QB DeShone Kizer gets a fresh start with Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — DeShone Kizer has already had quite the NFL career after just one year in the league.

But what a year it was starting for the winless Cleveland Browns as a rookie.

Now Kizer is in a completely different situation with the Green Bay Packers. There are no expectations to start with Aaron Rodgers healthy again. He might not even be the top backup come fall with Brett Hundley back and hoping to be the top reserve behind Rodgers for a third straight year.

Kizer expects to compete with Hundley for the backup job in training camp. For now, his focus as the offseason program wraps up this week with minicamp is on mastering the playbook, proving himself to teammates and working on skills needed to prepare for preseason practice in late July.

“I think this is one of the more unique careers that a young quarterback can have as far as … getting experience, seeing what it’s like to lose in this league, seeing what it’s like to go through a situation in which your back is kind of against the wall the whole year,” Kizer said, “and then obviously jump to the complete other side.”

Granted, the Packers were 7-9 last year and did not make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. That led to a slew of offseason changes — at least for the usually stable Packers — with Brian Gutekunst taking over as general manager and coach Mike McCarthy installing new offensive and defensive coordinators.

One of Gutekunst’s first moves was a trade with the Browns that sent cornerback Damarious Randall, who was the Packers’ first round pick in 2015, to Cleveland in exchange for Kizer. The deal foreshadowed a competition for the backup job after the Packers’ passing game struggled while Rodgers was out with a broken collarbone.

But what’s considered a hugely disappointing year in Green Bay might be considered a smashing success in Cleveland, where Kizer was 0-15 as a starter last year.

Time for a fresh start in Titletown, learning from a two-time NFL MVP in Rodgers and proven coaches like McCarthy and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

“Now it’s about making sure I take those (losses) and turn them into lessons,” Kizer said after practice Wednesday. “Make sure I do whatever it takes to take the next step and prove to these guys in the locker room that they can rely on me when (my) number is called.”

McCarthy likes the progress that Kizer has made in his first offseason in Green Bay.

“You come in (learning) the volume of terminology, new terminology, new language, being the key communicator. So he’s doing a good job working through that,” McCarthy said. “We have a number of different concepts compared to his experience in the past. So I think he’s making really good progress.”

As the starter in Cleveland, Kizer had just coach Hue Jackson and his assistants as the only resources for information. At Lambeau, Kizer has Rodgers as a mentor. Hundley can also provide pointers given his experience in Green Bay.

Kizer has promise because of his mobility, and McCarthy has said he likes the way that the young quarterback gets the ball out in the pocket.

“This is just an opportunity to learn the playbook,” Kizer said about minicamp, “but then also do whatever I can to create some muscle memory, so when it does come time in preseason, training camp, I’m ready to ride.”

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Bucs pick up option on CB Hargreaves III

Bucs pick up option on CB Hargreaves III

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers exercised their fifth-year option on

Bucs pick up option on CB Hargreaves III

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers exercised their fifth-year option on cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III on Wednesday.

Hargreaves was placed on injured reserve with a season-ending shoulder injury he suffered in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints. He also ended the previous season on injured reserve.

Selected 11th overall in the 2016 draft, Hargreaves is coming off a down 2017 season that saw him post 42 tackles over nine games, missing the team’s final seven contests with a hamstring injury. He had 76 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in his 16-game rookie season in 2016.

Despite the missed time over the past two seasons, Hargreaves, 23, is expected to factor in as a press corner in new head coach Bruce Arians’ defense, which is being run by incoming defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

The Buccaneers pick fifth overall in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night.

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Chiefs’ Hill releases statement about child abuse probe

Chiefs’ Hill releases statement about child abuse probe

Chiefs’ Hill releases statement about child abuse probe

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill released a statement through his lawyers Thursday, a day after the district attorney’s office announced it would not bring charges against him for child abuse and neglect.

“I love and support my family above anything. My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority. I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs, my attorneys, my agent and my union for supporting me through this. My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win,” Hill said in the statement.

Kansas City District Attorney Stephen Howe on Wednesday said he believes a crime resulting in injury happened to Hill’s son, but that the evidence couldn’t support a charge against Hill or the child’s mother.

Hill’s attorneys Thursday insisted he is “innocent of any crime.”

“Contrary to media reports, Tyreek cooperated with law enforcement, waived his Fifth Amendment rights, and answered questions from both law enforcement and DCF,” Hill’s attorneys said in the release.

Authorities had been investigating incidents — one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery — at Hill’s home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.

Hill, 25, and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, were listed on the March 5 police report as “others involved.” On the March 14 report, Espinal was listed as “others involved,” with a juvenile listed as the victim.

The Kansas City Star reported previously that the couple’s son suffered a broken arm in the incident. The Star also reported earlier this week that the boy was recently removed from his parents’ custody, as part of a family court process called a “child in need of care” case.

