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Matthews-Peppers form a strong combo
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Since 2010, when Julius Peppers arrived in Chicago, only two NFC North players have more sacks than him.One of them is now his teammate.

Seahawks: Who's out, who's new
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Earlier this week, I went over the Seahawks' roster by salary-cap numbers. Here's a position-by-position look at how things have changed for the Seahawks since they won Super Bowl XLVIII -- who's gone, who was re-signed, who was added and who is still undetermined:QuarterbacksRe-signed -- Backup Tarvaris Jackson returns on a one-year deal worth $1.

Manning says Broncos need to get to work
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St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher often tells veteran players they will have to expend 10 percent more effort in an upcoming offseason than they did the one before it if they are going to maintain their ability to compete for the same playing time they've had before.

Source: Dallas picks up Tyron Smith option
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have exercised the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, according to a source, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015.

Bigger question with Jimmy Smith's option
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The Baltimore Ravens picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback Jimmy Smith well before the May 3 deadline, according to ESPN's Field Yates.This was never in doubt because coach John Harbaugh said at last month's NFL owners meetings that the Ravens would exercise it.

Extension should come next for J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt's contract situation is a new one for the league -- one for which a lot of the first-round picks from the 2011 season are the guinea pigs.Today, our Field Yates reported the Texans have officially picked up Watt's fifth-year option.

Jets are in for a treat if CJ can emulate LT
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 Everybody thought LaDainian Tomlinson was ready for a rocking chair at the age of 30. He was a diminished player for the San Diego Chargers in 2009, finishing the season with a hard-to-watch game against the New York Jets in the playoffs -- 12 carries, 24 yards.

Cards, QBs don't mix in first round
As I went through the most recent rendition of ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr.’s mock draft, I began to think about Arizona’s relationship with quarterbacks in the first round of the draft.

Aikman concerned about Romo's back
Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman knows something about back surgeries. He had one at 26 and recovered in time to start the 1993 season.His experience gives him cause for concern over current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who is recovering from surgery similar to Aikman's.

Buffalo's Mack to visit Falcons next week
Add another top name to the list of draft prospects the Atlanta Falcons plan to bring to town.Outside linebacker Khalil Mack from Buffalo is scheduled to visit the Falcons next week, according to a league source.

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