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  • Riley named coach of AAF's San Antonio franchise
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Former NFL head coach Mike Riley was introduced Thursday to lead the new San Antonio franchise in the Alliance of American Football.

    • The franchise also tabbed former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston as its general manager.

      Riley, who coached the San Diego Chargers and had college stints at Oregon State and Nebraska, has a previous tie with San Antonio. He coached the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991-92.

      "I'm really excited about Alliance San Antonio," Riley said at a press conference. "... Spring football, I believe in it. We did it here, I've been part of it here before."

      San Antonio's addition gives the league eight franchises for its inaugural season. The others are Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Diego.

      Play is set to start in February with a 10-week season.

      Riley, who turns 65 next month, was part of the Oregon State staff prior to accepting the San Antonio position. He was fired as Nebraska's coach after last season after going 19-19 in three seasons.

      Riley went 14-34 with the Chargers from 1999-2001. He went 93-80 in two head coaching stints at Oregon State, the first from 1997-98 and the second from 2003-14.

      Riley said he and his family have returned to San Antonio annually since the WLAF stint ended.

      Johnston, nicknamed "Moose," was a two-time Pro Bowl selection during 11 seasons with the Cowboys (1989-99). He became a broadcaster after his playing career ended.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets WR Anderson receives probation for reckless driving
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson received six months probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in South Florida, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

    • Anderson settled all the charges from two arrests that occurred over an eight-plus month span. He faced four felony charges from arrests at a music festival in Miami in May 2017 and from a traffic stop in Sunrise, Fla., in January but all were dismissed.

      The final settled charge was part of the January incident.

      Following the January arrest, he originally faced nine charges, including multiple felonies, after allegedly driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone, running two red lights and threatening to sexually assault the wife of the officer who pulled him over, according to the police report.

      The felony reckless driving charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor in early April. All other charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

      The musical festival arrest occurred on Miami Beach after Anderson was allegedly "fighting with security" and pushing a police officer. Prosecutors later determined there was insufficient evidence.

      Anderson still faces possible discipline from the NFL. His attorney, Ed O'Donnell, feels no action should be taken by the league.

      "Naturally, we hope the league will see it for what it is and not impose any suspension on him, considering the actions the court took -- and the state took," O'Donnell told ESPN. "He's a good citizen and I hope it doesn't impact in any way, shape or form on his professional career -- and it shouldn't."

      Anderson told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't expect to receive punishment from the NFL. He also said he is maturing and striving to not be involved in such situations in the future.

      "I'm doing everything in my power to avoid all those situations, because that's not me," Anderson said. "That's not the place for me. I'm an NFL football player, so I'm doing everything in my power to avoid anything to even get me close to those type of situations."

      Anderson, who turned 25 last month, caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He had 42 receptions for 587 yards and two scores as a rookie in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos sign first-rounder Chubb to rookie deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    First-round pick Bradley Chubb signed a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

    • Chubb's contract is expected to be worth $27.5 million, including an $18.1 million signing bonus, based on the NFL rookie contract slotting system.

      Chubb's agent revealed the signing via Twitter, later confirmed by the Broncos.

      Chubb had 25 career sacks at North Carolina State and was considered the top defensive player in the 2018 draft. The Broncos selected Chubb with the fifth overall pick, and the rookie impressed during minicamp, when Shane Ray was sidelined with a wrist injury.

      The contract includes a standard fifth-year team option.

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime NFL ref McAulay retires
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Longtime NFL referee Terry McAulay announced his retirement Thursday.

    • Shawn Smith was named his replacement after three seasons as an umpire.

      McAulay is the third referee to retire this offseason, joining Jeff Triplette and Ed Hochuli. Triplette is reportedly set to join ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, while Hochuli will continue to serve as a consultant for the league's officiating department.

      McAulay, a 20-year NFL officiating veteran, worked three Super Bowls during his tenure, his last Super Bowl XLVIII.

      He served as the American Athletic Conference's coordinator of football officiating since 2008, when it was the Big East, before his departure from the role in March.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bucs QB Winston faces 3-game suspension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston reportedly will be suspended for a violation of the NFL's personal-conduct policy at the conclusion of an ongoing league investigation into an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016.

