The eight most significant developments of Raiders' whirlwind offseason

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Thus concludes the most important offseason in the history of a storied franchise.

When coach Jon Gruden canceled Thursday's final practice of the Raiders' mandatory mimicamp, players went their separate ways until training camp convenes on July 26 at the Napa Valley Marriott.

The roster bears little resemblance to the one ...Read more

Browns' Jarvis Landry calls Baker Mayfield's comments about Duke Johnson 'non-issue'

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Jarvis Landry doesn't see trouble brewing in the Browns locker room between Baker Mayfield and Duke Johnson.

"It's a non-issue," Landry, a four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, said Friday during his youth football camp at Shaker Heights High School.

On Thursday, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported several veteran players...Read more

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt pays tribute to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who died Thursday

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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, whose team won three Super Bowls in seven appearances during his tenure, died Thursday night in Englewood, Colo.

Bowlen was 75 and had been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2014. In February, Bowlen was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor. He will be enshrined posthumously on Aug. 3.

"We are ...Read more

Lions waive TE Michael Roberts after trade with Patriots is voided

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The Detroit Lions won't be getting a 2020 draft pick for Michael Roberts after all.

A day after they traded the third-year tight end to the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick, the Lions announced Roberts had reverted back to their roster due to conditions of the trade, and was subsequently waived.

Roberts' agent did not ...Read more

Eagles' Ertz to spend summer supporting wife and US team at Women's World Cup after standout spring

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PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Ertz watched the United States' opening game in the Women's World Cup on Tuesday at home with a jersey that said "Mr. Ertz" on the back and blue-starred shorts.

His teammates were in meetings at the team facility after their first practice of mandatory minicamp, but coach Doug Pederson sent Ertz home. Pederson excused Ertz ...Read more

Important break ahead for Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

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BALTIMORE -- Willie Snead IV has called Lamar Jackson a "rep guy," someone who needs to throw every day, a quarterback who will only get better the more he drops back. Jackson is the Ravens' starting quarterback now, and for the near future. Record-breaking running skills aside, he will be throwing a lot more this season.

His passing Thursday, ...Read more

An older, wiser Shaquem Griffin is feeling more comfortable again playing on the edge

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Shaquem Griffin will forever be known for far more than what he does on a football field, his tale of overcoming the loss of his left hand at age 4 to make it to the NFL serving as an inspiration long after his playing days are done.

But as he enters his second season with the Seahawks, football is all Griffin has on his mind.

That's something...Read more

After 12-win season, Chargers defensive end confident a Super Bowl title is next

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LOS ANGELES -- He wasn't part of the Los Angeles Chargers' offseason program until minicamp.

When he finally arrived, Melvin Ingram did so boisterously.

"We're definitely going to win the Super Bowl," he announced this week. "Still ASAP -- Any Squad Any Place. That's what we're about."

Ingram, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end entering his ...Read more

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on looming payday: 'It happens when it happens'

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FRISCO, Texas -- Standing at locker room with a white Cowboy hat on (courtesy of Stetson not Gucci) Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was the picture image of the viral hit song "Old Town Road."

And "you can't tell him nothing" about his improved game and looming contract extension that seems to be increasing with each passing day.

The new deal...Read more

Travis Kelce is still rehabbing but says he'll be 'full go' by Chiefs training camp

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rehabbing from an early March cleanup ankle surgery, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce spent OTAs and minicamp watching his teammates from the sideline.

But he expects that to end once training camp begins next month in St. Joseph.

"I'll be full go by the start of training camp," he told The Star. "I've been running around in ...Read more

Chiefs sign kicker Harrison Butker to contract extension

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs have signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

The team did not disclose the terms, but reported the deal was worth $20 million over five years.

Butker, 23, is set to begin his third season with the Chiefs. He joined the team after three games in 2017 when the ...Read more

49ers' Jordan Matthews heads to France to see wife in World Cup

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is heading for a storybook destination now that 49ers minicamp is complete. He's off to France, where his wife, Cheyna, is playing for Jamaica in its first Women's World Cup.

"We're in this crazy phase right now," Matthews said after Wednesday's practice. "She's watched me play on this (NFL) ...Read more

Bears waive Chris Blewitt, leaving kicker competition down to 2

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CHICAGO -- It's difficult to know whether the Bears are any closer to finding a kicker they can count on for the 2019 season.

But the team made another roster move on that front Wednesday morning, cutting Chris Blewitt.

Blewitt earned an opportunity to compete for the Bears' kicking job in March. He was signed after showing signs of promise ...Read more

Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo takes modest step in ACL recovery

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It might not have been the biggest step for Jimmy Garoppolo's recovery process, but it was an important one nonetheless.

The 49ers' franchise quarterback on Tuesday ended the first mandatory minicamp session working in a two-minute drill behind an offensive line. It was the first time -- at least during sessions open to ...Read more

Julio Jones not worried about his contract extension

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not overly concerned about his pending contract extension.

"What contract?" Jones quipped to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after minicamp practice Tuesday. "On my house? Stuff is getting high right now. Prices are going up."

Then, he got serious.

"Nah, man, as far as the contract ...Read more

Raiders will be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Get ready for the Raiders on the HBO series "Hard Knocks."

One of five teams eligible for the inside-training camp look by the network, the Raiders will be this year's feature attraction, a source told the Bay Area News Group Tuesday. The NFL announced the union between the cable network and the Raiders on Twitter, and the ...Read more

Carson Wentz's injuries could be a blessing in disguise for Eagles

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Odd as it might sound, Carson Wentz's injuries might prove to be as beneficial to the Eagles as any other occurrence over the next six years.

The injuries, to some degree, made the contract extension Wentz agreed to last week possible because it gave each side an incentive to do it now. The Eagles would be locking down a franchise quarterback ...Read more

Former NFL star Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI in Kansas

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Former NFL star pass rusher Aldon Smith was arrested Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence in Mission, according to police.

Police initially stopped Smith on a traffic violation. He was arrested around midnight on suspicion of DUI. He was taken to the Mission police station, where he was issued citations and released to a ...Read more

Jury in Kellen Winslow II case deadlocks on 8 counts; convictions on rape, indecent exposure stand

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VISTA, Calif. -- A Vista judge declared a mistrial on eight counts in the case of ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II, who was accused of committing several sex crimes against women in North County last year, including rape.

The jury returned verdicts Monday on four counts, including the rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas and ...Read more

Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce pulled from minicamp 'for his own health and safety'

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce appeared on the field briefly Tuesday for the beginning of mandatory minicamp but departed because "he's not ready to practice from a safety standpoint," coach John Harbaugh said.

Pierce, who played at a listed 340 pounds in 2018, appeared to have put on significant weight since the end of ...Read more