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Jets QB Flacco won't be ready for Week 1

Jets QB Flacco won't be ready for Week 1

New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco said Tuesday he won't be ready for the scheduled start of the regular season in September as he recovers from April surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

"I can't speak to exactly when I'm going to be ready, but it will not be Day 1," Flacco said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio. "Obviously, we'll get with the doctors, and I have another checkup come August, so we'll see where that goes."

Multiple outlets have reported Flacco won't be cleared for contact until late August or early September. The Jets' regular-season schedule -- assuming it goes as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic -- begins Sept. 13 at Buffalo, exactly one month after their preseason opener against the Giants.

Flacco, 35, played eight games with the Denver Broncos in 2019 but hurt his neck midseason and landed on injured reserve. He was released in March with a failed physical designation before agreeing to a reported one-year, $1.5 million deal -- with up to $3 million in additional incentives -- with the Jets on Friday.

He said he doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.

"I've had some things happen, got injured and had to have surgery," said Flacco, who also tore his ACL in 2015 and was sidelined by a hip injury in 2018. "I have to find my way back into the league. I want to play for years to come."

Flacco will compete to back up Sam Darnold, who was the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Fellow quarterbacks David Fales and rookie James Morgan -- a fourth-round pick -- are also on the roster.

"I want to help the team in any way possible and also be a guy Sam can lean on, that he can learn from," Flacco said.

Flacco went 2-6 as a starter for Denver, passing for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 171 career games with the Ravens and Broncos.

Manning family cancels annual passing academy

Manning family cancels annual passing academy

The 2020 Manning Passing Academy was canceled Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The elite camp for high school quarterbacks is held each year by former NFL quarterbacks Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. This year would have marked the event's 25th anniversary.

"There are times during a ballgame when you have to call an audible, and I'm disappointed to say that we are going to have to call one now and postpone this year's camp to comply with the next stage of (health and safety) guidelines," Archie Manning wrote in a statement.

Current policies in Louisiana prohibit sleepover camps until further notice.

The academy typically involves more than 1,200 campers and 200 coaches, trainers and support staff.

Those who already paid for the 2020 camp will have their registration rolled over to 2021 (June 24-27). Anyone who cannot attend in 2021 can request a refund.

Rams CB Ramsey says he won't hold out

Rams CB Ramsey says he won't hold out

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey said Tuesday he will report to training camp on time, with or without a new contract in place.

"The Rams know where I stand, and I think that's all that matters at the end of the day," he told the NFL Network's Steve Wyche. "It will get handled. They have been in contact with my agent. They are on the same page. They know what's up. I know what's up. I'm going to let them handle that.

"I can't worry about that. I can control what I can control. Everybody knew what type of situation it was going to be once they traded for me. It doesn't need to be talked about that much. It will get handled. I will let then handle the business side of it. I will focus on football."

The Rams acquired Ramsey midway through the 2019 season in a trade that sent two first-round picks and a 2021 fourth-rounder to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 25-year-old three-time Pro Bowl selection is due to earn $13.7 million in the fifth year of his rookie contract in 2020.

Including nine games with the Rams, Ramsey finished the 2019 season with 50 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception.

Through 60 career games, the 2016 first-round pick (No. 5 overall) has 243 tackles, 49 passes defensed, 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2017.

Dolphins' Ross: There will be football in 2020

Dolphins' Ross: There will be football in 2020

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spoke confidently Tuesday when asked to assess the likelihood of the 2020 NFL season being played as scheduled.

"I think there definitely will be a football season this year," Ross said in an appearance on CNBC.

Ross is not quite as certain about fans being permitted to attend games at Hard Rock Stadium, but management is working toward the goal of holding at least 15,000 fans in a checkerboard seating arrangement that meets social distancing standards. The franchise is also being certified in sanitation and cleanliness practices that could allow for a larger number of fans on gameday.

"Real question is: Will there be fans in the stadium? Right now, today, we're planning to have fans in the stadium," he said.

Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel released his limited-capacity plan publicly earlier this month. The Pittsburgh Steelers went forward with sales of single-game tickets but allotted only 50 percent of the stadium's capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NFL has not yet taken an official position on whether fans would be allowed. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the NFL draft the health and safety of fans would be of utmost importance, but the league isn't planning to make a rushed decision on what equates as a massive revenue driver for all teams.

