Mayfield and Barkley have strong debuts in preseason opener

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley lived up to early expectations as the top two picks in the NFL draft in their first action as the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night.

Replacing starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter, Mayfield hit 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns, and converted two fourth-down plays with his feet. The Heisman Trophy winner who was the No. 1 overall pick found tight end David Njoku on a 10-yard TD pass to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive on his second series. He finished his debut with a completion on a 54-yard slant and run to fellow rookie Antonio Callaway.

Taylor, expected to be coach Hue Jackson’s starter as Mayfield learns this season, hit all five of his passes in two series, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Njoku, a New Jersey native.

Barkley, the No. 2 pick, electrified the fans at MetLife Stadium, taking a handoff from Eli Manning on the opening play from scrimmage and turning no apparent hole into a 39-yard run down the sideline in front of the Giants’ bench. It set up a 42-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas.

The Penn State running back finished with 43 yards on five carries.

STEELERS 31, EAGLES 14

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs each tossed touchdown passes and the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles rested several starters, including quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Nate Sudfeld threw a pair of touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown sat for the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t signed his franchise tender.

Jones completed all four of his passes for 83 yards, including a 71-yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the first quarter. Smith-Schuster made a leaping catch over Rasul Douglas at the 33 and ran untouched to the end zone.

Fitzgerald Toussaint had a 3-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion, while Dobbs threw a 29-yard TD pass to Damoun Patterson.

Sudfeld threw a perfect strike for a 63-yard TD to Shelton Gibson and fired a 15-yard TD pass to rookie Dallas Goedert. He finished 10 of 14 for 140 yards.

Wentz still hasn’t been cleared for contact after having surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee last December. Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, has missed a few practices with muscle spasms in his neck and shoulder.

Mason Rudolph, a third-round pick competing with Jones and Dobbs for the backup job to Roethlisberger, was 7 of 12 for 101 yards.

PANTHERS 28, BILLS 23

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s feud with former teammate Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continued before and during Carolina’s preseason-opening win.

First, the two exchanged words on the field about 90 minutes before kickoff. Then they each played key roles in touchdowns drives in the first quarter.

Benjamin caught four passes for 59 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown reception from Nathan Peterman on Buffalo’s first possession. Newton responded on the next possession, completing 4 of 5 attempts for 67 yards as part of an 85-yard drive capped by Christian McCaffrey’s 2-yard run.

The bad blood between the two emerged last week when Benjamin criticized Newton’s accuracy and questioned why the Panthers used a first-round pick to draft Benjamin in 2014. It was the latest time Benjamin has voiced his frustrations since forcing his trade to Buffalo in October.

Before the game, a video posted by The Charlotte Observer showed Benjamin chatting with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis when Newton approached the two and attempted to shake Benjamin’s hand. Newton waved away Davis, and then had a brief discussion with Benjamin before the receiver began walking away.

Newton followed and the two talked again. The discussion ended when Benjamin shrugged and turned to walk away, and Newton waved his hand at the receiver’s back.

Newton finished 6 of 9 for 84 yards in two series.

BENGALS 30, BEARS 27

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton made a solid debut in Cincinnati’s revamped offense, throwing for a pair of touchdowns.

The Bengals were last in the league on offense last season, the worst finish in franchise history. They overhauled their leaky offensive line, and coordinator Bill Lazor injected more diversity into the playbook. It showed the first time out.

Dalton went 6 of 8 for 103 yards, completing four passes of at least 20 yards. He also had an interception that wasn’t his fault — John Ross fell on his route and Kyle Fuller returned the pickoff 47 yards to the end zone.

The Bears (0-2) rested most of their starters during a 17-16 loss to the Ravens in the Hall of Fame game, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky . His preseason debut didn’t go very well.

Trubisky was in for two series that netted minus-1 yard on eight plays. The Bears’ only first down on those series came on Carlos Dunlap’s penalty for roughing the quarterback, a late hit on Trubisky. He missed on a deep sideline pass to Kevin White on his opening throw and finished 2 of 4 for 4 yards.

