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Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera says he has considered the prospect of adding quarterback Cam Newton to his roster, though a move does not look imminent.

Rivera coached Newton over the course of nine years at the Carolina Panthers and they reached Super Bowl 50 together after an MVP season from the QB in 2015.

Along with Andy Dalton, Newton is among the top signal callers available on the open market and Rivera has not ruled out a reunion.

For now, though, he appears willing to proceed with Dwayne Haskins, last year's first-round pick for the Redskins, and third-year pro Kyle Allen, whom he acquired in a trade with his old team the Panthers.

"You know, the thing about Cam really is the situation," Rivera, who was appointed as Washington head coach in January, told NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

"We're in a situation where we've got two really young quarterbacks.

"One that's been with us [Allen], been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy [Haskins] who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise.

"I think with Cam, and I have thought about it, I mean, it's something that's run through my mind, and it's about the situation and circumstances.

"I'm not sure I would do it. I'm not sure if I wouldn't do it. It depends on circumstances."

Speculation has connected Newton with the New England Patriots, but the 30-year-old remains a free agent after his release from the Panthers last month.

The Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins both drafted first-round QBs in last week's draft, while Jameis Winston accepted a backup role with the New Orleans Saints.

Andy Dalton has been released by the Cincinnati Bengals after nine years with the team, according to widespread reports.

The Bengals have moved in a different direction at quarterback after taking Joe Burrow with the first overall pick of last week's NFL Draft.

Attempts to trade Dalton, 32, have not come to fruition, so the team have opted to make him a free agent rather than play out the last year of his contract.

The move almost certainly means Burrow will start Week 1 at QB and ends suggestions the team could retain Dalton in a backup role.

Speculation has connected Dalton with the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars, as he joins former NFL MVP Cam Newton among the top signal callers available on the open market.

Dalton had a winning record as the Bengals' QB, going 70-61-2 in the regular season while throwing 204 touchdowns to 118 interceptions.

But the 2011 second-round pick was unable to end the franchise's long wait for a playoff win, their last having come in 1990.

Hunter Henry is confident he will be able to strike an agreement on a new long-term contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.

To stop the 25-year-old from hitting free agency, the Chargers placed the franchise tag on him for 2020 and he has signed that agreement, which is a one-year deal worth around $11million.

A deadline of July 15 is in place for tagged players to agree a long-term extension, a prospect which is high on the agenda for Henry.

"It's definitely a blessing to get the franchise tag," Henry told reporters. 

"It only being one year, definitely we're going to try to extend something and get something for a longer term. Definitely would like to do something in that aspect.

"So, hopefully, we can work something out. We're definitely going back and forth. I think all this pandemic stuff has kind of put a lot of that on hold for a while with them going into the draft.

"Hopefully, we can pick it back up and see where we go from there.

"There are other guys that need to be signed too. We'll continue to talk especially as we get closer to the deadline."

Over the past two seasons, Henry has suffered a torn ACL and a fractured knee, but when healthy he has proven to be one of the NFL's best players at his position.

The prospect of holding out and not signing his franchise tag was never an option for Henry, who has caught 17 touchdowns in 41 regular season games.

"I was just ready to sign it," Henry said. "Just with everything going on with this [the coronavirus], and just myself, like I just wasn't a guy that wanted to hold out and kind of do all that. 

"I wasn't going to do that. That's just not me. Some guys can do it. It's just not me.

"I'm excited for this team, and I'm excited for going into this new stadium with new jerseys, new look, everything. I have pretty high confidence that we are going to have a season.

"We have four months until games are supposed to start to figure it out. I'm open to playing games without fans for a while, and then hopefully things will get better."

After the departure of quarterback Philip Rivers, Henry will catch passes from Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert, who the team drafted at number six overall this year.

Rob Gronkowski has insisted he was just "joking around" when he claimed to have had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playbook for weeks before signing.

Referring to Joe Burrow studying the Cincinnati Bengals' playbook in advance of the NFL Draft, Gronkowski said at a media event on Saturday he had been in possession of the Bucs' for four weeks.

That prompted speculation over whether there had been a rules breach given the tight end was under contract with the New England Patriots prior to his April 21 trade.

However, Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa, has stressed his remarks were light-hearted, writing on Twitter: "This is seriously a story? 

"Lol! I was just joking around with Sage [Steele] as I was pretty much the whole time that time when I was co-hosting the show. Wowsers, my co-hosting skills on point!! Lol!!"

Gronkowski claimed he had only just received his Bucs playbook and had not opened it yet, before joking about the level of detail he can comprehend.

