Rams' No. 1 priority in NFL draft could be finding gems in later rounds again

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LOS ANGELES -- This year, at least, there will be suspense for the Rams.

They hold the 31st pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which begins Thursday in Nashville. They must decide whether to use the pick, trade back for more picks or -- far more unlikely because of their lack of draft capital -- attempt to trade up.

Those are three ...Read more

General manager Tom Telesco has helped produce great drafts for Chargers, but no titles

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LOS ANGELES -- They've made some great runs in April.

Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Chargers, the NFL holds its Super Bowl in February.

"We just don't grade our draft classes," Tom Telesco said. "We don't do a lot of that assessment. It really comes down to wins and losses, can you make the playoffs, how many playoff wins can you have, can...Read more

Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown ready to take thrilling ride at NFL draft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first round of the NFL draft unfolds Thursday night, and Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is strapping in for the ride of his life. He's among the most coveted receivers in this class, yet all the defensive talent is in the spotlight. He knows there will be ups and downs, twists and turns.

But please don't compare this to a ...Read more

NFL draft needs 2019: A team-by-team look

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The NFL draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Here's a look at each team's needs by division.


Broncos: Denver has its temporary answer at quarterback in Joe Flacco, but it's possible the Broncos take a quarterback with the 10th pick. They need a tight end too, and a defensive tackle who can fortify the ...Read more

Running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly retires

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Marshawn Lynch is calling it a career -- again -- as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that Beast Mode doesn't plan to play football again.

Lynch first retired after the 2015 season simply by tweeting a picture of cleats hanging from a telephone pole wire, only to return with his hometown Oakland Raiders in 2017.

Lynch played 21 ...Read more

Kelly Stafford hospitalized again after brain surgery

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Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, is back in the hospital, but she hopes it's just an overnight stay.

Just a week after brain surgery, Stafford wrote on Instagram on Wednesday she had to go to an emergency room in the morning after dealing with expected pain from weaning off steroids and that she will be ...Read more

No charges against Chiefs' Tyreek Hill but DA says a crime occurred

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday that he thinks a crime was committed against the 3-year-old son of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, but he can't prove who did it.

So, Howe said, Hill won't face charges. Neither will Crystal Espinal, the boy's mother.

In a news conference he called at ...Read more

Ravens sign Justin Tucker to contract extension through 2023, NFL's richest for a kicker

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BALTIMORE -- All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker has signed a contract extension with the Ravens through 2023, the team announced Wednesday.

Tucker, 29, was set to become a free agent after the 2019 season. His four-year extension is worth $23.05 million, including $12.5 million fully guaranteed and an $8 million signing bonus, according to ESPN. The ...Read more

Draft day is end and beginning for Rams' scouts

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LOS ANGELES -- The results from a year of scouting and research will start to pay dividends when the NFL draft begins Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., with first-round selections.

The Rams hold the No. 31 pick, and six picks in Rounds 3 to 7 Friday and Saturday.

Depending on the players available when their turn comes up, the Rams might make a ...Read more

Running back Jonathan Stewart signs 1-day contract to retire a Panther

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former longtime Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart signed a one-day contract on Tuesday so that he can retire as a member of the franchise where he spent most of his career.

"It's with a grateful heart and excitement for the next season of life that I want to share with you that I've signed a one-day contract and...Read more

Robbie Gould's trade request adds new intrigue to the Bears' search for a kicker

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CHICAGO -- Bears fans aching for Robbie Gould to return and solve the team's kicker problem have a new glimmer of hope.

Gould has informed the 49ers he won't sign their franchise tag tender, and he has requested a trade. ESPN reported the unexpected development, quoting Gould and his agent in the report.

Whether the Bears would trade for Gould...Read more

Seahawks trade Frank Clark to Chiefs for package including 2019 first-round draft pick

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SEATTLE -- Unable to reach agreement on a long-term contract with the Seahawks, defensive end Frank Clark is on his way out of Seattle. The team's best pass rusher in 2018, Clark was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday morning for a package that included the Chiefs' 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-rounder and a swap of 2019 third-...Read more

Kicker Robbie Gould reportedly asks 49ers to be traded

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Robbie Gould might have made his last kick with the 49ers after two stellar seasons.

Gould, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday, requested a trade after being given the franchise tag in February and being unable to agree to a multi-year contract.

"The bottom line is, I'm unsure if I want to play there anymore," ...Read more

NFL draft: Ranking the top 50 prospects

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The NFL draft begins this Thursday in Nashville, with the Arizona Cardinals holding on to the No. 1 pick.

Philadelphia Inquirer football writer Paul Domowitch ranks his top 50 players:

1. Josh Allen, Edge rusher, Kentucky

6-5, 262 5/8 Arms: 33 1/2 inches 5/8 40 time: 4.64 seconds 5/8 VJ: N/A, BP: 28 reps

In a nutshell: Allen swept the ...Read more

Report: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson gifts his offensive linemen $12,000 in Amazon stock

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As a thank you to his offensive linemen in the wake of signing a contract last week making him the highest-paid player in the NFL, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently gave each of the team's 13 offensive linemen $12,000 in stock.

TMZ Sports reported it first Monday, publishing a letter Wilson sent to each offensive lineman ...Read more

Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen at the center of Cardinals' draft mystery

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Kyler Murray wanted to clear up any confusion.

Instead, he heightened the intrigue.

Two months ago, the two-sport star from the University of Oklahoma officially chose football over baseball. Even though he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics last June, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback announced on Twitter that he was ...Read more

Report: Seahawks asking for at least a first-round pick for defensive end Frank Clark

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SEATTLE -- Now that the Seahawks have quarterback Russell Wilson signed through 2023, the biggest mystery about their offseason is what they are going to do with defensive end Frank Clark.

That his future remains uncertain has led to rumors he could be traded.

And at least one part of that equation appeared to get some clarity Saturday in a ...Read more

After 12 standout seasons, Ravens guard Marshal Yanda might be 'just getting better and better' physically

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BALTIMORE -- At 34, Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is old for an NFL player. Hall of Fame left tackle Jonathan Ogden retired when he was 33. Ravens special teams coordinator-in-waiting Chris Horton is just a few months younger than Yanda. No other Ravens lineman was born in the 1980s.

And yet Yanda was honored as second-team All-Pro last season. He...Read more

Master of past and present: Ozzie Newsome's draft legacy with the Ravens carries on

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BALTIMORE -- You could argue it was the moment when the Ravens jettisoned their uneven history as the Cleveland Browns and began their evolution into one of the NFL's most-respected franchises.

And it did not happen on the field.

The year was 1996 and Ozzie Newsome was still better known as a tight end than as an executive. There he was, ...Read more

For all the work teams put into scouting, how can they get top draft picks wrong?

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PHILADELPHIA -- NFL teams spend months preparing for the draft, which this year begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday, in Nashville, Tenn. A team's first-round pick will be vetted by as many as half a dozen scouts. General managers and coaches will scrutinize his game film, the team's security personnel will delve into his conduct away ...Read more


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