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  • Cowboys DE Irving supended four games
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's policy on the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Wednesday.

    • Irving is able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices, but won't be eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster until Oct. 2.

      The 23-year-old is the second member of Dallas' defensive line to be suspended by the league this year. Defensive end Randy Gregory will miss the entire regular season for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced in January.

      Irving recorded three of his four sacks during the final month of the 2016 season. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 6 after registering one sack and three forced fumbles in the Cowboys' 30-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

      Irving collected 17 tackles and four forced fumbles in 15 games last season.

  • Ex-RB Portis considered murder after losing millions
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis contemplated killing one of his former financial managers after losing millions of dollars in various investments.

    • Portis told Sports Illustrated of a night four years ago in which he waited on one of the managers to exit while holding a gun and sitting in a parked car outside a building in Washington. The 35-year-old Portis, who made $43.1 million during his nine-year NFL career, saw his vast fortune evaporate through failed investments, or as one lawsuit claimed, bank withdrawals without his consent.

      While the manager's identity wasn't revealed in the published story, an anonymous friend reportedly talked Portis out of committing murder, according to the story.

      "It wasn't no beat up. It was kill," Portis told Sports Illustrated of his intent on that night.

      Portis, who filed for bankruptcy in 2015, told the magazine that an adviser had taken out a loan against a home without his consent.

      Portis rushed for more than 1,200 yards in six of his nine NFL seasons with the Redskins and Denver Broncos. He finished with 9,923 rushing yards, 2,018 receiving yards and 80 total touchdowns (75 rushing, five receiving).

      Portis' last NFL game was with the Redskins in November 2010.

  • Rams CB Johnson likely playing under franchise tender
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Trumaine Johnson is expected to play under the franchise tender for a second straight season after being unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Rams, ESPN reported Tuesday.

    • Johnson, 27, signed his $16.742 million franchise tender for the 2017 season in March, guaranteeing that he will be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL next season.

      However, Johnson will reportedly not sign a new deal with the Rams before the league's July 17 deadline.

      Johnson is the first cornerback to receive the franchise tag in consecutive seasons since Charles Woodson in 2004 and 2005. He earned $13.952 million under the tag last season.

      In 14 games last season with Los Angeles, Johnson recorded 57 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defensed. He has 263 career tackles, 16 picks and 53 passes defensed in 69 games over five seasons with the franchise.

  • Brady named NFL's top player in Top 100 poll
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league.

    • Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

      . Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.

      Turning 40 on Aug. 3, Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl LI after he led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit late in the third quarter against the Falcons.

      In 12 games in the 2016 regular season -- after he served a four-game suspension for allegedly deflating balls in the 2015 playoffs -- Brady went 291-of-432 for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions. In three playoff games, he was 93-of-142 for 1,137 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

      Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was second in this year's poll, followed by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack.

      Brady was voted by hundreds of his peers as the NFL's top player entering the season in this year's edition of The Top 100 Players of 2017, unveiled Monday on NFL Network.

      He has won five Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs, and voted to 12 Pro Bowl.

      Only three quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown for more than 2,600 yards at age 40 or older, per Pro Football Reference, Brett Favre (40), Warren Moon (41) and Vinny Testaverde (41). Brady is in position to break Favre's age-40 season of 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns.

  • NFL notebook: Saints' Fairley (heart) to miss 2017 season
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday because of a heart issue.

    • Fairley consulted with at least three specialists this offseason, with at least one suggesting that he no longer play football, Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this month.

      The results of the third specialist were not immediately known.

      Fairley inked a four-year contract worth between $28 million-$30 million with New Orleans in March, including an $8 million signing bonus and a total of $14 million in guarantees. The Saints are not required to pay Fairley his $1 million base salary this year because his injury was not related to football.

      The 29-year-old was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he joined the NFL as a first-round draft pick with the Detroit Lions in 2011. He passed physicals for three different teams in six seasons.

      --Michael Floyd was sentenced to one day in jail and will have to complete the final five days of his house arrest after a Scottsdale (Ariz.) City Court judge found the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver violated the terms of his house arrest.

      Judge Statia D. Hendrix conducted the hearing in her courtroom over speaker phone with Floyd and his attorney, Robert Feinberg. A review of alcohol monitoring reports showed that Floyd missed a test as well as the presence of alcohol in several tests.

      Feinberg initially indicated that his client would serve his sentence in Arizona -- as opposed to Minnesota -- but a final decision wasn't made by the time the hearing concluded.

