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Ravens P Sam Koch retires after 16 seasons

Ravens P Sam Koch retires after 16 seasons

Sam Koch retired from the NFL after 16 seasons, 256 games and one Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens.

"I am grateful of you for taking a chance on me," Koch said Thursday while seated between head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta.

Koch was the longest-tenured player in Ravens' franchise history, joining the team in 2006 as a sixth-round pick out of Nebraska.

"You never really go into it thinking one of your best draft picks is going to be a punter," DeCosta said Thursday. "But in this case it's true."

An All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2015, Koch pinned 453 of his 1,168 career punts inside the 20-yard-line. For his directional punting skills, Harbaugh said Thursday that Koch "changed the game."

Koch, 39, was part of the Ravens' 2013 Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers in a game played in New Orleans and featuring the then-Superdome power outage.

A superb all-around athlete as identified by teammates, Koch completed 7 of 8 passes in his career with five first downs.

Giants' Daniel Jones 'confident' despite declined fifth-year option

Giants' Daniel Jones 'confident' despite declined fifth-year option

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones chose his words carefully Thursday when discussing new general manager Joe Schoen's decision not to fully guarantee his fifth-year option for 2023.

Jones, however, was clear in saying that he remains sold on his abilities.

"Yeah, I'm certainly confident in myself. I'm confident in the team we have and the coaches and the system," Jones said. "I think we're all learning it, and we're improving daily with it. There's a lot of reasons to be confident, I think, when you look at all those pieces. We've got to focus on what we're doing now. We can't focus on results and the season. That's a long way away."

He missed six games last season with a neck injury.

Jones has shown glimpses of potential in the three seasons since the Giants selected him with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Those glimpses weren't enough, however, as Schoen elected against paying the quarterback $22.3 million in 2023.

"That was certainly out of my control, out of my hands, and that's the business part of it. I understand that," said Jones, who turns 25 next week.

"My job is to prepare to play as well as I can, help the team win games, and that's certainly what I'm focused on."

And he'll try to do so under new head coach Brian Daboll, who previously aided in the development of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 starts last season. He had seven interceptions and seven fumbles.

Through 38 games (37 starts), he owns a 12-25 record with 8,398 passing yards, 45 TDs and 29 picks.

Commanders sign first-rounder Jahan Dotson

Commanders sign first-rounder Jahan Dotson

First-round pick Jahan Dotson signed a four-year contract with the Washington Commanders worth $15.1 million, according to the NFL salary slotting system.

Dotson, the 16th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, also has a fifth-year team option in his deal, customary for NFL first-rounders.

Dotson had 91 catches for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Penn State and was granted permission from head coach Ron Rivera to miss a day of the team's minicamp to attend graduation.

Dotson gives the rebuilt Washington offense a potential No. 2 receiver next to Terry McLaurin.

McLaurin is not attending team workouts while angling for a long-term deal. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract during an offseason in which wide receivers have raised the market value of the top players at the position significantly.

The Commanders are hoping to have all of the regulars assembled for a mandatory camp later this month, including new quarterback Carson Wentz.

Chargers sign veteran DL Morgan Fox

Chargers sign veteran DL Morgan Fox

The Los Angeles Chargers signed veteran defensive lineman Morgan Fox on Wednesday, agent David Canter declared via social media.

Fox, 27, played in all 17 games (nine starts) for the Carolina Panthers in 2021 and posted 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

He spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams after going undrafted in 2016.

Current Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was Fox's defensive coordinator with the Rams in 2020.

Fox has 12 sacks, 24 quarterback hits, 103 tackles and four fumble recoveries in 69 career games (15 starts).

Report: Jets sign 10th overall pick WR Garrett Wilson

Report: Jets sign 10th overall pick WR Garrett Wilson

The New York Jets agreed to a $20.55 million rookie deal with wide receiver Garrett Wilson on Wednesday, ESPN reported.

The four-year, fully guaranteed contract for the 10th overall pick out of Ohio State means the Jets have signed all three of their first-round selections.

Wilson, 21, posted 10 100-yard receiving games over three seasons with the Buckeyes, including each of his final three games in 2021.

The two-time All-Big Ten selection caught 143 passes for 2,213 yards and 23 touchdowns in 34 games (19 starts) from 2019-21.

New York previously signed cornerback Ahmad Gardner (No. 4 overall pick) and linebacker Jermaine Johnson (No. 26) to rookie contracts.

Reports: Giants agree to terms with pair of cornerbacks

Reports: Giants agree to terms with pair of cornerbacks

The New York Giants agreed to terms with cornerbacks Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Both players previously competed under Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in Baltimore. Like Canady and Dorsey, defensive tackle Justin Ellis and edge rusher Jihad Ward are also former Ravens to sign with New York this offseason.