Despite not being charged with a crime, Hill could be subject to discipline from the NFL.

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Jernigan returns to Eagles on one-year deal

Jernigan returns to Eagles on one-year deal

The Philadelphia

Jernigan returns to Eagles on one-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.

The move comes after Philadelphia previously declined to pick up Jernigan’s $11 million option in March.

Jernigan, 26, played in just three games last season after undergoing offseason back surgery to repair a herniated disk.

The previous season, he was a key cog in the Eagles’ Super Bowl winning campaign and recorded 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 15 games.

Jernigan spent his first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and had 13 sacks in 43 games (26 starts). He was traded to Philadelphia prior to the 2017 season.

Jernigan was a second-round pick in 2014 by the Ravens out of Florida State.

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Woods will play in PGA Tour’s first Japanese event

Woods will play in PGA Tour's first Japanese event

When the

Woods will play in PGA Tour’s first Japanese event

When the PGA Tour plays an official event in Japan for the first time, its biggest name will be in the field.

Tiger Woods confirmed Wednesday that he will compete in the Zozo Championship from Oct. 24-27 at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo.

“I’m excited to play in the inaugural Zozo Championship in October and return to Japan, one of my favorite countries,” Woods said in a statement. “The fans in Japan really enjoy, appreciate and understand golf, and I’m looking forward to competing there.”

Woods, 43, last played in Japan in 2006, when he finished second to Padraig Harrington in a playoff at the Dunlop Phoenix event. He hasn’t played in any of the fall events since the PGA Tour went to a “wrap-around” schedule in 2013-14.

The Zozo Championship will feature 78 players competing for $9.75 million in prize money. The event will join the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, to give the PGA Tour three official Asian tournaments in the fall.

According to ESPN, Woods also will play an exhibition match in Asia, part of a content agreement he entered into with GolfTV in 2018.

Already the game’s biggest draw, Woods added to his legend when he won the Masters this month for his 15th career major championship and first since the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods has not yet announced the location of his next event, but multiple media outlets reported that he is likely to play in the Wells Fargo Championship, May 2-5 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Blind fan to read Ravens pick off Braille card

Blind fan to read Ravens pick off Braille card

Blind fan to read Ravens pick off Braille card

The Baltimore Ravens will have a blind 13-year-old fan announce a fourth-round pick during this week’s draft by reading off of a card written in Braille.

Mo Gaba, who is battling cancer and lost his vision at nine months old, will become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick off a Braille card.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called into a Baltimore radio show that had Gaba on as a guest to deliver the good news. The team posted a video of the interaction on Twitter.

“Really?” Gaba responded when offered the opportunity by Harbaugh. “I’ve never done that before. I’d like to do that. Yeah.”

The Ravens currently hold two fourth-round picks, Nos. 113 and 123. Gaba is scheduled to announce No. 123.

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NFL notebook: Chiefs WR Hill won’t be charged

NFL notebook: Chiefs WR Hill won't be charged

NFL notebook: Chiefs WR Hill won’t be charged

The Johnson County (Kan.) district attorney’s office announced Wednesday it will not file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee following an investigation into two March incidents at the couple’s home involving their 3-year-old son.

“We believe a crime has occurred,” District Attorney Stephen Howe said. “However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”

Howe added the criminal investigation has been closed, although the child protection investigation is continuing. Any new information to emerge could reopen the criminal investigation, with a five-year statute of limitations in Kansas.

Authorities had been investigating incidents — one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery — at Hill’s home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.

–The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed to a two-year contract extension.

“I know Ben’s focus is on only one goal — to bring another Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “We are excited to finalize this new contract that will keep him as a Steeler through the 2021 season.”

ESPN reports the deal is worth $80 million in total over three years, with a $37.5 million signing bonus and $67.5 million guaranteed. The 37-year-old was previously due $12 million base salary for 2019, and he got a $5 million roster bonus last month.

–Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch plans to retire for a second time, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lynch, who turned 33 on Monday, played the past two seasons for his hometown Raiders after sitting out the 2016 season. He rushed for 376 yards on 90 carries in six games in 2018 before sustaining a season-ending groin/core muscle injury in Week 6.

Lynch has rushed for 10,379 yards on 2,441 carries (4.3-yard average) and 84 touchdowns for the Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills in his career.

–Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said he is open to remaining with the team he signed with as an undrafted rookie in 2011, a day after taking a pay-me-or-trade-me stance.

“I want to be here, so we can salvage it,” Harris told 9News Denver. In a separate interview with The Athletic, he added, “I’m still open to coming back. I’m never closing that door until they close it.”

Multiple reports emerged late Tuesday night that Harris’ agent told the Broncos his client would like a new contract or to be traded. According to 9News Denver, Harris is seeking an annual salary of at least $15 million, which would equal the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, Josh Norman.

