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NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)
Running back Adrian Peterson, the only player on the Minnesota Vikings' roster who did not show up for the first week of OTAs, kept his name in the headlines Thursday. Not coincidentally, it was one day after coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson's "not going to play for anybody else. Wilson has been one of the best bargains in the NFL since the Seahawks drafted him in the third round in 2012, helping the team to two Super Bowls and one title.
Saints getting a first look at their defensive overhaul (The Associated Press)
An autograph-covered football commemorating the New England Patriots' Super Bowl triumph last season now sits in cornerback Brandon Browner's locker at the headquarters of his new NFL team, the New Orleans Saints. In a sense, Browner is the face of a defensive overhaul New Orleans initiated after ranking second to last in yards allowed last season. ''I just try to come over here and be myself,'' Browner said Thursday, as the Saints wrapped up their first set of offseason practices.
NFL Transactions Tracker (Rotoworld)
Nick Mensio keeps track of every offseason transaction for all 32 teams.
Los Angeles NFL team update: St. Louis officials sue over stadium, San Diego negotiates with Chargers (Shutdown Corner)
Raiders sign LB Miller, WR Williams (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent linebacker Horace Miller and re-signed wide receiver Milton Williams III.
Indianapolis signs 1st-round draft pick Phillip Dorsett (The Associated Press)
Receiver Phillip Dorsett has a lot of work to do this offseason. First, he needs to learn the Colts' playbook, then he wants to develop a rapport with Andrew Luck, and only then will he ponder how to spend his first big paycheck. As the Colts conducted another offseason workout Wednesday, the former Miami star became the NFL's newest millionaire.
Antonio Smith absent from Broncos OTAs amid criminal probe (The Associated Press)
Coach Gary Kubiak says Antonio Smith's absence from the Denver Broncos' voluntary organized team activities should ''absolutely not'' be viewed as a judgment or punishment. Prosecutors in Texas are investigating a criminal sexual complaint against the defensive end who signed with the Broncos two months ago. Smith met with Kubiak, general manager John Elway and team president and CEO Joe Ellis and they all agreed it was best for Smith to skip the voluntary workouts, Kubiak said.
QB Christian Ponder makes most of opportunity with Raiders (The Associated Press)
After spending last season mired on the bench in Minnesota, Christian Ponder is happy for any chance he gets to work with the first-team offense. Ponder has spent the past two weeks during the offseason program for the Oakland Raiders working with the top offense while starter Derek Carr nurses a finger injury on his throwing hand. It's a far cry from last season when the former first-round pick and quarterback who led Minnesota to the playoffs in his second season was relegated to third string behind rookie Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel.
Browns vs. Raiders: Who's the NFL's most inept franchise? (Shutdown Corner)
  All of our favorite franchises have their down stretches. Sometimes they last a few games, sometimes they last a few seasons, and sometimes they're down so long that they can't even remember what "up" felt like. Which of sports' franchises fit this category? You can probably guess without even watching the video, but we humbly request that you do. The Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns represent everything inept about the NFL, from on-field play to coaching strategy to front-office management to fan relations. They win our "award" as the worst franchises in sports, but they are most definitely not alone. As a bonus, we've added the five worst contracts in sports history. See if your team is struggling under the weight of one of these! This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk kick around every topic in sports. Check out the Grandstanding podcast , where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter ( @kevinkaduk and @jaybusbee ) Facebook ( Kaduk here , Busbee here ) or via the hashtag #grandstanding . Thanks for checking it out! ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee And keep up with Jay over on Facebook , too.
Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas (The Associated Press)
Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as ''sexual in nature.'' Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was ''sexual in nature.'' After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county District Attorney's Office in February. When contacted by the Denver Post, District Attorney John Healey declined to discuss the nature of his office's investigation or confirm its target.
Raiders sign linebacker Neiron Ball (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round draft pick Neiron Ball.
Broncos defender investigated over child abuse: reports (AFP)
Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated for alleged child abuse by authorities in Texas, celebrity website TMZ and the Denver Post reported Thursday. Smith, 33, signed a one-year National Football League contract worth $2 million with the Broncos last month. Smith, who was named to the Pro Bowl all-star game in 2011, is familiar with changes to the Denver defensive system being made by a new coaching staff and has 44 sacks in 155 career NFL games.
Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation for child abuse (Shutdown Corner)
What happened at NFL meetings and what it means (The Associated Press)
NFL owners concluded an especially hectic spring meetings by setting up what figures to be a very busy summer and fall. Los Angeles was the main topic, along with deflated footballs, future Super Bowls, altered extra points and international games. ''We're significantly farther than we have been on any relocation in the recent past,'' Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday.
Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it's his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. ''It's my job here to make sure we're doing everything to protect the integrity of the game, protect our policies, protect our procedures,'' Goodell said. It's my responsibility and it's something that we've had in place for a long time.'' SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing in the area by the 2016 season.
Raiders sign cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback Chimdi Chekwa.
Column: In the end, the NFL cartel is what matters most (The Associated Press)
Tom Brady is on his own, cast off by an owner who figured out that being in the club that practically prints money is a lot more important than being loyal to one of his employees. Robert Kraft could have stood by his quarterback, and stood up for the integrity of his franchise. In the embrace of his fellow owners in San Francisco, though, he decided that being part of the multibillion-dollar cash machine was more important than taking that stand for both Brady and the New England fans who are outraged over the serious penalties for ''Deflategate.'' That it happened just a bridge away from where Al Davis tormented the league for years was perhaps symbolic.
Timetable for decision on teams in LA could be moved up (The Associated Press)
Los Angeles might be in the NFL's future sooner than anyone thought. The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing in the area by the 2016 season. NFL vice president Eric Grubman, the league's lead man on a possible return to LA, said Wednesday the window for such applications that now begins Jan. 1 could be moved ''to very late in the (upcoming) regular season.'' The 32 team owners could vote on a team's relocation ''some weeks after that.'' The team would play in an existing stadium until a new one is built.
Four cities invited to bid on 2019 Super Bowl, Los Angeles in mix for 2020 (Shutdown Corner)
The locations for the next three Super Bowls are already set in stone (Santa Clara, Calif., Houston, and Minneapolis), but there are a number of cities in the running to host the big game in 2019 and 2020. According to the Miami Herald , Miami, along with New Orleans, Atlanta and Tampa were all invited by the NFL to bid on Super Bowls LIII and LIV. Additionally, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles “will be considered a potential host city” in 2020 (Super Bowl LIV), as long as “the market has at least one NFL team by then.” A Super Bowl hasn’t been played in Southern California since 2003, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Los Angeles has hosted seven Super Bowls – five at the Rose Bowl and two at the Coliseum. The league won’t make its decision until next May for the 2019 game. The city that wins that bid is taken out of the running for the following Super Bowl, narrowing the field by one.  Of the available cities, Miami and New Orleans have each hosted the big game 10 times, while Tampa and Atlanta have hosted four and two times, respectively. The newly built Sun Life Stadium (Miami) and the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, slated to open in 2017, make those two cities attractive options. Of course, the NFL’s familiarity with New Orleans and Tampa make them comfortable choices as well, but the emergence of Los Angeles – the country’s second-biggest media market – could raise the intrigue level when the votes are finally tallied next May.  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper
NFL owners approve moving extra point back to 15-yard line (Shutdown Corner)
Raiders QB Derek Carr sidelined in offseason workouts (The Associated Press)
When the Oakland Raiders took the field for the start of their first full-team practice since the NFL draft, there was one notable spectator. Quarterback Derek Carr spent much of Tuesday's organized team activity on the sideline running plays in his mind instead of on the field as he deals with an undisclosed injury. Coach Jack Del Rio says it is his policy not to discuss injuries in the offseason and he would only say that Carr is one of a handful of players who could not take part in the practice.
Raiders owner Mark Davis still considers Oakland top option (The Associated Press)
Raiders owner Mark Davis walked into a makeshift Black Hole outside The Ritz-Carlton joining a throng of protesters, and vowed to do all he can to keep his team in Oakland. Davis said he will know by June 21 from the City of Oakland and Alameda County about a possible preliminary financing plan for $400 million to build a new stadium in the East Bay he said would cost $900 million. Davis signed ''Stay in Oakland'' posters in the middle of approximately 30 protesters who only moments earlier were chanting, ''Stay in Oakland! Oakland Raiders!'' They then changed their cheer to ''Thank you, Mark!'' ''What's up, guys?
