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Steelers won't tag Bell; eye Brown trade

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Le'Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month. And while the team will explore moving Brown, general manager Kevin Colbert stressed Wednesday the Steelers will not cut the talented but turbulent star wide receiver just to appease him.

"By no means are we going to make a trade or any type of move that will not be beneficial to the Pittsburgh Steeler organization," Colbert said. "We will not be discounting (Brown) on the trade market and we certainly will not be releasing (him)."

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Browns sign ex-Texans WR Strong

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns boosted their wide receiving group by signing Jaelen Strong, who missed last season with a knee injury.

A former third-round pick, Strong sat out 2018 after tearing a knee ligament late in the 2017 season with Jacksonville. The 25-year-old has made three starts and played in 20 NFL games with Houston and the Jaguars.

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Chiefs turn to Spagnuolo to shore up D

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Steve Spagnuolo spent much of his year out of coaching making the 45-minute drive from his home in Philadelphia to the headquarters of NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Spagnuolo had finished a tour as the interim coach of the New York Giants and missed out on the full-time job after the season. He turned down an assistant coaching offer and decided instead to spend the season recharging his proverbial batteries while getting a different perspective on the league.

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Panthers RB coach Skipper retires

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper has retired from coaching after 32 years in the NFL, including 15 with Carolina.

Carolina ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards eight times in Skipper's 15 seasons, including each of the last five years. Carolina's running backs went to six Pro Bowls under Skipper and four were voted All-Pro.

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Roman changes Ravens offense for Jackson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Greg Roman is off to a running start in his new role as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, working long hours to construct a unit that can fully utilize the talents of quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens closed the regular season with a 6-1 run behind Jackson, who keyed an effective ground game with frequent forays out of the pocket and downfield. Baltimore ended a three-year hiatus from the playoffs, winning the AFC North before losing to the Chargers.

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Cards sign veteran TE Clay for 1 year

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran tight end Charles Clay to a one-year contract.

Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed.

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Dallas won't pick up WR Williams' option

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Cowboys aren't picking up a team option on the final year of Terrance Williams' contract, making the receiver an unrestricted free agent after he spent his first six NFL seasons in Dallas.

The move will create $2.25 million in salary cap space. Williams had just two catches for 18 yards in a season spent mostly on injured reserve because of complications following offseason surgery for a broken right foot. He also served a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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Jags name Capers senior defensive asst.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former NFL head coach Dom Capers has joined Jacksonville's coaching staff as senior defensive assistant, returning to the Jaguars two decades after his first stint with the team.

The team says Capers will work closely with defensive coordinator Todd Wash and the other assistants on that side of the ball.

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Falcons extend OL Sambrailo for 3 years

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo to a three-year contract extension.

The team announced the deal on Tuesday but financial terms were not released.

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Chiefs add 4 new defensive assistants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs coach Andy Reid moved swiftly to replace longtime defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after his underperforming group allowed Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to run roughshod over them in the AFC title game last month.

Reid moved just as swiftly in completing a massive staff overhaul.

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