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Peter King believes Kirk Cousins will end up with Broncos

Kirk Cousins is going to have plenty of suitors if the Washington Redskins let him hit free agency next month, but one team continues to come up as the most likely destination for the 29-year-old quarterback.The Denver Broncos have seemingly been a quarterback away from contending for a Super Bowl again since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 season. It would make sense for them to make a big push to sign Cousins, and Peter King of The MMQB expects John Elway to do just that.GM John...

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Brian Cushing to be released by Texans

Cushing served a 10-game suspension last season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

        

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Brian Cushing to be released by Texans, per report

Cushing served a 10-game suspension last season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

        

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Report: Texans will cut LB Brian Cushing

The Houston Texans have reportedly told linebacker Brian Cushing he will not be returning to the team in 2018, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston.Cushing, who won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2009, was due to count $8.84 million against the cap in 2018, and the Texans can save $7.64 million by cutting him. With that in mind, Cushing is certainly a cap casualty here, as he’s long been a favorite of of head coach Bill O’Brien, and he knows the team’s 3-4...

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NFL to increase access to tracking data

NFL teams will begin receiving in-game tracking data on every player in the league beginning this spring, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. Clubs have been seeing data on their own players since 2014, but access to other teams’ players had not yet been available. However, the NFL’s Compensation Committee recently agreed to a proposal allowing every team to collect data on every player, per Pelissero. Clubs will be sent information from the 2016-17 campaigns in mid-April, and will...

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Six bold NFL Draft moves that would shake up the league

We’ve all taken a peek at a mock draft or five already as we eagerly await the upcoming 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. Many of them focus on the same players going to the same spots, more or less, so we decided to take an outside-the-box approach to the NFL draft to stir things up.This isn’t a mock. But it is a look at some really bold moves some of the teams atop the draft should consider making — unconventional moves that would alter the landscape of the league for years to come.Browns...

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Johnny Manziel provides uplifting message to those fighting bipolar disorder

Johnny Manziel recently revealed that he suffers from bipolar disorder. Speaking to TMZ Sports, the former Heisman Trophy winning and Cleveland Browns quarterback elaborated on what that felt like.He also offered some words of encouragement for other people fighting a similar battle.“Sometimes days don’t look as great as the other. Sometimes you feel like you’ll never get out of the rut,” Manziel said. “But at the end of the day, I’m a person who felt like the end of the world...

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NFC West notes: Wilson, Cardinals, Foster

Yesterday, we learned that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson could be in line for a new contract with an AAV of $30MM as early as next offseason (he is under club control through 2019, and Seattle does not revisit deals that have more than one year remaining). While that report raised some eyebrows, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com (who penned the above-referenced article) tweets that Wilson’s current deal — which he signed in 2015 — has an AAV of 15.31% of the the 2015 salary cap. A $30MM AAV...

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Report: Harrison has 'reasonable chance' to return to Pats

Soon to be 40 years old, James Harrison is nearing the end of his NFL career, but he’s not ready to hang up the cleats just yet. In fact, Harrison wants to play for a couple more seasons. And there’s a chance he could do so wearing a New England Patriots jersey, according to a report.The Boston Sports Journal reported that there’s a “reasonable chance” Harrison returns to New England for the 2018 season.Based on the way Harrison sparked the Patriots’ lackluster pass rush late in...

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Brady authorized family version over SB ring sells for $344,927

After the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady authorized the creation of a family version Super Bowl ring, and now it has been sold at auction for a record price.According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the ring has the word “Brady” on it and features “265 diamonds compared to the 283 that Tom Brady’s actual ring has and is about 10 percent smaller, has the same engraving that Brady’s ring would have.If you remember, that 283 number was very significant for the Patriots,...

