Jets interview Eagles’ Douglas for GM position

Jets interview Eagles’ Douglas for GM position

The New York Jets interviewed Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas for their general manager position on Sunday.

Douglas joined the Eagles in May 2016 and helped to build the roster that defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018.

Douglas previously worked with Jets head coach Adam Gase in Chicago during the 2015 season, with Gase serving as the Bears’ offensive coordinator and Douglas as director of college scouting.

The Jets are interviewing candidates to replace Mike Maccagnan, who was fired on May 15 after four seasons in the role.

The team met Friday with Scott Fitterer, the Seattle Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, and met on Saturday with Terry Fontenot, the New Orleans Saints’ director of pro scouting.

Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly is also expected to interview for the job.

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Lions sign WR Kearse

Lions sign WR Kearse

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Lions sign WR Kearse

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse joined the Detroit Lions and reunited with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

The one-year deal reportedly is worth $2.3 million, according to multiple reports.

Kearse, 29, played for Bevell with the Seattle Seahawks but played most recently for the New York Jets.

Kearse caught 37 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown last season.

Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay were Detroit’s top receivers last season but have been unable to participate fully in offseason workouts as they recover from injuries. The Lions signed slot receiver Danny Amendola in free agency.

Kearse, entering his eighth season, did not bow out of New York peacefully, saying he was overlooked by the Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in 2018.

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Broncos RB Lindsay hopes to be ready for camp

Broncos RB Lindsay hopes to be ready for camp

Broncos RB Lindsay hopes to be ready for camp

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay has been out of action with a right wrist injury since Dec. 24, and he — along with new head coach Vic Fangio — is looking forward to getting back to work when the team reports to training camp in mid-July.

Lindsay, who suffered the injury in a loss to the Oakland Raiders, required surgery to repair ligament damage and has missed the team’s workouts since. While on the practice field during OTAs and this week’s minicamp, he has focused on strength and conditioning while the rest of the players go through team drills.

“The surgeon told me [it would take a few months to recover] … but when you hear it, it’s ‘OK, OK,’ but when you have to go through it and now it’s like four months in, you’re like, ‘Man, now it’s going to be six months,'” Lindsay said Wednesday at minicamp. “It’s a long process, but it’s worth it. … It’s your livelihood, you’ve got to be OK and they want to put me in the best position to make plays.”

Lindsay shed a bulky wrist brace this week and has been catching passes from the jugs machine, showing progress.

After Wednesday’s practice, Fangio said he expects Lindsay to be ready for training camp.

“I haven’t seen him out on the field, but I think he’s a very intense competitor, wants to do well and has his priorities in order,” Fangio said. “I think he can already be classified as a good pro even though it’s his second year, and that’s probably why he had the very good rookie season. Everything that I’ve learned about him is all good.”

Asked if they are taking extra precautions with Lindsay and his wrist, Fangio said, “No, it’s not heightened. It’s a particular injury where they tell me everything’s gone well and they just don’t want it to get bumped on yet. He can go out there and do everything. They just want to use this time and the next five weeks to make sure he’s ready to go.”

Lindsay, who became the first undrafted offensive rookie ever to earn Pro Bowl honors, amassed 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns on 192 carries last season. His average of 5.4 yards per carry tied for second in the league.

Regarding his current status, Lindsay said, “I feel like I’m very close. It’s going to come down to the head coach and our training staff to make the decisions. I trust them. For me, I’m going to be ready when it’s time. That’s it. When they say it’s time to go, they say I’m going today, I’ll be ready.”

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49ers extend LT Staley through 2021

49ers extend LT Staley through 2021

The San Francisco 49ers signed

49ers extend LT Staley through 2021

The San Francisco 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension Monday, the team announced Wednesday evening during its “State of the Franchise” presentation for season-ticket holders.

Staley was set to enter the final year of a six-year, $44.7 million contract, with expected earnings of $8.6 million in 2019, but is now under contract through 2021. Additional terms of the extension have yet to be reported.

Staley appeared on the show alongside other players, coach Kyle Shanahan, general manager John Lynch and CEO Jed York.

“Honestly Jed, since the moment you guys drafted me in 2007, it’s been my absolute honor to play for my franchise,” Staley said, “and I wanted nothing more to complete my entire career with this franchise.

“…What we want to do is bring you a championship trophy. I want to because this is the only franchise that matters to me.”

