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16hNFL Insiders

Ranking every NFL franchise over the next three seasons

Louis Riddick, John Clayton and Mike Sando team up to rank every NFL team based on which are best positioned to be successful for the long haul.

Jim Brown: No middle ground on Manziel (1:57)
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Which athletic achievements deserve an ESPY?

Your vote decides who will take home the ESPY for Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Play and so much more. The results will air on the 2015 ESPYS on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Wilson assuming all the risk (2:45)
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16hKC Joyner

Joyner: Key fantasy stats for QBs

In the first installment of a three-part series on the statistical difference makers, or Big Numbers, when it comes to grading fantasy football prospects, KC Joyner examines quarterbacks.

Odell Beckham also throws heat on the mound (0:28)

Brief history of strange kicker/punter moments

Steve Weatherford isn't the first punter or kicker to draw attention for something besides booting footballs. We revisit the "idiot kicker," the ax mishap and other kicking fraternity weirdness.


Candlestick demolition nearly complete

Construction crews continue taking apart the San Francisco ballpark, the former home of the Giants and 49ers, which hosted its final event last year. The site eventually will become home to a mix of houses, hotels and shops.


Russell Wilson on stats, money, life

"There's only one [number] that matters. It comes down to wins. Wins and being clutch. I believe every time I have the opportunity, I'm going to find a way to win." Complete Q&A

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NFL's highest-paid QBs

The average cash value for the contract of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson ($749K) is considerably lower than many of the league's premier signal callers.

NFLPA spokesman calls Vincent 'small'

NFL executive Troy Vincent criticized the players' union for spending money to go through the court system to challenge the NFL. In response, George Atallah tweeted: "You consider the infinite number of ways to respond to something like this & simple is best: 'small.'"

NFL exec Troy Vincent critical of NFLPA

"Look at the amount of money being spent on legal fees for a handful of people. ... Men are in transition who aren't doing well, and yet $8M to $10 million dollars a year is spent in court fees." Vincent Q&A

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Favre: I can still make the throws

Former QB Brett Favre is 45 but told Sports Illustrated: "Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway."

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Russell Wilson assuming all the risk

Said Adam Caplan: "If he suffers a significant injury, you don't know what's going to happen."


Is Favre serious about a NFL return?

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky says a Brett Favre return to the NFL is "way more than he could handle at this point" at age 45.


Beast Mode dives into Skittles

If you've ever wanted to see Marshawn Lynch take his trademark backward end-zone dive out of the endzone and into a giant container of Skittles, wait no longer. Lynch's colorful dive

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OTD: Atlanta awarded an NFL franchise

On June 30, 1965, the NFL awarded its 15th franchise to Atlanta, and a contest was announced to name the team, with the "Falcons" being chosen by many. They played their first season in 1966.

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Russell Wilson: A $25M QB?

The Seahawk said his play will determine his pay: "I continue to love the game for what it is ... and continue to play no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25 million or if it's $1.5 million." 'I love Seattle'

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Josh Freeman on the Dolphins' bubble

The former first-round draft pick and Pro Bowler is looking to make an NFL comeback, but, according to ESPN's James Walker, Freeman has only a 30 percent chance of making Miami's 53-man roster.

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Russell Wilson's instant success

Wilson is the first QB in NFL history to start 2 Super Bowls in his first 3 seasons. And his 36 wins in that span are 3 more than any other QB in the Super Bowl era.

NFL future power rankings

Which NFL teams are positioned for success over the next three seasons? The Patriots and Cowboys are both in the top 10, but Green Bay claimed the top spot thanks to Aaron Rodgers and a strong draft class. Full rankings (Insider)

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Pryor: I'll give 'slash-player' a chance

When the Browns signed Terrelle Pryor, they specifically said they'd transition the QB to WR. Pryor, however, brought up playing a dual QB/WR "slash role" and said, "I just want to play football." (via Trib Total Media)

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Jim Brown: No in-between with Manziel

"I believe he's going to be a star or he's going to be a bust. There's no in-between. I like Johnny. He creates action. But there's no middle ground on Johnny. He's going to be that guy, or he's probably going to be out of there. I like it that way, because they need dynamics at quarterback." (via USA Today Sports)

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Russell Wilson -- He's no backup

Russell Wilson's $1.54M base salary is in line with his draft position, but consider this: Eight backup QBs are scheduled to make a higher base salary than Wilson next season, including THIRD STRINGER Charlie Whitehurst.

Lions fan with laser pointer fined

An 18-year-old from West Bloomfield, Mich., has been sentenced to 80 hours of community service and a $235 fine for using a laser pointer during a Lions-Bills game to distract Bills players. Marko Beslach, who had boasted on Twitter about the pointer, has also been banned from Ford Field.