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."

Mike Glennon has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars to back up starting quarterback Gardner Minshew.

Prior to the move, the Jaguars were lacking experience at the game's most important position.

The other options behind second-year pro Minshew are Josh Dobbs, who is yet to start an NFL game, and this year's sixth-round draft pick Jake Luton.

"Mike is entering his eighth season in the NFL and will bring vital experience into our quarterback room and make us a better football team," head coach Doug Marrone said after the move was announced on Friday.

"We want to be as strong as possible at every position. We expect Mike to come in and work hard, compete every day and help our team win."

Free agent Cam Newton has been among the veteran QBs linked with Jacksonville but the arrival of Glennon suggests Minshew remains safe as the starter.

Glennon, 30, started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him in 2013, and he has since represented the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders.

His last start came for the Bears in the 2017 season, when he played four games after signing a lucrative three-year, $45million contract, only to be promptly benched in favour of Mitchell Trubisky.

Glennon appeared in two games for the Raiders last season as backup to Derek Carr.

The Jaguars traded away Nick Foles, who will compete with Trubisky for the Bears starting job in 2020, earlier in the offseason.

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell expects Leonard Fournette to be a key part of the team's offense in 2020, even though they tried to trade him recently.

The Jaguars have not picked up Fournette's fifth-year option, meaning he will be a free agent after the upcoming campaign, yet Jacksonville had hoped to part ways sooner having shopped the running back around the draft.

However, having failed to find a willing trade partner, Fournette will return to Jacksonville, where he is due to earn $4.1million in guaranteed money next season.

"There were just some minor [trade] discussions with that but nothing substantial throughout the draft or prior to the draft," Caldwell told PFT's podcast.

"I think the mindset is that we're going to go forward with Leonard on the team. I had a good talk with him on Friday. I know coach [Doug] Marrone has had some discussion with him.

"He seems to be in great shape and mental frame of mind, and we feel that he'll have a great season this year."

In the latest indication that Leonard Fournette's time with the Jacksonville Jaguars is nearing an end, the team reportedly declined to pick up the fifth-year option in the running back's rookie contract.

Fournette, the fourth overall selection in the 2017 draft, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make $4.17million in 2020.

With his option declined, as per NFL Network, Fournette will become an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2020-21 league year.

The Jaguars reportedly attempted to trade Fournette over the past month and the organisation had discussions with Tampa Bay and Miami, but were unable to complete a deal.

After a disappointing 2018 during which he played in only eight games and ran for 439 yards, Fournette rebounded with a career season in 2019.

He rushed for 1,152 yards and had a team-best 76 receptions in 15 games while totaling 1,674 yards from scrimmage to rank sixth in the NFL.

The San Francisco 49ers were the most prominent team on the third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft but not for their draft choices.  

The 49ers executed three trades on Saturday, highlighted by the acquisition of disgruntled left tackle and seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, giving up a fifth-round pick this season and a third-round selection in 2021.

Williams will take the place of Joe Staley, who announced his retirement after a 13-year career in San Francisco that included six Pro Bowls.  

The 49ers also traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick and sent wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles while swapping picks in the sixth round.   

The Eagles entered the draft on a mission to improve a receiving corps that was historically impotent last season. In addition to trading for Goodwin, Philadelphia spent first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks on wide receivers, including Boise State's John Hightower and Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins on Saturday.   

Quarterback selections played a prominent role again as the Indianapolis Colts used their fourth-round pick – 122nd overall – on Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.

The 6-foot-6 signal-caller began his career at Georgia but transferred to his home state of Washington and may be Indianapolis' quarterback of the future.   

The player who replaced Eason at Georgia, Jake Fromm, had to wait until the 22nd pick of the fifth round to hear his name called by the Buffalo Bills.    

The New York Jets selected a quarterback in the fourth round, grabbing Florida International's James Morgan, and Oregon State's Jake Luton, another 6-foot-6 quarterback, fell to the sixth round and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Four more quarterbacks were taken in the seventh round, but one team that did not select a QB all weekend was the New England Patriots.   

