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Hannah McNair: Texans 'Want To Win Now'

Apr 12, 2024 8:10 AM

The Houston Texans have made a number of splashes this offseason, something that has pleased ownership.

"We want to win now," Hannah McNair said.

The highest profile move made by the Texans was this month's trade with the Buffalo Bills for Stefon Diggs.

"Our boys, when they heard the Stefon Diggs news, were screaming around the house," McNair said, "and then their friends said their teacher stopped class to tell everyone, so there's quite a buzz amongst the younger generation about the guys that we brought in, so that's exciting."

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Jason Kelce Tried Recruiting Joe Burrow To University Of Cincinnati

Apr 12, 2024 8:06 AM

Jason Kelce tried to recruit Joe Burrow to his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, prior to the quarterback transferring to LSU from Ohio State in 2018. 

"When Joe was transferring out of Ohio State, I sent him a text on behalf of Cincinnati, trying to lure him to the university," Kelce said. "Who knows what could have been. He could have been such a great player had he just come here, but unfortunately he went to LSU."

Burrow went on to have a record-setting run at LSU that included a Heisman Trophy and a national championship win in 2020. 

WLWT

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NFL To Allow Third Helmet Option For 2025

Apr 12, 2024 8:03 AM

The NFL will allow teams to use a third helmet design for the 2025 season.

Just two years ago the league allowed teams to use a second option.

In a memo to teams, the NFL stated that the goal behind the third helmet option is to increase "the overall club flexibility." Clubs that want to add a third helmet design must do so by May 1, 2025. 

Nearly two-thirds of the league wore an alternative helmet in 2023, a year after the league expanded helmet flexibility. 

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

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Jared Goff: Detroit Media Almost 'Relish In Negativity'

Apr 12, 2024 7:59 AM

Jared Goff would like the media that covers the Detroit Lions to realize that this is the start of a new era for the franchise, and they can stop focusing on the failures of the past.

"I have this like, I probably need to drop it pretty soon here because I'm hopefully gonna be in Detroit for a long time, but I have this thing with our local media where like they almost like relish in negativity at times," Goff said on Willbo's "Trading Cards" podcast hosted by Robbie McInerny, his former teammate at Cal, and Will McInerny. "And maybe that's what gets clicks and that's what sells, but it's no longer what they need to live in.

"Like, hey guys, we have a good team. We've had success. We can be happy about that, we can celebrate that and not have to write about how we're constantly the underdog. No, teams are gonna be gunning for us now. We won the division and all that. I'm probably overthinking it in my head and it's the chip on my shoulder and the competitor in me."

The Lions won the NFC North last season, their first division title since 1993, and then went on to win their first two playoff games since the 1991 season.

ESPN

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Tom Brady 'Not Opposed' To A Late-Season Return

Apr 11, 2024 8:25 PM

Tom Brady said he was retiring from football "for good" on Feb. 1, 2023, but he might be having second thoughts.

In an appearance on the "Deep Cut" podcast, released Thursday, Brady was asked by host Vic Blends whether he would pick up the phone if a team called him in the event of an injury.

"I'm not opposed to it," Brady said. "I don't know if they are going to let me if I become an owner of an NFL team. I'm always going to be in good shape. I'll always be able to throw the ball. So, to come in for a little bit, like MJ [Michael Jordan] coming back, I don't know if they would let me. But I wouldn't be opposed to it."

espn.com

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Eagles Now Working To Extend DeVonta Smith

Apr 11, 2024 10:13 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to sign DeVonta Smith to a long-term contract.

They recently signed Jordan Mailata to a lucrative extension.

Smith, 25, is currently under contract through 2024. The Eagles can exercise his fifth-year option for 2025 by May 2, but the two sides have kicked off behind-the-scenes talks on a new deal, according to a report.

There is "general optimism" that an extension "will materialize in the near future." 

