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RB Matt Forte says Bears won’t re-sign him, making him free agent 02.12.16 at 12:08 pm ET
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Matt Forte

Matt Forte

In an Instagram post Friday morning, running back Matt Forte announced his days as a member of the Bears are over.

“Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” wrote Forte. “I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency.”

Although he seemed disappointed with the team’s decision to move on, the two-time Pro Bowler made it clear he harbors no ill will toward the organization.

“I will remain forever grateful for my time spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a rich history,” Forte said. “My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy for the best fans in all of sports. I’m excited about the next chapter of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home.”

Forte played eight seasons for the Bears, who drafted him out of Tulane in 2008. Statistically, he is the second-most productive running back in team history.

“These decisions are never easy, especially given what Matt has meant to our team and community. We have a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Bears owner Ryan Pace said. “Matt is one of the all-time great Bears and did an excellent job for us on and off the field last season. He was a tremendous teammate. We thank him for his professionalism and wish him the very best as he continues his career.”

Forte is set to hit free agency, where he undoubtedly will be a hot commodity for teams in need of a feature running back.

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GM John Elway: Broncos defense ‘in the argument to be one of the best ever’ 02.10.16 at 12:20 pm ET
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The Broncos were feted at a victory celebration in Denver on Tuesday. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)

The Broncos were feted at a victory celebration in downtown Denver on Tuesday. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)

After finishing the season as the NFL’s top-ranked defense and dominating throughout the postseason, the Broncos brought a Lombardi Trophy back to Denver and celebrated with their fans Tuesday.

At the team’s victory parade, general manager John Elway raised some eyebrows when he said the defense should not only be considered elite, it should go down as one of the best in the history of the league.

“To me, to sit here and say, if you look at it, if you look at the performance in that Super Bowl, they are in the argument to be one of the best ever,” Elway said. “It’s hard to say that they’re going to be that, but they’re in the argument, which is a [great] compliment to them.”

Elway was the man who constructed the defense piece by piece following Denver’s blowout loss to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos transformed from an offensive-minded team to one that was carried by its defense.

“I know one thing: I wouldn’t want to play them. I’m glad I didn’t have to play them,” Elway said. “Obviously, we’re biased in the fact that we rode their coattails all the way to the championship.”

Denver’s mayor estimated that a million fans turned out for Tuesday’s celebration, with players riding a convoy through city streets after an outdoor concert.

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NFL’s Rooney Rule update will require women be interviewed for executive positions 02.05.16 at 11:04 am ET
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At the first ever NFL Women’s Summit on Thursday, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he will be implementing an update to the Rooney Rule that will make it a requirement that women be interviewed for executive positions throughout the league, as well as in NFL offices.

“We believe in diversity,” Goodell said. “We believe we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table. We have great people at the table. We’re also seeing it on the field.”

The first full-time female assistant coach, Kathryn Smith, was hired by the Bills last month. Jen Welter made headlines when she joined the Cardinals as an inside linebackers coach during the preseason, and this season Sarah Thomas became the first female official in NFL history.

“Sarah was our first female NFL official on the field this year,” Goodell said. “She did a fantastic job, and we’re very proud of her. We also have people breaking into the coaching ranks. Jen was the first coach last year. She set a trend, and we now have a second coach with the Buffalo Bills.”

Because of the new rule, the NFL should see this trend continue in the near future.

“You can see that progress is being made and our commitment is, we have something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure when we have an opening that on the team or the league level that we are going to interview a diverse slate of candidates,” said Goodell. “Well, we’re going to make that commitment and we’re going to formalize that we, as a league, are going to do that for women as well in all of our executive positions. Again, we’re going to keep making progress here and make a difference.”

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Police: Johnny Manziel allegedly struck girlfriend, threatened to kill them both at 8:48 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is in the midst of yet another off-field controversy this week. According to a police report released Thursday, Manziel allegedly struck his girlfriend several times during a dispute at a downtown Dallas hotel on Saturday.

The report goes on to say that Manziel and his ex-girlfriend then left the hotel, and he drove them to her apartment in Fort Worth. In his ex-girlfriend’s testimony, she says that she and Manziel were screaming angrily back and forth during the drive, which followed with him striking her several more times.

ABC affiliate WFAA talked to several unnamed sources regarding the case, one of whom says Manziel told his ex-girlfriend, “Shut up or I’ll kill us both,” after they were in the car. She also alleged that Manziel acted “as if he were on some kind of drugs.”

When reached for a comment by TMZ Sports, Manziel maintained his innocence. “It didn’t happen,” he said. “I’m completely stable. I’m safe and secure.”

