lounge. Authorities used a chemical spray and a stun gun on Johnson.

  • Rams announce signing of all draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have signed first-round pick Todd Gurley, along with the rest of their draft class.The Rams, 6-10 last year, have announced the signings together under coach Jeff Fisher, who'll be entering his fourth season.Georgia's Gurley is rehabbing from knee surgery and might not be ready for the opener.

  • Bucs bring back TE Tim Wright

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tim Wright is back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The team claimed him off waivers Friday, one day after he was released by New England.Tampa had traded Wright to the Patriots before last season in exchange for Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.

  • Jets sign former Saints, Giants tackle Charles Brown

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed veteran tackle Charles Brown, adding depth to their offensive line.The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Brown signed Friday after participating in minicamp as a tryout player with the Jets earlier this week. The Jets released offensive tackle Sean Hooey on Thursday to make space on the roster for Brown.

  • Trial of Saints, Pelicans owner ends, ruling pending

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson emerged from an eight-day trial on Friday predicting he would maintain control of his teams, despite arguments by his recently estranged heirs that he is unfit to do so.''I already know the decision,'' Benson said, basing his assessment on state Civil District Judge Kern Reese's countenance as Reese informed both sides he would rule within a week. ''I could tell by his face.''

  • Patriots sign veteran QB Flynn as Brady faces suspension

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed Matt Flynn to shore up the quarterback position with Tom Brady facing a four-game suspension.That suspension could be reduced after Brady's hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on June 23, but Flynn provides depth at a spot where the Patriots only have second-year pro Jimmy Garoppolo.

  • Stephen Jones' voice resonates for dad Jerry with Cowboys

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Stephen Jones chuckles at the memory of being mediator between his dad -yeah, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - and headstrong former coach Bill Parcells.''It was tough, tough, tough,'' the No. 2 man in Dallas' front office says. ''But it was worth it.''

  • Studious Tolzien moves up to back up Rodgers for Packers

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Before he breaks the huddle, Aaron Rodgers likes to think good thoughts about the play that he's about to run for the Green Bay Packers. There are plenty of positive memories from which the two-time NFL MVP can draw.For backup Scott Tolzien, those memories will have to be generated at practice. If things are going right for Green Bay, Tolzien will never take a meaningful snap during a game.

  • Ex-Patriots linebacker cited in hit-and-run that injured 3

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was cited by state police Friday for rear-ending another vehicle on a Massachusetts highway then leaving the scene.Spikes, 27, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, speeding, driving negligently and failing to stay within marked lanes.

  • Media group asks judge to unseal Hernandez juror documents

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A media group on Friday asked a judge to unseal documents relating to an unspecified juror issue in ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts.''It's an attack on the media that doesn't go anywhere. I think it ignores the First Amendment role of the media and press on behalf of the public to investigate the criminal judicial system,'' said Zack Kleinsasser, an attorney for newspaper publisher GateHouse Media.

  • Pontiac Silverdome for sale with asking price of M

    June 30, 2015

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) The Pontiac Silverdome is up for sale again, with an asking price of about million.The former home of the Detroit Lions was sold for 3,000 six years ago. Real estate broker Robert Mihelich says the stadium and its property went back on the market recently and has already gotten offers.

  • Jets could have deep stable of RBs

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) With all the additions for the New York Jets, from a new coaching staff to a top-level receiver to a prized rookie defensive lineman to the return of one of the NFL's best cornerback tandems, the stable of running backs has been somewhat overlooked.

  • Newspaper company asks judge to unseal Hernandez documents

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Newspaper company GateHouse Media is asking a judge to unseal documents relating to a juror in ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts.The newspaper publisher will go before a judge in Fall River Friday to argue that information about the unidentified juror must be made public. The company publishes several New England newspapers.

  • Cowboys sign top pick Byron Jones for 4 years, .6 million

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round draft pick Byron Jones to an .6 million, four-year deal.With the signing of Jones on Thursday, the Cowboys have all eight of their draft picks from this year's draft under contract. Jones, a cornerback from Connecticut, was taken 27th overall.

  • Cowboys sign top pick Byron Jones for 4 years, .7 million

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round draft pick Byron Jones to an .6 million, four-year deal.With the signing of Jones on Thursday, the Cowboys have all eight of their draft picks from this year's draft under contract. Jones, a cornerback from Connecticut, was taken 27th overall.

  • Chargers retiring LaDainian Tomlinson's No. 21

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) No one will wear No. 21 for the San Diego Chargers again.The team will officially retire star running back LaDainian Tomlinson's jersey during a Nov. 22 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.The team made the announcement on Thursday with a smiling Tomlinson looking on.

  • Estate lawyer, psychiatrist testify in Benson trial

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The estate lawyer who helped Tom Benson oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans concluded his testimony Thursday in a trial examining Benson's mental soundness.The closed trial, which could decide who ultimately takes control of New Orleans' NFL and NBA teams long-term, is expected to conclude Friday after what will be the eighth day of testimony. A ruling, however, is not expected from the bench, a civil court spokesman said. Rather, state Civil District Judge Kern Reese is expected to issue a written ruling for which there is no definite timeline.

  • Shane Ray turns Broncos' pass-rushing duo into a trio

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) When a state trooper found weed in his car just four days before the NFL draft, Shane Ray knew he hadn't helped himself.Or had he?His misdemeanor citation certainly wound up costing him financially after he fell from a projected top-10 pick all the way to No. 23, where the Denver Broncos traded up to grab the SEC player of the year.

  • Lions sign top draft pick, OG Laken Tomlinson

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions will open next week's mandatory minicamp with all their rookies on the field.On Thursday, the Lions signed top pick Laken Tomlinson, a 6-foot-3 323-pound guard they selected from Duke with the 28th overall pick. The offensive line was a weak spot during last season's run 11-5 record and NFC wild-card berth.

  • Rookie OL Ali Marpet signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a contract with rookie offensive lineman Ali Marpet, one of the team's two second-round draft picks.Marpet was the 61st overall selection out of Hobart College. That's the highest a player from a Division III program has ever been picked in the NFL draft.

  • DL Darnell Dockett would choose again to sign with 49ers

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Darnell Dockett figures he walked past former archrival Alex Boone seven times before they finally spoke the other day.San Francisco's new defensive lineman broke their silence with a good-natured question to Boone: ''Are you retiring?''

  • Detroit Lions reach deal with rookie Laken Tomlinson

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have reached a four-year contract agreement with offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, the team's first-round draft pick from Duke.Details of the deal weren't released Thursday.The 23-year-old Tomlinson was the 28th player picked in the NFL draft. He was Detroit's last draft pick to sign a contract.

  • Bengals sign 1st-rounder Ogbuehi, all 9 picks under contract

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi on Thursday, leaving all nine draft choices under contract.Ogbuehi, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M, was the 21st overall pick. He's recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Liberty Bowl and isn't expected to be ready to play until sometime during the season.

  • Steelers defensive coordinator Butler finally in charge

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Keith Butler waited patiently a dozen years for his opportunity to become defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Now, he's the man in charge.Butler is finally getting his chance to run the Steelers defense after the team promoted the longtime linebackers coach in January. The team did not renew the contract of Dick LeBeau, the 77-year-old Hall of Famer.

  • Colts' LB Mathis eager for quick return, being cautious

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts linebacker Robert Mathis has learned a few things being in NFL locker rooms for the past 12 years.Ignore conventional wisdom, work relentlessly to prove the doubters wrong and play it safe when dealing with an injury.Less than 24 hours after team owner Jim Irsay tried to tamp down the early-season expectations for the 2013 NFL sacks champion, Mathis reluctantly acknowledged that he would accept the third part of the lesson while maintaining his goal of lining up for the Colts' regular-season opener Sept. 13 at Buffalo.

  • AP sources: Eagles release two-time Pro Bowl guard Mathis

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly dismissed another productive player.Two people with direct knowledge of the situation say the Philadelphia Eagles released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis on Thursday. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't publicly disclosed the transaction.

  • Rams receivers looking for consistency going into season

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Kenny Britt is looking to make up for lost time.''There's definitely more that I feel I can give, because there's more that I want to give and there's more that I want to do in my career as I'm going into my seventh year,'' Britt said.

  • Panthers linebacker Thompson looks to make up lost ground

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson has gone from cramming for final exams to cramming to learn an NFL playbook.Carolina's first-round draft pick returned to practice this week after missing most of the team's first three weeks of voluntary workouts while finishing up his classwork at the University of Washington.

  • Jaguars' Gerhart healthy again, feeling comfortable

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) An illegal tackle changed Toby Gerhart's season, maybe even his career.The former Stanford standout, who spent his first four years backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, came to Jacksonville last year to finally be an NFL starter. But Gerhart sprained his right ankle in the season opener - his foot twisted awkwardly as he was horse-collared - and he spent the rest of the year trying to recover.

  • Eagles release two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation say the Philadelphia Eagles have released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis.The sources told The Associated Press about the move Thursday, insisting on anonymity because the team had not yet publicly disclosed the transaction.

  • Ex-Giants RB Wilson set to make pro debut in triple jump

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) His football career cut short, David Wilson found competition anywhere he could: pool, Uno, Connect Four.Now he finally gets to compete for real for the first time since his final NFL game in October 2013. The former New York Giants running back is set to make his pro debut in track and field in the triple jump at Saturday's Adidas Grand Prix.

  • Murray looks to build on late-season success for Raiders

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Latavius Murray provided a tantalizing glimpse of what he might be capable of during his 82 carries last season for the Oakland Raiders.With a new coaching staff intent on establishing the run in Oakland, Murray just might get the chance to show what he can do with even more opportunities this season.

  • Rookie Leonard Williams no 'fish out of water' with Jets

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Leonard Williams hauled a few practice trash bins from the field to the sideline, one of the dirty jobs of an NFL rookie.The New York Jets defensive lineman has gotten pretty good at carrying veterans' helmets to the locker room, too.

  • At 22, linebacker Brown set to take command of Bills defense

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan reacts in mock surprise when reminded how young Preston Brown is, and the trust the Bills are placing in the second-year linebacker to command the huddle of their high-priced defense.''Oh, gawd, I didn't realize he was 22. I'm a little nervous,'' the Bills new coach said. ''But no. He certainly has more of, I don't know if mature is the right word. But he's been around the game awhile.''

  • Jets' Bowles urges players to be smart on social media

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Hashtag: Think before you post something on social media.That's the message New York Jets coach Todd Bowles has given his players about using forums such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.''I don't want them to be robots,'' Bowles said after the team's final minicamp practice Thursday. ''They've just got to be smart about it. There's a fine line between hurting the team and hurting yourself. Then, talking on social media, you've got to be smart about it.''

  • Mathis eager for quick return but taking cautious approach

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Robert Mathis figures it's better to be smart than fast when it comes to injuries.Indianapolis' Pro Bowl linebacker reiterated Thursday that he expects to be in the opening day lineup but acknowledged he wouldn't try to rush his return.

  • Giants waive linebacker Jones, sign Tony Johnson

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have swapped a couple of linebackers on their roster.The Giants announced on Thursday that they had signed Tony Johnson and waived Ryan Jones.Johnson played two seasons at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Southwest Mississippi Community College. He had 92 tackles (52 solo), 2 1/2 sacks, seven tackles for losses, an interception and a fumble recovery in 24 games. He finished third on the team with 69 tackles last season.

  • Colts, Bears agree to joint practices before preseason game

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts and Bears will hold two days of joint practices in Indianapolis before squaring off in August.Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano says the teams will work out at the Colts' complex on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. They will meet in a preseason game Aug. 22.

  • Jets' Brandon Marshall: man for all occasions

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Brandon Marshall, wide receiver, has made a move of convenience for Brandon Marshall, media mogul.When Marshall was traded by the Bears to the Jets during the NFL draft in May, it created a logistical solution for his budding career in front of the TV camera.

  • Wife of Saints, Pelicans owner testifies in competency trial

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Gayle Benson, a former interior decorator now first in line to inherit New Orleans' NFL and NBA franchises, was called Wednesday to testify in a trial examining husband Tom Benson's mentally competency.Benson chose his wife as his primary successor and disowned relatives who'd previously been in line to take over his business empire.

  • Irsay delivers clear message to Colts at minicamp workout

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts opened Wednesday night's practice to the public. Then team owner Jim Irsay poured out his heart.Moments after the Colts completed their second-to-last offseason workout, Indy's team owner strolled stoically onto the field, stepped inside the circle of players and did his best impersonation of Knute Rockne with an impassioned, finger-pointing speech.

  • Romo has no regrets about comments on NFL over fantasy event

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Tony Romo has no regrets about comments he has made about the NFL since the cancellation of a fantasy football-themed event where the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was to be a headliner.But Romo refused Wednesday to elaborate on what he said during radio interviews the previous day.

  • Romo has no regrets over fantasy comments about NFL

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Tony Romo says he has no regrets about comments he has made about the NFL over a canceled fantasy football-themed event that he was going to headline.But the Dallas Cowboys quarterback on Wednesday wouldn't elaborate on what he said the day before in radio interviews.

  • QB Smith knows much of Jets' season hinges on his progress

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The quarterback remains the question for the New York Jets.The defense is revamped, the offense reloaded. Now, it's time for Geno Smith to step up. And, he knows it.''I believe that we all have to take the next step, we all have to raise our level of play and me, as the quarterback, my game has got to be on point every single week,'' Smith said Wednesday. ''I have to be on top of my game mentally and physically, so it's something that we all know.''

  • Free agent defensive tackle CJ Mosley signs with Dolphins

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Free agent defensive tackle C.J. Mosley has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, where he rejoins former teammate Ndamukong Suh.Mosley played with Suh and the Detroit Lions in 2013-14, and started eight games last year.

  • Packers WR Jordy Nelson catching passes after hip surgery

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Staring intensely from the sideline, Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson hunched over at the hip with his hands on his knees while clutching a play sheet.He has looked a lot like a coach during the offseason while he mends from hip surgery.

  • 49ers kicker Phil Dawson still going strong at 40

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.Dawson, who turned 40 in January, is more concerned about getting comfortable with a new holder than he is about life after the NFL.

  • Unproven wide receivers must step up for Saints offense

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Unproven wide receivers are going to have to come through for the New Orleans Saints if they want to stay in the ranks of the NFL's top passing teams.The Saints have finished fourth or higher in passing rankings every year since coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees arrived in 2006.

  • Peyton Manning rolls with the changes in Denver

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Although he won't have to deal with AARP solicitations for another decade, Peyton Manning is certainly more of a graybeard quarterback than a greenhorn at age 39.Still, the Denver Broncos star took exception Wednesday when he was asked more than once about being old, at least by NFL standards.

  • Gay stepping into leadership role for revamped secondary

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback William Gay feels winning will cure the woes of a secondary that gave up plenty of big plays last season.Gay is now the longest-tenured cornerback on the team following Ike Taylor's offseason retirement and he doesn't want to see last season's issues continue to plague a defense that carries aspirations of finishing at the top.

  • Raiders plan to give young cornerbacks a chance

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When the Oakland Raiders began overhauling their team after another dismal season, one position noticeably didn't get much help.After bringing in a different pair of veteran starters at cornerback the past three seasons in failed trials, the Raiders decided it was time to give the young guys a closer look.

  • Cardinals' Brown looks to make bigger impact in second year

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) John Brown is bigger, stronger, maybe a little faster, and has learned a few things.All of this after the Arizona Cardinals' second-year wide receiver caught 48 passes for 696 yards with five touchdowns as a rookie in 2014.''This year I know a lot more than I did last year,'' Brown said. ''That helps me out on the field. It's also become easier. Everyone knows about me now, I just have to perform and produce to be better than I was last year.''

  • Titans expect to play much faster now in 2nd year of defense

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are enjoying the difference that a year makes, especially on defense.Twelve months ago, coordinator Ray Horton was busy installing his 3-4 scheme for a team that had played a 4-3 for years. The Titans went on to rank among the NFL's worst defenses.

  • Lions start 2nd year under offensive coordinator Lombardi

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions are starting their second year under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, and the unit hopes to catch up to last season's stellar defense.The Lions ranked 22nd in scoring offense last season yet finished 11-5 and reached the NFC playoffs thanks to a defense that held teams to an average of 17.6 points - third-best in the league.

  • Jets' Cromartie, former teammate Winslow in Twitter squabble

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Kellen Winslow Jr. and Antonio Cromartie might need more than 140 characters to settle this Twitter squabble.Winslow took exception to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie putting teammate Dee Milliner on the spot during an interview Tuesday when he took a microphone and asked if Milliner thought he was ''on the roster bubble.''

  • Bills GM Whaley: Chris Williams recovering from back surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive guard Chris Williams is still recuperating from back surgery, and it's uncertain whether he'll be cleared for the start of training camp next month.General manager Doug Whaley provided the update to The Associated Press on Wednesday, revealing why Williams has been absent from the team's offseason voluntary workouts and practices. New coach Rex Ryan previously said that he's not yet spoken with Williams, but had not provided a reason why the player had not been in attendance.

  • Fantasy Sports Combine shuffles lineup for NFL

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Organizers of the Fantasy Sports Combine are going ahead with plans for their inaugural event in Las Vegas next month in contrast to the Tony Romo-led Fantasy Football Convention that was scuttled after the NFL reiterated its policy banning active players from making promotional appearances at casinos.

  • Pryor no longer 'ticked off,' ready for correct position

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Calvin Pryor thought the question was backward.''Do I think I'm an intimidator?'' the New York Jets safety repeated. ''I want the other guy feeling that intimidation. I want that guy to know I'm a hitter. I don't want to say it ... but I play like my hair is on fire.''

  • Buccaneers claim punter Spencer Lanning off waivers

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from Cleveland and released punter Andrew Wilder.Lanning spent the past two seasons with the Browns, appearing in all 32 games. He averaged 44.1 yards per punt, with a net average of 38.6 yards.

  • Raiders QB Derek Carr returns to practice from finger injury

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Ever since he was big enough to throw a football, Derek Carr has done just that any chance he could get.So when an injury to the ring finger on his throwing hand prevented him from doing just that for more than a month, the frustration level grew for Carr even if he knew that the time off was what was best for him and the Oakland Raiders.

  • Seahawks agree to terms with backup QB Tarvaris Jackson

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back their backup quarterback after agreeing to terms with veteran Tarvaris Jackson.Details of Jackson's deal were not released by the team Tuesday. But it's an important signing for Seattle, which had just two quarterbacks on its roster: starter Russell Wilson and second-year free agent signing R.J. Archer. B.J. Daniels has been moved from quarterback to wide receiver.

  • Demaryius Thomas absent from mandatory Broncos minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning drifted back on one of his opening snaps at minicamp and immediately glanced toward his left. No Demaryius Thomas.Sorry, Peyton, he's miles away, absorbing this complicated offense largely on his own.As expected, Thomas was absent as the Denver Broncos started a mandatory minicamp Tuesday. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is boycotting the team's offseason program after the team placed its .8 million franchise tag on him. He's not subject to a fine, though, because he hasn't signed his tender.

  • Steelers rookie TE James finds mentor in Heath Miller

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jesse James remembers as an 11-year-old growing up in the Pittsburgh suburbs watching tight end Heath Miller and his hometown Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.A decade later, James, a rookie fifth-round pick embarking on his first tentative steps in the NFL, finds himself learning the ropes from the guy he studied so closely.

  • Sherman glad to avoid surgery, fires back at Cromartie

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) A wide-brimmed hat was the only extra piece of attire for Richard Sherman.No brace, not even a sleeve covering the left elbow he injured in last January's NFC Championship game.''I'm out there naked. No, I'm not wearing anything,'' Sherman said on Tuesday after the Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their organized team activity. ''I'm just (playing) ball. I try not to put it in too many stressful situations, but I pretty much control my game out there and stay out of bad spots.''

  • Rams going with young offensive line

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams rookie Rob Havenstein could not have picked a better spot to start his NFL career.The offensive tackle from Wisconsin is known for his run blocking, which fits in well with coach Jeff Fisher's offense.''That's one of the things coach Fisher has told me is we're going to run the ball. . We definitely ran the ball a lot (at Wisconsin) and from everything coach Fisher has told me, I'm going to have an opportunity to do that as well,'' Havenstein said.

  • 49ers coach Jim Tomsula will guide players on social media

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula wants nothing to do with social media. Still, he will hold a meeting to give guidance about how to be responsible when taking thoughts to Twitter, Instagram or other sites.''I don't like it at all. I don't know anything about it. I don't do it, I don't use it, I really don't want everybody to know where I'm at all the time or what I'm eating,'' Tomsula said Tuesday. ''I don't get it, personally. It just so happens every time I do hear about it, it's not in a good way. That's where I'm at. The guys know that. They laugh, they make fun that I'm in the Dark Ages. If that's going to be a part, and it is a part of society, we've got to figure out how to manage it.''

  • QB Palmer back practicing for Cardinals

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) A major part of Carson Palmer's long-anticipated return to full practice Tuesday was the Arizona Cardinals quarterback's return to being hard on himself for his performance.Palmer is back from a season-ending torn ACL suffered in a game last November. He took snaps and made throws in 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday, the first day of the team's three-day June mini-camp.

  • Winston cuts hair to benefit pediatric cancer research

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston is sporting a new look after cutting his hair in support of pediatric cancer research.The top pick in the NFL draft joined 12 other Tampa Bay Buccaneers in shaving their heads in the team auditorium Tuesday. The Cut For A Cure Charity Challenge raised ,500 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, including a ,000 donation from Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

  • Matthews, Moore, Reed return in limited practice work

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Offensive tackle Jake Matthews, safety William Moore and linebacker Brooks Reed have returned from injuries and were still limited in practice Tuesday for the Atlanta Falcons.Rookie defensive end Vic Beasley, the NFL's eighth overall draft pick, was limited with a sore shoulder. Rookie cornerback Jalen Collins, a second-round pick, went through some drills, but is still not at full speed following foot surgery a couple of months ago.

  • Jaguars' Bortles honing mechanics, throwing tighter spirals

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) There's one noticeable difference with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles this year: He's throwing prettier passes.Fewer ducks. Fewer wobblers. Fewer balls that make coaches cringe.''I've got to continue to work on it, continue improve it, but it's definitely night and day from this time last year,'' Bortles said Tuesday.

  • Culliver expected to help Washington secondary

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) No defense allowed more touchdown passes last year than Washington's. Since then, the Redskins have changed defensive coordinators, signed three potential starting linemen, and added two possible starting safetiesThe biggest upgrade, however, might be at cornerback. Three-time Pro Bowl selection DeAngelo Hall is expected to return from a torn left Achilles tendon that ended his season in Week 3. And Washington lured Chris Culliver away from San Francisco with a four-year, million contract, half of which is guaranteed.

  • Mo shows: Frustrated Wilkerson reports for Jets minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Muhammad Wilkerson is back with his teammates, even though he's not happy about his contract situation.The New York Jets defensive end reported for the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday despite still looking for a long-term extension that he expected to be taken care of by now.

  • Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Smith miss minicamp for Broncos

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) As expected, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and defensive end Antonio Smith didn't attend Denver's mandatory minicamp Tuesday.Thomas is boycotting the Broncos' offseason program after the team placed its .8 million franchise tag on him. He won't be fined since he hasn't signed his tender and isn't under contract.

  • Titans sign C Fernando Velasco, put CB Brandon Harris on IR

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have reacquired center Fernando Velasco and have placed cornerback Brandon Harris on injured reserve.The team announced Velasco's signing and Harris' move to injured reserve on Tuesday.Velasco started his career with the Titans in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia and remained with the team through 2012. He played 13 games and made seven starts with the Carolina Panthers last season and started 11 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.

  • Report: Taxpayer tab on St. Louis stadium plan reaches M

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The proposed riverfront football stadium in St. Louis already has cost taxpayers million, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1HXYj92 ) reported that that figure is based on the latest invoices released this week from financing advisers, railroad track engineers, contract attorneys and management.

  • Jeremy Maclin leads new-look Chiefs wide receiver corps

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When David Culley first got to know Jeremy Maclin, the young wide receiver was just another rookie fresh out of Missouri trying to learn his way in the pressure-cooker NFL.When they reunited this past offseason, everything had changed.

  • San Diego mayor eyes Charger stadium vote by Dec. 15

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city could hold a special election by Dec. 15 on a new stadium for the NFL's Chargers, a few weeks before a team could file to relocate to Los Angeles under league rules.Faulconer addressed reporters Monday after a second round of negotiations with the team on a plan to finance a new stadium in San Diego. He says the City Council has until Sept. 18 to decide on whether to put a plan to voters by mid-December.

  • Bears sign cornerback Tracy Porter to 1-year contract

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract Monday to bolster their secondary.Heading into his eighth NFL season, Porter is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for New Orleans against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl.

  • Attorney: Judge dismisses Ray McDonald defamation lawsuit

    June 30, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A California judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald against a woman who accused him of rape.McDonald failed to produce any admissible evidence that the woman had spoken to anyone other than law enforcement officials about her accusations, and statements to police are considered protected speech, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving said in the ruling last week.

  • Jonathan Stewart ready to become Carolina's primary back

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jonathan Stewart will enter the season as the Panthers' undisputed featured running back for the first time in eight years.And the 28-year-old is anxious to make the most of the opportunity.When Carolina released its all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams in March in a salary cap move, it paved the way for Stewart to step in and become the team's No. 1 back. The 5-foot-10, 228-pounder who combines shiftiness and power says it won't change his approach.

  • Titans rookie Green-Beckham rehabbing strained hamstring

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dorial Green-Beckham has only one worry, and that's making sure he rehabs the tight hamstring that has kept the Tennessee Titans rookie sidelined the past three weeks.Proving the Titans made the right decision by drafting him will come soon enough.

  • Attorney: Judge dismisses defamation lawsuit by former 49er

    June 30, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) An attorney says a California judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald against a woman who accused him of rape.Gloria Allred, who is representing the woman, said Monday that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving had tossed all five causes of action in the lawsuit by McDonald.

  • No Eric Weddle at Chargers practice again

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Another Chargers practice, another day without Eric Weddle.The team's All-Pro safety missed the first day of the final week off OTAs on Monday. With the sessions being voluntary, Weddle isn't subject to discipline.That changes next week for the team's three-day mandatory minicamp.

  • Dolphins defensive tackle moonlights as an Uber driver

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Word on the street is Miami Dolphins reserve defensive tackle A.J. Francis has good acceleration, an excellent motor and a high ceiling in his 2014 Dodge Charger.He's an Uber driver.Francis is under contract to earn 0,000 this year in his third NFL season, but paychecks don't start coming until July, and it's uncertain he'll make the team. He wanted some extra spending money, so in April he became a driver for hire with Uber, making to an hour.

  • Giants CB Amukamara's goal: stay healthy this year

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Looking back on his first four seasons with the New York Giants, cornerback Prince Amukamara is a bit frustrated.While there have been accomplishments and steps toward becoming a top defensive back, it's a period marked by injuries and surgeries.

  • Cowboys sign former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and linebacker Justin Jackson.Washington drafted Seastrunk in the sixth round last year but cut him at the end of the preseason. He split 2014 on the practice squads of Carolina and Tennessee before the Titans signed him to a futures contract after the season. He was waived May 18.

  • Jaguars rookie Sample calls broken arm 'flukish' injury

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sample heard the pop and felt the pain.He figured his arm injury was bad, but he still wanted to know exactly what happened.So Sample sat down with coach Gus Bradley a few hours after breaking his right arm in practice last Thursday and watched the video.

  • Jaguars rookie Sample: broken right arm 'flukish' injury

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sample expects to miss 10 to 12 weeks with a broken arm, an injury he calls ''flukish.''Sample provided the prognosis Monday, four days after he broke his right arm while trying to knock the ball out of a teammate's hands during non-contact drills.

  • Bears sign cornerback Tracy Porter

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract Monday to bolster their secondary.Heading into his eighth NFL season, Porter is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for New Orleans against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl.

  • Texans and Redskins to hold joint practices

    June 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins will hold joint practices in Richmond from Aug. 6-8.It will be the first time the teams have worked together during training camp. Houston worked last preseason with the Atlanta Falcons.Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones called the dual workouts ''a clear benefit of our state-of-the-art training facility. Welcoming the Houston Texans to Richmond, Virginia for practice sessions with the Washington Redskins is thrilling.''

  • Patriots release Spikes after his car found abandoned

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were hurt in a vehicle that was rear-ended.

  • Police: Car found abandoned belongs to Patriots linebacker

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged car belonging to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 over the weekend.The 2011 Mercedes-Maybach was found with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Foxborough after the operator via the OnStar on-board navigation system reported hitting a deer, state police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. It's not clear who had been driving.

  • Steelers WR Bryant looking for breakout 2015

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is hoping for a smoother ride in his second season in the NFL.Drafted in the fourth round a year ago, Bryant finished his rookie season with 26 receptions for 549 yards and was second on the team to Antonio Brown with eight touchdown catches. He also led the Steelers with 21.1 yards per reception, highlighted by a 94-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals that kickstarted Pittsburgh's run to the AFC North title.

  • Browns acquire punter Andy Lee from 49ers, waive Lanning

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns believe they've kicked their special teams up a notch.Cleveland acquired three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers and released punter Spencer Lanning on Saturday, moves that complete a sweep of the Browns' specialists from last season.

  • Romo-led fantasy event in Vegas called off as NFL balks

    June 30, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) A fantasy football-themed event in Las Vegas headlined by Tony Romo was called off after the NFL reiterated a policy banning appearances associated with casinos.A league spokesman said Saturday the NFL ''reminded the players association'' of the policy with the National Fantasy Football Convention event scheduled for next month.

  • Browns acquire punter Andy Lee from 49ers

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have acquired three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.The Browns also waived punter Spencer Lanning, who signed with the club as a free agent in 2013.Cleveland sent a late-round 2017 draft pick to the Niners for Lee, who made the Pro Bowl in the 2007, 2009 and 2011 seasons. His days in San Francisco were numbered when the Niners drafted Clemson punter Bradley Pinion.

  • Jets' Wilkerson uncertain whether he'll attend minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) Big Mo could be a no-show at New York Jets minicamp.Star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has stayed away from the team during voluntary workouts while looking for a new contract, and is uncertain if he'll attend the Jets' three mandatory practices next week.

  • 49ers announce right tackle Anthony Davis is retiring

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Right tackle Anthony Davis announced his retirement from the San Francisco 49ers in yet another shocking loss for the team this offseason, and it was unclear whether the decision stemmed from his difficulties with a concussion last year.

  • Saints, Pelicans president testifies in Benson trial

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Attorneys for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson began calling their witnesses Friday in the 87-year-old billionaire's mental competency trial, starting with a top sports executive.Dennis Lauscha, who serves as president of New Orleans' NFL and NBA clubs, politely declined to make any comments as he emerged from the closed courtroom following about four hours of testimony.

  • 49ers say T Anthony Davis is retiring

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Tackle Anthony Davis, the 11th-overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, has told the team that he plans to retire.The 49ers announced the move Friday. Davis hadn't been with the team during offseason workouts.San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke thanked Davis in a statement for his contributions to the 49ers and said the team ''wishes him the best as he moves on from the game.''

  • Rams' strong pass rush is back

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams' strong pass rush is back under coordinator Gregg Williams.Defensive end Robert Quinn led the team with 10 1/2 sacks and has 29 1/2 the last two seasons. The Rams had 40 sacks in the last 11 games after getting shut out in the first five.

  • Newspaper company wants Hernandez juror documents unsealed

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Newspaper company GateHouse Media is asking a judge to unseal documents relating to a juror in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts.The company publishes Fall River's The Herald News, the Taunton Daily Gazette and Quincy's The Patriot Ledger. It says information about the unidentified juror must be made public.

  • Fullback Bruce Miller back on the field for 49ers

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller apologized Friday to anyone he disappointed during his offseason legal case.''I want to apologize to everyone that this had a negative effect on,'' Miller said Friday. ''Completely understand the expectations of me. I have the same expectations. We're on the same page. ... I've completely committed to taking the steps necessary to be here and be a part of this football team.''

  • 'Kickalicious' releases 2nd trick-shot video; seeks NFL gig

    June 30, 2015

    ''Kickalicious'' is back, with another trick-shot video and an unwavering pursuit of a job with an NFL team.Havard Rugland has released another YouTube video showing him making kicks all over Norway.Rugland's first video, released in 2012, earned him notice and helped get him signed by the Detroit Lions in 2013. He was released late in training camp that year.

  • Jaguars rookie James Sample breaks arm in practice

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sample will miss the rest of the team's offseason program because of a broken arm.A fourth-round draft pick from Louisville, Sample broke his right arm Thursday while trying to strip the ball from a teammate during non-contact drills. The Jaguars said he had surgery Friday and is expected to return during training camp in August.

  • Sarah Thomas 1st full-time female NFL official

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sarah Thomas is among 10 new officials joining the NFL's crews this season.NFL officiating director Dean Blandino said Friday that Thomas will work as a line judge with veteran referee Pete Morelli. Thomas already had been announced as the first woman hired by the league as a full-time, on-field official.

  • Dolphins 1st-round pick Parker undergoes foot surgery

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker underwent left foot surgery Friday and will likely miss the start of training camp, but he's expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.The former Louisville receiver had surgery on the same foot last year, when he sat out the first seven games of his senior season. Parker's foot bothered him in recent offseason practices with the Dolphins, and he decided to undergo another procedure to replace a screw.

  • As recovery continues, George starting to feel like old self

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George was ready to play Thursday night - and not just in another charity softball game.He was ready for the biggest challenge of all. A little more than 10 months after a horrific leg injury and just hours after impressing his coach with an hour-long workout, the Indiana Pacers' two-time All-Star proclaimed he felt like his old self and was ready to face his biggest rival.

  • Psychiatrist testifies about Saints, Pelicans owner

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson spent more than five hours testifying about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health.And he's not done.Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed.

  • Psychiatrist testifies about Saints and Pelicans owner

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is the latest witness to testify about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health.Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed.

  • Foles getting acquainted with new team, new offense

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Quarterback Nick Foles is getting to know his new St. Louis Rams teammates.''We love him,'' wide receiver Kenny Britt said Thursday after the second OTA session and first open to reporters. ''Great deep ball, he puts it on the money every time.

  • Ben Watson not changing approach with Saints

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Even with an opportunity at tight end, veteran Ben Watson has not changed his approach to summer practices with the New Orleans Saints.The Saints traded three-time Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham to Seattle in March, did not draft a tight end and have not signed a free agent to replace Graham through early June.

  • Son of Broncos owner arrested on domestic violence charges

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Bowlen Jr., the 29-year-old son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and an administrative employee of the team, has been placed on indefinite leave following his arrest on domestic violence charges.The younger Bowlen was arrested Wednesday night in the Denver suburb of Glendale on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment after allegedly pushing his girlfriend against a bathroom wall, police said.

  • Raiders sign WR Kris Durham, LB Chase Williams

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent receiver Kris Durham and undrafted free agent linebacker Chase Williams.The Raiders also announced Thursday that they waived tight end Scott Simonson and waived linebacker Jacoby Hale with an injury designation. Oakland also placed receiver Andre Debose on the reserve-injured list and waived linebacker Miles Burris from that list.

  • QB Newton shows no signs of added pressure after big contact

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton connected with Ted Ginn Jr. on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone Thursday.He raced along the sideline screaming, laughing and playfully taunting the defense before culminating his touchdown celebration with a flying hip bump with the veteran wide receiver.

  • Rudolph aiming, again, for productive year with Vikings

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Kyle Rudolph's main goal on the field is to get open. The Minnesota Vikings tight end has already been covered more than ever this year.With a huge tattoo, that is: He has added a colorful tribute to his family, blanketing his left arm.

  • Redskins checking 'off-field situation' involving Crowder

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins say they are investigating what they called ''an off-field situation'' involving fourth-round draft pick Jamison Crowder.Crowder's Instagram feed Wednesday night briefly included photographs of a woman who claims to have been abused by the receiver. The photos show a cut on her inner lip and bruises on her arm. They have been deleted, but screenshots circulated Thursday on social media.

  • Cardinals wrap up OTAs with air of confidence

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up what coach Bruce Arians called ''outstanding'' OTAs, the team displaying an obvious air of confidence about what lies ahead in the coming season.''We got a lot accomplished as a football team,'' Arians said after Thursday's session, ''in every phase - special teams, offense, defense. Everybody got better.''

  • Kirchner, Fitterer promoted in Seahawks' scouting department

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have promoted Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner to the role of co-directors of player personnel, the team said Thursday.Fitterer has been Seattle's director of college scouting since 2011 and Kirchner was the director of pro personnel from 2013-14. Kirchner interviewed for the general manager position with the New York Jets this past offseason.

  • Rams release rookie Sasser due to pre-existing condition

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have released rookie wide receiver Bud Sasser because of a pre-existing medical condition.Coach Jeff Fisher declined to reveal the nature of the problem Thursday, but said the former Missouri star, a sixth-round pick, had failed his physical.

  • Aaron Hernandez double murder trial to begin in December

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Jury selection for the double murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1, a judge said Thursday.Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke also set a date of Jan. 4 for the trial to begin in earnest. Hernandez was not present in court Thursday.

  • Bills to host Browns for 2 training camp practices

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine are teaming up once again.The Ryan-coached Bills will host Pettine and the Cleveland Browns for a pair of joint practices at Buffalo's training camp facility in suburban Rochester. The sessions will take place Aug. 17-18, leading up to their preseason game at Cleveland on Aug. 20.

  • Trio of college QBs in unfamiliar roles with Steelers

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Tajh Boyd, Devin Gardner and Tyler Murphy combined for more than 21,000 yards passing and 150 touchdowns during their collegiate careers.And yet all three understand if the Pittsburgh Steelers require any of them to so much as cock back their arm once during a regular season game, things are likely pretty bleak.

  • Senators push for end to military paying NFL to honor troops

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The New England Patriots got 5,000 from the Army National Guard for honoring American troops, including a ''True Patriot'' program during a halftime show at home games.''Hardly a deprived franchise,'' scoffed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday as he and two other lawmakers won Senate approval for a prohibition on lucrative Pentagon contracts with NFL teams for the various ceremonies honoring the military.

  • Safety at corner: Packers' 1st-round pick Randall adjusting

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Damarious Randall leaned over at his locker and did a contemplative stare following his second full day of offseason workouts.There is a lot to take in as the first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers.''It's just more like still surreal to me. Just sitting here kind of learning everything,'' Randall said in a quiet locker room. ''Right now, I'm just learning the playbook and taking it day by day.''

  • Chargers' Fluker goes from homeless to graduate, NFL starter

    June 30, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) D.J. Fluker had bouts of anger sometimes, wondering how God let him and his family wind up homeless, five people sleeping shoehorned into a car.The challenges of trying to succeed in football and school - and he valued both - became daunting at times, too.

  • Special NFL owners meeting on LA set for Aug. 11

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) NFL owners will hold a special meeting about a potential relocation of a team or teams to Los Angeles on Aug. 11 in Chicago.The need for such a meeting became clear after the 32 owners were updated last month on stadium developments both in Los Angeles and in the three cities with teams interested in moving: San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland.

  • Judge could set date in Aaron Hernandez Boston murder trial

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez are due in court in Boston, where a judge could set a date for his double murder trial.Hernandez isn't expected to attend Thursday's hearing. He is serving life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing an acquaintance in 2013.

  • Lions sign Williams, release Lora

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed running back Rasheed Williams and released receiver Erik Lora, according to a report on the team's website.Williams is an undrafted rookie out of Alfred State. Lora played at Eastern Illinois from 2009-13.

  • Still no word from Hardy in Dallas, but teammates impressed

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Greg Hardy missed practice Wednesday because he was ill, so the latest chance for the Dallas defensive end to meet with reporters ended the same way as the first two.There's still no word from the player facing a 10-game suspension to start the season for his role in a domestic violence case.

  • Granddaughter of Saints, Pelicans owner concludes testimony

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rita LeBlanc once expected to spend many years running the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, which would have made her one of the most powerful women in pro sports.This week, the disowned granddaughter has spent many hours on a witness stand, trying to persuade a judge that her 87-year-old grandfather, Tom Benson, was not of sound mind when he ousted her, her mother and her brother from ownership positions with his NFL and NBA clubs, and changed his succession plan to place his third wife in line to control his business empire.

  • Starter or not, Fitzpatrick aims to be ready for Jets

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in this spot many times throughout his NFL career.The veteran quarterback is the backup, not the New York Jets' projected starter right now. That label belongs to Geno Smith, who's coming off two shaky seasons.

