The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Baker Mayfield have agreed to a three-year contract that could be worth up to $115million for the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

The deal includes $50million in guaranteed money and is $100million in total, with Mayfield able to earn $5million in incentives per season.

Mayfield took over for the retired Tom Brady last season and led Tampa Bay (9-8) to the NFC South title.

The Buccaneers then upset the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs before losing to the Detroit Lions in the Divisional Round.

Mayfield, the first overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2018, started all 17 regular-season games last season and set career highs in passing yards (4,044) and passing touchdowns (28).

He threw for 686 yards and six touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s two postseason contests.

In 89 career regular-season games with Cleveland, the Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay, Mayfield has passed for 20,332 yards with 130 touchdowns and 74 interceptions.

He owns a 40-46 record as a starter.

The New England Patriots are moving on from former first-round draft pick Mac Jones at quarterback.

The Patriots are finalising a trade which will send Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The trade, which was first reported Sunday by Adam Schefter of ESPN, cannot be made official until the new league year begins on Wednesday, and he passes a physical.

The terms of the trade are still being finalised, but Schefter reported the Jaguars would send a sixth-round draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for Jones.

 

New England selected Jones 15th overall in the 2021 NFL draft, and he put together an encouraging rookie season, throwing for 3,801 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a 92.5 passer rating in leading the Patriots to a 10-6 record and a play-off berth.

The 25-year-old has been unable to build upon that Pro Bowl season, however, throwing 24 TDs with 23 interceptions in the last two years combined.

Among quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts in 2023, Jones' 77.0 QB rating was the second worst. 

His poor play led Patriots coach Bill Belichick to pull Jones from four games in favour of backup Bailey Zappe, until he ultimately benched Jones for good in Week 13.

In Jacksonville, Jones will serve as a backup to Trevor Lawrence, who was selected with the first overall pick in the 2021 draft.

Jones, who went 2-9 as a starter last season, was born in Jacksonville.

The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones reached agreement Saturday on a five-year deal that contains $95 million guaranteed, his agents told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jones will have the highest-ever average annual salary for a defensive tackle once the deal is complete.

Jones, 29, would have been the top prize amongst defenders in free agency, but the Chiefs made him their top priority after he held out of all training camp last year and missed the first game of the regular season.

He eventually came to an agreement on a reworked deal with more incentives and went on to record 10.5 sacks and earn first-team All-Pro honors for the second straight season as the Chiefs won a third Super Bowl in four years.

Jones has recorded 75.5 sacks in 123 career games since Kansas City selected him with the 37th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Chiefs will try to become the first team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a row next season.

The Denver Broncos agreed to trade wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for two 2024 draft picks, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

Denver will receive a fifth- and a sixth-round pick in next month’s draft for Jeudy, a former first-round selection.

Trades cannot be made official until the start of the 2024 league year next week.

Jeudy, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2020 draft, will play in 2024 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract and is scheduled to be a free agent after the upcoming season.

In four seasons with the Broncos, Jeudy was a solid contributor but failed to live up to his lofty draft status or the dominance he displayed at Alabama.

Jeudy showed signs of frustration with Denver’s offence last season, during which he caught just two touchdowns.

Ultimately, Denver was either unwilling or unable to sign Jeudy to a long-term contract extension and cleared his $13million cap hit from their books.

The Broncos continue to shed salary after announcing plans to release quarterback Russell Wilson and safety Justin Simmons.

The Browns got a complementary receiver to play alongside Amari Cooper as they hope to continue building a championship offence around Deshaun Watson.

In 57 games across four seasons with the Broncos, Jeudy made 211 catches for 3,053 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Baltimore Ravens kept star defensive tackle Justin Madubuike off the open market with a franchise tag earlier this week, and struck a four-year, $98 million deal with him on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The contract includes $75.5 million in guarantees and $53.5 million at signing and keeps the 26-year-old with the Ravens through the 2027 season.

“Justin is one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL and a cornerstone on our defence,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “We are thrilled for Justin and his family and equally happy for our fan base. This is a great way to start the new league year!”

Last season, Madubuike was named second-team All-Pro and was invited to his first Pro Bowl after he had the ninth-most sacks in the league (13) and finished sixth among all defensive tackles in tackles for loss (12).

He more than doubled his pressures from the previous season and helped Baltimore’s defence become one of the league’s best.