The three-time Super Bowl champion added: "I actually just received my team-issued Surface today from the Bucs and it's still in the package. 

"Hoping it is all pictures and drawings. I'm pumped to open it one day hopefully soon and follow the arrows to learn where to run too. Gronk run Gronk catch ball. No playbook needed. Hehe."

His clarification came after Brady was not handed a fine from the NFL for his bungled visit to the Buccaneers offensive coordinator's house last week. 

The NFL opened an investigation into Brady visiting Byron Leftwich to pick up the team's playbook and determined that the new Bucs quarterback did not violate any offseason work rules. 

Brady's visit had made headlines because he inadvertently walked into the house of a neighbour, mistakenly thinking it was Leftwich's address.

That case of accidental trespassing occurred shortly after Brady was kicked out of a public park that had been closed as part of the state of Florida's stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a video posted by the Buccaneers at the weekend, Brady made light of the incident, which had prompted an entertaining letter from mayor Jane Castor.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on tight end O.J. Howard.

The 19th overall pick of the 2017 draft, Howard has hauled in 34 receptions in each of the past two seasons and has 1,456 receiving yards in the first three years of his career. His career average of 15.5 yards per catch is the most by a tight end with at least 60 receptions since 2017.

His future with the Buccaneers was uncertain, however, after the team acquired four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots last week.

The Bucs, who also have Cameron Brate at tight end, feel they will be able to run plays with multiple tight ends with Tom Brady directing the offense.

''I don't think anyone has a better tight end room in the league,'' coach Bruce Arians said during last week's draft.

''I love playing tight ends ... I think it's just going to upgrade everyone. Competition breeds success.''

Adam Vinatieri is a four-time Super Bowl champion who has made some of the most memorable kicks in NFL history and he would like to get the chance to make a few more.

Vinatieri – the league's career scoring leader – told local television station FOX59 on Wednesday that he still hopes to return for his 25th NFL season at 47 years old.

"Before all of this, my thought was to get back and get healthy and if I can kick well, shoot, I figured I could earn a job," Vinatieri said.

"I knew with a six-month, June [timetable], it was going to be tight anyway. If anything, this is going to prolong my recovery."

Vinatieri is coming off the worst season of his career, as he missed a league-high 14 kicks – six extra points and eight field goals in 12 games before his season with the Indianapolis Colts was cut short by a left knee injury. He underwent surgery and had been hoping for a June return.

Vinatieri has 2,673 career points, ranks second all-time with 365 games played and would become the second-oldest player in NFL history to appear in a game if he plays next season.

George Blanda and Morton Anderson are the only players to have played after turning 47.

The Colts already have Chase McLaughlin, who replaced Vinatieri last season, and added Rodrigo Blankenship as an undrafted free agent on Wednesday.

Jameis Winston is not viewing his new role with the New Orleans Saints as a concession, but rather a golden opportunity. 

The former number one overall pick on Wednesday gave his first comments about signing a one-year contract with the Saints, a team Winston believes to be the perfect fit as he attempts to get a career that once brimmed with potential back on track. 

"If you believe in the ability that you have, if you have faith that you will become a starting quarterback again, you take this opportunity in a heartbeat to work with this amazing group of men," Winston told reporters in a conference call. 

Coming off an erratic 2019 season in which he threw 30 interceptions, the most by any quarterback since 1988, Winston found the market ice-cold for starting opportunities as he made his first foray into free agency.

Having been supplanted as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise face by Tom Brady, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner ultimately settled on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Saints to back up another future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees. 

For a reclamation project, Winston arguably could not have found a better spot than New Orleans, which resurrected the career of another former Pro Bowl quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater just last season.

Bridgewater went 5-0 in five starts filling in for an injured Brees and parlayed that efficient performance into a three-year, $21million contract with the Carolina Panthers in March. 

"When you see what happened last year with the amount of play time that Taysom [Hill] and Teddy got - I'm not saying that I'm going to expect that this year - but those guys were prepared," Winston said. "And that's the way I'm going to be. I'm going to be prepared for whatever." 

A chance to learn from two of the NFL's brightest offensive minds in Brees and coach Sean Payton added to the appeal of joining the Saints, as did an opportunity to play on a team regarded among the top contenders to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. 

"We have a Hall of Fame quarterback and a future Hall of Fame coach. That's very intriguing for a young quarterback like myself," the 26-year-old said. "This is a Super Bowl-contending team and I'm just happy to be a part of that."

It is still not the outcome Winston was likely expecting a season after throwing for a league-high 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns, second only to eventual MVP Lamar Jackson.

He admitted his departure from Tampa Bay was a humbling experience, but one that could turn out as a blessing in disguise. 

