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Former Chargers LB Junior Seau was one of five players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Considered one of the greatest linebackers in league history, Seau was inducted on his first year of eligibility. An eight-time All Pro, he spent his first 12 years with the Chargers before finishing out his career with the Dolphins and New England. Seau ranks fourth in NFL history with 1,524 tackles to go along with 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions. He's joined by Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, Seniors nominee Mick Tingelhoff, and contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf as members of the 2015 Hall of Fame class. Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, and Kurt Warner were among the notable candidates not selected.
Jan 31 - 10:47 PM

Associated Press named Aaron Rodgers its 2014 NFL Most Valuable Player.

It's the second time in four years Rodgers has won the award. Rodgers posted a 38:5 TD/INT ratio this past season, leading the Packers to a first-round bye and the NFC's No. 2 seed. He received 31 votes, beating out J.J. Watt (13), DeMarco Murray (2), Tony Romo (2), Tom Brady (1), and Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (1). Despite winning MVP, Rodgers lost to Murray for Offensive Player of the Year. Rodgers remains locked in as the NFL's premier quarterback going into 2015.
Jan 31 - 10:00 PM

Associated Press named Rob Gronkowski its 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Gronkowski was limited to seven games in 2013 due to knee and forearm injuries. He bounced back with an 82/1,124/12 line this season, where he finished as a unanimous All-Pro. Gronkowski received 27 first-place votes, followed by Jeremy Maclin (7), Rolando McClain (7), Chris Harris (3), Justin Forsett (2), and Arian Foster (2). Cardinals LB Larry Foote and Kyle Orton also received a vote.
Jan 31 - 9:39 PM

Associated Press named J.J. Watt its 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Watt was unanimously voted by the Associated Press. It's the second time in three years he's won the award. Watt posted 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, and recovered five fumbles in 2014. He also had three receiving touchdowns in Houston's goal-line package. Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 end in three straight years. Watt is under contract through 2021 after the Texans signed him to an eight-year, $108 million contract prior to the season.
Jan 31 - 9:22 PM

Aaron Donald was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

He beat out Ravens ILB C.J. Mosely, who finished with 18 votes. Donald was PFF's No.1 rated defensive tackle as a rookie, grading out top-five in both pass rushing and against the run. He appeared in all 16 games (12 starts) as a three-technique in DC Greg Williams' scheme, recording nine sacks and two forced fumbles. Raiders LB Khalil Mack (6) and 49ers ILB Chris Borland (1) also received votes.
Jan 31 - 9:04 PM

Associated Press named Bruce Arians its 2014 Coach of the Year.

It's the second time in three years Arians has won the award. Arians led the Cardinals to an 11-5 record despite losing his top two quarterbacks to injury. He received 39.5 first-place votes, beating out Bill O'Brien, Jason Garrett, Pete Carroll, Jim Caldwell, and Bill Belichick. The Associated Press also named ex-Cardinals DC Todd Bowles its 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year.
Jan 31 - 8:47 PM

Associated Press named DeMarco Murray its 2014 Offensive Player of the Year.

Murray led the NFL in carries (392), rushing yards (1,845) and touchdowns (13), while his 2,261 yards from scrimmage were 13th most all time. His historic season helped take the Cowboys to their first playoff appearance since 2009. Murray earned 26 first-place votes, ahead of Aaron Rodgers (15), Antonio Brown (5), and Le'Veon Bell (2). Rob Gronkowski and Tony Romo also received votes.
Jan 31 - 8:33 PM

Associated Press named Odell Beckham its 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

After missing the first month of the season to a hamstring injury, Beckham took the league by storm with a 91/1,305/12 line over the final 12 games. His famous one-handed catch was the play of the year, and one of the best catches in NFL history. Beckham had at least 90 receiving yards or a touchdown in all but one game. He finished with 42 first-place votes, beating out Zack Martin (7) and Mike Evans (1). Beckham will return with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to form one of the league's better receiver corps in 2015.
Jan 31 - 8:19 PM

The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to extend Mike Pouncey this offseason.

The Dolphins likely would have extended Pouncey last year, but hip surgery and a run of off-field incidents forced them to exercise his fifth-year option. He returned to start 12 games at right guard, grading out negatively in both pass protection and run blocking. Pouncey remains a building block for the Dolphins despite coming off a down season. With Samson Satele a free agent, Pouncey should move back to center in 2015.
Jan 31 - 7:49 PM

Jets owner Woody Johnson said the team will discuss Muhammad Wilkerson's contract situation next week.

Wilkerson is scheduled to make $6.97 million after the Jets exercised his 2015 option. He graded out as a top-five 3-4 end by PFF despite missing three games and is a prime extension candidate. Wilkerson, 25, could command a deal in the range of $12M annually. The Jets have a projected $48.9 million in cap space.
Jan 31 - 7:06 PM

The Bills' website believes free agent ILB Brandon Spikes could return on a one-year deal.

Spikes played limited snaps last year, but had a major role in upgrading Buffalo's run defense. With WLB Kiko Alonso (knee) set to return, he would only have a starting job if the Bills move to a 3-4 scheme. Buffalo could potentially replace Spikes with free agent David Harris, who is a Rex Ryan favorite.
Jan 31 - 6:17 PM

Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Super Bowl XLIX.

Stork has been cleared to play after missing the AFC Championship Game. He practiced on a limited basis the last two weeks and was previously listed as questionable. Stork's return will provide an upgrade to the Patriots' interior line. With Stork healthy, Ryan Wendell will move back to right guard.
Jan 31 - 5:32 PM

49ers hired Clancy Pendergast as ILB coach.

Pendergast has six years of NFL coordinating experience and mostly recently ran USC's defense in 2013. It's one of the few good hires the 49ers have made. Pendergast was connected to the Redskins, LSU, and Utah defensive coordinator jobs this offseason.
Jan 31 - 5:03 PM

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (probable, knee) participated in Saturday's walkthrough.

Coach Pete Carroll said Chancellor "looked great." Chancellor is reportedly dealing with a bruised knee after leaving late in Friday's practice. He hasn't had any setbacks and remains on track for the Super Bowl.
Jan 31 - 4:34 PM

Free agent LB Larry Foote is considering retirement.

Foote, 34, had 83 tackles and two sacks in 15 starts last year. He graded out as one of the worst inside linebackers in the league and would struggle to get anything more than backup-caliber deals on the open market. Foote could join the Cardinals' coaching staff if he decides to retire.
Jan 31 - 4:11 PM

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