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Bears GM: Starting QB an 'open competition'

Bears GM: Starting QB an 'open competition'

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is going to have to earn his starting job for the Chicago Bears, general manager Ryan Pace acknowledged Friday.

In a conference call, Pace told reporters that there will be an "open competition" between Trubisky and veteran Nick Foles, acquired by the Bears this offseason.

"Mitch is really embracing it," Pace said. "All he wants to do is be the best quarterback he can be for the Chicago Bears. Nick, same thing."

The Bears selected Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his second season, he led Chicago to a 12-4 record and the NFC North title, but the Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card playoff round.

Trubisky made the Pro Bowl in 2018, completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. But the 25-year-old regressed in 2019, connecting in just 63.2 percent of passes with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Bears missed the playoffs.

Foles, 31, spent last season in Jacksonville, which signed him to a four-year, $88 million contract. The veteran backup, who won the 2018 Super Bowl MVP when he filled in for Carson Wentz for the Eagles, broke his collarbone in the season opener and eventually lost the starting spot to rookie Gardner Minshew.

Earlier this week, Foles agreed to give up the $56.9 million remaining on Jaguars deal and instead shifted his base pay to a fully guaranteed, three-year, $24 million deal. That includes an opt-out clause after the 2020 season and $8 million guaranteed in 2020.

Foles threw for just 736 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in four games last season. He has passed for 11,901 yards with 71 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 58 games with the Philadelphia Eagles (2012-14, 2017-18), then-St. Louis Rams (2015), Chiefs (2016) and Jaguars (2019).

Raiders sign DB Randall, CB Apple back to free agency

Raiders sign DB Randall, CB Apple back to free agency

Defensive back Damarious Randall signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders as an agreement with free agent Eli Apple deteriorated.

Apple agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal on March 16 but the two sides failed to finalize the contract and he returned to free agency on Thursday.

Randall spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who acquired him from the Green Bay Packers in a trade that involved quarterback DeShone Kizer.

A first-round pick in 2015, Randall moved from cornerback to safety with the Browns.

Randall, 27, has played in 65 career games, recording 290 tackles, 14 interceptions, two touchdowns and two fumble recoveries.

Apple, 24, was selected 10th overall in the 2016 draft by the New York Giants. He was traded to New Orleans in October 2018 and played in 25 games with the Saints, tallying 58 tackles, two interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

Overall, he has 233 tackles, three interceptions, six fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in 55 career appearances (48 starts).

Earlier this week, defensive lineman Michael Brockers re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams after his deal with the Baltimore Ravens never came to fruition. And last Friday, the New York Jets failed to reach a final deal after agreeing to a contract with safety Marqui Christian, who also played with the Rams last season.

Chiefs WR Watkins restructures deal to stay in KC

Chiefs WR Watkins restructures deal to stay in KC

Sammy Watkins restructured his contract to receive $7 million of the $16 million he's owed from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 as incentives.

According to multiple reports, Watkins helped create $5 million in salary-cap space for the Chiefs, who had $171 left under the cap before the move.

"I'm back KC LETS GET IT ..! #RUNITBACKTOUR" Watkins wrote via Twitter.

The deal also adds a no-trade clause, according to ESPN.

Watkins, 26, signed with the Chiefs in free agency in March 2018 with a $21 million signing bonus as part of a three-year, $48 million contract.

With several other priorities on the roster for the Chiefs, Watkins' contract had to be addressed this offseason for him to return.

He publicly contemplated a "break" from football after making $34 million in the first two years of the deal but decided to return as primarily a third option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes behind receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.

In 76 games, he has 284 receptions for 4,244 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

Report: NFL zeros in on draft structure

Report: NFL zeros in on draft structure

As the NFL maintains its plan to hold the draft April 23-25, the originally scheduled dates, the league reportedly issued a memo Thursday outlining two options it is considering as to how teams would participate in the event.

According to a report by NFL.com, a league memo sent to all clubs said the league is considering either allowing each club to work out of its own facility (subject to medical approval) or to work remotely, but only at a private residence and while adhering to limits on the number of team personnel gathering in one spot.

The NFL last week shut down all club facilities for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the league has scrapped plans to hold the draft along the Las Vegas Strip because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has remained steadfast in holding the draft on its scheduled dates. Multiple reports have suggested the draft could end up being held in a way akin to the way the league conducted the event into the mid-1980s, with teams calling in their picks rather than the televised spectacle it has become.

Under Option 1, according to the memo obtained by NFL.com, teams would be allowed to conduct draft operations out of team facilities, "subject to mandatory health and safety guidelines issued by Dr. (Allen) Sills, which will include limitations on the number of permitted club personnel at the facility and rigorous cleaning requirements."

Earlier Thursday, Sills, the league's chief medical officer, spoke with NFL.com and stated numerous hurdles remain before the league would be able to reopen in time to conduct a full regular season without pushing back any game dates.

Under the second option, team personnel would spend the draft working in "personal residences, with a clear prohibition on any number of club personnel gathering in one residence," according to the report.

