Ravens reportedly expected to sign Kenjon Barner, who could battle for returner jobs

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The Ravens are expected to sign free-agent running back and returner Kenjon Barner, according to the NFL Network.

Barner, 31, would be an immediate contender at the Ravens' unsettled kick and punt return positions. In 14 games last season for the Atlanta Falcons, he averaged 7.6 yards per punt return, scoring on a 78-yard return, and 23.9 yards...Read more

'This is my happy place.' Sammy Watkins fine with less money, output to stay in KC

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Part I: Sammy Watkins would like to be bigger component of the Chiefs' offense. He thought he would be when he signed a $48 million deal in 2018.

Part II: Sammy Watkins is happy in Kansas City. Wanted to come back this year. Even took less money to do it.

Both parts can be true.

Both are true, he emphasized Sunday, his first meeting with ...Read more

Dolphins sign former Colts receiver Chester Rogers

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The Miami Dolphins continued adding to their the receiver unit with Sunday's signing of a five-year veteran who has started 22 NFL games the past four seasons.

Chester Rogers, who signed a one-year deal, joins Ricardo Louis as the second receiver Miami signed this weekend to cushion the absences of Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, two veterans ...Read more

There's so much more that Rams' Jalen Ramsey can do, and so much more money to make

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LOS ANGELES -- On a late-January evening in Miami Beach, Fla., two days before the Super Bowl, Jalen Ramsey owned the spotlight.

The Rams' star cornerback was not in an NFL stadium; he stood alone before a rapt audience in an upscale store on South Beach's trendy Lincoln Road. The shop had been converted into a dimly lit performance space and ...Read more

Tua's health, Fitzpatrick's presence will play key roles in Dolphins OC Chan Gailey's work in Miami

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It's been roughly two weeks since the Miami Dolphins began their training camp with strength and conditioning drills and walk-through scenarios ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

Yet, one bit of news out of Dolphins camp may come as a surprise.

Dolphins coaches say they have not seen rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throw a football during a ...Read more

'Who knows?' Watching MLB stumble, Ravens fans, players feeling uncertain as team prepares to play amid pandemic

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BALTIMORE -- Tim Rutherford has not missed a Ravens home game since the team came to Baltimore in 1996.

During a run that's included two Super Bowl victories, the retired WMAR-TV news photographer has rarely looked forward to a season more than the one ahead. But Rutherford says this knowing he might never lay eyes on the 2020 Ravens because of...Read more

Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are hoping to expand Bears' legacy of linebackers

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CHICAGO -- In the bright lights of the prominent Thursday night NFL season opener last September, Roquan Smith shot through a gap on the left side of the Green Bay offensive line and made a fine ankle tackle of Packers running back Aaron Jones for no gain.

On the next snap, Aaron Rodgers ran a play fake and Jones tried sneaking out of the back ...Read more

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp ready to impress entering contract year

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LOS ANGELES--To prepare for training camp, Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp performed a variety of exercises and drills so that he could report in top shape.

Climbing fences to find usable turf for workouts during a COVID-19 pandemic became part of his regimen.

"Getting kicked off just about every field here in Thousand Oaks, which was ...Read more

For Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, stability comes with responsibility

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In one sense, Kirk Cousins' ninth NFL season finds the quarterback with the stability he's long sought and often lacked in his career.

He's set to take home more cash ($40 million) than any quarterback in the NFL in 2020, thanks to a new deal that rewarded him with a $30 million signing bonus in exchange for a lower cap number.

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Panthers' Russell Okung considered opting out, but retirement 'nowhere near imminent'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Although Panthers left tackle Russell Okung considered opting out of the 2020 NFL season, he is "completely committed" to being a part of the team this season and retirement is nowhere near imminent, said his agent, J.I. Halsell.

Reports emerged Friday that the 10-year veteran tackle was mulling retirement after considering ...Read more

'You can sense it. You can feel it.' A closer look at the Bears quarterback competition and the dynamics for 2020

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CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Bears conduct an unusual training camp in Lake Forest, the Chicago Tribune takes a closer look at the quarterback competition.

-- QBs currently on roster: 3.

-- QBs projected on final roster: 2.

-- Roster locks: Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.

-- Practice squad candidates: Tyler Bray.

-- Biggest offseason ...Read more

Ex-Falcons RB Devonta Freeman looking for the 'right fit' with new team

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ATLANTA -- Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, after changing agents, is looking to get into camp with an NFL team.

Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Bill Lekas and Bruce Gradkowski on Thursday.

"Just picking the right spot where I can be really, really highly utilized and get a real good ...Read more

Vikings put their trust in Brian O'Neill at right tackle

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Brian O'Neill is only entering his third NFL season, but the Vikings right tackle is already being asked about advising younger teammates.

That marks the trust O'Neill has earned in just 28 starts, during which the former second-round pick has developed into a cornerstone and budding leader on offense, according to coordinator Gary Kubiak.

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Dallas Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch neck injury in past; moving to middle linebacker

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The Dallas Cowboys will Leighton Vander Esch back on the field in 2020 after he missed seven games in 2019 due a neck injury stemming from spinal stenosis.

And he will return in a new position and as the point man in a new defense under coordinator Mike Nolan.

But first things first, Vander Esch said he is fully recovered from the neck surgery...Read more

Report: Seahawks turn attention away from Jadeveon Clowney and toward Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews

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As long as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney remained unsigned there's been a thought that the Seahawks could still be interested and a reunion possible.

But Seattle may be about to put Clowney in the past, according to a report from the NFL Network's Michael Silver on Thursday.

Silver tweeted that the Seahawks "appear to have moved on from ...Read more

Ravens star Lamar Jackson cried when he saw his 'Madden' cover: 'It's unreal'

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has a long and distinguished football career to be proud of.

After starring at Boynton Beach (Fla.) Community High School, he earned a full scholarship to Louisville. Then he won the Heisman Trophy. Then he was taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Then he helped lead the Ravens to the playoffs...Read more

49ers opt outs: Offensive tackle Shon Coleman, receiver Travis Benjamin

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For the third straight season, Shon Coleman will not play a snap for the 49ers, not after joining wide receiver Travis Benjamin to opt out via the NFL's clause for coronavirus concerns.

More important for the 49ers' sake, those were the only two known players to opt out before Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline, so, for instance, George Kittle did not ...Read more

49ers' Nick Bosa says he's moved on from critical Super Bowl non-call, using loss as motivation

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Nick Bosa has not watched the 49ers' fourth-quarter collapse from their Super Bowl loss six months ago. He doesn't need that torture.

The memories remain vivid, especially a fateful third-and-15 play that catapulted the Kansas City Chiefs' comeback, a Patrick Mahomes completion that came while Bosa appeared to get held by left tackle Eric ...Read more

Christian McCaffrey opens up about his body, Cam Newton, becoming face of the Panthers

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Through all the drawbacks the Carolina Panthers suffered since the start of 2019, from the 5-11 season and the firing of Ron Rivera to the retirement of Luke Kuechly and the release of Cam Newton, there was at least one bright spot.

Christian McCaffrey became the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving ...Read more

Aaron Donald says 'we won't be having any football' if players don't do their part

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LOS ANGELES -- Protocols to stave off the spread of the novel coronavirus are in place at the Los Angeles Rams' facility. Players get tested daily. They wear masks and practice social distancing.

Star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is getting accustomed to the new reality. But the six-time Pro Bowl player earns his living in tight quarters ...Read more