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Sean Payton explains decision to release Brandon McManus

The Broncos surprisingly released kicker Brandon McManus earlier this week. It arguably shouldn’t have been a surprise.“Ultimately, you’re constantly looking at what’s in the best interest for your team,” head coach Sean Payton told reporters. “A lot of the time, money and what your ‘musts’ are come into it. You guys know this better than [more]

Lions agree to trade for Riley Patterson

The Jaguars announced that they were waiving kicker Riley Patterson on Thursday morning, but his departure from Jacksonville will come under different terms.The Lions announced that they have agreed to a trade that will send Patterson back to one of his former teams. An undisclosed draft pick will be going back to the Jaguars in [more]

Travis Etienne: Last year was about getting healthy, now I’m able to work on football

Jaguars running back Travis Etienne spent last offseason recovering from the Lisfranc injury that cost him his rookie season, but the focus on his foot didn’t keep him from producing on the field.Etienne ran for 1,125 yards and caught 35 passes for 316 yards in the regular season before picking up 201 yards from scrimmage [more]

NFL expands Global Markets program to France, Ireland, Austria and Switzerland

The NFL’s push to expand the reach of the league internationally led to teams being awarded marketing rights to foreign countries starting in January 2022 and the league announced an expansion of the effort on Tuesday.France is part of that expansion. The Saints asked for and received marketing rights in the country, which is their [more]

Jags OC Press Taylor: Calvin Ridley’s offseason work has been impressive

Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley last played in an NFL game in October 2021 and he hasn’t taken part in a full NFL practice the last couple of years either, so every progression in the team’s offseason program represents a big step back toward the field.Monday brought another of those steps. The team began the [more]

Parker Washington “just excited” to learn from veteran Jaguars receivers

The Jaguars drew some puzzled reactions last year when they opened the pocketbook to sign wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones as free agents, but adding those players to their receiving corps led to positive results on the field.Jacksonville rebounded from their disastrous Urban Meyer dalliance to win the AFC South and both of [more]

20 teams start OTAs today

The offseason program is a three-phase process. And Phase Three is the most important of all of them.That’s when Organized Team Activities happen, a fancy, verbose phrase for “practice.” They’re now commonly known as OTAs, still one syllable more than just saying “practice.”Twenty teams start OTAs on Monday, based on the calendar the NFL released [more]

Rep. Eric Swallwell accuses former NFL player Bruce Miller of threatening execution

Threats of violence routinely are made on social media, the kind of threats that never would be made or tolerated in any other setting. A member of Congress believes a former NFL player recently threatened to execute him.Specifically, Rep. Eric Swallwell believes Bruce Miller made the threat on social media, via direct message on Twitter.“Almost [more]

Jaguars sign Willie Taylor III, place Jaylon Moore on injured reserve

The Jaguars announced a couple of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon.They have signed linebacker Willie Taylor III and placed wide receiver Jaylon Moore on injured reserve. Moving Moore to injured reserve now means he will not be able to return to active duty for the team this season.Taylor had 11 tackles and four sacks for [more]

In Jacksonville, politics become a major factor in the future of the Jaguars

The citizens of Jacksonville elected a new mayor on Tuesday. The decision will definitely impact the short- and long-term future of the local NFL team.Donna Deegan, only the second Democratic mayor in 30 years, defeated Republican Daniel Davis. Setting aside the broader implications for Florida and national politics, the question becomes whether the new mayor [more]

Guaranteed salaries didn’t guarantee some rookies a job beyond minicamp

In the days after the draft concludes, much is made of the undrafted free agents who finagle significant guarantees. For some players, those guarantees don’t even guarantee a job until Memorial Day.This year, multiple players with partially guaranteed contracts were released after participating in rookie minicamps.The players who found themselves go from having partially guaranteed [more]

Chris Claybrooks won’t be prosecuted on domestic assault, vandalism charges

A pair of criminal charges against Jaguars cornerback Chris Claybrooks have been dropped.Claybrooks was charged with domestic assault and vandalism in Nashville, but court records say that the charges will not be prosecuted. Per the records, a settlement has been reached in the case but the terms of the settlement are unclear.An affidavit filed in [more]

Report: Jaguars, Bengals discussed Jonah Williams trade before draft

When the Bengals signed left tackle Orlando Brown, Jonah Williams — who had been playing the position for Cincinnati — reportedly requested a trade.To this point, the Bengals have not accommodated that request. Director of player personnel Duke Tobin said before the draft last month that Williams is “a valuable member of our team.”But there [more]

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