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Antonio Brown Posts Lengthy Apology On Instagram

Dec 6, 2019 3:13 PM

Antonio Brown posted a broad apology on Instagram, sparking speculation that an announcement about his status could be forthcoming from the NFL.

Brown met with NFL investigator 22 days ago about sexual assault allegations.

“First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended,” Brown wrote. “I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.”

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

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Odell Beckham Jr. Vague About His Future With Browns

Dec 5, 2019 4:07 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. was vague when asked about his future with the Cleveland Browns.

“What the does the future hold? I don’t know,” Beckham said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “No one knows what the future holds tomorrow. I couldn’t tell you. My locker is right next to one of the people that mean the most to me in the world [Jarvis Landry]. I think about coming to work and seeing him every single day and how special this could be, so I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here. This is exactly where I’m at right now, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.”

Beckham has only 57 catches for 805 yards and two touchdowns this season for a disappointing Cleveland team.

Mark Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer (via PFT)

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

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Bruce Arians Non-Committal On Jameis Winston As Bucs' QB In 2020

Dec 4, 2019 6:12 PM

Bruce Arians declined to commit to Jameis Winston as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.

Arians cited Winston as a major reason why he came out of retirement for the 2019 season.

Arians was asked if Winston is unequivocally Tampa Bay's quarterback moving forward.

"I'm gonna pass on that one," said Arians, who publicly has been a supporter of Winston through much of the season while acknowledging that his turnovers have been a problem. "I'm gonna wait until the end of December."

Jenna Laine/ESPN

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

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Melvin Gordon: 'I Don't Know' Where I'll Be Next Season

Dec 4, 2019 8:58 AM

Melvin Gordon sat out the first quarter of the season in hopes of a new contract that never came from the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers are all but out of the playoff picture and questions are surfacing about where Gordon will play next season.

"I don't know, man," Gordon said. "It's hard to look and say you warrant anything when you're losing. I just have to do my job. No one knows their situation. It's the business side of things. I don't know if I'll be here or somewhere else. Hopefully, it is here."

The Chargers will be officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss or Pittsburgh victory.

"It kind of sucks because a lot of the goals I wanted to reach, individually and as a team, will not be attained this year," Gordon said. "It's unfortunate. A lot of hard work, in a sense, is wasted."

L.A. Times

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chiefs Bring Back Spencer Ware Amid Injuries

Dec 4, 2019 8:49 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have brought back Spencer Ware as injuries mount at running back.

Ware played for the Chiefs from 2015 through last season.

He led the team in rushing yards (921) in 2016.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Saints Re-Sign Manti Te'o

Dec 4, 2019 8:45 AM

The New Orleans Saints are re-signing Manti Te'o.

The Saints have been hit by injuries at the linebacker position.

Te'o, 28, has been out of the NFL this season after spending the previous two years in New Orleans.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Rob Gronkowski Lets Deadline Pass To Come Out Of Retirement

Dec 2, 2019 9:42 PM

Rob Gronkowski will officially remain retired for the 2019 season.

Gronkowski needed to file paperwork before Week 13 of the season, but he missed the Nov. 30 deadline.

Gronkowski retired from the NFL in March.

Gronkowski has become a football analyst for Fox Sports and a pitchman for a company that produces a line of cannabidiol-infused topical pain relievers.

Ken Belson/New York Times

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

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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.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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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."

Howard Bryant/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Legal, Misc Rumor

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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.

Howard Bryant/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Colin Kaepernick Hasn't Received Any Interest Since Workout

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots Not Interested In Re-Signing Antonio Brown

Tom Curran/NBC Sports

Patriots Have Internally 'Kicked The Tires' On Antonio Brown

Charean Williams/ProFootballTalk

Antonio Brown Apologizes To Patriots, Robert Kraft

Associated Press

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

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

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

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

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

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Antonio Brown Meets With NFL For Eight Hours

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Browns Release Antonio Callaway

Josh Alper/ProFootballTalk

NFL Gave Colin Kaepernick Two Hours To Accept Workout Offer

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

Tom Brady Now Believes He Can Play Until 47

Michael David Smith/ProFootballTalk

Texans Claim Vernon Hargreaves Off Waivers

ESPN

Patriots Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

Jim McBride/Boston Globe

Giants Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

Matt Lombardo/NJ Advance Media

Broncos Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

Mike Kils/KUSA (via PFT)

Dolphins Will Send Scout To Watch Colin Kaepernick's Workout

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via PFT)

Colin Kaepernick To Hold Workout For Multiple NFL Teams

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Buccaneers Release Vernon Hargreaves After Not Hustling

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Bengals Release Preston Brown

ESPN