–The Baltimore Ravens met with former Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.

Ansah, who turns 30 next month, is recovering from shoulder surgery after missing nine games last season, which has slowed his free agent market.

NFL Network reported that Ansah visited expert Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday and drew positive reviews, with the expectation he’ll be cleared by mid-August.

–The Ravens signed Justin Tucker to a four-year extension that makes him the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.

The contract keeps Tucker in Baltimore through the 2023 season and is worth $23.05 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed in the first two years and an $8 million signing bonus, ESPN reported.

–The NFL warned Jacksonville Jaguars football czar Tom Coughlin that future comments disapproving of players who don’t attend voluntary offseason workouts could result in league discipline, ESPN reported.

The NFL Players Association had asked the league to remind the Jaguars that players should not be pressured to attend the workouts, ESPN said.

–Kelly Stafford checked herself back into the hospital because of pain following brain surgery.

The wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted on Instagram that she needed medical help to cope with headaches and other side effects. She had a 12-hour operation last week to remove a brain tumor and returned home Sunday.

–Veteran defensive end Brian Robison announced his retirement after signing a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

Robison, who turns 36 on Saturday and did not play in 2018, played in 173 games in 11 seasons with the Vikings from 2007-17, totaling 60 sacks.

–The Washington Redskins re-signed offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.

Bergstrom, 32, played in 13 games (eight starts) at center and guard last season.

–The Ravens will have a blind 13-year-old fan announce a fourth-round pick during this week’s draft by reading off of a card written in Braille.

Mo Gaba, who is battling cancer and lost his vision at nine months old, will become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick off a Braille card.

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Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to two-year extension

Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to two-year extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed

Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to two-year extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed to a contract extension on Wednesday that will keep him in black and gold through the 2021 season.

“I know Ben’s focus is on only one goal — to bring another Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “We are excited to finalize this new contract that will keep him as a Steeler through the 2021 season.”

The Steelers did not disclose terms, but NFL Network reports Roethlisberger will make $63 million over the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The 37-year-old was previously due $12 million base salary for 2019, and he got a $5 million roster bonus last month.

Russell Wilson became the highest-paid player in NFL history last week, signing a four-year, $140 million extension, but Wilson is only 30. The most recent top quarterback in Roethlisberger’s age bracket to sign a new deal, Drew Brees, signed a two-year, $50 million contract in March 2018 at age 39.

“I am grateful to the Rooneys and the Steelers organization for continuing to believe in me,” Roethlisberger said in a statement. “It has always been a goal to play my entire career in Pittsburgh. This is home for me and my family, and we love this city. I am as excited to be a Steeler in year 16 as I was when they drafted me. They will get my absolute best.”

At the start of the 2017 season, Roethlisberger said he believed he could play another three to five seasons.

He will lead a new-look offense in 2019, with disgruntled stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown gone. Running back Bell held out last season and opted for free agency, signing with the New York Jets. Wideout Brown got his wish to be traded, dispatched to the Oakland Raiders.

Despite the distractions, Roethlisberger posted his best statistical season in 2018 — his 15th as a starter — leading the league and setting career highs in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129) and tossing a career-high 34 touchdown passes. The Steelers missed the playoffs, however, at 9-6-1.

The Steelers’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 2004, Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection. He ranks sixth in NFL history in passing yards (56,194) and seventh in touchdown passes (363).

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Report: NFL reminds Jaguars about league workout rules

Report: NFL reminds Jaguars about league workout rules

Report: NFL reminds Jaguars about league workout rules

The NFL wants Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars to remember that voluntary workouts are just that: voluntary.

The league sent a letter to Coughlin, warning Jacksonville’s executive vice president of football operations that future comments like the ones he made last week critical of players who didn’t attend voluntary offseason workouts could result in league discipline, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The discipline could include a fine or loss of practice days.

The NFL Players Association had asked the league to remind the Jaguars that players should not be pressured to attend the workouts, ESPN said.

With players in town for the start of the offseason program, the Jaguars held their annual state of the franchise address last Thursday. During his four-minute turn at the podium, Coughlin spoke about team attendance — or lack thereof.

“We’re very close to 100 percent attendance, and quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side by side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals,” said Coughlin, known as a strict disciplinarian, per ESPN. “Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.

“It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility, and the question is: Can we count on you?”

According to multiple reports, the specific players Coughlin was criticizing for not being in attendance were cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith.

NFLPA president Eric Winston issued a statement the following day in support of the players.

“Our CBA definition of voluntary is the same as the actual definition of voluntary and prohibits anyone from threatening players to participate in voluntary workouts,” Winston said. “This is precisely the reason players negotiated strict work rules and bright lines when it comes to offseason activities. We know, from experience, that not all coaches and executives will adhere to them and we always pursue any violations to protect our rules.”

