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Malcolm Butler's contract status part of larger issue facing Patriots

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler is pushing for a new deal, but with fellow defenders Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower also due for a raise, the Patriots have a sensitive situation on their hands.

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Players with most to prove for all 32 NFL teams

Can Jimmy Graham rebound from his season-ending injury? Will Eddie Lacy return to his 2014 form? NFL Nation reporters select the player for each team facing a pivotal 2016 season.

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2016 offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams

Which NFL teams actually made themselves better this offseason? Our crew of NFL Insiders dissects all the relevant draft picks and deals, grading each franchise's performance.

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Pat McAfee to sponsor Conor Daly's Indy car (1:24)
Jets QBs share thoughts on Fitzpatrick (0:42)
Trotter: Lions want more balance in offense (1:14)
Saints' top three picks from 2015 move into new positions (1:47)
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Biggest upcoming roster decision for all 32 NFL teams

Will Le'Veon Bell's knee injury affect his new contract with Pittsburgh? Will Washington lock up Kirk Cousins or wait it out? Field Yates sizes up the key looming decision for every team.


Why Lynch isn't coming back to Seahawks

Even if Marshawn Lynch decided to end his retirement after just four months, Sheil Kapadia writes that it's unlikely he would fit into the Seahawks' financial plan for 2016. They've moved on

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Pat McAfee to sponsor Conor Daly's Indy car

Apparently the Indianapolis Colts' punter came to be Daly's primary sponsor in the Indy 500 after a few games of Mario Kart.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

While it's true the Jets are offering QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a total of $12M in the first year, which sounds like a fair deal, it's the second- and third-year proposals that his camp deems unacceptable. The combined total for 2017 and 2018 is believed to be about $12M, which would make it three years for roughly $24M.

Resetting the market in NFL free agency

The free-agent marketplace has slowed significantly since May began, but there are still veteran players available as training camp approaches. John Clayton lists the top 15 yet to be signed. Who is left?

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Another name I hear great things about thus far is Bengals CB William Jackson III. Could be best CB they have drafted since J. Joseph '06.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' multi-year offer to free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, which has been on the table for at least two months, includes $12 million in the first year, a league source confirmed. (First reported by the NY Post.) Previously, the first-year payout was widely reported as about $8 million. ESPN reported in mid-April that the offer was higher than $8 million, and now that has been confirmed with a dollar amount.

Video surfaces promoting Raiders to Vegas

The focus of the video was getting a state-of-the-art stadium built, but Raiders owner Mark Davis and team president Marc Badain both make an appearance. "The Time Is Now"

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears agreed to terms with LB Leonard Floyd on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option today. Chicago picked Floyd ninth overall in 2016 draft.

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Now that's dedication. Big Ben and his family are pulling for Pittsburgh, including the newest Roethlisberger, Bodie. (via ‎_BigBen7/Twitter)

GameDay 100: Jerry Rice, the trash talker?

The Hall of Famer wasn't known for his trash talk, but that doesn't mean he never tried it.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Marshawn Lynch's legacy still alive and well across Seattle. A picture here from the wall of Beth's Cafe.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas asked what it's like to be out there catching passes from Drew Brees: "Man, words can't really explain it. Whenever he's back there and he's throwing the ball, I'm making sure I catch it and I have my hands up and ready. ... He's a legend in my household. A lot of respect for him and the way he plays the game and the way he handles himself off the field."

Lions adapting to life without Megatron

Calvin Johnson is missed as more than a franchise wide receiver. He was one of the most respected players in the locker room and one of the hardest workers the Lions had, writes Michael Rothstein. Moving forward

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Navy's Keenan Reynolds can defer military service to play in the NFL. He made the announcement during his graduation speech at the Naval Academy. "I'm truly exited to proudly serve my country while having the ability to fulfill my dream of playing for the best organization," Reynolds said.