SAINTS 24, JAGUARS 20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles completed 6 of 9 passes for 53 yards and scored on a short bootleg. Bortles was poised in the pocket and nearly perfect in one series of work, a significant improvement from the way his preseason started a year ago. Bortles had a five-interception performance during a training camp practice in 2017 and continued to struggle during joint practices with New England. He was benched two weeks into the preseason and had to earn the starting job.

A year later, his starting spot is as solid as just about anyone’s on the team. It showed against the Saints.

Bortles led the Jaguars on a 15-play, 79-yard drive to open the game. He converted both third-down passes he faced and finished off the series by going untouched around the right side.

Saints star Drew Brees got the night off, allowing backup Tom Savage to play the first half. Savage completed 10 of 14 passes for 70 yards. Brees only played in one preseason game in 2017.

Mark Ingram, suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating NFL policy on performance enhancers, carried seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown. Ingram scored against Jacksonville’s backups and after a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty kept the drive alive.

BUCCANEERS 26, DOLPHINS 24

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 26-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to cap a 67-yard drive and give them the win.

Ryan Tannehill completed passes on the first four plays in his return from two serious injuries to his left knee, sparking a 40-yard drive that ended with a missed field goal in his only series.

Tannehill, seeing his first action since December 2016, was off-target on his final two throws and finished 4 for 6 for 32 yards.

Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston played the second quarter against Miami’s second team and led a group of reserves to 10 points on drives of 32 and 40 yards. He went 11 for 13 for 102 yards in four series.

Winston is suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson and defensive end Robert Quinn protested during the anthem. Stills and Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Quinn stood and raised his right fist. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

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Report: Broncos to sign RT James to $52M deal

Report: Broncos to sign RT James to $52M deal

Free agent lineman Ja'Wuan James agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Denver Broncos, making him the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL, per multiple reports.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal includes $33 million guaranteed.

Report: Broncos to sign RT James to $52M deal

Free agent lineman Ja’Wuan James agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Denver Broncos, making him the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL, per multiple reports.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal includes $33 million guaranteed.

James played for the Miami Dolphins and was the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL in 2018, when his fifth-year option paid out $9.341 million.

The 26-year-old has 52 career starts since being drafted 19th overall out of Tennessee.

Jared Veldheer is a free agent after spending last season with the Broncos on the right side.

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Packers spending spree includes S Amos, pass-rushing Smiths

Packers spending spree includes S Amos, pass-rushing Smiths

Packers spending spree includes S Amos, pass-rushing Smiths

Outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, edge player Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos agreed to deals with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, according to NFL Network.

Za’Darius Smith was a trade target of the Packers in 2018 and his signing in Green Bay continues an exodus from a Baltimore Ravens’ defense bracing to subtract inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (Jets) and longtime edge pillar Terrell Suggs. Safety Eric Weddle was released and signed with the Los Angeles Rams.

Za’Darius Smith ranked in the top 20 in edge pressures last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He had a team-high 8.5 sacks and 25 quarterback hits in 2018.

Preston Smith, a linebacker and defensive end for the Washington Redskins, agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million, per NFL Network. He had 24.5 career sacks — 4.0 last season — with the Redskins. Smith will receive a $16 million signing bonus and $27.5 million in the first two years of the deal.

With the two 6-foot-4, 270-pound pass rushers in the fold, the Packers released outside linebacker Nick Perry.

Amos’ contract is worth $37 million over four years, per ESPN.

He started for the NFC North rival Chicago Bears, who attempted to bring him back against stiff competition from the Packers and New York Giants, per reports.

Amos, 25, can play deep safety and in the box as a strong safety.

The Packers also agreed to terms Tuesday with versatile offensive lineman Billy Turner. Offensive guard was a noted weakness last season. Turner can play guard, and his deal is reportedly worth $28 million over four years.

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Report: Saints to re-sign QB Bridgewater

Report: Saints to re-sign QB Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater turned

Report: Saints to re-sign QB Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater turned down more money from the Miami Dolphins to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints and remain the backup to Drew Brees, Jane Slater of NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Bridgewater, 26, joined the Saints after signing a free agent contract with the New York Jets last spring. He remains focused on being the heir apparent to Brees in New Orleans, according to the report.

