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Mike Preston: Ravens' 2024 draft will set the tone for the future

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BALTIMORE — Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has been on a roll in recent NFL drafts, and he needs to continue that trend in 2024.

When the Ravens signed middle linebacker Roquan Smith to a five-year, $100 million contract in January 2023 and then quarterback Lamar Jackson to a five-year, $260 million deal a few months later, it set a ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: If the aim is to win now, the Falcons should target Kirk Cousins

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ATLANTA — Bad news first. The Falcons are deficient at the position that matters most.

Now the good. That’s the only position at which there’s a glaring deficiency.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, the team’s latest head coach said: “If we had better play at quarterback last year in Atlanta, I might not be standing ...Read more

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'Everyone's got a story': How Bears will delve into QB prospects' wiring during NFL combine interviews

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INDIANAPOLIS — When NFL prospects arrive at the Chicago Bears interview room this week, they’ll face a choice — the same decision the Bears posed to players at last year’s scouting combine.

Darts or putting?

Coach Matt Eberflus said the Bears will use the same icebreaker they used last year to try to put players at ease and get their ...Read more

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49ers' offseason needs: Positions that should not be overlooked

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Glue guys. Support staff. Skilled players outside of the so-called skill positions.

Every NFL team has them, and the 49ers need more.

Their top priorities this offseason may be upgrading their linemen, offensively and defensively, but don’t overlook other positions.

Some of those were exposed in the Super Bowl LVIII ...Read more

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With Flores back, Vikings plan defense's next steps

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INDIANAPOLIS — A year ago, Kevin O'Connell made Brian Flores his second defensive coordinator in as many years with the Vikings, turning to the former Dolphins head coach to replace Ed Donatell and reshape a unit that ranked near the bottom of the league in 2022.

Flores' transformation of the Vikings' defense drew league-wide attention ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: I wonder how Dolphins owner Steve Ross views the latest Tyreek Hill mess

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The Miami Dolphins are in a race with wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

The finish line of this race, which would hopefully be a Super Bowl victory, is a long way away.

And in what some would say is a predictable development, a dark-horse entry in the race, Hill’s off-the-field actions, such as the lawsuit filed against him Friday that claims he ...Read more

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When could Tua Tagovailoa get a new deal? Dolphins GM on contract talks.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Dolphins have been discussing the terms of a contract extension with representatives for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa since the 2023 season ended. While there remains no timetable for a new deal, general manager Chris Grier said he is “hopeful” for a deal that will keep Tagovailoa in Miami for years to come.

“These are ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Tyreek Hill's past off-field issues don't mean he is guilty in the latest

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MIAMI — You don’t know if Tyreek Hill is guilty of this.

Neither do I.

Chances are, even the accused himself might be nonplussed, considering the alleged incident happened last summer, almost a year ago, and that no criminal charge was sought or brought at the time. It suddenly became “news” this week because the alleged victim filed a...Read more

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Andrew Callahan: Will the Patriots' NFLPA report card be enough shame for the Krafts?

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NFLPA report cards are subjective, unscientific surveys about player working conditions with unclear measurements and categories that already shifted within a year’s time.

They are not gospel. They should not be read as gospel or consumed as absolute referendums on any team. But of course, when more than 1,700 players ...Read more

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Chiefs to release veteran WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, saving $12 million in salary cap space

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs will be releasing veteran receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a source confirmed to The Kansas City Star.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler first reported the news Wednesday morning.

The Chiefs will save $12 million in salary cap room by releasing Valdes-Scantling. General manager Brett Veach reiterated Tuesday ...Read more

What's next in former Seahawks star Richard Sherman's suspected DUI case?

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SEATTLE — The State Patrol has referred intoxicated driving allegations against Richard Sherman to King County prosecutors, who said Wednesday they’ll wait for blood test results before deciding whether to charge the former Seahawks star.

It’s standard for prosecutors to wait for test results in such cases, according to a Prosecuting ...Read more

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Caleb Williams denies rumor he doesn't want to play for Bears: 'I'm excited for whatever comes'

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Caleb Williams, whose generational talent and business-minded approach make him an ultra-unique quarterback prospect, won’t try to dictate his NFL landing spot, he said during his first interview since declaring for the draft.

Most expect the Heisman-winning Williams to be drafted in April with the first overall pick, which belongs to the ...Read more

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Jets GM Joe Douglas grants QB Zach Wilson permission to seek trade

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INDIANAPOLIS — After three dreadful seasons with the Jets, the Zach Wilson era is coming to an end.

During his press conference at the NFL scouting combine on Wednesday, Jets general manager Joe Douglas told reporters that the team has given Wilson’s agent permission to seek a trade.

“I’ve had good conversions with his agent Brian ...Read more

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Dolphins aware of Tyreek Hill lawsuit. Team gathering more information.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Dolphins general manager Chris Grier on Wednesday said he is aware of a lawsuit against wide receiver Tyreek Hill that claims he broke a woman’s leg.

Social media influencer Sophie Hall is suing Hill for “violently” charging at her during a “friendly football lesson” last summer — breaking her leg.

“We were made ...Read more

John Schneider says Geno Smith is Seahawks' starting QB 'until he's not'

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INDIANAPOLIS — So, when the Seahawks begin the 2024 season will Geno Smith be under center?

"Yeah, I mean, I would think yes — he's the starter," Seahawks president of football operations John Schneider said when asked whether he considers Smith the team's starter Tuesday during his scheduled media appearance at the NFL scouting combine.

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New Chargers GM Joe Hortiz says production, not age or money, will decide who goes

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Chargers have 20 unrestricted free agents, including eight who started or played key reserve roles in 2023.

Center Corey Linsley is expected to retire because of a heart-related ailment.

They have four other accomplished veterans — receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and edge rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack — ...Read more

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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni backs Jalen Hurts' leadership style, A.J. Brown's recent comments

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the dust settled on a turbulent season, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni backed the divergent leadership styles of Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown.

When asked if he felt Hurts needed to be more vocal as a leader after last season’s unprecedented collapse, Sirianni said during a 20-minute news conference Tuesday that he doesn’t ...Read more

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How Eliot Wolf addressed Mac Jones' future with Patriots

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INDIANAPOLIS — No. 1 on the Patriots’ priority list at the NFL Scouting Combine is to figure out the team’s plan at quarterback.

And that includes what to do with the current quarterbacks on the Patriots’ roster, Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. The Patriots hold the No. 3 overall pick in a draft with a pretty clear top three at QB. And ...Read more

Gerry Dulac: 3 reasons a Justin Fields trade doesn't make sense for the Steelers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus spent part of the first day of the NFL combine deftly walking around questions about Justin Fields as though he stepped on the interstate that surrounds Lucas Oil Stadium.

Fields’ future with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2021 is a major topic of debate in Chicago, where his...Read more

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Ken Sugiura: Zac Robinson once touted Patrick Mahomes; can he find Falcons' next QB?

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ATLANTA — The words might have been manna to a Falcons fan’s ears, particularly those with a preference for mixed metaphors.

On a Pro Football Focus podcast released Jan. 30, host Steve Palazzolo offered a memory of former PFF analyst Zac Robinson — you may know him better as the Falcons’ new offensive coordinator — regarding his pre-...Read more