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New Chargers GM Joe Hortiz says production, not age or money, will decide who goes

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Chargers have 20 unrestricted free agents, including eight who started or played key reserve roles in 2023.

Center Corey Linsley is expected to retire because of a heart-related ailment.

They have four other accomplished veterans — receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and edge rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack — ...Read more

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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni backs Jalen Hurts' leadership style, A.J. Brown's recent comments

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the dust settled on a turbulent season, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni backed the divergent leadership styles of Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown.

When asked if he felt Hurts needed to be more vocal as a leader after last season’s unprecedented collapse, Sirianni said during a 20-minute news conference Tuesday that he doesn’t ...Read more

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How Eliot Wolf addressed Mac Jones' future with Patriots

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INDIANAPOLIS — No. 1 on the Patriots’ priority list at the NFL Scouting Combine is to figure out the team’s plan at quarterback.

And that includes what to do with the current quarterbacks on the Patriots’ roster, Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. The Patriots hold the No. 3 overall pick in a draft with a pretty clear top three at QB. And ...Read more

Gerry Dulac: 3 reasons a Justin Fields trade doesn't make sense for the Steelers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus spent part of the first day of the NFL combine deftly walking around questions about Justin Fields as though he stepped on the interstate that surrounds Lucas Oil Stadium.

Fields’ future with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2021 is a major topic of debate in Chicago, where his...Read more

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Ken Sugiura: Zac Robinson once touted Patrick Mahomes; can he find Falcons' next QB?

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ATLANTA — The words might have been manna to a Falcons fan’s ears, particularly those with a preference for mixed metaphors.

On a Pro Football Focus podcast released Jan. 30, host Steve Palazzolo offered a memory of former PFF analyst Zac Robinson — you may know him better as the Falcons’ new offensive coordinator — regarding his pre-...Read more

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Dolphins' McDaniel on Tua, Wilkins contract talks; details Fangio's departure

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INDIANAPOLIS — Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel spoke publicly for the first time since shortly after the team’s playoff elimination, addressing a number of offseason topics surrounding the team Tuesday afternoon from the NFL scouting combine.

McDaniel said he’s “absolutely” hopeful to reach a long-term extension with quarterback ...Read more

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Rams are set up with money and draft picks, now they can do 'anything we want'

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams are flush with salary-cap space and cash to spend on free agents. They hold the No. 19 pick in the NFL draft. And, after a year spent in relative obscurity, they are ready to return as a regular prime-time attraction.

So Kevin Demoff, the Rams' chief operating officer, will not be repeating the message he sent season-...Read more

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'No plan to fix Bryce Young.' Panthers coach Dave Canales has a different idea instead.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Dave Canales has no plan to “fix” Bryce Young.

He has a different plan instead.

“No plan to fix Bryce Young,” the Carolina Panthers’ newly hired, energetic head coach told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday afternoon in the Indianapolis Convention Center. “For me, it’s about building an offense that...Read more

Lions' Campbell talks combine's value, playoff regret, confidence in Goff and more

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INDIANAPOLIS — Some NFL coaches have stopped coming to the annual scouting combine, but not Dan Campbell. The Detroit Lions' leader still finds plenty of value in the event, particularly the ability to sit down with a number of prospects for allotted 20-minute interviews.

It's these one-on-one sessions that, in many cases, are more important ...Read more

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Chiefs will 'probably' use franchise tag, GM Brett Veach says. Here's the likely candidate.

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INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Brett Veach says the Kansas City Chiefs “anticipate probably using” the franchise tag this season to help the team.

Read further between the lines, and the potential target for that designation seems clear: cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.

“I think that’s certainly something that is a possibility, given ...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Ryan Poles' talk of doing right by Justin Fields is the surest sign yet the Chicago Bears plan to trade QB

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INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Poles has no intention of revealing his quarterback plan this week, but if the Chicago Bears do plan to draft one as expected, Poles has thought through the process far enough to know he wants to “do right by” Justin Fields.

The Bears are the talk of the town at the NFL scouting combine as they hold the Nos. 1 and 9 ...Read more

Raiders GM says WR Davante Adams won't be traded: 'He's a Raider'

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INDIANAPOLIS — At the trade deadline last October, the Jets reached out to the Raiders about trading for star receiver Davante Adams.

Las Vegas shut down Gang Green’s request. Four months later, the Raiders are still not interested in trading the six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

“He’s a Raider,” Las Vegas general manager Tom Telesco told ...Read more

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Sean Payton says Broncos can't afford to miss on 'the next one' at QB after final Russell Wilson decision

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INDIANAPOLIS — Sean Payton isn’t a prolific tweeter, but he sees some social media activity.

In a recent staff meeting he brought up a meme that caught his attention.

“There’s a Bronco fan with a shirt on and there’s like eight quarterbacks’ names with a cross through it and he’s drinking the quarterback Kool-Aid,” Payton said ...Read more

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What did Stephen Jones says about Dallas Cowboys extending contract with QB Dak Prescott?

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INDIANAPOLIS — Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones stood firm Tuesday on his offseason mantra of not getting into specifics about the team’s negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott, receiver CeeDee Lamb and edge rusher Micah Parsons on potential contract extensions.

Jones said there will be no reports or updates.

But Jones made ...Read more

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GM: Vikings optimistic on Jefferson extension and have no plans to trade him

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INDIANAPOLIS — Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah took a hard turn on Tuesday in the middle of answering his first question about receiver Justin Jefferson's contract at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Adofo-Mensah reiterated that the Vikings want to keep Jefferson in purple. He said they were "unbelievably close" to agreeing in early ...Read more

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Ravens GM Eric DeCosta says team will 'continue to assess' investigation that was connected to Zay Flowers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said the organization continues to assess the situation surrounding Zay Flowers after the wide receiver was linked to a police investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident in Owings Mills, Md., last month.

Baltimore County police opened the criminal investigation in January and ...Read more

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GM says Bears want to 'do right by' Justin Fields if they decide to draft a QB

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INDIANAPOLIS — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles didn’t present a grand quarterback plan as the NFL scouting combine kicked off Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Bears are still in information-gathering mode, in the thick of a weeklong schedule packed with prospect interviews and other teams’ trade offers — likely for both the No...Read more

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Raiders don't 'anticipate' using franchise tag on star RB Josh Jacobs

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INDIANAPOLIS — As expected, the Raiders are unlikely to use the franchise tag on running back Josh Jacobs or any of their other pending free agents, general manager Tom Telesco said Tuesday.

“I do not anticipate using the tag,” Telesco said from the NFL scouting combine.

Telesco did say the Raiders are hopeful of re-signing Jacobs to a ...Read more

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Chargers roster needs: Who might they target in free agency and the draft?

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After a year of too many losses, the Chargers decidedly won the start of the offseason, their addition of Jim Harbaugh trumpeted as one of the franchise's most significant victories.

Coming off a national championship at Michigan, Harbaugh was considered by many the No. 1 option from the start , and on Jan. 24, the Chargers announced him ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Why Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles figures to be the busiest man at the NFL combine. Again.

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Here we are again. Back so soon. Heading back to the NFL scouting combine and inside a hectic hive of league activity, with Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles figuring to be the busiest bee of all.

Just two weeks after Poles’ former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, won their second consecutive Super Bowl and third in five seasons, the ...Read more