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Former Patriots WR Mitchell retires at 25

Former Patriots WR Mitchell retires at 25

Former Patriots WR Mitchell retires at 25

Former New England Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell has ended his short NFL career, he announced over the weekend.

Speaking at an event at his alma mater, Georgia, Mitchell told attendees he was moving on to a “new chapter” of his life.

The oft-injured Mitchell was waived by the Patriots before the 2018 season and spent the year out of the league. He was continuing to battle a knee issue after missing all but one preseason game in 2017.

A fourth-round pick from Georgia in 2016, Mitchell carried injury concerns from college after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in the Bulldogs’ 2013 season.

Through two years in the NFL, the 26-year-old played in 14 games (six starts), all in 2016, catching 32 passes for 401 yards and four scores. He added six grabs for 70 yards in the team’s Super Bowl LI victory that postseason.

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Kingsbury on No. 1 pick: ‘Everything’s on the table’

Kingsbury on No. 1 pick: 'Everything's on the table'

Kingsbury on No. 1 pick: ‘Everything’s on the table’

If first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury knows who his Arizona Cardinals will select next month with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, he isn’t letting on.

In an interview with NFL Media this weekend, Kingsbury said the team hasn’t made a decision.

“I think everything’s on the table,” he said. “When you have that first pick, you’ve gotta turn over every stone and look at every scenario that’s out there, and so we’re definitely doing that.”

One frequently mentioned possibility is that the Cardinals – who selected quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick in 2018 – will choose Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winner from Oklahoma and trade Rosen.

But Arizona, which finished an NFL-worst 3-13 last season, has a number of needs on both sides of the ball. The Cardinals scored a league-low 225 points while surrendering 425.

“We haven’t (decided),” Kingsbury said. “We haven’t. We’re a long ways from that. You know, coaches on the road, scouts from the road, private workouts, pro days. And we won’t even discuss until next week and try to fill our board and go from there.”

The Cardinals’ brass met with Murray in Oklahoma last week. At the same time, Kingsbury said he is high on Rosen, calling him a “tremendous talent.”

A former QB himself, Kingsbury said he has communicated that opinion to Rosen and also talked about the draft.

“Yeah, I’ve talked to Josh and he understands it’s a business and what all goes with the first pick and what’s going on,” Kingsbury said.

Trading the pick isn’t out of the question. The Oakland Raiders are said to be high on Murray, and they have the No. 4, 24 and 27 picks in the first round – giving them some arsenal to swap with the Cardinals

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Homeowners sue Giants CB Jenkins for $700,000

Homeowners sue Giants CB Jenkins for $700,000

Homeowners sue Giants CB Jenkins for $700,000

New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been sued by the owners of the New Jersey home he rented, contending the value has fallen by 30 percent since a man’s body was found there.

In court documents filed last week, the owners said they are seeking $700,000 in damages, according to NorthJersey.com.

The body of music producer Roosevelt Rene was found in the basement of the home last June. Jenkins’ brother, William Jenkins, was charged with aggravated manslaughter and other charges related to Rene’s death.

William Jenkins and Rene both lived with the cornerback in the home in Fair Lawn, N.J., and the property owners, identified in the lawsuit as S.R. and N.R. Tummalapenta, also contend Janoris Jenkins broke the terms of the lease by allowing others to reside there.

“Setting aside the utterly tragic incident that occurred in June of last year,” said attorney Jonathan Swichar, who represents the Tummalapentas, “Mr. Jenkins and the additional, non-occupant tenants and visitors have caused considerable reputational and physical damage to the property, in addition to emotional pain for the Tummalapentas — who one day hoped to pass this home to their children.”

Janoris Jenkins signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract in 2016 with the Giants.

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AAF roundup: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

AAF roundup: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De'Veon Smith

AAF roundup: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De’Veon Smith rushed for three touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Orlando Apollos cruised to a 36-6 win over the Atlanta Legends to clinch an Alliance of American Football playoff berth.

Orlando (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season last week and handed Atlanta (2-5) its second consecutive defeat.

Garrett Gilbert, who played briefly for the Carolina Panthers in 2018, passed for 217 yards and threw a touchdown to former Minnesota Vikings wideout Charles Johnson. The Apollos also got a 65-yard pick-six from Deji Olatoye. Smith scored on runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards and added a successful two-point conversion.

Aaron Murray’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Jones cut Orlando’s lead to 8-6 on the first play of the second quarter, but the Apollos responded with 28 unanswered points.

Commanders 19, Stallions 15

Marquise Williams relieved injured starting quarterback Logan Woodside and hit running back Trey Williams for the go-ahead 36-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping San Antonio dispatch visiting Salt Lake.

Woodside, a seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018, went 13 of 19 for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception before hurting his shoulder while getting sacked for the sixth time in the game. With 5:29 remaining, Marquise Williams found Trey Williams on third-and-16 for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum, who has spent time on six NFL rosters, hit Terrell Newby for a 21-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining to get within 17-15. However, the ensuing two-point conversion attempt was intercepted by Commanders cornerback De’Vante Bausby and returned for two points for San Antonio, creating the final four-point margin.

San Antonio remained atop the Western Conference at 5-2, while Salt Lake dropped to 2-5.

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Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka

Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year deal on Saturday, the team announced.

Iloka played with the Minnesota Vikings last season. He visited with the Cowboys on Friday. No financial terms of the deal were immediately available.

Iloka, who turns 29 on March 31, was a five-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals before getting cut last preseason and signing with the Vikings.

A fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012, Iloka has appeared in 99 games (79 starts) and registered 362 tackles, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles. He has played both safety positions but primarily plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys had previously hosted safeties Clayton Geathers, who re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and Eric Berry, who remains unsigned after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas also had interest in Earl Thomas, who joined the Baltimore Ravens.

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Casey leads Johnson by one at Valspar

Casey leads Johnson by one at Valspar

Casey leads Johnson by one at Valspar

England’s Paul Casey carded three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine Saturday on the way to a 3-under 68 and a one-shot lead after three rounds at the Valspar Championship, contested under flawless, sun-splashed conditions at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Casey, the defending champion, is at 9 under after 54 holes and will sleep on the lead as he bids to become this event’s first ever back-to-back winner. His victory last year on the demanding track and its daunting, three-hole “Snake Pit” finishing stretch was his second on the PGA Tour and first since the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

Casey’s rousing run of birdies ended with a thud as he bogeyed the 18th to finish one stroke ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and two ahead of Jason Kokrak. Luke Donald of England (who shot a 70 on Saturday) and Scott Stallings (70) are three back at 6 under.

Johnson blasted a “moon-ball” approach out of a fairway bunker on the closing hole to set up a 10-foot birdie putt and close the gap on Casey’s lead.

Kokrak’s 66 on Saturday included five birdies, a bogey, and a hole in one on the 218-yard par-3 15th hole.

