Chargers-Steelers Stats

L.A. Chargers 7 0 8 18—33
Pittsburgh 13 10 0 7—30
First Quarter

Pit_Conner 1 run (Boswell kick), 9:20.

Pit_Conner 1 run (kick failed), 4:41.

LAC_Benjamin 46 pass from Rivers (Badgley kick), 1:04.

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

Pit_A.Brown 28 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), :17.

Third Quarter

LAC_K.Allen 10 pass from Rivers (Gates pass from Rivers), 1:43.

Fourth Quarter

LAC_King 73 punt return (K.Allen pass from Rivers), 12:52.

LAC_Jackson 18 run (Badgley kick), 8:09.

Pit_Samuels 10 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 4:10.

LAC_FG Badgley 29, :00.

A_61,069.

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LAC Pit
First downs 22 23
Total Net Yards 371 336
Rushes-yards 22-85 17-65
Passing 286 271
Punt Returns 1-73 2-9
Kickoff Returns 1-21 3-47
Interceptions Ret. 1-23 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 26-36-0 29-45-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-13 1-10
Punts 4-36.3 4-51.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-80 7-59
Time of Possession 31:12 28:48

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Los Angeles, Jackson 8-63, Ekeler 13-21, Benjamin 1-1. Pittsburgh, Conner 15-60, Samuels 2-5.

PASSING_Los Angeles, Rivers 26-36-0-299. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 29-45-1-281.

RECEIVING_Los Angeles, K.Allen 14-148, Ekeler 5-22, M.Williams 3-52, Benjamin 2-44, Jackson 1-19, Ty.Williams 1-14. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 10-154, Smith-Schuster 6-49, McDonald 4-28, Samuels 3-20, Conner 3-14, Switzer 2-9, J.James 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Los Angeles, Badgley 52.

NFL notebook: Lynch eyes possible return after Crowell injury

NFL notebook: Lynch eyes possible return after Crowell injury

Oakland Raiders

NFL notebook: Lynch eyes possible return after Crowell injury

Oakland Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday and is out for the season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.

Crowell, who signed a one-year contract valued up to $2.5 million in late March, will have surgery next week, Schefter said.

Meanwhile, NFL Network reports running back Marshawn Lynch is open to a return to the Raiders, if they’re interested. ESPN reported last week that the 33-year-old Lynch planned to retire for the second time in his career, after sitting out 2016 and returning for the last two seasons with Oakland, his hometown team.

It appears Oakland has already responded to Crowell’s injury by going with someone else, as NFL Network reports the Raiders will re-sign free agent running Doug Martin, their leading rusher in 2018.

–Retired Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann has given his blessing for rookie Dwayne Haskins to wear his No. 7.

The number hasn’t been worn since 1985 and is unofficially retired. The Redskins have retired just one number — Sammy Baugh’s No. 33 — but have kept several others out of circulation.

Theismann told 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that he and Haskins talked about the number. Haskins, the former Ohio State quarterback, was selected by the Redskins at No. 15 overall last week in the NFL draft.

–Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Booger McFarland will make up the two-person booth for “Monday Night Football” in 2019 — the 50th season for the television institution.

Lisa Salters will continue as the sideline reporter, and recently retired NFL referee John Parry will serve as officiating analyst. McFarland was an analyst on the field level in 2018.

The network will not replace Jason Witten, who took over Jon Gruden’s role as the primary analyst in the booth for the 2018 season. Witten quit to return to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019.

–The New York Giants said they have advised sixth-round draft pick Corey Ballentine to stay home in Kansas to continue to recover from his gunshot wound and not attend this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Ballentine, a 23-year-old cornerback, and Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons were shot early Sunday near the school’s campus in Topeka, Kan. Simmons was killed, and Ballentine was shot in his gluteal muscle.

“We have been in communication with Corey since Sunday,” the team said in a statement. “We have encouraged Corey to stay in Kansas this week to be with his family and friends as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of his good friend and teammate Dwane Simmons. Corey will be with us when it’s appropriate.”

