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Lane Johnson, Eagles Agree To Four-Year, $72M Extension

Nov 29, 2019 4:53 PM

Lane Johnson and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract extension that runs through 2025.

The deal contains $54 million in guarantees and makes Johnson the NFL's highest paid tackle.

Johnson has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons.

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NFL Betrayed Colin Kaepernick's Trust By Reneging On Confidentiality

Nov 26, 2019 2:39 PM

The NFL and Colin Kaepernick had agreed that the workout would remain confidential.

"We as the NFL are not going public with this," a Kaepernick team member recalls being told on the call. "But we cannot control the 32 teams."

NFL writers began receiving a text message from the league almost immediately after the call to be on the lookout for an important email, which led many to believe it would pertain to Antonio Brown. 

 

"They didn't give the 32 NFL teams a heads-up, but they gave the media one?" a Kaepernick source says. "Once they betrayed us on the confidentiality agreement, we knew what this was."

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Two Teams Were Expressing Interest In Colin Kaepernick Before Workout

Nov 26, 2019 2:30 PM

The NFL's football operations department had alerted Roger Goodell in October that two teams were legitimately interested in Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick's representatives had released a statement reiterating his readiness to return to the NFL.

In the weeks following the statement, the NFL's football operations team discussed with Goodell the feasibility of reaching out to Kaepernick. Goodell ultimately approved it. "Inside and outside," an NFL source says, "the thought was, 'Let's provide him the opportunity.'"

The NFL believed holding individual workouts for the two teams interested in Kaepernick would have resulted in media attention that might have made those teams reluctant to proceed. The NFL instead decided to hold an unprecedented league-hosted workout.

"It was the commissioner's idea, no doubt about it," a league source says. "This was a way to deal with it without the torrent of media information, the level of distraction. Bringing him in to a single team would have them bear the brunt of all of that media attention."

Kaepernick's camp believed the misery teams were the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, but it didn't find the information credible. The Falcons had never expressed interest in Kaepernick while the Lions were starting Jeff Driskel in place of Matthew Stafford.

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Colin Kaepernick Hasn't Received Any Interest Since Workout

Nov 24, 2019 3:26 PM

Colin Kaepernick has not received any contact from NFL teams in the week since working out for seven teams.

Kaepernick's representatives sent video of their client's workout to the 25 NFL teams that did not attend last Saturday, but that has not led to any interest, either.

There had been speculation of interest in Kaepernick and a move could be made in the coming weeks. Nothing is expected at this time.

Kaepernick threw in front of representatives from the Niners, Eagles, Chiefs, Jets, Redskins, Lions and Titans.

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Patriots Not Interested In Re-Signing Antonio Brown

Nov 22, 2019 9:03 PM

While Antonio Brown could return to the NFL, he is unlikely to return to the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are in need of an upgrade at wide receiver, but the issues they had with Brown's off-the-field problems appear to make it a non-starter.

“It has more to do with the fact that, when he signed initially with the Patriots, they went through the exercise of, ‘OK, is anything gonna bubble up here? We gonna have an issue with anything?'” Tom Curran said. “And they were told ‘no,’ mainly because Drew Rosenhaus was under the feeling, I think, that they had it under control. The Britney Taylor situation was not going to explode on them, yet it did.”

Taylor filed a lawsuit on September 10th.

Brown’s answer and counterclaim suggests that he was aware of potential legal entanglements with Taylor as early as March.

“The Patriots view that as not necessarily disqualifying for Drew Rosenhaus going foward,” Curran said. “He was trying to do what was best, and he thought he had it under control, but he didn’t. And that’s what’s going to possibly happen with Antonio Brown. The Patriots don’t want that grenade to go off in their hand twice.”

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Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Patriots Have Internally 'Kicked The Tires' On Antonio Brown

Nov 21, 2019 3:48 PM

Former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who now works for WEEI, says the team has “kicked the tires” on Antonio Brown with internal discussions.

