What's trending in the NFL: Beer company reaches out to Peyton Manning; picking future NFL champions

Here are the top stories from Wednesday:

From Thomas Neumann’s story predicting the next 25 Super Bowl champions, featuring a title by the San Diego Raiders in Super Bowl LV: “Derek Carr throws for 310 yards and three touchdown passes, including two scores to All-Pro wideout Amari Cooper, as Raider Nation takes over the stadium its team wasn’t allowed to occupy years earlier. Halftime performers N.W.A. bring down the house with a rousing, uncensored rendition of “Straight Outta Compton.” The Giants fall short despite a Super Bowl-record 15 receptions by Odell Beckham Jr., ensuring that head coach Ben McAdoo will be mistakenly called Bob for at least another year.”

Craft beer company sends Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning beer to stop him from drinking Budweiser (by David Auguste)

Browns defensive lineman Armonty Bryant indicted on drug charges (by Pat McManamon)

From Kirk Cousins signing a long-term deal in Washington to Colin Kaepernick making amends in San Francisco, NFL Nation reporters make one prediction for all 32 NFL teams

From Jeff Legwold’s story on Broncos linebacker Von Miller likely getting the franchise tag: “The free-agency dance the Denver Broncos are about to do with linebacker Von Miller is a familiar one. Since John Elway began calling the football shots, when the Broncos want to keep their most prominent free agent on the roster, they have followed the same step-by-step procedure. Miller should get ready to wear the franchise player tag.”

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did the right thing talking on ‘Garbage Bag Day’ (by David Newton)

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s #bagsearch2016 is officially over, with a happy ending (by Coley Harvey)

Source: Arrest warrants expected soon in incident involving Bills running back LeSean McCoy (by Mike Rodak)

From Sam Monson’s story on 10 sleeper NFL free agents for 2016Insider: “[Mark] Barron was a first-round pick in 2012, selected No. 7 overall as a safety out of Alabama. He has been poor as a safety in the NFL but looked promising this season as a weakside linebacker. Barron’s speed was impressive in the box, and he also became an effective player on the blitz, with 16 total pressures and a batted pass on the rush. Barron could be a very effective option at linebacker in a class that isn’t overflowing with them.”

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From ESPN Stats & Information research: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a career-high eight dropbacks from empty formations in Super Bowl 50, going 1-of-5 passing with 3.0 sacks and two turnovers.


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Cavs' Love exits game with shoulder contusion

print CLEVELAND — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love exited Cleveland’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers late in the first half on Wednesday with a left shoulder contusion and did not return. It is the same shoulder Love dislocated in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics, causing him to miss the remainder … Continue reading

Suns' Morris, Goodwin get into shoving match

print A disappointing season for the Phoenix Sun turned ugly Wednesday when teammates Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into a physical altercation on the bench. Morris and Goodwin were seen arguing during a timeout in their game against the Golden State Warriors. The argument escalated into a shoving match between Morris, who is 6-foot-10, … Continue reading

Wife of OKC assistant Monty Williams dies at 44

print Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, died on Wednesday. She was 44. Ingrid Williams was involved in a car accident Tuesday night when she was hit head-on by another car that crossed over the center lane. The other driver has also died. “The Thunder organization has heavy hearts … Continue reading

Bowen: What it's like to get cut in the NFL

print The phone calls start coming this time of year. You know, the ones that NFL veterans don’t want to answer. Let it go to voicemail? I’ve done that. Deal with it later, I guess. But once you see the area code on the caller ID, you know: Dang, they got me. That call from … Continue reading

Spurs PG Parker out vs. Magic with ankle sprain

print ORLANDO — San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was informed about an hour before Wednesday’s tipoff against the Orlando Magic that he would be held out because of a sprained left ankle he suffered Tuesday against the Miami Heat. Parker rolled the ankle after running into a cameraman, but the injury isn’t expected … Continue reading

Sources: O's in serious talks with RHP Gallardo

print The Baltimore Orioles are in negotiations with free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo on a three-year deal in the range of $ 40-45 million, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney. Gallardo, 29, went 13-11 last season for the Texas Rangers with a 3.42 ERA. He has thrown no fewer than 180 innings in each of the past … Continue reading

Von Miller will wear franchise tag before long-term deal

print ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The free-agency dance the Denver Broncos are about to do with linebacker Von Miller is a familiar one. Since John Elway began calling the football shots, when the Broncos want to keep their most prominent free agent on the roster they have followed the same step-by-step procedure. Miller should get ready … Continue reading

Order restored: NCAA 1st round follows First Four

print The NCAA has eliminated confusion surrounding how the games of its men’s basketball tournament’s first weekend are referenced. The first round will again simply mean the round of 64, or the Thursday and Friday games that many still view as the beginning of the tournament. Thursday, March 17 will get the ball rolling for … Continue reading

Craft beer company doesn't want Peyton drinking Bud

print So, Peyton Manning, you just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next? “… I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.” As you can expect, Peyton eschewing the traditional celebratory bubbly in favor of the libation of choice for broke college kids caught the attention of the masses. One … Continue reading

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