Rodgers-Brady a spicy prime-time matchup in NFL’s Week 9

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. Green Bay vs. New England. Talk about one spicy prime-time matchup.

Sure, the Packers are hovering around the .500 mark and the Patriots don’t appear as invincible as they sometimes — well, often — are. But the matchup between these two quarterbacks features lots of wins, even more touchdown tosses — and plenty of mutual admiration.

“I love watching him play,” Brady said of Rodgers. “To see him up close is great. I watch him play whenever he’s out there. I study a lot of the Packers’ offense, I study Aaron as a player and he just does an incredible job.”

The two will meet for just the second time in their careers, when the Packers (3-3-1) and Patriots (6-2) square off Sunday night.

Rodgers and the Packers won the only other showdown, 26-21 at Green Bay, in 2014.

“I loved going to Lambeau Field and playing him four years ago,” Brady said. “It’ll be great to play him at home this time. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The weekend began Thursday night with the San Francisco 49ers’ 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders in a lopsided Battle of the Bay. Nick Mullens threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns for the most productive NFL debut since the merger for the 49ers (2-7). The Raiders are 1-7.

Off are: Indianapolis (3-5), Arizona (2-6), New York Giants (1-7), Jacksonville (3-5), Philadelphia (4-4), Cincinnati (5-3).

Football fans will have to wait until Sunday night for the Packers and Patriots to kick off, but they could be treated to plenty of passing.

Rodgers (24 of 38 for 368 yards, two touchdowns) and Brady (22 of 35 for 245 yards, two TDs) combined for 613 yards passing the last time they faced each other. Rodgers (103.6) and Brady (97.6) also rank first and third, respectively, in NFL history in career passer rating.

“I enjoy competing against great players,” Rodgers said, “and obviously Tom is right at the top.”

LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-0) at NEW ORLEANS (6-1)

The Rams put their undefeated mark — the only team in the NFL yet to lose — on the line in a game that features the squads with the NFC’s best records.

Los Angeles boasts the No. 2 overall offense with the top-ranked running game in the league, led by the versatile and electric Todd Gurley. But the Saints have the No. 1 run defense in the NFL, so something’s got to give, right?

One thing the Rams have working in their favor: quarterback Jared Goff has won his past seven starts on the road with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in that span.

Meanwhile, Drew Brees has been sensational at home lately, with 1,045 yards passing with eight TDs and no INTs in his last three games at the Superdome.

PITTSBURGH (4-2-1) at BALTIMORE (4-4)

Joe Flacco and the Ravens won the first meeting this season, 26-14 on Sept. 30, and Baltimore will try to complete its first series sweep since 2015.

That game, by the way, was the last Ben Roethlisberger and the surging Steelers have lost.

Big Ben & Co. are looking for their fourth straight victory, and that’s despite all the drama — will he show up or not? — surrounding the still absent Le’Veon Bell. James Conner has done just fine in his place, though, rushing for 599 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

It might be tougher sledding this week, though, as the Steelers face a Ravens defense that ranks No. 1 overall in the NFL and is allowing a league-low 17.1 points and 293.8 yards per game.

KANSAS CITY (7-1) at CLEVELAND (2-5-1)

Just what the struggling Browns need: a matchup against the team that has the best record in the AFC as well as the NFL’s most potent offense.

The Chiefs average a league-high 36.3 points per game and Patrick Mahomes has been putting up eye-popping numbers. He has a league-leading 26 TD passes, just four shy of the franchise record set by Len Dawson in 1964, and has thrown for 300 yards or more in a Chiefs-record seven straight games. Mahomes also leads the NFL in yards passing (2,526) and TD-to-INT rate (plus-20).

The Browns are coming off another turbulent week following the firings of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will make his debut as the Browns’ interim coach against Kansas City’s Andy Reid, who is 6-0 in his career against Cleveland.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-2) at SEATTLE (4-3)

Philip Rivers and the Chargers are well-rested after their bye-week break, looking to keep things going after a solid start to the season.

Rivers will start in his 200th straight game, becoming just the 10th player since the merger in 1970 with such a streak. And, he has shown little signs of slowing. Rivers is tied for third in the NFL with 17 touchdown passes.

