NFL Roundup: Super Bowl L awarded to Bay Area

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Super Bowl L will be held in Santa Clara, Calif., in February 2016 at Levi's Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers are entering their final season at Candlestick Park. Their new stadium is an estimated 50 percent complete.
The 50th Super Bowl will be played in the same state in which Super Bowl I was played in 1967. That game, referred to by some as the "supergame" was played in Los Angeles.
"We're humbled and honored by this opportunity," San Francisco chairman Daniel Lurie told NFL Network on Tuesday. "The Bay Area has been waiting for this game since 1985. We're just thrilled and couldn't be happier about this decision."
Santa Clara was named host city for the golden anniversary game over Houston and Miami. Those cities were then in competition for Super Bowl LI, and Houston was awarded the game in 2017 on a single vote by ownership.
"It's like an overtime win for us," said Ric Campo, chairman of the Houston host committee.

---Running back Marshawn Lynch was a no-show at Seattle Seahawks' offseason team activities Monday.
Lynch set career highs with 1,590 rushing yards, 315 carries and a yards-per-carry average of 5.0 in 2012. He has 25 total touchdowns the past two seasons.
"This is voluntary," coach Pete Carroll said. "That's the rules and the guidelines. He came in 10 days ago and he's in very good shape. He's working an intense program in his area, and he is benefiting from it. We'd love to see everybody here."

---Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the next three weeks of organized team activities after having minor back surgery last month to remove a cyst.
Sources told that the surgery could potentially keep Romo out until training camp. The Cowboys will hold minicamp from June 11-13 and is scheduled to travel to Oxnard, Calif., on July 19 for training camp.
Romo, 33, told The Dallas Morning News on Monday that he plans to be ready for camp.

---The Falcons will soon have a new home, after NFL owners approved a $200 million loan Tuesday for construction of a new Atlanta stadium.
The Falcons received the money Tuesday at the league's spring meetings. The multipurpose venue could cost as much as $1 billion.
The Georgia Dome, which opened in 1992, will be demolished when the new stadium opens.

---The San Diego Chargers signed veteran offensive tackle Max Starks and released Kevin Haslam.
Starks, 31, played his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and started all 16 games last year. He is expected to compete for the starting job on the left side with free agent acquisition King Dunlap.
Haslam spent the 2012 season with the team, playing in five games with three starts after spending the first 11 weeks on the practice squad.

---Safety Eric Hagg was released by the Cleveland Browns, who also waived running backs Jamaine Cook and Robbie Rouse and linebacker Ryan Rau.
The team did re-sign running back Brandon Jackson and were awarded running back Miguel Maysonet off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. Sixth-round pick, defensive back Jamoris Slaughter, also signed his rookie contract.

---Tight end Levine Toilolo, a fourth-round pick out of Stanford, signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Terms were not disclosed.
Toilolo, 6 feet 8 and 265 pounds, was used mainly as a blocker with the Cardinal but did catch 24 passes for 393 yards last season. He also has three uncles -- Dan Saleaumua, Edwin Mulitalo and Joe Salave'a -- who played in the NFL.

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