Here are the top stories from Monday:
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's postgame interview after the Super Bowl has come under fire, but Panthers reporter David Newton writes that showing heartache after a loss on the game's biggest stage isn't a bad thing. Plus, did Broncos cornerback Chris Harris play a role in the QB walking out on the media? Here's a full transcript of Newton's question-and-answer session.
Marshawn Lynch's agent confirms Seahawks running back will retire (by Sheil Kapadia)
Attorney for Colleen Crowley: Johnny Manziel ruptured client's eardrum (by Pat McManamon)
From Ian O'Connor's story on Peyton Manning's mother's wish: "Olivia Manning had spent one lifetime watching her husband get battered on the football field, and another watching her middle and youngest sons absorb their fair share of abuse. As a mother who had watched Peyton endure 18 seasons of hits, not to mention four neck surgeries that left him unable to throw a 10-yard lob, she was the right person to ask whether Peyton, now the 39-year-old two-time champ, should end his epic career right then and there."
Bills running back LeSean McCoy involved in fight with three off-duty officers (by Mike Rodak)
From Dan Graziano's story with bold predictions for the 2016 season: "Just because Rex Ryan's emotions are one of Bill Belichick's favorite chew toys, the Patriots sign defensive end Mario Williams after the Bills cut him and he collects 14.5 sacks."
From Bill Barnwell's ranking of the reasons for a Super Bowl 50 upset: "I didn't think that [DeMarcus] Ware and [Von] Miller could come up with something to match their career day against the Patriots two weeks ago, but truthfully, they weren't far off. Ware and Miller combined for six of Denver's 13 knockdowns of Newton. This Broncos pass rush has taken things to a new level when Denver needed them most."
Super Bowl MVP Von Miller reaches out to Johnny Manziel (by Pat McManamon)
Six weeks after Chip Kelly's firing, wide receiver Riley Cooper cut by Eagles (by Phil Sheridan)
Saints cut veteran offensive lineman Jahri Evans after 10 years in New Orleans (by Mike Triplett)
From Mike Sando's story on why quarterback Brock Osweiler should stay in Denver: "As Osweiler plots his future, he should weigh what role an especially strong defense could play in winning games. He should weigh what role winning games might play in his own ability to remain a starter. He should weigh what role remaining a starter could play in earning another contract down the road. Osweiler did lose his job this season despite having Denver's defense on his side, but Manning's outsized presence on the roster made this a unique situation."
A little Dab with do you but too much Dab will undo you!
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) February 8, 2016
From ESPN Stats & Information research: The Broncos blitzed Cam Newton 25 times in Super Bowl 50, the second-most blitzes faced in Super Bowl history (Jim Kelly faced 30 in Super Bowl XXVI).