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa also shot a 66 and headed a pack of six players tied for sixth at 5 under that included Canada’s Nick Taylor (67), Jim Furyk (68), Curtis Luck of Australia (70), Sungjae Im of South Korea (71) and second-round co-leader Austin Cook (72).

Kokrak and Oosthuizen fired the low rounds of the day.

Matt Jones (68) of Australia and Brian Stuard (69) finished the third round tied for 12th at 4 under, five shots off Casey’s lead.

Casey and Cook started the third round at 6 under and a stroke up on Stallings, Donald and Im. Cook momentarily tied Casey for the lead at 8 under with a birdie on the 12th hole, but had bogeys on 13, 16 and 18 to fall off the pace.

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Reports: Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

Reports: Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George

Reports: Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year deal on Saturday, multiple outlets reported.

Iloka played with the Minnesota Vikings last season. He visited with the Cowboys on Friday. No financial terms of the deal were immediately available.

Iloka, who turns 29 on March 31, was a five-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals before getting cut last preseason and signing with the Vikings.

A fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012, Iloka has appeared in 99 games (79 starts) and registered 362 tackles, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles. He has played both safety positions but primarily plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys had previously hosted safeties Clayton Geathers, who re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and Eric Berry, who remains unsigned after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas also had interest in Earl Thomas, who joined the Baltimore Ravens.

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AAF: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

AAF: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De'Veon Smith rushed

AAF: Orlando rips Atlanta, clinches playoff berth

De’Veon Smith rushed for three touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Orlando Apollos cruised to a 36-6 win over the Atlanta Legends to clinch an Alliance of American Football playoff berth.

Orlando (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season last week and handed Atlanta (2-5) its second consecutive defeat.

Garrett Gilbert passed for 217 yards and threw a touchdown to Charles Johnson for the Apollos, who also got a 65-yard pick-six from Deji Olatoye. Smith scored on runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards and added a successful two-point conversion.

Aaron Murray’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Jones cut Orlando’s lead to 8-6 on the first play of the second quarter, but the Apollos responded with 28 unanswered points.

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Patriots owner Kraft: ‘I am truly sorry’

Patriots owner Kraft: 'I am truly sorry'

Patriots owner Kraft: ‘I am truly sorry’

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Saturday that expressed his remorse following charges of solicitation of prostitution.

The statement represented the first comments made by Kraft since he was charged last month for allegedly receiving sex acts at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. He has pleaded not guilty, and on Friday, his attorney said they intended to vehemently fight the charges as well as the release of two tapes that purportedly show Kraft receiving services at the spa.

“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks,” Kraft’s statement read. “To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.

“I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.

“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”

Kraft’s wife, Myra, died of ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 68, shortly after their 48th anniversary.

Kraft and 24 other men were charged as part of a law-enforcement operation to stop human trafficking in South Florida.

William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday evening that read:

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. “The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it.

“The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

Kraft and the other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine.

Sources close to Kraft earlier this week said he wouldn’t accept that deal, according to multiple reports.

The statement from Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire businessman who also owns the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, continued:

“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”

Kraft is expected to be in Florida next Friday for his next court hearing.

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Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges

Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges

The attorney of New

Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges

The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday evening. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. “The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it.

“The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

Kraft and 24 other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine, according to the New York Times.

Instead, Kraft is prepared to fight the charges.

William Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., said he expected surveillance video of Kraft’s alleged illegal activities to be released before long.

“I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released,” Snyder said during an interview with CNBC.

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Casey, Cook share Valspar lead

Casey, Cook share Valspar lead

If

Casey, Cook share Valspar lead

If there’s a horse for the course this week at the Valspar Championship, Paul Casey certainly fits that bill. However, there are plenty of golfers poised and ready to give the Englishman a challenge over the next two days on one of the PGA Tour’s toughest tests.

Casey, the defending champion, is tied with American Austin Cook at 6-under-par 136, good enough for a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round under sunny, and ultimately wind-swept, conditions at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Casey’s 5-under-par 66 was tied for the low score for the second round and featured four birdies, an eagle (on the par-5 fifth hole) and just one bogey on the course that ends with the famed “Snake Pit,” a three-hole, closing stretch that’s among the hardest on the circuit.

“Champions always like the golf courses they win on,” Casey said about the Copperhead Course. “It’s really quality, and it’s very tough as well. There’s a premium on ball-striking. Scoring’s never that low around here. Bogeys do happen, and if you can just minimize those, it puts you in a good position.”

Casey, who came second in February at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his best finish of the 2018-19 season, is a two-time PGA Tour winner and has captured 13 events on the European Tour and two on the Asian Tour. His victory at the Valspar last year was his first on the PGA Tour since the Shell Houston Open in 2009.

“I worked very, very hard on the game, and for whatever reason, it’s slowed things down,” Casey said. “I’ve quieted the transition at the top of the swing. These are very, very difficult greens, but that’s the way I kind of like them. It’s why I play well at places like Augusta as well. It’s clicked (this week), and I’m near the top of my game, which is good.”

Cook’s 67 on Friday included five birdies and a bogey. He is in the hunt for his second PGA Tour win. He made the cut at Innisbrook last year in his only other time playing the event.

“The first nine holes we played in no wind, so it was as easy as you could get this golf course,” Cook said. “The wind definitely picked up, and that back side, going through the Snake Pit with all the wind, was tough. I played it well — I had three great birdie opportunities and just didn’t make any of them. I’m looking forward to the weekend and happy about where the game is right now.”

Scott Stallings (who shot 3 under on Friday), Luke Donald of England (1 under), and Sungjae Im of South Korea (4 under) are tied for third at 5 under.

Donald had a share of the lead until he bogeyed the par-3 eighth, his 17th hole of the day.

Donald, who spent 56 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world in a stretch from 2011 and 2012, is currently ranked 919th. He has battled a back injury that forced him to miss most of last season and hasn’t won anywhere since the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan in 2013. Donald’s most recent victory in the United States was this event, then called the Transitions Championship, in 2012.

“It was a mixed bag today — a few bogeys, a few birdies,” Donald said. “Overall, pretty pleased, I really haven’t had too many reps, and maybe lost a little bit of focus down the stretch there the last few holes, but overall I’m in a great position. I’m thankful that I feel good and healthy and ready for a weekend. It’s been awhile.”

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is playing in this tournament for the first time since 2010, carded a 2-under 69 and is tied for sixth along with first-round co-leader Joel Dahmen (1 over) and Australian Curtis Luck (3 under), two shots off the pace.

Americans Roberto Castro (even), Lucas Glover (4 under), Shawn Stefani (even) and Kramer Hickok (3 under) are tied for ninth at 3 under with Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini (2 under) and Spain’s Jon Rahm (3 under). Twenty-two players are within five strokes of Casey and Cook’s lead.

