Dolphins sign Daryn Colledge to one-year deal

The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran offensive guard Daryn College to a one-year contract.

Colledge was signed following a tryout that included Steve Vallos, Samson Satele and Ryan Harris,

"Daryn is a proven player who brings a tremendous amount of experience and versatility to the organization," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. "He is a welcome addition to our offensive line room."

Colledge has started for the past six seasons, including stints with the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.

He played collegiately at Boise State.

The Dolphins' offensive line needed reinforcements after losing center Mike Pouncey to a torn hip labrum that required surgery. He's out for at least three months.

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49ers re-sign guard Al Netter

The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive guard Al Netter to a one-year contract.

Netter signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

He was on the 49ers' practice squad before being released the following  year.

Netter then spent time with the Tennessee Titans on the practice squad last year before rejoining the 49ers on their pracftice squad last season.

Netter, 24, played collegiately at Northwestern and was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference selection.

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Report: Lane Johnson suspended four games

It looks like the Philadelphia Eagels will be without offensive tackle Lane Johnson for the first four games of this season.

According to a report from The Philadelphia Daily News, Johnson violated the performance-enhancing drugs policy and will serve the suspension as a result. A year ago, Johnson started all 16 regular season games at right tackle.

The line is a solid group up front but thin behind the starters. This could force the Eagles to look into any available veterans that could be plugged in for the four games Johnson is expected to miss now.

If the Eagles don't turn to the free agent mark, Allen Barbre would be the next in line to play the right tackle position.

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Justin Tuck surprised he's no longer a Giant

Now with the Oakland Raiders, veteran defensive end Justin Tuck is still surprised he's no longer with the New York Giant.s

He signed a two-year, $11 million contract in March with the Raiders. The Giants declined to match.

"The only thing weird is when you see Giants fans who have a tendency to tell you how stupid (the team) is," Tuck told The Newark Star-Ledger. "Those are their words, not mine. But yeah, it was weird. You spend nine years in one place. You have a lot of success there and a lot of great friends. So yeah, it's going to be weird but I understand the business side of things and you need to move forward."

It caught Tuck off guard to leave the Giants.

"To answer your question, I am still surprised I'm not a New York Giant," Tuck said.

Tuck said he has no hard feelings.

"I did everything I was supposed to do, the right way," Tuck said. "It wasn't meant to be. You don't hold any grudges, you're not mad at anyone. Hey, God has put you in a new place. It's kind of a breath of fresh air to start somewhere new. You reminisce the good times and the bad ones you learned from and you try and take that into the next chapter."

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Hoyer's agent: Extension would be hard to do

An ESPN report early Monday stated that the Browns wanted to lock up quarterback Brian Hoyer with an extension.

Hold that thought, his agent Joe Linta told While the two parties have begun preliminary talks, it doesn't appear that anything is set to materialize any time soon.

"[I]t will be a very difficult deal to do," Linta said. "We're always open to talking with the Browns, but we're content to wait and see what happens down the road."

It's definitely a good sign with Hoyer's knee that the Browns want to work something out with him. But a lot of factors are involved, including if Hoyer will even be the starting quarterback in Week 1. If so, Hoyer could then bet on himself for future seasons. If not, and Johnny Manziel wins the job, then why enter into a contract extension when Hoyer is set to be a free agent in 2015?

So yes, as Linta stated, it would be very difficult for Hoyer to sign an extension at this time. It's definitely best for him to hold off until he has a better feel on his future in Cleveland.

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Team preview: Carolina Panthers

Last year at this time, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was on the hot seat. The team had a new general manager in Dave Gettleman and the franchise had won a total of 13 games over the previous two seasons. There was no doubt about it: Rivera and the Panthers had to win.

Not only did Carolina succeed, they won the division and Rivera was awarded a contract extension. But as improved as the Panthers were in 2013, they still have problems going forward. Salary cap wise, they were not in good shape and Gettleman had to make some tough decisions. There were veteran players who were productive a year ago that are no longer with the team.

With a fairly big turnover in roster positions, the Panthers might not look as strong on paper as they did a year ago, but this is still a strong team that will again challenge for the division title. I think that the Panthers are probably a year away from competing for the conference championship, but they are definitely moving in the right direction.


