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Carolina Panthers - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Carolina Panthers - INSIDE SLANT The Panthers applied the franchise tag to defensive end Greg Hardy. The tender for defensive ends is $13.116 million. "We are very pleased that Greg will be back with the Panthers next season," head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement released by the team. "He was a big reason we were able to lead the league in sacks last year and keeps our defensive line intact." Hardy, 25, had 15 sacks in 2013 and 11 in 2012.

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RB Jawan Jamison was waived by the Redskins Tuesday. FB Le'Ron McClain had his contract terminated by the Chargers Tuesday. P Sav Rocca had his contract terminated by the Redskins Tuesday. CB Derek Cox had his contract terminated by the Chargers Tuesday. CB Johnny Patrick was waived by the Chargers Tuesday.. RB Davin Meggett was waived by the Redskins Tuesday.

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WR Jason Avant, who was due a $1 million bonus on March 15, was released by the Eagles Tuesday. The Eagles also save $3.25 million against the salary cap by cutting Avant. RB Jawan Jamison was waived by the Redskins Tuesday. G Leroy Harris was released by the Lions Tuesday. G Uche Nwaneri, who played every snap last season, was released by the Jaguars Tuesday, saving the team $3.7 million in salary-cap space. FB Le'Ron McClain had his contract terminated by the Chargers Tuesday.

Arizona Cardinals - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Arizona Cardinals - INSIDE SLANT Cardinals will try to keep Dansby Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has made re-signing inside linebacker Karlos Dansby one of the top priorities of the offseason. But he also knows it will be difficult to pull off. Last year, Dansby, 32, was the most valuable player on one of the NFL's top defenses. His leadership was invaluable. So was his intelligence, and he called all the defensive signals.

Detroit Lions - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Detroit Lions - INSIDE SLANT Caldwell believes Stafford can be a winner Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell isn't going to get caught up in the debate about whether Matthew Stafford is an elite quarterback. He believes Stafford has the makings of something more important.

Denver Broncos - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Denver Broncos - INSIDE SLANT Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passed his physical exam Monday, planned primarily to gauge the status of his surgically repaired neck, and is cleared to play in 2014. Manning passed the team's exit interview physical last month but returned for physicians to more closely evaluate the neck area reconstructed in spinal fusion surgery in 2012.

Iowa 83, Purdue 76

No. 19 Iowa 83, Purdue 76: Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting as the Hawkeyes earned a Big Ten win over the visiting Boilermakers. Marble also had five assists and four steals and Aaron White put up 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7), who solidified their standing for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Mike Gesell registered 15 points and Josh Oglesby added 11 points.

Tight end Pitta signs five-year deal with Ravens

(Reuters) - Tight end Dennis Pitta, who is a favored target for quarterback Joe Flacco, has signed a five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, the National Football League team said on Friday. Pitta, a fourth-round pick by the Ravens in the 2010 NFL Draft, had been set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. Though no financial details were disclosed by the team, Pitta's deal is estimated by local media to be worth $32 million, making him one of the highest paid tight ends in the league.

NFL: Anti-gay bill vetoed after sporting pressure

A controversial anti-gay bill was vetoed Wednesday by Arizona governor Jan Brewer only hours after pressure from American sports leagues that pump millions of dollars into the US state's economy. The National Football League, which will stage Super Bowl 49 next February in Arizona, as well as Major League Baseball and Arizona's NBA and Women's NBA teams made it clear they did not want to see Senate Bill 1062 become law.

Carolina Panthers - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Carolina Panthers - INSIDE SLANT For the majority of their existence, the Carolina Panthers have been one of the most loyal organizations in the NFL. While that's a commendable trait, it doesn't help you win. Loyalty to veteran players has led to unwise contracts and younger guys not getting a chance. But a massive change could be coming to Carolina, one that could stun a fan base that has largely been shielded from the business side of pro football.
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