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Cards QB Rosen calls situation ‘annoying’ but respects ‘higher-ups’

Cards QB Rosen calls situation 'annoying' but respects 'higher-ups'

Arizona Cardinals quarterback

Cards QB Rosen calls situation ‘annoying’ but respects ‘higher-ups’

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen spoke publicly for the first time about the limbo he finds himself in with the team that drafted him last year, telling SI TV that it’s “annoying” but that he “definitely understands the situation.”

The Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL Draft and speculation is rampant that the team, with new coach Kliff Kingsbury at the helm, will select former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

“I definitely understand the situation,” Rosen told SI TV. “I mean, it’s annoying but, like, it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. … Whatever decisions are made, it’s my duty to prove them right if they keep me, and prove them wrong if they ship me off.”

The Cardinals went 3-13 last year under former coach Steve Wilks. Rosen started 13 games and passed for 2,278 yards, throwing for 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in his rookie season.

“I think the season went as poorly as it could possibly go,” Rosen said in the clip provided by SI. “We won three games and each one of those wins, to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl. That feeling is so intoxicating and that’s why I want nothing more than to be a part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete.”

Rosen was conspicuous in his omission from the Cardinals’ hype video — save for a brief shot of him 56 seconds in — released Thursday along with a 2019 promotional calendar.

–Field Level Media

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Johnson, Fowler commit to inaugural Detroit tourney

Johnson, Fowler commit to inaugural Detroit tourney

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Johnson, Fowler commit to inaugural Detroit tourney

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler both committed Thursday to play in the first ever PGA Tour event in Detroit this June.

Johnson and Fowler, currently ranked 10th in the world, join a field that includes two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be held at the Detroit Golf Club from June 27-30. The course was designed by Donald Ross and has been a fixture in Detroit for more than 100 years.

In other PGA Tour news, viral sensation Hosung Choi has received a sponsor’s exemption and will play in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., on July 10-14. Choi was invited to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year but missed the cut.

–Field Level Media

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Redskins, Ioannidis agree to $21.75M extension

Redskins, Ioannidis agree to $21.75M extension

Redskins, Ioannidis agree to $21.75M extension

Washington Redskins defensive end Matt Ioannidis agreed to a three-year extension worth $21.75 million on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

Ioannidis was drafted 152nd overall in 2016 out of Temple and was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

In 38 career games, Ioannidis has 19 starts and 12.0 sacks, including 7.5 last season.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Panthers restructure Kuechly’s contract, create $7M in cap space

Report: Panthers restructure Kuechly’s contract, create $7M in cap space

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Report: Panthers restructure Kuechly’s contract, create $7M in cap space

The Carolina Panthers restructured the contract of star linebacker Luke Kuechly to free up more than $7 million in cap space, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Panthers converted $9.05 million of Kuechly’s 2019 salary into a bonus, a move that gives the cap-strapped club an additional $7.24 million to play with one week ahead of the NFL Draft, according to the report. The Panthers had just $1.34 million in cap space prior to the restructure.

It’s the second consecutive year the Panthers have given Kuechly upfront money. The 28-year-old linebacker is coming off his fifth first team All-Pro bid.

Kuechly posted 130 tackles – including a career-high 20 for loss – last year to go with two sacks and an interception in 16 games.

Kuechly has made the Pro Bowl the past six seasons.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Defending champion Patriots open against Steelers

NFL notebook: Defending champion Patriots open against Steelers

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NFL notebook: Defending champion Patriots open against Steelers

The New England Patriots will open the defense of their Super Bowl LIII title against the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 1, the NFL announced in its unveiling of the 2019 schedule.

The league announced in late March that the opening game of the season would pit the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5. The defending Super Bowl champion normally opens the season with a home game on Thursday night, but the NFL wanted to feature its oldest rivalry to open its 100th season, which bumped New England to Sunday night, Sept. 8.

The Patriots will also be in prime time on Oct. 10 vs. the New York Giants (Thursday night), Oct. 21 at the New York Jets (Monday night), Nov. 3 at the Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night) and Dec. 1 at the Houston Texans (Sunday night), with a Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 home meeting with the Buffalo Bills as a possible flex option to Saturday night in prime time.

Joining the Patriots with five scheduled prime-time games are the Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, who have three in a row from Nov. 24-Dec. 8. The Cleveland Browns have four, plus several games that could be flexed later in the season, as do the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

–Fresh off receiving the richest deal in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson declared he wants to “be a Seahawk for life.”

“My goal is to play 20 years, so I would be 43ish around then,” said Wilson, who was born in 1988. “So, that would be my goal to be honest with you, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

The next five years are taken care of after Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension on Tuesday afternoon. He received a $65 million signing bonus and is signed with the Seahawks through the 2023 season.

–A Florida judge issued a temporary protective order Wednesday halting the impending release of videos allegedly showing Patriots owner Robert Kraft soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor.

Judge Joseph Marx scheduled a hearing for April 29 to rule on whether police surveillance videos of Kraft and 24 other men from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., will be released.

Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution following two January visits to the spa. He has pleaded not guilty and is requesting a jury trial.

–Recently retired Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dented the team’s newest Lombardi Trophy by “bunting” a pitch from teammate Julian Edelman before the Boston Red Sox’s Opening Day game at Fenway Park last week.

As detailed in a story and video on the team’s website, the incident happened as a portion of the team was preparing to throw out the first pitch on April 9, a little over two months after the Patriots’ triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

As a warm-up pitch approached, Gronkowski squared and used the “bat” to bunt, making square contact with the back of the football shape atop the trophy. A loud clank can be heard on the video as the ball hits and bounces back toward the mound, followed by a bunch of players howling — some in laughter, others in surprise.

–The Miami Dolphins do not plan to trade safety Reshad Jones, general manager Chris Grier said.

Jones skipped the first two days of the Dolphins’ volunteer workouts, which prompted speculation that he might be moved. He is due to earn $13 million, including $11 million in guarantees, with Miami this season.

“I haven’t given him permission to seek a trade,” Grier said in comments published by the Miami Herald. “He doesn’t want a trade. At least he has not informed me. Yeah, Reshad is going to be here.”

–The Seattle Seahawks hosted former Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget and former Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Al Woods on a visit to the team facility, according to a report from ESPN.

The Seahawks also hosted Allen Bailey, a free-agent defensive end who last played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

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Patriots’ Gronkowski dented Lombardi by ‘bunting’ baseball

Patriots' Gronkowski dented Lombardi by 'bunting' baseball

Patriots’ Gronkowski dented Lombardi by ‘bunting’ baseball

Recently retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dented the team’s newest Lombardi Trophy by “bunting” a pitch from teammate Julian Edelman before the Boston Red Sox’s Opening Day game at Fenway Park last week.

As detailed in a story and video on the team’s website, the incident happened as a portion of the team was preparing to throw out the first pitch on April 9, a little over two months after the Patriots’ triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

A few players, including Edelman and Gronkowski, were throwing warm-up pitches in a tented area before the game when Gronkowski grabbed the trophy like a bat and stood with it in a batters’ stance, waiting on a pitch from Edelman.

“I say to myself, ‘Certainly that’s just Rob having some fun. He would never hit the ball with that,'” Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater recalled to the team’s website.

As the pitch approached, Gronkowski squared and used the “bat” to bunt, making square contact with the back of the football shape atop the trophy. A loud clank can be heard on the video as the ball hits and bounces back toward the mound, followed by a bunch of players howling — some in laughter, others in surprise.

“It sounded exactly what you think a baseball hitting the Lombardi Trophy would sound like,” offensive lineman Ted Karras said.

Executive vice president of media relations Stacey James told ESPN that the team will “keep the dent and tell the story” for now, although it could be fixed in the future.

The trophy is the sixth in franchise history, all of which have been won since February 2002. Many Super Bowl-winning teams have replica trophies for use at public events while keeping the originals under lock and key, but the dented trophy is apparently the original from Super Bowl LIII.

Long known for his rambunctious personality, the 29-year-old Gronkowski announced his retirement in late March after nine NFL seasons.

–Field Level Media

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Seahawks QB Wilson plans on playing 20 seasons

Seahawks QB Wilson plans on playing 20 seasons

Seahawks QB Wilson plans on playing 20 seasons

Fresh off receiving the richest deal in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson declared that he wants to “be a Seahawk for life.”

He also vowed at Wednesday’s press conference that he wants to play through the 2031 season.

“My goal is to play 20 years, so I would be 43ish around then,” said Wilson, who was born in 1988. “So, that would be my goal to be honest with you, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

The next five years are taken care of after Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension on Tuesday afternoon. He received a $65 million signing bonus and is signed with the Seahawks through the 2023 season.

Though Wilson placed an April 15 deadline for getting a deal done, he said he never wanted to play anywhere other than Seattle.

“For me, for my family, we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said. “I’ve always wanted to be here. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do — we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”

The 30-year-old Wilson has passed for 25,624 yards, 196 touchdowns and only 63 interceptions in 112 NFL games, never missing a start. The five-time Pro Bowler threw a franchise-best 35 touchdown passes last season against just seven interceptions, matching his career low.

Wilson has guided Seattle to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 season and lost to the New England Patriots in the big game the next season.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll is well aware of the team’s 75-36-1 regular-season record during the Wilson era and is pleased to see it continue.

“Russ has been a huge factor in everything that has happened, and this allows us to stay on track with continuing to push to find that consistency,” Carroll said. “Russell is a unique player, a unique competitor. It’s rare the way he’s just so consistently connected to competing and battling. To keep that factor as part of the program is just a real positive for our fans and for everyone. We’re all fortunate to see this happen.”

The former third-round pick still feels plenty of motivation … partly because of that “third-round pick” label.

Wilson has never forgotten that 74 players were chosen before him in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected behind Andrew Luck (No. 1 overall), Robert Griffin III (No. 2), Ryan Tannehill (No. 8), Brandon Weeden (No. 22) and Brock Osweiler (No. 57).