Staley, who will turn 35 in August, has 174 career starts since the 49ers drafted him 28th overall in 2007, reaching six Pro Bowls. He started all 16 games last season for the first time since 2015, allowing 3.5 sacks, per STATS LLC. That was his lowest single-season figure since 2013.

San Francisco drafted tackle Mike McGlinchey ninth overall last year, but he will remain on the right side for the forseeable future.

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Browns waive former LT Harrison after tardiness

Browns waive former LT Harrison after tardiness

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Browns waive former LT Harrison after tardiness

The Cleveland Browns waived former starting left tackle Desmond Harrison on Wednesday, a day after he missed the first practice of the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters Harrison missed a flight and was “a little late.” He added that the team “just decided to move on.”

Harrison, 25, started the Browns’ first eight games in 2018 at left tackle — the first player to start at the position following stalwart Joe Thomas’ retirement — as an undrafted rookie out of West Georgia. He was a late scratch in Week 9 with an illness and was inactive the rest of the year after losing the starting job to Greg Robinson.

Robinson was re-signed to a one-year, $7 million deal this offseason.

Harrison was once considered a potential high draft pick after joining Texas as a top high school recruit, but he was suspended three times by the Longhorns and spent two years away from football before joining West Georgia in 2017. He starred at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine but still went undrafted.

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Koepka ‘could care less’ about Canadian Open result

Koepka 'could care less' about Canadian Open result

Koepka ‘could care less’ about Canadian Open result

Brooks Koepka acknowledges that his debut appearance at this week’s RBC Canadian Open is geared specifically toward preparing for next week’s U.S. Open.

The world’s top-ranked player told reporters that “I’ve not touched a club” since winning last month’s PGA Championship. That victory marked Koepka’s fourth major title in the past eight majors, and the two-time defending U.S. Open champion’s sole concern this week is in sharpening his game for Pebble Beach.

“I could care less what happens (this week),” he said, per the Golf Channel. “I just want to feel good going into next week. As long as I can leave feeling confident, striking the ball very well, starting it where I want to, finishing where I want to, hitting some good putts … it doesn’t matter if they do go in or not. I just want to feel confident leaving.”

The Canadian Open benefitted greatly from the move to June from its traditional July slot. Pegged between two majors, it boasts a field featuring Koepka, No. 2 Dustin Johnson and No. 4 Rory McIlroy.

Koepka has played the week before all four of his major victories, including finishing no better than 30th the week before his two U.S. Open triumphs.

“The result doesn’t really matter this week,” he said. “It’s just how I feel I’ve played. Am I hitting enough good shots and really finding a rhythm?”

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NFL notebook: LT Williams reportedly wants out of D.C.

NFL notebook: LT Williams reportedly wants out of D.C.

Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent

NFL notebook: LT Williams reportedly wants out of D.C.

Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams wasn’t present Tuesday for the start of the Washington Redskins’ mandatory minicamp, and it was presumed he wanted a new contract.

One report Wednesday, however, said that isn’t the case. Instead, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Williams wants out of Washington because of how the team addressed surgery he had in April to remove a tumor from his scalp.

La Canfora said numerous sources confirmed that Williams’ issues with the Redskins are not related to money. Instead, he wants to be traded or released “due to their handling of his recent medical situation. Has vowed not to play for them,” La Canfora wrote on Twitter.

Coach Jay Gruden addressed the report with the media on Wednesday and didn’t deny La Canfora’s reporting. He said he found out a few days ago that Williams wouldn’t be showing up at minicamp and said he hopes he changes his mind and rejoins the team.

–Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard admitted that he knew linebacker Bobby Okereke faced a sexual assault allegation in 2015 at Stanford when the team selected the linebacker in the third round of April’s draft.

An independent student-run website at Stanford called The Fountain Hopper detailed Okereke’s situation on Tuesday and reported that the Colts knew of the allegation when they selected him. A Title IX investigation in 2016 sided with Okereke, so he didn’t face discipline.

According to Ballard, Okereke informed the Colts of the situation at the Senior Bowl in January. Ballard said the team studied documents from the Title IX case and was comfortable with selecting Okereke.

–The Cleveland Browns waived former starting left tackle Desmond Harrison, a day after he missed the first practice of the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters Harrison missed a flight and was “a little late.” He added that the team “just decided to move on.”