New Orleans traded a third-round pick to the Jets in August for Bridgewater, who proved during preseason he was healthy after a 2016 knee injury with the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints also received a sixth-round pick in the deal.

The Dolphins are in quarterback limbo with Ryan Tannehill’s future unclear under the new coach-GM combination of Brian Flores and Chris Grier.

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Texans near deal with S Gipson after Mathieu flees for KC

Texans near deal with S Gipson after Mathieu flees for KC

Texans near deal with S Gipson after Mathieu flees for KC

Tashaun Gipson agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans, helping the team digest the loss of safety Tyrann Mathieu in free agency.

The Houston Chronicle and ESPN reported the deal Tuesday.

Gipson, 28, a three-year starter with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was released in cap-related move last week.

Mathieu agreed to a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.

Gipson reportedly drew interest from the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

Gipson is the first reported addition to the Texans during free agency, while Mathieu, Kareem Jackson (Broncos) and Kevin Johnson (Bills) are gone. Johnson, a former first-round pick, was released by the team.

Gipson started all 48 games for the Jags, recording 159 tackles, 16 passes defended and six interceptions. He has 20 interceptions in his seven-year career. Gipson was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2014 season with Cleveland.

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All-Pro LB Davis leaving Panthers to sign with Chargers

All-Pro LB Davis leaving Panthers to sign with Chargers

Linebacker Thomas Davis

All-Pro LB Davis leaving Panthers to sign with Chargers

Linebacker Thomas Davis is leaving Carolina after 14 seasons to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, the three-time Pro Bowler announced Tuesday.

Davis was first team All-Pro in 2015.

“Very happy that I’m going to be able to showcase my talents for the LA Chargers!” Davis posted on Twitter. “Long way from home but I’m extremely excited about this opportunity.”

Terms of the deal are not yet known. The Panthers informed Davis last month that they would not bring him back for 2019.

The Panthers drafted Davis, 36, with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Georgia. Davis played strong safety in his first season in the NFL and converted to outside linebacker in second year, where he has played ever since.

Davis has played 176 games — starting 158 — in 13 seasons for the Panthers. He has 28 career sacks, 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles. Davis missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury.

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Steelers keep injured Shazier under contract for 2019

Steelers keep injured Shazier under contract for 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday they

Steelers keep injured Shazier under contract for 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday they will keep injured linebacker Ryan Shazier under contract for 2019, allowing him to retain his medical insurance as he continues to recover from a spinal injury.

Shazier, who suffered the severe injury late in the 2017 season, will remain on the physically unable to perform list for the 2019 season.

“We will continue to support Ryan’s efforts to return to play,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Although he won’t be able to help us on the field in 2019, his leadership, insight, and emotional support have always been very valuable to us, and we look forward to his contributions in our pursuit of a championship.”

Shazier will be paid a salary commensurate with his years of service in the NFL, and he’ll accrue another year toward his pension.

The Steelers drafted Shazier No. 15 overall in the 2014 draft. He was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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Report: Saints to sign RB Murray

Report: Saints to sign RB Murray

The New Orleans

Report: Saints to sign RB Murray

The New Orleans Saints will sign running back Latavius Murray to a four-year, $14.4 million contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

The signing, which can become official Wednesday, means the Saints likely are moving on from free agent Mark Ingram as their backup to starter Alvin Kamara.

Murray, 29, ran 140 times for 578 yards and six touchdowns last season for Minnesota. He spent two years with the Vikings after playing for the Oakland Raiders during his first three seasons in the NFL.

He has 3,698 career rushing yards, averaging 4.1 per carry. He posted 1,066 yards on the ground in 2015, when he was selected to his only Pro Bowl.

Murray also has 128 career catches for 883 yards.

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Browns reportedly agree to three-year deal with DT Richardson

Browns reportedly agree to three-year deal with DT Richardson

Sheldon Richardson

Browns reportedly agree to three-year deal with DT Richardson

Sheldon Richardson agreed to a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland.com reported Tuesday.

