Colin Kaepernick is not scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Chargers but remains a possibility in a "constantly changing world", according to general manager Tom Telesco. 

Speaking last month, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Kaepernick fits the team's style of play and, while the franchise are happy with their options of Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick, the former San Francisco 49er is on a workout list. 

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he opted to kneel for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. 

He was involved in a workout for teams in November last year and his cause received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25. 

Telesco, speaking on a Zoom call with reporters, said the Chargers have no need to look for a new quarterback – as it stands right now. 

"No update, we're very comfortable with the quarterbacks we have right now," Telesco said.  

"If something changes at some point down the road, yeah, we would look at him and treat him no differently than any other free agent quarterback that's available.  

"But workouts for us are needs based, the need is not there right now. As you can see, this is a constantly changing world right now, so you always leave everything open.  

"Right now, we're happy with the three guys we have." 

Telesco added he is confident about the NFL season going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic despite complications other team sports in the United States have faced. 

"The protocols we're following, the distancing, I felt really good. People holding each other accountable, it's a lot of change for us but we felt really good about it," he told the media.

"Then you wake up in the morning and I saw that the Miami Marlins had a lot of players test positive and a couple of coaches. 

"The head trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, he tested positive, the Rockets CEO, I know how well they do things there. We're all under the same protocol. That's reality.  

"The reality hits hard that you just cannot let your guard down at any point, any time, it's going to be 24/7 that we're fighting this.  

"I will say that Anthony and I, we feel a real responsibility to keep everybody here safe. Players, coaches and a very large support staff of people.  

"What we've done so far, all the planning that's gone into this so far for us has been very efficient and we're going to keep working through it every day." 

Tom Brady is "way ahead of the curve" in getting to grips with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 

The veteran quarterback is in the peculiar position of learning a new playbook and adapting to fresh surroundings, all during a global health pandemic. 

Still, Arians revealed Brady has wasted little time in becoming accustomed to the team's system ahead of the 2020 NFL season. 

"I think he's way ahead of the curve. I mean he's really a bright guy and terminology was the big thing," Arians told reporters via Zoom.  

"As we now get together, we'll start to collaborate a little bit more. So yeah, I think he's in a great spot as far as that goes." 

Brady, 42, is embarking on a new challenge after 20 golden years with the New England Patriots which included winning six Super Bowls. 

In teaming up with Arians in Tampa Bay, Brady is playing for a coach whose "no risk it, no biscuit" aggressive offense is at odds with Bill Belichick's more calculating style at the Pats. 

Arians concedes there is work to be done, but insists it is not a case of ripping up plans and starting again simply to accommodate Brady.

"I think that's the big thing. Again, it's a dual thing, him learning what we do and me learning what he likes," Arians added.  

"We'll meet in the middle and also do lots of different things. But I'm not going to ask the other 21 players to learn something new when they've already had a good year and good experiences in the offense.  

"I would have liked to add a couple of pre-season games, but it didn't work out that way." 

Arians believes the addition of Brady will see confidence filter throughout the team. 

"When he walks into a huddle, it's different. This guy has got six rings. He knows what he's doing," Arians said.  

"There's going to be a ton of confidence in him, not only on offense. Our defense is going to feel the same way." 

Arians is a cancer survivor - he once quit coaching on health grounds - and is considered among the vulnerable category in the United States due to the threat of coronavirus. 

But the 67-year-old is happy with the measures put in place by the NFL during these unprecedented times. 

"There was never a doubt I was going to coach, especially once I'd seen the protocols in place," he added. 

"Whether it was Tom or whoever the quarterback would be, I'm going to get excited.  

"I really like our club and hope - knock on wood - we can stay healthy and do the things we want to do. Having Tom adds to the excitement, obviously, but I would have been all in either way." 

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is really hopeful the NFL franchise can figure out an extension for star tight end George Kittle despite salary-cap complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kittle is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of 2020 season and is seeking to reset the market at the tight end position.

The 2017 fifth-round pick has done more than enough to earn a lucrative extension. A 2019 first-team All-Pro, Kittle has posted successive 1,000-yard campaigns, setting the record for receiving yards in a single season by a tight end in 2018 with 1,377.

An agreement between the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) saw the salary cap floor for 2021 set at $175million – around $40m lower than what had been expected prior to the pandemic – as the league prepares for the financial hit it will likely take as a result of teams having to play games without fans.

