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Cowboys keeping options open on Earl Thomas

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys remain interested in a trade for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Earl Thomas.

But there remain many moving parts before that could happen.

The Cowboys have already balked at the Seahawks original asking price of a first- and third-round pick. The Cowboys would likely give nothing higher than a second-round pick....Read more

Ravens' interest in wide receiver Dez Bryant resulted in multiyear offer but not a deal

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BALTIMORE -- Long before Dez Bryant was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, the Ravens had pinpointed the veteran receiver as a potential target if he became available. They did the same with Michael Crabtree and wound up signing him a day after his release from the Oakland Raiders.

But Bryant, 29, never had the same interest in ...Read more

San Diego State details how NFL could fit with stadium proposal

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State provided details Thursday on how a proposed 35,000-seat stadium in Mission Valley could be expanded to 55,000 seats to accommodate an NFL franchise.

John David Wicker, SDSU director of athletics, announced the details during an afternoon news conference held at Viejas Arena.

Among the details:

-- The stadium would...Read more

Source: Panthers sign tight end Greg Olsen to extension

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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will put off his broadcast television future for at least two more years.

He'll be kind of busy.

Olsen signed a two-year extension with the Panthers on Thursday, the morning of the 2018 NFL draft, a source told the Observer.

The deal is worth $8.55 million per year, the source confirmed.

His previous ...Read more

Frustrated by slow NFL investigation, Jerry Richardson's accuser speaks out

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A former Carolina Panthers employee who says she was sexually harassed by owner Jerry Richardson called the NFL's investigation of Richardson "a farce" in a series of letters she wrote that Sports Illustrated published Thursday.

The ex-employee -- who was not identified -- said she was willing to cooperate with independent ...Read more

Chargers plan for every NFL draft scenario, but be prepared for surprises

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LOS ANGELES -- If the NFL draft was held in a vacuum -- no surprises, no trades up, no crazy reaches and no cascading falls -- the Los Angeles Chargers would know who they're taking with the No. 17 pick of the first round Thursday evening.

The evaluations are done. The grades are in.

But it absolutely, 100 percent doesn't work that way, and ...Read more

Reuben Foster's girlfriend says 49ers linebacker didn't injure her

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Reuben Foster's girlfriend initially lied to police and the 49ers linebacker did not injure her during a February incident at his home in Los Gatos, the girlfriend's attorney said Wednesday in a statement to The Sacramento Bee.

The attorney, Stephanie Rickard, said that the injuries, including a ruptured eardrum, that ...Read more

Unless Rams deal, they will be observers of NFL draft until Day 2, Round 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Though they are set at quarterback, and without a first-round pick in the NFL draft for the second year in a row, Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead, coach Sean McVay and the scouting and personnel staffs will still pay attention Thursday night when the three-day draft begins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Snead ...Read more

Dolphins' Ross proposed 'march on Washington' by owners, players during secret meeting, report says

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Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross proposed a "march on Washington" by NFL players and owners at a secret meeting in October to discuss national anthem protests by players, according to the New York Times.

Ross' proposal was detailed by the New York Times on Wednesday in an article based on a tape of the clandestine three-hour meeting of 30 owners...Read more

Greg Cote's NFL mock draft 2018

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This is the NFL's 82nd draft, the Dolphins' 53rd and my 27th annual Official Miami Herald Mock Draft.

They ought to call these endeavors mock dafts, as silly and preposterous as they really are. Last year, for example, my first round featured eight bull's-eyes -- exact player to exact team, including Charles Harris to the Dolphins -- and if ...Read more

Source: Dez Bryant rejects Ravens offer, but still has no job

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FRISCO, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant remains unemployed almost two weeks after being released and it will likely stay that way until after this week's 2018 NFL draft, at least.

But it's by choice, not because of a lack of interest.

A league source confirmed a report that Bryant was offered a multi-year deal to join the ...Read more

Quarterback Lamar Jackson out to silence NFL doubters

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Last month, former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson made it clear he wasn't even going to entertain the thought.

At the NFL combine, he was repeatedly asked if there was any interest in playing wide receiver. His answer was quick and to the point.

"Whoever invites me at quarterback, that's where I'm going," Jackson...Read more

Josh Allen likes the expectations that go with being a top NFL draft prospect

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FRISCO, Texas -- Josh Allen wants the pressure of being the top overall pick in the NFL draft.

He would relish it and is hopeful the Cleveland Browns view him as the top quarterback in this year's class.

"I would love to have that pressure on my shoulders because I've always thrived in those situations," Allen said on Tuesday. "I feel like ...Read more

Penn State's Saquon Barkley awaits the NFL draft, ready to fulfill his dream

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As he was growing up, Saquon Barkley spent many an NFL Sunday watching games on television with his father, especially those featuring his favorite team, the New York Jets, and his favorite running back, Curtis Martin, whom he wanted to be like.

Now, Barkley waits as the countdown to Thursday night's NFL draft reaches the time when his name ...Read more

Chargers' Telesco keeps poker face

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco opened his pre-draft news conference Monday afternoon with a plan.

He wanted to acknowledge the scouting department for the work it has done in the buildup to the 2018 NFL draft -- a massive project full of nights in hotels, mornings on planes and days after days drowning in ...Read more

Rams like what they got with first-rounder

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LOS ANGELES--With the NFL draft nearing, the Los Angeles Rams made two moves Tuesday with ramifications for star players selected in the first round in 2015.

The Rams exercised their fifth-year options on running back Todd Gurley, the reigning NFL offensive player of the year, and cornerback Marcus Peters, a Pro Bowl cornerback acquired in ...Read more

Eagles' Foles on White House visit: 'Whatever the team decides, I'm going to be with the team'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Foles said he will do whatever the organization decides when it comes to a White House visit.

"Whatever the team decides, I'm going to be with the team," Foles said. "I've always said that about this decision. I'm a part of the organization, so whatever the organization decides, I'll be with the organization."

Center Jason...Read more

Dolphins pick up fifth-year option on receiver DeVante Parker

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The Miami Dolphins have picked up the fifth-year option for wide receiver DeVante Parker, according to a source. It's a move that's mildly surprising considering Parker, the 2015 first-round pick, has been inconsistent over his previous three seasons.

Parker, who will earn about $9.3 million for the 2019 season, has 139 receptions for 1,908 ...Read more

Playing tennis has served Josh Rosen well as he prepares for life as an NFL quarterback

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Josh Rosen is all in for football, he's clear about that.

But there was a time not so long ago when tennis was his No. 1 sport. Back then, if Rosen had heard "Roger," he thought Federer, not Goodell.

Of course, it's Goodell -- the NFL commissioner -- who will be calling Rosen's name at or near the top of this year's draft as plenty of teams ...Read more

Eagles in contact with White House about potential visit

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The Eagles have been in contact with White House officials about a visit, a team spokesman said Monday. It is customary that Super Bowl-winning teams are honored by the president at the White House.

"We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as ...Read more