NFL linebacker Mychal Kendricks charged with insider trading

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks used insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain says co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games. Kendricks played for the Eagles before signing with the Browns in June.

Prosecutors say Sonoiki was a trader at an unnamed firm. An IMBD profile lists him as a writer on the popular TV series “Black-ish” as well as other movies and TV shows.

Kendricks says in a statement released by his lawyer Wednesday that he’s sorry and “deeply” regrets his actions.

He says he “didn’t fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades.”

A message seeking comment from the federal defender representing Sonoiki wasn’t immediately returned.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league is reviewing the situation.

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2019 Masters: Rating the Rookies

2019 Masters: Rating the Rookies

The gravity of the event and

2019 Masters: Rating the Rookies

The gravity of the event and the nuances of Augusta National are the driving factors behind only three rookies winning the green jacket in the 82 Masters contested since 1934.

Ten professionals among the 87-player field will be making their Masters debuts this week.

There are few household names, but plenty of talent that could make some noise this week. Rating the rookies in this year’s field:

Eddie Pepperell, England (World Golf Rank: 40): Pepperell first popped onto the worldwide scene by posting the low round on Sunday at last year’s Open Championship. He made another final-round run at The Players last month, again showing that he can handle the biggest stages. We like the 28-year-old’s game — and mental makeup — to be hovering around the first page of the leaderboard come Sunday.

Matt Wallace, England (36): Some will recall Wallace’s hole-in-one at last year’s PGA Championship. But the Englishman is well known on the European Tour after posting three victories in 2018. His form hasn’t been stellar since a solo second at the Dubai Desert Classic in January — a T6 at Bay Hill being his only other top-10 this year. But Wallace’s game garners a lot of respect from fellow players.

Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark (43): Other pros had hinted at the Dane’s all-around game before he slayed Tiger Woods en route to a semifinal showing at the WGC-Match Play event last month. He missed the cut last week and fatigue has to be a concern after a busy stretch in the U.S. for the European Tour star.

Keith Mitchell, United States (60): It’s understandable that Mitchell’s results have tailed off since winning his first PGA Tour event at The Honda Classic and then posting a T6 the next week at Bay Hill. He went T47 at The Players before failing to advance out of the group stage at Match Play. Mitchell has a lot of game and, more important at Augusta National, length to spare.

Corey Conners, Canada (84): Talk about a whirlwind turn of events. Conners had to Monday qualify just to be in last week’s field at the Valero Texas Open. He then went on to win the event and secure the final spot in this year’s Masters — along with a slew of other perks. He’s an unlikely contender but should at least be playing with nothing to lose.

Aaron Wise, United States (67): In the field courtesy of his victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson last year, there is little to suggest that Wise is prepared to make a run this week. He has four missed cuts in his past seven starts and only one top-20 result. His swing is highly inconsistent at the moment, which was on full display during his Match Play loss to Woods.

Andrew Landry, United States (128): Landry admitted losing some focus after winning his first PGA Tour event at last year’s Valero Texas Open. He didn’t make the cut in his title defense, which has been fairly standard of late. He has five MCs in nine events in 2019 and hasn’t posted a top-20 result since last July.

Adam Long, United States (108): Another first-time winner this season at the Desert Classic, Long promptly missed his next five cuts. On the Web.com Tour this time last year, Long will no doubt enjoy the pageantry and the azaleas, but sticking around for the weekend would be considered a significant accomplishment.

Kevin Tway, United States (98): It has been going steadily downhill for Tway since beginning the 2018-19 season with a victory at the Safeway Open. That includes six consecutive missed cuts dating back to February.

Michael Kim, United States (330): How does the world’s 330th-ranked player make his way into the Masters field? By winning last year’s John Deere. Since then, Kim has missed 13 of 18 cuts, including all eight in 2019. He tied for last in the limited-field Tournament of Champions and missed two more cuts prior to that.

–Derek Harper, Field Level Media

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NFL releases 2019 preseason schedule

NFL releases 2019 preseason schedule

NFL releases 2019 preseason schedule

The NFL released the 65-game 2019 preseason schedule Tuesday, kicking off with the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.

After the Broncos-Falcons clash (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), there are four nationally televised games scheduled for Week 2 of the preseason and three more for Week 3.

