Saints re-sign Bridgewater, add DT Brown

Saints re-sign Bridgewater, add DT Brown

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints rather than join the Miami Dolphins, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Bridgewater acknowledged the decision on Twitter, posting a photo of himself in his Saints uniform with the caption, “Run it back Turbo.”

According to multiple reports, Bridgewater will sign a one-year deal worth $7.25 million, with incentives that can push the value as high as $12.5 million.

Bridgewater, 26, visited with the Dolphins on Wednesday evening but did not come away with a contract.

NFL Network reported after Monday’s free agent negotiating window opened that Bridgewater would return to New Orleans, but multiple reports on Wednesday said the decision was not final, and that the Miami native could opt for his hometown Dolphins if they offered more money. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday that speculation linking Saints head coach Sean Payton to the Dallas Cowboys’ job in 2020 was factoring into Bridgewater’s decision.

After flirting with Miami, Bridgewater will remain the Saints’ backup and potential heir apparent to 40-year-old Drew Brees, whose contract was restructured Thursday to create more cap room. Brees is under contract through 2019, though he has said he would like to play further into his 40s.

Bridgewater went 14 for 23 for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception in limited action last season, but he impressed in the preseason for the New York Jets, prompting the Saints to trade a third-round pick for him in August. The former first-round pick has started just one game since suffering a devastating knee injury just before the 2016 season opener.

The Saints also signed former New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown to a three-year contract on Thursday.

According to multiple reports, the deal is worth $5 million annually.

Brown, 25, was the Patriots’ first-round pick in 2015 and started 51 of 60 games over four seasons while shining in run defense, but his fifth-year option was declined. He had no sacks and just one QB hit last year while making a career-low 39 tackles, but he has 8.5 sacks, 16 QB hits and 186 tackles in his career.

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Report: Patriots tender Josh Gordon

Report: Patriots tender Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon received a signal

Report: Patriots tender Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon received a signal of commitment from the New England Patriots.

According to reports, the rehabbing and suspended wide receiver was given a second-round restricted free agent tender by the Patriots, who would receive a draft pick in that round if another team signs Gordon.

Gordon thanked the Patriots in an Instagram post that featured Gordon, wide receiver Julian Edelman and quarterback Tom Brady. In the post, he shared the John F. Kennedy quote “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”

Brady liked the post and commented “You got that right @flash.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in January that the Patriots are doing their best to help and support Gordon while he deals with off-field issues.

Gordon, acquired from the Cleveland Browns, caught 40 passes and scored three touchdowns in 11 total games with the team this season before another indefinite suspension for substance abuse violations on Dec. 20.

The 27-year-old had missed 43 of a possible 48 games in Cleveland’s previous three seasons prior to the start of the 2018 season.

“Unfortunately, people like that need mentoring at a young age, but when it becomes addiction, addiction is something that is way beyond our… We gave him tremendous support on a daily basis, and he was worthy. But I think we as a society have to try to help these young people not to get addicted in the first place. And that’s the sad part of this. He’s a good guy — a really good guy. It makes us sad.”

Jonathan Kraft was sympathetic to Gordon’s situation but would not say if he’d get another chance in New England.

“You get exposed to it in a whole different way when you come from where Josh Gordon came from. He is a very good kid,” he said.

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Eagles DE Bennett seeking pay raise

Eagles DE Bennett seeking pay raise

Eagles DE Bennett seeking pay raise

Philadelphia defensive end Michael Bennett told NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Friday that the Eagles are trying to trade him.

Bennett, 33, said he isn’t willing to take a pay cut, even though the Eagles could wipe his scheduled $7.2 million salary off the 2019 books by releasing him.

“I actually want a pay raise at this point, and so whatever happens just to know that whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I get paid right now,” Bennett said.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection with Seattle, Bennett registered nine sacks and 34 tackles during his first season with Philadelphia in 2018.

Bennett said he would prefer to remain with the Eagles, if the money is right.

