Ex-NFL, Alabama player Keith McCants arrested on drug charge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of Alabama has been arrested on drug charges in Florida.

Pinellas County Jail records show 50-year-old Keith McCants was arrested early Monday near St. Petersburg. He’s charged with a felony count of possession of crack cocaine and driving with a revoked or suspended license. He bonded out of jail, but records don’t list a lawyer.

Jail records show multiple arrests since 2010. His most recent arrest was in January, for driving with a suspended license. Court records show he faces a July 10 court date.

McCants made the All-America Team at Alabama and was selected fourth overall by the Buccaneers in the 1990 NFL Draft. His career ended in 1995. He also played for the Oilers and Cardinals.

Im, Mitchell share Honda Classic lead

Im, Mitchell share Honda Classic lead

Im, Mitchell share Honda Classic lead

Keith Mitchell and South Korea’s Sungjae Im are tied for the lead at 6-under par after two rounds of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Im, 20, dominated the Web.com Tour last season with two victories and three runner-up finishes while leading the regular-season money list. He went out early Friday and tied for the low round of the day with a 6-under 64 that included seven birdies against a lone bogey.

Mitchell’s 4-under 66 featured five birdies and a bogey.

The pair is one shot clear of Lucas Glover, but all 83 players who made the 2-over cut are within eight shots of the lead.

With the field including only three of the top 20 ranked players in the world, the front page of the leaderboard isn’t stocked with many household names. A group of nine players tied at 4 under includes third-ranked Brooks Koepka, a resident of nearby Jupiter, Fla., who is seeking to win at PGA National for the first time.

“It was definitely a little bit tougher today,” Koepka, who shot a 1-under 69 after posting a 67 on Thursday, told reporters. “Yesterday the course was a little bit more get-able. These greens have definitely firmed up, baked out, where it can be difficult with this wind.

“Par is not too bad. It kind of reminds me of a major, which is nice.”

Spain’s Sergio Garcia is tied for 13th at 3 under along with Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas, the first-round leader who struggled to a 3-over 73 on Friday.

J.T. Poston was outside of the cut line after three bogeys through his first six holes, but recovered with a 5-under 30 on his back nine — which was on the front side of the course — to finish at 1-over.

Gary Woodland birdied his final two holes to make the cut on the number, extending his streak of cuts made to 21. Woodland had three bogeys during a four-hole stretch on the back nine to fall to 5-over par and put his streak in severe jeopardy.

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who chipped in for eagle on No. 3, also made the cut on the number while playing through an arm injury suffered when his club hit a tree on a follow through Thursday. He made it close by carding a double bogey after hitting his approach into the water on the sixth hole, his 15th of the day after starting on the back nine.

Thomas is 6-over par over his past 27 holes since making hard contact with the tree.

“It’s not bad, it’s just more annoying than anything,” Thomas told reporters. “It’s just been about a seven-hour-long ‘dead-arm.'”

Australia’s Adam Scott finished at 3 over to miss the cut by one shot.

The infamous three-hole stretch from Nos. 15-17 known as “The Bear Trap” claimed 21 more balls in the water on Friday after 35 wound up wet in the first round. The field was 35-over par on the stretch Friday, three worse than the previous day, including 81 bogeys or worse.

–Field Level Media

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Chiefs, Reid want guaranteed possession for both teams in OT

Chiefs, Reid want guaranteed possession for both teams in OT

Chiefs, Reid want guaranteed possession for both teams in OT

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is developing a proposal that would guarantee both teams having a chance to get the ball in overtime games next season.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach announced the development on Pro Football Talk Live on Friday.

Guaranteeing each team an offensive possession in overtime would prevent outcomes like in January’s AFC Championship Game, when the Chiefs lost 37-31 to the New England Patriots, who won the coin toss, then scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the extra period to end the game.

“I think everybody wants a chance for guys to do what they do,” Veach told Pro Football Talk. “I don’t really see the downside of having that. Especially when you have a player like (Chiefs quarterback) Pat Mahomes. It would have been a lot of fun. I think people, if they weren’t already tuned in for a great game, would have turned on that overtime.”

To have a proposed measure pass, Kansas City would need 24 of 30 teams to approve a potential rule change.

The NFL currently allows each team a possession unless the team that receives the overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession. Before the method for the current overtime system was adopted in 2012, the NFL relied on sudden death, with the first score, no matter how it was made, ending the game.

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Report: Jaguars trying to trade Jackson, Hyde

Report: Jaguars trying to trade Jackson, Hyde

The Jacksonville

Report: Jaguars trying to trade Jackson, Hyde

The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to trade defensive tackle Malik Jackson and running back Carlos Hyde with the hope of clearing cap space before the new league year begins March 13, ESPN reported Saturday.

Jackson, 29, is set to count $15 million against the cap in 2019, the fourth year of a six-year, $85.5 million deal he signed in free agency in March of 2016. Jacksonville can save $11 million against the cap by trading or releasing him. Any team acquiring Jackson would have him under contract for $40.5 million over the next three seasons, with the ability to move on without cap consequences at any time.

The Jaguars already restructured the contract of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, and they drafted Taven Bryan in the first round last year, leaving Jackson as the odd man out.

The seven-year pro had 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and 12 QB hits last year in 16 games, though he was bumped out of the starting lineup in favor of Bryan late in the year. He has 18 sacks, 28 tackles for loss and 42 QB hits in 48 games for Jacksonville, after tallying 14.5, 27 and 44, respectively in 62 games with the Denver Broncos.

