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Saturday
May022015

Jets Trade Up in Draft to Add Bryce Petty

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets made a quarterback controversy even more interesting when the team traded up in the fourth round to draft Bryce Petty of Baylor.

"That was the longest 48 hours I've ever had in my life," Petty told reporters after being drafted.

Petty said falling to the fourth round didn't bother him.

"No, not at all," he said. "That's part of it, when people question you. My job is to prove to the 31 other teams what they're missing out on."

Petty will be added to a depth chart that includes Geno Smith and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.

The Jets haven't named a starter, saying Smith and Fitzpatrick will compete in training camp. Coach Todd Bowles said Smith will go into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but he also said that it could change.


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Saturday
May022015

DeVante Parker's Mother Happy Her Son Not Drafted by the Browns

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- While former Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is happy to be an NFL player, his mother is especially happy he wasn't drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Parker was selected 14th overall by the Miami Dophins. The Browns had the 12th and 19th overall selections in the first round.

"We didn't want him going to Cleveland," Raneca Parker told the Miami Herald on Friday. "They don't have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn't want the Cleveland Browns.

"I know the teams he could go to and the teams he couldn't go to," Raneca Parker added. "We were happy with the Miami Dolphins. He was very ecstatic. We're happy, we love the weather."

During his senior season at Louisville, Parker caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns.


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Friday
May012015

Report: Rams Running Back Zac Stacy Requests Trade

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After drafting former Georgia running back Todd Gurley in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night, the St. Louis Rams backfield is very crowded all of the sudden.

As a result, running back Zac Stacy has reportedly requested a trade. He tweeted "Yikes" just moments after the selection. That tweet has since been deleted.

Not long after, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Stacy requested a trade, and the team is apparently open to doing just that.

It is unclear where Stacy fits in the team's offense.

Stacy had a very productive rookie year in 2013, when he rushed for 973 yards in 14 games along with seven touchdowns. He struggled mightily in his sophomore season, running just 293 yards on 76 attempts in 13 games.

The Rams selected Gurley, who is viewed by many as the best running back prospect in the draft, using the 10th pick in the draft.

Along with Gurley, the team also has running backs Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham.


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Wednesday
Apr292015

Sources: Bears Shopping TE Martellus Bennett

National Football League(CHICAGO) -- According to league sources, the Chicago Bears are entertaining offers for Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett. 

The Bears declined to comment about trading Bennett because the tight end is seeking a new contract and he does not plan to show up to camp with Chicago or anyone else unless he has a new deal.

Bennett is coming off a career year in 2014 in which he topped all NFL tight ends with 90 catches and also set personal bests with 1,038 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Bennett signed a four-year, $20.4 million deal with $9.215 million in guarantees on March 13, 2013. His compensation for 2015 is scheduled to include a $4.9 million base salary and $100,000 workout bonus.

Since joining the Bears, Bennett has 155 catches for 1,675 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Denounces NFL Draft Leaks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the NFL gets closer to the Draft, more and more information is leaked about perspective prospects, possibly to manipulate the draft boards. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert thinks it has to stop.

"I think it's horrible," Colbert added. "I think it's really bad for our profession when people use whatever means they use to get information out to try to influence the draft and they talk about a kid's test score, a kid's injury, a kid's character. I think that's awful. It's disrespectful to our profession, it's disrespectful to the game, it's disrespectful to the kid."

"We don't believe in mock drafts and what people are saying about other teams because so much of it is misinformation," he continued. "You'd just lose your mind trying to figure out what everyone's going to do. We're going to be true to what we do and feel good about it and live with it."

The first round of the NFL Draft is April 30.


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Monday
Apr272015

Mark Sanchez Explains Why the Eagles Signed Tim Tebow

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez isn't worried that his job is in jeopardy after the team signed Tim Tebow to a one-year deal.

"He's obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while [Sam Bradford] is still recovering," Sanchez told CSNPhilly.com. "So that's kind of the reason there [for the signing], at least as it was explained to me."

Sanchez and Tebow were both teammates back in 2012, but Tebow played sparingly.

After starting eight games for the Eagles in 2014, Sanchez re-signed with the Eagles for up to $16 million over two years.

"Coach Kelly knows what he's doing," Sanchez added. "Don't worry too much. It's only April. Things will fall into place. We'll be just fine."

Tebow last appeared in an NFL regular season game during his lone season with the Jets in 2012.


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Wednesday
Apr222015

Patriots Will Host Steelers to Open NFL Season

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots will begin the defense of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 in the Thursday night opener of the NFL's 2015 season.

New England opened as 6-point home favorites over Pittsburgh, according to the Westgate SuperBook. The Steelers will play the game without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who is suspended for the first three games of the season.

The Thursday game will be one of five primetime games in which the Patriots and Steelers will play -- tied for the most with the Baltimore RavensDallas CowboysDenver BroncosGreen Bay PackersIndianapolis ColtsNew York GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Patriots Nate Solder Reveals He Was Diagnosed with Cancer in 2014

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass) -- New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder revealed that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014, and also underwent treatment during that time.

The 27-year-old Solder had one testicle removed, yet still managed to play every game for the team this past season.

"Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn't have checked it, saying, 'Oh, it's just in my head, I'm going to be fine,'" he said.

After his diagnosis, Solder said he took to the Internet to find out more about testicular cancer.

"I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise," Solder explained. "You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, 'I'm not going to freak out about this.'"

"I was completely healthy, I'm a professional athlete. It can happen to anybody," he added. "Make sure you get yourself checked out, especially young men, because that's who it's really targeted toward."

Solder was the 17th overall selection by the Patriots during the 2011 Draft.


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Friday
Apr172015

Browns' Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in Rehab

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization. 

"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues.  "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process.

"I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes.

The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts.


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Thursday
Apr162015

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The rewards of playing in the NFL may be fleeting for some of the players who choose to put their bodies at risk.

A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the thousands of players drafted into the NFL during the years of 1996 through 2003, almost 16% of them declared bankruptcy within 12 years of retirement.

"Moreover, bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player's total earnings or career length. Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt," researchers concluded.

For example, Terrell Owens, a six-time pro bowler drafted in 1996, made an estimated $80 million during his 15-season NFL career and filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

Researchers examined NFL players' financial behavior to test the traditional life-cycle model of savings. That theory claims that people optimize their consumption over their entire lifetimes, which would indicate that NFL players would have set aside a large portion of their income for when they retired from the league.

"Our findings are different from what the life-cycle model predicts," the study wrote.

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