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Terrell Owens returns to the NFL with Seattle Seahawks

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Yes, Terrell Owens is coming back to the NFL.

And he’s hoping the Seattle Seahawks’ search for another veteran wide receiver for the 2012 NFL football season will get him off the sidelines. The 38-year-old Owens had a tryout with the Seahawks on Monday morning, and hours later the team announced it had agreed to terms with the former star receiver. He hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

Foxsports.com first reported the agreement between Terrell Owens and the Seattle Seahawks. Terms of Owens’ contract weren’t available. Owens sat out the entire 2011 season following surgery on his left knee and failed to receive any offers. He then had surgery on his left knee and didn’t receive any offers to play last season.

The veteran Terrell Owens initially made his return this spring playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games, but was released and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.

Owens, a third-round draft choice by San Francisco in 1996, has started 201 of the 219 regular-season NFL games he has played in his career. He has 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns – the second most in league history.

His nine seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving and…

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Drew Brees becomes NFL’s new $100 million man

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Everything is ok in the Big Easy again.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints reached a deal on par with the quarterback’s record-setting play, giving New Orleans’ fans some news they can celebrate after an offseason rife with turmoil heading to the 2012 NFL football season.

The New Orleans Saints announced Friday that they have agreed to a five-year contract with Drew Brees. A person familiar with the deal said it’s for $100 million, with $60 million guaranteed. The deal will also pay the quarterback $40 million the first year, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details had not been publicly announced.

Drew Brees posted a note on his Twitter page reading, ”Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!” He had been tagged by the New Orleans Saints as the team’s exclusive franchise player and could not negotiate with other teams. Had a deal not been reached, the tender for a quarterback was worth $16.3 million. Brees would have had to play for that amount or hold out for a better one-year deal, which would have left his long-term future in New Orleans uncertain.

Brees skipped the Saints’ offseason practices while holding out for his new long-term contract, which now gives him the highest average annual pay ($20 million) in NFL history. Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams also has a…

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Will media hype destroy Tim Tebow?

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He sure is getting all the attention these days.

Tim Tebow is currently the hottest property in sports and he is fast becoming an up-and-comer in Hollywood as well. The New York Jets quarterback is signed to the sports division of leading Hollywood agency CAA, but some fear the Tinseltown-type attention could jeopardize his game and wholesome Christian image.

The NFL sensation was even turned into a superhero “Super Tim” by Marvel Comics last year and has been romantically linked to the likes of Taylor Swift and “Glee” star Dianna Agron heading to the 2012 NFL football season.

All-in-all, Tim Tebow is now considered a “No. 1 get” for Manhattan and LA party planners, insiders told FOX News. But with that, he has become prey for the paparazzi, with the Jets reportedly trying to curb the attention.

“The Jets are trying to limit his endorse – ments and off the field commit – ments to ensure his focus remains on the field. If it becomes distracting, it could affect the team,” an insider told FOXNews.com.

“There is definitely jealously among players if one starts earning too much money off-the-field, and after Tiger Woods, all sponsors and endorsers are increasingly skeptical,” the source alleged.

But another source close to the athlete shot down…

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton appeals ban

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Of course he will.

In case you didn’t know, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was banned by the league for the 2012 NFL football season for slapping bounties on opposing team’s players and giving his guys some cash for successfully taking targeted players from the opposing team out.

And as expected, Sean Payton, who was scheduled to begin a one-year suspension on Sunday for his role in the team’s bounty system, appealed the ban Friday.

The appeal, which will be expedited by the league office, will allow Payton to keep working while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decides Payton’s professional fate. During the season, the league decides expedited appeals in the same week they are filed.

Payton is the first head coach suspended for any length of time by the NFL, but a reduction in the suspension is unlikely, considering that the New Orleans Saints head coach met with Goodell twice before the suspension was handed down.

The assistant head coach Joe Vitt — who would have been a leading candidate to fill in for Payton — appealed his six-game suspension Friday, as did General Manager Mickey Loomis, whose suspension is for eight games. The team has appealed the $500,000 fine and the loss of second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.

Loomis and Payton had earlier issued a statement taking full…

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Tim Tebow didn’t come to the Jets to play backup

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That means trouble for Mark Sanchez.

Tim Tebow’s love of New York has nothing to do with pastrami and rye, or Times Square, or even Madison Ave.: The real reason Tebow loves New York is because he feels he can beat out Mark Sanchez and become the Jets’ starting quarterback in the 2012 NFL football season.

Yes, Timsanity — and an explosive quarterback controversy — starts now. A major factor in this decision made by Tim Tebow to come to New York over Jacksonville, his hometown, is that he sees a clear path to resuming his career as a starter, sources tell the Daily News.

The New York Jets will start Tebow off in a limited role as the Wildcat quarterback — GM Mike Tannenbaum must have said 20 times that Sanchez is the starter and Tebow is the backup — but what other backup flies cross-country on a private jet, as Tebow did Thursday from Van Nuys, Calif., to Morristown, N.J., only to disembark to an adoring crowd of Tebow-ing fans? (The plane’s tail number? N15QB.)

What other backup quarterback arrives with the guarantee that he will get on the field?

If Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow play like they did last year…

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Sean Payton mans up to Saints Bounty Scandal

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Jeez, what a mess.

In case you didn’t know, the New Orleans Saints have secretly rewarded its players with money for taking out some players from the opposing team. Yup, they wanted to win a Super Bowl bad and that’s exactly what they got, by all means necessary.

