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2/6/2016 J.J. Watt, Hou, DE
Watt has won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time.

Analysis: It was not a unanimous selection for the Houston Texans defensive end, as it was last year - a first for the honor - but it was decisive. In tying Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as the only players to take the award three times, Watt earned 37 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL. Rams tackle Aaron Donald received seven votes.
2/6/2016 Marcus Peters, KC, CB
Peters is the first cornerback in 17 years to win The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Analysis: Peters, a first-round selection (18th overall) out of Washington, was a key to the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak this season that helped them to the divisional playoff round. He tied Cincinnati's Reggie Nelson for the NFL lead with eight interceptions. Peters returned two for scores, one covering 90 yards. He also had a pick in the postseason. That performance earned Peters 45 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters.
2/6/2016 Eric Berry, KC, S
Berry, who missed 10 games the previous season battling lymphoma, then returned to the Chiefs to become an All-Pro, has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Analysis: Berry's inspirational story and superb performance on the field earned him 38 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Berry was a mainstay on a Kansas City defense that sparked a 10-game winning streak during the regular season. He easily outdistanced Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who came back from knee surgery to lead the Cardinals to a 13-3 regular season. Palmer received six votes.
2/6/2016 Todd Gurley, StL, RB
Gurley, who came off knee surgery in college to rush for 1,106 yards, has won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Analysis: Gurley missed the first two games of 2015, then went on a tear that included four straight 100-yard rushing performances: 146, 159, 128 and 133 yards. He finished the season third in league rushing and scored 10 touchdowns. The first-round draft pick (10th overall) earned 27 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL. He beat out top overall draft selection quarterback Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay.
2/6/2016 Cam Newton, Car, QB
Newton has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.

Analysis: The Carolina Panthers' All-Pro quarterback, who will lead his team in Sunday's Super Bowl against Denver, received 48 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Fellow QBs Tom Brady, a two-time MVP, and Carson Palmer each got one vote. In his fifth pro season, Newton also earned Offensive Player of the Year. In 2011, he was the league's top offensive rookie.
2/5/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
Manziel's agent has dropped the quarterback following two police investigations in Texas last weekend. Meanwhile, his father fears for his son's safety. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.

Analysis: Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday saying "with deep regret" he has ended the business relationship. Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month. Burkhardt says he will remain supportive of the 23-year-old player. The agent adds that he and Manziel's family have gone to great lengths to outline steps to help him. Manziel's father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into rehab.
2/4/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs.

Analysis: Fort Worth police released a report Thursday that provided the first details of the altercation Saturday night between Manziel and Colleen Crowley. Manziel is being investigated for a possible assault on Crowley. She told police he was "aggressive" toward her after they were out with friends at the Zaza Hotel in Dallas. She said he struck her, including once in the left ear before they drove back to her Fort Worth apartment. The Browns plan to release the bust.
2/3/2016 Antonio Smith, Den, DE
Smith plans to play in Super Bowl 50 despite learning of his father's death on Wednesday.

Analysis: A Broncos team spokesman told the Associated Press that Smith has no plans to leave the team. The 12-year veteran will be appearing in his second Super Bowl, having previously been part of the Arizona Cardinals' 2008 NFC champion team.
2/2/2016 Mario Edwards Jr., Oak, DE
The Raiders are still seeking answers about the significant neck injury that sidelined Edwards in the final month of the season.

Analysis: Edwards got hurt Dec. 20 against Green Bay and missed the final two games. The Raiders have not divulged any specifics about the injury other than calling it "significant." After Edwards got hurt, doctors discovered another issue that Edwards probably had been dealing with since he was young. They now need to determine what steps to take to make sure he stays healthy.
2/2/2016 Vinny Curry, Phi, DE
Curry and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a five-year contract.

Analysis: Curry was a second-round pick in 2012 and has 16 1/2 sacks in four seasons. He's expected to start for the first time in his career now that Jim Schwartz is the new defensive coordinator and the Eagles are switching back to a 4-3 defense. Curry had a career-high nine sacks in 2014.
2/2/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
The Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away. The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel's actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for months.