Hyde, 28, was acquired in October from the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick, but he totaled just 189 yards on 58 carries (3.3 average) for Jacksonville. He has a career average of 4.0 yards per carry in five NFL seasons, totaling 3,300 yards and 26 touchdowns in 64 games.

Hyde is set to count $4.7 million against the cap in 2019, all of which can be saved by trading or releasing him.

–Field Level Media

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Kentucky TE Conrad (heart issue) leaves combine

Kentucky TE Conrad (heart issue) leaves combine

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad

Kentucky TE Conrad (heart issue) leaves combine

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad left the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday after a heart issue was found during his physical. He will undergo further testing at home in Lexington, Ky.

“Today I was told that I would not be able to participate in the NFL Combine due to a heart issue that came up during my physical,” Conrad wrote on Twitter. “I am headed back to Lexington to receive a second opinion and get more tests done. The goal is to get cleared before March 22 for my pro day. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. I won’t let this stop me from achieving my dream.”

NFL Network reported Conrad had an irregular heartbeat due to an issue with a heart valve.

Tight ends took the field Saturday morning to do athletic testing and go through workouts.

Conrad caught 80 passes for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns in 35 career games at Kentucky. Most outlets had previously pegged him as a late-round prospect.

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Report: Rams RB Gurley has arthritis in knee

Report: Rams RB Gurley has arthritis in knee

Report: Rams RB Gurley has arthritis in knee

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was limited at the end of the season and in the playoffs due to arthritis in his left knee, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

The Rams had blamed soreness and inflammation for sidelining the 24-year-old workhorse back.

Head coach Sean McVay said at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this week that Gurley, who suffered a torn left ACL in 2014, would not need surgery.

McVay also said that stem cell treatment isn’t currently being considered, but he didn’t rule it out as an option.

The NFL has requested more information from the team about why Gurley was left off the Super Bowl injury report, a league source told Field Level Media.

Gurley largely gave way to C.J. Anderson in the postseason, but the company line from the Rams centered around McVay taking the blame for not getting Gurley more involved.

Gurley missed the final two regular-season games, dealing with the undisclosed knee problem, after rushing for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns in 14 games. He also caught 59 passes for 580 yards and four scores.

Gurley returned for the playoffs — with 16 carries for 115 yards against Dallas — but had only a combined 14 carries and two receptions in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LIII.

Gurley rushed just 10 times for 35 yards in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots.

Anderson, who signed with the Rams for the final two regular-season games, had 46 postseason carries. Gurley had 30.

Gurley led the NFL with 21 touchdowns and 17 rushing scores during the regular season. He notched his third 1,000-yard rushing season in four years since the Rams took him with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Patriots to release TE Allen

Report: Patriots to release TE Allen

The

Report: Patriots to release TE Allen

The New England Patriots will release tight end Dwayne Allen, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday.

The network’s Adam Schefter wrote on Twitter that the Patriots have shown interest in bringing him back at a lower price. Allen, who was entering the final year of a four-year deal signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, would have cost New England a $7.3 million cap hit in 2019.

Allen, who turned 29 last week, caught three passes for 27 yards in 13 games last season for the Super Bowl champions, mostly filling a role as a blocking tight end. His most productive season as a pass-catcher came as a rookie in 2012, when he had 45 receptions for 521 yards and three touchdowns for the Colts.

The Patriots acquired Allen in a trade in March 2017.

He has 13 catches in two seasons in New England, giving him 139 receptions in 86 career games (72 starts).

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NFL notebook: QB Murray meeting with Cardinals

NFL notebook: QB Murray meeting with Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have publicly supported Josh

NFL notebook: QB Murray meeting with Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have publicly supported Josh Rosen as their quarterback of the future, but it appears they are at least considering targeting Kyler Murray in the draft.

The Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner said Friday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine that he is meeting this week with Arizona, which holds the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, and he would be thrilled to be the first overall pick. “To be the No. 1 pick, that’s a kid’s dream come true,” Murray said.

New head coach Kliff Kingsbury has voiced confidence in Rosen, but general manager Steve Keim used the qualifier of “right now” when referring to Rosen as his starter on Wednesday. The rumors have continued to fly in Indianapolis, and Murray agrees it would be a great fit.

“I know what type of offense he runs,” Murray said of Kingsbury. “Obviously, he recruited me out of high school, I have a great relationship with him. If I were to play under him, I think it’d be a great deal.

–Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the NFL announced.

This is the third suspension in Irving’s four-year NFL career. The 25-year-old was first suspended at the start of 2017 for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers. Last year, he served a four-game ban for a substance-abuse violation.

The indefinite ban comes just two days after the league banned Cowboys teammate Randy Gregory indefinitely for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Gregory, however, had a year left on his deal while the Cowboys reportedly did not intend to re-sign Irving.

–The Baltimore Ravens waived running back Alex Collins following his early morning arrest after a car accident near the team’s headquarters.

Baltimore County police and the team confirmed that Collins, 24, was taken into custody around 6:45 a.m. after police responded to a report of a car crashed into a tree in Owings Mills, Md. It was unclear whether Collins was the driver or a passenger.

