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Von Miller on contract: Just a time for waiting right now

CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04:  NFL player Von Miller accepts the Most Unstoppable Jock award onstage during Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Getty Images

In recent weeks, linebacker Von Miller has addressed the status of his push for a long-term contract with the Broncos a few times.

He said that he couldn’t see himself sitting out the entire year or leaving the Broncos on one occasion and then posted to Instagram that there was “no chance” he plays out the year under the $14.1 million tender that comes with the franchise tag. All of that came after reports that the Broncos proffered and then pulled a six-year, $114.5 million offer with just under $40 million guaranteed in the first two years.

The deadline to work out a multi-year agreement is July 15, which leaves time for some more posturing from both sides before the clock strikes 12. Miller wasn’t in the mood for any while at his football camp for kids on Wednesday, however.

“I just think, where we’re at right now, everything has been said. Everything is already in the books right now,” Miller said, via USA Today. “It’s just a time for waiting right now. I want all the focus to be on the kids today.”

We’ve seen the waiting game for players with franchise tags continue right up until the deadline many times before a deal is struck — see Miller’s teammate Demaryius Thomas last year, for example — and there’s plenty of sand left in the hourglass on that front, so Miller shoul have plenty of time to brush up on his dancing and/or nude modeling in the next couple of weeks.

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Tim Tebow, Jameis Winston visit Orlando shooting victims

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One of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando got a hospital visit from an old high school teammate: Tim Tebow.

Rodney Sumter, a bartender at Pulse, was shot three times. Sumter played football with Tebow at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High School, and he posted on Instagram this week that Tebow left a vacation to see him in the hospital.

“My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me. Tebow has always been an awesome person,” Sumter wrote.

Tebow should be commended for visiting the Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many of the shooting victims remain. Also worthy of praise is Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who also visited the hospital.

Sumter briefly played college football at Jacksonville University, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Sumter posted on Instagram that Winston told him the two could get together and Sumter could run routes while Winston throws to him, once Sumter’s injuries have healed.

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Fletcher Cox: Everybody on D-line excited about Jim Schwartz

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When defensive tackle Fletcher Cox joined the Eagles as a first-round pick in 2012, he played in a 4-3 defense that employed some Wide 9 principles along the defensive line.

The last three years saw Cox in a 3-4 after Chip Kelly replaced Andy Reid and Cox did well enough in that scheme that the Eagles gave him a six-year extension with $63 million in guaranteed money last week. That scheme is out and new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is bringing back something similar to what Cox played in his rookie season.

During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Kirk Morrison on Wednesday, Cox said that he and the rest of the players up front are excited about the change.

“My role is to get to the quarterback, really,” Cox said. “Play the run on the way to the quarterback. From the way that [coaches] are explaining it, go get the quarterback, create havoc. Negative plays is the biggest thing, and I don’t think we had had enough of those last year. I really think that’s going to change. And as far as Jim, with the new defense, I think is going to do a really, really good job this year with everybody. He’s got a name for himself with the 4-3 defense, getting after the quarterback and that’s what everybody’s excited to do, especially guys on the D-line.”

There’s been a lot of focus on the offense in Philadelphia this offseason, particularly on the quarterback position, which has overshadowed the potential for the defense to be better this year. They should be on the field less than they were when Kelly was in charge and making fuller use of players like Vinny Curry offers reason for optimism beyond having Cox in the center of the action.

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Mark Sanchez says wealth manager invested “at least $7 million” without approval

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Initial reports indicated that wealth manager Ash Narayan had invested without approval $30 million from three pro athletes he represented, including Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez. An affidavit signed by Sanchez makes clear how much he personally lost.

Sanchez say in the affidavit that he agreed to invest only $100,000 in the Ticket Reserve, a company that sold seats to high-profile sporting events. Sanchez says in the affidavit that he did not agree to make any further investments in the Ticket Reserve.