Tim McManus/ESPN

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Report: Antoine Winfield Working Toward Huge Deal With Buccaneers

Apr 11, 2024 10:07 AM

Antoine Winfield is working toward a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will make him the NFL's highest-paid safety, according to a report.

There is optimism that a deal will come to fruition before the mid-July deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a multi-year contract.

Winfield, who turns 26 this offseason, was a second-round pick (No. 45 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Source: Nick Chubb Agrees To Reworked Deal With Browns

Apr 11, 2024 10:04 AM

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a reworked deal with Nick Chubb, according to a source.

The agreement ensures the running back will be back with the team for the 2024 season.

The Browns reduced Chubb's salary cap hit from $15.85 million to $6.275 million and he can earn up to $12.2 million next season based on performance levels, according to a source.

Chubb had a base salary of $11.8 million for the 2024 season, the final year of his deal, prior to the restructuring.

Jake Trotter/ESPN

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Aaron Rodgers Says He Feared Career Was Over After Injury

Apr 11, 2024 10:01 AM

Aaron Rodgers has admitted that he worried his football career would be over when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Sept. 11 of last year.

"I was really thinking, 'This is it. You don't come back from this injury,'" the 40-year-old quarterback said in a two-hour interview on the "I Can Fly" podcast.

His night began when he ran out with the American flag during the pregame introductions, which he called "one of the highest highs in my sporting career." Minutes later, on the New York Jets' first possession of the season, he was carted off with a season-ending injury.

"I had this incredible offseason experience in a new city, a new town, with new teammates, a new organization, an owner for the first time, and really falling back in love with the game that I first fell in love with when I was 5 years old," Rodgers said. "It was absolutely beautiful and special and deep and rich and yummy, and just incredible.

"And then, one of the most heartbreaking nights of my life, when I played four plays. Talk about an ego death."

Rich Cimini/ESPN

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Packers To Play Eagles In Friday Night Game In Brazil

Apr 11, 2024 10:00 AM

The Green Bay Packers will be the opponent for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL's first-ever game in South America.

The game will be played in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, Sept. 6 -- one night after the traditional season opener involving the defending Super Bowl champions.

It will be the first time since 1970 that the NFL has played a Friday night game in Week 1.

The Eagles had previously been announced as the home team for the Brazil game, which will be played at the Corinthians Arena, the home to Brazilian soccer club SC Corinthians. 

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Andy Dalton: Panthers Setting Bryce Young Up For Better Season

The Jim Rome Show

Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Logan Ryan Retires

ESPN

Jaguars, Josh Allen Agree To Five-Year, $150M Deal

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Chargers Working To Build 'Epic' Offense

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Rick Spielman: Vikings Will Have To 'Overpay' To Draft QB

'With The First Pick' Podcast

Falcons Sign Cornerback That Hasn't Played In NFL Since 2021

Shanna McCarriston/CBS Sports

Chiefs Superfan Ordered To Pay $10.8M To Former Bank Teller

ESPN

Titans CB L'Jarius Sneed Says He's 'Never Had Two Elite' WRs

Bobby Kownack/NFL

Russell Wilson 'Starting To Build That Connection' With Steelers WRs

Christian Gonzales/NFL

Darren Waller Still Undecided On Playing Future

Forbes.com

Draft Prospect T'Vondre Sweat Arrested For DWI

KXAN

Derrick Brown, Panthers Agree To Four-Year, $96M Extension

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kirk Cousins Compares Falcons To Shaq-Era Miami Heat

Cody Benjamin/CBS Sports

Carson Wentz: Nick Foles Sold Him On Joining Chiefs

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Kyle Van Noy Returning To Ravens On Two-Year Deal

ESPN

NC State's D.J. Burns Has 'Zero' Interest In Playing Football

Pete Thamel/ESPN

Texans To Let Stefon Diggs Be Free Agent In 2025

espn.com

Jordan Mailata, Eagles Sign Three-Year, $66M Extension

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kansas Beginning Efforts To Lure Chiefs From Missouri

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Haason Reddick Won't Commit To Extension With Jets

New York Jets