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Dolphins hire McKenzie to front office

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MIAMI (AP) Former NFL executive of the year Reggie McKenzie has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as a senior personnel executive under general manager Chris Grier.

The move was the latest change in football operations for the Dolphins following a 7-9 season. Grier was given more authority last month, and Brian Flores was hired as coach to replace the fired Adam Gase.

McKenzie won the 2016 NFL executive of the year award for his rebuilding job with the Oakland Raiders after the death of owner Al Davis in 2011. But McKenzie clashed with new Raiders coach Jon Gruden and was fired in December shortly before the end of a 4-12 season.

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AAF gives pro football back to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) Two years after the Chargers left their home of 56 seasons, pro football returned to San Diego on a cold, rainy winter Sunday, with a different dynamic mixed in with a beloved local tradition.

On the field at SDCCU Stadium, the San Diego Fleet of the new Alliance of American Football, coached by San Diegan Mike Martz, played their home opener against the Atlanta Legends on a field drenched by repeated downpours.

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Brown sounds off on Big Ben, Tomlin

PITTSBURGH (AP) Antonio Brown's laundry list of issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers appears to include a problem with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's leadership style and how head coach Mike Tomlin treated the Pro Bowl wide receiver during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati.

Brown, who has requested a trade, took to Twitter on Saturday to vent in what amounted to his first expanded public comments since a falling out with the organization that has left his future with the club very much in doubt.

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NFL settles Kaepernick, Reid lawsuits

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.

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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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Tebow aided Murray with 2-sport decision

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star.

One Heisman Trophy winner to another.

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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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