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Raiders bring training camp back to Southern California, where they maintain a strong fan base

Raiders bring training camp back to Southern California, where they maintain a strong fan base

Mark Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Las Vegas Raiders open training camp Wednesday in Costa Mesa, California. They maintain a strong fan base in Southern California. The Raiders played in Los Angeles from 1982-94. But fans aren't allowed to attend training camp. The Rams and Chargers claim the Los Angeles area as their marketing zone. This is Antonio Pierce's first camp as the Raiders' head coach. He said being away from the Las Vegas area allows the team to focus on football.
Vikings agree to 4-year extension with LT Christian Darrisaw to put him under contract through 2029

Vikings agree to 4-year extension with LT Christian Darrisaw to put him under contract through 2029

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a four-year extension Tuesday with left tackle Christian Darrisaw. It's their latest big-money deal for a core player. Darrisaw was the 23rd overall pick in the 2021 draft out of Virginia Tech. He now will be under contract through the 2029 season. He had two years remaining on his rookie deal. According to Pro Football Focus, Darrisaw posted the third-highest pass block grade among offensive linemen who played at least 50% of offensive snaps in 2023. The Vikings also signed cornerback Duke Shelley on Tuesday.
New Titans head coach Brian Callahan eager for start of training camp with revamped roster

New Titans head coach Brian Callahan eager for start of training camp with revamped roster

Terry Mccormick, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 4:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

New Tennessee Titans head coach Brian Callahan and general manager Ran Carthon have been busy molding and reshaping a team that stumbled to 6-11 in 2023, missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The Titans fired Mike Vrabel in January and hired Callahan a short time later. The remake of the roster started early in free agency and has continued right up until the Titans reported for camp. A couple of weeks ago, Tennessee signed All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to a one-year deal and will find a role for him in a revamped secondary that is just one aspect of the roster that has undergone major changes.
Tua Tagovailoa reports for first day of team meetings as contract extension talks continue

Tua Tagovailoa reports for first day of team meetings as contract extension talks continue

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 4:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has reported to training camp for team meetings, a sign that good faith could continue in ongoing contract negotiations. The Dolphins will begin workouts on Wednesday. Entering his fifth season, Tagovailoa is still playing under the contract he signed when the Dolphins made him the fifth overall selection of the 2020 draft. He improved his negotiating leverage for the coveted deal by throwing for 29 touchdowns and a league-best 4,624 yards last season.
Newly acquired S Eddie Jackson finds plenty of familiar faces with the Baltimore Ravens

Newly acquired S Eddie Jackson finds plenty of familiar faces with the Baltimore Ravens

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Baltimore Ravens have shown they can make productive additions late in the offseason. No wonder hopes are so high for Eddie Jackson after they signed the veteran safety in the past few days. Last year the Ravens added Jadeveon Clowney in August and Kyle Van Noy in late September, and those two combined for 18 1/2 sacks. In 2021, Baltimore signed Justin Houston around the start of training camp. He gave the Ravens 14 sacks over the next two seasons. Now the 30-year-old Jackson arrives after seven years with the Chicago Bears.
IR, PUP, NFI. What do all of those NFL roster designations mean?

IR, PUP, NFI. What do all of those NFL roster designations mean?

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

Juggling rosters has become an artform for NFL general managers. Teams enter training camp with a maximum of 90 players who work through long, hot practices trying to prove they should be among the 53 on the active roster heading into the regular season. Players could end up having other roster designations, including being placed on injured reserve, the physically unable to perform list and the non-football injury list as teams shuffle through the roster to upgrade positions or compensate for injuries at certain spots.
Rams rework Matthew Stafford's contract to avoid holdout, but no extension for QB

Rams rework Matthew Stafford's contract to avoid holdout, but no extension for QB

Dan Greenspan, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 3:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Los Angeles Rams have come to a resolution with quarterback Matthew Stafford to avoid a potential holdout during training camp, which starts Wednesday at Loyola Marymount University. Coach Sean McVay says the agreement does not include a contract extension for Stafford, who is entering the second season of a four-year, $160 million deal he signed in March 2022 shortly after leading the Rams to a Super Bowl championship. Instead of a new deal, the Rams and the 36-year-old Stafford reworked his existing contract. Details of the modification were not immediately available.
Packers boost quarterback depth by signing Jacob Eason

