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Opt-out deadline passes, with 67 NFL players taking option

The deadline for players to opt out for 2020 passed at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. A total of 67 players took the option to sit out the season. (Offensive lineman Larry Warford is not on the list since he is a free agent.) The 67 players will see their contracts toll, whether the opt out [more]

Chiefs rookie Lucas Niang opts out

The Chiefs spent a third-round draft pick on offensive tackle Lucas Niang, but they won’t get him on the field in his rookie year. Niang has opted out of the 2020 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. All NFL players have the choice of opting out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. [more]

Packers claim John Lovett off waivers

The Packers have claimed fullback John Lovett off waivers from the Chiefs. General Manager Brian Gutekunst made the expected transaction official in an announcement Wednesday. Lovett originally signed with the Chiefs on May 6, 2019, as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve. He played quarterback in [more]

Which teams are best situated if their coaches test positive?

As the positive COVID-19 test for Eagles coach Doug Pederson shows, any NFL head coach can be rendered unavailable at a moment’s notice in 2020. So which teams are in the best shape to withstand the sudden availability of their head coach? That was the subject of Tuesday’s PFT Live draft. Simms and I each [more]

LeSean McCoy welcomes whatever his role with the Buccaneers will be

Veteran running back LeSean McCoy arrived in Tampa Bay only recently, and he doesn’t know what his role will be. Whatever it is, he’ll welcome it. “I only can control what I can control,” McCoy told reporters on Tuesday. “If it’s five carries, if it’s 10 carries, whatever it is, I’m willing to give it [more]

The full Joey Bosa contract breakdown

At first blush, the new contract for Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa looked great. On closer inspection, it’s spectacular. Here are the full details of the deal Bosa signed this week, per a source with knowledge of the numbers. 1. Signing bonus: $35 million. 2. Fully-guaranteed roster bonus, due August 15: $7 million. 3. 2020 [more]

Nick Foles never had a discussion about opting out

The rumors of Nick Foles‘ opting out were greatly exaggerated. The Bears quarterback never even considered it and instead will battle Mitchell Trubisky for the starting job. Foles, 31, has a newborn but toured the facility to see the precautionary measures the team is using in Halas Hall. “There was never a discussion about opting [more]

Chiefs place Juan Thornhill, Martinas Rankin on PUP

Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. The team placed Thornhill and offensive tackle Martinas Rankin on the list Friday. The Chiefs can activate them from PUP as soon as they pass a physical. Thornhill tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Week 17 against the Chargers. He underwent [more]

Who are the offensive rookie of the year candidates for 2020?

With Chiefs running back Damien Williams opting out for 2020, Chiefs rookie first-rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire will have plenty more opportunities to generate the kind of numbers that will help him win offensive rookie of the year votes. Which sparked a recent PFT Live draft: Who are the candidates for offensive rookie of the year? Our [more]

Damien Williams’ mom’s cancer diagnosis led to decision to opt out

Chiefs running back Damien Williams says he decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season after his mom was diagnosed with cancer. “I’m dealing with a family matter, my mom was just diagnosed with cancer and it’s Stage 4, so that was my decision,” Williams said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “With everything that’s going [more]

Chiefs haven’t gotten their Super Bowl rings yet

The pandemic has caused plenty of changes. Here’s another: The defending Super Bowl champions are still waiting to get their Super Bowl rings. The Chiefs have yet to get the ultimate individual recognition of achieving the NFL’s top prize. Earlier this week, a Chiefs spokesperson told PFT that there’s no definitive word on the distribution [more]

Patrick Mahomes comes in at No. 4 on the NFL’s top 100 list

When sitting atop the NFL’s mountain, it often can be hard to find motivation. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has found some, thanks to the NFL’s annual list of the top 100 players in the NFL. Mahomes landed at No. 4, behind Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (No. 1), Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2), and Rams [more]

Damien Williams opts out for 2020

The player who scored the final two touchdowns of the 2019 NFL season will not play at all in 2020. The Chiefs announced on Wednesday that running back Damien Williams has decided to opt out of playing this year. He joins guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as Chiefs players who have opted out this season. “As an [more]

Chiefs agree to terms with Tedric Thompson

The Chiefs have agreed to terms with safety Tedric Thompson, Terez Paylor of reports. Seattle released Thompson in March to save his $2.1 million base salary. The Seahawks made Thompson a fourth-round choice in 2017. He played 29 games with 16 starts in his three seasons in Seattle. But Thompson missed 19 games, including [more]

Patrick Mahomes buys a piece of the Kansas City Royals

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has found a way to spend a little of the money coming his way. Mahomes signed an extension through 2031 earlier this month that can pay him up to $503 million and he’s using some of that cash to become a professional team owner in the other sport that is close [more]

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