–The Chicago Bears officially announced the hiring of Brad Childress as senior offensive assistant.

Childress, 62, spent the 2018 season with Chicago as a senior offensive consultant before leaving to coach the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football. He resigned from leading the Legends a month before their first game, and reports in March said he would return to join the Bears.

A former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Childress worked with Bears head coach Matt Nagy on the Kansas City Chiefs’ staff from 2013-17. Both held the offensive coordinator title for stretches, with Childress also serving as spread game analyst and assistant head coach during his K.C. tenure.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free agent linebackers Ramik Wilson, Najee Goode and D.J. Alexander.

Wilson was the only one of the group to start in 2018, starting four of 16 games for the Los Angeles Rams. Goode and Alexander combined to play 28 games for the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, with most of their contributions on special teams.

–The Miami Dolphins waived quarterback Luke Falk, cornerback Dee Delaney and defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga.

None of the three played during the 2018 regular season. Falk was a sixth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2018 whom the Dolphins claimed off waivers after the Titans released him during final cuts.

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Bears announce hiring of Childress

Bears announce hiring of Childress

The Chicago

Bears announce hiring of Childress

The Chicago Bears officially announced the hiring of Brad Childress as senior offensive assistant on Wednesday.

Childress, 62, spent the 2018 season with Chicago as a senior offensive consultant before leaving to coach the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football. He resigned from leading the Legends a month before their first game, and reports in March said he would return to join the Bears.

A former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Childress worked with Bears head coach Matt Nagy on the Kansas City Chiefs’ staff from 2013-17. Both held the offensive coordinator title for stretches, with Childress also serving as spread game analyst and assistant head coach during his K.C. tenure.

The Vikings were 39-35 under Childress from 2006-10, reaching the playoffs twice and losing to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season.

When he stepped down in January from the job in the fledgling AAF — which has since folded — Childress indicated he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“For now, I need to refocus,” he said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to spending time with them and supporting them as they’ve done so for me.”

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Option notebook: Titans decline Conklin, Bills decline Lawson

Option notebook: Titans decline Conklin, Bills decline Lawson

Option notebook: Titans decline Conklin, Bills decline Lawson

The Tennessee Titans will not pick up the fifth-year option of former All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

The option would have been worth nearly $13 million in 2020. Thursday is the deadline for teams to pick up fifth-year options — which are guaranteed only in the event of injury — for 2016 first-round picks.

Conklin, 24, was named first-team All-Pro as a rookie in 2016 after starting all 16 games and allowing just one sack, and he started all 16 while allowing 1.5 sacks in 2017. But he tore his ACL in the playoffs after the 2017 season and was limited to nine games in 2018, allowing five sacks.

The Titans traded up seven spots to take Conklin eighth overall in the 2016 draft. He is now set to hit free agency after the 2019 season, barring an extension.

–The Buffalo Bills will decline defensive end Shaq Lawson’s fifth-year option, according to multiple reports, which would have been worth around $10 million.

Lawson, 24, had four sacks and a career-high 12 QB hits while playing 14 games (six starts) in 2018, bringing his career totals to 10 sacks and 20 QB hits in 35 games (17 starts).

The Bills took Lawson 19th overall in 2016.

–The New Orleans Saints declined cornerback Eli Apple’s fifth-year option, which would have been worth nearly $14 million.

Apple, 23, was drafted 10th overall in 2016 by the New York Giants and acquired by the Saints for fourth- and seventh-round picks at the 2018 trade deadline.

He had two interceptions and nine passes defensed in 10 games for the Saints, after posting one interception and 20 passes defensed in 30 games with the Giants.

–The Chicago Bears picked up outside linebacker Leonard Floyd’s fifth-year option, which will pay him around $13 million in 2020.

Floyd, 26, had a career-low four sacks along with 11 QB hits in 2018. He played with a cast on his hand early in the season but did not miss any time, playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career.

The Bears traded up two spots to take Floyd ninth overall in 2016.