Analysis: The conduct by the 23-year-old player - rampant partying, two domestic incidents and a general lack of commitment - have been a major problem almost from the day Cleveland drafted the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner in the first round two years ago. Last weekend, Manziel was involved in a disturbance with his ex-girlfriend in Dallas that is being investigated by police and the NFL.
2/1/2016 Darren Fells, Ari, TE
The Cardinals have re-signed Fells to a one-year contract.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 281-pound tight end appeared in 14 games last season, 12 as a starter. He had career highs of 21 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
2/1/2016 Justin Tuck, Oak, DE
Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL. Tuck announced his decision Monday and says he leaves the NFL with very few regrets.

Analysis: Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland where he was a mentor to All Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack. Tuck was an All Pro in 2008 when he had 12 sacks. He finishes his career with 66 1/2 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 147 career games. Tuck missed the final 11 games this season with a torn pectoral muscle.
2/1/2016 Joseph Randle, Dal, RB
Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle has been arrested in Texas after it was determined he was wanted for speeding. Irving police spokesman James McLellan says 24-year-old Randle was arrested early Monday. McLellan says police were called to a home after a woman said her daughter's ex-boyfriend was ringing their doorbell at 3 a.m.

Analysis: Upon arrival, police ran a standard warrant check and discovered Randle was wanted on a speeding ticket warrant in the nearby suburb of Coppell. He was taken into custody and released from jail after $359 bond was posted. McLellan didn't know of an attorney for Randle. Randle has had a string of run-ins with the law, beginning with a 2014 shoplifting arrest. The Cowboys released him last fall.
1/31/2016 Russell Wilson, Sea, QB
Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Analysis: The Seattle Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the all-star game's draft, led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions at Aloha Stadium. He threw touchdown passes of 14 and 2 yards to Atlanta Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, respectively, in the opening quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson connected with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score.
1/31/2016 Calvin Johnson, Det, WR
The Lions are still giving Johnson time to ponder his future. The team issued a statement Sunday, saying it stands by its previous statement that supported Johnson, after ESPN reported that the superstar receiver told family, friends and Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring. ESPN did not name its sources.

Analysis: Johnson declined to say last season if he would restructure his contract, which calls for him to count $24 million against the salary cap in 2016. If the 30-year chooses to retire, he will walk away from the game despite having the physical ability to play more, just as Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders did. Sanders was 30 in 1998, his 10th and final season with the Lions.
1/31/2016 Ryan Clady, Den, T
Clady tells The Associated Press he'd be willing to restructure his contract to stay with the Denver Broncos.

Analysis: Clady sat out the 2015 season after tearing his left ACL in May and is missing a Super Bowl for the second time. Two years ago, he was out with a foot injury. Clady says he hasn't been approached about redoing his deal, but "I'm sure that'll come after the season."
1/30/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
Police in Texas are investigating allegations that Manziel was involved in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.

Analysis: Fort Worth police issued a statement saying officers went to an apartment complex at around 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a possible assault. The officers didn't find the person who called, but they spoke to a 23-year-old woman who said she was "involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend" earlier that night in Dallas. Sgt. Steve Enright later identified him as Manziel. In their statement, police did not indicate who may have assaulted whom.
1/30/2016 Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB
Rodgers underwent a knee procedure shortly after the Packers' Jan. 16 loss to Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs, according to an ESPN.com report.

Analysis: Rodgers withdrew from Saturday's Pro Bowl later that week while citing an unspecified injury. According to the report, the surgery was a minor scope that shouldn't affect the star quarterback's participation in minicamp.
1/29/2016 Travis Kelce, KC, TE
A person familiar with the situation says Kelce has signed a $46 million, five-year extension with the Chiefs that includes $20.5 million guaranteed.

Analysis: Kelce, a former third-round draft pick of the Chiefs, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end has started 27 of the 33 games he's played over three seasons, catching 139 passes for 1,737 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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