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Vikings' Peterson one of few dominant rushers remaining in pass-happy NFL

...several running plays into short throws.Thus, teams have a hard time justifying paying running backs as their franchise players. Peterson is the outlier with a salary cap hit this year of more than $14 million.The next-closest running...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-08-16/vikings-peterson-one-few-domi
Quarterback Andy Dalton signs lucrative extension with Bengals

...surgically repaired back would get a rest: He will not play in the preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday. PANTHERS: Franchise player Greg Hardy entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing and his jury trial has been set for Nov. 17, according...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-08-04/quarterback-andy-dalton-signs
Panthers' Hardy upset arrest has become a distraction

...six-minute interview and didn't offer an apology to the victim in the domestic dispute.Hardy, the team's franchise player, was convicted this month of assaulting a female and communicating threats and sentenced to a 60-day suspended...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-07-27/panthers-hardy-upset-arrest-h
Panthers' Greg Hardy faces uncertain future after conviction on assault charges

...assault on a female and communicating threats will impact his long-term future in Carolina.Carolina made Hardy its franchise player in March, signing him to a one-year, $13.1 million deal after a 15-sack season. But talks of a long-term...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-07-16/panthers-greg-hardy-faces-unc
Arbitrator rules that Saints' Jimmy Graham is a tight end

...with the Ravens. He later helped them win the 2012 NFL championship.July 15 is the final day a team can sign 2014 franchise players to long-term extensions. Otherwise, they must play under their franchise tag designation for one season, after...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-07-02/arbitrator-rules-saints-jimmy
Simple formula has helped San Antonio Spurs thrive in NBA

...vich, in typical deadpan fashion. "Get the No. 1 pick in the draft every 10 years and make sure that it's a franchise player. That's the formula. That's how lucky you have to be. You've got David (Robinson) for a decade and then...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2014-04-19/simple-formula-has-helped-san
Clemson dismisses quarterback Chad Kelly after argument during spring game

...11 jersey in his locker.Jackson wore No. 10 with the Philadelphia Eagles and had said he would try to see if franchise player Robert Griffin III ? the Redskins' current No. 10 ? would be willing to switch. Griffin quickly nixed the idea...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2014-04-14/clemson-dismisses-quarter
WWE Network to present mat madness 24/7

...marketing officer Michelle Wilson said.Fans can relive matches from the Attitude Era or simply catch up on today's franchise players such as Daniel Bryan and C.M. Punk.From their own home or parts unknown, WWE believes it has the loyal fan...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/television/2014-01-10/wwe-network-present
Romo, Cowboys rally past Redskins

...their seventh straight, the second in a row by one point, both with Kirk Cousins starting in place of shut-down franchise player Robert Griffin III.Pierre Garcon (11 catches, 144 yards) provided the home team highlight by breaking Art Monk's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2013-12-22/romo-cowboys-rally-past-redsk
Robert Griffin III is shut down for the season

...reasoning is that he fears Griffin, who has taken a pounding in recent weeks, will get hurt, and that would ruin the franchise player's off-season ? a reversal of Shanahan's oft-stated position that Griffin needed as much game experience...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2013-12-11/robert-griffin-iii-shut-down-