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Top 5 Headlines 3/13: NFL Free Agency Not Slowing Down

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1. Chiefs GM John Dorsey happy with the addition of safety Tyvon Branch

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"While the official addition of Jeremy Maclin stole the show Wednesday, one player Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is also high on is safety Tyvon Branch, who joined the team Tuesday.

"I like everything about the guy," Dorsey said. "When you meet him as a person, you're going to love him. He's very rare in terms of his ability. He has great passion for the game. He is dedicated to his craft. We had a chance to acquire a pretty good player here."

Branch, 28, started 57 consecutive games for the Raiders from 2009 to 2012 before injuries derailed his last two seasons."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs Release WR Dwayne Bowe

By Chiefs Communications -

""On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I'd like to thank Dwayne for his contributions over the last eight seasons," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "During his time with the Chiefs, Dwayne established himself as one of the best receivers in club history. We wish Dwayne nothing but the best as he moves forward."

"This was a tough decision to make," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "Dwayne is a team-first guy and he holds a number of team receiving records. We felt this was in the best interest of the club at this time."

"It's been a pleasure working with Dwayne the past two seasons," Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. "He showed up every day with a great attitude and did everything we asked of him. He was a productive player for a number of years here and I have a lot of respect for what he was able to accomplish.""    READ MORE…

3. DeMarco Murray Signs With Eagles

By Phil Sheridan - ESPN

"DeMarco Murray heard about Dallas Cowboys fans burning their No. 29 jerseys after hearing he had signed with the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Murray's leaving hurt. His reason for leaving just might hurt a bit more.

"I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to win a Super Bowl, at the end of the day," Murray said Thursday after signing a five-year, $42 million contract with the Eagles. "It wasn't about financial security or anything like that. Obviously, you want something that you deserve, something that is respectful. Those two things are important to me, and I was able to accomplish that. I think the Eagles have a great chance to win a Super Bowl.""    READ MORE…

4. Antonio Cromartie returns to Jets

By Rich Cimini - ESPN

"Two days after their blockbuster move for cornerback Darrelle Revis, the New York Jets are bringing back his former sidekick, Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie agreed Thursday to a four-year, $32 million contract, a league source told ESPN.

After two years apart, the Jets' cornerback tandem from 2010 to 2012 will be reunited."    READ MORE…

5. Chip Kelly's Eagles are different, but are they better?

By Phil Sheridan - ESPN

"Chip Kelly's mission to re-create the 2009 Oklahoma football team is nearly complete. Sooners coach Bob Stoops can only wish the Philadelphia Eagles coach good luck.

With Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray in the backfield, Oklahoma finished with an 8-5 record (5-3 in the Big 12). Of course, Bradford and Murray weren't always in the backfield. They were often in the trainer's room.

That is the risk Kelly has taken by trading for Bradford and signing Murray to a new five-year contract. Bradford has torn his left anterior cruciate ligament twice in the past two years, and has missed 31 games over the past four seasons. Murray missed 11 games during his four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, but played in all 16 regular-season games in 2014."    READ MORE…

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