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NFL notebook: Cardinals CB Peterson lands new $70M deal

By Wire Reports
Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. Just ask him. Not only did he tweet the terms of his new contract — five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed — he referred to himself as the highest paid at his position at least five times in the Cardinals …

NFL notebook: Browns receiver Josh Gordon hires lawyer to help with hearing

By Wire Reports
Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL. Facing an indefinite suspension, Cleveland’s talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person …

NFL notebook: Ex-Steeler Sanders picks Manning over Big Ben

By Wire Reports
Former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders spent the first four seasons of his career catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger. It’s only taken him a few months with the Broncos’ Peyton Manning to identify a key difference between the two star quarterbacks, …

Confident rookie quarterback Manziel erratic early with Browns

By Ralph N. Paulk
BEREA, Ohio — Amid the incessant chants of “Johnny, Johnny,” Cleveland Browns prized rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel played to an appreciative crowd of more than …

NFL notebook: Browns’ Pinkston still not at camp

By Wire Reports
The Browns are not saying much about the status of Jason Pinkston, according to NFL.com. The fourth-year guard and Baldwin graduate hasn’t been at either of the team’s training camp practices, and it’s unclear why. “Pinkston’s unavailable to practice, and …

Starkey: Goodell’s gutless ruling sign of times

By Joe Starkey
You see the headlines from other countries and shake your head … • “Pregnant Woman Sentenced to Death in Sudan For Her Religion.” — Amnesty …

NFL notebook: Packers WR Nelson gets $39M extension

By Åssociated Press
Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp. It didn’t take long for the rest of his teammates to find out. Green Bay’s leading receiver now has a deal commensurate with his …

NFL notebook: Colts RB Ballard suffers another season-ending injury

By Staff and Wire Reports
Colts running back Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles at training camp Friday and will miss the entire 2014 season, according to multiple reports. Ballard was injured on a pass play during Indy’s afternoon practice. After initially getting up and …

Well-traveled Clemons trying to find home with Carolina Panthers

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Toney Clemons can talk about practice more than Allen Iverson ever could. In his two-plus years since being drafted by the Steelers, Clemons has signed …

Ravens’ Rice must sit 1st 2 games

By The Associated Press
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic …

NFL notebook: Suspended Jaguars WR Blackmon arrested for pot

By Wire Reports
The Jaguars have no plans to part ways with troubled receiver Justin Blackmon. Owner Shad Khan made it clear Thursday that Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest. “We want to keep him as a player,” Khan …

NFL notebook: Broncos owner Bowlen has Alzheimer’s, steps down

By The Associated Press
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer’s disease. The 70-year-old Bowlen no longer will be a part of …

NFL notebook: Dungy clarifies Sam comments

By The Associated Press
ABC News reported that former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy attempted to clarify comments he made about Michael Sam, the openly gay linebacker who …

NFL notebook: Dungy says he would not have drafted Sam

By Wire Reports
Former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Rams defensive end Michael Sam. Sam, who is the first openly gay …

NFL notebook: League will limit pre-draft evaluations

By Wire Reports
The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed. Concerned about the record 107 underclassmen who applied for this year’s draft, and …

Bills’ GM Whaley, an Upper St. Clair native, goes all-in

By The Associated Press
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Pardon Doug Whaley for using a baseball analogy when discussing his all-in approach to transforming the Buffalo Bills into something he …