Austria’s Sepp Straka, the first-round co-leader, followed his opening-round 66 with a 76 on Friday and is in a pack of golfers at even-par 142.

Seventy players made the cut at 1-over 143 or better. The list of golfers who will not be around for the weekend includes Americans Ryan Moore, Ollie Schniederjans, Kenny Perry, Gary Woodland, Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed; K.J. Choi of South Korea; Charl Schwartzel of South Africa; Jason Day of Australia; and, 17-year-old American amateur Akshay Bhatia (who finished at 4 over).

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Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley

Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley

The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety

Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley

The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley on Friday, the team announced.

The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr.

Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring. It was his second consecutive year getting cut after one year with a new team, as the Chicago Bears released him last March after adding him on a three-year, $45 million deal in 2017.

Glennon saw action in two games for Arizona, going 15 of 21 for 174 yards and a touchdown. He went 1-3 as a starter for Chicago in 2017, throwing for 833 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.

A former third-round pick out of N.C. State by the Buccaneers, Glennon has a career passer rating of 84.0, with 5,107 yards, 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 27 games (22 starts).

Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles. A former undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, he spent his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a reserve, before earning a starting job with the Giants.

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Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension

Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are

Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per year on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

The league’s highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on a five-year extension he signed in August 2015. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

Jones had 113 receptions for an NFL-high 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, with all three figures marking his best since 2015. He earned his fifth straight Pro Bowl nod and played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years.

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Rams match offer on RB Brown

Rams match offer on RB Brown

Rams match offer on RB Brown

The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold, the team announced Friday.

Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

Brown’s 2018 season ended in Week 13, when he suffered a clavicle injury against the Detroit Lions.

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Steelers to release S Burnett

Steelers to release S Burnett

Steelers to release S Burnett

The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett on April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

Burnett, 30, joined the Steelers on a three-year, $14.4 million deal as a free agent last March, but he started just two of 11 games in 2018 as the third safety. Sean Davis primarily played free safety, with rookie first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds taking the strong safety spot and Burnett playing in sub packages, logging 55.7 percent of the defensive snaps.

The Steelers reportedly told Burnett that the delay in releasing him is due to accounting issues. Burnett is set to count just under $6.5 million against the cap in 2019. His release would save Pittsburgh about $3.6 million in cap space, while bringing a $2.8 million dead-money hit.

After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Burnett registered 30 tackles and six passes defensed in his first season with the Steelers in 2018. In 113 career games (104 starts), he has 747 tackles, 50 passes defensed and nine interceptions.

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NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension

NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension

NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension

The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per season on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

The league’s highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

–The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

“There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. “The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.”

–The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil to a one-year contract, multiple media outlets reported.

Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury. He also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, Kalil started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson — who missed all but one game in 2018 — earlier this offseason.

–The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett by April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported in January.

–The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley.

The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr. Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring.

Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles.

–The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold. The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

–Former Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray visited the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple reports.

Ray, who had eight sacks in 2016 but has battled injuries the last two years, would move from linebacker to defensive end if he joins the Colts. Indianapolis reportedly added pass rusher Justin Houston on Thursday.

–The Buffalo Bills signed former Seahawks safety Maurice Alexander and former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Jake Fisher, who is making the transition to be a blocking tight end.

Buffalo also reportedly visited with former Titans guard Quinton Spain and former Seahawks defensive back Neiko Thorpe.

–The Lions agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, multiple media outlets reported. Detroit also officially re-signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.

–Wide receiver Cody Latimer officially re-signed with the New York Giants.

–The Cleveland Browns signed free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann.

–The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed fullback Anthony Sherman, per multiple reports.

–The Bengals signed former Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn, ESPN reported.

–The Texans re-signed special teamer Joe Webb III, who also serves as a backup wide receiver and quarterback.

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Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil

Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil

The Houston Texans agreed with offensive tackle

Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil

The Houston Texans agreed with offensive tackle Matt Kalil on a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported Friday

Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury.

A first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, Kalil also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, he has started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson — who missed all but one game in 2018 with a broken ankle — earlier this offseason.

Incumbent left tackle Julien Davenport allowed 8.75 sacks and committed 12 penalties last season, according to STATS LLC. Martinas Rankin, a 2018 third-round pick, allowed 5.5 sacks in four starts at tackle before being benched. Kendall Lamm, who started 13 games at right tackle, signed with the Cleveland Browns in free agency last week.

Kalil allowed 7.5 sacks and committed seven penalties in 2017 with the Panthers. He has allowed 39.25 sacks while committing 32 penalties in 82 career games.

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PGA Tour suspends Garrigus for drug use

PGA Tour suspends Garrigus for drug use

PGA Tour suspends Garrigus for drug use

Golfer Robert Garrigus been suspended for three months for violation of the PGA Tour’s anti-doping program, the tour announced Friday.

The PGA did not specify the substance, identifying it only as a “drug of abuse.”

Garrigus, 41, has talked publicly about previous addiction struggles: He admitted to smoking marijuana regularly while playing on the Web.com Tour (called the Buy.com Tour at the time) and spent 45 days in drug rehabilitation in 2003.

The Idaho native turned pro in 1997 and has one PGA Tour win, at the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic. In 2019, he has competed in four tournaments, missing three cuts and finishing tied for 64th at the Genesis Open.

He is 201st in the FedExCup standings and 450th in the world golf rankings.

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‘Pacman’ Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest

'Pacman' Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest

Free agent defensive back

‘Pacman’ Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest

Free agent defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones reportedly has agreed to spend 10 days in jail under the terms of a plea deal rather than go to trial to face charges against him following an incident at an Indiana casino.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday night that Jones accepted the plea deal, which is conditional upon acceptance by a judge.

Jones was arrested in February at the Rising Star Casino after he was accused of cheating at a table game. He was accused of nine felony and five misdemeanor charges, which included threatening to kill an Indiana Gaming Commission officer.

Also among the charges were felony counts of intimidation and cheating at gambling.

Under the agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop all charges other than felony cheating at gambling and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, according to the Enquirer. He agreed to abstain from alcohol for 18 months and also during that time to not own a firearm without permission from a probation officer.

Jones, 35, has a history of arrests and has been plagued by legal issues throughout his career. The NFL suspended him for the 2007 season following a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club that left a man paralyzed. A member of Jones’ entourage was identified as the shooter.

The Tennessee Titans selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. He spent the 2009 season in the Canadian Football League.

The Broncos signed him before the 2018 season and released him after he played in seven games.

He has 17 career interceptions.

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Giants re-sign WR Latimer

Giants re-sign WR Latimer

Wide receiver

Giants re-sign WR Latimer

Wide receiver Cody Latimer re-signed with the New York Giants.

Latimer, a second-round draft pick of the Broncos who spent his first four seasons in Denver, played in six games with the Giants in 2018. He was hampered by injuries and spent two months on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.

