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Apr 16 2015 - Adrian Peterson (Vikings), RB Adrian Peterson will be reinstated by the NFL on Friday (April 17), returning to active status for the first time since September, when child-abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son led to seven months on the sideline.
Peterson was informed via a letter from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he is expected to satisfy his obligations to authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as additional counseling and treatment commitments Peterson made April 7 during a meeting with Goodell, the league said in a statement Thursday.
Peterson will be eligible to participate in offseason conditioning and team workouts.
The Vikings released a two-sentence statement Thursday: "The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian rejoining the Vikings."
When charges were first revealed in September, Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list. After he agreed to a plea deal to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault on Nov. 4, Goodell suspended him on Nov. 18. A judge recently overturned the suspension, which removed him from the suspended list, but the league placed him back on exempt status.
Being reinstated before the April 30 NFL draft makes Peterson eligible to be traded. Coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have said the team has no plans to deal Peterson, who is owed $12.75 million in 2014. However, Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, has been adamant that the player's time in Minnesota is finished.
Peterson has spent his entire career with the Vikings. Since being drafted out of Oklahoma in 2007, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and scored 86 touchdowns.
Apr 13 2015 - Michael Crabtree (Raiders), WR Michael Crabtree left the 49ers for the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent Monday (April 13), agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.
Crabtree joins the Raiders following six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, during with he helped the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. Crabtree's career totals include 79 games played with 77 starts, 347 receptions for 4,327 yards (12.5 avg.) and 26 touchdowns. Additionally, he has posted 40 catches for 516 yards and four touchdowns in eight postseason games.
Last season, Crabtree started all 16 games, producing 68 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns. In San Francisco's Week 3 game at Arizona, Crabtree posted a career-high 10 receptions.
In 2012, the 6-foot-1, 214-pounder set career highs with 85 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, helping the 49ers capture the NFC Championship. In Super Bowl XLVII, he posted five receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown.
Apr 9 2015 - Troy Polamalu (Retired), S Troy Polamalu is retiring from the NFL.
The 33-year-old veteran told the Uniontown (Pa.) Herald-Standard that he called Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on Wednesday and said he is stepping away. The team informed Polamalu after last season that it would not offer him another contract.
"I did not seriously consider playing elsewhere," Polamalu told the Herald-Standard. "It was just whether or not I wanted to play. I had talked to a lot of people about what I should do with my situation, and what they kept saying back to me, and which was not a sufficient reason, was 'Troy, you played 12 years in the NFL, you won Super Bowls, won individual awards. There's nothing left to prove. You have a legacy.' And I just kept saying, 'First of all, I don't care about a legacy. Second of all, I play the game because I enjoy it.' That's the reason to keep playing.
"Like I said, what it came down to was definitely family. If I'm in my fourth year, fifth year, even if I'm in my 10th year, I'm playing in Alaska. But when I started this process and started to debate whether I should come back or should I play, that was kind of the sign for me to say, 'Whoa, if you're just even debating it maybe you shouldn't play anymore,' because what I do know about this game is it takes a lot -- a lot -- of commitment just to be an average player."
Polamalu, the Steelers' first-round draft pick out of Southern California in 2003, wound up making eight Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams. He won Super Bowls with Pittsburgh after the 2005 and 2008 seasons, and he was selected the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
In 158 career games (all starts after his rookie season), Polamalu recorded 770 tackles, 100 passes defensed, 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles and 12 sacks. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns.
He told the Herald-Standard that the decision to retire came during this week, which is Holy Week for the Greek Orthodox Church.
"It's all about family,
Apr 9 2015 - Andrew Luck (Colts), QB Andrew Luck had the fifth-year option on his contract for 2016 exercised by the Colts Thursday (April 9).
The move keeps the 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick under contract through the 2016 season. The $16.155 million option is guaranteed for injury until the start of the 2016 league year, when it will become fully guaranteed.
The move was expected, as Colts owner Jim Irsay said last month that he did not plan to give Luck a contract extension until next year.
Speaking at the NFL league meetings in Phoenix on March 23, Irsay said the team has had conversations with Luck's agent but is in no hurry to make a deal.
"Andrew still has two years left, and whatever our talks are between Andrew and his people will remain confidential," Irsay said. "I really think most likely the scenario is going into the offseason next year is when that second contract will come up. That's the vision I have right now."
Luck is expected to become one of the league's highest-paid players whenever he does sign an extension.
Luck has put together a historic start to his career, leading the Colts to the playoffs in all three seasons while recording the most passing yards (12,957) and second-most passing touchdowns (86) and regular-season wins (33) by a quarterback in his first three NFL seasons since 1970.
In 2014, Luck set a franchise record with 4,761 passing yards and led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes -- second most in team history. He also set a franchise record with eight consecutive 300-yard passing games (Weeks 3-11).
Apr 9 2015 - David DeCastro (Steelers), G David DeCastro had the fifth-year option for 2016 exercised by the Steelers Thursday (April 9). The 24th overall pick in the 2012 draft will remain under contract through 2016 and will be paid the average of the Nos. 3-25 players at his position, which is $8.070 million.
The deadline for teams to pick up 2016 options on 2012 first-rounders is May 3.
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