Despite the departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Patriots passed on adding a rookie at the position, leaving journeyman Brian Hoyer and second-year Auburn product Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterbacks on the New England roster.   

The Patriots, however, did draft a replacement for a franchise legend in the fifth round by selecting Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who will take the place of franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski.   

The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule used all seven of their picks on defensive players, tying the 1985 Cleveland Browns for most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.  

National champion LSU had the most players selected with 14, tied with Ohio State in 2004 for the most by any single school in a seven-round draft. 

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft returned some normalcy to the sports world, even if commissioner Roger Goodell's basement does not quite exude the same glitz as the Las Vegas Strip. 

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the draft to be held remotely with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts isolated in their homes instead of inside team complexes, the virtual draft ran smoothly – and without much drama early on Thursday.

In what has been widely expected for weeks, and possibly months, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.

Burrow led LSU to the national title last season, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-single season record 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions. 

The second pick also went exactly like how many draft experts had predicted for weeks, with the Washington Redskins drafting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. 

Young led the FBS with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019, and was regarded to be the most talented player in the draft class – even ahead of Burrow. 

If not for Burrow's incredible 2019 season and because of Tua Tagovailoa's injury concerns, the latter may have challenged for the top spot in the 2020 draft. 

Tagovailoa became the second quarterback off the board when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth pick.

One pick after Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon QB Justin Herbert – just the third time since the 1970 merger three quarterbacks were chosen in the top six picks. 

Three teams that had selected quarterbacks in the first round of the last two drafts, used the 2020 draft to beef up their offensive lines to protect their young, franchise QBs. 

The New York Giants (Daniel Jones at six in 2019) picked Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas at fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield at one in 2018) selected Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick, and the New York Jets (Sam Darnold third in 2018) used the next pick to select Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. 

After this run on tackles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took part in the first trade of the draft to insure their new – and aging – quarterback would also stay upright. They moved up one spot in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 13 to shore up the offensive line in front of Tom Brady. 

The next trade came 10 picks later as Brady's old team, New England Patriots, dealt pick 23 to the Chargers – who selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The Patriots received a second and third-round pick from the Chargers and now have five of the first 100 picks of the 2020 draft and 13 overall. 

While it is possible New England could use one of those picks to draft Brady's replacement, the Green Bay Packers have chosen the heir apparent to 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers, trading up from 30th to 26th to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

The opening round concluded with the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs selecting the first running back to bookend the first round with LSU picks, taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire – the 14th player drafted out of the SEC. 

Wide receiver is considered to be the deepest position in the draft, and six went in the first round – but none until 12, when Alabama's Henry Ruggs III became the first player ever selected by the Raiders in their new home of Las Vegas. 

While Las Vegas was not able to host the draft festivities this year, Goodell announced that the city has been awarded the 2022 draft, with the commissioner saying, "We think you deserve another shot".

 

First round selections:

1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
3. Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions)
4. Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
5. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
6. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
7. Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers)
8. Isaiah Simmons (Arizona Cardinals)
9. CJ Henderson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
10. Jedrick Wills Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
11. Mekhi Becton (New York Jets)
12. Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders)
13. Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers)
15. Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
16. A.J. Terrell (Atlanta Falcons)
17. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Austin Jackson (Miami Dolphins)
19. Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)
20. K'Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
21. Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles)
22. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
23. Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)
24. Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
25. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
26. Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
27. Jordyn Brooks (Seattle Seahawks)
28. Patrick Queen (Baltimore Ravens)
29. Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee Titans)
30. Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins)
31. Jeff Gladney (Minnesota Vikings)
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs)

The Jacksonville Jaguars have parted ways with Marqise Lee, releasing the oft-injured wide receiver on Monday.

The 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft, Lee agreed to a four-year contract with $16.5million guaranteed in March of 2018 with the Jaguars, but caught just three passes in the two seasons since signing that deal.

