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The NFL released its schedule for the 2019 season on Wednesday. It's always a fun day for fans. For the San Francisco 49ers, that means planning potential outings to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Despite San Francisco winning all of four games last season, they will have three prime-time games

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Well, the people spoke, and Deion Jones was chosen as the best second-round pick Atlanta Falcons have ever made. It's an inspired pick for one of the NFL's elite linebackers, if not one that can spark spirited discussion. As we get into the third round of Falcons draft history, the list may suffer

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"A setback is a setup for a comeback." Those were the first words spoken by coach Jeff Fisher to our Titans team in the locker room after our Super Bowl 34 loss to the Rams. I thought about Fisher's words as I watched Tiger Woods triumph in the Masters last weekend. Woods' setbacks

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The Los Angeles Chargers will go six weeks between games held at their home stadium this fall. The Chargers host the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 3 and do not return home to Dignity Health Sports Park until a Dec. 15 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. That’s a 42-day gap between games at home for [more

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will kick off with Green Bay at Chicago for the 199th meeting of a series that began in

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The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game.

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“It's almost killed the fullback position. So it's, 'Let's get another speed guy on the field,' ” Reid said recently. “It doesn't work logically, but it does on the football field. Even though defenses are more creative with their blitzes, offensive guys are more apt to scat,

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The NFL's schedule release is like Christmas morning -- that is, if after unwrapping all of your gifts, you sat and stared at them for 4 1/2 months before unboxing the goods. You don't need me to tell you to watch the rematches of last season's conference championships -- Saints at Rams

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That's a big reason the Birds opened locally as 8.5-point favorites for a game that is nearly five months away. The point spread is the largest on the board for the first week of the regular season. In Vegas, the line is 8.

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NEW YORK — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will start with Green Bay at Chicago for the 199th meeting of a series that began in 1921. That

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In the wake of his signing a record contract extension with the Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson said Wednesday that a no-trade clause was paramount to getting a deal done, and he also spoke of wanting to emulate Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

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The 2008 Steelers were the last team to win the Super Bowl despite playing the toughest schedule (based on opponent W-L record from the previous season)

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The full regular-season schedule is out. Who's ready for Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger -- again? We have predictions for all 256 games.

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The Falcons and Saints never miss a chance to throw shade at each other. The schedule release was no exception.

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The Bears are 3.5-point favorites over the Packers to open the 2019 NFL season. Here are the spreads (and totals) for every Week 1 game.

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Now that we know when the games will be played, here's a look at the impact the schedule will have on players' fantasy fortunes for the 2019 season.

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Between his arm talent and big-play ability, there's no doubting the upside of Missouri's quarterback -- but issues with ball security and consistency make him a big risk for teams at the top of the draft.

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While the Rams reached the Super Bowl thanks in large part to the perfect cohesion of their offensive line, their division rivals used as many starters as any team we've ever measured.

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Guest columnists Jeremy Rosen and Alexandre Olbrecht return to see which quarterback prospects in 2019 had the best footwork, and why that can be a valuable tool in predicting NFL success.

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This month: Le'Veon Bell gets paid, Golden Tate gets paid, and Kyle Long gets paid a little too much. Plus: old quarterbacks are just hitting their stride, and unexpected testicles.

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Here's a look at Nathan Forster's BackCAST projections for running backs in the 2019 draft, which come out very different from conventional wisdom. In particular, BackCAST really doesn't like Josh Jacobs of Alabama, considered a good candidate to be the first back off the board. Read this article at ESPN+ and find out why not. We'll also be running these projections on Football Outsiders sometime before draft day.

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2018 saw some record-breaking performances in the field of failed completions. Learn about Nick Foles: King of the Dink-and-Dunk; the golden arms of the Buccaneers quarterbacks; and the empty calories that comprised Stefon Diggs' statline.

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On this week's Off The Charts podcast, Aaron Schatz and Matt Manocherian talk about some of the best and most interesting under-the-radar moves of free agency, including Steven Nelson, Matt Paradis, and Adrian Amos. Plus, Buffalo throws a bunch of spaghetti at the offensive line. (Click for audio link.)

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Kentucky's edge rusher has the kind of athletic gifts and on-field production that will likely see him drafted early this month -- but as Derrik Klassen shows, he also has glaring holes in his game that should be cause for concern.

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Well, so much for that. Tom Dundon invested $250 million in funding into the league, but has apparently decided that the league doesn't have the $20 million it needs to get to the end of its first season. So yet another one of these spring leagues either a) doesn't have the patience to build over a period of multiple years and/or b) completely misread the research it did on financial viability. You're up next, XFL.

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As you'd expect, Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are statistically the most promising quarterback prospects in this year's draft ... but how do we account for their inexperience when the track record for one-year college starters is so poor?

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The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game.

