Panthers' Rivera: Cam Newton is as healthy as he's been in long time
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(2/19/2015) Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn't discuss the contract status of Cam Newton, but told reporters during his combine press conference on Thursday that he is not in the market for a quarterback. The team appears to be sold on Newton, who is entering the final year of his four-year, $22,025,498 rookie contract, according to ESPN. He is due to make $14.67 million in 2015.

Rivera noted that he recently met with Newton and that he is as healthy as he has been in a very long time. Newton, No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft, threw for 3,127 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2014.


Seahawks GM Schneider: Jeremy Lane needs knee surgery
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(2/19/2015) Seahawks general manager John Schneider told reporters that nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane will require offseason knee surgery that could keep him out of the start of the 2015, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Lane suffered a broken arm on an interception return in the first quarter of Seattle's Super Bowl loss against New England. Lane torn his ACL on the same play, the Seattle Times reports.

Lane spent the first half of the 2014 season on injured reserve with a groin injury. He was limited to seven games, registering 13 tackles and one fumble recovery.


Texans GM Smith: Jadeveon Clowney could be ready for training camp
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(2/19/2015) Texans general manager Rick Smith reiterated during his Thursday combine press conference that outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney's rehab from microfracture surgery has gone "well," and added that training camp and Week 1 are "within the normal timetable for his recovery process," per the Houston Chronicle.

Smith said that Clowney's first six weeks of rehab were really key, because he wasn't able to apply any pressure on his knee. Now that his rehab is on track, he expects Clowney to make a major impact next season.

Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, played in just four games, making seven tackles, after dealing with numerous injuries. Coach Bill O'Brien refused to categorize Clowney's rookie campaign as a lost season.


Ravens' Harbaugh: I believe a deal with Haloti Ngata will get done
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(2/19/2015) Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters he has no doubt that the team will come terms with Haloti Ngata on an extension this offseason.

"He wants to be here. We want him here. It's just a matter of [senior vice president of football administration] Pat Moriarty and [agent] Mike McCartney coming to terms on something that Haloti feels great about and the organization feels great about," Harbaugh told WNST at the combine Wednesday.

"I'm real confident we can get that done. I really believe it will get done. I don't have any doubt in my mind it'll get done, but it's got to get done."

A report last week surfaced that the Ravens informed Ngata that he'll need to take a pay cut if he wants to play for the team in 2015. Ngata, 31, is scheduled to make a team-high $16 million in 2015, and a contract extension could clear some cap space for the Ravens.


Lions GM: We're 'very optimistic' about re-signing Ndamukong Suh
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(2/18/2015) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters he's "very optimistic" that the club will re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this offseason, per RTV6 in Indianapolis.

"We're negotiating right now," Mayhew said. "I feel good about it. He likes the situation in Detroit."

Barring a franchise or transition tag, Suh is set to hit the market when the league year begins on March 10. The Lions will reportedly have a cap charge of $9,737,500 in 2015 for Suh regardless of whether he re-signs with the team, is franchised or moves on to another team.

Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, completed his fifth season in the NFL. He has totaled 181 tackles, 36 sacks and one interception in his career.


Cardinals expected to reach out to Darnell Dockett to discuss his contract
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(2/18/2015) Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told reporters the team missed Darnell Dockett in 2014, and that he'll reach out to the defensive lineman to discuss his contract, reports the Arizona Republic.

Dockett was lost for the season in August with a torn ACL. He has been with the Cardinals since 2004, registering 459 tackles, 40 1/2 sacks and seven forced fumbles. He has one year remaining on his current contract.


Steelers GM on Worilds: 'Maybe he comes back, maybe he moves on'
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(2/18/2015) Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert reiterated his team's desire to bring back Jason Worilds next season, per NFL.

"Maybe he comes back, maybe he moves on," Colbert said during Tuesday's combine press conference. "We'd love to have him back if it all fits."

Worilds turned in a productive 2014 campaign, registering 59 tackles with 7 1/2 sacks in all 16 games.


Eagles' Nate Allen on being detained: 'It's disgusting' to be linked to this
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(2/17/2015) Eagles safety Nate Allen told The News-Press on Tuesday that he denies any wrongdoing that caused him to spend five hours in a holding cell in Fort Myers on Monday night. Allen was detained after police were informed that one or two teen-aged girls saw Allen perform a lewd act to himself at red light.

"It's disgusting to even be associated with something like this," Allen said. "Just the fact that there's an accusation with my name, about doing something that repulsive.

"The whole time I was sitting there in this holding cell, I'm thinking, 'Football isn't even worth all this.' I don't even like considering myself a celebrity. I hate how people idolize us. Because this is the type of stuff that comes with being idolized.

"This is the stuff that comes from it."

Allen has not been charged with a crime, but the investigation remains ongoing at this time. The 27-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent next month after making $3 million last season for the Eagles. He played 15 games in 2014, registering 62 tackles and four interceptions.


Report: Giants prefer to use franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul
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(2/17/2015) The Giants are reportedly negotiating to place the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, reports Steve Serby of the New York Post. The Giants prefer to lock Pierre-Paul up to a deal worth approximately $11 million annually.

Last season, he racked up 77 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks, his best numbers since his breakout 2011 All-Pro campaign. Pierre-Paul will turn 26 at the end of February.


Report: Texans not expected to 'break bank' on Kareem Jackson
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(2/17/2015) On Monday, defensive back Kareem Jackson said on Sirius XM radio on Monday he'd prefer to sign with the Texans and not be tagged. However, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans don't plan on breaking the bank or using the franchise tag on the unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Jackson, who turned down a deal before the start of the 2014 season, is expected to command the most lucrative contract out of all impending Houston free agents if he hits the market. However, the Texans have not used the tag since 2008, and don't plan on doing so this offseason, per the report.

The five-year starter for the Texans totaled 57 tackles with three interceptions and nine passes defended in 2014.


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