He missed all of the 2018 season because of a torn ACL, MCL and PCL in his left knee and appeared in six games last season before landing on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury.

Lee had his best season in 2016, finishing with career highs of 63 receptions for 851 yards, along with three touchdowns. He followed that up with a solid 2017, leading the Jaguars with 56 catches for 702 yards and three touchdown receptions leading to his contract extension.

By waiving the 28-year-old Lee, the Jaguars save $5.25m, but also absorb $3.5 million in dead money. 

Yannick Ngakoue's frustration at not yet being traded from Jacksonville resulted in a Twitter spat with Jaguars senior vice president Tony Khan on Monday.

Speaking ahead of the start of free agency last month, defensive end Ngakoue publicly stated he had no intention of signing a new long-term contract with the Jags.

However, the team placed the franchise tag on the pass rusher anyway, giving them a stronger hand in potential trade negotiations.

Ngakoue, who has 37.5 sacks across his first four NFL seasons, would stand to make $17.8million on the franchise tag in 2020 but his displeasure at remaining in Jacksonville was obvious in a flurry of tweets posted at the start of draft week.

Having already tweeted "#FREEYANN", Ngakoue wrote: "Tired of the back and forth @Jaguars. Let's get this s*** done."

He then turned his attention to Khan, son of Jaguars owner Shad Khan, and the team's senior vice president for football administration and technology, by tweeting at him "stop hiding".

Khan swiftly replied: "I'm not in hiding sir, I'm in isolation getting ready for the draft.

"I've been pretty active on social media in isolation, but you wouldn't know that since you unfollowed me (again)."

Ngakoue hit back with a tweet sent to Khan that he finished with a clown emoji.

"Since your [sic] feeling might[y] today let's both let the world in on the truth," he said to Khan.

"We been had a discussion that the chargers game was my last game. Yet you try to back door the situation without answering any of my camps calls.

"Smh [shaking my head] you spoiled bra.. holding up people for no reason."

In his next response, Khan wrote: "Tweeting insults at me won't get you traded any faster. Only good trade compensation will do that."

Then, after Ngakoue told him "trade me. I don't need the speech", Khan fired back: "I'm sure you're really driving up the price today".

A report on NFL.com on Monday stated the Jags, who are also reportedly keen on dealing running back Leonard Fournette as they look to rebuild, were yet to receive any offers for Ngakoue ahead of the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had discussions with multiple teams about trading running back Leonard Fournette, ESPN reported on Saturday.

The news comes just days before Thursday's NFL Draft, and the Jaguars would likely prefer to make a deal soon and receive some draft capital in return for Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Jacksonville already have 12 total selections in the upcoming draft, including an extra first-round pick from trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams.

Fournette is entering the fourth season of his rookie contract and is due $4.16million in base salary for the upcoming campaign.

The LSU product took some heat last week for publicly lobbying the Jaguars to sign former Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2015 MVP Cam Newton, who is a free agent. Jacksonville began their offseason by giving incumbent starter Gardner Minshew a vote of confidence by trading Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears.

After posting then deleting a photo of himself and Newton on Instagram, Fournette doubled down on his desire to play with Newton during Friday's appearance on ESPN's First Take.

"Cam went to the Super Bowl," Fournette said. "He's a great guy. I've been knowing Cam for a minute now. And like I told some people that talked to me, it's no disrespect to [Gardner Minshew]. I'm just trying to get in the best position as a team as we can [to] win. That's all that was about. Just friendly competition because that brings out the best in people."

Fournette started 15 games last season and set career highs with 1,152 rushing yards, 76 receptions and 522 receiving yards while posting a career-best 4.3 yards per carry but found the end zone just three times for the 6-10 Jaguars.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has not been shy about voicing his support for his team to sign free agent quarterback Cam Newton.

Fournette likes the idea of the 2015 NFL MVP being brought in to compete with expected starter Gardner Minshew.

