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May 21, 2014

Super Bowl LII headed to Minnesota

NFL.com "If you build it, the NFL will come. Keeping with its tradition of rewarding teams with new a stadium, NFL owners announced Tuesday it awarded Super Bowl LII to the Minnesota Vikings. After four rounds of voting, owners selected Minnesota by a simple majority over New Orleans. Indianapolis..." May 21

  • Ray Rice to enter pretrial intervention program, avoid jail time

    CBSSports.com "Ravens running back Ray Rice has been accepted into a pretrial intervention program, which means that he will avoid prosecution -- and possible jail time -- in his felony aggravated assault case, the pressofAtlanticCity.com reported Tuesday. Earlier this month, Rice pleaded not guilty to the..." May 21

  • Buffalo News "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves him some Jon Bon Jovi. Shortly after arriving at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead for the NFL's annual May meeting, Jones delivered several glowing remarks about the rock star who wants to join the exclusive club and reportedly is interested in pursuing the..." May 21

  • Roger Goodell: NBA did the right thing banning Donald Sterling

    Pro Football Talk "After the NBA banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for making racist comments, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said the NFL wouldn’t have done the same thing. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says otherwise. Goodell said at today’s league meeting that he respects the..." May 20

  • Brees says Jimmy Graham is staying in football shape

    Pro Football Talk "As Saints tight end* Jimmy Graham remains away from offseason workouts due to the small matter of, you know, not being under contract, the man who throws passes to Graham isn’t worried. Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Drew Brees expresses optimism regarding..." May 20

  • Lovie Smith called Mike Glennon during draft to debunk trade rumors

    Fansided "The NFL Draft can be a source of tension not only for players waiting for their names to be called, but for players who are already on NFL rosters as well. Case in point – according to the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud, Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon was called by head coach Lovie Smith..." May 20

  • Drew Brees: Johnny Manziel faces difficult transition

    NFL.com "When Drew Brees sees Johnny Manziel, he can't help but think of Reggie Bush. Like Manziel, Bush was the subject of tremendous hype upon entering the NFL after a wildly successful college career. Bush landed with the New Orleans Saints as the No. 2 overall pick in 2006, then struggled to match..." May 20

  • New York Daily News "Rex Ryan said last week that Tajh Boyd will be learning how to run an offense from under center instead of just out of the shotgun, much in the way Geno Smith did a year ago. Now, however, Boyd is simultaneously trying to adjust his throwing motion as well. The rookie quarterback threw for..." May 20

  • Eagles coach Chip Kelly using remote control car to get around NFL rules

    Fansided "Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made a name for himself at the University of Oregon for his innovative offense, but it seems as if Kelly’s creativity extends well outside of the playbook. Currently in Phase One of the NFL offseason program, Kelly nor his assistants are allowed to be..." May 20

  • Flacco doesn't expect Rice to be suspended

    Newark Star-Ledger "As former Rutgers and current Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice awaits his day in court for a single count of aggravated assault, his quarterback doesn't appear too concerned. Joe Flacco is working under the impression that Rice will be available to the Ravens for all 16 games this upcoming..." May 20

  • CSN Bay Area "Again, a Chicago Bears signing could have some implications for a high-profile 49ers player. When quarterback Jay Cutler signed a contract extension after the season that averaged $18.1 million a season, it was seen as the floor for the 49ers’ negotiations with Colin Kaepernick. On Monday,..." May 20

  • Ex-players: NFL illegally used drugs

    Washington Post "Eight retired NFL players, including Jim McMahon and Richard Dent, are part of a group of NFL players who filed a lawsuit alleging that the league illegally supplied them with painkillers to conceal injuries. Attorney Steven Silverman, who said his firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal..." May 20

  • James Harrison and Santonio Holmes hoping for Steelers reunion

    ESPN.com "Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison is still holding out hope of suiting up for the Pittsburgh Steelers again. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes apparently wants to re-join Harrison in Pittsburgh. "Both of them want to come back to the Steelers," veteran cornerback Ike Taylor..." May 20

  • Tampa Tribune "When she was a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Manouchcar Pierre-Val said being on the squad let her have fun and give back to the community. But after less than a year, Pierre-Val decided cheerleading wasn’t a “smart choice for her because she wasn’t being compensated for the..." May 20

  • Ndamukong Suh back on field for Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "Ndamukong Suh is back on the field with his teammates. Suh, the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, took part in the Detroit Lions’ first organized team activity practice of the off-season today. Lions coach Jim Caldwell and others said in recent days that they expected Suh to attend..." May 20

  • Raiders claim former Browns WR Greg Little off waivers

    CBSSports.com "Considering the Browns are in need of competent receivers, it seemed a little strange last week that Cleveland decided to release receiver Greg Little, who has struggled during his career but who still seems to have potential. It didn't take long for Little, who's averaged 55 catches per season..." May 20

  • Packers sign troubled TE Colt Lyerla

    CBSSports.com "Though Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was invited to the NFL combine and performed well there, he went undrafted earlier this month. Most likely, that's because his résumé was littered with red flags, particularly with a guilty plea of cocaine possession. But after trying out with the Packers..." May 20

  • Malcom Floyd set to play in 2014

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Malcom Floyd has discussed his neck several times since September. No conversation has been like the one Monday. The Chargers wide receiver stopped short of declaring a decision outright — "Coach will keep you updated," he said with a coy smile — but it seems, following the latest medical..." May 20

  • LeSean McCoy says he’s best back in the NFL

    Fansided "As a guest on ESPN’s First Take, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made the declaration that he thinks he is the best back in football. Well, full disclosure, McCoy was actually asked the question of whether he thought he was the NFL’s best back, and he replied with confirmation...." May 20

  • Vikings agree to terms with top pick Anthony Barr

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings and Anthony Barr, the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft, have agreed to terms on a rookie contract, according to a league source. Per the collective bargaining agreement, it is a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season. The Vikings had their eyes on Barr, an..." May 20

  • Vikings Sign Bridgewater

    NFL.com "On Tuesday the Vikings announced that the club has signed three more of its 2014 Draft picks: QB Teddy Bridgewater (Round 1, No. 32 overall), DT Shamar Stephen (Round 7, No. 220 overall) and LB Brandon Watts (Round 7, No. 223 overall). Bridgewater was the second of two Vikings 1st-round picks..." May 20

  • Titans agree to terms with QB Zach Mettenberger

    Tennessean "The Titans have agreed to terms with quarterback Zach Mettenberger on a four-year contract, according to sources familiar with the situation. Mettenberger becomes the third player from the team's six-player draft class to reach a deal with the team. A sixth-round pick out of Louisiana State..." May 20

  • NFL playoff expansion talks tabled

    ESPN.com "NFL team owners have tabled discussions about an expanded playoff system until the fall after the topic was discussed during the spring meetings Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told ESPN.com. None of the owners discussed the playoff format during a late-morning..." May 20

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