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Bears and other Chicago sports teams donate $300,000 in response to Uvalde shooting

The Chicago Sports Alliance isn’t just issuing statements. It’s taking action.The group of five Chicago pro sports teams (Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks) have donated $300,000 to the Robb School Memorial Fund and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that hopes to end school shootings.“It is our responsibility to those [more]

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler skips national anthem over Uvalde shooting

Six years ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem, in to bring awareness to police violence against Black and Brown citizens. Now, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler is making a similar gesture, sparked by exasperation over the nation’s collective failure to protect children in school from [more]

Should Aaron Rodgers be at “voluntary” OTAs?

It’s OTA season. Voluntary OTA season. Voluntary but not really voluntary.Players don’t have to be there. Most who stay away have some plausible business reason for doing so — even though there’s a very real business risk associated with a player working out on his own.Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, for example, isn’t setting foot on [more]

Jerry Jones says CeeDee Lamb is an upgrade over Amari Cooper as a No. 1 receiver

The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Browns this offseason, leaving no question that CeeDee Lamb is the No. 1 receiver in Dallas.Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones says that’s an improvement.Jones told Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram that Lamb will be an upgrade over Cooper as a true No. 1 receiver in the [more]

Brandon Hunt leaving Steelers for Eagles

After the Steelers hired Omar Khan as their new General Manager, it seemed likely the other internal candidate for the job would leave. Indeed, Steelers pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt is joining the Eagles, Geoff Mosher of insidethebirds.com reports.Hunt’s “high-ranking” role on Howie Roseman’s staff is unclear.The Eagles lost vice president of player personnel Andy [more]

Marcus Mariota eager to return to starting role but vows to help Desmond Ridder

Marcus Mariota‘s last start came on Oct. 13, 2019, when he was still with the Titans. He has thrown only 31 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception since.Mariota signed with the Falcons for a chance to start again. Then, the Falcons used a third-round draft choice to select Desmond Ridder.“For me [more]

Report: No deal imminent for Colin Kaepernick, Raiders

The Colin Kaepernick workout with the Raiders, by all indications, went well. However, it doesn’t mean the Raiders will be adding him to the team any time soon.Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, no deal is imminent.Per multiple reports, Kaepernick’s arm strength and conditioning were impressive. That should surprise no one. He’s been working out constantly [more]

Tyrann Mathieu: I think it’s a big positive for me to be at OTAs

Not every veteran feels a need to attend OTAs — after all, they are voluntary.But in his first season with the Saints, safety Tyrann Mathieu told reporters at his press conference on Thursday that it was a priority for him to attend the sessions.“Just being around teammates, being around the coaches, getting in the playbook,” [more]

Jameis Winston: Chris Olave is “smooth as the other side of the pillow”

Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is still working his way back from a torn ACL and isn’t quite doing everything on the field.But he has been able to throw with his receivers, including rookie Chris Olave. Winston’s gotten a favorable early impression of the 11th overall pick.“Smooth as the other side of the pillow,” Winston said [more]

Aaron Glenn: Aidan Hutchinson has unbelievable quickness

It’s early, but the Lions already feel like they’re getting positive returns from selecting edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 overall.Head coach Dan Campbell complimented Hutchinson on his first few weeks as a pro on Thursday. And defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn echoed those sentiments in his own press conference.“Here’s my initial read, everything that [more]

What will the Vikings do with Justin Jefferson, given the ongoing spike in the receiver market?

The NFL’s various teams are currently taking very different approaches to the receiver position. Some are drafting new ones. Some are paying the ones they have. Some are paying big money to new arrivals after giving up trade assets.G.M. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is a new arrival in Minnesota. The team has a star receiver in Justin [more]

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