The seven inductees during the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Canton,
Ohio, are former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks,
former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy, former Atlanta Falcons and
Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Claude Humphrey, former
Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, former Buffalo Bills
wide receiver Andre Reed, former New York Giants defensive lineman
Michael Strahan and former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams
defensive back Aeneas Williams.
Brooks will be presented by son Decalon Brooks, Guy by former coach
John Madden, Humphrey by daughter Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, Jones
by son Walterius Jones, Reed by former coach Marv Levy, Strahan by
media personality Jay Glazer and Williams by his father, Lawrence
Andy Dalton has taken the brunt of the criticism for the Cincinnati
Bengals' disappointing postseason performances the past three years.
But standout wide receiver A.J. Green has his quarterback's back,
saying Thursday that he is also to blame.
"He's not the only one on the team," Green said. "We all take a hand
in that. The defense didn't play good (this year). I dropped a
Green, who entered the NFL with Dalton in 2011, thinks the Bengals
will soon reach a contract agreement with the quarterback. Dalton is
entering the final year of his rookie deal.
The San Francisco 49ers secured the services of offensive tackle Joe
Staley through the 2019 season after signing him to a two-year
contract extension Thursday.
No financial details were announced by the 49ers, but the
29-year-old Staley previously was signed through the 2017 season and
scheduled to make $2.7 million in 2014.
After NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cut the ribbon to open the San
Francisco 49ers' state-of-the-art Levi's Stadium on Thursday, he
suggested the possibility of the Oakland Raiders becoming a tenant.
The Raiders are faced with the dilemma of building or finding a
stadium to replace antiquated O.co Coliseum. The team is in the
final year of its lease there.
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"They have to make that determination, whether they're in a new
stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it's best to join this
stadium," Goodell said, according to the Bay Area Sports Guy. "We're
working on that, and that's one of the decisions they'll have to
New York Giants running back David Wilson should be cleared at a
July 21 exam of his surgically repaired neck.
Giants owner John Mara said Wilson should be "ready to go" for
training camp. Wilson had a season-ending neck injury last year and
underwent surgery this offseason but was not cleared for contact as
he expected before minicamp.
Rookie wide receivers Jeremy Johnson and Reese Wiggins were released
Thursday by the New England Patriots.
The 22-year-old Johnson signed with the Patriots as a free agent
from SMU on May 29. The 23-year-old Wiggins joined New England as a
free agent from East Carolina on May 27.
The Dallas Cowboys signed tight end Dallas Walker, an undrafted
rookie out of Western Michigan in 2012 who spent time with the San
Diego Chargers in 2013.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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