Latimer stood out in the regular-season finale against Dallas with a 21-yard touchdown reception and four catches for 72 yards.

He has 46 career receptions in five seasons.

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Report: Rams match offer on RB Brown

Report: Rams match offer on RB Brown

Report: Rams match offer on RB Brown

The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

Brown’s 2018 season ended in Week 13, when he suffered a clavicle injury against the Detroit Lions.

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Report: Steelers to release S Burnett

Report: Steelers to release S Burnett

Report: Steelers to release S Burnett

The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett on April 1, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

Burnett, 30, joined the Steelers on a three-year, $14.4 million deal as a free agent last March, but he started just two of 11 games in 2018 as the third safety. Sean Davis primarily played free safety, with rookie first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds taking the strong safety spot and Burnett playing in sub packages, logging 55.7 percent of the defensive snaps.

The Steelers reportedly told Burnett that the delay in releasing him is due to accounting issues. Burnett is set to count just under $6.5 million against the cap in 2019. His release would save Pittsburgh about $3.6 million in cap space, while bringing a $2.8 million dead-money hit.

After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Burnett registered 30 tackles and six passes defensed in his first season with the Steelers in 2018. In 113 career games (104 starts), he has 747 tackles, 50 passes defensed and nine interceptions.

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Browns sign OL Witzmann

Browns sign OL Witzmann

The Cleveland Browns continue

Browns sign OL Witzmann

The Cleveland Browns continue to stay busy this offseason, signing free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann on Friday.

Witzmann, 28, started seven games at right guard for the Chicago Bears last season, his fourth in the league.

A South Dakota State product, Witzmann entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2014, and he spent the 2016-17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, making 13 starts during his tenure there.

He provides some offensive line depth to the Browns, who traded guard Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants.

The Browns also have signed free agents Kendall Lamm, a right tackle, and Eric Kush, who plays guard/center, in their bid to shore up the line.

General manager John Dorsey previously signed both Witzmann and Kush when he was with the Chiefs.

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Panthers QB Newton swore off sex for March

Panthers QB Newton swore off sex for March

Panthers QB Newton swore off sex for March

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows that sacrifice is a key to success.

With that in mind, the 29-year-old quarterback is really pushing himself in that department this offseason as he recovers from his recent shoulder surgery.

In January, he decided to give up betting for the entire year.

For the month of February, he went vegan.

For March, Newton says he’s sworn off sex for the entire month.

Newton explained his thinking during a guest spot on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” on Wednesday night.

“It makes my mind stronger,” Newton said. “So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I’m mentally stronger.”

Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder after battling discomfort over the second half of the 2018 season before eventually being shut down with two games remaining.

Newton is expected to be ready well in time for the start of the 2019 regular season.

Newton passed for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last season. Carolina started strong at 6-2 but collapsed with seven straight losses and ended up at 7-9.

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NFL owners to weigh replay for pass interference

NFL owners to weigh replay for pass interference

NFL owners to weigh replay for pass interference

The NFL Competition Committee will introduce 16 potential rule revisions for the 2019 season, including two that could lead to a modification of the use of replay.

The league shared its report Thursday with the public in advance of the annual league meeting, which begins Sunday in Phoenix.

One proposal under consideration would implement a one-year trial to expand the use of instant replay to fouls for pass interference as well as to automatically review scoring plays and turnovers that are negated by a penalties along with any extra-point or two-point attempt.

Additionally, the league owners will weigh a second proposal for a one-year trial that would allow review of penalties for roughing the passer and contact against a defenseless player.

The call to make pass-interference penalties — and non-calls — reviewable arose after the NFC Championship Game in January, when Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams wasn’t called for pass interference on a play that league officials later admitted should have been a penalty. As a result, the Rams were able to stop a New Orleans Saints’ touchdown drive, and the Rams won the game in overtime to earn a berth to Super Bowl LIII.

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Rams and Cowboys to play preseason game in Hawaii

Rams and Cowboys to play preseason game in Hawaii

Rams and Cowboys to play preseason game in Hawaii

The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game this summer in Hawaii, the teams announced on Thursday.

The defending NFC West and NFC East champions will meet Aug. 17 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

It will be the second preseason game for both teams and the first NFL exhibition game played in Hawaii since 1976, when the San Francisco 49ers played the then-San Diego Chargers.

The game is a rematch of last season’s divisional round playoff. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 30-22 en route to Super Bowl LIII.

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Report: Colts sign LB Houston to 2-year, $24M deal

Report: Colts sign LB Houston to 2-year, $24M deal

Report: Colts sign LB Houston to 2-year, $24M deal

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year, $24 million contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Houston registered 78.5 sacks in 102 games with the Chiefs from 2011-18, including a league-high 22 sacks in 2014.

The Chiefs released the 30-year-old pass rusher earlier this month when they could not find a trading partner. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been due $15.25 million in base salary in 2019.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard knows Houston from his time in Kansas City, where he served as director of player personnel (2013-14) and director of football operations (2015-16).

Whether Houston lines up at linebacker or moves to defensive end, the 6-foot-3, 258-pound veteran should improve an Indianapolis defense that tied for 19th in the NFL with 39 sacks last season.

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Ravens reach 2-year agreement with QB Griffin

Ravens reach 2-year agreement with QB Griffin

The Ravens reached a two-year

Ravens reach 2-year agreement with QB Griffin

The Ravens reached a two-year agreement Thursday to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Baltimore, the team announced.

Pending the results of a physical, the 29-year-old veteran will continue his role as a backup and mentor to Lamar Jackson.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Griffin earned $1.1 million in his first season with Baltimore in 2018.

Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, played in three games for the Ravens and completed 2 of 6 passes for 21 yards.

Griffin won a Heisman Trophy at Baylor and was the No. 2 overall pick by Washington in the 2012 NFL Draft.

In three seasons with the Redskins (2012-14) and one with the Cleveland Browns (2016), he passed for 8,983 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,670 yards and 10 scores.

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Dahmen, Straka share Valspar lead

Dahmen, Straka share Valspar lead

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Dahmen, Straka share Valspar lead

As is typical for a tournament following a marquee event, lesser-known names dominated the first page of the leaderboard after the first round of the Valspar Championship on Thursday.

Joel Dahmen, ranked 160th in the world, and No. 365 Sepp Straka of Austria share the lead after shooting 5-under-par 66s on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

They are one shot clear of Kevin Kisner, former world No. 1 Luke Donald from England and Scotland’s Russell Knox. Knox holed out from 275 yards for an albatross on the par-5 11th hole as part of a four-hole stretch in which he went 5 under.

A group of Americans at 3-under par is headlined by Keegan Bradley. He is joined by Brian Stuard, Denny McCarthy, Roberto Castro and Shawn Stefani, who bogeyed his final hole.

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson was 3 under through eight holes, but his charge up the leaderboard was stalled by a bogey on No. 9. He shot even par on the back nine to close in a tie for 11th at 2 under along with Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and a host of other players.

