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  • NFL notebook: Bills' Watkins doubtful for start of camp
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will likely miss the start of training camp but expects to be ready for the start of the regular season after undergoing offseason foot surgery.

    • Watkins underwent the surgery in April to repair a broken bone in his left foot. Watkins told ESPN that the team might not let him participate when camp opens.

      "You never know. Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab," Watkins said during a charity bowling event in Charlotte, N.C. "Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."

      Earlier this month, Watkins said at an event in Toronto that he would "definitely be available" for training camp.

      Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters in mid-June that the plan is to be smart about Watkins' injury.

      --The Houston Texans agreed to terms with first-round wide receiver Will Fuller to a four-year rookie contract, according to multiple reports Sunday.

      Fuller, 22, is projected to sign a $10.164 million contract that includes a $5.592 million signing bonus and a first-year salary-cap figure of $1.848 million under the slotting system for rookies, the Houston Chronicle reported.

      The deal includes the standard fifth-year team option for first-round draft picks.

      Fuller, drafted 21st overall out of Notre Dame, caught 144 career passes for 2,512 yards and 30 touchdowns with the Fighting Irish.

      Fuller caught 62 passes for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns last season as a junior before declaring early for the draft. The speedy receiver averaged 20.3 yards per catch last season.

      The 6-foot, 172-pound Fuller ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at 4.32.

      --Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has purchased a guitar that Prince used in numerous concerts for $137,500.

      Irsay made the purchase on the "Yellow Cloud" electric guitar at an auction in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, the Associated Press reported.

      Heritage Auctions said the Prince guitar was a favorite of the late musician from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.

      Prince died on April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

  • Bills WR Watkins doubtful for start of training camp
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will likely miss the start of training camp but expects to be ready for the start of the regular season after undergoing offseason foot surgery.

    • Watkins underwent the surgery in April to repair a broken bone in his left foot.

      Watkins told ESPN that the team might not let him participate when camp opens.

      "You never know. Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab," Watkins said during a charity bowling event in Charlotte, N.C. "Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."

      Earlier this month, Watkins told Canada-based TSN following an event in Toronto that he would "definitely be available" for training camp.

      ESPN reported in May that Watkins would sit out the entire preseason and be ready at the start of the season.

      "I ain't got nothing to say about that, really," Watkins said. "You never know. Be very skeptical about it. Hopefully I'll be back. If I'm not, then cool. Get ready for the first game."

      Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters in mid-June that the plan is to be smart about Watkins' injury.

      "I am sure he is going to get some work [in training camp]," Ryan said. "It is just we don't have a definitive date."

  • Colts owner Irsay buys Prince guitar for $137,500
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has purchased a guitar that Prince used in numerous concerts for $137,500.

    • Irsay made the purchase on the "Yellow Cloud" electric guitar at an auction in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, the Associated Press reported.

      Heritage Auctions said the Prince guitar was a favorite of the late musician from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.

      Prince died on April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

      Irsay, a collector of musical instruments, spent about $2 million in December on a Ringo Starr drum set, allowing him to complete a Beatles collection that also included guitars previously owned by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.

  • Texans sign first-round WR Fuller
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    The Houston Texans agreed to terms with first-round wide receiver Will Fuller to a four-year rookie contract, according to multiple reports Sunday.

    • Fuller is projected to sign a $10.164 million contract that includes a $5.592 million signing bonus and a first-year salary-cap figure of $1.848 million under the slotting system for rookies, the Houston Chronicle reported.

      The deal includes the standard fifth-year team option for first-round draft picks.

      Fuller, drafted 21st overall out of Notre Dame, caught 144 career passes for 2,512 yards and 30 touchdowns with the Fighting Irish.

      Fuller, 22, caught 62 passes for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns last season as a junior before declaring early for the draft. The speedy receiver averaged 20.3 yards per catch last season.

      The 6-foot, 172-pound Fuller ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at 4.32.

      Fuller and fellow rookie Braxton Miller will join Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as targets for new quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was signed to a four-year, $72 million contract during the offseason.

      The Texans now have deals with their entire 2016 draft class.

  • NFL notebook: Manziel's father calls son 'druggie'
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    Even Johnny Manziel's father says jail might be the best place for his son.

