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Von Miller I'm a Denver Bronco for Life ... After Striking Huge Deal

7/15/2016 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0715_von_miller_instagramPeyton Manning said it would happen ... and now it's official -- Von Miller has signed a new deal with the Broncos and says he'll bleed orange and blue for life. 

The Super Bowl hero reportedly agreed to a 6-year $114 million contract with $70 MILLION guaranteed in the first 2 years. 

Miller went to Instagram to celebrate -- posting a pic with a caption that read, "FOR LIFE."

Congrats! 

Tom Brady Throws In Towel On Deflategate

7/15/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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071516-tom-brady-gettyIt's over. Finally. 

Tom Brady has announced he's ending his Deflategate fight ... saying, "I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

Translation -- I'll take my 4-game suspension.

In a Facebook post, Brady wrote, "It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

"I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."

Brady has always maintained he did NOT illegally order team equipment guys to deflate several game balls before the AFC Championship game in 2015.

Earlier this week, an appeals court rejected Brady's request for a rehearing -- and if Brady wanted to continue the fight, he'd have to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He cried "Uncle" instead.

Your ball, Jimmy G. ... 

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NFL's Dan Skuta Off the Hook In Alleged Bar Attack [Update]

7/14/2016 3:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0714-dan-skuta-getty-02Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta will NOT be prosecuted for allegedly attacking a woman outside of a Florida bar last month ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Skuta was arrested around 2 AM on June 19th after a woman claimed the NFL player pushed her into a glass window after she turned down his advances. 

30-year-old Skuta adamantly denied the allegations -- claiming he was with his girlfriend during the entire incident and the woman struck HIM after verbally harassing the NFL player and his friends. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... officials investigated the incident and determined there just wasn't enough evidence to prove Skuta committed a crime -- so the State Attorney in FL decided to drop the case. 

update_graphic_red_bar8:10 AM PT -- We spoke with Skuta's attorney, Mark NeJame, who tells us, they are not surprised by the move ... because Skuta is 100% innocent. 

"As we stated on June 27th, Dan Skuta was arrested for something that simply did not happen. After voluntary cooperation from Mr. Skuta and a thorough review of the case by the State Attorney’s office, a review of the info that was provided to them, they’ve informed us that they are not going to proceed with the prosecution of any charges against Mr. Skuta."

NeJame added, "The individual who made the complaint had serious character and credibility issues. Not one independent witness corroborated her testimony."

"Alternatively, we were able to provide multiple witnesses who confirmed that Mr. Skuta was attacked by this obnoxious individual and he simply turned away and walked off after he was hit so that the situation wouldn't escalate. He acted in mature, appropriate and sensible after being struck."

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Ray Rice My Window For NFL Comeback Is Closing

7/15/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0715-ray-rice-tmz-01Ray Rice knows the clock is ticking on his NFL comeback ... but says if the window closes, he's ready to move on. 

Rice hasn't played a down in the NFL since 2013 -- after the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back attacked his then-fiancee in an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. 

The 29-year-old has been training like a maniac in the hopes of getting a second chance -- but no teams have pulled trigger ... and Rice knows his comeback chances get worse every day. 

"I know that the window for playing is closing," Rice told NJ Advance Media ... "But if my window closes, I'm going to make sure I open up a thousand more opportunities for kids, to give them an opportunity to pick up where I left off."

Rice says he's still training -- "but I'm more training for life."

"I think it's safe to say that football ... I don't want to ever say I'm giving up, because that's never going to be me ... I'm happy."

"I'm in the best shape of my life, and I know if it doesn't happen this year, it's probably something I have to deal with. But you know what? It's not the end of my life."

We got video of Rice training last year -- he still looks like he's in pretty good shape. 

[H/T NJ.com]

Bill Simmons Stephen A. was NFL's Puppet ... To Smear Tom Brady

7/14/2016 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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071416-bill-simmons-stephan-a-smith-tmz-2Pretty bold allegation from Bill Simmons ... who claims the NFL co-opted several ESPN employees to smear Tom Brady's image during the Deflategate saga ... including Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. had tweeted about Brady's 4-game suspension on Wednesday -- saying, "Tom Brady was ARROGANT, UPPITY, SELFISH and in the end he brought this on himself."

That's when Simmons -- who famously left ESPN on bad terms -- chimed in about his former colleague. 

"One of multiple ESPN employees used by the NFL to leak anti-Brady info during this saga decides to weigh in."

Gonna guess Stephen A. will have some thoughts on this ... 

FYI, we reached out to ESPN -- but the network had no comment. 

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Isaiah Crowell Cop Org Accepts 2nd Apology 'It Was Sincere This Time'

7/13/2016 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0713-isaiah-crowell-getty-01A prominent Cleveland police organization says it has ACCEPTED Isaiah Crowell's 2nd apology over an anti-police Instagram post ... claiming they believe apology #2 was actually sincere. 

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association had initially told Crowell to "kiss my ass" after the Browns running back issued a written statement apologizing for the post. 

Crowell responded by making an apology video -- in which he admitted he was part of the problem, vowed to be a part of the solution ... and said he would be donating his 1st game check of the 2016 season to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. 

