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Omar Kelly: What happens if Dolphins don't extend Tua and Tyreek contracts before the start of training camp?

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MIAMI — Since becoming teammates in 2022 nobody in the NFL has advocated for Tua Tagovailoa as persistently and faithfully as Tyreek Hill, and the five-time All-Pro receiver recently took his campaign for the pair to receive contract extensions this summer to ESPN.

During multiple segments on the national sports network, Hill campaigned for ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Jacoby Jones is one of the best characters in Ravens history

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BALTIMORE — If you hung around current Baltimore Ravens vice president Ozzie Newsome during his 33 years as an NFL executive, he was always dropping some nuggets of wisdom.

Back in the mid-1990s, when the team was still at its old training facility in Owings Mills, Md., Newsome once said, “Every team needs its share of knuckleheads, and you...Read more

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Dan Rodricks: Jacoby Jones gave Ravens fans a golden memory

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BALTIMORE — On a freezing Saturday night in Denver in January 2013, Jacoby Jones sealed his legacy as the leading man in a golden Ravens memory. Most of us never knew him personally, of course, but Jones will be forever beloved for the large role he played in one of Baltimore’s greatest sports moments.

With the ball on the Ravens’ 30-yard...Read more

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Jacoby Jones, former Ravens WR and star of Super Bowl 47, dies at age 40

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Jacoby Jones played just three seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, but his legacy left an indelible mark on Baltimore and its fans that will long live on.

A wide receiver and All-Pro kick returner for the Ravens from 2012 to 2014 who was a Super Bowl hero, Jones has died, the team said Sunday. He had just turned 40 on Thursday.

According to a ...Read more

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Chuba Hubbard, Miles Sanders, or Jonathon Brooks: Who will lead Panthers' RBs in 2024?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the Carolina Panthers count down the days until their first full training camp in Charlotte, The Charlotte Observer is breaking down the team’s roster one position room at a time.

After taking a look at the quarterback depth chart to begin our series, the crowded running back room — led by a pair of veteran ball-...Read more

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1 dead, another injured following shooting at vigil for Khyree Jackson, 2 other former college football players who died in car crash

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BALTIMORE — A man died and a woman was hospitalized after a shooting Friday night outside Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro following a vigil for NFL rookie Khyree Jackson and two others who died in a car crash last weekend, police said.

After being found with gunshot wounds around 10 p.m. the man and woman were taken to the...Read more

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Departed Josh Jacobs takes a dig at Raiders' lack of success

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LAS VEGAS — Josh Jacobs said the quiet part out loud about his free-agent departure from the Raiders: The club simply wasn’t winning enough to justify the contract being offered.

Appearing recently on the “Green Light with Chris Long” podcast, the running back admitted that the Raiders’ lack of success played a significant role in how...Read more

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Serena Williams uses ESPYs platform to slam Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker: 'We don't need you'

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LOS ANGELES — Harrison Butker was not one of the winners Thursday night at the 2024 ESPY Awards.

But the controversial Kansas City Chiefs kicker's name came up during the ceremony just the same.

It happened during a segment in which tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams and "Abbott Elementary" actress Quinta Brunson were speaking about the...Read more

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Prince Harry's olive branch to Pat Tillman's mom at ESPYs doesn't quiet controversy

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Prince Harry gave a humble, heartfelt speech as he accepted the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2024 ESPY Awards Thursday, trying to downplay himself as the recipient while paying tribute to Tillman’s mother, Mary, who had not been happy that the “controversial and divisive” British royal was to receive a trophy ...Read more

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Inside the Chargers' lavish new practice facility in El Segundo

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LOS ANGELES — He called the journey "incredible" and "a crescendo," with the Chargers' move into their new facility now at the finish line.

The march to El Segundo, however, cannot be described using anything close to the word "swift."

"I was talking to some of the players," Fred Maas said, "and I realized that when I started this, Joe Alt ...Read more

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Can Panthers QB Bryce Young take next step in development under Dave Canales?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the Carolina Panthers count down the days until their first full training camp in Charlotte, The Observer is examining the roster one position group at a time.

With the first installment in our series, the Panthers’ quarterback group — led by second-year signal-caller Bryce Young — is under the microscope.

The big ...Read more

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Jamal Adams signs with Titans 4 months after release by Seahawks

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SEATTLE — Jamal Adams was released by the Seahawks in March, but the door remained open for a potential return, albeit at a much-reduced salary and smaller role from his previous four years with the Seahawks.

Any chance of Adams returning ended Thursday when it was announced he signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Reports stated Adams signed a ...Read more

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What are the top 5 quarterback controversies in NFL history?

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LAS VEGAS — The Raiders have a quarterback battle on their hands. Will it be Aidan O’Connell or Gardner Minshew lining up behind center in the season opener against the Chargers?

Decisions, decisions.

The competition between the two brings up memories of great quarterback controversies over the years.

Here are the top five in NFL history:...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Cam, Luke, Peppers, Smith: These are the 15 greatest Panthers of all time

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the Carolina Panthers approach their 30th season, I decided to look back before we start looking forward — to training camp in late July and preseason games in August and the 2024 season opener in September.

Since I’ve covered all of the previous 29 Panthers teams for The Charlotte Observer, why not make a list of the...Read more

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Malik Nabers' strip club video overshadows HBO Giants Hard Knocks' spring behind-the-scenes footage

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NEW YORK — None of HBO’s behind-the-scenes Giants ‘Hard Knocks’ footage from the spring can compete with a current video of first-round pick Malik Nabers at a Houston strip club.

The only true reality TV in the social media age is what is happening live. Right now. And unfortunately for the Giants, the primary topic about their team in ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Steelers were in need of cornerback help even before Cameron Sutton's suspension

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers took a gamble when they signed Cameron Sutton, knowing full well that he could be facing a suspension for an offseason domestic violence incident in Florida.

Now they found out how long they will be without Sutton, as he was suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2024 regular season for ...Read more

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Jaguars star Josh Allen changes his last name

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There is one fewer Josh Allen in the NFL.

Sort of.

The Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher by that name will now go by Josh Hines-Allen, he announced Tuesday. He is changing his last name to pay homage to the maternal side of his family.

“Legacy is forever, and I’m proud to carry that tradition on the back of my jersey, following in the ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins must alter training camp approach because of mature roster

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MIAMI — There was an era in Miami Dolphins history not too long ago (2019 and 2020) where the team openly bragged about having one of the youngest rosters in the NFL.

It was during the rebuilding years — remember “Tank for Tua?” — that coincided with the Brian Flores era, and the youth movement was used to justify the team’s growing...Read more

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Ex-teammate reportedly joins Tom Brady in bid to buy stake in Raiders

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LAS VEGAS — Tom Brady’s bid to purchase a minority stake in the Raiders could be getting a big push from a former teammate.

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Richard Seymour reportedly is teaming with Brady to purchase a 10.4% stake in the club. Brady and Seymour are expected to bring their own partners with them to complete the deal, according...Read more

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Raiders' Davante Adams to Chargers social team: 'Keep my name out of your mouth'

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LAS VEGAS — The Chargers' social media team has drawn rave reviews over the last few years for their creative and humorous schedule release posts and videos.

Raiders star Davante Adams isn’t laughing.

He delivered a message Tuesday while appearing on FanDuel TV’s “Up & Adams” show, where he was promoting the Netflix show “Receiver....Read more