The National Football League Players Association voted unanimously to request the cancellation of the 2020 preseason, sending a memo to NFL executive committee last Friday.  

It was announced on Thursday by the NFL that it planned to hold a preseason shortened from four games to two because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the players' union memo, the league held a conference call that night to discuss its rationale.  

The NFL said that it kept two preseason games to facilitate COVID-19 testing and to provide an abbreviated "acclimation period" for players to help prevent injury.  

Responding in its memo, the NFLPA wrote: "The NFL offered no medical justification that supports their decision to retain two preseason games, nor any medical justification for shortening the previously agreed acclimation period, which is medically recommended for avoidance of injuries during the season."

The league has yet to respond publicly to the players' request.  

The NFL regular season is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, September 10.  

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been rewarded for his sensational start in the NFL with a 10-year contract extension that will net him a fortune.

The 24-year-old reigning Super Bowl MVP will cash in for a reported $503million having landed the richest deal in NFL history.

But is he really worth the big bucks?

Data from Stats Perform points to Mahomes being a generational talent, whose performance over the early years of his career point the way to greatness.

Here is a look in numbers at how Mahomes compares to the best in the game.

1 - Mahomes has played just 31 games in the NFL but compared to all others at that stage he is a number one standout. In the all-time standings at the 31-game stage of careers, he leads the way in terms of touchdown passes (76), passing yards (9,412), passer rating for those with a minimum 500 attempted passes (108.9) and games where he has had four-plus touchdown passes (8).

2 - He ranks second at the 31-game stage in completed passes (724), touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.22) and games where he has passed for 300-plus yards (17).

110.0 - Across the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Mahomes had a passer rating of 110.0, with the only quarterbacks in any two-year span to post a higher mark from a minimum 750 attempts being Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

50 - Mahomes passed for 50 touchdowns in 2018, becoming just the third player to do so in a season, after Manning and Tom Brady.

12 - Mahomes also passed for 10 touchdowns and rushed for two TDs in last season's playoffs, with that total of 12 being the highest achieved by any player in an NFL postseason.

3 - He became the third youngest Super Bowl MVP (after Marcus Allen and Lynn Swann), and the youngest QB to take the award.

4 - When Mahomes hits a hot streak, the opposition had better be wary. He is the only player to have twice passed for four touchdowns in a single quarter, having become just the second to inflict such damage in a postseason game when he led the Chiefs to a stunning comeback win against the Houston Texans in last season's AFC divisional round.

32.0 - In the all-time list, Mahomes sits top for starting quarterbacks (minimum five starts) when it comes to team points per game. When Mahomes starts, the Chiefs have averaged 32 points, putting Mahomes ahead of Lamar Jackson (30.9), Bob Waterfield (29.4), Jimmy Garoppolo (28.8) and Brady (28.1).

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James congratulated Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes on his record-setting contract extension.

Mahomes will remain in Kansas City through the 2031 season after signing a mammoth new deal reportedly worth up to $503million, including $477m in guaranteed mechanisms.

The contract is the largest in North American professional sports history, surpassing the 12-year, $426.5m deal Mike Trout signed with MLB franchise the Los Angeles Angels in 2019. 

Mahomes – the 2018 NFL MVP – had two years remaining on the rookie contract he signed after being taken by Kansas City with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft. 

James, who has won three NBA championships and four MVP awards, used social media to congratulate the 24-year-old star.

"Congrats brother!!!! Let me borrow $5," James wrote in an Instagram story on Monday.

After sitting behind veteran Alex Smith as a rookie in 2017, Mahomes took the NFL by storm the following year in his first season as a starter.

The Texas Tech product threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a single season in league history, while leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and earning NFL MVP honours. He joined Peyton Manning (2013) as the only players with 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season.  

Mahomes followed up by leading the Chiefs to their first NFL championship in 50 years with a 31-20 come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February.

The 24-year-old threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as Kansas City scored 21 unanswered points to overturn a 20-10 deficit, and was selected as the youngest MVP in Super Bowl history. 

Mahomes, who is 24-7 as a starter in regular-season games and 4-1 in the postseason, currently owns league records for passer rating (108.9) and passing yards per game (302.4) among quarterbacks with at least 25 career starts.

The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed to a record-setting 10-year contract extension worth over $500million on Monday.  

The deal will keep Mahomes, arguably the NFL's brightest young star, in Kansas City through the 2031 season. According to Spotrac, the contract is the richest ever both in terms of total value and average annual salary at a reported $503m – including $477m in guaranteed mechanisms.

Going forward, the Chiefs' front office will be tasked with surrounding the reigning Super Bowl MVP and 2018 NFL MVP with cheaper talent as Mahomes' average salary skyrockets.

