NFL: AFC Wild Card-Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals

Reports: Raiders trade WR Bryan Edwards to Falcons

May 13, 2022, 8:03 PM

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The Las Vegas Raiders traded wide receiver Bryan Edwards to the Atlanta Falcons, multiple outlets reported Friday.

The Raiders also sent a 2023 seventh-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round selection.

Edwards, 23, caught 34 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (12 starts) last season.

A third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2020, he had 11 catches for 193 yards and one TD in 12 games (three starts) in his rookie season.

The Raiders still have plenty of targets for quarterback Derek Carr. They acquired All-Pro wideout Davante Adams in a trade with the Green Bay Packers in March, while Hunter Renfrow is coming off a 103-catch, 1,038-yard season in 2021. Tight end Darren Waller has 252 receptions for 3,006 yards in the past three seasons.

The Falcons are trying to make up for the loss of receiver Calvin Ridley, suspended for the 2022 season for betting on NFL games. Atlanta took Southern California's Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick in last month's draft.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Report: Packers CB Jaire Alexander signing $84M extension

May 16, 2022, 2:50 PM

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The Green Bay Packers are finalizing a four-year, $84 million contract extension with cornerback Jaire Alexander, ESPN reported Monday.

The deal keeps Alexander in Green Bay through 2026 and reportedly includes a $30 million signing bonus and an average annual value of $21 million, both records for a defensive back.

Agent John Thornton of Roc Nation Sports confirmed the particulars of the deal with ESPN.

Alexander, 25, made the Pro Bowl in 2020 but was limited to four games last season due to a shoulder injury. He has five interceptions, 44 passes defensed and 188 tackles in 48 career games (46 starts).

The 2018 first-round pick (18th overall) was set to earn $13.3 million in 2022, the final year of his rookie contract.

--Field Level Media

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Falcons sign former Packers WR Geronimo Allison

May 16, 2022, 2:37 PM

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The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing Monday of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison.

The Falcons did not disclose terms of the deal as they continue to overhaul the receiver position.

Atlanta acquired wideout Bryan Edwards in a trade last week with the Las Vegas Raiders and drafted Drake London of Southern California with the No. 8 overall pick last month.

The Falcons are playing the 2022 season without receiver Calvin Ridley, who is serving a suspension for betting on NFL games.

Allison, 28, played in three games last season with the Detroit Lions and did not record a catch on two targets. He caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 46 games (14 starts) with Green Bay from 2016-19.

The Falcons are also breaking in a new quarterback with Marcus Mariota expected to take over for Matt Ryan, who was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in March.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Reports: Dolphins sign pass rusher Melvin Ingram

May 15, 2022, 10:30 PM

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The Miami Dolphins signed three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Melvin Ingram on Sunday, multiple reports said. Terms of the deal were not yet reported.

The veteran free agent split 2021 with the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers after spending his first nine NFL seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.

Ingram, 33, made three straight Pro Bowls from 2017-19. But after finishing 2020 with zero sacks in seven games, he was not re-signed and caught on with the Steelers, who traded him midseason to the Chiefs after his public trade request.

In 15 games last season (seven starts) Ingram compiled two sacks -- one for Pittsburgh and one for Kansas City -- and 25 tackles. He added two sacks in three postseason games for the Chiefs.

Ingram has recorded 51 career sacks, 385 tackles and three interceptions along with 15 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in 128 games (103 starts). He has not played a full season since 2018 due to hamstring and knee injuries.

--Field Level Media

NFL: New York Giants Rookie Minicamp

Reports: Giants first-rounders Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal to sign

May 14, 2022, 7:22 PM

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The New York Giants' first-round draft picks -- No. 5 Kayvon Thibodeaux and No. 7 Evan Neal -- agreed to contract terms and were expected to sign on the dotted line later Saturday, NFL Network reported.

Once they do, that will mean that all but 12 of the 32 NFL first-round draft picks will be under contract.

ESPN said Thibodeaux's deal is fully guaranteed and for four years for $31.3 million. Neal's contract will be for four years, $24.6 million and also is fully guaranteed, per ESPN.

Neal, who played in college at Alabama, has lined up at right tackle during this weekend's rookie minicamp. Thibodeaux had 35.5 tackles for loss -- including 19 sacks -- in 31 games at Oregon.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks

Former NFL safety Earl Thomas arrested on felony charge

May 14, 2022, 2:40 PM

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Former NFL safety Earl Thomas was arrested Friday on a felony charge in Texas for allegedly violating a court order and sending threatening messages to his estranged wife.

