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Mike Sielski: Aaron Rodgers once explained why Jalen Hurts will face so much pressure this season with the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Back in November 2016, back when Jalen Hurts was 18 years old and the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in more than three decades, back when nobody had to monitor Jeopardy! each night for tells and insights into what the NFL's most valuable player might be thinking, Aaron Rodgers said some interesting ...Read more

John Niyo: Lions' Okudah gets second chance to make first impression

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Aaron Glenn learned plenty over the years from Bill Parcells, his Hall of Fame mentor as a coach. But there’s one lesson that Glenn, the Lions’ new defensive coordinator, never had to learn the hard way in a decorated 15-year playing career in the NFL.

It’s one he’ll occasionally remind the next generation of, though, now that he’s an...Read more

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Larry Stone: Tyler Lockett eager to see what speedy rookie D'Wayne Eskridge adds to Seahawks offense

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One of Tyler Lockett’s favorite current projects with his “Light It Up” Foundation is to help youngsters from his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, learn about the business world by job shadowing.

Wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, the Seahawks’ second-round draft pick last week, won’t exactly be job shadowing with Lockett when the Seahawks...Read more

Patriots' Deatrich Wise: 'Everyone is coming here for one goal and that's to win'

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Deatrich Wise was eager to test free agency in March. The 26-year-old, who was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round in 2017, has spent his entire four-year NFL career in New England and wanted to see what the free-agent process was all about.

After testing the waters, it didn’t take long for the defensive lineman to come back home, ...Read more

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John Romano: End of the line for Pujols was more inevitable than sad

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TAMPA, Fla. — Simple question: Was this wrong?

Albert Pujols, one of the greatest baseball players the world has ever seen, was just unceremoniously dumped by the Angels a few hours before their game against the Rays on Thursday night.

Do you know how many kids in middle America grew up with a Pujols poster on their wall and a No. 5 St. ...Read more

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Dolphins release veteran safety and team captain Bobby McCain

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The Miami Dolphins have released the leader of their top performing unit from the 2020 season.

Veteran safety Bobby McCain, a team captain for the past two seasons, was informed he’ll be released Thursday morning in a roster move that clears $5.66 million in cap space, but removes the leader of the unit that propped up last year’s top-10 ...Read more

Lions' Frank Ragnow signs 4-year extension, becomes highest-paid center in NFL

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DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are serious about building one of the NFL's best offensive lines — and keeping it together for years to come.

The Lions agreed to a four-year contract extension with center Frank Ragnow on Thursday that should keep him in Detroit through the 2026 NFL season.

NFL Network reported the deal is worth $13.5 million ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Howie Roseman and the Eagles win the NFC East's NFL draft

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PHILADELPHIA — It's been well-documented that embattled general manager Howie Roseman slayed the 2021 NFL draft for the Eagles. What's gone unnoticed is how badly he bettered the rest of the NFC East.

When your division finishes a season as the worst in NFL history, every team enters the next season rebuilding. It's sort of a slow-build arms ...Read more

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2022 NFL mock draft: Way-too-early projections

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A completist is defined as "an obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something."

I feel seen.

I couldn't possibly leave you without a preview of college football's best players and next year's top draft prospects before I close the book on the 2020-2021 draft season.

Obviously, a way-too-early mock draft isn't about ...Read more

In Zach Wilson, the Jets are getting much more than a strong-armed QB

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NEW YORK — Zach Wilson earned his place as the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft based on his ability on the field.

The Jets’ new franchise quarterback wowed Jets brass with his strong arm, off-platform throws and exceptional athleticism. Wilson’s football personality also includes being a competitive workaholic. But when he wasn’t ...Read more

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Rob Oller: Tuf Borland better off being a football tortoise than track and field hare

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Speed is a deceptive and relative little rascal. Looking out the window of a commercial jet, land leisurely passes at 500 mph, slower it seems than a cheetah chasing down a gazelle in the Serengeti.

Or take Tuf Borland, the Ohio State linebacker who signed with Minnesota as a free agent after going undrafted last week. ...Read more

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As back-to-back draft picks, Najee Harris and Travis Etienne will always be tied together

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PITTSBURGH — Neither Le'Veon Bell nor Eddie Lacy are on an NFL team at the moment, but eight years after they were drafted, it's clear which running back had the better pro career. The one who went to the Steelers at 48th overall made two All-Pro first teams and two Pro Bowls, while the one chosen by the Packers 13 picks later in the second ...Read more

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Bucs agree to one-year deal with QB Blaine Gabbert

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs have a developmental quarterback in Florida’s Kyle Trask, whom they took in the second round of last week’s NFL draft.

But if something were to happen to Tom Brady, Blaine Gabbert would be the next guy under center.

The Bucs and Gabbert on Wednesday agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract. It could be worth up to...Read more

Tom Krasovic: Chargers again cashed 'QB Draft Dividend'

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Many NFL draft experts say the Chargers in fact have found a long-term answer at left tackle with recent top selection Rashawn Slater, whom former scout Louis Riddick has as an All-Pro as soon as this year and former NFL tackle Geoff Schwartz rates "the most ready pass protector" of his draft class.

Slater's selection Thursday night seemed ...Read more

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The Kansas City Chiefs are adding a former Broncos safety to their defensive backfield

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The Chiefs bypassed the chance to amplify their defensive backfield in the NFL Draft.

So they did it days afterward.

The Chiefs signed free agent safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, a source told The Star.

Parks, 26, has played for the Broncos and Eagles. The Broncos drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent four ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Aaron Rodgers is as good as gone from Packers. Suddenly Bears might have best QB situation in NFC North.

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CHICAGO — Maybe the news didn’t fully compute Thursday afternoon. Aaron Rodgers discontent with management in Green Bay?

OK. Sure. Stuff happens.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There’s also usually an extinguisher nearby.

But Aaron Rodgers fully committed to never taking another snap for the Packers?

Come on! ...Read more

Richard Sherman says he'd be open to a Seahawks return. But does Seattle have a spot for him?

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Richard Sherman reiterated Wednesday that he remains open to a reunion with the Seahawks.

“It’s always in the cards,’’ Sherman said during an appearance on the ESPN show First Take. “I spend my entire offseason in Seattle. It’s where I live. It’s where my family is. So it’s always in the cards.’’

That backed up what ...Read more

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Greg Cote: On one-year anniversary of Don Shula's death, aging former Dolphins face own mortality

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MIAMI — Miami Dolphins fans have spent this week in the afterglow of a successful NFL draft — one that has them daring to dream that happy days are here again (or at least getting close).

Chances are it did not occur to most Dolfans that it was one year ago this week when the architect of the franchise's happiest days passed away.

Don ...Read more

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Cowboys release Antwaun Woods after defensive-oriented draft

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Nose tackle Antwaun Woods was the first casualty of the Dallas Cowboys’ record-setting, defensive-oriented 2021 NFL draft.

The Cowboys released Woods on Wednesday after using eight of 11 picks on the defensive side of the ball, including the first six picks for the first time in franchise history.

According to sources, ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic replaces Tim Duncan as NBA's biggest crybaby

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Luka Doncic is at that stage of his NBA career where he needs a lecture from Dr. Rick, the spokesman for the Progressive commercials on becoming your parents.

“You got fouled. No one cares.”

Mr. Doncic, we get it ... he fouled you.

They all fouled you.

They will all foul you.

Arguing with a ref is as fruitful as fighting with your ...Read more