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8hJohn Clayton

Clayton: Russell Wilson faces pressure to sign

Russell Wilson is taking a risk if he decides not to sign a long-term deal with the Seahawks. John Clayton writes that the QB simply doesn't have the leverage.

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'Most hated fans?' SI singles out Eagles

If Eagles fans have distinguished themselves by annoying and offending opponents and their fans, then that is hardly an insult.


Cardinals hire first woman coach

Jen Welter will be part of Arizona's coaching staff during the preseason, working with inside linebackers. She previously both coached and played linebacker and special teams for the Texas Revolution in the men's Indoor Football League. Welter also played LB for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Football Alliance, winning four titles.

How mad was Justin Tuck at Moore, Mack?

The Raiders DE on last season's incident where he was forced to call a timeout while teammates Sio Moore and Khalil Mack were celebrating: "I told Sio if we would've lost that game, then I don't know if we would've been able to continue as teammates."


Bucs re-sign DE Da'Quan Bowers

Bowers will get a second chance after he fell short of expectations in his first four seasons with the team. The 2011 second-round pick had just seven career sacks in 50 games (10 starts).


Latest on Tom Brady settlement talks

Adam Schefter: "I think that most people believe it is unlikely that a settlement will be reached, but both sides are doing what they can to see if there's anything they can do to stave off perhaps going to court."


Clowney placed on PUP list

The Texans placed second-year LB Jadeveon Clowney on the active/physically unable to perform list today. As ESPN's Tania Ganguli explains: "don't be alarmed. just means he's not ready yet." Clowney is coming off season-ending microfracture surgery.

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Why DeAngelo Williams paints his toes

The Steelers RB explains the tradition, which started for his late mother: "When I drop my head and I look down and I'm feeling sad for myself, I know that my mom and my aunt are looking over me, and it could be so much worse."


The Most Adorable Social Media Battle

A week after Riley Curry broke out The Whip and The Nae Nae, Leah Still fired back with her own version ... and a dance-off challenge. Watch


And next up for the Nae Nae ... J.J. Watt

The Houston Texans DE isn't letting the child stars of sports have all the fun. Hanging out at the Texans YMCA, Watt asked some kids to show him the popular dance. Watch

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Expectations for Le'Veon Bell

The Steelers RB on the upcoming season: "Maybe not with stats or touchdowns or whatever it may be, but just as a whole, putting it all together, I think I can have a better season than last year."


Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

Said Adam Schefter: "Well it was a situation where he was going to go to get ready for Carolina's camp, had a back injury, didn't feel up to it, and so he has decided at this point in time to walk away from the NFL."


Blake Bortles trying to own offense

Mike DiRocco on the Jaguars QB: "We've heard all about the work that he's done mechanically with his delivery, fundamentals, footwork. But he also spent time learning the offense. ... If he's not going to succeed as a QB, it's not going to be for lack of effort."


Cards' Powell stable after shooting

Rookie WR Damond Powell is in stable condition three days after being shot in Toledo, Ohio, according to his high school coach Rick Rios, who said Powell posted a video on Facebook over the weekend in which he sounded "weak" but "spoke audibly well."

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Belichick renames boat VI Rings

When your boat is named V Rings -- on account of your 5 Super Bowl rings -- then you win a 6th ring, you have to rename it VI Rings, right? Patriots coach Bill Belichick did. (via @OnlyInBOS)


Steelers' options beyond Antonio Brown

Jeremy Fowler: "In this passing game, there could 5,000 yards to go around, and [Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton] could benefit."


Panthers GM OK with Cam's offseason

Cam Newton has spent his offseason playing Knockerball and flag football. How does GM Dave Gettleman feel about that? "Rory Mcllroy went out and played soccer. Obviously, it cost him a British Open and a few more tournaments... They're guys. You can't put them in Bubble Wrap. You just can't do it."

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Former Dolphin Jonathan Martin retiring

The O-lineman, who was the target of a bullying issue while in Miami, has decided to call it a career, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. Martin joined the Panthers in the offseason after he was cut by the Niners.

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Key to Redskins' pass rush? Taekwondo

Washington hired taekwondo grandmaster Joe Kim to work with players' hands and feet. "It’s a new twist on an old quest," writes John Keim. Unconventional move

Pettine: Manziel could win starting job

While Johnny Manziel enters camp as the No. 2 QB, coach Mike Pettine says, "I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets. A lot can happen in preseason."

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Wilson, Seahawks set deal deadline

Jim Trotter says the two sides have set a Thursday deadline on a new contract "and if they don't [reach an agreement], there will be no talks during the season on a contract extension."


Osi, Giants talking ceremonial contract

DE Osi Umenyiora and New York are discussing a plan to sign a one-day contract so he can retire as a Giant, sources tell ESPN's Adam Caplan and Dan Graziano. Umenyiora spent his first 9 years with the Giants and won 2 Super Bowls. He was most recently with the Falcons.