Now, CPPA President Stephen Loomis says ... apology accepted. 

"I appreciate the apology and we accept it. People are allowed to make mistakes in life. Our problem was that first apology. It wasn’t sincere. But Isaiah stepped up to the plate to make a personal apology, and we definitely appreciate his donation to the Fallen Officers Foundation."

Loomis continued ... "I'd love to work with Isaiah in the future. How cool would it be if Isaiah and I attended community events together to really make a difference in the city? We are missing opportunities that we should be seizing as law enforcement and athletes in the city."

"I’m glad we didn’t have to go the route of boycotting Browns games. We would not have enjoyed that. We wanted to give Isaiah the opportunity to make things right, and he did."

LeSean McCoy No NFL Punishment ... For Nightclub Brawl

7/13/2016 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Take a deep breath Bills fans (and Fantasy owners) ... LeSean McCoy will NOT be suspended for his role in a Philly bar brawl earlier this year ... so says the NFL. 

A rep for the league confirmed the information with TMZ Sports. 

McCoy was initially accused of attacking a couple of off-duty police officers during a brawl at Recess Lounge back in February -- though he was NEVER arrested. 

Officials later decided to NOT charge McCoy with a crime due to insufficient evidence. Despite footage from inside the club, the Philly District Attorney said it was unclear who started the fight. 

Tom Brady Deflategate Do-Over Request Rejected 4 Game Suspension Seems Unavoidable

7/13/2016 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0713-tom-brady-getty-02Tom Brady's running out of options ... because a federal appeals court just shot down his request to get a rehearing in the Deflategate case -- meaning it's unlikely he'll get out of serving his 4 game suspension. 

Brady had filed a request for a rehearing with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals -- but Wednesday, the court formally denied Brady's request. 

The New England Patriots QB can still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court -- but there's no guarantee the court would take the case ... and even if it did, it's unlikely the case would be decided before the 2016 NFL season begins. 

Bottom line -- Jimmy Garoppolo better start warming up. 

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell Pledges Money to Police Org. After Cop Killing Post

7/13/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is donating this season's first NFL game check to a Dallas police organization after facing intense backlash over an Instagram post ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The post was an illustration of a police officer having his throat slashed by a masked man. Crowell immediately deleted it, but not before it spread across social media.

Crowell apologized, but as we first told you ... police organizations felt the apology was empty, and one threatened to organize a police boycott of Browns home games this season.

Now, Crowell's putting his money where his mouth is, vowing to donate an entire game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, which supports families of officers killed in the line of duty.

FYI -- Isaiah will reportedly make $600k this season, and a game check is typically 1/16th of a player's salary ... so the donation should be about $37,500.

Check out the video ... it's clear Isaiah realizes he made a big mistake.

Chad Johnson Nabs NFL Coaching Gig

7/12/2016 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0712_chad_johnson_Browns_getty-2Chad Johnson is an NFL coach ... telling TMZ Sports he has been hired by the Cleveland Browns as an assistant wide receivers coach for training camp.

Johnson says he asked his former Bengals, and current Browns head coach, Hue Jackson, for a coaching job ... and to Chad's surprise, H.J. said yes.

Chad says he will be in Cleveland on July 28th, ready to coach. We're told the gig is just for training camp ... as of now. 

However, it sounds like Chad has bigger plans ... telling us, "I'm not leaving!"

FYI -- Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL ... but hasn't been involved in the league since 2011.

Matt Ryan Matt Stafford's Like a Fish, Bro!

7/12/2016 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Ryan's vacation with Matt Stafford turned into a mini-camp competition in everything but football ... and sounds like the young gun came out on top.

Ryan was at LAX when we asked about the Bahamas trip the NFL QBs took with their wives last month. The Falcons star has the winning record in head-to-head NFL games, but Matty Ice told us Stafford was the cooler customer on vacay.

Check out the clip to see which 2 sports Ryan's gotta bone up on -- but really, based on the pics ... there were NO losers on this trip.

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LeSean McCoy I'm No Herschel Walker ... I Only Box For Fun

7/12/2016 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

LeSean McCoy is making one thing clear ... he only boxes for fun ... saying the chances his newfound pugilistic hobby turns into a second career a la Herschel Walker are about ZERO.

We got Shady out at LAX and asked him what's behind his sudden interest in getting hit in the head OFF the football field ... and taking up the sport of boxing.

Shady told us he's interested in getting his hands right, and loves the cardio, but as far as pulling a Herschel and hopping into the ring professionally?

HELL NO.

Check out the clip!

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Steve Wynn The Raiders Are Coming to Las Vegas ... If I Get My Way

7/11/2016 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steve Wynn, the king of Las Vegas, is pushing all his chips in on the Oakland Raiders becoming the Vegas Raiders.

The casino mogul was in the Raiders old stomping grounds, Los Angeles, when we asked about the team possibly moving to the Strip and Wynn went off -- explaining everything he's doing with owner Mark Davis to make it happen. 

Of course, San Diego and L.A. are still in the running, but it's obvious where Wynn's putting his money. If you ever wondered what a billionaire cheerleader looks like ... here ya go. 

We can see the t-shirts now: Just Wynn Baby! 

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