  • Yahoo lands rights to show NFL game on Internet this fall

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is teaming up with Yahoo to show a game live on the Internet this fall.The alliance announced Wednesday follows up on the NFL's previously announced plan to stream the Oct. 25 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. The game, which will be played in London, is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

  • Zimmer's voice was important in Peterson's return to Vikings

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Mike Zimmer was Adrian Peterson's coach for a mere offseason and one regular season game, before the tumultuous hiatus began for the Minnesota Vikings running back.Zimmer never wavered in his support for Peterson during the child abuse ordeal that kept him away from the team for months. The first-year coach knew how valuable Peterson would be for his offense, how exceptional his ball-carrying ability was.

  • Raiders waive/injured seventh-round pick Andre Debose

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have waived/injured seventh-round draft pick Andre Debose because of an Achilles tendon injury.Debose is a return specialist out of Florida. No other details on his injury were provided by the team.Oakland also announced Wednesday the signing of free agent wideout and return man Trindon Holliday. He split the 2014 season between the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay. Holliday had three kickoff returns for 83 yards with San Francisco and two punt returns and two kickoff returns with the Buccaneers.

  • All grown up, Tuitt eyeing breakout season for Steelers

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) It's a business decision that doubles as a reminder for Stephon Tuitt.The second-year Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman decided against buying a home during the offseason, preferring to lease a small apartment instead not far from the team facility. Nothing against where he works or anything. But Tuitt figures writing that monthly rent check is a way to keep him rooted in the reality that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed.

  • Jets' Amaro leaves practice with apparent back injury

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro left the team's practice with what appeared to be a back injury.Amaro was running a route early during the practice Wednesday when he stopped short, went down on a knee and clutched his back while grimacing. He was looked at by trainers on the sideline and then headed to the locker room.

  • Jets announce plans for variable pricing for season tickets

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are using variable pricing for season tickets for the team's 10 home games, including the preseason, at MetLife Stadium this year.The team announced the pricing plan Wednesday after using it for individual game tickets last season.

  • New Redskins defensive coordinator making presence felt

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) One of the biggest changes at Washington Redskins' practices is the presence of new defensive coordinate Joe Barry.His energy is inescapable.If Barry, who replaced Jim Haslett in January, isn't playing quarterback for linebackers during positional drills, he's exhorting players before and after every snap of 11-on-11 work.

  • Aaron Hernandez lawyer seeks inquiry on juror issue

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A lawyer for former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez has asked a judge to allow an inquiry into what he says is a juror's ''exposure to significant extraneous matter.''Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Knee injuries to 2 prized picks have NFL teams concerned

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) NFL teams are reviewing the way they handle rookie minicamps after season-ending knee injuries to two prized picks less than a week after all the hugs and handshakes of draft night.Locker rooms and front offices were jolted when defensive end Dante Fowler, the third overall pick, blew out his left knee on the first day of Jacksonville's rookie minicamp. Twenty-four hours later, tight end Jeff Heuerman, Denver's third-round selection, tore his left ACL covering a kickoff.

  • Bills McCoy says he's done talking about ex-coach Chip Kelly

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running LeSean McCoy is done talking about Chip Kelly, and sees no reason to explain what he meant in suggesting his former coach might have shown a racial bias when parting ways with several Philadelphia Eagles star players.

  • NFL chooses Yahoo as partner in experiment to stream game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL says it has chosen Yahoo as its partner in an experiment to stream a game internationally in October.The league had announced in March that it planned to stream the Oct. 25 matchup between Buffalo and Jacksonville from London. The NFL said Wednesday it will use Yahoo's platforms for the free broadcast.

  • Peterson 'feels good to be back in the building'

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Nearly eight months passed for Adrian Peterson between practices with the Minnesota Vikings.His public image and personal brand took a huge hit. He had to miss 15 precious games in a sport with so few. He found himself thoroughly baffled by what to do next, whether he even wanted to return to the NFL, let alone Minnesota. He turned 30.

  • Kin of Saints, Pelicans owner testify in competency case

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A lawyer for the estranged heirs of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson described the tone in the courtroom as ''somber'' and ''emotional'' as his clients began testifying about their patriarch's mental state.Taking the witness stand on Tuesday were Benson's daughter, Renee, and his granddaughter, Rita LeBlanc. The pair, along with Renee Benson's son, Ryan LeBlanc, claim in a lawsuit filed in January that Tom Benson was not of sound mind when he ousted them from ownership positions five months ago, instead leaving his third wife in position to take over.

  • Rams hire Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have added former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant.Garcia will primarily assist wide receivers coach Ray Sherman. The move was announced on Tuesday.Garcia was with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL last year, and previously tutored NFL quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Tyrod Taylor and Matt McGloin.

  • Veterans Peppers and Raji back to fortify Packers D

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Two of the most respected veterans on Green Bay's defense are separated by just a couple stalls in the locker room.Julius Peppers and B.J. Raji feel as if they have a lot left to accomplish despite all the hits they have administered, and all blocks they have shed over the years.

  • Left tackle Donald Penn optimistic about Raiders in 2015

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Donald Penn isn't getting much sleep at home these days, not with a 2-month-old daughter to take care of.The Oakland Raiders' veteran left tackle has been trying to catch up at nights following the team's offseason workouts. Even then, there hasn't been much time to rest.

  • Ray McDonald's ex says former 49er repeatedly attacked her

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald's ex-fiancee says in court records that McDonald repeatedly attacked her over several months.The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1KKJxZn) that a restraining order obtained by the newspaper Tuesday shows the 27-year-old woman says he once choked her and once put his knee to her stomach while she was pregnant, according to her application for the temporary restraining order.

  • Falcons try to move on after Shembo arrested for dog killing

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) New coach Dan Quinn believes the Atlanta Falcons made the right decision to cut ties immediately with Prince Shembo after the linebacker was arrested last week for killing a dog.The team waived Shembo last Friday, the same day he turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a cruelty to animals charge.

  • Column: Peterson changes course at just the right time

    June 30, 2015

    Adrian Peterson made his point, only to find out no one was in any mood to listen.He wasn't going to win his fight to get more money guaranteed in his contract, not when the Minnesota Vikings held all the cards. He wasn't going to rally fans to his side, not when there was little sympathy for a player who missed most of the previous season dealing with felony child abuse charges.

  • Titans working to run better with Mariota, other draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Of the many items on Tennessee's needs improvement list, nothing may be higher offensively than running the ball better.It's a topic coach Ken Whisenhunt has repeatedly mentioned this offseason, a not so subtle message for an offense that can stand to improve across the board.

  • Wilson says little about contract negotiations with Seahawks

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson provided a warning. Don't expect him to make statements regarding his contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks until a deal is reached.''I'm going to be the boring, cliche answer, but it's the truth,'' Wilson said following Seattle's organized team activity on Tuesday that was open to the media. ''Ultimately, I believe it will work out, hope that it does. I just take one day at a time. It's a private matter. I don't really talk about that kind of stuff.''

  • Steelers top pick Dupree hoping to be quick study

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Bud Dupree isn't one for humble bragging, but he's willing to make an exception just this once.''God blessed me with being a smart individual,'' the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker said when pressed on where his photographic memory comes from. ''If I see it one time and I do it one time, I know it. I really don't have to study that much and I just stick with it. It's always been a gift I feel.''

  • Redskins sign NT Jerrell Powe, T Willie Smith

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Free-agent nose tackle Jerrell Powe and offensive lineman Willie Smith have signed with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deals Tuesday. Washington also waived tackle Tovar Allen.Powe has played in 28 games, making four starts, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans over the past four seasons.

  • Bengals defense trying to get up to speed in workouts

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Defensive end Michael Johnson is fitting in as though he never left Cincinnati. The rest of the Bengals defense is trying to get back to the way it was as well.One of the main focuses in Cincinnati's offseason workouts is getting the defense back to where it was two years ago, when it was the backbone of a playoff team. The Bengals have kept the unit essentially intact, so it's more a matter of working on the little things than starting all over.

  • AP Source: Panthers-Newton 5-year deal worth 3.8 million

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman believes Cam Newton can lead the Panthers to ''the Promised Land'' so he made the fifth-year quarterback the highest-paid player in franchise history.He'll get no argument from Newton.''I feel like I can get us there as well,'' Newton said of leading the Panthers to their first Super Bowl title. ''They're not saying anything I don't think myself.''

  • 49ers fullback Miller pleads no contest to disturbing peace

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge stemming from an argument with his former fiancee that led to his arrest March 5.Santa Clara County prosecutors said that Miller smashed the woman's cellphone. He must attend a 16-week domestic violence counseling course as part of his sentence.

  • Despite shuffling, Chiefs offensive line could be settled

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) As another round of musical chairs began with the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line last week, it was hard to fathom just who would be left off the first team when coach Andy Reid finally called for the music to stop.There was Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft just two years ago, shuffling over to join the second string for a few reps during an optional offseason workout.

  • Goodell makes it official: He will hear Brady's appeal

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official Tuesday: He will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players' union said Goodell should recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he can't be impartial and could be called as a witness.

  • Star RB Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Donning his purple No. 28 jersey for the first time in nine months, Adrian Peterson said Tuesday he has apologized to the 4-year-old son he struck with a wooden switch and had ''learned a lot from my mistake.''Peterson returned to the Vikings and practiced for the first time since September. He then told reporters he has met all the requirements that came from pleading no contest to a misdemeanor that caused him to miss the final 15 games of last season.

  • Browns welcome kid with rare disease for symbolic contract

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The newest member of the Browns arrived in a limousine, signed his contract and suited up in front of his locker.Dylan Sutcliffe then headed out to the practice field, where the 9-year-old boy with a rare disease that affects the nervous system lived out his dream of joining his favorite NFL team.

  • Derrick Johnson, Dontari Poe miss Chiefs offseason workout

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe walked gingerly off the Chiefs' practice field Tuesday with back pain, and linebacker Derrick Johnson sat out with inflammation in his knee.The Chiefs were getting back to work with the second week of organized team activities when Poe walked off the field. A team spokesman did not say how long he might be out.

  • Browns coach dismisses Manziel bottle-throwing incident

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Mike Pettine is defending quarterback Johnny Manziel, saying he's unhappy with outside chatter about Manziel's relationship with the team following a rehab stay and a minor confrontation with a fan.Pettine said Tuesday he's not concerned after the former college star threw a water bottle at a heckler during a PGA Tour golf tournament in Texas.

  • Titans agree to terms with tight end Phillip Supernaw

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with tight end Phillip Supernaw and have waived defensive tackle Lucas Vincent.Supernaw, who is listed as 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds, played two games for the Kansas City Chiefs and six games for the Baltimore Ravens last season. He caught three passes for 30 yards.

  • Saints extend defensive end Cameron Jordan through 2020

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints' brass appears confident that defensive end Cameron Jordan's dip in sacks last season was not the start of a trend.Jordan signed a contract extension on Tuesday that runs through the 2020 season and is worth up to million, with million guaranteed, said Jordan's agent, Doug Hendrickson of Relativity Football.

  • NFL looking for more international games in Mexico, Germany

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Roger Goodell casually mentioned last month the NFL's interest in adding more international games. He mentioned potential contests in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.Sure, the league has been thoroughly satisfied with its series of game at Wembley Stadium, with three more London matches set for the 2015 season. The appetite for more global expansion has been whetted, though, and while future games in the United Kingdom pretty much are a certainty, events along the Rhein or in Rio might loom, too.

  • Redskins sign NT Jerrell Powe, formerly with Chiefs, Texans

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Free-agent nose tackle Jerrell Powe has signed with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deal Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Powe has played in 28 games, making four starts, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans over the past four seasons.

  • Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings, telling The Associated Press that he will participate in the team's voluntary practice on Tuesday and still has love for his team after nine months away.Peterson sent an e-mail to the AP early Tuesday morning saying he's excited to put on a uniform again after missing the final 15 games of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas. He also skipped the team's voluntary practices last week while openly lamenting the fact that the final three years of his contract are not guaranteed.

  • Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings for practice on Tuesday

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings for practice on Tuesday.

  • Bengals' Devon Still and daughter to receive Jimmy V Award

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his 5-year-old daughter Leah will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance honor at the ESPY Awards in July.Leah was diagnosed last June with stage-4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer in young children. Still said last week that his daughter ''hit a pretty serious complication'' in the process of getting a stem cell transplant, with her liver affected by chemotherapy.

  • Broncos 1st-round pick Shane Ray signs contract

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Shane Ray, Denver's first-round draft pick, has signed his rookie contract, worth approximately million over four years. It includes a signing bonus of nearly million.Ray practiced with the Broncos for the first time Monday, taking part in on-field individual drills for the first time since sustaining a turf toe injury five months ago.

  • Benson in good spirits as trial vs. estranged heirs starts

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson walked slowly toward a court room where a struggle for control of his pro sports teams is playing out.Using a cane with his left hand while a young lawyer held the 87-year-old's right arm for support, Benson paused near several media members and quipped, ''Y'all can report that I'm still walking - damn good.''

  • Right side, left side doesn't matter to Chargers lineman

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers lineman D.J. Fluker took the podium, but not before taking some advice.''Hey Fluke,'' Chargers guard Orlando Franklin yelled. ''Give me a shout out.''The Chargers started their second week of full-squad OTAs on Monday and it was Fluker's turn to address the media.

  • Cooper looks to show Cardinals he was worth high pick

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Jonathan Cooper knows this is his chance to show the Arizona Cardinals that he was worth being chosen as the No. 7 overall draft pick in 2013.So far, it's been a tough road in the NFL for the big guard from North Carolina.After earning the starting spot at left guard in training camp, he broke his leg in a preseason game and missed his entire rookie season. He was back last year, but had a tough time regaining his old form.

  • Brock Osweiler makes most of Peyton Manning's day off

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) These are the days Brock Osweiler lives for.When you're a fourth-year quarterback who has yet to start an NFL game; when you're entering the final year of your rookie contract still waiting for your shot; and when you're Peyton Manning's understudy, you embrace chances like No. 17 did at practice Monday.

  • Jaguars awarded QB Jeff Tuel off waivers from Bills

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback, one familiar with offensive assistants Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett.The Jaguars were awarded Jeff Tuel off waivers from Buffalo on Monday, reuniting him with two of his former Bills coaches.

  • Cardinals sign 1st-round pick Humphries to 4-year deal

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries to a four-year contract.The deal completes the signings of all the Cardinals' seven picks this season.Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle out of Florida, was the 24th overall pick in the draft.

  • Jim Kelly upbeat in return to host charitable golf tourney

    June 30, 2015

    BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) Walking past a stationary football target positioned off a tee box at his own charitable golf tournament, Jim Kelly couldn't resist a chance to test his arm.Swish! The Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback raised both hands in celebration after his spiral-perfect pass landed square in the mesh pocket from 10 yards out.

  • AP Source: Cardinals give DT Rucker a 1-year extension

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals have given defensive tackle Frostee Rucker a one-year extension, keeping him under contract through the 2016 season.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the team has not officially announced the deal.

  • Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis sidelined with leg injury

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis is expected to miss the rest of the team's spring practices with a leg injury.Sturgis was absent from Monday's workout and will likely sit out the eight remaining OTA and minicamp practices this month, coach Joe Philbin said. The injury creates an opportunity for undrafted rookie Andrew Franks, the other placekicker on the roster.

  • Titans agree to terms with receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a contract with their second round draft selection, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.The Titans announced the deal Monday but did not release terms of the contract.Off-field issues dropped the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Green-Beckham from a likely first-round selection down to No. 40 overall to Tennessee. He said the night he was drafted that he had been a young guy having fun in college and put that all in his past.

  • Colts' Mathis says he'll be ready for Sept. 13 season opener

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis says his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles tendon is ahead of schedule and that he plans to be ready for the season opener in September.Mathis injured his left leg while training in Atlanta last fall. The injury occurred while he was serving a four-game suspension for using a fertility drug.

  • Giants punter unhurt in hydroplaning crash on NJ Turnpike

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Rattled but mostly unhurt, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said he's just happy to be alive after totaling a rented car on the New Jersey Turnpike early Monday as he tried to return home for practice from watching the birth of a daughter in California.

  • AP Source: Panthers, Cam Newton contract talks continue

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Contract talks between the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton on a multi-year contract extension are continuing and the sides are close to getting a deal done, said a person close to the negotiations.A deal could be completed within the next two days, the person said on Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly released details of the negotiations.

  • MetLife Stadium installs magnetometers for fan use

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The idea is simple: get as many as 80,000 people into MetLife Stadium as quickly and efficiently as possible in the most secure manner.Beginning this week, the home of the New York Giants and Jets and site of dozens of other mega-events will use walk-through metal detectors at all gates. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, no more wanding or pat-downs.

  • Manziel tosses water bottle at heckler during PGA event

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn't lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament.Manziel had been turning away autograph requests from the fan for about two hours Saturday during the third round when an exchange escalated in the pool area of the Four Seasons Resort where the PGA Tour event is held, Irving police spokesman James McLellan said.

  • Johnny Manziel has run-in with fan at Nelson golf tournament

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn't lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament.Irving police spokesman James McLellan says the fan had been asking the Cleveland quarterback for an autograph for about two hours Saturday when an exchange escalated in the pool area at the Four Seasons resort where the PGA Tour event is held. The bottle didn't hit the fan.

  • Polamalu protege Thomas ready to step in for Steelers

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Shamarko Thomas wasn't necessarily looking for a role model when he arrived from Syracuse to the Pittsburgh Steelers as a fourth-round draft pick in 2013.After muddling through an uneven rookie year, the safety quickly identified one last spring and was thrilled that veteran Troy Polamalu was glad to help.

  • Falcons sign veteran guard Chris Chester

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have added depth to their offensive line by signing nine-year veteran guard Chris Chester.Chester started all 64 of Washington's games over the last four years. He will be reunited with Kyle Shanahan, the former Redskins offensive coordinator who's beginning his first season with the Falcons under new coach Dan Quinn.

  • Bengals' Devon Still asks for prayers for sick daughter

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is asking for prayers for his daughter, Leah, who's had a setback in her fight against cancer.The 5-year-old girl went into a hospital on May 5 to start the process of getting a stem cell transplant. The 4-to-6-week process involves high doses of chemotherapy at the outset.

  • 49ers Bowman confident he'll return to top form post-injury

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Even with his speed not quite the same thanks to a bulky brace he still wears to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

  • Browns waive long snapper Yount

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount.The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.

  • AP Source: Brady's deflate appeal will be June 23

    June 30, 2015

    A person familiar with the situation says Tom Brady's appeal of his suspension in the deflated footballs scandal will be heard on June 23.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the date hasn't been officially announced. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended four games after an NFL investigation found that he was ''at least generally aware'' of an illegal scheme to play the AFC championship game with improperly deflated footballs.

  • Bills shuffle quarterbacks: Claim Matt Simms; cut Jeff Tuel

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at quarterback by claiming Matt Simms and waiving Jeff Tuel.The Bills were awarded Simms on Friday, a day after he was cut by the New York Jets. He spent two seasons in New York and is reunited with former coach Rex Ryan in Buffalo.

  • Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge

    June 30, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month.

  • Gino Gradkowski the anchor of Denver's revamped O-line

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning will have four new offensive linemen working in front of him in 2015.With Ryan Clady (knee) going on IR Friday, right guard Louis Vasquez is Denver's only starter returning to a position he played last season.As it stands now, the anchor of this reconstructed offensive line is a man who didn't miss a snap for Baltimore in 2013 but whose snaps last year for the Ravens were limited.

  • Rams running back Trey Watts suspended for 4 games by NFL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams reserve running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.Watts, a two-year veteran, will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 5. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

  • Atlanta Falcons linebacker faces animal cruelty charge

    June 30, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) Police on Friday charged Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma.Denicia Williams called police on April 19 to report that her ex-boyfriend had killed her dog, Gwinnett County police said in a news release Friday. Williams told police she had taken her Yorkie, Dior, to Shembo's apartment on April 15. At some point, she left Shembo alone with the dog, and when she found the dog later he was unresponsive.

  • Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots' use of deflated footballs.He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the team was handling the fallout from the investigation.

  • Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A judge denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week's trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs.Judge Kern Reese, who ruled Friday in New Orleans civil court, said he carefully weighed the public's constitutional right to access the court room against the 87-year-old Benson's privacy rights regarding his medical history.

  • Stanford, San Jose St. to host Super Bowl practices

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The two Super Bowl teams will practice for next year's game in the Bay Area on the campuses of Stanford and San Jose State.Stanford said Friday that the NFC champion will practice on its campus, as well as using the field house, weight room and conference rooms to prepare for the game on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

  • Sharper pleads guilty in federal sexual assault case

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in connection with allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states, the latest development in the former Pro-Bowler's fall from grace.Sharper, wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled together, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs to commit rape and two counts of distributing drugs to commit rape.

  • Broncos sign Ryan Harris day after Ryan Clady's injury

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have signed veteran offensive lineman Ryan Harris a day after losing perennial Pro Bowler Ryan Clady to a torn knee ligament.Harris was set to join the Broncos at practice Friday, the final day of this week's on-field work.

  • Sharper set for change-of-plea in sex assault case

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states.Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape in Nevada, Arizona and California. He previously pleaded not guilty in New Orleans, but is set to change that plea Friday morning in federal court.

  • At a game, indoor football isn't about the money

    June 30, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Chuck Wright was hooked the first time he tried professional indoor football. His pay for that game: a bill and six-pack of Bud Light.''If I never did anything else,'' he said, ''I could always say I got paid to play. It's true.''That was 10 years ago, and the 34-year-old is still going strong, now with a team called the Omaha Beef. It's an eclectic mix of dreamers hoping to get noticed by a team in the Arena Football League, CFL or even the NFL and realists like Wright who know they're going nowhere.

  • Matthews happy getting time at inside linebacker spot

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews said he's happy with continuing to spend at least part of his time at inside linebacker.Whether the Green Bay Packers' five-time Pro Bowl linebacker really likes the idea or is continuing to toe the company line, this much was clear during Thursday's first open-to-the-public organized team activity practice.

  • Broncos LB Brandon Marshall recovering from foot surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brandon Marshall is putting his foot down - only not the right one, since there are two screws holding it together.That starting spot at inside linebacker for the Denver Broncos? It will belong to him again once he's healthy.''I just believe in myself to the fullest,'' he said.

  • Saints getting a first look at their defensive overhaul

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) An autograph-covered football commemorating the New England Patriots' Super Bowl triumph last season now sits in cornerback Brandon Browner's locker at the headquarters of his new NFL team, the New Orleans Saints.In a sense, Browner is the face of a defensive overhaul New Orleans initiated after ranking second to last in yards allowed last season.

  • Jaguars' top pick Dante Fowler has successful knee surgery

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars say Dante Fowler has undergone successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.The procedure was done Wednesday in Pensacola by Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who is a specialist in repairing damaged ligaments for professional athletes. Fowler, the Jaguars' top pick in this year's NFL draft, will miss the entire 2015 season. He is expected to be back in Jacksonville next week where he will begin his rehab with team doctors and medical staff.

  • Adrian Peterson vents on Twitter about honoring contract

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration over criticism he is receiving while staying away from the voluntary portion of Minnesota Vikings' offseason.The former NFL MVP has come under scrutiny from fans after saying he wanted a long-term commitment from the team despite the fact that he missed most of last season while addressing child abuse charges. He has three years and about million left on his deal, but none of that is guaranteed.

  • Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots' two rookie guards are helping each other study the team's complex offensive schemes.They've already learned a much simpler strategy.No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach.

  • Tebow makes his Philly debut

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A slimmer Tim Tebow threw passes in shorts while a horde of reporters critiqued his mechanics and analyzed his arm motion.Welcome to Philly, Tim.The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner spoke to a large gathering of media for the first time Thursday since signing a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles last month.

  • Panthers expect offseason additions will free up WR Benjamin

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Help has arrived for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.Coach Ron Rivera is excited about the overall depth and competition at wide receiver, saying it is ''much better'' than it was a year ago when Carolina was in the midst of a major overhaul after cutting ties with its top four wideouts.

  • Allen looking to regroup in new-look Steelers secondary

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers paid Cortez Allen last fall to take over the shutdown cornerback role that Ike Taylor handled for the better part of a decade.The Steelers hardly got their money's worth, and Allen knows it.A 2014 that began with a five-year, million contract ended with Allen on injured reserve and his confidence decreased.

  • Jets release backup QB Matt Simms

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have released quarterback Matt Simms, who backed up starter Geno Smith the past two seasons.Simms became expendable when the Jets drafted Baylor's Bryce Petty in the fourth round earlier this month. With Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick ahead of him and the team high on Petty, Simms was a long shot to make the roster this season.

  • Broncos left tackle Clady tears ACL, likely out for season

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos are searching for someone to watch Peyton Manning's back after left tackle Ryan Clady tore his left ACL and will likely be out for the season.It's a big responsibility and tryouts begin immediately.The requirements are simple: Don't let anyone hit the five-time NFL MVP - something Clady was deftly able to do.

  • Eagles' Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles coach Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors white players over black players, adding he never considers race when building his roster.''I've got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he's wrong,'' Kelly said Thursday. ''We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color's never been one of them.''

  • Wilson's agent says no deadline on contract extension

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The agent for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said in a radio interview that the sides have made progress in attempts to get a contract extension done, but there is no deadline for reaching an agreement.Agent Mark Rodgers told 710ESPN Seattle on Thursday morning that he remains optimistic that Wilson will remain Seattle's quarterback for a long time. Wilson has one year remaining on his rookie contract, which will pay him .5 million, and the Seahawks could keep Wilson under control after next season by using the franchise tag.

  • Browns to play intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 7 at Ohio Stadium

    June 30, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns will play their annual intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 7 at Ohio Stadium.The team announced Thursday that the ''Orange and Brown'' scrimmage in the afternoon will be free to fans.Before the game, there will be Browns alumni autographs, live music, food and beverage specials and interactive entertainment at St. John Arena, near Ohio State's home field.

  • Oldest former Bears player Siegal dies at 97

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) John Siegal, an end who helped the Chicago Bears win three NFL titles in the 1940s and was their oldest former player, has died. He was 97.The Bears said Wednesday that he died this week at his home in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania.

  • NFL lineman Ray McDonald arrested again

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) NFL lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested for the second time this week.The Santa Clara Police Department said the former San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested Wednesday for violating a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara.

  • Ihedigbo attends Lions' offseason workouts

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) James Ihedigbo was on the field for the Detroit Lions' offseason training activities Wednesday.But it's not clear whether he'll stay there if his demand for a new contract is not met.The free safety asked the team for a new deal and said he would skip OTAs if he did not get one after getting 71 tackles and a career-best four interceptions in 13 games during last season's run to an NFC wild-card berth.

  • Texans back at work after weather delay

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) While he enjoyed his offseason, J.J. Watt couldn't wait to get back on the field Wednesday for Houston's first offseason practice.''This is where we feel comfortable,'' he said. ''This is where we feel the most at home when we're out there playing the game and working, competing and trying to get better.''

  • Raiders sign LB Miller, WR Williams

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent linebacker Horace Miller and re-signed wide receiver Milton Williams III.The Raiders waived cornerback Travell Dixon and receiver Austin Hill on Wednesday to make room on the roster.Miller spent training camp last summer with Seattle and then was signed in October to Carolina's practice squad. He spent one week on Carolina's active roster in December, but did not play in a game. He was waived by the Panthers in April.

  • Peyton Manning adjusting to new offense in Denver

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Shortly after the Denver Broncos received new orange T-shirts reading ''Keep Your Feet,'' the most expensive ones on the field got tangled.When Peyton Manning took the snap and turned to hand off, the quarterback and the football both hit the turf.

  • Marshall meshing with Jets, looking to prove himself again

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Brandon Marshall insists he didn't need a fresh start, a departure from a suddenly decaying situation with the Chicago Bears.He's in New York now, and looking to prove himself again - on a Jets team that's young, hungry and highly proficient in trash talking on the practice field.

  • Jaguars tight end Lewis welcomes new role, accepts pay cut

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Tight end Marcedes Lewis knew his role would change after the Jacksonville Jaguars signed free agent Julius Thomas in March.Lewis' salary ended up getting modified, too.Lewis restructured the final year of his contract, taking a significant pay cut to remain in Jacksonville. Now, with the Jaguars holding organized team activities, the veteran is trying to prove he can stay healthy and be a valuable asset in a complementary role alongside Thomas.

  • McClain, Bryant on offseason missing list for Dallas Cowboys

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys figured they would be without receiver Dez Bryant most of the offseason because of the star receiver's contract situation.Now Dallas is adding linebacker Rolando McClain to the missing list for spring workouts after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

  • Pressure on Titans' offensive linemen to protect rookie QB

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nobody faces more pressure to keep the Titans' new investment in quarterback Marcus Mariota safe than Tennessee's offensive linemen.And it's not like anyone will let them forget that either.Titans center Brian Schwenke said know that they have to protect the quarterback, especially when it's a rookie and the No. 2 selection overall in the draft. That's something a player tucks away in the back of his mind so he can focus on playing hard.

  • Chargers to begin stadium negotiations with city, county

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) A spokesman for Mayor Kevin Faulconer says city and county officials will sit down with executives from the Chargers on Tuesday to begin negotiations for a new stadium.The Chargers are threatening to leave for the Los Angeles area if they don't get a new stadium deal.

  • Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on "Deflategate"

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn't appeal the Patriots' punishment for using underinflated footballs.Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal.

  • Bowles: Jets' QB competition is on, but it's Smith's to lose

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets will have a quarterback competition, after all. Well, sort of.After some headline-making comments by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey caused some confusion and controversy last week, coach Todd Bowles clarified things a bit Wednesday.

  • Bears RB Matt Forte says he won't hold out for extension

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte says he will not hold out for a contract extension.A two-time Pro Bowl pick, he says he will report to training camp on time despite the team's refusal to extend his deal. Forte is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2012.

  • Coach says Peterson can play for Vikings or not play at all

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson spent the last five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.Peterson and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer finally cut to the chase Wednesday.

  • Redskins release veterans Chris Chester, Tracy Porter

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have released guard Chris Chester and cornerback Tracy Porter.The move clears about .3 million from Washington's salary cap. The Redskins have yet to sign Brandon Scherff, the fifth overall selection in this year's NFL draft, and would like to re-sign fellow offensive tackle Trent Williams, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and running back Alfred Morris, all of whom have been chosen for Pro Bowls and whose contracts expire after this season.

  • Pugh making biggest transition in Giants' new-look O-line

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Justin Pugh originally had his mind set on moving from his right tackle spot of the last two years to right guard, where he would team with first-round tackle Ereck Flowers to transform the Giants into an efficient power-running team.

  • Bowles says Jets' QB competition is on after all

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets will have a quarterback competition, after all.Well, sort of.Coach Todd Bowles says Wednesday that Geno Smith will head into training camp as the starter, and says it's the third-year's quarterback's job to lose. Bowles insists there will be competition at the position this summer - even if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't necessarily split snaps with Smith running the first-team offense.

  • "Hard Knocks" coming to Houston

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans will be the stars of this season of ''Hard Knocks.''The popular HBO reality series picks one team each season to follow during training camp. This year, viewers will get an inside look at the team with Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and last year's No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney, who is recovering from microfracture surgery.

  • Indianapolis signs 1st-round draft pick Phillip Dorsett

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Receiver Phillip Dorsett has a lot of work to do this offseason.First, he needs to learn the Colts' playbook, then he wants to develop a rapport with Andrew Luck, and only then will he ponder how to spend his first big paycheck.As the Colts conducted another offseason workout Wednesday, the former Miami star became the NFL's newest millionaire. Terms of the deal were not released by the team, but under the rookie cap, it will be for four years somewhere between the .7 million Baltimore's Breshad Perriman got and the .7 million given to New Orleans' Stephone Anthony. Perriman was drafted No. 26 overall, Dorsett went No. 29 and Anthony was taken 31st.

  • Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on Deflategate

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Robert Kraft made his first public remarks in eight days, but said nothing about the Patriots deflated footballs scandal.The club owner spoke for 80 seconds Wednesday at a ceremony to introduce the team's first-round draft choice. He and team president Jonathan Kraft stood on a platform on either side of defensive tackle Malcom Brown from Texas in the middle of Gillette Stadium.

  • Bills GM tells AP he's had initial talks to re-sign Dareus

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills general manager Doug Whaley says re-signing Marcell Dareus is his team's top priority, and he's already had preliminary contract talks in a bid to lock up the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle before the start of training camp next month.

  • For Bears chairman, plenty to second guess in McDonald case

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Wednesday he has repeatedly second-guessed his decision to approve the Ray McDonald signing and asked himself what he could have done differently.McDonald was released by the team Monday following a domestic violence arrest for an incident in Santa Clara, California, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee and their infant. The Santa Clara Police Department said Wednesday night that he was arrested again for violating a restraining order stemming from that incident.

  • Zimmer says Peterson can play for Vikings or not play at all

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Adrian Peterson has two choices: He can either play for the Vikings or he cannot play at all.The star running back has missed the first two days of optional team practices and is not expected to attend any of the optional workouts this summer. He has been upset with the team for a perceived lack of support while he faced a child abuse charge last season and his representatives have said he should play elsewhere next season.

  • Veteran back Williams ready for next act with Steelers

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) DeAngelo Williams wants to get something straight. Yes, the longtime running back came to Pittsburgh in the offseason to give the Steelers a much-needed influx of depth behind All-Pro Le'Veon Bell.Just don't peg Williams as merely a backup. While he understands his job is to fill in when Bell needs a break, Williams is confident there is plenty of life left in his 32-year-old legs. There better be with Bell facing a three-game suspension to start the 2015 following his arrest on DUI and marijuana charges last summer.

  • McClain joins Bryant on offseason missing list for Cowboys

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Receiver Dez Bryant hasn't been part of the offseason with the Cowboys as expected because of his contract situation. Now linebacker Rolando McClain could miss most of spring workouts recovering from right knee surgery.With defensive end Greg Hardy set to miss Thursday for the appeal of his 10-game suspension over a domestic violence case, the story for Dallas is as much about who isn't on the field as who is.

  • Antonio Smith absent from Broncos OTAs amid criminal probe

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Coach Gary Kubiak says Antonio Smith's absence from the Denver Broncos' voluntary organized team activities should ''absolutely not'' be viewed as a judgment or punishment.Prosecutors in Texas are investigating a criminal sexual complaint against the defensive end who signed with the Broncos two months ago.

  • Before arrest, 911 caller says NFL player Ray McDonald drunk

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A 911 caller says NFL defensive end Ray McDonald is drunk in a recording that led to his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a woman holding the couple's baby at his home in Northern California.In the audio released Tuesday, a woman identifies herself as the mother of the alleged victim. She says in the call at 3:41 a.m. PDT Monday that she wasn't at McDonald's Santa Clara home but that her daughter told her to call police.

  • 49ers QB Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm post

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.Kaepernick had posted on Twitter and Instagram earlier Tuesday a photo of submerged cars and this message: ''I warned you the (hash)7torms Coming !!! (hash)Houston. Kaepernick's jersey number is 7.

  • 911 tapes released about NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence.A woman, who is identified as the mother of the alleged victim, tells a dispatcher that McDonald is drunk during a 911 call about 3:41 a.m. PDT Monday.

  • QB Christian Ponder makes most of opportunity with Raiders

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) After spending last season mired on the bench in Minnesota, Christian Ponder is happy for any chance he gets to work with the first-team offense.Even if that chance only comes in offseason workouts.Ponder has spent the past two weeks during the offseason program for the Oakland Raiders working with the top offense while starter Derek Carr nurses a finger injury on his throwing hand.

  • Stars missing for various reasons as Seahawks open OTAs

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and Cliff Avril were absent for personal reasons. Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin were just absent.And Marshawn Lynch? Well, no one expected him around anyway, since this is the way the Seattle Seahawks' star running back handles voluntary offseason workouts.

  • Healthy Honey Badger says 'football is fun again'

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Honey Badger is happy again.Tyrann Mathieu is darting around the practice field at OTAs, no brace on his knee, no cast on his thumb.''Football is fun again,'' the Arizona Cardinals safety said after Tuesday's workout.Coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu ''looks like a rookie again,'' and he meant it as a high compliment.

  • Chargers start OTAs with Philip Rivers firmly in place at QB

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers opened OTAs on Tuesday with Philip Rivers at quarterback.''Just like I thought I would be,'' Rivers said.Rivers is entering his 12th season and it comes on the heels of an eventful few months.In the run-up to the NFL draft, speculation was rampant that the Chargers might trade Rivers to the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 pick and select Oregon's Marcus Mariota as Rivers' replacement.

  • All-Pro LB Justin Houston absent from OTAs

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs kicked off the third phase of the offseason workout program Tuesday with the first set of voluntary organized team activities missing nine players.The biggest name absent from the practice field didn't come as a surprise.

  • Marcus Mariota adapting to huddle, complex plays with Titans

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota never had to worry about huddling up to call plays at Oregon - he and the Ducks simply glanced to the sideline for what to run next.Now with the Tennessee Titans, it's up to Mariota to huddle up his teammates and call a play only he has received from the sideline. The play can be as short as three words or as long as 11.

  • Ndamukong Suh takes part in 1st OTA with Dolphins

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins attendance is on the rise. Ndamukong Suh showed up for practice Tuesday.The 4 million defensive tackle drew attention for his absence from offseason training sessions in recent weeks, but he was on the field with the rest of his new teammates for the Dolphins' first organized team activity.

  • Freeman makes opening bid to be Falcons' starting RB

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Devonta Freeman believes he is next in line to be the Falcons' starting running back.He has made an early statement that he won't be outworked for the job.The team released veteran Steven Jackson, the starter the last two years. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers signed with the Bears.

  • RG3 looks relaxed as Redskins begin voluntary workouts

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III was noticeably more relaxed when he reported for the Washington Redskins voluntary workouts.Maybe it has something to do with him being named Washington's starting quarterback, or that he became a father since the season ended. Or it could be a little of both.

  • No show: Jaguars' Clemons skips start of voluntary OTAs

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are without another defensive lineman.The latest one has nothing to do with an injury.Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons skipped the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, leaving the Jaguars even more short-handed on the D-line. Jacksonville already was down three defensive linemen: tackles Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and Roy Miller (knee) and first-round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. (knee).

  • Cowboys add former first-round draft pick WR AJ Jenkins

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed receiver A.J. Jenkins, a former first-round draft pick.Jenkins, who had worked out for the Cowboys last week, was the 30th overall pick by San Francisco in 2012.Dallas also Tuesday waived injured receiver Chris Boyd.

  • 911 tapes released on NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence.KRON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1LG0MJ8 ) Tuesday that a woman, mother of the alleged victim, says McDonald was drunk when she called authorities before dawn Monday.

  • Steelers wide receiver Brown focused on 2015, not contract

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled off the field in small groups, sweaty and a little spent from the first real day of football in nearly five months, even if it was just practice in shorts.Antonio Brown lingered, as happens whenever the All-Pro wide receiver has his No. 84 jersey pulled on. He spent 20 minutes helping linebacker Sean Spence with a series of stretches and sit-ups.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,2nd Ld-Writethru

    June 30, 2015

    Eds: Resending.Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- CLEVELAND - LeBron James can lead the Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals since taking them there in 2007. Cleveland looks to sweep Atlanta in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

    June 30, 2015

    Eds: Updates with Johnny Manziel item.Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- CLEVELAND - LeBron James can lead the Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals since taking them there in 2007. Cleveland looks to sweep Atlanta in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

  • All eyes on Johnny as Manziel practices with Browns

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same.He scrambled from defenders and zipped passes. He talked to his coaches after plays, and joked around with Browns teammates during water breaks.

  • NFL player Ray McDonald posts bail after California arrest

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL player Ray McDonald has been released from jail after posting bail for a domestic violence arrest in Northern California.McDonald walked out of a Santa Clara County jail in San Jose on Monday afternoon, pushing past television cameras and reporters as he got into a taxi.

  • AP sources: Brady's appeal wouldn't be heard by Wednesday

    June 30, 2015

    Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. However, the league and the players' union can agree on delaying the hearing. The two sides don't agree on much else.

  • Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby.McDonald was taken into custody Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said.

  • Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California.

  • NFL player Ray McDonald arrested in domestic violence case

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Police say Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence in Northern California, the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1cWyGwZ ) that McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    NBACLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA Finals by beating the Hawks 114-111 in overtime on Sunday night to take a 3-0 series lead.