"The NFL will decide on (1) or (2) above based on several factors, most notably guidance from Dr. Sills, the CDC and the impact of any shelter in place or similar executive orders that are imposed in club jurisdictions," the memo went on to explain.

If the second option is chosen, per the memo, "then no club will be permitted to operate from any club facility or off-site location (other than a private residence and adhering to the guidelines)."

On Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints announced plans to turn the Dixie Brewing Company into their draft night war room. The bar is owned by the Benson family, which also owns the Saints.

A total of six or seven people, including team scouting personnel, head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, would be at the brewery. Payton tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19, but he announced on March 26 that he was symptom-free.

NFL medical chief: Plenty of hurdles before league can reopen

NFL medical chief: Plenty of hurdles before league can reopen

Though the NFL has yet to push back any major events because of the coronavirus pandemic, its chief medical officer on Thursday cautioned many steps remain before the league might be able to resume on-field activities.

Dr. Allen Sills told NFL.com that widespread testing would need to be available before the league could even contemplate reopening the league for full business.

On Tuesday, NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash said the league expects to start the 2020 season as scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs opening Week 1 against an as-yet unnamed opponent on Thursday, Sept. 10.

"That's our expectation. Am I certain? I'm not certain I'll be here tomorrow. But I'm planning on it," Pash said.

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent added the NFL's plan is for a "full" and "normal" regular season.

"I don't think that I would interpret those comments to say that that is absolutely what's going to happen," Sills said of the comments about the season running on time and in full.

Sills added that getting point-of-care testing and a quick turnaround on results would be critical to decision-making when it comes to reopening facilities. Government-mandated lockdowns and stay-at-home orders will also be a consideration, according to the report, as allowing some teams to reopen facilities while others are forced to keep theirs closed could become a competitive-balance issue.

"As long as we're still in a place where when a single individual tests positive for the virus that you have to quarantine every single person who was in contact with them in any shape, form or fashion, then I don't think you can begin to think about reopening a team sport," Sills said. "Because we're going to have positive cases for a very long time."

According to the report, Sills added that it will be difficult to look at how large groups of fans could be allowed to gather for a game until a vaccine is available.

"We will make those decisions in consultation with our experts at the time," Sills said. "That decision will not be made in isolation. The NFL will not be charting a course different than other professional sports, other parts of society -- college sports, universities, businesses."

The NFL last week shut down all team facilities for at least two weeks.

Ex-All Pro OT Boselli out of hospital after bout with COVID-19

Ex-All Pro OT Boselli out of hospital after bout with COVID-19

Former NFL offensive tackle Tony Boselli is out of the hospital after a harrowing battle with the coronavirus.

The former Jaguars All-Pro was hospitalized for five days and spent time in the intensive care unit at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic before being released Tuesday.

"When I first got sick, I thought it wasn't a big deal," Boselli told CBS Sports. "I was 47 and healthy. I thought I'd be back to myself. It went the wrong way quickly."

Boselli said to ESPN, "It was kind of fuzzy, but I remember (the pulmonologist) saying, 'If we don't get your oxygen stabilized we're going to have to go to the next level.' I remember lying there thinking, 'What do you mean, if this doesn't work?' He says, 'We don't know what direction this is going to go.'

"I don't know if I ever was like I thought I was going to die, but I remember having the conversation with myself: I don't want to die here."

He wound up improving over the next day, so he never needed to be placed on a ventilator.

"Thankfully I recovered, but there was no guarantee," Boselli told the Jaguars' website. "You've got to take it seriously, and the main message is: These health care experts and workers that are talking about this? They're not making this up.

"Take it from someone who was in the hospital and had these people working on me: They're risking everything themselves to take of people. It's serious. It's real. We need to do what people are being asked to do."

Boselli was selected to the Pro Bowl on five occasions and earned three All-Pro selections with the Jaguars, who selected him with the second overall pick of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars from 1995-2001.

Boselli has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame each of the past four years.

Boselli also was a three-time All-American at Southern California from 1992-94 and was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2014.

As of Thursday evening, more than 1 million people around the world had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with nearly 53,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, nearly 245,000 had tested positive for the virus, and more than 5,900 had died.

Report: Raiders, Apple unable to reach agreement

Report: Raiders, Apple unable to reach agreement

It looks as if Eli Apple can add his name to the list of players back on the free agent market after a deal he thought he had in place fell through.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday, the cornerback and Las Vegas Raiders couldn't finalize a contract, meaning the four-year veteran remains on the open market.

Back on March 18, multiple outlets reported that Apple and the Raiders agreed to a deal, though terms were not disclosed.

Apple, 24, was selected 10th overall in the 2016 draft by the New York Giants. He was traded to New Orleans in October 2018 and played in 25 games with the Saints, tallying 58 tackles, two interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

Overall, he has 233 tackles, three interceptions, six fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in 55 career appearances (48 starts).

Earlier this offseason, defensive lineman Michael Brockers re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams after his deal with the Baltimore Ravens never came to fruition. And last Friday, the Jets failed to reach a final deal after agreeing to a contract with safety Marqui Christian, who also played with the Rams last season.