Defending champion Paul Casey is another shot back after carding a 1-under 70.

Patrick Reed will have to rally on Friday to extend his streak of worldwide cuts made to 16 after opening with a 6-over 77.

Dahmen, who entered 2019 ranked No. 206, sandwiched four consecutive missed cuts with a tie for ninth place at the Farmers Insurance Open and The Players Championship. Starting on the back nine Thursday, he birdied three of his first four holes before a bogey at No. 15. Dahmen carded three more birdies over his final six holes to get to 5 under.

Also part of the morning wave, Straka posted a clean card, with three of his five birdies coming in a four-hole stretch on the front nine. The Web.com Tour graduate has missed six of nine cuts this season, but he did post top-20 finishes at the Farmers and the Puerto Rico Open.

Donald, 41, has slipped to 919th in the world while recovering from a herniated disc in his back. The 2012 event champion has played only five events worldwide — making one cut — since tying for 64th at last year’s Valspar.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle the last year,” said Donald, per Golfweek.com. “Obviously struggling with some back stuff and working hard at it, but backs are tricky, and they take a little bit of time. Honestly my goal this week is to play four rounds and feel pretty good at the end of four rounds and then keep going.

“To play well is a nice bonus.”

NOTES: This event is the anchor leg of the Florida Swing. … Copperhead has ranked as one of the two toughest par-71 courses among non-majors each of the past six years. … Furyk has made the cut in all nine attempts. … Johnson is making his first appearance since 2010. He missed the cut in both previous attempts. … The three-hole closing stretch is known as “The Snake Pit,” with none of the holes averaging under par since the tournament debuted in ’10.

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NFL notebook: Colts reportedly sign LB Houston

NFL notebook: Colts reportedly sign LB Houston

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former

NFL notebook: Colts reportedly sign LB Houston

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year, $24 million contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Houston registered 78 1/2 sacks in 102 games with the Chiefs from 2011-18, including a league-high 22 sacks in 2014.

The Chiefs released the 30-year-old pass rusher earlier this month when they could not find a trading partner. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been due $15.25 million in base salary in 2019.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard knows Houston from his time in Kansas City, where he served as director of player personnel (2013-14) and director of football operations (2015-16).

–Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million in the settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The settlement was announced last month, but financial terms were withheld due to a confidentiality agreement.

Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his contract in March 2017 to pursue free agency. But when he found no takers, he filed a grievance against the league seven months later. Reid, the former 49ers safety who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 by kneeling in protest during the national anthem, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018, and the grievances were later combined into a joint case.

–The Ravens have reached a two-year agreement to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Baltimore, pending the results of a physical. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old former Rookie of the Year will continue his role as a backup and mentor to Lamar Jackson. Griffin played in three games for the Ravens in 2018 and completed 2 of 6 passes for 21 yards.

–The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game this summer in Hawaii.

The defending NFC West and NFC East champions will meet Aug. 17 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. It will be the second preseason game for both teams and the first NFL exhibition game played in Hawaii since 1976, when the San Francisco 49ers played the then-San Diego Chargers.

–Restricted free agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, reportedly rejecting offers from the Chiefs and other teams, per NFL Network.

A first-round pick in 2014 out of Michigan State, the 27-year-old Dennard has played in 68 games (19 starts) and registered 227 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks.

–Free agent tight end Jared Cook is close to a contract agreement with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported.

Cook turns 32 next month but has been productive in stints with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, then-St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. He had 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2018.

–Defensive end Vinny Curry is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles, agreeing to a deal after playing one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Curry, 30, was released by the Bucs in March in a move that cleared $8 million in 2019 cap space. He won a Super Bowl with the Eagles two years ago and adds depth to a defensive line that has lost Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata.

–New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith agreed to a pay cut that saves the team $2.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season. His cap hit is now $4.15 million, down from $6.45 million.

A knee injury limited Meredith, 26, to just six games in the 2018 season. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 86 catches and five touchdowns in his three-year career.

–The Arizona Cardinals reached a two-year deal with defensive lineman Darius Philon, the NFL Network reported. The deal is worth $10 million — $12 million with incentives — with $5 million guaranteed, according to the report.

Philon, 25, played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13. He recorded four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

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Bengals re-sign CB Dennard

Bengals re-sign CB Dennard

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals re-sign CB Dennard

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

Dennard, an unrestricted free agent, opted to return to the Bengals over other offers, including one from the Kansas City Chiefs, per NFL Network. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

A first-round pick in 2014 out of Michigan State, Dennard has 19 regular-season starts, including nine in 2018.

The 27-year-old rejoins a cornerback room comprised of first-round picks led by Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III.

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McIlroy to compete in Canada for first time

McIlroy to compete in Canada for first time

Rory McIlroy will play in

McIlroy to compete in Canada for first time

Rory McIlroy will play in Canada for the first time as a professional this summer after committing to the RBC Canadian Open.

The Northern Irishman, who moved up to No. 4 in the world rankings following his first victory at The Players Championship on Sunday, will play in the 115th edition of the Canadian Open when it moves from August to June 6-9 this year.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” tournament director Bryan Crawford said. “Rory is one of the top players in the world, has been one of the top players in the world for quite some time. He’s truly one of the global ambassadors for the game.”

McIlroy, 29, is coming off his 15th career PGA Tour title and has placed in the top six in each of his first six events of 2019. He is first in the FedEx Cup standings.

The Canadian Open purse has been increased to $7.6 million this year from $6.4 million, and the event will be contested at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the sixth time.

“He’s a fan favorite everywhere, but he’s certainly a fan favorite among Canadians,” said Crawford. “To have him participate in the RBC Canadian Open for the first time is fantastic.”

McIlroy will join world No. 1 Dustin Johnson in the field, along with the likes of two-time event champion Jim Furyk (2006-07), 2013 winner Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Canadian star Adam Hadwin.

Johnson is the defending champion.

“I’m really excited to play in my first RBC Canadian Open,” McIlroy said in a statement.

“There continues to be a lot of momentum around this historic tournament, with a new date, new location and now a new concert series. I’ve had the opportunity to see the passion that Canada has for our sport and I look forward to seeing the energy of Canadian golf fans first hand. I’m also looking forward to squaring off with DJ, Adam and the rest of Team RBC for Canada’s National Open Championship.”

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Els names 3 assistant captains for Presidents Cup

Els names 3 assistant captains for Presidents Cup

Els names 3 assistant captains for Presidents Cup

International team captain Ernie Els has named his final three assistant captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup, including two former Masters champions.

Former Augusta winners Mike Weir of Canada and Trevor Immelman of South Africa will join K.J. Choi of South Korea and the previously named Geoff Ogilvy of Australia on Els’ staff for the Dec. 9-15 event in Melbourne, Australia.

Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champ, was tabbed back in November.

