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Russell Bodine third in NFL in performance-based pay

This season, another Bengals player ranked in the top five for performance-based pay. This time it was rookie center Russell Bodine who received $318,612 to lead the team and rank third in the NFL. Bodine's slotted fourth-round rookie contract paid him a base salary of $420K plus a pro-rated signing bonus of $114,114 so the performance bonus equates to a pay bump of 62.7 percent. (Cincinnati.com)

New Titans DB Da'Norris Searcy plans to let play talk

Former North Carolina player Da'Norris Searcy considered several teams before settling on the Titans. His mom, Tracy, is from Chattanooga, and the Titans "are actually my mother's favorite team since I was little," he said. Searcy has an aunt, uncle and cousin in Nashville, and other relatives in the Knoxville area. He also has friends on the team including former college teammate Zach Brown. (Nashville Tennessean)

Da'Norris Searcy Excited to be Back in South with Titans

Da’Norris Searcy entered free agency with the hopes of returning to the south. His hometown of Decatur, Ga. is just a short four-hour drive away from his new football home in Nashville. That’s why when Titans brass reached out, there was immediate mutual interest. (Tennessee Titans)

Conversation with Gene Chizik, Part III

In Part III, which concludes the Q&A, Chizik talks about the types of offenses he’ll face in the Coastal Division and in the ACC. He discusses the importance of “buy-in” from the players and what that will look like. How much of the defense can he install during spring practice? Finally, he discusses how to teach his mantra, “selflessness, toughness, and discipline.” (Inside Carolina)

Tampa Bay signs Bruce Carter to 4-year deal

The Bucs made their first big splash in free agency on Wednesday afternoon, getting former Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter to sign a four-year deal. He's expected to step in as the team's new middle linebacker, replacing Mason Foster. Carter, 27, had five interceptions with the Cowboys in 2014, with 32 starts in his four years in Dallas. (Tampa Bay Times)

Homeless Former UNC Player Balks at Efforts to Help Him

Ryan Hoffman, the former college football lineman at North Carolina who is now homeless in Florida, is hard to find. I had spent weeks trying to connect with him for a column I wrote last week about his life after football. So when I received an outpouring of offers from people who wanted to help him, I knew it wouldn’t be simple for those people to follow through. (New York Times)

Former UNC LB Jeff Longhany making name for himself in NHRA

You couldn't ask for a much hotter start to a racing season than Jeff Longhany has enjoyed. In three NHRA Southeast Division meets, the Stock racer (and four-year UNC football letterman) has a win and two runners-up. To put it another way, in head-to-head competition this season, Longhany's record is 16-2. And, oh, by the way, he's leading the national points on the strength of that kind of success. (Fayetteville Observer)

Julius Peppers selling lakeside mansion in North Carolina

Former Tar Heel and Carolina Panther Julius Peppers is selling his 8,800-square-foot mansion on North Carolina’s Lake Norman. Peppers purchased the house in 2006 for $4,179,0000 and is now listing the property for $4 million. It’s a 5-bed, 6.5-bathroom home with panoramic views overlooking 900 feet of private shoreline. (Charlotte Sun Times)

Titans poised to land ex-Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy

The Tennessee Titans are looking for someone to replace Bernard Pollard, and former Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy has emerged as the likely candidate. The Titans are poised to land Searcy when the free agency period begins on Tuesday at 3 p.m., according to sources familiar with the situation. Searcy has played in 62 games over the last four seasons with the Bills, with 23 starts. (Nashville Tennessean)

Conversation with Gene Chizik, Part II

In the second part of Inside Carolina's sitdown with Gene Chizik, the UNC defensive coordinator discusses his time away from coaching, and blending a great defense with a hurry-up, no huddle offense. "We’re still figuring out personnel. It is a little bit of a small sample size, two days worth, but I feel good about it. Our goal is to make sure that we have a good solid two-deep by the end of spring." (Inside Carolina)

Falcons Sign T.J. Yates to Extension

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed quarterback T.J. Yates to a contract extension. Yates, 6-4, 217 pounds, was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Falcons in exchange for LB Akeem Dent on June 19, 2014 and appeared in one game. (Atlanta Falcons)

Report: T.J. Yates to return to Falcons on one-year deal

T.J. Yates served as the backup to Matt Ryan in Atlanta last season after being acquired in an offseason trade from the Houston Texans. Despite a change in coaching staffs, Yates will apparently remain in that role this season for the Falcons. According to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, Yates has agreed to return to the Falcons on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. (NBC Sports)

Competition, Toughness Frame UNC Football Spring

Lost in the Madness of March, especially in this area, is a formative part of the college football season – spring practice. The Tar Heels, following a subpar 6-7 2014 season, have been grinding it out at Navy Field for weeks now rain, snow or shine. And for the Tar Heels, that means Blue Dawn, a grueling wake-up call that sets an exacting tone for each season. (Chapelboro.com)

Tray Scott Joining UNC Coaching Staff

North Carolina is completing its football staff with the hiring of Tray Scott, who will replace departed defensive line coach Keith Gilmore. Monday Scott began contacting the current Tar Heel defensive linemen. Scott arrives in Chapel Hill following a two-year stint as the defensive line coach for FCS-level UT Martin. The Skyhawks combined for 52 sacks and 85 quarterback hurries under Scott’s direction in 2013-14. (Inside Carolina)

Conversation with Gene Chizik, Part 1

It looked like the office of a very busy man. There were stacks of materials covering the desk, and a pile of recently worn clothing spilling over a side chair. Gene Chizik apologized for the state of his office. UNC’s new defensive coordinator is in his third month on the job and has had little time to tidy up. (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Charlotte0
at Louisville0
THU, SEP 1 7:00 PM ET
Tulane0
at Wake Forest0
THU, SEP 1 7:00 PM ET
William & Mary0
at NC State0
THU, SEP 1 7:30 PM ET
Colgate0
at Syracuse0
FRI, SEP 2 7:00 PM ET
Georgia Tech0
at Boston College0
SAT, SEP 3 7:30 AM ET
Liberty0
at Virginia Tech0
SAT, SEP 3 12:30 PM ET
Villanova0
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, SEP 3 1:30 PM ET
Richmond0
at Virginia0
SAT, SEP 3 3:30 PM ET
Georgia0
at North Carolina0
SAT, SEP 3 5:30 PM ET
North Carolina Central0
at Duke0
SAT, SEP 3 6:00 PM ET
Florida A&M0
at Miami0
SAT, SEP 3 6:00 PM ET
Clemson0
at Auburn0
SAT, SEP 3 9:00 PM ET
Ole Miss0
at Florida State0
MON, SEP 5 8:00 PM ET
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) North Carolina0-00-0
Virginia0-00-0
Duke0-00-0
Virginia Tech0-00-0
Miami0-00-0
Georgia Tech0-00-0
Pittsburgh0-00-0

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson0-00-0
(4) Florida State0-00-0
(19) Louisville0-00-0
Syracuse0-00-0
Wake Forest0-00-0
Boston College0-00-0
NC State0-00-0

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