      Floyd was ordered to appear to prove he did not violate probation from his February extreme DUI conviction. He contended that kombucha tea caused him to violate terms of his house arrest by accidentally ingesting alcohol.

      --Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is throwing again for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder.

      The Panthers posted a video on the team website to document an update on Newton's recovery. He threw 45 passes to head trainer Ryan Vermillion in the locker room in sets of 15 throws.

      "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good," Newton told the website. "When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range-of-motion part. Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving -- that's how I feel."

      Newton underwent surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff that was expected to require a four-month rehab process. At the time, the team said the 2015 NFL MVP would not be allowed to throw for 12 weeks and wouldn't throw with the team for 16 weeks.

      --Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been charged with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

      Green, 40, is also charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an incident Sunday in Ledgeview, Wis. He is jailed in Brown County, Wis.

      According to a criminal complaint obtained by TMZ Sports, Green's daughter told police that the two had been arguing all day before he threw her to the ground and struck her in a dispute involving her cleaning the dishes.

      Green was arrested Monday morning after police responded to his home following a 911 call from a neighbor. Officers noticed his daughter's left eye was "swollen, slightly black and blue, and had two minor scratches," according to the criminal complaint.

  • Saints' Fairley to miss 2017 season with heart problem
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley was placed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list Monday because of a heart issue.

    • Fairley consulted with at least three specialists this offseason, with at least one suggesting that he no longer play football, Saints head coach Sean Payton said earlier this month.

      The results from the third specialist were not immediately known.

      Fairley inked a four-year contract worth $28 million with New Orleans in March, including an $8.5 million signing bonus and a total of $14 million in guarantees. The Saints are not required to pay Fairley his $1 million base salary this year because his injury was not related to football.

      The 29-year-old was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he joined the NFL as a first-round draft pick with the Detroit Lions in 2011. He passed physicals for three different teams in six seasons.

      Fairley had 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 16 games with New Orleans last season. He has collected 170 tackles and 20.5 sacks in 77 career games with the Saints, then-St. Louis Rams and Lions since being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

  • Ex-Packers RB Green arrested on felony child abuse charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been charged with felony child abuse on Monday after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

    • Green, 40, is also charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an incident Sunday in Ledgeview, Wis. He is jailed in Brown County, Wis.

      According to a criminal complaint obtained by TMZ Sports, Green's daughter told police that the two had been arguing all day before he threw her to the ground and struck her in a dispute involving her cleaning the dishes.

      Green was arrested Monday morning after police responded to his home following a 911 call from a neighbor. Officers noticed his daughter's left eye was "swollen, slightly black and blue, and had 2 minor scratches," according to the criminal complaint.

      Green admitted the two were arguing, but insists he did not punch her. Instead, he said he "slapped her upside the head" and contended that her glasses caused damage to her face, TMZ reported.

      Green is the Packers' all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2014.

  • Vikings WR Floyd sentenced to one day in jail
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    Michael Floyd was sentenced Monday to one day in jail and will have to complete the final five days of his house arrest after a Scottsdale (Ariz.) City Court judge found the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver violated the terms of his house arrest.

    • Judge Statia D. Hendrix conducted the hearing in her courtroom over speaker phone with Floyd and his attorney, Robert Feinberg. A review of alcohol monitoring reports showed that Floyd missed a test as well as the presence of alcohol in several tests.

      Feinberg initially indicated that his client would serve his sentence in Arizona -- as opposed to Minnesota -- but a final decision wasn't made by the time the hearing concluded.

      Floyd was ordered to appear on Monday to prove he did not violate probation from his February extreme DUI conviction. He contended that kombucha tea caused him to violate terms of his house arrest by accidentally ingesting alcohol.

      "It appears he's in violation and he should be ordered to serve the rest of his jail time," city prosecutor Caron Close told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Monday. "The deal he made really gave him special considerations by letting him transfer out of state to continue his career.

      "Special considerations were given to him -- and now this. We think he should be held accountable."

      Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote a letter backing Floyd's claim that he did not know kombucha tea contained alcohol, the newspaper reported. Warren sent the June 21 letter to Feinberg, who attached it to a defense motion urging Hendrix to cancel the hearing and reinstate electronic monitoring for the last five days of Floyd's 96-day home confinement.

      Floyd, 27, failed three self-administered Breathalyzer tests June 10-11. He said in a sworn affidavit that the Vikings encourage their players to consume kombucha tea as a health drink and that it is served "on tap" at Winter Park, the newspaper reported.