  • AP Source: Adrian Peterson tells coach he won't be at OTAs

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings will open their optional team practices this week without Adrian Peterson.The star running back has told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the three days of team work that begin Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

  • Patriots fans rally in support of Tom Brady

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Dozens of New England Patriots fans filled a parking lot at Gillette Stadium to protest the four-game suspension handed to quarterback Tom Brady over the ''Deflategate'' scandal.The ''Free Tom Brady'' rally was organized on Facebook. Many of the fans who gathered on Sunday wore Brady football jerseys with his number 12 on the back and held signs calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to rescind the suspension.

  • Woman uses obituary to say Brady innocent in 'Deflategate'

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts woman has used her own obituary to convey a final message on Tom Brady and the ''Deflategate'' scandal.Boston.com reports (http://bit.ly/1FHE96e ) that Patricia M. Shong, of Auburn, Massachusetts, died on Monday surrounded by family. Her obituary says the 72-year-old enjoyed scrapbooking, weekly card night and spending time with her family. ''She would also like us to set the record straight for her,'' it reads. ''Brady is innocent!!''

  • Teen dies of cancer weeks after prom with NFL player

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Hospital officials say a Jacksonville teenager with liver cancer who went to her high school prom with an NFL player has died.Wolfson Children's Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton tells The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1Epssf9 ) that 18-year-old Khameyea Jennings died Thursday.

  • AP sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal.Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

  • Jets' Richardson fires back at critics of him skipping OTAs

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Family comes first for Sheldon Richardson - especially over voluntary football practices.The New York Jets defensive lineman was irritated by fans critical of him skipping organized team activities earlier this week, telling them they need to relax and focus on themselves instead.

  • Scandrick signs 1-year extension with Cowboys through 2019

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Orlando Scandrick has the raise he sought by skipping the first two weeks of voluntary offseason workouts with the Dallas Cowboys.The eighth-year cornerback agreed on a one-year contract extension that adds .5 million to what's now a five-year deal through 2019, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal, which is now worth million.

  • Lawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash

    June 30, 2015

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) Former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is running out of money after hiring a platoon of lawyers for all his criminal cases, his attorney said.Attorney John Fitzpatrick told a judge in New Bedford on Thursday that Hernandez was paid for only one year of his now-terminated million contract with the New England Patriots.

  • AP source: Cowboys, Scandrick agree to contract extension

    June 30, 2015

    A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Orlando Scandrick have agreed to terms on a contract extension.The extra year on the contract is worth .5 million and pushes the total value of the deal to million through 2019. The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement.

  • Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

    June 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.General manager Jim Popp considered Sam's sexuality a nonissue.

  • Raiders sign linebacker Neiron Ball

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round draft pick Neiron Ball.The team announced the deal Thursday. Oakland has signed seven of its 10 draft picks.Ball was selected 161st overall by the Raiders. He played four seasons at Florida, starting 16 of his 45 games over his career. He had 94 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

  • Sharper set to plead in federal rape case May 29

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL star Darren Sharper, who already has pleaded guilty or no-contest to sexual assault charges in three states, is set to enter a new plea in a federal case next week in New Orleans.Sharper has entered a not-guilty plea to federal charges that he drugged women with the intent to rape them. But he has long been expected to plead guilty as part of a multi-jurisdiction deal announced in March. On Thursday a change-of-plea hearing was set for May 29 before U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.

  • New 49ers running back Bush ready to prove himself again

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Reggie Bush wants to return punts again, and he brought up the idea to the San Francisco 49ers when he joined the team as a free agent this spring.So, there was Bush catching punts from the machine under a cloudy sky Thursday with his new team. He will begin his 10th NFL season with his fourth team having not been a regular punt returner since his final season for New Orleans in 2010.

  • Judge: Convicted killer Aaron Hernandez can't sell Hummer

    June 30, 2015

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) A judge has extended a restraining order barring former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who was recently convicted of murder, from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money.Bristol County Superior Court Judge Richard Moses advised attorneys for both sides Thursday to agree within 60 days on the sale of the vehicle and place the proceeds with the court.

  • Packers sign 3rd-round pick Ty Montgomery

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers signed third-round pick Ty Montgomery on Thursday.The 6-foot receiver had five punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns during his four-year career at Stanford.General manager Ted Thompson also announced the signing of free-agent cornerback Travis Manning. He went undrafted after helping Northwest Missouri State win the Division II national championship as a senior in 2013.

  • Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as ''sexual in nature.''Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation.

  • Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face.

  • NFL suspends Bills defensive tackle Dareus for 1 game

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will not play in Buffalo's season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.The NFL announced the one-game suspension on Thursday, meaning the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss the Bills home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13.

  • Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to witness intimidation

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting the man in the face.Hernandez entered the plea Thursday in a Boston courtroom.Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan says Hernandez shot friend Alexander Bradley in 2013 in Florida a night after Bradley made a remark about the 2012 double slaying in Boston.

  • Former players: NFL teams 'conspired' to push painkillers

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players - often illegally - as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

  • Appeals court backs M settlement in NFL retirees case

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's approval of a million settlement in a lawsuit over publicity rights for retired NFL players.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected arguments by several retirees - including Jim Marshall, Joe Senser and Dan Pastorini - that the class-action settlement on behalf of around 25,000 players was unfair.

  • Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

    June 30, 2015

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year.Judge Michael Donio signed the order after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention.

  • What happened at NFL meetings and what it means

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL owners concluded an especially hectic spring meetings by setting up what figures to be a very busy summer and fall.Los Angeles was the main topic, along with deflated footballs, future Super Bowls, altered extra points and international games.

  • Jets' McDougle returns to field after missing last season

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Dexter McDougle took a few speedy steps toward making good on a promise he made to himself - and New York Jets fans - nearly a year ago.The cornerback was back on the practice field this week, showing no effects of a knee injury that ended his rookie season during training camp last summer.

  • Aaron Hernandez to be in court on witness intimidation case

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected to be in a Boston courtroom Thursday facing a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face.Prosecutors say Hernandez shot the witness in 2013 in Florida after the man made a remark about a 2012 double slaying. In that case, Hernandez is accused of gunning down two men over a spilled drink.

  • Lawyer: Duerson heirs won't appeal NFL concussion deal

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The family of the late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson has decided not to appeal the potential billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits.Chicago lawyer Thomas Demetrio says the family doesn't want to hold up awards for retirees who need them sooner rather than later.

  • Brees: Younger Saints receivers ready for larger roles

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Drew Brees is confident that some young, relatively unknown, inexperienced receivers can help the New Orleans Saints' offense remain among the NFL's best.The 36-year-old quarterback will enter his 15th pro season next fall without two of his most productive pass-catchers from 2014 - tight end Jimmy Graham and receiver Kenny Stills - who've both been traded away.

  • Former D-lineman getting shot at starting on Denver's O-line

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

  • Raiders sign cornerback Chimdi Chekwa

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback Chimdi Chekwa.The team announced the move Wednesday to bring back Chekwa following a brief stint in New England.Chekwa spent four seasons with the Raiders from 2011-14. He played 32 games, recording 35 defensive tackles and six passes defensed. Chekwa played 10 games for Oakland last season.

  • AP source: Giants tackle Will Beatty tears pectoral muscle

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants starting left tackle Will Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team plans to not discuss the injury until Thursday.

  • Column: In the end, the NFL cartel is what matters most

    June 30, 2015

    Tom Brady is on his own, cast off by an owner who figured out that being in the club that practically prints money is a lot more important than being loyal to one of his employees.Robert Kraft could have stood by his quarterback, and stood up for the integrity of his franchise. In the embrace of his fellow owners in San Francisco, though, he decided that being part of the multibillion-dollar cash machine was more important than taking that stand for both Brady and the New England fans who are outraged over the serious penalties for ''Deflategate.''

  • AP source: Giants LT Will Beatty tears pectoral muscle

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants starting left tackle Will Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team plans to not discuss the injury until Thursday.

  • No competition: Chan Gailey says Geno Smith is Jets' starter

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets' quarterback competition appears over before it even got started.It's Geno Smith's job - and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey expects it to be that way heading into the season opener in September.''Right now, Geno's the starter,'' Gailey said Wednesday. ''Unless something happens - an injury, or something like that, that you don't foresee - that's how we anticipate it going.''

  • Bengals sign 2nd-round pick Jake Fisher

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed offensive tackle Jake Fisher of Oregon on Wednesday, leaving only two draft picks without contracts.Fisher was the Bengals' second-round pick. He's expected to fill a backup role on the line this season and could move into a bigger role next year. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Andre Smith are in the final years of their contracts.

  • Goodell mentions Germany, Mexico for possible games

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A future regular-season NFL game in Mexico or Germany was discussed by NFL owners Wednesday.Commissioner Roger Goodell said both countries have reached out about hosting games, and there is ''renewed interest'' among the owners. The league is intent on expanding its international series, and it will have three games in London this season for the second straight year.

  • Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it's his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case.Goodell said he has not had time to study a request from the players' union that he recuse himself from the appeal because he has been focused on the spring owners meetings that concluded Wednesday.

  • Former Jets linebacker pleads guilty in 'revenge porn' case

    June 30, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A former New York Jets linebacker pleaded guilty Wednesday to three charges in connection with a domestic dispute that invoked New Jersey's landmark ''revenge porn'' law.Jermaine Cunningham, an NFL free agent, is expected to be sentenced to probation in June.

  • Aaron Hernandez to be arraigned in witness intimidation case

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is set to be arraigned on a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting him in the face.Hernandez's arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in a Boston courtroom. He was convicted last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

  • Brett Favre playing football again - for charity

    June 30, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Brett Favre will be playing football again in Wisconsin, just not at Lambeau Field.The former Green Bay Packers quarterback will be participating in a charity flag football game the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on July 19. The event pitting former Packers against NFL All-Stars will come a day after Favre is inducted into Packers Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Lambeau.

  • Cowboys sign second-round pick Randy Gregory

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Randy Gregory will be under contract when the Dallas Cowboys have their first full offseason practice next week.The former Nebraska defensive end who slid to near the bottom of the second round in the draft because of issues off the field signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday. The contract is worth .8 million, with a signing bonus of slightly more than million.

  • Timetable for decision on teams in LA could be moved up

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Los Angeles might be in the NFL's future sooner than anyone thought.The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing in the area by the 2016 season.NFL vice president Eric Grubman, the league's lead man on a possible return to LA, said Wednesday the window for such applications that now begins Jan. 1 could be moved ''to very late in the (upcoming) regular season.'' The 32 team owners could vote on a team's relocation ''some weeks after that.''

  • Pats owner Kraft tries to let the air out of 'Deflategate'

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Robert Kraft isn't challenging punishments handed to his Patriots in the deflated footballs scandal.The players' union is ramping up the intensity in its appeal of New England quarterback Tom Brady's penalties.So what else is left for the owners to consider in ''Deflategate?''

  • NFL turning to South for 2019, 2020 Super Bowls

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The NFL will turn to the South for its host cities for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls.New Orleans, Atlanta, South Florida and Tampa will bid for those games.Of those four, New Orleans staged the game most recently, after the 2012 season, when the Superdome had a power outage in the third quarter. The Big Easy has hosted 10 Super Bowls.

  • Chiefs sign 4 players, waive 3 others after rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have signed four players from their rookie minicamp this past weekend and waived three other players to make room for them on their roster.With a big need for depth on the offensive line, the Chiefs kept former Kansas center Daniel Munyer, South Alabama offensive guard Melvin Meggs and Baylor offensive tackle Kelvin Palmer.

  • NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.

  • NFL owners vote to move extra-point kicks to 15-yard line.

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL owners vote to move extra-point kicks to 15-yard line.

  • Ryan Tannehill looking to improve, win title with Dolphins

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) When Ryan Tannehill agreed to a four-year extension with the Miami Dolphins, the quarterback's agent told him that at some point, ''you might regret this deal.''It's not that Pat Dye Jr. isn't pleased with his client's six-year, million extension, which includes million guaranteed and .7 million of ''new money.'' He's just convinced the Dolphins got great value with the deal that lasts through 2020.

  • Panthers LB Davis takes 5-lap spin with Earnhardt Jr.

    June 30, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Not a lot scares Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis so he was comfortable going a few laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway at 165 mph with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.Davis, this year's NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, was selected to be the honorary pace car driver for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

  • Bills sign rookie cornerback Darby to 4-year, .6M deal

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed their top draft pick, cornerback Ronald Darby, to a four-year contract worth close to .6 million.The Bills announced the signing on Tuesday. A person familiar with the deal revealed the terms of the contract to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills do not disclose that information.

  • Players' union asks court to hold NFL's Goodell in contempt

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NFL players' union has asked a federal court to hold the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt for not complying with a federal judge's order to send Adrian Peterson's disciplinary case back to an arbitrator.The filing on Tuesday alleges that Goodell and the league ''have deliberately ignored both the court's decision from 11 weeks ago and our repeated requests to comply with that order.''

  • Titans investigating 'irregularities' in ticket sales

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have hired outside investigators to review ''irregularities'' in ticket sales discovered during a team audit.The Titans released a statement Monday night saying some tickets sold during the 2014 season were ''falsely designated as military comps on an internal report.'' The team did not say how many tickets were sold, or how much money was lost or is unaccounted for. The team owes of each ticket sold to the Metro Nashville Sports Authority for improvements at the stadium.

  • Raiders QB Derek Carr sidelined in offseason workouts

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When the Oakland Raiders took the field for the start of their first full-team practice since the NFL draft, there was one notable spectator.Quarterback Derek Carr spent much of Tuesday's organized team activity on the sideline running plays in his mind instead of on the field as he deals with an undisclosed injury.

  • Saints release veteran kicker Shayne Graham

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have cut veteran kicker Shayne Graham and added receiver Lance Lewis to the roster.The 37-year-old Graham, a 15-year NFL veteran out of Virginia Tech, has played for nine clubs and joined the Saints late in the 2013 regular season.

  • Players' union asks Goodell to recuse self from Brady appeal

    June 30, 2015

    The players' union has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the appeal hearing for Tom Brady in the deflated footballs case.A request from the NFL Players Association formally was made Tuesday, citing ''a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement.''

  • Judge opts to close trial involving Saints, Pelicans owner

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A judge has decided to bar the public from a trial in which estranged heirs of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson intend to argue that their patriarch was mentally unfit when he ousted them from ownership stakes in the franchises.

  • Raiders owner Mark Davis still considers Oakland top option

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Raiders owner Mark Davis walked into a makeshift Black Hole outside The Ritz-Carlton joining a throng of protesters, and vowed to do all he can to keep his team in Oakland. Even as he and Chargers owner Dean Spanos moved ahead on plans for a stadium project in Southern California.

  • Rehabbing from injury, QB Palmer knows window is closing

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Carson Palmer says he has rehabbed from his knee injury with ''a certain intensity'' driven by the knowledge that his days as an NFL quarterback are drawing to a close.He participated in Tuesday's first session of organized team activity (OTAs) on a limited basis.

  • Land deal closes for planned NFL stadium near Los Angeles

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders moved a step closer Tuesday to building a new stadium near Los Angeles after a complex land deal was finalized on a site that could become the home of a shared .7 billion venue.The transaction involving about 170 acres in Carson, a city of 93,000 people, came a day after the teams hired former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy to spearhead the next stages of their push to relocate to the nation's second-largest media market.

  • Kraft: Patriots won't appeal team's fine, draft penalties

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team's punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback's challenge remains.Moments after Kraft said Tuesday he won't oppose the million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in using underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game, the players' union reasserted that Tom Brady's appeal will go forward.

  • Land deal closes for proposed LA-area NFL stadium in Carson

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A complex land transaction has closed that marks another step toward development of a shared NFL stadium near Los Angeles for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.Chargers attorney Mark Fabiani says the transaction for land in the city of Carson closed Tuesday.

  • Some things to look for at owners meetings

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The NFL's May owners meetings always include some interesting and key issues for the league. Many times, there are proposed rules changes tabled at the annual meetings two months earlier. Or future Super Bowl sites.This get-together has those elements. Almost certainly though, any hard news such as changing the dynamics of extra points or revealing how close the league is to returning a team (or two) to Los Angeles will be overshadowed by the latest scandal.

  • Raiders, Chargers tap ex-49ers exec for LA-area stadium push

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have hired former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy to spearhead the next stages in their push to build a joint .7 billion stadium in the Los Angeles area.Policy is expected to speak to NFL owners about the Carson stadium project at their meetings this week in San Francisco, the city where he led the front office of the 49ers in their championship heyday in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Solicitation charge against Warren Sapp dismissed in Phoenix

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A solicitation charge against Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who was arrested during Super Bowl week on suspicion of assault and soliciting a prostitute, was dismissed by a Phoenix judge on Monday.Court records show Sapp has successfully completed a Prostitution Solicitation Counseling Program and still needs to complete a diversion program for the assault charge to avoid possible jail time.

  • What offseason? Key NFL owners meetings this week

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) What offseason?There hasn't been a week - make that a day - since the Super Bowl that the NFL hasn't made news. As the owners gather this week at their spring meetings, their plate couldn't be much fuller.While recent headlines have centered on Tom Brady, the Patriots and deflated footballs, there is plenty else the owners will discuss. For sure, Brady's suspension, the Patriots' punishment and the repercussions will be a topic, in many ways an awkward one.

  • Arizona signs draft picks Johnson, Christian

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed two more draft picks - running back David Johnson and tight end Gerald Christian.Johnson was a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa. Christian was drafted in the seventh round out of Louisville, the final player selected in the draft as the so-called ''Mr. Irrelevant.''

  • Jaguars' Greene, a 5th-round pick, signs rookie contract

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Rashad Greene, a fifth-round draft pick from Florida State, has signed his rookie contract.Greene is the sixth of the team's eight picks to sign.Greene says ''this is something that you've worked so hard for and to see it become a reality is really a blessing. ... That being said, this is only the beginning. I have a lot of work to do and I can't wait to get to work.''

  • Saints sign receiver Josh Morgan and 4 other tryout players

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran receiver Josh Morgan and four others who were given tryouts during last weekend's rookie camp.The roster additions, announced Monday by general manager Mickey Loomis, include linebacker Henry Coley, kicker Zach Hocker, offensive lineman Antonio Johnson and receiver Kyle Prater.

  • Seahawks' Williams to undergo surgery for kidney cancer

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks reserve defensive tackle Jesse Williams will undergo kidney surgery after being diagnosed with cancer.The team announced Williams' diagnosis of papillary type 2 cancer Monday but did not provide details. In a statement, Williams says he is going to focus on his health and, ''fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal.''

  • Bills sign 6th-round draft pick, linebacker Tony Steward

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed rookie sixth-round draft pick, linebacker Tony Steward.Steward was chosen 188th overall earlier this month with the first of Buffalo's two sixth-round selections. He spent four seasons at Clemson, where he appeared in 43 games, including 12 starts.

  • Cowboys re-sign fullback Tyler Clutts, release Jed Collins

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have re-signed fullback Tyler Clutts and released fullback Jed Collins.Clutts played all 16 games last season, with one start. He also had his first career touchdown in the playoffs, a 1-yard catch in the divisional round loss to Green Bay.

  • Kraft-Goodell relationship frayed by NFL investigation

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner's high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

  • Seattle signs WR Foxx, waives injured RB Bronson

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed wide receiver Deshon Foxx after he participated in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout player.To clear a spot on the 90-man roster, the Seahawks waived/injured running back Demitrius Bronson.Foxx started 23 of 38 games in his college career at Connecticut and caught 73 passes for 918 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a threat as a runner, carrying the ball 40 times for 277 yards and one TD.

  • Tannehill signs .7 million, 4-year extension with Miami

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Ryan Tannehill stopped the Miami Dolphins' revolving door at quarterback, and on Monday they rewarded him.Tannehill signed a .7 million, four-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2020. He's the first quarterback to receive an extension from the 2012 draft class that also included the Colts' Andrew Luck, the Redskins' Robert Griffin III and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson.

  • Kirkpatrick, Dennard get chance for bigger role with Bengals

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Dre Kirkpatrick doesn't even hesitate. He calls himself a Bengals starting cornerback. Starting next month, he'll get a chance to earn the title.The Bengals have an open job now that Terence Newman has left for Minnesota as a free agent. Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard will compete for the opening, beginning with minicamp next month.

  • 49ers DL Justin Smith retires after 14 seasons

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) When Justin Smith decided that his body wouldn't let him perform up to his own lofty standards, he knew it was time to stop playing.Smith announced Monday that he is retiring after 14 seasons as one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL, dealing yet another blow to the San Francisco 49ers in a rough offseason.

  • Chiefs wrap up 3-day look at rookies in minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mitch Morse would have been hard-pressed to find a better opportunity.Start with the fact that the rookie offensive lineman was drafted by the Chiefs, just down the road from where he played in college at Missouri. Throw in the fact that he was picked well before most experts anticipated - and what that meant for his first contract.

  • Group recommends Chargers pay 0M, NFL 0M for stadium

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) An advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended Monday that the Chargers contribute 0 million toward a new .33 billion stadium, with the NFL giving 0 million, the city and county 1 million each and personal seat licenses totaling 0 million.

  • APNewsBreak: Tiger mascot at issue in Ohio exotics crackdown

    June 30, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A school that uses a live tiger cub as a mascot has been warned it must submit more documentation to continue that tradition without violating Ohio's law on dangerous animals.The booster club that provides tigers for Massillon Washington High School is among more than a dozen animal owners contacted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in recent months over compliance concerns, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Stem cells still uncharted territory in sports

    June 30, 2015

    C.J. Nitkowski had nothing to lose in spring 2011. The rotator cuff in his left shoulder that he'd relied on during his decade as a major league pitcher was in tatters. He was 38 and his fastball traveled a Little League-worthy 50 mph.Surgery and the ensuing lengthy rehab would have killed his career. So Nitkowski paid ,000 to have stem cells extracted from his waist, separated then injected back into his shoulder.

  • Former Temple defensive lineman Adrian Robinson dies at 25

    June 30, 2015

    HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) Adrian Robinson, the former Temple defensive lineman who recently signed with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has died. He was 25.The Tiger-Cats and Robinson's representatives announced the death Sunday. They didn't provide details.

  • Raiders' Del Rio: Deflategate ruling like USC "overreaction"

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is not a fan of the discipline handed down against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady in the ''Deflategate'' scandal, likening it to the heavy sanctions received by his alma mater, Southern California, in the NCAA's Reggie Bush investigation.

  • Seahawks' Carroll: LB Irvin's Atlanta comment misinterpreted

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin's recent declaration that he would be playing in Atlanta in 2016 doesn't mean what everyone thinks it does, according to coach Pete Carroll's interpretation of those remarks.Speaking with reporters prior to his induction into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Carroll said Irvin was not announcing a move to the Falcons next season. Irvin told BlackSportsOnline.com, ''I'm going to be in Atlanta next season,'' at an Atlanta Hawks playoff game.

  • 'Deflategate' appeal could test powers of NFL commissioner

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) This is no longer about deflated footballs.Tom Brady signaled in his appeal of his ''Deflategate'' suspension that he will put NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's credibility on trial, further inflating the stakes in what started as a silly little scandal about the air pressure in footballs.

  • Saints counting on Kikaha, Tull to add pressure on defense

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) One of the factors in New Orleans' struggles last season was its inability to get to the quarterback.And as the sacks dropped from 49 in 2013 to just 34 in 2014, it became clear the Saints' roster lacked depth in the number of players who could pressure the quarterback.

  • Chiefs invite interesting class of rookies to 3-day minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) There is a ''Star Wars'' expert running post patterns. The son of a pro wrestling great is learning the nuances of blocking. A cancer survivor is huddling with his position coaches.Welcome to the most interesting rookie minicamp you'll ever find.

  • Redskins counting on rookie to add power to running game

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Alfred Morris has been one of the NFL's top running backs since Washington drafted him in the sixth round in 2012.But at 5-foot-9 and 219 pounds, Morris doesn't overpower defenses the way that Hall of Famer John Riggins, Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and NFC rushing champion Stephen Davis did during most of the Redskins' best seasons in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • NFL Calendar

    June 30, 2015

    May 18-20 - Spring owners' meetings, San FranciscoJune 21-27 - Rookie symposium, Aurora, OhioAug. 8 - Hall of Fame inductions, Canton, OhioAug. 9 - Hall of Fame game, Canton, Ohio: Minnesota vs. PittsburghSept. 10 - Regular season begins, Pittsburgh at New England

  • Vikings co-owner sued in New Jersey over real estate company

    June 30, 2015

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) A co-owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings has been sued in New Jersey by the children of a former partner who say their father was cut out of a real estate deal by Zygi Wilf and his father.The son and daughter of Meyer Gold, who died in 2013, say he was a one-third owner of the company, called Amchu, but received nothing from the lease of property in Fairfield, in northern New Jersey, or from rental income that averages ,600 per month per unit for the 122-unit adult residential complex the Wilfs built there.

  • Former Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian dies at 70

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Garo Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who helped the Miami Dolphins win consecutive NFL championships but is best remembered for a Super Bowl blooper, died Friday of cancer. He was 70.Yepremian's wife, Maritza, said he died at a hospital in Media, Pennsylvania. His illness was diagnosed in May 2014, she said.

  • AP Source: NFL plans to change football handling guidelines

    June 30, 2015

    A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the NFL plans to change guidelines regarding the way footballs are handled before games.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because details will be discussed at the owners' meetings in San Francisco next week. The procedural changes result from the ''Deflategate'' saga. The league wants to avoid the possibility that teams could tamper with footballs, and any change wouldn't require a vote from owners.

  • Vikings owner sued in New Jersey over real estate company

    June 30, 2015

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) The owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings has been sued in New Jersey by the children of a former partner who say their father was cut out of a real estate deal by Wilf and his father.The son and daughter of Meyer Gold, who died in 2013, say he was a one-third owner of the company, called Amchu, but received nothing from the lease of property in Fairfield, in northern New Jersey, or from rental income that averages ,600 per month per unit for the 122-unit adult residential complex the Wilfs built there.

  • Melvin Gordon signs rookie contract, works out with Chargers

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Running back Melvin Gordon's head was swimming. It had nothing to do with a rare San Diego storm.''It's overloaded right now,'' said Gordon, the Chargers' top draft pick.Gordon, the 15th overall selection, participated Friday in the first of three minicamp practices for Chargers rookies after signing his first contract. He was the last of the team's five picks to sign and most eyes were on Gordon, the former Wisconsin star and Heisman Trophy finalist.

  • Chiefs sign final 3 draft picks, including first-rounder

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs signed their three remaining draft picks on Friday, including first-round selection Marcus Peters, bringing all nine under contract before rookie minicamp.Along with Peters, a cornerback taken No. 18 overall, the Chiefs signed third-round picks Chris Conley, a wide receiver out of Georgia, and Steven Nelson, a cornerback from Oregon State.

  • Cowboys sign 2 linemen, 1 draft pick, 1 rookie free agent

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have signed a pair of offensive linemen in seventh-round pick Laurence Gibson and free agent Reshod Fortenberry, one of the workout players invited to rookie minicamp earlier this month.Gibson, a tackle from Virginia Tech, was one of two linemen drafted by Dallas. Fortenberry is a guard from Texas Tech.

  • Mariota takes field for 1st time with Titans at rookie camp

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota has started the process of getting used to being under center as an NFL quarterback, and the Tennessee Titans liked what they saw on the field.The Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 2 draft pick overall was happy to be back on the field during the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday. Taking some snaps under center is part of the process for the quarterback who played in the shotgun in college.

  • Seattle signs DT T.Y. McGill; Tory Slater to injured reserve

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed rookie defensive tackle T.Y. McGill to take the roster spot of injured defensive lineman Tory Slater.Seattle filled the open spot on its roster on Friday. Slater had been waived/injured on Thursday but cleared waivers and reverted to Seattle's injured reserve list. He does not count against the Seahawks' 90-man roster limit.

  • Healthy LB NaVorro Bowman training at 49ers rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) NaVorro Bowman walked off the practice field after working out with the rookies and gave a thumbs up and a smile.The three-time All-Pro linebacker is healthy and back on the field at last after missing all of last season recovering from a left knee surgery following a gruesome injury in the NFC championship in January 2014. So much so that coach Jim Tomsula no longer thinks of the fierce defender as someone coming off an injury but rather just a key veteran in the mix.

  • In the NFL, helmet sensors are a sensitive issue

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) When big-money NFL careers are at stake, the use of impact-measuring sensors in football helmets isn't as routine as one might expect.The NFL Players Association's Mackey-White Committee, which spearheads player safety initiatives, spent considerable time discussing not only the potential health benefits of helmet sensors, but also the legal and ethical pitfalls that come with them in mid-April.

  • Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit in 'Deflategate'

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady's lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP's ''Deflategate'' appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned.Laying out the grounds for dismissing the penalty and setting the stage for a potential federal court battle, the NFL Players Association said in a letter released Friday that Goodell can't hear the appeal because he will be called as a witness.

  • Browns sign top picks Danny Shelton, Cameron Erving to deals

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) They were drafted the same night, introduced together the next day and snapped on new orange helmets and took the field as wide-eyed rookies last week for the first time.So, it's fitting that Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving, the Browns' two first-round picks, both signed their rookie contracts on Friday. They're quite a twosome.

  • Steelers sign wide receiver Sammie Coates to contract

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Wide receiver Sammie Coates and the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a rookie contract.Team officials announced the signing of the third-round draft pick on Friday afternoon. Coates was the 87th overall pick. He started three years for Auburn, finishing with 1,757 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

  • Raiders sign draft picks Jon Feliciano, Max Valles

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and sixth-round defensive end Max Valles to four-year contracts.With the signings on Friday, Oakland has deals with half of its 10 draft picks.Feliciano was picked 128th overall out of Miami. He is a versatile lineman who is expected to compete for the starting right guard spot.

  • Raiders sign 6th-round pick DE Max Valles

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed sixth-round defensive end Max Valles to a four-year contract.The team announced the deal on Friday. Valles is the fourth of Oakland's 10 draft picks to sign a rookie contract.Valles was picked 161st overall by the Raiders after playing two seasons at Virginia. He had 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one pass defensed in college. He was second in the ACC with nine sacks last season.

  • Aaron Hernandez lawyers ask judge to throw out conviction

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have asked a judge to throw out his murder conviction, saying it was based on ''improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork.''The lawyers say in papers filed this week with the trial judge that ''no reasonable jury'' could have found Hernandez guilty of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013, and cite insufficient evidence for a conviction.

  • Judge temporarily bars sale of Aaron Hernandez's Hummer

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts judge has temporarily barred the sale of a Hummer owned by former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.Bristol County Superior Court Judge Richard Moses this week issued a temporary restraining order barring anyone from selling the 2005 Hummer, which turned up for sale at a used car lot in Wrentham this month.

  • NFLPA: We will call Goodell as witness in 'Deflategate'

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady wants to call Commissioner Roger Goodell as a witness in the appeal of the four-game suspension he was handed for ''Deflategate.''The NFL players union said in its appeal of the penalties that Goodell can't hear the appeal because one of the issues is his credibility. The union also said in the letter released Friday it will call league vice president Troy Vincent, who handed down the punishment.

  • Dolphins tackle Albert on schedule to return for opener

    June 30, 2015

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert's recovery from reconstructive knee surgery is progressing well, and he's on schedule to play in the season opener, general manager Dennis Hickey said Friday.''He's working extremely hard and doing a great job,'' Hickey said at the team's charity golf tournament. ''We want to be measured and stick to our plan. It's an extensive rehab, but it's going well and he's on track for the opening game.''

  • Perjury charge dropped against Aaron Hernandez's fiancee

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A perjury charge was dropped Friday against the fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.Shayanna Jenkins had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors had said she lied dozens of times to the grand jury that investigated the death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her younger sister. Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in Lloyd's killing last month.

  • Aaron Hernandez appeals; lawyers cite jury's 'guesswork'

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have filed an appeal of his murder conviction, saying it was based on ''improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork.''The appeal filed this week in Bristol Superior Court says ''no reasonable jury'' could have found Hernandez guilty of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013 and cites insufficient evidence for a conviction.

  • Brady appeal, bitter deflations spat now in Goodell's hands

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The sides have bitterly argued in the court of public opinion. Now Roger Goodell plans to try to personally settle whether Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady deserves a four-game suspension for using deflated footballs.The NFL commissioner decided Thursday night to take up an appeal for the New England Patriots quarterback, a move allowed under the collective bargaining agreement despite the wishes of union officials who wanted Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator for the case.

  • Fiancee of ex-NFLer, convicted murderer Hernandez in court

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) The fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is due in a Massachusetts courtroom for a hearing on a perjury charge, which prosecutors are asking a judge to dismiss.Shayanna Jenkins is scheduled for a 9 a.m. hearing Friday in Superior Court in Fall River.

  • NFL commissioner to hear Brady suspension appeal

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league's punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

  • NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension.

  • Bills sign rookies Miller, Williams to contracts

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed third-round pick John Miller and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams to their rookie contracts.Miller was chosen 81st overall and has a chance to start at guard this season for the Bills. The 6-foot-2, 312-pound from Louisville started 47 of 48 games with the Cardinals.

  • Prosecutors want to drop Hernandez fiancee's perjury case

    June 30, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Massachusetts prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to drop a perjury charge against the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez as part of an immunity deal.Prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the case against Shayanna Jenkins, citing her testimony against Hernandez during his recent trial. The former Patriots tight end was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last month for the death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins' sister.

  • Falcons sign former Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have added a possible new starter to their offensive line by signing former Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus.The 6-foot-8, 308-pound Polumbus started 42 of his 47 games during four years with the Redskins. He also has played with Denver and Seattle.

  • Seahawks' Robert Turbin undergoes hip surgery

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Backup Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin underwent offseason hip surgery, but is expected back in time for the start of the 2015 regular season.The team confirmed Turbin underwent the surgery on Thursday but did not detail what was repaired or a recovery timeline.

  • Lions sign DE Wootton, announce front office promotions

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed free agent defensive end Corey Wootton to a one-year contract.Detroit announced the move Thursday. The Lions also promoted Lance Newmark to director of college scouting, Cedric Saunders to senior vice president of football operations and Scott McEwen to senior personnel executive.

  • Brady appeals suspension on deflated balls; Pats rebut NFL

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.

  • Bengals sign TE C.J. Uzomah, their 5th-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed tight end C.J. Uzomah of Auburn on Thursday, leaving three of their draft picks under contract.The fifth-round pick played in 49 games at Auburn, catching 29 passes for 435 yards and seven touchdowns.Sixth-round pick Derron Smith, a safety from Fresno State, and seventh-round pick Mario Alford, a receiver from West Virginia, also have agreed to deals.

  • 49ers and Broncos announce joint practices

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold joint practices in the lead-up to their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver.The 49ers will be the first opponent to use the Broncos' shiny new million field house complete with hot tubs, locker rooms, meeting rooms and an indoor practice field in case of bad weather.

  • Steelers sign 5th round pick Jesse James

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed fifth-round pick Jesse James.The team announced Thursday that James, a tight end out of Penn State, has agreed to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.The 6-foot-7, 261-pound James caught 78 passes for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns during his career with the Nittany Lions. His touchdown total is a school record for tight ends.

  • Brady appeals suspension in 'Deflategate'

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union immediately urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appeals 4-game NFL suspension for deflated footballs

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appeals 4-game NFL suspension for deflated footballs.

  • Cowboys sign special teams ace McCray after year in Chicago

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys are bringing back special teams ace Danny McCray after losing Dwayne Harris to the New York Giants in free agency.McCray, who signed a one-year deal Thursday, spent his first four years in Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played in Chicago last season.

  • Pats lawyer: "Deflator" texts about weight loss, not balls

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A Patriots lawyer says the ''deflator'' nickname used by a ballboy and cited in the NFL's decision to suspend quarterback Tom Brady was about weight loss, not footballs.Team attorney Daniel Goldberg said Thursday the two Patriots employees used the term jokingly to refer to locker room attendant Jim McNally, who was trying to lose weight.

  • Falcons' Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Patriots

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a ''general feeling'' that the Patriots' failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs.Blank stressed while at a community improvement event that he has no direct knowledge of the Patriots' case.

  • Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. chosen for Madden cover

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Fans often compare Odell Beckham's one-handed grabs to plays only possible in video games. Now they're handing the Giants receiver the cover of football's biggest console franchise.The second-year wideout who gained national attention with a spectacular one-handed catch and plethora of team records in 2014 has been chosen for the cover for EA Sports' Madden 16. He is the first Giants player to make the video game's cover.

  • Customers say fraud at Haslam-owned chain went deeper

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) After a 2013 FBI raid on the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Pilot Flying J moved quickly to settle fraud claims. But a handful of companies that refused to settle say they have uncovered a deception that other firms overlooked.

  • Deadline looms for Brady's appeal of 4-game suspension

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady's challenge to his four-game suspension by the NFL is set to begin.The star quarterback of the defending Super Bowl champions is expected to appeal by the deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday. The suspension was issued Monday for his part in the deflation of footballs below the league-mandated minimum for the AFC championship game.

  • Ex-Bills, Packers player to appeal NFL concussion settlement

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The first notice of appeal has been filed in an attempt to halt the planned billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits.Lawyers for former player Craig Heimburg say they'll ask a federal appeals court to review a judge's decision last month to approve the deal.

  • Williams, Alstott newest members of Bucs Ring of Honor

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The first quarterback to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs, and a key player from the franchise's only Super Bowl winner are the newest members of the team's Ring of Honor.Doug Williams and Mike Alstott will be inducted during separate ceremonies next season, joining Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, as well as John McKay, Jimmie Giles and Paul Gruber in having their names displayed permanently in the upper deck at Raymond James Stadium.

  • Cardinals sign ILB Sharpton, draft picks Golden, Gunter

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton to a one-year contract.The 5-foot-11, 245-pound Sharpton has played five seasons in the NFL, the first four with the Houston Texans and last year with the Chicago Bears.

  • Cowboys DE Greg Hardy's seized guns to be sold or auctioned

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A Mecklenburg County Sheriff's spokesman says the 10 guns seized last year from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy's apartment following a domestic violence incident will be sold or auctioned off at a later date.Rob Brisley says in an email that Hardy's attorney sent a letter to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 25 relinquishing all the weapons to Sheriff Irwin Carmichael and the sheriff's office.

  • Appeal denied for tribal leader who accepted Redskins gifts

    June 30, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) An American Indian tribe in Utah won't reinstate a leader ousted from office for accepting gifts from the Washington Redskins.The Cedar City-based Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah said Tuesday its leadership council has denied an appeal from Gari Lafferty, who lost her position last month after council members said her actions wrongly linked the tribe to the NFL team's divisive name.

  • Owner Pat Bowlen selected for Broncos ring of fame

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The easy part was selecting team owner Pat Bowlen for the Denver Broncos' ring of fame. The hard part was telling him.Team president and CEO Joe Ellis drove over to see Bowlen, who stepped down from his daily duties last summer as he battled Alzheimer's.

  • Lions sign draft pick RB Abdullah, free agents Owens, Salas

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions signed running back Ameer Abdullah, their second-round pick out of Nebraska, to a four-year contract Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.The Lions also added a pair of free agents, cornerback Chris Owens and wide receiver Greg Salas, to one-year contracts.

  • Cardinals sign 2nd-round pick Golden, 4th-rounder Gunter

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals signed second-round pick Markus Golden and fourth-round selection Rodney Gunter to four-year contracts Wednesday.Golden, a defensive end from Missouri, was the 58th overall pick. Last season, he had 78 tackles, 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in 13 games.

  • Former football player starts fantasy sports combine

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Bo Brownstein's love of finance and football has taken him from the Rose Bowl to Wall Street, from interning for U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy to serving a four-month prison term for insider trading.After forfeiting almost .5 million and serving his time in federal lockup in 2012 for trading on a tip in advance of an acquisition, Brownstein's career as a hedge fund manager was finished. He set out to rebuild his relationships and reputation.

  • Colts taking quiet approach to debate over Deflategate

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dwayne Allen was in an awkward position Wednesday.As a tight end for the Colts, he was trying to toe the company line on ''Deflategate.'' As a player rep, he found himself defending Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.For Allen and his teammates in the Indianapolis locker room Wednesday, speaking about this year's big offseason scandal has become an increasingly delicate balancing act.

  • Tennessee Titans reach deals with 4 of their draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with four of their draft picks.The Titans announced Wednesday they've reached deals with fourth-round selection Angelo Blackson, sixth-round picks Deiontrez Mount and Andy Gallik and seventh-round choice Tre McBride.

