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Here are the news stories for Monday, April 6, 2020

Bucs' Brady pursuit: Operation Shoeless Joe Jackson
Monday, April 6, 2020

Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' gambit to persuade Tom Brady to leave New England came replete with everything from a sales pitch to a code name: Operation Shoeless Joe Jackson.
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Bills offering fans chance to help COVID-19 relief
Monday, April 6, 2020

Buffalo

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane joined the new coronavirus relief efforts with a donation, and the club is offering Bills fans a chance to win unique prizes by helping the fight.
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Haskins, Redskins invite fans to virtual draft party
Monday, April 6, 2020

Miami

Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins announce plans to host virtual draft parties for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
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Bills GM: Stefon Diggs 'brings an edge to' WR position
Monday, April 6, 2020

Buffalo

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane was disappointed he didn't surround Josh Allen with enough key pieces last season. This offseason he got a chance to add a weapon at the wideout position.
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Panthers GM: Releasing Newton most difficult decision
Monday, April 6, 2020

Carolina

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney spoke out for the first time since releasing Cam Newton. He said moving on from the former No. 1 over pick was a difficult decision because he drafted Newton.
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Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84
Sunday, April 5, 2020

Cleveland

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Sunday afternoon the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell at the age of 84. Mitchell starred for the Browns and Redskins during his 11-year career.
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Legendary Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies at 73
Sunday, April 5, 2020

New Orleans

Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday of complications from the novel coronavirus. In 1970, Dempsey kicked a 63-yard field goal, a record that would stand for 43 years.
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Former Oilers HC, DC Ed Biles passes away at 88
Sunday, April 5, 2020

Tennessee

Former Houston Oilers coach Ed Biles, who helped guide the team to consecutive AFC Championship Games, passed away Sunday after a lengthy battle with Leukemia. He was 88.
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Breshad Perriman: Bucs finish 'a sneak peek' for Jets
Sunday, April 5, 2020

N.Y. Jets

After forgettable stops with the Ravens and Browns, Breshad Perriman experienced a mini-breakout late in the 2019 season with the Buccaneers. Is it a sign of things to come from him with the Jets?
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Wolfe: Ravens can have NFL's 'best defensive line'
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Baltimore

The Ravens have fixated on improving their defensive line this offseason. New DE Derek Wolfe thinks Baltimore's remade DL can be the league's best.
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Eagles CB Darius Slay wants 'the game on me'
Friday, April 3, 2020

Philadelphia

New Eagles cornerback Darius Slay is ready for the opportunity to travel and take on foes' top receiver if that's what the coaches ask.
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Sammy Watkins, Chiefs agree on new 1-year deal
Friday, April 3, 2020

Kansas City

Sammy Watkins will join the Chiefs in their quest for a repeat as the wideout has re-signed with the Super Bowl Champs on a one-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
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Bears will have 'open competition' at quarterback
Friday, April 3, 2020

Chicago

Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirmed the team will be holding an open competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles to be Chicago's starting quarterback.
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O'Brien: Hopkins swap was in Texans' 'best interest'
Friday, April 3, 2020

Houston

Why again did the Texans trade DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals? Bill O'Brien said it was primarily because the All-Pro wideout wanted a raise despite having three years left on his contract.
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O'Brien: Hopkins trade was in Texans' 'best interest'
Friday, April 3, 2020

Houston

Why again did the Texans trade DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals? Bill O'Brien said it was primarily because the All-Pro wideout wanted a raise despite having three years left on his contract.
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Eli Apple's deal with Raiders nixed; CB a free agent
Friday, April 3, 2020

Eli Apple is no longer heading to the Raiders. Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize a contract and the former Giants and Saints cornerback is a free agent.
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Dante Fowler: Goal is to break Strahan's sack record
Friday, April 3, 2020

Atlanta

Dante Fowler is coming off his best season in the NFL, but after signing a three-year, $45 million deal in Atlanta, Fowler knows he needs to double-down on that production.
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Bills QB Josh Allen: 'I understand how big of a year it is'
Friday, April 3, 2020

Buffalo

Josh Allen's improvement from Year 1 to 2 propelled the Bills to the playoffs in 2019. What will the addition of Stefon Diggs mean for Buffalo in 2020? "What we have going on is a special thing," Allen said.
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Titans RB Derrick Henry signs franchise tender
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tennessee

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed his franchise tender, NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported. Henry can still come to an agreement on a long-term deal with the Titans before July 15.
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Payton: Tom Brady makes NFC South 'a lot stronger'
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tampa Bay

Tom Brady signing in Tampa Bay makes the NFC South one of the most interesting divisions in 2020. Brady's new division foes concur that the future Hall of Fame QB joining the Bucs bolsters the South.
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Aldon Smith 'thankful' for opportunity with Cowboys
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dallas

Pending his reinstatement back into the NFL, Aldon Smith will end a four-year hiatus from football and hopes to show how much he's grown since after signing a one-year contract with the Cowboys.
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Rams DL Michael Brockers details nixed Ravens deal
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Baltimore

