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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson (87) catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers' Daryl Worley (26) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. The Oakland Raiders are shuffling wide receivers, signing free agent Nelson and releasing Michael Crabtree. A person familiar with the moves says Nelson has agreed to a two-year contract on Thursday, March 15, 2018, after spending more than a day meeting with the former Packers star. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
March 15, 2018 - 7:31 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are shuffling wide receivers, signing free agent Jordy Nelson and releasing Michael Crabtree. Nelson signed a two-year contract Thursday after the Raiders spent more than a day meeting with the former Green Bay Packers star. Oakland is also cutting ties...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The Packers released Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ top targets in the passing game, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
March 15, 2018 - 6:40 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are shuffling wide receivers, signing free agent Jordy Nelson and releasing Michael Crabtree. A person familiar with the move says Nelson agreed to a two-year contract Thursday after the Raiders spent more than a day meeting with the former Green Bay...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, London. Drake helped video game streaming platform Twitch break its record for the most-viewed stream by joining gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to play "Fortnite." There were 630,000 concurrent viewers of the popular game at its peak Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)
March 15, 2018 - 5:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy Award-winning rapper Drake helped Twitch break its record for the most-viewed stream by joining gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to play "Fortnite." There were 630,000 concurrent viewers at its peak on the live-streaming platform Wednesday. The rapper and singer says he's been...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Landover, Md. Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is predictably the top priority on Minnesota’s offseason shopping list. Cousins will visit with the Vikings on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, after the league year begins, his agent Mike McCartney said. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)
March 15, 2018 - 4:57 pm
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The leverage of free agency in his prime brought Kirk Cousins the market-setting contract with Minnesota. Now the Vikings have their latest franchise quarterback to try to secure that elusive first Super Bowl victory with. The Vikings wrapped up their welcome party with an $84...
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FILE - This 2013 file photo shows New York Jets running back Joe McKnight. The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road-rage shooting death of former NFL running back McKnight faces sentencing in Louisiana. Fifty-six-year-old Ronald Gasser could get up to 40 years in prison when court convenes Thursday, March 15, 2018, in suburban New Orleans. (AP Photo/File)
March 15, 2018 - 12:45 am
GRETNA, La. (AP) — The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road-rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight faces sentencing in a suburban New Orleans courtroom on Thursday. Ronald Gasser, 56, could get up to 40 years in prison. Gasser was convicted Jan. 26. Defense lawyers...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (90) tackles San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Panthers have announced they have re-signed free agent defensive end Julius Peppers to a one-year contract. A person familiar with the situation says the deal is for $5 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the team does not release financial terms of contracts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 14, 2018 - 6:19 pm
All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began. Of course, teams needed to clear salary cap space or rejigger their ledgers to make it work, and they'll still be doing so for months. While the likes of Drew Brees,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills' Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Star Lotulelei (98) in the second half of an NFL football game, in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation confirms to The Associated Press that free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing won't become official until the NFL's business year opens on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
March 14, 2018 - 4:17 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills general manager Brandon Beane wasn't fooling around when saying he had a lot of work to do shortly after Buffalo enjoyed its first playoff appearance in 18 years. The transformation Beane began during his first season on the job continued into Wednesday. That's when...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Cleveland. Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL, ending a career in which he exemplified durability, dependability and dominance. A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas announced his decision Wednesday, March 14, 2018, after spending several months contemplating whether to come back following a season-ending injury.(AP Photo/David Richard, File)
March 14, 2018 - 2:12 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL, ending a career in which he exemplified durability, dependability and dominance. A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas announced his decision Wednesday after spending several months contemplating whether...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is stopped by Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) and cornerback Aaron Colvin (22) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jaguars Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
March 13, 2018 - 9:23 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Posluszny left the game the same way he played — with the utmost class. The veteran middle linebacker retired Tuesday after 11 NFL seasons with Buffalo and Jacksonville, calling it quits because he can "no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable." Posluszny...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. Butler's agent says he has agreed to a five-year deal worth more than $60 million with the Tennessee Titans. Derek Simpson told The Associated Press on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, that Butler will sign the deal including $30 million guaranteed once free agency begins. The Tennessee Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
March 13, 2018 - 8:15 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cornerback Malcolm Butler's agent says Butler and the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a five-year deal worth more than $60 million. Derek Simpson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Butler will sign the deal, which includes more than $30 million guaranteed, once free...
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