Lynch acknowledged that change had made Kittle's extension more difficult, telling KNBR: "That's a big adjustment. But we were waiting for some of that [information] to guide us in how we structure a deal.

"Now we have the information. It continues to come in. So we've traded ideas and we're really hopeful.

"I knew it might be tricky because of the position he plays and things of that nature, finding the right number.

"I think people should be encouraged. We have had tremendous talks — I don't want to say progress — but talks with [Kittle's agent, Jack Bechta]. And we work real well together.

"We've traded ideas and things and we're really hopeful. We're going to work extremely hard. George is such a great fit for what we do. He’s a tremendous player.

"I'm sitting here looking at the vision statement for what we want in a player, and George checks every box.

"He's tremendous. He's what we want to be. I think it would be silly not to figure that out. And we're going to do just that."

Adam Gase cited Jamal Adams' reluctance to remain a part of the New York Jets as one of the reasons behind his blockbuster trade to the Seattle Seahawks.

All-Pro safety Adams was shipped to the Seahawks on Saturday in a move which cost Seattle two first-round picks and defensive back Bradley McDougald.

While the haul the Jets recouped was significant, they gave away their best player of the past decade, and one who was under contract for at least the next two seasons.

However, Adams' relationship with the Jets had been strained ever since his name did the rounds in trade rumours midway through the 2019 campaign, and he publicly took shots at both Gase and general manager Joe Douglas just a day before the move was announced.

Upon learning he had been dealt, Adams - who had requested a trade from the Jets this offseason having been frustrated at a lack of progress on contract talks - filmed himself smoking a cigar and Gase suggested his desire to leave was a motivating factor behind his departure.

"Every situation is different with every player. For us, we look at it as we want guys who want to be here," Gase told reporters on a conference call.

"Obviously he didn't want to be here anymore so the decision was made to move on.

"It's a team game. We've got a bunch of guys that are excited to get going and those are the guys that I'm going to focus on. I'm extremely fired up to get this roster that Joe D and our personnel guys did a great job of assembling this offseason.

"From the conversations I've had with a lot of guys, they're extremely excited to get this thing rolling."

Adams had suggested Gase, who led the Jets to a 7-9 record in his first year as head coach in 2019, was not "the right leader" for a franchise with a recent history of repeated woe.

Yet the Jets head coach elected not to bite back at Adams on Tuesday.

"We wish him nothing but the best," Gase added.

"He was an incredible talent that I feel lucky enough to be around for that year. The whole situation ends up being a win-win for both sides."

Joe Burrow has agreed to terms on a four-year, $36million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to reports.

The Bengals later tweeted a gif of the quarterback dancing, appearing to confirm the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was now under contract.

Burrow's deal is believed to include a $23.9million signing bonus and he is the last of the top five picks from this year's draft to agree a rookie contract with the franchise that selected them.

The Bengals drafted Burrow with the first overall pick back in April and they will hope the former LSU QB can turn around their fortunes, with the franchise having not won a playoff game in three decades.

Burrow won the Heisman Trophy last season having led LSU to a national title, breaking numerous records along the way, including throwing 60 touchdowns - an all-time leading mark in the NCAA.

Patrick Mahomes has invested an undisclosed amount of his fortune to join the Kansas City Royals ownership group.

The Royals on Tuesday announced that the superstar Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has acquired a stake in the MLB franchise.

Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, this month signed a record 10-year contract extension with the reigning Super Bowl champions worth a reported $503million, the richest in sporting history.

The 24-year-old, MVP in the Chiefs' Super Bowl triumph over the San Francisco 49ers in February, was a talented baseball player before he opted for an NFL career.

His father, Pat Mahomes, was an MLB pitcher for 11 seasons, counting the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox among his employers.

Mahomes said of his latest venture: "I'm honoured to become a part-owner of the Kansas City Royals.

"I love this city and the people of this great town. This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is something I'm excited to do."

Go @Royals!! #AlwaysRoyal

— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 28, 2020

Royals chairman, chief executive and principal owner John Sherman said of Mahomes: "He's proven himself to be one of the top professional athletes and competitors anywhere, and he's built a championship culture.

"He loves football, but he also grew up loving the game of baseball. We look forward to many years of a winning partnership."

