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Trevor Lawrence, wife to donate $20,000 to Jacksonville charities

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Like nearly all of the draft experts, even Trevor Lawrence believes it's all but a forgone conclusion that he will end up in Jacksonville as the No. 1 overall pick on April 29.

On Sunday afternoon, Lawrence sent out a tweet thanking the Jaguars fans for raising more than $11,000 for wedding gifts and to charities of his choice in Jacksonville. ...Read more

Fred Arbanas, Chiefs Hall of Fame tight end and local legislator, dies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fred Arbanas, the dependable tight end for the Chiefs’ first two Super Bowl appearances and later an influential Jackson County legislator, has died.

He was 82.

Arbanas, a six-time all-AFL selection in 10 seasons, was picked to the All-Time AFL Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also a Chiefs Hall of Famer. ...Read more

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Gene Frenette: First-round QBs an iffy proposition, but likely not Trevor Lawrence

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Less than two weeks before the NFL draft, five projected first-round quarterbacks currently run the gamut from iffy, to promising, to close as it gets to a sure thing.

History tells us there will be more fool’s gold in these packages than in a Bernie Madoff investment portfolio. Still, NFL front-office personnel and ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Could Doug Pederson, fired by the Eagles, be done with the NFL for good?

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PHILADELPHIA — Doug Pederson now lives on the water in Jupiter, Fla. A source who has known him for years says Pederson just took delivery of a 38-foot, center-console fishing boat powered by four 400-horsepower engines. Boats like this can reach 80 mph, and they can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It’s the kind of boat you buy when ...Read more

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Nick Canepa: April is Liars Month in NFL, and Justin Fields appears to be latest victim

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SAN DIEGO — Lying has become so American, it's replacing apple pie.

But in the NFL, truth really gets the Heisman in April, when lying by mortals and immortals is a widely accepted — and expected — venial sin.

Trouble is, so many football men have tells, terrible poker players lousy at deceit, so they are susceptible to rug burns.

One ...Read more

Gerry Dulac: Why let James Conner walk? It's all part of the plan

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PITTSBURGH — The decision to move on from James Conner should come as no surprise. It's all part of an incremental plan to fix one of the NFL's worst running games.

Since the end of the 2020 season, after they ranked last in the league in rushing yards (1,351) and yards per carry (3.6), the Steelers set about to overhaul all aspects of their ...Read more

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Kyle Wagner: Sticking to sports is a luxury that we can no longer afford

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NEW YORK — Two quotes have been knocking around in my head.

One is from Brett Favre, and you’ve likely seen it floating around in the last few days.

“I know when I turn on a game,” the Hall of Fame quarterback said in a recent interview with The Daily Wire, “I want to watch a game. I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, ...Read more

Assault victim's attorney apologizes for mistaking assailant for Rams' Aaron Donald

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LOS ANGELES — The attorney for a man who accused Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald of assaulting him said he apologized Friday night after viewing video that showed Donald was not the person responsible for his client’s injuries.

“It’s my belief after viewing the video that the person involved in the altercation was not ...Read more

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For Asante Samuel and his son, playing cornerback is the family business

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PHILADELPHIA — The on-field similarities between father and son are striking.

Asante Samuel Jr. doesn't mention his father very often. Not because they don't have a good relationship. They do.

But A.J., as he is known to his family, friends and teammates, is determined to make his own mark in life. He grew up hearing people suggest that his ...Read more

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Brad Biggs: As Bears look at QBs slated for 1st round, don't expect them to sit and wait to see if one falls to No. 20

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CHICAGO — When Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy huddled with George McCaskey in the days after last season ended, with the direction of the Chicago Bears hanging in the balance, there’s little doubt the general manager and coach detailed their vision for improving the quarterback position.

There was no way of telling in January what path that would ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Steelers' defense still standing -- but is it better than Cleveland's?

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The Cleveland Browns made a big splash on the free agent market Wednesday. The Steelers barely made a ripple.

Each team signed a defensive player. One of them has 18 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks in 28 games over the past two seasons. The other has 11 tackles for loss and three sacks in 21 games.

The catch, of course, is that Vince Williams...Read more

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Trevor Lawrence reveals to Sports Illustrated he's not obsessed with football

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Trevor Lawrence will have enormous expectations to meet as the Jaguars franchise quarterback when he is drafted No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft that's two weeks away.

Yet, Lawrence doesn't feel a considerable need to meet anyone's else expectations.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated for an upcoming cover story, Lawrence revealed ...Read more

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Patriots heavily scouting this quarterback draft class

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t going to come out and say it. He won’t allude to it. He won’t even hint at the possibility that the Patriots intend to select a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft later this month.

That was clear as Belichick talked on Thursday during his annual pre-draft press conference. Belichick swatted away ...Read more

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Panthers still need defensive line help. How they've addressed it, and who can fill holes.

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There are just two weeks to go until the 2021 NFL draft.

In advance of the big event, the Carolina Panthers have made it a priority to fill the various needs on the roster through free agency. For almost every player that was lost this offseason, the Panthers added talent to the roster. In some cases, like with defensive end Haason Reddick, ...Read more

Edge rusher Aldon Smith joining Seahawks on one-year contract

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SEATTLE — Aldon Smith is back in the NFC West, this time with the team he spent the early part of the decade tormenting — the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks on Thursday announced they had signed Smith, a former All-Pro with the 49ers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the NFL Network reported it will be for one year.

The signing ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Miami Dolphins need to make one more bold draft trade and go all-in for this player

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The Miami Dolphins have been the most interesting, active player in the buildup to the NFL Draft, trading down from the third overall pick to the 12th and then moving back up to the sixth.

But their work shouldn’t be done.

The Fins’ aggressiveness and daring have one bold move left before they are on the clock in the first round come April...Read more

Dave Birkett: How Lions could take advantage of Aaron Rodgers' situation with Packers

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DETROIT — Aaron Rodgers has made it clear, in his own roundabout way, that his time in Green Bay is coming to an end.

And for the Detroit Lions and everyone else who has spent the past three decades playing second fiddle to the Packers, first with Brett Favre at quarterback and more recently with Rodgers, that presents a golden opportunity.

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Omar Kelly: Falcons will dictate the direction of Dolphins' first pick in 2021 NFL draft

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In 2008 a conservative decision chartered a troublesome course for the Miami Dolphins franchise, which could have benefited from a decade of steady play from Matt Ryan as the team’s starting quarterback.

Instead, the franchise picked left tackle Jake Long with the No. 1 overall pick that draft. Long had five injury-plagued seasons in Miami, ...Read more

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Girl injured in car crash caused by former Chiefs coach Britt Reid released from hospital after two months

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The 5-year-old girl injured during a car crash caused by former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has been released from the hospital.

According to KWCH, Ariel Young is recovering at home after more than two months in the hospital.

Reid, 35, was charged with DWI in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday following the Feb. 4 collision that ...Read more

Report: Free agent edge rusher Aldon Smith visiting Seahawks on Wednesday

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SEATTLE — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll always says a team can never have enough pass rushers.

So, while Seattle may seem in good shape with rushers after re-signing Carlos Dunlap and Benson Mayowa and adding free agent Kerry Hyder, the Seahawks on Wednesday are reported to be getting a visit from one of the bigger-name rushers still available ...Read more