He’ll face a Seahawks team that has won four of five and begins a stretch of six of nine games at home to close the regular season. Russell Wilson has 11 TD throws and no interceptions in his last five home games, and will look to build off last week’s performance when he became the first player in franchise history to post a perfect quarterback rating.

HOUSTON (5-3) at DENVER (3-5)

Hey, that guy looks familiar, huh?

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will make his debut with the Broncos on Sunday against the team with which he spent his first eight-plus NFL seasons before being traded to the Texans on Tuesday. He’ll be counted on by Houston right away to replace the injured Will Fuller and keep the DeShaun Watson-led offense humming.

The Broncos will also try to change the Texans’ fortunes. Houston is the fifth team since the 1970 merger to win five consecutive games following an 0-3 start.

TAMPA BAY (3-4) at CAROLINA (5-2)

Fitzmagic is back. Again.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Buccaneers — who rank No. 1 in the NFL in total offense — in place of the benched Jameis Winston. He’ll look to recapture some of the success he had during his four-game stint as the starter at the beginning of the season. The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick threw for over 400 yards in each of the first three games, and had 11 touchdowns in that span with four interceptions before giving way to Winston.

While the Buccaneers have instability at the quarterback spot, Cam Newton is firmly entrenched as the guy in Carolina and has the Panthers looking for their 10th straight home win with him under center. Newton has 17 combined touchdowns and just four interceptions this season.

NEW YORK JETS (3-5) at MIAMI (4-4)

Sam Darnold faces the Dolphins for the second time, looking for a much better outing than the one he had in Week 2 when New York lost 20-12. The rookie threw for 334 yards — still a personal best — but also had two interceptions.

This also begins a three-game stretch in which New York takes on AFC East opponents.

The Jets will see a different face running the offense on the other side, with Brock Osweiler getting the start for the Dolphins in place of the injured Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler has played well with six touchdown throws and three interceptions in his three starts, during which Miami is 1-2.

ATLANTA (3-4) at WASHINGTON (5-2)

The ageless Adrian Peterson and the Redskins will try to go two games up on Philadelphia in the NFC East. They’ll have to get past the Falcons first, though, and Atlanta has won each of the last five meetings.

Peterson, by the way, rushed for 149 yards and a TD last week against the Giants. He has some past success when facing Atlanta, with 442 yards from scrimmage and three TDs in three games against the Falcons.

Despite the Falcons’ mediocre record, Matt Ryan is off to a solid start and leads the NFL with 333.6 yards passing a game. Julio Jones, his favorite target, needs 134 yards receiving in his 102nd game to become the fastest to 10,000 in a career.

DETROIT (3-4) at MINNESOTA (4-3-1)

Adam Thielen comes into this one with his sights set on the end zone — as usual.

The Vikings wide receiver is tied with former Lions star Calvin Johnson (2012) with eight straight games of 100 or more yards receiving, the longest streak in NFL history.

To get the record, he’ll have to do it against Matt Patricia’s fourth-ranked passing defense.

Speaking of Patricia, this is his first NFC North road test. The Lions have mostly fared well against division opponents overall, going 21-10 since the start of the 2013 season — the best of the NFC North teams.

CHICAGO (4-3) at BUFFALO (2-6)

The Bears stopped a two-game skid last week by manhandling the Jets. Even more impressive was the way Mitchell Trubisky rebounded from a so-so first half in that game.

The second-year QB failed to throw for 300 or more yards after three straight while finishing with 222, but he had two touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has 13 TDs in his last four games, the most in that type of span for Chicago since Sid Luckman in 1947.

The Bills are turning back to turnover-prone Nathan Peterman, who’s starting with rookie Josh Allen ruled out with a sprained elbow and Derek Anderson dealing with a concussion. Peterman, who lost his starting gig midway through the season opener, has thrown 10 interceptions in just 84 career attempts.

TENNESSEE (3-4) at DALLAS (3-4)

Amari Cooper makes his Cowboys debut after being acquired from Oakland on Tuesday, giving Dak Prescott a new No. 1 wide receiver.

He comes just in time to boost a passing game that ranks a lowly 29th in the NFL. Dallas made another change during its bye-week break by firing offensive line coach Paul Alexander and promoting former Cowboys lineman Marc Colombo.