A warrant was issued on April 27 and Thomas was arrested in his hometown of Orange, Texas, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office records obtained by independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.

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Thomas, 33, is charged with violating a protective order two or more times within 12 months, a third-degree felony.

That order, issued in May 2021, stated that he could only communicate with Nina Thomas through a co-parenting phone app.

According to earlier reports in the Austin American-Statesman, the woman told the police that Thomas recently began threatening her and her children through text messages. In one message, he allegedly told her he had two handguns; in another, he said he would "kick (her) ass."

Nina Thomas filed for divorce in November 2020.

Thomas has not played in the NFL since the 2019 season. Last month, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro told ESPN he wants to resume his NFL career.

Thomas recorded 713 tackles, 30 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 140 career games (all starts) with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Baltimore Ravens (2019). He was selected by Seattle with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

Saints sign WR Jarvis Landry

May 14, 2022, 1:13 AM

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Free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry revealed on social media Friday that he is joining the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Network reported that the five-time Pro Bowler will sign a one-year contract worth up to $6 million.

It marks a homecoming for Landry, a Louisiana native and former LSU star.

Landry started 12 games in 2021 for the Cleveland Browns, missing time with a knee injury. He caught 52 receptions for 570 yards and two touchdowns -- all representing career lows.

In four years with the Miami Dolphins (2014-17) and four with the Browns (2018-21), Landry racked up 688 catches for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns, adding 239 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Landry, 29, will join first-round draft pick Chris Olave and 2019 NFL receiving leader Michael Thomas in New Orleans' receiving corps next season. Thomas missed the 2021 season while recovering from an ankle injury.

Landry also followed his former LSU teammate, New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu, to the Saints. The defensive back signed with the Saints earlier this month.

--Field Level Media

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NFL Week 1 lines: No big favorites

May 13, 2022, 6:48 PM

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Three teams are 6.5-point favorites in opening lines for the 2022 NFL regular season released by sportsbooks with the 18-week game schedule finalized.

The NFL released a full schedule for the regular season on Thursday night, including the opening game of the season in Los Angeles between the Rams and Buffalo Bills. The Super Bowl champion Rams are a 1-point favorite at SoFi Stadium.

The AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals are 6.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 and no team is a bigger favorite on the early lines.

San Francisco is a 6.5-point favorite at Chicago and the Tennessee Titans are 6.5-point favorites over the New York Giants.

The primetime games in Week 1 include Russell Wilson returning to Seattle with the Denver Broncos. Wilson's new crew is a 4-point favorite over the Seahawks on "Monday Night Football."

Dallas is a home underdog on "Sunday Night Football." The Cowboys are +2.5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Scouting Combine

Reports: Cowboys sign first-rounder Tyler Smith to $13.38M deal

May 13, 2022, 5:14 PM

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First-round draft pick Tyler Smith signed a four-year $13.38 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys, multiple outlets reported Friday.

The deal for the offensive lineman is fully guaranteed and contains a fifth-year team option, per the reports.

Smith took part in the team's minicamp on Friday and played at left guard.

The Cowboys took Smith with the No. 24 overall pick in last month's NFL draft. And while some observers thought that slot was too high for the Tulsa product, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones disagreed.

"I just think his upside is tremendous," Jones said on the PFT PM Podcast after the draft. "He played at a smaller school there at Tulsa. He only played in 18 games at Tulsa. But we just feel like his skill set really lends to him having an opportunity to be a top, top left tackle at some point."

--Field Level Media

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy released from jail

May 13, 2022, 4:20 PM

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was released on a personal recognizance bond Friday after an appearance in Arapahoe County (Colo.) Court.

He was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor. He was held overnight in the county jail.

Jeudy didn't enter a plea during his court appearance, during which he wore an orange jail jumpsuit and was shackled, 9News in Denver reported. He is due back in court on May 31.

While a mandatory protection order remains in place, Judge Chantel Contiguglia dropped the no-contact portion of the order, saying "there was not probable cause to believe that there was the threat or use of any physical force against the victim," ESPN reported.

9News reported Thursday night that Jeudy admitted to taking a wallet and baby formula belonging to the mother of his child after she took one of his phones. He locked the items in his car, according to the report

The television station said the woman told the judge she called 911 only to have police "monitor" the situation and not to have him arrested. She said she does not feel threatened by Jeudy.