“Of course you want to be with the team you’re with, but at the same time it’s a business, and you want to be able to make money whenever you get the opportunities to,” he said. “And I feel like if you’re on the trading block it’s just a part of the game, but at the same time I still know I’m still one of the best players in the NFL.

Undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2009, Bennett has played in 141 games (100 starts) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-12), Seahawks (2013-17) and Eagles. He has 63 career sacks.

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AAF: No expansion, relocation planned in 2020

AAF: No expansion, relocation planned in 2020

The Alliance of

AAF: No expansion, relocation planned in 2020

The Alliance of American Football has no plans to add any new teams or move any of the eight inaugural franchises in 2020, co-founder Bill Polian said on a conference call Wednesday.

“Expansion I don’t think is on the front burner,” Polian said. “We still have lots of work that we need to do to solidify our league and solidify ourselves in the local markets. So I don’t think expansion is a high-priority item at this time.

“We haven’t even really given a thought to relocation, because we really don’t have a firm handle because of the untoward weather that’s affected the Southeast. We don’t really have a handle on what many of the markets are really like when you got a nice day and temperatures are in the 50s or 60s. So that’s an incomplete picture at this point in time.”

The Alliance is halfway through its eight-week regular season, and some markets — especially San Antonio — have embraced their new teams with large attendance numbers. Others, such as San Diego, have shown severe attendance dips since the opening week.

TV ratings have been up and down, with most games approaching 500,000 viewers in recent weeks after averaging nearly 3 million per game in the opening week.

A lawsuit filed against the AAF last week — alleging co-founder Charlie Ebersol took the idea for the AAF from Robert Vanech, the co-founder and CFO of Trebel Music — revealed a proposed plan for potential expansion.

Meanwhile, Polian acknowledged that the league is about halfway through its “due diligence” on quarterback Johnny Manziel, about whom there have been a few “feelers” from AAF teams.

Manziel was released by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League last week and is barred from signing with other CFL teams.

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Reports: Rams parting ways with Barron, Sullivan

Reports: Rams parting ways with Barron, Sullivan

The Los Angeles Rams may have signaled their intentions to be

Reports: Rams parting ways with Barron, Sullivan

The Los Angeles Rams may have signaled their intentions to be active in the free agent and/or trade markets, reportedly making two moves Tuesday that could save them more than $13 million in cap space.

First, the NFC champions reportedly did not exercise its 2019 option on starting center John Sullivan, making him a free agent. Then, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the team had released starting inside linebacker Mark Barron.

Sullivan, 33, has played the last two seasons with the Rams, starting in 31 of a possible 32 games with his only missed start the 2017 finale when Los Angeles sat many of its starters.

The 10-year veteran has played for Minnesota, Washington and the Rams. The move reportedly frees up $5.25 million in cap space for the Rams, who could move 2018 rookie Brian Allen into Sullivan’s starting slot.

Barron, 29, was originally drafted as a safety by Tampa Bay in the first round in 2012. But after struggling for the first two-plus years of his career, Barron was dealt to the then-St. Louis Rams at the 2014 trade deadline. The Rams moved him to linebacker, a decision that helped salvage his career.

In his four full seasons with the Rams, in both St. Louis and L.A., Barron played in 58 games, starting all but four of them. He posted a pair of 100-tackle seasons and had four sacks and five interceptions.

The emergence of Cory Littleton at inside linebacker likely also played a role in the Rams’ decision. Littleton, 25, made the Pro Bowl this season, his third in the NFL and first as a full-time starter.

According to The Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore, the Rams created $13.5 million in cap space with the two moves.

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Fan favorite FB Kuhn retiring as a Packer

Fan favorite FB Kuhn retiring as a Packer

Fan favorite FB Kuhn retiring as a Packer

Popular Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn will officially retire as a member of the team, general manager Brian Gutekunst announced Wednesday.

Kuhn played for nine seasons (2007-15) with the Packers, with enthusiastic choruses of “Kuuuuhn” greeting his every touch at Lambeau Field.

“John was a terrific football player and tremendous teammate who contributed to many years of success for the Packers,” Gutekunst said. “He was a true professional whose work ethic and leadership set a great example both on the field and in the locker room. We want to thank John and his family for all they did for the Packers and in the community as well as wish them nothing but the best.”

