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Texans safety skips out on $20k bill

Peyton Manning confronting D.J. Swearinger following a play. (Joe Mahoney/AP) According to TMZ Sports, Houston Texans safety, D.J. Swearinger, is under investigation in Texas for skipping out on a $20,000 bill. This comes after Swearinger reportedly took his 2013 Ford F250 truck to Espi Motors to get some custom work done but then took the truck without paying the invoice for the...
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Ndamukong Suh has reportedly already chosen his new team

(www.xxlmag.com) Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is going to be one of the biggest free agents on the market when the period begins March 10th. However, according to reports, there may not even be a bidding war for his services as he’s already apparently chosen his new team. Via MSN: Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said on Twitter Wednesday that teams believe Suh to...
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Report: Eagles interested in Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram will be a sought after free agent if he hits the open market next week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) According to Lyons Yellin of WWL-TV in Gannett, Louisiana, the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in signing running back Mark Ingram once he becomes a free agent next week. I've heard rumblings about the Eagles being interested in Mark Ingram, with today's trade those now...
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Report: Troy Polamalu not expected back in Pittsburgh in 2015

(steelersgab.com) Per a report from NFL Media insider Ian Rapaport, two sources close to the Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed that safety Troy Polamalu isn’t in their plans for 2015. The only question now is will Polamalu decide to retire or will the Steelers be forced to release him? Via NFL.com: Longtime beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette told KDKA-FM this...
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Le’Veon Bell destroys Mel Kiper’s credibility on Twitter

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell let loose on a Twitter tirade directed at draft “experts” Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. In a series of tweets, Bell questioned how Kiper is randomly “qualified” as an expert, says he doesn’t watch legit film on prospects, and is wrong about almost everything. Bell even pointed out how Kiper was insanely wrong on his assessment of his skills...
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Report: Bills to trade Kiko Alonso to Eagles for LeSean McCoy

Tuesday night, Adam Schefter tweeted that the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles have agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade. The Bills will trade linebacker Kiko Alonso for running back LeSean McCoy. It had been speculated that the Eagles were going to ask McCoy to take a pay cut or he would possibly be cut. It appears Philly decided to get a return on him in Alonso, a talented...
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According to the eye test, Arthur Moats could already be a solution at outside linebacker

(Credit: https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/) As the release or re-sign period of free agency gets underway, the Steelers have several decisions to make on a numbers of players, including, but not limited to: Brice McCain, Antwon Blake, Will Allen, Troy Polamalu, and Arthur Moats. I saved Moats for last for a reason. Given the dire situation at outside linebacker, Moats is a must to re-sign...
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Colts punter makes hilarious sales pitch for Ndamukong Suh on Twitter

Monday, the Detroit Lions opted not to use the franchise tag on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh before the 4 p.m. deadline. He will hit the free agent market March 10th, and will be one of the most sought-after players available. The Colts have said they are committed to building a championship team around stud quarterback Andrew Luck, and that no doubt starts on defense. It’s a...
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Jets owner prepping for possibility of Revis

Jets owner, Woody Johnson is expected to go after Darrelle Revis in free agency. (Howard Simmons/New York Daily News) According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets owner Woody Johnson has been engaged in internal discussions with general manager Mike Maccagnan about bringing back Darrelle Revis if/when he hits the open market. The defending Super Bowl champions...
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Antonio Brown, Jr. has adorable interaction with Richard Sherman

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman were both on hand for the 101 Awards in Kansas City over the weekend. Brown posted a picture on his Instagram account, along with a caption of what was said when his son, AB Jr., got the chance to talk with Sherman. The dialogue is quite adorable, and it looks like little AB would rather play corner than receiver…for...
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Franchise Tag Tracker as 4 p.m. deadline approaches

The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise tag on a player of their choice is Monday by 4:00 P.M. EST. Keep track of what big names have been tagged, and what big names haven’t as this deadline approaches. Tagged: Justin Houston – Kansas City Demaryius Thomas – Denver (Reported) Dez Bryant – Dallas Not Tagged: Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Julius Thomas – Denver
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The 5 guys you’ll find at every backyard football game

Most football fans have played, or still play backyard football. It was one of my favorite pastimes growing up, and we still get together several times a year to relive our glory days – particularly on Thanksgiving. At every one of these gatherings, there’s a dude that fits a stereotype for friendly backyard games. So who are they? (http://i.ytimg.com) 1. The Coach This guy...
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No long term deal for Dez

The news is the same as it has been since the middle of last season, no new deal for Dez Bryant. This should come as a surprise to no one. When it was clear that neither side would come to the table with a reasonable offer, Jerry Jones’ hand was forced to use the infamous franchise tag on their 24th overall pick from the 2010 NFL Draft. The Cowboys are going to use the tag on their...
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Why the Bills should seriously pursue Adrian Peterson

(http://extras.mnginteractive.com) Reports surfaced yesterday that the Buffalo Bills could be a potential trade suitor for Minnesota Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson. While there are several factors on both sides to consider, Buffalo should seriously pursue bringing AP to Western New York. This stems from an argument between Peterson’s agent and Vikings executives...
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Steelers clear nearly $10 million in cap, potential big moves on the horizon?

