NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responds to death of George Floyd: 'There remains an urgent need for action'
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on the killing of George Floyd and the protests taking place all over the country.There was quick and widespread criticism on social media because of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, who chose to peacefully protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before games.Goodell’s statement:“The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.“Our deepest condolences go out to the family o...
New York Daily News
Matt Calkins: 'I feel very disrespected': Seahawks' L.J. Collier ready to bust notion that he's a draft bust
SEATTLE — No one on the Zoom call was going to use the word. L.J. Collier is too nice of a guy, too new to the NFL, and it would have just felt unnecessary.But after a rookie season that displayed limited promise amid limited snaps, you know the label is on fans’ and media’s minds.Bust.No, the Seahawks’ 2019 first-round draft pick isn’t there yet. Collier’s season was partially hampered by an ankle injury, which kept him on the sideline during critical training-camp workouts.But the defensive end knows that skeptics abound, and wants to make clear that he plans to change their minds.“I’m champ...
The Seattle Times
49ers negotiations with George Kittle might be tougher than anticipated
The agent for 49ers star George Kittle says he isn’t looking to make Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.He’s looking for more.“I don’t care about the tight end market,” Kittle’s agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network. “I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”Kittle was first-team All-Pro in 2019, his third season in the league. He caught 85 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games. It was the second banner season in a row for the fifth-round pick out of Iowa. In 2018, he caught 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games.Kittle, 26, is entering the final ...
The Mercury News
Nick Canepa: The National Fiddle League can't leave well enough alone
SAN DIEGO — With apologies to Cole Porter, I get a kick out of the NFL.Now that “Moneyball” already is taken, there will come a day when football simply will be called “ball.”The foot will be taken out of it. Kickers will be free to pursue their true calling, on the soccer fields of the world.The National Fiddle League simply cannot stop tinkering with a game that has brought in billions — and as we all know, where the NFL goes, colleges usually tailgate.It steadily has been working on the elimination of the kickoff return, which can be the most exciting — and demoralizing event — in sports. A...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker will miss Dustin Colquitt. And it's more than sentimental.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harrison Butker arrived in Kansas City nine days after losing his job. As a rookie that season in 2017, he walked into the Chiefs’ locker room having never attempted a kick in an NFL game, and he couldn’t be more serious about changing that.And then he met his new team’s elder statesman.You see, punter Dustin Colquitt had a way of making a quick impression.“He was definitely the jokester on the team,” Butker said. “When I got there in 2017, I was super serious, very focused, which I’m glad that’s part of my personality. But away from the field, he was able to get me to relax...
The Kansas City Star
Bob Raissman: Peyton Manning as an NFL analyst is worth waiting for, so a network needs to sign him up now
With Peyton Manning now saying he has not said “no forever” to an NFL TV analyst gig, it’s time for some network to sign him to a futures contract without a set start date.Manning would be worth the wait.“I said ‘no’ to this year. This doesn’t feel like the right time,” Manning said on “The Rich Eisen Show.” “This just doesn’t feel like the right time. I hate having this sort of ‘check-with-me-next-year-type-deal,’ but that’s really how I have approached this chapter. I believe in taking it a year at a time.”Moving quickly on Manning is not without precedent. NBC already signed quarterback Dre...
New York Daily News
Dolphins hope to make doubters 'put their foot in their mouth' for 6-10 prediction
The Miami Dolphins added quarterback Tua Tagovailoa among 11 new rookies, spent more than $140 million in guaranteed money to 11 free agents and sprinkled in even more talent to their roster along the way this offseason.Still, national expectations appear largely bullish for coach Brian Flores and his Dolphins team during the 2020 season.In ESPN’s annual Football Power Index (FPI) rankings released this week, the Dolphins are projected to be one of the worst teams in the league.— The Dolphins are ranked No. 27 among all 32 teams.— They are projected to have a 6-10 record.— They have a 13.8% ch...
Marcus Hayes: 'Well-behaving' NFL fans could make it 'relatively safe' to return to games, says virologist
PHILADELPHIA — Exciting, isn’t it? Sports is charging back: NASCAR in May, golf in June, pucks and hoops in July, the NFL by midsummer.Scary, isn’t it? Empty stadiums and vacant arenas suddenly populated with players and coaches, colliding and sweating and breathing on each other. Eventually we will be there with them: the fans and the press and the cooks and the janitors.Will we all be completely safe? Of course not. No one is immune to the coronavirus that has infected more than 1.7 million people in the United States, has killed more than 100,000 Americans, and has claimed more than 1,000 l...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Darren Sproles' advice to Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 'My hometown, be ready'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wide receiver Tyreek Hill admits he didn’t know much about running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire when the Chiefs used a first-round draft pick on the LSU star last month.So, what was Hill’s initial reaction after doing some quick research on his new teammate?“I looked at his highlights and I was like, ‘Dang, this dude is short, but he’s good, he’s cold,’ ” Hill said during a recent video call. “I think he’s definitely going to be like a Darren Sproles-type back … (a) scatback who can catch the ball out of the backfield, get those scrimmage yards when you need them.”That the 5-f...
The Kansas City Star
No surprise as Carlos Hyde will count $2.75 million against Seahawks' salary cap
SEATTLE — There was no real surprise when the contract details finally came in for Carlos Hyde, a free-agent running back the Seahawks agreed to sign to a one-year deal last week.Hyde’s signing became official this week, and the contract calls for him to make a base salary of $1.5 million with bonuses of $1.25 million (including $31,250 for every game for which he is on the active roster in 2020) that give it a salary-cap hit of $2.75 million.Other incentives of $1.25 million mean he could make up to $4 million, which was the number initially leaked last week when the agreement was confirmed.B...
The Seattle Times