The Week 2 slate includes the Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN, 8 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 15, and the New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS, 4 p.m.) on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Week 3 action includes the Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (FOX, 8 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 22, and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (NBC, 8 pm.) on Sunday, Aug. 25.

The Dallas Cowboys will face the Los Angeles Rams in Honolulu on Aug. 17, the NFL’s first preseason contest at Aloha Stadium since 1976.

The Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots will square off against the New York Giants in the preseason finale for the 15th straight season.

Specific dates and times for the remaining games will be released later this offseason.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Murray meeting again with Cardinals

Report: Murray meeting again with Cardinals

Heisman

Report: Murray meeting again with Cardinals

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray reportedly headed to Phoenix on Tuesday for another meeting with the Arizona Cardinals, who hold the No. 1 pick in this month’s draft.

The NFL Network reported that the former Oklahoma quarterback and his agent are visiting the team on Wednesday. Murray previously met with the Cardinals at the NFL Combine and again last month at his campus workout in Norman, Okla.

Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, also represents Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Arizona has met with other potential top picks, including Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

Murray passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games last season for the Sooners.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Patriots agree to two-year deal with Gostkowski

Report: Patriots agree to two-year deal with Gostkowski

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Report: Patriots agree to two-year deal with Gostkowski

The New England Patriots and kicker Stephen Gostkowski have agreed to a two-year contract, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Gostkowski has been the club’s kicker since 2006. He replaced Adam Vinatieri, who had departed to the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.

Gostkowski, a four-time Pro Bowl selectio, has made 367 of 420 field-goal attempts during 13 seasons with New England. He was 27 of 32 last season.

Gostkowski has 1,743 career points, and has led the NFL in scoring on five occasions. He has topped 140 points in a season seven times.

He is 39 of 44 on field goals in 28 postseason appearances.

–Field Level Media

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NFL, NFLPA commit to regular meetings on new CBA

NFL, NFLPA commit to regular meetings on new CBA

NFL, NFLPA commit to regular meetings on new CBA

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that they will take part in regularly scheduled meetings to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.

The NFL and NFLPA issued the following statement: “Today, the members of the NFL’s Management Council and the NFLPA’s Executive Committee met to discuss negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The League and the Union have committed to meet regularly in the coming months, which will involve staff, NFL leadership, members of the NFLPA Executive Committee and Player Representation.”

The league and its players most recently agreed upon a collective bargaining agreement in 2011. The deal, which was reached after a player lockout, runs through the end of the 2020 season.

Both sides hope that starting negotiations early may help to avoid a work stoppage after the end of next season.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was among those in attendance for Tuesday’s meeting, according to NFL.com.

–Field Level Media

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Fournette cited for driving with suspended license

Fournette cited for driving with suspended license

Fournette cited for driving with suspended license

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

His license had been suspended for failing to pay a speeding ticket, according to multiple reports.

Fournette was cited on Nov. 17 for driving 37 mph in a 25-mph zone, which carried a fine of $204, according to the Duval County Clerk of Courts.

Fournette, 24, was released Thursday on a $1,500 bond.

“The Jacksonville Jaguars are aware of the situation involving running back Leonard Fournette and are continuing to gather more information,” the team said in a statement. “No further comment will be provided at this time.”

The No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of LSU, Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie but had a disappointing 2018 season.

He appeared in only eight games and rushed for 435 yards. He missed seven games due to injuries and was suspended by the NFL for one game for leaving the bench to join a fight with the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 25.

Fournette apologized for his actions, but the Jaguars voided the remaining guaranteed money in the final two years of his rookie contract. The team cited a contract clause that said it could do so if Fournette missed a game for anything other than a football-related injury.

He was scheduled to earn $2.93 million in 2019 and $4.17 million in 2020.

Fournette later filed an official challenge, meaning an arbitrator will meet with both sides to determine whether the Jaguars are within their rights to decline to pay the money.

–Field Level Media

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Oklahoma QB Murray plans to attend draft

Oklahoma QB Murray plans to attend draft

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler

Oklahoma QB Murray plans to attend draft

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray knows he will be in Nashville on April 25 for the first round of the NFL draft.

As for where Murray will go from there, he still can’t say for sure.

