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The Saints have reached a deal with Drew Brees to ensure the quarterback doesn't become a free agent in the spring, according to multiple reports.
Drew Brees extension will be 5 years but automatically voids to two. Committed to Saints this year and next only for $44.25M guaranteed
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 7, 2016
"Both sides are very happy and certainly I'm very happy," Brees said Wednesday. "I'll be here as long as they'll have me."
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Brees previously said he would not negotiate his contract during the season, which meant a deal had to get done soon with the Saints' opener approaching. The 37-year-old quarterback was set to become a free agent, and it would have cost the Saints $43 million to use the franchise tag on him for a third time.
Instead, the Saints get a deal that works for them, as ESPN's Mike Triplett explains below. It also works for Brees in the sense that it includes a no trade clause.
Drew Brees' new deal is very team-friendly — basically just a one-year extension. The Saints got what they wanted, not having to commit to him beyond 2017. That was a[......]
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Melvin Gordon didn't have the rookie season the Chargers envisioned when they moved up two spots to select him with the 15th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Gordon was coming off a record-breaking season at Wisconsin, where he ran for 2,587 yards with 29 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores. Gordon scored 49 touchdowns over three seasons for the Badgers, but did not score once during his rookie season.
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He finally found paydirt Sunday on San Diego's first offensive series against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gordon plunged in from a yard out to cap a six-play drive that included a 17-yard run by Gordon. A bit later, Gordon found paydirt again.
He's in! It's the first TD of @MelvinGordon25's career! #SDvsKC https://t.co/vgTyxA4bFn
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2016
No other NFL player had more touches without a touchdown than Gordon last season.
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The inability of the Steelers and Le'Veon Bell to agree on a long-term contract is just the latest example of the love-hate relationship NFL general managers have with top running backs.
GMs like Pittsburgh's Kevin Colbert love to have a premier RB to balance the offense. And Bell, with his versatility as a runner and receiver, is a rare player; among the best in the game. But when it comes to paying veteran, Pro Bowl backs who get 400 or so touches per season at arguably the game's most injury-prone position, the hate portion of the equation arrives.
GMs hate paying big bucks to players at a position that lags behind quarterbacks, wide receivers and left tackles in the offensive pay window. They especially don't want to guarantee high percentages of the contracts in fear of winding up with loads of dead money against their salary caps.
As a former GM, I can empathize with Colbert, who surely feels his reported offer of $15 million per year to Bell was fair, especially considering the current highest-paid back is Atlanta's Devonte Freeman at $8.5 million per year.
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Saints running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have started the drumbeat for their quarterback to be voted NFL MVP this season. And I'm right there with them.
I don't care what happens the rest of the season. Enough of this nonsense about the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Rams duo of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Call off the vote, and let's make it official today: Drew Brees must be 2018 NFL MVP — for his brilliance this season and over a first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
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The numbers the NFL career passing yards leader is putting up this season are incredible. Brees has 21 touchdown passes and just one interception for an 8-1 Saints team that’s clearly a Super Bowl contender. He has a career high and league-leading 123.8 passer rating while on a record-shattering pace of completing 77.3 percent of his passes. He also has three rushing touchdowns, including one last week when he dove over the Bengals’ defense on a quarterback sneak.
In that game, Brees threw three first-half TD passes and led the Saints’ offense to scores on their first nine drives. Afterwards, Kamara said, "Drew Brees doesn't get the respect he deserves. Every week he does amazing things."
Added Ingram: "When are they going to give this man his due? He's the G.O.A.T."
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Ezekiel Elliott will be in Dallas for another year.
The Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on their top running back's rookie contract, the team announced Wednesday, keeping him with the team through 2020.
The #DallasCowboys are picking up the fifth-year option on Ezekiel Elliott’s rookie contract.
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— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 24, 2019
Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones had told reporters last week that the team "obviously" would exercise Elliott's fifth-year option.
Elliott, 23, is set to make $3.9 million in base salary this season, but his pay will jump to $9 million in 2020.
Last season, Elliott rushed for a league-leading 1,434 yards with six touchdowns. In his three seasons in the league, Elliott has rushed for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns and has led all tailbacks in rushing for two of the three years.
Elliott, who has yet to miss a game because of an injury, was suspended for six games in 2017 for violating the league's personal conduct policy after a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by an ex-girlfriend.
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Mark Davis continues to be an advocate for posthumous Pro Football Hall of Fame recognition.
The Hall of Fame awarded a gold jacket and ring to the family of late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who passed away after his election but before his induction, in a move the Raiders owner commended as he expressed excitement about the precedent.
"David Baker and the Hall of Fame made the right decision, and I believe it opens the door to reconsidering awarding rings and jackets to the families of all deceased enshrinees," Davis told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "It opens the door to making it right for other families, like Junior Seau's and Kenny Stabler's.
"There's no reason I should have my father's ring and Bruce Allen does not have his. As a new member of the NFL owners Hall of Fame Committee, I'll continue to advocate for the families."
The Hall of Fame reversed its previous policy of not awarding jackets and rings to families of members selected posthumously, with spokesman Pete Fierle confirming to Denver's 9News.com that the "process" to create Bowlen's jacket and ring were already "underway" when he died June 13.
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The Texans won AFC South last season, but this division might be as competitive as it has been in a long time in 2019.
Andrew Luck is back to his old self, the Jaguars added a quarterback who can throw the ball and the Titans seemed to find an identity in the running game last year.
All that leads to speculation that this division is up for grabs, and while there may not be a 13-win team in it in 2019, there may not be a team worse than .500 when all is said and done.
Here's the outlook for the AFC South heading into training camp:
Team on the rise
Calling the Jaguars a team on the rise two seasons after they made the AFC championship feels wrong, but there is no denying it's right. There''s no denying the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and it appears Jacksonville finally has a quarterback. Nick Foles signed four-year, $88 million deal with the team this offseason and will replace much-maligned Blake Bortles. Simply[......]Read More
Week 11 of the NFL regular season is here and there are a handful of quality games on the slate.
The week got off to an explosive start as the Steelers and Browns unraveled in the closing moments with Myles Garrett striking Mason Rudolph with his helmet in a chaotic brawl.
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As for Sunday's action, the Texans and Ravens have the most intriguing game of the week in a must-see quarterback duel between Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson. The Rams host the Bears on Sunday night in a matchup of NFC squads hoping to stay in the playoff hunt.
The week closes on Monday night with the Chiefs taking on the Chargers in an AFC West battle.
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7:16 p.m.: The 49ers had one last score in them. Garoppolo hits Jeff Wilson Jr. for the touchdown with 31 seconds to go and the lead changes yet again. A drama-filled afternoon between the Cardinals and 49ers.
.@JimmyG_10 to Jeff Wilson Jr. puts the @49ers on top with 31 seconds left! #GoNiners #AZvsSF
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— NFL (@NFL) November 18, 2019
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