While some pundits have questioned the ability of teams to win Super Bowls with a quarterback on a massive contract, the torrid start to Mahomes' career indicates he may be the exception.  

When the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February, he became just the sixth quarterback in NFL history to be named league MVP, win a Super Bowl and be named Super Bowl MVP in a two-year span.  

All the other five quarterbacks to accomplish that feat – Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Kurt Warner – are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

Despite all that he has accomplished, Mahomes' career is still in its infancy with the former first-round pick set to turn 25 in his third full year as a starter in 2020.  

Mahomes' 9,412 passing yards, 76 touchdown passes and 108.9 passer rating are all the best in league history for a quarterback in his first 31 games. His 17 games of at least 300 passing yards are the second most through 31 games, trailing only Kurt Warner's 20.  

While Mahomes' numbers last season were not quite as gaudy as they were in his 50-touchdown 2018 campaign, an argument can be made that he improved in his second year as a full-time starter.  

The biggest concern teams had with him in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas Tech was his aggressiveness leading to too many turnovers. While his 50 touchdowns in 2018 more than made up for the 12 interceptions he threw, Mahomes cut his interception total to just five last season. His 2019 interception rate of just over 1.0 percent is among the 10 lowest ever in a season with at least 25 touchdown passes.  

While head coach Andy Reid's system has proven to be the perfect incubator for Mahomes early in his career, last season he showed the ability to be productive despite some attrition around him.  

The departure of Kareem Hunt left a rotating stable of running backs in 2019 with no top-level producer emerging as the leader. Injuries to Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins led to Mahomes working with a variety of unexperienced receivers throughout the year. 

Mahomes himself suffered an injury that cost him two games, yet the Chiefs still finished the regular season 12-4 with a division title.  

But perhaps no ability makes Mahomes more unique – or worthy of a record-breaking contract – than his ability to score in bunches.  

Three times since becoming the Chiefs' starter, Mahomes has thrown at least three touchdowns in a single quarter, more than any other NFL quarterback since 2018. On September 15 last season, Mahomes threw four scores in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders, the first time that had been done in nearly five years.  

Mahomes threw for the first postseason four-touchdown quarter since 1988 in last season's playoffs when he helped Kansas City turn a 24-0 deficit into a 51-31 blowout win over the Houston Texans.  

He went on to throw two touchdown passes and led the Chiefs to 21 straight points in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, giving Kansas City their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years.  

Fast-forward five months and Mahomes now has the richest contract in NFL history as his storybook career continues.  

Some will still argue that the price tag is too high – that history shows the Chiefs will struggle to field a balanced team around their superstar quarterback.  

But history has never seen a quarterback quite like Patrick Mahomes.  

The Kansas City Chiefs signed star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a record 10-year contract extension that will keep the reigning Super Bowl MVP under team control through the 2031 season. 

Financial terms were not disclosed, though NFL.com reported the mega-deal to be worth $503million and includes $477m in guarantee mechanisms.

The contract is the largest in North American professional sports history, surpassing the 12-year, $426.5m deal Mike Trout signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2019. 

Mahomes – the 2018 NFL MVP – had two years remaining on the rookie contract he signed after being taken by Kansas City with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft. 

"This is a significant moment for our franchise and for the Chiefs Kingdom," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a team statement. "Since he joined the Chiefs just a few years ago, Patrick has developed into one of the most prolific athletes in all of sports.

"With his dynamic play and infectious personality, he is one of the most recognised and beloved figures to put on the Chiefs uniform. 

"He's an extraordinary leader and a credit to the Kansas City community, and I'm delighted that he will be a member of the Chiefs for many years to come." 

After sitting behind veteran Alex Smith as a rookie in 2017, Mahomes took the NFL by storm the following year in his first season as a starter.

The Texas Tech product threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a single season in league history, while leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and earning NFL MVP honors. He joined Peyton Manning (2013) as the only players with 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in a season.  

Mahomes followed up by leading the Chiefs to their first NFL championship in 50 years with a 31-20 come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February.

The 24-year-old threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as Kansas City scored 21 unanswered points to overturn a 20-10 deficit, and was selected as the youngest MVP in Super Bowl history.  

"I've had the privilege of coaching a lot of incredible athletes and special people in my career, and Patrick is without question on that list of players," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. "The best part is he's still early in his career. 

"He makes us all better as an organization and we are blessed he's going to be our quarterback for years to come." 

Mahomes, who is 24-7 as a starter in regular-season games and 4-1 in the postseason, currently owns league records for passer rating (108.9) and passing yards per game (302.4) among quarterbacks with at least 25 career starts.  

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The contract will reportedly be the richest in NFL history and comes after Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title for 50 years last season.

