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[June 13, 2014]  June 12 (The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not be charged in the aftermath of the April 1 incident involving a woman at a hotel room for insufficient evidence that any crime was committed.

San Francisco wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who were also being investigated for the incident, also won't be charged.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their OTA sessions Thursday with a signature on one key contract and nothing on another.

Center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed all but the first series of the 2013 series with a torn ACL, signed a six-year, $44 million deal with a $13 million signing bonus as the team tore up his rookie contract from 2010, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed first-round pick Mike Evans, a wide receiver from Texas A&M, the team announced Thursday.

Evans (6-foot-5, 231 pounds) was selected seventh overall from Texas A&M, where he started all 26 games in his career, finishing with 151 receptions for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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The Seattle Seahawks expect running back Marshawn Lynch to skip next week's mandatory minicamp, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Lynch has two years remaining on his current four-year deal and is reportedly unhappy with his contract, which is due to pay him $5 million this year and $5.5 million next year.

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The Atlanta Falcons will be featured on HBO Sports' award-winning documentary series "Hard Knocks," the club announced Thursday.

The Falcons, HBO Sports and NFL Films will team up for an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make it in the NFL when "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons" debuts.

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New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason was carted off the field with a right foot injury during the team's organized team activity Thursday.

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Brian Hoyer will go to training camp as the No. 1 quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Forgive Hoyer, who started three games in 2013, if he is looking over his shoulder after coach Mike Pettine said at the end of minicamp Thursday that Johnny Manziel could close the gap.

Hoyer, 28, is recovering from a torn ACL and unable to participate in 11-on-11 scrimmage situations. He should be untethered when training camp opens in just over six weeks.

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The Cincinnati Bengals signed cornerback Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State, their first-round selection, the team announced Thursday.

Dennard, the 24th overall pick, was a first-team All-American last season for a 13-1 team that was unbeaten in the Big Ten and ranked No. 3 nationally after a Rose Bowl win over Stanford.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed third-round running back Charles Sims. Terms were not disclosed.

Sims has impressed the coaching staff during the Bucs' offseason program with his versatility as a runner and receiver.

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Atlanta signed safety Dezmen Southward, the final rookie from the Falcons' 2014 draft class to agree to a contract.

The Falcons also signed kicker Sergio Castillo, who made 21 of 25 field goals at West Texas A&M.

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The New England Patriots signed rookie wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, an undrafted free agent from SMU, the team announced Thursday.

Johnson, 22, led SMU with 112 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2013 and earned All-American Athletic Conference second team honors. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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