Packers boost quarterback depth by signing Jacob Eason

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Green Bay Packers have signed Jacob Eason to give them a third quarterback to participate in training camp workouts. Eason joins second-year pro Sean Clifford and rookie seventh-round pick Michael Pratt. Packers starting quarterback Jordan Love is in camp but isn't practicing as long as his contract negotiations remain unresolved. The 26-year-old Eason has appeared in two career NFL games. Green Bay made room for Eason by releasing long snapper Peter Bowden.
Browns receiver Amari Cooper restructures final year of contract, reports to camp, AP source says

Browns receiver Amari Cooper restructures final year of contract, reports to camp, AP source says

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper has restructured the final year of his contract, adding $5 million of incentives to his $20 million base. Cooper held out of mandatory minicamp to protest for more money. But he reported to training camp after agreeing to the new deal, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was still being finalized. Cooper has been the Browns' top receiver since he was acquired in a 2022 trade from the Dallas Cowboys. The 30-year-old has caught 150 passes for 2,410 yards and 14 touchdowns in his two seasons in Cleveland.
Panthers GM Dan Morgan stresses patience, sticking with plan as key to ending 6-year playoff drought

Panthers GM Dan Morgan stresses patience, sticking with plan as key to ending 6-year playoff drought

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 2:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Carolina Panthers new general manager Dan Morgan understands it's not always easy to quickly change the trajectory of an NFL franchise following a 2-15 season. That's why Morgan is preaching patience, even as the pressure of snapping a six-year playoff drought hangs in the balance. But for now Morgan said the focus is on getting better as a team. Morgan's patient approach might be just what the Panthers need. Too often in recent years they've sought short-term solutions to long-term problems, particularly at the quarterback position.
Wanya Morris, Kingsley Suamataia in camp competition for Chiefs starting spot at left tackle

Wanya Morris, Kingsley Suamataia in camp competition for Chiefs starting spot at left tackle

Herbie Teope, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 2:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has a good idea of four of the five spots on his team's offensive line. Joe Thuney will be at left guard, Creed Humphrey at center, Trey Smith at right guard and Jawaan Taylor at right tackle. The biggest question now falls on left tackle, where second-year pro Wanya Morris and rookie Kingsley Suamataia are locked in a training camp competition. And with a little less than a week of seeing the two players work without pads, Reid knows it's too early to declare a winner.
Patriots coach Jerod Mayo says veteran Jacoby Brissett opens camp as the team's starting QB

Patriots coach Jerod Mayo says veteran Jacoby Brissett opens camp as the team's starting QB

Brendan Mcgair, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 1:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

The day before the New England Patriots opened their first training camp in the post-Bill Belichick era, the head coach tabbed to replace the man who led the franchise to six Super Bowl wins said that veteran Jacoby Brissett is the team's starting quarterback. Meeting with reporters, new coach Jerod Mayo also discussed Drake Maye, the quarterback the Patriots took with the third overall pick in the draft. "If he (Maye) comes out here and lights it up, it absolutely could happen," Mayo said, "but I don't think there is any doubt. Jacoby is the starting quarterback at this point in time."
Chiefs' Andy Reid lands the lead spot in AP's NFL top 5 head coach rankings

Chiefs' Andy Reid lands the lead spot in AP's NFL top 5 head coach rankings

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 12:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three-time Super Bowl champion Andy Reid was a unanimous choice by The Associated Press for No. 1 coach in the NFL in a preseason survey. A panel of eight AP Pro Football Writers ranked the top five coaches, basing selections on current status entering the 2024 season. Reid has led the Kansas City Chiefs to consecutive Super Bowl victories and three titles in five seasons. John Harbaugh, Sean McVay, Mike Tomlin and Kyle Shanahan each received two second-place votes. Doug Pederson, Dan Campbell, Matt LaFleur, Sean McDermott and DeMeco Ryans also received votes.
Patrick Mahomes is a unanimous choice for the top spot in the AP's quarterback rankings

Patrick Mahomes is a unanimous choice for the top spot in the AP's quarterback rankings

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 12:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mahomes had another exceptional postseason, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a repeat Super Bowl victory and their third title in five seasons. Josh Allen, reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, C.J. Stroud and Brock Purdy each received second-place votes.
Washington Commanders camp opens with plenty of new faces on and off the field

Washington Commanders camp opens with plenty of new faces on and off the field

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 12:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Washington Commanders camp opens with a new regime in charge and a whole lot of new players on the field. New coach Dan Quinn will oversee a roster almost totally remade by new general manager Adam Peters. Only roughly a third of the players in uniform were around this time last year. The new faces include quarterback Jayden Daniels headlining a deep rookie class and veterans such as Austin Ekeler and Bobby Wagner who were signed as free agents. By the time the front office and coaching staff pare down to the 53-man roster, the turnover is expected to exceed 50% before opening the season Sept. 8 at Tampa Bay.
Jets' Haason Reddick doesn't report to training camp while seeking a new deal, AP source says