Kansas City stormed back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers to prevail 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV, of which Mahomes was named MVP.

His heroics in Miami followed a 2018 campaign that saw Mahomes named league MVP in his first full season as Kansas City's starting quarterback.

Mahomes, whom the Chiefs traded up to select with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft, had two years remaining on his previous deal.

The extension means he is not scheduled to hit free agency until 2032, when he will be 35 years old.

Mahomes made his first start for the Chiefs in Week 17 of his rookie season, guiding Kansas City to victory over the Denver Broncos.

He was named starter for 2018 as Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins and subsequently threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns - and running for another two - as the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

His 2019 season appeared in jeopardy when Mahomes injured his knee against the Broncos in October but he returned after missing just two games with a patella dislocation and sealed his place in franchise folklore with a comeback that clinched the Chiefs' first Lombardi Trophy since 1969.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

David Njoku has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns, according to his agent.

The tight end, a first-round pick in 2017, is under contract with the AFC North club through the 2021 season after the Browns exercised their fifth-year option on his contract in April.

However, Njoku's agent Drew Rosenhaus says his client wants to continue his NFL career elsewhere.

"It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time," Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Njoku missed most of last season through injury but had 639 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

He has 93 catches, 1,066 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his three years in the league.

However, he may feel his path to more targets from quarterback Baker Mayfield became more difficult when the Browns signed Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to a four-year, $44million deal in free agency.

Cleveland then selected Harrison Bryant in the fourth round of the draft, though new head coach Kevin Stefanski is known to deploy multiple tight-end sets.

FedEx has asked the Washington Redskins to change their name.

The naming rights sponsor of the Redskins' home ground, FedExField, the corporation's move comes following investors' demands on sponsors, according to the Washington Post.

There has been ongoing controversy over the NFL team's name and the matter has again come into focus amid anti-racism protests in the United States.

The Redskins' name is considered a racial slur against Native Americans.

In a statement to NFL.com, FedEx said: "We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name."

The Redskins are preparing for the 2020 NFL season, having gone 3-13 last year.

Washington are without a playoff appearance since 2015.

Cam Newton said his contract with the New England Patriots is about respect and not money.

Newton will play for NFL powerhouse the Patriots in 2020 after signing a one-year deal following his Carolina Panthers release in March.

Former NFL MVP Newton's base salary this upcoming season will be worth just $1.05million, with $500,000 in guaranteed money.

If Newton reaches every incentive and per-game roster bonus, the 31-year-old quarterback could earn an additional $6.45m. 

Amid talk about his salary, Newton – who is set to help fill the void left by Tom Brady in New England – used social media to respond.

"It's not a lot of things MONEY cannot buy, BUT amongst the top of that list of things, you would find RESPECT as one of those!!" Newton wrote on Instagram hours after his contract details became public. 

"THIS IS NOT ABOUT MONEY FOR ME; it’s about RESPECT."

Newton spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Panthers after he was chosen first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft – throwing for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the 2015 NFL MVP after leading the Panthers to a 15-1 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos.

The Panthers made the playoffs in four of Newton's nine seasons with the team.

However, in recent years, Newton has been hindered by injuries.

Newton battled a shoulder injury in 2018, with a once-promising campaign derailed as the Panthers lost seven of their last eight games to finish 7-9.

He played only two games in 2019, losing both, with Lisfranc fracture forcing him to watch the rest of a 5-11 season from the sideline.

Kirk Cousins believes Cam Newton is in an ideal place to relaunch his career after agreeing to join the New England Patriots.

Newton has expressed his excitement after negotiating a one-year, $7.5million contract with Bill Belichick's team, who saw six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady leave in free agency.

Former NFL MVP Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers in March after nine seasons with the franchise, the end of his stay having been impacted by shoulder and foot injuries.

The 31-year-old quarterback faced an uncertain future as he remained unsigned through the start of free agency and the draft period until striking a deal with the Patriots this week.

Cousins is intrigued to see how the move plays out and thinks Belichick may surprise people with his plans for Newton and a QB room which also includes Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

"It was going to be fascinating regardless of who is there because of Tom leaving," Minnesota Vikings QB Cousins said to Inside the Huddle.

"But I'm excited to see how it works out with Cam or Brian Hoyer or whoever they play and how they mix them in.

"I know coach Belichick will have a plan and it may not be what everyone thinks.

"It will be interesting when you look at what coach Belichick has done bringing in players in a unique situation for many years.

"It's always seemed to work out. He rarely has a player who comes in who had success elsewhere and then comes in and struggles in New England so I would think it's a good situation for Cam.

"To go to an organisation that really has a plan, has a way to win and they can plug him in.

