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Giants sign WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement

Giants sign WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement

The New York Giants announced the signings Sunday of former first-round wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and former Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement.

Both veteran free agents tried out for the team at this weekend's rookie minicamp, with Benjamin working out primarily as a tight end. Both received one-year deals.

Benjamin, 30, was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by Carolina in 2014 and caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie that season.

His career went south after that and he hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2018. Benjamin's career totals include 209 receptions for 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns in 61 games (52 starts) with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

"In terms of Benjamin working a different position today, we're going to work different guys at a variety of things right now," Giants coach Joe Judge said on Friday. "He's a big guy (6-5, 245). He's always been a big receiver. He'll work receiver. He's working a little bit flex tight end as well. I wouldn't really pin him down to any one position at this point. We're going to use the weekend to move him around to different spots and see how it works out."

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman served in the same role with the Panthers when they drafted Benjamin.

Clement, a hero of Philadelphia's Super Bowl LII victory against the New England Patriots, appeared in 46 regular-season games over the past four years with the Eagles. He has rushed for 655 yards and seven touchdowns and has 37 catches for 340 yards and two scores.

Clement, 26, caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the 41-33 victory against the Patriots in SB LII.

The Giants also waived running back Jordan Chunn and tight end Nate Wieting.

Travis Etienne works at WR for Urban Meyer, Jaguars

Travis Etienne works at WR for Urban Meyer, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars made a somewhat mysterious selection by picking Clemson running back Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The team already had a strong No. 1 running back in James Robinson and had signed dependable veteran Carlos Hyde in free agency.

On Saturday, first-year Jaguars coach Urban Meyer provided a pretty big clue.

Meyer is using Etienne as a wide receiver at this weekend's rookie minicamp, forming a pass-catch combo with Etienne's college quarterback -- and the No. 1 overall pick -- Trevor Lawrence.

"That's the reason we drafted him is the opportunity to be a dual-threat guy and our history as long as we've had a guy like that and we saw him as a guy like that in the draft this year," Meyer said on a conference call Saturday. "Right now, we're focusing on the fundamentals of wide receiver play, learning the offense from wide receiver.

"Like I said, worst-case scenario is you have a running back that's elite with receiver skills and best-case scenario he's a legitimate dual-threat guy.

Etienne, the 25th overall pick, is up for the challenge.

"I feel like I create a problem outside for a linebacker, so I feel like football is a game of matchups. We're just trying to get the best matchups for us to go out there and make plays and do what's best for the team," Etienne said to CBS Sports.

"I feel like if I really hone in on my skills and just keep working at it, work on my route running ability and really focus in on what the plan is and buy into that, we'll make plays, we're playmakers. I feel like, like I said, football is a game of matchups, and this creates the best matchups for us."

Etienne, 22, caught 102 passes for 1,155 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons at Clemson. He also rushed for 4,952 yards and 70 scores.

Cowboys coach: Dak Prescott expected to be cleared for camp

Cowboys coach: Dak Prescott expected to be cleared for camp

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy expects quarterback Dak Prescott to be fully cleared for training camp in July.

"I have no reason not to think that," McCarthy said, per ESPN. "I think this week in Phase 2 will be a nice step in that direction. ... I know he feels really good."

McCarthy acknowledged Prescott will "do most things" when the Cowboys begin Phase 2 of the offseason program with organized team activities on May 25. Prescott is aiming to return from a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle sustained during Dallas' 37-34 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 11.

Prescott, 27, was leading the NFL with 1,856 passing yards when he sustained the injury.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection was handed a four-to-six month recovery timetable.

Prescott put pen to paper on a four-year, $164 million contract with $126 million guaranteed in March.

In 69 starts over five seasons in Dallas, Prescott has a 42-27 record. He's completed 66 percent of his passes for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions.

Packers add Kurt Benkert to quarterback room

Packers add Kurt Benkert to quarterback room

The Green Bay Packers signed Kurt Benkert on Saturday, the second quarterback added to the roster this week amid uncertainty over MVP Aaron Rodgers' future with the franchise.