The league released its schedule with the opener set for Sept. 10 in Kansas City. But team facilities remain closed and practice fields are empty in a first-of-its-kind offseason that involved only virtual team meetings and workouts.

"The NFL, I think, will be ready to go," Ross said.

NFL's Vincent on PI reviews: 'We failed ... I failed'

NFL's Vincent on PI reviews: 'We failed ... I failed'

Troy Vincent isn't giving himself or the NFL a pass for the unsuccessful introduction of pass-interference video reviews last year.

Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations, oversaw the one-year trial of replaying pass-interference calls. The NFL recently pulled the plug on such video reviews.

The NFL is now looking at adding a "sky judge" in the booth for all games, a decision that could be made Thursday when team owners conduct a virtual meeting.

"We cannot fail this year," Vincent told NBC Sports' Peter King. "We saw, a year ago, when (the pass-interference rule) played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year ... those outcomes were not good for professional football. Because we didn't do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They (officials) should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow.

"We failed. I'm first in line. I shared that (with league officials). I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again. What did we learn from that? We've got to do our due diligence. You can't rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences. And we found that out last year, live and in action, publicly.

"We didn't do (our due diligence) last year, and we failed, and we failed miserably."

Vincent weighed in on the sky-judge debate, telling King, "The concept of the eighth man in the booth has some merit. But we just don't have the pipeline (of officials) today. Can we get there? Yes. But today, it could be a challenge."

Terry McAulay, a former NFL referee who is now an NBC rules analyst, told King about the challenge of introducing sky judges, "Finding 17 people who have the skills to do the job and then clearly defining which rules can be enforced and which rules cannot be enforced are extremely problematic. Until there is a consensus on both of those issues, it would be difficult to imagine how this could be successfully implemented."

The NFL's decision to allow video reviews of pass-interference calls was prompted by an non-call that likely cost the New Orleans Saints a spot in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman struck New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis too soon on a play that would have given the Saints a first down with an opportunity to run out the clock and kick a game-winning field goal. However, the infraction wasn't flagged, and Los Angeles eventually earned a 26-23 overtime victory.

Tomlin favors Rooney Rule incentives

Tomlin favors Rooney Rule incentives

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took to an unexpected venue to express his support changing the NFL's Rooney Rule.

Tomlin spoke Monday with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari's "Coffee with Cal" Facebook show.

The NFL is exploring the idea of allowing teams that hire minority head coaches or general managers to move up in the order for a future draft.

According to ESPN, Tomlin told Calipari, "We've always taken it from the approach of, punitive if you don't interview minority candidates or things of that nature. I just like the different approach in terms of spinning it 180 and talking about maybe incentivizing those that develop the talent and those that hire the talent."

The NFL established the Rooney Rule in 2003, requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head-coaching jobs. In 2009, the league added the same stipulations for senior football operations jobs.

Last week, the Rooney Rule was expanded again, requiring teams to interview at least two external minority candidates for head-coaching openings, and at least one external minority candidate for vacancies at offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, general manager and senior football operation roles.

The NFL made another rule change last week, with teams no longer allowed to block assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator positions. That move is viewed as another positive for minority candidates seeking to gain experience.

The league tabled a resolution that would see teams to move up 10 places in the third round of the draft ahead of the second year under a newly hired minority GM. For newly hired minority head coaches, teams would get a six-place jump in the third round of the draft before his second season.

Should a team hire a minority head coach and GM in the same year, the rise would be 16 places in the third round -- potentially into the second round.

Tomlin didn't say he agrees with the letter of the tabled change, just the spirit.

Tomlin is joined by the Los Angeles Chargers' Anthony Lynn, the Miami Dolphins' Brian Flores and the Washington Redskins' newly hired Ron Rivera as the NFL's only minority head coaches.

"We're making some adjustments because we're acknowledging right now that the system is broken, that minorities are not getting enough opportunity," Tomlin told Calipari, according to ESPN. "And we're trying to just figure out how to stimulate that. ... I agree it's debatable about the value placed on the incentivized plan, but I just generally like the discussion."