Jets' Haason Reddick doesn't report to training camp while seeking a new deal, AP source says

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 11:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

A person with knowledge of the situation says New York Jets defensive end Haason Reddick is not planning to report to training camp with the rest of his teammates as he seeks a new contract. Reddick was acquired from Philadelphia during the offseason and is scheduled to make $14.25 million in base salary in the final year of his deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are private. The team didn't announce Reddick's absence. Jets players reported to the facility Tuesday and the team's first training camp practice is scheduled for Wednesday.
Jags' Tyson Campbell signs a 4-year, $76.5 million contract extension on eve of camp, AP source says

Jags' Tyson Campbell signs a 4-year, $76.5 million contract extension on eve of camp, AP source says

Mark Long, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 11:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with negotiations says Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell has signed a four-year, $76.5 million contract extension that includes up to $53.4 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side released details of the deal. Campbell is the third Jacksonville player to sign an extension in the past four months, following pass rusher Josh Hines-Allen and quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Hines-Allen was a first-round pick in 2019, Lawrence was the No. 1 overall pick in 2021 and Campbell was a second-rounder (No. 33) that same year.
Fred Warner picked as the top linebacker in the AP's NFL Top 5 rankings

Fred Warner picked as the top linebacker in the AP's NFL Top 5 rankings

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:10 a.m.  |  Save Story

Fred Warner excels at just about every aspect of playing linebacker in the NFL, from stopping the run, covering receivers and tight ends downfield and even the occasional blitz. The leader of the San Francisco 49ers defense was voted the overwhelming choice as the top linebacker in the league by The Associated Press. Warner got seven of the eight first-place votes from a panel of AP Pro Football Writers. Roquan Smith got the other first-place vote. Demario Davis, C.J. Mosley and Matt Milano rounded out the top five.
Christian McCaffrey picked as the top running back in the AP's NFL Top 5 rankings

Christian McCaffrey picked as the top running back in the AP's NFL Top 5 rankings

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Christian McCaffrey was the most productive player by far last season on a San Francisco offense filled with playmakers when he became the 12th player ever to top 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 20 TDs in the same season. That performance has helped the 49ers star score the honor of being voted the top running back in the league by The Associated Press. McCaffrey got seven of eight first-place votes from a panel of AP Pro Football Writers. Derrick Henry got one first-place vote and came in second. Saquon Barkley, Jonathan Taylor and Bijan Robinson rounded out the top five.
Vikings put Hockenson on PUP list to start camp with star tight end still rehabbing from ACL repair

Vikings put Hockenson on PUP list to start camp with star tight end still rehabbing from ACL repair

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 6:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson was placed on the physically unable to perform list as expected for the beginning of training camp. His recovery from a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee is not yet complete. The sixth-year tight end for now will use camp to continue to ramp up his activity. The most likely scenario for Hockenson's 2024 debut is sometime still after the season opener on Sept. 8. Hockenson had surgery on Jan. 29.
Vikings start camp grieving the loss of Khyree Jackson, and honoring rookie's life

Vikings start camp grieving the loss of Khyree Jackson, and honoring rookie's life

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 6:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Khyree Jackson was supposed to report to training camp this week with the rest of the Minnesota Vikings draft class. The team is instead grieving the death of the fourth-round pick out of Oregon. Jackson was killed with two friends in a car crash in Maryland on July 6. Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell spoke with the rookies and other early reports about the plans to honor the gregarious 24-year-old cornerback. The Vikings are sending a contingent to his funeral and covering more than $20,000 toward the cost. Players will wear helmet decals with Jackson's number 31 on them this season.
Chiefs owner Hunt focused on stadium solution in KC metropolitan area

Chiefs owner Hunt focused on stadium solution in KC metropolitan area

Matt Derrick, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 4:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Chiefs hope to make "some significant progress" on determining their future home after the lease for Arrowhead Stadium expires in January 2031 and club chairman and CEO Clark Hunt made it clear remaining in metropolitan Kansas City is the primary objective. "We have a special connection with the community and with the Chiefs kingdom. And our focus is very much on finding a solution here in the metropolitan area," Hunt said during his annual training camp news conference on the campus of Missouri Western State University.
QB Jordan Love won't be practicing with Packers with contract situation unsettled

QB Jordan Love won't be practicing with Packers with contract situation unsettled

