NFL roundup: NFL explores moving Super Bowl from Arizona
Next year's Super Bowl in Glendale is in jeopardy because of a bill in the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to deny service to gay couples.
Sports Illustrated's Don Banks reported Wednesday, citing a source close to the situation that the NFL began taking steps toward moving the game if the bill is passed.
Tampa, Fla., finished as the runner-up in October 2011, when Glendale and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, was awarded its second Super Bowl.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer faces a deadline of Saturday to veto the bill, sign it into law, or allow it to stagnate.
The NFL moved a Super Bowl from Phoenix in 1993, to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., when Arizona government voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Day, in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, as a state holiday.
At this stage, 11 months before the game would be played, the plausibility of relocating the game is remote. However, the NFL is preparing for all possibilities.
---After locking up All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters to a long-term deal, the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are turning their attention to re-signing three other veterans.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the wide receiver Riley Cooper and center Jason Kelce were close to agreements on new deals with the Eagles. According to the newspaper, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also is expected to receive a new contract.
Peters signed a five-year contract worth at least $53 million.
---After winning a Super Bowl in his second NFL season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is already thinking about life after football.
"I want to be an owner of a team one day, whether it's baseball or football," the two-time Pro Bowler told the Wall Street Journal during an interview. "Maybe even both."
The 25-year-old Wilson quarterbacked the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl championship earlier this month.
---The Cleveland Browns released veteran linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and saved a $4.1 million roster bonus due March 15.
The move was the first major transaction for new general manager Ray Farmer.
Jackson, the Browns' second-round pick in 2006 out of Maryland, is now free to sign with any NFL team. He started 96 games in eight seasons for the Browns.
---Banished by the NFL for violating the NFL's drug policy, Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner will file a federal lawsuit against the league next week in Colorado.
According to multiple reports, Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, is scheduled to file the suit on his client's behalf.
Browner hopes to be granted unrestricted free agent rights, claiming he wasn't aware of his responsibility under the collective bargaining agreement to submit to three drug tests he missed while out of the league.
---The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the NFL is "strongly considering" taking the annual Pro Bowl game to Glendale, Ariz., from Honolulu next year to help raise its profile and generate more revenue.
The Pro Bowl is normally played a week before the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015, in University of Phoenix Stadium. That would leave Jan. 25, 2015, as a possible date for the NFL's annual all-star game.
---The Tennessee Titans re-signed running back Jackie Battle to a one-year contract, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free agent March 11.
Mainly a special teams player for the Titans, Battle had 36 rushing attempts for 142 yards during the 2013 season.
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