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Browns’ Kareem Hunt Suspended 8 Games

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Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended for 8 games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“I want to again apologize for my actions last year,” Hunt said in a statement, via USA Today’s Mike Jones.

“I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcome me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization, and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love.”

Hunt was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs following the incident and was later signed by the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal.

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Bills Sign Lee Smith

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Lee Smith

The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran tight end Lee Smith to a three-year, $9 million deal, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

The signing marks a return for Smith as he played for the Bills from 2011 until 2014 before heading off to spent the last few seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith is known for his blocking skills and is widely considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends.

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Dolphins Sign Mark Walton

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Mark Walton

The Miami Dolphins have signed troubled running back Mark Walton, according to to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Walton, a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this offseason after he was arrested for the third time in three months.

Walton has the talent, and may be a good pickup for the Dolphins, but he is likely facing a suspension from the league for the arrests.

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Chargers’ Phillip Rivers Content with Contract Situation

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Phillip Rivers

The Los Angeles Chargers will enter the 2019 season as one of the favorites in the AFC and veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers is feeling good about the upcoming season, as well as his current contract situation with the team.

The Chargers and Rivers could work out a contract extension, but Rivers isn’t stressing about that right now:

“I just feel at peace,” Rivers said, during an appearance on FOX Sports Radio San Diego. “If the extension is what works best for both of us and that’s how it plays out, then great. If not, shoot, let’s go have a heck of a 2019 and then we’ll worry about 2020 when we need to worry about it. I say that with every intention of being the quarterback in 2020 here. It’s not for any reason other than, hey, I signed up for this many years and this year is the last year running and let’s go if that’s what’s best. I really do feel at peace about it and feel good.”

Rivers is slated to earn $11 million in the final year of his contract.

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