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  • Report: Jaguars sign second-round pick Shenault
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 9, 2020

    The Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide receiver Laviska Shenault to his rookie contract, ESPN's Field Yates reported Thursday.

    • The Jaguars selected the Colorado wideout in the second round (42nd overall pick) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

      Shenault, 21, ended his college career with 149 receptions for 1,943 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Buffaloes.

      Colorado used the 6-foot-1, 227-pounder all over the formation -- as an outside receiver, slot receiver, tight end, running back and wildcat quarterback.

      Shenault's best year statistically came in 2018, when he led the country with an average of 9.6 receptions per game. He finished with 86 catches for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns in nine games that year and had 56 receptions for 764 yards and four scores in 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to Holocaust museum
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 9, 2020

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has invited DeSean Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., after the Philadelphia Eagles wideout made anti-Semitic social media posts.

    • Jackson, 33, issued two apologies on Tuesday after posting an anti-Semitic message that he attributed to Adolf Hitler and his admiration for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on social media.

      Edelman, who is Jewish, addressed his feelings in an Instagram video post on Thursday morning.

      "I have seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays, we've communicated over social media. I've got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation," Edelman said.

      "I am proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me, it is not just about religion. It's about community and culture as well. I am unusual because I didn't identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me. It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. It's rooted in ignorance and fear."

      Edelman, 34, offered to join Jackson for a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, also in Washington, D.C., if he accepts his offer.

      "I don't want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is, and how we need to stay behind it. I think the Black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities," Edelman said in the video.

      "One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful. It's really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you're not part of it. So what we need to do is, we need to listen. We need to learn. We need to act. We need to have these uncomfortable conversations if we're going to have real change."

      Edelman admitted in the video that he was the target of an Anti-Semitic slur during an NFL game in 2011.

      Edelman, who was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII, caught 100 passes for a career-high 1,117 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He ranks second in Patriots history in career receptions (599) and No. 4 in receiving yards (6,507).

      The Eagles brought back Jackson via trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2019. A second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2008, Jackson spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Eagles (2008-13), catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns in 87 games.

      Jackson has recorded 598 receptions for 10,420 yards and 55 touchdowns in 156 career games with the Eagles, Washington Redskins (2014-16) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: NFL to require some masks, social distancing
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Welcome to the NFL amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    • The league sent a memo to teams that outlines what will and won't be allowed on game days in 2020, and it includes a mask requirement for some team personnel as well as a ban on players swapping jerseys after game, per NFL Network reporters.

      The network's Ian Rapoport said everyone who will be in the bench area will have their temperature taken before entering the stadium, and if it registers 100.4 or more, that person will be denied entry. Coaches and players will not need to wear masks, but everyone else on the sideline for a team will.

      And after the games, the NFL intends to keep teams socially distanced, forbidding "postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other," and prohibiting the exchange of jerseys, Tom Pelissero reported.

      That presumably eliminates the postgame greeting between head coaches and opposing quarterbacks, as well as the frequent gathering of players from both teams for a prayer. also reported that both teams must travel to the stadium by bus and that media will not have access to the locker rooms.

      It didn't take long for Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers to offer up his take on the new jersey-exchange rule, even though Rapoport said the NFL Players Association signed off on it.

      "This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game," Sherman tweeted, followed by laughter emojis.

      The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers say fans will have to wear masks
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    The Pittsburgh Steelers will require fans to wear masks at Heinz Field this season -- if spectators ultimately are allowed at games.

    • "Our goal is to still have fans at Heinz Field this year with the understanding that social distancing, as well as all fans being required to wear masks, will play a role in the capacity to ensure a safe atmosphere," Steelers director of communications Burt Lauten told ESPN's Brooke Pryor. "We will continue to work with the NFL and public health officials to finalize plans for fans to attend our home games."

      In May, the Steelers announced they were holding back 50 percent of the tickets for sale, anticipating the need for continued social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.