Kuhn, 36, made three Pro Bowls with Green Bay and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2014. He helped the team reach the playoffs eight times, winning five division titles and Super Bowl XLV.

He played in 139 games with the Packers, rushing 196 times for 601 yards and 15 touchdowns and catching 81 passes for 557 yards and eight scores.

Kuhn began his NFL career with one season in Pittsburgh (2006) and finished it with two seasons in New Orleans (2016-17).

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Fitzgerald says he couldn’t retire with Cards in cellar

Fitzgerald says he couldn't retire with Cards in cellar

Fitzgerald says he couldn’t retire with Cards in cellar

It might take a while before Arizona reaches the top of the NFL, but Larry Fitzgerald couldn’t walk away with the Cardinals at the bottom.

The 35-year-old receiver said he decided not to retire after the 2018 season in part because Arizona finished with the league’s worst record at 3-13.

“We had a really bad season last year, and I just didn’t want to go out on that level,” Fitzgerald said on The Mina Kimes Show, via the team website. “You’ve got to live the rest of your life knowing you went out on that level.

“At the end of the year, I felt like this was not [the year to retire].”

Fitzgerald started all 16 games and caught 69 passes for 734 yards and six touchdowns last season, snapping a streak of three straight seasons with at least 100 receptions and 1,000 yards.

Fitzgerald has missed only two regular season games since the start of the 2008 season.

“I still enjoy it, and I can still play,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m not the player that I was 10 years ago, but I can still go out there and contribute. I can make plays. I can be somebody who can situationally really help the team and make explosive plays for my group.”

The 11-time Pro Bowl selection enters his 16th NFL season in 2019 ranked second all-time in receiving yards (16,279), third in receptions (1,303) and sixth in touchdown catches (116).

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Broncos release S Stewart, save $3.5M

Broncos release S Stewart, save $3.5M

Broncos release S Stewart, save $3.5M

Safety Darian Stewart will be released by the Denver Broncos, saving the team nearly $3.5 million against the 2019 salary cap and thrusting another veteran defensive back into the open market.

Stewart broke the news himself via Instagram on Wednesday afternoon.

“Broncos country thank you all for the love you showed me and my family these past 4 years. But it’s time for me to move on and I’m looking forward to the next chapter. I still got a whole lotta (football emoji) left in me so I’ll see y’all real soon,” Stewart wrote.

Stewart turns 31 in August and spent four years with the team after signing a $28 million deal in 2015.

He recorded nine interceptions in 61 games with Denver.

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Notre Dame DL Tillery has surgery in advance of NFL Draft

Notre Dame DL Tillery has surgery in advance of NFL Draft

Notre Dame DL Tillery has surgery in advance of NFL Draft

Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, who is expected to be selected high in April’s NFL Draft, had successful shoulder surgery Wednesday, his agent announced on Twitter.

Tillery, who had seven sacks this past season, is expected to need three to four months of recovery time from the procedure to repair a torn labrum. Tillery is viewed as a possible second-round pick, according to projections, but could end up being a late first-round pick.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pounder had 12 1/2 sacks in his four seasons at Notre Dame. Of his 133 career tackles, 23 were for loss.

Tillery is expected to be at full strength at the start of NFL training camps.

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NFL notebook: Agent, Riley refute criticism of Murray

NFL notebook: Agent, Riley refute criticism of Murray

NFL notebook: Agent, Riley refute criticism of Murray

Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley refuted comments that his former quarterback, potential top draft pick Kyler Murray, interviewed poorly at the recently completed NFL Scouting Combine.

“I know Kyler met with a lot of different teams at the combine, and I have personally spoken with the majority of the teams he met with,” Riley said Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “And every one of them were glowing in their reports about Kyler, basically the complete opposite of what Charley threw out there.”

That would be former NFL general manager Charley Casserly, who said Tuesday he had heard negative reviews from teams who met with Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner. Casserly said they were “the worst comments I ever got on a top-rated quarterback,” including criticisms of Murray’s leadership, study habits and schematic knowledge.

Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, echoed Riley’s defense and issued a pointed attack on Casserly, citing the question marks on Casserly’s resume from his tenure as general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

–Teams interested in acquiring wide receiver Antonio Brown for a first-round draft pick were informed by the Pittsburgh Steelers that a trade is likely by Friday.

General manager Kevin Colbert reportedly offered a last call, not atypical in major trades, in hopes of pulling in the last, best offer from any suitors, ESPN reported.

The Oakland Raiders are thought to be the leaders to acquire Brown, in part because the team has three first-round picks and a glaring hole at wide receiver. Others mentioned as potential suitors include the Tennessee Titans and Redskins, and ESPN reports other teams have shown interest in recent days.

–The lease deal to keep the Raiders in Oakland for the 2019 NFL season has hit a snag, according to Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben.

However, McKibben declined to divulge details of the issue.

“We have one significant open issue that needs to be resolved,” McKibben told reporters after a closed-session meeting of the Coliseum Authority board.

–The Cleveland Browns released veteran outside linebacker Jamie Collins.

Multiple outlets reported the Browns were unable to find a trade partner for the 29-year-old former Pro Bowler, who was due to make $10 million this season. Cleveland saves $9.25 million with his release.

–Larry Fitzgerald said he decided not to retire after the 2018 season in part because Arizona finished with the league’s worst record at 3-13.

“We had a really bad season last year, and I just didn’t want to go out on that level,” the 35-year-old wide receiver said on “The Mina Kimes Show,” via the team website. “You’ve got to live the rest of your life knowing you went out on that level.”

–Safety Darian Stewart will be released by the Denver Broncos, the veteran announced on Instagram, saving the team nearly $3.5 million against the 2019 salary cap.

Stewart, who turns 31 in August, spent four years with the team after signing a $28 million deal in 2015.

–Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had successful shoulder surgery, his agent announced on Twitter.

Tillery, who had seven sacks last season, is expected to need three to four months of recovery time from the procedure to repair a torn labrum.

–Popular Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn will officially retire as a member of the team, general manager Brian Gutekunst announced.

Kuhn played for nine seasons (2007-15) with the Packers, with enthusiastic choruses of “Kuuuuhn” greeting his every touch at Lambeau Field.

–Former Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson visited the Buffalo Bills and has plans to visit the Cleveland Browns next, multiple outlets reported.

Johnson, a first-round pick in 2015, was released by Houston on Tuesday.

–Former New England Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen visited the Bills, ESPN reported.

Allen, who was released by the Patriots on Monday, met with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday and reportedly is scheduled to meet the Detroit Lions next.

–Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance after Mendota Heights, Minn., authorities allegedly found marijuana and marijuana wax in his apartment, according to multiple reports.

Thomas had eight carries for 30 yards in five games as an undrafted rookie last season.

–The New Orleans Saints waived running back Daniel Lasco.

A seventh-round pick in 2016, Lasco has played in just 10 games through three seasons, spending the past two campaigns primarily on injured reserve.

–Terrell Owens will become the 28th inductee into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.

The wide receiver played his first eight NFL seasons with the 49ers (1996-2003), catching 592 passes for 8,572 yards and 81 touchdowns in 121 games and earning four Pro Bowl selections.

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Report: Bears plan to sign K Blewitt

Report: Bears plan to sign K Blewitt

Report: Bears plan to sign K Blewitt

Former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt is expected to sign with the Chicago Bears after setting himself apart during a multi-player tryout Wednesday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Blewitt finished his college career after the 2016 season as Pitt’s all-time leader in field goals (55), extra points (198) and kicker scoring (363 points), though he made just 69.6 percent of his career field-goal attempts and 58.8 percent as a senior.

He went to training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017 but did not make the cut, and he has yet to play a game in the NFL.

The Bears are in the market for a kicker to replace Cody Parkey, whom general manager Ryan Pace said the team plans to release after the league year starts March 13. Parkey missed 10 kicks and hit the goal post multiple times last season, including an infamous “double-doink” miss on a kick that would have pushed the Bears past the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs.

