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Bills fire GM Whaley, scouting staff

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Whether it was sitting together in a golf cart watching training camp or sharing dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant, Bills owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley were nearly inseparable last summer.

Some nine months later, their professional relationship soured to such an extent that Pegula fired Whaley and his entire scouting staff on Sunday.

The decision was reached shortly after the two met at 8 a.m., a day following the NFL draft, and it completed a front-office purge that began with coach Rex Ryan being fired in the final week of last season.

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Bengals face backlash over Mixon pick

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals are facing a backlash over their decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in the face while at Oklahoma.

Cincinnati added to its reputation for embracing players with troubled histories when it took Mixon in the second round. Even before Mixon arrived in town on Saturday, the choice was getting panned.

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Broncos make QB Kelly 'Mr. Irrelevant'

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The final day of the NFL draft began with an impromptu rendition of "Fly Eagles Fly" by former Philadelphia star safety Brian Dawkins and ended with a player who was far from irrelevant in college being picked last.

Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, a talented player with a history of off-the-field issues and injuries, was the 253rd and final selection Saturday by the Denver Broncos.

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Perine to 'Skins in 4th-round run of RBs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Following an impromptu rendition of "Fly Eagles Fly" by former Philadelphia star safety Brian Dawkins, it was the ground game that got lots of attention in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

Saturday began with an introduction from three of Philly's football idols: Troy Vincent, now in charge of the NFL's football operations, Brian Westbrook and Dawkins . Dawkins sang, then Westbrook dared anyone representing the Cowboys to stand in front of the big crowd.

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Rivera worried Benjamin 'a little heavy'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's a little concerned over Kelvin Benjamin's weight, but disputed reports that the team's starting wide receiver has ballooned to 280 pounds.

Rivera said Saturday after the NFL draft that the former first-round draft pick is a "little heavy" right now, but is working hard to lose weight during the team's offseason conditioning program.

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Jets WR Smith tears ACL again

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith is out for the season with a torn ligament in the same knee he had surgically repaired last year.

General manager Mike Maccagnan announced after the team finished making its picks in the NFL draft Saturday that Smith was injured the week before the Jets began their offseason workouts in mid-April. An MRI revealed the severity of the injury for Smith, New York's second-round pick in 2015.

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Bears decline 2018 option on CB Fuller

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears will decline their fifth-year option on cornerback Kyle Fuller for the 2018 season.

General manager Ryan Pace confirmed the decision Saturday.

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Jags take Heisman finalist WR in 4th

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Broncos trade RB Bibbs, pick to 49ers

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Broncos get Michigan TE Butt to open 5th

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