Benkert, 25, was brought in for a tryout during this weekend's rookie minicamp. He spent the last three years with the Atlanta Falcons, primarily on the practice squad.

Benkert announced his signing on Twitter, posting a photo of himself signing a contract. Terms were not disclosed.

"The best advice I can give anyone is to believe in yourself. @packers," he wrote. "I'm so thankful."

Undrafted out of Virginia in 2018, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Benkert has never played in a regular season NFL game.

The Packers signed veteran passer Blake Bortles earlier this week.

Bortles, 29, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft by Jacksonville and is 24-49 as a starter with 17,649 passing yards, 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in 78 games with the Jaguars (2014-18) and Los Angeles Rams (2019).

Rodgers, coming off his third MVP award in his 16th season with Green Bay in 2020, reportedly has told members of the organization that he doesn't want to play for the Packers anymore.

Among the 37-year-old Rodgers' reported beefs with the team are the Packers' selection of quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick in 2020 instead of a player who could make an instant contribution, as well as their failure to come to terms on a contract extension with him.

Patriots owner 'excited' for Tom Brady's Week 4 return

Patriots owner 'excited' for Tom Brady's Week 4 return

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is ready to embrace an old friend when Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium in Week 4 of the upcoming NFL season.

"Excited to have him," Kraft told TMZ Sports on Friday. "He's a great guy, and he did so much for us. I love him."

Kraft's response came two days after the 2021 season schedule was released by the NFL.

While Kraft admittedly is excited to see Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 3, the Patriots have other games to address before facing their former quarterback.

"We should have a fun night!" Kraft said. "But I'm excited for Week 1 ... and we play Miami."

Brady, 43, captured three NFL MVP awards and six Super Bowl titles during his 20 seasons with the Patriots. He left in free agency in March 2020 and added another Super Bowl championship in his first campaign with the Buccaneers.

"It's like when your high school friends meet your college friends," Brady wrote on Twitter of the teams' matchup.

Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns with the Buccaneers last season.

Conversely, the Patriots look to rebound after a 7-9 record last season resulted in missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Cam Newton, first-round draft pick Mac Jones out of Alabama and Jarrett Stidham are the team's quarterbacks.

Report: Ja’Wuan James considers grievance vs. Broncos

Report: Ja’Wuan James considers grievance vs. Broncos

Former Denver Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James is considering filing a grievance against the team through the NFL Players Association to recoup his 2021 pay, according to ESPN.

The Broncos released James on Friday with a non-football injury designation, which could allow the team to void his salary for 2021.

James, 28, sustained a season-ending torn Achilles injury while working away from team facilities in early May.

James was set to earn $10 million in base salary in 2021. But according to NFL Network, since he was injured while working out away from the team facility, he is at risk of losing a portion or potentially even all of his salary.

Shortly after the injury, the NFL cited James in a memo informing teams that injuries incurred in such conditions could be given the non-football iInjury (NFI) designation, getting teams off the hook from paying the player for missed time.

The NFLPA viewed that stance as a mechanism to force players to join teams' involuntary workouts.

In an email to players, the union wrote of the league's stance on James: "It was gutless to use a player's serious injury as a scare tactic to get you to come running back to these workouts.

"This memo is another sign of what they think of you and also affirms that they simply want to control you year-round in any and every way that they can."

James opted out of the 2020 season. He played in only three games since the Broncos signed him to a four-year, $51 million contract before the 2019 season. He dealt with a knee injury that season and played only 63 snaps for the Broncos.

James was the Miami Dolphins' first-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2014. Injuries cost him 18 games during his five seasons with the Dolphins before he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

In a similar situation, Denver wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a torn ACL while training away from the team facility, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. The Broncos reportedly were on the verge of trading him, but the trade has fallen through.

Report: Broncos' DaeSean Hamilton tears ACL, Ja'Wuan James cut

Report: Broncos' DaeSean Hamilton tears ACL, Ja'Wuan James cut

Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a torn ACL while training away from the team facility, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

The news comes one day after NFL Network reported the Broncos planned to release Hamilton following a failure to find a trade partner for the wide receiver.

