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NFL: Detroit Lions’ owner dies at 88

on March 10, 2014 10:55 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Lions owner William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, has died at 88.

Ford Motor Co. said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Ford helped steer the family business for more than five decades. He bought one of his own, the NFL franchise in the Motor City, a half-century ago.

He served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history.

Jets cut top CB Cromartie

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets cut ties with Antonio Cromartie, their top cornerback, on Sunday and saved millions of dollars under their salary cap.

Cromartie was entering the final season of his four-year deal and was scheduled to cost the Jets’ cap $14.98 million this season, including a $5 million roster bonus that would have kicked in later this month.

• MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings took another of their free agents off the market before it opens, agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with defensive end Everson Griffen that features $20 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $42.5 million.

The Vikings also agreed to terms on a one-year contract with middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley, according to another person with direct knowledge of that deal.

• GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sam Shields agreed to re-sign with the Packers, keeping one of the top free-agent cornerbacks off the market this offseason. Shields’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the four-year NFL veteran agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal with a $12.5 million signing bonus. Shields on his Twitter account Saturday posted that “he was happy to be back with my family.”

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