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DE Robison retires with Vikings’ 1-day contract

DE Robison retires with Vikings' 1-day contract

DE Robison retires with Vikings’ 1-day contract

Veteran defensive end Brian Robison announced his retirement Wednesday after signing a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

Robison, who turns 36 on Saturday, played in 173 games in 11 seasons with the Vikings from 2007-17.

He did not play in the NFL last year after getting cut by Minnesota on Sept. 1, the week before the start of the regular season.

“Minnesota, no matter what happens from here on out or where the Robison family goes, you will always have a piece of our heart,” Robison said in a video posted to on the Vikings’ website. “You have given us 11 of the best years of our life. Some of the best and fondest memories will be from our time here. This is not goodbye by any means but rather until next time. Skol.”

A fourth-round pick out of Texas in 2007, Robison is the third longtime Vikings defensive lineman in the past three years to end his career with a one-day deal. Jared Allen and Kevin Williams did it in 2016.

Robison and Williams are tied for fifth on the franchise’s career list with 60 sacks. Robison also tallied 112 quarterback hits, 13 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

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Stafford’s wife back in hospital after brain surgery

Stafford's wife back in hospital after brain surgery

Kelly

Stafford’s wife back in hospital after brain surgery

Kelly Stafford checked herself back into the hospital Wednesday because of pain following brain surgery.

The wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted on Instagram that she needed medical help to cope with headaches and other side effects. She had a 12-hour operation last week to remove a brain tumor and returned home Sunday.

“I told myself the pain would succumb to me, I wouldn’t succumb to it,” Kelly Stafford wrote in the post.

“I was so wrong. The pain got so far ahead of me I couldn’t keep anything down. Including meds. I ended up in the ER very early this morning, back on steroids and pain medication. At first I felt like I had failed, like I couldn’t handle it. But what I really failed at was listening to my own body.”

She said she would be held overnight for observation and hoped to return home Thursday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Matthew Stafford returned to workouts with the Lions on Monday but that the team has told him to take whatever time he needs to assist his wife.

The Staffords are parents to twin girls who turned 2 last month and an 8-month-old daughter.

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CB Harris: Situation with Broncos ‘can be salvaged’

CB Harris: Situation with Broncos 'can be salvaged'

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris

CB Harris: Situation with Broncos ‘can be salvaged’

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told multiple outlets Wednesday he is open to remaining with the team he signed with as an undrafted rookie in 2011, a day after taking a pay-me-or-trade-me stance.

“I want to be here, so we can salvage it,” Harris told 9News Denver. In a separate interview with The Athletic, he added, “I’ve been patient. I’m still open to coming back. I’m never closing that door until they close it.”

Multiple reports emerged late Tuesday night that Harris’ agent told the Broncos his client would like a new contract or to be traded. According to 9News Denver, Harris is seeking an annual salary of at least $15 million, which would equal the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, Josh Norman.

The reports came hours after Broncos general manager John Elway told reporters the team would discuss a new contract for Harris after the draft.

“I said we’re going to talk about it,” Elway added. “It doesn’t mean we’re going to do it.”

Harris, who turns 30 in June, is entering the final year of his contract, with $7.9 million in base salary and workout bonuses available to him. A four-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro, he has been a bargain for the Broncos on a five-year, $42.5 million contract signed in December of 2014.

Harris told The Athletic he doesn’t regret taking what he viewed as a discount on that contract — the team won Super Bowl 50 the following year — but he is now seeking better compensation.

Multiple outlets report a team reached out about Harris’ availability earlier this week, before Harris’ request. According to 9News Denver, the Broncos are listening to trade offers for the cornerback but “won’t give him away.”

Asked by The Athletic if he would be willing to sit out in 2019 if he doesn’t get traded or receive a new contract, Harris said, “It shouldn’t get to that point.”

The eight-year veteran had three interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 12 games last season before breaking his leg, a minor break that did not keep him from playing in the Pro Bowl less than two months later. Prior to the injury, he had missed just one game in his career.

Harris is the last member of the secondary that led Denver to its Super Bowl title three years ago after safety Darian Stewart was released and Bradley Roby left in free agency. The Broncos brought in two defensive backs — Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan — on big deals in free agency in March.

Harris is also, along with Von Miller, Denver’s longest tenured player.

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Notebook: Fifth-year options picked up on Elliott, Buckner

Notebook: Fifth-year options picked up on Elliott, Buckner

Notebook: Fifth-year options picked up on Elliott, Buckner

The Dallas Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, keeping him in place through the 2020 season.

Elliott is set to make $3.85 million in 2019. He figures to receive around $10 million in the option season though the Cowboys have stated they intend to negotiate a rich extension with him.

