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Parker Gabriel: Sean Payton, George Paton have many variables to navigate in trying to identify QB of the future

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INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Penix Jr. walked into the Denver Broncos’ suite at Lucas Oil Stadium and was greeted with some of his worst work as a college quarterback.

The University of Washington star and 2024 NFL draft hopeful, though, took it in stride.

Not that every other interview is all sunshine and rainbows, but Penix called his meeting ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: An ode to Andy Russell, a legendary Steeler with a Hall of Fame-worthy resume -- and life

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Andy Russell was a Hall of Fame-level player in the NFL who likely will never get inducted because he had the fortune — or misfortune — of playing with the greatest collection of players we have ever seen.

There, I said it. And I said it because I meant it. Russell's resume as a football player speaks for itself — two-time Super Bowl ...Read more

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Chris Mortensen, longtime ESPN NFL reporter, dead at 72: 'One of the sweetest souls'

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Chris Mortensen, the plugged-in NFL insider whose dogged reporting made him a staple of ESPN’s football coverage, died Sunday, the network announced, citing his family.

Mortensen, who was 72, was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer in 2016.

“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-...Read more

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Christian Wilkins' uncertain future with Dolphins among NFL combine takeaways

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The NFL Scouting Combine concludes Sunday, and then Dolphins decision-makers will head back to Miami as they move on to the next step of the offseason. Tuesday will be a big day for the franchise, with a 4 p.m. deadline to use the franchise tag and all eyes are on if the team uses it to keep defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in South Florida. ...Read more

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3 Raiders takeaways from NFL combine: Aggression needed at QB

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INDIANAPOLIS — After getting an up-close look at this year’s draft class at the NFL scouting combine, Raiders coach Antonio Pierce jokingly pressured general manager Tom Telesco to grab more draft picks.

The Raiders currently hold nine selections. Pierce would love to add to that.

“Come on man, get four more picks,” Pierce said, ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Private rooms, lobster rolls, hot-tub space -- here's why NFL players rank Dolphins' work conditions best

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The hot tub fits 15 players. Each player’s weight workout is individualized and scheduled into their day for best results.

Fresh-cooked and boxed omelets await players arriving at the last minute to take into team meetings each morning.

They fly a chartered, double-decker 747 plane to games where every player has a ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Ken Zampese and ex-pupil will need QB luck to help Falcons take flight

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SAN DIEGO — Decades ago, the name Zampese evoked touchdowns.

Ernie Zampese, assistant coach, helped to get flashy results with three NFL franchises — the "Air Coryell" Chargers after he reunited with former San Diego State mentor Don Coryell; a pair of Rams teams quarterbacked by Jim Everett that finished among the NFL's top three in ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels. Friday's big stage at the NFL combine provided can't-miss theater.

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INDIANAPOLIS — It’s 6:54 on the first morning of March and the sun has not made it above the modest downtown skyline. Yet inside Great Hall J of the Indianapolis Convention Center, a media horde has begun to assemble.

It’s more than an hour before the first prospect interview at the NFL scouting combine. But it’s never too early to ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers, Giants get the best of both worlds with their big additions

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Never let anyone say folks in the Bay Area aren’t clever.

The baseball team from The City made a sharp move late Friday night.

The football team in the South Bay did the same thing hours later.

For the Giants, the move was getting Matt Chapman — the former MVP candidate third baseman — to agree to a deal that is preposterously team ...Read more

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Report: 49ers promote Nick Sorensen as defensive coordinator, also hire Brandon Staley

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Kyle Shanahan went back to his comfort zone to find a defensive coordinator to replace Steve Wilks, but it apparently isn’t fully a one-man job.

Nick Sorensen, who joined the 49ers’ staff as a defensive assistant in 2022 and was the passing game/nickel defense coach in 2023, will become the team’s third defensive coordinator in four years...Read more

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'Status, privilege': Prosecutor, Missouri politicians blast Parson's commutation of Britt Reid

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s commutation of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid’s prison sentence came under harsh criticism on Saturday, with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker saying Parson freed a man of “status, privilege and connections.”

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a ...Read more

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Mac Engel: The NFL and Texas are not what they are today without Jerry Jones

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Between the Netflix documentary that is currently in production, with his cooperation, and an in-depth biography that is in the research phase, Jerry Jones is in the “legacy” part of his career.

Set aside your feelings, if you can, about the man and you may be able to acknowledge his legacy will include the influence ...Read more

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Former Seahawks OT Chad Wheeler sentenced for domestic violence attack

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SEATTLE — Former Seahawks player Chad Wheeler was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison Friday for the 2021 assault of his then-girlfriend.

Wheeler, a backup offensive tackle for the Seahawks in 2019 and 2020, was arrested the following year in Kent on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at the time. After his trial was delayed ...Read more

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FSU QB Jordan Travis breaks silence on College Football Playoff snub

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INDIANAPOLIS — Florida State quarterback and NFL draft prospect Jordan Travis spoke publicly about his college team’s snub from last season’s College Football Playoff at the scouting combine Friday at Indiana Convention Center.

Although the Seminoles were 13-0 through the regular season and ACC championship game victory over Louisville, ...Read more

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Giants give Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy a feel for running their offense in NFL combine meeting

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INDIANAPOLIS — If the Giants end up drafting Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, this week’s NFL combine will stand as the beginning of his development behind Daniel Jones.

The national champion revealed Friday that in his Giants meeting this week, the coaches translated one of McCarthy’s college plays into Brian Daboll’s offensive ...Read more

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Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid, who injured a girl while driving drunk, has sentence commuted by governor

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday commuted the sentence of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, who was convicted of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash that severely injured a 5-year-old girl.

Reid, 38, will be under house arrest until Oct. 31, 2025, according to Parson’s office. Reid, who is...Read more

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Patriots release cornerback J.C. Jackson, saving significant cap space

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BOSTON — The Patriots released cornerback J.C. Jackson on Friday.

The move, which was not unexpected, saves the team over $13 million in cap space. The Patriots now have the most cap space in the NFL with over $101 million to spend this offseason, per

The Patriots acquired Jackson and a seventh-round pick from the Chargers ...Read more

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Antwan Staley: The clock is ticking on the Bears and their Justin Fields decision ahead of free agency

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During this week’s NFL combine, Justin Fields and his future with the Bears has been one of the hot-button topics with free agency approaching.

Chicago has the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft. The consensus is the Bears will trade Fields and select USC quarterback Caleb Williams.

“If we go down that road, I wanna do right by ...Read more

Lawsuit against Dolphins' Tyreek Hill for breaking woman's leg is 'scare tactic,' according to Hill's attorney

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill didn’t break a woman’s leg during football drills in Hill’s backyard, as alleged in a lawsuit, and that the woman actually broke her leg falling over a dog, according to a statement from Hill’s personal attorney.

“We believe that this lawsuit was filed to generate bad ...Read more

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No poking, prodding, jabbing for Caleb Williams. Ex-USC star skips medical exam at NFL combine.

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The poking.

The prodding.

The jabbing.

The all-day waits.

The deeply personal questions.

Caleb Williams says no thanks.

The former USC quarterback is expected to be the No. 1 pick at the NFL draft next month. That puts him in a unique position among all the top prospects gathered in Indianapolis this week for the league's scouting combine....Read more