Per the NFL Network, the Broncos released Ja'Wuan James on the heels of the starting right tackle sustaining a torn Achilles earlier this month while working out away from the team facility. The Broncos initially placed James on the reserve/non-football injury list.

James, who had opted out of the 2020 season, played in only three games for the Broncos after they signed him to a four-year, $51 million contract before the 2019 campaign. He dealt with a knee injury that season and played only 63 snaps for the Broncos.

James, 28, was set to earn $13 million (nearly $10 million in base salary and $3 million in signing bonus) this season.

James was the Miami Dolphins' first-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2014. Injuries cost him 18 games during his five seasons with the Dolphins before he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

Hamilton, 26, was scheduled to make $2.183 million this season in a crowded depth chart.

Hamilton finished fifth on the team in receiving yards (293) in 2020. With Courtland Sutton (ACL) scheduled to return this season, Hamilton would be battling Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler for playing time as well.

Hamilton had 81 career receptions for 833 yards and five touchdowns in 46 games (nine starts) for the Broncos, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Reports: S Bobby McCain agrees to one-year deal with WFT

Reports: S Bobby McCain agrees to one-year deal with WFT

The Washington Football team is on the verge of signing veteran safety Bobby McCain to a one-year deal, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told multiple outlets.

McCain was released by the Miami Dolphins on May 6 and visited Washington on Monday.

Washington was in the market for safety help as Landon Collins (Achilles) is projected to miss the start of the campaign. Collins was injured in late October of the 2020 season.

McCain, 27, played in all 16 games (15 starts) for the Dolphins in 2020 and posted 46 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2015, McCain registered 254 tackles, seven interceptions and four sacks in 87 games (55 starts) with Miami.

The Dolphins clear $5.66 million in cap space by releasing McCain, per reports.

Tom Brady to resume throwing after 'serious knee surgery'

Tom Brady to resume throwing after 'serious knee surgery'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is expected to begin throwing next week for the first time since undergoing offseason knee surgery, coach Bruce Arians said on Friday.

Brady is aiming to participate in next month's minicamp, however Arians isn't overly concerned over whether or not the 43-year-old is ready to do so.

"I told him, 'Just take it easy,'" Arians told reporters on Friday after the team's first rookie camp practice. "He wants to get his arm in shape and he's gotta take the time on that leg. You throw with your legs as much as your arm. He knows that so, 'Just take your time and make sure you're right.'"

Brady appeared on a Hodinkee radio podcast earlier this week and described his knee surgery as "pretty serious."

"I had a pretty serious knee surgery this offseason, which is the first surgery I've had in about 12 years," Brady said on the podcast. "I was really interested to see how it was going to go, because last year it just took a lot. Every week I was kind of tending to my knee, and I thought I would love to see a season where I can focus on some other strength stuff that I want to do, some other technique stuff where I'm not just focused on protecting my knee all the time.

"So It's been pretty intense this offseason from that standpoint, because it's been six and a half weeks that I've been dealing with the rehab process. The season went pretty long, obviously into February. It's just now that I'm starting to feel like the offseason is happening. And I'm going to blink my eyes and the offseason is going to be over."

Three days after the Super Bowl triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady was spotted wearing a brace or sleeve on his left knee during the team's victory parade.

Also, first-round pick Joe Tryon underwent arthroscopic surgery last month and Arians said he should be ready to practice by the minicamp. Tryon, a linebacker, was the 32nd overall pick from Washington.

Ravens rookie Ben Cleveland hungry for job ... and squirrel

Ravens rookie Ben Cleveland hungry for job ... and squirrel

The diet of offensive linemen can get pretty hairy at times, however one "item" on the menu of Baltimore Ravens rookie guard Ben Cleveland very well may take the cake.

Nicknamed "Big Country," the third-round pick out of Georgia admitted that he's eaten a few squirrels while growing up in the small town of Toccoa, Ga.

"I don't know if it was a specific diet. It's more so one of those things where you eat what you've got in the freezer from the fall," the 6-foot-6, 343-pound Cleveland said. "Had a few squirrels freeze dried in there. Get a little hungry, ain't got no deer meat left, fry you up a squirrel or two and just go eat that."

