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NFL settles Kaepernick, Reid lawsuits

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NEW YORK (AP) With a public hearing looming and the threat of owners and league officials facing depositions, the NFL settled collusion cases brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.

The league, about to celebrate its 100th season, faced criticism from all sides thanks to the protest movement started by Kaepernick. Many Kaepernick supporters wanted to see him back on the field, while other fans said they wouldn't watch if the league allowed players to protest during the national anthem.

The league and Kaepernick's lawyer sent out statements Friday saying that "the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances" and that a confidentiality agreement would prevent either side from commenting further.

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Broncos to decline LB Marshall's option

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Even though Brandon Marshall was expecting it, Friday's news that he had likely played his last game in a Denver Broncos uniform threw him for a bit of a loop.

"It's just different when it's in the news and everybody knows about it and it's not just you and your agent talking about it," Marshall said after the Broncos told his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, that they don't plan to pick up the linebacker's option.

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Bills release underperforming TE Clay

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have released underperforming and high-priced veteran tight end Charles Clay.

The move was announced Friday, and did not come as a surprise after Clay's playing time diminished behind Jason Croom and Logan Thomas over the final six weeks of last season. Clay had one season left on a five-year contract, and was due to make a $4.5 million base salary.

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Lions release S Quin, WR Ellington

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have released Glover Quin, cutting ties with the 33-year-old safety who had one year left on his contract .

Detroit also released wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby on Friday.

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Hernandez family can't sue NFL singly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the league's concussion settlement and can't separately pursue a $20 million suit over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease, a judge ruled.

Yet Hernandez's death in 2017 came too late for his family to seek up to $4 million in compensation for suicides related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy under the class action settlement.

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Kaepernick wanted $20M to play in AAF

A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league.

But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend.

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Pats' Edelman to be Daytona 500 starter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) New England Patriots receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has been named the honorary starter for Sunday's Daytona 500.

The honor caps a whirlwind two weeks for Edelman, who since winning his third Super Bowl on Feb. 3 has visited Disney World with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and served as a presenter at the Grammy Awards.

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Broncos to acquire Flacco from Ravens

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Joe Flacco has gone from Denver Broncos tormentor to savior.

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade the veteran quarterback to the Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year's NFL draft, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.

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Chargers won't pick up option on Liuget

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers will not pick up the option on defensive tackle Corey Liuget's contract.

General manager Tom Telesco told the team website Wednesday he is not closing the door on a possible return even though Liuget will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

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K Lambo signs 4-year extension with Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Place-kicker Josh Lambo has signed a four-year contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars, keeping him from hitting free agency next month.

Lambo tweeted a photo of him signing the deal Wednesday on Twitter, adding "Doggone good news!! We'll be in Duval for 4 more years, as I've signed an extension with the Jags!!"

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