Newton, a three-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Carolina Panthers last month after spending his entire nine-year career with the franchise. He has battled significant shoulder and foot injuries over the past three seasons.

"I feel like, you know, Cam went to the Super Bowl, he's a great guy. I've been knowing Cam for a minute now," Fournette told ESPN on Thursday.

"Like I told some people that talked to me, I told them it's no disrespect to Minshew. I'm just trying to get in the best position as a team so that we can win."

Minshew burst onto the scene last season as a rookie and threw for 3,271 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games after Nick Foles was injured in the season opener. His 91.2 passer rating was the best of any rookie quarterback in 2019.

Jacksonville traded Nick Foles to Chicago in March, leaving Minshew as the only quarterback on the roster with game experience.

The NFL Draft is a crucial part of the team-building process, with this year as important as ever even though selections will be made remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With a dramatic free agency period now largely complete, contenders for Super Bowl glory in the 2020 season have already emerged.

The Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints are expected to feature prominently in the playoffs once more, with Tom Brady's arrival putting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the mix as well.

All 32 teams understand the draft's importance, though while some of the top rosters may only need to fill one or two needs and ideally select the best player available, others are facing critical decisions that could alter the future of their franchise.

For the following eight teams, the pressure is on ahead of a 2020 draft that could impact their postseason chances, and the job security of those in charge, for many years to come.
 

Las Vegas Raiders

Armed with two first-round selections thanks to the Khalil Mack trade, the Raiders will pick at 12 and 19. Head coach Jon Gruden has had two losing seasons since signing his big-money contract, while Mike Mayock's first draft as general manager, that included three 2019 first-round picks, received mixed reviews on the evidence of last season. 

With question marks over whether Derek Carr will be the long-term quarterback, the Raiders need to give him weapons and will desperately hope to land one of the star receivers, CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs.

Secondary help with their other top pick could address another key need, with the Raiders in need of tangible progress in their first year in Vegas following the departures of Mack and Amari Cooper in exchange for draft assets over recent seasons.

New York Giants

The Giants will pick at number 4 this year, having selected at 2 and 6 over the past two years – a sign that all has not been well on the field. Running back Saquon Barkley and QB Daniel Jones have been their previous premium selections. An offensive tackle or versatile safety-linebacker hybrid Isaiah Simmons are seen as the most likely options this time around.

After the firing of head coach Pat Shurmur, pressure is on GM Dave Gettleman to hit with that pick and his selection at 36 for a roster still needing a significant injection of talent under Joe Judge. With no playoff win since their 2011 championship season, fans are growing impatient.

Miami Dolphins

After stripping the roster bare in 2019, free agency saw the Dolphins begin to use the salary cap space they had freed up, with Byron Jones lured from the Dallas Cowboys to be made the NFL's highest-paid cornerback. 

Now it is time for the Dolphins to start making the most of their masses of draft capital. They have three picks in the first round - 5, 18 and 26 – and three more across rounds two and three (39, 56 and 70).

They face a key decision regarding their long-term future at QB, with current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick only a bridge option. If they are happy with his medical reports, the Dolphins could trade up for Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, stay at five to see if he drops, or instead go down a different route by taking Justin Herbert or Jordan Love with one of their three first-rounders.

That is a decision of paramount importance and with so many other selections in a deep class at tackle and receiver, it is a draft that, if they get it right, could catapult the Dolphins into being perennial AFC East contenders after the New England Patriots lost Brady.

Detroit Lions

Just nine wins in two seasons since arriving from the Patriots has Matt Patricia under pressure in Detroit. After trading Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Lions have been strongly linked with cornerback Jeffrey Okudah at number three overall.

With picks near the top of the second and third rounds too, and number 85 picked up as part of the deal for Slay, Lions GM Bob Quinn has options, including trading down from three. This is a pivotal draft in the team's rebuild.

Atlanta Falcons

The Saints have won the NFC South for three straight seasons and Brady's arrival with the Bucs gives the division another powerhouse. 