The charges against him were not immediately known. The team confirmed Collins’ release on social media by 3 p.m. ET. A restricted free agent before his release, Collins will now be subject to waivers. If he is not claimed, he will immediately become a free agent.

–Defensive end Brandon Graham and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $40 million and runs through the 2021 season. Graham was scheduled to become a free agent later this month. The Eagles selected Graham, a Michigan product, with the No. 13 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

The longest-tenured member of the Eagles’ defense, he delivered its biggest play in recent memory: the strip sack of New England quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII that helped seal the title for Philadelphia. Graham, who turns 31 next month, has appeared in 127 games (70 starts) with the Eagles.

–The New York Giants could be looking to trade veteran outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, according to multiple reports.

Vernon was a splashy signing in the 2016 offseason, heading to the Giants on a five-year, $84.75 million deal. But he has missed a combined nine games in the past two seasons with injuries, and his production has dropped. If the Giants cut or trade him, they would save $11.5 million against the salary cap.

Vernon has played seven seasons in the NFL, the first four with Miami.

–Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is developing a proposal that would guarantee both teams having a chance to get the ball in overtime games next season, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach announced on Pro Football Talk Live.

Guaranteeing each team an offensive possession in overtime would prevent outcomes like in January’s AFC Championship, when the Chiefs lost 37-31 to the New England Patriots, who won the coin toss, then scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the extra period to end the game.

To have a proposed measure pass, Kansas City would need 24 of 30 teams to approve a potential rule change. The NFL currently allows each team a possession unless the team that receives the overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession.

–The coach in charge of building “character” among the Patriots has decided to leave the team.

Jack Easterby, who joined the Patriots six years ago, said his contract expired and he decided to pursue other interests. The Boston Globe first reported the news, which USA Today confirmed.

The Globe reported that Easterby thought his job “had run its course,” but he also wasn’t comfortable with the solicitation charges against team owner Robert Kraft. Easterby’s title was character coach/team development, and he was uniquely qualified to fill that role.

–Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is not lacking in self-confidence, but that doesn’t mean he cares about being the first quarterback off the board in April’s draft.

“It’s not that important to me,” Haskins said Friday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. “For me, it’s being with the right franchise, being with the right team and winning a Super Bowl. So whether that’s first quarterback taken, second quarterback taken, it’s all a blessing regardless of where I’m going.”

Most have pegged Haskins as one of the top two quarterback prospects in the class, along with Oklahoma’s Murray. Since declaring his intentions to commit fully to football, Murray has steadily garnered more attention as potentially being the top signal-caller off the board.

–Field Level Media

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Schaub, Falcons agree on two-year extension

Schaub, Falcons agree on two-year extension

Schaub, Falcons agree on two-year extension

Quarterback Matt Schaub is sticking around as Matt Ryan’s backup after agreeing to a two-year extension with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced on Saturday.

Schaub has been Ryan’s backup for the last three seasons, a position that has required very little in-game action for the 37-year-old.

He’s appeared in a grand total of seven games and completed six of his 10 pass attempts.

“Matt has a great understanding of our scheme and brings valuable experience to the position,” head coach Dan Quinn said in a statement announcing the deal.

Schaub actually began his career in Atlanta as a third-round pick in 2004. He was traded to the Texans in 2007, where he started 88 of 90 games over seven seasons and compiled a 46-42 record.

For his career, Schaub has completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 24,887 yards and 133 touchdowns against 90 interceptions.

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Raiders sign OL Good to one-year extension

Raiders sign OL Good to one-year extension

The Oakland Raiders have signed offensive

Raiders sign OL Good to one-year extension

The Oakland Raiders have signed offensive lineman Denzelle Good to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

The Raiders claimed Good off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts prior to Week 14 last season. He played in four games with three starts at right guard for Oakland. He also played two games, including one start, in Indianapolis before being cut.

The Colts selected the 6-foot-5, 345-pound Good in the seventh round (255th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. In four seasons with Indianapolis, he played 26 games (20 starts) at both right guard and tackle.

Good, who turns 28 on March 8, played for three years at Mars Hill University where he was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First Team selection.

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Bosa: ‘Big mistake’ if Cardinals pass him up at No. 1

Bosa: 'Big mistake' if Cardinals pass him up at No. 1

Bosa: ‘Big mistake’ if Cardinals pass him up at No. 1

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, whose junior season ended early because of a bilateral core muscle injury, said it would be a “big mistake” if the Arizona Cardinals use the first selection on someone else.

Speculation has been that the Cardinals could go for another defensive lineman or Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1 — or a team could trade into that spot for the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

“I wouldn’t say anything about Kyler,” Bosa said Saturday in his interview session at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

“I would just say that I’m somebody who loves game more than anybody. I’m going to come in and I’m going to work every day, every practice, trying to find new things to better myself. If you do draft me, you’re going to have somebody who’s going to improve throughout my entire career.”

Bosa said he is healthy enough to do all the drills Sunday at the combine. He put up 29 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press on Saturday.

“I’ve been training at full speed for a couple of months, but actually feeling like myself, not feeling soreness, for probably a few weeks,” Bosa said.

Bosa played in just three games for Ohio State last season before suffering the injury, withdrawing from school in October to focus on his rehabilitation after surgery to repair torn muscles near his abdomen and groin.

Bosa said he has formal interviews scheduled with the top eight teams in the draft. The Cardinals at No. 1 and the San Francisco 49ers, who choose second, both need edge-rush help.