Madubuike became the first Ravens player to record double-digit sacks since Terrell Suggs had 11 in 2017.

The Ravens drafted Madubuike in the third round of 2020, and he became a starter in his second season.

The Chicago Bears and star cornerback Jaylon Johnson have worked out a four-year, $76 million deal, two days after the team placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on the 24-year-old.

Johnson is guaranteed $43.8 million at signing and will make $28 million in the first year of the deal, according to sources.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to keep Jaylon here for the next four years,” general manager Ryan Poles said in a statement. “He’s an integral part of our defense and his leadership will help our team continue to ascend.”

Johnson would have been due $19.8 million in 2024 had he not agreed to extension prior to the July 15 deadline.

Johnson has started all 53 games he’s appeared in since the Bears selected him in the second round with the 50th overall pick in the 2020 draft.

He had four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown last season after picking off one pass in his first three years. Johnson had 10 passes defensed and forced one fumble and was selected second-team All-Pro.

The Bears finished 7-10 last season and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. They own the No. 1 and No. 9 overall picks in next month’s draft.

The New York Giants will not place the franchise tag on Saquon Barkley, allowing the two-time Pro Bowl running back to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins next week.

Multiple media outlets reported the news on Tuesday, which is the deadline for teams to use their tag.

Barkley has been with the Giants since they selected him second overall in the 2018 NFL draft.

New York tagged Barkley last July, one day before the team opened training camp for the 2023 season.

In 14 games last year, Barkley rushed for 962 yards with six touchdowns, and also caught 41 passes for 280 yards with another four TDs.

His average of 3.89 yards per carry ranked 32nd among 48 qualifying players, and his 38 carries of negative yards were the most in the NFL.

As a rookie, he made an immediate impact, gaining a league-leading 2,028 yards from scrimmage with 15 touchdowns to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Following injury-marred years in 2020 and 2021, Barkley enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2022, finishing seventh in the NFL in scrimmage yards with 1,650 and earning a Pro Bowl selection - his first since 2018.

Although his production dipped last season, his 26 rushes of 10 or more yards in 2023 were tied for eighth in the league among running backs.

In 74 career games, he has 5,211 rushing yards with 35 touchdowns and 2,100 receiving yards with another 12 TDs.

Barkley can still return to the Giants, but will also be one of the most coveted players available on the open market.

 

The Russell Wilson era in Denver opened with such excitement and hope for the Broncos.

Just two years later, it's ending with considerable disappointment.

The Broncos announced on Monday that they will release Wilson after the start of the new league year, which begins on March 13.

"On behalf of the Broncos, we thank Russell for his contributions and dedication to our team and community while wishing him the best as he continues his career," Broncos GM George Paton and coach Sean Payton said in a statement released by the team.

"As we move forward, we are focused on building the strongest team possible for the 2024 season and beyond. We are excited to improve this offseason and will have the flexibility to get better through the draft and free agency.”

The decision to cut Wilson allows Denver to save an extra $37million in guaranteed money for 2025, though he is still guaranteed $39million for the 2024 season.

 

The Broncos paid a hefty price to acquire Wilson in March of 2022, in a deal that will go down as one of the biggest trade busts in NFL history.

Denver sent two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks, a third-round selection and three players to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the nine-time Pro Bowler.

Then shortly before the start of the 2022 season - before he had even played a game for the Broncos - the team signed Wilson to a massive five-year extension worth more than $242million.

The trade looked to be doomed from the start as Wilson struggled mightily in his first season in Denver as the Broncos finished last in the AFC West with a 5-12 record in 2022.

After throwing 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and compiling a career-worst 84.4 QB rating in 2022, Wilson had 26 TDs and eight picks in 2023 for a 98.0 rating - eighth best in the NFL.

Although he played better this past season, Denver opted to bench Wilson for its final two games with a play-off berth nearly out of reach.

The Broncos split their final two contests and ended up missing the play-offs for the eighth year in a row.

Wilson, who led Seattle to a Super Bowl championship following the 2013 season, will turn 36 in November, and will likely be able to find another starting job after a nice bounce-back season in 2023.

 

Denver Broncos have announced their decision to release quarterback Russell Wilson, bringing an end to a hugely disappointing two-year stint.

Wilson was acquired in a high-profile trade from Seattle Seahawks but the Broncos won just 11 of the 30 games he started, and he was benched for the last two games of the 2023 campaign.