–As expected, the Green Bay Packers exercised defensive tackle Kenny Clark’s fifth-year option, according to multiple reports, which will pay him around $8 million in 2020.

General manager Brian Gutekunst had previously told reporters the team planned to pick up the option.

Clark, 23, is coming off a career year with six sacks and nine QB hits in 13 games. He was drafted 27th overall in 2016.

–The Minnesota Vikings officially declined wideout Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year option, which would have been worth just over $10 million.

Treadwell, 23, had career highs of 35 catches for 302 yards and one touchdown in 15 games (seven starts) last season but has not been able to earn a major role in the offense.

Minnesota took him 23rd overall in 2016.

–The Washington Redskins have informed wideout Josh Doctson they will decline his fifth-year option, NBC Sports Washington reported.

Doctson, 26, had 44 catches for 532 yards and two scores in 2018, bringing his career totals to 81 catches for 1,100 yards and eight scores in 33 games (26 starts). He missed all but two games as a rookie due to injury.

Taken one pick ahead of Treadwell in 2016, Doctson’s option would have been worth just over $10 million.

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Original AAF lead investor Fowler charged with bank fraud

Original AAF lead investor Fowler charged with bank fraud

Reggie Fowler -- the original lead investor in the Alliance of American

Original AAF lead investor Fowler charged with bank fraud

Reggie Fowler — the original lead investor in the Alliance of American Football, which folded during its debut season earlier this spring — is facing federal charges of bank fraud unrelated to the belly-up league, according to a Sports Illustrated report.

Fowler reportedly has been charged with bank fraud this week by the Department of Justice, related to services provided for an unlicensed crypto-currency exchange company.

According to the report, the money-transmitting company misrepresented money transfers and avoided international services designed to detect money laundering. Fowler, a former minority owner of the Minnesota Vikings, had invested just shy of $25 million into the league, but his finances were reportedly frozen around the end of 2018.

Tom Dundon moved in as the league’s primary investor in February, but he decided to suspend operations in early April after the AAF completed eight weeks of play.

The AAF, which was headquartered in San Francisco, had eight franchises with teams in Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., Memphis, Orlando, Tempe, Ariz., Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Texas and San Diego.

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Theismann passes on No. 7 to Redskins rookie Haskins

Theismann passes on No. 7 to Redskins rookie Haskins

Retired Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann

Theismann passes on No. 7 to Redskins rookie Haskins

Retired Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann has given his blessing for rookie Dwayne Haskins to wear his No. 7.

The number hasn’t been worn since 1985 and is unofficially retired. The Redskins have retired just one number – Sammy Baugh’s No. 33 – but have kept several others out of circulation.

Theismann told 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that he and Haskins talked about the number. Haskins, the former Ohio State quarterback, was selected by the Redskins at No. 15 overall last week in the NFL draft.

“I told him it was OK to wear No. 7,” Theismann told the radio station. “Given him permission. Not that I felt like I needed to, but he was respectful enough to ask.

“We had a really nice conversation. It’s important to him. And hey, I want the kid to be successful. He doesn’t need to worry about, ‘Well, I wish I could’ve worn a different jersey. I wish I could’ve worn a number.’ If this is one less thing that puts any problems out there or issues out there for him or statements or comments, let’s make his life as easy as possible, so that we can get the success from him that we’re hoping and expecting.”

The Redskins still must give final approval to the jersey number.

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Giants draft pick Ballentine won’t be at minicamp

Giants draft pick Ballentine won't be at minicamp

The New York Giants said Wednesday they have

Giants draft pick Ballentine won’t be at minicamp

The New York Giants said Wednesday they have advised sixth-round draft pick Corey Ballentine to stay home in Kansas to continue to recover from his gunshot wound and not attend this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Ballentine, a 23-year-old cornerback, and Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons were shot early Sunday near the school’s campus in Topeka, Kan. Simmons was killed and Ballentine was shot in his gluteal muscle.

“We have been in communication with Corey since Sunday,” the team said in a statement. “We have encouraged Corey to stay in Kansas this week to be with his family and friends as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of his good friend and teammate Dwane Simmons.