“They got really good interior guys right now,” Bosa said of the 49ers. “They just need help on the edge is what they told me. I think I would be a true defensive end there, hand in the dirt. That’s something I like about them, for sure.”

Bosa has a chance to exceed the draft selection of his brother, Joey, who went third to the Chargers in the 2016 draft.

Nick Bosa had 29 tackles for loss, including 17.5 sacks, in 29 games for the Buckeyes.

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Chiefs TE Kelce to be ready for camp after ankle surgery

Chiefs TE Kelce to be ready for camp after ankle surgery

Chiefs TE Kelce to be ready for camp after ankle surgery

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce underwent recent ankle surgery, but is expected to be healthy for the start of the season, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Kelce’s 103 receptions and 1,336 yards receiving were both 10th in the NFL this past season, while his 10 touchdown catches were tied for sixth best.

Kelce briefly held the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season after picking up 62 yards during a Week 17 victory over the Oakland Raiders, but later that day his record was topped by George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers.

The ankle procedure was described as more of a “cleanup” that will force Kelce to miss at least some of the team’s spring workouts. The six-year pro is expected to be at full strength by the start of training camp.

Kelce, 29, a former third-round draft pick by the Chiefs out of Cincinnati in 2013, has played in 80 career games (73 starts) for the Chiefs with 410 receptions for 5,236 yards and 32 touchdowns.

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QB observations: Haskins up-and-down, Lock flaunts talent

QB observations: Haskins up-and-down, Lock flaunts talent

INDIANAPOLIS -- A small sample size of

QB observations: Haskins up-and-down, Lock flaunts talent

INDIANAPOLIS — A small sample size of throws against air — made while wearing shorts and T-shirts and targeting unfamiliar receivers — is not going to make or break any player’s draft status, nor should it.

With those disclaimers acknowledged, scouts take every bit of available evidence into account in their evaluations, including Saturday’s quarterback throwing session. Here’s what stood out from the first group, which included upper-tier prospects Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, Drew Lock of Missouri and Daniel Jones of Duke, to take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

1. With Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray not working out in Indy, the spotlight was mostly on Haskins, the most prototypical, big-armed pocket passer in the class. That skill set normally shines when throwing routes against air, but he ran a bit hot and cold.

Haskins showed good touch in college, but he struggled some with those throws on Saturday. When going up the seam and down the sideline on deep throws, he left some hanging in the air and short. At times, he looked like he was trying to throw with a bit too much ease. There were also a few misses on digs and deep outs, though lack of chemistry and timing with receivers can be a factor there.

Haskins still made plenty of great throws, especially back-to-back post-corner routes — dropping them perfectly over the receiver’s shoulder and softly into the hands — to end his day.

He met with New York Giants offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for a brief workout before the session began, and there are plenty of reasons to think the Giants will be eyeing him closely up until draft day.

2. Lock and his arm came as advertised, with the ball popping out of his three-quarters delivery. He didn’t hum the ball throw after throw, but he got it there with plenty of zip despite rarely putting much oomph into it, even deep down the field.

Known for being scattershot at times in college, Lock showed inconsistency with a few misses. On the plus side, his feet looked comfortable and light underneath him, as he mostly stayed on balance and delivered with ease.

Showing polished mechanics is important for Lock given how wild he got at times at Missouri. He’ll need those improved habits to take hold when he’s back on the field and facing a live rush, which often caused him to drift and fade away in college.

3. Most have Daniel Jones as the third or fourth quarterback off the board, and likely in Round 1, but his tools are a step below the upper tier. That showed Saturday, as he needed to use extra power from his base when driving the ball downfield, and his deep throws came off his hand inconsistently.

He sailed a few throws high early on, and his placement was sporadic on dig routes, but he was sharper on the deep outs, showing good placement and touch.

Jones also looked comfortable and on balance in his footwork and was disciplined in his drops, consistently holding his eyes straight downfield before turning to target his receiver.

4. Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson might have the most raw talent in the class, as the 6-foot-7, 247 pounder showed by running the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds earlier Saturday. His power arm certainly wowed, as you could practically feel the heat coming off the ball, but the lack of polish was equally as glaring.

Jackson has been overhauling his throwing motion with personal QB coach Jordan Palmer — younger brother of Carson Palmer — and the changes are still taking hold. At times, he looked like a golfer who just finished a lesson and was trying to repeat the new motions he just learned, looking mechanical and almost self-conscious. He flashed a funky hitch atop his drop and a looping motion while gathering to throw.

There were plenty of positives, as Jackson’s feet looked nimble, and he delivered several lasers with power and precision. But it’s clear he will be a massive project for whoever drafts him, and it might always be difficult to get each of his long levers moving precisely in concert together.

5. West Virginia’s Will Grier might have had the worst session of any quarterback, missing too many throws for a guy whose arm is less than elite. He often looked like he was trying to aim the ball rather than let it fly, and he missed in a variety of ways (high, short, behind, out in front).

He got a bit sharper late, and his footwork looked relatively comfortable as he dropped from under center, but that wasn’t enough to balance out the accuracy issues that plagued him much of the day.

Of the other quarterbacks, Penn State’s Trace McSorley started a bit slowly but came on strong with several sharp deliveries down the field. Washington’s Jake Browning doesn’t have a big arm, but he excelled on post-corner routes, dropping a pair of dimes to end his day.

