American Football - Unitas family at war over Flacco film role

Members of the Unitas family are feuding over the decision to cast Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the role of Johnny Unitas in part of a movie about the legendary Colts quarterback.

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The movie, "Unitas We Stand," is being co-produced by Joe Unitas, one of the late quarterback's sons. However, his oldest son, John Unitas Jr., and grandson, J.C. Unitas, have criticised the casting of Flacco.

John Unitas Jr. told USA Today that Flacco is a "goofball" and is considering legal action if Joe Unitas profits from their father's name.

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NFL teams continue to sign players, hoping to add the right pieces, and quarterback Kevin Kolb apparently believes the Buffalo Bills have obtained the missing ingredient by signing him.

Although the Bills have missed the postseason 13 consecutive years, Kolb said during a news conference on Monday to announce his signing, "I'm here to win the Super Bowl. Period."

The two sides agreed to the deal on Saturday. It is a two-year contract worth up to $13 million, according to multiple reports.

Kolb's main competition for the starting job is Tavaris Jackson. Kolb's record as a starter is 9-12.

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Quarterback Dan Orlovsky has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers less than a week after the team released him, according to the Tampa Tribune.

The eight-year veteran signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract last offseason.

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Defensive lineman Tommy Kelly agreed to a two-year contract with the New England Patriots, NFL.com reported. Kelly, 32, spent the previous five seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

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The New Orleans Saints announced that they agreed to contract terms with veteran free agent safety Jim Leonhard.

Leonhard, 30, played for the Denver Broncos last year and spent the three previous seasons with the New York Jets.

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Quarterback Tim Tebow is approaching the 2013 season as if he'll be a member of the New York Jets. Tebow plans to attend voluntary offseason workouts scheduled to start next Monday, according to multiple reports.

Tebow, acquired from the Broncos last year, is one of five quarterbacks on the roster but is reportedly on the trading block.

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JaMarcus Russell's comeback attempt was supposed to include a pro day on Wednesday so he could show a group of NFL teams what he could do.

However, multiple media outlets reported Russell's pro day has been cancelled.

Test Football Academy, which has been organizing Russell's attempt to get back into the NFL, told NFL.com that Russell will meet with interested teams individually rather than hold a pro day.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are willing to give up the No. 13 overall, pick in the upcoming draft to get New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, but apparently that is not enough to satisfy the Jets, Pro Football Talk reported on Monday.

According to the report, the Jets want "a lot more" than just a first-round pick.

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