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Aaron Rodgers Wants Freedom At The Line Of Scrimmage

Jun 17, 2019 8:28 AM

Aaron Rodgers doesn't seem happy that new coach Matt LaFleur's offensive system provides little freedom at the line of scrimmage.

"I don't think you want me to turn off 11 years," Rodgers says. "There's stuff that not many people in the league can do at the line. That's not a humble brag. That's just a fact."

Thus far, LaFleur hasn't changed his approach with the Green Bay Packers.

Mike Silver/NFL

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Alvin Kamara Still Looking To 'Prove' Himself

Jun 17, 2019 8:39 AM

Entering his third NFL season, Alvin Kamara is still looking to "prove" himself with the New Orleans Saints.

Kamara may be asked to do more with Mark Ingram no longer on the roster.

In just two seasons, Kamara has tallied more than 3,100 yards from scrimmage and scored 32 touchdowns, all while catching 162 passes and averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

"I'm so anxious to see like, 'What else?'" he said. "You know what I'm saying? What else could I do? Where else could I line up? How else could I be successful? That's the best part of this profession for me," he said. "What's the next step you're going to take? 'Ok, he was good last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?'"

Adam Maya/NFL

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Bruce Arians: Buccaneers Don't Need A Todd Gurley, David Johnson

Jun 17, 2019 8:35 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians as their new head coach in January.

His backfield includes Andre Ellington, Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones and he's content with the group.

"I like our backfield. I think it's [an] OK backfield. There's not a David Johnson or a Todd Gurley. But you don't need one," Arians said.

Arians added that he doesn't think the Buccaneers should "overpay for that position."

Ira Kaufman/JoeBucsFan.com

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Ben Roethlisberger Ready For 'Normalcy' After 'Crazy' Years

Jun 17, 2019 8:25 AM

Ben Roethlisberger is ready for some "normalcy" with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a few dramatic seasons.

"You know it's been a little crazy the last few years, maybe more so than usual that we're used to dealing with," Roethlisberger said. "So to kind of get back to quote-unquote normalcy is kind of nice."

All members of the Steelers showed up for mandatory minicamp this spring, something that didn't happen when Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell were on the roster.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

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NFL Suspends Rico Gathers For One Game

Jun 17, 2019 8:21 AM

Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

If Gathers makes the 53-man roster, he will miss the Sept. 8 opener vs. the New York Giants.

Gathers was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana by Frisco, Texas, police before the start of last season.

Todd Archer/ESPN

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Kenny Moore Agrees To NFL's Richest Slot CB Deal With Colts
The Colts have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Kenny Moore.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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

Turron Davenport/ESPN

Kirk Cousins: I Need More Wins For 'Next Level'
The Vikings didn't have the success they expected in Year 1 with Kirk Cousins and the quarterback has eyes on changing that.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

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

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Patriots File Tampering Charge Against Texans Over GM Approach
The Texans attempted to hire Nick Caserio as general manager.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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

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