Richardson joins a defensive line that added end Olivier Vernon and already includes former No. 1 pick Myles Garrett outside. According to Pro Football Focus, Garrett and Vernon ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, among pass rushers graded in 2018.

Richardson, 28, was a first-round pick in 2013 with the New York Jets. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks and spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Richardson notched 4.5 sacks in 16 games with Minnesota.

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Report: Cardinals likely adding former Ravens OLB Suggs

Report: Cardinals likely adding former Ravens OLB Suggs

Seven-time Pro Bowler Terrell

Report: Cardinals likely adding former Ravens OLB Suggs

Seven-time Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Network reported Monday, ending his 16-year tenure with the Baltimore Ravens.

CBS Sports reported earlier Monday that Suggs had told the Ravens he was moving on.

After starring in high school in Chandler, Ariz., and in college at Arizona State, Suggs will slot in at outside linebacker for the Cardinals opposite Chandler Jones. New defensive coordinator Vance Joseph intends to run a 3-4 defense after Arizona switched to a 4-3 in 2018.

Suggs, 36, was drafted 10th overall by the Ravens in 2003 and is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks (132.5, next most is 70), tackles for loss (193, next most is 99), forced fumbles (33, next most is 19) and games played (229). The latter figure is one more than Hall of Fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

He won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011 after racking up 14 sacks, 23 QB hits, 20 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, six batted passes and two interceptions.

Suggs had seven sacks, 15 QB hits, 13 tackles for loss and six batted passes last season while playing in all 16 games for the second straight year. Despite his age, he has played at least 15 games in five of the last six seasons, with the only exception when he tore his Achilles in the 2015 season opener.

He made $6.2 million last season in the final year of a four-year, $20.7 million deal.

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Reports: Bears add CB Skrine, RB Davis

Reports: Bears add CB Skrine, RB Davis

Reports: Bears add CB Skrine, RB Davis

The Chicago Bears are signing cornerback Buster Skrine and running back Mike Davis, according to reports Monday.

Skrine, 29, is an eight-year pro who spent his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns and the past four with the New York Jets. He has nine interceptions and 457 tackles in 123 games (85 starts).

The Bears are signing him to a three-year, $16.5 million deal, with $8.5 million guaranteed, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Davis agreed to a two-year contract worth $6 million, with incentives pushing it to as much as $7 million, according to Rapoport.

Davis, 26, had his best season as a pro in 2018, rushing 112 times for 514 yards and four touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks, and also catching 34 passes for 214 yards and a score. He mostly served as the team’s third-down back last season but also made two starts, including rushing 21 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona on Sept. 30.

The 2015 fourth-round pick had only 54 carries with San Francisco in his first two seasons before gaining a total of 1,099 yards from scrimmage in two years in Seattle.

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Reports: Chiefs to sign Mathieu for 3 years, $42M

Reports: Chiefs to sign Mathieu for 3 years, $42M

Safety Tyrann

Reports: Chiefs to sign Mathieu for 3 years, $42M

Safety Tyrann Mathieu intends to sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports Monday.

Mathieu, 26, started all 16 games during his only season with the Houston Texans in 2018 and registered 89 tackles and two interceptions.

Mathieu spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-team honors in 2015.

He signed a one-year deal with the Texans for $7 million in March 2018.

Mathieu has appeared in 82 games (73 starts) and tallied 394 tackles, 49 passes defensed, 13 interceptions and seven sacks.

The versatile playmaker has played free safety, strong safety and cornerback since entering the league as a third-round pick by the Cardinals in 2013.

Kansas City ranked 31st in both total defense (405.5 yards per game) and passing defense (273.4) last season.

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Reports: Colts to sign WR Funchess

Reports: Colts to sign WR Funchess

The Indianapolis Colts

Reports: Colts to sign WR Funchess

The Indianapolis Colts will sign wide receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year deal worth $13 million, according to multiple reports Monday.

Funchess has spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, catching 44 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns last year. That followed his best season — 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight scores in 2017.

Funchess, at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, will be a big target for quarterback Andrew Luck to pair with 5-10 wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Tight end Eric Ebron was the Colts’ primary red zone target last season, catching 13 touchdown passes.