Wilson will be released after the new league season begins on March 13.

The Broncos said in a statement: “We spoke with Russell Wilson today to inform him of his release after the start of the league year.

“On behalf of the Broncos, we thank Russell for his contributions and dedication to our team and community while wishing him the best as he continues his career.

“As we move forward, we are focused on building the strongest team possible for the 2024 season and beyond.

“We are excited to improve this off-season and will have the flexibility to get better through the draft and free agency.”

Mike Evans is staying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after all.

The star wide receiver has agreed to a two-year, $52million contract with the Buccaneers, according to multiple reports.

The deal, which includes $35million guaranteed, was reported Monday, just days after it was announced Evans was going to test free agency.

Instead, he will continue his career with the Buccaneers - the team he has been with since it selected him seventh overall in the 2014 NFL draft.

 

A five-time Pro Bowler, Evans is the only player in NFL history to begin his pro career with 10 consecutive seasons of 1,000-plus yards receiving.

Playing in all 17 games in 2023, the 30-year-old tied the Miami Dolphins' Tyreek Hill for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions with 13, while catching 79 passes for 1,255 yards - the third highest of his career.

He is Tampa Bay's franchise leader in receptions (762), receiving yards (11,680) and TD catches (94).

The Bucs' next order of business is re-signing quarterback Baker Mayfield - a move that is expected to get done this off-season.

Mayfield and Evans helped Tampa Bay capture last season's NFC South title and pull off an upset win over the Philadelphia Eagles in a wild-card game.

The season ultimately ended with a loss to the Detroit Lions in the divisional round.

In the two play-off games, Evans had 11 receptions for 195 yards with one TD.

One person has died and more than 20 others have been injured after shots were fired near the scene of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade.

A video on social media showed armed officers rush into Union Station on a day supporters gathered near the building at the end of the parade route to celebrate Sunday’s victory with the team’s players and staff.

The Kansas City Police Department said at least 22 people suffered gunshot wounds, including the fatally injured victim, and confirmed three people had been taken into custody.

Radio Station KKFI said on social media that one of their presenters, DJ Lisa Lopez, was killed in the shooting.

KKFI said in a statement: “Our hearts and prayers are with her family. This senseless act has taken a beautiful person from her family and this KC Community.”

Kansas City Police Department chief Stacey Graves said at a press conference: “At the conclusion of the Chiefs’ rally today, there were shots fired on the west side of Union Station.

“Immediately, officers responded to the area, took two people into custody and also immediately rendered life-sustaining aid to those victims.”

At a later briefing, she added: “We have confirmed there is one deceased person. Our gunshot total has went up to 22.

“Right now, we’re still working on the total number of victims. This is still an active investigation.

“We do have three persons detained and under investigation for today’s incident.

“Our investigators are working with all of the surviving victims to connect them with loved ones. We are also working to identify our deceased victim so we can notify their family as soon as possible.”

The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed their players, coaches and staff were all safe and accounted for.

“We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today’s parade and rally,” the team said in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City.

“We are in close communication with the Mayor’s office as well as the Kansas City Police Department.

“At this time, we have confirmed that all of our players, coaches, staff and their families are safe and accounted for.

“We thank the local law enforcement officers and first responders who were on-scene to assist.”

Kansas City players and staff were celebrating beating the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas on Sunday to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in 19 years.

Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes took to social media, saying: “Praying for Kansas City.”

Travis Kelce wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying: “I am heartbroken over the tragedy that took place today. My heart is with all who came out to celebrate with us and have been affected. KC, you mean the world to me.”

Linebacker Drue Tranquill posted: “Please join me in prayer for all the victims in this heinous act. Pray that doctors & first responders would have steady hands & that all would experience full healing.”

Offensive lineman Trey Smith thanked first responders, adding: “You’re the ones who should be celebrated today.”

A statement from the NFL read: “We are deeply saddened by the senseless shooting that occurred today near the end of the rally in Kansas City for the Chiefs. Our thoughts are with the victims and everyone affected.

“We are grateful for the quick and thorough response of law enforcement and emergency personnel.”

Earlier, the city had been in party mode as Super Bowl MVP Mahomes and team-mate Travis Kelce took centre stage on a platform near Union Station.

Mahomes had told a cheering crowd the Chiefs were going for a “three-peat” next season while Kelce led the supporters in some chanting.