Less than a week later, Parkey went on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss the kick, which angered team officials.

Despite his inexperience, Blewitt beat out a group of kickers that included ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Patrick Murray, the Tribune reported. The Bears also have ex-Tulsa kicker Redford Jones on the roster.

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Bears sign former Pitt K Blewitt

Bears sign former Pitt K Blewitt

Bears sign former Pitt K Blewitt

The Chicago Bears signed former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt on Wednesday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Blewitt set himself apart during a multi-player tryout that included ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Patrick Murray.

Blewitt finished his college career after the 2016 season as Pitt’s all-time leader in field goals (55), extra points (198) and kicker scoring (363 points), though he made just 69.6 percent of his career field-goal attempts and 58.8 percent as a senior. He spent the offseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017 but did not make the cut, and he has yet to play a game in the NFL.

The Bears are in the market for a kicker to replace Cody Parkey, whom general manager Ryan Pace said the team plans to release after the league year starts March 13. Parkey missed 10 kicks and hit the goal post multiple times last season, including an infamous “double-doink” miss on a kick that would have pushed the Bears past the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs.

Less than a week later, Parkey went on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss the kick, which angered team officials.

The Bears also have ex-Tulsa kicker Redford Jones on the roster.

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Reports: Giants trade LB Vernon to Browns for OL Zeitler

Reports: Giants trade LB Vernon to Browns for OL Zeitler

The New

Reports: Giants trade LB Vernon to Browns for OL Zeitler

The New York Giants traded pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns on Friday for right guard Kevin Zeitler, according to multiple reports.

The two teams also are swapping mid-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, with the Giants sending a fourth-round selection (132nd overall) to the Browns for a fifth-rounder (155th), per NFL Network.

Vernon, 28, registered seven sacks in 11 games last season and had 22 sacks in three seasons since joining the Giants in 2016.

Vernon was a third-round pick by Miami in 2012 and played in 64 games (46 starts) with the Dolphins, posting a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2013.

Zeitler, who turned 29 on Friday, started all 32 games in two seasons with the Browns.

Zeitler was Cincinnati’s first-round pick in 2012 and started 71 of his 72 games with the Bengals from 2012-16.

Vernon signed a five-year, $85 million contract in 2016. He is due a base salary of $15.25 million this season and was set to count $19.5 million on the Giants’ books. With the trade, New York saves $11.5 million against the cap and will carry $8 million in dead money in 2019, according to NFL.com.

Zeitler has three years remaining on a five-year, $60 million contract signed in 2017. He is scheduled to earn $10 million this season.

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NFL transactions: Chiefs release LB Houston

NFL transactions: Chiefs release LB Houston

The Kansas City

NFL transactions: Chiefs release LB Houston

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osemele, 29, missed five games to injury in 2018 and allowed four sacks, his highest figure since his rookie year of 2012. He has two years remaining on his contract, with unguaranteed figures of $10.2 million in 2019 and $11.7 million in 2020. The Raiders will save the full $10.2 million from their cap this year.

–The Raiders also re-signed defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a two-year deal, according to multiple reports, though terms were not reported.

Hankins, who turns 27 on March 29, was set to hit free agency after joining the Raiders in September on a one-year, $2 million deal. He had no sacks and two QB hits in 15 games but managed 36 tackles. Hankins has just five total sacks since breaking out with seven in 2014 with the New York Giants.

–The Minnesota Vikings have not approached tight end Kyle Rudolph about a paycut, his agent said in a statement to NFL Network.

Acknowledging rumors about Rudolph’s status, agent Brian Murphy said his client will be on the team in 2019 and “hopefully for years to come.”

Rudolph, 29, will count $7.6 million against the cap in 2019, the final year of a five-year, $36.5 million contract. He had 64 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season, his eighth in Minnesota since being drafted in the second round in 2011.

–The Detroit Lions are releasing cornerback Nevin Lawson, according to multiple reports, saving $4.675 million of his $5.8 million cap figure for 2019.