Defensive lineman Michael Brockers was Ravens-bound before a failed physical landed him back with the Rams, who he's played for since 2012. Brockers discussed on Thursday what led to the nixed deal.
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Bucs signing QB Blaine Gabbert to back up Tom Brady
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert to back up Tom Brady, Ian Rapoport reported. Gabbert played under Bruce Arians in Arizona and is familiar with his offense.
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Patriots' plane transports 1.2 million masks from China
Thursday, April 2, 2020

New England

The New England Patriots team plane was used this week for a shipment of more than 1 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China.
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Texans signing DT Tim Jernigan to one-year deal
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Houston

Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is signing a one-year deal with the Houston Texans worth up to $3.75 million, Ian Rapoport reported, per his agent.
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Jags want 'big jump' from Minshew in second season
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Jacksonville

With the Nick Foles trade to Chicago now official, Gardner Minshew is the starting quarterback in Jacksonville, and Jaguars coach Doug Marrone expects a big improvement in the QB's sophomore season.
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Titans GM has been in contact with Clowney's reps
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Tennessee

Jadeveon Clowney is still on the market. Tennessee might be a landing spot. Titans GM Jon Robinson said he's spoken with Clowney's reps, but the inability to evaluate his health has apparently been a hiccup.
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Steelers GM 'very comfortable' sans first-round pick
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers are without a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after trading for S Minkah Fitzpatrick, and GM Kevin Colbert not only likes his return but is content without a top-32 selection.
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Roundup: Texans signing Tim Jernigan to 1-year deal
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Houston

Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is signing a one-year deal with the Houston Texans worth up to $3.75 million, Ian Rapoport reported, per his agent. Here are the other moves we're monitoring Wednesday.
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David Andrews 'ready to get back' after missing 2019
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New England

New England center David Andrews missed the entire 2019 season due to blood clots in his lungs. Now the Patriots' pivot is preparing for his return.
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Belichick delivers message during COVID-19 pandemic
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New England

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick delivered an inspiring message for the nation and thanked the medical professionals working to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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Kyle Allen ready to 'compete' with Haskins for QB1 job
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Washington

When the Redskins elected to trade for Kyle Allen, it signaled the starting quarterback job was Dwayne Haskins' to lose. Allen, however, isn't going quietly without a fight.
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Saints, Packers virtually visiting with QB Jordan Love
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Green Bay

The Saints, Packers, Chargers, Raiders, Dolphins and Colts have been in contact with former Utah State QB Jordan Love, Ian Rapoport reports. Given the broad range of where he could land, it's no surprise several teams are reaching out.
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Phillip Dorsett 'can't wait' to play with Russell Wilson
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Seattle

Phillip Dorsett has played with top QBs his whole career. That won't change in Seattle. The former first-round pick is hoping his particular skills prove to be a perfect match with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
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Saints among teams conducting virtual visits with Love
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Green Bay

The Saints, Packers, Chargers, Raiders, Dolphins and Colts have been in contact with former Utah State QB Jordan Love, Ian Rapoport reports. Given the broad range of where he could land, it's no surprise several teams are reaching out.
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McCoy aims to helps Jones avoid similar lockout issues
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

N.Y. Giants

With the NFL lockdown in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel Jones finds himself in a similar place as Colt McCoy once did in 2010. McCoy hopes to help Jones avoid the same situation that he was in.
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NFL teams continue to aid in COVID-19 relief
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Cleveland

The Titans became the latest team to donate toward local COVID-19 relief efforts. Several NFL franchises have continued to announce pledges throughout the week.
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Seahawks cut Ed Dickson, Tedric Thompson, save $5M
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks released tight end Ed Dickson and safety Tedric Thompson in a pair of salary-shedding moves, the team announced Tuesday.
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Cowboys, Tony Romo double feature to air on NBCSN
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dallas

Tony Romo used to be a really good football player, too. The NBC Sports Network will broadcast the former Cowboys QB's first career start in 2006, and Dallas' first game at AT&T Stadium from 2009.
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Martinez: Packers don't value ILBs as much as Giants
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Green Bay

After inking a three-year, $30 million contract with the Giants, former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez said he's happy to land with a club that values inside linebackers.
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Phillip Lindsay 'going to battle' Melvin Gordon for job
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Denver

One touch of warning to anyone assuming Melvin Gordon will be handed the Broncos' running back job come September: Bet against Phillip Lindsay at your own risk.
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Yannick Ngakoue drawing trade interest ahead of draft
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Jacksonville

With the 2020 NFL Draft three weeks away, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who is seeking to move on from the franchise, is drawing trade interest from teams, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
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Frank Reich's Colts ecstatic to work with Philip Rivers
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Indianapolis

Colts coach Frank Reich is ecstatic to work with a potential future Hall of Fame quarterback. Why he feels so good about Philip Rivers coming to Indianapolis.
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Lions WR Marvin Jones aims for 15 TDs in 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020