When asked how it tastes, Cleveland ... well, let him tell you.

"It tastes like squirrel. I don't know how else to explain it to you," he said. "Some squirrels in south Georgia, they'll taste a little bit more nutty. Up here, our acorns and stuff aren't really as strong as the ones down south. Most of them up here, it just tastes like squirrel. If you put enough seasoning on it, you can make it taste like anything you want it to taste like."

Bears QB Justin Fields: 'Made for this'

Bears QB Justin Fields: 'Made for this'

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is willing to sit to begin his NFL career because he trusts the coaching staff. But he'll also be working every day to take the No. 1 job.

Fields, speaking Friday before the team began rookie minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., said he won't rock the boat if Chicago plans to let him learn from the sideline as a rookie.

And if he's thrust into the spotlight, where he stood Friday, Fields said it's all good.

"I kinda feel like I'm made for this. I'm built for this. It's nothing new to me," Fields said at Halas Hall.

"I think everybody on our team should be striving for a starting job and if you're not, then there's no reason for you to be here. So, of course, I'm going to do everything that I can to get that starting job. It's not up to me, coach Nagy has a set plan on my development and stuff like that. I'm just gonna work hard and keep my head down and just keep grinding it out everyday."

The Bears signed Andy Dalton in free agency and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles remains on the roster. Former first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky was allowed to leave in free agency and signed with the Buffalo Bills.

But Chicago traded up with the New York Giants to select Fields 11th overall for a reason. The Ohio State product was the fourth quarterback chosen in the 2021 draft.

Coach Matt Nagy, speaking to NFL Network on Wednesday, was again implying a commitment to Dalton.

"The obvious one here with the draft just happening is with (Fields) and us going up to get him. We know what we have sitting in front of us with him. We gotta make sure that he has a successful entry plan and we don't know how that's gonna look," Nagy said. "But at the same point and time, we have (Dalton) on our roster. Andy's come in here and done a really good job in these Zoom meetings and he's really excited, too, to be a big part of this and see what he can do with us. It is unique. It's gonna be different."

Nagy is not available this weekend due to a close contact testing positive for COVID-19. Nagy has not yet received the vaccine and is in quarantine. He'll review workouts of Fields and others post-practice as the Bears begin developing a plan for Fields and the QB position entering training camp.

"I think it's very important for the players to trust the coaches and the coaches to trust the players," Fields said. "Whatever coach Nagy has planned for me, it's what I'm going to do, and what I'm going to follow."

Browns rookie LB denies heart an issue

Browns rookie LB denies heart an issue

Concerns about a cardiac irregularity might have caused Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to drop out of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he insisted Friday he's fully healthy.

The Notre Dame product and college All-American was widely projected as a first-round pick before a heart issue was detected during medical re-checks at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"My heart is 100 percent healthy," Owusu-Koramoah said via Zoom on Friday before Browns rookie minicamp. "You can see that going through the protocol, going through the tests, going through the EKGs and going through the past MRIs and things like that. It's not an issue. It's not something I'm worried about."

Neither is the Browns medical staff, Owusu-Koramoah said.

"It starts from something that really was based on the combine and some of their testing and what they saw," he said. "But we have doctors here in the Cleveland Browns that I was just speaking to yesterday in terms of those same (medical) reports that (doctors before) the draft saw. The reports look fine. The EKGs look fine."

Owusu-Koramoah landed in Cleveland because the Browns traded up seven spots to select him 52nd overall in the middle of the second round.

"We just thought he was one of the more talented prospects in this year's class," Browns general manager Andrew Berry said following the draft. "He's completely healthy. There's really nothing in his background that would suggest he can't have a nice, long career."

Packers coach wants Aaron Rodgers back 'in the worst way'

Packers coach wants Aaron Rodgers back 'in the worst way'

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Green Bay wants MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers back for the 2021 season.

Rodgers was not scheduled to attend minicamp at Lambeau Field as the teams rookies and young veterans convene for three days of workouts.

