The Cleveland Browns signed offensive tackle and first-round draft pick Jedrick Wills Jr. to his four-year fully guaranteed rookie contract.  

Wills' deal is believed to be worth $19.7million and includes a reported $11.889m signing bonus. 

Selected 10th overall in this year's NFL Draft, Wills played right tackle at Alabama and yielded just one sack in 29 starts.

He protected left-handed Tua Tagovailoa's blindside in college but is expected to step in and start at left tackle in the NFL. 

Wills is the third top-10 pick to sign his NFL contract, along with Miami Dolphins quarterback Tagovailoa and Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Derrick Brown, the seventh overall selection.

 

Patrick Mahomes said a balance between his long-term security and the flexibility to keep great team-mates around him was behind his 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs announced on Monday that they had signed quarterback Mahomes to an extension worth up to $503million, the richest contract in sports history.

It comes after a remarkable start to Mahomes' career in the NFL, which saw him win the league MVP award in 2018 and named Super Bowl MVP last season as the Chiefs fought back to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.

Despite the eye-watering numbers, the contract does not destroy the Chiefs in terms of the salary cap.

Mahomes, who had two years left on his rookie contract, will be tied to the Chiefs for the next 12 seasons but will count just $5.3million against the cap in 2020 and $24.8m in 2021.

It is not until the final five years of his deal that the most exorbitant cap hits will take effect, and it is his Chiefs team-mates who stand to benefit. 

The relatively light price the Chiefs will pay for Mahomes in the short term could allow them to sign franchise-tagged defensive tackle Chris Jones to a long-term deal, while safety Tyrann Mathieu, tight end Travis Kelce and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz are all candidates for extensions.

"I went in there with an open mind," Mahomes told a news conference of the negotiations. 

"I wanted to keep great players around me and reward them for being great players. When the concept came to me I loved the idea, we were able to do it the right way.

"Having Brett Veach, a young general manager who's done a great job of putting great players around me was a boost of confidence of signing this long-term extension.

"Having a 10-year contract, I just wanted to have the security of knowing I'm going to be a Kansas City Chief for a long time and at the same time we did a good job of having enough money to pay the guys around me.

"We're going to be a good football team for a long time."

The Philadelphia Eagles have condemned an anti-Semitic Instagram post made by wide receiver DeSean Jackson, calling it "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling." 

Jackson posted a photo of a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler on the social media platform on Monday.

The veteran receiver also posted quotations from Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who has made anti-Semitic comments in the past.

The NFL released its own statement, calling the posts "highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive."

After receiving some backlash over the posts, Jackson re-posted the photo with a new caption.  

"Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way," Jackson wrote. "I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!! Equality equality."

Jackson made the posts to his Instagram story, which keeps the photo active for 24 hours. It has since expired. 

"We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts," the Eagles said in a statement on Tuesday. "Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling.  

"They have no place in our society and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organisation."

Neither the NFL nor the team has issued any kind of punishment to Jackson for the posts, but the Eagles said that they are still evaluating the situation and "will take appropriate action."

"We are disappointed, and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologising but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality and respect." 

Just after the team released their statement, Jackson posted an apology video to his Instagram account.  

"I never want to put any race down or put any people down. My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community," Jackson said. "What I posted – I definitely didn't mean it to the extent that you guys took it, and I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm very apologetic. 

"I probably should have never posted anything that Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person; I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans."

Joe Banner, the Eagles' team president from 1995-2012, has made numerous posts on Twitter condemning Jackson's message and debating with those who are defending Jackson.  

In one tweet, Banner called Jackson's post "absolutely indefensible" and said it would be "totally appropriate" for the team to consider cutting Jackson.  

"Either hate is wrong no matter who it's directed at or it isn't," Banner said in another tweet. "Quoting Farrakhan and Hitler is not a good start. 

"Hate needs to be wrong no matter who it is directed at, especially when based on lies."

Jackson played his first six NFL seasons with the Eagles before stints with the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He re-joined the Eagles last season but was limited to just three games due to a core muscle injury that required surgery.

Patrick Mahomes has signed a sensational 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The quarterback agreed a deal reportedly worth $503million with the Super Bowl champions, with $477m in guaranteed mechanisms, keeping him tied to the franchise through the 2031 season, when he will be 35.

The NFL MVP in 2018 and Super Bowl MVP in 2019, Mahomes was always expected to reset the QB market when he signed a new deal this offseason.

But for him to sign the richest contract in North American professional sports history on such a long contract was a huge development.

While it will likely see him sit top of the league's salary chart for many years to come, his new deal would have been music to the ears for some of the other QBs nearing a negotiating window.

Here, we look at those who also could be in line for a huge payday.
 

Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans

The man drafted just two spots below Mahomes at number 12 in 2017, Deshaun Watson, has ended years of quarterback woe in Houston.

Two consecutive AFC South crowns and a first playoff win last year have highlighted his credentials, with Mahomes and the Chiefs ultimately stopping the Texans in the divisional round in 2019.

Mahomes is second all time for yards-per-attempt among quarterbacks with at least 1,000 attempts and Watson is an impressive fifth on that list, averaging over eight YPA.

Dual threat Watson has 71 touchdowns to 29 interceptions in 38 career games, plus 1,233 yards and a further 14 scores on the ground.

The Texans are desperate to retain him and Mahomes' deal means the price-tag just went up, although the loss of number one target DeAndre Hopkins means the new season may prove to be more challenging.


Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott is in the midst of a long contract negotiation with the Dallas Cowboys which dates back to last year.

He has signed the franchise tag which is due to see him play the 2020 season on a one-year pact worth $31m, unless a long-term deal can be struck before the deadline. 

Prescott enjoyed a superb statistical season in 2019, throwing for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns to just 11 picks.

The 26-year-old will be eyeing similar production this year after the team retained wide receiver Amari Cooper and added CeeDee Lamb to the mix.

But whether he deserves top-tier QB money is a subject that divides opinion, as the Cowboys have only won one playoff game since he was drafted in 2016, while his career record in games decided by three points or fewer is just 7-7.
 

Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens

One player who may be on a similar trajectory to Mahomes is Lamar Jackson, who has been revolutionising the QB position with his rushing ability.

He won the NFL MVP in 2019, rushing for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns and just six picks through the air as part of an offense that is tailored to his strengths.

Having only played two seasons, he still is one year away from being eligible to receive a contract extension on his rookie deal.

After the Baltimore Ravens were shocked by the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs, Jackson will be aiming to follow the path of Mahomes in winning the Super Bowl the year after being named MVP.

If he does that, a life-changing deal surely awaits, though the standard he set last year will be very hard to repeat.
 

Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield was picked atop the same 2018 draft that saw the Ravens get incredible value to land Jackson at number 32.

The Cleveland Browns QB faces a huge third season in the NFL, one which will determine whether or not he will be seen as the franchise's future.

An excellent rookie season saw him earn a 93.7 QB rating, prompting the Browns to surround him with talent including receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry, plus Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb.

But a sophomore slump saw him throw 21 picks as the team failed to live up to high expectations, slumping to 6-10, with Mayfield's QB rating dropping to 78.8.

In response, the Browns fired their head coach, bolstered a poor offensive line and assembled another impressive array of weapons around him for 2020.

Mayfield therefore has the opportunity to bounce back and earn a big contract, but if he does not produce, there will be fewer excuses available this time around.

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.

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