Seahawks safety Jamal Adams doing 'everything' to get his leg 'right'

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RENTON, Wash. — The end of the Seahawks mandatory three-day minicamp Thursday also meant the last time the team will see many of its veteran players until training camp begins in late July.

While many of the younger players will stick around for three more OTAs (organized team activities) next week, which coach Pete Carroll described as akin ...Read more

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Cook's future with Vikings expected to be settled by the end of week

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The Vikings are expected to release or trade running back Dalvin Cook by the end of the week, according to two sources with knowledge of the team's plans, giving Cook a chance to land with another team before mandatory minicamps next week.

A series of offseason moves made his departure seem like a foregone conclusion. Sources said the team had ...Read more

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La Velle E. Neal III: If Hunter follows Cook out Vikings' door, look out

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An offseason of sweeping change continued this week as the Vikings moved to cut ties with running back Dalvin Cook, who is expected to be gone before next week.

And The Purple might not be done making moves — including a potential deal that would officially make their offseason rebuild a complete teardown to the studs.

Danielle Hunter, who ...Read more

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No matter who is at quarterback, 49ers expect their top weapons to be even better in 2023

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — There are three quarterbacks participating in 49ers minicamp and another on the sidelines, but it doesn’t seem to matter who is throwing the ball when Brandon Aiyuk is on the field.

“I like watching Brandon Aiyuk dissect every single corner he goes against,” tight end George Kittle marveled after minicamp on ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: I'm more eager to see Dolphins' defense than their offense this season

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — I liked the Dolphins defense last season. I might love the Dolphins defense this season.

Granted, that’s a strong statement in June, a time when players haven’t even put on pads, and admittedly it’s possibly even an overreaction to optimistic comments from players and coaches.

On top of that, this big-play offense...Read more

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Mayor meets with Bears CEO after saying he wants to keep the team in Chicago

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Mayor Brandon Johnson met with the Chicago Bears’ president and CEO Wednesday about their “shared … commitment to Chicago” as the NFL franchise floats interest in potentially moving to a suburb other than Arlington Heights.

News of the meeting was announced Wednesday, hours after Johnson again stated he wanted to keep the Bears in ...Read more

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Josh Allen beat the competition for 'Madden NFL 24' cover. Can he beat Madden Curse?

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It's Josh Allen's turn.

Considered one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL for years, the Buffalo Bills star finally has received perhaps the biggest of the league's offseason honors: the Madden cover.

The iconic EA Sports video game premiered the trailer for this year's edition, "Madden NFL 24," on Wednesday morning. At the end we learned that...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Russell Wilson rejected a trade to the Eagles? If so, here's what it really tells us.

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So the Eagles wanted Russell Wilson, but Russell Wilson wanted no parts of the Eagles. If you like a good what-if, this one’s a strip of stale beef jerky: You can chew on it forever.

The suggestion that Wilson turned down a trade proposal last year that would have made him the starting quarterback here is the stuff that fuels debate shows and...Read more

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Brad Biggs: After youth on special teams proved costly last year, the Chicago Bears hope that experience turns into a plus

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After upgrading the roster on both sides of the ball, the Chicago Bears hope to be in more close games in 2023, the kind in which a key play here or there on special teams can make the difference.

The Bears lost by nine or more points seven times during last year’s 3-14 season. In four of the losses by eight or fewer points, a key special ...Read more

Bob Wojnowski: As Lions' expectations rocket, Jared Goff eager for more

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Jared Goff is unbothered. Go ahead, ask him how he feels about heightened expectations, or how he feels about a possible contract extension. Ask him how much more he needs to do as the Lions' quarterback. Ask him how he feels about Jameson Williams’ occasional social media stir.

Shrug. A few pleasant words. Quick smile....Read more

Chris Perkins: Dolphins watching Heat and Panthers, await their chance at success

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Now, it’s the Miami Dolphins’ turn.

In a region currently consumed by the Miami Heat playing the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals (the series is tied at one game apiece heading into Wednesday’s Game 3) and the Florida Panthers facing the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final (Vegas leads, 2-0, heading into ...Read more

49ers' Deebo Samuel gives harsh self-assessment of 2022: `I was awful'

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Not satisfied with what the 49ers got from Deebo Samuel last season?

You’re not alone.

“It was awful,” Samuel said Tuesday. ‘I was awful . . . in every way.”

Samuel offered that harsh self-assessment on the first day of the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp, which continues Wednesday and ends Thursday with a family...Read more

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Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson ready to be 'the guy' in 2023 after Damien Harris' departure

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rhamondre Stevenson emerged as the Patriots’ lead option in the backfield last season over Damien Harris, who seemed to lose his top role early in the season and never reclaimed it after catching the injury bug late in the year.

Going into this season, though, there’s no question.

Harris is gone after signing with the...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Antonio Brown is the entertainment gift that keeps giving, but it's so sad to watch

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I'll admit it: Every time I see the words "Antonio Brown" in a headline, it is must-read, no matter what it is. It is almost always a great mix of entertainment, bizzaro-world behavior and something that makes you say to yourself, "This is not what I expected to read."

Brown's adventurous ride as the owner of the Albany Empire, an arena ...Read more

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Self-awareness of Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal is a great sign for Giants

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Giants second-year right tackle Evan Neal, the No. 7 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, purposefully spent time this offseason making changes to his foundation: his stance.

“With anything,” Neal said after practice last week, “you want to refine it to the point where you get better results out of it.”

Second-year edge rusher Kayvon ...Read more

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Brian Wacker: What a new offense and new receivers means for Ravens star tight end Mark Andrews

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The NFL offseason is a lot of things, depending on the team. For the Ravens, it’s been a roller coaster.

There were notable departures (left guard Ben Powers, defensive end Calais Campbell), significant additions (wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., offensive coordinator Todd Monken) and, of course, the drama that swirled around Lamar Jackson ...Read more

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Kansas City Chiefs visit White House for first time to celebrate Super Bowl victory

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Kansas City Chiefs are building a dynasty as he welcomed them on Monday to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Joking that it was good First Lady Jill Biden, a die hard Eagles fan, wasn’t there to witness the ceremony, Biden talked about the unity and ...Read more

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New OT Cedric Ogbuehi believes Dolphins have 'something special going'

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi hasn’t been counted on as a consistent starter for years since his early time with the Cincinnati Bengals after they took him in the first round of the 2015 draft.

But after starting five games for the New York Jets in 2022, the most he has had in a season since 2017, ...Read more

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Gene Collier: Le'Veon Bell wants to retire as a Steeler? Well, that's nice.

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PITTSBURGH — Again this week someone asked how I was enjoying retirement, and while that's always a good reminder that these columns aren't exactly required reading across the tri-state area, it's getting harder and harder not to respond with, "Well, that's a question better directed to a retired person."

Instead I just say, "Not at all ...Read more

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Norma Hunt, wife of longtime Chiefs owner & only woman to attend every Super Bowl, dies at 85

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Norma Knobel Hunt, the wife of longtime Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar, has died, the team announced Sunday. She was 85.

Norma, who is the only woman to attend all 57 Super Bowls, also is the mother of current Chiefs owner Clark Hunt.

The Hunt family released a statement about Norma’s death Sunday night.

“She was a wonderful mother and an...Read more