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NFL Rookies Provide Hilarious Reactions After Finding Out Their ‘Madden’ Ratings [Video]

Some NFL rookies may have had high ratings in EA Sports’ NCAA Football, but now that they are in the NFL they have to start over and earn their grades.

So what better way to get a true measure of the rookies ratings than to ask them to rate themselves. EA Sports did just that, and gave Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, among others, a chance to choose their rating for Madden NFL 15. Needless to say, some of them aren’t lacking in the confidence department.

When the rookies found out EA Sports’ actual assessment of them, they had some hilarious reactions.

[EA Sports, h/t USA Today's FTW]

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Jimmy Graham: Saints Re-Sign Pro-Bowl TE to 4-Year, $40M Contract

The New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 27-year-old tight end has earned his rightful place alongside Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten as the league’s highest-paid tight ends.

The deal makes Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, eclipsing the deal signed in 2008 by former Indianapolis Colt Dallas Clark, who got $27.55 million in the first three years of that deal.

As for the relationship between a QB and his favorite target, Drew Brees could not be happier:

“At the end of the day, Jimmy Graham has revolutionized the position,” Brees told Canal Street Chronicles’ JR Ella in July. “He’s a guy who is so talented at so many things you know and obviously he’s a big part of our offense and I hope that they’re able to reach a long-term agreement here sooner than later.”

In 2013-14, Graham had 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and an NFL-high 16 touchdown grabs. When Graham was struggling with a partially torn plantar fascia down the stretch last season, the Saints offense saw a noticeable drop in points.

That the Saints and Graham came to an agreement is a positive sign for a team already all in for 2014.

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Richard Sherman Involved in Fight During Seahawks Minicamp, Jersey Torn & Punches Thrown [Video]

There aren’t many players in the NFL that like  Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman, and now it seems that feeling is  spreading to his own teammates.

During just the second day of the Seahawks’ minicamp on Wednesday, the outspoken cornerback got into it with wide receiver Phil Bates, and the altercation ended with Bates’ jersey being torn off and punches being thrown.

Teammates intervened, and Sherman, Earl Thomas, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin all got involved in the offense vs. defense civil war.

In traditional Pete Carroll fashion, the Seattle coach played off the skirmish, and joked about the situation.

Sherman, who has established himself as one of the most talented yet talkative players in the league during his time with Seattle, just can’t seem to stay out of the news this offseason.

[h/t sportingnews]

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Johnny Manziel and the Browns Reach an Agreement on a Four-Year Deal

Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns have officially reached an agreement on the hyped rookie’s first contract. It was the last procedural hurdle before the quarterback competition between the Texas A&M product and Brian Hoyer begins in earnest.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal provided Spotrac’s breakdown of the deal:

Manziel’s NFL income may actually pale in comparison to his endorsement income, especially from Nike. Manziel signed a multiyear deal with Nike in March, and the company very soon after started selling Manziel apparel similar to what he wore at his NFL pro day workout in front of fans. Maverick Carter, the marketing manager for LeBron James’ management team of LRMR, is representing Manziel for his marketing and endorsement deals.

He completed nearly 70 percent of his throws during two seasons as the Aggies’ starter. He also racked up 63 passing touchdowns and 30 rushing touchdowns over that span. His strong play was enough to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012.

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Former Steelers HOF Coach Chuck Noll Passes Away at Age 82

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, considered by many as one of the greatest coaches in football history, passed away Friday night at the age of 82.

Noll spent seven years as a guard and linebacker for the Cleveland Browns from 1953-59, but he is best known for his role as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He took over the team in 1969 and was quickly able to turn the squad into one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.

The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons from 1974-79, an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.

Noll’s 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons, after inheriting a team that had never won a postseason game in club history.

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