Cam NewtonNewton is coming off his best professional campaign.

As Cam Newton goes, so go the Panthers. In Newton’s first two years he was inconsistent like many young quarterbacks. When former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski left to become head coach of the Browns, it turned out to be addition by subtraction. Mike Shula was promoted to offensive coordinator and he changed the offense to play to Newton’s strengths. The results were that Newton played his best football as a pro and was voted to the Pro Bowl.

Going forward, Newton will only get better and the sky is the limit as to how good he can become.

Like many NFL clubs, the Panthers don’t have a lot behind Newton. Veterans Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are complementary, but neither is going to scare an opponent. The player to keep an eye on is free agent Matt Blanchard. He was on the Bears’ practice squad in 2012 and looked as if he was going to make their team last year. Blanchard got injured late in training camp and the Bears were forced to cut him. Blanchard is very smart, has good arm strength and has enough athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet.

Receivers and tight ends

The 2014 receiving unit does not resemble the group the Panthers had in 2013. Gone are Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon. That group is replaced by Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, Marvin McNutt, Tiquan Underwood and first round pick Kelvin Benjamin.

In Avant and Cotchery, the Panthers have two veterans who are excellent route runners with great hands. Benjamin has rare size, can run and is strong after the catch, but he is raw. He still had two years of college eligibility remaining. Underwood is the speed guy who can get deep and McNutt is similar to Avant and Cotchery, but not as advanced.

The tight end group is led by Greg Olsen who is one of the better “move” tight ends in the NFL. Olsen led the Panthers in receptions a year ago with 73 and that number should go up this year. The other tight end could possibly be former Raven Ed Dickson, who is talented, but disappointed in Baltimore.

Don’t be surprised if the Panthers add some receivers during training camp as veterans become available.

Running backs

At 31, DeAngelo Williams is still the lead back who ran for over 800 yards in 2013. Behind him is fullback/running back Mike Tolbert who was a Pro Bowler last year. Seven-year vet Jonathan Stewart has been injury prone and isn’t what he once was.

The player who could surprise is sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney. Gaffney was ultra-productive at Stanford a year ago, running for over 1,700 yards and catching 15 passes. He is a very physical player who I feel will work into the running back rotation.

Offensive line

Long time left tackle Jordan Gross retired during the off-season, which left a huge hole in the Panthers’ line to fill. Going into camp, I don’t think the Panthers are totally set on how they will line up across the offensive line.

The tackles will most likely be Byron Bell and Nate Chandler. Right now it looks as if Bell will be on the right side with Chandler on the left, but that could change. One of the guards will be second-round draft choice Trai Turner. Turner (from LSU) is big and athletic and should become a very good NFL guard. The other guard will be either Amini Silatolu or Chris Scott, with Silatolu having the advantage.

At center, the Panthers have one of the best in the NFL in Ryan Kalil, who has been to four Pro Bowls. A player to watch in training camp is second-year man Edmund Kugbila. Kugbila’s development as a rookie was slowed by injuries, but he is an intriguing prospect with excellent size.

Defensive line

Greg HardyWill Hardy be available for the start of the regular season?

This unit is the strength of the Carolina defense. A year ago, the Panthers first two picks in the draft were defensive linemen Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Both played very well as rookies and will be even better in 2014. The third member of the inside rotation is Dwan Edwards. The three complement each other very well.

At the end positions are Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson. Hardy has become one of the most feared pass rushers in the league and Johnson, with his non-stop motor, makes a lot of plays. In reserve is second-round pick Kony Ealy, who was one of the better pass rushers in the SEC last year. Mario Addison and former CFL star Alex Hall add depth. Hall had 15 sacks in the CFL a year ago.

Greg Hardy had an off-field issue earlier this spring and the results of that case could mean he misses some games due to a league suspension. It’s still too early in the case to get any idea of what the result will be.


Going into his third year, Luke Kuechly is one of the top Mike linebackers in football. Few have his combination of instincts, speed, intensity, and playmaking ability. In short, Kuechly runs the defense.