      In his letter, Warren explained how kombucha tea is "utilized by many professional athletes as a probiotic and is available at our facility on a daily basis."

      Floyd was arrested for DUI on Dec. 12 in Scottsdale, prompting his release two days later from the Arizona Cardinals. He pleaded guilty in February to extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .150-.199) and served 24 days in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail before having to serve 96 days on house arrest.

      The house-arrest sentence was transferred from Arizona to Minnesota last month, allowing Floyd to participate in the Vikings' offseason program. He also was allowed to remove the ankle bracelet monitoring his whereabouts so he could practice with the Vikings.

      "When we signed Michael Floyd, we hoped he would show signs of improvement and we continue to expect that he shows progress and a professional attitude," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "We believe Michael will be a productive member of the Vikings organization, both on and off the field. Pursuant to the ruling of the Arizona Court earlier today, Michael will serve the remainder of his sentence and we expect him to be with the team at the start of training camp in Mankato when the players report on July 26."

      In the December incident, a video surfaced of officers trying to awaken Floyd in his Cadillac Escalade while it was running at a traffic light at 2:48 a.m. local time.

      After being cut by the Cardinals, the New England Patriots gave Floyd a second chance by claiming him off waivers on Dec. 15. He played sparingly for New England but did catch a touchdown pass in Week 17.

      Floyd caught a pass for nine yards in the Patriots' AFC divisional playoff win over the Houston Texans but was inactive for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LI.

      The 6-foot-2, 220-pound former first-round pick (13th overall) had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2016 before his release.

      Floyd's best season came in 2013 when he had 65 catches for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, he has 246 receptions for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns in 78 games.

      Floyd became an unrestricted free agent in March before signing a one-year, $1.4 million non-guaranteed contract with the Vikings in May. He likely will face a league suspension as a result of his guilty plea.

  • Panthers QB Newton throws for first time since surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is throwing again for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder.

    • The Panthers posted a video on the team website to document an update on Newton's recovery. He threw 45 passes to head trainer Ryan Vermillion in the locker room in sets of 15 throws.

      "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good," Newton told the website. "When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range-of-motion part. Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving -- that's how I feel."

      Newton underwent surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff that was expected to require a four-month rehab process. At the time, the team said the 2015 NFL MVP would not be allowed to throw for 12 weeks and wouldn't throw with the team for 16 weeks.

      Newton is expected to be cleared to throw to teammates when the Panthers begin training camp on July 26 in Spartanburg, S.C.

      "I want to be 100 percent come training camp," Newton told the team website. "There's no doubt that I will be. Shoot, in two weeks, I'll be ready to rock and roll. It's just the stiffness, getting the range of motion back, strengthening those joints and the arm. Hopefully, with no setbacks, we'll be good."

      Newton's injury occurred in the Panthers' Week 14 game against the Chargers. He played in each of the team's remaining three games and underwent offseason MRI exams to monitor his progress before deciding on surgery.

      Newton passed for 3,509 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season for the Panthers, who missed the playoffs after finishing last in the NFC South with a 6-10 record.

  • Chiefs interested in discussing GM opening with Riddick
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly are interested in interviewing ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for their vacant general manager opening.

    • Riddick later tweeted Sunday that the Chiefs have not contacted him about the GM job, shooting down a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who earlier wrote on Twitter: "The Chiefs have reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick to set up an interview for next week for their now-vacant GM job, sources say."

      Riddick countered with his own tweet: "The Kansas City Chiefs have not contacted me and there is no interview set up for this week. Source? Me."

      The Chiefs parted ways with John Dorsey after four seasons as the general manager. Team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt made the decision not to extend Dorsey's contract beyond the 2017 season.

      At the same time, Hunt announced coach Andy Reid signed a contract extension to remain coach of the Chiefs after four seasons and also would take over player personnel duties.

      Riddick, 48, has spent the last four years as an NFL analyst at ESPN. He has a history with Reid, spending five years in the Philadelphia Eagles' front office when Reid was head coach. Riddick started out as a scout in 2008 before being promoted to the director of pro personnel in 2010, a position he held until 2013.

      Riddick, a former safety who spent seven years playing in the NFL, was a candidate for the San Francisco 49ers' general manager opening this offseason before the job eventually went to John Lynch.

