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Reports: Redskins name change 'imminent'

Reports: Redskins name change 'imminent'

Little more than a week after the Washington Redskins announced they would conduct a "thorough review" of the team's nickname, reports surfaced Saturday that a name change is indeed "imminent."

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported the news first Saturday morning and Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio confirmed the news. Speaking on the "Saturday Sports Brunch" radio show in Dallas on Saturday, Robinson said the name change will come "in the next 24-48 hours," adding "the NFL is starting to take steps to tell everybody who has Washington's nickname on its platform to start scrubbing it, start taking it off, which means something's coming."

Robinson did not know the new team name.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Florio reported that team owner Daniel Snyder is now committed to changing the name before the start of the season. The report also cited the mounting pressure Snyder has faced in recent weeks to change the name.

Though numerous efforts to get the club to change the nickname and logo -- with many Native American groups calling the name racist -- pressure has ramped up in July, with numerous investment firms and corporate shareholders with companies such as Nike, PepsiCo and FedEx imploring those companies to cut advertising ties with the team.

That led Nike to pull all Redskins merchandise off its website, making Washington the only NFL franchise not listed on the site's NFL index.

Last week, FedEx asked the team to change the name. FedEx signed a 27-year, $205 million deal in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., where the club plays its home games.

On Wednesday, Amazon pulled Redskins merchandise from its site while the team considers the name change. Two days earlier, The Washington Post reported that three minority owners of the team hired an investment banking firm to find buyers for their shares of the club.

The franchise began using the Redskins nickname in 1933, when it was based in Boston and previously called the Braves. Team owner George Preston Marshall moved the club to Washington in 1937.

A statue of Marshall was removed from the Redskins' former Washington venue, RFK Stadium, on June 19 in the wake of protests seeking racial equality following the death of George Floyd. Under Marshall's leadership, the Redskins were the last NFL team to integrate, adding their first Black players in 1962.

Washington is scheduled to open the season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 13.

Report: Patriots free up nearly $8M in cap space

Report: Patriots free up nearly $8M in cap space

The New England Patriots have nearly $8 million in salary cap space after settling two compensation grievances, ESPN reported Saturday.

It gives the Patriots some flexibility for in-season roster moves after they started the week with less than $500,000 in cap space, per the report.

The club now has $7.79 million in cap space after settling compensation grievances with former wideout Antonio Brown and the late Aaron Hernandez, according to ESPN reporters Field Yates and Mike Reiss.

New England cut Brown on Sept. 20, one game after he signed a one-year, $15 million contract.

The Patriots parted ways with Hernandez in June 2013, less than a year after the tight end signed a five-year deal worth nearly $40 million.

Hernandez died by suicide in April 2017 in the Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Report: NFLPA sends economic counterproposal to NFL

Report: NFLPA sends economic counterproposal to NFL

The NFL Players Association issued an economic counterproposal to the league ahead of a scheduled conference call on Monday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

The league proposed 35 percent of players salaries to be held in escrow to help cushion the financial blow the NFL is anticipating amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That proposal reportedly was met with criticism among the players on Tuesday.

Per Pelissero, the NFLPA offered the following in its counterproposal: no escrow of 2020 salaries, a flat salary cap of $198.2 million for 2021 and to spread the 2020 revenue loss against the cap over the next decade (2022-30).

Another component of the counterproposal by the NFLPA, per Pelissero, focuses on paying players a "COVID-19 risk stipend" of up to $500,000 if games are canceled. The exact figure would depend on when cancellation occurs among other factors, he added.

A significant decrease in revenues could have major salary cap implications in 2021, perhaps causing the cap to fall instead of the increases that have become the norm. Previous reports have said the NFL and union have discussed possible moves to ensure a smoother cap, potentially borrowing from future revenues, including the expected boom once the league signs new television deals.

The members of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee and NFLPA Executive Committee are slated to have a conference call Monday to iron out any outstanding issues -- such as testing protocols and compensation -- prior to players reporting for training camp later this month.

Report: Bengals WR Green to play on franchise tag

Report: Bengals WR Green to play on franchise tag

The Cincinnati Bengals expect veteran wide receiver A.J. Green to play the 2020 season on the franchise tag rather than sign a long-term extension, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Saturday.

"They don't sound overly optimistic in Cincinnati that their best pass catcher will be locked up long term," Fowler said on SportsCenter. "They expect he'll play this year on the tag, sort of a feeling-out period for both parties.