Maybe the shake-ups will help energize the Cowboys, who are looking to improve to 4-0 at home.

The Titans are looking to change their luck a bit, too. They have lost three in a row, but two of those defeats were by one point each.

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TE Rudolph hoping to stay with Vikings

TE Rudolph hoping to stay with Vikings

TE Rudolph hoping to stay with Vikings

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, the subject of trade rumors and reported broken-down negotiations over a contract extension, said he is hoping to find a way to stay with the team.

“My family, myself, we want to be here and we’re going to do everything we can to be there,” he said Monday, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “If the alternative happens and we do get traded, change happens. … Obviously, that’s not what we’re hoping for. …

“We’re in a tough situation as a team. You can’t keep everybody, you can’t pay everybody. Those guys I know are working really hard to try to figure out something.”

Rudolph has one year left on his contact and is due $7.5 million in 2019. The Vikings have about $1 million left in cap space.

Minnesota drafted Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round as a potential replacement.

“I’ve had conversations with Kyle and quite honestly I really love all my players,” said coach Mike Zimmer. “We expect Kyle to be here but sometimes business gets in the way.”

Rudolph, 29, has spent his eight-year NFL career in Minnesota, catching 386 passes for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. He had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four scores last season.

“Obviously, it’s a difficult situation, so there’s a lot of complex things that go into it,” Rudolph said. “That takes time. It’s not an easy, ‘They like me, I like them. We want to stay here.’ That’s not the way it works.”

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Chargers bring back DL Square on 1-year deal

Chargers bring back DL Square on 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers bring back DL Square on 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed defensive lineman Damion Square to a one-year contract on Monday.

Square, 30, is coming off his most productive season, making 31 tackles, including three sacks, while appearing in all 16 games, with a career-high 11 starts. He started games at nose tackle and defensive end.

Square has made 74 tackles, including nine for loss and 5.5 sacks, in six seasons after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2013. He joined the Chargers in 2014.

Square likely figures into the defensive tackle rotation in 2019 for Los Angeles, which drafted defensive tackle Jerry Tillery in the first round.

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Jury selection to begin in ex-TE Winslow’s rape trial

Jury selection to begin in ex-TE Winslow's rape trial

Jury selection was set

Jury selection to begin in ex-TE Winslow’s rape trial

Jury selection was set to begin Monday in San Diego County in the trial of former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, who faces possible life imprisonment on multiple charges of rape, kidnapping and indecent exposure.

The allegations against Winslow include the rape of a 17-year-old girl in 2003; the rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker in 2018; and the rape of a 59-year-old homeless woman, also in 2018.

Winslow had been out of jail on $2 million bail, but it was revoked after another alleged incident in a fitness center hot tub in February. He was charged with lewd conduct, elder abuse and battery of an elder in that case.

Jury selection at the Vista, Calif., courthouse was expected to take up most of the week, with opening statements possibly starting Friday.

Winslow, 35, played nine seasons with four NFL teams from 2004-13. He is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers.

The younger Winslow was a first-round pick (sixth overall) by Cleveland in 2004 and played in 44 games with the Browns, including a Pro Bowl campaign in 2007 with 82 catches for 1,106 yards.

He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11), New England Patriots (2012) and New York Jets (2013).

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Gunshot victim Ballentine joins Giants rookies

Gunshot victim Ballentine joins Giants rookies

New York Giants sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine joined his fellow

Gunshot victim Ballentine joins Giants rookies

New York Giants sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine joined his fellow rookies on Monday, two weeks after the cornerback was shot on the night he was drafted.

Ballentine is participating in meetings and classroom work with the other rookies while he continues his rehabilitation from his injuries.

He was shot in the backside on April 28 in an incident in Topeka, Kan., that claimed the life of Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons.

Ballentine missed New York’s rookie minicamp from May 3-5. The Giants had encouraged him to remain in Kansas to mourn the loss of his best friend, whose funeral took place on May 4.

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Former Chiefs head coach Cunningham dies at 72

Former Chiefs head coach Cunningham dies at 72

Former Chiefs head coach Cunningham dies at 72

Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 72.

Cunningham compiled a 16-16 record in two seasons at the helm of the Chiefs from 1999-2000.