“I gave it quite a bit of thought,” Els said during a press conference Tuesday in Australia. “I really wanted to try and start a new thinking process about the pairing system. I’m using a lot of data, a lot of science … and I wanted to get guys who have played a lot of Presidents Cups like myself.”

Weir competed in the Presidents Cup five times, while Choi played on three teams and Immelman on two.

The United States has dominated the biennial competition, which pits the U.S. against the rest of the world minus Europe. The U.S. has won the last seven Cups and owns a 10-1-1 record overall since the Presidents Cup debuted in 1994.

Last month, U.S. captain Tiger Woods named Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker as three of his four assistants.

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Report: Kaepernick, Reid to share less than $10M in settlement

Report: Kaepernick, Reid to share less than $10M in settlement

Report: Kaepernick, Reid to share less than $10M in settlement

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million, minus attorneys’ fees, in the settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The settlement between the league and the players was announced last month, but financial terms were not announced due to a confidentiality agreement.

The Journal said Thursday it was unknown how Kaepernick and Reid would split the settlement.

Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his contract in March 2017 to pursue free agency. But when he found no takers, he filed the grievance in the league seven months later.

In the 2016 preseason, Kaepernick began sitting on the bench during the playing of the national anthem in protest for what he saw as racial injustice against minorities, then decided to kneel instead after speaking with an Army veteran.

He hasn’t found a new job, and he contended in his grievance that the 32 NFL teams “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

A number of owners, executives, coaches and other figures had been deposed as part of the grievance, and a motion by the NFL to have the grievance dismissed was denied in August.

Defensive back Reid, who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 with the 49ers by kneeling during the anthem, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018. The two grievances were combined into a joint case, but it’s unclear when that occurred.

Reid became a free agent in March 2018 and remained unsigned until mid-September, when the Carolina Panthers brought him in after an injury to safety Da’Norris Searcy. With his one-year deal expiring after the season, Reid signed a three-year extension for a reported $22 million with Carolina this offseason.

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Report: Saints near deal with TE Cook

Report: Saints near deal with TE Cook

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Report: Saints near deal with TE Cook

Free agent tight end Jared Cook is close to a contract agreement with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Cook turns 32 next month but has been productive in stints with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans.

The Saints had a hole at tight end with Benjamin Watson opting for retirement. Last spring, the Saints made a run at free agent Jimmy Graham, but he landed in Green Bay.

Cook had 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2018.

He has 39-plus catches in seven of the past eight seasons.

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Eagles bring back DE Curry

Eagles bring back DE Curry

Defensive end Vinny Curry

Eagles bring back DE Curry

Defensive end Vinny Curry returned to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, agreeing to a deal following one season away from the team.

Curry played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

Curry, 30, was released by the Buccaneers in March in a cap-savings move. Tampa shaved $8 million off of its 2019 cap in the transaction.

Curry won the Super Bowl with the Eagles two years ago and helps add depth to a defensive line that subtracted Michael Bennett (via trade to the New England Patriots) and Haloti Ngata (retirement).

Curry had 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2018, his only season with Tampa Bay, after winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles.

Curry turns 31 on June 30. He spent the first six seasons of his career in Philadelphia, where he produced 22 quarterback sacks.

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Saints WR Meredith agrees to $2.1M pay cut

Saints WR Meredith agrees to $2.1M pay cut

Saints WR Meredith agrees to $2.1M pay cut

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith agreed to a pay cut that saves the team $2.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season.

Meredith’s new base salary is $1.3 million, down from the $3.4 million deal he signed last year. But his cap hit is now $4.15 million, down from $6.45 million.

A knee injury limited Meredith, 26, to just six games in the 2018 season. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 86 catches and five touchdowns in his three-year career.

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Report: Cards sign DT Philon to two-year deal

Report: Cards sign DT Philon to two-year deal

Report: Cards sign DT Philon to two-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with free agent defensive lineman Darius Philon, the NFL Network reported Thursday.

The deal is worth $10 million — $12 million with incentives — with $5 million guaranteed, according to the report.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound tackle was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. Philon, 25, played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13, recording four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

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NFL notebook: Kraft reportedly wants to block alleged video release

NFL notebook: Kraft reportedly wants to block alleged video release

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is

NFL notebook: Kraft reportedly wants to block alleged video release

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seeking to suppress video evidence that authorities assert support the solicitation of prostitution charges filed against him, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Per the report, a motion was filed Wednesday by Kraft’s attorneys with intentions to make sure the video, which he said has been described as “graphic and damning,” never is released. The report calls the motion a “warning shot” to prosecutors that Kraft’s team will challenge that police had probable cause even to collect the video as evidence.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial, along with other stipulations. CNN reported Wednesday Kraft will reject the offer.

Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.

–Much of the New York Giants’ top brass — including head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara — took Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to dinner Tuesday night, then studied his on-field drills at the Buckeyes’ Pro Day the following day.

Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network summed up the action: “Strong workout for Haskins. Improved foot quickness, excellent anticipation and pace on the ball.”

Haskins could be the choice if New York is ready to try to draft the replacement for Eli Manning with the No. 6 overall pick, but there could be competition as other quarterback-needy teams assess their draft positions. Haskins said he would soon meet with the Oakland Raiders (who hold the No. 4 pick), the Denver Broncos (No. 10), the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and the Washington Redskins (No. 15).

–Also in Columbus, potential No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa did not participate in on-field drills after performing well in drill work at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

He said he had meetings scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the No. 2 pick, and the Giants. He also interviewed with all the top teams at the combine, including Arizona, which picks first. Bosa had 29 tackles for loss, including 17.5 sacks, in 29 career games for the Buckeyes.

–Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle that “more surgeries (are) on the way, most likely,” while the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo cited a source in saying that Baldwin will meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in early April about a potential sports hernia.

Baldwin, 30, missed two games in September with a knee injury and a shoulder problem arose later in the campaign. He had surgeries to address both issues this offseason.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two women as assistant coaches, making them the first full-time female coaches in team history and making the Bucs the first NFL team with two female coaches on staff. Maral Javadifar will take on the role as assistant strength and conditioning coach as Lori Locust will be an assistant defensive line coach.

–Quarterback Trevor Siemian has agreed to a reported one-year deal worth $2 million with the New York Jets. Siemian spent all of last season on Minnesota’s active roster, although he did not play as Kirk Cousins’ backup after the Vikings acquired him in a trade with Denver last March. Siemian, 27, started 24 games for the Broncos over the 2016 and ’17 seasons, passing for 5,686 yards and 30 touchdowns against 24 interceptions.

–The Minnesota Vikings, in search of help at offensive guard, announced the signing of Josh Kline, who was released last week by the Tennessee Titans. The deal is for three years and $15.75 million, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. … The Chicago Bears re-signed punter Patrick O’Donnell and backup quarterback Tyler Bray.