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 2:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jordan Love won't be practicing with the Green Bay Packers as long as the quarterback's negotiations on a contract extension remain unresolved. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday that Love reported to camp last week but wouldn't be working out until a deal is reached. Love's contract is set to expire at the end of the season. Gutekunst remained optimistic the Packers and Love could reach a deal soon. He noted that Love is participating in all other team activities.
Bengals say QB Joe Burrow has been cleared for contact and is good to go for training camp

Bengals say QB Joe Burrow has been cleared for contact and is good to go for training camp

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 1:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Joe Burrow and his surgically repaired wrist have been cleared for contact and the Cincinnati Bengals star quarterback is ready to go for the opening of training camp on Wednesday. Burrow was sidelined last season when he suffered a torn ligament in his right wrist in the 10th game, a loss to Baltimore on Nov. 16. He had surgery on his wrist Nov. 27.
Kenny Clark and the Packers agree on a $64 million, 3-year contract extension, AP source says

Kenny Clark and the Packers agree on a $64 million, 3-year contract extension, AP source says

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 5:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kenny Clark and the Green Bay Packers have agreed on a $64 million, three-year contract extension. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed, said Clark will make $29 million this year, including a $17.5 million signing bonus. Clark, who turns 29 on Oct. 4, was entering the final season of his contract after agreeing to a four-year, $70 million extension with a $25 million signing bonus in the summer of 2020.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson can become the best quarterback in NFL history

Ravens coach John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson can become the best quarterback in NFL history

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lamar Jackson missed the start of training camp because of an illness. Then Baltimore coach John Harbaugh began talking up his absent star quarterback. Harbaugh spoke for more than two minutes about Jackson after the Ravens finished their first full-squad practice of camp. He says he can envision Jackson becoming recognized as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Harbaugh said Jackson started getting sick Saturday. The coach didn't give a timeline for his return to practice. Linebacker Asida Isaac, defensive back T.J. Tampa and running back Keaton Mitchell were absent Sunday as well because of injuries.
Chiefs safety Justin Reid placed on non-football injury list

Chiefs safety Justin Reid placed on non-football injury list

Matt Derrick, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 12:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

Safety Justin Reid joined a growing list of injured starters for the back-to-back champs as the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off their first full-squad workout of training camp. The club placed Reid on the non-football injury list with a quad issue. Jaden Hicks, a fourth-round draft choice from Washington State, took Reid's place at strong safety with the first-team defense. He played alongside free safety Bryan Cook with Chamarri Conner at nickel back. Coach Andy Reid didn't elaborate on the nature of the injury on Sunday, but said he doesn't have long-term concerns for his 27-year-old defensive secondary leader.
Connection between QB Williams, WR Allen could be the key to the Bears improving

Connection between QB Williams, WR Allen could be the key to the Bears improving

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 2:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

New Chicago Bears receiver Keenan Allen and prized quarterback Caleb Williams helped each other learn the playbook when they weren't either watching the NBA playoffs or playing Monopoly Deal during minicamp. The connection between the six-time Pro Bowler and the No. 1 overall draft pick could go a long way toward determining whether the Bears make an anticipated jump. Chicago hasn't finished with a winning record since the 2018 NFC North championship season. The Bears seem poised for a turnaround following some splashy offseason moves that cleared the way to draft Williams and acquire Allen in a trade.
Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with failing to update address on sex offender registry

Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with failing to update address on sex offender registry

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 4:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been charged in Florida with failing to update his address on the state's sex offender registry. Court records show the former New York Giants linebacker turned himself in to the Broward County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday and was released with no bail. He entered a not guilty plea. It's the second time he's been charged with the offence. Taylor pleaded guilty in New York in 2011 to misdemeanor sexual misconduct charges. He was sentenced to six years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Ravens agree to one-year deal with former Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson

Ravens agree to one-year deal with former Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 3:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

Baltimore has agreed to a one-year deal with former Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson. The Ravens announced the deal Friday, two days before they start training camp. Jackson played seven seasons with the Bears and was twice named to the Pro Bowl. He had 15 interceptions in 100 games with the Bears. Jackson is expected to fill a void on the Ravens after Geno Smith left to sign with Cincinnati this offseason. Jackson had been slowed by foot injuries the past two seasons and was released in February.
Caleb Williams is ready for the spotlight as the Chicago Bears open training camp

Caleb Williams is ready for the spotlight as the Chicago Bears open training camp

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 2:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Caleb Williams is ready for what comes next. The No. 1 overall draft pick and 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is embracing the spotlight in Chicago after playing a starring role in Los Angeles as the quarterback at USC. All eyes will be on him when the Bears begin training camp Saturday. The Bears are banking on Williams to give them a big lift and solidify a position that has historically been a sore spot for a founding NFL franchise. But he's also in a rather rare situation for a No. 1 pick. He joins a team that's one of the league's shiny objects at the moment.
Chiefs set deadline of 6 months to decide whether to renovate Arrowhead or build new — and where

