Walker died March 18 from injuries sustained in a dirt bike
accident in Liberty City, Fla. He was 23.
Approximately 45 Ravens' coaches, executives and players were in
attendance Saturday for Walker's funeral in his hometown of Miami.
Among those representing the Ravens' organization were head coach
John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome, wide receiver Steve
Smith, receiver Kamar Aiken, defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan,
cornerback Jimmy Smith and safety Matt Elam.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who played with
Walker at Miami's Northwestern High School, was among the other
players at the funeral.
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Carolina Panthers All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, who had the
franchise tag applied by the team worth a guaranteed $13.95 million
in 2016, reportedly wants about $16 million a year on a long-term
Norman has yet to sign the franchise tag the Panthers put on him
March 1. The Panthers and Norman can still negotiate a long-term
deal and have until July 15 to reach an agreement.
Norman, 28, has expressed that he wants to be one of the top-paid
cornerbacks in the NFL. Norman has indicated he would not report to
Organized Team Activities until there is a new deal.
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Norman had a career-best four interceptions last season for a
Carolina team that reached the Super Bowl before losing to the
Denver Broncos. Norman returned two of his interceptions for
touchdowns and has seven interceptions in four NFL seasons.
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The Oakland Raiders will pay $3.5 million in rent to play at O.co
Coliseum in 2016, an increase of more than triple what the team paid
The rent is up from $925,000 the Raiders paid in 2015, according to
the terms of the contract as reported by the Bay Area News Group.
The Raiders and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers
Authority agreed to a one-year extension last month that includes an
additional two years of team options after the 2016 season.
Raiders owner Mark Davis continues to flirt with other cities,
including a recent visit to Las Vegas to discuss a potential venue a
few blocks off the Vegas Strip. (Editing by Andrew Both)
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