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Bengals Bytes (6/26): How it ended

Calvin Johnson opens up about how he decided to call it quits. Jim Irsay pays a pretty penny for a classic instrument. And, someone close to Johnny Manziel thinks jail is the best place for him.

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Andrew Luck: I wasn't playing well even before injury
Andrew Luck missed nine games last season and ended the year on injured reserve. Indy's quarterback, however, admitted he was playing poorly even before the injuries derailed his season.

Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy head dream coaching staff
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Johnny Manziel's Father Comments on QB's Alleged Drug Use, Potential Jail Time
Paul Manziel, the father of troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, expressed further concern for his son's well-being and suspected drug use Friday. In speaking with ESPN's Josina Anderson, Paul Manziel suggested jail may be the best place for the 2014 first-round draft pick to end up, per

The New Generation
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Green Bay Packers president criticizes preseason, says 4 games too many
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Calvin Johnson Reveals When He Decided to Retire from NFL
Long before he retired in March, Calvin Johnson knew 2015 would be his last season in the NFL. Speaking at his football camp in Michigan on Saturday, per Michael Rothstein of, the three-time All-Pro wide receiver said he thought about hanging up his cleats when the Detroit Lions lost that controversial playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in January 2015.

Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner, buys Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar for $137,500 at auction in Beverly Hills
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has purchased the "Yellow Cloud" electric guitar that Prince used in numerous concerts until the mid-1990s. Irsay, a collector of musical instruments, paid $137,500 for the guitar at an auction in Beverly Hills on Saturday.