      The Chiefs swept the AFC West while compiling a 12-4 record in 2016. The Chiefs are 22-4 in their last 26 games entering the 2017 season.

      In 2015, Reid led the Chiefs to their first playoff win since 1993. Overall, he is 11-12 in the postseason, including from 1999-2012 with the Eagles.

      "I'd like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Kansas City," Reid, who reportedly received a five-year extension, said in a statement Thursday. "We've made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet. We are going to continue to work towards our ultimate goal of winning championships. I've been blessed by the support of the community, our fans, the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs staff. I'm looking forward to the years ahead as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs."

  • Vikings backing Floyd's alcohol-based tea defense
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 24, 2017

    The Minnesota Vikings are supporting wide receiver Michael Floyd's defense that kombucha tea caused him to violate terms of his house arrest by accidentally ingesting alcohol.

    • Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote a letter backing Floyd's claim that he did not know kombucha tea contains alcohol, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

      Warren sent the letter to Floyd's attorney, Robert Feinberg, who attached it to a defense motion urging Scottsdale (Ariz.) City Judge Statia Hendrix to cancel the hearing and reinstate electronic monitoring for the last five days of Floyd's 96-day home confinement.

      According to the newspaper, Warren's letter corroborates Floyd's claim that he was unaware kombucha tea contained alcohol when he drank several bottles while watching movies into the early morning of June 11 at the Minnesota house of Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, his former college roommate at Notre Dame.

      "I am writing to request Mr. Floyd not have his court mandated requirements negatively impacted since he did not know the kombucha he ingested contained alcohol," Warren wrote in the June 21 letter, which was copied to Vikings president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer.

      Floyd, 27, later failed three self-administered Breathalyzer tests and was ordered by the Scottsdale judge to appear Monday and prove he did not violate probation from his February extreme DUI conviction. The violation could land Floyd back in jail.

      Floyd said in a sworn affidavit that the Vikings encourage their players to consume kombucha tea as a health drink and that it is served "on tap" at Winter Park, the newspaper reported.

      In his letter, Warren explained how kombucha tea is "utilized by many professional athletes as a probiotic and is available at our facility on a daily basis."

      Floyd was arrested for DUI on Dec. 12 in Scottsdale, prompting his release two days later from the Arizona Cardinals. He pleaded guilty in February to extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .150-.199) and served 24 days in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail before having to serve 96 days on house arrest.

      The house-arrest sentence was transferred from Arizona to Minnesota last month, allowing Floyd to participate in the Vikings' offseason program.

      In the December incident, a video surfaced of officers trying to awaken Floyd in his Cadillac Escalade while it was running at traffic light at 2:48 a.m. local time.

      After being cut by the Cardinals, the New England Patriots gave Floyd a second chance by claiming him off waivers on Dec. 15. He played sparingly for New England but did catch a touchdown pass in Week 17.

      Floyd caught a pass for nine yards in the Patriots' AFC divisional playoff win over the Houston Texans but was inactive for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LI.

      The 6-foot-2, 220-pound former first-round pick (13th overall) had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2016 before his release.

      Floyd's best season came in 2013 when he had 65 catches for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, he has 246 receptions for 3,781 yards and 24 touchdowns in 78 games.

      Floyd became an unrestricted free agent in March before signing a one-year deal with the Vikings in May and likely will face a league suspension as a result of his guilty plea.

  • Rams release DT Walker after sexual assault accusation
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Los Angeles Rams released defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker after a report surfaced that he has been accused of sexual assault in Lafayette, La.

    • No charges have been filed against Walker, who was released Thursday.

      Lafayette authorities are concluding an investigation into claims of sexual assault lodged by two women against Walker and an acquaintance on Feb. 28, according to a report by the Baton Rouge Advocate.

      The Advocate reported that Walker and another man are "accused of forcing themselves on an unconscious woman at a hotel after a night of drinking at a nightclub." The alleged assault involved two women who were college students at the time, the report said.

      One of the women told The Advocate that she believes she was drugged while drinking at a dance club.

      A restraining order was granted against Williams, and another was requested against Walker.

      Walker, 27, was signed as a free agent in March after playing the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was expected to be a possible backup for tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.

  • NFL notebook: Raiders' Carr says he left money on table
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Oakland Raiders officially signed Derek Carr to a five-year, $125 million contract extension through the 2022 season, and the star quarterback said he "never chased the money."

    • Carr confirmed Friday during a press conference announcing his extension that his deal was structured in order to leave the Raiders with enough money under the salary cap to extend other star players on the team.

