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Jamaal Charles to hold out of training camp

Jamaal-Charles-AFC-PreviewJamaal Charles is reportedly set to hold out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp in search of a new contract.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Charles will not be present when training camp begins on Wednesday barring some sort of breakthrough in his ongoing discussions with the team. The Chiefs have reportedly been discussing a new contract with Charles throughout the offseason.

As Rotoworld noted, Charles is set to make $3.9 million in 2014, which is 15th most among NFL running backs. Guys like Jonathan Stewart currently make more than Charles, so you can understand why he feels that he has outperformed his contract.

Charles turned 27 in December, so this could be his last chance to cash in on a big payday. He rushed for 1,287 yards last year and racked up 693 yards receiving. He also scored 19 total touchdowns — 14 more than any other player on the team. He is easily Kansas City’s most important offensive player after a breakout season.

Charles is not all that big and has already suffered a torn ACL during his career, but the Chiefs really have no leverage here. Their entire offense runs through Charles and he is one of the main reasons Andy Reid was able to lead such an incredible turnaround last season. Expect a deal to get done sooner rather than later.

Vernon Davis shows up to training camp (Video)

Vernon DavisSan Francisco 49ers fans can exhale. Vernon Davis will not be holding out of training camp.

On Wednesday morning, Niners defensive back CJ Spillman posted a video on Instagram of the warm reception Davis received from his teammates in the locker room when he arrived.

Davis admitted over a month ago that he is looking for a new contract. He skipped voluntary offseason workouts and was expected to skip training camp if he didn’t get a new deal, but he has either had a change of heart or worked something out with the team’s front office.

As Pro Football Talk noted, offensive lineman Joe Staley also wanted a new contract but showed up to workouts. He was rewarded with a two-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2019. Perhaps Davis took note of the way Staley’s contract negotiations went, or maybe he was bothered by Jim Harbaugh’s comments about the “49er way.” In any event, Davis will not be fined $30,000 per day for missing camp and appears ready to work.

Reggie Wayne shows up to camp in an Indy car

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Reggie Wayne loves showing up to training camp in style. A few years back, the guy rolled into camp wearing a hard hat and driving a dump truck. On Wednesday, Wayne reported for duty in an Indy race car.

Don’t worry, Reggie wasn’t driving. The car was a two-seater and was driven by IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter. Wayne and Carpenter showed up in an actual race car — not a street version — and Carpenter later spoke to reporters while holding his son.

Wayne, who has been cleared to play, appeared in just seven games for the Indianapolis Colts last season before a torn ACL knocked him out for the year. He is looking to prove that he can still be a top receiving threat at age 35, which is not an easy feat. If his training camp entrance is any indication, the veteran means business.

Photo: Twitter/Mike Wells

Rob Gronkowski cleared to play

Rob Gronkowski spikeAssuming Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy throughout training camp and the preseason, Tom Brady will have his most dangerous weapon on the field when the New England Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Bill Belichick told reporters on Wednesday that Gronk has been cleared to play.

Gronkowski, who underwent surgery for a torn ACL six months ago, was not placed on the physically unable to perform list before training camp began. That was the first indication that the big tight end is good to go.

The Patriots brought in Brandon LaFell this offseason and are hoping to get more production from Danny Amendola in 2014, but Gronkowski is the engine that powers New England’s offense. When Gronk is on the field, the Patriots are more effective in both the passing and run games. He has tremendous hands, is Brady’s favorite red zone target and is an underrated blocker.

Gronkowski hauled in four touchdowns last season despite appearing in only seven games. He has 15 touchdowns in 18 games over the past two seasons and 42 total touchdowns in 50 career games.

The question, of course, will be whether Gronk can stay healthy. He is only 25 and has already had multiple back and arm surgeries in addition to major knee surgery.

What does this mean for fantasy football? Drafting Gronkowski will always be a risk given his injury history, but he can single-handedly win fantasy weeks when he is on the field. The fact that he has been cleared to play so early in camp indicates that Gronk had no setbacks throughout the offseason, which is obviously good news. If the health issues don’t scare you away, there’s no reason Gronk shouldn’t be drafted nearly as high as Jimmy Graham.

Michael Sam has great response for Tony Dungy

Michael Sam RamsTony Dungy became persona non-grata this week after saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam. A day later, Dungy decided to “clarify” his original comments. Sam also was asked about the comments Tuesday and responded.

“Thank God he wasn’t St. Louis Rams’ coach,” Sam joked to the media. “But I have a great respect for (Tony) Dungy, and everyone in America is entitled to their own opinions.”

That’s a pretty good response from Sam, who did not want to continue talking about that subject.

“I don’t really care what people are coming up and talking about,” Sam said after being faced with another question from the media about Dungy. “My job is to make this team, that’s my number one priority.”

Dungy issued a statement Tuesday to elaborate on his controversial comments about not wanting to draft Sam. Dungy says the media circus surrounding Sam is what would have dissuaded him.

His statement is below.

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Browns fan urinates on Art Modell’s grave (Video)

Browns fan Art ModellOn a scale of 1-10 when it comes to disrespectful acts, this would probably come in at 5,328.

A Cleveland Browns fan posted this video to YouTube of him supposedly urinating on the grave of Art Modell. Modell died in 2012 but remains a despised figure by many in Cleveland for moving the beloved Browns to Baltimore (they later changed identities and became the Ravens).

The fan went to great lengths to produce the video; he put on an Ed Reed jersey as a perfect disguise and supposedly used a catheter to make the urinating process easy and conspicuous.

In explaining why he was urinating on Modell’s grave, the fan says, “I had no choice.”

Those were the exact words used by Modell to explain why he moved the Browns out of Cleveland.

Too bad the fan did this now instead of waiting til the Week 3 matchup between the teams. Then it would have really added to the rivalry. Or maybe he knew better than to hurt his team’s chances of winning by giving the opponent extra motivation.

H/T Deadspin

LeSean McCoy and Porsha Williams dating?

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Does LeSean McCoy have a new girlfriend? It looks like it.

Bossip reports that Shady McCoy has been dating Porsha Williams, who is Kordell Stewart’s ex-wife, “for quite some time now.”

Here’s what Bosisp says:

Porsha has been seen posting faded pictures of men and a variety of love quotes (then later deleting). But that hasn’t been enough to throw people off. Porsha and LeSean have been seen going on dates and kissing in the clubs all around Atlanta.

Porsha and Kordell were married in a 2011 wedding televised on the show “Platinum Weddings.” They divorced two years later, with Porsha complaining that she only found out about the divorce plans by reading about it online.

Porsha’s family supposedly is concerned about her being in another bad relationship because of the age difference between them; she is 33 while he is 25 years old. Porsha starred in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” last year and is also filming season six of the show this year.

McCoy doesn’t exactly have the cleanest record with women, either. Last year he got in an ugly Twitter fight with his baby mama. He later apologized for the nasty fight.