      Heinz Field has a capacity of 68,400 for football games.

      Pittsburgh's regular-season home opener is scheduled for Sept. 20 against the Denver Broncos.

      --Field Level Media

  • Amazon pulling Redskins merchandise from site
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    Amazon said Wednesday it will remove Washington Redskins merchandise for sale while the team considers a name change.

    • CNBC reported that sellers on the website were given 48 hours to remove Redskins products.

      Amazon is the latest retail giant to take this step, joining Walmart, Target, Nike and others.

      The team announced Friday it "will undergo a thorough review of the team's name" amid renewed pressure during a nationwide surge of support for issues of social justice and racial equality.

      FedEx, which holds the naming rights to the team's stadium through 2025, stepped up the pressure by requesting a name change last week.

      The club's internal discussions are ongoing, but the potential new name and mascot will "have no Native American imagery," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

      The franchise began using the Redskins nickname in 1933, when it was based in Boston and previously called the Braves. Team owner George Preston Marshall moved the club to Washington in 1937.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots announce QB Newton signing
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    The New England Patriots officially announced the signing of quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday.

    • The Patriots announced the signing over social media with an homage to their new quarterback by using his trademark font.

      Newton, 31, reportedly was in New England to complete his physical this past weekend.

      The former Heisman Trophy recipient and 2015 NFL MVP will battle Jarrett Stidham for the starting role with the Patriots, who saw Tom Brady join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency after 20 seasons in New England.

      Newton had shoulder surgery prior to the 2019 season and spent that offseason overhauling his nutrition and lifestyle choices. But the three-time Pro Bowl selection sustained a foot injury in the third preseason game in August at New England. After attempting to play through the injury, Newton was shut down for the season in September.

      In 125 career games (124 starts), Newton has thrown for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions while compiling a 68-55-1 record. He also has 4,806 career rushing yards with 58 touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Agent of 49ers' Mostert requests trade
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert's agent requested a trade on behalf of his client on Wednesday.

    • "After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert's contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade," agent Brett Tessler wrote on Twitter.

      "Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl."

      Mostert served primarily as a special teams player during his first two seasons with San Francisco before rushing for 772 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

      The 28-year-old raced for a franchise-record 220 yards and scored four touchdowns as the 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in January's NFC Championship Game. He followed that up by rushing for 58 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.

      The 49ers' backfield consists of Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson and Jerick McKinnon. The club traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round draft pick in April.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens, Chiefs announce plans to limit attendance
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    The Baltimore Ravens informed their fans Wednesday that they are limiting attendance to fewer than 14,000 people to enable social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    • M&T Bank Stadium has a capacity of just over 71,000 fans.

      "To offer a proper level of safety for fans who want to attend games, a reduction in capacity is necessary," Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement. "We are disappointed that this will be a disruption for many ticket buyers, but we have an obligation to our fans and our community to keep M&T Bank Stadium as safe as possible."

      The Ravens also informed season ticket holders that their seats will not be available this year.

      The team said season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already paid for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.

      Also Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they will move forward with a "reduced-capacity plan" for at least the "first few games" of the upcoming season.

      The Chiefs did not divulge how many fans they expect to be in attendance at 76,000-seat Arrowhead Stadium, however noted that the team will issue refunds for all single-game ticket purchases and refunds or credits for season-ticket holders for the upcoming season.

      "People around the country and around the world are getting accustomed to a constantly changing environment and the same goes for all of us in Chiefs Kingdom," team president Mark Donovan said in a statement. "While our goal all offseason was to have a full stadium as we begin our Super Bowl title defense, it is out of consideration of the health and safety of our fans, employees, coaches and players that we move forward with a reduced-capacity plan that adheres to local guidelines and expert recommendations."

