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Miami Dolphins give three-year extension to linebacker Jerome Baker

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Two days after Jerome Baker said he wanted to finish his career with the Dolphins, the Dolphins gave a three-year contract extension to the fourth-year linebacker on Sunday.

Baker agreed to a three-year, $39 million extension, agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Miami Herald and others. The deal includes $28.4 million guaranteed.

That average annual...Read more

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NFL players' reluctance to get COVID-19 vaccine could have competitive consequences

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NEW YORK — Saquon Barkley seemingly is vaccinated for COVID-19, because he watched Tuesday’s Giants minicamp practice from the cafeteria and interacted with colleagues with no mask on.

Unvaccinated players are required to wear masks in team facilities. Vaccinated players no longer have to. Unvaccinated players also can’t eat in the ...Read more

Larry Stone: Russell Wilson and his clichés are back -- and so, apparently, is his commitment to the Seahawks

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SEATTLE — Russell Wilson is back.

That's true in a literal sense, of course. He showed up this week for Organized Team Activities in Renton, Wash., one of several Seahawk veterans to do so despite early indications they would skip the non-mandatory portion of the offseason, en masse.

But more important, in light of his highly, shall we say, ...Read more

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Sam Mellinger: The Packers used to be the Chiefs. Here's how the Chiefs plan on not being the Packers.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most contentious and delicious storyline in the NFL is not the Chiefs’ problem. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers created their own mess, and they are the ones who will need to find a resolution.

The Chiefs are on the other end of the spectrum of football harmony. Their players vacation together. They joke about which ...Read more

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Giants corner Sam Beal pleads guilty to gun-related charges in Ohio

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Giants corner Sam Beal pleaded guilty last week to two gun-related charges in Lorain County, Ohio, stemming from an arrest last summer, court records show.

He entered a pre-trial diversion program that would allow him to expunge the conviction from his record if he complied with all terms and conditions of the adult probation department through...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens LB Patrick Queen strives to become a complete player with a full season of camps

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BALTIMORE — Like all NFL rookies last season, Patrick Queen’s play was affected by the lack of offseason camps and preseason games. So it will be interesting to find out if he develops into the complete linebacker the Ravens need in the middle of their defense.

Queen, the team’s first-round pick and No. 28 overall selection out of LSU in ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Ten things that could prevent the Dolphins from making playoffs in 2021

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The Miami Dolphins took a significant step forward last season by producing the franchise’s second winning season in a decade.

This upcoming season should be about ensuring they keep moving forward instead of taking a step back — like this organization typically does. To avoid regression, Miami has a few areas of concern that need to be ...Read more

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Why are so many NFL players still reluctant to get vaccinated? League's union head said it's not because of a lack of information.

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PHILADELPHIA — DeMaurice Smith pleaded ignorance Thursday when the NFL players union boss was asked on a conference call for the vaccination rate of his rank and file.

“We don’t have all the information yet,” Smith claimed. “We’ll take a look and see if we have that data. We’ll get you the numbers when we have them.”

It’s ...Read more

What Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had to say after OTAs

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RENTON, Wash. — Three-and-a-half months after a report broke that Russell Wilson would approve a trade to one of four other NFL teams, the Seahawks quarterback finally spoke to Seattle media Thursday.

He did so roughly 90 minutes after the team concluded its 10 OTAs (organized team activities), taking questions for almost 30 minutes.

In the ...Read more

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Christian McCaffrey's coming off injuries, but he's still workhorse in Panthers offense

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Last offseason, Christian McCaffrey became the highest paid running back in the NFL, coming off the third 1,000 rushing-1,000 receiving season in NFL history and primed for another big year.

The question that continues to pop up surrounding successful running backs, is how reps are too many? In 2019, McCaffrey had 403 touches — 287 rushes and...Read more

Steelers lineman Chukwuma Okorafor has much at stake in final year of rookie contract

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The Steelers are not short on starters who are entering the final years of their contracts. Many of the team’s top players, including JuJu Smith-Schuster, David DeCastro and Eric Ebron, will be looking to cash in with bigger contracts next year.