One of the outside linebackers will be Thomas Davis, who is entering his tenth season. Davis is rare in that he has survived three ACL surgeries to his right knee. His play in 2013 was excellent. The other outside linebacker will probably be Chase Blackburn, who started seven games a year ago. He could be challenged by second-year player A.J. Klein, who flashed as a rookie.


Like the receiver and offensive line groups, the secondary is unsettled going into training camp. One of the corners looks to be Antoine Cason, who was with Arizona a year ago and played for Rivera in San Diego. The other corner will probably be second-year man Melvin White. White was an undrafted free agent a year ago, but went on to start 10 games. For depth there is Josh Norman and Charles Godfrey, who missed most of last season with an Achilles injury.

At safety, newcomer Thomas DeCoud will line up at free. Decoud is a former Pro Bowler who struggled last year in Atlanta, but the Panthers are hoping he reverts back to 2012 form. The strong safety is former Saint Roman Harper. Rookie Tre Boston from North Carolina also has to figure in the mix.


< p> As I said earlier, this team is not as strong on paper as it was a year ago. There are a lot of unanswered questions going into camp at various positions.

One thing I do know is that the Panthers have an excellent coaching staff and they will get the most out of every player. While Carolina may not repeat as division champs, they will challenge for a wild card playoff spot.

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Robert Griffin gets green light to audible

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has the green light to audible unlike when he was playing for Mike Shanahan.

Now, Griffin has increased freedom with a new coaching staff.

"He did an excellent job above the neck,” Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said, “as far as absorbing the new system, some of the terminology. He’s done an excellent job translating his knowledge in the meeting room onto the field, recognizing some of those looks.

"Some of the audible situations we’ll give him the opportunity to call things at the line. He’s shown he’s fully capable of doing it and that’s what gives him a great chance to have success this year.”

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Notre Dame lands its first RB commit for the 2015 class

Notre Dame landed its first running back commit for its 2015 recruiting class on Monday when Josh Adams gave his verbal pledge to the Fighting Irish.

The 6-2, 200-pounder from Central Bucks South High School (Warrington, PA), who visited South Bend for the first time two weeks ago, is a three-star running back, according to

Adams had offers from Stanford, Penn State, and Pittsburgh, among others. The Panthers were considered a leading contender for his services along with the Irish.

While his 2013 campaign was shortened because of a torn ACL, Adams recorded 255 rushes for 2,089 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore.

With this new pledge, Notre Dame now has 15 commitments for its 2015 class.

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Tom Brady tells teammates this isn't the time for a vacation

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady advised teammates this isn't the time for a vacation, or relaxing with training camp approaching.

The Patriots report to training camp July 23.

“I think we really had our vacation. I think that part’s over,” Brady said. “Not that you shouldn’t enjoy time with your family and stuff like that. For those seven months we’re pretty busy every day. I think you really focus on being prepared for camp. It’s really a time to start accelerating your preparation because you’ve got a lot of time to basically know what you need to improve on.

“Maybe it’s conditioning or any particular aspect of your game that you really need to work on that showed up in this particular camp, and you’ve got five weeks to work on it, make it better so you come into camp at the most important time, really at your best.”

The Patriots are trying to get back to the Super Bowl.

“We’re just trying to get better and make improvements,” Brady said. “Every year there’s different challenges, a lot of new players, a lot of new scheme things we’re trying to implement. We’ve had our good days and our bad days. Hopefully, we can really build on them and training camp starts pretty quickly. It’s that time of year where we’re ending the spring camps and really be quickly into the summer camps. I’m excited. It’s a great opportunity for all of us.”

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Broncos CB Chris Harris 85 percent recovered from ACL

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris estimated that he's 85 percent recovered from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

And he anticipates being cleared medically before the start of the regular season.

“I’m doing great, man,” Harris told the Tulsa World. “I’m probably about 85 percent right. I have one more month of training and then I finally get (medically) released so I’m excited about that.”

Harris is playing this season under a second-round, $2.187 million tender.

A former undrafted free agent, Harris has established himself as one of the best young cornerbacks before he got hurt.

“Coming in undrafted, nothing is given to you,” Harris said. “They don’t give you a spot and you have to go out there and take it. Right now, I’m just glad I’m not in that position anymore.”

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