“I was going to make the 31 other teams regret it, and that was my mentality, and still is today,” Wilson said. “I’ve just been fortunate — been very, very fortunate — and blessed to be with great teammates, a great culture here, a great organization. There’s no better place than here, and obviously a great city with amazing fans. The best fans in the world, so it’s a special thing.”

–Field Level Media

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Take 5: Can’t-miss NFL games in 2019

Take 5: Can't-miss NFL games in 2019

Take 5: Can’t-miss NFL games in 2019

The NFL’s schedule release is like Christmas morning — that is, if after unwrapping all of your gifts, you sat and stared at them for 4 1/2 months before unboxing the goods.

With Wednesday night’s unveiling, we can finally start circling the calendar, counting the days and drooling over the best 2019 battles to come.

You don’t need me to tell you to watch the rematches of last season’s conference championships — Saints at Rams in Week 2, Chiefs at Patriots in Week 14 — but here are a few others you absolutely should not miss.

1. Patriots at Eagles — Week 11, Sunday, Nov. 17

Not only is this a rematch of Super Bowl LII, a battle of the last two Super Bowl winners and the first meeting between Tom Brady and Carson Wentz, but it’s also the next installment of a very strange head-to-head history.

These teams have faced each other just 14 times total, with two of those coming in the Super Bowl. The five meetings since 2003 have pitted Brady against five different quarterbacks, with very odd results.

Brady outlasted Donovan McNabb in Super Bowl XXXIX but needed a fourth-quarter rally to keep 2007’s perfect season alive against A.J. Feeley, of all people. The Patriots rallied from a 10-0 deficit to beat Vince Young (!) and the “Dream Team” Eagles in 2011, then blew a 14-0 lead at home to Sam Bradford, Chip Kelly & Co. in 2015, as Philadelphia scored three non-offensive touchdowns.

Of course, Nick Foles & Co. won Super Bowl LII — which featured the most combined yards (1,151) in a game in NFL history — despite Brady throwing for 505 yards and the Patriots never punting.

The star power at quarterback is reason enough to watch. The possibility of something strange happening only makes it more fascinating.

2. Colts at Chiefs — Week 5, Sunday night, Oct. 6

This game is a rematch from January’s divisional playoffs. Let’s also hope it’s the second of many installments in a Patrick Mahomes vs. Andrew Luck rivalry.

When Father Time eventually ousts Brady in a 12-round split decision, not only will there be a superstar vacuum to fill, but the battle for AFC supremacy will be more open than it’s been in two decades. These two quarterbacks (ahem … Baker Mayfield and Deshaun Watson also would like a word) are the most likely future rulers of the conference. We can only hope Mahomes vs. Luck becomes a rivalry half as historic as Manning vs. Brady.

As for meeting No. 2, the Colts should be awfully dangerous. Luck is further removed from his lost 2017 season, and a coaching staff that was duct-taped together on the fly last January (thanks, Josh McDaniels) has had another year to jell after an outstanding debut season. With former Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston aboard and Chris Ballard’s war chest of draft picks, Indy’s defense should make major strides under rising coordinator Matt Eberflus.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, have a ton to prove despite an excellent 2018 campaign. Almost no offense that reached the level they did last season has been able to sustain it year after year, while the defense lost Dee Ford and Eric Berry in addition to Houston.

3. Rams at Browns — Week 3, Sunday night, Sept. 22

This will be the Browns’ first time hosting a non-Thursday night prime-time game since 2015, and their first time hosting a Sunday night game since — amazingly — 2008.

It’s easy to forget because they’ve had so little to cheer for in ages, but Cleveland fans are among the most devoted in football. With the Browns’ expectations suddenly pointing skyward, FirstEnergy Stadium will be electric when the reigning NFC champions come to town.

Freddie Kitchens and Mayfield will try to break down Wade Phillips’ scheme while hoping Joel Bitonio & Co. can hold up long enough against reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. On the back end, the team that tried to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. last offseason will be tasked with slowing him down, likely with heavy doses of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

Meanwhile, Steve Wilks’ defense faces one of its toughest tests of the season against Sean McVay, as freakish young star Myles Garrett battles crafty veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth to get to Jared Goff.

4. Cowboys at Saints — Week 4, Sunday night, Sept. 29

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but last year’s Thursday night meeting in Week 13 at Dallas was like a bar-room brawl you couldn’t turn away from. The Cowboys’ defense, led by blossoming star linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, battered the previously red-hot Saints offense and delivered the first major blow to Drew Brees’ MVP candidacy.

New Orleans getting robbed of a Super Bowl LIII appearance overshadowed a suspect finishing stretch from Brees, who averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt with seven touchdowns and five interceptions from Week 13 through the postseason. No one is arguing he’s washed up, but when the end arrives for quarterbacks, it does so swiftly and with little warning.

Jared Cook gives Brees his most dynamic tight end since Jimmy Graham was traded in 2015, but trusted center Max Unger retired, and Mark Ingram is also gone. The Week 4 rematch with Dallas’ defense should be an excellent barometer for where Brees stands early in his 19th NFL season.

5. Vikings at Chiefs — Week 9, Sunday, Nov. 3

It’s easy to overlook Minnesota after 2018 went sideways, but the Vikings still have one of the NFL’s best rosters. If they can piece together a respectable offensive line, they could be a juggernaut.

Most fascinating in this battle is the clash of Andy Reid’s offense and Mike Zimmer’s defense. Zimmer’s unit dictates terms to opposing offenses more than any other NFL defense, using a terrifying front four, finely tuned coverage rotations and a litany of blitzes to punish opposing quarterbacks.

But trying to dictate to the Chiefs’ offense is dangerous because Reid has so many answers. He routinely creates six- and even five-man boxes to run against through spread formations and packaged plays. He also feasts on zone coverage by getting Tyreek Hill inside against linebackers and safeties.

There should be fireworks against Zimmer’s aggressive, flat-footed zones, but Harrison Smith & Co. should also force Mahomes into a few turnovers.

–David DeChant, Field Level Media

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NFL schedule release: Pats open on SNF vs. Steelers

NFL schedule release: Pats open on SNF vs. Steelers

NFL schedule release: Pats open on SNF vs. Steelers

The New England Patriots will open the defense of their Super Bowl LIII title against the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 1, the NFL announced in its unveiling of the 2019 schedule.

The league announced in late March that the opening game of the season would pit the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5. The defending Super Bowl champion normally opens the season with a home game on Thursday night, but the NFL wanted to feature its oldest rivalry to open its 100th season, which bumped New England to Sunday night, Sept. 8.

The Patriots will also be in prime time on Oct. 10 vs. the New York Giants (Thursday night), Oct. 21 at the New York Jets (Monday night), Nov. 3 at the Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night) and Dec. 1 at the Houston Texans (Sunday night), with a Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 home meeting with the Buffalo Bills as a possible flex option to Saturday night in prime time.

The other prime-time games in Week 1 will be the Texans at the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders in a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on Sept. 9.

Joining the Patriots with five scheduled prime-time games are the Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, who have three in a row from Nov. 24-Dec. 8. The Cleveland Browns have four, plus several games that could be flexed later in the season, as do the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans.

The Thanksgiving Day games, Nov. 28, will feature the Bears at the Detroit Lions, the Bills at the Cowboys and the Saints at the Atlanta Falcons, the third straight year the NFC South rivals will meet on the night of Thanksgiving. With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday, there will be no Dec. 24 or Dec. 25 games this season, but the Packers will visit the Vikings on “Monday Night Football” on Dec. 23.

Among the most prominent “revenge” games on the slate: Le’Veon Bell and the Jets will host the Steelers on Dec. 22; Kirk Cousins and the Vikings will host the Washington Redskins on “Thursday Night Football” on Oct. 24; and Earl Thomas and the Ravens will visit the Seahawks on Oct. 20.

–Field Level Media

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Full 2019 NFL schedule by week

Full 2019 NFL schedule by week

Full 2019 NFL schedule by week

Full 2019 NFL schedule by week (all times local)

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (Thu)# 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 09, 2019

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 6:10p (CT) 7:10p ESPN

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (Mon) 7:20p (PT) 10:20p ESPN

WEEK 2

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 16, 2019

Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (Mon)# 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 3

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 23, 2019

Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 4

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 5

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders (London) 6:00p (BST) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 07, 2019

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 6

Thursday, October 10, 2019

New York Giants at New England Patriots (Thu)# 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 14, 2019

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 7

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (Thu) 6:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans 3:05p (CT) 4:05p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 21, 2019

New England Patriots at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 8

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams (London) 5:00p (BST) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs# 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 28, 2019

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 9

Thursday, October 31, 2019

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MST) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 04, 2019

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 10

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 11, 2019

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 11

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles# 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 18, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Mexico) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 12

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 3:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 25, 2019

Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 13

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (Thanksgiving) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, December 01, 2019

San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 02, 2019

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 14

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 09, 2019

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 15

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MST) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 16, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints (Mon)# 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 16

Saturday, December 21, 2019

FLEX 1:00p NFLN

FLEX 4:30p NFLN

FLEX 8:15p NFLN

Network, Date (Saturday or Sunday) & Time TBD

Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers#

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 23, 2019

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 17

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

* NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change

#NFL 100 Game of the Week (Week 17 TBD)

–Field Level Media

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AAF files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

AAF files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The Alliance of

AAF files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The Alliance of American Football filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday, 15 days after the folding of the eight-team league.

The AAF filed the bankruptcy paperwork with the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.

Filings show the league listed $11.4 million in assets and $48.4 million in liabilities.

“The AAF is committed to ensuring that our bankruptcy proceeds in an efficient and orderly manner,” the league said in a statement. “Pursuant to the bankruptcy laws, a trustee will be empowered to resolve all matters related to the AAF’s remaining assets and liabilities, including ongoing matters related to player contracts.”

The AAF suspended operations eight weeks into a 10-game schedule. AAF majority owner Tom Dundon, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, made the call despite the protests of league co-founder Bill Polian. Television/film producer Charlie Ebersol was the other co-founder.