But after the rest of the league found out all about it, all the great things the Saints did were virtually erased as the organization heads to the 2012 NFL football season as the team the rest of the league will be gunning for now after this scandal. Yes, the Saints will be the ons with a bounty on their heads now.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton released a statement on the team’s website Friday afternoon addressing the team’s bounty scandal. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for a year as part of the penalties the league implemented against the team Wednesday for running a bounty program from 2009-11. Payton’s statement reads:

“I share and fully support the League’s concerns and goals on player safety. It is, and should be paramount. Respecting our great game and the NFL shield is extremely important to me.”

”Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward.”

”I am sorry for what has happened and as head coach…”

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Tim Tebow traded to the New York Jets

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Ugh.

About eight hours after announcing a trade for Tim Tebow, the Jets actually completed it Wednesday night, ending a surreal day when one of the most popular and polarizing athletes in the country was sent to the NFL’s most prominent city heading towards the 2012 NFL football season.

The New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow, whose unorthodox quarterback style has divided football coaches and executives in the same way his devout Christianity has earned him a fervid following of fans, from the Denver Broncos after a brief but fierce pursuit that was almost derailed by a disagreement over money.

In joining the New York Jets, Tim Tebow becomes the highest-profile backup quarterback in the NFL, a crossover phenomenon who will diversify the team’s offense but whose presence could undermine the incumbent Mark Sanchez, who recently agreed to a lucrative new contract.

Tebow is also a somewhat incongruous fit, an outspoken Christian playing in a city known for its extensive night life and a part of a franchise made famous by the bachelor stylings of Joe Namath and currently known for the profane speeches of its coach, Rex Ryan.

”I think New York is unique; if there’s anyone that can handle it, it’s Tim…”

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Peyton Manning will play for the Denver Broncos

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And in case you didn’t know, he just killed Tebowmania.

Tebowmania ends. Manningmania begins. The Broncos have exchanged one fascination, fixation, fervor and feeling for another. In one era, out with the other. The Broncos have changed from run to pass, new to old, firestorm to perfect storm. From will to win to way to win. Life just never gets boring with the Broncos. Let’s hope it all works out for them once the 2012 NFL football season gets here.

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has persuaded Hall of Fame-in-waiting quarterback Peyton Manning to try to end his career in the same style as Elway did — winning the Super Bowl. The night before Elway was named executive vice president of operations by Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, Elway told me his goal was to hold up the Vince Lombardi Trophy and say: “This one’s for Pat.” Perhaps there will be another one for Pat, John and Peyton.

EFX pulled off the special effects when this morning Manning said to John Elway he would be growing up from a colt to a Bronco. In 1983 Elway refused to play for the old Baltimore Colts, and wound up with the Broncos. In 2012 Manning is released by the Colts, and will wind up up with the Broncos. Weird world.

In the final analysis, Manning chose the potential possibilities of the Denver Broncos over the lure of the Titans of Tennessee, where he played college football and where his wife is from and where family and friends lives, and the attraction of the 49ers of San Francisco, where the promising Super Bowl team probably is missing only a quarterback such as Manning.

But Colorado has a quality of life, and the Broncos have a…

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What’ll the Broncos do with Tebow after landing Peyton?

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Because we all know Denver ain’t big enough for these two stars.

As the Broncos move into the Peyton Manning Era heading to the 2012 NFL football season, their next task is finding a trade partner willing to take 25-year-old quarterback Tim Tebow.

Even though he earned performance escalators by beating Pittsburgh in the playoffs, Tim Tebow has a trade friendly contract. In 2012, his contract is for $1.1 million, in 2013 he’ll earn $1.055 million and 2014, he’ll earn $895,000. If Tebow takes roughly 40 percent of the snaps in 2012, he would make an additional $11.25 million in combined salaries in 2013 and 2014. But only $490,000 in 2012 and $232,500 in 2013 salaries are guaranteed.

Cost-revenue, though, is only one aspect. Tebow is no ordinary quarterback, as football fans in Denver and across the NFL learned last season. The Denver Broncos traded back into the first round of the 2010 draft to pick Tebow, a move that surprised many around the league who had projected Tebow as a second-round pick or lower. Few teams, after watching Tebow’s first two years in Denver, would likely want to give back the value the team first spent to get him. That means the Broncos could be taking a lower-round draft pick to move Tebow.

Tebow showed during his 13 starts in 2011 — 11 in the regular season and two playoff games — that he can have tremendous value to a team. The Broncos wouldn’t have made their remarkable turnaround from 1-4 to 8-8, nor won a wild-card playoff game against Pittsburgh, without him.

And yet, even during the Broncos’ late-season six-game winning streak, Tebow did little to win over die-hard football folks or convince many league executives that he is…

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Alex Smith, odd man out as 49ers pursue Manning

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The Peyton Manning sweepstakes continue to destroy all these relationships these teams have with their quarterbacks.

Well, those who want to have Peyton Manning on their roster for the 2012 NFL football season anyway. First, it was Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Lately, it’s been Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers.

Yes, Alex Smith, the same quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC championship game last season, is currently looking for a new team as he will be visiting Seattle to talk with the Seahawks this week.

The free agent also is visiting Miami, which like Seattle is searching for a new quarterback after losing out on Peyton Manning. Both teams also are reportedly on the short list for Matt Flynn, the Green Bay backup who turned heads with his record-setting performance New Year’s Day.

The Peyton Manning sweepstakes continue to be more interesting by the day as it now appears to be a three-team showdown for Manning among San Francisco, Denver and Tennessee. However, Alex Smith is more than likely to be headed to another team whether or not the 49ers manage to sign Peyton.

If San Francisco doesn’t sign Manning, the 49ers could try to salvage…

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