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NFL news roundup: Home of Aaron Hernandez searched, NFL to create Deacon Jones Award

The New England Patriots tight end was not taken in to custody on Saturday, although several bags of items were removed from his home.

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been in the spotlight as of late. It hasn't been for his talents on the field, however, but for an investigation into his involvement in a homicide. On Saturday, police officers searched the home of Hernandez with a K-9 unit and left with 10 bags. Eyewitnesses said Hernandez was not taken in to custody by police at the conclusion of the search of the house.

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For more of Saturday's happenings around the NFL, read on:

Deacon Jones Award coming in 2013

Deacon Jones is said to have recorded 26 sacks in 1967 and 24 in 1968, which would be the two best single-season sack tallies in NFL history; however, sacks were not considered an official statistic at the time. Over four decades later, Commissioner Roger Goodell will honor the late Hall of Fame defensive end with the creation of the Deacon Jones Award, given annually to the player that finishes the NFL season with the most sacks.

Buccaneers sued for junk faxes

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to fix poor attendance numbers by bringing in new season-ticket holders in any way possible. Their decision to send out advertisements to fax machines throughout the Tampa Bay area could cost them big, though, as they were hit with a federal lawsuit this week. Cin-Q Automobiles claimed that the Buccaneers sent out over 180,000 "junk faxes," which could result in $270 million in fines if the court determines the faxes were intentional. The team is worth just under four times that amount, as Forbes valued the franchise at $1.03 billion in 2012.

Desmond Bishop down to three teams

The former Green Bay Packers linebacker has drawn plenty of interest after he was released by the team earlier in the month, and he has reportedly narrowed his choices to the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. A seven-year veteran, Bishop missed the entire 2012 season with a serious hamstring injury that could make him a risky addition.

Cardinals 'surprised' by slow recovery for Swope

A sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Ryan Swope hasn't been able to do much with his new team, as he's still dealing with lingering issues related to concussions suffered in college. The slow progress for Swope has the Cardinals reportedly "very, very, very surprised," as the team thought medical clearance of the receiver wouldn't be an issue at this point in the offseason.

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