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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his left ankle.

He injured it in the season finale against the Washington Redskins, and it capped-off what was one of the worst seasons of his 10-year career. Manning threw 27 interceptions against only 18 touchdowns and was sacked a career-worst 39 times in 2013, and he needs an entire offseason to recover from the beating he took.

The 33-year-old Manning has started 151 regular season games in a row for the Giants, and this shouldn't prevent him from keeping that streak alive in 2014.

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The Carolina Panthers have signed tight end Ed Dickson to a one-year deal.

The contract is worth $795,000, according to a source, including a $730,000 base salary and a $65,000 signing bonus. Dickson started 14 of 16 games last season and caught 25 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown. A career backup with the Ravens, Dickson has 111 career receptions for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns in four NFL seasons after being drafted in the third round out of Oregon in 2010.

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Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey wants a contract extension even though the team  will exercise his fifth-year option next month.

The Dolphins have Pouncey under contract for this season at $1.63 million and then the 2015 option, so they control his rights for two more seasons. This isn't sitting well with Pouncey, who wants a long-term commitment from the team. He's still playing on his rookie deal.

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Free agent running back Chris Johnson is declining to work out for NFL teams.

Johnson's free agent market to this point has been quiet. He has not made a visit after  hitting the wire on Monday afternoon after the Tennessee Titans cut him. He doesn't appear to think teams will want to put him through a physical and make sure he's healthy before signing him.

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