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, 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. 


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"

Cam Newton has agreed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to reports.

ESPN claims former NFL MVP quarterback Newton will join the Patriots on an incentive-laden contract.

Newton is set to try and help the Patriots fill the void left by legendary QB Tom Brady, who departed New England for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via free agency.

The 31-year-old Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers in March, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte and thrown for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

Newton was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, selected by the Panthers.

He won the MVP in the 2015 season, which saw him lead the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, where they lost 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.

Joe Bugel, best known as the architect of the Washington Redskins' dominating "Hogs" offensive line, died at the age of 80 on Sunday. 

Bugel began his NFL coaching career with the Detroit Lions in 1975 and was also with the Houston Oilers before joining the Redskins in 1981 and working under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs through 1989. 

He helped Washington win two Super Bowl titles in three appearances from 1982-87. 

"I am absolutely devastated by the news of Joe's passing," Redskins owner Dan Snyder said. "Joe was a larger than life figure and a true legend of his profession. He exemplified what it meant to be a Redskin with his character and ability to connect with his players along with a work ethic that was unmatched. 

"We shared a special bond and he was a great friend. He was a man who not only gave me a better understanding of the game of football, but who also gave me perspective on what is truly important in life. I absolutely adored him and will miss him terribly."

Gibbs said: "Joe had an incredible passion for the game of football. He came to work every day with such great excitement and his players had tremendous respect for him. The strength of our coaching staff on both sides of the ball was a key reason we had so much success. 

"Bugel was such a big part of that and his impact was felt not only by those Redskins' teams, but truly across the entire league. I will miss his friendship and I will always cherish our late-night arguments putting together the game plan each week."

Bugel left Washington and became head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals from 1990-93, going 20-44. His next stop was with the Oakland Raiders, where he was the assistant head coach for offense from 1995-96 before posting a 4-12 record as head coach in 1997. 

Bugel eventually made his way back to the Redskins, finishing his career as the assistant head coach for offense from 2004-09. 

"His accomplishments as one of our sport's truly legendary coaches speak for themselves," Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said. "But the first thing I think of is how he lived his life and the kind of quality human being Joe Bugel was. 

"We join all of those who today celebrate his remarkable life and mourn his passing."

Brett Favre believes the Green Bay Packers should deploy rookie quarterback Jordan Love like the New Orleans Saints use Taysom Hill.

The Packers stunned the NFL world when they traded up to select Utah State's Love in the first round of April's draft despite seemingly being set at the position for the foreseeable future with likely Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.

While Love is expected to bide his time until the Packers move on from 36-year-old Rodgers, Favre sees a way for Green Bay to get him in on offensives series early in his career.

Packers legend Favre highlighted Drew Brees' versatile deputy Hill, who the Saints line up as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, as well as on special teams, as an example of how Love's skill set can be utilised.

"I think there's ways to incorporate it much like Taysom Hill with the Saints," Favre told TMZ.

"Use him as a halfback, a halfback pass, but occasionally let him run it just to show that you'll do that. Something like that."

Rodgers was in Love's shoes when he arrived in Green Bay as a first-round pick that had to wait until his fourth year before taking over from Favre as the starter.

Favre was frosty to Rodgers' arrival at first but the two have developed a friendship in recent years, and the ex-Packers QB has spoken with the current incumbent about the franchise drafting his heir apparent having only been one game from the Super Bowl last season.

"I think he's doing very well with it," Favre added.

"My understanding is he reached out to the young quarterback and they spoke and it was good. I think that's a huge plus and a big step in the right direction for Aaron.

"With my discussions with Aaron, I never got the sense that he was upset that they had signed a quarterback, but more so that they didn't get immediate help.

"It just sends the wrong message. I'm not saying that it's the wrong pick, but based on what you're trying to do right now, it doesn't necessarily help."

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James feels the NFL should apology to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

The 32-year-old, who was involved in an NFL workout in November last year, and his message have received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

Three-time NBA champion James was asked about the progress the NFL has made now by coming out in support of Black Lives Matter and pledging $250million to combat systemic racism. 