Sherman added: "We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise.

"Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become an extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field."

The New England Patriots have seen their number of opt-outs from the 2020 season rise to six after Patrick Chung reportedly joined Dont'a Hightower in electing not to play.

Linebacker Hightower, a two-time Pro Bowler and a key member of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams, confirmed to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he would opt out.

Hightower, whose fiancee gave birth to their first child on July 16 and whose mother has type 2 diabetes, said: "Me and my fiancee are just more concerned with the health of our family than football, especially the new addition to our family."

Safety Chung, who has also won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, has come to the same decision as Hightower, according to ESPN.

Their 2020 contracts will toll and they will be paid a salary advance of $150,000.

Hightower was due to earn a base salary of $8million while Chung was set to earn $1.1m.

The withdrawals of the defenders follow those of Patriots team-mates Marcus Cannon, Danny Vitale, Najee Toran, and Brandon Bolden.

NFL preseason games in 2020 have been cancelled, commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a letter to fans.

The preseason was called off amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the regular season due to begin on September 10.

In the letter, Goodell said this season would be unlike any other due to coronavirus.

"COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception," he wrote.

"Every step of the way, our focus has been on the safety of players, coaches, personnel, fans and our communities. Our planning has followed the lead of medical experts and public health officials, including the CDC, the White House Task Force, governors and state health officials.

"As we have developed our 2020 playbook for the return of football, safety continues to be our first priority; that commitment will remain paramount as players return to the field.

"The NFL in 2020 will not look like other years. Players and coaches will be tested for the virus regularly, including every day for a while. Preseason games have been cancelled. Everyone in the team environment must follow rigorous health and safety protocols to keep themselves and each other safe.

"When there is a positive test, strict regulations will be enforced to isolate and care for that individual and to contain the virus before it spreads. Even the sideline will look different.

"And, state and local health guidelines will help determine whether fans will attend the games. These adjustments are necessary to reduce the risk for everyone involved.

"Thanks to the collaboration of the players and a lot of hard work from our clubs, especially their medical and training staffs, our plans are in place for the 2020 season."

There have been more than 16 million confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, with the death toll exceeding 655,000.

The United States has seen more than 150,000 deaths.

New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees has donated $5million to build healthcare centres in Louisiana.

Brees, 41, and wife, Brittany, also donated $5m in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The quarterback announced his latest donation via social media on Monday.

"COVID-19 is changing nearly everything, from the way that we work, to how our kids learn, to the way we play football," Brees said in a video posted on Instagram.

"As we work through one of the greatest challenges of our lifetimes, our health and wellness has never been more important.

"The Brees Dream Foundation is proud to commit $5million to support healthcare in Louisiana. In partnership with Ochsner Health, we'll create community health centres in underserved communities throughout the great state of Louisiana.

"These health centres will offer primary and specialty care to communities who need it most and promote health equity for all."

The New Orleans Saints are due to begin their NFL season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 13.

The Minnesota Vikings have placed rookie first-round pick Justin Jefferson on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Vikings confirmed on Monday they had played four players on the list, with their number 22 overall selection among them.

Wide receiver Jefferson racked up over 1,500 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on 111 receptions for LSU as they won the National Championship in 2019.

The new reserve list category is for players who have either tested positive for coronavirus or come into close contact with an infected individual.

Brake Brandel, Brian Cole II and Tyler Higby were the other Minnesota players designated to the list on Monday.

Earlier, the Vikings revealed trainer Eric Sugarman had returned a positive test for COVID-19.

The San Francisco 49ers have finalised a new deal with running back Raheem Mostert, his agent has confirmed.

Mostert's representative, Brett Tessler, this month revealed his client had requested a trade after "months of unproductive talks" about adjusting his contract.

However, the impasse between the two sides has now ended.

Tessler wrote on Twitter: "Just finalised a new deal for Raheem Mostert with the San Francisco 49ers. Happy we got things worked out and looking forward to him having another great season there. Thanks to the organisation for taking care of him."

Mostert had failed to stick with six different NFL teams before finding a home with the 49ers in 2016.

He enjoyed a stunning second half of the 2019 season as the 49ers reached Super Bowl LIV, where they lost 31-20 after a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback by the Kansas City Chiefs.

No running back in the NFL averaged more than Mostert's 5.6 yards per carry in 2019. 