Last week, Lynn told CBS Radio of the draft-pick-incentive plan, "I think sometimes you can do the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing."

Tony Dungy, the first African American to win a Super Bowl as a head coach, said last week of the draft-pick proposal, "I don't think personally it's the right thing to do. ... I just have never been in favor of rewarding people for doing the right thing. And so I think there's going to be some unintended consequences."

Tomlin and Calipari touched on other topics, including the potential for football to be played this fall without fans in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm really interested in the emotional (impact) in those significant moments, and seeing and feeling what that means," Tomlin said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Tomlin wasn't a fan of holding recent offseason team meetings online.

"You don't get the feeling you get when you're teaching somebody," he said, according to the Herald-Leader. "You're sitting in the room with them, and you feel their body language. (You sense) 'Yeah, that guy gets it.'"

They also turned their attention to the upcoming Kentucky college basketball season, with Calipari telling Tomlin, per the newspaper, "My worry right now ... is I have one player returning from last year."

Tomlin reportedly replied with a laugh, "You love that challenge."

Tolbert: Panthers mismanaged Newton past few years

Tolbert: Panthers mismanaged Newton past few years

One of Cam Newton's former teammates said he thinks the Carolina Panthers erred multiple times in regard to their treatment of the quarterback.

Retired three-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert told The Athletic on Monday that the Panthers mismanaged Newton both before and during his departure.

When asked if the team erred by waiting to release Newton relatively late in free agency, Tolbert was blunt with his response. "Yes," he said.

Tolbert, 34, didn't stop there, however.

"They've been doing him wrong timing-wise for the past two or three years, if you ask me," said Tolbert, who played with the Panthers from 2012-16.

"It goes back to his shoulder surgery. Everyone knew his shoulder was messed up in the middle of the year two years ago. But they wait until offseason gets ready to start to have shoulder surgery. Makes no sense. Timing's off. As soon as he got hurt (last) preseason against the Patriots, they were saying, 'Oh, he's got a high-ankle sprain.' ... But you wait 'til December for him to beg you to have surgery. He shouldn't have been out there Week 1 and 2. He shouldn't have been out there probably 'til Week 4 or 5, at minimum."

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has yet to sign with another team since the Panthers saved $19.1 million in salary-cap space by releasing him on March 24.

The 31-year-old Newton is coming off of Lisfranc surgery and had a shoulder operation prior to the 2019 season.

In limited action in 2019, Newton passed for 572 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Overall, he has thrown for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions in 125 games (124 starts). He also has rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 scores.

Newton was the NFL MVP in 2015 when he passed for 3,837 yards and a career-best 35 touchdowns while leading Carolina to the Super Bowl. He was intercepted 10 times and also rushed for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Warner heaps high praise on Bengals QB Burrow

Warner heaps high praise on Bengals QB Burrow

Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner has heard instant comparisons between himself and top overall pick Joe Burrow, and he seems to be on board.

"I actually had seen that a couple times out there -- people making that comparison," Warner, 48, told Arizona Sports' Doug & Wolf. "And I kind of like it, based on what I've seen. If you go back and look at what they did at LSU, 80 percent of the time, they went five out. Five-man protection, get everybody out, put it in the quarterback's hands, deal the football.

"The accuracy part of it, the ability to make the throw down the field. But where he thrived was quick decisions, accuracy and decision-making. And that, to me, is exactly how I played the game."

While Warner was not drafted upon entering the league, Burrow is set to begin his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals amid plenty of hype.

Burrow, who grew up in southeastern Ohio, led LSU to the national championship and won the Heisman Trophy in 2019. He completed 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-record 60 touchdowns. Only six of his 527 passes were intercepted.

Burrow will be charged with turning around a Cincinnati team that went 2-14 in 2019. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1990.

Warner finished his NFL career as a two-time league MVP and four-time Pro Bowl selection. He played 12 NFL seasons with the then-St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals, making three Super Bowl appearances and winning one (SB XXXIV).

Belichick, McCarthy favored to win NFL Coach of Year honors

Belichick, McCarthy favored to win NFL Coach of Year honors

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a favorite to win his fourth NFL Coach of the Year honor in the eyes of two sportsbooks.