“Corey will be with us when it’s appropriate.”

General manager Dave Gettleman previously said Ballentine would arrive in the New York area on Thursday.

Simmons was remembered at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night on the Washburn campus.

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Saints decline CB Apple’s fifth-year option

Saints decline CB Apple's fifth-year option

Saints decline CB Apple’s fifth-year option

Eli Apple will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season after the New Orleans Saints declined the cornerback’s fifth-year option.

Apple was drafted 10th overall in 2016 by the New York Giants and acquired by the Saints at the trade deadline in 2018.

Thursday is the deadline for teams to pick up fifth-year options for 2016 first-round picks. All draft picks sign four-year deals, and first-round draft picks have a fifth-year team option. Apple’s fifth season in 2020 would have been worth $13.7 million, which ranks among the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.

To acquire Apple from the Giants, the Saints gave up fourth- and seventh-round draft picks. Apple had two interceptions in 10 games for the Saints after intercepting one pass in 30 career games with the Giants. He also had nine passes defended with the Saints, more than in any single season with the Giants.

The Saints did pick up the fifth-year option for their own 2016 draft pick, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.

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Woods, Molinari, Koepka highlight PGA pairings

Woods, Molinari, Koepka highlight PGA pairings

The

Woods, Molinari, Koepka highlight PGA pairings

The rest of the field of the upcoming PGA Championship must wait until next week to learn their tee times and pairings, but three players already know their playing partners for the first two days of the tournament.

Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari will be playing together at Bethpage Black when the PGA tees off May 16, continuing the traditional pairing of the reigning champions of the three other major tournaments.

Woods won the Masters in April, Koepka the 2018 U.S. Open and Molinari The Open last July.

The PGA will be played in May for the first time in 70 years.

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Tessitore, McFarland to make up ‘MNF’ booth

Tessitore, McFarland to make up 'MNF' booth

Tessitore, McFarland to make up ‘MNF’ booth

Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Booger McFarland will make up the two-person booth for “Monday Night Football” in 2019 – the 50th season for the television institution.

Lisa Salters will continue as the sideline reporter, and recently retired NFL referee John Parry will serve as officiating analyst.

The network will not replace Jason Witten, who took over Jon Gruden’s role the primary analyst in the booth for the 2018 season. Witten quit to return to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019.

McFarland was an analyst on the field level in 2018.

“Booger’s insight, personality and passion for the game make him the right person for the job. He and Joe have been close friends since they helped ESPN launch the SEC Network five years ago. Their chemistry together in the booth – and with Lisa – will give us a team that fans want to spend Monday nights with this fall,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN executive vice president, Event and Studio Production.

Multiple reports last week said the network wanted Peyton Manning as Witten’s replacement as the chief analyst, but Manning declined. Manning is reluctant to comment on games while his younger brother, Eli, is still playing, according to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.

Eli’s New York Giants have two Monday night games scheduled in 2019.

The broadcast team of Tessitore and McFarland will debut Sept. 9 when the New Orleans Saints host the Houston Texans in the first game of a Monday night doubleheader.

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Reports: Raiders’ Crowell tears Achilles; Lynch open to return

Reports: Raiders' Crowell tears Achilles; Lynch open to return

Reports: Raiders’ Crowell tears Achilles; Lynch open to return

Oakland Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday and is out for the season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.

Crowell, who signed a one-year contract valued up to $2.5 million in late March, will have surgery next week, Schefter said. He became available when the New York Jets released him after signing free agent running back Le’Veon Bell to a four-year contract.

Meanwhile, NFL Network reports running back Marshawn Lynch is open to a return to the Raiders, if they’re interested.

ESPN reported last week that Lynch planned to retire for the second time in his career, after sitting out 2016 and returning for the last two seasons with Oakland, his hometown team.

Lynch, 33, had 90 carries for 376 yards and three scores in six games in 2018 before his season ended with core muscle surgery.