"One thing about humility is, everyone needs to be humbled," he said. "Throughout my entire life, I started from very humble beginnings. So it's another chapter in my life I'm going to learn from and is going to make me better." 

Brett Favre believes Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers will finish his career elsewhere after the team acquired Jordan Love in the NFL Draft.

Many parallels have already been drawn between the Packers drafting Love with the 26th pick on Thursday while already having a franchise quarterback in Rodgers, and when Green Bay picked the latter in 2005 while already boasting future Hall of Famer Favre. 

Like many NFL analysts, Favre was also shocked that a Packers team one game away from reaching last season's Super Bowl opted to find Rodgers' heir apparent as opposed to upgrading their offense. 

"I'll be honest with you, I was very surprised," Favre said on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday. "I really thought that they would go in the direction of an offensive weapon. They were several plays from being in the Super Bowl."

Rodgers' current contract runs through the 2021 season, and Favre believes with Thursday's selection of Love, the 36-year-old will now finish his career somewhere other than Green Bay – just like the gunslinger himself. 

"I think he'll play somewhere else," Favre said. "My gut tells me that he won't finish his career as a Green Bay Packer." 

Rodgers – a Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP – was his usual terrific-self last season, earning an eighth Pro Bowl selection while passing for 4,002 yards with 26 touchdowns to just four interceptions to lead Green Bay to a 13-3 record and to the NFC Championship Game. 

The Packers, though, only had one receiver with more than 35 receptions (Davante Adams) in 2019, as their passing game relied heavily on running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams and tight end Jimmy Graham, who is now on the Chicago Bears. 

"Green Bay's one of them that should be playing for now...they don't draft any weapons, not just in the first round but any weapons that can help immediately," Favre said. "That just sends a message of disrespect, I would think, to Aaron Rodgers. He has every right to be disappointed if he is."  

In addition to neglecting an opportunity to improve the offense – Green Bay have actually never used a first-round pick on an offensive skill position player since drafting Rodgers 15 years ago – Favre also fears by drafting a QB, the Packers sent the wrong message to Rodgers and may have done irreversible damage to their relationship. 

"Green Bay's not going anywhere without Aaron Rodgers the next few years if he plays like we expect him to play," Favre said. "They've got a shot with or without a first-round receiver. He's that good. So I would do all I could to not burn that bridge. And I don't think that they did that. I think they burned a bridge. At some point I think it will rear its ugly head."

Aaron Rodgers is "still peaking" and has plenty more to offer in his bid to be rated as one of the NFL's greatest-ever quarterbacks, according to Andrew Brandt.

Former Green Bay executive Brandt, who was with the Packers when they drafted Rodgers in 2005, rejects any notion the 36-year-old is on the decline.

The Packers traded up to draft Utah State's Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft, casting doubt over the incumbent QB's long-term future with the franchise.

But Brandt insists Rodgers, who reached the NFC Championship Game last season, is far from finished.

He feels Rodgers will be in the conversation with the likes of six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady when it comes to judging the game's best by the time their careers are over.

Asked by Stats Perform where Rodgers ranks in the debate, Brandt replied: "Oh gosh, it's hard.

"People focus so much on Super Bowls. He has got one, but he has also been to some championship games and obviously the playoffs every year. 

"They have had tough experiences in the playoffs with just heart-breakers, I know with still being a fan and my kids being fans, how tough those losses have been.

"And those losses have not been his fault, a lot of defensive lapses. 

"So had we had a great defense all these years, maybe he has got multiple, Tom Brady-like championships and then you are talking about him in that category.

"But he is certainly up there, and he will be. I'm not of the belief he is on the downhill slide, I believe Aaron Rodgers is still peaking."

With Rodgers at the helm, Brandt backs the Packers to retain the NFC North division title they won last season.

"I am biased, I admit that, but I like their chances," he said. "They won it last year. They are a team that is always there.

"And, let's face it, it is because of Aaron more than any other factor.

"You look at their division, OK it has Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins and Mitch Trubisky – but you take Aaron Rodgers, it is pretty simple. So yes, I like their chances."

On drafting him at a time when Brett Favre held the starting job, Brandt added: "Rodgers had all the tools and he became a favourite of ours in the front office.

"A bit like [2020 number one overall pick] Joe Burrow, he had a real calm about him. He never took things too seriously, he was kind of a 'California cool' guy.

"We all took to Aaron early on, but we never knew then what he would become - you never know."

Brandt concedes his praise of Rodgers' level of play creates an apparent conflict with the selection of Love.

"That brings up the question of why draft a quarterback, but you have to be prepared for that eventuality when you need him [Love]," he said.

