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Ravens fail to reach long-term deal with Matthew Judon; linebacker will play 2020 season under franchise tag

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon will play the 2020 season under the $16.8 million franchise tag after he and the team failed to agree on a long-term extension by the NFL's deadline Wednesday.

Judon and Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta had both said that they hoped to reach a deal. But the Pro Bowl linebacker sought his ...Read more

Browns' Myles Garrett signs extension: 'Keep betting on me, Cleveland, because I won't let you down'

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Myles Garrett has yet to conquer one of his main goals by becoming the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but the Browns are still betting he'll bounce back from a season-ending suspension and deliver for the better part of the next decade.

Garrett became the highest-paid non-quarterback in league history Wednesday, when he signed a five-year ...Read more

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott will officially play under franchise tag for $31.4M

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It's now official.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will play the 2020 season on the franchise tag, worth a guaranteed $31.4 million.

Not only did Prescott and the Cowboys fail to get a long-term deal done before Wednesday's deadline, but they didn't even talk in the days and hours leading up to it.

What it means immediately is that ...Read more

Philadelphia now says fans might be able to attend Eagles games

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's administration is clarifying guidance it offered Tuesday on whether professional sports teams can allow spectators in outdoor stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic, opening the door to the Eagles playing before fans this fall a day after saying that would be illegal under the city's emergency ...Read more

Texans WR Kenny Stills released after being arrested during Breonna Taylor protest

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Former Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills was among 87 protesters arrested outside Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's home Tuesday night as they advocated for the arrests of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Stills has been charged with ...Read more

QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys heading toward contract deadline without deal

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The contract impasse between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott appears headed toward an inevitable and seemingly uncomfortable entanglement over the next year that could open the door to a potential doomsday scenario in terms of the quarterback's future with the franchise.

The two sides had no scheduled talks as of Tuesday afternoon.

Pending...Read more

Browns close to huge contract extension with Myles Garrett

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New Browns general manager Andrew Berry made his position on star defensive end Myles Garrett clear earlier this offseason.

Berry wanted to secure Garrett as a long-term cornerstone of the franchise, and now the achievement of that goal is imminent.

The Browns and Garrett are close to finalizing a blockbuster contract extension, a person ...Read more

Eagles fans won't be allowed to attend home games this season, per Philadelphia officials

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia officials said Tuesday that fans would not be allowed to attend professional sports games -- meaning the Eagles will not have spectators at any home games in 2020.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the coronavirus safety protocols for the major sports leagues "look pretty good," but it would not be safe to have...Read more

Raiders' Trent Brown: Pro Bowl right tackle says he's serious about lifting weights for the first time

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Raiders right tackle Trent Brown was temporarily the NFL's highest-paid lineman, a mountain of a man who could move mountains.

And he reached that status (Brown is now the fourth-highest paid lineman) without being serious about lifting weights.

That was one of the revelations from Brown during a 45-minute interview posted Monday by Bleacher ...Read more

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson reacts to Madden 21 rating: 'I wish it was better'

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the cover athlete for Madden NFL 21, but that didn't earn him special treatment in the eyes of the video game's developers.

Jackson was given an overall rating of 94 in the game, which is set to be released Aug. 25. The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player isn't satisfied.

"I wish it was better," ...Read more

Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. talks coronavirus concerns, being himself again

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Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't sound completely at ease with the NFL and how it's handling the situation with coronavirus and a return to play.

In expressing that sentiment in a roundtable discussion where he appears with former NFL wide receiver Victor Cruz and current stars -- quarterback Cam Newton and running back Todd ...Read more

Stephen Jones says Cowboys are hopeful for suspended DE Randy Gregory's return

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With less than two weeks before the scheduled start of training camp, the NFL has yet rule on the reinstatement petition of indefinitely suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory.

Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones said the team remains hopeful for Gregory's return, though nothing is guaranteed and time is dwindling.

The 2015 ...Read more

Eagles, Jason Peters agree to one-year contract that will move him to guard

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Peters likely has dibs on his old locker, but his old position may be spoken for.

The 38-year-old agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday morning after a long and fruitless stretch on the free-agency market. Upon the announcement of the deal, though, the lifelong tackle was listed as an offensive guard, ...Read more

Chiefs, Chris Jones agree to terms on four-year deal worth $85M, with $60M guaranteed

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is officially staying put for the long-term in Kansas City.

The Chiefs and Jones agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $85 million, with $60 million in total guarantees, a source confirmed Tuesday with The Kansas City Star. ESPN's Adam Schefer first reported the news.

Jones' signing ...Read more

Washington's NFL team will retire team name, announce new mascot at later date

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The Washington NFL team's controversial name is one step closer to being put to bed.

The team announced Monday a name change is imminent, ousting the polarizing name and mascot that dates back almost 87 years. On July 3, the team started a "thorough review" of the name "Redskins," which is widely considered a derogatory slur against Native ...Read more

Doubts, concerns grow over timing, viability of Dolphins camp as Covid-19 cases surge

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After more than five months away, a return to football is imminent.

Probably.

Next week, nearly two-dozen Miami Dolphins rookies are set to report to team headquarters for the start of their NFL careers.

They will move into the team hotel, start attending meetings and resume conditioning work. And they'll theoretically do all that in the ...Read more

He's a Raider now, but Lynn Bowden squeezing all the joy he can from Kentucky career.

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SOMERSET, Ky. -- Lynn Bowden Jr. had a year so good for Kentucky football that, truth be told, he doesn't want it to end, even though he's looking forward to being a Las Vegas Raider when the NFL season starts.

"I really never took the time to really reflect on the season yet, you know," Bowden said Saturday night after helping out with a free ...Read more

Even after a virtual offseason, the Ravens are in 'excellent shape.' But this training camp will be risky.

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Before the NFL's voluntary workout programs began in April, the league addressed the difficulty of working out amid a pandemic. Players, stuck at home, were provided a $1,500 stipend to purchase the equipment necessary for workouts. If they couldn't go to a gym, they could at least have kettlebells and resistance bands.

The question of how to ...Read more

Malcolm Jenkins calls for focus on racial justice issues after DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic Instagram posts

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Eagle Malcolm Jenkins had his say on the fallout from DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic Instagram posts made late last week.

In a video posted to his own Instagram account on Friday, the safety and team leader of the past six seasons called the back and forth that resulted from the initial posts and Jackson's subsequent ...Read more

Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree wants more money added to his franchise tag

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PITTSBURGH -- Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who has until Wednesday to work out a long-term contract with the Steelers, wants more money to be added to his franchise tag tender he signed this spring.

According to the NFL Network, Dupree is filing a grievance with the NFLPA to be paid like a defensive end rather than an outside ...Read more