View Count: 133 |  Publish Date: April 04, 2014
NFL news and notes, April 3

Sandy Grossman, who directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts and spent more than two decades in the TV truck working with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden, has died. He was 78.
Mr. Grossman died Wednesday at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., of cancer, his son Dean said.
He could just make magic, Madden said Thursday.
When Madden, the former coach, watched film and practices to prepare for calling games, Mr. Grossman was right beside him. That homework paid off when the analyst would make a point on air and the director would immediately pull up the right clip to illustrate it.
Mr. Grossman also directed 18 NBA Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals. He won eight Emmys.
His innovations included using music to go into the break during basketball games. After Mr. Grossman played The Hustle by Van McCoy, his son recalled, sales of the song skyrocketed, so the musician sent him gold records as a thank you.
Visitors to his TV truck over the years included Richard Nixon and Oliver Stone.
Widow takes over Bills: Mary Wilson is taking over as the Buffalo Bills controlling owner after the death last week of her husband, Ralph Wilson.
Ralph Wilson was the founder and only owner of the franchise. He died March 25 at the age of 95.
The team says A process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise.
McCoy to Washington: Former 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy signed with Washington to be the potential No. 3 quarterback to replace Rex Grossman. Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins are ahead of him on the depth chart.
McCoy, a third-round draft pick in 2010 by the Cleveland Browns, played last year with the 49ers, appearing in four games and throwing one pass.
Briefly: The Ravens and former Texans tight end Owen Daniels agreed to a 1-year contract, pending a physical. ... Another former Texan, strong safety Danieal Manning, signed with the Bengals. ... The Patriots signed safety Patrick Chung, who returns to New England after spending last season with the Eagles. ... Bears safety Chris Conte had shoulder surgery in late March and will likely miss the start of training camp. Also, Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with offensive tackle Eben Britton. ... Fullback John Kuhn re-signed with the Packers for one-year, $1 million. ... Receiver Kevin Cone signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins after spending the past three seasons with the Falcons. ... The Titans agreed to terms on a one-year deal with offensive lineman Eric Olsen.

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