“We are deeply disappointed to be taking this action,” the league said in Wednesday’s bankruptcy statement. “The AAF was created to be a dynamic, developmental professional football league powered by an unprecedented alliance between players, fans and the game. The AAF strove to create new opportunities for talented players, coaches, executives and officials while providing an exciting experience for fans. We are proud of the fact that our teams and players delivered on that goal.”

The AAF’s teams were the Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders and San Diego Fleet.

–Field Level Media

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Florida prosecutors say they’ll release Kraft videos

Florida prosecutors say they'll release Kraft videos

Florida prosecutors say they’ll release Kraft videos

Florida prosecutors on Wednesday said they intend to release videos that allegedly show New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men engaged in sexual acts at a massage parlor because they are required to by state law.

In court documents filed by the Palm Beach County state’s attorney’s office, which were obtained by The Boston Globe, prosecutors said they “cannot delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents. The Public Records Act does not allow a custodian to delay the production of records to allow the resolution of a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents.”

No timetable was given for the release.

Kraft has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution following two January visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

The 77-year-old billionaire’s defense team has argued in court against the release of the videos.

“It’s basically pornography,” William Burck, one of Kraft’s attorneys, said in court Friday. Burck said release of the videos would result in “catastrophic” harm for Kraft and that “the public’s interest in seeing this video is all about prurient interest.”

Kraft’s lawyers filed an emergency motion Wednesday to “oppose the State’s intended disclosure” of the videos, CNBC reported.

Several media groups also have requested the videos’ release.

“The public now has a right of access to them,” Diane Schulman, an attorney for the media groups said, adding concerns about embarrassment and publicity are not justifiable reasons to seal the videos under Florida law.

–Field Level Media

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Boom or bust? QB Murray leads list of 10 risky picks

Boom or bust? QB Murray leads list of 10 risky picks

Boom or bust? QB Murray leads list of 10 risky picks

NFL scouting departments fight to find hidden gems in the late rounds and undrafted free agency. But striking out on top picks often determines whether a team succeeds or fails.

Teams cannot avoid risky players entirely.

Obviously, every player comes with some degree of risk. Going from college to pro is a projection game for scouts and general managers. No player is going to be asked to mirror the role he played in college and the leap in competition is incredibly steep. As informative as the athletic, psychological and medical testing performed at the Combine can be, there is no exact, scientific predictor which players will work even harder after depositing their first NFL paycheck.

This top 10 list of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft zeroes in on a handful of prominent prospects, but the rundown could be all-encompassing.

In each case, the prospect could blossom into the coveted All-Pro who makes an immediate impact and turns your favorite team into a Super Bowl contender. Or, in many cases, the same players could be colossal busts, the kind of failure that results in a reset at the position in just a few years – quite possibly a new general manager, too.

Players are listed in their projected order of selection.

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma, first round: There is no greater boom-or-bust prospect in the 2019 draft. His talent is undeniable and at no time in NFL history has the league been more accommodating to a dual-threat quarterback. Yet, I’ve always been leery of quarterbacks who were only successful for one year at the major college level, were protected by a phenomenal offensive line, threw to future NFL star wide receivers and were aided by an innovative play-caller. Murray checks every one of those boxes.

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU, first round: Williams is an exceptional athletic talent worthy of being selected in the top 10 – so was Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State, Cleveland Browns). The problem? Williams didn’t show NFL production and very little in terms of technical progress in his two starting seasons at LSU. His lack of competitiveness in run support last season is troubling. Talent is there, but it would not shock me to see Williams fall out of the first round entirely.

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson, first round: Full disclosure, I’m higher on Ferrell than most. His size, physicality and use of hands all translate well to the next level. But edge rushers get drafted in the top 10 or earn Pro Bowl nods based on their ability to affect the quarterback and Ferrell simply does not possess the quick-twitch explosiveness to consistently threaten NFL offensive tackles with his speed. I have a hard time imagining a player with his size, competitiveness and production falling too far on draft day. Some wonder if he’s a bit of a “parasite player,” who fed off attention opponents gave Clemson’s stud defensive tackles.

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi, first round: The team that hits on Metcalf could have the second coming of Calvin Johnson, who some forget was also very much a boom-bust prospect when he left Georgia Tech’s triple option offense. Of course, Johnson became one of the most dominant forces in NFL history. For all of Metcalf’s exceptional abilities, his lack of the most important one – durability – is frightening.

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington, first round: Murphy, too, struggled with durability over his short college career, a fact made more disconcerting given his physical playing style. Scouts are aware that recent former Washington cornerbacks have largely struggled to play with the same effectiveness in the NFL after leaving DB guru Jimmy Lake and the Huskies. And as any redshirt sophomore, Murphy has to convince scouts that he has the maturity to handle the responsibilities of the NFL – a concern only enflamed with his post-Combine decision to switch agents.

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State, first round: Dillard is an easy first-round talent from an athletic perspective. He possesses the best feet of any offensive lineman in this draft, which translates beautifully to a pass blocking offense, like the one he played in with the Cougars. Few NFL teams rely on passing the ball as much as Mike Leach; I was stunned Dillard labored significantly during a relatively easy positional workout at his Pro Day. He looked out of shape, raising questions about how seriously he is taking this process.

Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama, first-second round: Despite his exciting range and ball skills, no player has dropped further on my board than Thompson since the end of the college football regular season and that includes recently injured prospects Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State) and Kendall Sheffield (Ohio State). Thompson struggled on the field during the playoffs, especially the national championship game loss to Clemson. Thompson raised some eyebrows at the Combine by opting not to run or jump at the Combine due to a right wrist injury and two Pro Days later, he still has not run the 40-yard dash for scouts, leaving some questioning his competitiveness and true athleticism. Thompson comes with character red-flags following an April 25, 2017 charge of felony aggravated assault in which he and three former high school teammates allegedly beat a man severely.

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State, second round: I am as intrigued by Butler’s exceptional height-weight-speed combination (6-5 3/8, 227, 4.48) as anyone and he does have some phenomenal one-handed catches to ascend to highlight reel royalty. Unfortunately, there are a fair number of two-handed drops that show up on the real tape, a significant counterbalance in the overall evaluation.

Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State, second-third round: There is no denying that in this below-average running back crop, Sanders’ prototypical 5-11, 211-pound frame, lateral agility and proven 4.4 speed stands out. Just as catching the ball is the single-most important component to playing wide receiver, hanging on to the ball is most important at running back. Given that he was only Penn State’s one season after backing up Saquon Barkley, the fact that Sanders fumbled the ball 10 times over his career (losing seven) is alarming.

Jachai Polite, DE/OLB, Florida, second-third round: Disappointing 40-yard dash times at the Combine (4.84) and his subsequent Pro Day (4.88-4.95) have generated a ton of negative publicity for Polite since the end of the season, when he notably led the country with seven forced fumbles. I believe 40-yard dash times for defensive linemen mean very little, especially for a player with Polite’s exceptional initial burst off the line. I am concerned that Polite’s slow times could mean that the poor conditioning which plagued his early career at Florida may be a lasting worry, raising plenty of questions about how hard he will work once those NFL game checks starting coming in.

–By Rob Rang, Field Level Media

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NFL puts dates on International Series games

NFL puts dates on International Series games

Five International Series games

NFL puts dates on International Series games

Five International Series games on the 2019 NFL schedule were assigned dates on Wednesday, including a primetime AFC West rivalry game in Mexico pitting the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers at Azteca Stadium.

The matchups for all five games, four of which are scheduled to be played in London, were announced by the NFL on Jan. 21.

The Chiefs-Chargers game is the final date on the International Series schedule, which opens Oct. 6 with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders in a 1 p.m. ET game at Tottenham Stadium.

NFC South division foes are at Tottenham the following Sunday, when the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers square off in a 9:30 a.m. ET game (Oct. 13).

Play shifts to Wembley Stadium on Oct. 27 as the Cincinnati Bengals and NFC champion Los Angeles Rams meet (1 p.m. ET), and AFC South opponents — Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars — play Nov. 3 in a 9:30 a.m. ET contest.

The Rams were scheduled to play the Chiefs at Azteca Stadium last season, but that “Monday Night Football” game was moved to Los Angeles due to field conditions.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the Super Bowl in February that NFL officials are confident the game will be played in Mexico City this year.

–Field Level Media

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Patriots sign veteran WR Thomas

Patriots sign veteran WR Thomas

The New England Patriots

Patriots sign veteran WR Thomas

The New England Patriots have signed four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to a one-year deal, according to published reports.

Thomas, 31, could earn up to $6 million on the deal, NFL Network reported. He bolsters New England’s passing attack ahead of next week’s NFL draft.

In nine seasons with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, Thomas has hauled in 688 catches for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns. The Broncos traded him to the Texans before last season’s trade deadline, and he finished the year with 59 catches for 677 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games overall.

Thomas’ season ended Dec. 23 when he tore his left Achilles against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be about seven months removed from the injury when the Patriots report to training camp, and it is uncertain whether he will be fully recovered for the first practice.

Last season’s production marked a decline for Thomas, who surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in five straight seasons from 2012-16. He was part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl championship team during the 2015 season and has scored six touchdowns in 10 career playoff games.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has spoken highly of Thomas in the past. He complimented the receiver and Emmanuel Sanders before the 2015 AFC title game.

“You can’t just take away one thing,” Belichick said in comments published by the Boston Herald. “They’re both great catch-and-run players. They can both beat you on intermediate routes, come-backs, in-cuts, slim posts, things like that, and then they’re both great down the field with vertical routes.”

Thomas joins a group of receivers in New England that includes top target Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios and others. Josh Gordon has been indefinitely suspended by the league.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: QB Wilson becomes league’s top-paid player

NFL notebook: QB Wilson becomes league's top-paid player

NFL notebook: QB Wilson becomes league’s top-paid player

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year extension worth a reported $140 million, making the franchise quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night. Wilson confirmed the new deal in a Twitter post early Tuesday.