Lawson, who turns 28 in April, had signed a two-year, $9.6 million extension last March. He started 45 games for Detroit over the last three seasons, notching 18 passes defensed.

–The Cleveland Browns are releasing tight end Darren Fells after being unable to trade him, multiple outlets reported, saving $2.3 million of his $3.7 million cap figure for 2019.

Fells, who turns 33 in April, joined Cleveland on a three-year, $12 million deal last March. He caught 11 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games last season while serving primarily as a blocker.

–The Denver Broncos tendered restricted free agent defensive tackle Shelby Harris at the second-round level of $3.095 million, according to multiple reports

Harris, 27, will make about $1 million more than the original-round tender, which would have allowed other teams to sign him away from Denver for a seventh-round pick instead of a second-rounder. A former Raiders seventh-round pick who was cut by three teams before joining the Broncos in 2017, Harris has seven sacks and 16 QB hits over the last two seasons.

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Lions sign Amendola; agree with Flowers, Coleman, James

Lions sign Amendola; agree with Flowers, Coleman, James

Slot wide

Lions sign Amendola; agree with Flowers, Coleman, James

Slot wide receiver Danny Amendola landed on his feet in Detroit, signing a one-year, $5.75 million deal days after being punted by the Miami Dolphins.

Detroit on Monday also reportedly agreed to lucrative deals with defensive end Trey Flowers and cornerback Justin Coleman, along with tight end Jesse James.

Flowers reportedly will receive a five-year deal that averages at least $16 million per season, while Coleman agreed to a four-year contract worth $36 million, according to NFL Network, making him the league’s highest-paid nickelback. Terms have not yet been reported for James.

Flowers, Coleman and Amendola are all former New England Patriots, though Coleman spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Amendola spent 2018 in Miami.

Amendola, 33, joined the Dolphins last spring but previously played with the Patriots during Lions head coach Matt Patricia’s run as defensive coordinator and assistant coach.

“He was never really my coach, so to speak, because he was always on the defensive side of the ball, but I was always around him all the time and I just love the enthusiasm he brings to work,” Amendola said of Patricia on a conference call. “The attitude he comes into the building with every day. I’m excited to continue my career with him.”

The Dolphins signed Amendola to a three-year, $24 million deal on March 13, 2018.

Amendola has 485 career receptions, including 59 grabs in 15 games in Miami last season. He had 40 receptions or more in seven NFL seasons, including 138 in his first two seasons in the league with the then-St. Louis Rams.

“I feel really good,” Amendola told reporters. “I’m in the best condition of my life, I’m as fast as I’ve ever been and I’m as hungry as ever. I’m ready to play at a high level and do whatever I can to help this team win.”

The Lions traded Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles in October and did not have a suitable replacement in the slot on the roster. In return to Tate, Detroit received a third-round pick.

Marvin Jones went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks after Tate was traded.

The Lions added another former Patriot in Flowers, who had 7.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hits in 15 games for the New England Patriots last season.

Flowers racked up 21 sacks and 59 QB hits over the past three seasons and knows the Lions’ system well after playing under Patricia for three seasons in New England.

Coleman also has some familiarity with Patricia’s methods, as he played two seasons in New England before becoming a valuable member of the Seahawks’ secondary over the past two seasons.

Coleman, who turns 26 later this month, had an interception and 10 passes defensed in 16 games (five starts) for Seattle last season. He also recorded a career-best 55 tackles.

Coleman went undrafted in 2015 after playing in college for Tennessee.

James, 24, had 30 catches for 423 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games (seven starts) for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, giving him 120 catches for 1,189 yards and nine scores in his four-year career. He was a fifth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2015.

The Lions also officially released cornerback Nevin Lawson. The team will reportedly save $4.675 million of his $5.8 million cap figure for 2019.

Lawson, who turns 28 in April, had signed a two-year, $9.6 million extension last March. He started 45 games for Detroit over the last three seasons, notching 18 passes defensed.