      The NFL schedule calls for the Chiefs to host the Houston Texans in the season opener on Sept. 10. The Cleveland Browns will travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens on Sept. 13.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diggs on season: 'I'd be lying if I said I was comfortable'
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs admitted that he has concerns about how the NFL will proceed as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

    • Diggs, 26, proclaimed his love for football in a series of tweets Tuesday before adding that "there's so many unanswered questions with this upcoming season. I'd be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

      Diggs' comment came on the heels of Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penning a letter questioning whether the league truly is prioritizing player safety in its return-to-work plan.

      Diggs also acknowledged that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium should that measure be required.

      The Bills acquired Diggs and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on March 16 in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, who received first-, fifth- and sixth-round selections in that draft. The Vikings also received a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft.

      Diggs set a career high last season with 1,130 receiving yards. He had 63 catches, six of them for touchdowns, while playing in 15 games. Diggs added four receptions for 76 yards and a score in two playoff games.

      In 2018, Diggs made a career-high 102 catches for 1,021 yards and scored a personal-best nine touchdowns.

      In five NFL seasons, he has 365 receptions for 4,623 yards and 30 TDs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Titans interested in Clowney, want in-person meeting
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    The Tennessee Titans are interested in meeting with free agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney to determine whether he's healthy before they consider signing him.

    • Titans general manager Jon Robinson, speaking with interviewer Paul Kuharsky on a video conversation for a charity on Tuesday night, said he has been impressed with what he has viewed of the 2014 No. 1 overall pick on social media.

      "What I've seen on Twitter, him rushing off the edge and hitting that bag," he said, via "Anytime you are dealing with whatever the contract is going to command, you want to make sure that the player is healthy, that you are able to allow your doctors to see him, to look at it, to make sure everything is going to be good."

      Clowney has tallied 32 sacks in 75 career games. He also has a noteworthy injury history, which includes microfracture surgery on his knee and core muscle surgery after the 2019 season.

      Clowney, 27, reportedly was seeking more than $20 million annually when he hit free agency in mid-March, but his market has developed slowly as teams have been unable to give players a physical in person during the coronavirus pandemic.

      He reportedly turned down a one-year contract offer from the Cleveland Browns, who now appear unlikely to pursue Clowney after restructuring the deal of edge rusher Olivier Vernon on Tuesday.

      Clowney played in 13 games for the Seattle Seahawks last season, registering three sacks, 31 tackles and 13 quarterback hits.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns sign first-round OT Wills to contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Cleveland Browns first-round offensive tackle Jedrick Wills signed his four-year, rookie contract on Tuesday.

    • Wills posted a picture on Instagram of himself signing, and the team also announced the news.

      Based on his draft slot (10th overall), Wills' deal is worth $19.7 million with an $11.8 million signing bonus. Like all first-round picks, his contract has a fifth-year option.

      Wills is only the sixth first-round pick to sign his rookie contract, and the third in the top 10. The others are Miami's Tua Tagovailoa (fifth overall) and Austin Jackson (18th), Carolina's Derrick Brown (seventh), San Francisco's Javon Kinlaw (14th) and Green Bay's Jordan Love (26th).

      The Browns have inked five of their seven draft picks, with only second-rounder Grant Delpit and third-rounder Jacob Phillips yet to sign.

      Wills, 21, was the second offensive tackle drafted in April after protecting Tagovailoa's blind side at Alabama. He started 29 games for the Crimson Tide at right tackle over three seasons.

      --Field level Media

  • Report: Players balk at NFL's escrow proposal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    NFL players have balked at the league's proposal that 35 percent of player salaries be held in escrow during the 2020 season, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

    • Per the report, the league proposed to escrow salaries "to help manage costs" amid the uncertainty and expected revenue disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, the NFL Players Association holds that any escrow deal must be collectively bargained.

      Union executive Don Davis told players on a conference call, according to NFL Network, "Basically, we told them to kick rocks."

      Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs chimed in publicly, retweeting the report and commenting, "Sh-- nah i want all my chicken! Don't hold sh-- of mine!"