Murray is one of 23 prospects who plan to be in attendance for the draft later this month, the NFL announced Tuesday. He stands a chance to be one of the top picks, if not the No. 1 overall selection, after passing for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2018.

Quarterbacks Daniel Jones of Duke and Drew Lock of Missouri also plan to be at the draft. The other 20 players include six defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two defensive backs, two wide receivers, two tight ends and a running back.

Another top quarterback — Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins — is not scheduled to attend.

Here is the alphabetical list of participants, according to NFL.com:

1. Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

2. Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia

3. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

4. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

5. Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

6. Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

7. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

8. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

9. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

10. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

11. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

12. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

13. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

14. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

15. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

16. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

17. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

18. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

19. Devin White, LB, LSU

20. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

21. Greedy Williams, DB, LSU

22. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

23. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Arizona Cardinals have the top pick in this year’s draft. The San Francisco 49ers will select second and New York Jets third.

–Field Level Media

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Steelers G Foster: Social media criticism must stop

Steelers G Foster: Social media criticism must stop

Steelers G Foster: Social media criticism must stop

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster is asking his ex-teammates to stop the criticism of current Steelers players.

The Steelers went through a tumultuous 2018 season with the holdout of running back Le’Veon Bell and growing tensions between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown.

And even with Bell and Brown gone from Pittsburgh, dissension has continued, with Brown and other former players sharing their criticism of the team on social media. Roethlisberger and wideout Juju Smith-Schuster have been among the targets.

The latest social-media salvo was fired early Thursday morning by former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who called Roethlisberger a racist in a series of tweets. Mendenhall, who played for Pittsburgh from 2008-12, was addressing accusations that Brown quit on the team when he did not play in the season finale.

“Alright, I’ll end the mystery … B’s racist and @AB84’s black. He had to catch balls from a racist quarterback. Every honest player knows it, it’s not a big deal. He was just supposed to take his lickings and move on, like a slave for real,” Mendenhall tweeted.

Foster, apparently, has had enough.

“Moving forward…any former player or affiliate of the Steelers who has an issue with anyone still in the locker room, please contact me or Maurkice Pouncey or anyone else you feel you can talk to,” Foster wrote on Twitter. “Whoever you have an issue with, we will get you their number so you can address them. I PROMISE. These media takes might give y’all good traffic on your social media outlets but the guys still in that locker room, who y’all still know personally have to answer for those comments. Call them what you want, but call them personally and tell THEM. Defend who you want to defend but you don’t have to mention the team at all.

“Whether you have a ring or played for one year…ENOUGH…CHILL. Most players at one point in their life want to take their kids back to the place where they once played, don’t burn too many bridges.”

Foster and Pouncey are longtime Steelers, with a combined 18 seasons on the offensive line in Pittsburgh.

–Field Level Media

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Nicklaus, Player kick off Masters with ceremonial tee shots

Nicklaus, Player kick off Masters with ceremonial tee shots

Nicklaus, Player kick off Masters with ceremonial tee shots

Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player kicked off the 83rd Masters Tournament on Thursday with their ceremonial tee shots in Augusta, Ga.

Player, a three-time Masters champion, drove first and sent his tee shot down the left side of the fairway. Six-time Masters champion Nicklaus followed suit and the tournament was declared officially underway.

Andrew Landry, Adam Long and Corey Conners were the first threesome on the course afterward.

Defending champion Patrick Reed tees off at 10:31 a.m. ET. Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods is off at 11:04 a.m.

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NFL notebook: Giants WR Shepard gets hefty extension

NFL notebook: Giants WR Shepard gets hefty extension

NFL notebook: Giants WR Shepard gets hefty extension

The New York Giants are finalizing a four-year, $41 million contract extension with wide receiver Sterling Shepard, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The deal includes $21.3 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.

Shepard, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2016, set career highs last season with 66 catches for 872 yards. He has started 42 of his 43 games with the Giants, catching 190 passes for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Giants also re-signed wide receiver Russell Shepard (no relation), who confirmed the news on social media.

–Meanwhile, the Giants hosted former New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne and former Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget on free agent visits, ESPN reported.

A former first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, the 29-year-old Claiborne started 30 games over the last two seasons for the Jets, breaking up 22 passes and making three interceptions.