  • Jaguars sign rookie draft picks James Sample, Neal Sterling

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed two more draft picks, getting deals done with safety James Sample and receiver Neal Sterling.Both signed their rookie contracts Wednesday, one day after first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. The Jaguars have five players left unsigned.

  • Jaguars rookie Sterling, 7th-round pick, signs contract

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Neal Sterling, a seventh-round draft pick from Monmouth, has signed his rookie contract.Sterling is the second of Jacksonville's eight drafted players to sign, following first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr.

  • 3 proposals for extra points on table for NFL owners

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL owners will consider three proposals for changing the extra point when they hold their spring meetings next week.The Patriots, Eagles and the league's competition committee submitted the proposals. A three-fourths majority (24 owners) is needed for passage.

  • NFLPA to use noted labor lawyer Kessler in appeal

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler will aid in the players' union's planned appeal of Tom Brady's suspension.The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in the deflating of footballs. He has until 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday to file the appeal. His lawyer, Don Yee, and the union have said they will appeal.

  • Packers quarterback earns ,000 for charity on Jeopardy

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has earned ,000 for childhood cancer research playing ''Celebrity Jeopardy.''Rodgers beat astronaut Mark Kelly and Kevin O'Leary of ''Shark Tank'' in the episode airing Tuesday evening. Rodgers chosen charity is Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer.

  • At 28, punter Karl Schmitz finally gets shot at NFL

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The labyrinthine path that 28-year-old punter Karl Schmitz took to the cusp of the NFL routed him from the soccer pitches and beaches of Bermuda to being a YouTube sensation and finally a legitimate pro prospect.He played one half of one high school football season in St. Louis after recovering from an auto accident just before his senior year and a single season in college after bouncing around to three universities, one of which didn't even field a football team.

  • Brady's fill-in: 2nd-year QB Garoppolo in line to take over

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) As a junior in high school, Jimmy Garoppolo studied video of Tom Brady. As a rookie in the NFL, he watched the superstar in practice.He looked and learned.In the 2015 opener, the spectator will be Brady if his four-game suspension isn't overturned on appeal. Garoppolo, the heir apparent to the New England Patriots quarterback, should get his chance much sooner than expected.

  • Broncos add 4 players, including 2 off waivers

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have been awarded two second-year players off waivers: tight end Marcel Jenson from Jacksonville and returner/receiver Solomon Patton from Tampa Bay.The Broncos also signed guard Andre Davis and wide receiver David Porter as college free agents Tuesday.

  • Raiders sign undrafted receiver Austin Hill

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed undrafted free agent wide receiver Austin Hill.The team also announced Tuesday that tackle Anthony Morris and receiver Andre Debose signed their rookie deals. The two were drafted in the seventh round earlier this month.

  • Lions sign WR Moore, also add local product Martin

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed free agent wide receiver Lance Moore to a one-year contract.The Lions announced that deal Tuesday. They also said they have signed running back Desmond Martin and released running back Rasheed Williams.

  • Seahawks sign pair following rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed linebacker Tyrell Adams and fullback Brandon Cottom following rookie minicamp last weekend.Seattle announced the signings Tuesday. To clear roster spots, the Seahawks terminated the veteran contract of offensive lineman C.J. Davis and waived offensive guard Nate Isles. Davis was not on an NFL roster last season, while Isles spent the year on Seattle's practice squad.

  • Bears claim TE Pantale off waivers

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have claimed tight end Chris Pantale off waivers from the New York Jets.The Bears announced the move on Tuesday.Pantale played in five games last season with the Jets, mostly on special teams. The 6-foot-5 Pantale played his college ball at Boston College, grabbing 98 balls for 986 yards and seven touchdowns.

  • John Elway says freak injuries won't change rookie minicamps

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) John Elway says the Denver Broncos won't dial down the intensity of rookie minicamps after third-round pick Jeff Heuerman blew out a knee last weekend.''When you're a rookie, you get excited about it,'' Elway said Tuesday. ''I remember my first minicamp. We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off, too. So, it's always hard to pull the reins back.''

  • Saints sign NFL draft choices Anthony and Williams

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker Stephone Anthony, the second of two first-round picks in this year's NFL draft.General manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the move Tuesday, says the Saints also have signed their third-round choice, cornerback P.J. Williams. Both players have agreed to four-year contracts.

  • Buccaneers sign 4 more draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to contracts with four more draft picks, leaving second-round offensive linemen Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet as the team's only unsigned rookies.Fourth-round linebacker Kwon Alexander, fifth-round receiver Kenny Bell, sixth-round receiver Kaelin Clay and seventh-round running back/fullback Joey Iosefa agreed to deals on Tuesday.

  • Falcons sign third-round pick RB Tevin Coleman

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Tevin Coleman, the team's third-round draft pick from Indiana.Only first-round pick Vic Beasley, a defensive end from Clemson, remains unsigned.Coleman ran for 3,219 yards in 33 games at Indiana. He scored 28 touchdowns and averaged 7.1 yards per carry. He rushed for 2,036 yards as a senior in 2014. He ranked second in the nation with 11 100-yard games. He finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award.

  • Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau sees Titans as fresh challenge

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) While Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota is Tennessee's biggest on-field addition, another pivotal person who joined the organization cannot be overlooked - even though he won't play a single snap: Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau.The designer of the 3-4 zone blitz system is excited about teaching the Titans his defensive scheme after leaving his long-time employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Linebacker Jarret Johnson to retire as Raven

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Jarret Johnson is going to end his NFL career the same way he started it: with the Baltimore Ravens.The 12-year outside linebacker intends to sign a contract with the Ravens on Wednesday and then announce his retirement.Johnson played nine years with Baltimore before signing with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent in March 2012.

  • Despite M fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A four-game suspension.A million fine.The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks.The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering with the footballs in the AFC championship game.

  • Steelers sign 2nd round pick Senquez Golson

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers and second-round pick Senquez Golson have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.Financial details of the agreement announced on Tuesday were not disclosed.The Steelers took the 5-foot-9, 176-pound cornerback with the 56th overall pick in the draft. Golson was a first-team All-American last fall for Mississippi. His 10 interceptions in 2014 tied a school record.

  • NFL's Nabel sees league as leader in player health, safety

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL's chief medical adviser believes the league's player health initiatives will lead to safer conditions for all sports.Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, hired in February to oversee all the NFL's health and safety committees and endeavors, said Tuesday that ''the NFL has a major leadership role nationally to improving the health and safety of players in all sports, and will have a watershed effect on college sports and the NCAA, and on pro sports for men and women.''

  • Bills sign draft picks O'Leary, Lewis to rookie contracts

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed sixth-round draft pick Nick O'Leary and seventh-round pick Dezmin Lewis to their rookie contracts.O'Leary won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2014 with Florida State. He finished his career with the Seminoles as the school's all-time leader among tight ends in receptions (114), yards (1,591) and touchdowns (18).

  • Bengals sign 6th-round pick Derron Smith

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed safety Derron Smith of Fresno State on Tuesday, leaving two draft picks under contract.Smith was Cincinnati's sixth-round pick. He started 44 games at Fresno State and had 15 interceptions.Receiver Mario Alford of West Virginia - Cincinnati's seventh-round pick - also has signed a contract.

  • John Elway says he agrees with NFL's punishment of Pats

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) John Elway says the lesson from the New England Patriots' punishment for deflating footballs is that no one is above the law in the NFL.The league suspended Tom Brady four games, fined the Patriots million and took away two draft picks for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game.

  • NFLPA: Judge 'unassailably correct' in siding with Peterson

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The NFL Players Association has submitted its written argument to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, criticizing the suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson that has since expired.The NFL asked the appeals court in its initial filing April 8 to overturn U.S. District Judge David Doty on the grounds he didn't have authority in the league's labor dispute with the union that falls under the umbrella of the collective bargaining agreement.

  • Former NFL receiver Braylon Edwards arrested in Arizona

    June 30, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards has been accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol.Police Officer Kevin Watts says the 32-year-old Edwards was released after being arrested May 4 in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of four misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.

  • 1st-round draft pick Brandon Scherff signs with Redskins

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) First-round draft pick Brandon Scherff has signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deal Tuesday.All 10 of Washington's draft choices are under contract.Scherff, an offensive lineman from Iowa, was the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. The Redskins hadn't taken a player in the first round since 2012, when they chose Robert Griffin III after sending a bevy of picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up in the draft.

  • NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted Tuesday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs.Miffed by criticism from Brady's agent, Ted Wells decided to take the unusual step of holding a conference call with reporters, a day after the NFL suspended the Super Bowl MVP for the season's first four games based on the report.

  • Jaguars rookie Fowler signs 4-year, .5M contract

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Despite a season-ending injury, rookie Dante Fowler Jr. has a fully guaranteed contract.Fowler signed a four-year, .5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday. The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a .3 million signing bonus - a portion of which Fowler already spent.

  • Injured Jaguars rookie Fowler signs 4-year, .5M contract

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed injured first-round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. to a four-year, .5 million contract.The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a .3 million signing bonus.Fowler, the third overall pick in the draft, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last Friday and will miss the entire season. Beforehand, he signed an injury protection waiver.

  • Chiefs sign 6 of 9 draft picks, 11 more undrafted players

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have signed six of their nine selections from the NFL draft, including second-round pick Mitch Morse, along with 11 undrafted free agents.Along with Morse, an offensive lineman, Kansas City signed fourth-round pick Ramik Wilson, a linebacker; fifth-round selection D.J. Alexander, another linebacker; fellow fifth-round pick James O'Shaughnessy, a tight end; sixth-round pick Rakeem Nunez-Roches, a defensive tackle; and seventh-round selection Da'Ron Brown, a wide receiver.

  • ESPN's NFL wild-card game to also air on ABC this season

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) ESPN's NFL wild-card game will also air on ABC this season, with the league looking to expand the audience a year after it televised a playoff matchup on cable for the first time.The same broadcast will be shown on partners ESPN and ABC in January, the networks said Tuesday.

  • Reid hits NFL over 'racist' Redskins name

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says the National Football League is more concerned with air in footballs than the Washington Redskins' ''racist'' name.Reid spoke on the Senate floor a day after the NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the upcoming season for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots million and took away two draft picks.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    June 23, 2015

    NFLWhen Tom Brady's appeal hearing kicks off Tuesday, key arguments will be about who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league's findings about deflated footballs.The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the New England Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFL Players Association challenged Vincent's power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

  • Panthers sign 2nd-round pick Funchess, 5 others

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have signed second-round draft pick Devin Funchess and five players who tried out for the team at rookie minicamp over the weekend.The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess is the last of Carolina's five draft picks to sign a contract.

  • 49ers sign 9 of 10 draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have signed nine of their 10 draft picks to four-year contracts, with just first-round pick defensive lineman Arik Armstead out of Oregon yet to sign.On Monday, San Francisco announced it had signed second-round pick safety Jaquiski Tartt - highest ever out of Samford - and third-round pick linebacker Eli Harold out of Virginia.

  • Lions sign undrafted free agents Haggins, Lindsey and Lora

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Jarred Haggins, safety Nathan Lindsey and wide receiver Erik Lora as undrafted free agents.The Lions also announced Monday that they have released receiver Desmond Lawrence.Haggins, Lindsey and Lora participated in the team's rookie minicamp. Haggins comes to the NFL after playing at Florida State, and Lindsey went to Fort Hays State. Lora was in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois.

  • Packers sign second-round draft pick Quinten Rollins

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Packers have signed second-round draft pick Quinten Rollins, a defensive back from Miami (Ohio) who is expected to replenish depth in the secondary.Rollins, the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was the 62nd overall selection in the draft. The 5-foot-11 Rollins finished with 72 tackles and seven interceptions in 2014, his only year of college football at Miami. Rollins did play four years of basketball at the school as a point guard.

  • Saints agree to terms with Kikaha, Grayson, 4 other draftees

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have agreed to contract terms with outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, quarterback Garrett Grayson and four other players selected in this year's NFL draft.The agreements, announced Monday by general manager Mickey Loomis, are all for four years.

  • Bears waive LB Khaseem Greene

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have waived linebacker Khaseem Greene after two seasons.A fourth-round draft pick in 2013, Greene appeared in 25 games with six starts over two seasons. He had 60 1/2 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble to go with seven special-teams stops.

  • Packers sign second-round draft pick Quentin Rollins

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Packers have signed second-round draft pick Quentin Rollins, a defensive back from Miami (Ohio) who is expected to replenish depth in the secondary.Rollins, the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was the 62nd overall selection in the draft. The 5-foot-11 Rollins finished with 72 tackles and seven interceptions in 2014, his only year of college football at Miami. Rollins did play four years of basketball at the school as a point guard.

  • Football star Bobby Bell to get Minnesota degree at age 74

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Most people in the University of Minnesota's college of education and human development class of 2015 will be pondering their futures.Bobby Bell's lifelong goal will be reached by walking across the stage.The Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker will graduate Thursday from Minnesota, 52 years after his college career was done. The 74-year-old Bell recently returned to the school he left 13 credits short of a degree in recreation, park and leisure studies. The university guided him toward fulfillment of the promise he once made to his late father in North Carolina.

  • Swearinger released by Texans

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) D.J. Swearinger has been released by the Houston Texans.The safety appeared in 16 games with 12 starts for the Texans last season and finished with 73 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He started 10 games as a rookie in 2013 after Houston selected him in the second round out of South Carolina. He had 71 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in 2013.

  • Seattle signs pair of linemen following rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed converted offensive lineman Kona Schwenke and defensive end Julius Warmsley to their 90-man roster following rookie minicamp last weekend.Schwenke is another in Seattle's line of defensive linemen making the move to the offensive side of the ball. Schwenke played on the defensive line in college at Notre Dame and signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in May 2014.

  • Raiders sign RB Michael Dyer, 5 others

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed running back Michael Dyer and five other players who tried out at the team's rookie minicamp.Oakland also signed cornerbacks SaQwan Edwards and Travell Dixon; guard Mitch Bell; defensive end Gary Wilkins and receiver Austin Willis on Monday.

  • Ex-New England TE Coates: Pats will move past 'Deflategate'

    June 30, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Former New England tight end great Ben Coates has heard from too many friends recently all bashing the Patriots for deflating footballs.Hold off, Coates said Monday, pointing fingers because ''honestly, stuff happened all the time'' and the Patriots are looked at more harshly because of their success.

  • Vikings sign ex-Gophers wide receiver Isaac Fruechte

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (FRICK'-tee) following the team's rookie minicamp.The move was made on Monday, after wide receiver Kain Colter and guard Jesse Somsel were released. That left the roster at 89 players, one below the offseason limit.

  • Falcons sign 3 undrafted rookies, waive 3 others

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed undrafted free agent Sam Meredith, a defensive end from San Diego State.Meredith, 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, had 26 tackles and one sack as a senior.The Falcons' addition of Meredith on Monday comes one day after they signed South Dakota offensive tackle Matt Huffer and Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy. The team waived defensive tackle Chris Brown from Tarleton State, cornerback Jordan Ozerities of Central Florida and wide receiver Joshua Stangby of Ottawa University.

  • Excerpts from NFL's letters to Patriots, Brady

    June 30, 2015

    The NFL on Monday suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the upcoming season for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots million and took away two draft picks, including next year's first-round choice. Here are excerpts from the letters sent by NFL Executive President Troy Vincent to the team and to Brady.

  • Chargers make .3M profit rather than paying M in rent

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers were paid nearly .3 million by the city to play at Qualcomm Stadium from 2006 through 2013, thanks to rent credits and reimbursements from a settlement that made the stadium compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.The reigning Super Bowl MVP will appeal his four-game suspension, his agent said, and the team threw its ''unconditional'' support behind its quarterback after the NFL came down hard on its biggest star in the ''Deflategate'' scandal.

  • NFL suspends Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for first 4 games of season

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NFL suspends Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for first 4 games of season.

  • Jets sign QB Jake Heaps, fullback J.C. Copeland

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed quarterback Jake Heaps and fullback J.C. Copeland, both of whom participated in rookie minicamp over the weekend as tryout players.To make room on their 90-man roster Monday, the Jets released cornerback Greg Henderson and safety Demarkus Perkins, undrafted free agents who were signed after the NFL draft.

  • Veteran CB Arrington released by Patriots

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Cornerback Kyle Arrington has been released by the New England Patriots.Arrington, 28, spent the last five seasons in New England, playing in two Super Bowls. An undrafted free agent out of Hofstra who didn't stick with two other teams, he moved up from the Patriots' practice squad in 2009 and started 56 games for them.

  • Cody Latimer says he learned his lesson from feeble 2014

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) After a rookie season in which he caught more flack than passes, Cody Latimer is preparing for a much bigger role in Denver's offense in 2015.The wide receiver from Indiana was buried on the depth chart behind Pro Bowlers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and slot men Wes Welker and Julius Thomas.

  • QB Sims among 3 tryout players signed by Cardinals

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed three players who tried out for the team, including quarterback Phillip Sims.The other two are safeties Harold Jones-Quartey and Brandon Person. All three are from NCAA Division II schools and tried out for the team at its rookie minicamp over the weekend.

  • New charge for Aaron Hernandez: witness intimidation

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been charged with trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting him in the face and leaving him for dead, prosecutors said Monday.

  • Ex-NFL player, convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is charged with witness intimidation

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Ex-NFL player, convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is charged with witness intimidation.

  • Steelers sign draft picks Grant and Chickillo among others

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed fourth-round draft pick Doran Grant, sixth-round pick Anthony Chickillo and a pair of free agents.The team announced Monday it has come to terms on four-year deals for Grant, a defensive back out of Ohio State, and Chickillo, a defensive end from Miami. Financial terms were not disclosed. Chickillo will transition from defensive end to outside linebacker with the Steelers.

  • Browns release kicker Garrett Hartley, sign draft pick

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have waived veteran kicker Garrett Hartley, who was signed last season after the club released Billy Cundiff.Hartley was let go Monday as Cleveland also signed defensive back Charles Gaines, the club's sixth-round pick, and signed eight players who participated in this past weekend's rookie minicamp.

  • Jaguars sign 5 players who participated in rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed five players who participated in last week's two-day rookie minicamp.The Jaguars on Monday signed defensive tackle Richard Ash, defensive end Cap Capi, receiver/punt returner Kasey Closs, free safety Desmond Cooper and offensive lineman Jack Rummells.

  • Redskins sign or agree to terms with 9 of 10 draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have signed or agreed to terms with nine of their 10 draft picks, leaving only first-rounder Brandon Scherff without a deal.The Redskins announced Monday that sixth-round choice Tevin Mitchel, a cornerback from Arkansas, has agreed to a contract but has yet to sign it. Eight other picks, including second-round linebacker Preston Smith of Mississippi State and third-round running back Matt Jones of Florida, did put pen to paper on their rookie deals.

  • NFL free agent Bradshaw pleads no contest to Ohio pot charge

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A veteran NFL running back with two Super Bowl rings has pleaded no contest and paid a fine to settle a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.Court documents at Eaton Municipal Court first obtained Monday by The Associated Press showed that Ahmad Bradshaw paid 1 in fines and costs under a plea agreement. His Ohio driving privileges were suspended for six months.

  • Ty Zimmerman hopes to keep NFL dream going after Jets tryout

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Ty Zimmerman believes this is exactly where he belongs, on an NFL field making plays and living his dream.He just needed another chance - and for his body to stop betraying him.The former Kansas State star safety was in rookie minicamp with the New York Jets on a tryout during the weekend, hoping to put a handful of injuries behind him, open some eyes and perhaps earn a contract.

  • Bengals sign QB Terrelle Pryor, competing for backup job

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor at the end of their rookie minicamp on Sunday, giving him a chance to compete for the job of backing up Andy Dalton.Pryor attended the camp on a tryout basis. He has a connection with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who was his head coach in Oakland in 2011.

  • Seahawks' Pinkins shifts from defensive back to linebacker

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Eric Pinkins was drafted a year ago with the idea that he could become the next tall cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.When the Seahawks wrapped up rookie minicamp Sunday, Pinkins completed his first weekend of making the transition from defensive back to outside linebacker.

  • Jets' Petty won't back down from critics, 'system QB' label

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Bryce Petty has the big arm, eye-popping resume and physical build of an NFL starting quarterback.He also has plenty of doubters.Simply a system quarterback, some of Petty's critics insisted leading to the draft last weekend.

  • Deflated-ball trick nothing new in games people play

    June 30, 2015

    If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'.The credit for that old saying generally goes to NASCAR legend Richard Petty, though it just as easily could have come from Tom Brady, Gaylord Perry or pretty much any of the millions who have thrown, pitched or hit a ball since people started playing sports.

  • Indianapolis signs 1 undrafted rookie, waives another

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts have signed running back Abou Toure and waived outside linebacker Terrell Hartsfield.Both were undrafted rookies.The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Toure was in Indianapolis this weekend for a tryout during the Colts' three-day rookie minicamp, which ends Sunday. In two seasons at Tennessee-Martin, he rushed for 1,647 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, he finished with the third-highest single-season rushing total, 1,138 yards, in school history. Toure also spent time at Utah State and Dean Junior College in Massachusetts.

  • Broncos rookie suffers major knee injury at practice

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Another prized pick from last weekend's NFL draft is expected to miss the season after suffering a major knee injury at a rookie minicamp. This time it's Broncos third-rounder Jeff Heuerman.The tight end from Ohio State tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at a special teams practice Saturday afternoon and had to be carted off the field.

  • Lockett earmarked for kick return duty

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Pete Carroll isn't one to hand out starting jobs before seeing a player prove himself on the practice field.However, Carroll is making an exception when it comes to third-round draft pick Tyler Lockett.Lockett was the highest-rated kick returner in the draft in the eyes of the Seahawks and they desperately wanted to ensure he'd be a part of their team. Seattle traded four total draft picks to the Washington Redskins to move up in the third round and select Lockett with the 69th overall pick in last weekend's NFL Draft.

  • Gabe Wright off and running with Lions

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Less than a week after the NFL draft, the newest Detroit Lions suited up to take part in the team's three-day rookie mini-camp.All 28 draft picks, undrafted rookie free agents and first-year players attended, including first-round pick Laken Tomlinson and second-rounder Ameer Abdullah, who have yet to sign contracts.

  • Young offensive talent give Buccaneers hope for future

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay expects to be much better offensively, and the arrival of quarterback Jameis Winston is just one of the reasons why.The Buccaneers have used 13 of 14 selections over the past two NFL drafts to upgrade a sputtering attack that coach Lovie Smith is confident will benefit from the infusion of young talent.

  • Steelers rookie defensive backs settling in

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are relying on a youth movement to improve a secondary that saw significant offseason turnover after ranking among the worst in the NFL last season.Senquez Golson, Doran Grant and Gerod Holliman - the team's second-, fourth- and seventh-round picks - worked out this weekend alongside other rookies for a brief minicamp before the team begins organized team activities. They were added to bolster a secondary that finished 25th in the league in interceptions and lost long-time veterans Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor to retirement in addition to Brice McCain as a free agent to Miami.

  • Falcons pick up pace under Dan Quinn

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Justin Hardy doesn't know yet where he will fit in with the Atlanta Falcons. He's learning that whomever the team deploys next fall had better be ready to work quickly.New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn wants to pick up the pace.

  • Tulane teammates join Denver Broncos together

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Introductions between Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon weren't necessary at the Denver Broncos' rookie minicamp this weekend.The pair of 187-pound cornerbacks played football and ran track together at Tulane, and both were chosen in the later rounds of the NFL draft.

  • Jets rookie Smith had Beckham-like catch before Beckham

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) A jaw-dropping, one-handed, leaping touchdown grab that sent Twitter buzzing and instantly became a staple of the highlight reels.Devin Smith did it long before Odell Beckham Jr. And the New York Jets' rookie wide receiver thinks his catch was even better.

  • Giants defensive coordinator Spagnuolo faces challenges

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Steve Spagnuolo didn't let the New York Giants' relative talent level impact his decision to accept an opportunity for a second go-around as coach Tom Coughlin's defensive coordinator.Spagnuolo, the architect of the 2007 Super Bowl-winning unit, didn't see a Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Antonio Pierce or Sam Madison on the current roster. But after a six-year Giants hiatus that included three unsuccessful seasons as the St. Louis Rams' head coach, a disastrous 2012 as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator, and two productive seasons as the secondary coach for friend John Harbaugh in Baltimore, Spagnuolo took the chance to reunite with Coughlin.

  • Bengals rookie receiver Mario Alford shows he's fast at camp

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Mario Alford moved up to catch the short punt, caught it in stride and took off, his golden cleats churning away. Nobody could keep up.The Cincinnati Bengals added an extremely fast player when they drafted the receiver out of West Virginia in the seventh round. He's only 5-foot-9, so he's seen as more of a slot receiver. For now, they're trying to teach him how to return punts.

  • Andrew Whitworth talks to Bengals owners about future

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals captain Andrew Whitworth got permission to attend rookie camp on Saturday and mentor the linemen who were taken in the draft. He also spent some time on the sideline clarifying his remarks to ownership.The 10th-year veteran talked to owner Mike Brown and other members of his family about comments expressing frustration over his uncertain status with the team. Whitworth was upbeat as he left the field when practice ended.

  • Artis-Payne seeking room for 2 Cams in Carolina backfield

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Running back Cameron Artis-Payne is hoping there's enough room for two Cams in the Carolina Panthers' backfield - him and quarterback Cam Newton.He didn't think he could use the name when he arrived at Auburn, where Newton's legendary status prompted him to go by a different name while playing for the Tigers.

  • Don Shula says his Dolphins 'didn't deflate any balls'

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Don Shula says he's proud of his legacy with the Miami Dolphins because they never deflated balls.The jab at Tom Brady and the New England Patriots regarding their deflategate scandal came at a news conference to unveil plans to celebrate the Dolphins' 50th season this year.

  • Jaguars' Fowler remains upbeat after season-ending injury

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dante Fowler Jr. hobbled out of the locker room on crutches Saturday, his left leg heavily wrapped, and flashed a smile that rivaled those at the NFL draft last week.He wasn't just putting on a happy face, either.Fowler looked and sounded as upbeat as possible following a significant and season-ending knee injury.

  • Jameis Winston files counterclaim, denies he raped woman

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Attorneys for top NFL draft pick Jameis Winston contend a woman seeking civil damages from the quarterback after accusing him of rape is trying to tarnish his reputation and tap into the Heisman Trophy winner's newfound wealth.The former Florida State star practiced again Saturday, the final day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie minicamp, and was not made available to comment on a counterclaim filed on his behalf one week after signing a four-year, .35 million contract.

  • Lawyers for No. 1 NFL pick Jameis Winston file court counterclaim saying he did not rape woman

    June 30, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Lawyers for No. 1 NFL pick Jameis Winston file court counterclaim saying he did not rape woman.

  • Friday's Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) BASEBALLAlex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases, the highlight so far in what's become a resurgent season for the disgraced slugger.The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

  • Arians goes back to the basics at rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Bruce Arians has made little secret of how unprepared players from the spread offenses prevalent in college football are for a transition to the NFL.On Friday, he dealt with the problem firsthand on the opening day of Cardinals rookie minicamp.

  • Former Green Beret goes through 1st NFL practice in Seattle

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Nate Boyer received the type of reception normally reserved for star quarterbacks and shutdown cornerbacks after finishing his first practice with the Seattle Seahawks.Not bad for an undrafted free agent long snapper. But no long snapper has a story like Boyer's.

  • Cowboys sign pair of draft picks, unload 3 veterans

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys signed fifth-round pick Ryan Russell and seventh-rounder Mark Nzeocha (en-ZAH-chuh) on Friday and released linebacker Dekoda Watson and waived linebacker Troy Davis and tackle Donald Hawkins.Russell is a defensive end out of Purdue, and Nzechoa is a linebacker from Wyoming. They were among the five defensive players drafted by Dallas.

  • Jets sign top 2 draft picks Leonard Williams, Devin Smith

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have their entire draft class under contract.Defensive end Leonard Williams and wide receiver Devin Smith, the team's top two draft selections, signed four-year contracts Friday night.All six of the Jets' selections practiced earlier Friday as New York began its three-day rookie minicamp. Third-rounder Lorenzo Mauldin, fourth-rounder Bryce Petty, fifth-rounder Jarvis Harrison and seventh-rounder Deon Simon signed earlier in the week.

  • Cowboys see Garrett as right teacher for chemistry test

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Randy Gregory glanced toward Dez Bryant's locker several times, the new Dallas defensive end noting he didn't think it was an accident his neighbor was an All-Pro receiver whose career started with off-the-field issues.The Cowboys drafted Gregory despite a failed drug test and concerns about his maturity after making one of the most notable moves in free agency with pass rusher Greg Hardy despite his role in a domestic violence case.

  • After 1st Seattle practice, Clark faces questions on arrest

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Frank Clark spent the past week since being drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks reliving what took place last November, when he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.Despite Clark saying he's been upfront and honest about the arrest since the start, the past week has been difficult for the rookie defensive end with the scrutiny raised about his selection by Seattle.

  • Manning returns to Indy but avoids talking about Patriots

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Peyton Manning tried to take the air out of ''Deflategate'' on Friday.Even the evasive Broncos quarterback couldn't make the questions disappear.Two days after The Wells Report implicated Tom Brady and two team employees for underinflating footballs, Manning returned to his first NFL home and attempted to sidestep the issue three times.

  • Winston greets teammates to Buccaneers rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston stayed up late the previous night, studying the playbook and preparing for his first real day on the job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The No. 1 overall draft pick arrived early Friday for the start of rookie minicamp. He stood outside One Buccaneer Place to greet a bus carrying other first-year players vying for an opportunity to help the young quarterback transform a last-place team into playoff contenders.

  • Gurley dresses for Rams rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) As a fan of running back Steven Jackson, Todd Gurley passed on the opportunity to wear No. 39 with the St. Louis Rams.Instead, he settled on No. 30. He wore the jersey for the first time Friday as he took part in the rookie minicamp at Rams Park.

  • Early draft picks could boost Detroit's running game

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Jim Caldwell's first season as coach of the Detroit Lions was largely a success, with the team making the playoffs for only the second time in the past 15 years.If there was an area of disappointment, it was probably the running game. The Lions struggled to move the ball consistently on the ground, and that was part of the reason the offense as a whole went through some underwhelming stretches.

  • Jets cut Pantale, 2 others; sign 9 undrafted free agents

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets released tight end Chris Pantale and linebackers Chris Young and Mario Harvey, and signed nine undrafted free agents.The team also announced Friday that offensive lineman Corey Hilliard, signed as a free agent in March, retired. Coach Todd Bowles said the 30-year-old Hilliard, who spent the last six seasons with Detroit, wanted to spend more time with his family.

  • QB Brett Hundley vows to learn, work as Green Bay opens camp

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Even though other members of his draft class have far better odds of playing right away, Brett Hundley doesn't plan to alter his approach.The Green Bay Packers' fifth-round pick is well aware of the depth chart at quarterback, the one that has reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers at the top. He said Friday that he won't lower his expectations for himself as a result.

  • Falcons coach Quinn impressed with Vic Beasley's quickness

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) New Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn't surprised how Vic Beasley stands out among the team's rookie class.After watching his first rookie minicamp with Atlanta on Friday, Quinn was impressed with Beasley's quick first step against the run and the pass.

  • Jets' Mauldin refused to be 'statistic' after hard childhood

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The tears were an emotional punctuation to a journey Lorenzo Mauldin had been dreaming about for years.From foster home to foster home, he knew the odds were stacked against him as a kid. The doubters, though, motivated him along the way - from an uncertain future to the NFL as a third-round pick of the New York Jets.

  • Panthers top 2 draft picks unable to finish practice

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers wasted no time throwing the playbook - and a whole lot of passes - at wide receiver Devin Funchess on the first day of rookie minicamp.In fact, Funchess got so worn out he wound up leaving the afternoon practice session with some leg cramps and had to get an IV.

  • Broncos rookies getting up to speed before Manning's arrival

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Before Friday, third-round draft pick Jeff Heuerman had never really heard a play called from inside a huddle. Or, for that matter, even been inside a huddle.Not the tight end's fault. At Ohio State, his team simply ran an uptempo system.

  • Bills' O'Leary seeks to get out of grandpa Nicklaus' shadow

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The all-too-predictable golf references began shortly after tight end Nick O'Leary completed the opening session of the Buffalo Bills' rookie minicamp on Friday.''Great day to golf,'' someone began, to which O'Leary politely nodded and noted how sunny and warm it was.

  • Amari Cooper makes good first impression on Raiders

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Amari Cooper has been preparing for his first NFL practice ever since he was a 5-year-old in the backyard running patterns and catching passes from his buddies.The hard work that began about 15 years ago helped develop Cooper into one of the top receivers in college football and the fourth overall pick in last week's NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.

  • Jaguars rookie Fowler injures knee, likely out for season

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dante Fowler Jr. didn't miss a game in three years of college.The former Florida star likely will miss his entire rookie year in the NFL.The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end, the third overall pick in last week's NFL draft, is likely out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during his first practice.

  • Speedy rookie Coates gives Steelers another deep threat

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers focused their draft on revamping a once imposing defense. They still found time to give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another weapon.Enter Sammie Coates. The 6-foot-1, deep threat from Auburn started his first day of work Friday alongside other rookies for a brief minicamp before the team begins organized team activities this month.

  • Jets' Mauldin refuses to be 'statistic' after hard childhood

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Lorenzo Mauldin knows the odds were stacked against him as a child, bouncing from foster home to foster home with an uncertain future ahead of him.The pass-rushing linebacker looks back now and is proud of himself. Mauldin was a third-round draft pick of the New York Jets out of Louisville last weekend and is attending the team's three-day rookie minicamp.

  • Column: After sullied week in sports, let's all shower off

    June 30, 2015

    After a sullied week in sports, we sure could use a shower.Or at least Judge Judy.Start with Tom Brady, his fingerprints all over Deflategate but as defiant as ever.Move on to Alex Rodriguez, who passed Willie Mays on the career home run list after juicing for a good chunk of his career.

  • Tennessee Titans waive tight end Brett Brackett

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans waived tight end Brett Brackett on Friday.Brackett played seven games for the Titans last season before sustaining a knee injury Dec. 14 in a 16-11 loss to the New York Jets. Brackett was placed on injured reserve two days later.

  • Browns bringing Manziel along slowly, McCown likely starter

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel's climb back might be steeper than he realized.The Browns aren't making any promises to Manziel, who recently spent 10 weeks in rehab following a miserable rookie season. Coach Mike Pettine said Friday that the team is taking things slowly with Manziel and that veteran Josh McCown will enter training camp as the presumptive starter this season.

  • 'Holdout' now almost unknown for NFL rookies

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) As the days ticked down toward the first rookie minicamp for the Minnesota Vikings, executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski worked feverishly with one goal in mind.The Vikings wanted to make sure that each rookie - yes, all 10 of the players they drafted just last week - had their contracts signed before they set foot on the practice field Friday for the first time. It wasn't easy, and it turned the front offices at the team's Winter Park headquarters into a Grand Central Terminal of sorts as players filed in to sign their deals. But thanks to changes made in the way rookie contracts are finalized by the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, and the determination of Brzezinski, Vikings GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer to get the deals finished, the team was able to pull it off.

  • Ex-Seahawk Jerramy Stevens gets 30 days in jail for DUI

    June 30, 2015

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was sentenced Friday to a month in jail for driving drunk in a Southern California beach town, prosecutors said.Stevens, who is married to soccer star Hope Solo, was arrested in Manhattan Beach in January while driving a U.S. women's soccer team van at night with the lights off.

  • Jaguars' Dante Fowler Jr. injures knee in rookie camp

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., the third overall pick in the NFL draft, injured his left knee during rookie minicamp Friday.Fowler's knee buckled during an 11-on-11 drill. Fowler dropped to the ground, grabbed his leg as he rolled from side to side and eventually got helped off the field. He was later carted to the locker room for tests.

  • Signing business goes on for New England Patriots

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed eight of their draft picks and seven rookie free agents.Missing from the list is first-round pick Malcolm Brown.Among those agreeing to terms are second round pick Jordan Richards; fourth-rounders Shaq Mason, Trey Flowers and Tre' Johnson; sixth-rounders A.J. Derby and Matthew Wells; and seventh-rounders Xzavier Dickson and Darryl Roberts.

  • Rutgers longshot Nova trying for 3rd QB spot with Giants

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Gary Nova had offers to attend the rookie minicamps of the Bears, Vikings, Colts, and Dolphins, and might have had a realistic chance of making one of the teams.Instead, the undrafted Rutgers quarterback was on the Giants' practice field Friday along with 65 other rookies and young veterans, a group that included all six draft picks.

  • Colts punter McAfee to drive pace car for Grand Prix of Indy

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts punter Pat McAfee has been selected as the pace car driver for Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.McAfee is coming off of his first Pro Bowl appearance and will spend Friday evening getting a driving tutorial from two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.

  • Lineman Ray overcomes cancer to get tryout with Dolphins

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) As offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. walked off the Miami Dolphins practice field Friday, he paused to reflect on his improbable journey to an NFL tryout, and his thoughts turned to a pediatric cancer ward.Eight years ago, he was getting chemotherapy for bone cancer and his football career was on hold. He had befriended two other patients, ages 10 and 15, and they offered Ray encouragement as they watched a game on TV.

  • Vikings rookies report to first camp signed, sealed, ready

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings opened their rookie minicamp Friday to help all the newcomers get oriented to life in the NFL. In a twist, all 10 draft picks had their contracts signed before they set foot on the field.The Vikings made it a priority to get every contract done before workouts began. Executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski went through a hectic few days to negotiate the deals and finalize them. That allows the players to have their minds focused solely on football this weekend.

  • Browns bringing Manziel along slowly after rehab

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Mike Pettine says quarterback Johnny Manziel is focused on getting himself well after a 10-week stay in rehab and is unlikely to unseat Josh McCown as Cleveland's starter.Pettine says McCown will enter training camp as the presumptive starter this season. The Browns signed the veteran as a free agent this winter when Brian Hoyer signed with Houston and Manziel was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed problem.

  • Pressure's on to enroll in college's 'Deflategate' course

    June 30, 2015

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) Grade inflation is coming to the University of New Hampshire, and not in the usual way.''Deflategate'' will be the subject of a course in the fall term. UNH sports law professor Michael McCann has designed the four-credit undergraduate class to look at the legal underpinnings of the NFL scandal.

  • Quarterback Terrelle Pryor trying to catch on with Bengals

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Wearing an orange No. 3 jersey, Terrelle Pryor took the snap, looked to his left and lofted a pass perfectly along the sideline to Tevin Reese, an undrafted rookie from Baylor.On that throw, he didn't look like a quarterback who has bounced around the NFL because of accuracy issues.

  • Bears agree to deal with 3rd-round pick center Hroniss Grasu

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with Oregon center Hroniss Grasu, their third-round draft pick.Grasu appeared in 52 games for the Ducks, who led the Pac-12 in rushing all four seasons he was there.With the announcement Friday, the Bears have all their draft picks under contract.

  • Cowboys' Brent retiring again after drunken-driving crash

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is retiring for the second time since the drunken-driving crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown and derailed his career.The Cowboys placed Brent on the reserve/retired list Friday, a few days after he met with coach Jason Garrett and owner and general manager Jerry Jones to discuss his future. He had been participating in the club's offseason program.

  • Jets cut Pantale, Young; sign 8 undrafted free agents

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have released tight end Chris Pantale and linebacker Chris Young, and signed eight undrafted free agents.The team also announced Friday that offensive lineman Corey Hilliard, signed as a free agent in March, has retired.

  • Hummer owned by Aaron Hernandez found for sale at car lot

    June 30, 2015

    WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) A Hummer owned by former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been found for sale at a used car lot.Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's mother is suing him, and her lawyers have been trying to find Hernandez's assets. At the time he was arrested, Hernandez had a million contract with the Patriots.

  • Brady needs more time to digest deflated footballs report

    June 30, 2015

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady knows how to buy time when he's under pressure - on and off the field.Especially when the star quarterback is in front of a home crowd.One day after a report from an NFL-hired investigator concluded Brady probably knew that New England Patriots employees had a role in deflating footballs, he said Thursday night he needs more time to process the 243-page report.

