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Shaq Thompson, Panthers Agree To Four-Year, $54.2M Extension

Dec 7, 2019 3:52 PM

The Carolina Panthers and Shaq Thompson have agreed to a four-year, $54.2 million contract extension. The deal has $28 million in guaranteed money.

"It means everything," Thompson told Panthers.com. "What this organization has done for me and my family, it's just tremendous. Now it's time to go to Atlanta and go get this game.

"This organization really waited to see what I could become," he added. "They understood when I was a rookie that I could come in and learn behind TD [Thomas Davis] and Luke [Kuechly] and A.J. [Klein]. That allowed me to learn the game and develop a lot more. From college to the NFL -- those first two years for me everything was happening really fast. Now the game has slowed down for me. They allowed me to learn and develop. It's a blessing."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor, Signing

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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.”

Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk

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

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Carson Wentz Frustrated By Offensive Struggles

Dec 6, 2019 8:58 AM

Carson Wentz feels the offense took a step "in the right direction" in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins, but he's still frustrated by how the Philadelphia Eagles have played.

The Eagles posted 31 points against the Dolphins after managing 19 total points in consecutive losses to the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

"It seems almost every week it's something different," Wentz said. "We're either shooting ourselves in the foot, I'm turning the ball over, missing throws, you know, that is the situation. It's the consistency. The lack of it is frustrating."

Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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Cowboys Won't Make Coaching Change This Week

Dec 6, 2019 8:54 AM

The Dallas Cowboys dropped their third straight game on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, but Jerry Jones isn't ready for a coaching change.

"We'll line them up here next week," Jones said. "We're going to go practice, and we're going to try to win a football game. Everybody that's in here that's healthy will be playing, and everybody who is in here coaching will be coaching. We've just got to play better."

Dallas has lost seven of 10 since opening the season with a 3-0 record. They remain atop a struggling NFC East despite a 6-7 mark.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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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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Sean McVay On Using Todd Gurley More: 'Me Not Being An Idiot'

Dec 5, 2019 9:26 AM

The Los Angeles Rams have been using Todd Gurley more lately and Sean McVay says the change in offensive philosophy is simple.

"Me not being an idiot," McVay said.

The Rams are 7-5 as McVay has been hesitant to commit to the run until recently.

Gurley has rushed 44 times over L.A.'s last two games, totaling 192 yards and a touchdown. He had at least 100 scrimmage yards in two of his past three games.

"He's done a nice job handling a bigger workload," McVay said.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

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Aaron Rodgers Sees Career 'Making The Turn' Toward 18th Hole

Dec 5, 2019 9:19 AM

Aaron Rodgers turns 36 this week and is nearing the end of his 15th season in the NFL.

"Yeah, that and seeing the 18th hole coming up, realizing I can't play forever and the opportunities don't come along all the time," Rodgers said.

The Green Bay Packers have missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, but they will be playing meaningful games in December and likely January.

Rodgers has repeatedly said that he plans to play into his 40s, but in continuing his golf-as-a-metaphor-for-his career analogy, all he would say he is he's "making the turn, I think."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Misc 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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David Tepper Wants To Put His Stamp On Football Side

Dec 4, 2019 8:54 AM

The Carolina Panthers fired Ron Rivera with four games left in the season.

Rivera went 76-63-1 as the team's head coach with four playoff appearances.

David Tepper explained the decision and said he wants to put his stamp on the football side for the Panthers.

"Quite frankly, our season is ... not over but as far as making the playoffs [it's over]," Tepper said. "I could make the change now. I could make it later. There are competitive reasons why I wanted to make sure we are out there looking at all personnel possible for the future. I don't want to in any way, shape or form didn't want to be having inquiries where Ron didn't know what I was doing. I don't want to be doing things not up front. It's just not who I am. I'd rather be straight up and honest. If I'm going to make a change, I'm going to take a change. Not to get a competitive disadvantage over other teams, if I need to talk to people, I want to talk to them and I want to talk to them in a straightforward and honest way."

The Panthers went to the Super Bowl 50 under Rivera.

"Look, a very hard move," Tepper said. "Ron Rivera, besides being a good coach, is one of the finest men I have ever met in my life. I have to say that upfront. Look, I came here two years ago. I wanted to show patience on the football side to see how it was going. On the business side, we made vast and sweeping changes and I didn't want to make those vast and sweeping changes on the football side. I wanted to take time and patience to see what could go and how it could go. I just thought it was time given the way things have gone the last two seasons to put my stamp on this organization on the football side as we've done on the business side of the organization. I think as much respect as I have for Ron, I think a change was appropriate to build things the way I want things to be built."

Panthers

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Misc Rumor

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Chiefs Bring Back Spencer Ware Amid Injuries

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Saints Re-Sign Manti Te'o

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Ravens Sign Patrick Ricard To Two-Year Extension

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Panthers Fire Ron Rivera, Likely To Retain Front Office

David Newton/ESPN

Jadeveon Clowney: I Didn't Ask Texans For Trade, More Money

Michael Silver/NFL

Rob Gronkowski Lets Deadline Pass To Come Out Of Retirement

Ken Belson/New York Times

49ers Hope To Meet Ravens Again 'Some Other Time'

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Steelers Blast Freddie Kitchens For Controversial Shirt

Brooke Pryor/ESPN

Bruce Allen's Job Running Washington Being Evaluated By Daniel Snyder

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

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

Tim McManus/ESPN

Cowboys Not Ready To Fire Jason Garrett

Todd Archer/ESPN

Jerry Jones Gives Jason Garrett Super Bowl Or Bust Mandate

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

NFL Betrayed Colin Kaepernick's Trust By Reneging On Confidentiality

Howard Bryant/ESPN

Two Teams Were Expressing Interest In Colin Kaepernick Before Workout

Howard Bryant/ESPN

NFL Tells Cowboys Tripping Penalties Shouldn't Have Been Called

Todd Archer/ESPN

Michael Thomas On Pace To Set Record For Catches

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Brandon Brooks Forced Off Field With Anxiety Setback

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Mason Rudolph Benched By Steelers For Poor Play

Brooke Pryor/ESPN

Dwayne Haskins Takes Selfie With Fan, Misses Final Snap

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Jerry Jones Calls Loss 'A Significant Setback' For Cowboys

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