One person has died and more than 20 others have been injured after shots were fired near the scene of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade.

A video on social media showed armed officers rush into Union Station on a day supporters gathered near the building at the end of the parade route to celebrate Sunday’s victory with the team’s players and staff.

The Kansas City Police Department said at least 22 people suffered gunshot wounds, including the fatally injured victim, and confirmed three people had been taken into custody.

Kansas City Police Department chief Stacey Graves said at a press conference: “At the conclusion of the Chiefs’ rally today, there were shots fired on the west side of Union Station.

“Immediately, officers responded to the area, took two people into custody and also immediately rendered life-sustaining aid to those victims.”

At a later briefing, she added: “We have confirmed there is one deceased person. Our gunshot total has went up to 22.

“Right now, we’re still working on the total number of victims. This is still an active investigation.

“We do have three persons detained and under investigation for today’s incident.

“Our investigators are working with all of the surviving victims to connect them with loved ones. We are also working to identify our deceased victim so we can notify their family as soon as possible.”

The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed their players, coaches and staff were all safe and accounted for.

“We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today’s parade and rally,” the team said in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City.

“We are in close communication with the Mayor’s office as well as the Kansas City Police Department.

“At this time, we have confirmed that all of our players, coaches, staff and their families are safe and accounted for.

“We thank the local law enforcement officers and first responders who were on-scene to assist.”

Kansas City players and staff were celebrating beating the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas on Sunday to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in 19 years.

Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes took to social media, saying: “Praying for Kansas City.”

Linebacker Drue Tranquill posted: “Please join me in prayer for all the victims in this heinous act. Pray that doctors & first responders would have steady hands & that all would experience full healing.”

Offensive lineman Trey Smith thanked first responders, adding: “You’re the ones who should be celebrated today.”

A statement from the NFL read: “We are deeply saddened by the senseless shooting that occurred today near the end of the rally in Kansas City for the Chiefs. Our thoughts are with the victims and everyone affected.

“We are grateful for the quick and thorough response of law enforcement and emergency personnel.”

Earlier, the city had been in party mode as Super Bowl MVP Mahomes and team-mate Travis Kelce took centre stage on a platform near Union Station.

Mahomes had told a cheering crowd the Chiefs were going for a “three-peat” next season while Kelce led the supporters in some chanting.

One person has died and there are multiple injuries after shots were fired near the scene of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade.

A video on social media showed armed officers rush into Union Station on a day supporters gathered near the building at the end of the NFL side’s parade route.

The Kansas City Police Department confirmed that one person had died and two armed people had been taken into custody following the incident.

Kansas City Police Department chief Stacey Graves said at a press conference: “At the conclusion of the Chiefs’ rally today, there were shots fired on the west side of Union Station.

“Immediately, officers responded to the area, took two people into custody and also immediately rendered life-sustaining aid to those victims.

“We’re still gathering information on the number and the status of victims. We know that one of the victims is deceased.

“Right now, we have up to 10 to 15 injured. We do not have an exact number of people who were victims of a gunshot wound.

During the press conference, it was announced that the Kansas City Chiefs had confirmed all their players, coaches and staff were safe and accounted for.

Gun shots were fired near the parade route where the Chiefs celebrated their latest Super Bowl title in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday.

Minutes after the conclusion of the rally, one person was shot and nine were injured, according to multiple reports.

The Kansas City Police said shots were fired near Union Station, where players had just addressed fans moments earlier.

The KC Police also said two armed individuals were taken into custody.

City officials estimated that around 1 million people gathered in Kansas City to celebrate the Chiefs' third Super Bowl title in the last five seasons.

Three days after their come-from-behind 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs players and coaches rode on double-decker buses along the parade route as confetti cannons exploded and jubilant fans screamed and applauded.

 

Gun shots were fired near the parade route where the Chiefs celebrated their latest Super Bowl title in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday.

Minutes after the conclusion of the rally, eight to 10 people were injured, according to multiple reports.

The Kansas City Police said shots were fired near Union Station, where players had just addressed fans moments earlier.

The KC Police also said two armed individuals were taken into custody.

City officials estimated that around 1 million people gathered in Kansas City to celebrate the Chiefs' third Super Bowl title in the last five seasons.

Three days after their come-from-behind 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs players and coaches rode on double-decker buses along the parade route as confetti cannons exploded and jubilant fans screamed and applauded.

 

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