Sanchez also says in the affidavit that Narayan invested “at least $7 million of my funds” in the Ticket Reserve without authorization. The affidavit likewise asserts that Sanchez has since seen wire-transfer authorizations that he did not sign or authorize Narayan to sign.

“I therefore believe that the signatures were forged, faked, obtained without my knowledge or copied from other documents without my consent,” Sanchez testifies.

Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association has immediately suspended Narayan indefinitely, pending revocation of his registrations as a certified NFLPA financial advisor.

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Vernon Adams no longer thinking about NFL chances

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 02:  Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass in the first quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Valero Alamo Bowl at Alamodome on January 2, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vernon Adams got a short look in a couple of NFL tryout camps.

But now, the former Oregon quarterback is focusing on trying to make an impact in the CFL, as he’s learning the game as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.

“I can tell you I am not worried about the NFL,” Adams said, via Kevin Seifert of “And they’re not worried about me. I’m not even starting here. I want to get bigger and faster and play here. If the NFL comes calling in five or 10 years or whatever, then maybe I might consider it. But as of right now. I’m fine.”

Of course, growing might have enabled him to make more of his NFL chances, as the not-quite-5-foot-11 quarterback didn’t get an offer after going through tryout camps with Seattle and Washington.

But perhaps playing a league that isn’t quite so heightist will enable him to make an imprint.

“I know some of the measureables aren’t there,” Montreal General Manager/coach Jim Popp said. “He’s not quite the height that people are looking for. But he sees the field tremendously, is a great competitor and someone we think is worth an investment for our future.

“The way it is, is this: the NFL can have who they want, and the CFL has to adjust. We don’t get every measurable. We take football players. We take football players that have performed in the past, no matter what the measureables. That applies to most of the guys in the CFL that you play with and win with.”

There’s no better example than Doug Flutie, who was able to overcome his size by learning how to buy time with his feet. Adams wasn’t fast enough to make NFL overlook his size (he ran a pedestrian 4.83 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine), but his ability to throw the deep ball should serve him well in Canada.

At the moment, he’s backing up another 5-10 guy, CFL veteran Kevin Glenn, while he learns the game and waits his turn.

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Patrick Peterson: “J.J. Nelson’s going to have a great year”

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 02:  Wide receiver J.J. Nelson #14 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football during the team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 2, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

With the offseason hay in the barn, it’s time to find out which young players popped in the now-completed OTA sessions. Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, appearing on Wednesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, was asked to provide a name of a player whom he thinks is poised to break out.

“I got two of them,” Peterson said. “I believe [receiver] J.J. Nelson’s going to have a great year. He had a great, great spring, showed some flashes. I can’t wait to see what he’s going do here if he can keep that momentum going into summer camp because I’ve seen it happen a number of times.”

What Peterson has seen is that, with the application of pressure and attention, players who were showing promise failed to fulfill it.

“Guys have great springs but once they get in front of a couple of fans and the crowd, the lights come on, you get a different player,” Peterson said. “So J.J. is definitely one of them that had a great spring.”

Nelson did well as a rookie, in limited duty. Appearing in 11 games, he had 11 catches for 299 yards (a 27.2-yard average per reception) and two touchdowns.

Peterson’s other player to watch in 2016 could be covering Nelson in practice, plenty.

“[Cornerback] Brandon Williams, the third-round draft pick, he’s looking pretty good,” Peterson said. “He’s another one that I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do under the lights because that’s when it really, really counts, you know? Coach [Arians] always talks about it throughout April and June, ‘This is soccer practice, this is just shorts and helmets. Everybody can look good in shorts and a T-shirt.’ You can get a guy off the street that looks good in shorts and T-shirts, it’s all about when the lights come on and the Star-Spangled Banner begins to be sang.”

For the Cardinals, the lights will be on and the national anthem will be blaring on the first Sunday night of the season, against the team that wears red, white, and blue. If Nelson and Williams can perform at a high level in that game and the 15 that follow, the Cardinals can get to the Super Bowl and maybe win it.