Funchess, 24, was a 2015 second-round pick by Carolina. He has 161 career catches for 2,233 yards and 21 touchdowns.

The Colts, with about $101 million in cap space, according to overthecap.com, are expected to be active in the free agent market after going 10-6 last season and losing in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

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Report: Broncos signing DB Jackson for 3 years, $33M

Report: Broncos signing DB Jackson for 3 years, $33M

The

Report: Broncos signing DB Jackson for 3 years, $33M

The Denver Broncos are signing longtime Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson to a three-year, $33 million deal with $23 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Jackson, who turns 31 in April, has been a starter in the Houston secondary since the Texans drafted him in the first round in 2010.

After playing his first eight seasons at cornerback, Jackson also spent time at safety last season after teammate Andre Hal was diagnosed with lymphoma. He started all 16 games and finished 2018 with 87 tackles, 17 passes defensed and two interceptions.

In 132 career games with Houston (124 starts), Jackson collected 559 tackles, 16 interceptions and three pick-sixes.

The Texans have lost three members of their 2018 secondary, with cornerback Kevin Johnson agreeing to terms with the Buffalo Bills and safety Tyrann Mathieu joining the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Report: Pro Bowl LB Barr to sign with Jets

Report: Pro Bowl LB Barr to sign with Jets

Report: Pro Bowl LB Barr to sign with Jets

The New York Jets will sign four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report Monday night.

Barr has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, earning Pro Bowl nods in each of the past four years. He has started all of his 71 career games, making 338 tackles, including 30 for loss and 13.5 sacks.

The Jets can’t make the signing official until Wednesday.

Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of UCLA, where he made 23.5 sacks in his final two seasons. He hasn’t reached those kind of sack numbers in the NFL — his season-high is four, set in his rookie season — but he was a versatile edge defender in Minnesota and could see more time as a pass-rusher for new Jets’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Barr made 55 tackles, including three sacks, in 13 games last season, when he played on a $12.3 million team option.

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LB Mosley to break bank with Jets

LB Mosley to break bank with Jets

LB Mosley to break bank with Jets

Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Jets.

According to multiple reports, the deal includes $51 million guaranteed, exceeding the one-year value of the franchise tag at the position.

NFL Network reported the Jets had to raise the value and guaranteed cash to pry Mosley away from the Ravens.

The highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL prior to the Mosley deal is Carolina Panthers All-Pro Luke Kuechly ($12.3 million per season). Mosley’s deal averages $17 million per season.

The 26-year-old has gone to the Pro Bowl in four of his five NFL seasons and could open the door to Darron Lee moving on from New York.

The franchise tag for a linebacker came with a $15.443 million salary for 2019, beyond what Baltimore wanted to spend for an inside linebacker, the position at which Mosley spends most of his time. The inside position isn’t as valued in NFL salary structures as an edge spot.

Baltimore was expected to fight to keep Mosley, even when it became apparent the Jets and Cleveland Browns were willing to break the bank to add him.

“Yeah, you’d rather have C.J. back,” coach John Harbaugh said at a team news conference in late January.

“There’s always the give and take of course. There’s limitations with the money. But C.J. wants to be back and we want him back, so I think that’s a really good formula for a player coming back. I’m not even going to entertain the possibility that won’t happen.”

The Ravens selected Mosley, an Alabama product, with the No. 17 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In five seasons, he has 597 tackles, nine interceptions, 8.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries.

Mosley earned $8.7 million in the 2018 season, when he helped the Ravens lead the NFL in total defense.

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Report: Seahawks’ Clark won’t report without extension

Report: Seahawks' Clark won't report without extension

Seattle Seahawks defensive end

Report: Seahawks’ Clark won’t report without extension

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark doesn’t plan to sign his franchise tender or report to training camp without a new contract, NFL Network reported Sunday.

Per the report, Clark would — absent an extension — miss training camp and play out the regular season with the intention of hitting free agency next spring, when Seattle might not be able to tag him again. Other Seahawks currently without contracts for 2020 include quarterback Russell Wilson, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defender tackle Jarran Reed.

