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Longtime Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Dies At Age 75

Jun 14, 2019 9:16 AM

Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died Thursday night at his Denver-area home after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

He was 75.

Bowlen is set to be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this summer.

His family released a statement in the early-morning hours Friday:

"We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family. His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans. Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight. Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility. More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being."

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Texans No Longer Pursuing Nick Caserio For GM Job

Jun 14, 2019 6:00 PM

The Houston Texans have dropped their pursuit of Nick Caserio for their general manager vacancy. 

As a result, the New England Patriots will no longer pursue tampering charges against the Texans.

The Texans could enter the 2019 season without a general manager, splitting up duties between Bill O'Brien, Jack Easterby and the scouting department.

The Texans fired Brian Gaine as general manager this month.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Dak Prescott's Agent Has 'Broached' $34M Per Year Deal

Jun 14, 2019 9:23 AM

The agent for Dak Prescott, Todd France, has reportedly asked the Dallas Cowboys for a massive contract extension.

France has "broached" a deal in the range of $34 million annually, according to a report.

Prescott is scheduled to make $2.025 million in 2019 under his fourth-round rookie deal. A deal with a $34 million annual average would mean a new five-year, $138 million contract for the quarterback.

Clarence Hill/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Eagles Promote Andy Weidl To Replace Joe Douglas

Jun 14, 2019 9:18 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have promoted Andy Weidl to vice president of player personnel.

Weidl succeeds Joe Douglas, who was hired as the general manager of the New York Jets.

Weidl had served as the Eagles director of player personnel under Douglas and Howie Roseman.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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Chiefs, Harrison Butker Agree Upon $20M Extension

Jun 14, 2019 9:13 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a five-year contract extension with kicker Harrison Butker worth $20 million, according to a source.

The $4 million annual average on the extension would tie him for eighth among the league's highest-paid kickers.

Butker, 23, has made 62 of 69 field goal attempts since joining the Chiefs.

His 90 percent success rate is ninth best in the league for kickers with at least 10 attempts.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Kenny Moore Agrees To NFL's Richest Slot CB Deal With Colts

Jun 13, 2019 11:15 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Kenny Moore.

Moore will be the NFL's highest paid slot cornerback.

Moore had a year remaining on his deal before moving to a restricted free agency tag.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Titans Retiring Numbers Of Eddie George, Steve McNair

Jun 13, 2019 8:23 AM

The Tennessee Titans will retire the numbers of Eddie George and Steve McNair during a ceremony before the team's home opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 15.

McNair wore No. 9 and George wore No. 27. Both played for the Houston Oilers before the franchise relocated to Tennessee in 1997.

"This is a big moment for me personally, because I love these guys and I know my dad [Bud Adams] loved these guys. He would be so happy and proud that we are honoring them today," team owner Amy Adams Strunk said.

"Together, Steve and Eddie led the Titans to new heights with 80 wins and four playoff seasons together, including an AFC championship and Super Bowl appearance in 1999. I am pleased to announce that no other Titan will ever wear No. 9 and No. 27 again."

Turron Davenport/ESPN

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Kirk Cousins: I Need More Wins For 'Next Level'

Jun 13, 2019 8:20 AM

The Minnesota Vikings didn't have the success they expected in Year 1 with Kirk Cousins and the quarterback has eyes on changing that.

"I think the next level, really, is all about winning," Cousins said. "I'm pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I don't think that's where you want to be, and that's not why you are brought in or people or excited about you.

"If I don't play well, if I don't have gaudy statistics but we win multiple playoff games this year, the narrative will be I went to the next level and I may not walk off the field everyday feeling like I did but if we win, that's the life of a quarterback is you are at the next level. If I have my best year yet in 2018 but we're 8-8, I didn't go to the next level. That's the reality of it."

Last season, Cousins recorded the highest completion percentage (70.13) in history among quarterbacks who threw for more than 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, but Minnesota failed to make the playoffs, stumbling to an 8-7-1 finish.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Has 'No Hard Feelings' Toward Antonio Brown

Jun 13, 2019 8:17 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster is disappointed with how things ended with Antonio Brown and says he has "no hard feelings" toward his former teammate.