The Atlanta Falcons will decline the fifth-year option on the contract of defensive end Takk McKinley, making the 2017 first-round pick a free agent at the end of this coming season. 
 
McKinley, the 26th overall selection in the 2017 draft, led the Falcons with seven sacks in 2018 but had just 3.5 in 14 games this past season before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder issue. 

He would have earned a salary of approximately $10.1million in 2021 had the option been picked up. 
 
The 24-year-old's 16.5 sacks in 45 career games ranks third among members of the 2017 draft class, behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' T.J. Watt (34.5) and the Cleveland Browns' Myles Garrett (30.5). 

Watt was taken four picks after McKinley at No. 30 overall. 
 
"We have decided to not move forward with a fifth-year option for Takk and at this time are taking a wait-and-see approach in terms of future contracts," the Falcons said in a team statement on Wednesday.

"Takk has shown the ability to produce at a high level and we look forward to his production in 2020." 
 
McKinley's medical history may have factored into the Falcons' decision.

He missed the final two games of 2019 with a left shoulder injury that required surgery and he also underwent shoulder surgery shortly prior to Atlanta trading up to take him in the 2017 draft.  

The NCAA has announced that its board of governors is in favour of a rule change that would allow athletes to receive compensation for endorsements as well as opportunities involving social media platforms and personal appearances. 

It is a step the NCAA had been moving towards after a number of states passed legislation that would prohibit its member institutions from denying athletes the opportunity to use their name, image or likeness to earn income.

The proposal is based off recommendations made by the Federal and State Legislation Working Group panel the NCAA created last year. 

"Throughout our efforts to enhance support for college athletes, the NCAA has relied upon considerable feedback from and the engagement of our members, including numerous student-athletes, from all three divisions," said board chairperson and Ohio State president Michael Drake.

"Allowing promotions and third-party endorsements is uncharted territory." 

The changes would go into effect beginning with the 2021-22 academic year if approved, with a formal vote scheduled to take place at the next NCAA convention in January. 

The working group said it will put several guardrails into place to ensure a level playing field.

Athletes will be prohibited from using their image and likeness for recruiting purposes and any compensation earned by an athlete must be separate from his or her school or conference. 

"As we evolve, the Association will continue to identify the guardrails to further support student-athletes within the context of college sports and higher education," said Big East commissioner and working group co-chair Val Ackerman. 

The NCAA said it still will seek federal legislation that would ban individual states from enacting their own laws regarding athlete compensation. 

"The evolving legal and legislative landscape around these issues not only could undermine college sports as a part of higher education but also significantly limit the NCAA's ability to meet the needs of college athletes moving forward," Drake said.

"We must continue to engage with Congress in order to secure the appropriate legal and legislative framework to modernize our rules around name, image and likeness.

"We will do so in a way that underscores the Association's mission to oversee and protect college athletics and college athletes on a national scale."

Aaron Rodgers will only change teams if both he and the Green Bay Packers reach a point where they do not want to continue together, says the team's former executive Andrew Brandt.

Brandt – who was with the Packers when they drafted Rodgers in 2005 at a time Brett Favre was entrenched as the starter – does not believe that situation is imminent.

The debate comes after general manager Brian Gutekunst traded up to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of this year's NFL draft.

Rodgers is 36 but led the Packers to the NFC Championship game last season and has stated his desire to play into his 40s.

Prior to the draft, he also discussed his wish to see out his career in Green Bay, although that goal now looks more uncertain.

There was frustration for Rodgers as the move to land Love was coupled with not picking a single wide receiver despite a historic draft class for that position group.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots appeared to mutually reach a point where they would be willing to start over prior to his move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But Brandt does not think the same situation applies yet for Rodgers and the Packers.

"It doesn't seem like it and obviously his contract goes a few more years," Brandt told Stats Perform about the prospect of Rodgers leaving the team he is synonymous with, as Brady opted to do.

"I think they are still high on him, he is their present. Obviously he is the present and Love is the future.

"But it's the same issue I dealt with 15 years ago when I was hearing from both the Favre camp and the Rodgers camp with the question they both asked me which was, 'When?'

"Favre's camp is asking, 'When are you looking to move me out and bring in Rodgers?' And Rodgers' camp is asking, 'When are you looking to move Brett out and bring me in?'

"You don't have easy answers to that. Maybe it will be different with Jordan Love and Aaron Rodgers, but now there is no time frame. Sometimes these things tend to work themselves out.

"With Tom Brady it just seemed like both sides, the Patriots and Brady, wanted a change. That happened relatively seamlessly because both sides were like, 'OK.'