Harrison, 25, started the Browns’ first eight games in 2018 at left tackle — the first player to start at the position following stalwart Joe Thomas’ retirement — as an undrafted rookie out of West Georgia. He was a late scratch in Week 9 with an illness and was inactive the rest of the year after losing the starting job to Greg Robinson.

–The Baltimore Ravens agreed on a four-year rookie contract with first-round wideout Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

Like all first-round contracts, the deal comes with a fifth-year team option. No terms were announced, but the expected value based on Brown’s No. 25 draft slot is $11.8 million over the first four years.

Brown is recovering from a Lisfranc injury in his foot and has not participated in offseason practices, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.

–Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Justin Evans is recovering from a surgical procedure on his heel, not on the toe that ended his 2018 season, head coach Bruce Arians said on Tampa Bay WDAE radio.

Evans was in a walking boot when mandatory minicamp opened Tuesday, with many speculating it related to last year’s toe injury. Arians clarified Wednesday that it is a heel issue, and Evans will be in a boot for a few weeks.

Evans, 23, has started 19 of 24 games through two seasons after he was a second-round pick in 2017.

–Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey visited the Atlanta Falcons, ESPN reported.

Bailey, 30, has also visited the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. He had career highs of six sacks and 10 quarterback hits last season while playing mostly on the interior for the Chiefs.

–Former Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart visited the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week, NFL Network reported.

Stewart, 30, was released by the Broncos to save cap space in March. He started 58 of 61 games over the last four seasons, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2016.

–The Buffalo Bills signed defensive tackle L.T. Walton and tight end Nate Becker, releasing defensive tackle Quindarius Thagard and tight end Moral Stephens to make room on the roster.

Walton, 27, played in 36 games (four starts) for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the last four years, making two sacks. Becker is an undrafted rookie out of Miami (Ohio) who spent time briefly with the Detroit Lions earlier this offseason.

–The Panthers signed former Bucs cornerback Javien Elliott, waiving guard Brendan Mahon to make room on the roster.

Elliott, 25, played in 36 games (seven starts) over the past three seasons, with one interception and two pass breakups.

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Report: Redskins’ Williams wants out over medical care

Report: Redskins' Williams wants out over medical care

Report: Redskins’ Williams wants out over medical care

Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams wasn’t present Tuesday for the start of mandatory minicamp, and it was presumed he wanted a new contract.

One report Wednesday, however, said that isn’t the case at all. Instead, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Williams wants out of Washington because of how the team addressed surgery he had in April to remove a tumor from his scalp.

La Canfora said numerous sources confirmed that Williams’ issues with the Redskins are not related to money. Instead, he wants to be traded or released “due to their handling of his recent medical situation. Has vowed not to play for them,” La Canfora wrote on Twitter.

Coach Jay Gruden addressed the report with the media on Wednesday and didn’t deny La Canfora’s reporting. He said he found out a few days ago that Williams wouldn’t be showing up at minicamp and said he hopes he changes his mind and rejoins the team.

“I’m just trying to focus on the guys that are here right now,” Gruden said. “I know Trent knows how much we need him and want him back. That’s the only thing I can do from here. As far as what happened with him and the doctors, that’s between he and the doctors, and hopefully we get that cleared up soon.”

Gruden gave his support to the doctors.

“I think our medical staff has done a good job,” he said. “Where the frustration might lie is the timing of the diagnosis. Maybe he wishes it was diagnosed a little bit sooner.”

Gruden would not discuss the specifics of the medical condition.

NFL Network reported in April that Williams had an operation to remove a growth or tumor on his head that doctors initially feared was malignant, but he was expected to be fully recovered for the season.

Williams has two years left on his existing contract worth $24 million, which includes base salaries of $11 million in 2019 and $12.5 million in 2020.

The seven-time Pro Bowler will turn 31 before the start of training camp. Williams has been with the Redskins since 2010, when they made him the No. 4 overall selection in the NFL draft.

Reliable swing tackle Ty Nsekhe left Washington for Buffalo during free agency. Former New York Giants first-round pick Ereck Flowers has been working as the first-team left tackle, and 2018 third-rounder Geron Christian is also competing for the swing tackle job.

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D.J. downplays split with swing coach

D.J. downplays split with swing coach

D.J. downplays split with swing coach

Dustin Johnson downplayed the recent announcement of his split with swing coach Claude Harmon III as he prepares to defend his title at the RBC Canadian Open ahead of next week’s U.S. Open.