Elliott led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards last season and also had a career-high 77 receptions for 567 yards.

Elliott has rushed for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns in 40 games over three seasons.

–The San Francisco 49ers exercised the fifth-year contract option on Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.

Buckner is in line to receive around $12 million in 2020. The two sides have been working on a long-term contract extension that could get hammered out prior to the 2019 campaign.

Buckner posted a career-best 12 sacks last season while accumulating 67 tackles. He has 201 stops, 21 sacks and three fumble recoveries in 47 NFL games.

–The Atlanta Falcons announced via Twitter that they picked up the fifth-year option of safety Keanu Neal.

Neal suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2018 season opener. The 2017 Pro Bowl selection has 220 tackles, eight forced fumbles and one interception in 31 games.

–The New Orleans Saints have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, according to multiple reports.

Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in January’s playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a career-best eight sacks last season and has 14 sacks and 86 tackles in 41 NFL games.

–The Cincinnati Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson.

Jackson had 41 tackles last season. He has 66 tackles and one interception in 31 career games.

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D.A. declines charges against Chiefs WR Hill

D.A. declines charges against Chiefs WR Hill

D.A. declines charges against Chiefs WR Hill

The Johnson County (Kan.) district attorney’s office announced Wednesday it will not file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee following an investigation into two March incidents at the couple’s home involving the couple’s 3-year-old son.

“We believe a crime has occurred,” District Attorney Stephen Howe said. “However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.

“It bothers us when we see something that’s happened to a child like this and we can’t do anything about it,” he later added.

Howe said the criminal investigation has been closed, although the child protection investigation is continuing. Any new information to emerge could reopen the criminal investigation, with a five-year statute of limitations in Kansas.

“We feel we’re at an impasse at this point, and any further investigation would be unnecessary or unwarranted,” Howe said.

Authorities had been investigating incidents — one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery — at Hill’s home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.

Hill, 25, and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, were listed on the March 5 police report as “others involved.” On the March 14 report, Espinal was listed as “others involved,” with a juvenile listed as the victim.

The Kansas City Star reported previously that the couple’s son suffered a broken arm in the incident. The Star also reported earlier this week that the boy was recently removed from his parents’ custody, as part of a family court process called a “child in need of care” case.

Howe declined to provide details in response to several questions Wednesday, citing the involvement of a juvenile as a need for privacy, though he did say “the child is safe.” He said he has not been in touch with the Chiefs but has been contacted by the NFL, though he has not responded because of the same privacy concerns, and the case will likely be sealed because it involves a child.

Despite not being charged with a crime, Hill could be subject to discipline from the NFL, and the league could consider his domestic violence history.

Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, then his girlfriend, when she was pregnant in December 2014. Hill was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He later pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and received three years’ probation.

Hill is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro through three seasons with the Chiefs.

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Reports: Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to extension

Reports: Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed

Reports: Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in black and gold through the 2021 season, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Roethlisberger, 37, and the Steelers reworked his $12 million base salary for 2019 as part of the extension, according to ESPN. He got a $5 million roster bonus last month.

No official terms were disclosed, but the quarterback market has ballooned since Roethlisberger signed his four-year, $87.4 million deal in 2015.

Russell Wilson became the highest-paid player in NFL history last week, signing a four-year, $140 million extension, but Wilson is only 30. The most recent top quarterback in Roethlisberger’s age bracket to sign a new deal, Drew Brees, signed a two-year, $50 million contract in March 2018 at age 39.

At the start of the 2017 season, Roethlisberger said he believed he could play another three to five seasons.

He will lead a new-look offense in 2019, with disgruntled stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown gone. Running back Bell held out last season and opted for free agency, signing with the New York Jets. Wideout Brown got his wish to be traded, dispatched to the Oakland Raiders.

Despite the distractions, Roethlisberger posted his best statistical season in 2018 — his 15th as a starter — leading the league and setting career highs in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129) and tossing a career-high 34 touchdown passes. The Steelers missed the playoffs, however, at 9-6-1.

The Steelers’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 2004, Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection. He ranks sixth in NFL history in passing yards (56,194) and seventh in touchdown passes (363).

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Ravens sign K Tucker to record extension

Ravens sign K Tucker to record extension

The Baltimore

Ravens sign K Tucker to record extension

The Baltimore Ravens signed Justin Tucker to a four-year extension Wednesday that makes him the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.

The contract keeps Tucker in Baltimore through the 2023 season and is worth $23.05 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed in the first two years and an $8 million signing bonus, ESPN reported.

The total value of the extension, the guaranteed money and the bonus are all records for a kicker.

Tucker, 29, is a three-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Ravens.

He made 35 of 39 field-goal attempts and 36 of 37 extra points in 2018, with the missed PAT being the first of his career.