      "We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization," Carr told reporters. "That was really important to me. Not to just take every single dime that we could. I hope that that's known.

      "Obviously, the position that I play, it has to be around a certain number. It just is what it is. At the same time, I told (my agent), if we can structure it in a way to help the Raiders get the other guys, give them an opportunity to come in, that that would be really important to me too."

      The 26-year-old Carr's deal makes the two-time Pro Bowl selection the highest-paid player in the league in terms of new money average.

      --New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

      The White House formally made the announcement and if Johnson is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, his younger brother, Christopher Johnson, will assume the role of chairman and CEO of the Jets, the team announced.

      Christopher Johnson, 58, is a minority owner and lives in New York. He will oversee the day-to-day operations in his brother's absence.

      "The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his," Christopher Johnson said in a statement released by the team. "Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve."

      --Green Bay, by far the smallest market in the NFL, is pushing to host an upcoming draft.

      Philadelphia hosted the NFL Draft in April and the event drew over 250,000 people in a three-day span.

      Brad Toll, president and CEO of the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, is confident the city could manage a Philadelphia-sized crowd with enough working space and hotel accommodations.

      "My gut feeling is with the people they had in town (in Philadelphia), we could accommodate that," Toll told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Between the Resch Center and Titletown District, we certainly have every bit of space they need."

  • Raiders QB Carr says he left money on table
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Oakland Raiders officially signed Derek Carr to a five-year, $125 million contract extension through the 2022 season, and the star quarterback said he "never chased the money."

    • Carr confirmed Friday during a press conference announcing his extension that his deal was structured in order to leave the Raiders with enough money under the salary cap to extend other star players on the team.

      "We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization," Carr told reporters. "That was really important to me. Not to just take every single dime that we could. I hope that that's known.

      "Obviously, the position that I play, it has to be around a certain number. It just is what it is. At the same time, I told (my agent), if we can structure it in a way to help the Raiders get the other guys, give them an opportunity to come in, that that would be really important to me too."

      Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack likely will be next to get a new contract along with offensive guard Gabe Jackson.

      Mack is entering the final season of his rookie deal and the Raiders have already picked up his fifth-year option for 2018. Jackson, a former third-round pick, is entering the final year of his deal.

      The 26-year-old Carr's deal makes the two-time Pro Bowl selection the highest-paid player in the league in terms of new money average.

      Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts receives $24.6 million per year, just ahead of fellow quarterbacks Carson Palmer ($24.35 million) of the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Brees (24.25 million) of the New Orleans Saints and Kirk Cousins ($23.9 million) of the Washington Redskins.

      According to published reports, Carr receives $40 million guaranteed and he also has a $30.2 million injury guarantee. He will make $25 million this season and the payments are broken down with a $12.5 million signing bonus, a $7.5 million roster bonus due June 30 and a $5 million base salary.

      "I never chased the money," said Carr, who was joined by Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in the news conference that was televised live on both ESPN and the NFL Network. "It's about being the best version of myself every day. If I can get even one kid to understand that, I've done my job."

      McKenzie, who will now get moving on deals for the team's other star players, said he was pleased how the negotiations with Carr and his agent worked.

      "Both sides wanted to get a deal done," McKenzie said. "We both wanted the same thing."

      In 2016, Carr led the Raiders to a 12-4 record as the team earned its first trip to the postseason since 2002.

      Carr enjoyed a stellar season before sustaining broken fibula in Week 16, which kept him sidelined for Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans. He passed for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions in his third NFL season.

  • Green Bay confident city can host successful NFL Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Green Bay, by far the smallest market in the NFL, is pushing to host an upcoming draft.

    • Philadelphia hosted the NFL Draft in April and the event drew over 250,000 people in a three-day span.

      Brad Toll, president and CEO of the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, is confident the city could manage a Philadelphia-sized crowd with enough working space and hotel accommodations.

      "My gut feeling is with the people they had in town (in Philadelphia), we could accommodate that," Toll told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Between the Resch Center and Titletown District, we certainly have every bit of space they need."

      Green Bay's biggest challenge could be the number of hotel rooms to accommodate such a huge event. Green Bay has just 4,700 hotel rooms while neighboring Appleton adds another 3,000, compared to the Philadelphia region with more than 35,000 hotel rooms.

      In addition, the NFL requires a stage for announcing picks, a green room, floor space for team tables, broadcasting areas for NFL Network and ESPN, working space for other media and fan seating.