Land deal closes for planned NFL stadium near Los Angeles (The Associated Press)
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders moved a step closer Tuesday to building a new stadium near Los Angeles after a complex land deal was finalized on a site that could become the home of a shared $1.7 billion venue. The transaction involving about 170 acres in Carson, a city of 93,000 people, came a day after the teams hired former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy to spearhead the next stages of their push to relocate to the nation's second-largest media market. The pace of activity in Carson underscored an increasing divide between the Chargers and San Diego, where local officials on Monday announced a financing plan for a replacement stadium even as the team a day later moved ahead on the Carson site.
Raiders, Chargers tap ex-49ers exec for LA-area stadium push (The Associated Press)
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have hired former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy to spearhead the next stages in their push to build a joint $1.7 billion stadium in the Los Angeles area. Policy is expected to speak to NFL owners about the Carson stadium project at their meetings this week in San Francisco, the city where he led the front office of the 49ers in their championship heyday in the 1980s and 1990s.
Group recommends Chargers pay $300M, NFL $200M for stadium (The Associated Press)
An advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended Monday that the Chargers contribute $300 million toward a new $1.33 billion stadium, with the NFL giving $200 million, the city and county $121 million each and personal seat licenses totaling $120 million. Under intense pressure from the team and the NFL, the Citizen's Stadium Advisory Group said in its financing plan that there won't be tax increases or increases to the city's general fund, and that the financing plan doesn't rely on development to pay for the stadium, parking or infrastructure. Advisory group chairman Adam Day said he personally delivered a copy of the plan to both Chargers chairman Dean Spanos and Faulconer.
What offseason? Key NFL owners meetings this week (The Associated Press)
There hasn't been a week - make that a day - since the Super Bowl that the NFL hasn't made news. While recent headlines have centered on Tom Brady, the Patriots and deflated footballs, there is plenty else the owners will discuss. For sure, Brady's suspension, the Patriots' punishment and the repercussions will be a topic, in many ways an awkward one. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among the most influential men in the sport, something of a mentor to Commissioner Roger Goodell through the years.
Ex-NFL star Warren Sapp spared jail in Phoenix prostitution case (Reuters)
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Warren Sapp will be spared jail time under two plea agreements related to his arrest for soliciting a prostitute and assault at a Phoenix hotel the morning after the Super Bowl, prosecutors said on Monday. Sapp, a 42-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle, pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanor charges and was ordered to complete two classes as part of a deal reached last month in Phoenix Municipal Court. He has already completed a prostitution-related class and had that charge dismissed, and must now complete another course on anger management, said Loren Braud, a staff attorney for the city. Sapp's attorney, Craig Mehrens, said the plea deals reached with prosecutors were “very reasonable” and that Sapp was embarrassed by the incident and “ready to move on.” Sapp was in Phoenix to cover the Super Bowl as an analyst for the NFL Network when he was arrested following an apparent dispute over money with two women.
New $250 million pro soccer stadium proposed for downtown Los Angeles (Reuters)
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The new Major League Soccer club coming to Los Angeles unveiled plans on Monday to build a $250 million downtown stadium for the team that could mark the first open-air professional sports arena in the city since baseball's Dodger Stadium in 1962. The MLS expansion franchise, due to launch its inaugural season in 2018 and currently known under the working name of the Los Angeles Football Club, said the proposed 22,000-seat facility would also rank as the most costly privately financed soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The project would be financed by the team, whose ownership group includes basketball Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, U.S. soccer great Mia Hamm, motivational speaker Tony Robbins and Vietnamese-American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen. The team replaces the now-defunct Chivas USA and will compete for fan support against the four-time MLS champion L.A. Galaxy, which plays at the StubHub Center in nearby Carson.
Chiefs wrap up 3-day look at rookies in minicamp (The Associated Press)
Mitch Morse would have been hard-pressed to find a better opportunity. Then consider this: The Chiefs watched their starting center sign with the Oakland Raiders in free agency, leaving a gaping void in the middle of their offensive line. ''I get to stay close to home, my whole dad's side - my dad was born in Kansas City. I had no freaking idea (the Chiefs would draft him) but I was really fortunate.'' Morse played several positions along the offensive line in college, but his physical tools lend themselves to playing on the interior.
Will Cowboys' offseason haul be worthy of gold club or fraud section? (Yahoo Sports)
Here's a look back at other teams with ballyhooed offseason acquisitions and the mixed results that were yielded.