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Raiders announce surprise retirement of veteran receiver Michael Gallup

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Raiders announced the retirement of one player and put five players on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, one day before they begin training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

Veteran wide receiver Michael Gallup, 28, is retiring after playing six NFL seasons, all with the Cowboys. The decision came as a...Read more

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Mike Vorel: How Ryan Grubb's history of helping QBs can help Seahawks and Geno Smith

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SEATTLE — Can Geno Smith be significantly better than he was last season?

That's one of several simmering questions surrounding the new-look Seahawks, who begin the first training camp of the Mike Macdonald era on Wednesday. It's also, of course, the training camp debut for former University of Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb — ...Read more

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Ed Graney: Make no mistake -- Antonio Pierce is in charge as Raiders begin camp

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — He had a run-up of nine games as interim coach last season. A way to learn what it’s all about. What leading an NFL team entails. What buttons to push, what mentors to rely on for help and guidance.

But make no mistake now: Antonio Pierce is in charge.

You knew this as he addressed the media Tuesday, less than 24 hours...Read more

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Vikings sign left tackle Christian Darrisaw to new deal worth up to $113 million

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MINNEAPOLIS — The four-year, $180 million deal the Vikings gave Justin Jefferson earlier this summer ensured J.J. McCarthy would develop in Minnesota with his top receiving option. On Tuesday, the Vikings made sure McCarthy would have his left tackle for the rest of the decade, too.

The team announced it agreed to a four-year contract ...Read more

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Bears training camp report: Gervon Dexter got in 'marathon shape' for crucial opportunity; Montez Sweat facing a new challenge

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The Chicago Bears held their first training camp practice in front of fans Tuesday during an invitation-only community day at Halas Hall.

Players will take a day off Wednesday before returning for a set of three straight practices, including their first padded session on Friday.

Here’s a rundown from the practice and the news conferences ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Called out for 'folding' by veteran newcomer, Dolphins need for team toughness sits atop to-do list

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — No Miami Dolphins player has talked about his team quite like this at the so-bubbly start of any season.

Hurtful but helpful.

Cutting but candid.

Jordan Poyer was asked what he brings to his new Dolphins team after 12 years in Buffalo and the safety came in hard and direct.

“Playing against this team over the past ...Read more

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Edge rusher Randy Gregory does not report to Bucs training camp

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TAMPA, Fla. — Troubled but talented edge rusher Randy Gregory did not report to training camp with the Bucs veterans on Tuesday. He was placed on the reserve/did not report list.

Gregory, 31, signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the team as a free agent in April but did not participate in voluntary offseason workouts and did not attend...Read more

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49ers' Brandon Aiyuk reportedly at training camp -- will he participate?

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brandon Aiyuk is in the house.

After not appearing at the San Francisco 49ers’ offseason program or mandatory minicamp, NFL Media reported Tuesday Aiyuk was in the building when the club reported to begin preparation for the 2024 season.

What is not known is whether Aiyuk will participate in the first practice ...Read more

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Rams adjust quarterback Matthew Stafford's contract as training camp opens

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LOS ANGELES — The issues with the contract of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford have been resolved.

Coach Sean McVay said Tuesday on the first day of training camp that the Rams and their veteran leader had agreed to a contract adjustment. Details were not given.

Stafford, 36, was scheduled to earn $31 million this season and carry a salary-...Read more

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Tua Tagovailoa reports to Dolphins training camp; teammates expect him to practice amid contract negotiations

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at least won’t go the route of the Green Bay Packers’ Jordan Love.

After word came out Monday that Love won’t practice at training camp with the Packers until his contract extension gets done, it doesn’t appear the same will transpire with Tagovailoa at Dolphins camp as ...Read more

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Terrell Davis' lawyer releases video of United plane handcuffing incident, announces lawsuit plans

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LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star Terrell Davis will sue United Airlines and one of its employees after a recent incident that led to Davis being handcuffed by the FBI and removed from a plane at John Wayne Airport, his attorney said.

Davis' lawyer also released new video that shows Davis being handcuffed by a man in an FBI jacket and led away, ...Read more

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Saquon Barkley: 'Hard Knocks' phone call was 'a slap in the face' and picking the Eagles was a 'no-brainer'

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PHILADELPHIA — We've seen Saquon Barkley's free agency decision, where he left the New York Giants for the rival Philadelphia Eagles, play out in the first three episodes of Hard Knocks.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen ultimately did not want to meet Barkley's price in free agency, instead electing to spend more on the offensive line and on...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: Vegas might, but don't you bet against Jim Harbaugh and the Chargers

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Las Vegas is an escape from reality — unless you're the Los Angeles Chargers.

As the Chargers entered training camp Tuesday energized by a potentially transformative offseason, Vegas sports books have delivered a sobering assessment of where they stand.

The over/under for Chargers wins this season is 8 1/2.

The modest expectations are more ...Read more

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Rams to open camp minus new Matthew Stafford deal and questions about quarterback room

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The Los Angeles Rams signed veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo knowing he would not be able to play the first two games this season. They stuck with Stetson Bennett despite his being away from the team his rookie season.

The Rams and coach Sean McVay, a master of anticipation, did not see one thing coming, however: starting quarterback Matthew...Read more

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Omar Kelly: No new contract, no team drills for Tua

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MIAMI — Don’t let anyone mislead you with their optimistic malarkey, nice guys finish last in this world, especially when it comes to business.

So just imagine how nice guys get treated in professional sports, where usually the fiercest, the strongest thrive.

Tua Tagovailoa is one of the nicest athletes — if not humans — I’ve come ...Read more

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Heartbroken Vikings will honor rookie Khyree Jackson all season

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The first full day of training camp for Minnesota Vikings rookies was supposed to be an early milestone in Khyree Jackson's career. On Monday, as General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O'Connell discussed plans to honor the cornerback through the 2024 season, Jackson was there only in memory.

Jackson was killed along with two of his...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Caleb Williams has the Chicago Bears' 3 star wide receivers, but throwing to running backs can lead to wins

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On the first snap of 7-on-7 action Sunday morning, Caleb Williams dropped back, took a quick glance at his primary read and delivered the ball to running back D’Andre Swift, a check-down target, for a short and tidy gain.

It’s not a play that would have induced large applause if the Chicago Bears had a public crowd at their second training ...Read more

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Fashion provides now-healthy Ravens WR Rashod Bateman 'peace of mind' while he works for bigger role

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“The foot is healed, and it’s not a problem anymore, thank God," said Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

That wasn’t always the case for the enigmatic former first round draft pick, which perhaps explains why he has a LinkedIn page, titling himself “Creative at Without Lords.”

Under the “about” section, he lists:

—...Read more

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For Ravens, it's Super Bowl or bust despite changes to roster, coaching staff

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The fields are lush and green with freshly painted white lines marking each yard. Even the synthetic putting surface near the front door of the Ravens’ facility in Owings Mills got a makeover with new turf.

While quarterback Lamar Jackson was out sick for the first day of training camp on Sunday, hope and promise are still in full bloom for ...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers downplays absence from mandatory minicamp last month

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NEW YORK — More than a month after he was absent from the mandatory minicamp, Aaron Rodgers finally cleared the air.

On the “Pardon My Take” podcast released Monday morning, Rodgers downplayed missing the team’s two days of mandatory minicamp practices last month.

“When I was playing in the NFC North, it used to be a real thing ...Read more