"Right now it is hard to see the Packers and Rodgers separating, but in a year or two years, who knows?"

Anthony Joshua will be hopeful of a huge heavyweight unification bout in the near future, but April 29 offers a chance to reflect on one of his greatest achievements.

A bout with IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and Joshua will be keen to soon offer fans in the United Kingdom another taste of the thrills he supplied against Wladimir Klitschko on this day three years ago.

The Briton claimed a victory that effectively retired one of the sport's all-time greats after a fight for the ages.

We look back at that and other memorable events to occur on April 29 down the years.

 

1985 – Taylor takes 'black ball final'

Steve Davis was at the peak of his powers and headed into the 1985 World Snooker Championship at the top of the world rankings and having won three of the previous four editions.

After winning every frame in the opening session, Davis took an 8-0 lead over Dennis Taylor at the start of the second.

However, Taylor rallied and managed to tie the match at 11-11 on the second day and he refused to go away, reeling in Davis again to force a 35th and final frame.

It lasted a tense 68 minutes and continued into the early hours of Monday morning, with Taylor coming from 62-44 down to ensure the title would be decided by the final ball.

Taylor was the man to sink it on his fourth shot, lifting the trophy for the first and only time in his career.

2006 – Texans leave Bush on the board

Having gained 2,000 all-purpose yards in his junior year at the University of Southern California, won the Heisman Trophy – though he was later stripped of it – and clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.33 seconds in USC's post-season pro day showcase, Reggie Bush was tipped to be the top pick in the draft.

He even signed an endorsement deal with Adidas in the days leading up to the event.

However, the Houston Texans took the much-derided decision to overlook Bush and take defensive end Mario Williams out of North Carolina State University.

Bush was taken second overall by the New Orleans Saints and was part of their success at Super Bowl XLIV after the 2009 season.

Williams went on to justify the pick with four Pro Bowl selections and Bush failed to live up to the heights he was tipped for.

2007 – Surrey world record

Ali Brown and James Benning earned Surrey a place in the record books with a gargantuan total against Gloucestershire in a One-Day Cup match.

The Surrey openers shared an opening stand of 294 before Brown, whose century came off just 50 deliveries and racked up 20 fours and eight sixes, was finally dismissed for 176 off 97 balls.

Benning reached 152 but fell to Anthony Ireland after 134 balls, though there was no let up for the visitors.

Rikki Clarke blasted an unbeaten 82 off just 28 deliveries – plundering nine fours and six maximums to lead Surrey to 496-4. It remains the highest innings score by any team in a limited-overs game.

Gloucestershire were skittled for 239 after 34.1 overs, with Surrey consequently claiming a crushing 257-run triumph.

2017 – Joshua clinches statement victory

After beating Charles Martin for the IBF heavyweight title in April 2016, Joshua enjoyed comfortable defences against Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina.

The biggest test of his career was next and it came at a sold-out Wembley against Klitschko, who had dominated the division for the best part of a decade until a shock loss to Tyson Fury in November 2015.

Joshua scored the first knockdown in round five but was sent to the canvas by a resurgent Klitschko in the next session.

Questions had been asked about whether Joshua had the stamina to last the distance given he had not previously been required to go beyond the seventh round.

Despite looking wobbly at points, the Briton had enough in the tank to send Klitschko down two times in the 11th before the referee called a stop to the fight to hand him the vacant WBA belt in addition to his IBF strap.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was arrested on multiple charges in South Carolina on Tuesday.

Breeland's charges include possession of less than 28 grams of marijuana or 10 grams of hash, driving with an open container of alcohol, driving without a license and resisting arrest, a sheriff's officer said. He was being held at the York County Jail, according to the facility's online records.

The Chiefs said they were aware of the situation but would have no further comment.

Breeland started 15 of 16 regular-season games and all three playoff games for the Chiefs last season. He had seven tackles and an interception in Kansas City's 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in February.

He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins before playing for the Green Bay Packers in 2018.

Breeland signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs in March 2019 and was re-signed to another one-year contract earlier this month.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with quarterback Jameis Winston, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

Winston, 26, was an unrestricted free agent after five mixed seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to begin his NFL career.

The first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Winston reached an agreement with the Saints, where he is set to compete with Taysom Hill behind Drew Brees.

"The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent quarterback Jameis Winston," a statement read.

Winston made 72 appearances for the Buccaneers, starting 70, completing 61.3 per cent of his passes and throwing 121 touchdowns and 88 interceptions.

He threw for a career-high 5,109 yards last season, including 33 TDs and 30 interceptions.

The Buccaneers have signed NFL great Tom Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots.

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