Belichick, who won the award in 2003, 2007 and 2010, joined Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy at +1200 to win the award, per FanDuel.

The six-time Super Bowl-winning coach was listed at +1000 to win the award by DraftKings, ahead of both McCarthy (+1400) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians (+1400).

Arians, who has Belichick's former quarterback Tom Brady under center for the Bucs this season, joined Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich in being listed at +1400 by FanDuel.

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was listed at +1800 by FanDuel, followed by Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills), Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland Browns), Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers) and Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) -- all at +2000.

Shahanan was given +1600 odds by DraftKings, with Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid joining Kingsbury, McDermott, Reich, Vrabel and Stefanski at +2000.

If you're looking for a longshot, FanDuel listed Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone at +5000. DraftKings had the Jaguars coach accompanying Matt Patricia (Detroit), Bill O'Brien (Houston Texans) and Adam Gase (New York Jets) at +5000.

Report: Giants hire offensive quality control coach

Report: Giants hire offensive quality control coach

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge has hired one of his former players as an offensive quality control coach, per multiple outlets.

Nick Williams, a wide receiver at Alabama when Judge was the Crimson Tide's special teams assistant, appeared to confirm the news by changing his Twitter profile picture to a Giants logo on Sunday.

Williams spent the last three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Southern Illinois.

His playing career at Alabama (2009-12) overlapped Judge's tenure (2009-11) on Nick Saban's staff and included three national championships.

He is the son of former Michigan State head coach Bobby Williams.

Chargers TE Henry not worried about playing under franchise tag

Chargers TE Henry not worried about playing under franchise tag

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is looking for a long-term contract, however he said he has no issue playing under the franchise tag this season if he and the team don't real a deal.

"I think it's fine," Henry told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"Obviously, I think I would like to get something done; just security, and long term and just with the team and the franchise. It's another year of playing football, man, that's how I look at it."

July 15 is the deadline for franchise tag players to sign long-term contract extensions. In April, he signed the one-year franchise tag offer and will earn $10.6 million this season.

Henry, 25, admitted that talks have slowed on a new deal, however.

"There were (talks) a while back, but we haven't really done much since," Henry said. "Hopefully we can get something going this summer and get it going that way."

Henry 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.

He missed all of the 2018 season with a torn ACL.

Overall, 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.

Report: Jets listening but not shopping S Adams

Report: Jets listening but not shopping S Adams

The New York Jets will listen to any trade offers but are "not going to shop" safety Jamal Adams despite the All-Pro's potential interest in being dealt, Yahoo Sports reported early Saturday.

Per the report, Adams wants to be traded if his contract is not extended before the 2020 season, but the Jets would prefer to keep Adams and sign him to an extension in 2021. In the meantime, the Jets will not shop Adams, and his agent does not have permission to seek a deal, but they'll listen to teams that call.

Adams, 24, is coming off his second Pro Bowl appearance and first first-team All-Pro selection in three seasons, but he is under contract through 2021 after the Jets picked up his fifth-year option. He will make $3.6 million between salary and bonuses in 2020, with a $9.9 million salary in 2021.

According to Yahoo, the Jets aren't ready to make Adams the league's highest-paid safety at this point but could in 2021. Their asking price for Adams when the possibility of a trade emerged last fall was first- and third-round picks, but that isn't necessarily the price now.

The report adds that Adams would prefer, if traded, to land with his hometown Dallas Cowboys, but he would play for other teams. The report also suggests Adams' father, former NFL running back George Adams, is encouraging a trade.

Multiple outlets reported Friday that the Jets and Adams had reached an impasse in extension talks, prompting the increased trade speculation.

The Cowboys and other teams reportedly discussed a deal for Adams before the trade deadline last October, but the Jets' asking price wasn't met. New York general manager Joe Douglas has been open his obligation to listen to offers on any player, but he has said he wants to keep Adams long-term.

Adams had 75 tackles (10 for loss), seven pass breakups and an interception last year while also tallying 6.5 sacks in 14 games. That figure was 1.5 sacks shy of the single-season record for a safety (Adrian Wilson, 2015).

In three seasons since being drafted sixth overall, Adams has 273 tackles (28 for loss), 25 pass breakups, two interceptions and 12 sacks.