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Garoppolo recovering well from major left knee injury

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Network bosses pleased with NFL TV packages for this season

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Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg remembered as gentle giant

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was thinking very long term when negotiating his new deal with Seattle

10 hours 53 min

Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos before hearing

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The Latest: Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos

11 hours 53 min

Thielen extension another example of Vikings' commitment to keeping core together, happy

14 hours 30 min

C.J. Mosley says Jets coach Adam Gase's message in the team's first meeting last week was that the goal is to beat New England

17 hours 18 min

Julio Jones absent for second straight year, Grady Jarrett also missing, as Falcons open voluntary offseason conditioning program

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Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown was absent Tuesday as the team prepared to leave for training camp in West Virginia, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

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The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that first-round draft pick Malik Hooker will open training camp on the PUP list. Hooker injured his hamstring during Monday's conditioning test.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead was arrested and charged with misdemeanor petty larceny in June after he was accused of shoplifting in Virginia, according to court and police records.

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Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon enters Year 2 facing more adversity. After earning a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs, Dixon is slated for knee surgery Tuesday.

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Former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. For his ex-teammate in San Francisco, Jeremy Kerley, that's a shame. Because for Kerley, Kaepernick "knows how to get" a team back to the Super Bowl.

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The Broncos have reached an agreement with general manager John Elway on a new five-year deal through 2021, the team announced Monday.

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Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant may have shown up late to training camp, but that didn't stop him from professing his love for the organization that drafted him.

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Veteran pass rusher Tamba Hali took to Twitter to vent some frustration he has with fellow Chiefs teammates. Coach Andy Reid said Hali "doesn't need to go there and do all that."

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The Colts will open training camp with their franchise quarterback on the sideline. GM Chris Ballard announced Monday that Andrew Luck will be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

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On Thursday, the NBA will announce its 2018 All-Star game starters. Here are our choices for the East and West All-Star starters and reserves, where we're ignoring popularity and positions and simply looking at who is most deserving of being there and why.

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Albert Pujols turned 38 on Tuesday, and he enters 2018 with the Angels coming off the first season in his career in which he was a below-average hitter. Pujols is already an obvious Hall of Famer, but what will the last years of his career look like?

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More than a few folks are ignoring the San Antonio Spurs when projecting ahead to the NBA Finals, and people are doing so because of all of those flashier teams in the spotlight. But, as always, the Spurs are lying in wait, ready to make a run.

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The deadline for underclassmen to leave college early for the 2018 NFL Draft passed on Monday. As always, it's a key date for shaping the draft class, but it's also important for preseason college football analysis. Here are 10 takeaways to know.

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My heart still hurts for Marcus Williams, the Saints' safety who ducked and whiffed on Stefon Diggs' winning touchdown catch last Sunday. I've been thinking about Williams since then, because I had my own "Marcus Williams moment," albeit on a much smaller scale.

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The Astros' rotation projects to be the best in baseball in 2018. How those starters will stack up against the best rotations of this century remains to be seen, but one question we can answer now is which rotations set the standard.

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It always hurts to lose a franchise icon, and Pittsburgh Pirates fans may be understandably sad after the franchise traded Andrew McCutchen to the Giants on Monday. But these trades sometimes work out better than you might think.

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After Alabama's dramatic victory over Georgia for the 2017 national championship, both teams will enter 2018 with high hopes, again. With underclassmen making their NFL decisions, let's take an early look at what to expect from the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs.

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There have been a lot of great baseball friendships to know, none more so than Tim McCarver, the white Catholic catcher from the south, and Bob Gibson, the great African-American pitcher out of Omaha, a bond that has proudly stood the test of time.

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The Pirates traded pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Astros over the weekend, a move that seems to signal a changing of the guard in Pittsburgh after the team experienced a long-awaited breakthrough into the postseason in 2013.

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British number one Johanna Konta is counting on the energy from a home crowd when her team bid for Fed Cup promotion this weekend.

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From space launches to "girl chasing" - how much do you know about Great Britain's Fed Cup opponents Kazakhstan? Take our quiz.

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British number one Kyle Edmund is out of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last 16.

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Great Britain name an unchanged team for their Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Kazakhstan in April.

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Top seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers are out of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech in the first round.

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British number nine Tara Moore completes an extraordinary comeback from 0-6 0-5 and match point down to beat France's Jessika Ponchet in Sunderland.

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Garbine Muguruza defends her Monterrey Open title after Victoria Azarenka is forced to retire with a leg injury.

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World number 253 Naiktha Bains has made a formal request to both the WTA and ITF to change her playing nationality from Australian to British.

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The Olympic men's singles final has been reduced to a best-of-three, meaning only Grand Slam matches will be played over five sets.

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Britain's Liam Broady says he considered quitting the "dog-eat-dog world" of tennis as he struggled with his mental health.

