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Patriots' quaterback Tom Brady awaits results of appeal hearing

...fighting his punishment, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to appeal the team's penalty, though he defended his franchise player and denied any wrongdoing by team employees.The NFL says Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-06-23/patriots-quaterback-tom-brady
Nation's winningest high school football coach John McKissick retires

...team's mandatory off-season minicamp after failing to sign the team's $14.8 million tender offer as its franchise player.Pierre-Paul led the Giants with 12½ sacks last season.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/high-school/2015-06-16/nations-winningest-hi
Adrian Peterson participates in Minnesota Vikings' practice for first time since September

...knows that, he knows I love him. And my other kids know the same."The relationship between the team and its franchise player has been tense since the abuse allegations first surfaced.Suddenly, Peterson seems ready to put all of that behind...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-06-02/adrian-peterson-participates-
Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings

...assurances from the Vikings that changes to his contract are on the table.The relationship between the team and its franchise player has been tense dating back to September, when the child abuse allegations first surfaced. He spent much of the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-06-02/adrian-peterson-returns-minne
NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson

...None of the remaining money on the deal, however, is guaranteed.If they're serious about not trading the franchise player, the Vikings could conceivably sit tight all spring and summer and not have to pay Peterson at all, given that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-16/nfl-reinstates-adrian-peterso
Falcons will open season on Monday Night Football against Philadelphia

...Nov. 26.The game will feature Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy against his former team. Hardy was Carolina's franchise player last season, but missed 15 games after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while facing domestic abuse...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-21/falcons-will-open-season-mond
Darren Sharper reaches plea agreement to settle rape charges

...defensive ends from South Florida.Less than a month after designating two-Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul as their franchise player, the Giants on Friday signed his former college teammate, George Selvie, as a free agent.Selvie has played in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-03-20/darren-sharper-reaches-plea-a
It'a all about the team for Hawks, Warriors in the NBA

...Now, there's no reason for teams to totally tear themselves down when it's time to rebuild, hoping to land a franchise player in the draft or free up enough cap space to pursue the next superstar to become available in free agency.That will...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2015-02-06/ita-all-about-team-hawks-warr
Jaguars name Darius franchise player again

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars made strong safety Donovin Darius their franchise player for the second straight year Tuesday. Darius will make $4.1 million next season if he doesn't agree to a new contract with...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/02/25/pro_405820.shtml
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Chiefs tag sack leader as a franchise player

...highest-paid defensive ends. RAVENS: Designated two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs as their franchise player, a move that prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month. Suggs will be paid...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/02/20/pro_188039.shtml
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