"... They still consider him one of the best wide receivers when healthy. They know he's ready to go right now and finally healed up. Maybe a one-year tag is best for both parties."

Green, who turns 32 on July 31, missed the entire 2019 season following ankle surgery.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has played in 111 games (all starts) since the Bengals made him the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has caught 602 passes for 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns.

Green signed a four-year, $60 million extension with the Bengals in 2015. He would earn about $18 million on the franchise tag in 2020.

Ravens favored to win all 16 games in 2020

Ravens favored to win all 16 games in 2020

The Baltimore Ravens are favored in all 16 games for the upcoming season, according to the point spreads listed at Caesars Sportsbook.

The closest games for the defending AFC North champions are 2.5-point spreads at home against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Sept. 28, and at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Baltimore won its last 12 regular-season games in 2019 to finish with a 14-2 record, the best in franchise history.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, the NFL's unanimous Most Valuable Player last season, leads an offense that returns all but one starter.

Report: Attorney denies hush payment in Baker-Dunbar case

Report: Attorney denies hush payment in Baker-Dunbar case

The attorney for Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar denied allegations that he helped arrange hush payments in a robbery case, the Seattle Times reported late Friday night.

Earlier Friday, the New York Daily News reported that authorities believe Dunbar and New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker took part in a $55,000 payoff to four alleged victims of a May 13 robbery perpetrated by the NFL players. That belief, according to the report, stems from a search warrant that revealed the alleged payoff took place at the office of attorney Richard Grieco on May 15.

In exchange, the four alleged victims signed affidavits recanting their initial statements to police, which stated that Dunbar and Baker robbed them of more than $70,000 in cash and jewelry during a party in Miramar, Fla.

After the Daily News report, however, Grieco issued a statement to the Seattle Times, denying the payoff.

"Law enforcement, both local and federal, was advised from day one and beyond that the alleged 'victims' in this case were actively extorting Baker and Dunbar," Grieco said, per The Times. "These men fabricated a robbery story after waiting an hour to call police and then immediately began contacting the players demanding money.

"My office obtained accurate and truthful affidavits consistent with the independent witness and my client's account. These 'victims' are seasoned career criminals who have been arrested and/or convicted of crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder, to human trafficking, to filing a false police report. Mr. Dunbar took and passed a polygraph confirming that he did not participate or witness any robbery."

The Daily News reported that among the evidence cited by police are video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that show that the payoff not only took place in Dunbar's office, but that Baker was also in attendance, along with two other men (neither are identified as Dunbar) plus the four alleged victims.

Baker were arrested May 14 after the alleged robbery the night before. Baker was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault, and Dunbar was charged with four counts of armed robbery. Both pleaded not guilty to all charges and were released on bond.

Baker, 22, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2019. He appeared in 16 games last season, making 15 starts and recording 61 tackles and eight passes defensed.

Dunbar, who turns 28 on July 22, was acquired by Seattle from Washington in March in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Last season, he recorded a career-high four interceptions in 11 games.

Chargers' Henry does not envision deal before deadline

Chargers' Henry does not envision deal before deadline

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry isn't expecting to sign a long-term contract extension prior to Wednesday's deadline for players who received the franchise tag.

Henry, who signed his $10.6 million franchise tender on April 13, said the following month that he had no issue playing on the tag in 2020.

"I don't think anything will get done, but we'll see," Henry said on Friday, per the Southern California News Group.

Henry, 25, recorded career highs in receptions (55) and receiving yards (652) to go along with five touchdowns while playing in 12 games last season.

He missed four games due to a knee injury in 2019 after sitting out all of the 2018 campaign with a torn ACL.

"To me, I have so much to prove," Henry said. "Honestly, everybody knows my history of injuries. Unfortunate injuries that have happened in my career and I feel like that has held me back a little bit sometimes. I'm just eager to kinda get through something that I haven't been able to do for a full season.

"I think that's the biggest thing I'm focusing on. Just trying to stay healthy. I've just had some unfortunate injuries come my way. I feel the best I've felt in probably a couple years, for sure. I'm excited."

Henry has 136 receptions for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns in 41 games (35 starts) since being selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Bucs pass-rusher Barrett will sign tag but dispute position

Bucs pass-rusher Barrett will sign tag but dispute position

Tampa Bay Buccaneers edge defender Shaquil Barrett will sign his franchise tender but has filed a grievance disputing the position listed on his tag, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus told multiple media outlets Friday that Barrett's grievance argues he is a defensive end, not a linebacker.