Wednesday, the Steelers restructured the contracts of Mike Mitchell, Marcus Gilbert, and Maurkice Pouncey to free up just under $10 million in cap space. These moves brought Pittsburgh’s cap number to $6.9 million, with an extension for Ben Roethlisberger and a decision on Troy Polamalu also both on the horizon before free agency begins March 10th. Breaking it down in layman...
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2011 report of Dez Bryant incident at Wal-Mart released

(atlantablackstar.com) Since last Friday, the sports world has been buzzing about the possible existence of a video showing Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant doing something very, very bad. As it turns out, the NFL already has some sort of relevant evidence regarding the incident in question. It apparently took place at a Lancaster, Texas Wal-Mart in 2011. Here is some of the report,...
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4 do’s and dont’s for the Steelers during free agency

With free agency right around the corner and several specific needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to add some pieces before the draft in April. While Pittsburgh usually isn’t a major participant in free agency and rarely make mistakes regarding how much players are paid, there’s still a couple do’s and dont’s to watch out for when March...
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WATCH: “Leah Strong” Leah Still walks runway at NYC Fashion Week

Leah Still, daughter of Bengals’ defensive tackle Devon Still, captured the hearts of sports fans everywhere when her battle with neuroblastoma became public last summer. Normally, Leah gets to watch her dad take the field on Sundays. This time, the roles were reversed as Leah took to the runway at Fashion Week in New York City. A touching and happy moment for a little girl who...
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Jameis Winston impresses at combine with his…intelligence

(Credit: CBS) Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is one of the more polarizing NFL draft prospects. He’s made headlines for good and bad reasons, and almost anyone you ask already has some sort of preconceived notion about him. His inability to stay out of the news off the field will stop some teams from taking a chance on him. But after last week’s draft combine...
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Alleged video of Dez Bryant will have “Ray Rice-type of an impact”

Last week, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk went on 105.3 The Fan to talk about an alleged video that exists of Dez Bryant doing something “really bad.” Florio said a lot of the NFL’s national insiders have known about the video for quite some time, but it has remained out of the public eye. Does this explain why Jerry Jones has been hesitant thus far in negotiating a long...
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Report: Dolphins expected to re-sign Charles Clay

Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) runs with the ball after making a catch against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Detroit. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Dolphins are expected to re-sign tight end Charles Clay before free agency starts on March 10th.  Clay is seen...
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The 10 most intimidating Steelers defenders of all-time

(pittsburghsportingnews.com) 10. Ryan Clark Clark played second fiddle to Troy Polamalu most of his career in Pittsburgh. However, he was one of the league’s hardest hitters. Clark made receivers think twice about going over the middle and had no problem coming up to stop the run. Just ask Willis McGahee about Ryan Clark. (ESPN) 9. Joey Porter Porter was a bad man,...
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WATCH: Marshawn Lynch has message for Oakland

Even though he doesn’t like to talk to the media, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a thoughtful guy, especially when it comes to his hometown of Oakland. He routinely speaks about the charity work he does in the city. A video from 2014 has surfaced, in which Lynch takes the stage at a hip-hop show in Oakand. What he says is very touching. Via TMZ: Unfortunately your browser...
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Despite need at CB, the Steelers should be wary of recent first-round busts

I don’t think there’s anyone who covers or follows the Steelers that doesn’t think getting a top-flight cornerback somehow during the offseason should be a huge priority. Personally, I think free agency is the route to take here. Corner is one of the toughest positions to learn from college to the pros, and very rarely do rookie corners make an immediate impact. The delusion...
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You won’t believe what Warren Sapp paid prostitutes before being busted

(offtherecordsports.com) Let’s be real for a second. Warren Sapp was one hell of a football player. However, he was an awful analyst on NFL Network, and he got the short end of the stick in the looks department. So it’s no surprise he was dishing out some cash to a couple prostitutes in his Phoenix hotel room on February 2. Sapp apparently was very shrewd in negotiating the...
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