    • In a statement to ESPN, Paul Manziel says his son is a "druggie" and pleas for his son to come to his senses and get meaningful help.

      "He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie. I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say. I don't know what else to say. I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we'll see."

      The 23-year-old Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year and has been seen mostly in partying situations. He faces charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.

      "I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail," Paul Manziel said. "I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we'll see."

      Manziel's attorney, Bob Hinton, has indicated that he will seek a plea deal for his client. In what has been described as an inadvertent text sent to the Associated Press, Hinton said, "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle."

      --Based on season-ticket sales, the Rams are a hit in their return to Los Angeles.

      Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said the Rams have already sold 63,000 season tickets. The team's goal is to sell 70,000 season tickets and leave the remaining seats for single-game sales.

      The Rams will play home games in the Los Angeles Coliseum for three years during the construction of their $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The team plans to configure the Coliseum at a capacity of 80,000, although the stadium can be extended to 90,000 fans.

      "This has really been a labor of love over the past five months to get this team up and running in every facet," Demoff told the Ventura County Star said. "Our group has been working tirelessly. I must say, the warm reception we have received from everybody in this community has been unbelievable."

      The Rams' move to the Los Angeles area from St. Louis was approved by the 32 NFL owners on Jan. 12. The team recently completed its offseason training camp at Oxnard, Calif., and will hold training camp later this summer at UC Irvine.

      --Former Seattle and Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Kissimmee, Fla.

      Jackson is accused of pulling a gun on a woman -- reported to be his wife -- and threatening her while vacationing at a resort. The charge is a third degree felony. He was booked in a county jail and posted bond Friday.

      Jackson was intoxicated when he returned to the resort around midnight, according to the police report. He allegedly kicked in the upstairs bedroom door and began yelling at the woman, who went downstairs and grabbed a knife.

      Jackson, according to the arrest report, grabbed a loaded gun from a bag and pointed the gun at the woman saying, "I'll kill you."

      A witness in the house quickly grabbled the weapon away from Jackson.

      Jackson spent his first five seasons with Minnesota, went to Seattle, Buffalo and back to the Seahawks.

  • Rams' season-ticket sales hit 63,000
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    Based on season-ticket sales, the Rams are a hit in their return to Los Angeles.

    • Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said the Rams have already sold 63,000 season tickets. The team's goal is to sell 70,000 season tickets and leave the remaining seats for single-game sales.

      The Rams will play home games in the Los Angeles Coliseum for three years during the construction of their new stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The team plans to configure the Coliseum at a capacity of 80,000, although the stadium can be extended to 90,000 fans.

      "This has really been a labor of love over the past five months to get this team up and running in every facet," Demoff told the Ventura County Star said. "Our group has been working tirelessly. I must say, the warm reception we have received from everybody in this community has been unbelievable."

      The Rams' move to the Los Angeles area from St. Louis was approved by the 32 NFL owners on Jan. 12. The team recently completed its offseason training camp at Oxnard, Calif., and will hold training camp later this summer at UC Irvine.

      The Rams have been awarded Super Bowl LV in 2021, which will be played at owner Stan Kroenke's $2.6 billion privately funded stadium and entertainment complex in Inglewood.

  • Ex-QB Jackson charged with aggravated assault
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    Former Seattle and Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was arrested and charged early Friday morning with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Kissimmee, Fla.

    • Jackson is accused of pulling a gun on a woman -- reported to be his wife -- and threatening her while vacationing at a resort. The charge is a third degree felony.

      He was booked in a county jail and posted bond later Friday afternoon.

      Jackson was intoxicated when he returned to the resort around midnight, according to the police report. He allegedly kicked in the upstairs bedroom door and began yelling at the woman, who went downstairs and grabbed a knife.

      Jackson, according to the arrest report, grabbed a loaded gun from a bag and pointed the gun at the woman saying, "I'll kill you."

      A witness in the house quickly grabbled the weapon away from Jackson.

      According to the police report, there were three children asleep in bedrooms in the house.

      Jackson, when confronted by police, said he did not have a gun.

      Jackson later admitted to having a gun but said he never pointed it at the woman, who replied, "You better be accurate because you ain't accurate on the field."