Manziel was not charged by the Fort Worth or Dallas police departments, who say their investigations are closed.

“We’re trying to get our son better,” Manziel’s father, Paul, said in an interview with WFAA on Thursday. “We’re not there yet.”

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CTE found in brain of deceased former Giants S Tyler Sash 01.27.16 at 10:41 am ET
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Tyler Sash

Tyler Sash

Former Giants safety Tyler Sash is the latest ex-NFL player with chronic traumatic encephalopathy found in his brain. Sash, who died at the age of 27 due to an accidental overdose of pain medications, had his brain donated by his mother to be tested for the degenerative brain disease.

An issue that has been put under a microscope in recent years, CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head that cause brain trauma. Sash’s mother, Barnetta Sash, had noticed dramatic changes in behavior since he was cut from the Giants in 2013 after what was at least his fifth concussion.

Sash returned to his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa, after leaving the NFL. Not long after moving back, he was arrested for public intoxication and tried evading police on a motorized scooter. He also had been experiencing memory loss, developed a temper and often showed signs of confusion.

Although his mother felt the prescription drugs he was taking were causing his mood swings and outlandish behavior, she still wanted to have his brain examined after he passed away in September.

Wrote Bill Pennington of The New York Times:

Last week, representatives from Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation notified the Sash family that C.T.E. had been diagnosed in Tyler’€™s brain and that the disease, which can be confirmed only posthumously, had advanced to a stage rarely seen in someone his age.

Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System and a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine who conducted the examination, said Tuesday that the severity of the C.T.E. in Sash’€™s brain was about the same as the level found in the brain of the former N.F.L. star Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 43.

Sash is another on what is a growing list of deceased former NFL players with CTE found in their brains.

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Adalius Thomas will attend NFL broadcasting boot camp 06.02.15 at 10:41 am ET
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Retired linebacker Adalius Thomas is participating in the NFL’s annual broadcasting boot camp. The ninth rendition of the four-day workshop begins Monday at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Thomas, 37, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi. Though the $35 million man holds a legacy in New England for his tardiness, he remains one of the most respected players around the league. He retired with 53 career sacks and one first-team All-Pro selection in 2006, when he recorded 11 sacks and one fumble return touchdown.

The former Raven and Patriot joins 24 current and former players attending the boot camp, including Mike Adams, Greg Camarillo, Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie, Ronnie Brown, Ike Taylor and others.

The program includes instructors from all of the major NFL broadcasting agencies and hosts personalities like Kenny Albert, James Brown, Greg Cosell, Curt Menefee and Solomon Wilcots.

The workshop educates participants on tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each participant tapes segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter. Additonally, each of them will serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“You can turn on your television at home and see how beneficial Boot Camp: Broadcasting has been for the players who have participated in the past,” NFL vice president of engagement Charles Way said. “Broadcasting is a competitive field to break into, and we’€™re thrilled that this program has assisted so many players with achieving their career goals.”

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NFL, NFLPA reportedly close to agreement on HGH testing 09.05.14 at 10:14 am ET
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The NFL and the NFL Players Association are close to an agreement that would allow for HGH testing for the first time in the history of the league after three years of back-and-forth negotiations, according to an ESPN report.

It appeared that the league would have testing in place in 2011 when a new collective bargaining agreement was put in place, but disagreements have kept HGH testing on the back burner. Thanks to a push by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, the issue is back at the forefront and close to becoming a completed deal.

“Players who have been to any collective bargaining negotiation understand that we never describe them as ‘very close,’ ” NFLPA president Eric Winston said in a statement. ‘€œWe look at every issue we can to improve the rights and benefits of players. This process takes time, it takes creativity and it is never easy. We want to get a new agreement in place, but we understand the responsibility we have to the players and to the game. It is critical that we get this right.”€

While both sides apparently would like to come to an agreement before Sunday’€™s Week 1 games, there remain points of contention with other changes. One idea the league proposed that has been debated and hotly contested is a player getting disciplined immediately for a DUI arrest. There is concern that the negotiations could come to a halt if the proposed changes other than HGH testing lead to more bickering.

If the negotiations were to be finalized, the league would be allowed to test players for HGH the day before a game and the day after one. It would not allow the NFL to test players during the day of a game. Testing could begin as little as 10 days after an agreement is put into place.

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Report: DEA launches probe into NFL prescription drug scandal 07.14.14 at 1:14 pm ET
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The NFL already had its hands full when more than 1,300 former players filed a lawsuit in May alleging that NFL teams illegally distributed painkillers and other potent drugs in order to keep players on the field.