In the 49ers' NFC Championship game win over the Green Bay Packers, Mostert ran for a franchise-record 220 yards and four touchdowns.

Mostert signed a three-year deal with the 49ers in 2019 and was due to earn $2.875million in 2020.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the reworked deal includes achievable incentives and a signing bonus that mean he can double that salary.

Patrick Mahomes welcomed his Kansas City Chiefs team-mates' ambition to create a dynasty and win more Super Bowls than Michael Jordan has NBA rings.

The Chiefs are preparing to mount a title defence in the 2020 NFL season after beating the San Francisco 49ers in February's Super Bowl LIV.

Mahomes' colleagues are certainly in confident mood as they look ahead to the new campaign, with defensive tackle Chris Jones and wide receiver Tyreek Hill making big predictions.

Jones spoke of finishing his career with at least five championships in Kansas City, an estimate Hill considered slightly too modest.

Hill told ESPN: "Why say five? Why not go seven rings? Right now we're just chasing Jordan, so that's what we do. So I'm going over five, and I'm saying seven."

Mahomes was asked about these comments on Saturday after he returned to the Chiefs facility, but he insisted Jones and Hill were not getting carried away and were instead well aware of the work required in years to come.

"You love the guys having the goals," the quarterback told reporters.

"They want to be in Kansas City for a long time and they want to win championships and they don't want to be average. They want to be great every single year.

"But I think you know these guys and how they talk, and other than these quotes, they're talking about the day-to-day process, they're talking about how hard it is to be on the top, to get to the Super Bowl.

"If you look at our season last season, we had a lot of adversity, a lot of ups and downs throughout the season and in the playoffs.

"I think the guys have that mindset that they have those long-term goals but they know that they're going to have to go out there every single day and prove that.

"They're going to have to go out there with the mindset to be great every single day. And if they go through that process every single day, they'll never have any regrets at the end of their career."

Any further Kansas City success will surely depend on the continued form and fitness of Mahomes, a former MVP and the Super Bowl LIV MVP.

He added of his condition: "I'm in great shape. I'm in probably the best shape I've ever come into camp at actually.

"I think conditioning wise and health wise, I'm in a great spot. But it's about getting those reps."

Patrick Mahomes is ready to return after NFL protocol eased his concerns surrounding coronavirus, although he respects Kansas City Chiefs team-mate Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's decision to opt out.

Mahomes has returned to the Chiefs facility in preparation for the 2020 season after the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) approved plans for the year.

The Kansas City quarterback, who led his team to Super Bowl glory in February, is now eager to get going.

"My feeling is I'm ready to get back after it. That's the biggest thing," Mahomes told reporters. "Once you hit this first day, it's all starting all over again.

"It's been a different offseason - obviously starting with the Super Bowl win and being on a high level and then dealing with a pandemic and other movements that have gone on throughout our nation.

"You've tried to keep your head on straight and deal with it in the best way possible for you and the community around you.

"Now I'm glad to be back in the facility, back with the guys that are my team-mates, guys where we built this culture together. Now it's about restarting the process and doing it over again.

"We understand that's going to be hard, it's going to be every day a day-to-day process, but we're going to go out there with the mindset of being the best team that we can be every single day."

Mahomes acknowledged he did have some fears about returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but he is happy with the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.

"I was a little concerned. You'd be lying to say you had no concern," he said.

"At the same time, as I've been throughout the facility and seen all the protocols, all the safety things that have been put forth, it's made me feel even better than I thought coming in, knowing how much the NFL and the NFLPA has really put in to make sure we can be as safe as we possibly can be.

"That's kind of put my mind at ease, knowing I'm going to be in the best possible situation given the time to be as safe and healthy as possible."

Chiefs guard Duvernay-Tardif -  the only active NFL player with a medical doctorate - will not be joining Mahomes, however, after announcing his decision to opt out on Friday.

Mahomes said: "I think it surprises anyone, but at the same time, you respect his decision.

"He's the guy that's been on those frontlines, working with the people that are suffering from COVID day to day, putting in all that time and all that work.

"He understands it and his decision was he wanted to stay there, he wanted to keep helping in that capacity.

"And I know it's difficult for him, but you respect the decision to put his thoughts aside and do what he thought was best to help out his community and the world as he sees it."

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