Johnson announced over the weekend that he will work with longtime coach Alan Terrell and continue to work with Claude Harmon’s father, Butch, via video.

“I really haven’t had a coaching change,” Johnson told reporters Wednesday. “I’ve always worked with coach Terrell. I’ve always worked with Butch and Claude. So it’s not really a change.”

Claude Harmon also works with top-ranked Brooks Koepka, and texted Johnson from last week’s Memorial Tournament that he believed it was time to move on. Johnson, the world’s No. 2 player, worked with Terrell at the PGA Championship.

Johnson, who has one PGA Tour victory this season at the WGC-Mexico in February, finished second to Koepka at Bethpage Black last month.

Terrell recruited Johnson to Coastal Carolina in 2004 and runs his branded golf academy in South Carolina. Johnson also sends weekly swing videos to Butch Harmon, who decided last season to stop traveling the Tour.

Koepka is the two-time reigning U.S. Open champion, while Johnson is a two-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Either one could arrive in California next week as the No. 1-ranked player, depending on how the RBC Canadian Open plays out.

“I feel like I’m rested. I’m mentally sharp, and I’m ready to go for the last push through the end of the year,” Johnson said. “I’ve got a lot of really big tournaments coming up, and for me it’s just about putting myself into position to have a chance to win.”

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Colts knew LB Okereke faced sexual assault accusation

Colts knew LB Okereke faced sexual assault accusation

Indianapolis Colts general manager

Colts knew LB Okereke faced sexual assault accusation

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard admitted Wednesday that he knew linebacker Bobby Okereke faced a sexual assault allegation in 2015 at Stanford when the team selected the linebacker in the third round of April’s draft.

An independent student-run website at Stanford called The Fountain Hopper detailed Okereke’s situation on Tuesday and reported that the Colts knew of the allegation when they selected him.

A Title IX investigation in 2016 sided with Okereke so he didn’t face discipline.

According to Ballard, Okereke informed the Colts of the situation at the Senior Bowl in January. Ballard said the team studied documents from the Title IX case and were comfortable with selecting Okereke.

“When we looked at it and talked about it and talking to the young man, an incident from four years ago, no discipline by the university and he was never charged with a crime,” Ballard told reporters. “And then you look at his track record from that point to now. Team captain. Lott Trophy quarterfinalist. He graduated with a degree in management and engineering. He’s working on his master’s.

“From 2015 to 2019, from everything we gathered and high recommendations that we got, it felt appropriate to take him.”

A New York Times story in December 2016 reported that an unnamed Stanford football player wasn’t disciplined by the school or football program after a disciplinary board of five panelists didn’t return the needed four votes to say a sexual assault had occurred. Ballard said Okereke told him he was the unnamed player.

Documents studied by the New York Times and The Fountain Hopper displayed that three of the five panelists believed a sexual assault occurred. The accuser was reportedly angry about the decision and eventually left Stanford to avoid having to see Okereke on campus.

“(These things are) very difficult,” Ballard said. “Not only from our perspective from trying to get the information, but from the university perspective. You have a he-said, she-said incident. I don’t want to sit here and act like we don’t have sensitivity for both sides of it.

“But as I’ve kind of said, it happened four years ago and because there were no charges or disciplinary actions by the university and then his track record from everything we know to this point has been good.”

Ballard said the Colts didn’t attempt to speak to the accuser or her lawyer because no disciplinary measures were taken.

The Fountain Hopper said the NFL didn’t respond to multiple requests for comments regarding the Okereke situation.

Okereke, a team captain, played in 51 games at Stanford and had 240 career tackles. He had 19 tackles for loss (including 10.5 sacks) and also forced three fumbles.

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Mets to QB Brady: There’s only one ‘Tom Terrific’

Mets to QB Brady: There’s only one ‘Tom Terrific’

Mets to QB Brady: There’s only one ‘Tom Terrific’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s request to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific” is getting slammed, particularly by two former New York Mets who were teammates of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

“Maybe it’s the new athlete,” former Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool said Tuesday in a USA Today story. “Maybe it’s the ‘I’ generation, who can only think about himself. He’s the greatest quarterback who ever lived and I supported him over the years, and any time I’m rooting in football, I’m rooting for Tom Brady. But when you ask me about Tom Terrific and having played behind a guy like (Seaver), there’s only one guy who can be called Tom Terrific and that’s him. But when you’re first in line, I think there should only be one of any kind. (Brady) is the second model.”