Tucker’s 90.1 percent success rate on field goals is the highest in NFL history entering the 2019 season.

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Pro Bowl pass rusher Ansah meets with Ravens

Pro Bowl pass rusher Ansah meets with Ravens

The

Pro Bowl pass rusher Ansah meets with Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens met with former Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah on Wednesday.

Ansah, who turns 30 next month, had 48 sacks and 110 quarterback hits in six seasons with the Lions.

The 2013 first-round pick (fifth overall) played last season under Detroit’s franchise tag and missed nine games with shoulder injuries.

Ansah was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 with a career-high 14.5 sacks, following that up with 12 more sacks in 2017.

The Ravens need pass-rushing help after the offseason departures of Terrell Suggs (Arizona Cardinals) and Za’Darius Smith (Green Bay Packers).

Baltimore has the No. 22 selection in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft.

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Report: Raiders RB Lynch to retire again

Report: Raiders RB Lynch to retire again

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn

Report: Raiders RB Lynch to retire again

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch plans to retire for a second time, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lynch, who turned 33 on Monday, played the past two seasons for his hometown Raiders after sitting out the 2016 season. He rushed for 376 yards on 90 carries in six games in 2018 before suffering a groin/core muscle injury in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks that would prove to be his final game of the season.

Lynch played six seasons for Seattle after being acquired from the Buffalo Bills in 2010. He was a first-round pick by Buffalo out of California in 2007, and has rushed for 10,379 yards on 2,441 carries (4.3-yard average) and 84 touchdowns. He has another 2,214 yards and nine touchdowns on 287 receptions.

With Lynch’s retirement, the Raiders’ backfield entering the 2019 NFL Draft includes the likes of Isaiah Crowell, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren.

–Field Level Media

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2019 NFL mock draft: QB roulette starts at No. 1

2019 NFL mock draft: QB roulette starts at No. 1

2019 NFL mock draft: QB roulette starts at No. 1

Even with five first-round quarterbacks in the 2018 draft, there were clues as to how the proceedings might play out.

We knew quarterbacks would go No. 1 and No. 3, and the Buffalo Bills’ interest in trading up for Josh Allen was no secret. We also knew the Arizona Cardinals were likely targeting a passer.

This year, Kyler Murray is on track to go first. It’s anyone’s guess after that. Every team appears to have Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones ranked in a different order.

And who’s interested?

The Giants? Probably, but at No. 6 or No. 17?

The Redskins? Most likely, but who will be left for them?

The Broncos or Bengals? Who knows?

A surprise team like the Raiders? Perhaps.

Add in Cardinals 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen — who becomes expendable if Arizona opts for Murray — and you essentially have five quarterbacks available and an unknown number of suitors. Oh by the way — 10 of the 11 first-round quarterbacks since 2016 have been drafted after a trade-up.

There will be fireworks. It’s just a matter of how early they start. Things appear to be settled at the top… for now.

1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

Josh Rosen has yet to be traded, and the Cardinals have insisted no decision is final. But all signs point to Kliff Kingsbury running his offense through Murray this fall.

2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

Assuming the Cardinals don’t take Bosa, this appears all but locked in. Few prospects — in any draft — bring as complete of a package, even after he missed much of his final year to injury.

3. New York Jets: DT Ed Oliver, Houston

The Jets want to trade out, but it’s hard to see who might pay enough to trade up. Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen are options, but Mike Maccagnan rolls the dice on Oliver’s athleticism.

4. Oakland Raiders: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama

This should be the best remaining defensive player, which is Williams in this case. If he’s gone, Oliver or Devin White would make sense.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky

The Bucs might also try to trade out, or go with a popular choice here in White. But with Allen available, they favor the position value of an edge rusher.

6. New York Giants: LB Devin White, LSU

Even if Dave Gettleman has a quarterback he likes, it doesn’t appear he loves any of them. Here, he sticks to his board and takes the best remaining player.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Jawaan Taylor or T.J. Hockenson would make plenty of sense, but Jacksonville loves pass rushers and likes to go best player available.

8. Detroit Lions: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

An edge rusher would fill a need, but Matt Patricia’s defense doesn’t usually prioritize them. Instead, the Lions grab a two-way tight end after nearly trading for Rob Gronkowski last year.

9. Buffalo Bills: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

Most don’t have Wilkins in the top 10, but 315-pounders who can rush the passer don’t come along very often. He would be a nice consolation prize for a team that might be eyeing Oliver.

10. Denver Broncos: LB Devin Bush, Michigan

Passing on top quarterback prospects in consecutive years could come back to haunt John Elway, but Bush fits right into Vic Fangio’s scheme. Denver would probably prefer White or Hockenson, if available.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

In what is a mild surprise, both Lock and Haskins remain on the board. In this case, Zac Taylor passes on the Buckeyes star and rolls the dice on Lock’s upside.

