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Packers RB Jamaal Williams on free agency: 'I'd really love to just be a Packer all my life if I could'

Packers RB Jamaal Williams on free agency: 'I'd really love to just be a Packer all my life if I could'

The Green Bay Packers have big questions regarding their backfield heading into free agency. Both  and , who combined for 1,609 of the Packers' 2,118 rushing yards in 2020, are set to hit the open market.Williams joined NFL NOW on Monday and said if it were up to him, he wouldn't leave Green Bay.  "I'm thinking about free agency, but I'd really love to just be a Packer all my life if I could," Williams said. "They gave me my first shot. I love Green Bay. It's just a great place to be. But you know, things happen. If things don't happen, then I'm just ready to take my shot into the free...

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Bills owner Kim Pegula excited to see how Josh Allen 'evolves' in 2021

Bills owner Kim Pegula excited to see how Josh Allen 'evolves' in 2021

enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2020 that saw him vastly improve his accuracy and playmaking. The impressive season vaulted Allen into the conversation among top-five signal-callers in the NFL.The Bills are hoping for another leap in 2021.Buffalo owner Kim Pegula that the club is impressed with Allen's development. "Since we've drafted him, every year we've seen him evolve," Pegula said, . "We've seen whatever kinds of areas that we felt he needed to improve upon, we saw him really work on that and to come to fruition in the next season. I'm just looking forward to seeing what that is going...

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LeBron James says he 'would have made' NFL team if he tried out during 2011 lockout

LeBron James says he 'would have made' NFL team if he tried out during 2011 lockout

We've officially hit the dead-zone in the NFL calendar. The weeks between the Super Bowl and the ramp-up to the NFL draft and free agency can be a wasteland of little news or interest.Filling the void often comes from a bevy of "What if...?" storylines.Perhaps one of the biggest "What ifs" of this generation is contemplating what the sports landscape would look like if LeBron James pulled a Michael Jordan and switched sports, at least for a spell.During the 2011 NBA lockout, a then-26-year-old James had an offer to try out for the Dallas Cowboys. James said that the Seattle Seahawks also...

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Allen Robinson, Bears haven't had contract talks since September as tag deadline approaches

Allen Robinson, Bears haven't had contract talks since September as tag deadline approaches

 has repeatedly said regarding his future in Chicago or elsewhere., the Bears receiver said there was an "open line of communication" with the club but noted that sides hadn't spoken for "some time."That some time is apparently months.NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday on NFL NOW that no talks on a long-term contract extension between the Bears and Robinson have taken place since September."That would certainly seem to bring the (franchise) tag into play," Pelissero noted. "Whether it is the Bears to try to do an extension, whether it is setting up Robinson to play on the tag,...

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Falcons GM Terry Fontenot: 'You always bring in quarterbacks' whether in draft or free agency

Falcons GM Terry Fontenot: 'You always bring in quarterbacks' whether in draft or free agency

 is expected to be the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback for at least 2021, but his presence shouldn't stop the club from considering adding a potential replacement for down the line.Sitting with the No. 4 overall pick, the Falcons are in a position to snag a future signal-caller in the 2021 NFL Draft, allowing that player to learn for a year under Ryan, then take over in 2022, a.k.a. the  method.Ryan's exorbitant salary -- $40-plus-million cap figure this year -- makes him a certainty to remain on the club at least until next year when his dead-money figure would shrink to a more manageable...

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Buccaneers almost cut Leonard Fournette before epic playoff run

Buccaneers almost cut Leonard Fournette before epic playoff run

Playoff Lenny almost never happened.Tampa Bay running back played a massive role in the playoffs, helping the Buccaneers reach and win the Super Bowl. According to coach Bruce Arians, Fournette nearly didn't make it to the postseason with the club.Following his release from Jacksonville, where he was mostly a workhorse for his first three seasons, Fournette landed in Tampa and shared backfield snaps behind . The latter was clearly the better back for the bulk of the regular season. Through the first 12 weeks of the season, Fournette had 69 rushing attempts for 271 yards and three TDs,...