      Several agents also dismissed the NFL's proposal publicly.

      A significant decrease in revenues could have major salary cap implications in 2021, perhaps causing the cap to fall instead of the increases that have become the norm. Previous reports have said the NFL and union have discussed possible moves to ensure a smoother cap, potentially borrowing from future revenues, including the expected boom once the league signs new television deals.

      Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk reported the sides agreed Tuesday on team travel protocols for training camp and the preseason, including requirements for traveling by plane or bus, how hotels and food service are handled, and much more. Per the report, a team's traveling party will be limited to include no more than 110 non-players, and all members must wear masks.

      The report said that the protocols document "implies strongly" that there will be a preseason, but added that the length of the preseason is still being discussed.

      The NFL has already said the preseason would be cut to two games, but the union has recommended that it should be canceled entirely, removing any risk for games that don't count in the standings.

      Training camps are scheduled to open in the last week in July, with rookies and quarterbacks potentially reporting the week before.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Patriots RB Burkhead restructures deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Running back Rex Burkhead agreed to a restructured contract that will save the New England Patriots just under $1 million in cap space, ESPN reported Tuesday.

    • Burkhead was entering the final year of a three-year, $9.75 million contract. He was set to make $2.5 million in base salary and up to $500,000 in additional per-game roster bonuses, but with no guaranteed money.

      According to ESPN, his new contract includes a $550,000 signing bonus, a $1.05 million base salary and $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

      The Patriots entered the day with just $650,989 in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association's daily report, and they have yet to officially sign quarterback Cam Newton, who agreed to terms on June 28 to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with up to $6.5 million in additional incentives.

      Burkhead, who turned 30 last week, had 65 rushes for 302 yards (4.6 average) and three touchdowns in 13 games (one start) last season, while adding 27 receptions for 279 yards (10.3 average), giving him a career-high 581 scrimmage yards.

      He had a career-best eight total touchdowns in 2017, his first year with the Patriots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos to induct Shanahan into Ring of Fame
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    The Denver Broncos have selected former head coach Mike Shanahan for their Ring of Fame, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • Shanahan, who will be the franchise's 34th member in the Ring of Fame, will be formally inducted during the 2021 season due to coronavirus precautions.

      Shanahan guided the Broncos to Super Bowl titles during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He remains the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season coaching victories (138) and postseason wins (eight) over his 14 seasons (1995-2008) as head coach.

      "Mike Shanahan is the greatest coach in Denver Broncos history and among the winningest coaches of all-time," Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a team statement. "He brought an unmatched standard and intensity as head coach, leading this franchise to its first two Super Bowl wins and building the Broncos into perennial contenders. We are thrilled that Mike has now been elected to the Broncos' Ring of Fame."

      Shanahan, 67, also had NFL stints as a head coach with the then-Los Angeles Raiders (1988-89) and Washington Redskins (2010-13). He has a career record of 170-138 across 20 seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blockbuster deal gives Mahomes security, Chiefs flexibility
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has every reason to smile after signing the richest contract in North American sports history.

    • While Mahomes now has security for his family -- and generations down the road -- after agreeing to a 12-year contract worth a possible $503 million, the 24-year-old also feels strongly that the Chiefs have enough flexibility to solidify a potential NFL dynasty.

      "We can be a great team moving forward and I can have the security I want," Mahomes said Tuesday in a virtual news conference. "I can't wait to build this legacy not only on the field but off it."

      Mahomes will average a staggering $45 million per year, shattering the $35 million annual average of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

      "We were able to get this contract done in the right way that not only gives me the security that I've always wanted but also allows opportunities for the team to be great around me the entire duration of my entire career," the former NFL MVP said.

      "And I have trust that things will get handled the right way as we go throughout this career and we will be in position to win a lot of football games and hopefully win a lot more championships as my career goes on."