Chiefs set deadline of 6 months to decide whether to renovate Arrowhead or build new — and where

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 1:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Chiefs have set a deadline of six months from now to decide on a plan for the future of Arrowhead Stadium. Their choices are renovating their iconic home or building an entirely new stadium in Kansas or Missouri. Officials in Kansas have approved a plan that would finance up to 70% of the cost of new stadiums for professional sports franchises. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson responded by saying he expects his state to put together an aid plan by the end of the year to keep the teams on its side of the metro area.
Chiefs' vets report to training camp, where their rookies are already trying to make an impact

Chiefs' vets report to training camp, where their rookies are already trying to make an impact

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 11:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

The veterans have arrived at training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs. But given that Travis Kelce and Co. have proven what they can do, helping the Chiefs with a third Super Bowl in five years last season, their biggest responsibility might be ushering along a bunch of rookies that have been working for a few days already. Guys such as wide receiver Xavier Worthy, their first-round pick out of Texas, and left tackle Kingsley Suamataia, their second-rounder out of BYU, have a legitimate chance to earn a starting job for the defending champions.
Colts' Anthony Richardson surprises Speedway High School players with donation of football helmets

Colts' Anthony Richardson surprises Speedway High School players with donation of football helmets

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 5:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson learned one lesson about concussions the hard way last season when he sat out six quarters after taking an unnecessary shot at Houston. Now the 22-year-old Richardson wants to help a local high school football program do a better job avoiding head injuries. On Thursday, Richardson surprised the Speedway Sparkplugs by partnering with VICIS and Certor Sports to donate dozens of helmets to the school's football program. Richardson spoke briefly to the athletes, then greeted the lines running three deep before posing for photos.
Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to miss at least first 4 regular-season games

Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to miss at least first 4 regular-season games

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New Orleans Saints have placed right tackle Ryan Ramczyk on the reserve/physically unable to perform list that will cause him to miss at least the first four games of the regular season. It comes after Ramczyk spent the offseason trying to rehabilitate from a knee procedure. The Saints also placed tight end Juwan Johnson, defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon, linebacker Nephi Sewell and defensive end Chase Young on the active/physically unable to perform list. They could return at any time during the preseason. Receiver Chris Olave was placed on the non-football injury list. The Saints' first training camp practices are Wednesday in Irvine, California.
Randall Cobb joins SEC Network as an analyst but says he's 'not officially retired' from the NFL

Randall Cobb joins SEC Network as an analyst but says he's 'not officially retired' from the NFL

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Pro Bowl receiver Randall Cobb will join the SEC Network as a college football studio analyst, but the 13-year NFL veteran says he's "not officially retired" from a standout career spent mostly with the Green Bay Packers. ESPN announced the hiring of the 33-year-old Cobb in a news release on Thursday. Although the release posted online did not mention retirement, ESPN reported on its website that an initial announcement said Cobb had retired. Cobb clarified his status in a social media post. Cobb has 630 receptions for 7,624 yards and 54 touchdowns for four teams.
Former Bengals running back Corey Dillon, nose tackle Tim Krumrie voted into team's Ring of Honor

Former Bengals running back Corey Dillon, nose tackle Tim Krumrie voted into team's Ring of Honor

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon and nose tackle Tim Krumrie were voted into the team's Ring of Honor. The team announced the additions Thursday. The two were voted in by season ticket holders from a group of 11 nominees. Dillon played in Cincinnati from 1997-2003 and holds career marks with 8,061 yards and 28 games with at least 100 yards. Krumrie spent his entire NFL career with the Bengals from 1983-94. He helped Cincinnati to a Super Bowl appearance after the 1988 season. The ceremony will take place on Sept. 23 at halftime against Washington.
Texans open camp aware of high expectations for 2024 season

Texans open camp aware of high expectations for 2024 season

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 1:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Coming off a 10-win regular season and an appearance in the divisional round of the playoffs, expectations are high for the Houston Texans in 2024. The day before starting his second training camp as Texans head coach, DeMeco Ryans told his players they should expect more from themselves than anyone else. After combining for just 11 wins from 2020-2022, Houston surprised many to win the AFC South before beating the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card round. The Texans likely won't catch anyone by surprise this season.
Jason Wright is out as Washington Commanders president and will leave the team after the '24 season