Smith-Schuster is opening his first minicamp as the No. 1 receiving option for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The man's a role model. In that situation, I didn't want it to end like that," Smith-Schuster said. "I have no hard feelings against him. Obviously if we're ever in the same room, I'm going to say 'What's up' to him. I think hatred is a huge word to use against somebody. At the end of the day, he's a great player, he comes out every day with work ethic. He worked hard. Other than that, I don't have anything toward him like that."

Brown demanded a trade shortly after leaving the Steelers in Week 17.

"I never want to be the center of attention for causing problems," Smith-Schuster said. "I just try to stay positive as much as possible. When stuff like that goes sideways, I say what I say and then I back out and leave it at that."

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Patriots File Tampering Charge Against Texans Over GM Approach

Jun 12, 2019 8:10 PM

The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Houston Texans for their attempted hire of Nick Caserio as general manager.

Houston fired general manager Brian Gaine the night after the Patriots received their Super Bowl rings at the house of Robert Kraft.

Former Patriots team chaplain and current Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby attended that party, as did Caserio, New England's director of player personnel since 2008. The Texans have requested permission to interview Caserio for their GM job but have not been granted permission to date.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Sean Payton Believes Michael Thomas Will Be 'Next One' To Get New Deal
Michael Thomas is heading into the final year of his rookie contract with the Saints.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Todd Gurley Calls Knee 'A Small Problem'
Todd Gurley missed time late last season because of a knee injury, but the running back doesn't seem concerned.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Melvin Gordon On New Deal: If It Happens, It Happens
Melvin Gordon is in the final year of his rookie contract and said his representation has had preliminary talks with the Chargers.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Jaguars Tell Jalen Ramsey No Extension Will Be Signed In 2019
Jalen Ramsey is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Raiders To Be Featured On Hard Knocks
The Raiders acquired Antonio Brown this offseason and are also in possibly their last season in Oakland.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Cameron Jordan Agrees To Three-Year, $52.5M Extension With Saints
Cameron Jordan now has five years and a max value of $74 million left on the deal.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chris Jones Skips Minicamp Seeking New Deal With Chiefs
Chris Jones finished third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2018.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Jadeveon Clowney To Skip Houston's Mandatory Minicamp
The Texans don't currently have a general manager.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Vikings, Kyle Rudolph Agree Upon Four-Year, $36M Extension
Kyle Rudolph could remain with the Vikings through the 2023 season.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Carson Wentz Calls Extension With Eagles 'A Win-Win'
The Eagles announced the four-year extension, which lasts through 2024, on Thursday.

ESPN

Garrett Bradbury Will Be Vikings' Starting Center
The Vikings drafted Garrett Bradbury in the first round.

Sid Hartman/Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A.J. Green: I Can't See Myself Playing Anywhere Else
A.J. Green hasn't thought about playing for any other team as his current deal with the Bengals nears an end.

Fox19 Cincinnati

Patriots Cancel Final Two Days Of OTAs
The Patriots have canceled the final two days of offseason organized team activities that were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

Mike Girardi/NFL Network

Johnny Manziel Interested In Playing For Houston In XFL
Johnny Manziel is from Texas and could be reunited with coach June Jones.

ESPN

Jets Hire Joe Douglas As General Manager
Joe Douglas was the heavy favorite from the outset, in part because of his connection to Adam Gase.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Texans Fire Brian Gaine As General Manager
The Texans hired Brian Gaine in January 2018.

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Prosecutors Don't Have Active Investigation Into Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill's future with the Chiefs is in limbo.

Laura Bauer, Brooke Pryor/Kansas City Star

Tom Brady Tried To Trademark 'Tom Terrific' To Discourage Use
Tom Brady regrets applying to trademark the term "Tom Terrific," explaining that his intention was to ensure people didn't refer to him by that nickname.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

NFL Wants New CBA By September 1
The league doesn't want negotiations looming over the celebration of their 100th season.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Melvin Gordon: Chargers Are The Team To Beat
The Chiefs have won three straight AFC West titles, but Melvin Gordon sees the Chargers as the team to beat.

Wendi Nix/ESPN