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson said from his bed, next to his wife, Ciara. “Go Hawks. But I’ma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

Wilson’s reported annual average of $35 million tops the blockbuster extension signed last summer by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million. Rodgers’ deal included a $57.5 million signing bonus, also topped by Wilson.

–The Oakland Athletics reportedly offered Kyler Murray, their 2018 first-round draft pick, a whole lot of money to give up his football dreams.

Sports Illustrated reported that Oakland offered to add a guaranteed $14 million to his $4.6 million signing bonus to try to persuade the Heisman Trophy winner to play baseball. The A’s also would have added him to their 40-man roster.

Instead, the 21-year-old Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last season, walked away from baseball to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. He could be the first player selected when the draft kicks off on April 25 in Nashville, Tenn.

–The Atlanta Falcons reunited with defensive end Chris Odom and signed offensive lineman John Wetzel, the team announced.

Odom got a two-year deal. The 24-year-old originally signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but was eventually cut. He went on to play seven games with Green Bay and is coming off a halted season in the Alliance of American Football league where he registered 2.5 sacks for the Salt Lake Stallions.

Wetzel, 27, inked a one-year deal with the Falcons after spending the past three seasons with Arizona, where he made 24 starts. The 6-foot-7 combo guard/tackle was put on injured reserve last November due to a neck injury.

–Los Angeles Chargers wideout Travis Benjamin received a one-year extension through 2020 as part of a reworked contract, ESPN reported.

Benjamin reportedly will receive a $3 million signing bonus in exchange for agreeing to reduce his 2019 base salary from $5.25 million to $1 million. His 2020 salary wasn’t immediately known.

The new agreement creates $2.75 million in salary-cap space for the Chargers, according to ESPN.

–The New England Patriots signed four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to a one-year deal, according to published reports.

Thomas, 31, could earn up to $6 million on the deal, NFL Network reported. He bolsters New England’s passing attack ahead of next week’s NFL draft.

In nine seasons with Denver and Houston, Thomas has hauled in 688 catches for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns. The Broncos traded him to the Texans before last season’s trade deadline, and he finished the year with 59 catches for 677 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games overall.

–Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller announced his retirement, 18 months after he sustained a horrific knee injury.

He had hoped to return to the game but in an Instagram post said he just physically couldn’t do it.

“The time has come to move on from playing the game of football,” Miller, 34, said in the post. “It has been an incredible journey for myself and my entire family and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve.”

–The NFL will release the 2019 schedule Wednesday night during a televised show on NFL Network.

The unveiling begins at 8 p.m. ET, and it comes one week before the NFL draft, which starts April 25.

The NFL previously announced that the season will kick off Sept. 5 with a game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, a storied rivalry to commemorate the league’s 100th anniversary.

–Field Level Media

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Chargers to showcase powder blues at home

Chargers to showcase powder blues at home

Chargers to showcase powder blues at home

Out with the new, in with the old.

The Los Angeles Chargers announced Tuesday that they will return to their powder blue jerseys for home games during the 2019 season. The look dates back to the 1960s and 1970s but has been limited to occasional uses since the end of the 1974 season.

The decision comes one year before the Chargers move into their new stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

“I’ve talked to our fans, and they love the uniforms and the colors,” Chargers executive A.G. Spanos told reporters. “They love the lightning bolt. It’s truly iconic. It’s very special, and we have a great history.

“When you look at players like LaDainian Tomlinson, Dan Fouts, Junior Seau and on and on, I think it’s important to keep that tradition going.”

The Chargers are 4-0 under head coach Anthony Lynn when they wear the powder blue uniforms, according to ESPN.

–Field Level Media

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Cardinals undecided on next week’s No. 1 pick

Cardinals undecided on next week's No. 1 pick

Cardinals undecided on next week’s No. 1 pick

The Arizona Cardinals are nine days from a decision that could alter the course of their franchise.

Forgive them if they are having a hard time making up their mind.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim admitted as much Tuesday during a pre-draft news conference. He said the Cardinals have not decided which player to select with the No. 1 overall pick in next Thursday’s draft.

“We are not done with this process,” Keim told reporters. “There are a number of players in my opinion and our scouts’ opinions and our coaching staff’s opinion that warrant being the first overall selection.”

The list likely includes Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, a known favorite of first-year Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa also has been rumored as a possible No. 1 pick if the Cardinals prefer to turn to defense and keep Josh Rosen at quarterback.

Keim acknowledged that some teams have reached out about the possibility of acquiring the top draft choice.

“If it’s compensation you can’t pass up and it’s the next three drafts of some of these teams, you’d have to consider it,” Keim said.

The Cardinals’ general manager said speculation about the No. 1 pick has been “fun” but not always credible.

“When it comes to this press conference, you guys think this is misinformation,” Keim said. “We’re not the only ones spitting it out. There’s a lot of it going around.

“The fact that I don’t know what we’re doing but everybody else does, that’s concerning.”

Meanwhile, Kingsbury said he has been impressed by Rosen’s steadiness amid the uncertainty surrounding the top pick.

Rosen started 13 games as a rookie last season. He completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

“He couldn’t have been better, honestly,” Kingsbury said. “First one to show up, engaging, into it, very sharp, as everybody knows. Can’t say enough good things about my interactions with Josh so far.”

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Bears TE Miller gives up comeback, retires

Bears TE Miller gives up comeback, retires

Bears TE Miller gives up comeback, retires

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller announced his retirement on Tuesday, 18 months after he suffered a horrific knee injury.

He had hoped to return to the game but in an Instagram post said he just physically couldn’t do it.

“The time has come to move on from playing the game of football,” Miller, 34, said in the post. “It has been an incredible journey for myself and my entire family and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve.”

On Oct. 29, 2017, Miller suffered a dislocated knee against the New Orleans Saints. He had emergency vascular surgery at a local hospital to repair a torn popliteal artery and ultimately save his left leg.

The injury eventually required nine surgeries.

The Bears re-signed him June 2018, knowing he couldn’t play, to enable him to retain his medical insurance and rehab at the team’s facility.

A sixth-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2009, he played three years with the Jaguars and three-plus seasons with the Bears. He ends his career having played in 66 games (33 starts) with 146 catches for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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Wilson agrees to $140M extension, now NFL’s top-paid

Wilson agrees to $140M extension, now NFL's top-paid

Wilson agrees to $140M extension, now NFL’s top-paid

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year extension worth a reported $140 million, making the franchise quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night. Wilson confirmed the new deal in a Twitter post early Tuesday.

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson said from his bed, next to his wife, Ciara. “Go Hawks. But I’ma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

Wilson’s reported annual average of $35 million tops the blockbuster extension signed last summer by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million. Rodgers’ deal included a $57.5 million signing bonus, also topped by Wilson.

ESPN and the Seattle PI reported the terms of the deal.

Wilson, 30, is contractually tied to Seattle through the 2023 season.

The Seahawks were up against a deadline of late Monday night to reach a deal with Wilson, who had vowed not to discuss an extension if the sides couldn’t reach a deal by midnight. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, arrived at team headquarters last Friday to hammer out a deal, according to ESPN.

“At the end of the day, my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle,” Rodgers told ESPN on Tuesday. “Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that.”

Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who posted career-highs in passing touchdowns (35) and passer-rating (110.9) in 2018. He has thrown for 25,624 yards and 196 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He has started all 112 games he has played for the Seahawks.

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Falcons bring back DE Odom, sign OL Wetzel

Falcons bring back DE Odom, sign OL Wetzel

The

Falcons bring back DE Odom, sign OL Wetzel

The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday reunited with defensive end Chris Odom and signed offensive lineman John Wetzel, the team announced.

Odom’s deal is for two years, and the 24-year-old is coming off a halted season in the Alliance of American Football league where he registered 2.5 sacks for the Salt Lake Stallions.

Odom originally signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but was eventually cut. He went on to play in seven games with the Green Bay Packers.

Wetzel, 27, inked a one-year deal with the Falcons after spending the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Wetzel made 24 starts in Arizona. The 6-foot-7 combo guard/tackle was put on injured reserve last November with a neck injury.

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Report: Murray turned down extra $14M from Athletics

Report: Murray turned down extra $14M from Athletics

The

Report: Murray turned down extra $14M from Athletics

The Oakland Athletics reportedly offered Kyler Murray, their 2018 first-round draft pick, a whole lot of money to give up his football dreams.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Oakland offered to add a guaranteed $14 million to his $4.6 million signing bonus to try to persuade the Heisman Trophy winner to play baseball. The A’s also would have added him to their 40-man roster.

Instead, the 21-year-old Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last season, walked away from baseball to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. He could be the first player selected when the draft kicks off on April 25 in Nashville, Tenn.

When the A’s drafted him with the No. 9 overall selection last summer, they told him he could play one more season of college football before reporting to the club.

“Circumstances change,” Missy Murray, Kyler’s mom, told Sports Illustrated.

Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns in 14 games for the Sooners.

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Chargers extend WR Benjamin through 2020

Chargers extend WR Benjamin through 2020

Los Angeles Chargers wideout

Chargers extend WR Benjamin through 2020

Los Angeles Chargers wideout Travis Benjamin received a one-year extension through 2020 as part of a reworked contract, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

Benjamin reportedly will receive a $3 million signing bonus in exchange for agreeing to reduce his 2019 base salary from $5.25 million to $1 million.

Benjamin’s 2020 salary wasn’t immediately known.

The new agreement creates $2.75 million in salary-cap space for the Chargers, according to ESPN.

Benjamin caught 12 passes for 186 yards in 12 games last season. He has 93 receptions for 1,430 yards and nine touchdowns in 42 games for the Chargers over the past three seasons.

The 29-year-old Benjamin played his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns and established career-highs of 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns in 2015.

Overall, Benjamin has caught 202 passes for 3,113 yards and 19 scores in 96 games (35 starts). He also has returned four punts for touchdowns, three with the Browns and one for the Chargers.