"As far as the NFL, I'm not in those locker rooms, I'm not with those guys but I do understand that an apology, I have not heard a true, official apology to Colin Kaepernick on what he was going through and what he was trying to tell the NFL and tell the world about why he was kneeling when he was doing that as a San Francisco 49er," James said during a Zoom interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.

"I just see that to still be wrong, and now they are listening some but I think we have not heard that official apology to a man who, basically, sacrificed everything for the better of this world."

Earlier this month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign Kaepernick.

Asked about Kaepernick and his future, Goodell told ESPN: "Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

"If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities.

"We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time. But I hope we're at a point now where everybody's committed to making long-term, sustainable change."

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule suggested he may kneel during the United States national anthem this NFL season to support his players who might do the same in protest of racial injustice. 

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after George Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against racial injustice in 2016, before he was released the following year.

As players plan to take a knee, first-year NFL head coach Rhule told reporters on Thursday: "I would consider anything as we move forward.

"I'm supportive of the cause, I'm supportive of the movement, I'm supportive of social justice.

"I think for every person, whether coach or player, that will be a very personal decision for each person. It has to be made at the right time for the right reasons for everybody." 

Rhule added that he has yet to determine what course of action he will take in regards to demonstrating his support for social justice causes, stressed he would not make any decisions without first consulting his players. 

"I think a lot of this has come from the players, so I'll sort of wait and see what direction they're leaning and then, like everyone else, will make my decisions," Rhule said.

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has been the lone NFL coach thus far to publicly commit to kneeling alongside his players during the national anthem this season.

O'Brien also attended the funeral of Floyd, a Houston native, along with Texans owner Cal McNair and several players.  

"I'll support my players with whatever they do and when the time comes I'll really think deeply about what's the best thing for me, what's the best thing I can do to show my support," Ruhle said. "But make no mistake, I'm definitely supportive." 

Former Panthers safety Eric Reid routinely kneeled during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality, a stance he also took along with former 49ers team-mate Kaepernick during both players' time in San Francisco.

Reid was released by Carolina in March for salary cap reasons and is currently still a free agent.  

Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not expected to be under any restrictions when the Cleveland Browns begin training camp, coach Kevin Stefanski said.

Beckham underwent sports hernia surgery in January but has participated in the Browns' virtual offseason program. The three-time Pro Bowl selection also posted a video of himself taking part in a full-body workout on social media in May.

"Odell is free and clear. He is 100 per cent," Stefanski said in a Zoom conference on Thursday. "He is looking really good."

Beckham played through the injury throughout his first season in Cleveland and managed to appear in all 16 games in 2019, though his final numbers of 74 receptions, 1,035 receiving yards and four touchdowns were all the second-lowest of his six-year career.

A broken ankle limited the 27-year-old to only four games while with the New York Giants in 2017.

Stefanski also touched on the status of fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is recovering from a more significant surgery on his hip in February. The six-year veteran's rehab has gone on as scheduled, but the procedure generally requires a six-to-eight-month timetable for full recovery that puts his availability for the expected start of the regular season into question.

"Jarvis, to his credit, he is looking great, some of the videos I have seen of him moving around," Stefanski said. "We will have a plan for [Landry and Beckham] with [senior vice president of player health and development] Joe [Sheehan] and the athletic training staff. We will make sure that we wrap both of them up appropriately."

Stefanski said that to his knowledge, none of his players have tested positive for coronavirus, and added that he and the coaches will continue to stress the importance of practicing preventive measures in order to remain safe and healthy.

"I have told them that the number one priority is their safety and their family, and we want to make sure that we are here for them and providing any resource for them," he said. "I have reminded them ad nauseam to wash their hands, social distance and really heed the advice of these experts.

"I will just continue to make sure that these guys are knowing that they are being encouraged to stay safe while they are out of this building and in this building."

The rookie head coach said the team is slated to begin training camp on July 28, but he's prepared to adjust that schedule should the NFL cancels practices or preseason games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am comfortable being uncomfortable so whatever comes our way, we will be ready. I understand why that may be a concern for some, but we are just going to plan with what is in front of us. If we hear otherwise, we will be ready to pivot."

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