It appears Oakland has already responded to Crowell’s injury by signing someone else, as NFL Network reports the Raiders will re-sign free agent RB Doug Martin.

The Raiders had let Martin, their leading rusher last season, walk away with Crowell in the fold. Martin, 30, appeared in all 16 games (nine starts) in 2018 and had 839 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

The Raiders were counting on Crowell to play a prominent role, alongside first-round rookie Josh Jacobs, who was taken 24th overall out of Alabama on Thursday. Their depth chart also includes Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren.

Crowell, 26, spent his first four seasons with Cleveland before signing with the Jets before the 2018 season. Last year, he gained 837 total yards and scored six touchdowns in 13 games (six starts).

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Reports: RB Crowell tears Achilles, Raiders re-sign Martin

Reports: RB Crowell tears Achilles, Raiders re-sign Martin

Reports: RB Crowell tears Achilles, Raiders re-sign Martin

Oakland Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday and is out for the season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.

Crowell, who signed a one-year contract valued up to $2.5 million in late March, will have surgery next week, Schefter said. He became available when the New York Jets released him after signing free agent running back Le’Veon Bell to a four-year contract.

The 26-year-old spent his first four seasons with Cleveland before signing with the Jets before the 2018 season. Last year, he gained 837 total yards and scored six touchdowns in 13 games (six starts).

The injury has prompted the Raiders to re-sign free agent RB Doug Martin, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The Raiders had let Martin, their leading rusher last season, walk away with Crowell in the fold. Martin, 30, appeared in all 16 games (nine starts) in 2018 and had 839 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

The Raiders were counting on Crowell to play a prominent role following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Aside from Martin, their depth chart now includes rookie Josh Jacobs — the No. 24 pick in the draft from Alabama – along with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren.

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NFL notebook: Pro Football Hall of Famer Marchetti dies

NFL notebook: Pro Football Hall of Famer Marchetti dies

Former Baltimore

NFL notebook: Pro Football Hall of Famer Marchetti dies

Former Baltimore Colts defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti died Monday night. Conflicting media reports listed his age as 92 or 93.

The Hall of Fame confirmed the news of his death, which was met by an outpouring of support for the family in Indianapolis and Baltimore.

A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi Germany in World War II, Marchetti was a nine-time All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowl selection. The Colts won back-to-back championships with Marchetti anchoring the defensive line.

Marchetti was one of three defensive ends named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. The others were Deacon Jones and Reggie White. Marchetti played for the Colts from 1953-66 after one season with the Dallas Texans in 1952.

–Jamaal Charles plans to sign a ceremonial contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, then formally announce his retirement from the NFL.

Charles spent 11 seasons in the NFL after the Chiefs drafted him 73rd overall out of Texas in 2008. He rushed for 7,563 yards and had 2,593 receiving yards on 310 career catches.

Charles is the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher with 7,260 yards in a Kansas City uniform.

–New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine is out of the hospital and is expected to attend the team’s rookie minicamp starting Thursday.

Ballentine, a cornerback selected in the sixth round on Saturday, and Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons were shot early Sunday near the school’s campus in Topeka, Kan. Simmons was killed and Ballentine was shot in his gluteal muscle.

Multiple outlets reported that Ballentine had been released from the hospital, but it’s not clear when he will resume football activities.

–No one has worn No. 7 for the Washington Redskins since Joe Theismann retired in 1985, but that could change this season.

Theismann told NBC Sports Washington he might just share it with Dwayne Haskins, the team’s first-round draft pick, who wore No. 7 while playing quarterback at Ohio State.

“I’m anxious to sit down and talk to Dwayne about that,” Theismann said. “I’m not opposed to it. I’m not saying yes yet, but I really want to sit down and talk to the young man and get a chance to meet him. I know he’s reached out and said he wants to ask me.”

–The Minnesota Vikings are expected to decline the fifth-year option for wide receiver Laquon Treadwell by Friday’s deadline, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The option on Treadwell for the 2020 season would be for roughly $10 million.