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Wilson agrees to $140M extension, becomes top-paid player in NFL

Wilson agrees to $140M extension, becomes top-paid player in NFL

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year extension worth a reported $140 million, making the franchise quarterback the highest paid player in the NFL.

The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was

Wilson agrees to $140M extension, becomes top-paid player in NFL

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year extension worth a reported $140 million, making the franchise quarterback the highest paid player in the NFL.

The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night. Wilson confirmed the new deal in a Twitter post early Tuesday.

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson says from his bed, next to his wife, Ciara. “Go Hawks. But I’ma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

Wilson’s reported annual average of $35 million tops the blockbuster extension signed last summer by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million. Rodgers’ deal included a $57.5 million signing bonus, also topped by Wilson.

ESPN and the Seattle PI reported the terms of the deal.

Wilson, 30, is contractually tied to Seattle through the 2023 season.

The Seahawks were up against a deadline of late Monday night to reach a deal with Wilson, who had vowed not to discuss an extension if the sides couldn’t reach a deal by midnight. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, arrived at team headquarters last Friday to hammer out a deal, according to ESPN.

“At the end of the day, my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle,” Rodgers told ESPN on Tuesday. “Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that.”

Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who posted career-highs in passing touchdowns (35) and passer-rating (110.9) in 2018. He has thrown for 25,624 yards and 196 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He has started all 112 games he has played for the Seahawks.

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Seahawks QB Wilson set to be NFL’s highest paid

Seahawks QB Wilson set to be NFL's highest paid

Russell Wilson is on the verge of being the NFL's highest-paid player.

The 30-year-old quarterback shook on a four-year deal worth a reported $140 million with the Seattle Seahawks, ending days of negotiations around Wilson's self-imposed deadline.

Wilson

Seahawks QB Wilson set to be NFL’s highest paid

Russell Wilson is on the verge of being the NFL’s highest-paid player.

The 30-year-old quarterback shook on a four-year deal worth a reported $140 million with the Seattle Seahawks, ending days of negotiations around Wilson’s self-imposed deadline.

Wilson announced the deal in an Instagram video recorded from bed, lying next to his famous wife, Ciara.

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal. Go Hawks. But I’ma see y’all in the morning. Time for y’all to go to bed.”

The 2019 season would have been Wilson’s last on his existing contract – at $19 million – and market value has escalated rapidly in the past 13 months. Kirk Cousins (Vikings), Matt Ryan (Falcons) and Aaron Rodgers (Packers) helped push the new annual average value for franchise quarterbacks $35 million, which is where Wilson’s deal falls. Rodgers AAV is $33.5 million.

According to multiple reports, Wilson’s contract includes a new record for guaranteed money – $65 million – which pushes him past Rodgers ($57.5M).

Wilson had 35 touchdown passes and a 110.9 passer rating last season.

With his deal done, the Seahawks will be hard-pressed to find the cash under the cap to get market-value contracts for both Frank Clark and Bobby Wagner. Clark, currently under the franchise tag at $17.9 million for 2019, is the subject of trade speculation. Wagner played like an ascending linebacker in 2018 but this offseason has been kind to players at his position, too.

The Jets signed free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal in March.

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NFL 2019 schedule hits Wednesday

NFL 2019 schedule hits Wednesday

The NFL will release the 2019 schedule Wednesday night during a televised show on NFL Network, the league announced Tuesday.

The unveiling begins at 8 p.m., and it comes one week before the NFL Draft, which starts April 25.

The NFL previously

NFL 2019 schedule hits Wednesday

The NFL will release the 2019 schedule Wednesday night during a televised show on NFL Network, the league announced Tuesday.

The unveiling begins at 8 p.m., and it comes one week before the NFL Draft, which starts April 25.

The NFL previously announced that the season will kick off Sept. 5 with a game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, a storied rivalry to commemorate the league’s 100th anniversary.

The NFL released the preseason schedule last week.

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Report: 49ers K Gould no-show at voluntary workouts

Report: 49ers K Gould no-show at voluntary workouts

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould was a no-show for the start of voluntary team workouts Monday, according to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 36-year-old kicker has not signed his one-year franchise tender with the 49ers. The deal would

Report: 49ers K Gould no-show at voluntary workouts

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould was a no-show for the start of voluntary team workouts Monday, according to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 36-year-old kicker has not signed his one-year franchise tender with the 49ers. The deal would be worth $4.97 million if Gould signs it.

Gould reportedly was not pleased when the 49ers placed the franchise tag on him in February instead of allowing him to become a free agent. He spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago Bears, who are searching for a kicker after releasing Cody Parkey during the offseason.

In 208 career games, Gould has connected on 87.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and 97.6 percent of his extra-point attempts.

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NFL notebook: QB Wilson’s extension deadline approaches

NFL notebook: QB Wilson's extension deadline approaches

Quarterback Russell Wilson will not sign a long-term deal with the Seattle Seahawks if he and the team fail to reach agreement before his self-imposed deadline of midnight Monday passes, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day.

With the NFL draft next

NFL notebook: QB Wilson’s extension deadline approaches

Quarterback Russell Wilson will not sign a long-term deal with the Seattle Seahawks if he and the team fail to reach agreement before his self-imposed deadline of midnight Monday passes, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day.

With the NFL draft next week, reports that franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark is on the trade block, and the team having only $12 million in available salary-cap space, it could be a busy two weeks ahead for the Seahawks.

Wilson previously informed the team he wanted a new long-term contract by April 15. According to reports, the two sides have engaged in discussions that would net Wilson one of the top deals — perhaps the highest-paying — in the NFL, approaching $30 million annually.

Wilson’s current contract expires after the 2019 season.

–Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill was in attendance as the Chiefs opened offseason workouts, coach Andy Reid confirmed to reporters, as authorities investigate two alleged incidents of suspected child abuse last month at Hill’s home. Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes.

The second alleged incident occurred March 14 and involved a juvenile, according to multiple published reports. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill’s 3-year-old son sustained a broken arm in the incident. Overland Park police responded to the same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill’s name is listed on the report.

–Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray scheduled a visit with the Washington Redskins, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins will meet with the New York Giants this week.

Murray is projected to be a top-10 draft pick, with speculation the Arizona Cardinals want the Heisman Trophy winner with the No. 1 overall pick. Haskins, ranked by most outlets as the No. 2 quarterback in the draft, has already worked out for the Oakland Raiders and visited with the Denver Broncos and Redskins.

–Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz says the stress fracture in his back hasn’t fully healed, but he still plans to be ready for the start of organized team activities, which begin May 21.

Wentz, 26, was diagnosed with the injury in mid-December and missed Philadelphia’s last three regular-season games and both playoff contests. He said he is taking things “week by week” and that he has been cleared to run and throw some.

–Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed his toddler was nearly hit by furniture Brown threw off a balcony last year, TMZ.com reported.

Ophir Sternberg said that his 22-month-old son was walking near the pool at a Florida apartment complex in April 2018 when “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.” Per TMZ, the settlement terms are confidential.

–Eagles running back Josh Adams reportedly will miss the start of the offseason conditioning program as he recovers from shoulder surgery he underwent following Philadelphia’s divisional-round playoff loss against the New Orleans Saints.

Adams, 22, was given a six-month timetable for his recovery and is expected to join the team for training camp in July. The undrafted free agent rushed for a team-high 511 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games in 2018.

–New England quarterback Tom Brady and newly acquired defensive end Michael Bennett were no-shows for the team’s first day of voluntary workouts, ESPN reported. Brady skipped the workouts last year while Bennett reportedly does his training at his offseason home of Hawaii.

–The Minnesota Vikings signed former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor. The team also announced that a pair of restricted free agents, safety Anthony Harris and offensive tackle Rashod Hill, had both signed their tenders.

–San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould was a no-show for the start of voluntary team workouts, according to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area. The 36-year-old kicker has not signed his one-year franchise tender with the 49ers. The deal would be worth $4.97 million if Gould signs it.

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Brady, Bennett no-shows for Patriots’ voluntary workouts

Brady, Bennett no-shows for Patriots' voluntary workouts

Brady, Bennett no-shows for Patriots’ voluntary workouts

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a no-show for the team’s first day of voluntary workouts, ESPN reported.

The entity also said defensive end Michael Bennett didn’t report for Monday’s start to the offseason program.

Brady’s absence wasn’t a major surprise since he skipped the voluntary workouts last year and the 41-year-old had hinted he was unlikely to take part this offseason either.

Not taking part in the voluntary workouts last year didn’t seem to hurt since the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.

“My greatest challenge in 2019 is going to be continuing to prepare the way I want with my body, my mind,” Brady said back in February. “It always has its unique challenges. I’ve already got my offseason mapped out. … It will be a lot of time with my family and try to get ready for another year.”

Bennett reportedly lives in Hawaii in the offseason and does his training on the islands. The Patriots acquired the 33-year-old from the Philadelphia Eagles last month.

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Woods draws TV crowd, despite early Masters start

Woods draws TV crowd, despite early Masters start

Tiger Woods' victory at

Woods draws TV crowd, despite early Masters start

Tiger Woods’ victory at The Masters also delivered strong TV ratings.

CBS Sports started its Sunday telecast five hours earlier than normal, at 9 a.m. ET, due to weather-shifted tee times. The final round became the highest-rated morning sports golf broadcast in at least 34 years (since metered market ratings began) with a 7.7 overnight rating/21 share.

Combined with an encore presentation, the final round combined for a 11.1 rating, which would be the best for the final round of The Masters since 2010, when Phil Mickelson won and Woods finished tied for fourth as he returned from a scandal that began with him driving into a fire hydrant.

Because of the early start, though, the live rating was the lowest for the final round of the Masters since 2004 (7.3). As it was, the 7.7 rating was still the best for any round of golf since last year’s final round in Augusta, Ga.

The live telecast peaked from 2:15-2:30 p.m. ET with a 12.1 rating as Woods earned his fifth green jacket — first since 2005 — and his 15th major title. It’s the highest peak rating for the Masters since 2013, according to CBS.