      The NFL has not announced a site for the 2018 draft after holding it in Chicago for two years and in Philadelphia this year.

      The Packers have asked to host the draft for specific years, according to the newspaper. The 100th birthday of the Packers' founding, 2019, would be a top choice.

      Toll said the NFL is not looking for a cookie-cutter draft that duplicates the Chicago and Philadelphia events.

      "They don't necessarily want us to do what Chicago did, what Philly did," Toll told the Journal Sentinel. "They want a unique flavor. What I took away is how flexible they are willing to be."

      The city could highlight the Packers' history, Lambeau Field and tradition to land the draft. The Packers are the third-oldest NFL team, behind the Chicago Bears and Arizona (originally Chicago) Cardinals. The Packers have been in the same location with the same name longer than any NFL team.

  • Jets owner Johnson nominated as ambassador to Britain
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

    • The White House formally made the announcement Thursday night and if Johnson is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, his younger brother, Christopher Johnson, will assume the role of chairman and CEO of the Jets, the team announced.

      Christopher Johnson, 58, is a minority owner and lives in New York. He will oversee the day-to-day operations in his brother's absence.

      "The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his," Christopher Johnson said in a statement released by the team. "Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve."

      Trump informally revealed in January that he planned to nominate the 70-year-old Johnson, a major Republican donor and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

      Johnson's family owns the Johnson & Johnson fortune and was worth an estimated $6.3 billion in 2015, according to Forbes.

      The Jets put a succession plan in place and in March, Christopher Johnson accompanied his older brother to the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix.

      Woody Johnson would remain the owner but be required to live in the United Kingdom as part of a three-year appointment.

      "On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador," Jets team president Neil Glat said. "We could not be more excited for him and his family."

  • NFL notebook: Carr agrees to five-year, $125 million deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Quarterback Derek Carr took to social media on Thursday to announce that he has finalized a contract extension with the Oakland Raiders.

    • While Carr did not divulge the terms of the deal, multiple outlets reported that it was a five-year, $125 million contract. It makes the two-time Pro Bowl selection the highest-paid player in the league in terms of new money average.

      Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts receives $24.6 million per year, just ahead of fellow quarterbacks Carson Palmer ($24.35 million) of the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Brees (24.25 million) of the New Orleans Saints and Kirk Cousins ($23.9 million) of the Washington Redskins.

      According to published reports, Carr received $40 million guaranteed and he also has a $30.2 million injury guarantee. He will make $25 million this season and the payments are broken down this way -- $12.5 million signing bonus, a $7.5 million roster bonus due June 30 and a $5 million base salary.

      --Andy Reid signed a contract extension to remain coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after four seasons and is also taking over player personnel duties after the team parted ways with general manager John Dorsey.

      Kansas City announced the moves 32 minutes apart, first announcing Reid's extension. Terms were not disclosed.

      Reid has a 43-21 record and three playoff appearances in four years in Kansas City.

      Dorsey spent the past four seasons as Chiefs' general manager, and CEO Clark Hunt informed him he would not be offered a contract extension. Dorsey has 27 years of personnel experience.

      --The New Orleans Saints signed first-round draft pick tackle Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year contract, the team announced.

      The Saints have now signed every member of their 2017 draft class.

      Ramczyk, the 32nd overall selection, was the second of the Saints' two first-round picks.

  • Saints ink first-round pick Ramczyk
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The New Orleans Saints signed first-round draft pick tackle Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • The Saints have now signed every member of their 2017 draft class.

      Ramczyk, the 32nd overall selection, was the second of the Saints' two first-round picks.

      The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Ramczyk started all 14 games at left tackle for Wisconsin last season and was a consensus first-team All-American.

  • Chiefs extend Reid, part ways with GM Dorsey
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Andy Reid signed a contract extension to remain coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after four seasons and is also taking over player personnel duties after the team parted ways with general manager John Dorsey.

    • Kansas City announced the moves 32 minutes apart, first announcing Reid's extension. Terms were not disclosed.

      Reid has a 43-21 record and three playoff appearances in four years in Kansas City.

      Dorsey spent the past four seasons as Chiefs' general manager and CEO Clark Hunt informed him he would not be offered a contract extension.

      "I notified John that we would not be extending his contract beyond the 2017 season, and after consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now," Hunt said in a statement. "This decision, while a difficult one, allows John to pursue other opportunities as we continue our preparations for the upcoming season and the seasons to come. My family and I sincerely appreciate John's work over the last 4 1/2 years, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future."

