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2012 All-Pro Team

2012 All-Pro Team

NEW YORK (AP) The Associated Press 2012 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members:

OFFENSE(equals)

Quarterback-Peyton Manning, Denver.

Running Backs-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle.

Fullback-Vonta Leach, Baltimore.

Tight End-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta.

Wide Receivers-Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Brandon Marshall, Chicago.

Tackles-Duane Brown, Houston; Ryan Clady, Denver.

Guards-Mike Iupati, San Francisco; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.

Center-Max Unger, Seattle.

Placekicker-Blair Walsh, Minnesota.

Kick Returner-Jacoby Jones, Baltimore.

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Ends-J.J. Watt, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami.

Tackles-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England.

Outside Linebackers-Von Miller, Denver; Aldon Smith, San Francisco.

Inside Linebacker-Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.

Cornerbacks-Richard Sherman, Seattle; Charles Tillman, Chicago.

Safeties-Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco.

Punter-Andy Lee, San Francisco.

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SECOND TEAM(equals)

OFFENSE(equals)

Quarterback-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.

Running Backs-Alfred Morris Washington; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City.

Fullback-Jerome Felton, Minnesota.

Tight End-Jason Witten, Dallas.

Wide Receivers-A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Andre Johnson, Houston.

Tackles-Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Joe Staley, San Francisco.

Guards-Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England.

Center-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

Placekicker-Phil Dawson, Cleveland.

Kick Returner-David Wilson, New York Giants.

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DEFENSE(equals)

Ends-Justin Smith, San Francisco; Julius Peppers, Chicago.

Tackles-Justin Smith, San Francisco; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore.

Outside Linebackers-Chad Greenway, Minnesota; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, Clay Matthews, Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.

Inside Linebackers-Daryl Washington, Arizona; London Fletcher, Washington.

Cornerbacks-Champ Bailey, Denver; Tim Jennings, Chicago.

Safeties-Eric Weddle, San Diego; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo.

Punter-Thomas Morstead, New Orleans.

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All but one NFL owner approves of Raiders' move to Las Vegas

All but one NFL owner approves of Raiders' move to Las Vegas

PHOENIX — NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings Monday.

The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650 million loan, further helping to persuade owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.

Owners voted 31-1 to approve the move, with the Miami Dolphins opposed.

The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA. The Raiders likely will play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas strip is ready.

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Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized gambling, also is getting an NHL team this fall, the Golden Knights.

"Today will forever change the landscape of Las Vegas and UNLV football," said Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission and a former member of a panel appointed by the Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to study the stadium tax funding plan.

"I couldn't be more excited for the fans and residents of Clark County as we move forward with the Raiders and the Rebels," Sisolak said.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and a group trying to keep the team in Oakland, made a last-ditch presentation to the NFL last week. But that letter was "filled with uncertainty," according to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Monday, she asked the owners to delay the vote, wanting to give her city a chance to negotiate with a small group of owners to complete a stadium deal at the Coliseum site.

"Never that we know of has the NFL voted to displace a team from its established market when there is a fully financed option before them with all the issues addressed," Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. "I'd be remiss if I didn't do everything in my power to make the case for Oakland up until the very end."

Schaaf said the city has presented a $1.3 billion plan for a stadium at the Coliseum site that would be ready by 2021. She says the existing Coliseum would be demolished by 2024, with the Oakland Athletics baseball team either moving to a new stadium at the Coliseum site or somewhere else in the city.

The Raiders' move became more certain this month when Bank of America offered the loan. That replaced the same amount the Raiders lost when the league balked at having casino owner Sheldon Adelson involved and he was dropped from the team's plans.

Leaving the Bay Area is not something new with the Raiders, who played in Los Angeles from 1982-94 before heading back to Oakland. Davis was passed over last year in an attempt to move to a stadium in the LA area that would have been jointly financed with the Chargers. Instead, the owners approved the Rams' relocation and gave the Chargers an option to join them, which they exercised this winter.

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Proposed NFL rule change would eliminate Ravens' intentional holding strategy

Proposed NFL rule change would eliminate Ravens' intentional holding strategy

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

It made everyone do a double-take, then it made perfect sense to non-Cincinnati and non-Pittsburgh fans.

Back in Week 12 when the Baltimore Ravens held off the Cincinnati Bengals 19-14, it wasn't a single touchdown that made national headlines. Rather it was a game ending safety that cut a seven-point deficit to only five. 

On the final play, numerous Ravens players held the opposing Bengals, who were setting up to receive punt, with 11 seconds left on the clock. Punter Sam Koch, just sat back, draining the clock before finally running out the back of the end zone with the clock at zero. 

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Thursday it was proposed to the NFL's Competition Committee to make plays like this illegal. 

While it may be considered unfair to some, making this new rule would simply add to an already expanding rule book and only be used for a select handful of plays a year, maybe. 

Eliminating cleverness of coaches that are well versed in the NFL rule book, should not be the approach of the of rule adaptations. There is no impact on player safety nor does it make the game 'more watchable' (like the extra-point rule).

Not only that, but the new proposed rule just leaves another set of loopholes for coaches to take advantage of at the end of a game. What if team trying to score on the last play commits two offensive penalties just to get another shot at the endzone?

But before making a massive overhaul to fix all of the loopholes in the NFL rule book, can we establish what a catch is first?

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