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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year, $20.922M option on quarterback Jameis Winston for 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jameis Winston for 2019, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The deadline for teams to declare the fifth-year option for players drafted in 2015 is May 3. Winston, who was picked first that year, will earn $20.922 million. The news was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. Winston, 24, has started 45 games for the Bucs in three seasons, throwing for more than 4,000 yards in each of his past two years. He…

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Don Jones of San Francisco 49ers escorts girl with Down syndrome to prom

MOULTON, Ala. — A special-needs student had a one-of-a-kind prom date when an NFL player returned to his home county in Alabama to take her to the dance. Don Jones is a 27-year-old defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers who is from Lawrence County. He told WBRC-TV (Birmingham) it was a “blessing” to go to the prom Friday night with 18-year-old Lindsey Preston, who has Down syndrome. Jones is a family friend. His mother taught Preston in elementary school. Preston’s mother, Kristi Martin, told The Associated Press that Jones…

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Aaron Donald absent from Los Angeles Rams voluntary workouts

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — So much is different about the Los Angeles Rams these days. They’re coming off their first playoff appearance in 13 years, with a star-studded roster that now rivals any in the NFL, and the expectations are greater than they have been in more than a decade. The city is buzzing, the players are excited. But one key similarity remains: Aaron Donald is absent. Donald didn’t attend the start of the Rams’ offseason program on Monday, as was the case last spring. The reigning NFL Defensive Player…

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Denver Broncos to release RB C.J. Anderson

The Denver Broncos are releasing running back C.J. Anderson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and multiple reports. Anderson was informed of his release before a team meeting on Monday, according to Schefter. Anderson, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL, has spent his entire career with the Broncos. In 2017, he rushed for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns on 245 attempts in 16 games. He also had 28 receptions for 224 yards with a touchdown. Anderson was scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2018. Source link

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Reuben Foster of San Francisco 49ers to miss offseason program while tending to legal matters

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When the San Francisco 49ers begin their offseason program Monday morning, linebacker Reuben Foster will not be joining them. The 49ers released a statement attributed to chief executive officer Jed York, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday night saying that Foster will not be participating in team activities as he goes through the legal process stemming from his Feb. 11 arrest. “Reuben Foster will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters,” the team said in the…

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Rob Gronkowski won’t attend start of New England Patriots’ offseason program

Like quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England’s offseason program Monday, according to a source. Gronkowski still is considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season, and has had “good communication” with the Patriots, per the source. Gronkowski has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract for 2018, which is paid out based on attending a percentage of the voluntary workouts. Brady also is not expected to attend the start of the offseason program; he has been on a business trip to…

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Daryl Worley of Philadelphia Eagles arrested after allegedly being found passed out in vehicle

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested Sunday morning after he was allegedly found passed out inside a vehicle blocking a highway, according to NFL Network. The Eagles confirmed Worley’s arrest and said they were “in the process of gathering more information.” According to NFL Network, Worley was tased during the 6 a.m. arrest after he allegedly became combative toward police. A gun was also found at the scene, according to the report, which added that the incident occurred near the Eagles’ team facility. Worley was traded to the Eagles…

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott calls release of wide receiver Dez Bryant ‘sad news’

DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has exchanged text messages with Dez Bryant since the wide receiver’s release from the franchise on Friday. “It’s sad news. That’s a brother to me,” Prescott said from a women’s clinic he was hosting at Episcopal Parish School in Dallas. “Put the football stuff behind you, and what he meant to me as a person, what he meant to me as a brother, it’s tough to see him go. It shows you it’s a business. All it does is motivate me and puts…

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Hall of Famer Jim Kelly discharged from NY hospital after jaw surgery

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was discharged from a New York City hospital on Saturday after having surgery last month to remove cancer in his upper jaw. Kelly is expected to continue his recovery in New York for the next two weeks before returning to Buffalo, his wife, Jill, wrote on Instagram: Doctors at Mount Sinai West completed a procedure on March 28 to reconstruct Kelly’s upper jaw and remove cancer that was found in a biopsy earlier this year. Dr. Mark Urken, who treated Kelly, said…

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No peaking: Teams seek unfinished products in NFL draft – NFL Nation

From the sideline of a pro day, an NFL executive was unenthused by 40 times and more eager to peek at something else. “I’m looking for late-bloomers,” the exec said. He explained that players might have a 10-year window of peak performance. He’s looking for players who haven’t started theirs yet: guys who weren’t stars in college, whose skills are still developing because of their youth or whose minimal tread provides a clean injury outlook. Not every scout takes this linear approach, but most agree that finding players who will…

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