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Buccaneers' Shaq Barrett on next contract: 'I feel like it's time for me to break the bank now'

Buccaneers' Shaq Barrett on next contract: 'I feel like it's time for me to break the bank now'

Near the conclusion of Wednesday's , coach Bruce Arians explicitly declared the most vital of Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agents would return to make another run at back-to-back Lombardis. "Your ass ain't going nowhere," Arians repeatedly told players.  Now it's on the Bucs' management team to find room under an expected shrinking salary cap to keep the likes of , , , etc. Barrett, who played under the franchise tag in Tampa in 2020, is looking for his first lucrative long-term deal. The 28-year-old told Adam Schein on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio on Thursday that he feels he's...

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Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy: Drops held me back during 2020 rookie season

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy: Drops held me back during 2020 rookie season

When the Denver Broncos swiped  with the No. 15 overall pick in 2020, many projected they landed the top receiver in a historically rich draft.The Alabama product entered the NFL as a stellar route runner with ideal size and athleticism. The outsized predictions didn't come to fruition, but Jeudy still generated 856 yards on 52 catches with three TDs.The numbers aren't bad for a rookie wideout. When compared to the rest of a historic class, however, the Broncos wideout didn't finish at the top. He landed fifth in yards, behind , ,  and . While Jeudy saw 110 targets, second-most in...

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Rivera noncommittal on Alex Smith as WFT's 2021 QB: 'We have to continue to go through our process'

Rivera noncommittal on Alex Smith as WFT's 2021 QB: 'We have to continue to go through our process'

is a shoo-in to be the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year after his incredible return to the field in 2020. The veteran QB helped Washington to a postseason bid and compiled a 5-1 starting record.Smith missed Washington's postseason matchup due to a calf injury. After the season, the 36-year-old veteran said that he'd take time to consider if he'll continue his career.Likewise, the Washington brass will have to sort out the quarterback position. Coach Ron Rivera was asked Wednesday if he expected Smith to be on the roster in 2021."We have to continue to go through our process. We've got to...

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Falcons not expected to trade QB Matt Ryan in 2021 

Falcons not expected to trade QB Matt Ryan in 2021 

was traded, but another Matt is likely staying put.NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday on Super Bowl Live that the Atlanta Falcons aren't expected to trade quarterback this offseason."From what I am told, Matt Ryan is not going anywhere," Pelissero said. "The Falcons have not had any trade conversations about Ryan or their star wide receiver . And every expectation is both players are going to be on the roster in 2021."Pelissero noted that Falcons' new coach Arthur Smith plans to run a similar offense to the Kyle Shanahan-led scheme that led to Ryan winning the NFL MVP award in...

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 'It amazes me' OC Eric Bieniemy isn't a head coach

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 'It amazes me' OC Eric Bieniemy isn't a head coach

Another , and Eric Bieniemy remains with the Kansas City Chiefs.Those within the building in K.C. are just as stupefied as most of the public about why Andy Reid's right-hand man for years isn't steering his own ship."It amazes me, honestly," said Thursday on the , . "The first year, you kind of were like, 'All right, it's just his first cycle through.' Then last year, the interviews, you're like, 'For sure he's gonna get a job.' Then this year."The excuses for why Bieniemy isn't a head coach are thin, hollow, and easily refuted."If you look at his track record and the way he's able to...

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Carolina Panthers to be 'aggressive' in pursuit of potential Deshaun Watson trade

Carolina Panthers to be 'aggressive' in pursuit of potential Deshaun Watson trade

We sit a little more than a week ahead of Super Bowl LV, which features two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.It's another quarterback, however, who is the talk of the football world: .The Houston Texans star has jumpstarted Speculation Season a tad earlier than the course of a normal year. But with the cat out of the bag, let's zoom down Rumor Trail.Outside a handful of NFL teams, most clubs should at least consider making a call on Watson. With a no-trade clause, Watson holds the ultimate leverage on his potential destination. Nonetheless, it would behoove most clubs to at least...

