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February 28, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have released running back Jonathan Stewart. Stewart became the franchise’s career rushing leader in 2017, finishing with 7,318 rushing yards. Stewart’s 1,699 rushing attempts are also the most in franchise history, while his 58 touchdowns are second in franchise history.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have released defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, ending his stint with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2011. In releasing the one-time Pro Bowl selection, the Jets cleared $11 million in salary cap space. It became increasingly clear late in the season that Wilkerson’s time with the Jets was coming to an end. He was benched at New Orleans on Dec. 17 for being late to a team meeting. Wilkerson then sat out the final two games for what Todd Bowles called a “coach’s decision.”

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago Bears plan to part ways with quarterback Mike Glennon. General manager Ryan Pace said the Bears will release him rather than bring him back for a second season after he lost his starting job to rookie Mitchell Trubisky. Pace, speaking at the NFL combine, said a mechanism in Glennon’s contract prevents the Bears from letting him go until the start of the league’s calendar year on March 14.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza Hut now has a multi-year marketing deal with the NFL. The announcement comes a day after the league and Papa John’s said they had agreed to go their separate ways. But Papa John’s says it will remain in football through marketing deals with 22 teams. The NFL relationship with Papa John’s ran into trouble last year over the national anthem protests by players.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Lucas Duda and the Royals have agreed to a one-year contract, giving Kansas City a replacement for Eric Hosmer at first base. Duda hit .217 with 30 homers and 64 RBIs last year for the New York Mets and Tampa Bay, which acquired him on July 27. Drafted by the Mets in 2007, he has a .242 average with 138 homers and 405 RBIs in eight major league seasons.

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