"And it's only a one-year contract so if it works out really well and they have a lot of success, Cam will be in a great position to see where his next step can be."

Green Bay Packers rookie quarterback Jordan Love has signed his first NFL contract with the NFC North franchise.

According to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Love has agreed terms on a four-year, fully guaranteed $12.38million deal with a $6.56million signing bonus.

The Packers pulled off a shock back in April's NFL Draft when they traded up four spots to acquire Utah State's Love.

Two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to the NFC Championship Game last season and remains under contract for the next four years.

However, by selecting Love, the Packers showed they are looking to the future, even if the rookie is unlikely to start for the next couple of seasons, barring an injury to 36-year-old Rodgers.

As well as getting Rodgers under contract, Green Bay also agreed to terms with running back AJ Dillon, their second-round pick in this year's draft.

Julian Edelman is ready for a new era in New England following the signing of Cam Newton, but Patriots legend Tom Brady was quick to remind him of their storied partnership.

Newton, the NFL MVP in 2015, could soon be the starting quarterback for the Patriots after reportedly inking a one-year deal with New England following his release by the Carolina Panthers in March.

Having battled shoulder and foot issues in his final two seasons with the Panthers, there is doubt as to whether he can recapture his best. 

However, if healthy, Newton will be regarded as the favourite to take the reins of the offense from Brady following his departure for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl titles, with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham having previously been seen as the presumptive 2020 starter.

Brady's rapport with wide receiver Edelman was crucial to three of New England's six championships, with the latter named MVP of their Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams at the end of the 2018 season.

In an Instagram post featuring a mocked-up image of Edelman celebrating with Newton in Patriots uniforms, the wideout expressed excitement at the former Panther's arrival.

Brady replied, writing: "I will always be your #1."

Given the success the two enjoyed together, Brady's claim may be correct, but he could soon have some competition if Newton returns to peak form in Foxborough.

Richard Sherman has labelled Cam Newton's reported contract with the New England Patriots "disgusting", as the 2015 NFL MVP is set to earn a maximum of only $7.5million.

Reports on Sunday claimed former Carolina Panthers quarterback Newton had agreed to terms on a one-year, incentive-laden contract with New England, a move the free agent appeared to confirm when he wrote "'#letsgoPats" in a message on his social media channels.

Prior to his MVP campaign in 2015, Newton signed a five-year extension worth $103.8m with $60m in guarantees, but his deal with the Pats is thought to max out at just $7.5m and could end up paying him the veteran minimum of $1.05m.

The 31-year-old has battled injuries in recent seasons but San Francisco 49ers cornerback Sherman is furious that a three-time Pro Bowler with an MVP campaign on his resume is being paid so little.

Quoting a post about Newton's deal with New England, Sherman wrote on Twitter: "How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) Just ridiculous.

"A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting."

Newton only played in half of Carolina's 32 regular-season games over the past two seasons due to shoulder and foot injuries.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will earn $35m in 2020 - the most at the position - while even $7.5m would still only put nine-year veteran Newton in the region of players on their rookie deals, like the New York Jets' Sam Darnold and the Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky.

Taysom Hill will earn $16m in New Orleans, even though Drew Brees is the Saints' starter at quarterback, while Jacoby Brissett, expected to be Philip Rivers' backup with the Indianapolis Colts, is set to bring home $15m.

Cam Newton "will be great" as the New England Patriots' quarterback, according to one of his former offensive coordinators.

The 2015 NFL MVP's wait to find a new team is seemingly over after the Patriots reportedly agreed terms on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with Newton on Sunday.

Newton, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, leading them to the playoffs on four occasions and to Super Bowl 50, where they were beaten by the Denver Broncos.

However, he has been troubled by shoulder and foot injuries in recent seasons and the Panthers decided to move on from Newton after the 2019 season as they look to rebuild under new head coach Matt Rhule.

Newton has now landed in New England, where he will be expected to succeed Tom Brady as their starting QB, and ex-Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner thinks it is a savvy move from Bill Belichick's franchise.

"I think it'll be really good for Cam," Turner told Sports Illustrated. "And I think it'll be good for the Patriots."

Belichick called Turner and asked for a reference on Newton, who he coached in Carolina in 2018 and 2019.

"My whole deal is, when Cam was healthy, and we were there with him [in 2018], we were 6–2," Turner added.

"Just look at the tape - played his ass off. His issue was more health than anything else, and from what I understand, I don't think these are health issues that he can't overcome.

"He's had the time off now. I think he'll be great."

Newton posted a message on his social media accounts outlining his excitement to play for one of the most successful NFL franchises in recent years.

"I'm excited as I don't know what right now," the 31-year-old wrote.

"All praise to God! Dropping content tomorrow!! I hope you're ready!! #letsgoPats"

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