Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

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Peyton Manning passes physical for his neck

A person with knowledge of the results tells The Associated Press that Peyton Manning has passed his physical on his surgically repaired neck, clearing the way for him to play in 2014.

In what was considered the final formality for his return, Manning passed the exam as required by his contract, which will pay him $20 million next season. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because results of medical checkups typically aren't announced.

Manning won his fifth MVP award in 2013, when he set single- season records by passing for 5,547 yards and 55 TDs while guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl in 15 seasons.

Boldin agrees to two-year deal with 49ers * Wide receiver Anquan Boldin will be back with the San Francisco 49ers next season after the two sides agreed Monday to a two-year, $12 million contract with $9 million guaranteed, keeping quarterback Colin Kaepernick's top target from last season from hitting free agency.

Boldin, who was set to become a free agent next week, led San Francisco with 85 catches for 1,179 yards to go with seven touchdowns last season.

Grimes signs four-year deal with Dolphins * Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes cashed in on his career comeback with the Miami Dolphins, signing a $32 million, four-year contract, which includes $16 million guaranteed.

Grimes, a 5-foot-10 overachiever who was undrafted out of Shippensburg State, also made the Pro Bowl in 2010. He has 59 career starts and 17 interceptions.

NFL designates Saints' Graham as a TE * The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints agree on a long-term deal.

The designation was released after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents.

He caught a team-leading 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

Bills risk losing Byrd * Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley is done playing franchise tag with safety Jairus Byrd (Clayton High).

After spending much of the past year trying to negotiate a long- term contract, Whaley preferred risking the loss of Byrd in free agency rather than applying the one-year tag on the three-time Pro Bowler for a second consecutive season. …

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