  • Cards, Chiefs concussion lawsuits could bring team testimony

    June 30, 2015

    Concussion lawsuits filed by former St. Louis Cardinals receiver Roy Green, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Neil Smith and their teammates could force team officials to testify about claims they hid the risk of repeated head injuries.A Missouri judge ruled the Cardinals case should be heard separately, and not decided on the federal level, where it could be combined with the recently settled federal class-action lawsuit that could cost the NFL billion or more over the next several decades.

  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    BASEBALLST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blamed ''roguish behavior'' for the team's involvement in the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database.DeWitt said the team was still investigating the matter, but said no more than a handful of individuals in an operation that numbers in the hundreds - he described it as a ''needle in a haystack'' - was responsible.

  • Panthers sign 1st rounder Thompson, 2 other draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers signed first-round draft pick Shaq Thompson and two other selections to contracts Thursday night, the eve of their rookie minicamp.Thompson, a linebacker from Washington, was the 25th player selected overall.

  • 1st-rounder Parker, other draft picks sign with Dolphins

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) First-round draft pick DeVante Parker has signed a .87 million, four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, who have also signed their six other draft picks.All of the signings were announced Thursday on the eve of the team's three-day rookie minicamp.

  • Lions sign 5 draftees, 12 undrafted players

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Lions signed five of their seven picks in the recent draft and added 12 undrafted free agents Thursday.Joining Detroit on four-year deals were cornerback Alex Carter (third round), defensive tackle Gabe Wright (fourth round), fullback Michael Burton (fifth round), cornerback Quandre Diggs (sixth round) and tackle Corey Robinson (seventh round).

  • Brady: Deflated balls scandal doesn't taint Super Bowl win

    June 30, 2015

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs in the NFL playoff last season hasn't detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title.''Absolutely not,'' Brady told a friendly university crowd in his first public appearance since an NFL investigation concluded Brady likely knew Patriots employees were cheating.

  • Vikings sign all 10 draft picks before rookie camp

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed their entire 10-player draft class, just before the beginning of their rookie minicamp.The deals were done Thursday.The Vikings will have a fifth-year option on the contract for first-round pick Trae Waynes, the cornerback from Michigan State. The rest will get four-year deals: linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter, offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, tight end MyCole Pruitt, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson, defensive lineman B.J. Dubose, offensive lineman Austin Shepherd and linebacker Edmond Robinson.

  • Brady says deflated footballs hasn't detracted from title

    June 30, 2015

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn't detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title.''Absolutely not,'' Brady told a friendly crowd at a university in his first public appearance since the NFL said Brady likely knew Patriots employees were cheating.

  • Raiders sign 1st round pick Amari Cooper

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed rookie receiver Amari Cooper.The team announced the deal Thursday, a day before the start of Oakland's rookie minicamp.The Raiders drafted Cooper fourth overall out of Alabama last week to give quarterback Derek Carr the big-play receiving option he lacked last season.

  • Browns sign draft picks Orchard, Telfer

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns signed two of their 12 draft picks on Thursday, reaching deals with linebacker Nate Orchard and tight end Randall Telfer.Orchard, taken in the second round with the No. 51 overall pick from Utah, had 18 1/2 sacks as a senior last season. The Browns will use the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder as an outside pass rusher in their 3-4 scheme, replacing Jabaal Sheard, who signed with New England as a free agent.

  • LSU's Collins signs with Cowboys after draft hopes dashed

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins paused to keep control of his emotions at a news conference to announce his signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones had an even harder time holding back tears while sitting next to a projected first-round pick who didn't get selected because his name surfaced in the investigation of the shooting death of a pregnant woman he knew in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Jets sign draft picks Mauldin, Petty and Simon

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, quarterback Bryce Petty and defensive tackle Deon Simon, all drafted last weekend.The team announced the signings - all four-year deals - on Thursday, a day before rookie minicamp begins. Of the Jets' six draft picks, only first-rounder Leonard Williams and second-rounder Devin Smith are still unsigned.

  • Tough-to-please Tom Brady is no dummy about legal matters

    June 30, 2015

    Deflating footballs for Tom Brady is a tough job.The star quarterback is the unquestioned star in New England, but at least one Patriots employee dares to diss him. Still, workers think it's worth doing whatever makes Brady happy, especially if autographed footballs and sneakers are part of the reward.

  • Ed Reed signs final contract with Ravens, then retires

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ed Reed came into the NFL as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and now he's leaving as one.The nine-time Pro Bowl safety formally announced his retirement Thursday after signing one final contract with the team that drafted him 24th overall in the 2002 draft.

  • Cowboys sign ex-LSU lineman La'el Collins

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys signed La'el Collins on Thursday, bringing in the former LSU offensive tackle who had been a projected first-round pick in last week's NFL draft until his name came up in a police investigation.Collins, a 2014 All-Southeastern Conference lineman, has never been named a suspect or person of interest in the shooting death of 29-year-old Brittney Mills. Police acknowledged days before the draft that they wanted to talk to Collins because he knew the victim, who was eight months pregnant when she was gunned down at her home in late April.

  • Brady to speak at college amid NFL deflated footballs report

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady makes his first public appearance Thursday night since a 243-page report found some of his claims were ''implausible'' concerning under-inflated balls in the AFC championship game.Brady is scheduled to be interviewed by sportscaster Jim Gray during a previously scheduled event at Salem State University.

  • Brady set for first public appearance since NFL report

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady makes his first public appearance Thursday night since a 243-page report found some of his claims were ''implausible'' concerning under-inflated balls in the AFC championship game.Brady is scheduled to be interviewed by sportscaster Jim Gray during a previously scheduled event at Salem State University.

  • Column: No games? No worry. It's butt-covering season in NFL

    June 30, 2015

    The NFL moves heaven and earth a dozen times every Sunday of the season to get calls on the field exactly right.But investigations and disciplinary matters?Not so much. In those cases, close is apparently close enough.At the end of a nearly four-month investigation into what's been dubbed ''Deflategate'' or ''Ballghazi,'' NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells arrived at - more or less - the same conclusions most of us did at the beginning.

  • Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley retires after 9 seasons

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley wants to spend more time with his family and has decided to retire from the NFL after nine seasons.''While I still feel like I could be competitive on the field, at this point in my life, my family is my priority,'' Wimbley wrote Thursday in a post on Twitter. ''Although my wife and two young daughters have always been incredibly supportive of my career, I am looking forward to spending more meaningful time with them and never missing another big moment in their lives!''

  • Brady's agent says 'Deflategate' investigation flawed

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The NFL was determined to blame Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for deflated footballs in the AFC title game, and the investigation omitted key facts and buried others, Brady's agent said Thursday.Don Yee said the report prepared by NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells was ''a significant and terrible disappointment.''

  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    June 25, 2015

    NHLLAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price came away from the NHL Awards show with a hat trick.The Montreal Canadiens' record-setting goalie claimed the Hart Trophy, the Vezina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award at the NHL's annual postseason bash Wednesday night.

  • What's next for Brady, Patriots after 'Deflategate' report

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady's agent says the NFL was determined to blame the Patriots quarterback for deflated footballs in the AFC title game, and that the investigation omitted key facts and buried others.Don Yee released a statement Thursday saying the report prepared by NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells was ''a significant and terrible disappointment.''

  • Jets sign 5th-rounder Jarvis Harrison to 4-year deal

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison, their fifth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M.The team announced the signing Wednesday night. All draft picks sign four-year deals, according to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, and Harrison's is worth about .5 million total.

  • Police: La'el Collins not father of slain woman's son

    June 30, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Police say a paternity test confirms former LSU offense tackle La'el Collins is not the father of a slain Baton Rouge woman's son.Collins was an All-Southeastern Conference performer and top pro prospect, but was not selected in last week's NFL draft after police acknowledged they wanted to interview Collins about his prior relationship with 29-year-old Brittney Mills.

  • Police: LSU's La'el Collins not father of slain woman's son

    June 30, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Police say a paternity test has confirmed former LSU offense tackle La'el Collins is not the father of a slain Baton Rouge woman's son.Collins was an All-Southeastern Conference performer and top pro prospect, but was not selected in last week's NFL draft after police confirmed they wanted to interview him about his prior relationship with 29-year-old Britney Mills.

  • Safety Ed Reed to announce retirement as a Baltimore Raven

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed will formally retire from the NFL as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.Reed will make the announcement Thursday at the Ravens training complex. He will be joined by coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and team president Dick Cass.

  • Youth football and rugby to get together

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety.A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds of PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. All players and coaches are invited to stay for the day's final Rugby 7's championship match.

  • Colts sign 5 draft picks shortly before rookie minicamp

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts have agreed to contract terms with five of their eight draft picks.Indianapolis announced Wednesday that it had agreed to deals with safety Clayton Geathers, defensive tackle David Parry, running back Josh Robinson, inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera and offensive lineman Denzelle Good.

  • Wolfe feeling fine nearly 2 years after spinal bruise

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Defensive end Derek Wolfe has both his health and his position back.Wolfe played in every game last year, contributing to a Denver defensive line that allowed 79.8 rushing yards per game, the lowest single-season figure in team history.

  • Lawsuit accuses 49ers' Brooks of groping unconscious woman

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) A woman has accused San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks of groping her while she was unconscious at the home of former teammate Ray McDonald.The allegation was contained in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County against Brooks and McDonald.

  • Cardinals receive cornerback Dennard on waiver claim

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals received cornerback Alfonzo Dennard from the New England Patriots on Wednesday on a waiver claim.The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dennard made 20 starts and played in 29 games in three seasons with New England, finishing with 92 tackles, five interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Last season, he had 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in six games - four starts - before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 because of a hamstring problem.

  • Patriots employees traded texts about deflated footballs

    June 30, 2015

    An investigator's report into ''Deflategate'' cited a series of texts between two New England Patriots employees as key evidence in the conclusion that the Patriots likely deflated footballs in the AFC title game - and that quarterback Tom Brady probably knew about it.

  • Texts by Pats employees provide key evidence in Deflategate

    June 30, 2015

    An investigator's report into ''Deflategate'' cited a series of texts between two New England Patriots employees as key evidence in the conclusion that the Patriots likely deflated footballs in the AFC title game - and that quarterback Tom Brady probably knew about it.

  • Panthers rookie David Mayo realizes NFL dream

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers rookie linebacker David Mayo was willing to sacrifice just about anything to make his NFL dream come true, including living in a shed for a year.Mayo wasn't satisfied with the college scholarship offers coming out of high school, so he chose to attend Santa Monica (Calif.) Community College in hopes of attracting more attention from FBS schools.

  • Bengals end Michael Johnson gets college degree

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson didn't pay much attention to the NFL draft last week. He was busy getting a college degree.The 28-year-old lineman got his bachelor's degree in business administration at Georgia Tech on Saturday, six years after Cincinnati made him a third-round draft pick. Johnson was about 10 classes short of the degree when he left for the NFL and wanted to get a diploma no matter how long it took.

  • Ryan won't 'muzzle' Bills after McCoy questions Chip Kelly

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has no intention of putting ''a muzzle'' on his players. And that includes running back LeSean McCoy for questioning the motivations of his former coach, Chip Kelly.''I'd rather just be ourselves,'' Ryan said following the team's voluntary conditioning session Wednesday. ''I think the players are more comfortable doing that. I know I'm more comfortable doing that. And I think that's the way it is. I think you'll get a real feel for who we are.''

  • Bears agree to deal with first-round pick WR Kevin White

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with West Virginia receiver Kevin White, the seventh overall pick in the draft.The Bears entered the draft with big needs on defense coming off a 5-11 season but took a play-making receiver to replace the traded Brandon Marshall with their top pick. For White, it was the next step on a meteoric rise from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to West Virginia and a founding franchise in the NFL.

  • NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

    June 30, 2015

    Tom Brady: Unbelievable.The 243-page report on ''Deflategate'' came out Wednesday and stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. It did, however, call some of his claims ''implausible'' and left little doubt that he had a role in having footballs deflated before New England's AFC title game against Indianapolis in January and probably in previous games.

  • NFL finds it probable that Patriots deliberately deflated balls, Brady 'generally aware'

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NFL finds it probable that Patriots deliberately deflated balls, Brady `generally aware'

  • Judge denies NFL linebacker's request in revenge porn case

    June 30, 2015

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) An NFL linebacker accused of distributing racy photos of a woman in violation of a revenge porn law can't enter a pretrial diversion program that would allow for any conviction to be wiped from his record, a judge ruled Wednesday.

  • NFL linebacker due in court to face 'revenge porn' charges

    June 30, 2015

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) An NFL linebacker facing charges over ''revenge porn'' is scheduled to appear in a New Jersey courtroom Wednesday morning for a plea conference.Jermaine Cunningham, a free agent who was with the New York Jets last year, is charged with criminal mischief, invasion of privacy and unlawful weapons transport. The 26-year-old pleaded not guilty in January. His lawyer says he expects Cunningham to be exonerated on all charges.

  • Tuesday's Sports In Brief

    June 24, 2015

    NASCARConfederate flags are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats and beer.They fly over motorhomes. They adorn clothing. They are regular fixtures, just like Ford and Chevrolet, and that is unlikely to change any time soon.NASCAR probably would like to see them go away.

  • Raiders cut ties with 8 players

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have cut ties with eight players following the NFL draft.The Raiders announced Tuesday that receiver James Jones and offensive lineman Kevin Boothe were released and linebacker Miles Burris was waived with an injured designation.

  • Former Raiders fullback Marv Hubbard dies

    June 30, 2015

    LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) Marv Hubbard, a bruising fullback who made three Pro Bowls in the early 1970s for the Oakland Raiders, has died. He was 68.The Raiders said Hubbard died Monday in Livermore. His wife, Virginia, told the Bay Area News Group that Hubbard had a long bout with prostate cancer.

  • Vikings agree to deals with 10 undrafted rookies

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with contracts with 10 undrafted rookies, including Virginia safety Anthony Harris.The Vikings announced the deals Tuesday.Harris was widely pegged as a mid-to-late-round pick, but concerns about a shoulder injury likely contributed to his fall off the board. Harris ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, tied for seventh fastest at his position. He had 11 interceptions at Virginia.

  • Arizona's 30-year-old tight end Carlson announces retirement

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals tight end John Carlson has announced his retirement from football, a week shy of his 31st birthday.In a statement released by the team, Carlson said that after ''much thought and consideration,'' he and his wife Danielle decided this was the best decision.

  • Chiefs put 4 on waivers, including QB Terrelle Pryor

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs placed four players on waivers Tuesday, including former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been signed in the offseason and was trying to earn a backup job.The Chiefs did not choose a quarterback in last week's draft, but they already have Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray on the roster. They are also expected to add a couple of undrafted quarterbacks as free agents in the coming days.

  • Patriots cut former starting CB Alfonzo Dennard

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have released former starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard after using him in just six games last season.Dennard started seven games as a rookie in 2012 and nine in his second season. He started four of the first seven games last season but played in only two more and went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury before the last game of the regular season.

  • Pats tackle Solder healthy at voluntary team activities

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Nate Solder was blindsided by the news. Cancer.He had just turned 26. At 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds, he was in excellent condition. Tom Brady depended on his left tackle to protect him.But after a team physical at the New England Patriots voluntary team activities last spring, Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

  • Panthers special teams coordinator takes leave of absence

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have announced special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven has taken a leave of absence to deal with health concerns.It's unclear when the 66-year-old DeHaven will return, and the Panthers did not release any additional information on the health concerns. Russ Purnell, who has spent 26 years coaching in the NFL, will assume DeHaven's duties.

  • Man who shipped guns to ex-NFL star Hernandez gets 2 years

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A man who shipped guns to former New England Patriots player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison.Oscar Hernandez Jr., no relation to Aaron, had pleaded guilty to charges including gun conspiracy and lying to a grand jury.

  • Bengals tight end Eifert recovering from shoulder surgery

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Tyler Eifert is still recovering from his lost season.The Bengals tight end tore the labrum in his left shoulder during off-season workouts last year, but decided to play through the injury. He dislocated his right elbow during the season opener, effectively ending his year.

  • Broncos renew faith in backup QB Brock Osweiler

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brock Osweiler honeymooned in the Caribbean this offseason, and the Denver Broncos renewed their vows with Peyton Manning's backup over the weekend.As expected, John Elway drafted a quarterback, something he's done three times since he signed Manning in 2012.

  • Collins' agent says his client is not meeting with NFL teams

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) While La'el Collins may not be meeting with NFL teams, that hasn't stopped some of his former LSU teammates from recruiting the offensive lineman.Deryk Gilmore said Tuesday that his client isn't meeting with NFL teams after going undrafted despite being widely projected as a first-round choice.

  • Prosecutors dismiss charges against NFL player McClain

    June 30, 2015

    DECATUR, Ala. (AP) Alabama prosecutors are dismissing charges against NFL linebacker Rolando McClain stemming from his arrest in a park in his hometown in 2013.Court records show prosecutors asked a judge Monday to end the case against the 25-year-old Dallas Cowboys linebacker.

  • Man who shipped guns to ex-NFLer Hernandez to be sentenced

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A man who shipped guns to former New England Patriots player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston.Oscar Hernandez, no relation to Aaron, has pleaded guilty to charges including gun conspiracy and lying to a grand jury.

  • Texans sign extension with LB Mercilus

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans signed outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a four-year contract extension on Monday.A first-round draft pick in 2012, Mercilus has appeared in 47 games (33 starts) and has made 139 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, forced four fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Last season, Mercilus had 50 tackles and five sacks.

  • Saints sign 13 undrafted free agents, release 3 players

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints signed 13 undrafted free agents and released three defensive reserves Monday.The new players are: defensive linemen Tavaris Barnes of Clemson, Kaleb Eulls of Mississippi State, Ashaad Mabry of Texas-San Antonio and Bobby Richardson of Indiana; guards Doniel Gambrell of Notre Dame (Ohio) College and Cyril Lemon of North Texas; wide receivers R.J. Harris of New Hampshire and Malcolme Kennedy of Texas A&M; tackle Sean Hickey of Syracuse; linebackers Marcus Pierce-Brewster of West Texas A&M and Stephon Sanders of SMU; and tight ends Harold Spears of New Hampshire and Jack Tabb of North Carolina.

  • Broncos release T Paul Cornick, WR Jeremy Kelley

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos continued their offensive line makeover by waiving second-year tackle Paul Cornick, who started three games each at right tackle and tight end last season.The Broncos also released wide receiver Jeremy Kelley, who signed a futures contract Dec. 29. The Broncos had to make room for the nine college free agents they signed Sunday after completing their nine-player draft.

  • 49ers Bruce Miller charged with vandalism, not domestic case

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism after he was investigated in a domestic case stemming from an argument with his girlfriend that led to his arrest March 5.The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced its findings Monday. The district attorney said that ''while original reports indicated that Miller may have pushed his girlfriend from his parked car, an investigation into the alleged assault was inconclusive.''

  • GM McCloughan focused on big schools in 1st draft with Skins

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) General manager Scot McCloughan's first draft with the Washington Redskins appears to reflect some basic beliefs about building a team, including the importance of size - of the players, yes, but also their schools.So it was not a coincidence that half of Washington's 10 picks came from the SEC, including second-round linebacker Preston Smith of Mississippi State and third-round running back Matt Jones of Florida, as well as a pair of later selections from Arkansas and one from Alabama.

  • Raiders to cut ties with James Jones, Miles Burris

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders are planning to release two starters from last year's team, cutting ties with receiver James Jones and linebacker Miles Burris.Jones told CSN California that general manager Reggie McKenzie told him he was going to be cut and Burris announced on his Twitter account Monday that he was going to be released as well.

  • Harvard pass rusher moves to head of Colts' free agent class

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts have signed 15 undrafted rookies, including Harvard linebacker Zachary Hodges, the 2013 Ivy League defensive player of the year.The other signees, announced Monday, are Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett; receivers Quan Bray of Auburn and Ezell Ruffin of San Diego State; cornerbacks Donald Celiscar of Western Michigan, Joshua Mitchell of Nebraska and Al-Hajj Shabazz of West Chester; linebackers Cody Galea of San Diego State, Terrell Hartsfield of Cincinnati and Junior Sylvestre of Toledo; tight ends Jean Sifrin of Massachusetts and Justin Sinz of Purdue; Clemson safety Robert Smith, Yale running back Tyler Varga and Northwestern center Brandon Vitabile.

  • Bills sign free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington.Carrington returns to the team that selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. Carrington played for the Bills from 2010-13 before joining the St. Louis Rams in 2014.

  • Falcons sign former Titans fullback Collin Mooney

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullback Collin Mooney, who started four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.Mooney had six catches for 32 yards and no carries in 12 games for the Titans last season. He had five carries for 19 yards in two games in 2012. He was cut before the 2014 season.

  • GM McCloughan eyed big schools in 1st draft with Redskins

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) General manager Scot McCloughan's first draft with the Washington Redskins appears to reflect some basic beliefs about building a team, including the importance of size - of the players, yes, but also their schools.So it was not a coincidence that half of Washington's 10 picks came from the SEC, including second-round linebacker Preston Smith of Mississippi State and third-round running back Matt Jones of Florida, as well as a pair of later selections from Arkansas and one from Alabama.

  • Vikings exercise contract options on Harrison Smith, Kalil

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year options on the contracts for safety Harrison Smith and left tackle Matt Kalil.The Vikings announced the decisions Monday, ensuring that both first-round picks from the 2012 draft will remain under team control through 2016.

  • Cowboys not picking up 5th year of Claiborne's rookie deal

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are not picking up the fifth-year option of Morris Claiborne's rookie contract, making the injury-plagued cornerback eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.The sixth pick in the 2012 draft will not participate in offseason workouts and likely won't be ready for the start of training camp because of the torn patellar tendon in his left knee that kept him out of 12 games last season.

  • Bengals tackles Whitworth, Smith wondering what's next

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) As soon as the Bengals' draft picks were announced, team captain Andrew Whitworth started getting texts and tweets.Concerned teammates wondered what was going on. So did many Bengals fans. Was Cincinnati drafting someone to replace him as the starting left tackle? Why did the club take offensive tackles with its first two picks in the draft?

  • Jets fire pro personnel director Brendan Prophett, 5 scouts

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have fired director of pro personnel Brendan Prophett and five members of the scouting department.Prophett was starting his 16th season with the team, and ninth as the Jets' director of pro personnel. New general manager Mike Maccagnan also parted ways with college scouts Rick Courtright, David Hinson, Cole Hufnagel, Chris Prescott and Seth Turner on Monday.

  • NFL linebacker's case highlights rise of revenge porn laws

    June 30, 2015

    Amid a national push to punish jilted lovers and others who distribute racy photos, NFL linebacker Jermaine Cunningham will be the most recognizable defendant yet to face ''revenge porn'' charges when he appears in court Wednesday.The decade-old New Jersey law being used to prosecute Cunningham was the first of its kind in the country, and 16 more states have passed laws since, including 14 in the past two years. At least 10 additional legislatures are considering revenge porn laws.

  • Jaguars agree to terms with 9 undrafted rookie free agents

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with nine undrafted rookies, including former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.Marshall switched positions before the NFL combine, moving from quarterback to cornerback, and should be interesting to watch when the Jaguars hold a two-day rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday. The nine undrafted free agents will be joined by the team's eight draft picks.

  • No bluffing: Cowboys stick with defense as draft closes

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency.The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue was picked in the fifth.

  • Browns wrap up draft, grab wide receiver, ignore quarterback

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) No splash, no sizzle, and surprisingly, no quarterback.One year after Cleveland made three trades in the first round, selected quasi-celebrity quarterback Johnny Manziel and was widely praised for having one of its best NFL drafts in several years, the Browns played it safe and sound in 2015.

  • Former Cowboys great retires as Broncos scout

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Cornell Green, a perennial Pro Bowler in his 13-year career as a defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys and an NFL scout for nearly four decades, is retiring from the Denver Broncos scouting department.Green, 75, was honored by GM John Elway after the draft Saturday.

  • Vikings turn focus to offense, targeting versatile linemen

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Their defense fortified with the first three rounds of the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings turned Saturday to other side of the ball.The crux of their objective was depth for the offensive line.Starting tackles Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt struggled last year, and by the end of the 2016 season both of their contracts will be expired. Left guard Charlie Johnson wasn't re-signed. Opportunity looms for T.J. Clemmings, Tyrus Thompson and Austin Shepherd, the linemen the Vikings drafted in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds.

  • Seattle turns focus to offensive line on final day

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) After going two days without addressing their biggest need, the Seattle Seahawks wasted no time turning their attention to the offensive line on the final day of the NFL draft.Needing to replace two starters up front, Seattle used three of its six draft picks on Saturday on offensive linemen.

  • Coach Quinn believes 1st NFL draft with Falcons a success

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) General manager Thomas Dimitroff and new coach Dan Quinn say the Atlanta Falcons got exactly what they were looking for on the last day of the NFL draft.''We stayed with our need approach,'' Dimitroff said. ''We feel like we pulled off some more players who are going to be really nice contributors to this team.''

  • Lions move toward filling Suh void with Wright in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Gabe Wright wore No. 90 in college, and he'd be happy to keep it when he joins the Detroit Lions.''I wouldn't mind that at all,'' he said.No pressure, Gabe.That number, of course, was vacated when Ndamukong Suh left the Lions in free agency, and they've spent this offseason trying to restock their defensive line following that big departure. Drafting Wright in the fourth round Saturday was another step.

  • Saints take 3 more defensive players on draft's last day

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season.The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine total selections. It was the most defensive players the Saints have selected since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994.

  • Jaguars choose mostly from major programs in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Forget scouring the country. Don't bother looking for hidden gems. No need scouting every pro day.The Jacksonville Jaguars just went big, really big in the NFL draft.Seven of the eight players Jacksonville selected during the three-day draft came from major college programs. Teams with winning traditions, too.

  • Shutout: No Vols picked in NFL draft, a 1st since 1963

    June 30, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has been shut out of the NFL draft for the first time since 1963.When the seventh and final round ended Saturday without any Volunteers getting chosen, it ended a string of 51 consecutive drafts in which at least one Tennessee player was selected.

  • Jets take Baylor QB Petty in 4th round, acquire Rams' Stacy

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets added another quarterback to the mix, and then acquired a versatile running back on the final day of the NFL draft.Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was selected with the Jets' fourth-round pick after the team moved up one spot Saturday in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets gave up the 104th pick and a seventh-rounder (No. 229) to take Petty.

  • Bucs use 6 of 7 draft picks to bolster sputtering offense

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided they were comfortable with Jameis Winston becoming their quarterback, the rest of the NFL draft was about improving his chances of being successful.Even the selection of LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth round Saturday reflected a commitment to bolster a defense that will need to do its part to help Winston fulfill expectations of transforming the Bucs into championship contenders.

  • Bears focus on help for Cutler despite needs on defense

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) With four offensive players out of six picks, this hardly seemed like a draft by the Monsters of the Midway.Still, no one can accuse new Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace of straying from his board.Facing a complete rebuild of one of the league's worst defenses, and in a new 3-4 system, the Bears personnel boss ignored perceived need in his first draft and went with offensive players four times as the team chose to provide support for quarterback Jay Cutler.

  • Patriots bolster O-line, D-line on last day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots bolstered their offensive and defensive lines on the third day of the NFL Draft Saturday, picking linemen with the first three of their eight total picks.The Pats selected pass-rushing defensive end Trey Flowers from Arkansas, mammoth guard Tre Jackson from Florida State, who protected No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston, and guard Shaquille Mason of Georgia Tech in the fourth round.

  • Mr. Irrelevant: Louisville TE Christian last pick in draft

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The 10th Louisville Cardinal chosen in the NFL draft earned the title ''Mr. Irrelevant.''With the 256th - and last - pick of the three-day draft, the Arizona Cardinals chose tight end Gerald Christian.He will be the guest of honor for a weeklong celebration in Newport Beach, California, next month. At the event, Christian will be presented with the Lowsman Trophy, a Heisman parody statue of a fumbling football player.

  • Giants project seventh-round offensive tackle Hart as guard

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Giants continued to fortify their offensive line depth Saturday with seventh-round pick Bobby Hart, an offensive tackle out of Florida State.The Giants project the 6-foot-6, 329-pound Hart as a guard because of his length and strength, but he made his name at FSU at right tackle. He was named third team All-ACC as a senior.

  • Packers get Michigan linebacker, move up for UCLA QB Hundley

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Packers closed out the draft by filling their need at inside linebacker with a player who could start this season, then picked a quarterback who might never play a meaningful down for them.After beginning the final day of the draft by picking Michigan inside linebacker Jake Ryan in the fourth round (129th overall), Green Bay took UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley in the fifth (147th overall) after trading up in a deal with New England.

  • Seattle signs Army vet Nate Boyer as undrafted free agent

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) U.S. Army veteran and former Texas long snapper Nate Boyer will get his chance to make an NFL roster in Seattle.The Seahawks reached an agreement with Boyer as an undrafted free agent on Saturday, giving the 34-year-old former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces a chance to continue his football career that started as a walk-on with the Longhorns.

  • Rams lean heavily on offense with 7 of 9 picks in draft

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) For several weeks, Jeff Fisher just kept smiling and saying he was happy with an offensive line that had only two returning starters.After drafting four linemen, the St. Louis Rams coach can be believed.''It's been a long time coming, particularly because of the needs,'' Fisher said Saturday. ''Our focus went to the big guys.''

  • Colts hope they've found missing pieces to Super Bowl puzzle

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts believe they found the missing pieces in this year's NFL draft.Now, they'll have to put it all together.Less than 72 hours after confounding fans and pundits by taking a receiver in the first round, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson wrapped up draft weekend with a heavy tilt toward defense - a move team owner Jim Irsay hopes will help Indianapolis complete its Super Bowl puzzle.

  • Titans use 7 of 9 draft picks trying to fix woeful offense

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans went into the NFL draft intent on improving one of the NFL's worst offenses.They believe they did.The Titans put the finishing touches on their efforts Saturday, using seven of their nine total selections on offense and giving coach Ken Whisenhunt a chance to revamp a unit that scored fewer points than all but two other NFL teams last season. A year in which Tennessee went a dismal 2-14.

  • Redskins wrap up busy NFL draft, moves result in 10 players

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The offensive line was an area of concern for the Washington Redskins when they finished at the bottom of the NFC East last year for the sixth time in seven seasons. So Washington took Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio in the fourth round and South Florida center Austin Reiter in the seventh on the final day of the draft after selecting Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick to start.

  • Texans beef up defense, add receivers in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans beefed up their already solid defense and addressed their need for receivers in the NFL draft.''We picked good, solid football players that we have clear visions on what they can do when they walk in the door and in the building and how they are going to compete to make our football team,'' general manager Rick Smith said. ''I think it's due in large part to the fact that we were able to have some real good discussions and evaluations.''

  • Bengals end draft with ball-hawking safety, receiver

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Ball-hawking Fresno State safety Derron Smith and high-scoring West Virginia wide receiver Mario Alford are the Bengals final two draft picks of 2015.The 5-10, 200-pound Smith, picked in the sixth round Saturday, was first-team All-Mountain West Conference each of the last three seasons and ended his career with 15 interceptions. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles in 2014 and racked up 259 in his career.

  • Falcons pick San Jose State cornerback King in 7th round

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have selected San Jose State cornerback Akeem King in the seventh round of the NFL draft.King was the fourth defensive player chosen by the Falcons, who took pass rusher Vic Beasley No. 8 overall, cornerback Jalen Collins in the second round and nose tackle Grady Jarrett in the fifth.

  • Raiders fill more holes on final day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) After targeting two of their biggest needs on the first two days of the NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders looked to fill a hole on their offensive line on the final day.The Raiders drafted Miami guard Jon Feliciano in the fourth round Saturday after trading down twice to acquire three extra picks.

  • Browns wrap up draft, grab wide receiver, ignore quartebacks

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns finally drafted a wide receiver, but ignored a quarterback.On the final day of the NFL draft, the Browns stuck with their plan to build from within and added seven more players. And for the first time in two seasons, general manager Ray Farmer took a wide receiver, selecting Washington State's Vince Mayle in the fourth round.

  • Titans take receiver Tre McBride of William & Mary in 7th

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected wide receiver Tre McBride of William & Mary from the Football Championship Subdivision with their final pick in the NFL draft.The Titans made McBride the 245th overall pick Saturday with a selection added through a trade Friday with the New York Giants.

  • Eagles wrap up draft with three defensive players

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's all about defense for the Philadelphia Eagles.The Eagles took Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd with the 191st overall pick and selected Kansas State defensive back Randall Evans at No. 196. They finished the day by choosing Boston College defensive end Brian Mihalik in the seventh round.

  • Saints take Missouri running back Murphy in 7th round

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have selected Missouri running back Marcus Murphy in the seventh and final round of the NFL draft.The 5-foot-8, 193-pound Murphy was productive last season as a runner, receiver and returner.He rushed for 924 yards and four touchdowns last season, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He caught 28 passes for 212 yards and a score. He also had two touchdowns on kickoff returns and another score on a punt return.

  • Falcons pick offensive lineman Jake Rodgers in 7th round

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have chosen Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers in the seventh round of the NFL draft.Rodgers joins running back Tevin Coleman, a second-round pick from Indiana, and receiver Justin Hardy, a fourth-rounder from East Carolina, as the newest additions to the offensive depth chart.

  • Bills stock up on Florida State Seminoles in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are counting on Florida State's success to rub off.The Bills used two of four picks on Seminoles in the NFL draft on Saturday. Buffalo selected FSU running back Karlos Williams in the fifth round and then Seminoles tight end Nick O'Leary with the second of two sixth-round selections.

  • Texans add 2 players on offense, 2 on defense as draft wraps

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans added two players on offense and two on defense on the last day of the NFL draft on Saturday.Houston picked Michigan State receiver Keith Mumphery in the fifth round and South Florida outside linebacker Reshard Cliett in the sixth round. They added Rice defensive lineman Christian Covington later in the sixth round and LSU running back Kenny Hilliard in the seventh.

  • Jaguars select Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack in 7th round

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack with their second of two picks in the seventh round of the NFL draft.The Jaguars took Koyack with the 229th overall pick. They drafted Monmouth receiver Neal Sterling nine picks earlier and said he could grow and develop into a down-the-field tight end who could learn from Pro Bowler Julius Thomas.

  • Jets draft Baylor QB Petty, trade for Rams' Stacy

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets added another quarterback to the mix, and then acquired a versatile running back on the final day of the NFL draft.Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was selected with the Jets' fourth-round pick after the team moved up one spot Saturday in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • Jaguars take Monmouth WR Sterling with 1st pick in 7th round

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Monmouth receiver Neal Sterling with their first of two picks in the seventh round of the NFL draft.The Jaguars took the 6-foot-3, 239-pound Sterling with the 220th overall choice.Sterling caught 212 passes for 2,615 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games during his four-year college career.

  • Eagles get two more defensive backs in the draft

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles continued rebuilding their secondary by drafting two more defensive backs in the sixth round on Saturday.The Eagles took Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd with the 191st overall pick and selected Kansas State's Randall Evans at No. 196. They moved up to draft Utah's Eric Rowe in the second round on Friday night.

  • NFL pick, Baltimore police officer's son seeks equal justice

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) NFL draft pick and former Penn State standout Adrian Amos Jr. has a personal perspective on the Baltimore riots - he is from there and his father is a police officer in the city.Amos, chosen in fifth round Saturday by the Chicago Bears, said Saturday that his father, Adrian Sr., ''was down there in the middle of it during the riots'' that ensued after the death of Freddie Gray.

  • Steelers go heavy on defense in final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North last season almost in spite of a defense that couldn't get to the quarterback or the ball with any regularity.Rather than splurge in free agency, the Steelers did what they almost always do when it's time to rebuild: they threw young legs at the problem instead.

  • Texans add WR and OLB in late round of draft

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans picked Michigan State receiver Keith Mumphery in the fifth round of the NFL draft and South Florida outside linebacker Reshard Cliett in the sixth round on Saturday.The Texans needed receivers after releasing seven-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson in the offseason and Mumphery was the second one they added in the draft after selecting Jaelen Strong in the third round on Friday night.

  • Rams draft Missouri wide receiver Sasser in 6th round

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have selected Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Sasser had 77 catches for 1,003 yards, a 13-yard average, and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He was the 201st overall selection.

  • Giants gamble on depth and insurance with final draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Though Mykkele Thompson, Geremy Davis, and Bobby Hart aren't high-profile players, the Giants' final three draft choices fit their initial goals of getting bigger, faster, and stronger, according to general manager Jerry Reese.

  • Titans draft Boston College center Andy Gallik in 6th round

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected Boston College center Andy Gallik with their second pick in the sixth round, adding much-needed depth to their offensive line.The Titans used the 208th pick overall on Gallik on Saturday.The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Gallik started 40 games at center at Boston College, including all 12 last season, and was one of the six finalists for the Rimington Trophy given to the best center. He helped block for the nation's 14th-best run game.

  • With 9 picks, Ravens fill several holes in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have evidently decided that the best way to deal with a tight salary cap is to get players with a predetermined wage scale.Baltimore couldn't afford to pay wide receiver Torrey Smith, linebacker Pernell McPhee, tight end Owen Daniels or defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Smith, McPhee and Daniels signed elsewhere as free agents, and Ngata was traded to Detroit.

  • Broncos stick with theme of toughness, athleticism

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Grouching that the Denver Broncos hadn't gone out ''kicking and screaming'' in the playoffs the last three seasons, John Elway set out to toughen up a team that featured 11 Pro Bowlers but went out with a whimper.After changing coaches and shaking up the roster, he fashioned a draft class thick on toughness and athleticism.

  • Bills draft nation's top tight end, Florida State's O'Leary

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have selected Florida State's Nick O'Leary, who was the nation's top tight end last season.At 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, O'Leary was selected 194th overall with the second of Buffalo's two sixth-round picks Saturday. He became the first Florida State player to win the John Mackey Award after finishing second on the Seminoles with 48 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns last season.

  • 49ers fortify offense on third day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) After addressing defense during the first two days of the NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers turned to offense Saturday.The 49ers used six of their seven picks on the draft's final day on offensive players, including each of their three selections in the fourth round.

  • Giants draft UConn receiver Geremy Davis in sixth round

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Giants gave themselves some insurance against a repeat injury to Victor Cruz with sixth-round wide receiver Geremy Davis of UConn.Davis, a bulky 6-2, 216, is a proficient route-runner who can catch the ball in traffic over the middle. He had one of the most prolific seasons for a receiver in school history in 2013 with 71 catches for 1,085 yards and three touchdowns, but was slowed last year by a high ankle sprain and finished with 44 catches for 521 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Dolphins draft versatile Tony Lippett with their final pick

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) With their final pick in the draft, the Miami Dolphins selected a receiver and cornerback.Tony Lippett is both.Michigan State's most valuable player in 2014 was the last of five picks Saturday by the Dolphins. The 6-2, 192-pound Lippett played offense, defense and even special teams in the Cotton Bowl last season.

  • Lions add Auburn DT Wright on final day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Gabe Wright wore No. 90 in college, and he'd be happy to keep it when he joins the Detroit Lions.''I wouldn't mind that at all,'' he said.No pressure, Gabe.That number, of course, was vacated when Ndamukong Suh left the Lions via free agency, and they've spent this offseason trying to restock their defensive line following that big departure. Drafting White in the fourth round Saturday was another step.

  • New Falcons defensive tackle Jarrett escapes house fire

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) New Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a major scare while he waited for his name to be called in the NFL draft Friday night.Jarrett, picked by the Falcons in the fifth round Saturday, said he and about 40 family members and close friends were at his mother's house in Conyers, Georgia, about 23 miles east of downtown Atlanta, when it caught fire in the early evening.

  • No bluffing: Cowboys stick with defense as draft nears close

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency.The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue went the fifth.

  • Jaguars select Ohio State's Bennett in 6th round of draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett in the sixth round of the NFL draft.The Jaguars took Bennett with the 180th overall pick, getting a productive college player who should provide depth along the D-line.

  • Titans draft Louisville LB Deiontrez Mount in 6th round

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected their second defensive player of the NFL Draft, taking outside linebacker Deiontrez Mount of Louisville.The Titans took Mount at No. 177 overall with the first pick of the sixth round. It's their first of two picks in the round.

  • Panthers keep wheeling and dealing on final day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Riverboat Ron meet Dealing Dave of the suddenly wheeling-and-dealing Carolina Panthers.General manager Dave Gettleman traded away multiple picks Saturday for the second straight day, moving up 22 spots in the fourth round to take offensive tackle Daryl Williams from Oklahoma with the 102nd pick overall.