Barrett is listed as an outside linebacker in the Buccaneers' 3-4 defense. The linebacker tender is worth $15.8 million, while the defensive end tag is worth $17.9 million, both calculated according to top salaries at the position.

In May, the Baltimore Ravens and franchise-tagged edge defender Matthew Judon -- also listed as a 3-4 outside linebacker -- agreed to resolve a similar dispute by meeting in the middle, making Judon's tender worth $16.8 million.

Barrett, 27, was tagged by the Buccaneers after racking up an NFL-best 19.5 sacks and 37 quarterback hits in 2019. He said last month he didn't expect to reach a long-term agreement before the July 15 deadline but would be comfortable playing on the one-year tender.

ESPN reported the team still hopes to reach a long-term deal. NFL Network reported the sides are "not close," instead hoping to find common ground on a one-year pact.

Prior to his breakout season, Barrett had 14 sacks and 35 QB hits across 61 games (16 starts) in five seasons with the Denver Broncos. He joined the Bucs last offseason on a one-year, $4 million contract.

Reports: Steelers' Dupree files grievance over LB tag

Reports: Steelers' Dupree files grievance over LB tag

Pittsburgh Steelers edge defender Bud Dupree filed a grievance this week to be classified as a defensive end -- rather than as a linebacker -- on his franchise tag, multiple outlets reported Friday.

The news emerged shortly after the agent for Tampa Bay Buccaneers edge defender Shaquill Barrett told media outlets his client had filed the same grievance. Dupree and Barrett both play for teams with 3-4 defenses and are listed as outside linebackers.

The linebacker tender is worth $15.8 million, while the defensive end tag is worth $17.9 million, both calculated according to top salaries at the position.

In May, the Baltimore Ravens and franchise-tagged edge defender Matthew Judon -- also listed as a 3-4 outside linebacker -- agreed to resolve a similar dispute by meeting in the middle, making Judon's tender worth $16.8 million.

Dupree, 27, signed his franchise tender in April and has until July 15 to reach a long-term deal with the Steelers. Multiple reports Friday said the sides have had discussions but aren't near an agreement.

The Steelers' first-round pick in 2015 (22nd overall), Dupree is coming off a career-best season, posting 11.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hits, 68 tackles (16 for loss) and four forced fumbles, all comfortably career highs.

Through his first four seasons, Dupree had 20 sacks, 33 QB hits, 132 tackles (30 for loss) and two forced fumbles in 54 games (39 starts).

Eagles penalize WR Jackson for conduct detrimental

Eagles penalize WR Jackson for conduct detrimental

The Philadelphia Eagles announced in a statement Friday that wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been penalized for conduct detrimental to the team, following his anti-Semitic comments earlier this week.

The Eagles did not specify how Jackson was penalized, but they said that Jackson will have to "commit to supporting his words with actions" in order to remain on the team moving forward.

The team's full statement read:

"This has been a difficult and emotional week for our community and organization.

"The Philadelphia Eagles do not tolerate hate toward any individual or group. We believe in respect and equality for all races, ethnicities, and faiths. We as an organization want to help be an instrument for positive change. This can only occur through strong, deliberate actions and a commitment to learn and grow.

"We have had a number of constructive conversations over the last few days, not only with DeSean Jackson, but also with many other players, members of the organization, and leaders in the community. That has led us to the point where we and he are ready to take the next steps.

"Today we have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the team. He accepted those consequences and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has also been made clear that this is only the beginning. We have discussed a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward. He understands that in order to remain on the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions. We have been encouraged by his desire to educate himself, but we all understand that there is still a lot of work to be done. We will continue to assist DeSean in this process, and we also know that all of us in our organization need to listen and learn more about things that are unfamiliar and uncomfortable to us.

"We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systemic racism."

Last weekend, Jackson posted an anti-Semitic message that he falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler, in addition to admiration for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in a series of posts on social media. He followed up with multiple apologies, both on social media and directly to the team.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.

According to ESPN, Jackson met with a group against anti-Semitism on Thursday and was set to meet a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor on Friday.

In a social media post on Thursday, New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, invited Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Jackson, 33, has two years remaining on his contract with the Eagles, with a $6.2 million base salary in 2020 and $8.2 million in 2021.

