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Clayton's mailbag: Why owners stick together

On issues from Deflategate to Los Angeles relocation, NFL owners are showing how unity keeps them powerful, John Clayton writes. Plus: blocking extra points, the NFLPA's angle and more.

Spain: Only answer is to cut McDonald (2:59)

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Pierce: The significance of Kraft's surrender

The great Patriots soap opera rolls on -- but what on earth is their owner doing surrendering to Roger Goodell? And what does it mean for Tom Brady?

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Bears looking into Ray McDonald's arrest

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports that the Bears are conducting their own internal investigation and expect to have a resolution in the near future. Story

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Bears DL arrested on domestic abuse

Ray McDonald was arrested on a domestic violence charge early this morning. Santa Clara police confirm that he was charged with domestic violence and child endangerment. Story

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Spain: Bears didn't do due diligence

On SportsCenter, Sarah Spain said that the only response the Bears should have to today's news is to cut Ray McDonald.


Riddick: McDonald likely out in Chicago

Louis Riddick on the news that Bears DL Ray McDonald has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment: "I would be shocked if they don’t sever his ties."


Riddick: Peterson missing is no big deal

Insider Louis Riddick is not worried about the star RB missing OTAs from a front-office perspective. "Would you like him to be there? ... Yeah, but right now, this is voluntary. You can't make him be there."


Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

#Bears GM Ryan Pace was initially denied pursuing Ray McDonald by George McCaskey, who relented only after meeting with player

McDonald's history with domestic violence

Ray McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony domestic violence but was not charged. In December, a woman accused him of sexual assault and San Jose police have yet to charge or clear him. Chicago signed him in March after chairman George McCaskey met with him and spoke to his parents. His contract is for one year and $1.5M but has no guaranteed money.

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

HBO’s Hard Knocks may follow the Bills, Texans, Giants, or Redskins this summer. Check out why each team would be a perfect fit in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Blake Bortles focused in offseason

Adam Dedeaux, one of the Jaguars' instructors at 3DQB, a motion analysis specialist company, said, "Blake really worked smart this offseason. He now has a process that's going to work for him to be successful, which is the main goal. His attention to detail, wanting to get better, his expectations of himself, are right there with the best. ... The dude got after it."

Winston begins practicing with vets

Herm Edwards says that Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith will like what he sees from Jameis Winston in OTAs because he enjoys playing in the spotlight.


Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

Flacco playoff #s hard to ignore. Best TD-to-INT ratio (2.5) among 4 active QBs w/ at least 15 p.o. starts (Flacco, Brady, Peyton, Big Ben)

Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

Key part of Sunday's story IMO is that Peterson-Zimmer still have open line of communication, even if only to inform of non-participation.

Clayton: Tom Brady will not be freed

News item: 150 Patriots fans stage a "Free Tom Brady" rally outside Gillette Stadium. John Clayton: "It's not going to change [the NFL's] position whatsoever."


'Free Brady' becomes a beer

Chuck Horne, owner of the Eagle Brook Saloon in Norfolk, Mass., debuted the Free Brady Blonde IPA in support of suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and defiance of the NFL's penalty. Going fast

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Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

Peterson's workout bonus pays him $250K to attend 90% of OTAs and minicamp. He'll miss out on that, it would appear.

Peterson won't be at Vikings OTA

Disgruntled Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been unhappy with the organization since his suspension, and he won't be at organized team activities when they begin Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Story

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