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Aaron Rodgers Prepared To Retire If Situation Doesn't Improve

Apr 30, 2021 5:38 PM

Aaron Rodgers is prepared to give serious consideration to retirement if his situation with the Green Bay Packers is not repaired. 

If Rodgers were to retire, he would have to repay the Packers $11.5 million this year and $11.5 million next year from his signing bonus.

Rodgers is interested in a trade from the Packers.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Buccaneers Re-Sign Antonio Brown To One-Year, $3.1M Deal

Apr 28, 2021 8:27 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed Antonio Brown.

Brown received a one-year deal worth $3.1 million guaranteed and the opportunity to make up to $6.25 million.

The Buccaneers have now brought back every significant contributor from its Super Bowl-winning roster.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

John Harbaugh Guarantees Ravens Will Pick Up Lamar Jackson's Option

Apr 28, 2021 8:16 AM

John Harbaugh said Tuesday that the Baltimore Ravens will pick up Lamar Jackson's fifth-year option before Monday's deadline.

"Guarantee it," Harbaugh said on The Rich Eisen Show.

Jackson will make a guaranteed $23.1 million in 2022, a significant raise from his $1.7 million salary this season.

By exercising Jackson's option, the Ravens will squash the speculation that the team will allow Jackson to "graduate" after four seasons. A report recently suggested the Ravens could trade up to draft a quarterback this week and move on from Jackson before his heightened salary-cap hit limits Baltimore's spending.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Packers View Aaron Rodgers As QB For 'Foreseeable Future'

Apr 26, 2021 9:04 PM

The Green Bay Packers view Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback for the "foreseeable future."

"That's kind of something we're working through," Brian Gutekunst said. "You know, it's something that we've talked about quite a bit as we've worked through this salary-cap situation, which is really kind of a two-year situation. We've looked at a lot of different things and that's one of them."

Rodgers has no more guaranteed money left on the $134 million extension he signed in 2018 that runs through the 2023 season.

"Aaron's our guy; he's going to be our quarterback for the foreseeable future," Gutekunst added. "We're excited about the kind of the things we're going to try to accomplish here over the next couple years. So we certainly think with the contract that you're kind of talking about is something we'll work through. We're going to have to do probably a few things with different contracts as we head toward the season and then through the season to make sure that our salary cap situation, not only this year, but in 2022 is square. So we're not done yet. We've done a lot to get here. We've kind of been doing things as we go and we will continue to do that as we go."

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Seahawks Re-Sign Geno Smith

Apr 23, 2021 9:40 AM

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed Geno Smith.

Smith, 30, returns for a third season as Russell Wilson's backup. He has appeared in one game -- a blowout win last season over the New York Jets in which Smith completed 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jordan Reed Retires Due To Concussion Concerns

Apr 20, 2021 2:57 PM

Jordan Reed is retiring from the NFL after experiencing a number of concussions during his career.

"I was pretty sure I was going to keep playing; I was feeling good about where I was at," Reed told ESPN. "But then I had some lingering effects and sought out professional help to get diagnosed. They told me it was not a good idea to keep playing. I agreed with them."

Reed visited Orlando's Plasticity Center in late winter for a brain scan. He said based on the results it was recommended he retire. Reed said it took him a while to make the decision.

"Before when I had a concussion I would feel better afterwards and I wouldn't have lingering effects," Reed said. "If I didn't have any symptoms I would have kept playing," he said. "I'm OK with it because I know the reason why I'm making the choice is for family and my children, so I can be there for them. It's just time."

Reed caught 28 touchdowns and was one of the NFL's best tight ends when healthy. 

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Alex Smith Announces Retirement From NFL

Apr 19, 2021 2:00 PM

Alex Smith has retired from the NFL.

Smith was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 after helping lead the Washington Football Team to the NFC East title.

Smith underwent 17 surgeries to fight an infection and opted not to have his leg amputated.


Smith said he believes he has "plenty of snaps left in me," he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and "can't wait to see what else is possible" after 16 years in the NFL.


Tags: Washington Football Team, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Browns Release Sheldon Richardson

Apr 16, 2021 3:16 PM

The Cleveland Browns have released Sheldon Richardson.

Richardson was due to make more than $12 million this season. Richardson signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Browns in 2019.

The Browns signed Jadeveon Clowney this week. 

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Aldon Smith Agrees To One-Year Deal With Seahawks

Apr 15, 2021 1:35 PM

Aldon Smith has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. 

Smith signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys last season after being out of the NFL from 2016 until 2019 due to multiple off-field issues. 

Smith started the season strong with a three-sack outing in Week 3 against the Seahawks, but he finished the year with five sacks.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cordarrelle Patterson Expected To Sign With Falcons

Apr 15, 2021 9:01 AM

The Atlanta Falcons are hosting Cordarrelle Patterson for a visit and they are expected to sign the veteran skill player.

Patterson has spent the previous two seasons as a member of the Chicago Bears after signing a two-year, $10 million deal.

He has been used often as a running back lately in his career.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jadeveon Clowney Signs One-Year Deal With Browns

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Tyler Lockett Wants To Finish Career With Seahawks

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James Conner, Cardinals Agree To One-Year Deal

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Giovani Bernard Signs One-Year Deal With Buccaneers

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Browns Seek Second Meeting With Jadeveon Clowney

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Considered Signing With Chiefs

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Josh Allen Won't Rush Long-Term Deal With Bills

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Eagles Sign LB Eric Wilson

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Panthers Agree To Deal With CB A.J. Bouye

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Lions, Quinton Dunbar Reach Agreement On One-Year Deal


Aaron Rodgers: My MVP Season Threw Wrench Into Green Bay's Timelines

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Texans Considering Alex Smith If Deshaun Watson Unavailable In 2021

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Antonio Brown, Buccaneers Aren't Close On Money Right Now

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T.Y. Hilton: 'Gave Up A Lot Of Money' To Return To Colts