  • Chargers go to FCS school for linebacker Emanuel

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers selected North Dakota State linebacker Kyle Emanuel on Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft, 153rd overall.The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Emanuel had 19 1-2 sacks last year and would fit outside in the Chargers' 3-4 alignment.

  • Saints trade for 3rd 5th-round pick, take cornerback Swann

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have traded for a third fifth-round draft choice and selected Georgia cornerback Damian Swann.The 6-foot, 189-pound Swan was the sixth defensive player taken among New Orleans first eight draft choices. He'll join a unit that ranked second-to-last in yards allowed last season and took much of the blame for a 7-9 record that fell short of the playoffs.

  • Arizona trades up 7 spots to get DT Rodney Gunter

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals traded away three picks to move up seven spots in the fourth round on the final day of the NFL draft.Then they used the selection to pick Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, a player many had forecast to go much later, if at all.

  • With plenty of picks, Ravens fill several holes in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have evidently decided that the best way to deal with a tight salary cap is to get players with a set pay scale.Baltimore couldn't afford to pay wide receiver Torrey Smith, linebacker Pernell McPhee, tight end Owen Daniels or defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Smith, McPhee and Daniels signed elsewhere as free agents, and Ngata was traded to Detroit.

  • Buccaneers select LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.The pick Saturday deviated from the course the Bucs followed on the first two days of the draft, when quarterback Jameis Winston, tackle Donovan Smith and guard Ali Marpet were brought in bolster a sputtering offense.

  • Dolphins take versatile Lippett with final pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) With their final pick in the draft, Miami Dolphins have selected a receiver and cornerback.Tony Lippett is both.Michigan State's most valuable player last season was the last of five picks Saturday for the Dolphins. Lippett played offense, defense and special teams in the Cotton Bowl last season to cap his college career.

  • Saints draft DT Davison with 2nd 5th-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have selected Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison with their second of two picks in the fifth round of the NFL draft.The pick was acquired from Kansas City in a trade that sent former Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs.

  • Giants reach for cornerback Mykkele Thompson in fifth round

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After drafting for need with their first three picks, the Giants spent their fifth-round choice Saturday on Texas cornerback Mykkele Thompson.Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound senior, started all 13 games for the Longhorns. He played every position in the secondary during his four seasons, but had a down year as a senior. He still averaged seven tackles per game over the last seven games.

  • Packers draft Michigan LB Jake Ryan in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers closed out their 2015 NFL draft by filling their glaring need at inside linebacker with a player who could start for them immediately, then picked a quarterback who might never play a meaningful down for them.

  • Saints take LB Davis Tull with first of two 5th-round picks

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season.The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their first eight selections.

  • Former player seeks solution for NFL's concussion problem

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Former NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington looks at Saturday's sports schedule and doesn't see such a spectacular lineup.He worries that unless the league gets a grip on preventing and treating concussions, someday, the NFL will look a lot like boxing and horse racing look today.

  • Buccaneers select LSU LB Kwon Alexander in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth round of the NFL draft.The pick Saturday deviated from the course the Bucs followed on the first two days of the draft, when quarterback Jameis Winston, tackle Donovan Smith and guard Ali Marpet were brought in bolster a sputtering offense.

  • Falcons trade up to draft Clemson defensive tackle Jarrett

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have traded up eight spots to choose Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett in the fifth round of the NFL draft.Jarrett teamed with pass rusher Vic Beasley, whom Atlanta selected with the No. 8 overall pick on Thursday, during the last four years at Clemson.

  • Jaguars pick FSU WR Rashad Greene in 5th round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Florida State receiver Rashad Greene in the fifth round of the NFL draft.The Jaguars chose Greene with the 139th overall pick, giving them a slot receiver to play alongside projected starters Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Jacksonville drafted Lee and Robinson in the second round last year and is counting on them developing into consistent playmakers for quarterback Blake Bortles.

  • Ravens fill 2 more needs in 4th round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens found potential replacements for two departed players in the fourth round of the NFL draft.The Ravens had three picks in the round, including the one they got in the trade for Haloti Ngata and a compensatory selection.

  • Titans select running back David Cobb of Minnesota at 138

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected the running back they said they wanted out of the final day of the NFL draft in David Cobb of Minnesota.The Titans picked Cobb at No. 138 overall Saturday in the fifth round.The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb set a single-season record at Minnesota last year running for 1,626 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns. He ran for a career-high 220 yards against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 6, 2014 and had seven 100-yard games last season.

  • Redskins take Crowder, Kouandjio on final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The offensive line was an area of concern for the Washington Redskins when they finished at the bottom of the NFC East last year for the sixth time in seven seasons. So Washington took Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio in the fourth round after selecting Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick in the first round.

  • Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft's 3rd day

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick again traded down to get an extra pick Saturday, and the Pats bolstered their offensive and defensive lines by picking linemen with five of their first six picks.New England, which had eight picks on the third day of the NFL draft, traded a fifth round pick (147th overall) to the Green Bay Packers for Packers' picks in the fifth round (166) and seventh round (247th). On Friday, the Pats traded their third and seventh-round picks to the Cleveland Browns for the Browns' fourth, fifth and sixth round picks.

  • Seattle takes pair of offensive linemen in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The biggest apparent need for the Seattle Seahawks entering the NFL draft was quickly addressed on Saturday.Seattle didn't wait around, going after offensive linemen right away on the final day of the draft, selecting San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole and West Virginia guard Mark Glowinski with its two fourth-round picks.

  • Browns finally select wide receiver on Day 3 of draft

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) It took nearly two years and 10-plus rounds, but the Browns finally selected a wide receiver in the NFL draft.With his second selection on Saturday, Browns general manager Ray Farmer took Washington State's Vince Mayle, a former junior college basketball player who had a school record 106 catches last season.

  • Lions trade into fourth round, pick DL Gabe Wright of Auburn

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have drafted Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright after trading into the fourth round.Detroit was initially supposed to have picks in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds Saturday, but the Lions added a fourth-rounder when they sent a 2016 third-round pick to Philadelphia. Detroit took the 6-foot-3, 284-pound Wright, the latest move in the Lions' attempt to restock their defensive line after losing Ndamukong Suh to free agency.

  • Cowboys get Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have taken linebacker Damien Wilson of Minnesota in the fourth round of the NFL draft.Wilson, who started 24 of 26 games in two seasons with the Gophers after transferring from Jones County Community College in Mississippi, was the 127th overall pick Saturday. Three of Dallas' top four picks are defensive players.

  • Raiders draft G Jon Feliciano in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders drafted Miami guard Jon Feliciano in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday after trading down twice to acquire three extra picks.The Raiders took Feliciano 128th overall with hopes he can compete for the starting right guard spot. Oakland moved last year's starter Austin Howard to right tackle, leaving converted tackles Khalif Barnes and Matt McCants as the top two options at guard leading into the draft.

  • Bengals gamble on USC cornerback Shaw after troubles

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals picked troubled Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw with their first pick of the fourth round on Saturday.Shaw was suspended by the Trojans for 10 games early in the 2014 season after he suffered ankle injuries by jumping from a second-story balcony while evading police. He then claimed that he was hurt while trying to save a drowning nephew.

  • Titans open NFL draft with 1st pick, add 2 in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans expect to start the season with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, so that means running the ball well will be crucial.So they used two of their first three draft selections Saturday on a fullback and a new running back to repair a unit that was one of the NFL's worst last season. The Titans drafted Bishop Sankey out of Washington in the second round last year, but he struggled as a rookie after missing most of the offseason program while finishing up at school.

  • Arizona trades up 7 spots to get DT Gunter

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have traded three draft picks to the Cleveland Browns to move up seven picks in the fourth round of the NFL draft, selecting Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound player was the 17th selection in the fourth round and 116th overall.

  • Dolphins take guard Jamil Douglas in 4th round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins have taken guard Jamil Douglas of Arizona State in the fourth round of the NFL draft.The 6-4, 305-pound Douglas started 27 games in college at left guard, and then was moved to left tackle and started there his entire senior season. The Dolphins project him as a left guard to compete with newly acquired veteran Jeff Linkenbach and holdover Dallas Thomas.

  • Redskins draft Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The offensive line was an area of concern for the Washington Redskins when they finished last in the NFC East last year for the sixth time in seven seasons. So they took Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday after using the fifth overall pick on Thursday to select Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff.

  • Steelers grab Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: ''Steelers, bro!''The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover.

  • Line-happy Rams draft Iowa OT Andrew Donnal

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Andrew Donnal was a full-time starter for the first time as a senior at Iowa. He did enough to impress the St. Louis Rams.The Rams picked their third offensive lineman of the NFL draft, selecting Donnal in the fourth round on Saturday.

  • Bills stock up in NFL draft to keep up with AFC East rivals

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) It didn't take long for newly drafted Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby to experience his first ''welcome to the AFC East'' moment.A day after being selected in the second round of the NFL draft, the Florida State product was enjoying his first visit to the Bills' facility when Tom Brady's name came up Saturday.

  • Jaguars select Louisville's Sample in 4th round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Louisville safety James Sample with the fifth pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday.Jacksonville traded down one spot, swapping picks with the Jets, and took Sample.The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Sample started his college career at Washington, transferred to American River Junior College and then led the Cardinals with 90 tackles in his only season there. He also had four interceptions.

  • Falcons add to receiving corps with ECU's Hardy in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have beefed up their receiving corps by selecting Justin Hardy of East Carolina with the eighth pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft.Hardy, the FBS career leader with 387 catches, becomes the top candidate for the No. 3 receiver's job behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.

  • Chiefs welcome first-round pick Peters on draft's last day

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) John Dorsey knew people would have questions if the Kansas City Chiefs chose Marcus Peters in the first round of the draft, so the general manager kept team owner Clark Hunt in the loop.Dorsey didn't need his approval, Hunt said, but he got it anyway.

  • Colts solidify defense with 4th-round pick in draft

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Clayton Geathers is hungry to add a new chapter to his family's legacy.After years of trading football talk at the dinner table, Geathers' dream became a reality Saturday when Indianapolis selected the 6-foot-2, 208-pound safety early in the fourth round of the NFL draft. He's the seventh family member to play pro football, the sixth to make it to the NFL and the first not to play defensive line.

  • Redskins draft Duke receiver Jamison Crowder in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have selected Duke's Jamison Crowder, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound receiver/returner.A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer the past two seasons, Crowder was second in the conference with 85 catches while also returning two punts for touchdowns as a senior. In 2013, Crowder led the ACC with 108 catches while producing 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

  • Vikings take Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings used the first three rounds of the NFL draft for help on defense.Then they turned to the offense for the final day, starting with right tackle T.J. Clemmings in the fourth round.Clemmings has made that same switch in focus. He's two years into the transition from one side of the ball to the other.

  • Bears take Michigan St RB Jeremy Langford in fourth round

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Despite facing a complete rebuild on defense, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace used his first four picks in the NFL draft on offensive players.Pace chose Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford on Saturday with the 106th overall pick.

  • Titans use 2nd pick in 4th round on fullback Jalston Fowler

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected fullback Jalston Fowler of Alabama with their second pick in the fourth round.The Titans picked Fowler at No. 108 overall Saturday with the ninth spot in the fourth round, a selection added Friday night in a trade with the New York Giants.

  • Browns sticking with draft plan, passing on playmakers

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns general manager Ray Farmer is proving to be both stubborn and strong in the NFL draft.Despite a perceived absence of offensive playmakers on Cleveland's roster - and the unresolved issue at quarterback - Farmer has stuck with his plan and picked players to fill pressing needs in the first three rounds. In his second year on the job, Farmer has bucked the trend to add receivers in the pass-happy NFL in favor of building his team from the inside out.

  • NFL DRAFT: Jets grab QB Petty in trade

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley found their way into the NFL on Day 3 of the draft Saturday - heading to entirely different circumstances.Baylor's Petty went to the New York Jets, who've had inconsistency at the position for years. UCLA's Hundley will journey to Green Bay, where hardly anyone can remember the last time the Packers had questions behind center.

  • Jets trade up 1 spot, draft Baylor QB Petty in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets added another quarterback to the mix, giving Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick some competition.Baylor's Bryce Petty was selected with the Jets' fourth-round pick after the team moved up one spot Saturday in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • Panthers trade up to get OT Williams from Oklahoma

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Riverboat Ron meet Dealing Dave of the suddenly wheeling-and-dealing Carolina Panthers.General manager Dave Gettleman traded away three picks Saturday for the second time in this draft, moving up 22 spots in the fourth round to take offensive tackle Daryl Williams from Oklahoma with the 102nd pick overall.

  • Chiefs welcome first-round pick Stevens on draft's last day

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs introduced first-round pick Marcus Stevens at their practice facility Saturday before turning their attention to the final day of the NFL draft.Stevens, a cornerback from Washington, was joined by general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid for a series of photo ops. Then, he calmly answered every question about his checkered history, including the events that led him to getting kicked off the Huskies' team.

  • Jaguars DE Dante Fowler Jr. chooses No. 56 in ode to RB days

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Flashing a huge smile and wearing much more casual attire than he donned at the NFL draft, new Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. held up his No. 56 jersey while posing for pictures Saturday.And ode to Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor? Not even close.

  • Titans open final day picking DT Angelo Blackson of Auburn

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans finally have made their first defensive pick of the NFL draft, selecting tackle Angelo Blackson of Auburn.The Titans made Blackson the No. 100 pick overall to open the fourth round Saturday, the last day of the draft.

  • Frank Olivo, Santa pelted with snow at '68 Eagles game, dies

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The fill-in Santa whose downfield jaunt at a Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968 lives on in sports history for the hail of snowballs and shower of boos that rained down on him has died. Frank Olivo was 66.Olivo died early Thursday at a suburban hospital after a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and other ailments, said his cousin, Richard Monastra.

  • Saints have yet to add receiver as draft enters last rounds

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have four picks in Saturday's final four rounds of the NFL draft and have yet to bring in new receiving targets for quarterback Drew Brees.This offseason, New Orleans has traded away two of their most productive receivers, sending star tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle and wideout Kenny Stills, who led the club in yards receiving, to Miami.

  • After taking OL, LB, RB, Redskins enter Day 3 with 7 picks

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan vowed to wind up with 10 picks in his first draft with the team, and after taking three players, he enters Day 3 with seven more selections.By trading down with Seattle in the third round, McCloughan goes into Saturday with two choices in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, plus another in the seventh.

  • Ravens poised to make 6 picks on final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens are in position to finish up the NFL draft with a flourish.After getting wide receiver Breshad Perriman, tight end Maxx Williams and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis over the first two days, the Ravens have six selections left on Saturday.

  • Falcons likely to keep focus on defense in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) One by one, the Atlanta Falcons have been addressing needs in the NFL draft - especially on defense.Five picks in Saturday's final four rounds should bring the Falcons more defensive help. There may be room to add another offensive player, perhaps a lineman.

  • Jaguars still have holes to fill on final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have plenty of holes to fill on the final day of the NFL draft.The Jaguars chose Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. in the first round Thursday and then added Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon and South Carolina guard A.J. Cann in the second and third rounds, respectively, Friday night.

  • Titans start off 3rd, final day of NFL draft with top pick

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans will help kick off the third and final day of the NFL draft with the first pick in the fourth round.If they don't trade it like they did the first pick Friday night.The Titans have the 100th pick overall to open the fourth round Saturday - their fourth selection this draft. They traded back seven spots in the second adding two more picks from the Giants, and now they head into the final day of the draft with six more picks.

  • Bucs beef up protection for Winston, draft 2 linemen

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's Lovie Smith is known as a defensive-minded coach. You just wouldn't know it by the way he's drafted since taking over the Buccaneers.Intent on improving a sputtering offense, the Bucs selected quarterback Jameis Winston No. 1 overall on the first night of the draft, then took tackle Donovan Smith and guard Ali Marpet in the second round on Friday night.

  • Chicago Bears have needs on defense as draft wraps up

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) With only one defensive player chosen on the first two days of the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears could be looking to that side of the football in Saturday's final four rounds.The Bears took West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White in the first round and Oregon center Hroniss Grasu in the third round Friday, the first time since 2008 they've selected two offensive players in the first two rounds. The only defensive player they picked was nose tackle Eddie Goldman from Florida State in the second round.

  • Lions may try to add DL help on draft's final day

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) General manager Martin Mayhew keeps saying the Detroit Lions are drafting the best player available. Their first three picks all seemed to fill specific spots where they needed help.If that trend continues, perhaps the Lions will take a defensive lineman in the late rounds Saturday.

  • LB remains question for Packers going into draft Day 3

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers are happy with the athleticism and versatility that they've added to the team in the first two days of the NFL draft.They still haven't picked a linebacker, though. That could be a focus when the draft wraps up Saturday.

  • Rams will look to add overall roster depth on final day

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) After addressing major needs on the second day of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams have four picks remaining to add roster depth.The Rams traded down to add picks on Friday and then took two offensive linemen, selecting Rob Havenstein of Wisconsin in the second round and Jamon Brown of Louisville in the third. Later in the third round they added quarterback Sean Mannion of Oregon State, giving them a potential successor to Nick Foles that the franchise lacked last year.

  • Running back issue lingers for Cowboys on final day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The question of adding a running back lingers for Dallas going into the final day of the draft.The Cowboys skipped on getting help through the first three rounds despite losing NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray to NFC East rival Philadelphia in free agency.

  • Chiefs aim to add depth on final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After addressing their biggest needs, the Kansas City Chiefs are turning their attention to adding depth at several positions on the final day of the NFL draft.Kansas City has already traded away a fifth- and sixth-round pick, but still has five choices on Saturday: a fourth-rounder, two fifths, a sixth and a seventh-round selection.

  • Miami Dolphins have 4 5th-round picks Saturday

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins have busy stretch Saturday on the final day of the NFL draft, with five choices in a span of 42 picks.They still need a cornerback, guard and linebacker. Miami took Louisville receiver DeVante Parker in the first round, and added Oklahoma nose tackle Jordan Phillips in the second round.

  • Colts still looking for help on offensive line, defense

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts still need help along the offensive line. And they're still trying to plug holes on the defense.They're hoping to do both with six picks in the final four rounds of the NFL draft on Saturday.Indianapolis will pick a little earlier than initially expected following a Friday night trade with Tampa Bay that allowed the teams to swap fourth-round picks. The deal allows the Colts to move up 19 spots to No. 109 overall.

  • Texans have just 4 picks on Day 3 of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston's aggressive approach on the second day of the NFL draft has left the Texans thin on picks entering the final day of the draft.The Texans traded up in the second round to get Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney and again in the third to snag Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong.

  • Vikings take 6 picks into final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings take six picks into the final day of the NFL draft, with needs at receiver and on the offensive line.The Vikings have one selection each in the fourth and sixth rounds and two picks each in the fifth and seventh rounds Saturday.

  • Panthers don't draft offensive tackle for 2nd straight year

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers bypassed selecting a left tackle with a high pick in the NFL draft for the second straight year.The Panthers still have five picks entering Saturday - including three in the fifth round - to address that need, but it's unlikely they'll find a player talented enough to step in and compete for a starting job right away. Carolina signed free agent Michael Oher this offseason to a two-year deal in hopes he can be a stopgap there.

  • Raiders could target guard on day 3 of draft

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders could look for their starting right guard on day three of the NFL draft.After filling holes at wide receiver, defensive end and tight end on the first two days, the Raiders still could use a guard in the final four rounds of the draft on Saturday.

  • Cardinals again get extra late pick in draft trade

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals head into the final day of the NFL draft with six selections, with cornerback and inside linebacker among the areas they may look to address.For the third year in a row, general manager Steve Keim engineered a trade to add a later-round selection. On Friday, the Cardinals traded down three spots in the second round, obtaining a fifth-round pick from Baltimore in the process.

  • Broncos could be looking at QBs on final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos may be looking at quarterbacks on the final day of the NFL draft after already picking up a pass rusher, offensive lineman and a tight end.UCLA QB Brett Hundley remains on the board. So does Bryce Petty of Baylor. The Broncos currently have that QB named Peyton Manning - who turned 39 last month - along with Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert.

  • 49ers prepare to make 7 more picks on draft's final day

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers used their first three draft picks on defenders, adding defensive end Arik Armstead, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Eli Harold.Whether general manager Trent Baalke switches gears to focus on upgrading the offense for the final day of the NFL draft on Saturday is anybody's guess.

  • Seattle needs to address offensive line on final day

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks took care of two needs on the second day of the NFL draft but still have to address the gaps on their offensive line.That'll be the focus on the final day when the Seahawks have six draft picks and will be trying to add depth while needing to replace two starters on the offensive line. Seattle was supposed to have 11 picks on the final two days, but sent three of those picks to Washington to trade up in the third round and draft Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett on Friday. Seattle also selected Michigan defensive end Frank Clark in the second round.

  • Chargers have only 2 picks in final 4 rounds of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers will have some long waits during the final day of the NFL draft.They have only two picks on Saturday, in the fifth and sixth rounds.''We can go play some golf tomorrow morning before we hit it,'' general manager Tom Telesco cracked.

  • Ex-LSU lineman Collins still undrafted as uncertainty swirls

    June 30, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Given the legal uncertainty surrounding offensive tackle La'el Collins, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he could not say he would even take the former LSU standout in the last round of the NFL draft on Saturday.Payton isn't alone.

  • NFL DRAFT: Legends of the game, prospects of the future

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The NFL draft is all about the future. Except when legends of the game steal the show, as Jim Kelly, Dick Butkus, Ickey Woods and Rick Upchurch did in the second round.The 32 teams were eager to get going Friday night with lots of talent remaining - no one itching more than Giants general manager Jerry Reese. He did something rare for the franchise, trading up seven spots with Tennessee for the first pick and taking Alabama All-America safety Landon Collins.

  • Jets head into draft's final day with 5 picks

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets head into the final day of the NFL draft with five picks and plenty of options.They further strengthened their defensive line on Day 1 by taking Southern California's Leonard Williams sixth overall, and then added a speedy wide receiver - Ohio State's Devin Smith - and a pass rusher - Louisville's Lorenzo Mauldin - during the second and third rounds, respectively, Friday night.

  • Steelers look for depth, sleepers in final day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty of items on their shopping list heading into the final day of the NFL draft.A tight end, some more help in the secondary and along the defensive line are likely to be addressed when the fourth round starts. Pittsburgh grabbed linebacker Bud Dupree in the first round on Thursday and added cornerback Senquez Golson in the second round and wide receiver Sammie Coates in the third round on Friday.

  • Patriots have 7 picks on final day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots will have seven picks on the final day of the NFL draft.Thanks to a trade with the Cleveland Browns, the Patriots will have an extra pick on Saturday. New England gave up its regular pick at No. 96 - near the end of the third round - along with its seventh-rounder. The Patriots got back picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

  • Bengals still need defensive line help on draft's 3rd day

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals just missed on one defensive tackle they wanted. They have five more picks in Saturday's final four rounds to fix it.Cincinnati, which finished last in the league in sacks while tackle Geno Smith struggled in his first season back from ACL surgery, went into the draft hoping to land an impact tackle. Instead, they picked Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in Thursday's first round and Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher, Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft and Texas Christian inside linebacker Paul Dawson on Friday night.

  • New York Giants have picks in 5th, 6th and 7th rounds on Sat

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have filled two major needs on the first two days of the NFL draft and they will probably use their final three picks to take talent more than need.Coming into the draft, the Giants' biggest needs were on the offensive line and at safety. They grabbed Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in the first round Thursday and made a major move Friday, trading up to the top spot in the second round to select Alabama safety Landon Collins.

  • Browns enter final day of NFL draft with 5 picks

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns have one last day - and five more picks - to improve their roster.Cleveland enters Saturday's third and final day of the NFL draft with two fourth-round picks, two sixth-round picks and one in the seventh, and it's possible the team could use one of them on a quarterback to groom for the future. There are still quality QBs available, including Baylor's Bryce Petty and UCLA's Brett Hundley.

  • Bills not ruling out possibility of drafting QB on Saturday

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley isn't ruling out the team selecting a quarterback with one of its final four picks of the NFL draft.Whaley raised that possibility after saying the expected run on quarterbacks failed to materialize during the second and third rounds of the draft Friday night. Only four quarterbacks have been selected so far.

  • Eagles look to bolster offensive line on draft's third day

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to target the offensive line on the third day of the NFL draft.The Eagles have one pick in the fourth round, none in the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh. They have four starters returning on their offensive line, but two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis is rumored to be on the trading block.

  • Friday Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    BOXINGLAS VEGAS (AP) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the welterweight limit Friday before a packed arena of screaming, singing fans anticipating the landmark bout.One day before Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the richest event in boxing history, they took the stage in an MGM Grand arena filled with boxing fans enjoying the public's best chance to see the fighters in person.

  • Chicago Bears take DT Eddie Goldman, C Grasu on Day 2

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Florida State defensive lineman Eddie Goldman became a little emotional after hearing his name called by Dick Butkus in the second round of the NFL draft.It was quite an introduction to Chicago.Butkus, the Hall of Fame former Bears linebacker, said he liked the pick after announcing it to the cheering crowd Friday night at the draft in downtown Chicago, miles from Halas Hall in suburban Lake Forest. Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 336-pound nose tackle, said he feels like he'll have something to prove. And he liked Butkus' comment.

  • Cardinals take DE Golden, RB Johnson in Day 2 of draft

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals turned to the Midwest in Day 2 of the NFL draft, trading down to select defensive end Markus Golden of Missouri in the second round, then picking Northern Iowa running back David Johnson in the third.''The one thing that stands out about these two picks,'' Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said, ''is these two guys are really the epitome to me of passion, love for the game, the kind of character that we want in our locker room, both of them team captains, both of them with tremendous intangibles. Both of them compete at the highest level.''

  • Broncos turn their attention to offense on Day 2

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) After using his top pick on a defensive player for the fifth straight season, Broncos boss John Elway turned his attention to helping out 39-year-old quarterback Peyton Manning.Elway chose Colorado State offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night and Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third.

  • Rams draft 2 offensive linemen, quarterback

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) For the St. Louis Rams, the second day of the NFL draft was all about filling roster holes.They addressed their biggest needs on Friday night, trading down to add picks and then adding two offensive linemen and a quarterback.''The elephants in the room are all out,'' general manager Les Snead joked.

  • Ravens snag TE Williams and DT Davis on draft's 2nd day

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens insist that talent, not positional need, is the driving force behind their draft.While that may be true, the Ravens have already filled three sizable holes over the first three rounds.Baltimore selected Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis on Friday night after picking Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perrmian with the 26th overall pick Thursday.

  • Lions draft Nebraska RB Abdullah, Stanford CB Carter

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Ameer Abdullah is ready to help Detroit's backfield. He's just not about to compare himself to the running back he is replacing.''I think there's only one Reggie Bush,'' Abdullah said. ''Hopefully I'm out to prove that there's only one Ameer Abdullah. Reggie, obviously, in my years of living, watching college football and watching Reggie throughout his career, he's one of the most electrifying guys I've ever seen, so I'm ready to prove myself that I'm doing things my own way.''

  • Ogbuehi hopes to boost name; Bengals draft Fisher, Kroft

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) First things first: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants to clarify something with his top draft pick, Cedric Ogbuehi.''How do you pronounce your name?'' Lewis said after stumbling on it while introducing Ogbuehi to reporters in Cincinnati on Friday.

  • Bengals get Big 12's top defender Dawson in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals finally got around to their defense, but not in the area they most needed to address.Cincinnati used its second pick of the third round (99th overall) to pick Texas Christian inside linebacker Paul Dawson, who led the Horned Frogs with 136 tackles, including 20 for losses, in 2014. He also had four interceptions.

  • Bills fill needs at cornerback and O-line in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan's defense can always use another cornerback. And the new Bills coach's plan to introduce a run-first approach to Buffalo's retooled LeSean McCoy-led offense was in need of a blocker.A day after sitting out the first round of the NFL draft, the Bills addressed both needs in second and third rounds on Friday.

  • Browns select defensive tackle Cooper from Washington State

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns made a trade to move back into the third round and selected Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.The Browns acquired the No. 96 overall choice in a multi-pick deal with New England and selected Cooper, a 6-foot-3, 293-pounder who had 31 1-2 sacks for the Cougars.

  • The Latest: Draft's third round draws to a close

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 10:16 p.m. (11:16 p.m. EDT)The Browns make the 11th and final trade of the night, swapping with New England to take Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock shed his sports coat about an hour ago and is going with the vest-and-tie look now.

  • Chiefs draft cornerback Steven Nelson in third round

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs added their second cornerback in the first three rounds of the NFL draft on Friday night when they chose Oregon State's Steven Nelson with the No. 98 overall pick.In desperate need of defensive backfield help, the Chiefs chose Washington's Marcus Peters in the first round Thursday night. They added offensive lineman Michael Morse and wide receiver Chris Conley to shore up two more holes earlier Friday night.

  • Redskins take Mississippi State LB Smith, Florida RB Jones

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins second-round draft pick Preston Smith dropped some weight recently - and it had nothing to do with his impending change from defensive end at Mississippi State to outside linebacker in the NFL.''This process may cause you to be a little nervous and stress yourself out. You may not eat,'' Smith said on a conference call with reporters Friday night. ''But now that it's over, I'm not going to pig out. I'm just going to start to eat.''

  • Patriots pick Grissom in 3rd round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have selected Oklahoma defensive end Geneo Grissom in the third round of the NFL draft.The Patriots went into Friday night with back-to-back picks at Nos. 96 and 97. They traded the first one, their regular pick, to the Cleveland Browns. Then they picked the 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman.

  • Packers add Stanford receiver-returner Ty Montgomery

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Packers have added another potential target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers after taking Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery in the third round with the 94th overall selection.Montgomery led the Cardinal last season with 61 catches for 604 yards. He also has five career special teams returns for touchdowns.

  • Broncos take tight end Jeff Heuerman in third round

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have selected Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman caught 17 passes for 207 yards and two TDs last season for the national champion Buckeyes. Heuerman said he's ''ecstatic'' to catch passes from Peyton Manning.

  • Cowboys get tackle Chaz Green from Florida in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have taken tackle Chaz Green of Florida with the 91st overall pick in the draft.Green went in the third round Friday night after Dallas picked offensive linemen in the first round in three of the previous four drafts.The 6-foot-5, 314-pound Green started 11 games for the Gators as a senior, nine at right tackle and two on the left side. He missed 2013 with a torn labrum after battling an ankle injury the previous year. He started 30 games in his career.

  • Colts take defensive end with 2nd pick in 3rd round of draft

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis has selected defensive end Henry Anderson of Stanford with their second pick in the third round of the NFL draft.At 6-foot-6, 287 pounds, the Colts are hoping Anderson will help them put pressure on quarterbacks and help improve a run defense that struggled last season. He was taken 93rd overall.

  • Redskins trade down in 3rd round, take Florida RB Jones 95th

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have taken Florida running back Matt Jones with the 95th overall pick in the NFL draft after trading down in the third round and adding extra choices.The selection of the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jones late in the third round Friday night adds to Washington's picks of Mississippi State linebacker Preston Smith in the second round, and Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff in the first round.

  • Ravens take Iowa DT Davis in 3rd round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have taken Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis with the 90th overall pick in the NFL draft.Davis is a 6-foot-5, 320-pounder. He had 36 tackles and a pair of sacks last year as a senior with the Hawkeyes.The Ravens were looking for someone to put in the middle of the defensive line after trading Haloti Ngata to Detroit earlier this offseason.

  • The Latest: Good players left near end of draft's second day

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 10:04 p.m. (11:04 p.m. EDT)We're down to the last five picks of the night.Still not selected is offensive linemen T.J. Clemmings, a first-round prospect when the week began.Also still surprisingly on the board are TCU linebacker Paul Dawson and Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant.

  • Rams select Oregon State QB Mannion in third round

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams added depth at quarterback, taking Oregon State's Sean Mannion with their second pick of the third round on Friday night.The Rams drew criticism for lacking a successor to Sam Bradford last year. When Bradford was sidelined with a knee injury in the preseason, backups Shaun Hill and Austin Davis split time.

  • Eagles get defensive back Eric Rowe, linebacker Jordan Hicks

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly made a trade to get the guy he wanted the second time around.The Philadelphia Eagles traded up five spots to select Utah defensive back Eric Rowe in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.''We felt he was the guy we wanted all along,'' Kelly said. ''I wouldn't have been surprised if he went early. Him and Byron Jones were the two guys we had targeted.''

  • Bengals select Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Facing questions at tight end, the Bengals chose Rutgers junior Tyler Kroft with their third-round pick on Friday night.The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Kroft was a first team all-conference player in 2013 after finishing with 43 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns. He slipped to 24 receptions in 2014 before suffering a sprained ankle in the Quick Lane Bowl against North Carolina on December 26. He later aggravated the injury, keeping him out of the NFL combine.

  • The Latest: Another QB goes in draft; Hundley, Petty wait

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:53 p.m. (10:53 p.m. EDT)St. Louis takes quarterback Sean Mannion of Oregon State with the 89th pick, leaving quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty still looking for jobs.There are nine picks left tonight.---9:39 p.m. (10:39 p.m. EDT)

  • Cardinals pick Northern Iowa RB Johnson in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals, in need of a running back to complement Andre Ellington, selected one in the third round of the NFL draft, making David Johnson of Northern Iowa the 86th player selected overall.The first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference back was the first player in school history to have three consecutive 1,000-plus-yard rushing seasons at Northern Iowa, Cardinals great Kurt Warner's alma mater.

  • Vikings draft LSU DE Danielle Hunter in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have selected LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter in the third round with the 88th overall selection.Hunter led the Tigers with 13 tackles for loss last season. The Vikings traded down twice before selecting Hunter, picking up a sixth round pick from Kansas City and a fifth-rounder from Detroit to drop from No. 76.

  • Steelers take Auburn wide receiver Coates in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates in the third round of the NFL draft.The 6-foot-1 Coates caught 34 passes for 741 yards and four touchdowns during his junior season with the Tigers in 2014 and was a second-team All-SEC selection. He caught five passes for 206 yards and two scores in a loss to Auburn.

  • Chargers draft Texas State cornerback Mager in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers have selected Texas State cornerback Craig Mager in the third round of the NFL draft.Mager became the first Bobcat to play in the East-West Shrine Game and made an impression with scouts by doing well covering bigger receivers. He is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.

  • Jets take Devin Smith, Lorenzo Mauldin on draft's 2nd day

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets had the need for speed, and got their man in the second round of the NFL draft.Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith was selected with the fifth pick Friday, and 37th overall, giving the Jets an explosive pass-catcher who can stretch the field and blow past defensive backs. He'll complement a receiving corps that includes Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley.

  • Lions trade up, draft Stanford CB Alex Carter

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have drafted Stanford cornerback Alex Carter in the third round after trading for Minnesota's pick.The 6-foot, 202-pound Carter joins a Detroit defense that was among the league's best last season, but the Lions can use another good young cornerback after drafting Darius Slay two years ago.

  • Saints take Florida St. defensive back Williams in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have selected Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams with their second of two third-round picks in the NFL draft.The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams, selected 78th overall, is the third defensive player taken by the Saints, who had five picks in the first three rounds.

  • Jaguars select Yeldon, Cann in 2nd, 3rd rounds of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new featured back - and a guy to help pave the way for him.The Jaguars selected Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon with the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft Friday, getting an every-down player they believe will bolster one of the league's least-productive offenses.

  • Cowboys' Hardy criticized on Twitter over 9/11-related joke

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, stirred criticism Friday night with a joking reference on Twitter to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.Hardy was responding to a fan of his former team in Carolina after the Panthers drafted a tall receiver for the second straight year. The fan referred to the receivers as ''The Twin Towers'' and included photos of both 6-foot-5 receivers - Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, a second-round pick Friday night.

  • Eagles take linebacker Jordan Hicks in third round

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Hicks led the Longhorns with 147 tackles last year. He played just four games in 2013 before tearing an Achilles tendon. Hicks was projected to go in the fourth or fifth round by many draft experts.

  • The Latest: Draft's biggest fans get a moment on big stage

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:39 p.m. (10:39 p.m. EDT)From the ''Get A Life'' category, the NFL is honoring fans who have attended every round of every draft for the last 10 years.Which is how Jets fan Albert Mar found himself wearing a Jets No. 1 jersey and being introduced by Roger Goodell tonight to announce New York's third-round pick.

  • Rams take Louisville OL Jamon Brown in third round

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams selected Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown with the first of their two third-round picks in the NFL draft on Friday night.The Rams (6-10 began Day 2 by taking Wisconsin offensive tackle Rob Havenstein. They have only two returning starters on the offensive line.

  • 49ers add linebacker Harold out of Virginia in third round

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have chosen linebacker Eli Harold out of Virginia with their third-round draft pick.Harold was picked at 79th overall on Friday night after the team took Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt at 46th in the second round.

  • Jets take Louisville linebacker Mauldin with 82nd pick

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have drafted Louisville linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in the third round with the No. 82 overall pick, acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.The Jets sent the 70th pick to the Texans for wide receiver DeVier Posey and Houston's third-rounder, fifth (No. 152) and seventh (No. 229) on Friday night.

  • Bills pick offensive guard Miller in 3rd round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have selected offensive guard John Miller with the 81st pick in the NFL draft on Friday.Listed at 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds, the third-round pick was a four-year starter for the Cardinals. Miller has an opportunity to compete for a starting job on a retooled line in Buffalo under new coach Rex Ryan.

  • Texans select LB McKinney in 2nd round and WR Strong in 3rd

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans don't expect Jaelen Strong to fill the void left when seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson was released.But it would be perfectly fine with the confident Strong if they did.''I look forward to stepping in big shoes like his,'' he said.

  • Browns select Miami running back Duke Johnson in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Ignoring playmakers in the first two rounds, the Cleveland Browns selected Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.Johnson gained 1.652 yards last season, finishing as the leading rusher in school history with 3,519 yards in just three seasons. A shifty runner, the 5-foot-9, 207-pound Johnson has great burst and better-than-average hands.

  • Chiefs trade up to pick WR Chris Conley in third round

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs moved up four spots in a trade with the Vikings on Friday night to choose Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley in the third round of the NFL draft.Kansas City got the wide receiver it wanted with the No. 76 overall pick. The Vikings got the Chiefs' original third-round pick, No. 80 overall, and a sixth-round choice in the trade.

  • Saints take Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson in third round

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have selected Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson with their first of two third-round draft choices, giving the franchise a potential heir apparent to 36-year-old record-setting quarterback Drew Brees.

  • The Latest: Saints take Grayson to break QB draft drought

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:14 p.m. (10:14 p.m. EDT)They have stopped passing on passers.The New Orleans Saints used their third-round pick on quarterback Garrett Grayson - the first signal-caller to be selected since Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went 1-2 in the first round last night.

  • Giants take UCLA defensive end Odighizuwa in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants went to work on their defense for the second straight round, talking UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.Odighizuwa is a very athletic defensive end, the type of player that general manager Jerry Reese loves to draft.

  • The Latest: McKinney keeps it casual for draft day

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:10 p.m. (10:10 p.m. EDT)Benardrick McKinney took home the Day 2 title for most casually dressed draft pick.Instead of a white tuxedo (Dante Fowler Jr.) or a red velvet one (Cameron Erving), a lava-lava Samoan outfit with a skirt (Danny Shelton) or even a sharp suit (everybody else), the Houston Texans' second-round pick showed up in a light blue woven polo set off by dark slacks.

  • Falcons select Indiana RB Tevin Coleman in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have taken Indiana running back Tevin Coleman in the third round of the NFL draft in an attempt to address one of the team's most glaring needs.Coleman set Indiana's record with 2,036 yards rushing in 2014. He couldn't run at the NFL combine due to a broken foot but ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds in his school's pro day.

  • Chicago Bears take C Grasu of Oregon in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have selected Oregon center Hroniss Grasu in the third round of the NFL draft with the 71st pick.Grasu, who is 6-foot-3, 297 pounds, started 52 games at Oregon and was second-team All-American. He played on the same line as current Bears guard Kyle Long two years ago.

  • Jaguars draft South Carolina guard A.J. Cann in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected South Carolina guard A.J. Cann in the third round of the NFL draft.It was a somewhat expected move considering Jacksonville allowed a franchise-record 71 sacks last season.General manager Dave Caldwell made it clear that upgrading the offensive line - and protecting franchise quarterback Blake Bortles - was an offseason priority.