Jason Wright is out as Washington Commanders president and will leave the team after the '24 season

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jason Wright is no longer president of the Washington Commanders and is expected to leave the organization after the 2024 season. A team spokesperson confirmed Wright will shift to a senior advisory role while the search for his successor is ongoing. Wright in 2020 became the first Black president of an NFL team. He was hired by former owner Dan Snyder, who sold to a group led by Josh Harris last year. Wright served in his previous role last season after Harris took over control of the franchise.
Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson are among several NFL stars with something to prove this season

Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson are among several NFL stars with something to prove this season

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 11:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Aaron Rodgers knows all eyes are on him. That's nothing new for the four-time NFL MVP. The 40-year-old New York Jets quarterback enters his 20th season with plenty to prove after missing all but four snaps last year because of a torn Achilles tendon. He certainly isn't alone in the spotlight as training camps open. Pittsburgh's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Christian McCaffrey, Cleveland's Deshaun Watson, Jacksonville's Trevor Lawrence and Philadelphia's Saquon Barkley are among a handful out to prove themselves either because of injuries, mediocre play or needing to justify big contracts.
Bears agree to deals with QB Caleb Williams, wide receiver Rome Odunze

Bears agree to deals with QB Caleb Williams, wide receiver Rome Odunze

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 3:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Chicago Bears have agreed to four-year contracts with No. 1 overall draft pick Caleb Williams and No. 9 selection Rome Odunze and avoiding any training camp drama with their rookie quarterback and wide receiver. The Bears announced Williams' signing on Wednesday and announced Odunze's signing on Tuesday. Williams is viewed as a generational talent. The Bears are counting on him to become the sort of franchise quarterback Chicago has craved for decades. In Chicago, he has two veteran playmaking receivers in DJ Moore and six-time Pro Bowler Keenan Allen, in addition to Odunze, who starred at Washington. Odunze played four seasons with the Huskies and was an All-American last year when he led the nation with a school-record 1,640 yards.
Patriots receiver won't face prosecution over online gambling while at LSU

Patriots receiver won't face prosecution over online gambling while at LSU

Kevin Mcgill, Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 8:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

New England Patriots wide receiver Kayshon Boutte will not be prosecuted on charges related to illegal online gaming that police said took place while he was underage and still a player at Louisiana State University. A statement from the district attorney's office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says the decision was made after Boutte completed a gambling awareness program and agreed to a ban from gaming in Massachusetts and on the FanDuel and BET99 online sites. It also said Boutte had not bet against himself or his team. Boutte was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Patriots in 2023.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on expecting his third child: 'I'm done. I'll say that.'

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on expecting his third child: 'I'm done. I'll say that.'

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 3:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wife, Brittany, recently announced that they were expecting their third child, but don't expect a fourth. Mahomes was adamant that he is done after the third joins his daughter, Sterling, and his son, Bronze. He spoke Tuesday at Missouri Western, where the two-time NFL MVP joined Chiefs rookies and select veterans in reporting for training camp. The Mahomes family recently returned from a European vacation that included stops in Spain, Portugal, and at Wimbledon. The couple also joined Travis Kelce in watching his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, perform at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.
Mahomes joins rookies, select veterans at Chiefs camp and chase a 3rd straight Super Bowl title

Mahomes joins rookies, select veterans at Chiefs camp and chase a 3rd straight Super Bowl title

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Patrick Mahomes joined rookies and select veterans in reporting for the starting camp Tuesday as the Kansas City Chiefs set their sights on a record third straight Super Bowl title. They had a short offseason after beating the 49ers on Feb. 11 to win the Lombardi Trophy. Standout left guard Joe Thuney will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list following surgery for a pectoral injury. Defensive back Jaylen Watson, defensive end Charles Omenihu and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi also will be on the PUP list. First-round pick Xavier Worthy, a wide receiver out of Texas, will be available for practice this week after missing most of the offseason with a hamstring injury.
Packers report more than $60 million in profit for most recent fiscal year

Packers report more than $60 million in profit for most recent fiscal year

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 2:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Green Bay Packers received a record amount of national revenue from the NFL in fiscal year 2024, resulting in a profit from operations of $60.1 million. The Packers and the rest of the NFL's 32 teams for the first time received more than $400 million from the league. With the team getting $402.3 million in national revenue, that means the NFL split nearly $13 billion among the teams. Overall, the Packers' net profit was down 12.5 percent from $68.6 million in fiscal year 2023. While local revenue increased from $235.9 million to $251.8 million, the 6.7 percent gain wasn't enough to offset the increasing costs of stadium depreciation and player salaries.
Bears, wide receiver Rome Odunze agree to rookie contract