North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley had his moments but didn’t show much zip and missed several throws. Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald struggled at times, often looking like he was trying too hard to power the ball to his target.

–By David DeChant, Field Level Media

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Rookie Clark leads by one with Singh lurking at Honda Classic

Rookie Clark leads by one with Singh lurking at Honda Classic

Rookie Clark leads by one with Singh lurking at Honda Classic

Rookie Wyndham Clark used a hot start and a nervy final 10 holes to take a one-shot lead and put himself into position for his first PGA Tour victory on Saturday after the third round of play at the Honda Classic.

Second-round co-leader Keith Mitchell, 56-year old Vijay Singh of Fiji, and Kyoung-Hoon Lee of South Africa are a shot behind with 18 holes to play at the PGA National Resort’s Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

A total of 17 players are within four shots of Clark’s lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Clark forged a 3-under-par 67 in the third round to finish 54 holes at 7-under 203. He had five birdies in his first seven holes, before a bogey on No. 9. Clark then played the back-nine, including the treacherous “Bear Trap” on holes 15-17, with a birdie and two bogeys> He closed by missing a 9-foot putt for birdie on 18.

“I didn’t know I was in the lead, but I knew I was playing well and I just tried to keep that going,” Clark told NBC Sports after the round. “I’ve been in final groups before as a junior, and in college, so this is similar – just more pressure and more people watching. I like big crowds, so I should be fine.”

Mitchell, the second-round co-leader, shot a 70 with two birdies and two bogeys on his card, while Singh’s third-round-best 65 featured six birdies (including four in a six-hole stretch on the front nine) and a bogey. Lee carded a 68 with four birdies and a pair of bogeys.

Clark, who was raised in Colorado and resides in Las Vegas, competed collegiately at Oregon and was Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2017 for a Ducks team that beat Texas to win the NCAA championship. He was also named GolfWeek Player of the Year, was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award and was a semifinalist for the Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year award that season.

Clark earned his PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour last year, where he had four top-10 finishes in 24 starts and finished 16th on the regular-season money list. In his first 10 starts this season, Clark’s best result was a tie for 10th at last week’s Puerto Rico Open, a result that earned him a spot in the field this week at PGA National.

“Having that cushion (from the front nine) makes you feel a little bit relaxed playing to the tough holes on the back side,” Clark said. “I made some errant shots and swings, but I knew if I just got it in play and got it on the green, I was going to have a chance to make par.”

Singh is in the hunt for his 35th PGA Tour title, and a victory would make him the oldest winner in PGA Tour history. Sam Snead currently has the record for oldest winner, at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.

“I’m physically quite capable of doing it,” Singh said about his chances for a win. “Mentally, I’m going to go out there and see how my mind works. If I just don’t let anything interfere, I think I can do it.”

It’s been 11 years since Singh’s last PGA Tour win, the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship, but he does have recent success on PGA Tour Champions, with four career victories, including three in 2018.

“Playing the Champions Tour, you’ve got to make a lot of birdies,” Singh said. “It’s all about making a lot of putts. That brings, I guess, aggression out of you.”

Rickie Fowler’s 66 in the third round moved him into solo possession of fifth place at 5 under.

Michael Thompson (66), first-round leader Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela (69), Adam Schenk (68), Robert Castro (69) Ryan Armour (70) and two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (70) are tied for sixth, three shots off the lead.

“I’ve made one bad swing every day, and it’s definitely penalized me,” Koepka said. “I’ve had a double every day. So if I can clean that up and play mistake-free tomorrow and hit these putts a little bit harder, I think everything could fall my way.”

Six players – including rookie Kramer Hickok (66), Matt Jones of Australia (69) and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain (70) – finished the third round tied for 12th place at 3 under.

Schenk was accessed a two-shot penalty prior to the round for his caddie standing behind him once he took a stance in the bunker on the par-3 17th during Friday’s second round. Schenk played the shot without backing away, causing the violation and dropped from two strokes off the 36-hole lead to four back.

“You know, I broke the rule, so the intention was never to cheat, obviously,” Schenk said. “I had probably 15 minutes more to warm up after (I was told about the penalty) and played nicely today under the circumstances. Now you just try and forget about the whole thing, really, but what’s done is done.”

Second-round co-leader Sungjae Im of South Korea ballooned to a 77 on Saturday and dropped 50 spots into a tie for 51st.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Chiefs to tag LB Ford, listen to offers

Report: Chiefs to tag LB Ford, listen to offers

Report: Chiefs to tag LB Ford, listen to offers

The Kansas City Chiefs are planning to place their franchise tag on outside linebacker Dee Ford and envision keeping him in the lineup, but they still could trade the 2018 Pro Bowl selection, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Chiefs’ decision to switch their base defensive scheme to a 4-3 this season under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would affect where Ford plays, with a probable move to defensive end in 2019 if the Chiefs keep him. Ford, who has spent five seasons with the Chiefs, played the position at Auburn and has the ability to be an edge rusher in a 4-3.

He has 30.5 career sacks with the Chiefs, including a personal-best 13 in 2018, when he attained career firsts by starting all 16 regular-season games and being selected to the Pro Bowl.

Ford earned approximately $8.7 million in 2018 after the fifth-year option of his contract was exercised. The one-year franchise tender is expected to be around $15.8 million for linebackers, and Ford said late last season that signing it would be a “no brainer.”