      Jackson spent his first five seasons with Minnesota, went to Seattle, Buffalo and back to the Seahawks.

  • Father: "Manziel is a druggie''
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Even Johnny Manziel's father says jail might be the best place for his son.

    • In a statement to ESPN, Paul Manziel says his son is a "druggie" and pleas for his son to come to his senses and get meaningful help.

      "He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie. I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say. I don't know what else to say. I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we'll see."

      The 23-year-old Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year and has been seen mostly in partying situations. He faces charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.

      "I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail," Paul Manziel said. "I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we'll see."

      Manziel's attorney, Bob Hinton, has indicated that he will seek a plea deal for his client. In what has been described as an inadvertent text sent to The Associated Press, Hinton said, "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle."

      Manziel was involved in a hit-and-run earlier this week in Dallas.

      Hinton's accidental text also included that he "was given a receipt by a colleague that purports to show (Johnny) Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia shop 15 hours" after the hit-and-run.

  • NFL stadium would cost Las Vegas taxpayers plenty
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Multiple reports state that if Las Vegas, which was just awarded an NHL franchise this week, wants a second major pro team, it is going to be costly.

    • The price tag to lure the NFL's Raiders from Oakland could cost taxpayers $750 million, the biggest public contribution ever made for the construction of a football stadium.

      That would leave about $650 million to be paid by private contributions.

      According to Bloomberg.com, an economic adviser to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval would like to reduce the public contribution to $500 million.

      Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who is spearheading the NFL Vegas effort, wants the public money, which would be financed with municipal bonds, paid off by hotel taxes. The money would go toward a domed football stadium.

      The Raiders and owner Mark Davis have sought a new publicly funded stadium from the city of Oakland, but Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is not willing to put taxpayers on the hook.

  • NFL notebook: League to interview players named in PED report
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The NFL plans to interview players named in an Al-Jazeera America report last year linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.

    • Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will be interviewed in July, according to a letter obtained by media outlets on Friday.

      NFL senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch has informed the NFL Players Association that the league will meet with the three players at the start of training camp.

      The Packers open camp on July 26 and the Steelers begin on July 29.

      The NFL's interview for former Packers linebacker Mike Neal, currently a free agent, is scheduled to take place on or before July 22, according to the letter.

      Now-retired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was the highest-profile name linked to PEDs in the Al-Jazeera America documentary that aired in December. The report alleged that Manning was given a supply of human growth hormone in 2011 from an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic. As a retired player, Manning is no longer a member of the players union.

      --Kicker Shaun Suisham was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

      Suisham was trying to come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, an injury incurred in the preseason opener last August. The Steelers released him with a "failed physical" designation.

      --The Cleveland Browns signed fourth-round linebacker Joe Schobert to a four-year rookie contract.

      The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Schobert started 28 games at Wisconsin after arriving as a walk-on. He earned All-American honors in 2015.

      --Former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson was shot and hospitalized and authorities allege he was naked when trying to break into a home in Portland, Ore.

      The Oregonian said police claim Wilson was trying to break into a window in the back of a multi-million dollar home in Multhonah County when the homeowner shot Wilson, 33, and caused non-fatal injuries requiring hospitalization.

      Wilson last played in the NFL in 2008.

      --The Atlanta Falcons are "pretty confident" the new $1.5 billion stadium will open by June 1, 2017, but they have a contingency plan just in case.

      Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said there would be alternate sites available if construction delays 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2017 preseason.

      "We would have options," McKay said. "You've obviously got the University of Georgia. You've got Georgia Tech. But I wouldn't say that we view this as ... it's not even a consideration of something we've looked into. We're very confident in June 1, so we don't view it as a problem. But we have alternatives."

      --The Denver Broncos' public relations staff has been selected as the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America.

      The Rozelle Award is given to the NFL club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. The award is named for Rozelle, NFL commissioner from 1960-89 who started his career in sports PR roles.

  • Browns sign fourth-round LB Schobert
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Cleveland Browns signed fourth-round linebacker Joe Schobert to a four-year rookie contract Friday.

    • The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Schobert started 28 games at Wisconsin after arriving as a walk-on. He earned All-American honors in 2015, along with being named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and the Jimmy Demetral Team MVP.