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook not worried about heavy workload hindering 2021

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook not worried about heavy workload hindering 2021

amassed 1,557 yards rushing and 17 total touchdowns in 2020, finishing second in the NFL in rushing. The workload of the Minnesota Vikings running back was frequently a topic of discussion.Cook rushed the ball 312 times and added 44 catches in 14 games, matching his career-high games played. The 25-year-old isn't worried about the 356 touches weighing on him entering 2021."Like I said in the past [about] the touches and everything, once I'm feeling it, it's like the touches don't really matter," Cook said, . "Coming out of that type of year, you build your body up extra hard, you hit the...

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Raiders GM Mayock: 'I was disappointed in the productivity of our rookies' in 2020

Raiders GM Mayock: 'I was disappointed in the productivity of our rookies' in 2020

In their first season in Las Vegas, the Raiders took another step forward under Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock but came up short of the postseason for the fourth-straight year, stumbling down the stretch, losing five of their last seven games, and finishing 8-8.While the product on the field improved, Mayock said he wanted to see more from his rookie class."I was disappointed in the productivity of our rookies, I'll be the first person to admit that," the Raiders general manager said, . "You can make excuses, you can have a conversation why. Henry Ruggs, I think is who he is, I'm not...

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Vikings TE Rudolph not interested in pay cut: 'I think I'm worth every dime of my contract'

Vikings TE Rudolph not interested in pay cut: 'I think I'm worth every dime of my contract'

Veteran players could feel the pinch of the expected salary cap dip in 2021 due to the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic.One such player is Vikings tight end , who, based on dwindling production, snaps, and a high contract, is a prime example of a player who could be released and/or asked to take a hefty pay cut.From Rudolph's point of view, he deserves all his contract entails, telling the he's "worth every dime.""Obviously, I'm realistic. I see both sides," Rudolph said, . "If I were [team owners] the Wilfs, if I were [general manager] Rick [Spielman], I'm looking at this situation like,...

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Barry Sanders: It will be 'very difficult' for Lions to replace Matthew Stafford

Barry Sanders: It will be 'very difficult' for Lions to replace Matthew Stafford

is set to become the latest Detroit Lions star to leave the club in his early 30s.The new regime agreed to make a clean break with the 32-year-old. Detroit is expected to trade Stafford this offseason.More than 21 years ago, the Lions were stunned when running back walked away from football, retiring at just 30 years old with the NFL's all-time rushing title in reach. The splits from Sanders and Stafford are much different circumstances but underscore a perennially struggling franchise watching its best players leave.Sanders joined Good Morning Football on Tuesday and said he understands...

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Ravens GM Eric DeCosta: Improving passing game is 'not all about getting the No. 1 receiver'

Ravens GM Eric DeCosta: Improving passing game is 'not all about getting the No. 1 receiver'

The Baltimore Ravens aren't spending the offseason worried about upgrading their wide receivers corps as much as those outside the building are fretting over the state of the passing game in the Charm City.Echoing John Harbaugh's comments last week, Ravens GM Eric DeCosta noted his club is a run-first squad, and there are other ways to buffer the passing attack rather than stockpiling receivers."It's not all about getting the No. 1 receiver that everybody likes to talk about," DeCosta said. "We would certainly look at that. We would try to upgrade at every single position on this football...

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Sean Payton on Drew Brees: 'He's as courageous and as tough a player as I've ever been around'

Sean Payton on Drew Brees: 'He's as courageous and as tough a player as I've ever been around'

We knew Drew Brees battled 11 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, but it turns out the future Hall of Fame QB also was fighting more than that.In an Instagram post earlier this week, Brees' wife, Brittany, revealed that the 42-year-old was also playing through a torn rotator cuff and a torn fascia in his foot.On Thursday, Saints coach Sean Payton admired what Brees went through just to get on the field this season."He's as courageous and as tough a player as I've ever been around," Payton said, .Most players play injured, particularly down the stretch of a season. It's part of the accepted...

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Saquon Barkley planning to rehab with Odell Beckham during offseason

Saquon Barkley planning to rehab with Odell Beckham during offseason

Former teammates  and  are each rehabbing from ACL injuries this offseason. At some point, they'll get together to rehab and train together.The New York Giants running back told that the duo usually gets together during the offseason. This time around, it will be to take steps forward in their respective returns from injury."Only thing I do know that I have planned for sure, I'm definitely going to link up with [Odell]," Barkley said. "Obviously, Odell tore his knee a little too. I think we both need just being there. We're really good friends. Competing with each other and pushing each...