    • ESPN's Adam Schefter cited league sources saying Winston would be banned for the first three games of the 2018 season. Such a punishment would cost the quarterback $124,000 of his $705,000 base salary, per Schefter. Next year, Winston is due for a raise to $20.9 million.

      ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron first reported "Winston's camp" anticipates a suspension to arise from the league's probe of the alleged incident from March 2016 with an Uber driver in Arizona.

      Part of the reason for the punishment, per the report, is Winston failed to report the allegation to the NFL as required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

      Also per the CBA, Winston has the right to appeal any punishment.

      In March, the Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started three games and went 2-1 last season. Fitzpatrick was in the lineup after Winston injured his shoulder at New Orleans.

      Fitzpatrick finished with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in 2017.

      Tampa Bay opens the season against the Saints in New Orleans before hosting the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and then facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium.

      Last year, Winston completed 63.8 percent for 3,504 yards with 19 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015 out of Florida State, Winston has an 18-27 record as a starter in his three NFL seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame QB Kelly undergoes another surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a scheduled follow-up surgery in New York on Thursday.

    • Kelly's wife Jill posted a pre-op photo of Kelly via Instagram with the accompanying message:

      "Back in the Big Apple for more surgery today. Another step forward in the healing process. If all goes well, we will be back home by the weekend. Other than God's Grace and a whole lot of praying... I don't know how he does it.

      "Like Hunter's life, Jim's struggles are a constant reminder that this life is not the end of the story. God's plans are eternal. And He's just getting started. We have so much to look forward to! There is immeasurably more waiting... P.S. Thank you for praying!"

      Kelly was originally diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. He has undergone multiple treatments and surgeries in the years since, with the cancer recurring twice, most recently in March. He underwent surgery March 28 -- a procedure that lasted 12 hours in which Kelly's upper jaw was entirely reconstructed.

      Kelly said before his golf outing that during this operation, doctors will continue reconstructing the upper portion of his mouth.

      Kelly is scheduled to be recognized at the ESPY Awards but is uncertain whether he can attend the ceremony.

      "As people out there know, when you have cancer, you never know what tomorrow holds," he said earlier this month. "When I was diagnosed for the first time, it scared you. The second time, even more and going into the third time, I don't even worry anymore. It is what it is."

      Since 2007, the V Foundation has presented the award to "a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination."

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Whaley lands gig with NFLPA
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.

    • The job primarily will focus on the evaluation and selection of pro prospects for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

      "I'm grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said in a press release. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I'm thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience."

      Tony Softli resigned from the position to become the scouting director for the Alliance of American Football. Whaley, 45, had been working for tech firm Impellia since his dismissal from Buffalo in April 2017.

      --Recently retired NFL referee Jeff Triplette is joining ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, according to a report from Football Zebras.

      The report adds that the NFL specifically steered ESPN to hire Triplette, who was one of two of the league's referees to retire after the 2017 season, along with Ed Hochuli. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Triplette entered the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.

      Triplette will replace Gerry Austin, who had served a MNF's rules analyst since 2012. Austin, an NFL official from 1982-2007, was hired last week by former MNF color analyst and current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to be a consultant for the team.

      --A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced.

      A fifth-round pick out of Florida State in 2017, Johnson didn't see the field in the regular season with Cleveland, spending his entire rookie campaign on injured reserve with a sprained medial collateral ligament and meniscus damage in his knee.

      To make room for Johnson on the 90-man roster, the Texans waived tackle Kendall Calhoun, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati.

      --The Denver Broncos' home -- formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- will temporarily be called Broncos Stadium at Mile High, the team announced.

      The district that operates the taxpayer-built stadium approved a proposal for the temporary name while the franchise continues to seek a new naming-rights partner. Sports Authority, the previous sponsor, declared bankruptcy in 2016, but its name remained on stadium for nearly two years until signs were taken down in January.

      The team's first home -- where the franchise played for its first 41 seasons -- was called Mile High Stadium from 1968 until its demolition in 2002.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Retired Triplette joins ESPN as MNF rules analyst
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Recently retired NFL referee Jeff Triplette is joining ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, according to a report from Football Zebras on Wednesday.

    • The report adds that the NFL specifically steered ESPN to hire Triplette, who was one of two of the league's referees to retire after the 2017 season, along with Ed Hochuli.