That leaves the Falcons in a difficult spot, given they have underwhelmed since their Super Bowl collapse at the end of the 2016 season. The Falcons are not rebuilding, and the clock is ticking for them with QB Matt Ryan now 34 and star wideout Julio Jones 31. 

Unlike many of the other teams in this list, the Falcons are not blessed with extensive draft capital, with only number 15, 47 and 78 in the top 100. GM Thomas Dimitroff may have to pull off something special if his team are to keep pace with divisional rivals led by Brady and Drew Brees.

New England Patriots

All eyes are on the Patriots after Brady's departure. Bill Belichick has given little away, this draft will tell us if he plans to draft an immediate successor, with his other options being rolling with Jarrett Stidham at QB in 2020, and potentially beyond, or signing a free agent like Cam Newton.

The Patriots have a pick at 23 that is prompting huge debate, given they are not scheduled to make another selection until number 87. If they go QB in the first round, it will leave the roster without star offensive weapons, one of the factors that frustrated Brady towards the end of his tenure.

Belichick has praised the depth and quality of the QB class and could wait to see if a developmental option under center is available in the middle rounds while selecting an immediate contributor at another position in round one. Or, he could do nothing and build around Stidham or a veteran recruit.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are one of the most intriguing teams in this year's draft with picks at nine and 20, as well as a second-round selection at 42. Trading away Nick Foles appeared to indicate Gardner Minshew will be unchallenged at QB, but would that remain the case if the team have a high grade on Herbert or Love and either fall into their lap?

Jacksonville's defense is in a complete rebuild after last season's Jalen Ramsey trade was followed by the offseason exits of A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell, while more receiving options for Minshew are also needed.

Two frustrating seasons have followed their AFC Championship berth and the pressure is on - this draft must set foundations to move the team towards contending again.

Minnesota Vikings

While Kirk Cousins' big-money contract extension removes any questions about the Vikings' future at quarterback, they go into the draft with some glaring needs.

The evaluations on whether they were wise to trade away Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills will be based on how they replace him with a historic class of a receivers to choose from. Cornerback reinforcements are a key requirement on the defensive side of the ball.

Having renewed their commitment to Cousins and with the Green Bay Packers to chase down in the NFC North, the Vikings - who pick at 22 and 25 in the first round - need to hit at those priority positions if they are to compete this year.

A day after Tom Brady's exit from the New England Patriots was confirmed, a deal was struck to send the last quarterback to defeat him in a Super Bowl to pastures new.

Brady is expected to be announced as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer after deciding to end his 20-season association with the Patriots.

However, his change of scenery is far from the only transaction affecting the NFL landscape. Here, we wrap up the significant moves reported to have been agreed as the new league year began on Wednesday.

 

Nick Foles, who got the better of Brady in Super Bowl LII, is reportedly headed to the Chicago Bears after the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to trade him in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

The Jags are parting with Foles just a year after signing the former Philadelphia Eagle to a four-year, $88million contract. He will now provide competition for Mitchell Trubisky, whose role as the Bears' starter is under threat after a disappointing 2019.

Foles' departure allows Gardner Minshew to step in as the starter in Jacksonville. Sixth-round pick Minshew outplayed Foles, who was limited to four games because of injury, last year and will now get the chance to prove he is the Jaguars' franchise quarterback.

Brady's last game as a Patriot came in a playoff defeat to the Tennessee Titans, who made the surprising decision to deal defensive lineman Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a seventh-round pick. Casey has at least five sacks in each of the last seven seasons.

The Detroit Lions were also involved in the trade market, acquiring safety Duron Harmon from the Patriots. Detroit agreed to a two-year deal with defensive linemen Danny Shelton. Both players have a connection with Lions head coach Matt Patricia from his time as New England's defensive coordinator.

Another former Patriot, center Ted Karras, is staying in the division, signing a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.

The New Orleans Saints are said to have agreed a deal to bring back safety Malcolm Jenkins after he was let go by the Eagles. Jenkins was drafted by the Saints in 2009 before leaving for the Eagles in 2014.