Liuget, 29, was released by the Chargers earlier this offseason. He has 24 career sacks since being drafted in the first round in 2011, though just three since 2015. He missed 10 games last season due to a suspension and a knee injury.

–Projected top-five NFL draft pick Nick Bosa admitted in an interview with ESPN that he has scrubbed his Twitter account clean of anything that could be considered political.

Bosa, a former Ohio State defensive end, frequently had tweeted his support for President Donald Trump, and he also criticized former San Francisco 49ers quarterback-turned-social activist Colin Kaepernick.

However, knowing he could wind up in a liberal city, such as San Francisco, where the 49ers hold the No. 2 pick, he chose to clean the slate.

–At least three more quarterbacks reportedly are visiting this week with the Washington Redskins, who hold the No. 15 pick in this month’s draft.

NFL Network said Duke’s Daniel Jones, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson all have meetings scheduled with the Redskins, who have already hosted Missouri’s Drew Lock and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham.

Jones will visit Wednesday night and Thursday, Thorson meets with the team Wednesday, and Haskins is due sometime this week, according to NFL Network. West Virginia’s Will Grier is also expected at Redskins Park in the coming days, according to NBC Sports Washington.

–Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins signed a contract with the New England Patriots. Terms were not announced, but multiple outlets reported it’s a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

The team also confirmed the re-signing of kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Meanwhile, ESPN reported the Patriots brought in former Broncos and Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and former Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon for free agent visits.

–The Jets signed former Alliance of American Football quarterback Brandon Silvers, the team announced.

Silvers, 24, started three games for the Memphis Express and passed for 777 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. In four seasons at Troy from 2014-17, Silvers passed for 10,677 yards with 71 TDs and 29 picks.

The Jets also brought former Chiefs running back Spencer Ware in for a visit and will host former Packers and Ravens running back Ty Montgomery on a visit on Thursday, ESPN reported.

–The Buffalo Bills signed former Lions and 49ers defensive end Eli Harold to a one-year deal.

Harold, 25, had a career-high four sacks along with five quarterback hits in 13 games as a reserve last season for the Lions, who acquired him from the 49ers late in training camp.

A third-round pick in 2015, Harold has nine career sacks in 61 games (25 starts).

–The Dallas Cowboys released guard Parker Ehinger and defensive tackle Aziz Shittu.

Ehinger, 26, was acquired from the Chiefs in a trade during training camp last year, but he sustained a season-ending knee injury less than a week later and missed the whole season. He started four games in 2016 and one in 2017 with Kansas City.

Shittu, 24, was on and off the Cowboys’ practice squad last season. He has not appeared in a regular-season NFL game.

–Field Level Media

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Wallace wins Masters Par-3 Contest in playoff

Wallace wins Masters Par-3 Contest in playoff

Masters rookie Matt Wallace won the Par-3 Contest in a

Wallace wins Masters Par-3 Contest in playoff

Masters rookie Matt Wallace won the Par-3 Contest in a playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday after Sandy Lyle had appeared to win the event.

Lyle, at 5-under-par over nine holes, was announced as the winner on the broadcast and in immediate news stories, but a scoring error was uncovered that also pushed Wallace to 5 under.

Wallace won on the third playoff hole — the eighth — by sticking his tee shot within an inch of the pin while Lyle went into the water. It was the same hole that Wallace aced in regulation to get to 5 under. Wallace denied the 61-year-old Lyle of his third win in the event, which would have tied Padraig Harrington for the most ever.

Wallace, an Englishman who turns 29 Friday, now will try to break the curse; no winner of the Par-3 Contest, first held in 1960, has ever gone on to triumph in the Masters in the same year.

“Went to the playoff and it got a little more serious than how the nine holes went,” Wallace told the media afterward. “And I guess I wanted to win this. I want to break history.”

While this is his first Masters, Wallace played in last year’s three other majors, posting a tie for 19th at the PGA Championship and missing the cut in the other two. He won three European Tour events last year and his tie for sixth at this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational is his best finish in six PGA Tour events this season.

Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Devon Bling — a UCLA sophomore who was the runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Amateur — tied for third at 4 under.

Bling had one of four aces on the day, with others coming from Wallace, Shane Lowry and 1998 Masters champion Mark O’Meara. There have been 101 aces in the 59-year history of the event.