Cardinals owner Bidwill tests positive for COVID-19

Cardinals owner Bidwill tests positive for COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized, the team revealed on Friday.

The Cardinals said Bidwill's symptoms have subsided and that the 55-year-old could be released this weekend.

The club said it is believed that Bidwill contracted COVID-19 while traveling and spending time on the East Coast.

The Arizona Republic reported that Bidwill is hospitalized in Rhode Island.

The Cardinals said Bidwill hasn't had any in-person contact with coaches, players or football staffers because he has been working remotely.

Earlier in the offseason, the Cardinals made a $1 million donation to Arizona's coronavirus relief fund.

Report: Warrant shows paid cover-up by CBs Baker, Dunbar

Report: Warrant shows paid cover-up by CBs Baker, Dunbar

A search warrant allegedly indicates that NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were involved in a cover-up following their arrests for armed robbery stemming from a May 13 incident in Miramar, Fla, according to a New York Daily News report on Friday.

According to the Daily News, a warrant obtained as public record from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts cites video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that allegedly show a payoff of $55,000 for the four victims of the alleged robbery, all of whom have since given sworn statements about being paid off to recant their original statements.

Baker, of the New York Giants, and Dunbar, of the Seattle Seahawks, were arrested May 14 after the alleged robbery the night before. Baker was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault, and Dunbar was charged with four counts of armed robbery. Both pleaded not guilty to all charges and were released on bond.

On May 15, attorneys for both men said the victims of the alleged robbery had signed affidavits recanting their initial statements to police. Attorneys for both men also said in early June they expected charges against their clients to be dropped.

The Daily News reported Friday that the warrant shows the alleged payoff took place May 15 at the office of Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco, and was overseen by witness Dominic Johnson. According to the report, the warrant details incriminating messages on Johnson's Instagram account -- @powerballnick_305 -- sent May 15, including messages with Baker that implicate him in the payoff.

Per the Daily News, detective Mark Moretti of the Miramar Police Department writes in the warrant, "Johnson is telling Baker to come to Dunbar Lawyer's office. Baker replied, ‘Yo I'm in the city now getting cash how much to bring ?? I'm tryna get there too u ASAP.' ... There appears to be several phone calls between Baker and Johnson. Johnson appears to be nervous by telling Baker, ' Yooooo these people finna leave.'"

Another message that the Daily News said, according to the warrant, was sent by Johnson on May 15, reads: "We all heading to the lawyer now to get the charges dropped I got them n----s to sign the papers. Got them same n----s that said they got robbed to say they didn't ... Same n----s that got robbed I made them fix that sh-t."

The warrant also details CCTV video evidence, according to the Daily News, that shows Grieco, Johnson, an unidentified person and the four alleged robbery victims apparently making the payoff at Grieco's office on May 15.

Per the Daily News, the warrant says video shows Grieco bringing Johnson and the four alleged victims from the lobby to an elevator and up to his office at 2:26 p.m. Then, it shows Johnson leaving and bringing the unidentified person from the lobby to the elevator at 2:34, with the person opening a black bag and removing money. The warrant adds that the person "shows the open bag to Johnson and you can see a large quantity of money. Johnson then takes the bag."

The warrant goes on to say, per the Daily News, that all parties met in Grieco's office before leaving by 3:15 p.m., and Moretti writes in the warrant that he was informed by Grieco around 4 p.m. that the victims and witness had changed their testimony.

According to the Daily News, the warrant says one victim said he received $30,000, with a second saying he received $20,000 and a third saying he received $5,000 and gave half to a fourth victim.

Moretti also writes in the warrant, per the Daily News, that the four victims and the witness "have been threatened and have expressed extreme concern to me regarding their safety."

Baker, 22, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2019. He appeared in 16 games last season, making 15 starts and recording 61 tackles and eight passes defensed.

Dunbar, who turns 28 on July 22, was acquired by Seattle from Washington in March in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Last season, he recorded a career-high four interceptions in 11 games.

Report: Broncos S Simmons accepts franchise tender

Report: Broncos S Simmons accepts franchise tender

Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons accepted his franchise tender, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday.

Schefter said Simmons will sign the one-year franchise tag worth $11.441 million this weekend.