Seaver, though, never filed for a trademark of the nickname that first was popularized by the “Tom Terrific” cartoon. Seaver is now battling dementia.

According to the USA Today report, Brady’s company, TEB Capital, has filed for two “Tom Terrific” trademarks, one for trading cards, posters, and signed photographs, and another for clothing.

On Monday, the Mets tweeted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, making their point with a photo of the right-handed Seaver during his heyday with the Mets.

“Hey @uspto, with all due respect to @TomBrady…There’s only one #TomTerrific to us. #LGM #Mets,” the tweet read.

A planned protest Tuesday at an Upper East Side restaurant in New York never gained momentum as, along with Kranepool and former Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, only a few fans showed up. But some reportedly grabbed Brady No. 12 jerseys and threw beans at them, then tossed them in a trash can.

Shamsky, who played with the Miracle Mets team that included Kranepool and Seaver and won the 1969 World Series, interviewed Seaver in 2017 for a book he was writing about the aftermath of that team.

“Tom Seaver will always be known as ‘Tom Terrific,'” Shamsky said Tuesday. “He will always be the face of the Mets, and one of the greatest pitchers who ever pitched in the major leagues.”

Seaver won 311 games in a 20-year career. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with a then-record of appearing on 98.84 percent of voters’ ballots.

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NFL notebook: Bell works out at Jets’ minicamp

NFL notebook: Bell works out at Jets' minicamp

Running back Le'Veon Bell

NFL notebook: Bell works out at Jets’ minicamp

Running back Le’Veon Bell took part in on-field workouts at the New York Jets’ mandatory minicamp Tuesday after skipping most of the team’s spring voluntary workouts.

He worked with the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills in what was his first competitive football since January 2018, when he last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell sat out last season in a contract dispute and signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets.

–All-Pro Todd Gurley likely won’t be the workhorse out of the backfield for the Los Angeles Rams this season.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Rams are going to incorporate a number of running backs into the game in 2019, including Darrell Henderson, their third-round draft pick in April.

“The days of Todd Gurley just being the straight-up, every-down bell cow are probably over, just based on his knee, his age, the position, the amount of carries he’s had.” Rapoport said. “This is a team that is clearly ready to spread the ball around.”

–All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman retired in San Francisco at age 31.

Bowman earned four All-Pro selections and three Pro Bowl invitations during seven-plus seasons with the 49ers. Released during the 2017 season, he joined the Oakland Raiders and made 10 starts. He did not play in 2018.

–Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams skipped the start of mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new contract with the Washington Redskins.

Williams has two years left on his existing contract worth $24 million, which includes base salaries of $11 million in 2019 and $12.5 million in 2020.

Williams, who turns 31 before the start of training camp, underwent knee surgery last year and in April had an operation to remove a tumor from his head.

–Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson showed up for the start of mandatory minicamp and restated his desire to be traded.

Johnson was a no-show for the Browns’ voluntary offseason program last month after reportedly telling the team he wanted to move on.

General manager John Dorsey has said that second-year back Nick Chubb will be the starter in 2019 for the Browns, who also signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt in February.

–Indianapolis Colts rookie center Javon Patterson tore his ACL during organized team activities and will miss the 2019 season.

Coach Frank Reich confirmed the injury to Patterson, a seventh-round pick from Ole Miss. The Colts were expecting him to compete for a backup job on the interior of their offensive line.

–The New England Patriots released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who signed a one-year deal in April and was expected to compete for a role after the offseason retirement of star Rob Gronkowski.

Rapoport reported that Seferian-Jenkins is dealing with personal issues that will take him at least a month to resolve.

–New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s request to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific” is getting slammed, particularly by two former New York Mets who were teammates of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky.

Seaver, who is now battling dementia, never filed for a trademark of the nickname that first was popularized by the “Tom Terrific” cartoon. According to a USA Today report, Brady’s company, TEB Capital, has filed for two “Tom Terrific” trademarks, one for trading cards, posters and signed photographs, and another for clothing.