      Winning championships is the name of the game in the eyes of Chiefs general manager Brett Veach.

      "He wanted to win and wanted to establish a dynasty," Veach said. "He's still growing and learning. He's hungry. He's special. At such a young age, he understands big-picture thinking."

      Coach Andy Reid admittedly was in a festive mood on the heels of the deal that keeps Mahomes with the Chiefs into the 2031 season.

      "It's a win-win," Reid said Tuesday. "It's a win for the player. It's also a win for the team, the organization. So, I'm one happy guy. I put on my best Tommy Bahama for all of you today, just to celebrate this. This is a big day. It's an awesome thing."

      Mahomes was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2018 and guided the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship last season.

      His deal surpasses the 12-year, $426.5 million contract signed by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout in March 2019. At the time, Trout's contract was the largest ever in North America.

      In his first 31 games with the Chiefs, Mahomes has a 24-7 record with 76 touchdown passes and 17 300-yard games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens QB Jackson cancels fan event in South Florida
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has canceled his fan event that was scheduled to take place this weekend in his South Florida hometown.

    • Jackson, who grew up in Pompano Beach, Fla., decided to nix "Funday with LJ" after the city imposed limits on attendance that were less than the amount of people who had already registered for the event. Jackson decided to cancel rather than turn people away, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

      The decision comes a day after Jackson promoted the two-day event, which was requiring guests to sign a waiver of liability. Face masks were also mandatory for adults. The flyer Jackson shared included events such as flag football, water games and water slides.

      The event was to take place in Broward County, a hotspot for the coronavirus. As of Tuesday afternoon, the county had more than 22,000 confirmed cases and more than 400 deaths, according to the Florida state health department.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Browns renegotiate Vernon's contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    The Cleveland Browns renegotiated the contract of pass rusher Olivier Vernon, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

    • Vernon, who was slated to make $15.25 million (non-guaranteed) this season, will now receive $11 million guaranteed ($4 million signing bonus, $6.75 million base salary, $250,000 workout bonus), per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

      The 29-year-old Vernon is also eligible to receive an additional $2 million in incentives. His restructured deal also prevents Vernon from being slapped with the franchise or transition tag.

      The guaranteed money likely means the Browns are out of the running for free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has received offers from the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and interest from a handful of other teams.

      The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly made Clowney an offer this week.

      Vernon recorded career lows in tackles (26) and sacks (3.5) in 10 games last season with the Browns.

      He was a third-round pick by Miami in 2012 and played in 64 games (46 starts) with the Dolphins, posting a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2013. Vernon has 353 tackles and 54.5 sacks in 113 career games (95 starts) with the Dolphins, New York Giants and Browns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles' Jackson apologizes after posting anti-Semitic messages
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson issued two apologies after posting an anti-Semitic message that he attributed to Adolf Hitler and admiration for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on social media.

    • The Eagles on Tuesday responded by calling Jackson's posts "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling" and said the team would take "appropriate action." Team owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.

      The NFL released a statement Tuesday calling Jackson's comments "highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL's values of respect, equality and inclusion." The league said it has been in contact with the Eagles on the matter.

      Jackson initially posted an apology in a video Tuesday on social media.

      "I just want to first off extend an apology on behalf of me and what I stand for because ... I never want to put any race down or any people down," Jackson said in the video. "My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community. What I posted, I definitely didn't mean it to the extent that you guys took it, and I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm, you know, very apologetic, and I just want you guys to understand that it never was intended ... to put any race down or any religion down.

      "... I just probably should have never posted anything that Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans and slavery and just enlighten my people. ... I didn't intend any harm or any hatred toward any people. ... I'm for love and I extend it every day."

      Tuesday evening, Jackson posted another apology to social media, this time in a written statement, reading:

      "I want to apologize to the Jewish community, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, the Eagles organization and our fans for the insensitive and ill-informed posts that I shared on my social media. My intention was to uplift, unite and encourage our culture with positivity and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I unintentionally hurt the Jewish community in the process and for that I am sorry! Now, more than ever, we must work together to end discrimination of all types and against all people and communities.