He also served as defensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Raiders (1992-93), Chiefs (1995-98, 2004-08) and Detroit Lions (2009-13).

Cunningham’s coaching career spanned six decades, starting as a defensive line coach at his alma mater Oregon in 1969 and ending with his role as a senior coaching assistant for the Lions from 2014-16.

“Gunther Cunningham will forever be remembered as one of the great men of our game,” the Lions wrote in a statement. “He left a lasting impact on every person who was fortunate enough to work alongside him during his more than 47 years as a coach — including 34 years in the National Football League.”

Cunningham retired from coaching after the 2016 season and took a position with the analytics website Pro Football Focus as its director of football oversight.

He is survived by his wife, Rene, and their two children.

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Eagles sign OG Wisniewski

Eagles sign OG Wisniewski

Stefen Wisniewski re-signed

Eagles sign OG Wisniewski

Stefen Wisniewski re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

NFL Network reported Wisniewski signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract, with $500,000 in additional incentives.

A guard and center, Wisniewski has been a capable and valuable fill-in up front, starting at least six games each of the past three seasons. Guard Brandon Brooks is recovering from a torn Achilles, and Wisniewski could open training camp with the first unit.

The Eagles declined a $3.7 million option in Wisniewski’s contract in March. The 30-year-old tested free agency but opted to return to Philadelphia.

Originally a second-round pick by Oakland in 2011, he started 61 games with the Raiders (2011-14) and 16 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2015) before joining Philadelphia.

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Bills sign TE Smith to $9M deal

Bills sign TE Smith to $9M deal

The Buffalo

Bills sign TE Smith to $9M deal

The Buffalo Bills are bringing back tight end Lee Smith, agreeing Monday to a reported three-year, $9 million contract with the 31-year-old.

Smith played the last four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, catching 36 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns.

He spent his first four NFL campaigns with the Bills, tallying 20 receptions for 144 yards and three scores from 2011-14.

Originally drafted in the fifth round in 2011 by New England, he was cut just before his rookie season started and acquired off waivers by Buffalo.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the value of his new deal, a front-loaded contract that includes fully guaranteed money into the second year.

Smith becomes the seventh tight end on the Bills’ current roster, including 2019 draft choices Dawson Knox (third round) and Tommy Sweeney (seventh).

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Report: Seahawks meeting with QB Smith

Report: Seahawks meeting with QB Smith

The Seattle Seahawks will reportedly meet with

Report: Seahawks meeting with QB Smith

The Seattle Seahawks will reportedly meet with free agent quarterback Geno Smith on Wednesday.

“No contract talks yet, but a visit shows clear interest if everything checks out,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday.

The Seahawks would be the fourth NFL team for the 28-year-old Smith, the New York Jets’ second-round pick in 2013.

Smith was 12-18 as a starter in four seasons with the Jets, lost his only start with the New York Giants in 2017, and attempted just four passes with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018.

In 40 career games, he has completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 6,182 yards with 29 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Smith has also rushed for 661 yards and seven scores.

In addition to starter Russell Wilson, who last month became the NFL’s highest-paid player, Seattle has quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and rookie Taryn Christion on its current roster.

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WR Baldwin says his NFL ‘watch has ended’

WR Baldwin says his NFL 'watch has ended'

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and

WR Baldwin says his NFL ‘watch has ended’

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and apparent “Game of Thrones” fan Doug Baldwin appeared to announce his retirement Sunday night, signaling in a series of tweets that his watch has ended.

The Seahawks terminated the 30-year-old’s contract last week after he failed a physical. Following an injury-plagued 2018 season, Baldwin underwent surgeries on his knee, shoulder and abdomen.

Through multiple posts on Twitter, Baldwin wrote a letter to a younger version of himself.

“Because the end of one journey sees the beginning of another,” he wrote. “And guess what..it will be one hell of a journey. You will feel emotional and physical pain you never knew existed. You will fail over and over again. But don’t worry, all of it will be the reason why you succeed.

“But when the journey finally comes to the end, you will reflect on what that little boy caught between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola really wanted: to be seen and to be loved.”

He also posted a “Game of Thrones” GIF reading, “My watch has ended.”

An undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011, Baldwin had 493 catches for 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Seahawks, reaching the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017 and playing in 123 of a possible 128 games (90 starts). He ranks third in team history in catches and yards and second in receiving touchdowns.

He was part of Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII winning team and the squad that lost Super Bowl XLIV to the New England Patriots a year later.

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Kang wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

Kang wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

Kang wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title

South Korea’s Sung Kang flourished down the stretch to win on the PGA Tour for the first time, completing a long day by capturing the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas on Sunday.

Kang shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to finish at 23-under 261 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, giving him a two-stroke victory.

For Kang, 31, it was his 159th tournament appearance on the PGA Tour. He’s the ninth first-time winner on tour this season.

Matt Every (66), who began the final round with five birdies and a bogey across the first six holes, and Scott Piercy (64) tied for second at 21 under.

Brooks Koepka (65), who goes into this week’s PGA Championship as the defending champion, finished fourth at 20 under.

Great Britain’s Matt Jones (67) bogeyed the final hole and dropped into a five-way tie for fifth place at 17 under.

Despite several golfers putting up scores to make them contenders, Kang didn’t flinch. He notched birdies on Nos. 14-16 to create a three-shot edge.

Most golfers had to finish the third round Sunday before the final round began, creating a long day for contenders. So while Every was the overnight leader, Kang held a three-shot advantage going into the final round.

Every had four straight bogeys while completing the third round. Meanwhile, Kang was back in front with three backside birdies Sunday morning.

Piercy and Koepka were five shots off the lead going to the last round.

Kang, whose second-round 61 allowed him to jump into the lead, took a nap at the course between the third and fourth rounds. He appeared plenty energized for the last task.

Spain’s Carlos Ortiz made a big move in the final round, with an eagle on the first hole and going 5 under through seven holes. He ended up with a 65 for the round and 15 under for the tournament.

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NFL signings notebook: RB Walton returns to Miami

NFL signings notebook: RB Walton returns to Miami

The Miami Dolphins signed former Miami Hurricanes running back

NFL signings notebook: RB Walton returns to Miami

The Miami Dolphins signed former Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Walton on Sunday.

A fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by Cincinnati, Walton was released last month by the Bengals following his third arrest in 2019.

“I’m trying to leave an impression on the coaches. I’m trying to leave a lasting mark on them,” Walton told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel during his weekend tryout. “I can’t really say too much about the other stuff (off) the field. But I know what I got to do while I’m here. That’s all I can talk about right now.”

Walton appeared in 14 games for Cincinnati as a 2018 rookie, rushing 14 times for 34 yards and catching five passes for 41 yards.

–The Philadelphia Eagles will sign former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler on Monday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

Kessler, 26, was cut by Jacksonville earlier this week. Cleveland’s third-round pick in 2016 has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,215 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in 17 games (12 starts) with the Browns (2016-17) and Jaguars (2018).

–The New York Jets signed edge rusher Jachai Polite, a third-round draft pick from Florida. Over The Cap reported the contract is for four years and $3.6 million with a $1.22 million signing bonus.

With the Gators, he had 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2018.

–The Detroit Lions signed wide receivers Tom Kennedy and Jordan Smallwood following their rookie minicamp.

Kennedy is a former professional lacrosse player who played college football at Rhode Island’s Bryant University, tallying 57 catches for 888 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games in 2017. Smallwood was on the practice squads of the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted out of Oklahoma.

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Patriots’ Edelman reaches another milesone: college grad

Patriots' Edelman reaches another milesone: college grad

New England Patriots

Patriots’ Edelman reaches another milesone: college grad

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman received something special to add to his collection of three Super Bowl rings.

A college diploma.

Thirteen years after he entered Kent State with a year of community college under his belt, Edelman was back in Ohio on Saturday, walking in the graduation ceremony and later posing for photos with his proud parents.

Edelman shared on Instagram earlier in the week that he had earned his degree and would put on the cap and gown.

“It is important to me that I make my parents proud as I fulfill a promise that I made to them that I would, one day, be a college graduate,” he said. “I also want to set a great example for my daughter, so that when I talk about the importance of a college degree, I can show her that earning my degree was important to me.”

