Rams tender contracts to LB Travin Howard, OL Coleman Shelton

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The annual frenzy surrounding unrestricted NFL free agents will begin in less than two weeks.

In the meantime, the Rams made moves to ensure the return of inside linebacker Travin Howard and offensive lineman Coleman Shelton, tendering one-year contracts to the exclusive rights free agents, the team announced Thursday.

Players with fewer than ...Read more

Chargers GM Tom Telesco won't lay it on line as far as restocking for 2021

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LOS ANGELES — The Chargers have nine selections in the upcoming NFL draft, and the prevailing joke is they could pick an offensive lineman with each one.

Or maybe they could sign a few in free agency and trade for a few others, as well.

The Chargers have deficiencies up front, though general manager Tom Telesco cautioned about focusing too...Read more

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Greg Olsen will officially retire as a Carolina Panther

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Tight end Greg Olsen will sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 11 before officially retiring.

Olsen wrapped up his a 14-year NFL career, announcing the news of his retirement on the FOX pregame show prior to the NFC Championship game in January. His career ranks among of the top tight ends in NFL history.

He will join ...Read more

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Jimmy Graham says he was 'unscathed' in a Thursday car crash: 'Just wanted to ... tell everybody I'm fine,' the Chicago Bears tight end tweets

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Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham said he walked away “unscathed” from a car crash Thursday morning in Miami.

Graham said he crashed while trying to avoid a disabled vehicle in the center lane.

“Just wanted to get ahead of this and tell everybody I’m fine,” Graham tweeted Thursday afternoon.

According to Andy Slater, a host on ...Read more

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Chiefs reach naming-rights deal for Arrowhead Stadium with Lee's Summit-based GEHA

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KANSAS CITY — Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium has a new name effective for the 2021 NFL season.

Lee’s Summit-based Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) will have its name highlighted at 1 Arrowhead Drive as the stadium’s first sponsor, the team announced Thursday.

The stadium’s full name will now be GEHA Field at Arrowhead ...Read more

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With franchise tag looming on Dallas Cowboys, don't expect Dak Prescott to blink now

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The countdown clock is ticking on the contract negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott.

It is now T-minus five days for the Cowboys to come to terms on a long-term deal or be forced to place the franchise tag on the face of the franchise for a second straight year, thus putting into motion a potential doomsday ...Read more

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Want to play catch and have lunch with Tom Brady? Promotion offers the chance.

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs’ seven-time Super Bowl champion is set to give a fan the chance to try on one of his rings — and a few of his spirals — for size.

Omaze, a global online fundraising platform benefiting nonprofits, announced Thursday that 43-year-old Tom Brady will spend an afternoon playing catch — and having lunch — with one ...Read more

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Michael Rand: If Vikings aren't trading Kirk Cousins, please at least don't extend him

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The offseason swirl of NFL quarterback movement has been both real and rumored in the last month.

On Wednesday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Kirk Cousins' name falls into the latter category and that there is nothing to any reports that keep linking Cousins' name to a potential trade.

"Kirk Cousins is our quarterback," Spielman told reporters...Read more

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Baker Mayfield 'almost' certain he saw a UFO flying over Texas

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Count Baker Mayfield among those who "want to believe."

The Cleveland Browns quarterback decided to go to the one place all people seemingly go to after an encounter with the third kind — Twitter — to let the world know he is "almost" certain he saw a UFO on Wednesday night. The supposed aerial phenomena was spotted by the former No. 1 ...Read more

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Steelers sign Ben Roethlisberger to new contract for 2021 season

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed on a new contract for the 2021 season that will pay him $14 million, the Post-Gazette has learned.

The new agreement will bring Roethlisberger’s cap hit down from the $41.2 million hit that was on the books for 2021 to $26.2 million. In essence, Roethlisberger agreed to a $...Read more

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Report: Lions set to release cornerback Desmond Trufant

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DETROIT — The Detroit Lions began to get their books in order ahead of the start of the new league year, informing veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant he will be released later this month, according to an ESPN report.

Text messages to Trufant's representation and the team weren't immediately returned.

The Lions signed Trufant last offseason. ...Read more

Brian Batko: Time for Steelers to start seeing value out of mid-round draft picks

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PITTSBURGH — It was almost 10 years ago now that NFL legend Warren Sapp derided the Steelers franchise in a memorable way.

"I have three things," Sapp said on "Inside the NFL" after the team's 35-7 season-opening loss to the Ravens. "Old, slow, and it's over."

At the time, Sapp was specifically referencing aging veterans like James Harrison,...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens' path to finding a No. 1 receiver is filled with obstacles

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BALTIMORE — From past draft failures to the drawbacks of a one-dimensional offense, the Ravens’ path to finding a No. 1 receiver is filled with obstacles.

Finding a top-notch receiver is one of the team’s priorities this offseason, along with improving the interior of the offensive line and securing an edge rusher or outside linebacker.

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Dave Hyde: The Dolphins' surprising release of Kyle Van Noy isn't so surprising — it's ice-cold smart

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A few months ago, as the Dolphins made a playoff push that failed, Kyle Van Noy made a bottom-line comment that, “It’s all about taking care of your business in this league.”

In a novel, that’s called “foreshadowing.”

Unfortunately for Van Noy, this isn’t some grand, sweeping novel with him as protagonist. He became a bit player ...Read more

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Editorial: 'Anybody else would have been arrested': Special treatment for Chiefs' Britt Reid?

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It’s hard to imagine that anybody less connected than former Kansas City Chiefs assistant linebackers coach Britt Reid could have admitted to having a few drinks — two or three, he said — before a crash that paralyzed a 5-year-old and yet would not have been arrested at the scene.

Reid still has not been charged, of course, nearly a month...Read more

Lions' Dan Campbell got the coaching bug from helping out at a youth football camp

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Dan Campbell was like a lot of NFL players in that he swore he would never be an NFL coach, not after he saw all the hours the coaches he played for put in.

“I know when I was with the Giants, I’m coming in and it’s 6:30 in the morning and coaches got bedhead coming out of their office from sleeping there,” Campbell said Wednesday ...Read more

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Giants begin cost-cutting process by releasing WR Golden Tate, LB David Mayo

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NEW YORK — The Giants began their cost-cutting on Wednesday night by releasing two veterans: wide receiver Golden Tate and linebacker David Mayo, according to sources.

Tate, 32, is gone two years into a four-year, $37.5 million contract that included $23 million fully guaranteed at signing in 2019. GM Dave Gettleman traded Odell Beckham Jr. ...Read more

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Tom Brady shares what wife Gisele said to him after Super Bowl

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady finally revealed what his wife, Gisele Bundchen, asked him when they embraced right after the Bucs won Super Bowl 55.

“It’s a big moment, obviously, it’s the culmination of a lot of months of everyone working hard,” Brady told James Corden on The Late Late Show. “There’s so many people around us to support ...Read more

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Vikings GM: 'Kirk Cousins is our quarterback'

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MINNEAPOLIS — Rick Spielman has been known to say he's not looking to trade a guy right before ends up trading said guy.

Percy Harvin and Stefon Diggs come to mind.

But in those cases, the Vikings' general manager had carefully crafted his words with room to wiggle free from what he had said to what he later did.

He left no such wiggle room...Read more

GM Andrew Berry: With Baker Mayfield, Browns no longer stuck in neutral

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Andrew Berry declined to reveal whether he'll exercise the fifth-year option on Baker Mayfield's rookie contract, but doing so before the May 3 deadline is a foregone conclusion.

Berry simply doesn't like to discuss contractual decisions through the media.

“I think you know me well enough that that's not something that I'll really talk about...Read more