      Schobert played in 45 career games at Wisconsin, recording 172 tackles, 13.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

      The Browns have now signed 13 of their 14 draft picks. Third-round defensive end Carl Nassib is still unsigned.

  • NFL to interview players named in Al-Jazeera report on PEDs
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The NFL plans to interview players named in an Al-Jazeera America report last year linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.

    • Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will be interviewed in July, according to a letter obtained by media outlets on Friday.

      NFL senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch has informed the NFL Players Association that the league will meet with the three players at the start of training camp.

      The Packers open camp on July 26 and the Steelers begin on July 29.

      The NFL's interview for former Packers linebacker Mike Neal, currently a free agent, is scheduled to take place on or before July 22, according to the letter.

      Now-retired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was the highest-profile name linked to PEDs in the Al-Jazeera America documentary that aired in December. The report alleged that Manning was given a supply of human growth hormone in 2011 from an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic.

      As a retired player, Manning is no longer a member of the players union. He has vehemently denied accusations he used human-growth hormone or PEDs during his recovery from neck surgery in 2011.

      Manning was not mentioned in the letter but a source told USA Today Sports that the NFL investigation is still progressing.

      Four weeks after winning the second Super Bowl title of his 18-year NFL career, Manning officially decided to ride off into the sunset, announcing his retirement in March.

      The allegations in the Al-Jazeera report were made by Charlie Sly, a former anti-aging clinic intern who was secretly videotaped as part of the documentary. Sly has since recanted.

      "On January 11, 2016, the league notified Messrs. Peppers, Neal, Matthews and Harrison that it had initiated an investigation following the airing of the Al-Jazeera America documentary, which raised serious issues concerning their possible violation of the NFL/NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," Birch wrote in the letter to the players' union. "The players were further advised that, with their full and timely cooperation, the investigation would be conducted expeditiously and with minimal disruption.

      "While the investigation has proceeded, we have yet to interview the players. We have attempted since early April to work through the NFLPA to schedule them, but despite multiple requests the NFLPA has failed to respond, except to seek reconsideration of the basis for the investigation. This continuing delay and avoidance has obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation.

      "In fairness to all, including the players involved, we must move forward with the interviews. Accordingly, this will advise that the interviews of Messrs. Peppers, Matthews and Harrison will be scheduled for the first day of their respective training camps, and the interview of Mr. Neal (free agent) will take place on or before July 22. The players will be advised of the specific scheduling details by separate correspondence on which the NFLPA will be copied, and of course an NFLPA representative may attend each interview should the player so request."

  • Broncos' PR staff wins Rozelle Award
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Denver Broncos' public relations staff has been selected as the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America.

    • The Super Bowl champion Broncos, the 27th Rozelle Award winners, earned the award for the third time in club history and the second time in three seasons, the PFWA announced Friday. Denver's PR staff won the inaugural award in 1990 and again in 2014.

      Other 2016 nominees for the Rozelle Award were the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

      The Rozelle Award is given to the NFL club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. The award is named for Rozelle, NFL commissioner from 1960-89 who started his career in sports PR roles.

      Denver's PR department is led by Patrick Smyth (vice president of public relations), assisted by Erich Schubert (senior manager of media relations), Seth Medvin (media relations coordinator) and Rebecca Villaneuva (corporate communications manager). The department also was assisted by interns Brock Anderson and Anne Noland.

      The announcement came one day after Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway was selected as the 2016 Jack Horrigan Award winner. The Horrigan Award is given to the league or club official for his or her qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job.

  • Former CB Wilson shot during naked break-in
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson was shot and hospitalized and authorities allege he was naked when trying to break into a home in Portland, Oregon.

    • The Oregonian said police claim Wilson was trying to break into a window in the back of a multi-million dollar home in Multhonah County when the homeowner shot Wilson, 33, and caused non-fatal injuries requiring hospitalization.

      Wilson last played in the NFL in 2008.

      The incident took place Wednesday but Steve Alexander, the sheriff's captain on duty, said details are not being made available regarding the circumstances of the case.

      Wilson was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree trespassing.

      Wilson was a third-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Stanford.

  • Falcons have contingency plan if new stadium delayed
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Atlanta Falcons are "pretty confident" the new $1.5 billion stadium will open by June 1, 2017, but they have a contingency plan just in case.

    • Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said there would be alternate sites available if construction delays 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2017 preseason.

      "We're pretty confident in our timetable," McKay said Thursday. "June 1 is a good date for us. We're working pretty confidently towards that date, and we feel very good about it. I would say that we've really picked up the pace on steel. You see the steel going up. We're in a pretty good place.

      "We would have options. You've obviously got the University of Georgia. You've got Georgia Tech. But I wouldn't say that we view this as ... it's not even a consideration of something we've looked into. We're very confident in June 1, so we don't view it as a problem. But we have alternatives."

      McKay's assessment came during a media tour of the new stadium, which is under construction next to the Georgia Dome, the Falcons' current home.

      The Georgia Dome won't be an option for the 2017 preseason because the last event there will take place in March, with the first phase of demolition scheduled next summer.

      The completion date was originally set for March 1, 2017, but was pushed back three months earlier this year because of issues with the steel structures that will support the retractable roof and the video boards.

  • Bills' owner: NFL asked about stadium plans
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Bills owner Terry Pegula was asked about plans to build a new stadium in Buffalo but did not have an immediate answer for the NFL.

    • "We'll look into that," Pegula told WGR 550. "We're a different market than (Los Angeles), right?"

      Western New Yorker Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, said the Bills are under pressure to stay current with modern stadiums. But Pegula said political leaders and taxpayers would be involved in any decisions to make changes to Ralph Wilson Stadium, even as pressure mounts from other owners.

      "I think they think we need a new stadium, that's where they're coming from," Pegula said. "You listen to that and you make your own judgment. Our stadium is one of the older venues in the league, if not the oldest."

      Arrowhead Stadium and Soldier Field are older than Buffalo's structure, which underwent $130 million renovations in 2014. Pegula would not rule out a major overhaul to the existing stadium, with a lease that expires in 2022.

      "We're not going to make any hasty decisions," Pegula stressed Wednesday. "We're evaluating."

      Moving from Orchard Park is not necessarily under consideration at this time, but Pegula has been a driving force in developing Buffalo's downtown around the NHL stadium, first Niagara Center.

  • Broncos LB Miller playing waiting game
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Von Miller and the Denver Broncos have made no progress toward a contract with the July 15 deadline fast approaching.

    • Miller, designated an exclusive rights franchise free agent, said there is "no chance" he will play the 2016 season on the tag which guarantees a one-year salary of $14.129 million.

      "I just think, where we're at right now, everything has been said. Everything is already in the books right now," Miller told USA Today's Lindsay Jones at his charity football camp. "It's just a time for waiting right now. I want all the focus to be on the kids today."

      Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, any franchise player can sign a long-term deal by July 15, as several players did last summer. Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was one such franchise player. Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, who signed a six-year, $102 million deal, also signed on deadline day last July.

      Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP, rejected a six-year, $114.5 million contract earlier this month. The contract would have made Miller the NFL's highest-paid defensive player, edging Houston, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Houston Texans Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, among others.

      The sticking point: guaranteed money.

      The six-year contract extension signed by Fletcher Cox with the Eagles last week includes $63 million in guarantees.

      Miller is haggling to get more guarantees in his deal, and most of the approximately $39.8 million Denver did guarantee in its most recent offer was spread over two years.

      Miller said via Instagram that he won't play under the franchise tag.

      "I love my Teammates, Coaches, and My Fans but there is "No Chance" I play the 2016 season under the Franchise tag," Miller wrote.

      The Broncos can frontload a contract after subtracting Peyton Manning's deal off the books, but have also reinvested in their core personnel, including signing linebacker Brandon Marshall to a $32 million extension. Manning retired after Super Bowl 50 with a weighty cap figure situation ahead.

  • Manziel reports Dallas hit-and-run car accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Johnny Manziel reported a hit-and-run car accident to police but the former Cleveland Browns quarterback wasn't seriously injured, according to reports Wednesday.

    • TMZ Sports, which was first to report the accident, shared a photo of Manziel's 2015 Nissan GTR with the driver's side damaged.

      Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black told the Associated Press the accident happened Monday night, and Manziel had a witness from his vehicle and an impartial witness.

