Here are the top stories from Friday:
Chargers to stay in San Diego for 2016; long-term plan still up in air (by Eric D. Williams)
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith believes race a role in why Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is polarizing (by Jamison Hensley)
From John Clayton's ranking of all 49 Super Bowls, in which he put the Giants' win over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV as the best ever: "The missed field goal by the Bills' Scott Norwood changed history, giving Bill Parcells his second Super Bowl ring in five years and starting the Bills' failed four-year run at the Super Bowl with a loss."
From Adam Teicher's story on Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's big week: "This week was already looking like a nice one for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. He started it in Honolulu, where he's preparing to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Along the way, Kelce picked up a reality TV dating series and, on Friday, a five-year contract extension worth $46 million from the Chiefs. Kelce is now one of the NFL's highest-paid players at his position."
Offensive tackle Lane Johnson reaches new six-year deal with Eagles (by Phil Sheridan)
From Jeff Legwold's story on Von Miller, Chris Harris and Derek Wolfe being grateful for a second Super Bowl chance: "The trio was on the sideline two years ago when the Broncos played in Super Bowl XLVIII, but they were all on injured reserve. They stood helplessly in what Harris called "Super Bowl workout clothes'' as the Seattle Seahawks overwhelmed the Broncos 43-8."
From Bill Barnwell's story on which players could be gone from playoff teams: "The Bengals could lose four of their top five defensive backs, as well as their second and third options at wideout, which is a testament to how much young talent they've mined over the past few seasons. Given Cincinnati's near-total indifference to the veteran free-agent market, it seems likely the Bengals will use much of their cap space in tying up some of their free agents-to-be, along with working on extensions for guard Kevin Zeitler and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who are entering the final year of their respective rookie deals."
Former Packers running back Ahman Green lands role in 'Batman v Superman' movie (by Rob Demovsky)
Panthers pack six jerseys for quarterback Cam Newton to take to Super Bowl (by David Newton)
From ESPN Stats & Information research: The Broncos are in the Super Bowl for the eighth time, which ties a record held by the Patriots, Cowboys and Steelers. Gary Kubiak will be the fifth different man to coach the Broncos in the Super Bowl.