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Texas state senator sues Dez Bryant over rental home

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13:   Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers makes an interception on a pass intended for  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

A Texas state senator who has been both Dez Bryant’s attorney and his landlord is suing Bryant, claiming that Bryant trashed a rental home.

Royce West, a state senator who represents a precinct in Dallas, filed a lawsuit against the Cowboys star last week, according to the Dallas Morning News.

West says Bryant rented a house from him that West found “littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting” after Bryant moved out in January.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard from West in connection with Bryant, but in the past West has been defending Bryant. In 2011, when Bryant was accused of failing to pay for $246,000 worth of jewelry, West served as his attorney and promised the matter would be resolved. In 2012, when Bryant was accused of family violence in an altercation with his mother, West released a statement saying no violence occurred. Later that year, West released a statement saying Bryant had agreed to take anger management counseling.

Now West and Bryant are on opposite sides of a legal matter.

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Pro Football Writers honor Chris Mortensen

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Chris Mortensen, the longtime ESPN NFL reporter who is battling throat cancer, has been recognized by his peers for his long and impressive career.

Mortensen has been named this year’s recipient of the Dick McCann Award from the Pro Football Writers of America. The award goes to a member of the media whose coverage has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football.

Dick McCann was a longtime reporter for many New York newspapers and was the first director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A ceremony for Mortensen will take place during the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement weekend in August.

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Elvis Dumervil: Terrell Suggs and I “can get what we need to get done”

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 02:  Elvis Dumervil #58 celebrates with Terrell Suggs #55 and Daryl Smith #51 of the Baltimore Ravens after sacking Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field on November 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

The last time Ravens linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs spent significant time together on the field, they combined for 29 sacks and the Ravens advanced to the postseason with a 10-6 record.

That was in 2014 and last year saw Suggs lost for the season to a torn Achilles in the first game. Dumervil would go on to record six sacks and the Ravens slumped to 5-11 amid a rash of injuries across the roster. Dumervil was added to that list this offseason when he had foot surgery that kept him out for minicamp.

Dumervil expects to be fine for training camp and the Ravens are hopeful that Suggs can join him in what Dumervil says was the league’s top pass rushing tandem when both were healthy.

“You’ve got two alphas, man, and we love doing what we do,” Dumervil said, via the team’s website. “So, a lot of times, what’s understood doesn’t really need to be talked about a lot. But I can tell you one thing with him: He’s a great teammate, he’s a great player and he’s a very confident guy. So, he’s going to do what he needs to do to make sure we can get what we need to get done.”

Both players are on the back side of their careers and keeping them fresh during the season would likely boost their chances of remaining effective. The Ravens drafted Kamalei Correa and Matthew Judon to go with Za’Darius Smith as other options to provide spark to a defense that was short on it last time around.

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Johnny Manziel’s car damaged in a reported a hit-and-run accident

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns hangs his head after an errant pass at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefson December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) Getty Images

Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel’s last few months have been a wreck, and now he has a car to match.

According to the Associated Press, Manziel reported a hit-and-run incident earlier this week, with police saying multiple witnesses said someone hit his vehicle. The car was damaged on the driver’s side.

Manziel’s publicist, Denise Michaels, said he told her he hit his head but wasn’t injured.

TMZ has photos of his damaged Nissan sports car (parked in a handicapped spot), which show significant damage to the driver’s side, and the airbag deployed.

It’s the same car he was driving when he allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend. He has a hearing in that case Friday, but isn’t schedule to appear.

It’s not the first car wreck he’s been involved in this offseason, though his April crash in Las Vegas was in a different car.

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Bruce Arians uses a casket-like “chill zone”

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What does Cardinals coach Bruce Arians do to relax? Apart from having an occasional (or more frequently) cocktail, Arians uses a “chill zone.” On Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Andrea Kremer of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel explained what it is.

