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Peyton signs revised $15M deal

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning has passed his physical and signed his revised contract Thursday.

"We're glad to work something out with Peyton so that he will be part of our team this season," general manager John Elway said.

The five-time MVP agreed to a $4 million pay cut to $15 million, but he can earn all of it back through incentives, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details weren't publicized.

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Wilfork: Patriots not picking up option

(AP) -- Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots' defense.

In a statement on Twitter, Wilfork said the team told him it would not be picking up his option for 2015, making him eligible for free agency.

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DT Dockett signs 2-year deal with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him in the NFC West after playing all of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal Thursday morning for the three-time Pro Bowler. Rosenhaus also posted a photo of him standing with Dockett on Twitter that read, "Congrats to the newest Niner!" with signing papers on the table.

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NFL: DE Hardy OK to sign free agent deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday in an email to The Associated Press, "There's nothing to prevent a player on the Exempt list without a contract from signing a new one."

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Saints to cut RB Thomas after 8 seasons

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have notified veteran running back Pierre Thomas that he is being released after eight seasons with the club.

Thomas' agent, Lamont Smith, confirmed the move Wednesday, while Thomas posted messages about the end of his playing days in New Orleans on social media.

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Bills FS Searcy to test free agency

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy will test free agency next week to find out what he's worth after proving himself as a full-time starter last season.

A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press of Searcy's plans on Thursday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussions between the Bills and the player have been private.

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Steelers OL Adams sues alleged attackers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams has sued three men who were acquitted of criminal charges that they attacked him outside a sandwich shop in June 2013.

Adams' lawsuit claims Jerrell Whitlock, Dquay Means and Michael Paranay tried to steal his vehicle and that Whitlock stabbed him after Means pulled a gun.

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Bills to acquire QB Cassel from Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills agreed on a trade Wednesday that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and give the Vikings extra draft picks.

The Bills are sending two undisclosed draft choices to the Vikings and getting one undisclosed pick in the deal announced six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year.

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Vikings visit RB Peterson at his home

(AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status.

Whether it's keeping him or turning to a trade, the Vikings will likely make up their minds soon about whether Peterson will continue his NFL career in purple.

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Hernandez case focusing on tire tracks

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A lawyer for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has gone after a Massachusetts state trooper who testified that a tire track made at the scene of the crime matched a tire on a car that ex-New England Patriots player was driving the night of the killing.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

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