The reported additions of Canady and Dorsey came on the same day that the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with former Giants cornerback James Bradberry to a one-year contract.

Canady, 27, recorded six tackles while playing in eight games last season with the Dallas Cowboys. He has collected 86 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 40 career games (four starts) with the Ravens, New York Jets and Cowboys.

Dorsey, 24, registered two tackles while playing in six games with the Ravens in 2020. He did not play last season due to an undisclosed injury.

Report: Bengals reach deal with 1st-round pick Daxton Hill

Report: Bengals reach deal with 1st-round pick Daxton Hill

The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract with first-round draft pick Daxton Hill, NFL Network reported on Wednesday.

Hill, a safety out of Michigan, was selected by the Bengals with the 31st overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hill recorded 69 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 14 games last season.

Hill collected 151 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 33 career games with the Wolverines.

Eagles, CB James Bradberry reach 1-year deal

Eagles, CB James Bradberry reach 1-year deal

Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.

The Eagles did not divulge financial terms of the deal, however multiple media outlets reported it was worth $10 million.

Bradberry was released in a cost-cutting move by the NFC East rival New York Giants on May 9. The Giants were unable to find a trade partner for Bradberry, who signed a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the Giants in March 2020.

Bradberry, 28, likely will be paired opposite four-time Pro Bowl selection Darius Slay in Philadelphia.

Bradberry recorded a career-high four interceptions in 17 games (16 starts) in 2021 for the Giants. He had also had 17 passes defensed to go with two fumble recoveries.

He made the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season.

Bradberry has 15 career interceptions and 82 passes defensed in 92 career games (91 starts) for the Carolina Panthers (2016-19) and Giants. The Panthers selected Bradberry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jaguars tab Ethan Waugh as assistant general manager

Jaguars tab Ethan Waugh as assistant general manager

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday hired former San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Ethan Waugh as their assistant general manager.

The move reunites Waugh with Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke. The pair worked together for 12 seasons (2005-16) with the 49ers.

"We are excited to add Ethan to our organization," Baalke said in a statement. "Strengthening the personnel department was a priority this offseason and we are thrilled to make this addition to the team. I enjoyed working alongside Ethan in San Francisco for over a decade, and I know he will work tirelessly to help build a winning organization here in Jacksonville."

Waugh served as the 49ers' senior personnel assistant (2012-14) and senior player personnel coordinator (2015-17) during Baalke's tenure as San Francisco's general manager. Waugh began his career with the 49ers as a personnel assistant (2004-08) before being promoted to the team's Midwest regional scout from 2008-11.

RB Tarik Cohen suffers injury during livestreamed workout

RB Tarik Cohen suffers injury during livestreamed workout

Free agent running back Tarik Cohen appeared to suffer an injury while livestreaming a workout on Instagram Tuesday.

Cohen, who last played in the NFL in 2020, was doing a footwork drill. While backpedaling, he suddenly went to the ground and held his right foot and ankle area before a friend turned off the livestream.

Cohen, 26, starred for the Chicago Bears for three-plus seasons before an ACL injury early in 2020 caused him to miss the rest of that campaign, plus all of 2021. It was later revealed that he had also torn his MCL and fractured his tibial plateau, leading to a longer comeback timeline.

The Bears, who had drafted Cohen in the fourth round of in 2017, gave him a three-year, $17.25 million contract extension shortly before that injury. They released him in March of this year.

In 51 career games, Cohen racked up 1,101 rushing yards with five touchdowns along with 1,575 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 209 catches. He was a Pro Bowl selection and a first-team All-Pro in 2018 as a punt returner, when he led the league with 411 punt-return yards.

Cohen is also coping with both of his brothers passing away, which he recently wrote about in a Players' Tribune article. His twin brother, Tyrell, died last year after running away from a car accident and being electrocuted at a nearby electrical substation. His younger brother, Dante, who was paralyzed from a gunshot, was lost in a fatal car accident in April.

Browns QB Deshaun Watson, NFL talks begin

Browns QB Deshaun Watson, NFL talks begin

Before he travels to the Bahamas to work out with new teammates, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with NFL investigators on Tuesday to discuss his legal matters with lead investigator Lisa Friel, ESPN reported.

Friel conducts investigations for the NFL on matters related to the personal conduct policy and, when violations are found, helps mete out punishment. Watson can be fined or suspended if the NFL rules that he violated the league policy on personal conduct.

Two grand juries in Texas did not indict Watson, who still faces 22 civil lawsuits around allegations of sexual misconduct with women who claim they met the quarterback while providing professional massage services.