Brady, Eli Manning exchange good-natured barbs on Twitter

Brady, Eli Manning exchange good-natured barbs on Twitter

The Brady-Manning trash talk started a day early on Saturday.

Retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning launched his first-ever Twitter account, and one of the first comments he got came from Tom Brady, whom Manning beat twice in the Super Bowl with come-from-behind, fourth-quarter wins.

"Welcome @EliManning," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback wrote to Manning. "In typical fashion, you never showed up until the 4th quarter anyway."

Manning had a comeback for Brady, who is playing in Sunday's "The Match: Champions for Charity" golf tournament. Brady will be paired with Phil Mickelson, while Tiger Woods will partner with Eli's big brother, Peyton Manning.

"Hope your golf game is as polished as your Twitter game. Don't hit it in the lumberyard," the younger Manning responded to Brady.

Manning's Giants defeated Brady's previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14, in 2008. Four years later, the Giants won 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.

Saints sign ex-Steelers LB Chickillo

Saints sign ex-Steelers LB Chickillo

The New Orleans Saints officially signed linebacker Anthony Chickillo. Terms weren't disclosed.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Saturday confirmed the transaction, which was reported by multiple outlets earlier this week.

Chickillo, 27, spent five seasons with Pittsburgh after the Steelers took him in the sixth round of the 2015 draft.

He played in 11 games last season and registered 19 tackles and a half-sack.

He missed time due to injury and also a weeklong stay on the reserve/commissioner's exempt list after an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. The charges against him in Fayette County, Pa., were later dropped.

In 65 career NFL games, Chickillo has 97 tackles (11 for loss), 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three passes defensed.

Mahomes to Texas Tech grads: 'Win your own Super Bowl'

Mahomes to Texas Tech grads: 'Win your own Super Bowl'

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes addressed graduates of his alma mater, Texas Tech, on Saturday, encouraging them to "go out and win your own Super Bowl."

"I know this isn't the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned, but that doesn't change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone," the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said in his address that aired during the school's virtual commencement. "I know this is sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student."

The ceremony was held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mahomes continued in his statement, which lasted about 75 seconds, saying:

"But the world is in a different place today than it was just a few weeks ago. And as Red Raiders, we're built to persevere in difficult times. We've all had to take a moment and learn to adjust to these new challenges. And when the odds are stacked against us, we make a play -- and I can tell you this is going to make us all more competitive and hungrier than ever.

"Remember, this is still a day to celebrate, to look back on your friends you made, the professors who have changed your life and the memories that you will cherish forever. Whatever plans lie in front of you, I have no doubt you will go out there and show the world what it means to come from Lubbock, Texas. Go out and win your Super Bowl. Congrats, Class of 2020. I can't wait to see what you do next."

Mahomes played three seasons (2014-16) at Texas Tech before becoming a first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his first season as a starter for Kansas City in 2018, he was named league Most Valuable Player. After the 2019 season, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.

He isn't the only NFL player to take part in a virtual commencement this spring. Three weeks ago, twins Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, who play for the Seattle Seahawks, addressed the graduates at UCF, where they played.

Report: RB Freeman willing to sit out 2020 season

Report: RB Freeman willing to sit out 2020 season

Free agent running back Devonta Freeman is willing to sit out the 2020 season if he doesn't get the right offer, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported.

Freeman, who spent the past six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, reportedly turned down a $4 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week.

"Freeman believes he is worth more than what was being offered and has insisted he is willing to sit out and skip the season if his number isn't met," Silver tweeted Friday.

The Falcons released Freeman in March with three years left on a five-year, $41.25 million extension he signed ahead of the 2017 season.

Freeman, 28, posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and made the Pro Bowl in both 2015 and 2016. He totaled 1,066 yards from scrimmage in 14 games last season.

In 77 career games with Atlanta, he rushed for 3,972 yards and 32 touchdowns and caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 scores.

NFL.com corrects Kaepernick's 'retired' designation

NFL.com corrects Kaepernick's 'retired' designation

NFL.com corrected Colin Kaepernick's designation from "retired" to "UFA," or unrestricted free agent.

