Chiefs, Travis Kelce agree on four-year contract extension
The Chiefs front office has had a productive offseason.After signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defensive lineman Chris Jones, receiver Sammy Watkins and others to new deals, they agreed on a contract extension Thursday with another of their stars.Tight end Travis Kelce agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth between $14 to $15 million annually, a source familiar with the situation confirmed with The Star.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal is worth $57.25 million total and includes $28 million in guaranteed money.Albert Breer of CBS Boston said Kelce won’t receive any additional money ...
The Kansas City Star
Minneapolis police officer fired for decorating offensive Christmas tree gets job back
MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer who was fired for decorating a Christmas tree with racially insensitive items two years ago has won his job back through arbitration, department officials confirmed this week.An arbitrator ruled that Mark Bohnsack was wrongly terminated by the department in connection with the November 2018 incident, in which he and another former officer, Brandy Steberg, decorated the tree in the lobby of the Fourth Precinct station with a pack of menthol cigarettes, a can of Steel Reserve malt liquor, police tape, a bag of Takis and a cup from Popeyes Louisia...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Brad Biggs: Bears' need to re-sign Allen Robinson — a major piece of business — only increases with an expected downturn in revenue and a lower salary cap in 2021
As complicated as Ryan Pace’s job is preparing the Chicago Bears for an unprecedented NFL season with a slow opening to training camp at Halas Hall under threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the unresolved future of Allen Robinson looms as a major piece of business.The general manager’s job is always to balance present needs with shrewd planning for the future, and plotting for 2021 and beyond must include the team’s most consistent offensive performer.Large free-agent extensions have come at a trickle this offseason. The Bears paid free safety Eddie Jackson handsomely in January, just weeks after...
Lions' Jayron Kearse suspended 3 games for violating NFL's substance abuse policy
DETROIT — Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.Kearse was arrested last October as a member of the Minnesota Vikings and charged with driving while impaired and possession of a firearm.He signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Lions this offseason, and Lions coach Matt Patricia said Friday the organization knew Kearse might be subject to league discipline.“We were aware of the situation in free agency,” Patricia said. “Obviously, vetted the situation. We talked with Jayron and felt comfortabl...
Detroit Free Press
Chiefs running back Damien Williams opts out of season due to COVID-19 concerns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs will begin training camp without a key member of their Super Bowl-winning offense.Running back Damien Williams on Wednesday informed the Chiefs that he will opt out of playing in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team announced via Twitter.“As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damien’s choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we’re going to miss having him around this season.”Williams becomes...
The Kansas City Star
Giants tackle Nate Solder opts out of season, citing son's cancer and his own cancer history
NEW YORK — Giants left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the 2020 NFL season on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Solder, 32, is a cancer survivor, which qualifies him as “higher risk” in the NFL’s and NFL Players’ Association’s COVID Amendments to the 2020 collective bargaining agreement.Solder’s 5-year-old son Hudson also continues to battle cancer himself.As a higher risk player, Solder is eligible for a stipend of $350,000 instead of the $9.9 million in base salary he was scheduled to make. He already was paid a $3 million roster bonus, though, for being on the roster past March 18.Sold...
New York Daily News
Dieter Kurtenbach: Why are the 49ers paying everyone but George Kittle?
The 49ers have been awfully generous as of late.Head coach Kyle Shanahan has a new contract. General manager John Lynch landed a new five-year contract Wednesday. The team even added incentives to running back Raheem Mostert’s contract just days after his agent feebly demanded a trade on Twitter.With all of this greenback goodwill flying around, it’s fair to wonder when the team’s best player — tight end George Kittle — will be paid.Not anytime soon, is the answer.Kittle, who reported to 49ers camp this week, is in the last year of his rookie contract and is looking for a massive new deal — on...
The Mercury News
Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt contracts coronavirus
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday he is infected with the novel coronavirus, but steadfastly refuses to mandate protective face masks as the state battles a spike in the deadly pandemic.Stitt, a Republican ally of President Donald Trump, reportedly chaired an official meeting Tuesday with a mask hanging around his neck and pointedly did not wear a mask when he attended the president’s poorly attended rally in Tulsa last month.“Not thinking about a mask mandate at all,” Stitt told a journalist.Stitt, who found out about his positive test Tuesday night, said he was suffering from fai...
New York Daily News
Stephen Jones says Cowboys are hopeful for suspended DE Randy Gregory's return
With less than two weeks before the scheduled start of training camp, the NFL has yet rule on the reinstatement petition of indefinitely suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory.Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones said the team remains hopeful for Gregory’s return, though nothing is guaranteed and time is dwindling.The 2015 second-round pick has been suspended for 46 games of his career and he has not played since 2018.The new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the Players Association ends the policy of suspending players for positive marijuana tests. But it does ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Javier Baez still waiting for big payday, but signs of normalcy must precede his new contract: 'I'm not in a rush'
CHICAGO — The coronavirus pandemic placed baseball on a 3 1/2-month pause and created uncertainty in the financial world.But Javier Baez doesn’t seem worried about the lucrative payday that awaited him before the shutdown of spring training March 12.Baez, the Chicago Cubs’ prized shortstop, displayed the patience of a seasoned father in assessing his financial future.“Obviously everyone wants to get paid,” Baez said Thursday. “But we’ve got to wait for the right time. Each side is going to know what’s right for each other. I’m not in a rush. Right now I’m worried about getting back to the fiel...