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Buccaneers add two women to coaching staff

Buccaneers add two women to coaching staff

The Tampa

Buccaneers add two women to coaching staff

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two women as full-time coaches Wednesday.

Maral Javadifar will take on the role as assistant strength and conditioning coach and Lori Locust as assistant defensive line coach, making them the first full-time female coaches in Buccaneers history and making the team the first in the NFL with two female coaches on staff.

“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said in a team statement. “Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity.

“The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.

“I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”

Javadifar most recently worked as a physical therapist at Avant Physical Therapy in Seattle, after completing her sports physical therapy residency at Virginia Commonwealth University last August.

Javadifar played basketball at Pace University in New York City. A native of Queens, N.Y., she earned a degree in molecular biology from Pace, before getting a doctor of physical therapy degree from New York Medical College.

Locust was working as the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football during the league’s inaugural season this year.

In 2018, Locust served as a defensive coaching intern for the Baltimore Ravens during the team’s training camp and, from 2017-18, worked as a defensive line/linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.

Locust worked as an assistant coach from 2010-18 at her high school alma mater, Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg, Pa. She also was an assistant coach with the Central Penn Piranha, a semi-professional team in Harrisburg from 2013-16, the DMV Elite semi-pro team from 2016-18 and the Keystone Assault of the Women’s Football Alliance from 2017-18.

Locust began her coaching career following four years as a player in women’s semi-pro football. She attended Temple University.

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Jets to bring in QB Siemian on 1-year deal

Jets to bring in QB Siemian on 1-year deal

Quarterback Trevor Siemian

Jets to bring in QB Siemian on 1-year deal

Quarterback Trevor Siemian has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets, his agent said on social media Wednesday.

Siemian, expected to provide an experienced backup to second-year pro Sam Darnold in 2019, will earn $2 million, with another potential $1 million in incentives, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. The Jets also have 2017 third-rounder Davis Webb, who has yet to attempt an NFL pass.

Siemian spent all of last season on Minnesota’s active roster, although he did not play as Kirk Cousins’ backup after the Vikings acquired him in a trade with Denver last March.

Siemian, 27, started 24 games for the Broncos over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, passing for 5,686 yards and 30 touchdowns against 24 interceptions.

He was a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in 2015 and appeared in one game, without a pass attempt, as a rookie in Denver.

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Seahawks WR Baldwin staring at third offseason surgery

Seahawks WR Baldwin staring at third offseason surgery

Seahawks WR Baldwin staring at third offseason surgery

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin underwent shoulder and knee surgeries after last season, but his medical problems might not all be fixed.

He told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle on Wednesday that “more surgeries on the way, most likely,” while the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo cited a source to report that Baldwin is scheduled to meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in early April about a potential sports hernia.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL Scouting Combine late last month that Baldwin was expected to be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but another surgery could change expectations.

Baldwin, 30, missed two games in September with the knee injury, which bothered him even before the start of the season. His shoulder problem arose later in the campaign.

In 13 regular-season games last season, Baldwin caught 50 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns. Baldwin had three receptions for 32 yards in a playoff defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in January. He is entering his ninth season with Seattle.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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Bears re-sign punter, backup QB

Bears re-sign punter, backup QB

The Chicago Bears

Bears re-sign punter, backup QB

The Chicago Bears re-signed two players Wednesday — starting punter Patrick O’Donnell and reserve quarterback Tyler Bray.

O’Donnell, 28, has been the team’s punter for the past five seasons after being selected in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Miami. He has a franchise-best career average of 44.9 yards per punt and set the team’s single-season record of 47.0 in 2017.

O’Donnell averaged 45.0 yards last season on 62 attempts, tying a career high with 28 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Bray, 27, spent much of the 2018 season on the practice squad in his first season in Chicago and figures to go to camp as the third-stringer. He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Chiefs, appearing in one game and attempting one pass.

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Vikings sign OG Kline

Vikings sign OG Kline

The Minnesota Vikings, in search of help at offensive guard, announced

Vikings sign OG Kline

The Minnesota Vikings, in search of help at offensive guard, announced the signing of Josh Kline, who was released last week by the Tennessee Titans.

The deal is for three years and $15.75 million, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Kline started all 46 of his games at right guard in his three seasons with Tennessee, which reportedly wanted him to take a pay cut before he entered the second season of a four-year, $26 million contract extension.

Kline joins Danny Isidora as the only guards on the Vikings’ roster with regular-season experience. Minnesota previously released guard Mike Remmers, and guards Tom Compton and Nick Easton moved on in free agency.

Kline, 29, spent his first three NFL seasons with New England (2013-15), making 18 starts in 33 regular-season games.

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Haskins’ Pro Day gives Giants something to chew on

Haskins' Pro Day gives Giants something to chew on

There is plenty of buzz

Haskins’ Pro Day gives Giants something to chew on

There is plenty of buzz about the New York Giants potentially selecting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft. The team’s biggest decision-makers received up-close looks in recent days.

Much of the team’s top brass — including head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara — took Haskins to dinner Tuesday night and then studied his on-field drills at the Buckeyes’ Pro Day on Wednesday.

Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network summed up the action: “Strong workout for Haskins. Improved foot quickness, excellent anticipation and pace on the ball.”

Haskins could be the choice if New York is ready to try to draft the replacement for Eli Manning, but there could be competition as other quarterback-needy teams assess their draft position. Haskins said he would soon meet with the Oakland Raiders (who hold the No. 4 pick), the Denver Broncos (No. 10), the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and the Washington Redskins (No. 15).

“All my NFL friends tell me it’s not how early you go, it’s where you go,” Haskins told ESPN on Wednesday.

Haskins is widely considered one of the top two quarterbacks available, along with Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, a potential No. 1 overall pick. Haskins’ best features are his pocket-passing skills, decision-making and arm strength, while Murray has electrifying athleticism (and quite a good arm, too).

Haskins ran an official 5.04-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He hoped to counter criticism of his straight-line speed with quick footwork at the Pro Day.

“You put me in any playbook, I’ll make it work,” Haskins said. “So, to be able to show off-platform throws, moving to my left, moving to my right, being able to move off spot and still be accurate, is what I wanted to show because during the season I had a couple of throws that I missed that I still remember and I worked on all offseason.

“I definitely felt like I did a good job with that.”

Haskins threw for 4,831 yards in his lone season as a starter at Ohio State, working almost exclusively from the pocket.

Said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay: “He’s the most natural passer in this year’s draft class.”

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Report: Kraft’s team seeks to suppress evidence

Report: Kraft's team seeks to suppress evidence

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seeking to suppress

Report: Kraft’s team seeks to suppress evidence

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seeking to suppress video evidence that authorities assert support the solicitation of prostitution charges filed against him, ESPN reported Wednesday.