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Lions sign Amendola; agree with Flowers, Coleman

Lions sign Amendola; agree with Flowers, Coleman

Slot wide receiver

Lions sign Amendola; agree with Flowers, Coleman

Slot wide receiver Danny Amendola landed on his feet in Detroit, signing a one-year, $5.75 million deal days after being punted by the Miami Dolphins.

Detroit on Monday also reportedly agreed to lucrative deals with defensive end Trey Flowers and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Flowers reportedly will receive a five-deal that averages at least $16 million per season, while Coleman agreed to a four-year contract worth $36 million, according to NFL Network, making him the league’s highest-paid nickelback.

All three players are former New England Patriots, though Coleman spent the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Amendola spent 2018 in Miami.

Amendola, 33, joined the Dolphins last spring but previously played with the Patriots during Lions head coach Matt Patricia’s run as defensive coordinator and assistant coach.

“He was never really my coach, so to speak, because he was always on the defensive side of the ball, but I was always around him all the time and I just love the enthusiasm he brings to work,” Amendola said of Patricia on a conference call. “The attitude he comes into the building with every day. I’m excited to continue my career with him.”

The Dolphins signed Amendola to a three-year, $24 million deal on March 13, 2018.

Amendola has 485 career receptions, including 59 grabs in 15 games in Miami last season. He had 40 receptions or more in seven NFL seasons, including 138 in his first two seasons in the league with the then-St. Louis Rams.

“I feel really good,” Amendola told reporters. “I’m in the best condition of my life, I’m as fast as I’ve ever been and I’m as hungry as ever. I’m ready to play at a high level and do whatever I can to help this team win.”

The Lions traded Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles in October and did not have a suitable replacement in the slot on the roster. In return to Tate, Detroit received a third-round pick.

Marvin Jones went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks after Tate was traded.

The Lions added another former Patriot in Flowers, who had 7.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hits in 15 games for the New England Patriots last season.

Flowers racked up 21 sacks and 59 QB hits over the past three seasons and knows the Lions’ system well after playing under Patricia for three seasons in New England.

Coleman also has some familiarity with Patricia’s methods, as he played two seasons in New England before becoming a valuable member of the Seahawks’ secondary over the past two seasons.

Coleman, who turns 26 later this month, had an interception and 10 passes defensed in 16 games (five starts) for Seattle last season. He also recorded a career-best 55 tackles.

Coleman went undrafted in 2015 after playing in college for Tennessee.

The Lions also officially released cornerback Nevin Lawson. The team will reportedly save $4.675 million of his $5.8 million cap figure for 2019.

Lawson, who turns 28 in April, had signed a two-year, $9.6 million extension last March. He started 45 games for Detroit over the last three seasons, notching 18 passes defensed.

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Lions sign WR Amendola to one-year deal

Lions sign WR Amendola to one-year deal

Slot wide receiver

Lions sign WR Amendola to one-year deal

Slot wide receiver Danny Amendola landed on his feet in Detroit, signing a one-year, $5.75 million deal days after being punted by the Miami Dolphins.

Amendola, 33, spent last season with the Dolphins but previously played with the New England Patriots during Lions head coach Matt Patricia’s run as defensive coordinator and assistant coach.

The Dolphins signed Amendola to a three-year, $24 million deal on March 13, 2018.

Amendola has 485 career receptions, including 59 grabs in 15 games in Miami last season. He had 40 receptions or more in seven NFL seasons, including 138 in his first two seasons in the league with the then-St. Louis Rams.

The Lions traded Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles in October and did not have a suitable replacement in the slot on the roster. In return to Tate, Detroit received a third-round pick.

Marvin Jones went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks after Tate was traded.

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Report: Bucs WR Jackson eyes return to Eagles

Report: Bucs WR Jackson eyes return to Eagles

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson

Report: Bucs WR Jackson eyes return to Eagles

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made no secret of his desire to leave Tampa Bay last season, even requesting a midseason trade.

Now, with one year left on his three-year, $33.5 deal, he just might get his wish.

ESPN reported Sunday night that the Bucs have been shopping Jackson, who is set to receive $10 million this season, none of it guaranteed.