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Patriots release TE Seferian-Jenkins

Patriots release TE Seferian-Jenkins

The New England Patriots released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on

Patriots release TE Seferian-Jenkins

The New England Patriots released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Tuesday.

Seferian-Jenkins signed a one-year deal in April and was expected to compete for a role after the offseason retirement of star Rob Gronkowski.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Seferian-Jenkins is dealing with personal issues that will take him at least a month to resolve.

It is possible that New England will consider bringing him back in July prior to training camp.

Seferian-Jenkins, 26, has caught 116 passes for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns in 43 games over five NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-16), New York Jets (2016-17) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2018). He was the Bucs’ second-round pick in 2014.

His best season came with the Jets in 2017 when he had career bests of 50 receptions and 357 yards.

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PGA Tour adds Bermuda to 2019-20 schedule

PGA Tour adds Bermuda to 2019-20 schedule

The PGA Tour added the island of Bermuda to the 2019-20 schedule, with the Bermuda Championship making its debut from Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019.

On Tuesday, the tour announced a five-year agreement through 2023 with the Bermuda Tourism Authority as the title sponsor

PGA Tour adds Bermuda to 2019-20 schedule

The PGA Tour added the island of Bermuda to the 2019-20 schedule, with the Bermuda Championship making its debut from Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019.

On Tuesday, the tour announced a five-year agreement through 2023 with the Bermuda Tourism Authority as the title sponsor of the tour’s first annual event on the Caribbean island.

The tournament held at the Port Royal Golf Course will feature an anticipated field of 120 players and a $3 million purse, with 300 FedExCup points awarded to the champion.

“We are excited to add the Bermuda Championship to the PGA Tour beginning next season,” executive vice president Ty Votaw said in a statement. “Bermuda is an appealing year-round destination, and the players will love visiting in the fall, plus we will be hosted by an outstanding golf course. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Bermuda — a beautiful island destination that embodies genuine hospitality — to the world.”

The Bermuda Championship will be played the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

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Redskins LT Williams wants new deal

Redskins LT Williams wants new deal

Redskins LT Williams wants new deal

Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams skipped the start of mandatory minicamp Tuesday as he seeks a new contract with the Washington Redskins.

Williams has two years left on his existing contract worth $24 million, which includes base salaries of $11 million in 2019 and $12.5 million in 2020.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed Williams’ absence.

“We have been talking to Trent a little bit here and there. He is not here, you are right,” Gruden said. “As far as holding out for whatever reasons, that is between Trent and (senior vice president of football operations) Eric (Schaffer) and (team president) Bruce (Allen). Hopefully, we’ll get it all situated soon and get him back here.”

Williams, who turns 31 before the start of training camp, underwent knee surgery last year and in April had an operation to remove a tumor from his head.

Williams played a full 16-game regular-season schedule only twice in his first nine seasons.

Gruden said the veteran lineman will be missed this week.

“Well he is the best tackle in pro football,” Gruden said. “He’s a great player for us, a great leader. We would love to have him here without a doubt. I know his teammates support him and we support him without a doubt, but hopefully we get it situated where he comes back.”

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Report: Patriots releasing TE Seferian-Jenkins

Report: Patriots releasing TE Seferian-Jenkins

The New England Patriots are releasing tight end Austin

Report: Patriots releasing TE Seferian-Jenkins

The New England Patriots are releasing tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Tuesday.

Seferian-Jenkins signed a one-year deal in April and was expected to compete for a role after the offseason retirement of star Rob Gronkowski.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Seferian-Jenkins is dealing with personal issues that will take him at least a month to resolve.

Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t at the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, not so surprising after coach Bill Belichick said all the players required to show were in attendance.

It is possible that New England will consider bringing him back in July prior to training camp.

Seferian-Jenkins, 26, has caught 116 passes for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns in 43 games over five NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-16), New York Jets (2016-17) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2018). He was the Bucs’ second-round pick in 2014.

His best season came with the Jets in 2017 when he had career bests of 50 receptions and 357 yards.

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All-Pro LB Bowman retires at 31

All-Pro LB Bowman retires at 31

All-Pro LB Bowman retires at 31

All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman retired Tuesday in San Francisco at age 31.

Bowman earned four All-Pro selections and three Pro Bowl invitations during seven-plus seasons with the 49ers. Released during the 2017 season, he joined the Oakland Raiders and made 10 starts. He did not play in 2018.

“NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a team press release. “During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the league, and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our faithful fans.”

San Francisco’s third-round pick in 2010 out of Penn State, Bowman registered more than 100 tackles in five of his eight seasons.

After missing the 2014 season with a knee injury, Bowman returned to lead the NFL with 154 tackles in 2015.

Bowman’s final numbers included 798 tackles, 14 sacks, five interceptions and six fumble recoveries in 99 games.

He announced his retirement at San Francisco’s team headquarters. The 49ers said they were unable to sign Bowman to a ceremonial one-day contract because their roster is currently at capacity and it would have required a transaction.

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Browns RB Johnson still wants to be traded

Browns RB Johnson still wants to be traded

Cleveland

Browns RB Johnson still wants to be traded

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson showed up for the start of mandatory minicamp Tuesday and restated his desire to be traded.

Johnson was a no-show for the Browns’ voluntary offseason program last month after reportedly telling the team he wanted to move on.

General manager John Dorsey has said that second-year back Nick Chubb will be the starter in 2019 for the Browns, who also signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt in February.

“I understand the nature of the business. I understand John Dorsey’s job is to do what’s best for the team and the organization. If that’s getting rid of me for a bigger piece and a better piece, then I’m OK with it,” Johnson told reporters Tuesday. “Like I said before, my trade request was to meet them at a middle ground.”

The New York Jets, Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles reportedly have expressed interest in the 25-year-old Johnson, Cleveland’s third-round pick in 2015.

Johnson signed a three-year, $15.6 million contract ($7.8 million guaranteed) extension last summer that runs through the 2021 season.

He has played in all 64 games since entering the league, rushing for 1,286 yards and five touchdowns and catching 235 passes for 2,170 yards and eight scores.

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Bell takes part in Jets’ camp; GM decision pending

Bell takes part in Jets' camp; GM decision pending

Running back Le'Veon Bell

Bell takes part in Jets’ camp; GM decision pending

Running back Le’Veon Bell took part in on-field workouts Tuesday at the New York Jets’ mandatory minicamp after skipping most of the team’s spring voluntary workouts.

He worked with the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills in what was his first competitive football since January 2018, when he last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell sat out last season in a contract dispute and signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets.

Head coach Adam Gase said Bell wouldn’t have a full workload because of the long layoff from team drills.

Before practice Tuesday, Gase updated reporters about the search for the team’s general manager.

The Jets have interviewed Joe Douglas, Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel; Scott Fitterer, the Seattle Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel; Terry Fontenot, the New Orleans Saints’ director of pro scouting; and Champ Kelly, the Chicago Bears’ assistant director of player personnel.

New York is seeking a replacement for Mike Maccagnan, who was fired on May 15 after four seasons in the role. Gase was among the staff members who joined CEO Christopher Johnson in interviews.

“We went through some interviews this weekend,” Gase said. “Those guys did a great job. It was a great process that we’ve gone through so far. We’ll just keep huddling up and figuring out where we’re at with that until Christopher is ready to make a decision. Then once that happens, you guys will obviously know about that quickly.”

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Report: LT Williams wants new deal

Report: LT Williams wants new deal

Report: LT Williams wants new deal

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is not participating in mandatory minicamp to make a statement about his contract, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Williams has two years left on his existing contract worth $24 million, which includes base salaries of $11 million in 2019 and $12.5 million in 2020.

Williams turns 31 before the start of training camp.

He underwent knee surgery last year and in April had an operation to remove a tumor from his head.

Williams has played a full 16-game regular-season schedule only twice in his career.

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NT Harrison, CB Slay to stay away from Lions

NT Harrison, CB Slay to stay away from Lions

Contract squabbles with

NT Harrison, CB Slay to stay away from Lions

Contract squabbles with the Detroit Lions will keep two star defenders away from mandatory summer minicamp.

Cornerback Darius Slay posted to Twitter that he’ll be a bystander despite having two years remaining on his contract. Slay did not participate in volunteer workouts and clapped back at a social media critic who said he should honor his existing deal.

Named a first-team All-Pro in 2017, Slay signed a four-year extension in 2016 and is scheduled to make $12.55 million in base salary in 2019. He is due $10 million next season.

Harrison was acquired from the New York Giants last season and has two years left on his contract. His base salary in 2019 is $6.75 million and he’s owed $9 million for 2020.

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