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Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes "tremendous" quarterback Cam Newton will win games for a team this season.

Lynn explained it was the Chargers' confidence in their own players that led to their decision not to add him to their roster.

Newton remains unsigned almost two months after his release from the Carolina Panthers, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte.

After Philip Rivers' departure, the Chargers were seen as one of his most likely landing spots but they declared Tyrod Taylor as starter before drafting Justin Herbert at number six overall.

With it looking likely Newton will settle for a backup job in 2020 unless there is a major QB injury, Lynn talked up the 31-year-old's credentials as he confirmed the Chargers considered signing him.

Asked if the team explored the possibility, Lynn told CBS Sports Radio: "Absolutely, Cam is a tremendous quarterback.

"He's been MVP of this league, he's led his team to the Super Bowl and he's healthy now from what I hear. 

"Cam is going to be on somebody's roster and he's going to help somebody win a few games, but yeah, we did take a look at that, sure."

"I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have," Lynn added, as he explained why the Chargers opted not to sign Newton before the draft.

"With Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick - those are guys that a lot of people don't talk about. He [Stick] was a Division I AA, he won like three National Championships. 

"He's a hell of a leader, hell of a professional and I think he has a bright future in this league one day."

Meanwhile, Rivers – who left the Chargers for the Indianapolis Colts after 16 seasons – is already making a strong impression with his new team.

Rivers only signed a one-year, $25million deal and has a deal in place to coach high school football in Alabama after his NFL career is over.

But Colts coach Frank Reich said the "spirit" of their agreement was a multi-year pact.

"I can just tell you I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," he said, per The Athletic. "I'm very optimistic."

The legal representatives for Quinton Dunbar and Deandre Baker - the two NFL cornerbacks charged over an alleged armed robbery - claimed their clients have been released from jail after posting bail.

The Miramar Police Department issued arrest warrants for Seattle Seahawks corner Dunbar and New York Giants defensive back Baker over an incident that occurred in Florida last Wednesday, where money and watches were allegedly stolen.

Baker was wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, while Dunbar was wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Dunbar and Baker turned themselves in at Broward County Jail over the weekend and their respective attorneys both announced on social media that they had been released after posting bonds.

Dunbar, who was traded from the Washington Redskins to the Seahawks in March, issued a statement through his attorney Michael Grieco in which he apologised for "any unnecessary distractions".

In the statement, posted on Grieco's Twitter account, Dunbar said: "I would like to thank all my fans for their support and apologise to the Seattle Seahawks organisation for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me may have caused.

"In addition, I am very grateful to be a part of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations.

"Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaracterise my values and who I am."

The attorney for Baker, a first-round draft pick for the Giants in 2019, announced on Instagram that his client was also out on bail.

Bradford Cohen has said there are "affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client".

Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris has signed his franchise tender and will reportedly earn around $11.4million next season.    

Harris, who joined Minnesota as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Virginia in 2015, tied for the NFL lead in 2019 with six interceptions.  

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Harris said he hopes to be able to remain with the Vikings past the 2020 season.  

"I will let my agents and the Vikings work towards long term certainty in Minnesota, but I am excited to be back for the 2020 season," Harris said.

Harris has appeared in 65 regular-season games with the Vikings and made 164 tackles to go along with nine interceptions. All of those picks have come in his past 25 games.

"During the past five years, Minnesota has become home and is where I want to continue to develop as a player having only scratched the surface," Harris said.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon on Saturday in Houston. 

Police found and pulled over Oliver's vehicle after another driver called 911 to say Oliver was failing to maintain a lane and driving dangerously in a construction zone. 

A Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy said Oliver had an open beer between his legs and was given a field sobriety test. 

Oliver was then transported to a hospital for a mandatory blood draw before being jailed. Police said a search of the vehicle discovered a pistol. 

Buffalo selected Oliver with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of the University of Houston. He was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team after posting 43 tackles and five sacks while appearing in all 16 regular-season games. 

"We are aware of the situation and we are gathering more information," the Bills said in a statement. "We will have no further comment at this point."

New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar turned themselves in to the Miramar Police Department in Florida on Saturday after both were charged with armed robbery.

Baker and Dunbar were issued warrants for their arrests on Thursday stemming from a May 13 incident.

The men are accused of stealing money and watches with force while armed with semi-automatic firearms. Baker allegedly intentionally threatened victims with a firearm.

Baker is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Baker's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, said he has several affidavits that will clear Baker.

"We believe our client is innocent of all charges," Cohen said. "We urge people not to rush to judgment. We have affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client."

Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco, said he has passed along five sworn affidavits from witnesses that exonerated his client from wrongdoing to the state attorney's office.

In other NFL news, Washington Redskins receiver Cody Latimer was arrested in Colorado on Saturday on felony charges of assault in the second degree, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm.

According to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report, a witness heard gunshots and arguing inside an apartment.

When the responding officers arrived, they found three individuals who were all detained. One person had minor injuries, which were not related to a gunshot.

Latimer was released on $25,000 bond and is facing misdemeanour charges of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

NFL team facilities will be eligible to reopen on Tuesday but will still be off-limits to coaches and players who are not there for medical rehabilitation.

Teams will only be allowed to reopen facilities if it is allowed by state and local restrictions for containing the spread of the coronavirus, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell shared in a memo on Friday.  

While the move is a step toward starting the 2020 season on time, the continued restrictions on players and coaches indicate the league still has a long way to go.  

"This first phase of reopening is an important step in demonstrating our ability to operate safely and effectively, even in the current environment," the memo said.  

Clubs are allowed to have a maximum of half of their normal staff return to their facilities, but no more than 75 total employees.

Teams will be able to elect which personnel can return to work but will have to follow health guidelines outlined by the NFL last week.

The memo mentioned that coaches may be returning to their workplace "in a relatively short time" and said that the league is working with the players' union to develop a plan where players could start training together "as early as next month".

The NFL released its schedule last Thursday, with a targeted opening game on September 10. The league has been insistent that it plans to start its season on time, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was surprised when the Packers selected his likely successor in the first round of last month's NFL draft, but he also understands the franchise's future interests.  

Rodgers has made his first public statements since the Packers traded up four spots to draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love at No. 26 overall three weeks ago.  

"My general reaction at first was surprise, like many people," Rodgers told reporters in a conference call on Friday.

"Not going to say I was thrilled by the pick necessarily, but I understand the organization is thinking not only about the present, but about the future. And I respect that. 

"I understand their focus and their mindset, and obviously they thought that [Love] was such a great talent that they needed to go up and get him."

Many have drawn parallels between how Rodgers entered the league – drafted in the first round in 2005 with Hall of Famer Brett Favre, then 35, still on the roster – to Love's situation behind Rodgers, who is 36.  

Rodgers, however, feels that his situation with Favre was different, given his lengthy flirtations with retirement after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. 

"The goal is for me to play into my 40s – that hasn’t changed," Rodgers said. 

The two-time league MVP had previously said that he hoped to retire as a Packer but said that the decision is not his to make anymore.  

"If I were to retire on the organization's timetable, then it's an easy decision," Rodgers said.

"But if there comes a time where I still feel like I can play at a high level and my body feels great, then other guys have gone on and played elsewhere."

When Rodgers was drafted, Favre said it was not his job to mentor him, and a relationship that was lukewarm at best followed.  

Rodgers foresees a better rapport with Love, adding: "It’s the same that I’ve done with all my backup quarterbacks, and I feel great about those relationships that I’ve developed over the years.

"Many of them are still very close friends. I’ve had great relationships over the years with those guys and expect the same type of relationship with [Love].  

"He didn’t ask to get drafted by the Packers. He’s not to blame at all. He’s just coming in excited about his opportunity. We had a great conversation the day after the draft and I’m excited to work with him."

Matthew Stafford insists he paid little attention to offseason speculation he could be traded or that the Detroit Lions could draft Tua Tagovailoa.

The Lions had a prominent pick at number three in this year's draft and ultimately selected a player they were connected with throughout the process, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, as Tagovailoa ended up with the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Stafford spoke to general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia about his name circulating in trade talk earlier in the year, but he did not spend any time dwelling on it from that point on.

The 32-year-old now hopes to lead the Lions for many years to come.

"I really don't pay too much attention to them," Stafford said about the rumours, according to ESPN.

"I pay less attention to them than my wife does, but it's something that doesn't bother me. I'm here. I want to be here. I love being a Detroit Lion. I love leading this team.

"So, all that kind of stuff is just out there to be out there. It's a slow news month at that point, and I'm just happy to be where I am and ready to deal with this offseason the way it is and try to make the best of the season that I hope happens."

Stafford recently put his Detroit home on the market, but his wife Kelly took to Instagram to insist it was for family reasons, rather than football.

His biggest concern at the moment is whether there will be an NFL season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I love playing football," Stafford said. "I don't know what I would do in a fall without it, as I think a lot of Americans probably would say the same.