Clark, who was tagged last week, has been vocal about his intentions to maximize his earnings, but he has said on multiple occasions he hopes to remain in Seattle. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement, or Clark will play the 2019 season on the one-year, $17.128 million tender.

Fox Sports reported Friday that teams around the league, including the Buffalo Bills, have shown interest in trading for Clark, but there has been no indication that the Seahawks wish to deal him.

Clark, 25, notched career highs with 13 sacks and 27 quarterback hits in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal after the Seahawks drafted him in the second round in 2015. He earned $943,938 in 2018.

Through four seasons, Clark has 35 sacks and 72 quarterback hits while playing 62 of 64 possible games.

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Reports: Raiders trading G Osemele to Jets

Reports: Raiders trading G Osemele to Jets

The Oakland Raiders have an agreement in place

Reports: Raiders trading G Osemele to Jets

The Oakland Raiders have an agreement in place to trade former All-Pro guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, multiple outlets reported Sunday.

According to the Bay Area News Group, the Raiders will receive a fifth-round pick while sending a sixth-rounder to the Jets. The deal cannot become official until the new league year begins Wednesday.

Osemele, 29, has two years remaining on his contract, with unguaranteed figures of $10.2 million in 2019 and $11.7 million in 2020. The Raiders will save the full $10.2 million from their cap this year.

Osemele missed five games due to injury in 2018 and allowed four sacks, his highest figure since his rookie season of 2012, in 11 games. That came after back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances in 2016 and 2017 and a first-team All-Pro nod in 2016, when he didn’t allow a sack.

A former second-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, Osemele started 51 games over four years in Baltimore before joining the Raiders on a record-setting contract as a free agent in March of 2016.

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Chiefs release OLB Houston

Chiefs release OLB Houston

The

Chiefs release OLB Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs released outside linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday, saving $14 million in salary cap space.

Multiple outlets reported the Chiefs tried to trade Houston, but no team was willing to take on his $15.5 million salary for 2019. Houston was set to count $21.1 million against the cap, which will be reduced to a dead-money hit of $7.1 million.

“Justin has made a lasting impact on this franchise and I can’t thank him enough for his contributions over the years,” general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy. I have a great deal of respect for Justin as a player and person and I wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

Houston, 30, missed four games to injury in 2018 but still managed nine sacks and 12 quarterback hits, after posting 9.5 and 20, respectively, in 15 games in 2017. However, he has missed 21 games to injury over the last four seasons and hasn’t made the Pro Bowl since 2015.

A third-round pick out of Georgia in 2011, Houston made four straight Pro Bowls from 2012-15, earning first-team All-Pro honors by notching 22 sacks — a half-sack shy of the NFL single-season record — in 2014. His 78.5 career sacks rank fourth all-time in Chiefs history since the statistic became official in 1982.

The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on edge rusher Dee Ford earlier this month, but his spot on the roster is not necessarily secure. Various reports have said Kansas City could trade Ford for as little as a second-round pick, in part because he isn’t a perfect fit at defensive end in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.

The Chiefs have drafted edge rushers in the second round in each of the last two drafts: Tanoh Kpassagnon in 2017 and Breeland Speaks in 2018.

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Molinari’s 64 lifts him to win at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Molinari’s 64 lifts him to win at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Molinari’s 64 lifts him to win at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Francesco Molinari focused on the process on Sunday to make one of the toughest courses and most difficult setups on the PGA Tour look easy on the way to a two-shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Resort and Club in Orlando.

Molinari, the reigning Open Champion, leapfrogged 16 players and zoomed up the leaderboard while fashioning an 8-under 64 in the final round on Sunday to finish at 12 under, and then waited for two hours in the clubhouse to see if anyone could catch him.

No one could — or even made a decent charge at Molinari on a course with a setup that was difficult to attack for everyone else. He made 146 1/2 feet of putts in the final round, the 36-year-old Italian’s most ever in a PGA Tour event.

“It was just really more about the process and to do better what I didn’t do as good yesterday,” Molinari explained. “Then you make some putts at the beginning, you get it rolling, you just keep the foot on the pedal. I definitely got everything out of (the round) — it’s probably my best putting round ever.”