      Triplette will replace Gerry Austin, who had served a MNF's rules analyst since 2012. Austin, an NFL official from 1982-2007, was hired last week by former MNF color analyst and current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to be a consultant for the team.

      Triplette will be working alongside a new trio of play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, booth analyst and former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and field analyst Booger McFarland, who played nine NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. Lisa Salters is the lone holdover from the on-camera team as the on-field reporter.

      A veteran of the U.S. Army, Triplette entered the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.

      The news that Triplette was set to retire broke one day after his final game, a wild-card playoff contest between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs that included several controversial calls. The decision to retire was reportedly unrelated to the game.

      Triplette's most infamous moment in the NFL took place during his first season in charge in 1999, when he threw a penalty flag that struck Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Orlando Brown in the eye. The sequence left Brown partially blind, and Triplette apologized for inadvertently hitting him with the flag.

      Side judge Alex Kemp was promoted to replace Triplette. Shawn Hochuli, Ed Hochuli's son and previously a back judge, filled the league's other open referee position for 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos' home temporarily renamed 'Broncos Stadium at Mile High'
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The Denver Broncos' home -- formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- will temporarily be called Broncos Stadium at Mile High, the team announced on Wednesday.

    • The district that operates the taxpayer-built stadium approved a proposal for the temporary name, while the franchise continues to seek a new naming-rights partner. Sports Authority, the previous sponsor, declared bankruptcy in 2016, but its name remained on stadium for nearly two years until signs were taken down in January.

      Sports Authority signed a 25-year agreement with the team worth $6 million per year in 2011. The building was called Invesco Field at Mile High for the previous 10 years since it opened in 2001.

      The team's first home -- where the franchise played for its first 41 seasons -- was called Mile High Stadium from 1968 until its demolition in 2002.

      Broncos chief commercial officer Mac Freeman said in a statement the team remains "completely focused on securing a long-term naming rights partner."

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Bills GM Whaley lands job with NFLPA
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.

    • The job primarily will focus on the evaluation and selection of pro prospects for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

      "I'm grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said in a press release. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I'm thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience."

      Tony Softli resigned from the position to become the scouting director for the Alliance of American Football.

      Whaley, 45, had been working for tech firm Impellia since his dismissal from Buffalo in April 2017.

      During the last four of his seven seasons with the Bills, Whaley held the GM title. The club went 6-10, 9-7, 8-8 and 7-9 before he was succeeded by Brandon Beane.

      Whaley was the Pittsburgh Steelers' pro scouting coordinator from 1999-2009.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texans claim OT Johnson off waivers from Browns
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced on Wednesday.

    • A fifth-round pick out of Florida State in 2017, Johnson didn't see the field in the regular season with Cleveland, spending his entire rookie campaign on injured reserve with a sprained medial collateral ligament and meniscus damage in his knee.

      Johnson, 22, did play in all four preseason games last year, starting two.

      The Browns waived him on Tuesday to make room for Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 who flamed out with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and was waived midseason last year by the Detroit Lions.

      Houston has one of the league's least proven tackle situations. After starting four games as a rookie, 2017 fourth-round pick Julien Davenport is penciled in at left tackle, and free agent signee Seantrel Henderson -- who has started one game since 2015 -- is expected to man the right side. The Texans also drafted Martinas Rankin in the third round of April's draft, but some have projected him to move to guard or center.

      To make room for Johnson on the 90-man roster, the Texans waived tackle Kendall Calhoun, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL to hold Pro Bowl in Orlando for third straight year
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The NFL announced this week that it will hold the Pro Bowl in Orlando for a third straight season.

    • The league held a third-year option for its annual all-star event.

      The Jan. 27, 2019 game will be held at Camping World Stadium on Jan. 27 and televised on ESPN. The same stadium has averaged 56,000 attendees for the past two Pro Bowls.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts' Vinatieri has no plans to quit kicking
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has 559 career field goals and needs just seven more to become the NFL's career leader, but if he has his way, he'll be around long enough to put a lot of distance between his mark and Morten Andersen's 565.

    • Vinatieri, 45, is beginning his 13th season in Indianapolis, a career in itself for some players, though he spent 10 seasons before that kicking for the New England Patriots. He has been in five Super Bowls, winning four.

      So why stop now?