      "This apology is more than just words - it is a promise to do better. I will fully educate myself and work with local and national organizations to be more informed and make a difference in our community. I will consider my words and actions moving forward. I will seek out voices from other communities and listen to their words, thoughts and beliefs. In a time of division, I am committed to doing my part in making this world a better place for our children."

      Jackson published a string of derogatory social media posts over the Fourth of July weekend, one of which had an image of a page out of a book that included anti-Semitic quotes that were falsely attributed to Hitler. Jackson followed up with another post, saying "Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way I have no hatred in my heart towards no-one!! Equality Equality."

      He then shared the same page with part of the excerpt scribbled out and this passage highlighted: "(They) will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they were."

      Jackson also shared two posts with images and praise of Farrakhan, the controversial religious figure who once described Hitler as a great man.

      Jackson has two years remaining on his contract with the Eagles. The 33-year-old has a $6.2 million base salary for this season and $8.2 million next season.

      ESPN's Adam Schefter said the team's decision on keeping Jackson could depend on whether his actions violated his contract guarantees of $4.8 million for this season. Jackson has already received a $2 million option bonus.

      NBC Sports Philadelphia reported the Eagles told Jackson "he needs to be active to promote equality," and that Jackson and his representatives have spoken to Philadelphia rabbi Doniel Grodnitzky and Chabad Young Philly, a Jewish organization in the city.

      "We have spoken to DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling," the Eagles said in a statement. "They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization.

      "We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action and promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action.

      "We take these matters very seriously and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

      --Field Level Media

  • NFLPA president Tretter rips NFL's coronavirus plan
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    NFL Players Association president J.C. Tretter unloaded on the league's health and safety plan for dealing with the coronavirus, alleging the plan largely ignores both health and safety.

    • Tretter criticized the NFL for not providing a reason for playing two preseason games. While the league backed off the schedule from four preseason games per team to two, the NFLPA wants all preseason games to be scrapped.

      Opening the schedule would give players and teams additional time to train after offseason workouts were held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tretter pointed to the high number of soft tissue and Achilles injuries following the 2011 lockout.

      "Every decision this year that prioritizes normalcy over innovation, custom over science or even football over health, significantly reduces our chances of completing the full season," Tretter wrote in a blog post.

      Tretter said the NFL and NFLPA's joint coronavirus task force agreed to a 48-day training camp without preseason games.

      Tretter's post comes on the same day that Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians estimated all players will get the coronavirus.

      "The players, they're going to all get sick, that's for sure. It's just a matter of how sick they get," Arians told the Tampa Bay Times.

      Similar concerns over returning to play have been raised by players in multiple professional sports. Indiana Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo is the highest-profile player to opt out due to re-injury concerns. He missed parts of two seasons with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and was uncomfortable ramping up for a run of games in July and August.

      NBA players report to Walt Disney World Resort on Tuesday to begin workouts and the season, paused on March 11, is scheduled to restart on July 30 for the 22 teams in playoff contention.

      Major League Baseball opened Summer Camp and plans to start the 2020 regular season on July 23, but several teams canceled workouts on Monday due to delays receiving results of coronavirus tests over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

      The NFL plans to test players three times per week but said protocol for returning to play could be a moving target based on the number of confirmed cases in each region and within each team.

      "We don't want to merely return to work and have the season shut down before we even get started," Tretter wrote. "The NFLPA will do its part to advocate for player safety. We will continue to hold the NFL accountable and demand that the league use data, science and the recommendations of its own medical experts to make decisions. It has been clear for months that we need to find a way to fit football inside the world of coronavirus. Making decisions outside that lens is both dangerous and irresponsible."