“He has this, I almost don’t even know how to describe it,” Kremer said. “You kind of have to see it, and you will. This is a horrible analogy, it looks a casket. It’s this gigantic wooden box that’s got music and these crystals in it, and these lights. It sounds pretty new age here, Mike, and he lays in it and he calls it the ‘chill zone.’ There is some science behind it, and you turn the different colors depending on if you want to sort of tone it down or amp yourself up. He gets in there once a week, every week during the football season. He’s got device at home in Georgia, he’s got a place where he goes in Phoenix, and he just chills out.

“He maintains that this helps him literally maintain his cool, that it just relaxes him. Now this does not prevent him from drinking his Crown Royal, which has that same effect, but I had no idea he uses this thing. So he showed it to us, it was pretty interesting and it’s not like he just talks about it, you actually, see this thing and it’s just crazy looking. So I had no idea that he did this and you know what, you talk about the copycat league. It did occur to me, ‘Wow, if he went to the Super Bowl and this works I wonder if this is going to be good for business.'”

If it’s good for business, it will be good for Arians. His wife, Chris, is one of the owners of the company that makes relaxation booths or chambers available, at a cost of $299 for three one-hour sessions.

Other Cardinals coaches use it, too, and it’s likely something that will indeed spread if/when the Cardinals take the next step or two, getting to the Super Bowl and winning it with Arians and his staff running the show.

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Sylvester Williams: I don’t think you can replace Peyton Manning’s leadership

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 3:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos pulls grass from his helmet after being hit after passing against the San Diego Chargers during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos have spent the last few months telling anyone who would listen that they believe they’ll be OK at quarterback after Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s departure as a free agent.

It looks like Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian will get the first chance in the starting lineup and the Broncos’ success through sketchy offensive production last season suggests they can do enough on the field to keep the team winning. That doesn’t mean they won’t miss Manning, however.

During an interview with Alex Marvez and Kirk Morrison of Sirius XM NFL Radio, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams said that Manning “carried us more than just his play on the field” and that the team will miss what he brought as a leader.

“I just think you can’t replace a guy like him,” Williams said. “Because he’s such a powerful guy that you’ve just got to figure out other ways to bring some of that energy back to the locker room because you will never have another Peyton Manning in the locker room that’ll touch the team the way he did. Because, for one, Peyton was a guy that was a hundred-percent business, so when he did speak, a lot of guys sat up in their chairs and paid attention. It was unbelievable, man.”

Regardless of how confident the Broncos are that their quarterbacks will be able to handle things on the field this season, it seems foolish to expect any of them to have the same hold on the locker room that a player with Manning’s resume enjoyed in Denver. The Broncos do have plenty of other veterans who can work to fill that void and a team effort may have to suffice until there’s a long-term sheriff in charge of the offense again.

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Explaining the Twitter scuffle with J.J. Watt


Those of you how pay attention to Twitter (and plenty of you who don’t) possibly have paid attention by now to the squabble that emerged after the latest effort by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to get people to pay attention to him.

As the U.S. Men’s National Team prepared to face Argentina in the Copa America on Tuesday, Watt tweeted a photo of himself in a soccer jersey roughly 10 sizes too small, shoulders pulled back and chest thrust outward, with this caption: “Kit is a bit snug, but ready if called upon.”

It was the kind of circumstance that falls within the confines of an article I wrote in April, regarding Watt’s overall view on social media. In a nutshell, his position is: “Look at me, unless you don’t like what you see. If that’s the case, what are you looking at?”

When guys who are seeking attention get attention, they shouldn’t complain about the attention they’re getting. Which is why I tweeted this in response to Watt’s latest look-at-me-what-you-lookin’-at photo: “Why does everyone always want to talk about me? I’m just minding my own business and seeking no attention at all.”

Said Watt in response: “[Y]ou do know how Twitter works, right? If you don’t want to see it, stay off my page. Take your saltiness elsewhere.”

Here’s how Twitter works. People post messages, photos, etc., and anyone who follows that account will see it. Some of them will “retweet” the message, so that anyone who follows the retweeting account will see it, too. That’s what happened here; Watt tweeted it, the Texans retweeted it, I saw it, and I reacted to it.