Their NFC South rivals the Carolina Panthers released safety Eric Reid, while the Atlanta Falcons inked edge rusher Dante Fowler to a three-year contract.

Leonard Floyd will fill the void Fowler's exit left for the Los Angeles Rams, who have re-signed guard Austin Blythe and veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Elsewhere in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks have brought back former first-round pick Bruce Irvin, the pass rusher who played a key role in their Super Bowl-winning 2013 season. Reigning NFC champions the San Francisco 49ers re-signed center Ben Garland to a one-year deal.

The Los Angeles Chargers may have missed out on Brady, but they have bolstered their defense with the signing of defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Cornerback Chris Harris also intends to sign with the Chargers.

Cornerback Eli Apple will play a part in the Raiders' first season in Las Vegas, while safety Sean Davis is headed to the Washington Redskins on a one-year deal.

Yannick Ngakoue has been franchise tagged by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Denver Broncos have extended the contracts of three players, including seven-time All-Pro Von Miller.

The Broncos confirmed they had picked up their team options on the contracts of Miller, linebacker Todd Davis and kicker Brandon McManus on Friday.

The extension ensures Miller reaches the fifth season of the six-year, $114million deal he signed ahead of the 2016 season.

The 30-year-old, who recorded eight sacks in 2019, will enter a 10th season with Denver.

Those expected moves came as the Jaguars retained control of one of the NFL's other prominent pass-rushers in Ngakoue.

Ngakoue, 24, expressed his wish to leave the Jags earlier this month, tweeting he had no interest in signing a long-term contract in Jacksonville.

But the team were expected to tag him and have now officially done so in a move that will lock him up for one season at a cost of more than $19m.

Had he reached the open market, Ngakoue was likely to have drawn considerable interest, having racked up 37.5 sacks in four seasons.

Yannick Ngakoue has no interest in signing a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who reportedly plan to place the franchise tag on the pass rusher.

Ngakoue is set to enter free agency when the new league year begins on March 18.

He would likely draw considerable interest, having racked up 37.5 sacks in four seasons with the Jaguars.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Jacksonville will place the tag on him. Ngakoue would receive around $19.3million for the 2020 season were he to sign the franchise tender.

However, Ngakoue would appear to have no intention of doing so, having posted on Twitter that he will be seeking pastures new.

"The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long-term contract in Jacksonville," he wrote. 

"Duval, I love you and gave you guys everything I got. I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere."

Jay Gruden has been handed an opportunity to coach in the NFL again after taking over as the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator.

Gruden was fired as head coach by the Washington Redskins in October following five straight defeats.

The Redskins have since appointed former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera as a replacement for Gruden, who in December said he was "itching" to get back into a coaching role.

Gruden told the Rap Sheet podcast: "I'm itching to do something. You definitely miss the camaraderie of the players, the coaches. You've just got to get used to it and wait for your next opportunity.

"We'll see what happens. There's going to be some changes made. Hopefully I'll be in a position to talk to some owners and get another opportunity as head coach."

Gruden has now been given his chance, though it is not as a head coach. Instead, he has been appointed as the new OC for the Jaguars, who finished bottom of the AFC South with a 6-10 record.

"We went through a process and brought in people who have a ton of experience," Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. "All of the candidates are proven that they have done it at this level and done it at a high level.

"We were trying to find someone who's best for this staff, who's best for what you want to run, then you're looking for what person's best for your players – who's going to relate to the players, who's going to be able to communicate with them.

"At the end of the day, we just felt that Jay was the best fit for us."

Gruden spent five years as Redskins head coach, finishing with a 35-49-1 record overall and guiding them to the 2015 NFC East title.

The 52-year-old has experience working as an offensive coordinator, having fulfilled the role for the Cincinnati Bengals between 2011 and 2013.

He had also been linked with a possible switch to the Oakland Raiders, who are coached by his older brother Jon.

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