The league's official website, which was recently redesigned and added the "retired" status, updated the quarterback's designation after the error was pointed out Friday night.

"Thank you to everyone who held the @NFL accountable for falsely reporting that Colin 'retired' on their website," Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa Diab, tweeted Saturday morning. "They heard you loud & clear bc the NFL put the accurate description that @Kaepernick7 is a Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA). Tell them to stop denying him employment."

Kaepernick, 32, has not played in the NFL since finishing the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017 alleging collusion by the owners to keep him out of the league for kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice. He settled with the NFL in February 2019.

Last November, Kaepernick held a workout for representatives from eight NFL teams to show his readiness but got no job offers.

A second-round draft pick in 2011, Kaepernick started 58 games over six seasons with the 49ers and passed for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He also ran for 2,300 yards and 13 scores. During the 2012 season, he led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII, a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Ex-NFL QB Leaf arrested on domestic battery charge

Ex-NFL QB Leaf arrested on domestic battery charge

Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ryan Leaf was arrested on a domestic battery charge in California.

He was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Palm Desert. He was released on $5,000 bail later in the day, according to Riverside County jail records. His next court appearance was set for Sept. 25.

Leaf, 44, played at Washington State and was the No. 2 overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft, following Peyton Manning. While Manning went on to win two Super Bowls and is a lock for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Leaf lasted just three years in the league, posting a 4-17 record as a starter with the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys. He threw for 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 25 games.

Since the end of his NFL career, Leaf has faced problems with both substance abuse and the law. He was arrested twice in 2012, charged with burglary and theft of prescription drugs. In 2014, he was sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted of breaking into a Montana house and stealing drugs.

In a 2019 interview, Leaf credited his cellmate, a military veteran, with helping him to turn his life around. Since then, he has worked with the NFL Legends Community, which offers assistance to former players, and as an analyst for Pac-12 games on ESPN.

Report: Seahawks reach deal with RB Hyde

Report: Seahawks reach deal with RB Hyde

The Seattle Seahawks and running back Carlos Hyde reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $4 million, the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

The agreement came after the Seahawks' contract talks with running back Devonta Freeman reportedly "hit a standstill," according to the Seattle Times.

Hyde, 28, recorded career-high totals in carries (245) and rushing yards (1,070) to go along with six touchdowns last season with the Houston Texans.

The Seahawks would mark the sixth team for Hyde since he was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played four seasons with the 49ers (2014-17) before splitting the 2018 season between the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hyde signed a one-year, $2.8 million with the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2019 before being traded to the Texans for tackle Martinas Rankin prior to the season.

The Seahawks have a full crew of running backs already under contract and are considered bringing back Marshawn Lynch, per reports.

Chris Carson is the lead back with Rashaad Penny, a 2018 first-round pick who could start the season on the physically unable to perform list due to a serious knee injury, and 2020 fourth-round pick DeeJay Dallas joining Travis Homer among the team's backups.

Reports: QB Flacco agrees to one-year deal with Jets

Reports: QB Flacco agrees to one-year deal with Jets

The New York Jets reportedly reached an agreement with quarterback Joe Flacco on a one-year contract.

Flacco's representation, JL Sports, initially reported the news over social media on Friday. ESPN's Adam Schefter announced that the contract was worth $1.5 million, although it can increase to $4.5 million if the former Super Bowl MVP reaches incentives.

The move will reunite Flacco with Jets general manager Joe Douglas, who was a scout with the Baltimore Ravens when the team selected the now-35-year-old quarterback with the 18th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Flacco is not expected to be medically cleared until at least late August after undergoing neck surgery, NFL Network reported earlier this month.

Flacco likely will back up Sam Darnold, who was the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Fellow quarterbacks David Fales and rookie James Morgan -- a fourth-round pick -- are also on the roster.

Flacco played eight games with the Denver Broncos in 2019 but was released with a failed physical designation. He was placed on injured reserve due to a herniated cervical disc in his neck.

Flacco went 2-6 as a starter for Denver, passing for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

He has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 171 career games with the Ravens and Broncos. He flourished during the 2012 postseason, throwing 11 touchdown passes without an interception over four games as Baltimore went on to win Super Bowl XLVII.

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