Matt Calkins: The Carlos Dunlap trade was a big win for the Seahawks, even if he doesn't return

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No matter what happens next, the Carlos Dunlap experience was a win for the Seahawks. Whether the defensive end ends up wearing blue and green beyond 2020, his contributions went above and beyond.

On Monday the Seahawks cut the 32-year-old to clear $14.1 million in salary-cap space. And though they hope to re-sign him at a discount once he ...Read more

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Les Miles is out as Kansas Jayhawks football coach after harassment allegations emerge

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Kansas Athletics and football coach Les Miles have decided to mutually part ways, they announced in a joint statement late Monday.

Miles, who was hired as KU’s football coach in November 2018, was 3-18 in two seasons with the Jayhawks.

KU athletic director Jeff Long said a national search would start immediately for Miles’ replacement, ...Read more

Paul Zeise: Ben Roethlisberger took less money but now may need to accept a lesser role in the offense

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A major piece of the Steelers’ offseason puzzle was solved when Ben Roethlisberger signed a new contract for 2021. He agreed to take a $5 million pay cut, and then allowed his deal to be restructured in a way that will free up $15 million in salary cap space.

That was a nice gesture by Roethlisberger, who said he wants to do whatever it takes...Read more

Dave Birkett: Can Detroit Lions count on Kerryon Johnson to be D'Andre Swift's backup in 2021?

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"He’ll hold up. … There’s no issues with his durability for us.”

Bob Quinn uttered those immortal words on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL draft, when reporters questioned why he traded up for running back Kerryon Johnson.

Johnson was a highly productive but oft-injured running back at Auburn, and Quinn tabbed him to solve the Detroit Lions’ ...Read more

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Jets use franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye

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Being the best player on the 2020 Jets was a low bar, but someone had to clear it. That someone was Marcus Maye, who will be back on what the Jets hope is a radically improved roster in 2021.

The Jets franchise tagged Maye on Monday, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The franchise tag for a safety next season projects to be around $10-11 ...Read more

Matt Calkins: Is pride getting in the way of clear decision-making when it comes to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks?

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Pride is in the air.

That’s the word that comes to mind when I hear about Russell Wilson’s discontent in Seattle. That’s the word that comes to mind when I read reports that the front office is taking and making calls about a possible trade. That’s the word that seems to be hanging over this increasingly tense offseason debacle.

Pride....Read more

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Gerald McCoy: 'I would love to go back to Tampa'

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TAMPA, Fla. ― Gerald McCoy’s career with the Bucs ended after nine seasons when he and the team “mutually agreed to part ways” prior to the 2019 season.

Two teams and one significant injury later ― McCoy suffered a season-ending injury to his right quad tendon early in training camp with the Cowboys last year ― the Bucs’ No. 3 ...Read more

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Dallas Cowboys finally reach long-term contract with quarterback Dak Prescott

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The third time proved to be the charm for the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott.

A third offseason of negotiations finally resulted in a long-term contract that will make him the highest-paid player in franchise history with one of the richest guaranteed contracts in NFL history.

The team will make a formal announcement at a news ...Read more

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Jalen Hurts on Carson Wentz's departure from the Eagles: 'Ain't too much of my business.'

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While nothing is etched in stone, Jalen Hurts is expected to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback next season, and the 22-year-old Texan is working hard to make sure he’s prepared for the opportunity.

Hurts, who started the final four games of his rookie season after Carson Wentz was benched, has been working with Patrick Mahomes’ ...Read more

Seahawks release defensive end Carlos Dunlap in cap-cutting move

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In a move that for now saves $14.1 million against the team’s 2021 salary cap, the Seahawks released veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap on Monday.

The Seahawks and Dunlap tried to work out a longer-term deal. As part of the agreement when the team acquired Dunlap from Cincinnati last fall, Seattle will now let Dunlap test the market, hoping ...Read more

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Nick Canepa: Drew Brees hasn't said he's retiring, and until he does, he isn't

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SAN DIEGO — If the Fat Lady’s about to sing, Drew Brees isn’t hanging for the aria.

He’s gone to the lobby and picked up an orange drink.

With no personal knowledge of Drew putting a hold on his retirement party, that’s how I see it, anyway.

I do know there was a video of Brees last week pushing a weighted sled during a workout. As ...Read more

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Bucs, Tom Brady working on contraction extension

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TAMPA, Fla. ― If Tom Brady fulfills his desire to play in the NFL until he is at least 45, it will be with the Bucs.

One month after winning his seventh Super Bowl, Brady and the Bucs are working on a contract extension, as expected.

It could be done sometime this week, but the two sides are believed to have a lot of work remaining because ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Jason Kelce's return next season is nothing but a good thing for the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Jason Kelce has never hidden how much the decision to continue playing for the Eagles, to continue administering to himself the punishment of playing pro football, has weighed on him. The question has come up at the end of each of his last three seasons; Super Bowl LII, in February 2018, was the last time that Kelce didn't offer...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Ryan Pace and the cap-crunched Bears have heavy lifting ahead of them as they plan for a QB — and many other parts — heading into free agency

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CHICAGO — All of the focus for the Chicago Bears is on acquiring a quarterback, but not to be forgotten is what the team can do to improve the roster around that position.

To think only Mitch Trubisky and to a lesser extent Nick Foles are to blame for the team’s 16-16 regular-season record over the last two seasons is to miss the point, and...Read more

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Vincent Jackson's friends haunted by questions about his unexpected death

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TAMPA, Fla. — As they await an official cause of death, friends of former Bucs star Vincent Jackson are struggling with more questions than answers.

About how he ended up at an extended-stay hotel.

Why he didn’t reach out to them.

And what kind of pain he was in.

For Adam Itzkowitz, who co-owned Cask Social Kitchen in Tampa with Jackson,...Read more

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Watching Tom Brady and Bucs defend Super Bowl title will cost fans more

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TAMPA, Fla. — They are the defending Super Bowl champions. They have quarterback Tom Brady going for his eighth Lombardi Trophy, whether he tosses it over the Hillsborough River or not.

“When we said, ‘We’re going for two’ at our parade, we meant it,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht said in a joint letter ...Read more

Raiders will release Richie Incognito, but for how long?

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Richie Incognito, the veteran left guard who got a career re-start with the Raiders, will be released in advance of the start of the new league year.

The question is whether he’ll get another re-start with the Raiders down the line.

Incognito’s pending release was first reported by NFL Media and confimred by a team source.

The Raiders are...Read more

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Washington Football Team releases QB Alex Smith, NFL's Comeback Player of the Year

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The Washington Football Team released quarterback Alex Smith Friday morning after he helped lead the team to the NFC East title.

Smith, who turns 37 in May, won the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award after returning from a serious leg injury during the 2018 season that required 17 surgeries, including a near fatal infection. He missed ...Read more

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Howie Roseman starts Eagles' salary cap work by restructuring deals for Darius Slay and Jason Kelce

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is brandishing his chisel, with NFL teams needing to get under the 2021 salary cap by the March 17 start of the league year. The exact figure for the 2021 cap isn’t known, but it will be no lower than $180 million, the league has said, and could be closer to $185 million. Either sum will ...Read more

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Armando Salguero: Difference between building and perpetually rebuilding. And which the Dolphins do.

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Talent acquisition is typically an ever-changing exercise because different NFL offseasons present both different problems and opportunities. Except the Miami Dolphins too often make this exercise a run on the treadmill ...

...Covering the same ground offseason after offseason.

Dolphins fans should be familiar with this. They’ve seen it. And...Read more