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Philip Rivers retiring from football after 17 seasons in NFL

Philip Rivers retiring from football after 17 seasons in NFL

is packing up the kids and riding off into the sunset.After 17 NFL seasons, Rivers told Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune that he's retiring."," Rivers told Acee. "It's just right."Thank you, Philip. — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts)The 39-year-old just completed his only season in Indianapolis."Philip is one of the fiercest competitors and most loyal teammates that our game has ever seen," Colts coach Frank Reich said in a statement. "His unwavering conviction as a leader and elite intelligence contributed to his Hall of Fame football career. Philip made our game better and the...

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Jared Goff to start at QB vs. Packers; John Wolford ruled out

Jared Goff to start at QB vs. Packers; John Wolford ruled out

Quarterback will start Saturday for the Los Angeles Rams against the Green Bay Packers.The news comes as a matter of fact after Rams coach Sean McVay announced Thursday that QB has been ruled out for Saturday's contest.will be Goff's backup Saturday. McVay added that it's possible undrafted rookie  will be active as the third QB.Wolford suffered a stinger in the Rams' Super Wild Card win over the Seattle Seahawks. He hadn't practiced all week. Despite McVay's desire to put a decision off until game-time, Wolford's health made the matter moot.Goff, who underwent surgery to repair a...

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Arthur Blank: No players 'off limits,' including Matt Ryan, Julio Jones

Arthur Blank: No players 'off limits,' including Matt Ryan, Julio Jones

As Arthur Blank plows forward to find the next general manager and coach of his football team, the Atlanta Falcons owner made it clear he has no intentions of putting restrictions on his new hires.Blank said this week that if the new GM and coach decided the club would be better off moving on from franchise stars like  or , he wouldn't stand in the way."You cannot hire the very best people you can hire, whether it be general managers or head coaches, and then tie their hands and tell them, well, this person is off limits and that one is off limits and that one," Blank said, . "What...

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Vic Fangio believes Pat Shurmur is 'great fit' to help nurture Drew Lock, young Broncos offense

Vic Fangio believes Pat Shurmur is 'great fit' to help nurture Drew Lock, young Broncos offense

After changing offensive coordinators each of the past three years, it appears the Denver Broncos will opt for stability at the position heading into 2021.A year following the firing of Rich Scangarello after just one season, Broncos coach Vic Fangio gave OC Pat Shurmur a vote of confidence heading into Week 17."(Shurmur) has got a calm demeanor," Fangio said, . "He's been doing a good job of mixing our run-pass plays on the early downs, both what type of runs we've run and short, intermediate, and deep throws. I think it's been a learning process for all our guys. The players learning the...

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DK Metcalf on verge of breaking Steve Largent's 35-year-old Seahawks record

DK Metcalf on verge of breaking Steve Largent's 35-year-old Seahawks record

, in his second NFL season, is on the verge of breaking a record that has stood for 35 years.With just six yards in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, Metcalf will pass 's single-season franchise record of 1,287 receiving yards set in 1985.The young Seattle Seahawks wideout said after generating 900 yards as a rookie, he realized the record was in his sights."I knew it was going to be on the agenda this year to break it," Metcalf said, .After falling until late in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Metcalf has worked his way into the discussion of the biggest menaces in...

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T.Y. Hilton hopes to remain with Colts, wants Philip Rivers back too

T.Y. Hilton hopes to remain with Colts, wants Philip Rivers back too

The final chapters of the Indianapolis Colts' 2020 season are not yet written, but veteran receiver is already hoping he and get a chance to pen a sequel in 2021.The 31-year-old wideout is set to be a free agent after the season but hopes to finish out his career in Indy."I want to be here," Hilton said, "But (an extension) takes two sides. That's up to Mr. (Jim) Irsay and Chris (Ballard) to get the job done. For me, I want to be a Colt."Hilton started the season slowly but has caught fire in recent weeks. In the last five games, the speedy wideout has generated 408 receiving yards on 24...

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