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  • Oldest former Bears player Siegal dies at 97

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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"

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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.

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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.

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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"

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

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

  • Bills sign rookies Miller, Williams to contracts

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    BASEBALLMIAMI (AP) Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected to replace Mike Redmond as the team's new manager. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed.Redmond was fired one-quarter of the way into his third season Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta. The defeat dropped Miami to 16-22, but team president David Samson said a change had been in the works since the Marlins started 3-11.

  • Panthers sign 2nd-round pick Funchess, 5 others

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Ex-NFL player, convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is charged with witness intimidation.

  • Steelers sign draft picks Grant and Chickillo among others

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    PREAKNESSBALTIMORE (AP) Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah, owned by Ahmed Zayat is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in an eight-horse field in the Preakness, and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza. Stablemate Dortmund, third in the Derby, is the second choice at 7-2, and Derby runner-up Firing Line is 4-1.

  • Arians goes back to the basics at rookie minicamp

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    NFLFOXBOROUGH, 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.

  • Panthers sign 1st rounder Thompson, 2 other draft picks

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    NFLNEW YORK (AP) An NFL investigation released Wednesday said that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably ''at least generally aware'' of the rules violations.

  • What's next for Brady, Patriots after 'Deflategate' report

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    BOXINGLAS VEGAS (AP) Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of two plaintiffs, identified as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.

  • Raiders cut ties with 8 players

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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!

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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'

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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?

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay selects Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with No. 1 pick in NFL draft.

  • The Latest: NFL draft opens

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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?

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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:

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- Tom Brady gave sneakers and autographed footballs to equipment staff. This trading of favors is common practice in locker rooms. There's no league policy against it, but now there are a whole lot of questions.

  • NFL draft diary: With draft upon him, Marpet tries to relax

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 27, 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.