Brown apologized to the Patriots and Robert Kraft this week on social media.

“I didn’t put too much thought into it, but yeah, it’s his choice and good for him,” Tom Brady said Wednesday when asked about Brown’s apology.

Brady is believed to have disagreed with New England's decision to release Brown.

The Patriots are thin at wide receiver.

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Antonio Brown Apologizes To Patriots, Robert Kraft

Nov 19, 2019 4:14 PM

Antonio Brown has apologized to the New England Patriots and Robert Kraft.

“All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama!” wrote Brown on Instagram.

Brown met with NFL officials last week to discuss sexual assault allegations against him.

The Patriots cut Brown shortly before Week 3.

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Mark Walton Charged With Battery Of Pregnant Woman, Released By Miami

Nov 19, 2019 12:05 PM

Mark Walton has been released by the Miami Dolphins after they were made aware of a police matter involving him.

Walton has been charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Walton is accused of pushing her into a wall and punching her several times in her face and head. The woman is five weeks pregnant and Walton is the father.

Walton was through two games of a four-game league suspension for violating the NFL conduct and substance abuse policy relating to his three offseason arrests between January and March. He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after these incidents, and the Dolphins gave him another chance, signing him in May.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Suspension, Waiver

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Rob Gronkowski Plans To Stay Retired With 10 Days Until 2019 Deadline

Nov 19, 2019 11:05 AM

Rob Gronkowski said on Tuesday that he still has no plans to return to the NFL this season.

“I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,'” Gronkowski said. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I’m feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off, man.

“It’s always an option in the back of my head. It’s not like I’m not staying in shape and not doing anything. I’m never stressed over it.”

If Gronkowski changes his mind, he must do so no later than the last business day before Week 13, which is approximately 10 days away.

It has been previously reported that a personal plea from Tom Brady could potentially sway Gronkowski back to football. Brady is on the record as being frustrated by the current state of New England's offense.

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Colin Kaepernick Works Out For Eight Teams, Asks NFL To 'Stop Running'

Nov 16, 2019 9:30 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed a 40-minute workout in front of representatives of eight NFL teams.

Kaepernick wants the NFL to "stop running" from him.

"I've been ready for three years,'' Kaepernick said. "I've been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here: showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

"We're out here. We're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready."

Kaepernick moved his workout from the Atlanta Falcons' facility to Charles R. Drew High School. There were approximately 25 teams scheduled to watch Kaepernick at the original site.

Kaepernick's camp switched venues following a disagreement between the two sides on the quarterback's liability waiver as well as media availability, among other factors.

In a statement, the NFL said it was "disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.''

Nalley seemed skeptical about Kaepernick getting a chance to sign on a team anytime soon when asked if he expected Kaepernick to receive a legitimate opportunity.

"I hope so, but I don't know,'' Nalley said. "I'll be honest, I'm a little bit pessimistic because I've talked to all 32 teams. I've reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest. I'll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout.

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Antonio Brown Meets With NFL For Eight Hours

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Browns Release Antonio Callaway

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NFL Gave Colin Kaepernick Two Hours To Accept Workout Offer

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Tom Brady Now Believes He Can Play Until 47

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Texans Claim Vernon Hargreaves Off Waivers

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Patriots Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Giants Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Broncos Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Dolphins Will Send Scout To Watch Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Schefter: Roger Goodell 'Feels Bad' About Colin Kaepernick Situation

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Colin Kaepernick To Hold Workout For Multiple NFL Teams

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Buccaneers Release Vernon Hargreaves After Not Hustling

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Bengals Release Preston Brown

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Brandon Brooks, Eagles Agree To Four-Year, $54.2M Extension

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Washington Will Withhold Trent Willams' $5.1M Salary

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Eagles Sign Jordan Matthews

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Browns Release Jermaine Whitehead

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Seahawks Explored Signing Antonio Brown

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