Jeudy, 23, has played two seasons with the Broncos since they selected him in the first round (15th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He played in 10 games (five starts) last season while dealing with a high ankle sprain and a stint on the COVID-19 list.

--Field Level Media

NFL: NFL Draft

Reports: Texans sign CB Derek Stingley Jr. to $34.7M deal

May 13, 2022, 3:58 PM

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The Houston Texans signed cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, to a four-year, $34.7 million deal, multiple outlets reported Friday.

He will receive a signing bonus of $22.39 million.

Stingley played collegiately at LSU and was a first-team All-American in 2019 and 2020. He started 25 games at LSU, and the Tigers were 20-5 with him on the field. They were undefeated in 2019 and won the national championship.

In his LSU career, Stingley had 73 tackles (seven for loss), six interceptions and 21 passes defensed.

--Field Level Media

NFL: New Orleans Saints-Press Conference

Report: Panthers eyeing Sean Payton for 2023 season

May 13, 2022, 3:31 PM

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The Carolina Panthers reportedly are eyeing former NFC South rival Sean Payton to be their head coach in 2023.

Payton, 58, stepped down after 15 seasons as head coach of the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 25.

Citing sources, Front Office Sports reported Thursday that the Panthers are considering Payton to replace current head coach Matt Rhule.

Payton had three years remaining on his contract with the Saints when he announced his retirement.

The Panthers issued a statement denying the report.

"We would not talk to -- or consider -- a coach who's under contract with another team," the Panthers said.

Payton is expected to work in broadcasting during the 2022 season and is reportedly juggling offers from FOX Sports and Amazon.

Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season over his role in the "Bountygate" scandal, compiled a 152-89 record in the regular season and a 9-8 mark in the playoffs with the Saints. He led New Orleans to a 31-17 victory against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

The Panthers are 10-23 in two seasons under Rhule, 47. The Panthers hired him before the 2020 season, signing him to a seven-year, $62 million deal and paying $6 million to buy him out of his contract at Baylor.

--Field Level Media

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Bills-Rams season opener among highlights of 2022 NFL schedule

May 13, 2022, 1:04 AM

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The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will open the 2022 NFL season at home against a leading contender in the AFC, the Buffalo Bills.

That was one of many missing pieces finalized Thursday when the NFL revealed the complete 272-game regular-season schedule. For the second straight season, the slate covers 18 weeks.

Teams have known the 17 opponents they will face since the end of the 2021 season, but the schedule reveal, complete with bye weeks and primetime broadcast assignments, has become a made-for-TV offseason event for the league.

The league announced a series of select games in the week-plus leading up to Thursday, including five international games to be played across London, Munich and Mexico City, and the Rams' game against the Denver Broncos as part of the first-ever Christmas Day tripleheader.

Among other Week 1 fixtures, the unretired Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hit the road to play the Dallas Cowboys for the first "Sunday Night Football" game of the year, and the Broncos will visit the Seattle Seahawks on "Monday Night Football," making quarterback Russell Wilson's first game with the Broncos coincide with his return to Seattle after 10 seasons.

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Bills in Week 8 in a rematch of the 2020 AFC Championship Game and a 2021 AFC Divisional Round playoff game, both of which were high-scoring instant classics. The Chiefs won both meetings, the latter in overtime.

The Chiefs will also get another swipe at the Buccaneers when they play at Tampa Bay in Week 4 on "Sunday Night Football" in a rematch of Super Bowl LV, in which Brady's Bucs defeated Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs.

The rest of the Christmas tripleheader will contain the Green Bay Packers at the Miami Dolphins and the Buccaneers at the Arizona Cardinals. Broncos-Rams will be the second game of the three.

The full Week 1 schedule is below (all times ET):

Sept. 8

Buffalo at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m.

Sept. 11

New Orleans at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m.

New England at Miami, 1 p.m.

Baltimore at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Washington, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Las Vegas at L.A. Chargers, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.

Sept. 12

Denver at Seattle, 8:15 p.m.

--Field Level Media

NFL: NFC Divisional Round-Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ten most intriguing NFL games of 2022

May 13, 2022, 12:22 AM

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Bit by bit, the National Football League has been teasing its 2022 schedule. But what had been a trickle of information turned into a flood Thursday night.

In the latest line of non-events that the NFL has manufactured into a made-for-television production, the league released its complete 18-week regular-season schedule.