Then federal drug agents got involved.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has launched an investigation into the scandal, sending New York agents to talk to former NFL players in order to determine how team trainers and doctors were able to acquire powerful drugs such as Vicodin, the New York Daily News reported.

“They want to find out who provided and distributed the drugs to football players,”€ one source told the Daily News.

“The allegations in our lawsuit, that the NFL has violated state and federal drug laws, have been confirmed by over 1,300 former NFL players,”€ said Steve Silverman, an attorney for the NFL players. “We are pleased to learn that the DEA and United States Department of Justice are also taking our clients’ allegations seriously and are actively protecting the welfare of NFL players.”

The suit, which includes plaintiffs such as former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and ESPN analyst Marcellus Wiley, states that NFL teams would hand out a large supply of drugs without warning the players of the dangers of addiction or other negative side effects. The lawsuit states that McMahon soon became addicted to Percoset, taking around 100 pills a month, even during the offseason.

Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent said in the suit that he suffers from permanent nerve damage after playing eight games with a broken foot one season after taking painkillers following surgery.

The DEA investigation could prove to be a big boost for the NFL players, as federal agents may be able to reveal evidence that previously was unavailable to lawyers in a civil case.

The NFL refused to comment on the DEA investigation.

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Former Browns captain D’Qwell Jackson: Josh Gordon ‘needs help’ 07.07.14 at 10:41 am ET
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Browns wideout Josh Gordon had a great year in 2013, as the Baylor product led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in just 14 games.

However, in a shocking turn of events, last year might have been the 23-year-old receiver’€™s swan song in the NFL, as a second failed drug test in May and a DWI charge stemming from his arrest Saturday has put Gordon’€™s career in jeopardy.

While it seems like helping Gordon is a lost cause at this point, Colts linebacker and former Browns captain D’€™Qwell Jackson announced his efforts to try to help the young receiver both on Twitter and while speaking with ESPN.com Monday.

“He needs help, he really does,” Jackson told ESPN.com. “He needs people to extend themselves and probably have to do more than they wanted to do. But if [the Browns] care anything about the kid, they have to do it.”

While Jackson — who played alongside Gordon for two seasons in 2012 and 2013 — does not regularly talk with Gordon, he that he will reach out to the embattled wideout soon before adding that his Browns teammates also need to make an effort to help him out.

“At this point calling the cell phone is not going to work,” Jackson said. “You have to fly out to him. You have to fly out to wherever he is, take him to dinner and pick his brain to see what’s important to him.”

Gordon, who was already facing a year-long suspension for testing positive for marijuana, has planned to appeal the ruling later this month –€“ a move that is likely all but futile after his latest arrest.

Jackson, who said that Gordon was “one of those guys when he left the building that you worried about,”€ said that Gordon had all the potential in the world while out on the gridiron.

“Josh Gordon was a big piece of the Browns’ future; It’s just unfortunate he didn’t view it that way,” Jackson said. “He is so valuable. He doesn’t understand how valuable he is to an organization. He has no clue.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Native American group plans $9 billion lawsuit against Cleveland Indians 06.26.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Braves at Astros, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: United State vs. Germany, noon (ESPN: WEEI-FM)
World Cup soccer: Portugal vs. Ghana, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Russia vs. Algeria, 4 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: South Korea vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A Native American group revealed plans to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians next month, calling the team’s nickname and Chief Wahoo logo racist.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” American Indian Education Center director Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache, told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since Day 1. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

Roche also is the director of the group People Not Mascots, which is looking to capitalize on the momentum following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that stripped the Washington Redskins of their trademark because the nickname is considered a “racial slur.”

MASHUP POLL: Should the Cleveland Indians change their nickname?

  • No, there's nothing wrong with it (87%, 359 Votes)
  • Yes, it's offensive (13%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 415

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The Indians have been phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo the past few years, replacing it on the players’ hats with a block ‘C.’ But the old logo has its supporters.

“If just a small amount of people are against it, then I think you’re doing a disservice to people that like it,” Bob Rosen, president of the Wahoo Club, told WEWS, adding: “I’m not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they buy it up, they love it. Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

— The NFL on Wednesday agreed to a revised settlement for concussion-related claims by former players, removing the $675 million cap after a federal judge expressed concern that it wouldn’t be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will decide whether to accept the new terms.

The new agreement has no cap on overall damage claims, although it still includes a payout formula that considers individuals’ age and illness, and both sides said they expect the league will not surpass the $675 million mark on damage claims. It will cover retired players who develop neurological problems including dementia and Lou Gehrig‘s disease.

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