The Par-3 Contest is a fan- and family-friendly event featuring a combination of top golfers and Masters legends, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Gary Player. The event is played over a nine-hole layout nestled in the northeast corner of the grounds, with holes ranging from 70 to 140 yards and played over DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike’s Pond.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Giants close on extension with WR Shepard

Report: Giants close on extension with WR Shepard

Report: Giants close on extension with WR Shepard

The New York Giants are finalizing a four-year, $41 million contract extension with wide receiver Sterling Shepard on Wednesday, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The deal included $21.3 million in guaranteed money, ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported.

Shepard, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2016, set career highs last season with 66 catches for 872 yards. He has started 42 of his 43 games with the Giants, catching 190 passes for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Shepard should be in line for a bigger role in the New York offense following the offseason trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

Shepard is the first player from the 2016 draft class to receive a contract extension, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The Giants re-signed their other wide receiver named Shepard to a one-year deal Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

The 28-year-old Russell Shepard (no relation to Sterling) confirmed the news on social media. He appeared in 12 games in his first season with the Giants in 2018, playing primarily on special teams and catching 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

He has 57 catches for 822 yards and six scores in 84 career games.

–Field Level Media

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Clean slate: DE Bosa deletes tweets pre-draft

Clean slate: DE Bosa deletes tweets pre-draft

Projected top-five

Clean slate: DE Bosa deletes tweets pre-draft

Projected top-five NFL draft pick Nick Bosa admitted in an interview with ESPN that he has scrubbed his Twitter account clean of anything that could be considered political.

Bosa, the former Ohio State defensive end, frequently had tweeted his support for President Donald Trump, and he also criticized former San Francisco 49ers quarterback-turned-social activist Colin Kaepernick.

But knowing he could wind up in a liberal city, such as San Francisco, where the 49ers hold the No. 2 pick, he chose to clean the slate.

“I had to,” Bosa told ESPN. “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco.”

In a now-deleted tweet, Bosa called Kaepernick a “clown.”

Bosa’s junior season at Ohio State ended in the third week, when he suffered a core injury that required surgery. In two-plus seasons with the Buckeyes, he played in 29 games and had 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss.

–Field Level Media

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Report: TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

Report: TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Report: TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Wednesday.

A second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2018 season, but the Jaguars declined his $6.29 million option for 2019.

Last season, he had 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in five games before being placed on injured reserve with a core muscle injury.

In five seasons with the Jaguars, Buccaneers and New York Jets, he played in 43 games (29 starts) and has 116 receptions for 1,160 yards with 11 touchdowns.

With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, Seferian-Jenkins, 26, could have a chance to make an impact for the Patriots.

Yates also reported that the Patriots brought in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon for free agent visits Wednesday, according to a source.

Thomas spent eight-plus seasons with the Denver Broncos before being traded to Houston in the middle of last season. He has 688 career receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns.

Thomas, 31, tore his left achilles in Week 16 last season.

Yeldon, 25, has spent his four-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting 30 of 51 games and rushing 465 times for 1,872 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 171 receptions for 1,302 yards and six scores.

–Field Level Media

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TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has

TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has signed a contract with the New England Patriots, the team announced.

Terms were not announced, but ESPN’s Field Yates reported it is a one-year deal.

The team also confirmed the re-signing of kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

A second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2018 season, but the Jaguars declined his $6.29 million option for 2019.

Last season, he had 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in five games before being placed on injured reserve with a core muscle injury.

In five seasons with the Jaguars, Buccaneers and New York Jets, he played in 43 games (29 starts) and has 116 receptions for 1,160 yards with 11 touchdowns.

With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, Seferian-Jenkins, 26, could have a chance to make an impact for the Patriots.

The 35-year-old Gostkowski has been the club’s kicker since 2006. He replaced Adam Vinatieri, who had departed to the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.

Gostkowski, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has made 367 of 420 field-goal attempts during 13 seasons with New England. He was 27 of 32 last season.

Yates also reported that the Patriots brought in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon for free agent visits Wednesday, citing a source.

Thomas spent eight-plus seasons with the Denver Broncos before being traded to Houston in the middle of last season. He has 688 career receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns.