      "I love it as much today as I had when I started 23 years ago," Vinatieri told the Colts' website. "I'm not looking to hang them up anytime soon, unless something happens that needs to be that way.

      "I guess I'll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up."

      Vinatieri rejoined the Colts on a one-year, $3,625,000 contract in February. He hit 27 of his 35 field goals attempted last season.

      Vinatieri has 808 extra points to go with his 559 field goals. His 2,487 career points are good for second all time, also behind Andersen, who finished with 2,544.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Ravens sign first-rounder Hurst, completing 12-man class
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with first-round tight end Hayden Hurst on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports, putting all 12 of the team's 2018 draft picks under contract.

    • The deal, like those for all first-round picks, comes with a fifth-year team option for 2022. Terms have not been reported, but the deal should be worth around $10.4 million over the first four years, with a signing bonus around $5.7 million, based on his draft slot.

      The Ravens took Hurst with the 25th overall pick in April's draft after trading down twice, first from No. 16 to No. 22 and then to No. 25. They later traded back into the first round at No. 32 to draft quarterback Lamar Jackson.

      Hurst, who turns 25 in August, spent two years as a minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system, having joined them on a $400,000 signing bonus after being drafted in the 17th round in 2012.

      He then played football for three years at South Carolina and garnered first-team All-SEC honors in 2017 before declaring for the 2018 draft.

      Hurst was the first tight end off the board in April. The Ravens later took Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, the fourth off the board at the position, in Round 3.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns sign former No. 2 overall pick Robinson
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson signed with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

    • Adding Robinson gives Cleveland some insurance following the suspension of right tackle Donald Stephenson.

      Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Robinson replaced offensive lineman Rod Johnson, who was waived, on the 90-man training camp roster.

      Robinson, 25, has played guard and tackle since he was selected second in the 2014 draft by the Rams. He has 48 career starts in 52 games.

      Cleveland released Johnson without getting him on the field.

      A fifth-round pick in 2017, he missed the entirety of his rookie season with a knee injury.

      Robinson ended last season on injured reserve following six starts in six games with the Detroit Lions, who acquired the 330-pounder via trade from the Rams prior to the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Vikings to honor late coach Green
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Late Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, who died of a heart attack at age 67 in July of 2016, will be inducted into the team's ring of honor in September.

    • Green, head coach of the Vikings from 1992-2001, was 101-70 (including playoffs) and won Sports Illustrated and Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1998 as the conductor of one of the best offenses in league history. The Vikings established an NFL record that season with 556 points -- 34.8 per game. The 2013 Denver Broncos now hold the record for points in a season (606), after eclipsing the 2007 New England Patriots.

      "Dennis Green's impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day," Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in a statement Monday. "In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL's top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We're extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we're looking forward to the induction in September."

      Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, notified Green's wife Marie of the upcoming honor at team headquarters. The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Vikings' game against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 23.

      --Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore signed a four-year contract, including the standard fifth-year team option that comes with all first-round draft choices.

      Moore was the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after setting a Maryland single-season record with 80 receptions, to go with 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2017.

      Financial terms were not immediately available. Based on last year's 24th overall pick, Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley, Moore's four-year pact is worth at least $10.5 million with a signing bonus of about $6 million.

      --Cincinnati Bengals rookie center and first-round pick Billy Price tweeted that he has received full medical clearance for training camp.

      Price was limited in mandatory minicamp last week after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during the bench press drill at the scouting combine on March 1.

      Despite the injury, Price was the 21st overall pick in the 2018 draft and landed a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option covering the 2022 season. The four-year deal is worth nearly $12 million.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers sign first-round WR Moore
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore signed a four-year contract on Monday, including the standard fifth-year team option granted all first-round draft choices.

    • Moore was the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after setting a Maryland single-season record with 80 receptions.

      Financial terms were not immediately available.

      Based on the previous year's 24th overall pick, Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley, Moore's four-year pact is worth at least $10.5 million with a signing bonus of about $6 million.

      Moore had 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2017.

      The Panthers traded their previous No. 1 wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, to the Buffalo Bills last October. Moore adds a speed and playmaking option to the depth chart. Devin Funchess, a tall receiver with average speed, became the top outside option for the Panthers last season.