But the storyline surrounding Rodgers' simmering standoff with the Packers won't subside.

"We still obviously feel the same way. We want him back in the worst way," LaFleur said Friday. "I know he knows that. And we'll continue to work at it each and every day."

LaFleur said the post-draft signing of veteran quarterback Blake Bortles was in no way connected to the Rodgers situation.

A rift between Rodgers and the Packers was not exactly a secret prior to the detailed draft-day reports of a growing fracture in their relationship. Rodgers reportedly has informed general manager Brian Gutekunst he will not play for the team again.

On draft day, Gutekunst admitted there are parts of the situation with Rodgers that he would handle differently if given another opportunity. He and team president Mark Murphy publicly said the franchise won't trade the franchise quarterback.

Rodgers, 37, has played for the Packers for his entire NFL career, leading Green Bay to victory in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season and winning three MVP awards.

His record as Green Bay's starting quarterback is 126-63-1 since he replaced Brett Favre in 2008.

Dolphins sign No. 6 pick Jaylen Waddle

Dolphins sign No. 6 pick Jaylen Waddle

Sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle signed a four-year $27.1 million guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins that includes a $17.1 million signing bonus.

Waddle was the second wide receiver drafted in the 2021 draft and reunites with former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.

The contract includes a team option for a fifth season, as is customary for NFL first-rounders.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said the work the scouting staff did on Tagovailoa last year made the Waddle pick a pretty simple decision.

"In doing that, we saw really all the players at Alabama, and Waddle was somebody who definitely stood out as a receiver, as a returner, just a really good player," Flores said.

Waddle joins a wide receiver group in Miami that includes free-agent addition Will Fuller and DeVante Parker.

When targeting Waddle in college, Tagovailoa averaged 16.6 yards per completion and had a 74.1 percent completion rate.

Waddle went one pick after LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals) and before Heisman-winning teammate DeVonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles).

Report: Broncos agree to one-year deal with OT Cameron Fleming

Report: Broncos agree to one-year deal with OT Cameron Fleming

The Denver Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with offensive tackle Cameron Fleming on Thursday, according to a report from Denver's 9News, one day after the team signed offensive tackle Bobby Massie.

The Broncos are looking to replace Ja'Wuan James, who is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.

Fleming, 28, who started all 16 games for the New York Giants last season at right tackle, will earn $3.67 million, according to the report.

Fleming played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots after he was a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 out of Stanford. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2018-19 before he joined the Giants last season.

Last season was the first time Fleming started more than seven games in a single season.

Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes

Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes

The Kansas City Chiefs acquired cornerback Mike Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their 2022 sixth-round pick, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Vikings moved on from Hughes after just three seasons. Their first-round pick in 2018, Hughes only played 24 games for the Vikings in three years due to a variety of injuries.

Minnesota declined to pick up Hughes' fifth-year option, making him a free agent following the 2021 season.

Hughes was the most experienced corner on Minnesota's roster entering 2020, but a neck injury forced him onto injured reserve after just four games. He recorded 80 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his time in Minnesota.

Hughes joins a Kansas City secondary that includes safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen and cornerback Charvarius Ward, who is entering his fourth pro season and started 29 of a possible 32 games the past two years.

Report: Free agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick visiting Pats

Report: Free agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick visiting Pats

Veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is visiting the New England Patriots, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The 31-year-old free agent started 11 of his 14 games with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020 following an eight-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals.

He registered 56 tackles and three interceptions with the Cardinals, boosting his career totals to 358 tackles, 13 picks and three sacks in 113 games (78 starts).

He has returned two interceptions for touchdowns in his career, one against Baltimore's Joe Flacco in 2013 and another against Denver's Peyton Manning in 2014.

Cincinnati selected Kirkpatrick in the first round (17th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama.

Report: Broncos cut WR DaeSean Hamilton

Report: Broncos cut WR DaeSean Hamilton

The Denver Broncos have cut wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton after failing to find a trade partner for the three-year player, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Hamilton, 26, was scheduled to make $2.183 million this season in a crowded depth chart.

