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AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 15

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New England Patriots - No doubt they are the team to beat after dismantling Texans.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Sunday night game against Patriots could be Super Bowl preview.

3. New York Giants - David Wilson is the newest big-play weapon in a potent attack.

4. Seattle Seahawks - It's not just about Russell Wilson. This team is solid and physical.

5. Denver Broncos - Knowshon Moreno is running like he's back in college at Georgia.

6. Houston Texans - The Texans should be concerned about their leaky secondary.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Can't blame Cam Cameron anymore. It's time for Joe Flacco to deliver.

8. Atlanta Falcons - Has any 11-2 team every gotten as little respect? Don't think so.

9. Washington Redskins - Alfred Morris is the latest back to love a Mike Shanahan offense.

10. Cincinnati Bengals - Their season could come down to beating Steelers in season finale.

11. Green Bay Packers - Packers have shown renewed commitment to running game lately.

12. Chicago Bears - They're fading down the stretch for the second consecutive season.

13. Indianapolis Colts - For such a young team, they play with impressive poise.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers have been inconsistent, but loss to Chargers was shocker.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Can't say the Cowboys have stopped competing for Jason Garrett.

16. Minnesota Vikings - Even when opponents load the box, Adrian Peterson excels.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Momentum has been lost, and playoffs now look unlikely for them.

18. Cleveland Browns - I'll say it again. Pat Shurmur is making a strong case to keep his job.

19. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher is showing why he was so coveted during offseason.

20. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton looks like he's starting to blossom. That's crucial for franchise.

21. San Diego Chargers - They remain a tease under Norv Turner. Good wins, baffling losses.

22. Miami Dolphins - They face key decisions on several players, including Reggie Bush.

23. Detroit Lions - This team has flat-out underachieved. Lack of discipline has hurt.

24. New Orleans Saints - We can stop waiting for the playoff run. It's not going to happen.

25. New York Jets - Doubt if they make the playoffs. Who will they beat if they get in?

26. Buffalo Bills - If players keep griping, you have to wonder if Chan Gailey will stick.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - Playing out the string, but Nick Foles is gaining experience.

28. Kansas City Chiefs - With Dwayne Bowe gone, the Chiefs' offense really can get worse.

29. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals' season has disintegrated into a debacle.

30. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker has not made the kind of progress they had hoped.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Some teams should be glad the season is almost over. This is one.

32. Oakland Raiders - Chiefs vs. Raiders in Week 15 won't be NFL football at its finest.

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Steelers ink Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on same day

Steelers ink Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on same day

Antonio Brown will remain a Pittsburgh Steeler for a long time. On Monday, the team announced that Antonio Brown signed a contract extension for four years that is worth $68 million. 

The deal makes Brown the highest paid NFL wide receiver and will keep him on the Steelers roster until 2021.

It also included a signing bonus of $19 million according to ESPN. The new deal does not effect the 28-year-old's salary for the 2017 season which is scheduled to be $4.7 million.

In 2014, Brown lead the league with 1,698 yards and receptions with 129. Surpassing both marks in 2015 with 1,834 yards in 136 receptions, the seven-year veteran quickly became regarded as the best wide receiver in the league. He is also a five time Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro three times, including last season.

Teammate Le'Veon Bell will stay with the team at least for one more season. Earlier on Monday, the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell which is expected to earn him over $12 million based on last season's numbers.

At 25-years-old, Bell has had a career tattered with injuries since he came into the league in 2013. As a dual-threat player from the backfield and as a receiver, he has averaged over 1,500 yards from scrimmage each year.

Bell is coming off a Pro-Bowl season with 1,884 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns in only 12 games. 

RELATED: Adidas to give away an island if prospect breaks record at NFL Combine

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Adidas promises a private island to NFL prospects with one catch

Adidas promises a private island to NFL prospects with one catch

Don’t be alarmed if you see numerous NFL prospects running around the field with cheetah print adidas cleats. No its not for charity or a charitable cause, but rather a chance for the athlete to make some waves before even joining an NFL squad.

Those NFL prospects are vying for a private island.

That’s right. With one tweet, adidas announced the ultimate incentive for any athlete willing to wear their special edition adizero 5-star 40 cleats during the 40-yard dash event at the 2017 NFL Combine.

But, there's one other requirement that makes this private island a distant dream. The prospect must beat Chris Johnson’s 2015 record of 4.24 seconds.

The cleats are designed specifically for this popular event, weighing in at a whopping 4.8 ounces and now can provide soaking up the sun and catching the waves to one lucky prospect.


Adidas will be the kings of the jungle with this fun marketing tactic while one prospect could be crowned the king of the 40-yard dash.