The Broncos then will have until Wednesday's deadline to reach a multi-year extension with Simmons, otherwise he will play on the tag in 2020 and become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Simmons, 26, tallied four interceptions in 16 starts last season and played every defensive snap. The 2016 third-round draft pick has 11 career interceptions in 58 games (48 starts).

Back in March, general manager John Elway called the tag a "placeholder" and said the team would continue to pursue a long-term deal with Simmons.

"We remain focused on reaching a long-term contract agreement with Justin, and he's a big priority for us," Elway said at the time. "This is a placeholder in that process and our goal is the same -- to make sure that Justin is a Bronco for a long time."

Bucs OL Smith questions risk of playing amid pandemic

Bucs OL Smith questions risk of playing amid pandemic

The man expected to protect Tom Brady's blind side said he doesn't feel safe playing football right now.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith wrote Friday on Instagram that "risking my health, as well as my family's health, does not seem like a risk worth taking" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Smith, 27, is expecting the birth of his first child in three weeks.

"I can't help but think about how will I be able to go to work and take proper precautions around 80+ people everyday and then go home to be with my newborn daughter," he wrote. "How can a sport that requires physical contact on every snap and transferal of all types of bodily fluid EVERY SINGLE PLAY practice safe social distancing? How can I make sure that I don't bring COVID-19 back to my household?"

A second-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2015 NFL Draft, Smith started 79 of a possible 80 games through his first five NFL seasons.

NFL players are scheduled to report to training camps starting July 28. The state of Florida has seen a surge of new cases in recent weeks, with more than 244,000 positive cases and 4,100 deaths as of Friday morning.

Smith also responded to reports that the NFL has proposed putting 35 percent of player salaries into an escrow account to help manage costs during the 2020 season.

"Now to hear that 35% of my paycheck may be withheld while we are out sacrificing our health and wellness for the joy and entertainment of everyone else who will be safe at home in front of their TVs? Something isn't right here," he wrote. "That should at LEAST warrant a pay raise due to the risk, not a cut. I am not a lab rat or guinea pig to test theories on. I am a man, a son, brother, soon to be father, and I deserve to be safe at work."

Smith stopped short of saying he would refuse to play. The NFL and NFLPA reportedly are negotiating an opt-out option for players.

The Buccaneers are scheduled to open the 2020 season on Sept. 13 at their NFC South rival New Orleans Saints.

Ex-QB Cunningham becomes Raiders' team chaplain

Ex-QB Cunningham becomes Raiders' team chaplain

Randall Cunningham, who starred at UNLV, will serve as the team chaplain for the Las Vegas Raiders.

"What a great group of people Mark Davis and Jon Gruden have put together," Cunningham told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. "I have a responsibility to look after these guys in this town and I accept that responsibility."

Cunningham, 57, played quarterback and was the punter at UNLV from 1982-84. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft and he became a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

He quarterbacked the Eagles from 1985-95, then retired but returned to the NFL with Minnesota in 1997. The following season, he started 14 games for the Vikings, went 13-1, and was named a first-team All-Pro. He ended his career in 2001 after brief stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.

Cunningham was ordained as a pastor in 2004. He leads Remnant Ministries in Las Vegas.

Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman, also an ordained minister, was the chaplain before the team's move from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Reports: Chiefs re-sign QB Moore, release Patterson

Reports: Chiefs re-sign QB Moore, release Patterson

The Kansas City Chiefs made some more quarterback news Friday, agreeing to terms with backup Matt Moore and releasing rookie Shea Patterson, according to multiple reports.

Moore agreed to a one-year deal, per Yahoo Sports, though financial terms were not available.

That leaves Moore, Chad Henne and Jordan Ta'amu as the backups to Patrick Mahomes, who agreed to a 12-year contract earlier this week worth up to $503 million.

Moore, who turns 36 in August, made two starts for the injured Mahomes last season (1-1 record) and completed 59 of 91 passes for 659 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Before winning a Super Bowl championship with the Chiefs, Moore played for the Miami Dolphins (2011-17) and Carolina Panthers (2007, 2009-10). He is 16-16 with 7,597 passing yards, 49 touchdowns and 36 picks in 55 career games (32 starts).

Patterson, 23, signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in May. He was a two-year starter at Michigan after playing parts of two seasons at Ole Miss.

Jaguars reducing stadium capacity to 25 percent

Jaguars reducing stadium capacity to 25 percent

The Jacksonville Jaguars are reducing the capacity at TIAA Bank Field to 25 percent for the 2020 season.

