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Truth a Major Casualty During Draft Week

Matt Bowen, Bleacher Report

Cowboys Should Stir in Some Rice

Randy Galloway, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Numbers Irrelevant, Tebow Can Lead

Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Daily News

Vick, Welker Can Be Had for Cheap

David Steele, Sporting News

In the lead-up to the 2003 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears brought in quarterback Kyle Boller for a visit. They even let the Cal product talk with the media. But the team had no int...(full article)

Outside of the actual playing of real games, the Dallas Cowboys’ most critical week of the year has arrived. The draft starts Thursday. Memo to Jerry: Be seen, but not heard. A...(full article)

THIS PAST WEEK, people have stopped me as usual, but not to talk about the mayor's race or the Affordable Care Act, but to ask me, "Is Chip Kelly crazy?" These fans are referrin...(full article)

He led with his head. That’s what Pete Kwiatkowski remembers about the one concussion he is certain he had during his All-America career as a linebacker for Boise State in the 19...(full article)

The second wave of free-agent signings is well underway, and it’s really been more of a trickle. With a week to go before the NFL draft, teams are indicating that whatever needs ...(full article)

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