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Salary cap reduction? Flat cap? Ravens are well positioned for whatever happens in 2021 offseason.

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BALTIMORE -- Every day, the NFL's pot of gold seems to get a little smaller.

In only the past week or so, league owners approved a proposal to cover the first six to eight rows of stadium seating and offer signage space to corporate sponsors. Then some teams began offering full 2020 refunds to season-ticket holders. Then the NFL's four-game ...Read more

Browns tight end David Njoku requests trade, agent Drew Rosenhaus tells ESPN

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On Friday, tight end David Njoku requested the Browns trade him, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN.

"It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time," Rosenhaus told the network's Adam Schefter.

Neither Rosenhaus nor the Browns immediately responded to the Beacon Journal's requests for comment.

According to Schefter's report, the ...Read more

Three more SoFi Stadium construction workers test positive for COVID-19

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LOS ANGELES -- Three more construction workers at SoFi Stadium have tested positive for COVID-19, the joint venture overseeing the $5-billion project told trade partners Thursday in emails reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Twenty-eight workers are known to have tested positive; 10 of the cases have been announced since June 23.

According to ...Read more

The Ravens' offseason program is over, but the NFL's 'dead period' can still shape the season ahead

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BALTIMORE -- After two months of webcam workouts, virtual learning and socially distanced team meetings, the Ravens' offseason program is over. Now comes a so-called dead period that could be teeming with news.

By July 28, when training camp is scheduled to open in Owings Mills, the Ravens should have some clarity on the future of their ...Read more

Are you ready for some birdwatching? Ravens (the birds) spotted roosting at Ravens' stadium

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens aren't yet roosting at M&T Bank Stadium, but the ravens are. Two of the team's feathered namesakes have been seen perched atop a light tower there -- a first, apparently, for the clever birds who, by nature, eschew city life. Yet there the ravens were on June 20, sitting on a metal column 25 feet above seat level on the ...Read more

Can Cam Newton be money for Patriots at quarterback?

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Quarterback Cam Newton arrives at a bargain-basement price and could be a steal for the New England Patriots in their quest to fill the vacancy created by Tom Brady's departure.

Even as news of the Newton signing rippled through the sports world -- all attributed to unnamed sources -- the Patriots declined to confirm they have added the former ...Read more

Kyle Shanahan on 49ers' Super Bowl loss to Chiefs: 'It's been hard to sit with'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes asked offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy if there was time to run Wasp in Super Bowl LIV, the 49ers had allowed 40 points in 111/2 postseason quarters.

But during a five-minute span, the Chiefs scored 21 points and rallied to win the Super Bowl 31-20.

"We had as good of an ...Read more

Ryan Kalil says he 'couldn't be more thrilled' to see Cam Newton on Patriots

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Quarterback Cam Newton is headed to the New England Patriots, and that puts his longtime center in an unusual -- and somewhat uncomfortable -- position.

"I never thought I'd be excited to watch the Patriots and root for them in this way," said Ryan Kalil, who snapped the ball to Newton for eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers. "But I couldn...Read more

Cam Newton to sign one-year deal with New England Patriots

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Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

The former MVP's one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million, per an NFL Network report.

"I'm excited as I don't know what right now," Newton shared on his Instagram story Sunday night, ...Read more

Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman is selling his famous RV: 'The camper life has come to an end'

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BALTIMORE -- In March, Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman and his wife, Nikki, hit the road for a 17-state RV tour, all the way to San Francisco and back to Baltimore, to share their anti-bullying message across the country.

For the Bozemans, an RV isn't just for making travelling and camping more comfortable. During the 2019 season, Bozeman, his ...Read more

Could Steelers group yield more NFL majority owners?

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PITTSBURGH -- The recent sale of shares in the Steelers does little to change the ownership structure of the franchise. If nothing else, it strengthens what is already a diverse and financially secure ownership group with the addition of two billionaire investors.

But if recent history is any indication, could it lead to another member of the ...Read more

Family of late Dolphins great Jim Kiick donates his brain; starts fundraiser for CTE research

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Allie Kiick, daughter of late Miami Dolphins great Jim Kiick, said she never had any discussions with her father about donating his brain to science.

It was a tough conversation for their family to have, she said, before Kiick -- a charismatic and instrumental member of the Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles under Don Shula ...Read more

Dolphins owner Steve Ross pledges $13 million to help fight systemic racism

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Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has pledged to invest $13 million over the next four years into the RISE organization he started after the Bullygate saga of 2013 -- with the goal of using sports to end systemic racism.

The new financial commitment, which was announced Friday, brings Ross' total investment in RISE -- which stands for Ross ...Read more

NFL camps still set, Hall of Fame game and inductions off, 'Inspire Change' on

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Like a quarterback making last-second adjustments before the ball is snapped, the NFL is not ready to commit to a specific plan amid the unpredictable twists and turns of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owners of the league's 32 teams met by video call Thursday with commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials to discuss the evolving plans for ...Read more

Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. '100%' ready for training camp, coach Kevin Stefanski says

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Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is "free and clear" and "100 percent" ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to have a core muscle injury repaired on Jan. 21.

"He's looking really good," Stefanski said of three-time Pro Bowler Beckham during a Zoom video conference with Browns media on Thursday.

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Hall of Fame Game between Cowboys, Steelers canceled over COVID-19

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is being canceled this year.

The game was set to feature the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 6 to officially start the NFL's preseason at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys confirmed the game's cancellation amid the coronavirus pandemic to the Star-Telegram.

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After Ravens' record-setting season on offense, OC Greg Roman looking to keep defenses guessing

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BALTIMORE -- A year ago, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman was tasked with any offensive mind's dream, asked to design a system from the ground up.

Given the offense's superlatives from last season -- the all-time NFL rushing record, the league's top-scoring offense, the sport's Most Valuable Player -- Roman's work should be considered a ...Read more

Ravens OC Greg Roman says he's 'rooting' for Colin Kaepernick to return to NFL

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BALTIMORE -- As the NFL has publicly shifted its stance on player protests during the national anthem, with Commissioner Roger Goodell recently admitting that the league was wrong for not listening to players fighting for racial equality, many have called for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to get another shot to play in the league.

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Report: Ravens 'mulling' over whether to sign wide receiver Antonio Brown

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BALTIMORE -- Speculation regarding the Ravens and free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to rise.

According to an NFL Network report, the Ravens have had internal discussions about Brown and are "mulling" over whether to sign the 31-year-old wideout. The Seattle Seahawks are also interested in Brown, according to the report.

Brown, ...Read more

If Steelers protest, they'll have coach Mike Tomlin's support

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PITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he and the organization will fully support his players with whatever action they choose to take regarding the social injustice problems that have engulfed the country, but asks only that they use their platform to do it "thoughtfully" and "with class."

He also said two of his players tested positive...Read more