Detroit

Detroit receiver Marvin Jones has high hopes of the statistical variety for the 2020 season, most notably setting his sights on scoring 15 touchdowns.
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Oregon's Herbert has video call with Raiders today
Monday, March 30, 2020

NFL teams are turning to FaceTime during these difficult times to meet with draft prospects. Projected first-round quarterback Justin Herbert has already interviewed with the Chargers this way and is set to do the same with the Raiders.
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Slater: Patriots' 'standard doesn't change' sans Brady
Monday, March 30, 2020

New England

With the defection of Tom Brady, and release of Stephen Gostkowski, Matthew Slater is now the longest-tenured player on the Patriots. He explains why the attitude in New England is no different without TB12.
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Jones thinks Dolphins CBs could have 'no weak links'
Monday, March 30, 2020

Miami

Projected to start opposite Xavien Howard for the Dolphins, cornerback Byron Jones believes Miami could have one of the best tandems in the NFL.
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Oregon's Justin Herbert set for video call with Raiders
Monday, March 30, 2020

NFL teams are turning to FaceTime during these difficult times to meet with draft prospects. Projected first-round quarterback Justin Herbert has already interviewed with the Chargers this way and is set to do the same with the Raiders.
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Roundup: Redskins add ex-Eagles CB Ronald Darby
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Green Bay

Former Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby is joining an NFC East rival, signing a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
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Roundup: Lions, Geronimo Allison agree to 1-year deal
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Green Bay

After four years with the Packers, Geronimo Allison is packing up his stuff for Detroit. The Lions agreed to terms with the fifth-year wideout on a one-year deal for $910,000, Ian Rapoport reports.
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Drew Brees donating $5 million to State of Louisiana
Sunday, March 29, 2020

New Orleans

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife are committing $5 million to the State of Louisiana during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus how other players thought out the league are helping.
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Derek Wolfe agrees to 1-year deal with Ravens
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Baltimore

After a deal with a free-agent defensive lineman fell through this week, the Baltimore Ravens have signed DL Derek Wolfe to a 1-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoprt reports.
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Saints GM 'appreciative' of Brees' team-friendly deal
Saturday, March 28, 2020

New Orleans

Drew Brees exercised his philanthropy this week when his family announced they were donating $5 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Louisiana. But the Saints QB's selflessness isn't merely an off-field hobby.
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Chiefs re-signing WR Demarcus Robinson to 1-year deal
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Kansas City

One of the top free agents still available is staying put with the Super Bowl champs. The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing receiver Demarcus Robinson to a one-year contract.
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James Bradberry didn't expect to get offer from Giants
Saturday, March 28, 2020

N.Y. Giants

James Bradberry's reunion with Dave Gettleman, the general manager who drafted him, in New York this offseason felt like an inevitability. But the Giants CB said he didn't anticipate joining Big Blue.
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Cowboys sign former Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein
Friday, March 27, 2020

Dallas

After re-signing Kai Forbath earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys have added former Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein on a three-year deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
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Dontari Poe, Cowboys agree to terms on contract
Friday, March 27, 2020

Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys and defensive tackle Dontari Poe have agreed to basic terms on a deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. What this means for the Cowboys' defense.
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Rams re-sign DT Brockers after Ravens deal nixed
Friday, March 27, 2020

Baltimore

Just after the Ravens announced they won't be signing Michael Brockers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the DT will remain with the Los Angeles Rams.
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'Tremendous opportunity' for Derek Watt to join T.J.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Pittsburgh

Fullback Derek Watt sees signing with the Steelers as a "tremendous opportunity" to reunite with younger brother, T.J.
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Arians: Bucs not signing free-agent WR Antonio Brown
Friday, March 27, 2020

Tampa Bay

Before any speculation can arise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was compelled to get ahead of it and explain why his team won't mesh with free-agent WR Antonio Brown.
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Todd Gurley didn't see his release from Rams coming
Friday, March 27, 2020

L.A. Rams

New Falcons RB Todd Gurley told former teammate Chris Long that while being jettisoned by the Rams surprised him, he understands the business of football.
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Cobb excited by similarities between Watson, Rodgers
Friday, March 27, 2020

Green Bay

New Houston Texans receiver Randall Cobb has yet to share the field with Deshaun Watson. But, based on the tape, Cobb says he sees many similarities between Watson and his old QB, Aaron Rodgers.
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Melvin Gordon talks Chargers holdout, joining Broncos
Friday, March 27, 2020

Denver

During a conference call on Friday afternoon, new Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon discussed what went wrong his last season with the Chargers and what he's looking to prove in 2020.
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Josh Allen 'still floating on cloud nine' after Diggs trade
Friday, March 27, 2020

Buffalo

Buffalo's trade for Stefon Diggs has quarterback Josh Allen geeked about the 2020 season. The young signal-caller told Adam Schein on Mad Dog Sports Radio he can't wait to get to work with the WR.
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