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Afternoon Headlines: Dwight Howard to LA Lakers, and Andrew Bynum to Rockets?

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The Patriots and Wes Welker remain far apart “literally and philosophically” in long-term talks. The gap in salary is believed to be around $6 million. The current franchise tag is paying him $9.515 million salary, but that will raise 20% next season if he’s tagged again. That’s the last thing Welker wants, as a long term deal with secure his future financially in the unfortunate case he were to suffer another horrific injury like the one he suffered against the Texans in Week 17 of the 2008-09 season.

Cowboys franchise player OLB Anthony Spencer won’t be extended before next week’s deadline. IT appears as though he’ll enter the 2013 offseason as one of the top defensive free agent targets.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh believes Randy Moss has been the team’s best receiver this offseason. After taking the year off during the 2011 season, Moss has reportedly come into 49ers workouts in the best shape of his life, and has shown brief glimpses of the once All-Pro receiver he was. If he can get anywhere close to his level of production he had in New England, the 49ers offense may finally be able to keep up with the defense and make it all the way to the super Bowl.

Long-term talks with Raiders franchise player SS Tyvon Branch are ongoing.

Pierre Thomas has high hopes for Saints’ backfield

The Dolphins are emphasizing an tempo on offense.

The love/hate of electric football

Vikings DE Everson Griffen will report to camp as a linebacker.

Eagles RB Dion Lewis was arrested early Saturday and charged with a felony count of falsely reporting a fire and misdemeanor reckless endangerment after he pulled a fire alarm at the Hampton Inn in Albany after being locked out of the hotel.

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