  • Mariota eager to get to work, Titans now have to make QB fit

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota said he did some homework studying schemes the Tennessee Titans sent him before the draft, and he also talked with Philip Rivers a little bit about his new coach.Now he's ready for the next step.''Right now it's an opportunity to learn as much as I can,'' Mariota said. ''I want to be able to come in and contribute and be the best teammate I can be. And in order to do that I need to be on top of my stuff.''

  • Buccaneers select Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to address needs on offense, trading up into the second round to select Hobart College's Ali Marpet with the 61st pick in the NFL draft.The Bucs gave up the first pick in the third round - No. 65 overall - to Indianapolis. The teams also swapped positions in the fourth round, with the Bucs dropping to No. 128 and the Colts moving up to 109 on Saturday.

  • Texans draft WR Strong in third round

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have selected Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong with the 70th overall pick.The Texans traded the 18th pick in the third round with the New York Jets to get the sixth pick in the third round on Friday. Additional details of the trade weren't immediately available. They had a need at receiver after releasing seven-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson in the offseason.

  • Redskins take Mississippi State's Preston Smith, add picks

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins second-round draft pick Preston Smith dropped some weight recently - and it had nothing to do with his impending change from defensive end at Mississippi State to outside linebacker in the NFL.''This process may cause you to be a little nervous and stress yourself out. You may not eat,'' Smith said on a conference call with reporters Friday night. ''But now that it's over, I'm not going to pig out. I'm just going to start to eat.''

  • The Latest: Seattle makes a splash on draft's second day

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:54 p.m. (9:54 p.m. EDT)Apparently, Seattle really wanted Tyler Lockett.The Seahawks swapped their third-round pick, along with a fourth, fifth and sixth-rounder, to move up 26 spots and select the receiver-punt returner from Kansas State.

  • Seattle goes with dynamic WR/KR Tyler Lockett

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Moving up in the third round, the Seattle Seahawks selected wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett with the No. 69 pick in the NFL draft.Seattle traded with Washington to move up from the No. 95 overall pick. Seattle swapped third round spots with Washington and sent picks in the fourth (No. 114), fifth (167) and sixth (181) rounds back to the Redskins.

  • The Latest: Colts open up third round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:42 p.m. (9:42 p.m. EDT)The third round has begun. Teams only get five minutes to make their picks.The Indianapolis Colts opened it up, using the 65th overall pick to take cornerback D'Joun Smith out of Florida Atlantic.Next, Tennessee took guard Jeremiah Poutasi out of Utah and Jacksonville selected guard A.J. Cann out of South Carolina - the third straight SEC player the Jags have taken.

  • Raiders take TE Clive Walford in 3rd round

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have selected Miami tight end Clive Walford with their third-round pick in the NFL draft.The Raiders chose Walford with the 68th overall selection Friday.Walford is a versatile player who is adept at blocking and receiving. He had 121 catches for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns in 49 games at Miami.

  • Kelly, Butkus, Woods steal show for 2nd round of draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The show stoppers Thursday night at the NFL draft were two Hall of Famers: Jim Kelly and Dick Butkus.The legendary former players were on hand to announce the second-round selections for the Bills and Bears, respectively. Kelly's appearance was spell-binding, and after a lengthy standing ovation, he told the audience that he is cancer free.

  • Titans stick with offense, take tackle Poutasi from Utah

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected tackle Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah with their third round draft pick, Tennessee's third straight pick on offense to open the 2015 draft.The Titans picked the 6-foot-5, 338-pound Poutasi with the 66th selection overall and the second in the third round.

  • The Latest: Cowboys take Randy Gregory at NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:15 p.m. (9:15 p.m. EDT)The Randy Gregory Watch is over. Finally.The Dallas Cowboys used the 60th pick of the draft to take the defensive lineman out of Nebraska with top-10 talent.Gregory's stock plummeted after he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine.

  • Indianapolis takes CB Smith after trading out of 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) D'Joun Smith cashed in on the daily double Friday night.First, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback donned a cap and gown to get his communications degree from Florida Atlantic. Less than three hours later, he was on the phone with the Colts about his first real job. Things happened so fast, Smith didn't even have time to take off his tasseled graduation hat, so he shot a video for the team's website in graduation gear.

  • Seattle goes with defensive line taking Michigan's Clark

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Frank Clark knew the questions were coming about his troubled past, including an arrest six months ago on a domestic violence charge.The Seattle Seahawks knew the questions were coming, too.''They asked me to the point it echoed through my mind,'' Clark said. ''After a while they stopped asking me. I'm sure they felt confident in the answers I was giving them.''

  • Bengals' Ogbuehi hopes to boost name; Fisher taken 2nd

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) First things first: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants to clarify something with his top draft pick, Cedric Ogbuehi.''How do you pronounce your name?'' Lewis said after stumbling on it while introducing Ogbuehi to reporters in Cincinnati on Friday.

  • Packers add to secondary, take CB Quentin Rollins

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers.Another position of need on defense - inside linebacker - will have to wait at least another day.Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall selection Friday.

  • Patriots take Stanford defensive back Richards in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.''I just want to learn and I'm going to go there and try and be a sponge and soak up as much as I can,'' he said on Friday night after the Patriots selected him with the last pick in the second round of the NFL draft. ''My goal is just to be a sponge and absorb, absorb, absorb.''

  • The Latest at the NFL draft: Cowboys take Randy Gregory

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:15 p.m. (9:15 p.m. EDT)The Randy Gregory Watch is over. Finally.The Dallas Cowboys used the 60th pick of the draft to take the defensive lineman out of Nebraska with top-10 talent.Gregory's stock plummeted after he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine.

  • Titans add receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to help Mariota

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have selected wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham of Missouri in the second round, giving their top pick quarterback Marcus Mariota another target on offense.The Titans started Friday night with the 33rd pick overall and the first in the second round. They traded down seven spots to No. 40 to take Green-Beckham, picking up the No. 108 pick in the fourth round and No. 245 in the seventh in the deal.

  • Cardinals trade down, take DE Golden with 2nd-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals traded down three spots in the second round, then used the pick to select defensive end/outside linebacker Markus Golden of Missouri.The Cardinals moved from 55th to 58th overall in a trade with Baltimore, acquiring a fifth-round draft pick from the Ravens (158th overall) in the deal.

  • Cowboys grab sliding pass rusher Randy Gregory in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Randy Gregory is confident the Dallas Cowboys won't have to worry about off-the-field issues that caused the former Nebraska defensive end with first-round talent to slide to the end of the second round.''Because I know where my mindset is at,'' Gregory said after the Cowboys made him the 60th overall pick Friday night. ''I know I made a mistake. I know there is only so much I can say - talk is cheap sometimes. I really want to show these guys what I can do and I am really serious about what I say.''

  • Broncos choose CSU tackle Ty Sambrailo

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos didn't have to go far to find their second-round draft pick, Colorado State offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo.Sambrailo, whose name is pronounced sam-BRAY-loh, was the 59th overall pick Friday night.He projects as a left tackle, but Ryan Clady currently serves as Peyton Manning's blindside protector, so his best chance for getting snaps as a rookie is at left guard.

  • Rams draft offensive tackle Havenstein in second round

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams addressed their biggest pre-NFL draft need by taking a pair of offensive linemen, Rob Havenstein of Wisconsin in the second round and Louisville's Jamon Brown in the third on Friday night.''It was definitely a surprise,'' said Havenstein, the 57th overall pick. ''I'm still kind of speechless right now. It's an unbelievable opportunity, I'm so excited.''

  • Ravens trade up, take TE Williams with second-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens filled another significant hole Friday night in the NFL draft, picking tight end Maxx Williams out of Minnesota in the second round after making a trade to move up.Baltimore was slated to pick 58th overall but made a deal with Arizona pick at 55. The teams swapped second-round picks, and the Ravens gave the Cardinals a fifth-round selection.

  • Titans take a chance on receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans understand they took a chance selecting wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham of Missouri in the second round of the NFL draft. Giving Marcus Mariota a big target on offense is a gamble they believe was worth taking.

  • The Latest at the NFL draft: He's a Steeler, not a Cowboy

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:04 p.m. (9:04 p.m. EDT)Steelers Hall of Famer Mel Blount wore a 10-gallon hat to announce Pittsburgh's second-round pick - cornerback Senquez Golson of Ole Miss.---8:01 p.m. (9:01 p.m. EDT)Jim Kelly said the toughest part was saying the words ''Florida State.''

  • Steelers begin revamping secondary, take cornerback Golson

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) A couple more inches on his 5-foot-9 frame and Senquez Golson probably would have been long gone by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock Friday night. A couple more big plays and Sammie Coates could have said the same.Defensive backs with a habit of finding their way to the football like Golson have a way of rocketing up draft boards and enjoying nice long careers. So do wide receivers like Coates who are a threat to reach the end zone every time they touch the ball.

  • The Latest: It's the Ickey Shuffle!

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:52 p.m. (8:52 p.m. EDT)It's official. The NFL draft has turned into a celebration. We have seen the Ickey Shuffle.Bengals legend Ickey Woods gave the people what they came for - a brief version of the Shuffle - when he came on to announce Cincinnati's second-round pick, the 53rd pick overall: offensive lineman Jake Fisher of Oregon.

  • Lions draft Nebraska RB Abdullah in second round

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions selected Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, filling a need and adding depth after cutting Reggie Bush in the offseason.Abdullah rushed for over 1,600 yards in each of his final two seasons with the Cornhuskers. Joique Bell rushed for 860 yards for Detroit last season, and Abdullah gives the Lions another option.

  • Bengals pick offensive tackle Jake Fisher in second round

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Shut out of highly regarded defensive tackles, the Bengals used their second pick in the NFL draft to further shore up their offensive line, picking Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher with the 53rd overall selection on Friday night.

  • Dolphins take Oklahoma nose tackle Phillips in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins drafted a potential protege for Ndamukong Suh.And he makes the 305-pound Suh look small.In a surprise selection, Miami took 6-foot-5, 330-pound Oklahoma nose tackle Jordan Phillips in the second round Friday.Phillips will likely be mentored by Suh, the All-Pro defensive tackle who signed a 4 million, six-year contract with Miami in March.

  • Browns select linebacker Nate Orchard in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Desperate for an outside pass rusher, the Cleveland Browns traded down in the second round before selecting Utah defensive end Nate Orchard with the No. 51 overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.Orchard led the nation with 18 1/2 sacks last season. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder should help a defensive unit that ranked just 27th in sacks in 2014. Orchard will play outside linebacker in Cleveland's 3-4 defensive scheme.

  • Chiefs pick offensive lineman Mitch Morse in second round

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs general manager John Dorsey loves dropping that old cliche about selecting the ''best player available'' when Kansas City is on the clock in the NFL draft.If that's true, the best players available filled some glaring holes.

  • Bills select cornerback Darby with 50th pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) After spending the past two months upgrading their offense, the Buffalo Bills opened the draft addressing a need on defense by selecting Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby in the second round on Friday.Darby was chosen 50th overall after the Bills sat out the first round on Thursday.

  • Chargers take Miami linebacker Perryman in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers picked linebacker Denzel Perryman of Miami in the second round of the NFL draft Friday, giving them a prototypical thumper against the run.In the third round, the Chargers took Texas State cornerback Craig Mager. He was the first Bobcat to play in the East-West Shrine Game and made an impression with scouts by doing well covering bigger receivers. He is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.

  • The Latest: Smith gives an Ohio State QB prediction at draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:39 p.m. (8:39 p.m. EDT)Devin Smith just left Ohio State to play for the Jets. If it doesn't work out, he may try coaching next.Asked who should be the starting quarterback for the defending national champion Buckeyes next season - some scouting services expect five or six players to compete for the job - Smith bucked conventional wisdom.

  • The Latest: Small school gets on the board at NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Someday, he'll be the answer to a trivia question - or something like that.The 49ers used the 46th pick to take defensive back Jaquiski Tartt of Samford, making him the first small-school pick of the 2015 draft.Next, Philadelphia took defensive back Eric Rowe of Utah and San Diego took linebacker Denzel Perryman of Miami.

  • The Latest: Nebraska's Gregory still waiting at NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:31 p.m. (8:31 p.m. EDT)Well, this is getting awkward.Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, projected as a first-round pick on many boards, is still waiting in the green room at the auditorium in Chicago.Midway through the second round, his name has not been called.

  • OT Tomlinson looks back on long road from Jamaica to Lions

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) When Laken Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions, it was a big night for a Duke program that's been on the rise of late.It was also a proud moment for Tomlinson's native Jamaica.''My dad is still there. He was really excited about everything that happened,'' Tomlinson said. ''I still have extended family there and they were rooting for me. I would say the island is pretty happy right now.''

  • The Latest: Huskies going fast in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:22 p.m. (8:22 p.m. EDT)Another day, another draft pick from Washington.When the Saints chose linebacker Hau'Oli Kikaha with the 44th pick, it marked the fourth Huskies player to be drafted so far. Three went in the first round last night.

  • 49ers select safety Jaquiski Tartt with second-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jaquiski Tartt spoke to good friend Jimmie Ward just last week about how great it would be if the old high school teammates from Mobile, Alabama, ended up as safeties together on the same NFL team.Back home, waiting for what the Samford defender expected to be a call in the third or fourth round of the draft, the phone rang on Friday night and 49ers coach Jim Tomsula was on the other end with news that he would be headed to San Francisco - and reunited with Ward despite the odds they had known were slim.

  • Vikings select LB Eric Kendricks of UCLA in the 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings had so much luck by taking a UCLA linebacker early in last year's draft that they decided to do it again.The Vikings filled one of their biggest needs, selecting Eric Kendricks with the 45th overall selection in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night.

  • Eagles trade up to get Utah defensive back Eric Rowe

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly made a trade to get the guy he wanted the second time around.The Philadelphia Eagles traded up five spots to select Utah defensive back Eric Rowe in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.''We felt he was the guy we wanted all along,'' Kelly said. ''I wouldn't have been surprised if he went early. Him and Byron Jones were the two guys we had targeted.''

  • Saints take Washington linebacker Kikaha with 2nd-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Hau'oli Kikaha, who set records for sacks with the Washington Huskies, jokes that he ''almost forgot'' which knee he blew out twice in college.Given the way he's played the past two seasons, it doesn't look like his injury history will be a significant liability, and the New Orleans Saints showed their confidence in Kikaha's fitness by making him their second-round draft choice at 44th overall on Friday.

  • Panthers trade 3 picks to draft Michigan receiver Funchess

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers added another big target in the passing game for Cam Newton.The Panthers traded up Friday night to select Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess in the second round of the NFL draft.The Panthers surrendered their second round (57th), third round (89th) and sixth round (201st) picks to move up 16 spots in the second round to take the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess 41st overall.

  • Vikings select LB Eric Kendricks in the 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have selected UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks with the 45th overall selection in the second round of the NFL draft.Kendricks won the Butkus Award as college football's best linebacker last season. The 6-foot, 232-pound Kendricks led the Bruins in tackles and fills an immediate need for the Vikings.

  • Texans select LB Bernardrick McKinney in second round

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans moved up in the draft Friday night with an eye on defense, taking Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney with the 43rd overall pick.The Texans were supposed to pick 19th in the second round, but switched with Cleveland to select McKinney with the 11th selection in the second round. The Texans also gave up a fourth-round pick (116) and a sixth-round pick (195) and received a seventh-round pick (229) in the trade with the Browns.

  • Giants trade up for S Collins to start 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) An early run on members of the Crimson Tide and on players named Smith marked the second round of the NFL draft Friday night.The New York Giants, not a team known for trading up, began proceedings by doing just that. They moved up seven spots to get Alabama's All-America safety Landon Collins to fill a huge hole in their secondary.

  • Chicago Bears turn to defense, take DT Eddie Goldman

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Florida State defensive lineman Eddie Goldman became a little emotional Friday after hearing his name called by Dick Butkus in the second round of the NFL draft.It was quite an introduction to Chicago.Butkus, the Hall of Fame former Bears linebacker, said he liked the pick after announcing it to the cheering crowd at the draft in downtown Chicago, miles from Halas Hall in suburban Lake Forest. Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 336-pound nose tackle, said he feels like he'll have something to prove. And he liked Butkus' comment.

  • Redskins take Mississippi State's Preston Smith in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins second-round draft pick Preston Smith dropped some weight recently - and it had nothing to do with his impending change from defensive end at Mississippi State to outside linebacker in the NFL.''This process may cause you to be a little nervous and stress yourself out. You may not eat,'' Smith said on a conference call with reporters Friday night. ''But now that it's over, I'm not going to pig out. I'm just going to start to eat.''

  • Falcons stay focused on defense, select LSU CB Collins

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons second-round pick Jalen Collins said Friday night his positive drug tests are ''all behind me.''The cornerback out of LSU confirmed he had three positive drug tests while in college. Details of the tests, including the drug in question, have not been released.

  • Buccaneers select OT Donovan Smith in second round

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Drafting Jameis Winston is just part of Tampa Bay's plan to improve a sputtering offense. Now, the Buccaneers are in the market for players who can help the young quarterback be successful.Hours after signing the first overall pick in the NFL draft to a four-year, .35 million contract, the Bucs selected a pair of offensive lineman in the second round Friday night - adding Penn State tackle Donovan Smith and Hobart College's Ali Marpet, who'll get a chance to earn a starting job at guard.

  • The Latest: Titans take Green-Beckham

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:55 p.m. (7:55 p.m. EDT)A day after taking Marcus Mariota with the second pick of the draft, the Titans used their second-round pick to choose receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.Rich Eisen of the NFL Network may have summed things up the best: ''They went from a player with zero flags, to enough flags to fill up an amusement park.''

  • Shane Ray begins his redemption tour

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Shane Ray assured everyone his foot is on the mend. His reputation may take a little more time.The Denver Broncos first-round selection arrived in the NFL with baggage after his citation for possession of pot three days before the draft. That overshadowed the little detail the pass rusher out of Missouri has a hyper-extended right big toe he's been too busy to properly rehab.

  • Redskins take Mississippi State LB Smith in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have taken Mississippi State linebacker Preston Smith with the 38th overall pick in the NFL draft.The second-round choice Friday gives Washington a potential pass-rushing replacement for 2009 first-round pick Brian Orakpo, who left as a free agent this offseason.

  • The Latest: Keeping up with the Smiths

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:40 p.m. (7:40 p.m. EDT)It's hard keeping up with the Smiths.So far, three of them have been chosen over the first six picks of the second round. (Devin to the Jets , Donovan to Tampa Bay and Preston to Washington).---6:28 p.m. (7:28 p.m. EDT)

  • Jets take Ohio State receiver Devin Smith in second round

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets had the need for speed, and got their man in the second round of the NFL draft.Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith was selected with the fifth pick Friday, and 37th overall, giving the Jets an explosive pass-catcher who can stretch the field and blow past defensive backs. He'll complement a receiving corps that includes Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley.

  • The Latest: Oakland's weighty question

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:28 p.m. (7:28 p.m. EDT)So, which Mario Edwards Jr. did the Raiders draft? The one who weighed 310 pounds back in August, or the one who came to the NFL combine at 279?That's the big question surrounding Oakland's second-round pick: the defensive lineman out of Florida State.

  • Jaguars select Alabama RB Yeldon in 2nd round of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new featured back.The Jaguars selected Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon with the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft Friday, getting an every-down player they believe will bolster one of the league's least-productive offenses.

  • Buccaneers selected OT Donovan Smith in second round

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Penn State tackle Donovan Smith in the second round of the NFL draft.After taking Jameis Winston No. 1 overall and signing him to a four-year, .35 million contract, the Bucs are intent on adding players capable of helping the former Florida State quarterback be successful.

  • Raiders take DE Mario Edwards Jr. in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Three years after entering college as one of the top players in the country, Mario Edwards Jr. came into the NFL with a little less fanfare.The Oakland Raiders selected the former Florida State defensive lineman with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday with hopes the former five-star recruit can get back to that form by keeping his weight down as a professional.

  • Giants trade up to take Collins with 1st pick in 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Looking at their board after the first round of the NFL draft ended, the New York Giants saw an opportunity.Alabama safety Landon Collins was there and sticking out, a talented player with a chip on his shoulder who could fit a gaping hole in the defense.

  • The Latest: Tampa uses its second pick to protect its first

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:18 p.m. (7:18 p.m. EDT)The Buccaneers used their second pick to protect the first pick.They chose Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith, who will presumably have a major hand in keeping defenses away from the first pick of the 2015 draft, Jameis Winston.

  • Giants trade up to take Collins in the second round

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants traded up to the top spot in the second round of the NFL draft and took Alabama defensive back Landon Collins in a move to shore up their defense.The Giants sent their second, fourth and their second pick in the seventh round to the Tennesse Titans for the right to move up seven spots and open the round on Friday night.

  • Chicago Bears eager to put WR Kevin White to work

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Kevin White enjoys proving people wrong.The seventh overall pick in the draft will prove plenty of NFL followers wrong if he can come into Chicago as Brandon Marshall's replacement and turn around the fortunes of quarterback Jay Cutler following a 24-turnover season that ended with a 5-11 record and no whiff of the playoffs.

  • The Latest: Giants trade early, land a top safety

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:11 p.m. (7:11 p.m. EDT)And, we're off.The New York Giants needed help at safety. They didn't waste any time getting it.After giving Tennessee a fourth- and seventh-round pick to move up to the first pick of the second round, the Giants took Landon Collins, a safety at Alabama who many had pegged as a first-round pick.

  • Confident 1st-round pick DeVante Parker joins Miami Dolphins

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) First-round draft pick DeVante Parker would do well to match the success of another receiver who made the jump from the University of Louisville to the Miami Dolphins - Mark Clayton.''I've heard of him,'' Parker said Friday.And what does he know about Clayton?

  • The Latest: Giants trade up to open draft's next round

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:05 p.m. (7:05 p.m.)The Giants gave up two lower picks to trade up to Tennessee's spot and now they will open the second round of the draft.---6:04 p.m. (7:04 p.m. EDT)Roger Goodell. Still getting booed.Tennessee is on the clock.---5:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m. EDT)

  • Armstead looks to take NFL path his big brother didn't get

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Arik Armstead's brother, Armond, always told his little brother he would become the best football player in the family.Now, the younger - bigger - brother and new San Francisco 49ers first-round pick will try to experience a long NFL career Armond never got.

  • Former coach says Falcons new DE Beasley is 'freak athlete'

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) One of Dan Quinn's first moves as the Atlanta Falcons coach was to have a basketball goal installed in the team meeting room.Quinn might need to have a backup rim on standby. There's a new dunker in town.Vic Beasley, the defensive end from Clemson picked by the Falcons in the first round of the NFL draft, was coached by Norman Parker in youth football and basketball in Adairsville, Georgia - about 60 miles from Atlanta.

  • Bengals' top pick Ogbuehi hopes to make name for himself

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) First things first: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants to clarify something with his first-round draft pick, Cedric Ogbuehi.''How do you pronounce your name?'' Lewis said after stumbling on it while introducing Ogbuehi to reporters in Cincinnati on Friday.

  • The Latest: Day 2 of draft nears; talent still available

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:04 p.m. (7:04 p.m. EDT)Roger Goodell. Still getting booed.Tennessee is on the clock.---5:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m. EDT)Several media outlets are reporting that offensive lineman La'el Collins will sit out a year and refuse to sign a contract if he isn't selected in the second or third round tonight.

  • Browns' pick Shelton overcame brother's death to make NFL

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two.Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday.

  • Winston signs 4-year contract with Buccaneers

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston is eager to get to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner signed a four-year, .35 million contract Friday, less than 24 hours after being selected with the first pick of the NFL draft.A person familiar with the contract, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not made public, said more than .6 million of the deal, which includes an option for a fifth year, is guaranteed.

  • Cardinals' 1st-round pick credits young father's lead

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) In many ways, D.J. Humphries and his father grew up together.Derrias Humphries was 15 when his son was born. Humphries didn't desert his child. Quite the opposite. He instilled a discipline that kept his son out of trouble and on the path to the NFL.

  • Voigt pleads not guilty in alleged Ponzi scheme

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt has pleaded not guilty in an alleged Ponzi scheme.Voigt entered his plea Thursday after being indicted in April on charges of conspiracy and fraud. The government accuses Voigt, 66, and Jeffrey Gardner, 61, of using a real estate scheme to defraud investors.

  • Jets' first-rounder Williams overcame plenty to get to NFL

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Leonard Williams still speaks to his father on a regular basis, making frequent phone calls to him in prison.He can't wait to talk to him all about the biggest moment of his life.The New York Jets drafted the Southern California defensive lineman with the No. 6 overall pick Thursday night, a surprising turn of events since the team thought he'd be long gone when they went on the clock.

  • Cowboys RB Randle will not face any charges in dispute

    June 30, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle will not face misdemeanor charges following a domestic disturbance in Kansas, prosecutors said Friday.The Wichita city attorney's office announced its decision in a brief news release after completing its review of the Feb. 3 incident involving Randle and the mother of his child at a hotel in Wichita.

  • Saints could seek more defenders on NFL draft's second day

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The Saints are slated to pick three times during Friday's second and third rounds of the NFL draft and can still use help on defense and at receiver or tight end.New Orleans still hasn't picked an edge pass-rusher, something they could use after their defense ranked 23rd in the NFL sacks per pass attempt in 2014.

  • Gettleman says Panthers won't trade Day 2 picks

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has no plans to trade the team's two draft picks on Friday night in order to move up.He says they're too valuable.Gettleman believes this is a deep draft and there's still plenty of talent left on the board.

  • Bucs get a quarterback, now looking for offensive support

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Now that Jameis Winston is officially headed to Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers will turn their attention to finding help the young quarterback jump-start a sputtering offense.The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was the first pick in the NFL draft on Thursday. The Bucs have the second choice in Round 2 - No. 34 overall - also have a selection early in the third round when the draft resumes Friday night.

  • Ravens hope to fill a few more holes in Day 2 of draft

    June 30, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens filled an important void on the first day of the NFL draft, snagging wide receiver Breshad Perriman with the 26th overall pick.While the Ravens have checked off one need, general manager Ozzie Newsome knew there was plenty left to accomplish.

  • Jaguars could turn attention to offense after Fowler pick

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) After landing defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. with the third pick in the NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars likely will turn their attention to the other side of the ball.General manager Dave Caldwell had said repeatedly that he wants to use surround quarterback Blake Bortles with more talent. He failed to sign receiver Randall Cobb and running back DeMarco Murray in free agency, so the second round of the draft Friday would be the logical spot to fill some offensive holes.

  • QB drafted, Titans hold 1st pick at start of NFL's 2nd round

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans got their quarterback without making any trades on the opening night of the NFL draft. Holding the first selection to open the second round may give them another chance to make a deal.Thanks to finishing 2-14 tied with Tampa Bay, the Titans hold the first selection in each of the even-numbered rounds and the second in the odd-numbered rounds.

  • Broncos may be in market for offensive lineman on Day 2

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos may be in the market for an offensive lineman or perhaps even another quarterback - Peyton Manning isn't getting any younger - on Day 2 of the NFL draft Friday.Offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings of Pittsburgh remains on the board. So does Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson. The Broncos have a second-round selection (59th overall) and a third-rounder (92nd) on Friday.

  • Linebacker could be next need to be filled by Packers

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) There are plenty of options available at the start of Day 2 of the NFL draft for the Green Bay Packers if they decide to fill a need at inside linebacker.The biggest question might be whether those top prospects will still be there Friday night, where the Packers hold the 62nd pick overall late in the second round.

  • Redskins hold 38th, 69th overall picks on Day 2 of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) After taking offensive lineman Brandon Scherff in the first round of the NFL draft, the Washington Redskins could look for a pass rusher on Day 2.The Redskins enter Friday's second and third rounds with the 38th and 69th overall picks.

  • Speculation shifts to backs, pass rushers for Cowboys

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Attention turns to running backs and pass rushers now that Dallas has used its first-round pick on Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones.That's not to say the focus will be on those spots for the Cowboys in the second and third rounds of the draft Friday night.

  • Falcons may look for running back on 2nd day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons may try to address a glaring need at running back in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft.Running back is a priority after 2014 starter Steven Jackson was released and backup Jacquizz Rodgers signed with the Bears. The Falcons may also look for another tight end even after signing veterans Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki.

  • Chiefs turn to other needs after picking Peters in round 1

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After filling their void at cornerback, the Kansas City Chiefs will begin addressing the rest of their needs as the NFL draft churns through two more rounds on Friday night.The Chiefs have nine more picks in this year's draft, including a second-round choice for the first time in three years and two third-round selections.

  • Detroit Lions can still use help on DL, at RB in draft

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) By adding two new offensive linemen - one via trade and another with their first-round draft pick - the Detroit Lions bolstered one area of concern.There are still some more positions of need.The Lions could use a running back and perhaps some help on the defensive line as they enter rounds two and three Friday night.

  • Texans happy with QB situation as draft enters Day 2

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans wouldn't discuss what position they'll target on Day 2 of the NFL draft on Friday night.But if coach Bill O'Brien's comments are any indication, they won't be taking a quarterback. O'Brien seemed aggravated on Thursday night after they selected cornerback Kevin Johnson in the first round when a reporter asked about the importance of building the team's defense until they find a quarterback.

  • Colts will look to plug holes with remaining draft picks

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts already have a plan for the rest of draft weekend. They're going to plug holes.After using their first-round pick on Miami receiver Phillip Dorsett in the first round, Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano told reporters there are plenty of good players still on Indy's draft board. With eight more picks over the next six rounds, there are plenty of ways to find help.

  • Dolphins likely to target defensive help on 2nd day of draft

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins likely will target help for their aging defense on the second day of the NFL draft.The Dolphins need help at cornerback and linebacker, but barring a trade, they'll have only one pick Friday - in the second round. They traded their third-round choice to New Orleans in a deal that brought receiver Kenny Stills to Miami.

  • Bears could turn attention to defense in 2nd, 3rd rounds

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears might turn their attention toward the defense as the draft continues with the second and third rounds on Friday.The Bears drafted dynamic West Virginia receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick Thursday night, hoping he can fill a void created by the Brandon Marshall trade.

  • Vikings take 2 picks into 2nd day of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings will take two picks into the second day of the NFL draft, with needs at wide receiver, the offensive line and perhaps defensive end.The Vikings have one selection each in the second and third rounds, the 45th and 76th overall picks on Friday night.

  • Rams have 5 picks left to address O-line

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Now that the St. Louis Rams have Todd Gurley, it's time to start finding people to block for him.The Rams have five picks remaining in the NFL draft, including one each in the second and third rounds on Friday night.After selecting Gurley with the 10th pick, coach Jeff Fisher said the Georgia star running back was a special talent. Gurley, the first running back taken in the first round since 2012, is coming off left knee surgery and the Rams (6-10) don't know if he'll be ready for the season opener.

  • With Gordon secured, Chargers turn to other positions

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) After spending big to get running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, the San Diego Chargers will have only four more picks during the last two days of the NFL draft.The Chargers traded with San Francisco to move up two spots in the first round to get Gordon at No. 15. It cost their first- and fourth-round picks this year and their fifth-round pick next year.

  • 49ers might look to boost secondary on Day 2 of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former defensive line coach and new 49ers top man Jim Tomsula has a new defensive lineman after the 49ers selected Arik Armstead with the 17th overall pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft.Next, Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke will likely look to upgrade the Niners' secondary as they prepare for the second round with the 46th overall choice Friday.

  • Look for Cardinals to address RB, LB in 2nd day

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals could use a power running back and some help at linebacker, so expect them to look in that direction in the second day of the NFL draft.Arizona used the No. 24 overall pick to select offensive tackle D.J. Humphries of Florida on Thursday. The Cardinals had the worst rushing statistics in the league last year, with Andre Ellington struggling with a season-long foot injury. The team needs someone who can hit hard between the tackles.

  • Seattle finally gets into the draft with 2 picks on Day 2

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) John Schneider and Pete Carroll can now get down to work using the Seattle Seahawks' 11 NFL draft picks.After being spectators in the first round, the Seahawks will have two picks on Day 2 on Friday. Seattle is scheduled to have selections Nos. 63 (second round) and 95 (third round), before having nine picks on the final day. Seattle was without a first-round pick after acquiring tight end Jimmy Graham in the offseason.

  • Raiders could look to DE, G on day 2 of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders could turn their attention to pass rusher on day two of the NFL draft.After taking receiver Amari Cooper with their first-round pick, the Raiders head into Friday with the third pick in the second round and the fourth pick in round three.

  • Some notable things about 2015 NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Three teams showed no fear of behavioral baggage accompanying some prospects in the NFL draft's first round. The rest were more reticent.Tampa Bay believes it found its franchise quarterback at the top of the proceedings Thursday night, selecting Jameis Winston. The Florida State quarterback made plenty of headlines winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013 while leading the Seminoles to the national title, and again with his strong play last season.

  • Bengals look for help on defensive line in rest of draft

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals got themselves an offensive lineman for the future in the first round of the draft. They'll be looking for a defensive tackle on the second day.Cincinnati took offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (oh-BWAY'-hee) from Texas A&M with the 21st pick on Thursday night even though he's coming off reconstructive knee surgery and is months away from being able to play.

  • Browns enter Day 2 of draft with 8 picks left

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns got much bigger on the first day of the NFL draft. They've got eight more chances to get better.Cleveland enters the draft's second day with eight more selections, including the No. 43 overall selection where they might be able to add a playmaker - or maybe a quarterback.

  • Jets could go several directions during Day 2 of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) After adding to their already-formidable defensive line in the first round, the New York Jets head into the second day of the NFL draft with plenty of options.The Jets have the fifth pick in the second round (No. 37 overall) and the sixth selection (No. 70) in the third Friday.

  • Bills finally on NFL draft clock after sitting out 1st round

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are finally on the clock.After sitting out the first round of the NFL draft, the Bills will make their first selection in the second round with the 50th overall selection on Friday. Among the team's needs are offensive line and defensive back. And don't rule out the possibility of Buffalo selecting a linebacker or quarterback.

  • Eagles look to secondary, O-line after taking wideout first

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles will look to improve their offensive line and secondary on Friday night after selecting USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor in the first round.Chip Kelly didn't pull the trigger on a trade that would've reunited him with his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota because the price was too steep. The Eagles stayed put at No. 20 and selected Agholor to replace the departed Jeremy Maclin.

  • Steelers still in search of secondary help

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers gave their pass rush a boost on Thursday when they selected Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft.The rest of the defense should get some help on Friday in the second and third rounds.

  • After helping offensive line, Giants need help on defense

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Having put the finishing touches on their offense line in the first round of the NFL draft, expect the New York Giants to turn their attention to the defense in the second and third rounds of the draft.They have plenty of needs on Friday. The defense finished 29th overall and 30th against the run in posting a 6-10 record last season and missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

  • Patriots face busy second day after taking Malcom Brown

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Bill Belichick had to wait until the last pick of the first round before taking Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown.The Patriots coach will be busier Friday night with three picks in the next two rounds. New England has the final pick in the second round plus two in a row in the third - their own at No. 32 and a compensatory pick at No. 33. He also has the second pick in Saturday's fourth round, obtained in a trade with Tampa Bay.

  • Thursday Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    NFL DRAFTNEW YORK (AP) And the Beats go on.Marcus Mariota, just hours after flaunting his Beats by Dre in one of the company's YouTube videos, donned the trendy headphones when picked second by Tennessee in the NFL draft Thursday night. The No. 1 pick, Jameis Winston, clutched a red pair of Beats when chosen by Tampa Bay.

  • Jameis Winston's draft day dinner: A tray of crab legs

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jameis Winston often smiled amid off-the-field problems at Florida State. Now that he's in the NFL, he's clearly still smiling and willing to make fun of himself.The Heisman Trophy winner and new No. 1 overall NFL pick joked about one of his problems just after he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

  • Saints draft offensive tackle Peat, linebacker Anthony

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints used their top draft choice on a player whose blocking ability might help extend the career of 36-year-old Drew Brees, selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall Thursday night.New Orleans then used its second of two first-round picks to take Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, who'll join a Saints defense that could use some help after ranking second-to-last in the NFL with 384 yards allowed last season.

  • NFL commissioner struggles with Mariota's name

    June 30, 2015

    Winning a Heisman Trophy and playing in the national championship game should be enough for everyone to know how to pronounce Marcus Mariota's name by now.Well, almost everybody.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell struggled with the pronunciation Thursday when announcing Mariota as the No. 2 pick overall by the Tennessee Titans, going with ''Mario-toe.'' It's pronounced Mario-tah. Goodell also bobbled Oregon, going with Ora-gone.

  • The Latest: Who's left after NFL draft's opening round?

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. EDT)It's going to be a long night for a few guys who didn't hear their names called tonight.The first round wrapped up with these four picks: receiver Phillip Dorsett to Indianapolis, defensive back Damarious Randall to Green Bay, linebacker Stephone Anthony to New Orleans and defensive tackle Malcom Brown to New England.

  • Patriots choose Texas defensive tackle Brown in first round

    June 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots keep using the draft to build a formidable young defensive line.The defending Super Bowl champions drafted Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 32nd and final pick of the first round Thursday night, hoping they've found a replacement for five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork.

  • Saints take Clemson linebacker Anthony at No. 31 overall

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have selected Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony with their second of two first-round picks in Thursday night's NFL draft.The Saints acquired the pick, 31st overall when they traded star tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle, which also sent center Max Unger to New Orleans

  • Packers take Arizona St DB Damarious Randall in first round

    June 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Damarious Randall played safety at Arizona State. He'll probably be playing at least some cornerback in Green Bay.If the Packers had a baseball team, Randall might have been an intriguing prospect, too.But his ball-hawking skills and versatility were quite enough for Green Bay to take Randall in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night at No. 30 overall.

  • Top 2 picks of Winston, Mariota prove importance of QBs

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Even with significant off-field baggage, Jameis Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.With no such issues, Marcus Mariota went second.You don't pass up a potential franchise quarterback in today's pass-happy NFL.So Florida State's Winston is headed to Tampa Bay and Oregon's Mariota goes to Tennessee at No. 2. They'll take their Heisman Trophies (Winston in 2013, Mariota last year) and try to turn two downtrodden franchises into contenders, maybe even champions.

  • Colts add speedy receiver Phillip Dorsett in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts general manager Ryan Grigson took a page right out of his predecessor's draft playbook Thursday night.Rather than choosing a defensive star to fill a glaring need with a first-round pick, he instead took a 5-foot-10 receiver from Miami.

  • The Latest: Newest Texan has Baltimore's turmoil on his mind

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 10:12 p.m. (11:12 p.m. EDT)The Texans newest player will visit Houston for the first time tomorrow.But Kevin Johnson will have his hometown of Baltimore on his mind.The city has been roiled by rioting over the past week in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray.

  • The Latest: Newest Lion has big ambitions

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 10:03 p.m. (11:03 p.m. EDT)Someday, they may call him Dr. T.For now, the Detroit Lions have themselves a pretty ambitious offensive lineman.The Lions used the 28th pick to select Laken Tomlinson, a guard who someday wants to be a neurosurgeon.

  • Bears take West Virginia WR Kevin White with 7th pick

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Just a few years ago, Kevin White was essentially a salesman in a helmet.Now, he's a building piece for a founding team of the NFL.The Bears selected the dynamic receiver from West Virginia with the seventh overall pick in the draft Thursday night, bringing cheers from fans gathered for the event in downtown Chicago.

  • Lions trade down, pick OL Tomlinson of Duke at No. 28

    June 30, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Laken Tomlinson was 11 when he moved to the United States from Jamaica - a soccer player whose body would eventually fit better in another sport.''Got a little too big to play soccer,'' he said. ''My uncle, at the time, he recommended that I play American football. That's how I got into the game. Just over the years, my knowledge of the game has just been increasing.''

  • Cowboys get cornerback Byron Jones from UConn in 1st round

    June 30, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Byron Jones sensed in his conversation with Dallas owner Jerry Jones that the Cowboys had some anxious moments before their late first-round pick Thursday night.The cornerback from Connecticut, who went 27th to the defending NFC East champions, was right.

  • Ravens select WR Perriman with 26th pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Breshad Perriman knows a thing or two about the NFL, even though the wide receiver has never played a down in the pros.Drafted 26th overall Thursday night by the Baltimore Ravens, Perriman is the son of former NFL wideout Brett Perriman, who had a 10-year career with New Orleans and Detroit.

  • The Latest: Man of the Year announces Man of the Moment

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:50 p.m. (10:50 p.m. EDT)Roger Goodell stepped aside and let the Walter Payton Man of the Year, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, announce his team's pick.And, at No. 25, Carolina took another linebacker: Shaq Thompson of Washington.The Huskies have now had three players picked in the first round. How did they only go 8-6 last season?