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The NFL released its schedule for the 2019 season on Wednesday. It's always a fun day for fans. For the San Francisco 49ers, that means planning potential outings to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Despite San Francisco winning all of four games last season, they will have three prime-time games

6 min 4 sec

Well, the people spoke, and Deion Jones was chosen as the best second-round pick Atlanta Falcons have ever made. It's an inspired pick for one of the NFL's elite linebackers, if not one that can spark spirited discussion. As we get into the third round of Falcons draft history, the list may suffer

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"A setback is a setup for a comeback." Those were the first words spoken by coach Jeff Fisher to our Titans team in the locker room after our Super Bowl 34 loss to the Rams. I thought about Fisher's words as I watched Tiger Woods triumph in the Masters last weekend. Woods' setbacks

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The Los Angeles Chargers will go six weeks between games held at their home stadium this fall. The Chargers host the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 3 and do not return home to Dignity Health Sports Park until a Dec. 15 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. That’s a 42-day gap between games at home for [more

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will kick off with Green Bay at Chicago for the 199th meeting of a series that began in

11 min 5 sec

“It's almost killed the fullback position. So it's, 'Let's get another speed guy on the field,' ” Reid said recently. “It doesn't work logically, but it does on the football field. Even though defenses are more creative with their blitzes, offensive guys are more apt to scat,

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The NFL's schedule release is like Christmas morning -- that is, if after unwrapping all of your gifts, you sat and stared at them for 4 1/2 months before unboxing the goods. You don't need me to tell you to watch the rematches of last season's conference championships -- Saints at Rams

18 min 5 sec

That's a big reason the Birds opened locally as 8.5-point favorites for a game that is nearly five months away. The point spread is the largest on the board for the first week of the regular season. In Vegas, the line is 8.

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NEW YORK — The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game. As previously announced, NFL 100 will start with Green Bay at Chicago for the 199th meeting of a series that began in 1921. That

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SportsPulse: The NFL schedule is out and we couldn't be more excited about the ridiculousness of it all. USA TODAY's Trysta Krick breaks down the biggest storylines from the schedule. The 2019 NFL season doesn't begin until September, but fans now can start making their plans for the fall

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The hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns entering the 2019 is real, though not as crazy as one Photoshopped image made it seem. The 2019 NFL schedule was released on Wednesday, giving fans and analysts a chance to break things down. ESPN even ran a “SportsCenter Special” to talk about the schedule, which included analyst Louis Riddick giving his predictions for the Browns in the upcoming season. Barstool personality Big Cat got everyone in a frenzy when he tweeted this photo, which made it seem like Riddick had picked Cleveland to go 16-0. That was just a Photoshop job by Big Cat. But it circulated widely enough to the point that Riddick felt compelled to clarify things. 10 wins would be a heck of a season for the Browns, and it seems possible at this point. They seem to have figured out their coaching situation, have a franchise quarterback, and this addition could give them the playoff boost they’re seeking.

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The 2019 NFL schedule was released on Thursday, much to the delight of football fans everywhere. This is the first opportunity to start breaking things down, project wins and losses, and really get excited about the fall slate to come. Another exciting part about the schedule is being able to look at potential revenge games. Few things are more exciting than watching a player or coach go against his former team. They have extra motivation to prove a point and show them how they went wrong. Keeping that in mind, here’s a look at the best revenge games on the schedule. 1) New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams, Week 2 Does anything more really need to be said? The Rams beat the Saints in the NFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl, thanks to one of the most controversial calls in NFL history. Adding insult to injury, the Rams lost and had trouble scoring in the Super Bowl, giving the Saints the feeling that they probably would have been a better NFC representative. Though...

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The NFL released the 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The Cleveland Browns and their general manager, John Dorsey, had a lot of fun with it. If you’re a fan of technological nostalgia, you will absolutely love this one. This is just beautiful. Starting with the old screeching dial-up tone, going to the classic “You’ve got mail,” and finishing with the dot matrix printer, it’s just perfection. Keeping with the nostalgic theme, we’re going to call this radical — maybe even far out. Dorsey and the people who put this together really went all out.

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The NFL announced its schedule for the 2019 regular season on Wednesday. While the release of the schedule had been long anticipated, the way teams announced their 16-game slates was not. Taking a page from other leagues, the social media accounts for the NFL’s 32 teams went all out. Whoever runs these Twitter accounts need a raise. It’s that simple. Here are the best announcements Vikings went with poetry. Chargers’ stock image video was on fire. Patriots’ bad lip reading video might have been better than the originals. As we noted before, the Browns paid homage to general manager John Dorsey’s heyday…some time in the 1970s. Also paying homage to the past, the Jets decided on showing the NFL Blitz video game the respect it deserves. pic.twitter.com/JrHU8PiUeX— #TakeFlight (@nyjets) April 18, 2019 In Duval, the Jaguars decided on an amazing infomercial parody. Remember those old monster truck commercials? The Ravens sure do. THIS FOOTBALL SEASON PREPARE FOR DOMINATION MEGA RAVENS...