12. Green Bay Packers: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Expect Green Bay to address the offensive line with at least one of its two first-round picks. With Taylor available, the Packers get a successor to oft-injured Bryan Bulaga who can compete at guard in the meantime.

13. Miami Dolphins: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell fits perfectly in the type of defense Brian Flores ran in New England. He can rush the passer but also sets a mean edge and is very technically sound.

14. Atlanta Falcons: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

With a reported shoulder issue and more potential than production on his resume, Gary could slide a bit. Dan Quinn pounces on one of the draft’s best athletes.

15. Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

Washington could wind up deciding between Rosen — who might cost only a second- or third-round pick via trade — or Haskins, who starred in high school in Maryland. If Haskins falls this far, he’d be difficult to pass up.

16. Carolina Panthers: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State

Daryl Williams is back, but only on a one-year deal, and he has an injury history. Between Dillard and Taylor Moton, Carolina would be in great shape on the edges.

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): QB Daniel Jones, Duke

Most signs suggest Jones is the Giants’ preferred option at quarterback, but not necessarily a slam-dunk option. Would they trade up slightly to get him, or hope he falls to No. 17?

18. Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State

It’s unclear how much influence Gary Kubiak will have on the offense, but Bradbury — the draft’s best center — would fit perfectly in Kubiak’s famed outside-zone-heavy scheme. Pat Elflein would bump to guard.

19. Tennessee Titans: OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Marquise Brown or an edge rusher would make plenty of sense, but the Titans need more athleticism on the interior. Head coach Mike Vrabel is well connected at Boston College.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Brian Burns, Florida State

Burns may well go earlier than 20, but in this case, he’s available. The Steelers kept Bud Dupree into his fifth-year option, but he’s a free agent next March.

21. Seattle Seahawks: OL Jonah Williams, Alabama

Seattle is normally a trade-down contender, but a mini trade-up for Burns would make sense if he slides. In this case, no edge rushers on the board stand out, but Williams is a nice consolation prize.

22. Baltimore Ravens: C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

A solid, scheme-versatile pivot, McCoy could fit the Ravens better than Bradbury, if both are on the board. Marquise Brown would also be tempting.

23. Houston Texans: OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma

The Texans might prefer Dillard or Williams, but Ford should get a chance at right tackle. If they view him as a guard and the top tackles are gone, a corner would make sense here.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama

With so many defensive needs, it would be bold for Oakland go running back (and tight end a few picks later?). But Jon Gruden just can’t help himself sometimes.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

Perhaps more than any other team, the Eagles believe in using first-round picks in the trenches. Here, Howie Roseman bets big on one of the five best players in the draft hoping to have him at full strength in 2020.

26. Indianapolis Colts: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Some might see Brown and T.Y. Hilton as redundant in the same offense, but Frank Reich’s options could really open up with one on the outside and one in the slot. Safety could also be a possibility.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Fant lacks nuance as as a route-runner and doesn’t have great natural hands, but his speed is a weapon that would help replace Jared Cook.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

Set at one cornerback spot (Casey Hayward) and in the slot (Desmond King), the Chargers take a swing at a rising talent to fill the No. 2 role.

29. Seattle Seahawks: WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi

Could Brown go before workout-warrior college teammate D.K. Metcalf? Stranger things have happened. Doug Baldwin is 30 and has been very banged up.

30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi

If Metcalf makes it this far, it would be tough for the Packers to pass, given their need for explosive playmakers on offense.

31. Los Angeles Rams: C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State

Three centers in Round 1? You bet. Jenkins has been garnering buzz lately, and the Rams need help on the interior. They could try to target him in a trade down.

32. New England Patriots: DL L.J. Collier, TCU

Collier plays exactly like a Patriot. He’s big, powerful and versatile — with some ability at end and at tackle — and is an excellent technician.

–David DeChant, Field Level Media

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Tiger Slam? Entertaining – and fool’s gold – prop bets

Tiger Slam? Entertaining - and fool's gold - prop bets

A Tiger

Tiger Slam? Entertaining – and fool’s gold – prop bets

A Tiger Slam?

That term was a throwback to the early 2000s until Tiger Woods brought it out of the internet archives with his dramatic win at the Masters. Now just three weeks until the 2019 PGA Championship, various sportsbooks have pegged the odds of Tiger reeling off an historic run through the four majors anywhere from 50- to 100-1.

With a green jacket already under his belt, a look at Woods’ odds for adding additional majors in 2019.

Exactly 1 Major (2/7 by Sportsbook.ag)

Three majors remain: next month’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June and the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland in July.

As long as he stays healthy, Woods will be among the betting favorites for each of them. And he has geared his truncated 2019 schedule around building his game up for the majors – a strategy that played out beautifully at Augusta National.

