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Ranking every NFL franchise over the next three seasons

Louis Riddick, John Clayton and Mike Sando team up to rank every NFL team based on which are best positioned to be successful for the long haul.

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Hyundai replaces GM as an official NFL sponsor

The NFL announced that Hyundai will replace General Motors as an official sponsor, and a source with knowledge of the deal says it doubles the amount GM paid to $50 million a year.

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Sam rejoins CFL's Alouettes after brief leave

In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues -- and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade -- Michael Sam has come to restart his football career.

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Russell Wilson: 'Let my play speak for itself' (2:49)
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Odell Beckham also throws heat on the mound (0:28)
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Bryant seeking more guaranteed money (0:58)
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Brief history of strange kicker/punter moments

Steve Weatherford isn't the first punter or kicker to draw attention for something besides booting footballs. We revisit the "idiot kicker," the ax mishap and other kicking fraternity weirdness.

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Which athletic achievements deserve an ESPY?

Your vote decides who will take home the ESPY for Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Play and so much more. The results will air on the 2015 ESPYS on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Bengals DC: Manziel should emulate Brees (2:57)
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QBs most deserving of a big contract (2:55)
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Seahawks have moved past final play of Super Bowl (3:07)

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Jim Brown: No in-between with Manziel

"I believe he's going to be a star or he's going to be a bust. There's no in-between. I like Johnny. He creates action. But there's no middle ground on Johnny. He's going to be that guy, or he's probably going to be out of there. I like it that way, because they need dynamics at quarterback." (via USA Today Sports)

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NFL future power rankings

Which NFL teams are positioned for success over the next three seasons? The Patriots and Cowboys are both in the top 10, but Green Bay claimed the top spot thanks to Aaron Rodgers and a strong draft class. Full rankings (Insider)

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Russell Wilson -- He's no backup

Russell Wilson's $1.54M base salary is in line with his draft position, but consider this: Eight backup QBs are scheduled to make a higher base salary than Wilson next season, including THIRD STRINGER Charlie Whitehurst.

Lions fan with laser pointer fined

An 18-year-old from West Bloomfield, Mich., has been sentenced to 80 hours of community service and a $235 fine for using a laser pointer during a Lions-Bills game to distract Bills players. Marko Beslach, who had boasted on Twitter about the pointer, has also been banned from Ford Field.

Brian Urlacher's fishing adventures

Brian Urlacher might not be a Pro Bowl Bears linebacker anymore. But he still goes hard -- at fishing. Urlacher reels big fish

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NFL launches prep academy

The four-day seminar included 40 of the top incoming high school sophomores, as well as a parent or guardian. Explained NFL VP of player engagement Charles Way: "It's not about football. We're trying to teach them how to become better men and what it looks like to be a leader with the values we live by and what has made the NFL the best brand in America."

Russell Wilson: 'I love Seattle'

The Seahawks QB on his contract negotiations: "I just let my play speak for itself and let the rest take care of itself. Continue to love the game for what it is and continue to fight, continue to play no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25M or if it's $1.5M. I'll be ready to go."

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Of course Odell Beckham can pitch, too

Solid form, impressive velocity AND he adds some late tail on this heater. What can't OBJ do?

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Foot-in-mouth syndrome

Giants punter Steve Weatherford's recent trash talking was just the latest in a series of odd incidents involving kickers and punters. Remember Spencer Lanning trying to stop Antonio Brown last season? Unconventional legwork

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Michael Sam rejoins CFL's Alouettes

The defensive lineman left the team on June 12, citing personal reasons, and missed the season opener last week. However, Sam said there was no doubt he would return to the team. He got a warm welcome back from teammates when he addressed them Sunday.

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Comparing Russell Wilson's salary

The average cash value of the Seahawks QB's current contract ($749K) is less than backups Charlie Whitehurst, Matt Moore and Blaine Gabbert, and far less than fellow SB winners Tom Brady ($12.0M) and Eli Manning ($16.3M).

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