Treadwell, who turns 24 in June, has largely been a disappointment since the Vikings made him the 23rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. He has 56 catches for 517 yards and just one touchdown in 40 games.

–Free agent running back Spencer Ware agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard was with the Kansas City Chiefs when the team utilized Ware as its No. 1 running back.

Ware posted a career-high 1,368 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in 2016 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in August 2017. Rookie Kareem Hunt took over for Ware in 2017. The 27-year-old gained 470 yards from scrimmage in 13 games last season.

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Report: LB Johnson to retire as member of Chiefs

Report: LB Johnson to retire as member of Chiefs

Report: LB Johnson to retire as member of Chiefs

All-Pro linebacker Derrick Johnson will sign a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, then retire, 610 Sports Radio reported Thursday.

Johnson is expected to sign the contract next week.

Now 36, he was the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick, No. 15 overall, in 2005. He played 13 seasons for Kansas City, and in 182 games (169 starts), he had 1,151 tackles, 14 interceptions, 27.5 sacks and 40 quarterback hits.

He played in six games for Oakland last season after the Chiefs released him and started in one. He had 17 tackles with the Raiders.

On Wednesday, former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles signed a one-day contract with the team and retired after 11 NFL seasons.

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Eagles DE Long undecided about playing in 2019

Eagles DE Long undecided about playing in 2019

Eagles DE Long undecided about playing in 2019

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long told USA Today he is uncertain about whether he’ll return for a 12th NFL season in 2019.

“I’m pretty undecided, but from the looks of things they’re going to make it hard for me in my favorite city,” Long said Monday night, in a story published Tuesday. “We’ll see.”

After seeing media speculation that the Eagles have asked him to take a pay cut, Long responded on Twitter, indicating his decision is related to how much playing time the Eagles can offer him.

“My football decision has nothing to do with money,” Long wrote. “Nothing I’ve indicated would lead someone to believe that. Plenty of quotes out there on role being a driver for me … but here I am being redundant.”

Long, 34, played 612 defensive snaps (59 percent) last season, but Philadelphia brought back former defensive end Vinny Curry in free agency and will get 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett back from injury, after he was limited to six games last season. The Eagles also have 2018 fourth-round pick Josh Sweat, who could be in for a larger role.

Long finished 2018 with 6.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hits, his highest marks in a season since 2013 (8.5) and 2011 (21), respectively. He also was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year.

“In March, I really wanted to play,” Long told USA Today. “Now, I don’t know.”

“I definitely am not feeling like going to OTAs,” he added. “We’ll see what happens. If there’s any place that will make you try to do it again, it’s Philly. But it’s tough.”

Long is due $5.5 million in 2019, including a $2 million roster bonus due in May. The Eagles could save $5.3 million against the cap with his release or retirement.

Drafted second overall by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2008, Long spent his first eight years with the Rams before joining the New England Patriots in 2016 and the Eagles in 2017. He won back-to-back Super Bowls in those years, the second coming against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He has 70 sacks and 150 QB hits in 162 career games (103 starts), playing all 16 games in nine of his 11 seasons.

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Reports: Chiefs acquire Seahawks’ Clark, agree on $105M deal

Reports: Chiefs acquire Seahawks' Clark, agree on $105M deal

The Seattle

Reports: Chiefs acquire Seahawks’ Clark, agree on $105M deal

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to trade franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and a swap of 2019 third-round picks, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Clark, who must pass a physical for the trade to become official, has also agreed in principle with the Chiefs on a five-year, $105.5 million contract with $63.5 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.

The Seahawks tagged Clark earlier this offseason, and both sides expressed a desire to keep him in Seattle long-term, but multiple outlets reported over the weekend that he could be dealt before the draft was set to begin Thursday.

The Seahawks now have two first-round picks — their own at No. 21 and the Chiefs’ at No. 29.

Clark, who turns 26 in June, was set to make $17.1 million on the franchise tag in 2019. He posted career highs of 13 sacks and 27 quarterback hits last season while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.

