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No long-term deal expected for Lamarcus Joyner before deadline

The Rams and safety Lamarcus Joyner will continue their talks Monday, but they are not expected to reach a long-term deal before the 4 p.m. ET deadline, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Joyner will make $11.287 million this year, and he’ll become a free agent in March if he doesn’t work out a new contract [more]

Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence not expected to reach a deal before deadline

The Cowboys are not expected to reach a deal with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to multiple reports. Lawrence repeatedly has said he has no problem playing under the $17.1 million franchise tag, giving him a chance to “break the bank” in free agency next year. Of course, Lawrence [more]

To no surprise, no long-term deal will happen between Lions, Ziggy Ansah

Four franchise-tagged players have yet to reach long-term deals before Monday’s deadline. One of them definitely won’t, #asexpected. Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Lions and defensive end Ziggy Ansah won’t be striking a multi-year contract. This means that Ansah, a first-round pick in 2013, will spend a sixth season with the Lions, at a [more]

New Jersey averages nearly $1 million per day in bets

The state that helped open the floodgates for nationwide sports betting launched its betting program on June 14. From then through the end of the month, New Jersey took $16.4 million in bets during the 17 days from the 14th through the end of the month, via ESPN.com. The house won slightly under $3.5 million, [more]

Tony Romo wins American Century Championship

Tony Romo never won a Super Bowl ring, but he now has two meaningful golf titles. A week after winning the Tri-Course Amateur Championship last weekend in Wisconsin, the former Cowboys quarterback clinched the American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe. Romo, who had five birdies Sunday, scored 71 points to beat Mark Mulder by [more]

Darren Sproles looking to move to No. 5 in all-time all-purpose yards

Running back Darren Sproles made it clear why he decided to re-sign with the Eagles earlier this offseason. Sproles planned for 2017 to be his final NFL season, but a torn ACL and broken arm meant that he spent most of the year on injured reserve. He said in May that he didn’t want that [more]

Doug Pederson: Complacency can set in, but I haven’t seen it

Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo resurfaced last week for the first time since being fired late in the 2017 season and revealed that he believes the Eagles are “gonna have a hard time handling success” after winning the Super Bowl. Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills called the feelings of an unemployed coach “irrelevant,” but every championship [more]

John Schnatter: Papa John’s doesn’t want to do business with Roger Goodell

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter continues to search for a good spot to dig, despite being at rock bottom. He may have found one. In Friday’s radio interview with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS, Schnatter shrugged at the replacement of Papa John’s with Pizza Hut as the official pizza of the NFL, and then pounced [more]

Firmly on the bubble, will Ameer Abdullah make the team in Detroit?

Three years ago, the Cardinals hoped that running back Ameer Abdullah would slide to them. The Cardinals had to “settle” for David Johnson instead. They may get another chance at Abdullah. As characterized by an article appearing on the Lions’ official website (and of course that means nothing at all . . . other than [more]

Terrell Owens says he’s boycotting HOF enshrinement for those who “had to wait”

Soon-to-be Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens hadn’t said much to explain why he’s not attending the enshrinement ceremony. Some think he won’t be there because none of his former teams will foot the bill for a lavish party. Some think he’s miffed that the Selection Committee passed over him twice. Some think he’s particularly [more]

Evan Engram: Eli Manning is still Eli Manning and poised for a big year

The Giants didn’t draft a quarterback with the second overall pick, showing their belief in Eli Manning. (Or their lack of faith in Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold.) Manning is 37 and coming off a season in which he won only three of 15 starts, saw his starts streak ended, threw the third-fewest [more]

Michael Irvin agrees with Hall’s decision to not acknowledge T.O. individually

Michael Irvin said he has no problem with Terrell Owens, only Owens’ decision not to show up for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction next month. Irvin again criticized Owens for choosing to do his own thing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on the day of the Hall induction ceremony. Further, Irvin [more]

Seahawks end relationship with Papa John’s

The Atlanta Falcons have indefinitely suspended their relationship with Papa John’s. The Seattle Seahawks have now taken similar action. Via KIRO-TV, the Seahawks currently are not partnering with the nationwide pizza chain, which has four locations in CenturyLink Field. It’s unclear whether the relationship has been terminated or simply suspended. The NFL parted ways with [more]

Jameis Winston takes issue with criticism over “Jameis Against The World” T-shirt

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has plenty of challenges as he enters his fourth season. From a behavioral standpoint, he can’t afford to make another mistake. From an image standpoint, he can’t afford to create the impression that he believes he should be insulated from criticism for his past behavioral lapses. Enter Friday’s kerfuffle regarding the [more]

How many NFL teams will end their relationship with Papa John’s?

Plenty of baseball teams have suspended their relationships with Papa John’s in recent days, moves that create real complications and revenue consequences when they happens during baseball season. How many NFL teams will end their relationships with Papa John’s in the aftermath of the full body of founder and former chairman/CEO John Schnatter’s behavior and [more]

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