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Saints Fire Three Assistants, Rob Ryan Awaits Future

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- The New Orleans Saints fired three assistant coaches on Friday and the future of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan remains to be seen.

New Orleans parted ways with tight ends coach Terry Malone, receivers coach Henry Ellard and assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis, the NFL Network reports.

"My family and I have loved making New Orleans our home for past nine years," the longtime coach Malone said in a statement Saturday. "We have always felt like part of the family with the Saints, in the community, in the schools and in our Catholic Church. Never dreamed we would have all four of our kids graduate from high school here, two LSU grads and a Super Bowl experience ... The Malones are truly blessed! Now we start our next chapter, but will always consider Nola home. God Bless."

The Saints defense finished 31st in points allowed under Ryan's watch and failed to make the playoffs.

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Calvin Johnson: 'We Need to Win a Super Bowl'

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team needs to come through big in 2014.

Johnson joined the NFL Network on Wednesday and said the expectations are simple, Super Bowl or bust.

"We need to win a Super Bowl," Johnson said. "That's the No. 1 thing. That's the No. 1 thing [and] should be for every team going into the beginning of the year."

"We're definitely in a place where we feel we could do that."

Johnson will be playing for new head coach Jim Caldwell after the Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz in the offseason.

"It's an overall change and vibe here, and we love it," Johnson said of working under Caldwell. "We're going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he's helped bring us together, and we're doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going."

Johnson had 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and pulled in 12 touchdowns last season.

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Richard Sherman on New Contract: It's 'All About Respect'

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Seattle Seahawks have shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman, who is entering the final year of his contract this season. The team and Sherman are in ongoing discussions, but the two sides are far apart, reports ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder.

Sherman is due $1.4 million this season and had 18 pass deflections to go along with eight interceptions, including his biggest in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers to clinch their Super Bowl berth.

"Whatever they feel I am due. I will take it as respect," Sherman told NFL Network on Wednesday. "It's all about respect in this game and the only way people show respect is the dollars. We'll see what happens."

The New England Patriots signed cornerback Darrelle Revis during the offseason to a one-year deal for $12 million and Sherman could command even more than that.

Seattle will open up the season on Sept. 4 at home against the Green Bay Packers.

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Staubach: 'I'd Go for Manziel' with No. 1 Pick

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach would take former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel over former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in the NFL Draft.

"I think Manziel is a Russell Wilson-type player," Staubach said on the NFL Network on Wednesday.  "He doesn't have the height, he has a strong arm, he throws with accuracy."

"I just think there's something about this kid -- the quickness. Today in the league the quarterbacks can slide. I think Manziel's going to be valuable player in the NFL," Staubach continued.

"Clowney is also going to be a great player, but you need a quarterback," the Hall of Famer added.  "They're looking for a quarterback; I'd go for Manziel."

The Houston Texans have the No. 1 pick in May's draft.

Staubach was drafted in the tenth round of the 1964 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys and went onto win two Super Bowls in four appearances.

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Devin Hester Won't Play for Bears in 2014

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Dynamic punt returner and wide receiver Devin Hester won't be back with the Chicago Bears in 2014.

Hester will become an unrestricted free agent after eight seasons in the windy city.

"From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester told the NFL Network on Wednesday. "All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They've always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn't have played for a better city than those guys. At the end of my career, I do want to retire as a member of the Bears."

The three-time Pro Bowler tied Hall of Famer Deon Sanders' NFL record with 19 returns for touchdowns last season and brought back 13 of them for punt returns.

"To all my Chicago people ... I can't thank you all enough for my time in Chicago," Hester posted later on his Facebook page. "I've always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don't work out the way we would like. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together ... no matter where I am. Thank you again and God Bless."

The Bears have signed 10 players who were set to hit the unrestricted free agent market.

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Ed Reed Aiming for Week 1 Return

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Texans safety Ed Reed plans on playing in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers. 

Reed underwent hip surgery in April, but isn't pushing himself just yet.

"I know I'm probably ahead of schedule but at the same time I have to take it slow," Reed told the NFL Network's NFL AM on Thursday.  "It's definitely been a challenge but I'm always up for that, it's in my blood. I'm a challenger at heart."

Reed won a Super Bowl last season with the Baltimore Ravens and was brought over to provide leadership on the team.

"My whole plan, my focus, like I told (general manager) Rick Smith... I told him my plan, my goal is to be there that first game. I will be there the first game. I don't look for anything being different, unless me and the team, coach (Gary) Kubiak, decide to do things differently," he said. "If we do that, that's about being smart because at the end of the day, it's about being there in November, December, January, February when we are making that trip to New York (for the Super Bowl)."

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Adrian Peterson Wants to Shatter Rushing Record

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he feels he can shatter the all-time rushing record. He told the magazine that he's got a goal set at 2,500 yards, which would crush Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105.

"It's definitely out there. I feel like it's definitely attainable," Peterson told the NFL Network. "... Enjoy this last year because the record's going down, with ease."

Peterson fell nine yards short of Dickerson's record last season, but also has set out goals for the team.

"I want a couple rings," Peterson said. "We've got to start at one and we need to get that one this year. We have the potential to get to the Super Bowl and win. It's just all about coming together."

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Ahmad Bradshaw Rips Giants Team Effort 

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After being cut by the New York Giants last week, running back Ahmad Bradshaw would still be open to returning to Big Blue.

New York dumped Bradshaw to get out from under his current salary, despite Bradshaw ranking sixth on the team's career rushing list with 4,232 yards.

When asked why the team fell short of defending their Super Bowl title this past season, Bradshaw said on the NFL Network Wednesday, "Everybody seemed to think the season would come together in one game. We didn’t have the chemistry we had the year before.

"…We didn’t play together, take advantage of the opportunities we had," he added. "Everyone thought the games would just be handed to us. It was a tough season.”

Bradshaw also said he would not rule out playing for the New York Jets.

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Brett Favre Not Worried by Bounties

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the topic of bounties remain a big story in the NFL, retired quarterback Brett Favre has been brought up as one of the targets of those bounties but isn't bothered about that.

Instead, Favre told the NFL Network he is more upset that he was unable to bring a ring to Minnesota during the NFC Championship game against the Saints in 2010.

"My feeling, and I mean this wholeheartedly, is that I really don't care," Favre said in an interview with NFL Network. "What bothers me is we didn't win the game. And they didn't take me out of the game. They came close, but a lot of people have come close.

"I'm too stubborn to come out. Plus, that was kind of a big game. I'm not going to sit the last three minutes. I'm going to go out there with bones sticking out of the skin, I'm going to finish it."

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Eagles Coach Reid Defends Jackson, Rips NFL Network

NFL via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, speaking to reporters a day after his team lost 31-14 to the Seattle Seahawks, criticized the NFL Network, which aired the game, for portraying Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson as disinterested on the sidelines.

"Very disappointed in the NFL Network.  Very, very disappointed in the way they portrayed that," Reid said.  "DeSean was all in in that game.  He had a great attitude during that game.  You can take a camera and you can make things look any way you want to make them look."

Jackson had four catches for 34 yards in the loss.  The Eagles fell to 4-8 on the season.

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