The Chiefs traded their own franchise-tagged edge rusher, Dee Ford, to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this offseason, receiving a second-round pick in return. Ford, deemed an imperfect fit as Kansas City switches from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, signed a five-year, $85.5 million extension with the 49ers after the trade.

Kansas City also released long-time edge rusher Justin Houston this offseason, before signing former New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor in free agency and trading for Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

Clark has 35 sacks and 72 QB hits through 62 games (33 starts) over four seasons since being drafted in the second round by Seattle in 2015.

Once considered a top prospect, he slipped to the second round after being dismissed by the Michigan football team following his 2014 arrest on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault. Clark later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace.

The Chiefs have dealt with multiple players with incidents of domestic violence recently.

They drafted receiver Tyreek Hill in the fifth round in 2016, a year and a half after he was dismissed from Oklahoma State following his pleading guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation of his then-pregnant girlfriend. Overland Park (Kan.) Police are currently investigating two March incidents, one for child abuse and neglect and one for battery, involving a juvenile at Hill’s home.

In November, the Chiefs released Pro Bowl running back Kareem Hunt after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel during a January 2018 incident.

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Gould won’t sign with 49ers, wants trade

Gould won't sign with 49ers, wants trade

Gould won’t sign with 49ers, wants trade

Veteran kicker Robbie Gould informed the San Francisco 49ers he won’t negotiate a long-term contract with the team and wants to be traded, he told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Gould’s agent, Brian Mackler, said that if Gould decides to play with the 49ers this fall, he will hold out throughout training camp and report just before the season opens on Sept. 8.

San Francisco put the franchise tag on Gould in February.

Gould, 36, said he is dissatisfied after 14 months of contract negotiations with the team and pulled all proposals he made from the table. He also wants to be closer to Chicago, where he played the first 11 years of his career and where he makes his permanent home with his wife and three young sons, Schefter reported.

Gould also said he was disillusioned when the 49ers pursued free agent kicker Stephen Gostkowski before he re-signed with New England earlier this month.

“The bottom line is, I’m unsure if I want to play there anymore,” Gould told ESPN. “At this point, I have to do what’s best for me and my family back home.”

The Bears released Gould following the 2015 season, and he spent 2016 with the New York Giants. In the past two seasons with San Francisco, he has converted 72 of 75 field-goal attempts and 55 of 59 extra-point attempts.

49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters Monday he intended to have Gould on the roster in 2019 and beyond.

“Robbie’s going to be a part of us this coming year, I know that,” Lynch said. “We would like it to be longer than that. We’ve made an attempt to make that happen. We haven’t come to an agreement as of yet and we’ll see where that goes, but Robbie will be a part of us this coming year. We’re excited for that because he’s very good at what he does and he’s also a big part of this team.”

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Judge: Public can’t see Kraft videos yet

Judge: Public can't see Kraft videos yet

Two videos that allegedly

Judge: Public can’t see Kraft videos yet

Two videos that allegedly show New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft participating in illegal acts at Florida massage parlor will not be released to the public yet.

Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser agreed with a request made by Kraft’s defense team to keep the videos sealed, at least for now. In his decision Tuesday, he wrote “making these images public, at this time, seriously jeopardizes Defendant’s fundamental right to a fair and impartial jury.”

He continued:

“Furthermore, the Court is seriously concerned about allowing the media to disclose to the public a piece of evidence that would be (or could be) central to the case against defendant,” Hanser wrote. “In effect, the potential jury pool would be given the opportunity to preview trial evidence, including identifying (Kraft) as the person depicted in the video tapes.”

Florida’s open-records law typically allows the release of evidence, and prosecutors last week said they intended to make recordings of Kraft public.

Hanser, however, said he won’t allow the video to be released until the jury is sworn in or the case is otherwise resolved.

Several media companies had asked the judge to release the footage, citing Florida law.

Kraft’s lawyers also are seeking to have the videos thrown out, contending his rights were violated when authorities recorded what happened inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

Kraft was one of 24 men charged with soliciting prostitution at the spa. Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of soliciting, which allegedly occurred in January.

