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O'Connor: Robert Kraft a victim of Tom Brady's errors

Robert Kraft is all-in on the theory that the league has unfairly targeted his quarterback and his franchise. But he's actually a victim of that quarterback, writes Ian O'Connor.

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Goodell's 20-page appeal decision

Wonder why Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension? The commissioner lays out his reasoning in this 20-page memo.

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Cardinals weighed down by Fitzgerald

Even after a restructure, Larry Fitzgerald's contract pays him far more than what the aging receiver is worth. A dead money hit of $9.7 million in 2017 will only make the deal tougher to swallow. Grantland: All-bad-contracts team

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Brady's friend: Phone switch is routine

Aaron Shea, a close friend of Tom Brady's, said he was not at all surprised to read the Patriots QB destroyed his cell phone, as the NFL claims. He 'gets rid of his phone regularly'

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Kelly on an overspending spree?

The Eagles account for three of the 22 players on Bill Barnwell's list of the league's worst contracts. Two of those were among Chip Kelly's first signings since gaining control of personnel. Grantland: All-bad-contracts team

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Butler, Brown among worst contracts

You might want to shield your eyes from this pair of bad contracts. The Chargers overpaid Donald Butler and Donald Brown, who play two of the league's least valued positions (LB and RB respectively). Grantland: All-bad-contracts team

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A lifelike NFL QB made of chocolate

What's better than a five-time league MVP Peyton Manning? A 30 percent larger-than-life Peyton Manning chocolate statue, naturally. The lengthy process

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McCown, Mack among worst contracts

The Browns are well represented on Bill Barnwell's list of the NFL's worst deals. Getting in a bidding war for Josh McCown isn't a good idea. Neither is paying a center a boatload of cash. Grantland: All-bad-contract team

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Tom Brady lawsuit filed in Minnesota

The NFLPA filed a federal court challenge to the NFL's 4-game Brady ban. It hopes the case will be assigned to Minnesota U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty, who has historically ruled in favor of players in NFL labor cases.

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AFC East sprinkled throughout Pats' sked

The only four-game stretch of the Pats' schedule that doesn't include a divisional game is Weeks 12-15 (Denver, Philly, Houston, Tennessee).

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'Wrong to put my faith in the league'

Patriots owner Robert Kraft: "I had hoped that Tom Brady's appeal to the league would provide Roger Goodell the necessary explanation. ... Now the league has taken the matter to court. A tactic only a lawyer would recommend."

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Jay Gruden says Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, deangelo hall, Morgan Moses and jordan reed all cleared to practice. Should be full go

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Gruden on rg3: "he'll get better. We're excited about him here, the work he's put in"

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Gruden said contract talks with LT Trent Williams are ongoing; "He's going to work hard no matter what the contract situation is."

John Keim @john_keim

Gruden says team & Trent Williams remain in talks about extension. Also says of Williams:"saw him running today. He looked like a gazelle"

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After visiting BUF, former Colts and Lions OT Gosder Cherilus is on his way to Detroit to visit team he was with for 5 seasons, per source.

OT Cherilus visits Bills, Lions

After visiting Buffalo Tuesday, former Colts and Lions OT Gosder Cherilus is on his way to Detroit to visit the team for which he played for five seasons, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Jen Welter's first pro football check

The new Cardinals coach saved the check, not for how much she made ($1 per game), but because of what it represents: "While it wasn't a dream I could have ever had, now it's a dream other girls can grow up having."

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Tom Brady: 'I did nothing wrong'

"I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either. ... To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong." Full statement

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Raiders troll Harry Styles

Yes, that Harry Styles, of One Direction. After Styles told a Chiefs-loving crowd at Arrowhead Stadium that no one supported the Raiders, Oakland was quick to tweet a response. The reply

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