      Manziel's publicist, Denise Michaels, said the former Texas A&M star and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner told her he hit his head but didn't have a concussion or other injury.

      Manziel, the 22nd overall first-round pick in 2014, was released by the Browns in March. He spent two months in rehab to begin 2015 but returned to his partying ways in the second half of the 2015 regular season. A video surfaced just before Manziel was to receive an extended audition as the Browns' starting quarterback. It showed Manziel with an alcoholic beverage in his hand, and then-coach Mike Pettine said the quarterback was demoted to the third-team spot after denying the video was current.

      Manziel is facing a misdemeanor assault charge in Dallas County court in a domestic violence case involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. A status hearing is scheduled for Friday, but Manziel isn't required to appear in court.

      Manziel, 23, faces maximum penalties of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine for allegedly hitting and dragging his ex-girlfriend to get her into a car against her will on Jan. 30. In a signed affidavit, Crowley said one open-handed blow to her head caused her to lose hearing from a ruptured eardrum. Manziel was ordered to stay at least 500 feet from Crowley's residence.

      Manziel's family has said publicly it has been unsuccessful convincing Manziel to return to rehab.

      Prominent sports agent Drew Rosenhaus dropped Manziel as a client when he refused to comply with Rosenhaus' proposal to enter rehab.

      In two seasons with the Browns, Manziel appeared in 15 games and posted a 2-6 record as a starter. He completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,675 yards and seven touchdown passes while throwing seven interceptions.

  • Brees confident new contract coming from Saints
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    At 37, Drew Brees' hairline receded and many of his most beloved teammates are gone since the last time he was playing for a new contract.

    • Brees and the New Orleans Saints are actively discussing a new contract with the final year of his five-year, $100 million deal expiring at the end of the 2016 season.

      "I've been through that a few times, so you know that (the contract extension) will happen when it's supposed to happen," Brees said Tuesday in an interview with USA Today. "There's so much that goes into an offseason -- you're signing free agents, you're signing rookies, you're going through the draft process. Now as we get ready for training camp, I obviously, I see myself in New Orleans for the rest of my career."

      Shifting into prove-it mode is the preferred approach for Brees, who scoffed at the idea of the Saints considering a quarterback in the first round when Memphis junior Paxton Lynch was scheduled to visit the team's Metairie, La., facility.

      "I feel like I've got quite a few good years left," Brees said. "I got one year left on the contract, but whether you have a one-year contract or a five-year contract, you've still got to prove it every year ... even if you're locked into a long-term deal, they can get rid of you at any time, so that's my mindset."

      Brees missed his first game in five seasons in 2015 but completed 68.3 percent of his 428 passes with 32 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 4,870 passing yard, keeping his average during the lifetime of his current deal with the Saints over 5,000 yards and 37 touchdowns per season.

      The two sides are discussing a four-year extension, according to reports, that would keep Brees among the top-paid players at his position. Whether he will consider a discount for the team already in $160 million guaranteed over the past nine years is uncertain, but Brees has been unapologetic about setting his self-worth high, even at the cost of losing top targets such as tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Marques Colston in salary dumps.

      Brees can draw on experience in that regard, as a former second-round pick who watched his initial NFL employer, the San Diego Chargers, bring in first-round pick Philip Rivers in 2004. After holding off Rivers, Brees injured his shoulder and opted to sign a six-year, $60 deal with the Saints in March 2006, eschewing a five-year, $50 million offer from the Saints that was greatly frontloaded and smelled of a short-term fix.

      "Once the season rolls around, I just want to focus on football. And I handled it that way back in 2011 -- the exact same way," Brees said. "So I plan on handling it the exact same way this time around."

  • NFL notebook: Former NFL receiver Bess arrested after police standoff
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Former Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess is facing felony charges after a standoff with police at his home in Gilbert, Ariz.

    • Bess was stopped by police in the Phoenix suburb on Sunday night for driving without his headlights on and became uncooperative. Police say he pointed his finger like a gun at officers and later fled to his home, where he barricaded himself in his car and waved a knife before eventually ignoring the orders of police and entering his home.

      A SWAT team was called and entered the home and Bess was arrested. He faces felony counts of endangerment, unlawful flight and failure to stop for a police officer. The 30-year-old Bess was released on $2,500 bond on Monday night.