A rating is the percentage of homes watching a program out of total number of TV homes. Share is percentage of televisions in use.

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Eagles QB Wentz says back still not fully healed

Eagles QB Wentz says back still not fully healed

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz says the stress fracture in his back hasn't fully healed, but he still plans to be ready for the start of organized team activities next month.

"It's still getting there," Wentz told reporters Monday when the

Eagles QB Wentz says back still not fully healed

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz says the stress fracture in his back hasn’t fully healed, but he still plans to be ready for the start of organized team activities next month.

“It’s still getting there,” Wentz told reporters Monday when the Eagles began their voluntary offseason program. “Some of the stuff just takes time. That’s not really the main concern, it’s just kind of how I feel and I feel really good with where I’m at.”

Wentz, 26, was diagnosed with the injury in mid-December and missed Philadelphia’s last three regular-season games and both playoff contests.

He said he is taking things “week by week” and that he has been cleared to run and throw some, but he declined to discuss specifics of his recovery.

The Eagles begin OTAs on May 21.

“That’s the goal. That’s the goal,” Wentz said. “But there really is no timetable, no rush. But I feel good with the progression I’ve been on.”

Wentz, who also missed the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017 with a torn ACL, was asked to comment on concerns about his overall durability. That is a greater concern about that entering 2019 because former backup Nick Foles is now the starter in Jacksonville.

“I get it. I get it,” Wentz said. “I’m looking forward to putting those behind me. I understand it’s a part of this league, it’s a physical league and things happen. Some of those things are out of my control and I look forward to putting that behind me.”

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Wentz is 23-17 through three seasons with 10,152 passing yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

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Vikings sign QB Mannion, WR Taylor

Vikings sign QB Mannion, WR Taylor

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor on Monday.

The team also announced that a pair of restricted free agents, safety Anthony Harris and offensive tackle Rashod Hill, had both signed their

Vikings sign QB Mannion, WR Taylor

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor on Monday.

The team also announced that a pair of restricted free agents, safety Anthony Harris and offensive tackle Rashod Hill, had both signed their tenders.

Mannion, who turns 27 later this month, was the Rams’ third-round pick in 2015 and has appeared in 10 career games with one start. He has completed 33 of 53 passes for 258 yards with one interception.

Taylor, 27, appeared in 26 games with Denver in 2016 and 2017. He caught 29 passes for 351 yards with two touchdowns.

Harris, 27, is entering his fifth season with the Vikings and has appeared in 51 games (17 starts). He set career highs in 2018 with three interceptions, 46 tackles and nine starts.

Hill, 27, is heading into his fourth season with Minnesota and has played in 28 games (15 starts).

The team did not provide any contract details.

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After Masters win, Trump offers Woods medal of freedom

After Masters win, Trump offers Woods medal of freedom

The impact of Tiger Woods' Masters victory continues to reverberate with President Donald Trump sending out a Twitter post Monday saying that the 15-time major winner is deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on

After Masters win, Trump offers Woods medal of freedom

The impact of Tiger Woods’ Masters victory continues to reverberate with President Donald Trump sending out a Twitter post Monday saying that the 15-time major winner is deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!” Trump’s post read.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to citizens who offer a significant contribution to national interests, world peace, cultural or other endeavors. Trump has awarded the medal seven times previously, all in 2018.

An avid golfer, Trump reportedly watched Woods’ Masters victory from his golf club in Virginia. Woods’ most recent victory came 14 years after his last Masters triumph in 2005.

Woods overcame physical setbacks and personal adversity to earn his most recent victory, five years after he was last ranked No. 1 in the world.

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QBs Murray visiting Redskins, Haskins visits hometown Giants

QBs Murray visiting Redskins, Haskins visits hometown Giants

Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray scheduled

QBs Murray visiting Redskins, Haskins visits hometown Giants

Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray scheduled a visit with the Washington Redskins, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins will meet with the New York Giants this week.

Murray is projected to be a top-10 draft pick, with speculation the Arizona Cardinals want the Heisman Trophy winner with the No. 1 overall pick.

Haskins, one of the top quarterback prospects available in this month’s draft, has already worked out for the Oakland Raiders and visited with the Denver Broncos and Redskins.

The Giants have 12 draft picks — they hold the sixth and 17th picks in the first round — and hosted Murray April 11. The team had dinner with Haskins the night before his Buckeyes pro day in March.

With Eli Manning approaching 40 years old, the Giants are looking for a long-term answer at the position. They have already visited with Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier.

Haskins, a one-year starter as a redshirt sophomore, grew up in Highland Park, N.J., rooting for the Giants as a kid.

“It would be a dream come true as far as being able to go back home where my family is and play for that franchise,” Haskins said at the NFL Scouting Combine of possibly being drafted by the Giants.

The Redskins are carrying veterans Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, acquired via trade from the Broncos in March, on the current roster. Alex Smith, who suffered a broken leg and experienced complications following surgery, is not expected to play in 2019.

Other reports of quarterback prospects making the rounds this week include Lock visiting Green Bay and Jones working out for Miami.

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers under contract through the 2023 season, but they also have 10 total selections in the draft — including the 12th and 30th picks in the first round.

The Dolphins have the 13th pick and plan to evaluate Jones this week at Duke, according to NFL Network.

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Report: Seahawks QB Wilson won’t sign deal after Monday

Report: Seahawks QB Wilson won't sign deal after Monday

Report: Seahawks QB Wilson won’t sign deal after Monday

The self-imposed deadline set by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hits Monday, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported he will not sign a long-term deal with the team once it passes.

With the NFL draft next week and reports franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark is on the trade block, it could be a busy two weeks ahead for the Seahawks.

Multiple outlets reported Clark, who is seeking a long-term deal worth more than $100 million, could be traded. The Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and other teams are reportedly kicking the tires on a trade after Clark recorded 32 sacks in the past three seasons in Seattle.

The Seahawks have only $12 million in available salary cap space.

Less certain is the direction the Seahawks are taking with Wilson as offseason workouts officially begin Monday.

Wilson informed the team he wanted a new long-term contract by April 15. According to reports, the two sides have engaged in discussions that would net Wilson one of the top deals — perhaps the highest-paying — in the NFL, approaching $30 million annually. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ deal pays more than $33 million per year and included $96 million guaranteed.

NFL Network reported Monday that “agent Mark Rodgers has been on the ground in Seattle for the last 3 days to negotiate with team brass. They are working on it, but time is running out before offseason conditioning begins.”

Wilson informed the Seahawks that he would report to the team facility Monday for the start of workouts with or without a new deal. His current contract expires after the 2019 season.

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Seahawks could trade Clark; deadline hits for Wilson deal

Seahawks could trade Clark; deadline hits for Wilson deal

Seahawks could trade Clark; deadline hits for Wilson deal

Franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark is on the trade block as the self-imposed deadline set by quarterback Russell Wilson hits, meaning a busy two weeks could be ahead for the Seattle Seahawks.

Multiple outlets reported Clark, who is seeking a long-term deal worth more than $100 million, could be traded. The Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and other teams are reportedly kicking the tires on a trade after Clark recorded 32 sacks in the past three seasons in Seattle.

Less certain is the direction the Seahawks are taking with Wilson as offseason workouts officially begin Monday.

Wilson informed the team he wanted a new long-term contract by April 15. According to reports, the two sides have engaged in discussions that would net Wilson one of the top deals — perhaps the highest-paying — in the NFL, approaching $30 million annually.

NFL Network reported Monday that “agent Mark Rodgers has been on the ground in Seattle for the last 3 days to negotiate with team brass. They are working on it, but time is running out before offseason conditioning begins.”

Wilson informed the Seahawks that he would report to the team facility Monday for the start of workouts with or without a new deal. His current contract expires after the 2019 season.

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Report: Chiefs WR Hill to attend offseason workouts

Report: Chiefs WR Hill to attend offseason workouts

Report: Chiefs WR Hill to attend offseason workouts

Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill was in attendance as the Chiefs opened offseason workouts Monday, Yahoo Sports reported.

Authorities have been investigating two incidents of suspected child abuse last month at Hill’s home in Overland Park, Kan. Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, Hill set career highs with 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Hill is under investigation for an alleged March 14 battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple published reports. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill’s 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm in the incident.

Overland Park police responded to the same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill’s name is listed on the report.

His fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed on the March 14 report under the category of “others involved.” The Star reported that Espinal is pregnant with twins and that she is the mother of the 3-year-old whose arm was broken.

Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal when she was pregnant in December 2014. Hill was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He later pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and received three years’ probation.

The Chiefs issued a statement last month acknowledging they were aware of the situation.

“We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities,” the team said. “We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

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Report: Eagles RB Adams recovering from shoulder surgery

Report: Eagles RB Adams recovering from shoulder surgery

Philadelphia Eagles running back

Report: Eagles RB Adams recovering from shoulder surgery

Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams will reportedly miss the start of the offseason conditioning program recovering from shoulder surgery.

Adams had surgery to repair a torn labrum following the Eagles divisional round playoff loss against the New Orleans Saints in January, NJ Advance Media reported Monday.

Adams, 22, was given a six-month timetable for his recovery and is expected to join the team for training camp in July.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, Adams rushed for a team-high 511 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games as a 2018 rookie.

Healthy running backs on the Philadelphia roster include the recently acquired Jordan Howard, Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey. Corey Clement is recovering from a season-ending knee injury.

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Report: Raiders WR Brown settles furniture-tossing suit

Report: Raiders WR Brown settles furniture-tossing suit

Oakland

Report: Raiders WR Brown settles furniture-tossing suit

Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed his toddler was nearly hit by furniture Brown threw off a balcony last year, TMZ.com reported Monday.

Ophir Sternberg said that his 22-month-old son was walking near the pool at a Florida apartment complex in April 2018 when “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”

Sternberg’s lawsuit claimed that items tossed by Brown, including vases and an ottoman, landed just feet from the child, who was allegedly traumatized by the event.