      While tight end Greg Olsen is still in the mix for quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers expect to be better at the receiver position. They acquired veteran vertical threat Torrey Smith from the Philadelphia Eagles and believe 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel is ready to contribute.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts plan training camp off days for QB Luck
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Rolling back comments from owner Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is scheduled for numerous days off during training camp next month.

    • Irsay told reporters at the conclusion of minicamp last week that Luck will not have any limitations when training camp begins in late July.

      "It makes me excited, makes me happy," an exuberant Luck told the media at the time. "It was really fun to come out and throw."

      Sports Illustrated reported Monday that Luck would take regular days of rest during training camp with the goal of building toward complete health entering Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.

      At minicamp, Luck threw a Wilson TDS 1205, a standard high school football that is lighter than NFL footballs. But he also said he started throwing an NFL ball -- "The Duke" -- a few weeks ago and it "felt great," despite a bit of a mental block building back up to it. He is currently "bridging" the gap between the lighter footballs and a regulation ball right now, also working in overhead tennis serves and throws with round balls to make the same motion with less stress on the shoulder. Luck threw "The Duke," Wilson's regulation NFL football, on Friday.

      In an attempt to simulate a typical week during the regular season, Luck has been throwing four days a week: Three days in a row to simulate a typical practice week, and then an off day before a fourth day to approximate games.

      Luck had not been on the field for the portions of Colts' practices open to the media during organized team activities in recent weeks, but head coach Frank Reich told reporters he had been participating in individual drills. The signal-caller spent much of the offseason with throwing gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, using weighted balls as part of his rehab.

      The team has taken a very conservative approach in getting Luck healthy after the QB suffered pain in his throwing shoulder in his return to practice last October, nine months removed from shoulder surgery to correct an injury he originally suffered during the 2015 season. After the setback, he was shut down and missed the rest of the season. He spent a month in the Netherlands getting therapy on the shoulder.

      "I had pain last year," Luck said last Tuesday. "Pain, and I wasn't being honest with myself about it. ... There's not that right now.

      "...It's gone. That pain is gone, and it's going to stay that way."

      Reich, Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard have each said they expect Luck ready for Week 1 of 2018, and Luck was adamant Tuesday that he'll be good to go when the Colts host the Bengals on Sept. 9.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals first-rounder Price tweets he has green light for camp
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Cincinnati Bengals rookie center Billy Price has received full medical clearance for training camp, according to a tweet he sent out Monday morning.

    • Price was limited in mandatory minicamp last week after suffering a torn pectoral muscle at the scouting combine on March 1.

      Despite the injury, Price was the 21st overall pick in the 2018 draft and landed a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option covering the 2022 season. The four-year deal is worth around $10 million.

      Price sustained a partially torn pectoral during bench press drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but following surgery, Price's surgeon sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams with a projection for a full recovery in no more than two months.

      Price said he felt a pop on the left side of his chest during his third rep on the 225-pound bench. He immediately set the bar on the rack and walked off the stage. Price was evaluated by the Indianapolis Colts' medical staff and he said MRI results reviewed the following morning showed that it was not a complete tear.

      A four-year starter and two-time All-American for the Buckeyes, Price played left guard, right guard and center.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vikings to honor late coach Green
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Late Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green will be inducted into the team's ring of honor in September.

    • Green, head coach of the Vikings from 1992-2001, was 101-70 (including playoffs) and won Sports Illustrated and Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1998 as the conductor of one of the best offenses in league history. The Vikings established an NFL record that season with 556 points -- 34.8 per game (New England broke the record in 2007).

      "Dennis Green's impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day," Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in a statement Monday. "In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL's top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We're extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we're looking forward to the induction in September."

      Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, notified Green's wife Marie of the upcoming honor at team headquarters. The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Vikings' game against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 23.

      Green, who also served as head coach in Arizona for three seasons, died of a heart attack at age 67 in July 2016.

      Green, who began his coaching career as an assistant to Bill Walsh with the San Francisco 49ers, has his own impressive coaching tree. It includes Hall of Famer Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers. Dungy, Green's defensive coordinator in Minnesota for four seasons, became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl in 2007, and Tomlin -- a Dungy assistant in Tampa Bay -- became the second two years later.

      --Field Level Media

  • Roethlisberger: Focused on winning, not contract
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 17, 2018

    As other signal-callers around the league take turns signing record-setting extensions, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he is far more concerned with winning than being next in line to break the bank.

