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Mike Sielski: Jason Kelce's return next season is nothing but a good thing for the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Jason Kelce has never hidden how much the decision to continue playing for the Eagles, to continue administering to himself the punishment of playing pro football, has weighed on him. The question has come up at the end of each of his last three seasons; Super Bowl LII, in February 2018, was the last time that Kelce didn't offer...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Ryan Pace and the cap-crunched Bears have heavy lifting ahead of them as they plan for a QB — and many other parts — heading into free agency

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CHICAGO — All of the focus for the Chicago Bears is on acquiring a quarterback, but not to be forgotten is what the team can do to improve the roster around that position.

To think only Mitch Trubisky and to a lesser extent Nick Foles are to blame for the team’s 16-16 regular-season record over the last two seasons is to miss the point, and...Read more

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Vincent Jackson's friends haunted by questions about his unexpected death

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TAMPA, Fla. — As they await an official cause of death, friends of former Bucs star Vincent Jackson are struggling with more questions than answers.

About how he ended up at an extended-stay hotel.

Why he didn’t reach out to them.

And what kind of pain he was in.

For Adam Itzkowitz, who co-owned Cask Social Kitchen in Tampa with Jackson,...Read more

Raiders will release Richie Incognito, but for how long?

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Richie Incognito, the veteran left guard who got a career re-start with the Raiders, will be released in advance of the start of the new league year.

The question is whether he’ll get another re-start with the Raiders down the line.

Incognito’s pending release was first reported by NFL Media and confimred by a team source.

The Raiders are...Read more

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Washington Football Team releases QB Alex Smith, NFL's Comeback Player of the Year

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The Washington Football Team released quarterback Alex Smith Friday morning after he helped lead the team to the NFC East title.

Smith, who turns 37 in May, won the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award after returning from a serious leg injury during the 2018 season that required 17 surgeries, including a near fatal infection. He missed ...Read more

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Howie Roseman starts Eagles' salary cap work by restructuring deals for Darius Slay and Jason Kelce

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is brandishing his chisel, with NFL teams needing to get under the 2021 salary cap by the March 17 start of the league year. The exact figure for the 2021 cap isn’t known, but it will be no lower than $180 million, the league has said, and could be closer to $185 million. Either sum will ...Read more

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Armando Salguero: Difference between building and perpetually rebuilding. And which the Dolphins do.

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Talent acquisition is typically an ever-changing exercise because different NFL offseasons present both different problems and opportunities. Except the Miami Dolphins too often make this exercise a run on the treadmill ...

...Covering the same ground offseason after offseason.

Dolphins fans should be familiar with this. They’ve seen it. And...Read more

Rams tender contracts to LB Travin Howard, OL Coleman Shelton

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The annual frenzy surrounding unrestricted NFL free agents will begin in less than two weeks.

In the meantime, the Rams made moves to ensure the return of inside linebacker Travin Howard and offensive lineman Coleman Shelton, tendering one-year contracts to the exclusive rights free agents, the team announced Thursday.

Players with fewer than ...Read more

Chargers GM Tom Telesco won't lay it on line as far as restocking for 2021

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LOS ANGELES — The Chargers have nine selections in the upcoming NFL draft, and the prevailing joke is they could pick an offensive lineman with each one.

Or maybe they could sign a few in free agency and trade for a few others, as well.

The Chargers have deficiencies up front, though general manager Tom Telesco cautioned about focusing too...Read more

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Greg Olsen will officially retire as a Carolina Panther

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Tight end Greg Olsen will sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 11 before officially retiring.

Olsen wrapped up his a 14-year NFL career, announcing the news of his retirement on the FOX pregame show prior to the NFC Championship game in January. His career ranks among of the top tight ends in NFL history.

He will join ...Read more

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Jimmy Graham says he was 'unscathed' in a Thursday car crash: 'Just wanted to ... tell everybody I'm fine,' the Chicago Bears tight end tweets

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Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham said he walked away “unscathed” from a car crash Thursday morning in Miami.

Graham said he crashed while trying to avoid a disabled vehicle in the center lane.

“Just wanted to get ahead of this and tell everybody I’m fine,” Graham tweeted Thursday afternoon.

According to Andy Slater, a host on ...Read more

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Chiefs reach naming-rights deal for Arrowhead Stadium with Lee's Summit-based GEHA

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KANSAS CITY — Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium has a new name effective for the 2021 NFL season.

Lee’s Summit-based Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) will have its name highlighted at 1 Arrowhead Drive as the stadium’s first sponsor, the team announced Thursday.

The stadium’s full name will now be GEHA Field at Arrowhead ...Read more

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With franchise tag looming on Dallas Cowboys, don't expect Dak Prescott to blink now

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The countdown clock is ticking on the contract negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott.

It is now T-minus five days for the Cowboys to come to terms on a long-term deal or be forced to place the franchise tag on the face of the franchise for a second straight year, thus putting into motion a potential doomsday ...Read more

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Want to play catch and have lunch with Tom Brady? Promotion offers the chance.

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs’ seven-time Super Bowl champion is set to give a fan the chance to try on one of his rings — and a few of his spirals — for size.

Omaze, a global online fundraising platform benefiting nonprofits, announced Thursday that 43-year-old Tom Brady will spend an afternoon playing catch — and having lunch — with one ...Read more

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Michael Rand: If Vikings aren't trading Kirk Cousins, please at least don't extend him

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The offseason swirl of NFL quarterback movement has been both real and rumored in the last month.

On Wednesday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Kirk Cousins' name falls into the latter category and that there is nothing to any reports that keep linking Cousins' name to a potential trade.

"Kirk Cousins is our quarterback," Spielman told reporters...Read more

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Baker Mayfield 'almost' certain he saw a UFO flying over Texas

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Count Baker Mayfield among those who "want to believe."

The Cleveland Browns quarterback decided to go to the one place all people seemingly go to after an encounter with the third kind — Twitter — to let the world know he is "almost" certain he saw a UFO on Wednesday night. The supposed aerial phenomena was spotted by the former No. 1 ...Read more

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Steelers sign Ben Roethlisberger to new contract for 2021 season

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed on a new contract for the 2021 season that will pay him $14 million, the Post-Gazette has learned.

The new agreement will bring Roethlisberger’s cap hit down from the $41.2 million hit that was on the books for 2021 to $26.2 million. In essence, Roethlisberger agreed to a $...Read more

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Report: Lions set to release cornerback Desmond Trufant

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DETROIT — The Detroit Lions began to get their books in order ahead of the start of the new league year, informing veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant he will be released later this month, according to an ESPN report.

Text messages to Trufant's representation and the team weren't immediately returned.

The Lions signed Trufant last offseason. ...Read more

Brian Batko: Time for Steelers to start seeing value out of mid-round draft picks

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PITTSBURGH — It was almost 10 years ago now that NFL legend Warren Sapp derided the Steelers franchise in a memorable way.

"I have three things," Sapp said on "Inside the NFL" after the team's 35-7 season-opening loss to the Ravens. "Old, slow, and it's over."

At the time, Sapp was specifically referencing aging veterans like James Harrison,...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens' path to finding a No. 1 receiver is filled with obstacles

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BALTIMORE — From past draft failures to the drawbacks of a one-dimensional offense, the Ravens’ path to finding a No. 1 receiver is filled with obstacles.

Finding a top-notch receiver is one of the team’s priorities this offseason, along with improving the interior of the offensive line and securing an edge rusher or outside linebacker.

...Read more