      Bess caught 363 passes for 3,809 yards and 14 touchdown passes in six NFL seasons. He played with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-12 before finishing his career with the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

      --ESPN announced it has signed commentator Trent Dilfer to a multi-year contract extension, ending rumors that his eight-year run at the network was coming to an end.

      The New York Daily news reported last month that Dilfer was "likely done at ESPN" and Dilfer responded to rumors that he may be in line for a job with the San Francisco 49ers by saying, "I'm focused on my broadcasting opportunities." However, he did not specifically refer to ESPN, furthering speculation that he was considering going elsewhere.

      "A lot of stuff gets said that isn't true," Dilfer told TheMMQB.com on Sunday. "I've been under contract with ESPN and I am still under contract with ESPN."

      --The contract standoff between rookie defensive end Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers continues and agent Todd France has no regrets over keeping his client out of the team's recent minicamp.

      The Chargers are insisting on having offset language in Bosa's rookie contract because every player in the organization -- including quarterback Philip Rivers -- has the terms in his contract.

      France is requesting that Bosa's salary be guaranteed over four seasons, even if he is released before the length of the deal concludes. The Chargers are balking at that proposition and insisting on maintaining their rights to recover some of the money should Bosa be released.

      Chargers president of football operations John Spanos feels the situation can still be resolved before training camp starts on July 30.

      --The Jacksonville Jaguars signed their third-round pick from this year's draft, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

      Ngakoue, the 69th selection, left Maryland after his junior year when he recorded 13.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder is expected to back up Dante Fowler at the weak-side defensive end position.

      He was the last member of the Jaguars' seven-man class to come to terms with the team.

  • Jaguars sign draft pick Ngakoue
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    The Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday signed their third-round pick from this year's draft, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

    • Ngakoue, the 69th selection, left Maryland after his junior year when he recorded 13.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder is expected to back up Dante Fowler at the weakside defensive end position.

      He was the last member of the Jaguars' seven-man class to come to terms with the team.

      Ngakoue has impressed Jaguars coaches during organized team activities and minicamp with his athleticism.

  • Former NFL receiver Bess arrested after police standoff
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Former Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess is facing felony charges after a standoff with police at his home in Gilbert, Ariz.

    • Bess was stopped by police in the Phoenix suburb on Sunday night for driving without his headlights on and became uncooperative. Police say he pointed his finger like a gun at officers and later fled to his home, where he barricaded himself in his car and waved a knife before eventually ignoring the orders of police and entering his home.

      A SWAT team was called and entered the home and Bess was arrested.

      He faces felony counts of endangerment, unlawful flight and failure to stop for a police officer. The 30-year-old Bess was released on $2,500 bond on Monday night.

      Bess caught 363 passes for 3,809 yards and 14 touchdown passes in six NFL seasons. He played with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-12 before finishing his career with the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

      His best season was 2010 when he had 79 receptions for 820 yards and five touchdowns.

  • Bosa, Chargers continue contract stalemate
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    The contract standoff between rookie defensive end Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers continues and agent Todd France has no regrets over keeping his client out of the team's recent minicamp.

    • The Chargers are insisting on having offset language in Bosa's rookie contract because every player in the organization -- including quarterback Philip Rivers -- has the terms in his contract.

      France is requesting that Bosa's salary be guaranteed over four seasons, even if he is released before the length of the deal concludes. The Chargers are balking at that proposition and insisting on maintaining their rights to recover some of the money should Bosa be released.

      "Without offset language, it could unfortunately create the scenario where, as a player in that fourth year, if a player knows he has a million guaranteed from us and can go double dip and earn from another team, it actually in essence creates an incentive to get cut financially," Chargers president of football operations John Spanos told a San Diego radio station. "You can make more money getting cut."

      France said it is more than the offset language that is holding up a deal for the No. 3 overall pick.

      "You are a little more boxed in from the pure dollar standpoint, total dollars, but there are a lot of moving parts," France told Sirius XM radio. "Language-wise, there's different things you can look at. And then, obviously, how you structure it, especially in those top 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 picks in the first round, whether those bonuses in the second and third, fourth year -- those training-camp roster bonuses -- do you not want those? What's the cash flow? What's the deferral? Those types of things.