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs' Arians, cancer survivor, being 'extra careful' during pandemic
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Bruce Arians is a three-time cancer survivor and at the relatively advanced age of 67, making the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach a member of the high-risk category should he contract the coronavirus.

    • Arians, who came out of retirement to become head coach of the Buccaneers last season, said he is being extra careful and taking all possible precautions to avoid COVID-19.

      "I got to be real careful," Arians told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'll probably double with a mask and a (face) shield. You know, because l already had my scare out there (in Arizona) once a couple of years ago. For me personally, I've got a plan and I just have to be smart enough to stay with it."

      Arians has had tumors removed from his kidney, prostate and skin. His coaching staff included 81-year-old Tom Moore, who was the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts during the Peyton Manning heyday, and Clyde Christensen, who is 64 and was on that same coaching staff along with Arians.

      Arians retired from coaching in Arizona after 2017 due to health considerations. But after one year in a TV booth, he returned to coach the Buccaneers.

      From involved discussions with the Buccaneers' medical team, Arians assessed that every player will end up contracting the virus. He said he's not overly concerned about how sick his new quarterback, Tom Brady, might get if he tests positive for the coronavirus.

      "Tom is probably the healthiest one of all of us," Arians told the Times. "We've got to be careful. The players, they're going to all get sick, that's for sure. It's just a matter of how sick they get."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Raiders make offer to DE Clowney
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    The Las Vegas Raiders are making a run at defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but the free agent could choose to wait for a better fit, per multiple reports.

    • Clowney was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks from the Houston Texans prior to last season but remains unsigned three weeks before the start of training camp. He has received offers from the Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans and interest from a handful of other teams.

      The Athletic reported the Raiders' offer puts the franchise a "distant third" on the value spectrum with the Browns ($15 million in 2020) and Seahawks thought to be offering better money.

      According to the NFLPA's latest update on salary cap figures, the Raiders currently have just $9 million in cap space. Additional cap space could be created by moving bonus allotments around for the 2020 season.

      But Clowney told ESPN last week he's leaning toward holding off on signing until closer to the start of the season. In part, Clowney wants to make sure there is a 2020 season with the coronavirus pandemic impacting other sports.

      Last season, Clowney recorded 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumbles recoveries and an interception in 13 games.

      His injury history is a concern for some teams, although he has missed only 13 games in his career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mahomes, Chiefs agree to 10-year, $450M extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 6, 2020

    Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a 10-year, $450 million contract extension through 2031.

    • Mahomes' agent, Leigh Steinberg, congratulated Mahomes on the deal and pegged the value of his contract at $503 million over 10 years.

      "Congrats to @PatrickMahomes on agreeing to terms on a 10-year extension worth $503 Million. He gets $477M in guarantee mechanisms and ability to have outs if guarantee mechanisms aren't exercised. No trade clause. First half billion dollar player in sports history. History made," Steinberg Sports announced via social media.

      The first three years of the contract are fully guaranteed with $63 million at signing (Monday) and $103.5 million by March 2021, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported.

      The deal is the richest contract in the history of North American team sports and includes an injury guarantee of $140 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      Mahomes, 24, was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2018 and guided the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship last season.

      Prior to the Chiefs' monumental win in February, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said the quarterback would be with the team long-term.

      "There will be a right time sometime in the next 12 to 15 months to extend Patrick, and when I say right time, I mean right time for both the player and the club," Hunt said before Super Bowl LIV. "I don't want to say necessarily it has to be this offseason, but I will say that it's a priority to get him done. I hope Patrick is here for his entire career, and that's going to be our goal."

      Mahomes is entering the final year of his rookie deal at $2.8 million in 2020 with his fifth-year option slotted at $24.8 million in 2021. The Chiefs are adding 10 years to his contract for a total of 12 seasons remaining in Kansas City, per Schefter.

      In those 12 seasons, he will earn at least $477.6 million, surpassing the 12-year, $426.5 million contract signed by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout in March of 2019. At the time, Trout's contract was the largest ever in North America.