The Athletic reported the NFL has interviewed multiple women involved in the civil case.

Players who were not convicted of crimes have still faced fines and suspensions under the same policy, including retired Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In 2010, Roethlisberger was not indicted on sexual assault charges in Georgia, but the NFL investigated and determined he would be suspended six games without pay. A 20-year-old college student accused Roethlisberger of wrongdoing following an incident in a bar bathroom.

Upon appeal, Roethlisberger's suspension was reduced to four games, but commissioner Roger Goodell made clear his actions warranted punishment.

"My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor," Goodell wrote in a letter to Roethlisberger. "That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans."

Watson said at his introductory press conference with the Browns, who signed him to a $230 million contract, that the claims were unfounded.

But in a pre-trial deposition last week, Watson admitted at least one massage therapist left their session in tears and he sent her an apology, according to attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the women.

Buzbee previously shared the message in question.

"Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable," he wrote, according to the screenshot from plaintiff lawyers. "Never were the intentions. Lmk if you want to work in the future. My apologies."

Agent: RB Phillip Lindsay agrees to one-year deal with Colts

Agent: RB Phillip Lindsay agrees to one-year deal with Colts

Two-time 1,000-yard rusher Phillip Lindsay agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, his agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

The running back recorded those 1,000-yard campaigns in his first two NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos and was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2018.

However, he had just 751 total rushing yards over the past two seasons. Lindsay and the Broncos parted ways after he gained 502 yards during the 2020 campaign.

Lindsay signed with the Houston Texans in 2021 and had just 130 rushing yards and a meager 2.6 average per rush in 10 games before being released. He finished the season with the Miami Dolphins and rushed for 119 yards in four games.

Lindsay, who turns 28 in July, will be competing for a backup role with Indianapolis. Star back Jonathan Taylor led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns last season while second-stringer Nyheim Himes is a solid contributor.

Overall, Lindsay has rushed for 2,799 yards and 18 touchdowns and caught 81 passes for 510 yards and two scores in 56 games (33 starts).

Reports: Titans reach deal with first-round pick Treylon Burks

Reports: Titans reach deal with first-round pick Treylon Burks

The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with wide receiver Treylon Burks, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

The deal reportedly is for four years and $14.4 million and is fully guaranteed. It contains a fifth-year team option.

Burks, 22, played at Arkansas. In his junior season in 2021, he made 66 catches for 1,104 yards with 11 touchdowns and earned first-team All-SEC honors. He was the first Arkansas receiver since 2012 to post a 1,000-yard season.

In three seasons with the Razorbacks, Burks appeared in 32 games and had 146 catches for 2,399 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Report: Bills sign first-round pick CB Kaiir Elam

Report: Bills sign first-round pick CB Kaiir Elam

The Buffalo Bills signed their first-round pick Kaiir Elam to his four-year contract worth a fully guaranteed $13.69 million, Pro Football Network reported Tuesday.

The slotted terms for being the No. 23 pick in the 2022 draft include a $7.136 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option.

The cornerback finished his career at Florida with five interceptions in 30 games. Elam took part in the Bills' rookie minicamp last weekend.

"We think in our system, it'll be good and he'll be able to play well in a mutually beneficial approach to press, off, changing some things up. And he's got a great support system behind him," Bills coach Sean McDermott said.

Antonio Brown tweets he wants to 'Retire A Steeler'

Antonio Brown tweets he wants to 'Retire A Steeler'

Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown took to social media Monday, saying he wants to retire as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- a team with whom he had an acrimonious breakup.

"Just wanna Retire A Steeler," Brown tweeted, later pinning the tweet to the top of his profile.

"Not Play Jus Retire so we Clear," the 33-year-old added in a follow-up.

It was not clear whether the controversial figure meant he was ready to retire from football now. In March, Brown expressed interest in joining the Cleveland Browns.

Brown was named to seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams during his nine-year stint with the Steelers (2010-18), totaling 837 receptions for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns. But after he got into an argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was benched for an important Week 17 game for missing practices, he requested a trade after his 2018 season.

Brown last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He removed his pads and jersey and left the field during the third quarter of Tampa Bay's Week 17 road win over the New York Jets.

A few days later the Buccaneers released Brown and the wideout claimed the team forced him to play hurt and covered up facts related to his injury. Then-head coach Bruce Arians denied the allegations.

Brown told TMZ Sports in March he won't undergo an ankle surgery he needs until he has a deal with a new team.

Deshaun Watson to hit Bahamas with teammates, visit with NFL

Deshaun Watson to hit Bahamas with teammates, visit with NFL

Deshaun Watson is hitting the beach with a number of new teammates in the Bahamas this week while the NFL plans to question the new Cleveland Browns quarterback in the near future, according to reports.