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Broncos LB Miller won’t be charged for catching shark

Broncos LB Miller won't be charged for catching shark

Broncos LB Miller won’t be charged for catching shark

Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller will not be prosecuted for catching a hammerhead shark in Florida last April, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

The owner and operator of the boat Miller was on, however, will be charged with failing to properly release a shark and for shark fishing without a permit.

Miller, 30, is an avid outdoorsman.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched an investigation last year after posts on social media showed Miller posing with a 9 1/2-foot hammerhead shark during the fishing trip.

Photos and videos of Miller with the shark, its head bloodied and lying on the floor of the boat, caught the attention of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which said at the time it sought to “ensure that Miller is held accountable if killing this animal was, as we suspect, illegal.”

Miller was part of a guided excursion that was not fishing for sharks during the trip off the coast of Miami. The surprise catch was said to be released after the photo was taken.

Miller defended his actions.

“I went fishing. Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do. But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy,” he said last season at the Broncos’ offseason program. “We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”

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Rams exercise QB Goff’s fifth-year option

Rams exercise QB Goff's fifth-year option

Rams exercise QB Goff’s fifth-year option

The Los Angeles Rams exercised quarterback Jared Goff’s fifth-year option on Tuesday, putting him under contract through 2020.

The option, which is guaranteed only for injury, will pay Goff an estimated $22.8 million. He is set to make $4.3 million in base salary in 2019, part of a rookie contract worth $27.9 million over the first four seasons.

Goff, 24, has been named to two Pro Bowls in two seasons since the arrival of head coach Sean McVay, throwing for 8,492 yards, 60 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over that span. He helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LIII in February, but struggled as Los Angeles fell 13-3 to the New England Patriots.

Now through three NFL seasons, Goff is eligible for an extension, and the Rams have previously been aggressive about locking up their draft picks well before they approach free agency.

Goff told reporters over the weekend that a new contract is “not on my mind at all.”

“I know the deal and understand that I hired an agent for that reason, and things always work out,” Goff said. “You continue to play well, it will work itself out.”

The Rams traded up 14 spots to take Goff first overall in 2016. He is 24-7 as a starter over the last two years after going 0-7 with 1,089 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions as a rookie.

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VP Williams: Redskins looking hard at quarterbacks

VP Williams: Redskins looking hard at quarterbacks

VP Williams: Redskins looking hard at quarterbacks

Washington Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams made it clear on Monday that the team is still seeking an upgrade at quarterback after trading for Case Keenum last month.

The Redskins, who hold the 15th pick in Thursday’s first round, have been connected to some of the draft’s top quarterback prospects and also to Josh Rosen, whom the Arizona Cardinals could trade if they draft Kyler Murray first overall.

“Case has done a good job over the last couple of years where he’s been, and you know, we needed a quarterback and was able to trade for Case,” Williams told reporters. “But that does not put us out of the realm of picking a quarterback if there’s one there that we like at 15. We don’t know who’s going to be there at 15. We’ve got some guys we do like, and if those guys are there, that’s the discussion that has to be had.

“I’m sure that would come up as a possibility that would happen, with a lot of other players in this draft that could help us. We’ll look at it from that standpoint too. It all depends on the board. Who’s highest on the board at that particular time? If that quarterback is the highest, then we’ve got to pick him. Nine out of 10, it’s going to be the quarterback [if he’s the highest-rated]. But if it’s not, that’s a discussion.”

Washington visited with three of the four consensus top quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones — while Murray canceled his visit to D.C. The Redskins have also met with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson.

Washington acquired Keenum from the Broncos in March for a swap of sixth- and seventh-round picks, with the Broncos contributing a portion of Keenum’s salary. He is due just $3.5 million this season.

The Redskins also have Colt McCoy. Incumbent starter Alex Smith’s future is in doubt after he sustained a compound fracture in his leg last year and had multiple surgeries to deal with complications.

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