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn said a motion filed Wednesday by Kraft’s attorneys is intended to make sure the video, which he said has been described as “graphic and damning,” never is released. He added it is a “warning shot” to prosecutors that Kraft’s team will challenge that police had probable cause even to collect the video as evidence.

That news comes after a source told CNN on Wednesday that Kraft will reject a conditional plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors to settle the case.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial.

Additionally, any defendant who accepts the deal must complete an education course about prostitution, perform 100 hours of community service, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and pay court costs, according to the Journal.

Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, told CNN the offer was standard for first-time offenders, and that none of the people charged had accepted as of Wednesday morning.

Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.

Jupiter police have said Kraft was caught on surveillance video on both occasions, Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned March 28 in Palm Beach County, Fla.

The charges came in a police sting that law enforcement said was aimed at stopping human trafficking through massage parlors in Florida.

If Kraft chooses to go to trial and is convicted, he could receive one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Edmondson told CNN, however, that those misdemeanor charges generally result in no more than a 60-day sentence in county jail.

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Report: Patriots owner Kraft to reject plea deal

Report: Patriots owner Kraft to reject plea deal

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will reject

Report: Patriots owner Kraft to reject plea deal

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will reject a conditional plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors on charges of soliciting prostitution, sources told CNN on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial.

Additionally, any defendant who accepts the deal must complete an education course about prostitution, perform 100 hours of community service, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and pay court costs, according to the Journal.

Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, told CNN the offer was standard for first-time offenders, and that none of the people charged had accepted as of Wednesday morning.

Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.

Jupiter police have said Kraft was caught on surveillance video on both occasions, Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned March 28 in Palm Beach County, Fla.

The charges came in a police sting that law enforcement said was aimed at stopping human trafficking through massage parlors in Florida.

If Kraft chooses to go to trial and is convicted, he could receive one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Edmondson told CNN, however, that those misdemeanor charges generally result in no more than a 60-day sentence in county jail.

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Bosa focuses on meetings at Ohio State Pro Day

Bosa focuses on meetings at Ohio State Pro Day

Ohio State held

Bosa focuses on meetings at Ohio State Pro Day

Ohio State held its Pro Day on Wednesday, and defensive end Nick Bosa was there just to talk.

Bosa, the potential No. 1 pick in next month’s NFL draft, did not participate with the rest of the Buckeyes’ pro hopefuls after performing well in drill work at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

“I just trust the people who advise me. They told me it was unimportant,” Bosa told the NFL Network about Pro Day. “I’m here to meet all the teams that want to meet with me, and that’s what’s really important. I’m just doing what I’m told.”

He said he had meetings scheduled later Wednesday with the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the No. 2 pick, and the New York Giants, who pick sixth. He interviewed with all the top teams at the combine, including Arizona, which picks first.

Bosa said he will have further discussions with the Cardinals, who might otherwise be focusing on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Either way, Bosa is expected to be in high demand at the top of the draft.

“I have a lot of visits coming up, so my next three weeks are super busy, flying all over the place, meeting with teams,” he said.

His message to those teams?

“Just how much I love the game and how much I want to continue to get better,” he said.

“Obviously, there is a lot of doubt with how long it has been since I played. But I have played this game my whole life and I have put on film the player that I am, and if the film isn’t good enough, I don’t know what else I could have done.”

His junior season ended early because of a bilateral core muscle injury. He had 29 tackles for loss, including 17.5 sacks, in 29 career games for the Buckeyes.

Bosa (6-foot-4, 266 pounds) put up 29 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press at the combine, had a 33.5-inch vertical and ran a 4.79 40-yard dash. All those numbers were better than what his brother, Joey, a Los Angeles Chargers defensive end, did at the combine before being selected No. 3 overall by the franchise in the 2016 draft.

He said when he’s not meeting with teams across the country, he’s training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with his brother. But he doesn’t brag about the combine results.

“I was not the happiest my with 40 anyway,” he said. “So there is no trash talk at all.”

Bosa told ESPN he would love to play with edge rusher Dee Ford, acquired by the San Francisco 49ers in a trade this month with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“He played a bunch with my brother,” Bosa said. “I’ve seen him a lot.”

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Manziel confident he can still play ‘at any level’

Manziel confident he can still play 'at any level'

As he

Manziel confident he can still play ‘at any level’

As he prepares to launch his latest comeback attempt, Johnny Manziel remains confident that he can still play quarterback “at any level anywhere.”

“My confidence level is high,” Manziel said Tuesday in Memphis at an introductory press conference with his newest employer, the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football. “I believe I still have a unique skill set and still have the ability to play at any level anywhere.”

Rejected by the NFL and banned by the Canadian Football League for his on-field struggles and off-field issues, the 26-year-old signed a standard player contract with the upstart AAF last weekend and was claimed off waivers by last-place Memphis.

Express coach Mike Singletary said he is eager to work with the former Texas A&M star, who earned the nickname “Johnny Football” while winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

“Our guys are excited, our team is excited, and I feel that many of the people here in Memphis are excited,” said Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker who is known as a strict, by-the-book boss.

Manziel, who sought treatment for alcohol abuse and anger management in the past, might be an interesting match with Singletary’s authoritarian style.

“I’ve done a lot of soul searching and a lot of looking at myself in the mirror and coming to the realization that when I’m on a football field and on a team, my life is substantially better,” Manziel said.

Manziel could see his first AAF action on Sunday when Memphis hosts the Birmingham Iron. The Express lost starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger to an ankle injury last weekend.

“In my eyes and in my mind, I believe I’m here for a reason,” Manziel said. “This is a great fit for me.”

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Reports: Raiders, LB Burfict agree to deal

Reports: Raiders, LB Burfict agree to deal

Vontaze Burfict's time as a

Reports: Raiders, LB Burfict agree to deal

Vontaze Burfict’s time as a free agent apparently was very short-lived.

One day after Burfict was released by the Cincinnati Bengals, the only NFL team for which he has played, the linebacker agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday with the Oakland Raiders, multiple media outlets reported.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth $5 million including incentives.

Burfict managed to play in only 43 games in the past five seasons, encountering repeated head injuries — seven documented concussions — and three suspensions.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burfict amassed more than $4 million in on-field conduct fines. He was suspended by the NFL to start both the 2016 and 2017 seasons for violation of player-safety policies and in 2018 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

He was a physical force for the Bengals in the middle of Marvin Lewis’ defense, but when the Bengals parted with Lewis, a change at linebacker was expected under new head coach Zac Taylor.

The move to Oakland would reunite Burfict with Paul Guenther, the Raiders’ defensive coordinator who served in the same position with the Bengals from 2014-17.

Burfict had two seasons remaining on a $33.2 million contract extension he signed with the Bengals, but by releasing him, Cincinnati sustained a cap charge of only $1.8 million.

Burfict, 28, was an undrafted free agent signee with Cincinnati after an All-America career at Arizona State. He had 298 tackles in his first two seasons with the Bengals and played in every game.

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