According to TMZ.com, Brown and Sternberg agreed to a confidential settlement and the matter has been closed.

Brown, traded to Oakland from Pittsburgh last month, was expected to report for the start of the Raiders’ offseason workout program Monday.

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Woods jumps to 6th in rankings; Johnson reclaims No. 1

Woods jumps to 6th in rankings; Johnson reclaims No. 1

Tiger

Woods jumps to 6th in rankings; Johnson reclaims No. 1

Tiger Woods’ final-round rally to win the Masters on Sunday in Augusta, Ga., boosted him to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, which were updated Sunday evening.

Woods, 43, entered the tournament at No. 12 in the world, equaling his highest ranking since late in the 2014 season. In the time in between, he dipped as low as 1,199th in the rankings, while undergoing four back surgeries and believing he might never play again.

He climbed all the way to 26th within eight months of his lowest point before reaching 13th by the end of the 2018 season, following a victory at the Tour Championship.

Woods started Sunday two strokes back of Italy’s Francesco Molinari, a margin that remained through 11 holes, before overcoming the gap in the closing stretch to claim his fifth green jacket.

The last time Woods held the world’s top ranking was 10 weeks into the 2014 season. He holds the all-time records for most consecutive weeks (281) and most career weeks (683) atop the rankings.

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world after tying for second place, one stroke back of Woods. Johnson birdied four times in a five-hole span on the back nine to shoot 68.

England’s Justin Rose, who missed the cut by one stroke at 4 over through two rounds, had taken the title from Johnson last week, after Johnson took it from Rose in early March. Rose dropped to No. 2, with Brooks Koepka, who also tied for second on Sunday, moving from fourth to third.

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QB Haskins to visit Giants this week

QB Haskins to visit Giants this week

Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins will

QB Haskins to visit Giants this week

Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins will visit the New York Giants this week, he told Ohio-based website Eleven Warriors on Sunday.

Haskins, one of the top quarterback prospects available in this month’s draft, has already worked out for the Oakland Raiders and visited with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins, with the two visits coming this week.

The Giants, who hold the sixth and 17th picks in the first round, had dinner with Haskins the night before his Buckeyes pro day in March.

They brought Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to their facility for a visit on Thursday, and they’ve also visited with Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier.

Haskins, a one-year starter as a redshirt sophomore, grew up in Highland Park, N.J., rooting for the Giants as a kid.

“It would be a dream come true as far as being able to go back home where my family is and play for that franchise,” Haskins said at the NFL Scouting Combine of the possibility of being drafted by the Giants.

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Report: Patriots host QB prospects Grier, Jones

Report: Patriots host QB prospects Grier, Jones

New England brought in

Report: Patriots host QB prospects Grier, Jones

New England brought in a pair of top-five quarterback prospects last week for pre-draft visits, according to a report by the Boston Globe on Sunday.

The Patriots hosted West Virginia’s Will Grier and Duke’s Daniel Jones on Wednesday, according to the report, which detailed an “intriguing week” in Foxborough that also included a visit from Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger on Monday.

On Thursday, the Patriots reportedly brought in Iowa tight end Noah Fant, Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown, Baylor receiver Jalen Hurd and South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel. Still slated for visits are wide receivers N’Keal Harry (Arizona State) Miles Boykin (Notre Dame).

The Patriots have taken quarterbacks in the second and third rounds in recent years only to have them sit and learn behind Tom Brady and then leave the team: They picked Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft and took Jacoby Brissett in the third round in 2016.

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Woods wins fifth Masters

Woods wins fifth Masters

Tiger Woods won his

Woods wins fifth Masters

Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters on Sunday in Augusta, Ga., and his first major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open.

It was his 15th victory in a major tournament in his career, three off the record 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.

Woods finished the tournament at 13-under 275. He shot a final-round 70, closing out the victory with a bogey putt.

The 43-year-old Woods is the oldest Masters champ since Nicklaus won at age 46 in 1986.

“A big well done from me to Tiger,” Nicklaus said in a message read by Jim Nantz of CBS. “i am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic.”

Woods won his first major in the Masters in Augusta, Ga., in 1997.

It was his first major win after four back surgeries and a well-publicized personal scandal.

Xander Schauffele (68), Dustin Johnson(68), Brooks Koepka (70) finished one shot back.

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Tiger tames Masters for fifth time

Tiger tames Masters for fifth time

Tiger Woods notched three

Tiger tames Masters for fifth time

Tiger Woods notched three birdies down the stretch and claimed his first Masters championship since 2005 on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Woods shot 2-under-par 70 to finish at 13 under, a one-shot victory for his fifth green jacket.

Woods had a bogey on the last hole, but his short putt for the victory was followed by a small fist pump before thrusting his arms in the air.

He won its 15th major, the second-most all-time behind Jack Nicklaus’18. Woods had been without a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open.

The 43-year-old Woods is the oldest Masters champ since Nicklaus won at age 46 in 1986.

Woods was two shots behind Italy’s Francesco Molinari when the final round began.

Xander Schauffele (68), Dustin Johnson (68) and Brooks Koepka (70) shared second place at 12 under.

Molinari (74), Webb Simpson (70), Australia’s Jason Day (67) and Tony Finau (72), who was tied with Woods at the start of the round, tied for fifth at 11 under.

Woods had birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 — the latter after putting his tee shot on the par-3 layout just a few feet from the pin.

Despite back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes, Woods recovered with birdies on Nos. 7 and 8.

Molinari had gone more than 2 1/2 rounds without a bogey until he posted a 5 on No. 7. It was only his second bogey of the tournament.

At about the time Woods was recovering from a wayward tee shot on No. 11 to save par, Koepka took a double-bogey on the 12th hole to fall from a share of second place to eighth.

Then Molinari’s tee shot on No. 12 went into the Rae’s Creek, resulting in a double-bogey and he was out of the lead for the first time all day. A double-bogey on No. 15 doomed him.

There was a five-way tie for the leader at 12 under before Woods drained a birdie putt on No. 15 for his first solo lead of the tournament.

It already was an unprecedented day for this storied tournament. Because of stormy weather approaching, a decision was made Saturday for Sunday’s round to be played in threesomes and for golfers to start on the first and 10th holes.

That meant all the golfers began their rounds by 9:30 a.m. rather than mid-afternoon tee times for the leaders.

Patrick Cantlay continued his torrid weekend play. After Saturday’s 64 catapulted him into contention, he was 4-under in the final round through 11 holes and in a share of the lead briefly after an eagle on No. 15. He had bogeys on the next two holes and ended up with 68 — and 10 under for the tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau, who was a first-round co-leader but had since fallen off the pace, had a Sunday highlight with his first hole-in-one as a professional. Starting on the backside, he aced the par-3 16th hole. DeChambeau (70) finished tied for 29th at 4 under.

Defending champion Patrick Reed had his best round of this year’s tournament with a 69, but he ended up tied for 36th at 2 under.

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Augusta’s green jacket ceremony nixed over weather concerns

Augusta's green jacket ceremony nixed over weather concerns

Sunday's green jacket

Augusta’s green jacket ceremony nixed over weather concerns

Sunday’s green jacket ceremony at the Masters, an iconic part of the tradition that’s unlike any other, has been canceled due to weather concerns in Augusta, Ga.

Augusta National Golf Club officials made the decision so that patrons and workers will be safely off the course before the inclement weather arrives. Strong winds and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the afternoon.

“There will not be a Green Jacket Ceremony on the terrace putting green this afternoon in order to expedite gate closures,” a club official wrote in an email. “Weather permitting, we will have photos with the champion on the putting green following the Butler Cabin Green Jacket presentation.”

The presentation traditionally features the previous year’s winner slipping the iconic green jacket onto the new champion. Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters.

Forecasts of impending storms led the club to push up Sunday’s final round tee times, with threesomes starting on split tees at 7:30 a.m. ET.

If the weather forces early stoppage on Sunday, the Masters would have its first Monday finish since 1983 when Spain’s Seve Ballesteros won his second green jacket.

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Molinari holds third-round Masters lead, Tiger two back

Molinari holds third-round Masters lead, Tiger two back

Molinari holds third-round Masters lead, Tiger two back

Tiger Woods gave everyone something to talk about, and he’ll be in the final threesome for Sunday’s final round of the Masters.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari shot 6-under 66 to hold the lead through 54 holes, on a day in which Woods moved to a share of the lead briefly Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Despite three pars to end his round, Molinari sits at 13-under 203 and holds a two-shot lead on Woods and Tony Finau going to Sunday’s final round.

“This is now three straight majors that I’ve been in the mix and so it’s good stuff,” Woods said.

Woods surged into a tie for the lead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, capped by a 5-foot putt on the 16th hole. He finished the round with 67.

Shortly after Woods reached 11 under, Molinari moved alone to the top with his third straight birdie when he rolled in a putt on No. 14. He added a two-putt birdie at the par-5 15th to make it four in a row.

“Today we did very well strategy-wise, hit the ball a little less well than yesterday, but holed some very good putts,” Molinari said afterward. “Obviously, I can only be happy about today, and it’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow.”

Finau posted 64 to rise to 11 under, the third player on the day to shoot 8 under, one stroke off the course record. He managed two more birdies on the back nine, finishing with three straight pars.

Brooks Koepka shot 69 and is alone in fourth place at 10 under.

“You’re going to be tested in a major championship one way or another,” Koepka said. “I’ve just got to deal with whatever comes.”

Webb Simpson shot 64 to move to 9 under. He’s joined by England’s Ian Poulter, who posted 68.

Poulter said he has become a fan of Molinari’s and expects him to be in the mix until the end.

“It’s pretty darn good,” Poulter said of Molinari’s game. “He hits it straight, he’s now got a fantastic short game and he holes lots of putts. So I mean that’s the reason why he’s got the [Claret] Jug (from the 2018 British Open) and he’s good, he’s really good.”