  • Panthers select Washington LB Thompson with 1st round pick

    June 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera said the Carolina Panthers wanted to get more creative on defense.The fifth-year coach believes Shaq Thompson gives them that ability.The Panthers selected the versatile outside linebacker from Washington with the No. 25 overall pick in the NFL draft, bolstering a defense that has finished in the top 10 in the league in each of the last three seasons under coordinator Sean McDermott.

  • Browns beef up with linemen Shelton, Erving in first round

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Danny Shelton walked onto the stage, and sized up his first target as a pro.Overcome with emotion after being selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns, Shelton, dressed in a traditional sarong to honor his native Samoa, wrapped his arms around NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and lifted the league's top boss off the ground.

  • The Latest: SEC, Pac-12 each have 7 players picked so far

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:45 p.m. (10:45 p.m. EDT)When Arizona used the 24th pick on offensive lineman D.J. Humphries out of Florida, it marked the fourth straight SEC player taken.With eight more picks left tonight, the SEC now has seven players taken in the first round, matching the Pac-12 for the lead so far.

  • Cardinals select OL Humphries with No. 24 pick

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) When Steve Keim was promoted to Arizona general manager three years ago, one of his first commitments was to develop a strong offensive line.The Cardinals took yet another step in that direction Thursday with the selection of tackle D.J. Humphries of Florida with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft.

  • Broncos move up to grab Shane Ray

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Watching a state trooper find weed in his car just four days before the NFL draft sent Shane Ray's heart sinking and his stock plummeting.He owned up to his mistake and chose to attend draft festivities in Chicago nonetheless.A top-10 talent, Ray slipped all the way to No. 23, where the Broncos traded up to grab the SEC defensive player of the year.

  • Steelers take LB Bud Dupree with 22nd pick

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Bud Dupree sat in the green room on Thursday night as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell kept ticking off names wondering when he'd finally hear his name called.''It was horrible,'' Dupree said with a laugh.Until suddenly, it wasn't. When the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed the massive Kentucky outside linebacker with the 22nd overall pick, Dupree's slide down the draft board landed him in a prime spot: on a perennial winner in dire need of some menace in its pass rush.

  • Steelers take linebacker Bud Dupree with 22nd pick

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers beefed up their pass rush on Thursday night, taking Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft.Dupree ran up 23 1/2 sacks in his career with the Wildcats. The Steelers are badly in need of help along the edge after finishing 26th in the league in sacks in 2014. Pittsburgh has now taken an outside linebacker in the first round each of the last three seasons.

  • The Latest: Eagles, Bengals, Steelers make picks

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:29 p.m. (10:29 p.m. EDT)The Eagles chose wide receiver Nelson Agholor out of USC with the 20th pick. Maybe he'll be Tim Tebow's new favorite target.At No. 21, Cincinnati went with offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi of Texas A&M. He was projected as a second-day pick on many boards.

  • The Latest: Browns go for safe choices in draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:10 p.m. (10:10 p.m. EDT)Browns fans can relax.Cleveland didn't make any picks of the Johnny Manziel variety this year in the first round, choosing instead to go with ''safe'' choices: offensive lineman Cameron Irving of Florida State and nose tackle Danny Shelton of Washington.

  • Jaguars select stylish, productive Fowler with 3rd pick

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Wearing a white suit with red trim and gold, spiked shoes, Dante Fowler Jr. stood out at the NFL draft Thursday night.The Jacksonville Jaguars were impressed long before he a walked across the stage.The Jaguars selected the Florida defensive end with the third overall pick in the first round, getting a player whose ''physicality was unmatched in this year's draft,'' general manager Dave Caldwell said.

  • Bengals take tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with 21st overall pick

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals felt they were in position to take a player in the first round who may not even play for them next season.Cincinnati was thinking long-term with the 21st overall pick in the draft on Thursday night, choosing offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi from Texas A&M even though he's coming off reconstructive knee surgery and is still months away from being able to play.

  • Eagles get wideout Nelson Agholor at No. 20 in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly compared his pursuit of Marcus Mariota to looking at expensive houses he couldn't afford.So the Philadelphia Eagles ended up drafting USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor.''It was a really steep price,'' Kelly said about trading up. ''It's like driving in a nice neighborhood, seeing a house you like, hearing the price and turning around.''

  • Browns take FSU lineman Cameron Erving at No. 19

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns selected offensive lineman Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.Erving finished last season snapping to Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston after starting 13 games as a left tackle the previous year. The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder began his college career as a defensive tackle.

  • The Latest: Chiefs take cornerback Marcus Peters

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:06 p.m. (10:06 p.m. EDT)Some teams wouldn't go near him. The Kansas City Chiefs weren't on that list.The Chiefs selected cornerback Marcus Peters, even though he was kicked off his college team - Washington - with four games left in the season.

  • Chiefs select cornerback Marcus Peters at No 18 in draft

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs were willing to take a chance on Marcus Peters.He intends to prove the gamble was worth it.The Chiefs selected the former Washington cornerback with the No. 18 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, fully confident that Peters has matured after repeated run-ins with new Huskies coach Chris Petersen that led to his dismissal midway through last season.

  • The Latest: Williams already feeling like a pro

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:01 p.m. (10:01 p.m. EDT)The way Leonard Williams sees it, getting ready to play in the NFL won't be much of a problem.''USC really prepared me,'' he said. ''They're almost an NFL program, in college.''The Jets used the sixth pick on a player who was rated one, two or three by a number of the draft experts.

  • Texans choose Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson 16th overall

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston general manager Rick Smith didn't shy away from Kevin Johnson in Thursday's NFL draft because of he had academic problems early in his college career.The way he bounced back from those struggles made Smith like him even more.''He's a young man who made some mistakes early in his college career and I don't know that he took things as seriously as he needed to and had some academic troubles,'' Smith said. ''And then all of the sudden he realizes what's at stake and I like those kind of situations where a guy ... might not be as mature as he needs to be and then he turns it around.''

  • Chargers move up 2 spots to draft running back Melvin Gordon

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) General manager Tom Telesco wasn't concerned about the price it cost for the San Diego Chargers to move up two spots in the NFL draft Thursday night to take Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.''We needed impact players and we got an impact player,'' Telesco said.

  • 49ers select Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead 17th

    June 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers are stockpiling defensive linemen, and they hardly expect first-round pick Arik Armstead to be polished right away.Uncertain whether Justin Smith will play again this season, and with Ray McDonald already long gone, the 49ers were searching for another potential pass-rusher with a big body.

  • The Latest: Texans take Wake Forest's Johnson

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:55 p.m. (9:55 EDT)Houston takes CB Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest, who didn't miss a game during his college career.He's the fifth player taken from the ACC, one more than the Pac-12 thus far.---8:47 p.m. (9:47 p.m. EDT)Finally, some wheeling and dealing.

  • The Latest: Wheeling and dealing begins

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:47 p.m. (9:47 p.m. EDT)Finally, some wheeling and dealing.San Diego traded with San Francisco to move up two spots and pick running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin with the 15th selection.The cost for the Chargers: This year's first- (17th overall) and fourth-round picks, along with a fifth-round pick next year.

  • It's Beats over Bose for Mariota and Winston

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) And the Beats go on.Marcus Mariota, just hours after flaunting his Beats by Dre in one of the company's YouTube videos, donned the trendy headphones when picked second by Tennessee in the NFL draft Thursday night. The No. 1 pick, Jameis Winston, clutched a red pair of Beats when chosen by Tampa Bay.

  • The Latest: Saints pass on Collins; Dolphins take receiver

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:40 p.m. (9:40 p.m. EDT)Saints use 13th pick on offensive tackle Andrus Peat of Stanford, bypassing higher-rated OL La'el Collins, who is still available but asked to be taken out of the draft earlier in the day.The NFL denied Collins' request. Though he's not a suspect, police want to talk to Collins about the killing of his ex-girlfriend in Louisiana.

  • Louisville receiver Parker taken by Dolphins in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins wanted another target for Ryan Tannehill, and when their turn came in the draft, Louisville wideout DeVante Parker was all alone.The Dolphins hope that will be the case when he takes the field. They selected Parker with the 14th overall pick Thursday.

  • Saints draft Stanford offensive tackle Peat 13th overall

    June 30, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints used their top draft choice on a player whose blocking ability just might help extend the career of 36-year-old Drew Brees, selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall Thursday night.The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat said he believes he could compete for playing time at either guard or tackle, although his body type, particularly his height, would make him an atypical interior lineman - even more so when considering Brees is a relatively short quarterback at 6 feet tall.

  • The Latest: Danny Shelton headed for Cleveland

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:26 p.m. (9:26 p.m. EDT)Danny Shelton did the draft his way.To celebrate his Samoan heritage, the Browns' first-round pick dressed in a maroon lava-lava - a skirt - and a white-and-maroon vest and a red lei. He explained it's the sort of outfit he'd wear to a wedding or funeral.

  • Rams take Georgia running back Todd Gurley with 10th pick

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams made Todd Gurley the first running back taken in the first round since 2012.They are just not sure when he will be ready to play.The Rams pulled a bit of surprise Thursday night by taking Gurley at No. 10 overall, and they promised they won't rush the former Georgia star as he rehabs from a left knee surgery.

  • Browns select defensive tackle Shelton with No. 12 pick

    June 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Danny Shelton didn't need long to record his first NFL sack.Moments after he was selected with the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft by the Cleveland Browns, the massive Washington defensive tackle walked onto the stage in Chicago and wrapped his arms around Commissioner Roger Goodell, lifting him off the ground.

  • Vikings take Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes

    June 30, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Another valuable piece has been added to the construction project on coach Mike Zimmer's defense.The Minnesota Vikings fetched another first-rounder for their blossoming secondary Thursday night, selecting Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes with the 11th overall pick in the NFL draft.

  • Rams take running back Todd Gurley with 10th pick

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have taken Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick of the NFL draft.The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Gurley is the first running back taken in the first round since 2012.The Rams opted to get backfield help for new quarterback Nick Foles instead of addressing a thin offensive line. Gurley is coming off knee surgery last November after being suspended for four games earlier in the season for a violation of NCAA rules.

  • The Latest: Vikings pick speed; Cleveland on the clock

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:18 p.m. (9:18 p.m. EDT)Vikings go with defensive back Trae Waynes of Michigan State, who impressed everyone with a 4.31-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine.Cleveland's up next.---8:13 p.m. (9:13 p.m. EDT)OK, now this is getting interesting.

  • The Latest: Rams take a chance on a running back with Gurley

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:13 p.m. (9:13 p.m. EDT)OK, now this is getting interesting.The St. Louis Rams used the 10th pick to take a running back: Todd Gurley out of Georgia.This has become the least-popular position in a growingly pass-happy league - no running back was picked in the first round of the last two drafts - and the Rams selection is even more intriguing because Gurley is five months removed from a major knee injury.

  • The Latest: Fowler's stylist picked his draft look

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:10 p.m. (9:10 p.m. EDT)White tux. Red piping. Oh, and you've gotta love the gold shoes.Yes, Dante Fowler Jr. had a stylist design his draft-day outfit.''I'm a fashion guy,'' he said, a few minutes after the Jaguars used the third pick on the pass rusher out of Florida.

  • Giants take Ereck Flowers with 9th overall pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants didn't get the polished offensive lineman everyone expected, just a recently turned 21-year-old who they think can be one of those rare franchise left tacklesAfter seeing Outland Trophy winner Brandon Scherff taken by Washington, the Giants seemingly put the finishing touches on their offensive line by selecting Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers with the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

  • The Latest: Giants look to shore up line

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:05 p.m. (9:05 p.m. EDT)The Giants chose offensive lineman Ereck Flowers of Miami with the ninth pick - a selection that was met with a collective yawn inside the auditorium.New York, which averaged only 3.6 yards per rush last season, was clearly selecting for need. When Scherff went to the Redskins, the Giants looked a bit farther down the list to come up with Flowers. He was ranked in the teens by many of the draft experts.

  • Falcons pick Clemson DE Vic Beasley with No. 8 pick in draft

    June 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was prepared to trade up to get his pass rusher.The way the first round developed, a deal wasn't necessary.The Falcons selected Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley with the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night to address a glaring need on a struggling defense.

  • The Latest: Falcons go with a pass rusher

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:01 p.m. (9:01 p.m. EDT)Falcons take pass rusher Vic Beasley out of Clemson.On stage, Deion Sanders asks him the first thing he's going to do: ''I'm just ready to go out and play football,'' Beasley says.Good thing. Falcons ranked last in total defense and pass defense last season.

  • Bears take West Virginia WR White with 7th pick

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Bears selected West Virginia receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the draft Thursday night, bringing cheers from fans gathered for the event in downtown Chicago.New general manager Ryan Pace opted to go with a play-making receiver to replace the traded Brandon Marshall rather than address a defense that has ranked among the worst in franchise history the past two years.

  • The Latest: A big Chicago cheer for the newest Bear at draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:53 p.m. (8:53 p.m. EDT)Touchdown, Bears!It certainly felt like that at the auditorium when Goodell announced Chicago's pick: West Virginia receiver Kevin White.Fans erupted - the complete opposite reaction of Jets fans, who routinely serenaded their pick with boos for all those years the draft was held in Manhattan.

  • The Latest: Titans just couldn't pass on Mariota

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:53 p.m. (8:53 p.m. EDT)Titans GM Ruston Webster says it would've been difficult to convince the Tennessee brass to trade out of the second spot and pass on quarterback Marcus Mariota.''Every minute we spent with him, it just felt better and better,'' Webster said.

  • Top 2 picks prove importance of QBs

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) You don't pass up a potential franchise quarterback.Not in today's pass-happy NFL.So Jameis Winston is headed to Tampa Bay as the first overall selection and Marcus Mariota goes to Tennessee at No. 2. They'll take their Heisman Trophies (Winston in 2013, Mariota last year) and try to turn two downtrodden franchises into contenders, maybe even champions.

  • The Latest: Even in Chicago, Jets get booed

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:46 p.m. (8:46 p.m. EDT)You didn't really think they'd cheer, did you?An annual tradition stayed right on track when the New York Jets selected defensive tackle Leonard Williams with the sixth pick.Fans booed.It's been going on for as long as anyone can remember, only this time, the draft was in Chicago, not the Jets hometown.

  • Jets take Leonard Williams with No. 6 pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets were stunned Leonard Williams was still available when they went on the clock for their first draft pick.So, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles jumped at the chance to add another big playmaker to their formidable defensive line. The Jets selected the defensive lineman from Southern California with the sixth overall pick Thursday night.

  • Jaguars select Florida's Fowler with 3rd overall pick

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.The Jaguars entered the draft looking to upgrade their pass rush, especially with veteran end Chris Clemons turning 34 years old later this year.

  • The Latest: Redskins' O-line pick gets groans

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:39 p.m. (8:39 p.m. EDT)Redskins select offensive tackle Brandon Scherff out of Iowa, the first senior picked in this draft.Not that OLs ever bring people jumping out of their seats, but there were some moans and groans when Goodell announced this pick.

  • Redskins take OL Brandon Scherff with 5th pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Brandon Scherff played tennis - at 250 pounds! - in high school, along with baseball, basketball and throwing the shot put and discus in track and field. After taking Scherff with the fifth pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the Washington Redskins are hoping his athleticism and versatility will improve their offensive line.

  • No. 2 NFL draft pick Marcus Mariota flaunts his Beats

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) And the Beats go on.Marcus Mariota, just hours after flaunting his Beats by Dre in one of the company's YouTube videos, donned the trendy headphones again when he got the call he was picked No. 2 in the NFL draft Thursday night.The quarterback got the news in his home state of Hawaii from the draft in Chicago. As a prospect, he was free to embrace Beats any way he pleases, but he better watch out now as a Tennessee Titan when he's in front of cameras on game day. That's a no-no under NFL policy.

  • Jaguars select Florida's Fowler with 3rd pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.The Jaguars entered the draft looking to upgrade their pass rush, especially with veteran end Chris Clemons turning 34 years old later this year.

  • The Latest: Cooper goes to Raiders

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:33 p.m. (8:33 p.m. EDT)Welcome to the Rai-duhs Amari.Oakland used the fourth pick to choose Amari Cooper out of Alabama, who immediately becomes the best receiver that beleaguered franchise has had in a while.On the clock: The Redskins. The team fight song - ''Hail to the Redskins'' - is playing over the sound system at the auditorium.

  • Raiders take WR Amari Cooper with 4th pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) One year after finding their quarterback, the Oakland Raiders added the kind of big-play receiver for Derek Carr that has been missing for nearly a decade in Oakland.The Raiders selected Alabama's Amari Cooper with the fourth pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night with hopes that he can team with Carr for years to come as a foundation of Oakland's offense.

  • The Latest: No temptation for Jaguars

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. EDT)When quarterbacks went 1-2 in the draft, Jaguars fans must have breathed a sigh of relief.Former first-round picks Byron Leftwich, Blaine Gabbert, and Blake Bortles haven't brought many wins to Jacksonville's neck of the woods.

  • The Latest: Winston, Mariota are top 2 picks in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:22 p.m. (8:22 p.m. EDT)Marcus Mariota can bring his lei to Music City, y'all.Mariota, who wore the flowers while watching the draft from home in Hawaii, is bound for the Tennessee Titans, who used the second pick on the Heisman winner.

  • Titans select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with 2nd overall pick

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans hope they got it right this time with Oregon's Marcus Mariota, their third try at landing a franchise quarterback in the past decade.The Titans selected the Heisman Trophy winner No. 2 overall pick Thursday night after starting three quarterbacks last season, benching Jake Locker in October and replacing him with rookie Zach Mettenberger. But he lost his six starts, and the Titans couldn't afford to pass up Mariota with Charlie Whitehurst the only veteran quarterback on the roster.

  • Buccaneers select Jameis Winston with top pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Jameis Winston to help them become relevant again.The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was selected with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, instantly becoming the face of a franchise that missed the playoffs the past seven seasons and hasn't won a postseason game since the club's Super Bowl run in 2002.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay takes Jameis Winston as the top pick

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:11 p.m. (8:11 p.m. EDT)Whew. The wait is finally over. Thank goodness. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to stress out for the next three or four years to see what really comes of the first pick of the NFL draft - quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State.

  • Tampa Bay selects Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with No. 1 pick in NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay selects Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with No. 1 pick in NFL draft.

  • The Latest: NFL draft opens

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 7:03 p.m. (8:03 p.m. EDT)New York. Chicago. Some things just won't change.Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at Grant Park in Chicago, gets booed heartily inside the auditorium while video of him officially opening the draft is played inside the auditorium.

  • Seahawks go from following others to setting the example

    June 30, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) When Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over in Seattle in 2010, one of their first tasks was deciding who they wanted the Seahawks to become.They had ideas and ideals for the qualities of the players they wanted to keep and those they wanted to acquire.

  • The Latest: Clock ticks down to start of NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. EDT)Some news in the lead-up to the NFL draft, which starts in about a half-hour:-The league denies a request from LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins to pull his name out of the draft and be placed in the supplemental draft later this year. Police want to talk to Collins, a projected first-round pick, about the slaying of his ex-girlfriend. He is not considered a suspect.

  • The Latest: Is Pete Carroll dropping draft clues on Twitter?

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 5:56 p.m. (6:56 p.m. EDT)Are these clues? Or is he just trying to drive all those 12th men crazy?Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is trying to generate some buzz over Seattle's draft, even though the Seahawks don't (currently) have a pick until the end of the second round - a selection that won't be made until tomorrow night.

  • Bears agree to 2-year deal with Bronson

    June 30, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with safety Malcolm Bronson.The deal was announced Thursday. Bronson tried out with the Bears at this week's voluntary minicamp.An undrafted free agent out of McNeese State, Bronson entered the NFL in 2013 and spent that season on Kansas City's practice squad. He was released before the 2014 regular season.

  • Winston brings spotlight to Alabama hometown for draft

    June 30, 2015

    BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) Jameis Winston celebrated the NFL draft his way, creating his own memorable moment with family and friends in his hometown. It was his mother who handed him his No. 3 Buccaneers jersey after he became the top pick, not the NFL commissioner.

  • Quarterback EJ Manuel still has plenty to prove with Bills

    June 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Two years after being the only quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft, EJ Manuel is aware how much he still has to prove to the Buffalo Bills.''I don't want to say it's a make-it-or-break-it year, but I know it's definitely a very important spring right now,'' Manuel said following a voluntary veterans minicamp session this week. ''Obviously, the third year is where a lot of NFL quarterbacks that are starters really show that, `Hey, this guy can be a longtime starter for this team.'''

  • NFL denies LSU OL's request to be removed from draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The NFL has denied a request from LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins to be withdrawn from this week's draft and placed in a supplemental draft later this year.Collins made the request through his agent on Thursday, hours before teams begin making their first-round picks. Collins has been sought by police in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police say he is not a suspect in her shooting, but the investigation could scare off some teams.

  • Top NFL prospect Marcus Mariota flaunts his Beats on YouTube

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Just hours before the NFL draft, top prospect Marcus Mariota flaunted his Beats by Dre in a promotional YouTube video for the competitor of league-sponsor Bose.Mariota is home in Hawaii awaiting word Thursday night from Chicago on where he'll play in the NFL. For now, he can embrace Beats any way he pleases, but watch out once he's chosen and in front of cameras on game day.

  • The Latest: Only a few hours left before NFL draft

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 3:51 p.m. (4:51 EDT)Let's boil it down to the basics: A group of executives at 32 multimillion-dollar companies are about to spend several of those millions, and risk their company's future, on a 21-year-old college kid.Welcome to the NFL draft.

  • Dolphins exercise .2 million option on Tannehill for 2016

    June 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins have exercised their fifth-year, .2 million option on quarterback Ryan Tannehill's rookie contract for 2016.The Dolphins announced the move, which had been expected, hours before the NFL draft began Thursday.Tannehill was the eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft. He has started every game in his first three NFL seasons and improved each year. Last season he threw for 4,045 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and his passer rating was 92.8.

  • The Latest on the NFL Draft:

    June 30, 2015

    1:05 p.m. (2:05 p.m. EDT)Well, it's not exactly March Madness. Then again, it wouldn't be a true sporting event if you didn't have a chance to win something based on the outcome, right?As part of its never-ending and generally successful quest to make every date on its calendar an Event, the NFL has created a contest challenging fans to predict the top 32 picks in this year's draft. Winner gets an all-expense-paid trip to the season-opening game, Steelers at Patriots, on September 10th.

  • Cleveland jock tax on out-of-town athletes unconstitutional

    June 30, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The way Cleveland taxes professional athletes who work for short periods of time in the city is unconstitutional because it violates athletes' due process rights, the Ohio Supreme Court said Thursday.The city unfairly imposed a 2 percent income tax on ex-Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer based on games played in the city as a percentage of total games played, the ruling said.

  • Harbaugh, Lewis, Ravens visit schools in riot-torn Baltimore

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Ravens coach John Harbaugh, his players and former star linebacker Ray Lewis visited two Baltimore schools Thursday to help quell tension in the city following days of rioting.In addition to unloading food and toiletries from trailers, members of the contingent spoke to students at Frederick Douglass High School and Matthew A. Henson Elementary School.

  • The Latest on the NFL Draft: Buccaneers on the clock

    June 30, 2015

    11:50 a.m. (12:50 p.m. EDT)The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock. The Tennessee Titans are under the microscope.With the hours ticking down until the start of the NFL draft in Chicago, the Bucs will surprise everyone if they don't use the top pick to take Jameis Winston, the troubled, talented quarterback out of Florida State. That surprise will turn to shock if they pass on both Winston and this year's other top quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    June 30, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- ST. LOUIS - Jeff Lunhow helped design the Cardinals analytic system for scouting players, and he took the system with him when he accepted a promotion to become GM of the Houston Astros. Now the Cardinals are accused of hacking that system and leaking it to the world. Speculation is that the hacker was someone in the St. Louis front office who wanted to embarrass Lunhow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

  • NFL draft diary: With draft upon him, Marpet tries to relax

    June 30, 2015

    Ali Marpet is one of the most unlikely prospects in this year's NFL draft.The Division III offensive lineman from Hobart College wowed scouts at the Senior Bowl against some of college football's best, then measured up to other top prospects at the combine.

  • Ex-NFL star Plaxico Burress accused of failing to pay taxes

    June 30, 2015

    Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has been indicted on charges he failed to pay taxes, New Jersey prosecutors announced Thursday.The 37-year-old former wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets was charged last week with willful failure to pay a state tax and issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer.

  • Report: Bills for proposed new St. Louis stadium total 0K

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Contractors already have submitted roughly 0,000 in bills toward the development of a billion-dollar proposed football stadium in St. Louis, according to a newspaper report.Two executives with the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority - which owns and operates the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams' current home - have authorized the hiring of or payments to more than a dozen firms involved in crafting plans for a new open-air stadium along the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1OIoiuk ) reported Thursday.

  • Report: New St. Louis stadium's bills total 0K so far

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) A newspaper says contractors have submitted roughly 0,000 in bills toward the development of a new St. Louis football stadium that's still tentative.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1OIoiuk ) reports two executives with the agency that owns and operates the Edward Jones Dome - the Rams' current home - have authorized the hiring of or payments to more than a dozen firms involved in the project.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao tops unbelievable Saturday sports lineup

    June 30, 2015

    The most-anticipated fight of all time. The best-known horse race. The premier baseball rivalry. The NFL draft.And those are just the highlights.Super Saturday - perhaps a day unlike any other in the history of sport - awaits.Stock the refrigerator, replace the remote batteries, get the weekend errands done early, invite your friends, fire up that grill and if you're very fortunate, confirm those flights. For the sports consumer, an amazing number of options will be available.

  • Ball envisions regaining Broncos' starting running back job

    June 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Montee Ball is confident his current comeback will turn out just like the last one.As a sophomore at Wisconsin in 2010, Ball leapfrogged John Clay and James White on an October afternoon at Iowa and scored the winning TD in the closing minutes of a 31-30 win.

  • NFL DRAFT: 5 things to look for in the first round Thursday

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Commissioner Roger Goodell says Chicago has ''overdelivered'' as host of the 2015 NFL draft. And the picks haven't even begun.Here are five things to watch for in the first round Thursday night:CHARACTER: General managers, coaches, scouts and owners always insist that a player's character is a key component in who gets selected, especially in the opening round.

  • Cardinals exercise fifth-year option for wide receiver Floyd

    June 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have exercised their fifth-year option to keep wide receiver Michael Floyd under contract through the 2016 season.If the team had not made the move, Floyd would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the coming season.

  • Running back Lacy limited in practice for Packers

    December 10, 2014

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy was limited in practice Wednesday after bruising his hip in the Packers' victory this week over Atlanta.Coach Mike McCarthy said he would monitor Lacy on the practice field Thursday. McCarthy has also said that he doesn't have high concern about the injury to the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

  • Attorney for Titans' Hill calls allegation false

    December 10, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The attorney for Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sammie Hill says a woman's allegation he sexually assaulted her is false and an attempt at extortion.Attorney Ed Garland issued a statement Wednesday night saying Hill had consensual sex and is cooperating with an investigation by the Atlanta Police Department. Garland said he is doing his own investigation.

  • FANTASY PLAYS: In semis, time for bold thoughts

    December 10, 2014

    One of the top analysts in fantasy football started Week 15 with a thought you wouldn't even consider two months ago or even two weeks ago: Benching Peyton Manning in favor of less talented quarterbacks with better matchups.But Sigmund Bloom, co-owner of Footballguys.com, mused on Twitter that after two bad weeks, he didn't envy fantasy owners who have to choose between Manning and Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger or Jay Cutler. Manning put up 2 fantasy points last week in standard leagues (that's not a typo, we double-checked) and 13 points the week before.

  • Carr shows steady progress as rookie for Raiders

    December 10, 2014

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Derek Carr believes he has made steady progress in his rookie season as an NFL quarterback even if it hasn't always been evident in his results.Those subtle steps to becoming a more polished pro passer paid off in a big way last week in the signature performance of Carr's rookie season with the Oakland Raiders.

  • Sherman not the only Seattle CB shutting down WRs

    December 10, 2014

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Tharold Simon never started a game in his NFL career until Week 7 of this season when he finally got to line up opposite Richard Sherman in Seattle's secondary.Simon was fully aware of what that meant: lots of passes were about to be thrown his way.

  • Manning: 'There's different ways to win.'

    December 10, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning is tied for the NFL lead with 36 touchdown passes and he's 90 yards shy of his 14th 4,000-yard season.So, why all the angst?Because he hurt fantasy owners in their playoffs last week when his TD streak came to a halt at 51 games, three shy of Drew Brees' NFL record, and he was picked off twice for the fourth time in the past six games.

  • Chargers QB Philip Rivers focused on rival Broncos

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unlike last season at about this time, the San Diego Chargers are in control of their destiny heading into Sunday's game against Denver.Last year, the Chargers needed the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens to collapse to make the postseason. Not so this season.

  • Bills Marrone sticking with Orton as starter

    December 10, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - So long as it's his call, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is sticking with veteran journeyman quarterback Kyle Orton as his starter for the remainder of the season.What has suddenly become unclear is whether that decision rests solely with Marrone.

  • Jets' Smith focused on strong finish, not doubters

    December 10, 2014

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Geno Smith knows many fans have already moved on from him.With the New York Jets sitting at a dreadful 2-11, the race is on for the No. 1 draft pick - and possibly Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston coming to town as the team's new quarterback.

  • Trevathan eligible to return from IR this week

    December 10, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Linebacker Danny Trevathan is eligible to return from IR this weekend, just in time to give Denver's defense an added dose of nastiness for the stretch run.''I can't wait,'' nose tackle Terrance Knighton said. ''Because Brandon Marshall is having a Pro Bowl year. And with him and Danny back, there's just so much speed on the field, two guys who can fly around and do so much, can cover, can tackle, can blitz.

  • Cowboys QB Romo takes it easy as Eagles game looms

    December 10, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - By now, Tony Romo is used to his abbreviated workouts on Wednesdays.He participated in Cowboys' morning walk-through but did not take the field for the afternoon practice. Instead, the veteran quarterback went through a workout aimed at strengthening his surgically repaired back.

  • Bolden makes big impact on Patriots special teams

    December 10, 2014

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Brandon Bolden figured he'd have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back.Undrafted rookies don't get the ball very often in the NFL.''I was like, `Hey I'm an undrafted guy. I've got to do whatever I can. So you need somebody to run down on punts? Hey, coach, I can do it. You need somebody to run down on kickoffs? Hey, coach I can do it,''' Bolden said Wednesday.

  • Receiver Shorts could be in final weeks with Jaguars

    December 10, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Cecil Shorts III might be in his final weeks with the Jacksonville Jaguars.With three games remaining, the Jaguars (2-11) have shown little, if any, interest in re-signing the fourth-year receiver who's in the final year of his rookie contract.

  • Eagles' Sproles almost forgotten after fast start

    December 10, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Darren Sproles burst onto the scene in his early appearances with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, as the season heads down the stretch, Sproles has become almost a forgotten man.''There have been times where we intend to get him the ball and we can't for some reason,'' Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.

  • Lions avoiding drama against weaker opponents

    December 10, 2014

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - This is exactly the type of stretch that might have derailed Detroit's playoff hopes in recent years.Three straight home games. All against teams with losing records. With the pressure of the postseason race hanging over every play.

  • Young Houston receivers face challenge at Indy

    December 10, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) - Led by DeAndre Hopkins, Houston's young receivers have been good all year.They will need to be even better on Sunday at Indianapolis if star receiver Andre Johnson can't play. Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit last weekend and is listed as day to day this week.

  • WR Jones, S Moore making improvement for Falcons

    December 10, 2014

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Star receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore are making improvement from injuries as the Atlanta Falcons prepare for a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Falcons limited themselves to a walk-through Wednesday, looking to recover physically from a grueling Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike Smith said Jones and Moore would not have been able to practice, even if it had been a normal workout.

  • Clear film may rescue birds from Vikings glass

    December 10, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A window film designed by 3M Co. could wind up helping prevent bird deaths from the Minnesota Vikings' new glass-heavy stadium.The team's $1 billion stadium due to open in 2016 depends on vast windows to create an airy feeling. But bird lovers have asked the team to change out clear glass with ''fritted'' glass that they say is safer for birds.

  • Ravens sack-happy Dumervil sets sights on playoffs

    December 10, 2014

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Having already placed his name in the Baltimore Ravens record book, Elvis Dumervil has turned his attention toward getting the team into the postseason.With 3 1/2 sacks against Miami last Sunday, Dumervil broke the team single-season record of 15 set by Peter Boulware in 2001. Dumervil now has 16 sacks, one short of his career high and tied for the NFL lead with Justin Houston of Kansas City.

  • Cardinals seek road rebound against stingy Rams

    December 10, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bruce Arians makes no effort to hide his distaste for short turnarounds between games.Good for the Arizona Cardinals coach to get it all out of his system now, with an opportunity at getting closer to a playoff spot and facing an opponent with a stingy defense.

  • Jets' Harvin (ankle) uncertain vs. Titans

    December 10, 2014

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Percy Harvin is planning to play.The New York Jets wide receiver is dealing with a sprained left ankle that had him in a walking boot earlier in the week, but he was optimistic about his chances of suiting up against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

  • Chiefs backing toward playoffs once again

    December 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After the way the Kansas City Chiefs collapsed toward the end of last season, and especially in the playoffs, they arrived at training camp in July with the mantra of ''finish.''It didn't matter whether it was a drive, a game or the entire season.

  • Dolphins looking to find offensive groove again

    December 10, 2014

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Dolphins' recent offensive woes have come at a bad time for a team with fading playoff hopes, particularly with a trip to the New England Patriots up next on Sunday.Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been under more duress from opposing pass rushers while his threat to throw deep has all but disappeared. The offense does not look like the same unit that put up 23 points in the second half of a 33-20 season opening win over New England.

  • Bengals' A.J. Green in best stretch of career

    December 10, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Cornerback Leon Hall notices something different about receiver A.J. Green during practice these days. He's more animated. He's not holding anything back.All good signs for a Bengals team that needs him to be a difference-maker down the stretch.

  • Colin Kaepernick working on how he answers media

    December 10, 2014

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Unexpectedly cheerful and far more chatty than the norm, Colin Kaepernick insisted he takes every part of his job seriously and is working at giving more thoughtful public responses even after poor performances.Scrutinized locally and nationally for his terse, short answers along with bad play in recent weeks - word counts, anyone? - the quarterback took a different approach during his weekly Wednesday media session in the locker room at Levi's Stadium. Kaepernick said he received some guidance about public speaking.

  • Big plays still dogging Steelers' defense

    December 10, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dick LeBeau's defense is not easy to grasp. For that, the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator is unapologetic.Yet for all the wrinkles the ever-tinkering LeBeau adds on a weekly basis, there is an underlying simplicity. Containment, not chaos, is the key to success.

  • Titans stumbling toward worst season since '94

    December 10, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - First-year Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is done making predictions now that his talk of hosting a playoff game has been replaced with Tennessee competing for the top overall draft pick.Things have gone downhill in a hurry.The Titans, heading for their worst season in 20 years, are underdogs at home Sunday against the New York Jets in a matchup of 2-11 teams. They have lost 10 of the last 11 and could match the 2-14 mark in 1994 with three games left for a franchise that hasn't picked first overall since 1978 - a selection gotten via trade, not poor play.

  • Lewis faces 4-foot-3 celeb on Manziel height

    December 10, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) - With a 4-foot-3 Cleveland television celebrity in the audience to question him, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apologized a third time on Wednesday for calling Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel ''a midget.''Lewis referred to the 6-foot quarterback that way during a radio show on Monday night. He has tried for the last two days to get beyond the remark, which added a little more intrigue to a game with playoff implications for both Ohio teams.

  • Vikings sign tackle Carter Bykowski

    December 10, 2014

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Michael Mauti on injured reserve and signed offensive tackle Carter Bykowski off San Francisco's practice squad.Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Mauti needed minor surgery on his knee. The second-year player from Penn State has played almost exclusively on special teams.

  • Chiefs' Charles, Hali held out with injuries

    December 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, linebacker Tamba Hali and tight end Anthony Fasano were held out of practice Wednesday with knee injuries.All of them are considered day to day, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.Defensive lineman Allen Bailey also missed practice as he continues to recover from a concussion, but wide receiver Junior Hemingway returned to the field after passing his concussion tests. Hemingway had missed the previous two games.

  • Texans place Clowney on injured reserve

    December 10, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have placed top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney on the injured reserve two days after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee.The surgery was the second this season for the outside linebacker. He had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee after being injured in Week 1.

  • Eli on Giants' injury report, says it's formality

    December 10, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Eli Manning is on the New York Giants' injury report for the first time in more than two years and seems to be embarrassed by it.He says it's a formality and he practiced as usual on Wednesday.''I don't know if I really deserve to be on an injury report,'' Manning said. ''They kind of told me they had to list something, so I said: `OK' I really can't control that.''

  • Union hires Nassar to run Players Inc.

    December 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Ahmad Nassar has been hired to run NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association.Nassar's appointment as NFLPI president, announced Wednesday, will become effective Monday, Feb. 2, the day after the Super Bowl.

  • Jaguars placing Robinson on injured reserve with foot sprain

    December 10, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Denard Robinson's season is over.The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing their leading rusher on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain.Robinson hurt his right foot early in Sunday's loss against Houston, but stayed in the game. It was still bothering him Wednesday, and tests revealed an injury that takes six to eight weeks to heal.

  • Manziel moves into starter's role with Browns

    December 10, 2014

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Manziel seemed a little taller. Not in height, but definitely in stature.The playmaking, headline-making, love-him-or-hate-him sensation who has spent the majority of his rookie season as an orange-helmeted spectator, Manziel is now the Browns' starting quarterback - No. 2 is No. 1.

  • Gruden will name starting QB after week of practice

    December 10, 2014

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden Wednesday didn't name who his starting quarterback will be, in part to try and keep the firestorm over his choice from erupting as was the case earlier this season.''I'm not going to announce (the starter) until I see the week of practice, see how it goes,'' Gruden said after Wednesday's practice in which Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins all took snaps.

  • Former Bills star Talley to accept fan donations

    December 10, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Darryl Talley and his family can't thank their fans enough.Overwhelmed by the wealth of support he received at his time of need, the former Buffalo Bills star linebacker accepted nearly $153,000 in donations generated in two weeks during an impromptu Internet fundraiser that pooped up after revelations of health problems he considers side effects from his hard-hitting play.

  • Owners approve new personal conduct policy

    December 10, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds.The league announced it will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct to oversee initial discipline, but Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain authority to rule on appeals. The commissioner also may appoint a panel of independent experts to participate in appeals.

  • Bills: Receiver Mike Williams to be released

    December 10, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills receiver Mike Williams will be released once he recovers from a left calf injury.The team provided the clarification on Wednesday, a day after Williams was not claimed off the waived-injured list. Once Williams is released, the Bills won't have to pay the final four years of his contract. The fifth-year player was due to make a $5.2 million base salary next season.

  • Cardinals-Rams Capsule

    December 10, 2014

    ARIZONA (10-3) at ST. LOUIS (6-7)Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkOPENING LINE - Rams by 2 1-2RECORD VS. SPREAD - Arizona 8-4, St. Louis 7-5SERIES RECORD - Tied 35-35-2LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Rams 31-14, Nov. 9, 2014LAST WEEK - Cardinals beat Chiefs 17-14; Rams beat Redskins 24-0

  • Worst time for short week for Cardinals

    December 10, 2014

    Even as the Arizona Cardinals are presented an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth, they have plenty to be concerned about.Injuries, for one. No contender's lineup has been more damaged than Arizona's, with the latest being the sidelining of top running back Andre Ellington.

  • Ex-Steeler Blount in deal to dismiss pot charge

    December 10, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would have a marijuana possession charge dismissed if he completes 50 hours of community service by a February court date, a western Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday.Blount, 28, was playing for Pittsburgh when he and Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell were arrested Aug. 20 after police said they found marijuana in Bell's car during a traffic stop in Ross Township, a Pittsburgh suburb.

  • Panthers' Cam Newton discharged from hospital

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash that left the quarterback with two fractures in his lower back, team officials said.Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said Wednesday that Newton was thankful for the care he received and is stiff and sore, but otherwise ''his spirits were high.'' Newton left the hospital with his family and will stay with them while recuperating. He will not be at the team's facility Wednesday.