“He had an outstanding season,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in early February of Ford. “He was at the top of his game. Really, when we drafted Dee a few years ago, all those things that we envisioned for him, he kind of showed that he was that player.

“Obviously, Dee is a player that has done so much for us, in particular, last year. We’re excited about bringing him back. And then with (defensive lineman) Chris (Jones) and (wide receiver) Tyreek (Hill), you’re talking about two guys that are now eligible for extensions. They’re guys that we drafted and guys that have done tremendously in regard to just getting better year-in and year-out and being dominant players.”

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Express rally in 4th to beat Fleet for 1st win

Express rally in 4th to beat Fleet for 1st win

Express rally in 4th to beat Fleet for 1st win

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 18 of 25 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown and also ran for another score and a two-point conversion to lead the host Memphis Express to their first Alliance of American Football victory, 26-23 over the San Diego Fleet on Saturday.

Mettenberger, who was drafted out of LSU by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, brought the Express (1-3) back from a 20-15 halftime deficit as they scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. Mettenberger’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Magee with 6:08 remaining followed by the two-point conversion tied the score at 23-23.

The Express scored the winning points on a 45-yard field goal by Austin MacGinnis with 2:46 left in the game. The final drive by the Fleet (2-2) was thwarted when quarterback Alex Ross was sacked and lost a fumble on third-and-7 with 1:49 remaining.

MacGinnis kicked three other field goals, from 46, 40 and 35 yards.

Terrell Watson led the Fleet with 43 yards rushing on 10 carries.

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AAF roundup: Express rally to beat Fleet for 1st win

AAF roundup: Express rally to beat Fleet for 1st win

AAF roundup: Express rally to beat Fleet for 1st win

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 18 of 25 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown and also ran for another score and a two-point conversion to lead the host Memphis Express to their first Alliance of American Football victory, 26-23 over the San Diego Fleet on Saturday.

Mettenberger, who was drafted out of LSU by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, brought the Express (1-3) back from a 20-15 halftime deficit as they scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. A 6-yard touchdown pass from Mettenberger, who made 10 starts for the Titans from 2014-15, to Terrence Magee with 6:08 remaining followed by the two-point conversion tied the score at 23-23.

The Express scored the winning points on a 45-yard field goal by Austin MacGinnis with 2:46 left in the game. The final drive by the Fleet (2-2) was thwarted when quarterback Alex Ross was sacked and lost a fumble on third-and-7 with 1:49 remaining.

MacGinnis kicked three other field goals, from 46, 40 and 35 yards.

Terrell Watson led the Fleet with 43 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Apollos 20, Stallions 11

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert completed 22 of 34 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown as Orlando (4-0) remained undefeated by defeating host Salt Lake (1-3).

Charles Johnson had nine catches for 105 yards to lead the Apollos, who never trailed in the contest.

Gilbert, who was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft after a college career at Texas and SMU, played only briefly in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers after failed attempts with the Rams, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.

His 20-yard scoring toss to Donteea Dye Jr. in the third quarter gave Orlando a 14-3 lead following a two-point conversion. Akeem Hunt ran for a 2-yard touchdown and Elliott Fry kicked field goals of 43 and 42 yards for the Apollos.

The Stallions had a 41-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet and 14-yard scoring run by Joel Bouagnon.

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Report: Cowboys, DE Lawrence not close on deal

Report: Cowboys, DE Lawrence not close on deal

The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus

Report: Cowboys, DE Lawrence not close on deal

The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence are running out of time to work out a long-term deal and are “not close” as a March 5 deadline looms, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr.

If the Cowboys don’t reach agreement by Tuesday, the deadline for franchise tags, they may be forced to use that option to keep him — albeit at a hefty price tag.

The Cowboys tagged Lawrence last season and he made $17.1 million. This year, under the franchise tag, he would earn $20.5 million.

The following year under the tag would be worth nearly $30 million.

But much like Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, who was tagged two years in a row, Lawrence, 26, has been clear in his desire not to play under the franchise tag.

Lawrence is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal worth upward of that $20.5 million tag amount. The Star-Telegram also reported that if he does not receive an extension, he likely will skip the offseason program, minicamps, and perhaps training camp and some regular season games. He also could delay the shoulder surgery he needs.

The past two seasons, Lawrence has a combined 25 sacks, 49 quarterback hits and 122 tackles. The Cowboys selected the Boise State product in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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NFL roundup: Patriots begin title defense with rout of Steelers

NFL roundup: Patriots begin title defense with rout of Steelers

NFL roundup: Patriots begin title defense with rout of Steelers

Seemingly ageless Tom Brady passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns Sunday as the New England Patriots toppled the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3.

The Patriots (1-0) held a pregame celebration for their Super Bowl championship, then began defense of that title in strong style.

Brady improved to 6-0 at home against Pittsburgh (0-1). The 42-year-old was 24 of 36, hitting Phillip Dorsett for two touchdowns and Josh Gordon for another. Stephen Gostkowski added four field goals.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 27 of 47 for 276 passing yards, and he was intercepted once.

Cardinals 27, Lions 27 (OT)

Matt Prater made a 33-yard field goal with 3:48 remaining in overtime to help Detroit salvage a tie with Arizona, which overcame an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit in Glendale, Ariz.

Prater’s field goal capped a 60-yard drive after Zane Gonzalez made a 28-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, on the first possession of overtime for a 27-24 lead, capping the Cardinals’ run of 21 straight points.

Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft, completed 29 of 54 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter when the Cardinals overcame a 24-6 deficit. Arizona had 293 of its 387 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter and overtime after a listless first three quarters.

Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns as Kansas City toppled host Jacksonville.

Playing on a heavily wrapped left ankle he sprained in the first quarter, Mahomes drove Kansas City to scores on each of its first seven possessions while going 25 of 33 with no interceptions.

Jacksonville lost its new quarterback, Nick Foles, to a broken left clavicle in the first quarter. Tyreek Hill, who signed a three-year contract extension with the Chiefs late last week, left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.

Cowboys 35, Giants 17

Dak Prescott tied a career high with four touchdown passes and threw for 405 yards as Dallas rolled to a season-opening victory over visiting New York.

Prescott completed 25 of 32 passes and produced his second career 400-yard game. Prescott finished 50 yards shy of his career high set against Philadelphia last season.

Prescott also set a Cowboys passing yardage record for a season opener, breaking the mark held by Troy Aikman. Prescott threw touchdowns to tight ends Blake Jarwin and Jason Witten and then connected with Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb.

Chargers 30, Colts 24 (OT)

Austin Ekeler’s third touchdown of the day, a 7-yard run with 5:01 left in overtime, lifted Los Angeles to a season-opening win over Indianapolis in Carson, Calif.

Starting in place of holdout Melvin Gordon, Ekeler rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries while catching six passes for 96 yards and two scores. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers hit on 25 of 34 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

Indianapolis forced overtime with 38 seconds left on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to T.Y. Hilton, followed by a 2-point conversion run from Marlon Mack.

Ravens 59, Dolphins 10

Lamar Jackson tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes as Baltimore routed host Miami.

Jackson, who led all NFL quarterbacks last year with 695 rushing yards in just seven starts, spent the offseason working on his passing, and it was evident on Sunday. He completed 17 of 20 attempts for 324 yards with no interceptions.

Thanks in part to Jackson, the Ravens also set a franchise record for most points in one game. Baltimore tied for the second-most points ever in an NFL season opener, trailing the 1973 Atlanta Falcons (62).

49ers 31, Buccaneers 17

Visiting San Francisco returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and Jimmy Garoppolo passed for another as the 49ers defeated Tampa Bay.

Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon scored the Niners’ touchdowns on defense after both intercepted Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. San Francisco recorded two interceptions on defense all of last season, setting a historic NFL low.

Garoppolo completed 18 of 27 passes for 166 yards in his first start since Week 3 of the 2018 campaign, when he sustained a season-ending ACL injury.

Eagles 32, Redskins 27

Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and rallied host Philadelphia from an early 17-point deficit for a win over Washington.

Wentz was 28 of 39 for 313 yards with a pair of 50-plus touchdown passes to DeSean Jackson. It was Wentz’s first game in nine months while he recovered from a stress fracture in his back. Jackson had eight catches for 154 yards.

Case Keenum finished 30 of 44 for 380 yards and three touchdown passes in his first start for the Redskins.

Vikings 28, Falcons 12

Dalvin Cook ran for 111 yards with two touchdowns and safety Anthony Harris recorded two interceptions and recovered a fumble as Minnesota rolled past visiting Atlanta in Minneapolis.

Kirk Cousins (8 for 10, 98 yards) threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Vikings scored TDs on three of their first four possessions. Minnesota recorded all of its points off three Atlanta turnovers and a blocked punt.

Cook, limited to 15 games over his first two seasons because of injuries, ran the ball 21 times and had 53 yards on his first three carries. The Vikings, who averaged 93.3 rushing yards in 2018, had more than 100 on the ground in the first half and 172 for the game.

Seahawks 21, Bengals 20

Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett with a 44-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and Seattle held on to defeat visiting Cincinnati.

Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton completed 35 of 51 passes for 418 yards, a franchise record for a season opener, with two touchdowns. But the Bengals weren’t able to get past midfield in their last two possessions.

Wilson completed 14 of 20 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks won despite being outgained 429 yards to 233 in total yardage

Rams 30, Panthers 27

Malcolm Brown scored on a pair of short touchdown runs, and the defending NFC champions overcame some missed scoring chances to defeat Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 23 for 39 for 186 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards and an interception.

Alex Armah’s 1-yard plunge allowed the Panthers to pull within 30-27 at the 1:58 mark. But with only one timeout remaining, Carolina didn’t get another possession after the Rams recovered an onside kick.

Bills 17, Jets 16

Josh Allen overcame a four-turnover performance to rush for a touchdown and throw for another in the fourth quarter as Buffalo rallied past New York in East Rutherford, N.J.

Allen scored from 3 yards out to trim New York’s lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter before his underthrown ball was reeled in by John Brown for a 38-yard touchdown with three minutes to play. Allen finished 24 of 37 for 254 yards passing.

In his first game since the 2017 season, Le’Veon Bell reeled in a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion pass for the Jets, who were hurt by kicker Kaare Vedvik misfiring on both an extra-point attempt and a 45-yard field-goal attempt.

Titans 43, Browns 13

Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns, Derrick Henry scored twice and visiting Tennessee clamped down on error-prone Cleveland.