USA Today reported Watson was scheduled to talk in Texas to NFL investigators attempting to complete their probe into Watson's alleged indecency with a number of former female massage therapists. Though a grand jury did not indict Watson in Texas, a civil matter into his alleged sexual misconduct has not been resolved with the 22 women.

Watson was acquired by the Browns from the Houston Texans, who allowed their franchise quarterback to be a gameday inactive amidst a trade demand in 2021. He did not play in a game, nor was he active, under coach David Culley. Culley was fired after the season and replaced by Lovie Smith.

Watson signed a $230 million extension and said last month he is planning to participate in the team's minicamp, scheduled to begin May 24.

The Browns also added wide receiver Amari Cooper in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys and drafted slot wide receiver David Bell in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Watson obviously has not played with running back Nick Chubb, tight ends David Njoku and Harrison Bryant, or wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.

CBS Sports and ESPN reported Watson was expected to huddle primarily with the playmakers on the roster.

Report: Sean Payton joins Fox Sports for 2022

Report: Sean Payton joins Fox Sports for 2022

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will join Fox Sports as a studio analyst for the 2022 NFL season, Pro Football Talk reported Monday.

Payton has been linked to Fox since late April. He also reportedly was talking with Amazon about a role in their new "Thursday Night Football" programming.

It's unclear what Payton's exact role will be, but he will appear in studio on off days for Jimmy Johnson, per the PFT report.

The New York Post previously reported Payton was in negotiations to appear on both the network's Sunday morning show as well as its pregame show.

Speculation is that Payton will do TV for one year before returning to the NFL as a head coach in 2023.

Payton stepped down as coach of the Saints in January after 15 seasons. He compiled a 152-89 record in 15 regular seasons and a 9-8 mark in the playoffs. He was suspended for the 2012 season over his role in the "Bountygate" scandal. Payton led the Saints to the Super Bowl championship in the 2009 season.

Payton said then he wasn't retiring from coaching.

"I don't like the word retirement," Payton said in January. "I still have a vision for doing things in football, and I'll be honest with you, that might be coaching again at some point. I don't think it's this year ... that's not where my heart is right now."

The Saints promoted defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to replace Payton.

Saints: No talks with Drew Brees about possible return

Saints: No talks with Drew Brees about possible return

New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen said Monday that the team has not had any discussions with retired quarterback Drew Brees about a comeback.

Brees ignited speculation Sunday night with a tweet suggesting he "may play football again," among other ventures. The tweet came in the aftermath of a New York Post report that Brees is out at NBC Sports as an analyst after just one year.

"I think it was a comment made in jest, and we certainly haven't had any conversations in that regard," Allen said Monday at the Saints' Hall of Fame golf tournament.

Brees, 43, retired from football in March 2021 and subsequently became a studio and game analyst for NBC. Brees' exit from NBC was a mutual decision, according to the Post.

Jameis Winston, recovering from an ACL injury, is expected to be the Saints' starting quarterback in 2022 with veteran Andy Dalton backing up.

Report: Packers CB Jaire Alexander signing $84M extension

Report: Packers CB Jaire Alexander signing $84M extension

The Green Bay Packers are finalizing a four-year, $84 million contract extension with cornerback Jaire Alexander, ESPN reported Monday.

The deal keeps Alexander in Green Bay through 2026 and reportedly includes a $30 million signing bonus and an average annual value of $21 million, both records for a defensive back.

Agent John Thornton of Roc Nation Sports confirmed the particulars of the deal with ESPN.

Alexander, 25, made the Pro Bowl in 2020 but was limited to four games last season due to a shoulder injury. He has five interceptions, 44 passes defensed and 188 tackles in 48 career games (46 starts).

The 2018 first-round pick (18th overall) was set to earn $13.3 million in 2022, the final year of his rookie contract.

Falcons sign former Packers WR Geronimo Allison

Falcons sign former Packers WR Geronimo Allison

The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing Monday of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison.

The Falcons did not disclose terms of the deal as they continue to overhaul the receiver position.

Atlanta acquired wideout Bryan Edwards in a trade last week with the Las Vegas Raiders and drafted Drake London of Southern California with the No. 8 overall pick last month.

The Falcons are playing the 2022 season without receiver Calvin Ridley, who is serving a suspension for betting on NFL games.

Allison, 28, played in three games last season with the Detroit Lions and did not record a catch on two targets. He caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 46 games (14 starts) with Green Bay from 2016-19.

The Falcons are also breaking in a new quarterback with Marcus Mariota expected to take over for Matt Ryan, who was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in March.