"The health and safety of the entire Jaguars family, including our fans, remains our highest priority," the team wrote Friday in a letter to season ticket holders. "Alongside our stadium partners and national and local healthcare experts, we have and will continue to work diligently to develop new protocols to ensure our team can return to the field with a clear focus on winning and our fans can return to the stadium with peace of mind."

The stadium normally holds about 68,000 fans.

"Once the season begins, any future increase in capacity will depend on developments on the health and safety front," the team said.

The Jaguars are working to reconfigure the seating chart to account for social-distancing guidelines amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, all fans who attend games will be required to wear face coverings.

The team said all current season tickets will be returned. Funds paid to date will be credited to accounts, and payments scheduled for July have been canceled. Season ticket members can apply credited funds toward future ticket purchases.

Earlier this summer, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced they were holding back 50 percent of the tickets available for games this season at Heinz Field. And on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens said they would limit capacity in their 71,000-seat stadium to just 14,000 fans in 2020.

Report: Jaguars sign second-round pick Shenault

Report: Jaguars sign second-round pick Shenault

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide receiver Laviska Shenault to his rookie contract, ESPN's Field Yates reported Thursday.

The Jaguars selected the Colorado wideout in the second round (42nd overall pick) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Shenault, 21, ended his college career with 149 receptions for 1,943 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Buffaloes.

Colorado used the 6-foot-1, 227-pounder all over the formation -- as an outside receiver, slot receiver, tight end, running back and wildcat quarterback.

Shenault's best year statistically came in 2018, when he led the country with an average of 9.6 receptions per game. He finished with 86 catches for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns in nine games that year and had 56 receptions for 764 yards and four scores in 2019.

Report: NFL to require some masks, social distancing

Report: NFL to require some masks, social distancing

Welcome to the NFL amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league sent a memo to teams that outlines what will and won't be allowed on game days in 2020, and it includes a mask requirement for some team personnel as well as a ban on players swapping jerseys after game, per NFL Network reporters.

The network's Ian Rapoport said everyone who will be in the bench area will have their temperature taken before entering the stadium, and if it registers 100.4 or more, that person will be denied entry. Coaches and players will not need to wear masks, but everyone else on the sideline for a team will.

And after the games, the NFL intends to keep teams socially distanced, forbidding "postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other," and prohibiting the exchange of jerseys, Tom Pelissero reported.

That presumably eliminates the postgame greeting between head coaches and opposing quarterbacks, as well as the frequent gathering of players from both teams for a prayer.

NFL.com also reported that both teams must travel to the stadium by bus and that media will not have access to the locker rooms.

It didn't take long for Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers to offer up his take on the new jersey-exchange rule, even though Rapoport said the NFL Players Association signed off on it.

"This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game," Sherman tweeted, followed by laughter emojis.

The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.

Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust museum

Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust museum

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has invited DeSean Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., after the Philadelphia Eagles wideout made anti-Semitic social media posts.

Jackson, 33, issued two apologies on Tuesday after posting an anti-Semitic message that he attributed to Adolf Hitler and his admiration for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on social media.

Edelman, who is Jewish, addressed his feelings in an Instagram video post on Thursday morning.

"I have seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays, we've communicated over social media. I've got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation," Edelman said.

"I am proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me, it is not just about religion. It's about community and culture as well. I am unusual because I didn't identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me. It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It's rooted in ignorance and fear."

Edelman, 34, offered to join Jackson for a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, also in Washington, D.C., if he accepts his offer.

"I don't want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is, and how we need to stay behind it. I think the Black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities," Edelman said in the video.

"One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful. It's really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you're not part of it. So what we need to do is, we need to listen. We need to learn. We need to act. We need to have these uncomfortable conversations if we're going to have real change."

Edelman admitted in the video that he was the target of an Anti-Semitic slur during an NFL game in 2011.

Edelman, who was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII, caught 100 passes for a career-high 1,117 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He ranks second in Patriots history in career receptions (599) and No. 4 in receiving yards (6,507).

The Eagles brought back Jackson via trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2019. A second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2008, Jackson spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Eagles (2008-13), catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns in 87 games.

Jackson has recorded 598 receptions for 10,420 yards and 55 touchdowns in 156 career games with the Eagles, Washington Redskins (2014-16) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-18).

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