      In his first 31 games, Mahomes has a 24-7 record with 76 touchdown passes and 17 300-yard games with the Chiefs.

      The Chiefs return 20 of their 22 Super Bowl starters in 2020.

      Previously the NFL's highest-paid quarterback was Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, who signed a four-year, $140 million deal in April 2019 for an annual average value of $35 million. His contract includes $107 million guaranteed and Wilson turns 32 in November.

      Mahomes' agreement with the Chiefs is the first to exceed 10 years in the NFL since Donovan McNabb with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002.

      Mahomes would be signed through his age 36 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers sign CB Taylor, waive CB Tabor
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 6, 2020

    The San Francisco 49ers signed veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor on Monday to replace Teez Tabor, who was waived with a non-football injury.

    • Taylor, 29, has played in 90 games with six teams since the Miami Dolphins selected him in the second round in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      He split the 2019 season with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, tallying 23 tackles and three passes defensed in 12 games.

      Taylor has 242 tackles, 31 passes defensed and three interceptions in seven seasons with the Dolphins (2013-15), Cleveland Browns (2016-17), Arizona Cardinals (2018), Denver Broncos (2018), Falcons and Seahawks.

      Tabor, 24, suffered a Jones fracture in his foot while working out on his own and underwent surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

      Tabor appeared in 22 games with the Detroit Lions from 2017-18, collecting 42 tackles. After the Lions cut their 2017 second-round pick in September 2019, he joined the 49ers' practice squad.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kaepernick, Disney enter production deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 6, 2020

    The production company of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and The Walt Disney Company have entered a partnership to tell stories that delve into social injustice, race and the drive for equity.

    • ESPN, a Disney property, announced the deal with Ra Vision Media on Monday in a news release. It's a "first-look deal," which means Disney will be given the first opportunity to produce Ra Vision material. It extends across all Disney platforms, including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Undefeated.

      "During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Company remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters," said Bob Iger, Disney's executive chairman, in the release. "Colin's experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration."

      Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in August 2016. He has not played since the end of the 2016 season.

      The first project to be developed is a docuseries "chronicling Kapernick's journey," the ESPN statement said. It will include new interviews and never-seen footage of his life over the past five years.

      Last week, it was announced the Kaepernick will be the narrator and executive producer of a six-part Netflix drama series focusing on his high school years.

      The Disney deal will focus on both scripted and unscripted material and will feature the work of storytellers of color.

      "I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives," Kaepernick, 32, said. "I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing."

      The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback also is working on a memoir, set to be released through his own publishing company.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Redskins minority owners want to sell
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 6, 2020

    Three minority owners of the Washington Redskins have hired an investment banking firm to find buyers for their share of the team, The Washington Post reported.

    • The men -- Robert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smith -- jointly own 40 percent of the team but reportedly want to sell out of dissatisfaction with majority owner Dan Snyder.

      The three are "not happy being a partner" with Snyder, the Post reported.

      Smith is chairman, president and CEO of FedEx. Last week, the Memphis-based shipping giant called for the Washington franchise to change its name -- a frequent refrain since Snyder bought the team in 1999. Other corporate partners, including Nike and PepsiCo, joined FedEx.

      And on Monday, Barron's reported that Walmart no longer would sell Redskins items and that Target had pulled the merchandise from its website.

      Snyder has resisted all calls throughout the years to adopt a new name, but on Friday team officials announced they would "undergo a thorough review" as the nation grapples with racial inequality and social justice. It's a drastic change from his stand in 2013, when Snyder told USA Today, "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps."

      New head coach Ron Rivera said he supports a name change for the team and is working with Snyder. According to multiple outlets, the new name could be in effect for the 2020 season.

      Smith's company, FedEx, signed a 27-year, $205 million naming-rights deal in 1999 for the Redskins stadium in Landover, Md., called FedEx Field.

      --Field Level Media