The network also reported that Jackson would prefer to return to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he began his career as a second-round pick in 2008. Jackson was released by then-coach Chip Kelly in 2014 following his best year as a pro, in which he had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

The news, which comes as the league’s legal tampering period opened on Monday, follows comments in January in which Jackson expressed interest in playing for the Los Angeles Rams.

“I don’t know. … If anything, I would like to kind of end up in L.A., being a Ram,” Jackson said then. “(Head coach) Sean McVay, you know, we got some connection from when I was in D.C., but we’ll see how it plays out, man. Right now, I got another year in Tampa. So we’ll see how it plays out, man.”

Jackson, 32, was born in Los Angeles, attended Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School and played at Cal in the northern part of the state.

Jackson caught 41 passes for 774 yards and four touchdowns for the Buccaneers last season, missing time with thumb and Achilles injuries.

He has 589 receptions over 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Buccaneers, collecting 10,261 yards and 53 touchdowns.

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Chiefs sign RB Hyde to one-year deal

Chiefs sign RB Hyde to one-year deal

Running back Carlos

Chiefs sign RB Hyde to one-year deal

Running back Carlos Hyde signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Saturday.

The deal is worth $2.8 million with $1.6 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

Hyde, 28, was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. He split last season with the Cleveland Browns and Jaguars and rushed for a combined 571 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.

Hyde has rushed for 3,300 yards and 26 touchdowns and caught 119 passes for 667 yards and three scores in 64 games (43 starts) over five seasons.

Hyde twice topped 900 yards rushing during four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2014-17). He had a career-best 988 yards in 2016.

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Former 49ers, Raiders DL Hardman dies at 70

Former 49ers, Raiders DL Hardman dies at 70

Former 49ers, Raiders DL Hardman dies at 70

Former NFL defensive end Cedrick Hardman died Friday night. He was 70.

His cause of death was not announced.

Hardman, a North Texas product, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft by San Francisco. He played 10 seasons with the 49ers and earned two Pro Bowl berths and a pair of All-Pro honors, then finished his career with two seasons in Oakland.

“We are truly saddened by the loss of one of the all-time great 49ers, Cedrick Hardman,” the team said in a statement. “During his 10-year career in red and gold, he anchored the vaunted ‘Gold Rush’ defensive line with a non-stop motor that put fear in the minds of opposing quarterbacks. As a football player, Cedrick’s accomplishments were many. As a man, his impact on the lives of others was just as impressive”

Sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982, but the 49ers credit Hardman with a franchise-most 112.5 during his time with the team.

Hardman signed with Oakland in 1980 and appeared in 32 games with the Raiders. He was part of the team that won Super Bowl XV and assumed the role of mentor to a number of young players, including future Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long.

In all, he appeared in 171 games in his career, 139 in San Francisco. He ranks No. 5 all-time in Niners history in games played by a defensive lineman.

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Gilbert, Smith lead undefeated Apollos past Iron

Gilbert, Smith lead undefeated Apollos past Iron

Garrett

Gilbert, Smith lead undefeated Apollos past Iron

Garrett Gilbert threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and De’Veon Smith rushed for 119 yards to lead visiting Orlando past the Birmingham Iron 31-14 on Saturday and keep the Apollos as the AAF’s only undefeated team.

Gilbert, an SMU product who played briefly for the Carolina Panthers in the 2018 season finale, finished 23 of 35 with touchdowns of 21 yards to Scott Orndoff and 12 yards to Charles Johnson. Johnson, a former Minnesota Vikings receiver, had six catches for 83 yards, extending his league leads in receptions (29) and receiving yards (493). Smith, a former Michigan Wolverines star who has spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, averaged 8.5 yards per carry.

Iron running back Trent Richardson scored his league-high eighth touchdown on a 3-yard plunge, though he totaled just 21 yards on eight carries. The former Cleveland Browns first-round pick also leads the AAF in carries (75) but is averaging just 2.4 yards per rush. Richardson added four catches for 37 yards.

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