Thomas, 31, tore his left Achilles in Week 16 last season.

Yeldon, 25, has spent his four-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting 30 of 51 games and rushing 465 times for 1,872 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 171 receptions for 1,302 yards and six scores.

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Giants re-sign WR Shepard to one-year contract

Giants re-sign WR Shepard to one-year contract

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Giants re-sign WR Shepard to one-year contract

The New York Giants have re-signed wide receiver Russell Shepard to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

The 28-year-old wideout confirmed the news on social media.

“EXTREMELY happy to be back with the GANG!!!!” Shepard posted Wednesday on Instagram, along with the hashtag #BigBLUE.

Shepard appeared in 12 games in his first season with the Giants in 2018, playing primarily on special teams and catching 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Undrafted out of LSU, he spent four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-16) and one with the Carolina Panthers (2017). He has 57 catches for 822 yards and six scores in 84 career games.

Shepard could be in line for a bigger role in the New York offense in 2019 following the offseason trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

Terms were not disclosed. Shepard earned a base salary of $1.25 million with incentives up to $700,000 last season, per Spotrac.com.

–Field Level Media

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Redskins interviewing several quarterback prospects

Redskins interviewing several quarterback prospects

At least three more quarterbacks are

Redskins interviewing several quarterback prospects

At least three more quarterbacks are reportedly visiting this week with the Washington Redskins, who hold the No. 15 pick in this month’s NFL Draft.

NFL Network said Duke’s Daniel Jones, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson all have meetings scheduled with the Redskins, who have already hosted Drew Lock of Missouri and Jarrett Stidham of Auburn.

Jones will visit Wednesday night and Thursday, Thorson meets with the team Wednesday, and Haskins is due sometime this week, according to NFL Network.

West Virginia’s Will Grier is also expected at Redskins Park in the coming days, according to NBC Sports Washington.

Washington appears poised to add a rookie passer to pair with veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, with Alex Smith questionable to return from his leg injury in 2019.

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Jets sign former AAF QB Silvers

Jets sign former AAF QB Silvers

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Jets sign former AAF QB Silvers

The New York Jets signed former Alliance of American Football quarterback Brandon Silvers, the team announced Wednesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Silvers, 24, started three games for the Memphis Express and passed for 777 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

In four seasons at Troy from 2014-17, Silvers passed for 10,677 yards with 71 TDs and 29 picks.

He broke Sam Bradford’s NCAA freshman record by completing 70.5 percent of his passes in 2014 and was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a junior.

In his final college game, Silvers was named MVP of Troy’s 50-30 victory against North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 16, 2017.

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QB Haskins not attending NFL draft

QB Haskins not attending NFL draft

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins' name was

QB Haskins not attending NFL draft

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ name was notably absent when the league listed the 23 players who will attend the NFL Draft in Nashville later this month.

Haskins has not commented on his decision to forego the festivities, but the revelation follows speculation this week that his draft stock is slipping.

Peter King wrote in Monday’s “Football Morning in America” column that the former Buckeyes star “could plummet” and might be the fourth quarterback off the board after Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Missouri’s Drew Lock and Duke’s Daniel Jones.

Murray, Lock and Jones will be in attendance when the draft kicks off on April 25. So will Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa, a potential No. 1 overall pick along with Murray.

Haskins completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 14 starts last season.

It’s not uncommon for top players to skip the green room and attend draft parties at home with friends and family. The last two No. 1 overall selections — Baker Mayfield in 2018 and Myles Garrett in 2017 — opted not to attend the draft.

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Man cited for aiming laser at Brady in AFC title game

Man cited for aiming laser at Brady in AFC title game

Man cited for aiming laser at Brady in AFC title game

A 64-year-old Missouri man was cited for allegedly aiming a laser pointer at New England quarterback Tom Brady’s face during the AFC Championship game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

Dwyan Morgan of Lee’s Summit was ticketed for disturbing the peace and faces up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tuesday in a news release.

The incident happened in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win against the Chiefs on Jan. 20.

A photographer for KMBC in Kansas City recorded evidence of a green laser shining in Brady’s face. Prosecutors did not say how investigators were able to determine that Morgan was allegedly involved.

Morgan has already been banned for life from the stadium, ESPN reported in February.

–Field Level Media

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