Watt’s not objecting to the fact that I saw his latest attempt to make a given topic all about him, while also showing off his pecs, delts, lats, abs, bis, and/or tris to the world. He’s objecting to the fact that I reacted to it in a way he didn’t like. And that’s where he continues to be deliberately obtuse about social media.

It’s not a one-way slide show blasted into the eyeballs of a Clockwork Orange audience. It’s an interactive process, and anything you post can (and often will) be used against you.

“I think we have social media and people want to see access, they want to know what you’re doing, they want day-to-day, what’s going on in his life?” Watt said in April. “Then every single thing you do becomes a story, whether it’s a tweet, whether it’s an Instagram post, whether it’s a Snapchat, every single thing becomes a story so I think if people don’t want to see what I’m doing they should probably stop following me.”

He’s basically (and clumsily) looking for an exemption from any and all criticism for what he posts. And that would be a great thing to have. I’ve said plenty of arguably (and actually) dumb things on Twitter over the years. Would I have preferred that those who justifiably criticized me had simply not looked at what I said? Hell yes.

But Twitter isn’t a private photo album or scrapbook that only friends and family and fans can access. Unless the account is protected, anyone can see it. For Watt, who has 2.13 million followers, posting a photo on Twitter is roughly the same thing as taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times. Then, as the copies of the Times get passed around to people who didn’t buy it (which is the newspaper equivalent of retweeting), more and more people will see it. They possibly will then react to it, via the equivalent of a letter to the editor that is instantly published for anyone with a Twitter account to see.

Watt doesn’t want that. He wants only the praise, and none of the criticism, for anything and everything he says and does on Twitter and other social media. And if he doesn’t want people to react negatively or skeptically to what he’s doing, he probably should stop using social media.

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Jim Brown riding in Cavs championship parade

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The streets of Cleveland are overflowed with fans awaiting the celebratory parade in honor of the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA championship.

The title is the first by a Cleveland major sports team since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964. The star of that team, Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, is riding in a float during Wednesday’s parade.

Also representing the Browns of the past at the parade are former quarterback Bernie Kosar and former running back Earnest Byner, whose infamous 1988 AFC Championship Game fumble in Denver was a part of keeping the Browns from making their first Super Bowl.

The picture in this story, courtesy of Hayden Grove of, shows Byner wearing a Browns jersey and greeting Brown before the start of the parade.

Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro. He rushed for more than 12,000 yards in his career and had 1,446 in 14 games in 1964. There was no parade honoring the 1964 Browns; Wednesday’s parade is the first Cleveland celebratory parade since the Indians won the American League pennant but lost the World Series in 1954.

TV cameras caught Brown holding a microphone and addressing the crowd as his parade float made its way through the streets.

The Browns will unveil a statue of Brown outside First Energy Stadium later this year. Brown said earlier this week that Cavs star LeBron James deserves his own statue, and he’ll eventually get his wish.

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Drew Brees still confident he’ll be a Saint “the rest of my career”

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees termed his contract talks “ongoing,” and again expressed confidence a deal would get done.

During a break in shooting a soup commercial, Brees said he has no plans to play anywhere else, even though this is the final year of his Saints deal and he’s said he won’t negotiate once the regular season begins.

“I’ve been through that a few times, so you know that [the contract extension] will happen when it’s supposed to happen,” Brees said, via Alysha Tsuji of USA Today. “There’s so much that goes into an offseason — you’re signing free agents, you’re signing rookies, you’re going through the draft process.

“Now as we get ready for training camp, I obviously, I see myself in New Orleans for the rest of my career.”

Brees also reiterated his stance that he didn’t want the negotiations dragging out.

“Once the season rolls around, I just want to focus on football. And I handled it that way back in 2011 — the exact same way,” he said. “So I plan on handling it the exact same way this time around.”

That’s an easy thing to say, but Brees is in a far different place than he was five years ago — no longer in his athletic prime.

But given the size and complexity of any potential deal in New Orleans, it’s interesting to hear him so optimistic.

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