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Brian Urlacher, former Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker, announced his retirement from the NFL via Twitter on Wednesday, three days shy of his 35th birthday.
Urlacher was an unsigned free agent but spent his entire career in Chicago and retires as a Bear.
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher wrote in a statement.
“Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a...
Nobody expected Victor Cruz to show up for the Giants' OTA workout on Wednesday. That Hakeem Nicks also didn't show up, however, was a much larger surprise. Nicks, who was in Manhattan just a night earlier, was nowhere to be found at the Giants facility on Wednesday, a concerning absence. Cruz is embroiled in an ongoing contract dispute with the Giants, so few expected him to work with the team. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin had been expecting Nicks to attend. "I don't know," Coughlin said after the session. "He should be here."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell believes football can thrive in England, which is why he's considering expanding the overseas schedule. Goodell spoke on Tuesday at the Spring League Meetings and addressed the media's questions on the subject. "Much to the disappointment of my staff when they told me the two games in London were sold out, I said, ???Okay, what's next and what can we do to continue our progress, in the UK in particular and internationally in general?'" Goodell said. "There are multiple things that our committee is doing and they reported on that today. Potentially going to three games is one alternative." Currently,...
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday and will soon undergo what could be season-ending surgery, a person informed of the injury told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the 49ers haven't commented on the injury, which used to be an automatic season-ender but has since become one that can sometimes be rehabbed in a matter of months -- as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers did last year.
Both players tore the tendon in the spring and returned to the field...
Cleveland Browns fans never had the opportunity to see a healthy Trent Richardson last season. Between offseason and preseason knee surgeries and multiple broken ribs sustained in Week 6, the closest the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft came to recapturing his Alabama form was a 128-yard performance in a Week 5 near-upset of the New York Giants.
New head coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Norv Turner are counting on Richardson to be the foundation of their offense. It has to be unsettling that the talented tailback was back in the trainers' room again for Browns OTAs on Thursday.
Chudzinski announced Thursday that Richardson...
Jared Allen has started 80 straight games for the Minnesota Vikings, and he's been paid well to do so.
The 31-year-old pass rusher is set to earn $14.3 million this season while counting more than $17 million against the cap. For the first time in more than half a decade, Allen also finds himself in a contract year.
Dan Wiederer of The Star Tribune spoke with Allen, who confirmed that the Vikings haven't asked him to restructure his contract for 2013 -- and haven't said a word about a new contract.
"You use the word 'restructure,' and that -- to me -- makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut," Allen told the newspaper....
Broadway Joe is at it again. Joe Namath calls Gang Green's prized rookie QB Geno Smith a "sensational athlete" with "good size." And Namath also thinks drafting Smith was unnecessary. "No, I don't think they needed a quarterback," Namath said at the United Way's 20th annual Gridiron Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Tuesday. "They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable." To Namath, the Jets already had a quality quarterback in embattled starter Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has struggled in the last two seasons....
With a number of Seahawks players in trouble the past few seasons for failed positive PED tests, the team reportedly has released the backup quarterback who was arrested this month on suspicion of DUI.
That would be Josh Portis, who was arrested May 5 and is scheduled to be arraigned May 28.
Though Portis' agent, JR Rickert, was adamant Portis was not arrested -- that tweet has since been deleted -- the Seahawks cut him Tuesday, according to the Everett Herald.
Bill Belichick’s two-year run as America’s highest-paid coach has come to an end. That title now belongs to Sean Payton, the fellow NFL coach who will be paid around $8 million per year to lead the New Orleans Saints for the next five seasons.
Payton’s future employment was something of a mystery at the end of last year when the NFL voided his contract extension with the Saints, making him a free agent at season’s end. But New Orleans, not keen on letting the franchise’s first Super Bowl-winning coach skip town, quickly locked up Payton with the rich contract offer.
As expected, the NFL awarded Super Bowl L to San Francisco and Super Bowl LI to Houston. Miami was the losing city in both cases.
San Francisco won out because it will have a $1.2 billion state-of-the-art stadium to showcase the milestone 50th Super Bowl, which will be played in February 2016. That was too much for Miami to overcome—especially after the Florida Legislature recently opted not to vote on a bill that would have provided $350 million in public funding for a critical renovation of Sun Life Stadium.
Without the renovation, Miami’s chances were doomed despite its rich Super Bowl history. For the same reason, Miami wasn’t...