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Nick Canepa: Accomplished reporter Jim Trotter embarrassed his boss, Roger Goodell, and lost his job

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SAN DIEGO — This past week, the NFL con artists painted with their true colors — greenback dollar and yellow stripe.

During Roger Goodell's annual, thrilling State of the NFL Address Q&A session during Super Bowl Week, Jim Trotter, who at the time was working exceptionally well for NFL Media/NFL Network, asked Goodell why there is a lack of...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Steelers have quietly put together start of an excellent offseason

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers haven't made any big splash moves this offseason as they continue to try to rebuild their roster, but that is actually not a bad thing. The opposite is probably true, as they have been cautious and measured in the way they have gone about their business and it appears they have addressed some of their biggest needs.

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Should the Panthers draft Anthony Richardson? Evaluating the Florida QB after pro day.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the first pick in the 2023 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers will likely select one of four quarterbacks. Bryce Young (Alabama), C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) Anthony Richardson (Florida) and Will Levis (Kentucky) all have a case to be the top pick.

Over four weeks, The Charlotte Observer is breaking down the top four ...Read more

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Mike Preston: To NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., Ravens can fill their needs with just five picks

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BALTIMORE — ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has never hidden his affection for his hometown Ravens, and sometimes he can go overboard in showing favor.

But deep down inside, there is always that nugget of truth that sums up his evaluation of the team heading into the NFL draft, which begins April 27 in Kansas City.

“They should have ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Which was the Steelers' bigger mistake with Terrell Edmunds -- drafting him or letting him go?

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PITTSBURGH — Now that Terrell Edmunds is Philly bound, one player remains from the Steelers’ thoroughly unexciting draft class of 2018, and that is thoroughly average right tackle Chuks Okorafor.

They could always bring back Marcus Allen, I suppose, but only if they need somebody to infiltrate the other team’s huddle.

A class that should...Read more

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It's clear players want to play for Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, but he views it as 'organizational triumph'

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PHOENIX — The Miami Dolphins have been on a strong run of reeling in top-tier veteran talent over the past two offseasons.

In trades for star wide receiver Tyreek Hill and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, each indicated Miami was where they wanted to go among teams that could build the framework for a deal. They and edge rusher Bradley Chubb, ...Read more

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Cam Inman: 49ers' loyalty to Kyle Shanahan must pay off like Raiders' to John Madden

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As Al Davis sat down to reflect on John Madden’s coaching legacy, 30 years had passed since the Raiders’ first Super Bowl victory.

“For a while, there were words that we and he couldn’t win the big one, because we had lost so many championship games,” Davis told me in 2006 during an exclusive interview.

Fast forward to the modern-day...Read more

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Lions bringing back Marvin Jones Jr. to bolster wide-receiving group

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DETROIT — Make it one, two, three 'homecomings' now for the Detroit Lions this offseason.

Veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. announced via his Twitter on Wednesday that he will be returning to Detroit, where he spent five seasons from 2016-20. NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo reported the deal is for one year with a base salary of $3 ...Read more

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Hayes Gardner: Even as a former MVP, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson lacks agency. That leaves him pulling any lever he can.

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BALTIMORE — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has become an NFL unicorn for his ability to make something out of nothing. In the open field, he impossibly evades tacklers, and in the backfield, he dodges linemen and squeezes downfield passes between defensive backs.

But as Jackson, now a veteran of five professional seasons, tries to navigate ...Read more

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson defends himself against injury concerns, explains absence in playoff loss

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BALTIMORE — A day after revealing his trade request from the Ravens in a bombshell tweet, star quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to Twitter to make another revelation.

In a series of tweets late Tuesday night, Jackson defended his recent injury history and explained why he didn’t travel with the Ravens to Cincinnati for their AFC wild-card...Read more

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Jets owner Woody Johnson 'optimistic' about finalizing Aaron Rodgers trade

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PHOENIX — As the annual NFL owner’s meetings come to a close, Aaron Rodgers remains a Packer as Gang Green has yet to finalize a trade to bring him to New York.

The Jets and Packers have hit an impasse as they have yet to agree on compensation for the four-time MVP.

In his first comments since meeting with Rodgers, Jets owner Woody Johnson...Read more

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Former Raven Calais Campbell reportedly signing with Falcons

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BALTIMORE — Calais Campbell’s career in Baltimore was short but impactful.

The 36-year-old veteran defensive lineman spent just three of his 15 seasons in the NFL with the Ravens, but he made the Pro Bowl in 2020 and last season was the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner. He was also a respected voice in the locker room and mentor to a ...Read more

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John Romano: If this isn't the right time for Kyle Trask in Tampa Bay, will his moment ever come?

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TAMPA, Fla. — He was No. 1 on a depth chart that never existed.

The quarterback of seasons yet to come. For a month or two, Kyle Trask had an unimpeded view of the career he had long imagined.

And then the Bucs turned the channel.

By signing Baker Mayfield to a one-year deal, the presumption is that Tampa Bay is not sold on Trask’s ...Read more

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Broncos CEO Greg Penner: Under coach Sean Payton, Denver 'teed up to be a very different team next year'

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PHOENIX — Sean Payton’s team won’t start playing for more than five months, but the new Broncos head coach has already made a clear impact on the franchise in his boss’ eyes.

“He immediately set a different tone coming into the building,” CEO Greg Penner told a small group of reporters at the league’s spring ownership meetings ...Read more

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Billionaires reportedly lining up to enter bids to purchase Washington Commanders

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PHOENIX — The process of finding a new owner for the Washington Commanders has entered a new phase.

According to multiple reports, a group led by Josh Harris and Mitchell Rales — and including Lakers legend Magic Johnson — has submitted a fully financed bid for the franchise, now owned by the embattled Daniel Snyder. ESPN, citing an ...Read more

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Ravens reportedly meet with free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

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PHOENIX — This week’s NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore hotel feature the top brass from teams around the league, including owners, general managers, coaches and team presidents. They typically don’t include players.

Odell Beckham Jr. is different, though.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 30-year-old free agent wide receiver strolled ...Read more

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Karen Guregian: No ultimatums, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft got his points across

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PHOENIX — Robert Kraft stole headlines last year at the NFL owners meetings when he seemingly drew a line in the sand with members of his football staff by voicing his displeasure over not winning a playoff game in three seasons.

That tone didn’t change after the Patriots’ 8-9 season last year, as Kraft sent a letter to season ticket ...Read more

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Kevin Warren believes Chicago Bears have 'the right people at the right time in the right situation focused on the right issues'

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Kevin Warren’s first official day as Chicago Bears President and CEO will be April 17.

That’s when Warren, who still is working full time as Big Ten commissioner, will begin one-on-one interviews with every Bears employee to assess changes that need to be made to help create a championship-caliber organization.

He’ll dive deeper into the...Read more

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Saquon Barkley's original deal off table, Giants unsure if he'll report

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PHOENIX – Giants GM Joe Schoen has reset his contract negotiations with Saquon Barkley, and head coach Brian Daboll is not sure if his running back will report to start the offseason program.

“There’s no outstanding offer right now,” Schoen said at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. “Once we put the franchise tag on him,...Read more

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NFL players will be allowed to wear No. 0 during 2023 season as part of new rules voted on by owners

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PHOENIX — On Tuesday morning the NFL owners approved the Philadelphia Eagles’ proposal to allow players to wear the number zero.

Any player, with the exception of offensive and defensive linemen, can now wear the number. This includes punters and placekickers.

The proposal was one of nine submitted by different teams, which will bring ...Read more