He was back on social media Saturday, sharing a photo of himself flanked presumably by his parents, that read: “Kent State class of 2019… we did it!” followed by a graduation cap emoji and “#13YearSenior.”

Teammates and friends had their fun with Edelman on social media.

“Who ever knew it could take 14 years to graduate college?” Tom Brady commented.

Edelman, who turns 33 later this month, played quarterback for the Golden Flashes for three seasons, completing 54.5 percent of his passes for nearly 5,000 yards with 30 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.

The Patriots selected Edelman in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

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Steelers sign first-round LB Bush for reported $18.9M

Steelers sign first-round LB Bush for reported $18.9M

Steelers sign first-round LB Bush for reported $18.9M

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed linebacker Devin Bush to his rookie contract Sunday, a four-year deal with a fifth-year option reportedly worth nearly $19 million.

The Steelers traded three picks to the Denver Broncos to move up to the No. 10 slot to draft the 20-year-old Michigan star last month. The Broncos received Pittsburgh’s first- and second-round selections in 2019 and a 2020 third-rounder.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the total value of Bush’s deal at $18,871,768, all fully guaranteed.

Bush was a consensus All-American and named the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 66 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for the Wolverines. In 2017, he posted career highs with 95 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

“He’s an all situations linebacker,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “A three-down type of guy, versus the run, versus the pass, be it in coverage or in pressures. Those are just the tangible things.

“We were equally excited about his intangibles. He comes from a football family. He is a football guy. Everyone speaks very highly of him not only as a player, but a person. His leadership skills are unquestioned. The position he plays is like a defensive quarterback and I think that is something that comes very natural to him.”

Bush’s father, Devin Bush Sr., played safety in the NFL for eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (1995-98), St. Louis Rams (1999-2000) and Cleveland Browns (2001-02).

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Report: Steelers sign first-round LB Bush for $18.9M

Report: Steelers sign first-round LB Bush for $18.9M

Report: Steelers sign first-round LB Bush for $18.9M

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed linebacker Devin Bush to his rookie contract Sunday, a four-year deal with a fifth-year option reportedly worth nearly $19 million.

Multiple outlets reported the transaction, with the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport citing the total value at $18,871,768 — all fully guaranteed.

The Steelers traded three picks to the Denver Broncos to move up to the No. 10 slot to draft the 20-year-old Michigan star last month. The Broncos received Pittsburgh’s first- and second-round selections in 2019 and a 2020 third-rounder.

Bush was a consensus All-American and named the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 66 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for the Wolverines. In 2017, he posted career highs with 95 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

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Every holds Byron Nelson lead as Round 3 suspended

Every holds Byron Nelson lead as Round 3 suspended

Every holds Byron Nelson lead as Round 3 suspended

Matt Every was 6-under par through nine holes Saturday to take a one-stroke lead before the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas was suspended due to darkness.

Every began his day by holing out for eagle from 97 yards on the par-5 first hole before adding four birdies in a span of five holes from Nos. 4-8. The 35-year-old will look to maintain his momentum when play resumes Sunday at 7:30 a.m. local time.

“It was like a normal round of golf for me,” he said.

“Felt like it was playing super easy, so it wasn’t like I had time to be nervous about anything. I just needed to keep making birdies. But I got into a rhythm. Didn’t have to wait on the group in front of us once, I think, which was kind of nice.”

Saturday’s play was delayed several times because of inclement weather.

Every, after shooting 65 in each of the first two rounds, is at 18-under-par for the tournament.

“I got to keep my head down and keep going,” he said. “Once you start looking over your shoulder out here, it’s not going to work … especially on a course like this where the guys are shooting the grass off of it.”

South Korea’s Sung Kang, who tied the Trinity Forest Golf Club course record with a 10-under 61 on Friday, is in second at 17 under. He was 1 under through his first nine holes of Round 3. Tyler Duncan is two strokes behind him, firing a 3-under par total through nine holes Saturday.

Scott Piercy, Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz and Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini are tied for fourth at 13 under and were on the back nine when play was suspended.

Brooks Koepka, the top-ranked player in the field, is in a tie for seventh at 12 under after being 1 under through his first 10 holes of the third round. Dallas native Jordan Spieth is tied for 16th at 10 under after shooting 3 under through 11 holes.