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The NFL released its 2019 regular season schedule Wednesday evening with a prime-time broadcast. While the show itself left a lot to be desired, the matchups we are going to see this coming season are compelling. Can the Browns make a statement in New England against the defending champion Patriots come Week 8? We also have a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game with the Saints traveling to Southern California for a showdown against the Rams. These are among the 10 most compelling matchups for the 2019 NFL regular season. Check them out below. Week 8: Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots We’re at a point where it seems okay to conclude that Cleveland is in a class of its own in the AFC North. Pittsburgh losing two of its top trio of offensive stars magnifies that even more. With the Browns having added Pro Bowlers Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr. on offense, this is one of the fastest-rising teams in the entire NFL. On the other side comes a Patriots squad that just...

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Because of their Amari Cooper trade, the Cowboys do not have a first-round pick. Their first draft window will not open until pick No. 58. It appears the franchise is content with this arrangement. The Cowboys are unlikely to trade into the first round and are not expected to move up too far in the second, executive VP Stephen Jones said, pointing to the potential cost of a future first-round pick in order to move into this year’s first round. “I don’t think so,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, on the subject of trading into Round 1. “It took an act of Congress to give up a first-round pick (for Cooper). We know how valuable those are. It took a lot of discussion, a lot of homework, a lot of really getting your hands around giving up a first round pick, and certainly, it’s something that you don’t love to do without. “Looking at this draft now even in more depth at what would have been there for the future at receiver we’re certainly glad we made the...

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Rob Gronkowski made a lasting impression on the New England Patriots, their fans and the NFL as a whole during his NFL career. As it turns out, the team’s sixth Lombardi Trophy also felt Gronk’s special touch and will forever hold that memory for all to see. The Patriots released a video on Wednesday. It shows how Gronkowski left a baseball-sized dent in the actual Lombardi Trophy while goofing around last week as the team celebrated its and the Boston Red Sox’s championships at Fenway Park. You’re going to want to sit down for this, Patriots fans. Honestly, I’m at a complete loss for words, other than to say that Gronk is truly one of a kind and that only he could have gotten away with something like this.

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The combination of the Dolphins having purged several high salaries from their 2019 payroll and Reshad Jones not reporting for the start of Brian Flores’ offseason program does not provide much optimism the Pro Bowl safety will be in Miami this coming season. But as of now, Jones remains a Dolphin. GM Chris Grier said (via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald) he expects the veteran safety to be a part of the 2019 team. Additionally, Grier said Jones has not asked the Dolphins for a trade, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com tweets. Jones has missed the start of the Dolphins’ voluntary minicamp. This isn’t the first bump in the road for Jones and the ‘Fins. In 2016, he skipped a day of mandatory minicamp as he pushed for a new contract. In 2017, he secured a new deal, but he clashed with team brass once again in 2018 when he quit after 10 snaps against the Jets. The 2019 season will be Jones’ age-31 campaign. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and ’17, but the Dolphins have parted ways with ex-Pro...

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On the same day that prosecutors in Florida announced that they planned to release video evidence of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly engaging in illegal sexual activities at a spa, there’s a lot more coming out on the story. According to ESPN’s investigative reporter T.J. Quinn, a judge in Florida has blocked prosecutors from releasing said video until there’s a hearing. This is definitely within the purview of the judge. Any evidence released resulting in a contamination of a potential juror pool could be seen as unfair to Kraft and other defendants. Without getting too much into the legalities, it’s reasonable to conclude that a video release of Kraft allegedly committing a crime could be seen as a violation of his constitutional rights. In addition to this, Kraft’s attorneys claim prosecutorial misconduct after prosecutors allegedly broke a promise on Friday not to release the video until the judge gave a go ahead. From a PR standpoint, it would be...

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In one of the least dramatic decisions in the history of the fifth-year option, the Cowboys will exercise Ezekiel Elliott‘s. Stephen Jones confirmed Wednesday (via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News, on Twitter) the team will pick up the Pro Bowl running back’s 2020 option. Selected with the 2016 No. 4 overall pick, Elliott quickly became one of the league’s best backs. He has emerged as an impact player in Dallas, continuing the franchise’s storied running back history. This option will mean a 2020 salary north of $10M for the Ohio State product, though negotiations for a new contract in the meantime figure to begin fairly soon. Elliott reported for the start of the Cowboys’ offseason program this week, despite being viewed as a holdout risk. But now that he is extension-eligible, this situation is one to monitor this offseason. Both Todd Gurley and David Johnson signed extensions before the start of their fourth seasons, and Elliott — who joins them in having an All-Pro nod...