Chukwuma Okorafor only has 19 games of starting experience on his resume, but when it comes to ...Read more

Julio Jones: Decision to part ways with Falcons was mutual

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Former Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones shed some light on how the franchise’s all-time leading receiver in catches and touchdowns was traded when he addressed the media for the first time Thursday.

Jones, who was called a “Falcon for Life” by owner Arthur Blank during a couple of negotiations, was traded to the Tennessee Titans on ...Read more

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Pro Bowl RB Todd Gurley, a Baltimore native, reportedly visiting Ravens

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BALTIMORE — Free-agent running back Todd Gurley, a Baltimore native and three-time Pro Bowl selection who’s dealt with lower-body injuries in recent years, is visiting the Ravens on Thursday, the NFL Network reported.

Gurley, 26, was born in Baltimore before moving to North Carolina and is an avowed Orioles fan. The former first-round pick ...Read more

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Chiefs offensive line rebuild hits obstacle with Kyle Long injury

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The renovation of the Chiefs’ offensive line hit an unexpected snag.

Kyle Long suffered a leg injury that’s likely to prevent him from participating in training camp later this summer, a source confirmed to The Kansas City Star.

NFL Network reported it’s believed the injury is a fractured kneecap and that Long could ...Read more

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QB Justin Fields reportedly agrees to terms on 4-year rookie contract with Bears

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CHICAGO — Justin Fields unleashed a pass down the left sideline of a Halas Hall field Wednesday, and observers at the Chicago Bears practice perked up.

New Bears wide receiver Damiere Byrd caught the deep ball as teammates cheered to complete the highlight-reel play during the second week of organized team activities.

The kickoff for the ...Read more

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Bruce Arians to Bucs players: 'I don't see a reason not to be vaccinated'

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TAMPA, Fla. ― As soon as the Bucs’ mandatory minicamp ended Thursday, coach Bruce Arians encouraged players who hadn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine to get it.

The literal shot in the arm could provide one for the Bucs’ chances of defending their Super Bowl 55 title.

NFL owners have agreed to relax COVID-19 protocols almost entirely ...Read more

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The Eagles hope 'Coach Brian' can help turn Jalen Hurts into a franchise quarterback

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PHILADELPHIA — In a perfect world, Jalen Hurts would've gotten somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 snaps in Nick Sirianni's offense this spring and been ready to hit the ground running when training camp starts in seven weeks.

But there was nothing perfect about this NFL spring. COVID-19 gave the geniuses that run the league's ...Read more

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Greg Cote: As teams like Dolphins pray for right QB, Packers' disrespect of MVP Aaron Rodgers is galling

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MIAMI — The Green Bay Packers' continuing, colossal botchery of the Aaron Rodgers situation is epic. If it ends wrong it will stain one of the NFL's most storied franchises enough to make the ghost of Vince Lombardi weep.

The impasse got real this week as the superstar quarterback and reigning league MVP became an official holdout, boycotting...Read more

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Saquon Barkley acknowledges contract conversation but dismisses idea of holdout once healthy

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NEW YORK — Saquon Barkley can’t say when his surgically repaired right knee will be back to full strength.

“I have no expectation, no set day when I’m going to be full go,” Barkley said Wednesday.

But he seemed to indicate that his contract situation won’t keep him out when he’s good to go.

“When it comes to the contract ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: Kyle Shanahan doesn't believe in a 49ers injury boogeyman -- maybe he should

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Every NFL team gets injuries. The 49ers just seem to pick up more injuries than other teams.

It’s an issue that has plagued the team for years — it started well before Kyle Shanahan took over in Santa Clara — but it’s the 49ers’ head coach’s problem now.

But even after a disastrous, injury-riddled 2020 season, and now three more ...Read more