Hawks' Al Horford Confirms He Won't Return for Playoffs

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_50342c8e34.jpgNBA via Atlanta Hawks (ATLANTA) -- With the Atlanta Hawks scratching and crawling their way to hold onto the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, center Al Horford revealed that he will be unable to return to the team this season after an injury. "No. I think it would be hard. This injury, honestly, was a little more severe than the other one," Horford said, referring to tearing his pectoral muscle back in 2011.

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DT Jason Hatcher Signs with Redskins

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_7a4875c146.jpgWesley Hitt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher signed with the Washington Redskins Thursday. According to ESPN, it's a four-year deal worth $27.5 million. The 31-year-old Hatcher has played his entire eight season NFL career with the rival Dallas Cowboys. A backup for most of his career, Hatcher became a full-time starter in 2012.

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Bears Release Julius Peppers

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_cb6ea44e98.jpgDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday. Peppers was one of the biggest free agent signings four years ago, but the move allowed the Bears to free up $18 million in the salary cap. "We appreciate Julius' contributions to the Bears over the last four years," Bears GM Phil Emery said in a statement.

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Jairus Byrd to Sign with Saints

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_88259f355e.jpgDoug PensingerGetty Images (NEW ORLEANS) -- The Saints didn't waste any time at the start of free agency, agreeing to a six-year contract with free agent safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, will receive $54 million from the Saints with $28 million guaranteed. "We had hoped for the opportunity to pursue Jairus Byrd," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement.

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Report: Broncos Agree to Deal with CB Aqib Talib

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_265b91b0af.jpgMatthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The Denver Broncos have agreed to a six-year contract with free agent cornerback Aqib Talib. According to ESPN, the deal is worth $57 million with $26 million guaranteed. Talib, 28, played for the New England Patriots last season. He totaled four interceptions and 14 pass breakups last season and earned the first Pro Bowl selection of his six-year career.

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