Mariota completed 14 of 24 passes for 248 yards, hitting all six of his second half passes for 143 yards. He broke the game open in the fourth quarter with scoring strikes of 11 and 7 yards to tight end Delanie Walker about 3 1/2 minutes apart.

Both of those scores came off short fields after interceptions of Baker Mayfield, temporarily deflating the high hopes of Browns fans looking for the team’s first division title since this version of the franchise was founded in 1999. Mayfield hit 25 of 38 throws for 285 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

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Report: Big loss has Dolphins’ players wanting out

Report: Big loss has Dolphins' players wanting out

Whether the Miami

Report: Big loss has Dolphins’ players wanting out

Whether the Miami Dolphins lost their season opener by 49 points because they had a bad week, or because the front office is resigned to losing as part of a rebuilding phase, multiple players reportedly want out — now.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, citing “a league source with knowledge of the situation,” reported Sunday that some players wasted little time after their 59-10 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens in ordering their agents to get them traded elsewhere.

Suspicions have arisen that the Dolphins could be willing to lose so they get higher draft picks.

The speculation intensified on Aug. 31 when the Dolphins traded away tackle Laremy Tunsil, a first-round draft pick in 2016, and six-year veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills, to the Houston Texans, reportedly to receive first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, and a second rounder in 2021.

Miami’s talks with Houston were believed to have begun with the Dolphins asking about star edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. But the Texans instead dealt Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.

Brian Flores, the Dolphins’ first-year coach, has repeatedly said the franchise is not tanking — in effect, trying to lose to improve their draft selection — though such admissions are rare.

The Dolphins finished 7-9 last year, but were projected to be one of the league’s worst teams in 2019 by most NFL experts even before Sunday’s stinker and the ensuing mutiny reports.

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NFL notebook: TE Witten returns to Cowboys

NFL notebook: TE Witten returns to Cowboys

NFL notebook: TE Witten returns to Cowboys

Jason Witten agreed to a contract Thursday to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys for the 2019 season, the team announced.

Witten, 36, made a surprise retirement announcement last spring and joined ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth for the 2018 season. But the tight end, who is ranked fourth all-time in receptions, has decided to return to Dallas for a 16th NFL season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Witten has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported via Twitter that the deal could be worth $5 million with incentives.

–Former Oklahoma star quarterback Kyler Murray already has exceeded expectations at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, measuring a bit over 5-feet-10 and weighing 207 pounds.

Murray officially was listed at 5-10 at Oklahoma, but most expected him to come in slightly below that. Instead, he measured an eighth of an inch over 5-10. Likewise, his weight of 207 was 12 pounds over his listed weight with the Sooners, easing concerns about his frame being too slight to hold up to the punishment of the NFL.

–Known for his preparation, Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams was clearly ready for the barrage of questions about his 33 5/8-inch arms at the 2019 combine.

“It’s a small portion of what it takes to be a tackle at the next level,” Williams said of arm length. “I think I’m proud of the way I play. My approach to the game is what makes me a great player.”

–Signing Kareem Hunt was all about knowing his heart, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said. The running back was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs last season after being seen on video kicking and pushing a woman.

“We had done our research,” said Dorsey, who noted that the league was still reviewing Hunt’s status. “We thought at the appropriate time with all the information we did have, how truly remorseful he was and … knowing when he comes here there are no guarantees, he’s going to earn your respect with his actions. Right now, I feel very comfortable with the signing.”

–Disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown said recent comments from Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed that the team doesn’t respect its players.

In an interview with ESPN, which will air over the weekend, Brown said he isn’t “angry” with the Steelers but still wants to move on from the franchise.

Last week, Colbert told reporters that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger “has 52 kids under him, quite honestly” and wanted players to look to the veteran QB for guidance and advice. Later, Colbert seemed to step back from those comments.

–The Los Angeles Rams are taking a wait-and-see approach with free agents Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler Jr., but they hope to bring both back, coach Sean McVay said.

General manager Les Snead added that there’s “a good possibility” most of the team’s free agents will test the market, though that won’t preclude the Rams from bringing anyone back.

–New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to solicitation of prostitution charges in Florida and is requesting a non-jury trial, according to court records.

Kraft is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla.

–Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to be ready for the 2019 season after undergoing shoulder and knee surgeries, coach Pete Carroll said.

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

–New Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Jim Turner, a central figure of the bullying scandal in Miami more than five years ago, said he has “to be smarter” in the way he motivates players.

“Unfortunately, some of the things that I said and some of the things I did with my players had to come out. And so, moving forward, I just have to be smarter about what I do when I try to use entertainment to motivate the players,” said Turner, who was fired by the Dolphins following the 2013 season.

–Running back Bryce Love, a draft prospect, expects to be back on the football field in August.

Love is recovering from a torn ACL. He returned to Stanford for his senior season in 2018 rather than entering last year’s draft. Love had 2,118 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns as a junior in 2017, when he finished runner-up in Heisman Trophy voting to Baker Mayfield.

–Free agent wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was in custody in Denver on charges stemming from a single-car crash earlier this month, according to multiple reports. Thomas was being held for investigation of vehicular assault, reckless driving and driving without insurance.

–A complaint has been filed against former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy with the Wisconsin high school sports regulatory body over what was termed his “unacceptable” behavior toward high school basketball officials earlier this week.

–The New York Jets are giving wide receiver Robby Anderson a second-round level restricted free agent tender, keeping him in the fold for another season, according to multiple reports.

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