      "Time value of money is a legit thing, especially at millions of dollars. Do you want to get all of your money in this year? Is it going to be spread out over the next two or three years? So those are some of the moving parts. And sometimes it's easier when you're dealing with teams and sometimes it's harder. And again, there's a lot of moving parts. If it was just a no-brainer-type thing they would be done in one second."

      Spanos feels the situation can still be resolved before training camp starts on July 30.

      "I would say that there are a lot of things in our business that come with the territory and negotiating contracts are one of them," Spanos said. "That's part of the business. Was it disappointing to have 89 players instead of 90 in for (mini)camp? Sure. But these things tend to work themselves out and the good thing was, when Joey Bosa was here he looks great."

  • ESPN signs Dilfer to extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    ESPN announced it has signed commentator Trent Dilfer to a multi-year contract extension, ending rumors that his eight-year run at the network was coming to an end.

    • The New York Daily news reported last month that Dilfer was "likely done at ESPN" and Dilfer responded to rumors that he may be in line for a job with the San Francisco 49ers by saying," I'm focused on my broadcasting opportunities." However, he did not specifically refer to ESPN, furthering speculation that he was considering going elsewhere.

      "A lot of stuff gets said that isn't true," Dilfer told TheMMQB.com on Sunday. "I've been under contract with ESPN and I am still under contract with ESPN."

      Dilfer told the website that in addition to his "Monday Night Countdown" duties, he will join "NFL Countdown" to work alongside Chris Berman, Charles Woodson and former Seattle Seahawks teammate Matt Hasselbeck, who joined the network after retiring this offseason.

      "The Sunday morning thing is new for me," he told TheMMQB.com. "I'm excited to be working with the new guys, Matthew Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson - and still working with Chris Berman.

      "Is it any different? I like changing things up, I like doing different things and this will be one more thing I'll get to do."

  • NFL notebook: Chiefs' Berry named Halas Award winner
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 20, 2016

    Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who overcame a diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma in late 2014 to return to the field and have an All-NFL season in 2015, has been selected as the 2016 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America.

    • Berry, the 47th Halas Award winner, is the first member of the Chiefs franchise to receive the honor, the PFWA announced Monday.

      Other 2016 nominees for the Halas Award were New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux, Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and New England Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder.

      Berry was involved in a collision with an Oakland Raiders player in a Nov. 20, 2014 game and noticed chest pain in the aftermath. Four days later, a cancerous mass was found inside his chest, and Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

      Berry went through six rounds of chemotherapy treatment from Dec. 10, 2014 until May 13, 2015. Berry was declared cancer-free June 22, and he was on the field for the first training camp practice July 29.

      The 27-year-old Berry returned to the Kansas City starting lineup in Week 2. He played in all 16 games (15 starts), was third on the team in tackles with 61 (55 solo) and had a pair of interceptions. He was voted to the 2015 PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC teams, earned a Pro Bowl berth and he was selected as the PFWA's 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.

      The Chiefs used the franchise tag to retain Berry for this season.

      --The Indianapolis Colts will induct Pro Football Hall of Famer and former general manager Bill Polian into the team's Ring of Honor.

      The ceremony will take place during halftime of the Colts' Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

      Polian, who later had the title of president/vice chairman, spent 14 of his 32 NFL seasons with the Colts from 1998-2011. During his time in Indianapolis, the Colts won eight division championships, two conference championships and reached the Super Bowl twice.

      --Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant plan to work out together before the start of training camp in late July.

      They only played in three games together last season as both players dealt with injuries that helped sink the Cowboys to a 4-12 record.

      Bryant was held out of team drills and most individual drills throughout the offseason program as he works his way back from foot surgery in January.

      Bryant and the Cowboys have been cautious after he missed seven games in 2015 with a fractured foot. He said there will be plenty of time to get back on track with Romo as they work out together over the next six weeks.

      --The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of running back Kendall Gaskins to a two-year deal.

      Gaskins originally was signed to the 49ers practice squad on Sept. 1, 2014, where he spent the remainder of the season.

      Gaskins was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 31, and appeared in nine games, registering 16 carries for 38 yards while adding eight receptions for 69 yards.

      He was later waived by the team on May 6.