We have known the opponents each team will face since the end of last season. The league also previously announced its five International Series games, which should all be yawners.

The league even gave us a peak into its Christmas Day lineup by announcing earlier this week that the Denver Broncos will face the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

Now that every date is set, let's take a look at the 10 most intriguing games on the 2022 schedule:

10. Broncos at Rams, Dec. 25 (CBS/Nickelodeon)

This game is getting a lot of hype because the Rams are the champions and quarterback Russell Wilson joined the Broncos in the biggest move of the offseason. But let's see how important this game is by December. A lot of people are assuming Wilson will come in and win a Super Bowl like Peyton Manning did. Guess what? Wilson is not Manning.

9. Patriots at Raiders, Dec. 18 (NBC)

This game takes on special meaning not due to "Sunday Night Football" but because it matches Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels against his mentor, Bill Belichick. McDaniels was a shooting star on Belichick's staff before getting a chance to be a head coach in Denver. After another stint under Belichick, McDaniels might approach things differently.

8. Broncos at Seahawks, Sept. 12 (ESPN)

Just like the Christmas Day game, this contest will receive too much hype. That's all because of Wilson, and it happens Week 1. He spent 10 seasons in Seattle before forcing the Seahawks to trade him in the offseason. That has made him an unpopular figure in Seattle, but it's hard to imagine fans falling in love with Drew Lock or Geno Smith.

7. Bengals at Browns, Oct. 31 (ESPN)

Admit it, you thought you never would see this matchup on a top 10 list. But it is. That's because Joe Burrow is the "in" thing in Cincinnati, Baker Mayfield is on the verge of being out in Cleveland and Deshaun Watson will be trying to resurrect his career and make the Browns into a playoff contender.

6. Bengals at Ravens, Oct. 9 (NBC)

Burrow is the big story in the AFC North, and he should be after leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl. But let's not forget about Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson. He still is one of the most dangerous players in the league.

5. Rams at Buccaneers, Nov. 6 (CBS)

To say the schedule makers had to scramble when Tom Brady announced he was unretiring would be an understatement. This game initially had Sunday at 1 p.m. ET written all over it. But any game in which Brady is on the field is a big game and this is a matchup of the last two Super Bowl champions.

4. Packers at Bills, Oct. 30 (NBC)

This is football the way it was meant to be played -- outdoors in late fall, between two teams quite familiar with cold temperatures. Plus, it could mark a passing of the torch. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has won two straight Most Valuable Player awards, but Buffalo's Josh Allen is in the next generation of great quarterbacks.

3. Chiefs at Buccaneers, Oct. 2 (NBC)

This is a rematch of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. In that game, Brady and the Bucs dominated the Chiefs on the way to a 31-9 win. But Brady has to give up his throne at some point (doesn't he?) and Patrick Mahomes looks like he's next in line.

2. Bills at Chiefs, Oct. 16 (CBS)

A flip of the coin is really all that separated these two teams in last year's postseason. That was so controversial that it prompted the NFL to change its postseason overtime rules. There's a very good chance that whoever wins this game will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

1. Bills at Rams, Sept. 8 (NBC)

At least on paper and at the moment, these are the two best teams in the NFL. If that's true, the first game of the NFL season could serve as a Super Bowl preview. Back-to-back championships with the Rams would make people forget Matthew Stafford was ever with Detroit. Getting the Bills to the Super Bowl, where they haven't been since the 1993 season, firmly would establish Allen as one of the league's best quarterbacks.

--By Pat Yasinskas, Field Level Media

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders

Report: Falcons to sign ex-Raiders LB Nick Kwiatkoski

May 12, 2022, 11:42 PM

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The Atlanta Falcons agreed to sign former Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to a free-agent contract, NFL Media reported Thursday.

Despite a reported visit with the Raiders earlier this week, the six-year veteran will join the Falcons on a one-year deal.

Kwiatkoski, who turns 29 in two weeks, played just eight games in the 2021 season because of an ankle injury. It marked the first time in his six seasons he did not start a game.

In 2020 Kwiatkoski had a career-high 81 tackles for the Raiders, adding a sack and interception in his 12 starts -- also a career best.

Originally a fourth-round pick in 2016 out of West Virginia by Chicago, Kwiatkoski spent his first four NFL seasons with the Bears.

In his 77 career games (34 starts), Kwiatkoski has 286 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.

--Field Level Media