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Better keep your head on a swivel, Nick Foles. Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota might be in Chip Kelly's draft crosshairs after all, now that Kelly has turned another offse...(full article)

The NFL officially set the salary cap for the 2015 League Year at $143.28 million per team, the largest figure in the history of the NFL. What lies ahead is a very busy week. Teams...(full article)

There's nothing Shady about what the Eagles just did with LeSean McCoy. It was just good business. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that Philadelphia will finalize a trade ...(full article)

The construction of the 49ers involved landing a handful of stars at just about every level of the draft, but it also included stockpiling mid-round picks who are finally ready to ...(full article)

The news officially broke Monday, but I would hardly call it show-stopping "BREAKING NEWS." The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Dez Bryant. Frankly, it would've been hug...(full article)

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