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Steelers cut offensive lineman Flozell Adams

07.29.11 at 10:01 am ET
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The Steelers cut right tackle Flozell Adams Friday, a story first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Scott Brown. Adams, 36, was due $5 million this season, and Brown wrote that the Steelers might try to bring him back at a reduced salary.

Adams was a mainstay of the Steelers offensive line for the 2010 season, starting all 16 games. In 13 NFL seasons, he has missed just 14 starts.

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Patriots close to deal with third-round pick Ryan Mallett

07.29.11 at 12:38 am ET
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The Patriots and quarterback Ryan Mallett were close on a deal Thursday night, so close that the rookie could be in camp and ready to go as soon as Friday morning, according to a source. Mallett, who was taken with the 74th overall pick in the draft, is apparently set to sign a four-year deal. The 6-foot-7, 253-pound Mallett had 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns this past year with the Razorbacks, but character questions caused him to fall to the third round of the draft.

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Patriots officially announce two more draft picks in the fold

07.28.11 at 8:34 pm ET
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The Patriots officially announced the signings of third-round draft choice Stevan Ridley and seventh-round draft choice Malcolm Williams. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Here’s a portion of the press release issued by the team on the agreements:

Ridley, a running back from Louisiana State, was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 73rd selection overall. Ridley, 5-11, 225 pounds, became the 13th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with 1,147 rushing yards in 2010. His 15 touchdowns runs in 2010 tied Kevin Faulk (1997) for the fourth most in team history.

Williams, a defensive back from Texas Christian University, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 219th selection overall. Williams, 5-11, 200 pounds, originally signed with Oklahoma but ended up at Trinity Community College before going to Texas Christian University for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He contributed at safety and special teams at Texas Christian.

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List: Most memorable Chad Ochocinco moments

07.28.11 at 7:51 pm ET
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So by now, you know that Chad Ochocinco is coming to New England as the Patriots have acquired the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver in a trade with his former team the Bengals. Whatever opinion you have about the deal and how Ochocino will or will not help the Pats in the pursuit of their fourth Super Bowl championship, one thing is for certain: The flamboyant, charismatic wideout will certainly bring a flavor all his own to the New England sidelines.

Here’€™s a look back at some of the most memorable moments we’€™ve seen from Ochocinco during his 10 years in the NFL:

10. Off the field

We’€™ll get to the on-the-field moments ‘€“ and there are plenty of them ‘€“ in a moment, but this list wouldn’€™t be complete without a place for Ochocinco’€™s off-the-field behavior. While it should be stated that usually when off-the-field stuff comes up in NFL circles, it’€™s in a negative context, usually dealing with run-ins with the law or Tom Brady‘€™s hairstyle. That certainly isn’€™t the case with Ochocinoc, but his antics off the field are a bit nutty.

There was his stint on Dancing with the Stars last year (2:45 to see him actually dance):

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Reports: Patriots acquire wide receiver Chad Ochocinco

07.28.11 at 5:49 pm ET
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Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been dealt to the Patriots, according to multiple media reports. In 10 seasons in the NFL ‘€” all of them with Cincinnati ‘€” the 33-year-old out of Oregon State has 751 catches for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns. A six-time Pro Bowler, Ochocinco best season was 2005, when he had 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and nine TDs. According to ESPN, Ochocinco has accepted a restructured three-year contract from the Patriots.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cincinnati will receive two late draft picks from New England in return for Ochocinco — a pick in 2012 and one in 2013.

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Patriots sign third-round pick Stevan Ridley

07.28.11 at 4:10 pm ET
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The Patriots signed third-round pick running back Stevan Ridley on Thursday, as his agent announced the pact via twitter. Tweeted agent Andy Simms: “Stevan Ridley is all ready to join Patriots. Signed this morning.”

The Pats took running backs in back-to-back rounds in April’s draft, as they selected Cal’s Shane Vereen in the second round before tabbing Ridley out of LSU in the third. The two will join Danny Woodhead, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, all three of whom will be returning from last year’s team.

Not blessed with tremendous speed, Ridley is a hard runner who figures to contribute more by running running at people than by trying to maneuver around them. He wasn’t a contributor in the passing game in college and doesn’t figure to be in the NFL. Ridley had 1,147 yards on 249 carries last year as a junior. He had 15 rushing touchdowns.

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Report: Kevin Kolb trade to Cardinals done

07.28.11 at 2:50 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the trade of Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick is done. Schefter adds that Kolb’s contract extension will be for five years and $63.5 million, with the quarterback getting $21 million in guaranteed money.

An unexpected second-round (37th overall) pick out of Houston in the 2007 draft, Kolb has been highly-touted since entering the league, but has played sparingly because of his role initially as a backup to Donovan McNabb and later to Michael Vick. Kolb was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in each of his first two starts. Viewed potentially as a system quarterback at the time of his selection, he figures to somewhat ironically be the only quarterback taken in the 2007 draft to begin the coming season as a starter. JaMarcus Russell, chosen first overall in that draft, is out of the league while Brady Quinn, the other first-round quarterback in 2007, was traded to the Broncos in 2010 and will compete with Tim Tebow for snaps this season.

Rodgers-Cromartie was drafted 16th overall in the 2008 draft by the Cardinals out of Tennessee State. In three professional seasons, he has 13 career interceptions.

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