    • "I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that," Roethlisberger, who has been to three Super Bowls and won two, told ESPN on Sunday. "That's more important to me."

      At age 36 and with two years remaining on his deal, Roethlisberger's extension might not be a pressing concern yet for the Steelers, who rarely address any contracts more than a year before they are set to expire. His current contract -- which, when signed in 2015, made him the second-highest paid quarterback in the league at $21.85 million annually, behind only Aaron Rodgers ($22 million) -- was signed as he was entering the final year of his previous deal.

      Likewise, Roethlisberger doesn't see his next deal as an urgent issue.

      "I have two years on my contract. I'm not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract," he said, per ESPN. "That's not my job. My job is to play football. I'll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it's all about going out and playing now.

      "I think there are a lot more, maybe a lot more important people who need to get their deals done now. For me to do it two years out, if it doesn't make sense for the team, I'm not going to sit here and worry about it."

      Roethlisberger added that he is cognizant of the benefits of being paid less than top-of-the-market value, particularly in how that money can go to teammates and yield a stronger team. He specifically named a pair of his offensive linemen, both of whom have two years remaining on their deals.

      "It's important, too, to understand as quarterback of this team, sometimes you almost have to leave a little bit of money behind for other guys," Roethlisberger said. "...I know in two years, [Maurkice] Pouncey, [Marcus] Gilbert, there are other very important guys up that I hope get taken care of. Because if they aren't here, I'm not here. That's the way it is -- they are that good."

      Roethlisberger's annual salary now ranks 12th among quarterbacks, while his cap hit of $23.2 million ranks ninth. He will make $17 million between base salary and roster bonus this season, with the same figures (and same cap hit) on the books for 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brady: 'End coming, sooner rather than later'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 17, 2018

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he intends to play football "as long as I'm still loving it," but added he sees his retirement getting closer, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday.

    • "I think about it more now than I used to," Brady said. "I think I'm seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later."

      After Winfrey asked if that would mean age 43 or age 45, Brady, who turns 41 in August, said, "As long as I'm still loving it."

      "As long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment," he continued. "But it's also -- I think what I've alluded to a lot in the ["Tom vs. Time"] docuseries was there's other things happening in my life too.

      "I do have kids that I love, and I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games. I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they're going to look back on their life and go, 'Dad didn't really care that much.'"

      Brady has an 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, as well as a 10-year-old son with actress Bridget Moynihan.

      Among other topics covered in the interview was Brady's relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, which has been the subject of reports over the last six months suggesting there is friction between the two.

      When asked if there is "something going on" between he and Belichick, Brady replied, "Umm, no."

      "I mean, I love him," he continued. "I love that he's an incredible coach, mentor for me. And he's pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don't agree on absolutely everything. But that's relationships."

      One of the points of tension, according to reports, has been Brady's alternative approach to maintaining his health, including his preference to work out with personal trainer Alex Guerrero. Brady -- along with tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also has trained extensively with Guerrero in recent years -- was absent for the entirety of the Patriots' offseason program except for mandatory minicamp earlier this week.

      Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is appealing a four-game performance-enhancing drug suspension, also trains with Guererro.

      Brady was asked if he trains separately from the rest of the team.

      "No, I wouldn't say that, but I probably do some of my own techniques differently from the rest of the team," Brady said. "The team, I would say, like most teams are very systematic in their approach. And what I learned, I guess, is different from some of the things that are systematic but that work for me.

      "It's nothing that I don't talk about with my coach and owner [about]. 'This is what I want to do; this is what I need to be the best player I can be and hopefully you can support that.'"

      --Field Level Media

  • Beckham tells reporters he'll be at Giants' camp
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Saturday told reporters he'll be in attendance when the New York Giants open training camp on July 25.

    • "Yes sir. Yes you will," Beckham told reporters who asked if they'll see him at the Giants camp as he left a camp he's hosting for some 550 first- through eighth-graders in Metuchen, N.J., on Saturday.

      He also said "No holdout," when asked if he's planning such a move as he seeks a new contract.

      Beckham looked pretty well recovered at camp, showing off his trademark one-handed catches.

      Seeking a contract extension as he enters the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, Beckham showed for the start of organized team activities -- which are voluntary -- in May but had been absent for two weeks before showing up for mandatory minicamp last week.

