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Buckeyes' Meyer denies interest in any NFL job

Urban Meyer said Saturday he has no interest in any coaching job besides Ohio State's, responding to a report that the Browns plan to fire coach Mike Pettine and offer Meyer the biggest coaching contract in NFL history.

"I am proud and honored to be the head football coach at the Ohio State University," Meyer said in a statement. "I have no interest whatsoever in any other position outside of my job coaching the Buckeyes."

The website Chat Sports said Friday the Browns had plans to fire Pettine and hire Meyer. Meyer expressed interest in the Browns job after the 2013 season and the team reached out to him after last season as well, the site said.

Salary cap: The cap will grow by close to $10 million next year, to between $150 million and $153.4 million, owners were told at last week's meetings, ESPN reported. This year's cap is $143.3 million.

Bills: Running back Mike Gillislee, a former Gator, was added to the active roster from the practice squad. Rookie running back Karlos Williams (shoulder), a former Seminole, is out today against the Texans. That leaves just two healthy running backs besides Gillislee, starter LeSean McCoy and Boobie Dixon.

Colts: Owner Jim Irsay, a huge music fan, picked up Beatle Ringo Starr's first Ludwig drum set at an auction for $1.75 million. "Finally, after 45 years, the Beatles are together again," Irsay said in a text message to the Associated Press. Irsay owns prominent guitars from Paul McCartney, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon.

Cardinals: Cornerback and special teams ace Justin Bethel signed a three-year contract extension good through the 2018 season. Bethel, 25, made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player the past two seasons.

Redskins: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Cowboys after missing practice with an upper-respiratory illness.

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