"If we can find a way to make it safe for everybody, I would love to obviously be out there as soon as we can."

Stafford was restricted to playing eight games last season due to a back injury.

The Lions lost all eight of their contests without him and will return to the field with Patricia in the hotseat after two consecutive losing campaigns.

"I'm moving around as good as this slow dude can move around," Stafford said about his fitness.

"I feel great. I'm not worried about going out there and playing. If we could put the pads on today and go play, I would do it. I'm as good as I've been the last couple years physically and I feel fine."

NFL players Deandre Baker and Quinton Dunbar are wanted by United States police for alleged armed robbery at a party in Florida.

Arrest warrants have been issued for both men, Miramar Police announced, after witnesses reported a disturbance at a gathering held on Wednesday evening.

According to an affidavit issued by the Miramar force, Baker, 22, who is a cornerback for the New York Giants, and Dunbar, 27, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, are accused of being involved in the theft of thousands of dollars in cash plus watches.

Police quoted witnesses that said guns were used in the robberies.

Baker is wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, Miramar Police said.

Dunbar is subject to an arrest warrant for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Both men are Florida natives.

Baker was a first-round draft pick in 2019 for the Giants, who traded up to 30th to select him.

Dunbar, who had four interceptions with the Washington Redskins last year, was traded to the Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in March.

Green Bay Packers president and chief executive Mark Murphy said the NFL franchise have $385million in their corporate reserve fund to help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc around the world, bringing the NBA, MLS and NHL seasons to a standstill in the United States, while the start of the MLB campaign has been postponed.

The NFL still hopes its season will get underway as scheduled in September, with the Packers due to open their campaign against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay, unlike other NFL teams, are publicly owned and Murphy wrote a letter on Thursday, which read: "We are in a time of great uncertainty.

"We are hopeful that the League season will start on time with full stadiums, but we are also planning for a whole range of contingencies and examining the financial ramifications.

"Fortunately, we have ample resources available [including $385million in our Corporate Reserve Fund] and will be able to weather these difficult times.

Murphy added: "We continue to monitor the available information from public health authorities and will keep you apprised of any decisions that are made.

"Under Badger Bounce Back, Wisconsin's plan to safely reopen the state, we need to reach Phase Three of necessary criteria before we can have a gathering of more than 50 people.

"We know many of you plan trips to Green Bay for the meeting, so we will inform you as soon as we are able."

 

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is tired of sitting around during the coronavirus pandemic and is taking matters into his own hands. 

Mayfield invited a number of his Browns team-mates to join him at his Texas home for workouts while all NFL training facilities are closed due to COVID-19. 

The Browns have been involved in online meetings with first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski but have not had a chance to practice any plays from the new playbook.

With virtual workouts running through May 29, Mayfield has invited wide receiver Rashard Higgins and tight end David Njoku to his home for the opportunity to run routes. 

Mayfield is looking to put a disappointing 2019 behind him, when he threw 22 touchdowns to 21 interceptions as Cleveland stumbled to a 6-10 finish. 

This was after the Browns were a trendy Super Bowl pick after Mayfield threw 27 TDs with 14 interceptions as a rookie in 2018.  

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson blasted the team's new uniforms, saying it made the NFC West franchise look "soft".

Having introduced a new logo to much derision earlier in the offseason ahead of their expected move to a new stadium later this year, the Rams became the latest NFL team to unveil fresh uniforms on Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers' updated looks all won approval on social media, but the Rams' 'royal' and 'bone' uniforms had a less-than-favourable response.

Hall of Famer Dickerson was certainly not a fan as he ripped the parallels between the Rams' look and that of Los Angeles' other team, the Chargers.

"I'll say this, the colours are not bad," Dickerson told AM570.

"If you wanna change the colours, make them look brighter. The uniform's not bad.

"I just don't like the stripe around the sleeve. It's not big enough.

"It almost looks like a lightning bolt, like the Chargers' uniform. I don't like the stripe down the pants. I wish it was bigger.

"And the horn, man, it's horrible. I just feel like they really took away from the Rams' uniform. And it looks almost like the Chargers' logo. It looks like two bananas!

"This is football. This ain't nothing to do with surfing. This ain't nothing to do with waves. This is football. This is a man's sport.

"And to me, it just looks soft. It don't look like football. It don't look hard."

Daniel Jones said he has spoken to Dallas Cowboys great Tony Romo as the New York Giants quarterback taps into Jason Garrett's offense.

Garrett is the Giants' offensive co-ordinator after his contract as head coach of NFC East rivals the Cowboys was not renewed at the end of the last NFL season.

