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John Romano: The Mike Evans gamble turned out to be a royal flush for the Bucs

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TAMPA, Fla. — By now, you’ve heard it said a dozen more times than necessary:

By shutting down contract negotiations last fall, Mike Evans chose to bet on himself.

Well, the results of that bet are finally in and, guess what?

You win!

Oh, of course, Evans won, too. A two-year, $52 million contract with $35 million guaranteed is a step ...Read more

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What are Broncos' QB options after parting ways with Russell Wilson?

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The Russell Wilson era in Denver is over after the Broncos announced Monday that they will release the 9-time Pro Bowler after the new league begins on March 13. That means the Broncos are once again in the market for a starting quarterback.

From drafting Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. to a potential reunion between Jameis Winston and head ...Read more

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KC Chiefs make it official, apply franchise tag to top conerback L'Jarius Sneed

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As expected, the Chiefs have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback L’Jaruis Sneed.

The Chiefs announced the move Monday afternoon, a day before the NFL’s franchise tag deadline. Sneed will be offered $19.802 million, the amount established for cornerbacks.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said last week at the NFL Scouting...Read more

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Broncos releasing QB Russell Wilson, team announces, making expected move official after disappointing two-year run

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DENVER — The Russell Wilson era in Denver is officially over after just two seasons.

In a result expected since the veteran quarterback was benched Week 17, the Broncos intend to release Wilson when the 2024 league year begins next week, the team announced.

The 2024 league year begins officially March 13. Had Wilson remained on the Broncos�...Read more

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Jason Kelce tearfully announces NFL retirement after 13 seasons with the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Long before he embarked upon his NFL journey, Eagles center Jason Kelce aspired to play his entire career in a single city. On Monday afternoon, he officially achieved that goal.

After 13 seasons spent exclusively with the Eagles, Kelce announced his retirement in a news conference at the NovaCare Complex with his family, ...Read more

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Bucs get new deal done with Mike Evans. Is Baker Mayfield next?

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mike Evans’ wish to play his entire NFL career with the Bucs could come true.

The five-time Pro Bowl receiver has agreed to two-year contract, only a few days after saying he planned to test free agency.

Evans, 30, agreed to a two-year, $52 million contract, according to agent Deryk Gilmore, who told ESPN it includes $35 ...Read more

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Parker Gabriel: Sean Payton, George Paton have many variables to navigate in trying to identify QB of the future

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INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Penix Jr. walked into the Denver Broncos’ suite at Lucas Oil Stadium and was greeted with some of his worst work as a college quarterback.

The University of Washington star and 2024 NFL draft hopeful, though, took it in stride.

Not that every other interview is all sunshine and rainbows, but Penix called his meeting ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: An ode to Andy Russell, a legendary Steeler with a Hall of Fame-worthy resume -- and life

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Andy Russell was a Hall of Fame-level player in the NFL who likely will never get inducted because he had the fortune — or misfortune — of playing with the greatest collection of players we have ever seen.

There, I said it. And I said it because I meant it. Russell's resume as a football player speaks for itself — two-time Super Bowl ...Read more

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Chris Mortensen, longtime ESPN NFL reporter, dead at 72: 'One of the sweetest souls'

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Chris Mortensen, the plugged-in NFL insider whose dogged reporting made him a staple of ESPN’s football coverage, died Sunday, the network announced, citing his family.

Mortensen, who was 72, was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer in 2016.

“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-...Read more

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Christian Wilkins' uncertain future with Dolphins among NFL combine takeaways

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The NFL Scouting Combine concludes Sunday, and then Dolphins decision-makers will head back to Miami as they move on to the next step of the offseason. Tuesday will be a big day for the franchise, with a 4 p.m. deadline to use the franchise tag and all eyes are on if the team uses it to keep defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in South Florida. ...Read more

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3 Raiders takeaways from NFL combine: Aggression needed at QB

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INDIANAPOLIS — After getting an up-close look at this year’s draft class at the NFL scouting combine, Raiders coach Antonio Pierce jokingly pressured general manager Tom Telesco to grab more draft picks.

The Raiders currently hold nine selections. Pierce would love to add to that.

“Come on man, get four more picks,” Pierce said, ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Private rooms, lobster rolls, hot-tub space -- here's why NFL players rank Dolphins' work conditions best

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The hot tub fits 15 players. Each player’s weight workout is individualized and scheduled into their day for best results.

Fresh-cooked and boxed omelets await players arriving at the last minute to take into team meetings each morning.

They fly a chartered, double-decker 747 plane to games where every player has a ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Ken Zampese and ex-pupil will need QB luck to help Falcons take flight

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SAN DIEGO — Decades ago, the name Zampese evoked touchdowns.

Ernie Zampese, assistant coach, helped to get flashy results with three NFL franchises — the "Air Coryell" Chargers after he reunited with former San Diego State mentor Don Coryell; a pair of Rams teams quarterbacked by Jim Everett that finished among the NFL's top three in ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels. Friday's big stage at the NFL combine provided can't-miss theater.

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INDIANAPOLIS — It’s 6:54 on the first morning of March and the sun has not made it above the modest downtown skyline. Yet inside Great Hall J of the Indianapolis Convention Center, a media horde has begun to assemble.

It’s more than an hour before the first prospect interview at the NFL scouting combine. But it’s never too early to ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers, Giants get the best of both worlds with their big additions

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Never let anyone say folks in the Bay Area aren’t clever.

The baseball team from The City made a sharp move late Friday night.

The football team in the South Bay did the same thing hours later.

For the Giants, the move was getting Matt Chapman — the former MVP candidate third baseman — to agree to a deal that is preposterously team ...Read more

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Report: 49ers promote Nick Sorensen as defensive coordinator, also hire Brandon Staley

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Kyle Shanahan went back to his comfort zone to find a defensive coordinator to replace Steve Wilks, but it apparently isn’t fully a one-man job.

Nick Sorensen, who joined the 49ers’ staff as a defensive assistant in 2022 and was the passing game/nickel defense coach in 2023, will become the team’s third defensive coordinator in four years...Read more

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'Status, privilege': Prosecutor, Missouri politicians blast Parson's commutation of Britt Reid

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s commutation of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid’s prison sentence came under harsh criticism on Saturday, with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker saying Parson freed a man of “status, privilege and connections.”

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a ...Read more

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Mac Engel: The NFL and Texas are not what they are today without Jerry Jones

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Between the Netflix documentary that is currently in production, with his cooperation, and an in-depth biography that is in the research phase, Jerry Jones is in the “legacy” part of his career.

Set aside your feelings, if you can, about the man and you may be able to acknowledge his legacy will include the influence ...Read more

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Former Seahawks OT Chad Wheeler sentenced for domestic violence attack

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SEATTLE — Former Seahawks player Chad Wheeler was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison Friday for the 2021 assault of his then-girlfriend.

Wheeler, a backup offensive tackle for the Seahawks in 2019 and 2020, was arrested the following year in Kent on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at the time. After his trial was delayed ...Read more

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FSU QB Jordan Travis breaks silence on College Football Playoff snub

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INDIANAPOLIS — Florida State quarterback and NFL draft prospect Jordan Travis spoke publicly about his college team’s snub from last season’s College Football Playoff at the scouting combine Friday at Indiana Convention Center.

Although the Seminoles were 13-0 through the regular season and ACC championship game victory over Louisville, ...Read more