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England, the third-round leader, shot a 71 on Sunday to finish two back and alone in second. Fitzpatrick’s round included two birdies and a bogey — the latter, on the 15th hole, all but dooming his chances to catch Molinari.

Sungjae Im of South Korea shot a 68 on Sunday and finished tied for third along with second-round co-leader Tommy Fleetwood of England (68) and first-round leader Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain (69).

“The course played like a U.S. Open for us in the afternoon, it was so difficult,” Fleetwood said. “And when you’re finding it tough those days can easily just, they get away from you a little bit. Again today I felt great. All I needed was like two or three birdie putts to go in and then you’re coming down the stretch with a chance.”

International players garnered eight of the top nine positions on the leaderboard and have now won this tournament for each of the last four years.

Molinari’s bogeyless round included eight birdies and was capped by a 43-foot putt that clanged off the flagstick for one of those on the final hole.

Molinari, who had a hole-in-one during his opening round on Thursday, began his final round with a 30-footer for birdie, the first of three birdies in his first six holes. He barely missed a short eagle putt on the par-5 16th or his round would have been even more spectacular.

The win was his third on the PGA Tour and ninth worldwide. Molinari’s best finish of the season prior to this week was a tie for 17th at the WGC-Mexico Championship last month.

He said he used the lessons learned from a 73 on Saturday to decide how to approach the final round, which he began five shots off the pace set by Fitzpatrick at 9 under.

“I’m really happy with today,” Molinari said. “Yesterday I was struggling at some points out there, but I made a couple of really good up-and-downs the last few holes to kind of keep it going and keep myself with a half a chance in it. Golf is like that, then you go out the next day and you play really well.”

Cabrera Bello echoed the field’s thoughts on the course’s difficulty over the last two rounds.

“It really got you thinking all the time where you could miss, where you couldn’t,” he said. “And you couldn’t go pin hunting all the time.”

Keith Mitchell, a first-time PGA Tour winner last week at the Honda Classic, followed up that performance finishing tied for sixth after a final-round 66, ending four strokes in arrears along with Sung Kang of South Korea, Matt Wallace of England (71) and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who never got anything going on the greens and settled for a 72.

Mitchell said the back nine at Bay Hill played extremely tough in both the final two rounds.

“The wind picks up a little bit and the greens are just so fast,” Mitchell said. “Where the pin placements are you have to be very careful on what side of the hole you’re going to hit the ball.”

The PGA Tour moves across the state next week for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

–Field Level Media

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AAF roundup: Murray, Koo lead Legends past Express

AAF roundup: Murray, Koo lead Legends past Express

Aaron Murray

AAF roundup: Murray, Koo lead Legends past Express

Aaron Murray threw for 306 yards and a touchdown, and Younghoe Koo hit the game-winning field goal for the second week in a row as the Atlanta Legends dispatched the visiting Memphis Express, 23-20.

Murray, a former star at Georgia and fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, tied the game with a 2-yard score to Tarean Folston with 11:55 left in the contest.

Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger — who took over for the benched Christian Hackenberg two weeks ago — drove his team in position to take the lead, but was intercepted in the red zone with just over three minutes remaining. Murray drove Atlanta (2-3) into field-goal range before Koo, a former Los Angeles Chargers kicker, hit a 35-yard kick with 13 seconds remaining for the victory.

Mettenberger finished 9 of 17 for 181 yards, the interception and a 1-yard touchdown run. Former St. Louis Rams and New York Jets running back Zac Stacy had 13 carries for 41 yards and two touchdowns along with two catches for 45 yards for the Express (1-4).

Commanders 29, Hotshots 25

San Antonio (3-2) jumped out to a 26-0 lead and held off host Arizona (2-3) in Tempe, Ariz.

Quarterback Logan Woodside, who starred at Toledo and was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals but was waived before the season, threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

The Commanders jumped out to a 6-0 lead after defensive back Derron Smith picked off a pass from Arizona quarterback John Wolford and brought it back 66 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Woodside hit Mekale McKay, a former University of Cincinnati star, for an 54-yard touchdown.

Wolford, who starred at Wake Forest, threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted three times. He hooked up with Rashad Ross for a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

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