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Dave Hyde: Who wouldn't want Aaron Rodgers for four elite years?

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That chipping noise across the NFL is star quarterbacks tearing down the wall of feudal power. Aaron Rodgers demands out of Green Bay.

Russell Wilson says he’s not happy in Seattle. Chip.

Deshaun Watson tells Houston he’s played his last down there (before falling into a quagmire of legal problems from sexual assault allegations). Chip. ...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Bears have Justin Fields. But what if they had actually landed Russell Wilson?

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CHICAGO — If the Chicago Bears are headed for a charmed existence with Justin Fields, the moment the Seattle Seahawks said no thanks to a massive trade offer for Russell Wilson could be the best thing that happened to Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.

We won’t know for some time, maybe multiple years, if Fields is the long-sought answer to the Bears...Read more

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Nick Canepa: Aaron Rodgers joins list of star players who also want to be GM

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SAN DIEGO — Most every day growing up I asked my mother: "What are we eating tonight?" Same answer, every time, was: "What I put on the table, you eat."

She never asked me what I would like.

So, because I'm the son of a fisherman's wife, married for a long time to a fisherman's daughter, and doing what I've done, it means I've never played ...Read more

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Mark Zeigler: How fast are football players? DK Metcalf is about to find out.

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SAN DIEGO — You've no doubt seen the video from last October. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Budda Baker intercepts a pass on the goal line and heads toward the opposite end zone, nothing but green artificial turf in front of him. Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf, a good 10 yards behind, takes off after him.

Catches him at the 8-yard line. ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins are seemingly doubling down on confidence in Myles Gaskin

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Myles Gaskin is the type of player I respect the most in the NFL because nothing he’s acquired has been gifted to him.

Everything the Miami Dolphins’ third-year tailback has, he’s earned, and that is rare in the NFL because a player’s draft status, the contract given, or who drafted or signed them has influence far too often on where a ...Read more

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Gene Frenette: Jaguars should benefit from coach Urban Meyer, GM Trent Baalke being on same page

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The two critical leaders in the Jaguars’ hierarchy didn’t really get to know each other until four months ago. For years, as with many relationships in the football world, they were nothing more than two ships who once passed in the night.

Urban Meyer vaguely remembers meeting Jaguars’ GM Trent Baalke when he began ...Read more

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Tom Brady wants player's union to have 'intense negotiations' with NFL to modify offseason rules

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nobody may have a bigger platform among NFL players than Tom Brady, the league’s elder statesman after more than two decades and seven Super Bowl victories.

When he speaks, in the huddle or elsewhere, players listen.

Perhaps that’s why Brady joined an NFLPA conference call Friday and delivered “an impassioned speech” ...Read more

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Gene Frenette: No harm in Jaguars giving Tim Tebow a chance to help at tight end

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If Tim Tebow wants to pursue helping the Jaguars bolster their painfully thin tight end position, the team and coach Urban Meyer have nothing to lose by granting him the opportunity.

Would another washed-up, 33-year-old NFL quarterback (he turns 34 in August) get that same chance for the Jaguars or any other team? Almost ...Read more

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Eagles claim former Lions running back Kerryon Johnson off waivers

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DETROIT — It didn't take long for Kerryon Johnson to find a new home.

The running back, waived by the Detroit Lions on Thursday, was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Johnson, a second-round pick in 2018, appeared in 34 games during this three seasons with the Lions, rushing for 1,225 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and eight ...Read more

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Nick Saban still isn't over Dolphins doctors failing Drew Brees on a physical

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MIAMI — Alabama head coach Nick Saban has won seven national championships and restored the Crimson Tide into an annual national powerhouse program upon his arrival in 2007.

It came after a two-season stint in the NFL as the Miami Dolphins head coach.

But had the franchise signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, who was injured at...Read more

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Bucs QB Tom Brady invited rookie Kyle Trask to begin throwing with him

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TAMP, Fla. — If you wondered how Tom Brady would react to the Bucs drafting Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, his eventual successor, well, let’s just say he’s not giving him the cold shoulder pad.

Trask received a phone call from Brady a couple of days after he was drafted by the Bucs. He asked when Trask would arrive in Tampa and invited ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Aaron Rodgers once explained why Jalen Hurts will face so much pressure this season with the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Back in November 2016, back when Jalen Hurts was 18 years old and the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in more than three decades, back when nobody had to monitor Jeopardy! each night for tells and insights into what the NFL's most valuable player might be thinking, Aaron Rodgers said some interesting ...Read more

John Niyo: Lions' Okudah gets second chance to make first impression

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Aaron Glenn learned plenty over the years from Bill Parcells, his Hall of Fame mentor as a coach. But there’s one lesson that Glenn, the Lions’ new defensive coordinator, never had to learn the hard way in a decorated 15-year playing career in the NFL.

It’s one he’ll occasionally remind the next generation of, though, now that he’s an...Read more

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Larry Stone: Tyler Lockett eager to see what speedy rookie D'Wayne Eskridge adds to Seahawks offense

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One of Tyler Lockett’s favorite current projects with his “Light It Up” Foundation is to help youngsters from his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, learn about the business world by job shadowing.

Wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, the Seahawks’ second-round draft pick last week, won’t exactly be job shadowing with Lockett when the Seahawks...Read more

Patriots' Deatrich Wise: 'Everyone is coming here for one goal and that's to win'

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Deatrich Wise was eager to test free agency in March. The 26-year-old, who was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round in 2017, has spent his entire four-year NFL career in New England and wanted to see what the free-agent process was all about.

After testing the waters, it didn’t take long for the defensive lineman to come back home, ...Read more

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John Romano: End of the line for Pujols was more inevitable than sad

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TAMPA, Fla. — Simple question: Was this wrong?

Albert Pujols, one of the greatest baseball players the world has ever seen, was just unceremoniously dumped by the Angels a few hours before their game against the Rays on Thursday night.

Do you know how many kids in middle America grew up with a Pujols poster on their wall and a No. 5 St. ...Read more

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Dolphins release veteran safety and team captain Bobby McCain

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The Miami Dolphins have released the leader of their top performing unit from the 2020 season.

Veteran safety Bobby McCain, a team captain for the past two seasons, was informed he’ll be released Thursday morning in a roster move that clears $5.66 million in cap space, but removes the leader of the unit that propped up last year’s top-10 ...Read more

Lions' Frank Ragnow signs 4-year extension, becomes highest-paid center in NFL

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DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are serious about building one of the NFL's best offensive lines — and keeping it together for years to come.

The Lions agreed to a four-year contract extension with center Frank Ragnow on Thursday that should keep him in Detroit through the 2026 NFL season.

NFL Network reported the deal is worth $13.5 million ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Howie Roseman and the Eagles win the NFC East's NFL draft

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PHILADELPHIA — It's been well-documented that embattled general manager Howie Roseman slayed the 2021 NFL draft for the Eagles. What's gone unnoticed is how badly he bettered the rest of the NFC East.

When your division finishes a season as the worst in NFL history, every team enters the next season rebuilding. It's sort of a slow-build arms ...Read more

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2022 NFL mock draft: Way-too-early projections

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A completist is defined as "an obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something."

I feel seen.

I couldn't possibly leave you without a preview of college football's best players and next year's top draft prospects before I close the book on the 2020-2021 draft season.

Obviously, a way-too-early mock draft isn't about ...Read more