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Departed Josh Jacobs takes a dig at Raiders' lack of success

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LAS VEGAS — Josh Jacobs said the quiet part out loud about his free-agent departure from the Raiders: The club simply wasn’t winning enough to justify the contract being offered.

Appearing recently on the “Green Light with Chris Long” podcast, the running back admitted that the Raiders’ lack of success played a significant role in how...Read more

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Serena Williams uses ESPYs platform to slam Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker: 'We don't need you'

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LOS ANGELES — Harrison Butker was not one of the winners Thursday night at the 2024 ESPY Awards.

But the controversial Kansas City Chiefs kicker's name came up during the ceremony just the same.

It happened during a segment in which tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams and "Abbott Elementary" actress Quinta Brunson were speaking about the...Read more

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Prince Harry's olive branch to Pat Tillman's mom at ESPYs doesn't quiet controversy

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Prince Harry gave a humble, heartfelt speech as he accepted the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2024 ESPY Awards Thursday, trying to downplay himself as the recipient while paying tribute to Tillman’s mother, Mary, who had not been happy that the “controversial and divisive” British royal was to receive a trophy ...Read more

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Inside the Chargers' lavish new practice facility in El Segundo

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LOS ANGELES — He called the journey "incredible" and "a crescendo," with the Chargers' move into their new facility now at the finish line.

The march to El Segundo, however, cannot be described using anything close to the word "swift."

"I was talking to some of the players," Fred Maas said, "and I realized that when I started this, Joe Alt ...Read more

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Can Panthers QB Bryce Young take next step in development under Dave Canales?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the Carolina Panthers count down the days until their first full training camp in Charlotte, The Observer is examining the roster one position group at a time.

With the first installment in our series, the Panthers’ quarterback group — led by second-year signal-caller Bryce Young — is under the microscope.

The big ...Read more

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Jamal Adams signs with Titans 4 months after release by Seahawks

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SEATTLE — Jamal Adams was released by the Seahawks in March, but the door remained open for a potential return, albeit at a much-reduced salary and smaller role from his previous four years with the Seahawks.

Any chance of Adams returning ended Thursday when it was announced he signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Reports stated Adams signed a ...Read more

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What are the top 5 quarterback controversies in NFL history?

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LAS VEGAS — The Raiders have a quarterback battle on their hands. Will it be Aidan O’Connell or Gardner Minshew lining up behind center in the season opener against the Chargers?

Decisions, decisions.

The competition between the two brings up memories of great quarterback controversies over the years.

Here are the top five in NFL history:...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Cam, Luke, Peppers, Smith: These are the 15 greatest Panthers of all time

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the Carolina Panthers approach their 30th season, I decided to look back before we start looking forward — to training camp in late July and preseason games in August and the 2024 season opener in September.

Since I’ve covered all of the previous 29 Panthers teams for The Charlotte Observer, why not make a list of the...Read more

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Malik Nabers' strip club video overshadows HBO Giants Hard Knocks' spring behind-the-scenes footage

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NEW YORK — None of HBO’s behind-the-scenes Giants ‘Hard Knocks’ footage from the spring can compete with a current video of first-round pick Malik Nabers at a Houston strip club.

The only true reality TV in the social media age is what is happening live. Right now. And unfortunately for the Giants, the primary topic about their team in ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Steelers were in need of cornerback help even before Cameron Sutton's suspension

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers took a gamble when they signed Cameron Sutton, knowing full well that he could be facing a suspension for an offseason domestic violence incident in Florida.

Now they found out how long they will be without Sutton, as he was suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2024 regular season for ...Read more

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Jaguars star Josh Allen changes his last name

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There is one fewer Josh Allen in the NFL.

Sort of.

The Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher by that name will now go by Josh Hines-Allen, he announced Tuesday. He is changing his last name to pay homage to the maternal side of his family.

“Legacy is forever, and I’m proud to carry that tradition on the back of my jersey, following in the ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins must alter training camp approach because of mature roster

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MIAMI — There was an era in Miami Dolphins history not too long ago (2019 and 2020) where the team openly bragged about having one of the youngest rosters in the NFL.

It was during the rebuilding years — remember “Tank for Tua?” — that coincided with the Brian Flores era, and the youth movement was used to justify the team’s growing...Read more

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Ex-teammate reportedly joins Tom Brady in bid to buy stake in Raiders

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LAS VEGAS — Tom Brady’s bid to purchase a minority stake in the Raiders could be getting a big push from a former teammate.

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Richard Seymour reportedly is teaming with Brady to purchase a 10.4% stake in the club. Brady and Seymour are expected to bring their own partners with them to complete the deal, according...Read more

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Raiders' Davante Adams to Chargers social team: 'Keep my name out of your mouth'

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LAS VEGAS — The Chargers' social media team has drawn rave reviews over the last few years for their creative and humorous schedule release posts and videos.

Raiders star Davante Adams isn’t laughing.

He delivered a message Tuesday while appearing on FanDuel TV’s “Up & Adams” show, where he was promoting the Netflix show “Receiver....Read more

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Ex-Panthers exec Adrian Wilson arrested on domestic violence charges, court documents show

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Carolina Panthers vice president of player personnel Adrian Wilson was arrested on three domestic violence-related charges in Arizona last month, according to a case filed in Scottsdale City Court.

The news comes two days after the Panthers confirmed Wilson was no longer with the team’s front office.

According to ...Read more

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says walking boot was a precaution: 'It's absolutely nothing'

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Dak Prescott’s right ankle is alright, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback said Tuesday after a photo showing him in a walking boot last week sparked concern.

“It’s the same ankle that I snapped and had a nasty surgery on four years ago, so a couple of hard days of training and you get a little sore,” Prescott told reporters Tuesday at his ...Read more

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Greg Cote: The Miami Dolphins are disrespecting, insulting Tua with ongoing contract debacle

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MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins have never had full faith and total belief in Tua Tagovailoa or anything close to it — not in four years and not now as his fifth season dawns.

It has been an embarrassment to the franchise and an insult to the quarterback. The whole NFL can see it and Tagovailoa can surely feel it as the disrespect continues with...Read more

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What the Buccaneers got in 1st-round pick Graham Barton

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Few people know more about Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft pick Graham Barton than Texas A&M coach Mike Elko.

Elko was Duke’s head coach for Barton’s final two seasons as the No. 26 overall selection became a two-time all-ACC offensive lineman. He had an up-close view of Barton’s role in the growth of a program that went 5-18 ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Absent a star QB, Raiders will settle for Kirk Cousins Light

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SAN DIEGO — The next Kenny Stabler won’t soon be pulling on a Raiders helmet, so how about the next Kirk Cousins?

Best-case scenario — admittedly, an unlikely one — that’s Aidan O’Connell.

A second-year Raiders draftee who started 10 games for them last year, O’Connell would be one of the NFL’s least recognizable starting QBs ...Read more

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Steelers cornerback Cam Sutton suspended 8 games for incident that led to Lions release

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DETROIT — Ex-Detroit Lions cornerback Cam Sutton has been suspended eight games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence incident in March that led to his release from the team.

Multiple reports Monday stated Sutton was suspended without pay following an NFL investigation. According to ESPN's Adam ...Read more