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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has good news about Earl Thomas’ recovery

When it first happened, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas was hinting at retirement. But nearly three months after he suffered a broken leg in Seattle’s Week 13 win, it appears Thomas’ mindset and physical condition have improved dramatically. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Thomas is “doing …

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John Lynch: DeShone Kizer blew 49ers away in interview

INDIANAPOLIS — DeShone Kizer passed an important early phase in his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, at least where John Lynch is concerned. The former Notre Dame quarterback met with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday night, and the club’s new GM said Kizer “blew the doors off” in …

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Seahawks’ Legion of Boom faces offseason questions

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider was asked Wednesday whether cornerback DeShawn Shead will be healthy for the start of the 2017 season. “For the start of the season? I wouldn’t think so,” Schneider said. Shead suffered a knee injury in the Seahawks’ divisional round loss to the Atlanta Falcons. …

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Kiper and McShay’s 2017 NFL combine preview

NFL draft prospects will be working out at the combine from Friday to Monday. ESPN Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay answer 12 questions, predicting who will leave Indy rising up draft boards, how the under-the-radar players will fare and more. 1. Which prospect could run the fastest 40-yard dash? …

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Rams unveil new helmet with white horns

As the Rams welcome a new neighbor in the greater Los Angeles area less than a year after returning to SoCal themselves, their evolution as an organization continues. Ground has been broken on their new Inglewood stadium, the team installed a new head coach in Sean McVay, and now a …

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NFL franchise tag deadline winners, losers

Franchise tags have almost become too predictable. Two weeks ago, the thought was seven or eight players would be franchised. Seven ended up getting the tag. The one surprise was Eric Berry getting a long-term deal done before he could get tagged again. Let’s take a look at the players …

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NFL salary cap for 2017 season set at $167 million

NFL general managers and coaches now have a little more certainty at their disposal as they prepare for free agency. The NFL salary cap for the 2017 league year has been set at $167 million, a league official told NFL Network’s Judy Battista on Wednesday. The figure represents a more …

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Patriots won’t use franchise tag on Dont’a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower is free to go to market — for now. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Patriots linebacker will not be slapped with the franchise tag, per sources informed of the situation. If he isn’t re-signed in time, New England’s Super Bowl LI game changer will …

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Antonio Brown’s big-money deal won’t cripple Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Now that Antonio Brown’s business plans — reminiscent of a loud, deep, resonant sound — are complete, thanks to a massive four-year extension, both Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers should feel confident in this deal. Forget the Facebook Live fiasco. The team zoned in on a Brown deal …

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Earl Mitchell signing with Niners on 4-year, $16M deal

Free-agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is headed to the Bay. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports Mitchell will be signing with the San Francisco 49ers on a four-year deal worth $16 million, according to a source informed of the situation Mitchell, who was due $4 million from the Miami Dolphins, will …

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