Hamilton finished fifth on the team in receiving yards (293) in 2020. With Courtland Sutton (ACL) scheduled to return this season, Hamilton would be buried behind Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler as well.

Hamilton had 81 career receptions for 833 yards and five touchdowns in 46 games (nine starts) for the Broncos, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Tom Brady Sr. 'salivating' over Bucs-Patriots clash

Tom Brady Sr. 'salivating' over Bucs-Patriots clash

Tom Brady appears to be bracing for an awkward reunion when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit his former team, the New England Patriots, on Oct. 3.

The quarterback's father, Tom Brady Sr., had a much different take, however.

The father is anxiously awaiting his son's return to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., after the latter spent the first 20 seasons of his NFL career with the Patriots.

"I saw the schedule come out last night, and I started salivating when I saw that we play the Patriots in the fourth game of the season and that we're coming up here to make our record 4-0 after the fourth game," Brady Sr. said on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Thursday morning.

"We expect to beat the Patriots rather handily, frankly."

The son quickly took to social media and offered a much different view of the game.

"It's like when your high school friends meet your college friends," Brady, 43, wrote on Twitter.

The younger Brady will return to his former NFL home as a seven-time Super Bowl champion, his latest coming last year in his first season with the Buccaneers.

"I think that the fans at Gillette will embrace him until the opening kickoff, and then they're gonna boo the hell out of him, which is great," Brady Sr. said.

"I think the fans appreciate everything he's done. I assume that the fans have appreciated everything he's done for them for 20 years, but at the same time they're Patriots fans, they're not Buccaneers fans. So while you're rooting for Tommy, you're rooting against the Buccaneers."

Attorney: Deshaun Watson accusers won't settle

Attorney: Deshaun Watson accusers won't settle

The attorney for the 22 women accusing Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct said they won't accept a financial settlement in exchange for dropping their lawsuits.

Attorney Tony Buzbee told FOX 26 in Houston in a phone interview Wednesday night that the women will let the cases play out. The cases are linked to massage sessions.

Buzbee said four of his clients have met with investigators for the NFL and even more have talked with the Houston Police Department. He praised law enforcement's interaction with the women but criticized the league.

"Some of the women did not feel like they were being respected," Buzbee told the station, adding, "Let's be clear. Every time these women recount the situation, they have to relive it."

He said more women have indicated they will cooperate with the league investigation but he isn't sure he will permit it.

Watson and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, have denied allegations that anything inappropriate occurred during the massage sessions. In a news conference on April 9, Hardin acknowledged that Watson had "consensual encounters" with women on some occasions.

"I'm not going into what it is, the nature, the numbers or with whom," Hardin said. "The question always, that we have always been emphasizing: Never, at any time, under any circumstances ... did this young man ever engage in anything that was not mutually desired by the other party."

The league is taking the lead on the investigation into Watson's alleged actions, with the Texans and new head coach David Culley in a wait-and-see mode regarding the status of their franchise quarterback as they plan for the 2021 season.

The franchise signed veteran Tyrod Taylor, an unrestricted free agent, on March 22. They also added Ryan Finley in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals and selected Davis Mills of Stanford in the third round of the NFL draft last month.

General manager Nick Caserio said this week that with about four months before the start of the season, his team's quarterback situation is the same as every other team's.

"We're all at the same point, essentially," Caserio said Monday at the Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic, via team transcript. "We're early in the offseason program. It's a teaching time of year. So, the next phase will be Phase Two, so that will entail some other things. Again, we'll take it one step at a time. We're not going to put any unreasonable expectations on anybody. It's kind of a waste of everybody's time. It's how do they improve? Can they make adjustments? What do they do one day? OK, can they stack multiple days together? Look, they're going to have setbacks. You're going to go out there, you're going to have a bad play. OK, how do you respond to that? Can you make the adjustment? Do you understand why that happened? Those are the types of things right now that are really important."

The offseason relationship between Watson, 25, and the team already was rocky before the first of the lawsuits was filed in March.

Last September, the Texans signed Watson to a four-year, $156 million contract extension. His relationship with the team has soured since, however, and he has requested a trade.

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.