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Steelers give Brown 5-yr. deal, tag Bell

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert stressed earlier this month one of the team's biggest goals during the offseason was to make wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell vital parts of the organization "for life."

Done and well, on its way to being done.

The Steelers signed Brown to a new five-year contract on Monday, following through on a promise the club made last summer to take care of the perennial All-Pro as soon as he had just one season left on the six-year deal he signed in 2012.


Cardinals DE Jones gets franchise tag

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.


Giants make Pierre-Paul franchise player

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Giants have told defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that he will be made a franchise player.

The league source with direct knowledge of the move spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants had not announced the decision.


Panthers franchise DT Short, sign Horton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers are looking to keep their defensive line intact.

Carolina applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to defensive tackle Kawann Short on Monday and re-signed defensive end Wes Horton to a two-year contract. The moves come one day after the Panthers signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year contract.


Chargers put franchise tag on LB Ingram

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Melvin Ingram on Monday night.

Ingram is a pass-rushing dynamo with 18+ sacks over the past two seasons, and he also excels as an edge rusher for the Chargers. He had eight sacks last season, and he has 24+ in his five-year career.


Browns release veteran WR Hawkins

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Hawkins gave the Cleveland Browns experience and leadership.

They'll have to find it elsewhere.


Dolphins take part in business seminar

MIAMI (AP) Preparing for life after football, 16 Miami Dolphins players began a five-day business seminar in New York on Monday arranged by team owner Stephen Ross.

The seminar is designed to help players with an interest in real estate, technology, investing, and business operations and development. Among players participating are Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake and Byron Maxwell.


49ers tender deals to Purcell, Bradford

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers tendered one-year contracts to exclusive rights free agent nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebacker Carl Bradford on Monday.

Exclusive rights free agents are players with less than three years of experience and they are unable to negotiate with other teams.


Ravens S Elam arrested on drug charges

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam faces marijuana, oxycodone and reckless driving charges after being arrested in Miami Beach.

Miami-Dade County jail records show Elam was arrested Sunday. He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver or sell and possession of a controlled substance, oxycodone. He was being held on $15,500 bail.


Panthers give DE Addison 3-year contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have re-signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year contract.

Financial terms were not available Sunday night.