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Broncos to sign DE Dondrea Tillman from UFL, source says

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After starring for the Birmingham Stallions in the United Football League, defensive end Dondrea Tillman will sign a three-year, $2.83 million deal with the Broncos, a source told The Denver Post.

The deal will be made official once Tillman passes his physical and gets released from his UFL contract, which is a procedural move.

Tillman will be...Read more

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'He totally revamped the position.' Get to know Bears rookie Tory Taylor.

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Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus found himself drawn into the show his rookie was performing at a June minicamp practice at Halas Hall.

Fourth-round pick Tory Taylor, the punter who became a fan favorite at Iowa, turned the special teams period into a must-watch event with his ball placement.

“He’s like a trick-shot guy,” Eberflus said....Read more

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Travis Kelce is completely unbothered by typo on the Chiefs' Super Bowl rings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made a sly nod to girlfriend Taylor Swift during the latest episode of the New Heights podcast.

It came as Kelce said he thoroughly enjoyed the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII ring ceremony, which was held Thursday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

“It was (an) ... unbelievable night,” Kelce ...Read more

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When will Shaq Thompson retire? He has a guess. For now, he's happy, healthy with Panthers.

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It wasn’t all that long ago when Shaq Thompson found himself in the Carolina Panthers’ locker room without much reason to smile — weighed down by a boot on his right foot, unable to help carry his team as it limped to a 2-15 season.

Today?

His smile’s back.

You could see it on the field during the Panthers’ mandatory minicamp, when ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: The last legendary Miami Hurricane joins the Dolphins to anchor defense

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MIAMI — Calais Campbell is the last of a dying breed.

He’s the last true Miami Hurricane from the glory days when the Canes dominated college football, an era where opponents once cowered at the mention of The U.

He’s the only one left from that era in the early 2000’s because he has lasted 16 seasons in the NFL, and if we’re being ...Read more

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Four lingering questions about the Eagles defense before training camp

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Under the guidance of new coordinator Vic Fangio, the Philadelphia Eagles' overhauled defense began to come together during organized team activities and minicamp.

The scheme and its key contributors will continue to take shape when training camp commences in late July. In the meantime, here are four lingering questions about the Eagles defense...Read more

Steelers rookie DBs Ryan Watts, Beanie Bishop used spring to get up to speed at new positions

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PITTSBURGH — Beanie Bishop and Ryan Watts had very different experiences for their first weekends with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bishop, an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, was there every step of the way for rookie minicamp last month and even won a 3-point shooting contest with his fellow newcomers at Petersen Events Center, the ...Read more

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Laken Tomlinson already bringing his leadership to Seahawks, offensive line

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RENTON, Wash. — The names and faces at the VMAC have changed, but the reputation remains, as Laken Tomlinson was pleased to discover. He hopes to bring his guidance to a new-look Seattle Seahawks offense as their projected starting left guard.

"I heard a lot about the culture here and it just goes to show that all those things I've heard over...Read more

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Bucs rookie Chris Braswell a package of ferocity, fleetness, faith

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — He wore neither bling nor bold colors the night the Bucs drafted him. Instead, University of Alabama edge rusher Chris Braswell opted for a white robe, a Muslim symbol of positivity and purity.

On a night his name drew national attention, the attire might have been dismissed as a superficial gesture of faith, but Braswell ...Read more

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'He thrives on those moments.' Get to know Bears rookie WR Rome Odunze.

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CHICAGO — For 52 minutes after making quarterback Caleb Williams the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles waited.

He waited with eagerness. He waited with anxiety. He waited for the opportunity to make his grandest draft dream come true. Specifically, Poles waited for Rome Odunze, the talented, intelligent and...Read more

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DeMario Douglas among 11 Patriots studs and duds from OTAs, minicamp

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The New England Patriots are officially off enjoying their summer vacation.

The team’s offseason workout program ended Wednesday with the final day of mandatory minicamp. That concludes nine weeks of offseason workouts with 11 practices during that time span. The Patriots originally were scheduled to hold 13 practices, but they canceled one ...Read more

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk to his ex-quarterback: 'They don't want me back'

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brandon Aiyuk has issued another cryptic signal in his contract tug-of-war with the 49ers, five weeks before training camp begins, with or without him.

Aiyuk, who did not attend the team’s mandatory minicamp two weeks ago, posted a TikTok video Monday of his FaceTime chat with Jayden Daniels, a former Arizona State ...Read more

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Ravens returning to 'Hard Knocks' along with rest of AFC North

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens are returning to “Hard Knocks.”

HBO and the NFL announced Monday that Baltimore will be one of four teams featured on “Hard Knocks: In Season with the AFC North.” The series will debut on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., following the Ravens’ Week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium and will ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Which Dolphins unit is the strength and where are there areas of concern?

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The Miami Dolphins have made progress as a franchise the past four seasons, producing four straight winning seasons and two straight playoff berths, and the team assembled a roster they hope can deliver the first playoff win in 24 years.

Miami wrapped up the offseason training program earlier this month and won’t return to the facility until...Read more

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With expectations low, Chargers have high hopes they'll answer big questions at camp

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Over the franchise's last 19 games, the Los Angeles Chargers have won five times.

This is a team that has beaten one opponent that finished with a winning record since Dec. 5, 2021, a stretch covering 40 games.

The over/under win total for the 2024 version of Chargers has been set at 8.5, which, in the NFL, is the exact expression of .500 or, ...Read more

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After mini (camp) previews, these are questions Rams must answer in training camp

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Optimism abounded, though it was tempered by uncertainty.

That is how the Rams entered their summer break.

Players emerged last week from voluntary offseason workouts without major injuries, star receiver Cooper Kupp appeared to regain his form, and coach Sean McVay and his staff were able to evaluate young players as they approached 2024 A.D....Read more

Steelers linebacker Elandon Roberts, a proud dad of 3, flips switch from football to fatherhood

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During Pittsburgh Steelers offseason workouts, Elandon Roberts knows every Sunday morning he'll be on that flight at 6:05 a.m. to Pittsburgh.

It's not exactly a Highway 20 ride back to the ranch, but it is back to business, back to work being one of the hardest hitters in the NFL and a defensive tone-setter for the Steelers. When he's home in ...Read more

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Chiefs defensive lineman arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, burglary in Alabama

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs was arrested Sunday by the Tuscaloosa County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of domestic violence and burglary, according to online jail records.

Buggs’ bond, according to the log, was set at $5,000. When contacted Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs had no comment on Buggs’ situation.

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Five things we learned from Ravens OTAs and minicamp, including the irrelevance of Lamar Jackson's absences

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The Baltimore Ravens are done with their official offseason preparations. The next time we see them, they’ll be ramping up in earnest for the 2024 season.

That will mean fierce, physical competition for a few open jobs. It will mean talk about the last steps that must be taken to reach an elusive Super Bowl. It will mean unrelenting scrutiny ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Najee Harris' offseason silence produces an unnecessary storyline for Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — This is not about a member of the media needing a quote. I've written about plenty of professional athletes without them ever saying a word and will continue to do so until I retire many decades from now.

It's also not about us being owed anything. If a professional athlete chooses not to participate with the whole player-...Read more