The 54-year-old spent nine and a half seasons as Dallas coach, a spell in which he only recorded one losing season and won three division titles, but tasted victory in just two playoff games.

Romo played in Garrett's offense until 2016, earning four Pro Bowl selections, and Jones is leaning on the Cowboys' past for the Giants.

"I have [talked with Romo] a little bit, not a ton to be honest with you," Jones, who has become the Giants' undisputed starter following Eli Manning's retirement, said on Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "I'm sure I will as we get going."

The Giants (4-12) and the Cowboys (8-8) both missed out on the playoffs last season, finishing behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

Jones added: "I certainly did that, diving into some of the Cowboys stuff and what they had done in the past.

"The rules make it tough to communicate a whole lot about that stuff, so there's a little bit of patience involved in that until getting to a point where we could get the playbook and kind of understand some of the concepts and get some of the verbiage. But I did my best to be prepared for when I could get my hands on that stuff."

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is also set to lean on the Cowboys, turning to Dallas counterpart Ezekiel Elliott.

"I haven't contacted Zeke yet but it's something I do plan on doing," Barkley said. "But I kind of want to dissect and get the system down myself and then get to Zeke and see what he was doing here and what he was doing there.

"It's kind of like with anything. There [is] some basic stuff that you learn and some basics you have to be able to do, but at the end of the day there is some stuff you have to do as a football player to become great and use your creativity. And I will definitely use him to try to learn from him and see what he was able to do."

Florida followed in the footsteps of Arizona by announcing it is open to professional sports teams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Arizona governor Doug Ducey opened the door for sport to return to the state without fans on Saturday following the COVID-19 outbreak, which has wreaked havoc globally.

The NBA, NHL and MLS seasons have been postponed, while the start of the 2020 MLB campaign has been delayed.

But Florida's Ron DeSantis became the second governor to clear the way for sport to resume on Wednesday.

"All these professional sports are going to be welcomed in Florida," DeSantis said in a news conference midweek. "That may not be the case in every other state in this country, as we've seen.

"So what I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won't let them operate, we'll find a place for you here in the state of Florida. Because we think it's important and we know that it can be done safely."

The United States has been the hardest country hit, with more than 1.4 million confirmed cases and over 85,000 deaths.

Last week's UFC 249 event was held behind closed doors in Jacksonville, Florida, while WrestleMania 36 took place in Orlando.

"Our people are starved to have some of this back in their lives," DeSantis said Wednesday. "It's an important part of people's lives."

Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith has urged the franchise to avoid "playing chicken" in contract negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prescott is scheduled to play the 2020 season under the franchise tag which will pay him over $31million, with July 15 the deadline for a long-term deal to be reached.

Reports this week suggested Prescott could become the NFL's highest-paid player with terms worth $35m annually, though he was pushing for a four-year deal rather than five years.

The Cowboys swooped to sign veteran QB Andy Dalton when he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals this month but reiterated their desire to reach an agreement with Prescott.

Smith, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys, has faith a deal will get done despite the constant media speculation.

"As far as the players go, Dak is not worried whether or not he's going to get signed," Smith said on 105.3 The Fan.

"I'm not even concerned. I believe he will get it done and I believe the Cowboys will get it done. We don't have room to be playing games or playing chicken.

"It's important to press people that need something to talk about because you don't have much to talk about because we don't have camps and minicamps and so forth. 

"The business of leverage, when you have leverage then you try to set the rules and the only way you fight leverage is you fight it by establishing your ground. I think at some point this stuff will subside."

Smith's take came after another former Cowboys first-round pick, Marcus Spears, opined Prescott would be "crazy" not to sign a deal for the amounts reported, but suggested the saga was not normal.

"If they've offered Dak $35million a year and over $100million guaranteed and he's turning it down because of an extra year, Dak is crazy," Spears said to ESPN. 

"I've never known a guy to fight over a year if he's going to get $100million guaranteed, because, usually, all that matters to NFL players is, 'What am I getting going to my bank account?'.

"[But] I'm thinking something about the structure of this contract is giving Dak and his agent pause before signing."

Since the start of last season, the Cowboys have agreed big-money extensions with Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith and Demarcus Lawrence.

Spears added: "Out of every [QB] contract we've watched get done [on other teams] there was not this delay. There was not this many players being signed to the team before the quarterback.

"There was not a nine-year starter [Dalton] signed as a backup. We keep watching it like they'll go about normal business and get the deal done. All of this stuff, this ain't normal!"

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