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Vikings reportedly expected to hire former Raiders OC Todd Downing

Even after losing offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to the New York Giants, it sure looks like the Minnesota Vikings are not going to miss a beat on offense. On the heels of hiring former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to replace Shurmur Minnesota is now reportedly bringing in former Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing as an assistant. Downing held his first offensive coordinator job with the Raiders, but lasted on that job for just one season. Oakland finished 25th in...

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WWE wants to sign Rob Gronkowski

If Rob Gronkowski doesn’t want to return to the football field, it looks like he has a deal waiting for him with WWE. According to Dave Meltzer, talks have already commenced.“28, Gronkowski has been a five-time first-team All-Pro tight end with the New England Patriots. Including in the just concluded season where they just lost in the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles.”But that’s not all.“The talk of Gronkowski to WWE started just before the game. There was a report from Pro...

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Patriots give player $500,000 bonus after he missed out on bonus last season

The New England Patriots are that franchise everyone loves to hate. Success at the level they’ve seen over nearly the past two decades will bring out the haters. It’s no different than when Pittsburgh was dominating in the 1970s or when the San Francisco 49ers won four titles in the 1990s. It’s just more prevalent in the social media age.What those who love to criticize the Patriots fail to recognize is that this organization does indeed take good care of its players. This is the...

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Rob Gronkowski has reportedly been considering retirement for a while

When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski refused to commit to playing next season shortly after Super Bowl LII, it threw a lot of people around the league for a loop. Was the emotions of losing a hard fought game against the Eagles getting the best of Gronk? Maybe he is indeed serious about retiring.According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Gronkowski had mentioned to teammates weeks prior to Super Bowl Sunday’s postgame press conference that he was contemplating retirement.“Weeks...

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Greg Hardy KOs opponent 14 seconds into LFA debut

It didn’t take long for former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy to take care of business in his most recent bout on Friday night, as he improved to 3-0 in his amateur MMA career with a first-round knockout in his first-ever Legacy Fighting Alliance fight.Hardy was aggressive from the getgo in Friday’s heavyweight bout against Ryan Chester at LFA 33 — a script he has followed in each of his three career fights. He began with a flurry of punches — some of...

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Seahawks player admits this might be the end for the Legion of Boom

Coming off a disappointing 2017 season that saw the team miss out on the playoffs altogether, the Seattle Seahawks are likely going to see widespread changes this spring.That could very well start in the secondary. Richard Sherman is expected to be placed on the trade block once again this offseason after finding himself bandied about on that market last March. Fellow Pro Bowler Kam Chancellor is recovering from a serious neck injury. There seems to be a split between what he thinks his...

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Dougherty: Aaron Rodgers' road to a record-setting deal

As the quarterback dominoes fall, the landscape for Aaron Rodgers’ next contract gets a little clearer.

        

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There's an O.J. Simpson tour you can take in Los Angeles

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson might very well be living it up in Las Vegas after his release from prison last year. But his haunted past remains well and alive.Just ask The O.J. Tour, a company that is selling tours to the neighborhood that was made famous back in 1995. It’s happening. It’s a real thing. And it’s all sorts of weird. The company even has a website.For all of $45, you’ll see the crime scene in Rockingham and hear the story from a man who grew up...

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Panthers’ interim GM reinstated after investigation concludes

We’re not yet sure if Marty Hurney will become the full-time Carolina Panthers general manager. But Hurney is now free to resume his interim duties after a two-week investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing stemming from a harassment claim by his ex-wife. This comes mere weeks after the NFL placed Hurney on paid leave as it investigated whether said claims were true. It also comes with the Panthers now weeks away from free agency starting.Hurney’s contract as the Panthers’ GM runs...

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Report: Tom Brady could get extension this offseason

Reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady has not made any legitimate noise about wanting a raise from the $14 million base salary he’s slated to earn next season. This doesn’t mean Brady himself has not let the New England Patriots know he wants to be taken care of. As one of the most underpaid athletes in pro sports, it stands to reason he’ll want to cash in. Brady has been playing under a team-friendly contract for far too long.According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora, it’s now...

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