Those are still daunting odds when considering the amount of talent Woods faces when he tees it up on a weekly basis and the fact that he still has only one major victory in the past 11 years – even if it was the most recent one.

Exactly 2 Majors (5/2)

It’s hard to bet against a motivated and refueled Woods adding a 16th major to his trophy case.

Bethpage is an extremely challenging course that Woods knows better than most any other player in the field. If he can drive the ball well, Woods’ stellar iron play will put him in contention.

Pebble Beach was the site of arguably Woods’ most dominating majors victory – a 15-shot win in 2000. At 12-under par, he was the only player to finish in red figures that week, and it remains the largest margin of victory in major championship history. Then again, that was 19 years ago, when some of his prime competition now was still learning how to walk.

The stiffest task might come the following month at Royal Portrush, which will be the host of the first Open Championship in Northern Ireland since 1951. Rory McIlroy still has the most impressive resume on the planet in 2019 and has geared his schedule around piquing for one of the most challenging links courses in the world.

Exactly 3 Majors (12/1)

Bet $10 to win $120 that Woods can reel off two of the next three majors? A tall task, to put it mildly. It’s an entertaining bet, especially if he picks off the PGA Championship, but it remains a stiff longshot at best.

Tiger Slam (50-1)

The hype will reach a fever pitch if Woods is able to win at Bethpage, but even then it will remain an extremely improbable bet that is more entertainment than prudent wager at 50-1 – which will shrink further should he add the second major of the season.

Reality remains that Woods is 43 and playing with a fused back. We have already seen how that can lead to other injuries – he was forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain. His Masters triumph was his first at a major in ELEVEN years and just his second win of any kind in five years.

While fellow players marveled at his accomplishment at Augusta National, gone are the days that Woods’ mere presence on the first page of the leaderboard made his competition wilt. There is far too much talent in today’s major championship fields and too many health and age obstacles for Woods to conquer to reasonably think that Tiger will be chasing the most improbable of historic feats in Northern Ireland come mid-simmer.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Kingsbury says Cards undecided on top pick

NFL notebook: Kingsbury says Cards undecided on top pick

NFL notebook: Kingsbury says Cards undecided on top pick

Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters Tuesday that the team has yet to finalize its plans for the top overall pick in the draft, which starts Thursday.

“We’re still working through it,” Kingsbury said after his team’s first practice of the year at a voluntary minicamp. “I wouldn’t say the hay is in the barn.”

Quarterback Josh Rosen, who is widely believed to be on the trade block as the Cardinals consider Kyler Murray with the top pick, has been a full participant during the offseason program despite rampant rumors. Kingsbury said he “couldn’t be more impressed” with Rosen, whom the Cardinals traded up to draft 10th overall last year.

–Odell Beckham Jr. is happy as with the Cleveland Browns and glad to have left behind the New York Giants, according to a Twitter rant, seemingly set off by a user who called him a “cancer” with the Giants.

“Ask any one of my teammates of who I was as a teammates and a man and a person…. yes I’m cancer to a place that’s ok wit losing because I want to win that BADDD. Ur absolutely correct !” wrote Beckham, who was traded by the Giants in March, one season into a five-year, $95 million contract extension he signed last August.

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

“From the looks of things they’re going to make it hard for me in my favorite city,” Long said.

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

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

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

–Although Josh Gordon is still suspended indefinitely by the NFL, the wide receiver signed his restricted free agent tender with New England, according to multiple media reports.

By signing the contract tender, Gordon ensures that if he becomes eligible to play at any point this coming season, it will be with the Patriots. The 28-year-old is set to earn up to $2,025,000 on the one-year deal, but only if he plays all 16 games.

–The Pittsburgh Steelers are working to finalize a contract extension with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before the draft begins Thursday, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the sides have been in discussions since the regular season ended and are making progress.

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

Gould’s agent, Brian Mackler, said that if Gould decides to play with the 49ers this fall, he would hold out throughout training camp and report just before the season opens on Sept. 8. San Francisco put the franchise tag on Gould in February.

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

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

–The Los Angeles Chargers picked up the fifth-year option on defensive end Joey Bosa, according to multiple reports.

Bosa, 23, was the Chargers’ first-round pick — No. 3 overall — in the 2016 draft.

–The Baltimore Ravens exercised left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s fifth-year option, putting him under contract through 2020.

The option, which is guaranteed for injury only, will be worth around $13 million in 2020. Stanley’s rookie contract was worth $13.1 million over the first four seasons, including a $3.2 million salary for 2019.

–Longtime Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of his old team, ending an 11-year NFL career.

“Thank you @panthers for 10 amazing seasons and bringing me to this place that I now call home,” Stewart said, according to the team’s Twitter account. “Keep Pounding!!!”

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

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

–Field Level Media

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