      Dorsey has 27 years of personnel experience.

      "I want to thank Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons," Dorsey said in a statement. "I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization all the best."

      Meanwhile, Reid has a career regular season record of 173-114 (.602) and a total of 184 wins, the second-most victories among active NFL head coaches -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick has 260 -- and is 10th all-time in wins among head coaches in NFL history.

      "I'd like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Kansas City," Reid said in a statement. "We've made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet. We are going to continue to work towards our ultimate goal of winning championships. I've been blessed by the support of the community, our fans, the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs staff. I'm looking forward to the years ahead as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs."

      The Chiefs swept the AFC West while compiling a 12-4 record in 2016. The Chiefs are 22-4 in their last 26 games entering the 2017 season.

      "My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under Coach Reid," Hunt said via statement. "He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats. We are proud to have him leading our football team, and I look forward to working with him to bring a championship to Chiefs Kingdom."

      In 2015, Reid led the Chiefs to their first playoff win since 1993. Overall, he is 11-12 in the postseason, including from 1999-2012 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Raiders QB Carr signs five-year deal reportedly worth $125M
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Quarterback Derek Carr took to social media on Thursday to announce that he has finalized a contract extension with the Oakland Raiders.

    • While Carr did not divulge the terms of the deal, multiple outlets reported that it was a five-year, $125 million contract. It makes the two-time Pro Bowl selection the highest-paid player in the league in terms of new money average.

      Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts receives $24.6 million per year, just ahead of fellow quarterbacks Carson Palmer ($24.35 million) of the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Brees (24.25 million) of the New Orleans Saints and Kirk Cousins ($23.9 million) of the Washington Redskins.

      "Now it's done," Carr wrote on Twitter. "From the jump I've wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let's just play now!!!"

      Carr had given the Raiders a training camp deadline for the deal or planned to shut down negotiations and play the final season of his existing four-year contract.

      According to published reports, Carr received $40 million guaranteed and he also has a $30.2 million injury guarantee.

      He will make $25 million this season and the payments are broken down this way -- $12.5 million signing bonus, a $7.5 million roster bonus due June 30 and a $5 million base salary.

      Carr enjoyed a stellar season in 2016 before sustaining broken fibula in Week 16, which kept him sidelined for Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

      The 26-year-old passed for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions last season.

      Carr has been a full participant in the team's offseason activities this spring.

  • Jets LB Mauldin arrested for assault
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was arrested after allegedly attacking a man at a New York City nightclub, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

    • Mauldin, 24, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and was charged with misdemeanor assault.

      A man named Jean Lopez alleged that Mauldin punched him in the face after he allegedly spilled champagne on Mauldin on April 2.

      The accuser is suing Mauldin in civil court, claiming Mauldin's punch broke bones in his face.

      If convicted of the assault charges, Mauldin could spend up to a year in jail.

      TMZ Sports reported that a court appearance has been set for August.

      The 6-4, 250-pound Mauldin, 24, is entering his third season with the Jets.

      He played in 11 games, including two starts, for the Jets in 2016. He had seven tackles, nine assists and 2.5 sacks.

  • Packers' Guion charged with DUI
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was charged with driving under the influence after an arrest early Wednesday in Hawaii.

    • Guion, who turned 30 on Wednesday, had a blood alcohol level of .086 when tested for a routine traffic stop, according to Honolulu police. He was released on $500 bail.

      "The Packers are aware of the matter involving Letroy Guion," a team spokesman said, per the Green Bay Press Gazette. "We will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter."

      Guion has been suspended twice by the NFL over the last few years.

      He will serve a four-game suspension in the upcoming 2017 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Guion also missed the first three games of the 2015 campaign because he violated the league's substance abuse policy, in which he was arrested on marijuana and handgun charges.

      Guion, who recorded 30 tackles in 15 games last season, has 173 tackles with 8.5 sacks in 110 career contests with the Minnesota Vikings and Packers.

  • NFL notebook: Raiders, Carr reportedly close to deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    The Oakland Raiders and Derek Carr are close to finalizing a deal expected to pay the quarterback approximately $25 million per season, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing league sources.

    • The contract is expected to be completed soon, perhaps as early as the end of the week, according to ESPN.

      Carr, however, took to social media to slow the story.

      "Nothing done yet ... trust me you will hear it here first," the two-time Pro Bowl selection wrote.