Bears, wide receiver Rome Odunze agree to rookie contract

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 1:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Chicago Bears and rookie receiver Rome Odunze have agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for the 2028 season. The No. 9 overall pick in the draft, Odunze played four seasons at Washington and was an All-American last year when he led the nation with a school-record 1,640 yards. The Huskies advanced to the national championship game, losing to Michigan. Odunze had 3,272 yards receiving and 24 touchdown receptions during his college career. No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams remained unsigned. The quarterback from USC does not have an NFLPA-certified agent. Bears rookies were due to report for training camp on Tuesday, with veterans arriving on Friday. The first practice is Saturday.
Brandon Aiyuk requests trade from 49ers, AP source says

Brandon Aiyuk requests trade from 49ers, AP source says

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 12:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that star wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers because the two sides haven't made progress on a new deal. NFL Network first reported Aiyuk's request for a trade. Aiyuk is scheduled to make $14.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. The 2020 first-round pick was a second-team All-Pro last season when he had 75 catches for 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns. The 49ers dealt with a trade request from another star wideout, Deebo Samuel, in 2022. Samuel ended up getting a $71.5 million, three-year deal.
Vikings receiver Jordan Addison arrested in California on suspicion of DUI

Vikings receiver Jordan Addison arrested in California on suspicion of DUI

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 8:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison has been arrested in California on suspicion of driving under the influence. This is the second straight year he has found trouble behind the wheel right before the beginning of training camp. The Vikings said they're gathering more information but had no further comment. The California Highway Patrol reported that an officer found Addison asleep in the driver's seat of his white Rolls-Royce that was blocking a lane on a highway near Los Angeles International Airport. He was arrested after a DUI investigation. Addison was arrested in Minnesota last year for excessive speeding.
Browns, kicker Dustin Hopkins agree on 3-year, $15.9 million contract extension, AP source says

Browns, kicker Dustin Hopkins agree on 3-year, $15.9 million contract extension, AP source says

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 5:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with the negotiations tells the Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns and kicker Dustin Hopkins have agreed to a three-year, $15.9 million contract extension. Hopkins was a major weapon for Cleveland last season after coming over in a trade from the Los Angeles Chargers. He'll be under contract through the 2027 season, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn't been signed. ESPN.com was first to report the agreement, which makes Hopkins one of the NFL's highest-paid kickers. The 33-year-old Hopkins made 33 of 36 field-goal tries and 24 of 26 extra points last season.
Ravens put running back Keaton Mitchell on physically unable to perform list because of knee injury

Ravens put running back Keaton Mitchell on physically unable to perform list because of knee injury

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 5:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Baltimore Ravens have put running back Keaton Mitchell on the physically unable to perform list. Mitchell showed promise as a rookie in 2023 before a knee injury ended his season early. He had 396 yards on 47 carries for an average of 8.4 yards per attempt. The Ravens signed Derrick Henry to bolster their backfield this offseason, but Mitchell's speed and elusiveness can add a different element to their running game if he gets healthy. The Ravens hold their first training camp practice for the full squad this coming Sunday.
Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson set to receive 'Pride of the Lions' honor at Ford Field

Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson set to receive 'Pride of the Lions' honor at Ford Field

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 4:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pro Football Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson was chosen for induction into the "Pride of the Lions," an honor that will put his name on permanent display at Ford Field. Detroit Lions chief operating officer Mike Disner surprised Johnson with the team's plans on Monday. Johnson will become the 21st former player to be part of the "Pride of the Lions" on Sept. 30 during halftime of Detroit's "Monday Night Football" home game against Seattle. Detroit drafted Johnson out of Georgia Tech with the No. 2 pick in 2007 and he retired after the 2015 season at the age of 30.
NFL training camps get underway as rookies start reporting this week

NFL training camps get underway as rookies start reporting this week

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 11:57 a.m.  |  Save Story

The short summer vacation is over for NFL players. It's time to begin the journey to Super Bowl 59. Coming off a disappointing finish in the AFC championship game, the Baltimore Ravens became the first team to open training camp when they welcomed rookies on Saturday. Nineteen more teams get underway this week and all 32 clubs will open doors by July 24. Everyone is 0-0 but expectations aren't the same. Some teams are legitimate contenders. A few are rebuilding. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are aiming to become the first team to three-peat since the 1965-67 Green Bay Packers won three consecutive NFL championships.
Jacoby Jones, a star of Baltimore's most recent Super Bowl title run, has died at age 40

Jacoby Jones, a star of Baltimore's most recent Super Bowl title run, has died at age 40