Only 12 of the remaining 83 players in the field finished their third round Saturday, including Patrick Reed, who shot 4 under and is tied for 35th at 8 under for the tournament.

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Gruden: Haskins in mix for Redskins’ starting QB

Gruden: Haskins in mix for Redskins' starting QB

Washington Redskins coach Jay

Gruden: Haskins in mix for Redskins’ starting QB

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden declared an open competition at quarterback, with first-round pick Dwayne Haskins joining Case Keenum and Colt McCoy after an impressive start in rookie camp.

“Yeah, for sure. We have to have that,” Gruden said Saturday. “I mean Case coming off the most experience is great. Colt has the most experience with this terminology in this system, and Dwayne was the 15th pick in the draft. We’ll see what happens.”

With Alex Smith expected to miss the 2019 season as recovers from a broken right leg, the Redskins traded a pair of late-round picks in 2020 to the Denver Broncos for the 31-year-old Keenum in March.

McCoy is still recovering from his own injury, a broken right fibula that has required three surgeries.

Haskins, 22, made the most of his lone season as the starter at Ohio State. He passed for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, setting 28 Buckeyes records and seven Big Ten marks.

“I’ll be ready for whatever the coaches want for me, whether that’s starting right away or next year or during the season,” Haskins said. “I’m just going to prepare like I’m the starter, and that’s with me in the weight room, me in the meeting rooms, me with the younger guys, me with the older guys. Every opportunity for me is an opportunity for me to showcase that I’m the guy.”

Even if Keenum begins the season as the starter, he is likely just the bridge until Haskins is ready.

Keenum passed for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 and threw for 3,890 yards and 18 scores with the Broncos in 2018.

Gruden said Haskins is at “the very bare minimum” right now and still has much to learn.

“We’re going to go at it,” Gruden said. “Throw the ball out there let these guys compete really. I think he obviously displayed enough of a skill set to warrant the 15th pick in the draft and to give him an opportunity to see how far he can take this thing without a doubt.”

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NFL notebook: Rosen, Fitzpatrick to compete in Miami

NFL notebook: Rosen, Fitzpatrick to compete in Miami

Will it be a journeyman or a

NFL notebook: Rosen, Fitzpatrick to compete in Miami

Will it be a journeyman or a former first-round draft pick who wins the starting quarterback job for the Miami Dolphins?

Coach Brian Flores said let the best man win.

The Dolphins begin organized team activities Monday, giving Flores his first look at his quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is entering his 14th season and playing for his eighth team, and second-year player Josh Rosen, recently acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals.

“As far as the quarterback position, like every other position, there’ll be competition there,” Flores told reporters.

“In that position, we’re looking for leadership, we’re looking for, obviously, accuracy, we’re looking for someone, who, for the most part, can lead the team. And put together successful drives and put us in good position in the run game and the pass game, from a protection standpoint. So there’s a lot that goes into it; it’s a leadership position and there’s going to be some competition at that position for sure.”

–Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy vowed to get on the field this season, but left in question whether that will be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection, who voiced his displeasure with trade rumors this week and hasn’t been attending voluntary workouts, spoke about it with Spectrum Sports 360 host Mike Cairns at the Dick Vitale Gala in Tampa.

“I will be playing football somewhere,” McCoy said.

Pressed about whether that meant in Tampa Bay, McCoy said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

–Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden declared an open competition at quarterback, with first-round pick Dwayne Haskins joining Case Keenum and Colt McCoy after an impressive start in rookie camp.

“Yeah, for sure. We have to have that,” Gruden said. “I mean Case coming off the most experience is great. Colt has the most experience with this terminology in this system, and Dwayne was the 15th pick in the draft. We’ll see what happens.”

With Alex Smith expected to miss 2019 season as recovers from a broken right leg, the Redskins traded a pair of late-round picks in 2020 to the Denver Broncos for the 31-year-old Keenum in March. McCoy is still recovering from a broken right fibula. Haskins passed for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns last season at Ohio State.

–The New York Giants signed offensive lineman Mike Remmers to a reported one-year deal for $2.5 million with additional incentives.

After starting 16 games at right guard last season for the Minnesota Vikings, the 30-year-old will shift back to right tackle with the Giants.

–Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was invited to try out with the Miami Dolphins, despite pending criminal charges against him. “I think people deserve a second chance,” Miami coach Brian Flores told the Palm Beach Post.

Last month the Bengals waived Walton, a 2018 fourth-round pick, following his third arrest of 2019. The latest incident involved charges of marijuana possession, reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon.

–Dallas Cowboys running back Mike Weber will undergo an MRI exam after injuring his knee at rookie minicamp.

A seventh-round draft pick from Ohio State, Weber was injured during the morning session and did not participate in the afternoon workout.

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Troubled RB Walton gets Dolphins tryout

Troubled RB Walton gets Dolphins tryout

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was invited to try

Troubled RB Walton gets Dolphins tryout

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was invited to try out with the Miami Dolphins, despite pending criminal charges against him.

“I think people deserve a second chance,” new Miami coach Brian Flores told the Palm Beach Post. “I believe that. I think that’s the case. I don’t want to judge people based on one incident. Two incidents. I think it’s a case-by-case situation for a player and for people in general. That’s kind of my stance.”

The Bengals waived Walton on April 6 after his third arrest of 2019. He was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in January, a misdemeanor battery charge in February, and in April on possession of marijuana, reckless driving and felony concealed weapons charges from an alleged incident in March.

“He’s here on a tryout,” Flores said. “Obviously, talented player. But we want to take a look at him and see if he was a fit for us, on the field and off the field. I think he’s done a good job, really in the one day that he’s been here. So we’ll see how it goes.”

Flores said that the Dolphins brass had discussed Walton’s legal issues.

“Again, it’s a tryout,” Flores said. “And just that’s kind of part of the process. Getting to know him. And getting to see him on and off the field.”

Walton, 22, played his college football at Miami and was taken by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He saw limited action last season, gaining 34 yards on 14 carries.

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Fitzpatrick, Rosen begin QB competition in Miami

Fitzpatrick, Rosen begin QB competition in Miami

Will it be a journeyman or a former

Fitzpatrick, Rosen begin QB competition in Miami

Will it be a journeyman or a former first-round draft pick who wins the starting quarterback job for the Miami Dolphins?

Coach Brian Flores said let the best man win.

The Dolphins begin organized team activities on Monday, which will give Flores his first look at his quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is entering his 14th season and playing for his eighth team, and second-year player Josh Rosen, recently acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals.

“As far as the quarterback position, like every other position, there’ll be competition there,” Flores told reporters. “In that position, we’re looking for leadership, we’re looking for, obviously, accuracy, we’re looking for someone, who, for the most part, can lead the team. And put together successful drives and put us in good position in the run game and the pass game, from a protection standpoint. So there’s a lot that goes into it, it’s a leadership position and there’s going to be some competition at that position for sure.”

Rosen, whom the Arizona Cardinals traded to make room for No. 1 draft pick Kyler Murray, is 22 and Fitzpatrick is 36. Flores said he isn’t in a hurry to rush Rosen into the starting job that was held by Ryan Tannehill the past six seasons.

“If [Fitzpatrick] wins the competition, absolutely I’m good with that,” Flores said. “I think that would be what’s best for the team and what’s best for the Miami Dolphins.”

If that happens, Flores still will have his eye on Rosen.

“Thankfully, we get to evaluate him every day in practice,” he said.

Flores said QB isn’t the only position that will have a competition.

“There’s going to be competition, really across the board on this team,” the first-year head coach said. “I don’t think that there’s any way to raise the level of a group than to create competition.”

The new-look Dolphins open the season Sept. 8 at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Giants sign veteran OL Remmers

Giants sign veteran OL Remmers

The New York

Giants sign veteran OL Remmers

The New York Giants signed offensive lineman Mike Remmers, the versatile veteran’s agent announced Saturday on Twitter.

After starting 16 games at right guard last season for the Minnesota Vikings, Remmers will shift back to right tackle with the Giants, according to agent Brett Tessler.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Remmers, 30, signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Vikings in March 2017. He was released in March after two seasons in a cost-cutting move.

He has started 64 of his 65 NFL games over seven seasons with the Vikings, Carolina Panthers (2014-16) and San Diego Chargers (2013).

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