      Carr had given the Raiders a training camp deadline for the deal or planned to shut down negotiations and play the final season of his existing four-year contract signed as a second-round draft pick out of Fresno State.

      The deal may make Carr one of the highest-paid players in the league. Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts receives an NFL-best $24.6 million per year, just ahead of fellow quarterbacks Carson Palmer ($24.35 million) of the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Brees ($24.25 million) of the New Orleans Saints and Kirk Cousins ($23.9 million) of the Washington Redskins.

      --Former New York Jets linebacker David Harris agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports.

      Harris, who played 10 seasons with the Jets, was released on June 6 after talks broke down regarding a renegotiated contract. He was due to make $6.5 million in 2017 in the final season of a three-year, $21.5 million contract.

      The 33-year-old Harris started 15 games for the Jets in 2016, recording 95 tackles and a half-sack in 15 games. He missed his first game in eight years last season.

      In 154 career games, Harris owns 1,087 tackles, 35 sacks, 31 passes defensed and six interceptions.

      --Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and a Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

      Jones, who is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 4, was in Italy with Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Franco Harris, Jim Taylor, Ronnie Lott and Floyd Little, along with Pro Football Hall of Fame board chairman Randy Hunt.

      The Pope blessed all members of the group and urged them to translate values of teamwork and fair play from the football field to the broader community.

      "I am pleased to greet you, the members and directors of the American Pro Football Hall of Fame and welcome you to the Vatican," Pope Francis said Wednesday during a special audience, according to a release sent out by the Hall of Fame. "Teamwork, fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the values -- in the religious sense, we can say virtues that have guided your commitment, on and off the field. These values meet the needs of our brothers and sisters and combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family."

      --Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he was informed of his release by the Kansas City Chiefs via voicemail earlier this month.

      Maclin also told Schefter on his "Know Them From Adam" Podcast that he played much of last season with a torn groin.

      "I was on a flight, so clearly (Chiefs general manager John Dorsey) couldn't get to me. So he left me a voicemail, but the issue is they released me so late on Friday I wouldn't become a free agent 'til Monday anyways. So I would at least think that, you know, have the respect for me enough to at least have a conversation with me. You know what I mean, not really find out through a voicemail," he said.

      Maclin missed four games due to injury last season and finished with career worsts in receptions (44), receiving yards (536) and touchdowns (two). The 29-year-old twice has compiled 80 or more catches and 1,000 or more receiving yards in the same season.

  • Maclin says Chiefs released him via voicemail
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he was informed of his release by the Kansas City Chiefs via voicemail earlier this month.

    • Maclin also told Schefter on his "Know Them From Adam" Podcast that he played much of last season with a torn groin.

      "I was on a flight, so clearly (Chiefs general manager John Dorsey) couldn't get to me. So he left me a voicemail, but the issue is they released me so late on Friday I wouldn't become a free agent 'til Monday anyways. So I would at least think that, you know, have the respect for me enough to at least have a conversation with me. You know what I mean, not really find out through a voicemail," he said.

      "So I think that's where, in my opinion, the problem or it really is just the business. I mean because I feel like if it was anything else, you know, especially being able to become a free agent Monday, at least have a conversation with somebody, you know?"

      Maclin missed four games due to injury last season and finished with career worsts in receptions (44), receiving yards (536) and touchdowns (two). The 29-year-old twice has compiled 80 or more catches and 1,000 or more receiving yards in the same season.

      Maclin quickly moved on and signed a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens last week.

  • Cowboys' Jones, Hall of Fame group meet Pope Francis
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and a Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.

    • Jones, who is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 4, was in Italy with Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Franco Harris, Jim Taylor, Ronnie Lott and Floyd Little, along with Pro Football Hall of Fame board chairman Randy Hunt.

      The Pope blessed all members of the group and urged them to translate values of teamwork and fair play from the football field to the broader community.

      "I am pleased to greet you, the members and directors of the American Pro Football Hall of Fame and welcome you to the Vatican," Pope Francis said Wednesday during a special audience, according to a release sent out by the Hall of Fame.

      "Teamwork, fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the values -- in the religious sense, we can say virtues that have guided your commitment, on and off the field. These values meet the needs of our brothers and sisters and combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family."

      Jones attended with his wife, Gene Jones.

      "What a magnificent thing for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to have him recognize pro football," the Cowboys owner said in the release. "When I think of the millions who know our Spiritual leader, it is very special to think that we had his audience on behalf of the game."