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 3:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former NFL receiver Jacoby Jones has died at age 40. Jones' 108-yard kickoff return in 2013 remains the longest touchdown in Super Bowl history. The Houston Texans were Jones' team for the first five seasons of his career. They announced his death on Sunday. In a statement released by the NFL Players Association, his family said he died at his home in New Orleans. A cause of death was not given. Jones played from 2007-15 for the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. He made several huge plays for the Ravens during their most recent Super Bowl title season, including that kick return.
Panthers receiver Adam Thielen leads American Century Championship

Panthers receiver Adam Thielen leads American Century Championship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 12 - 6:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

the first time in tournament history that he has had positive points. The former NBA star was tied for 48th.
Longtime NFL assistant coach and defensive mastermind Monte Kiffin dies at age 84

Longtime NFL assistant coach and defensive mastermind Monte Kiffin dies at age 84

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 11 - 7:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Monte Kiffin, the longtime NFL and college assistant coach whose Tampa Bay defenses routinely ranked among the league's best, died Thursday. He was 84. One of the architects of the ultra successful Tampa 2 defensive scheme, Kiffin spent 13 seasons as defensive coordinator of the Bucs under former coaches Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden from 1996 to 2008 and helped the franchise win the first of its two Super Bowl titles. The University of Mississippi football program announced on the social media platform X that Kiffin passed away surrounded by family and friends in Oxford, Mississippi, where Kiffin's son, Lane, is coach of the Rebels.
Bill Belichick joining 'Inside the NFL' for upcoming season

Bill Belichick joining 'Inside the NFL' for upcoming season

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 11 - 11:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The CW Network announced Thursday that Bill Belichick will be one of the analysts on "Inside the NFL" this season. Belichick coached the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles during his 24 years at the helm. He will also appear this season on the Manningcast during "Monday Night Football." Belichick joins Ryan Clark, Chad Johnson and Chris Long. Johnson and Long each played one season for Belichick in New England.
Titans sign safety Jamal Adams to further revamp their secondary

Titans sign safety Jamal Adams to further revamp their secondary

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 11 - 11:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Tennessee Titans signed three-time Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams. The 28-year-old was the sixth pick overall in 2017 by the New York Jets and was an All-Pro in 2019. Adams was traded to the Seattle Seahawks three years later. He was released by the team in March. The move further revamps the Titans' secondary. General manager Ran Carthon added two cornerbacks since the end of last season, trading for Chiefs standout L'Jarius Sneed after signing Chidobe Awuzie in free agency.
Former Browns QB great Bernie Kosar reveals health challenges

Former Browns QB great Bernie Kosar reveals health challenges

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 10 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Cleveland Browns star quarterback Bernie Kosar has been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's disease, according to a story in Cleveland Magazine. The 60-year-old is on the list for a liver transplant, though University Hospitals hepatologist Anthony Post tells the magazine that Kosar has improved since the year started. At the same time, he warns that liver disease can fluctuate. Another doctor, Cleveland Clinic chief wellness officer Michael Roizen, tells the magazine there is a more than 90% chance Kosar will need a new liver.
Former NFL executive, Cardinals star Adrian Wilson arrested on misdemeanor assault charge

Former NFL executive, Cardinals star Adrian Wilson arrested on misdemeanor assault charge

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Updated July 9 - 5:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Carolina Panthers executive and Arizona Cardinals star safety Adrian Wilson was arrested in Arizona on June 1 on charges of assault, property damage and disorderly conduct, according to the Scottsdale police. The police department said in a statement that all three charges are related to domestic violence and all three are misdemeanors. The statement didn't provide details of the incident that led to the arrest. Wilson was a five-time Pro Bowl selection during a 12-year NFL playing career with the Cardinals. In 2023, he became the Panthers' vice president of player personnel, but the Panthers said this week that he's no longer employed by the organization.
No more confusion: Jags rusher Josh Allen changes last name to Hines-Allen to honor maternal family

No more confusion: Jags rusher Josh Allen changes last name to Hines-Allen to honor maternal family

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 9 - 12:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jacksonville Jaguars star pass rusher Josh Allen has changed his last name to Hines-Allen to honor his maternal family and relatives who have worn that surname on their jerseys. Hines-Allen announced the change Tuesday on social media and cited legacy, pride and maintaining family tradition and joy with the hyphenated name on the back of his No. 41 jersey. That will also help eliminate confusion with the Buffalo Bills star quarterback, whom Hines-Allen sacked and intercepted in a 2021 meeting that made NFL history as the first player to do so against a player with the same name.