Sunday’s final round has been revamped because of weather concerns, creating some unprecedented moves by tournament officials. Two tees will be used, and players will be grouped into threesomes, with leaders set to tee off at 9:20 a.m. and a goal of completing the round by mid-afternoon.

Woods, who will be in the final threesome with Molinari and Finau, said he plans to wake up by 4 a.m. to prepare his body for the final round.

Finau played the round’s first eight holes in 6 under, capped by an eagle 3 on the par-5 eighth hole. He birdied the hole the first two rounds.

“I know it’s a golf course I can score on,” said Finau, who just missed a birdie putt to set a new Masters front-nine low of 29, settling for 30 instead.

For Finau, it required some patience the first couple of rounds. He said he sensed he had a low number in him.

“I like how I’ve played thus far,” he said. “I’m draining it really good.”

Xander Schauffele (70) is among five players at 8 under. Schauffele said he has developed a comfort level considering what’s at stake and roars from the galleries coming from around the course.

“There’s so much noise around just trying to play golf,” Schauffele said. “And this year I felt I did a better job sort of hushing it down and sticking to ready golf.”

Matt Kuchar (68) moved to 8 under to stay in contention. As a Georgia Tech golfer, he was the tournament’s low amateur in 1998.

“I feel good about the way I’ve been playing this year,” Kuchar said. “And certainly coming into this week. So hoping to continue the good play.”

Saturday had become an historic day in the Masters with the third round beginning with five golfers tied for the top spot and four others a stroke back. The tournament’s leaderboard had never been so crowded at that stage.

There was an early buzz created by Patrick Cantlay, who authored the first 64 of the day.

Cantlay was tied for 50th after two rounds, but he exited the course just one shot out of the lead and enters the final round tied for 14th and seven shots back.

He didn’t have a bogey in the round. His previous best mark in the Masters was a 71.

Phil Mickelson (70) is among a group of five others tied with Cantlay at 6 under.

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Molinari holds third-round Masters lead, Tiger lurking

Molinari holds third-round Masters lead, Tiger lurking

Italy's

Molinari holds third-round Masters lead, Tiger lurking

Italy’s Francesco Molinari shot 6-under 66 to hold first place after the third round of the Masters on a day that Tiger Woods moved to a share of the lead briefly Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Despite three pars to end his round, Molinari sits at 13-under 203 and holds a two-shot lead on Woods and Tony Finau going to Sunday’s final round.

Woods surged into a tie for the lead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, capped by a 5-foot putt on the 16th hole. He finished the round with 67.

Shortly after Woods reached 11 under, Molinari moved alone to the top with his third straight birdie when he rolled in a putt on No. 14.

Finau posted 64 to rise to 11 under. He didn’t convert on the final three holes with pars.

Brooks Koepka shot 69 and is alone in fourth place at 10 under.

Webb Simpson shot 64 to move to 9 under. He’s joined by England’s Ian Poulter, who posted 68.

Sunday’s final round has been revamped because of weather concerns, creating some unprecedented moves by tournament officials. Two tees will be used and there will be threesomes, with leaders beginning before 9:30 a.m. and a goal of completing the round by mid-afternoon.

Finau played the round’s first eight holes in 6 under, capped by an eagle 3 on the par-5 eighth hole. He birdied the hole the first two rounds.

“I know it’s a golf course I can score on,” Finau said.

For Finau, it required some patience the first couple of rounds. He said he sensed he had a low number in him.

“I like how I’ve played thus far,” he said. “I’m draining it really good.”

Xander Schauffele (70) is among five players at 8 under. Schauffele said he has developed a comfort level considering what’s at stake and roars from the galleries coming from around the course.

“There’s so much noise around just trying to play golf,” Schauffele said. “And this year I felt I did a better job sort of hushing it down and sticking to ready golf.”

Matt Kuchar (68) moved to 8 under to stay in contention. As a Georgia Tech golfer, he was the tournament’s low amateur in 1998.

“I feel good about the way I’ve been playing this year,” Kuchar said. “And certainly coming into this week. So hoping to continue the good play.”

Saturday had become an historic day in the Masters with the third round beginning with five golfers tied for the top spot and four others a stroke back. The tournament’s leader board had never been so crowded at that stage.

There was an early buzz created by Patrick Cantlay, whose 64 was the best score of the Masters this year although the mark was later matched.

Cantlay was tied for 50th after two rounds, but he exited the course just one shot out of the lead and enters the final round tied for 14th and seven shot backs.

He didn’t have a bogey in the round. His previous best mark in the Masters was a 71.

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Masters’ final round moved up due to weather concerns

Masters' final round moved up due to weather concerns

Masters’ final round moved up due to weather concerns

The potential for severe weather in Augusta, Ga., has led to Sunday’s final round of the Masters being moved up.

Two tees will be used and players will be grouped into threesomes as officials hope to complete the round at Augusta National Golf Club by mid-afternoon ET.

Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The leaders are expected to tee off around 9:20 a.m. CBS is scheduled to begin its telecast at 9 a.m. ET.

Rain is forecast with thunderstorms and high winds likely around 4 p.m. ET.

“The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount,” Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said in a statement. “We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday. This decision should benefit everyone — the players, our patrons and our fans watching around the world.

“Given the competitiveness and drama of this year’s tournament, we look forward to an exciting conclusion tomorrow.”

Italy’s Francesco Molinari (13 under) holds a two-stroke lead over Tiger Woods and Tony Finau entering the final round. The trio will play together, with Brooks Koepka (10 under), Webb Simpson (9 under) and England’s Ian Poulter (9 under) in the penultimate group.

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Reports: Patriots agree to extension with S Chung

Reports: Patriots agree to extension with S Chung

Reports: Patriots agree to extension with S Chung

The New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season with safety Patrick Chung, according to multiple reports.

Chung, 31, has been a stalwart in the Patriots’ defense for much of the past decade. He has played nine of his 10 NFL seasons in New England, appearing in 128 games (100 starts) with 660 tackles, 11 interceptions and 51 pass breakups for the franchise.

He has been a part of three Super Bowl-winning teams and was a team captain for the Patriots’ title-winning squad last season. Chung spent the 2013 season with the Philadelphia Eagles before returning to New England.

Chung was scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.9 million in 2019, with bonuses potentially taking him to around $3 million. He also was due $1.9 million in base salary in 2020.

The new deal includes a $4 million signing bonus and will be worth up to $12.9 million including bonuses over three years, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

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Molinari moves atop Masters leaderboard; Tiger lurking

Molinari moves atop Masters leaderboard; Tiger lurking

Molinari moves atop Masters leaderboard; Tiger lurking

Tiger Woods made a move and that garnered much of the attention during the second round of the Masters.

However, others did their parts to stake a claim to the top spot at Augusta National Golf Club.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari shot a bogey-free, 5-under-par 67 on Friday to share first place going into the weekend in Augusta, Ga.

Brooks Koepka, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Australia’s Jason Day and Adam Scott are level with Molinari at 7-under-par 137. Ooosthuizen posted a 66 for one of the best scores of the round.

However, a big stir occurred late in the day when Woods pulled within one of the leaders. His 68 left him at 6 under in a four-way tie for sixth behind the top group.

Woods had pars on the final three holes with chance to make an even bigger splash.

He used 30 putts on his round. Through two rounds, he has drained five putts of 20 or more feet — more than any other golfer in the field.

It all could be coming together for Woods.

“I feel like my body is good and my game is good, it’s sharp,” he said. “So just got to go out there and execute and I got to do the proper things, and if I do miss, I miss in a proper spot.”

Scott surged to the front with an eagle on No. 15 before giving back a stroke with a bogey on the next hole. He ended up with a 68.

“I know where and when my game is coming into really good shape, and I can see it coming back,” Scott said. “I think I got some good confirmation.”

Day carded five birdies overall, including birdies on all four of the par-5 holes. His only two bogeys came on the back nine en route to a 67.

“The whole goal is to try and take advantage of the par 5s here this week,” Day said.

Day dealt with a sore back that limited some of his flexibility. His wife told him that he couldn’t use it as an excuse while at a major.

“You need to suck it up,” Day said was the message from his wife, Ellie.

Others weren’t surprised that Day pulled it together.

“He seems to have a bad back all the time and plays great,” Scott said, “so I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.”

Koepka, a first-round co-leader, had a slow start to the second round but finished at 71.

Koepka was 2 over on the day through six holes, with a double bogey, two bogeys and two birdies. His errant tee shot on the second hole led to the double bogey. He recovered to produce nine pars and three birdies over his last 12 holes.

“Understanding where to miss it,” Koepka said. “I think sometimes maybe I was a little bit too aggressive. I’m super aggressive at a normal event, and that kind of backfires sometimes. But at a major, just know there’s 72 holes, so I kind of let things brush off my back a little bit easier.”

Dustin Johnson (70), Xander Schauffele (65) South Africa’s Justin Harding (69) are even with Woods at 6 under.

Harding made four consecutive birdies (Nos. 12-15) and added another on No. 17 before finishing with a bogey.

Play was suspended for about a half-hour shortly after 5 p.m. EDT because of thunderstorms in the area.

Woods made a putt of about 40 feet on No. 9, then added a birdie on No. 11 before play was stopped.

Spain’s Jon Rahm was at 5 under for the tournament after 11 holes but never made another move and was stuck two strokes behind the leaders following a 70.

England’s Ian Poulter had grabbed the lead at 4 under early in the day, but he stalled with nine straight pars. Poulter shot 1 under on Friday to go to 5 under for the tournament after briefly reaching 6 under.

Phil Mickelson remained within range as he was 1 over for the round and at 4 under for the tournament.

Patton Kizzire was among the early finishers, notching a 70 for the second day in a row. His 4-under total made him the leader in the clubhouse before some golfers teed off for the second round.

Matt Kuchar shot 3 under for the round to join Kizzire and Mickelson among 4-under finishers.

First-round co-leader Bryson DeChambeau dipped to 3 under after notching a 75.

Defending champion Patrick Reed shot 70 to reach 1 under for the tournament and make the cut.

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