      The 25-year-old's appearance for the start of OTAs was seen as a show of good faith with the organization, after his name was a popular one in trade rumors as a new coaching staff and general manager (Dave Gettleman) took over this offseason. Owner John Mara told reporters in May that there isn't a "sense of urgency" to extend Beckham, adding, "The contract will get done when it's supposed to get done."

      Beckham is set to make close to $8.5 million in 2018 and has made no secret of his desire for a new deal, suggesting last year he wanted to become the league's highest-paid player.

      While that won't happen, Beckham is likely angling to top the wideout market, which is led by Antonio Brown at $17 million per season. Three of Beckham's classmates from the 2014 draft, Mike Evans ($16.5 million annually), Sammy Watkins ($16 million) and Jarvis Landry ($15.1 million), received lucrative contracts this offseason to move them into the top five among receivers.

      Though he played in just four games last season due to injury, Beckham has averaged 107 catches, 1,506 yards and 13 touchdowns per 16 games in his four-year career.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Winslow Jr. accused of repeated sex crimes
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 15, 2018

    Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. is accused of two kidnappings and rapes of women in their 50s and two burglaries with intent to rape elderly women among five separate offenses since March, according to a criminal complaint obtained Friday by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    • Winslow, 34, pleaded not guilty in Vista, Calif., on Friday to eight felony charges and one misdemeanor. He remains jailed with no bail.

      On Thursday, Winslow was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape, two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy, one count of forcible oral copulation, two counts of residential burglary and one count of indecent exposure.

      According to the Union-Tribune, the complaint alleges the crimes were committed in five separate incidents: kidnapping, rape and forced oral copulation of a 54-year-old woman in March; kidnapping, rape and forced sodomy of a 59-year-old woman in May; indecent exposure in May; burglary with the intent to rape a 71-year-old woman in June; and burglary with the intent to rape an 86-year-old woman in June. Winslow faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

      --Martavis Bryant is facing a potential one-year suspension just six weeks into his fresh start with the Oakland Raiders. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the team fears Bryant could receive a third suspension for substance-abuse violations.

      The Raiders "are awaiting final word on the situation," which is believed to pertain to the substance-abuse policy, per the report.

      A fourth-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, Bryant showed talent in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, scoring 15 touchdowns in his first 21 career games despite being a secondary option on a team loaded with offensive talent. The Raiders acquired him for a third-round pick during the 2018 NFL Draft.

      --Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving was suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL policy on substances of abuse, the NFL announced.

      It marks the second straight season in which Irving will miss the first four games due to a suspension. Last year, he was penalized for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy.

      The 24-year-old Irving had seven sacks in just eight games last season. He also missed the final four games due to a concussion. Irving was a restricted free agent in the offseason, and the Cowboys tendered him for $2.91 million. He will lose just under $685,000 in salary.

      --The NFL announced it has suspended Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Donald Stephenson two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

      Stephenson, 29, will be eligible for reinstatement on Sept. 17 ahead of the Browns' Week 3 home game against the New York Jets. He is allowed to take part in offseason practices and play in preseason games.

      The six-year NFL veteran has missed all of Cleveland's offseason activities. His absence from this week's mandatory minicamp carries a fine of $84,435, per NFL.com.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys DE Irving suspended four games
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 15, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving was suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL policy on substances of abuse, the NFL announced on Friday.

    • It marks the second straight season in which Irving will miss the first four games due to a suspension. Last year, he was penalized for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy.

      The 24-year-old Irving had seven sacks in just eight games last season. He also missed the final four games due to a concussion.

      Irving was a restricted free agent in the offseason and the Cowboys tendered him for $2.91 million. He will lose just under $685,000 in salary.

      Irving will be eligible to return to the Cowboys on Oct. 1 ahead of the team's Week 5 road game against the Houston Texans.

      Irving also was accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend in April. The woman later recanted the story and no charges were filed after police in Frisco, Texas investigated the allegation.

      Irving spoke to reporters on Thursday and insisted he was a changed person.

      "There's more to my life than just football," Irving said. "I'm actually a real person. I have family issues, a lot of issues I've been dealing with. I can't go into much detail. Just know it's behind me. By the time the season starts, I won't be dealing with any of this BS anymore."

      --Field Level Media