Browns QB Manziel hopes to earn back respect after rehab (Yahoo Sports)
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to the team and its fans and asked for privacy during his recovery from an undisclosed substance problem. Manziel released a statement through the Browns on Friday. Manziel was discharged last week following a 2 1/2-month stay. Manziel says he takes ''full responsibility for my actions'' and he intends to ''work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect.'' Manziel, who earned his ''Johnny Football'' nickname while winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M, intends to attend Cleveland's offseason practices next week.
Winston's lawyer calls sex assault suit against QB a 'stunt' (Yahoo Sports)
The attorney for NFL prospect Jameis Winston said the lawsuit filed against the former Florida State University quarterback by a woman who says he raped her is ''false'' and a ''stunt.'' David Cornwell said in written a statement Friday the lawsuit by former Florida State student Erica Kinsman was expected. He said her accusations have been rejected by police and Florida State. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, two weeks before the NFL draft where Winston could be the No. 1 pick. ''Ms. Kinsman's false accusations have already been exposed and rejected six times.
49ers fullback Miller at home in Georgia after March arrest (Yahoo Sports)
San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller is not taking part in the team's offseason program at team headquarters in the aftermath of his March arrest on suspicion of spousal battery. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Friday he met about the offseason with Miller, who is ''home in Georgia taking care of business.'' The Santa Clara District Attorney's office is still reviewing the case and no court hearing has been scheduled. The 27-year-old Miller, who received a three-year contract extension in 2014, was arrested March 5. Miller had 18 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns last season for the 49ers, who went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.
NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension (Yahoo Sports)
Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter on Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas. Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
Lee Remmel, long-time Packers PR executive, dies at 90 (Yahoo Sports)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Lee Remmel, whose six-decade relationship with the Green Bay Packers spanned a sports writing career and a 30-plus year stint in the team's front office, has died. He was 90.
Super Bowl champs to be honored at White House (Yahoo Sports)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be honored at the White House.
Stadium plan for Chargers, Raiders near Los Angeles advances (Yahoo Sports)
A proposed stadium that could become the home of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders hit an early milestone Wednesday amid rising competition to bring football back to the Los Angeles market. The Chargers and Raiders are planning a shared, $1.7 billion stadium in the city of Carson, on the edge of Los Angeles, if both teams fail to get new stadiums in their current hometowns. The proposal will go to the City Council, which could vote as soon as Tuesday to schedule an election or consider the plan without sending it to local voters. ''It's just an ideal location for a football stadium.'' The Carson project is one of two prominent stadium proposals that have emerged in the Los Angeles area this year: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is part of a development group planning to build an 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood, roughly 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
After conviction, many court cases left for Aaron Hernandez (Yahoo Sports)
Even after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is nowhere near done with his legal troubles. He still faces double murder charges in Boston, as well as civil lawsuits over the killings and a lawsuit in Florida from a former friend who said he was shot in the face and left for dead after arguing with Hernandez. A jury on Wednesday found Hernandez guilty of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd was killed - shot six times in a deserted industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home - for reasons that still remain unclear.
Rex Ryan needles Brady, dismisses Amaro's accusations (Yahoo Sports)
Rex Ryan couldn't resist offering Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a throwing tip. Ryan teased Brady, the four-time-winning Super Bowl champ, for bouncing the ceremonial first pitch into the dirt before the Boston Red Sox's home opener this week against Washington. At least, Ryan noted, the pitch he threw at the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons' season opener last week got to the plate.
Lions trade DE Johnson to Bucs for draft pick (Yahoo Sports)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions traded defensive end George Johnson and a seventh-round draft pick to Tampa Bay on Wednesday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the draft later this month.