Broncos reach deals with TE Vannett, DE Harris

Broncos reach deals with TE Vannett, DE Harris

The Denver Broncos signed tight end Nick Vannett to a two-year contract and re-signed defensive end Shelby Harris to a one-year deal on Thursday.

Terms weren't disclosed, but multiple outlets previously reported that Vannett's deal was for $5.7 million and Harris' was for $3.25 million.

Vannett, 27, was drafted in the third round in 2016 by the Seattle Seahawks and was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers last September.

He has 61 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns in 55 career games (22 starts) with the two teams.

Harris, 28, started all 16 games for the Broncos last season and posted career highs with 49 tackles and six sacks.

He hasn't missed a game in three seasons with Denver, totaling 122 tackles, 13 sacks, 16 passes defensed, one interception and one blocked kick in 48 contests (22 starts).

A seventh-round pick by Oakland in 2014, Harris tallied 14 tackles and one sack in eight games with the Raiders during the 2014 and '15 seasons before being released in May 2016. He did not appear in an NFL game in 2016, spending part of the year on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.

Tagovailoa's medical recheck 'overwhelmingly positive'

Tagovailoa's medical recheck 'overwhelmingly positive'

Tua Tagovailoa received "overwhelmingly positive" results from a voluntary medical recheck Thursday, the quarterback's representatives told ESPN and NFL Network.

The comprehensive exam was performed by a third-party physician chosen by NFL team doctors. All 32 team doctors and trainers were able to provide input on the type of exams they wanted, and the results were shared with every team, according to the representatives.

The use of an independent doctor for the recheck is a side effect of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Draft prospects who are medically unable to participate at the annual NFL Scouting Combine are usually invited to return to Indianapolis for a recheck in the weeks leading up to the draft, something that wasn't possible this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Tagovailoa underwent two surgeries during his junior season at Alabama in 2019, one on his right ankle in October and another in November to repair a posterior wall fracture and dislocated hip.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up told ESPN on Wednesday that he was "100 percent" and could play as a rookie in 2020 if he were asked to do so.

The NFL draft is scheduled for April 23-25, and Tagovailoa is widely expected to be one of the top picks.

Report: Buccaneers re-sign QB Gabbert

Report: Buccaneers re-sign QB Gabbert

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal Thursday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

The 30-year-old journeyman will serve as a backup to Tom Brady and continue his relationship with head coach Bruce Arians.

The Buccaneers signed Gabbert a year ago, but he dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in a preseason game and was placed on injured reserve in September.

Gabbert played for Arians in Arizona during the 2017 season, completing 95 of 171 passes for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions in five starts (2-3 record).

The 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by Jacksonville, Gabbert owns a 13-35 record as a starter and has 48 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions in 56 games with the Jaguars (2011-13), San Francisco 49ers (2014-16), Cardinals (2017) and Tennessee Titans (2018).

Report: Titans RB Henry signs $10.2M franchise tender

Report: Titans RB Henry signs $10.2M franchise tender

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry signed the one-year, $10.2 million franchise tag tender but general manager Jon Robinson said the team hopes to work out a long-term deal.

ESPN reported the 26-year-old Henry signed the tender Thursday.

"I met with Derrick like I met with all of the guys whose contracts were going to be up at the end of the season," Robinson said. "We told him we would start working on that but couldn't get to an agreement on that one, so we used one of the avenues that were available to us to keep Derrick.

"He's an important part of our football team. I've spoken to his representatives after we've used the tag. And we want to continue to have those discussions and back-and-forths in hopes of reaching some kind of long-term agreement. We will kick those conversations off again probably, certainly before training camp gets ramped up and going."

Henry claimed the 2019 NFL rushing title with 1,540 yards last season and led the league with 303 rushing attempts.

The first-time Pro Bowl selection was also a workhorse in the playoffs. He had 446 rushing yards and two TDs in the postseason as the Titans posted road upsets of the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

A second-round pick in 2016 out of Alabama, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner has rushed for 3,833 yards and 38 touchdowns in 62 games with the Titans. He also has 57 catches for 578 yards and three scores.

"I want to stay with the Tennessee Titans," Henry said earlier this offseason. "They are the ones that took a chance on me -- 31 teams passed on me on the draft and they selected me. I have a lot of love for Tennessee. I have a lot of love everyone in that organization."

Report: Jaguars want first-round pick and more for DE Ngakoue

Report: Jaguars want first-round pick and more for DE Ngakoue

A first-round pick and then some is the asking price of the Jacksonville Jaguars for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

ESPN reported the 25-year-old defensive end is on the trade block, with the Jaguars pushing to receive at least a first-round pick, a bounty that matches what Jacksonville requested for cornerback Jalen Ramsey at the trade deadline in October 2019.

Ngakoue said via Twitter his "time is up" in Jacksonville. Unhappy about being given the franchise tag, Ngakoue announced via social media in March that he wasn't interested in a long-term agreement with the Jaguars.

NFL Network reported multiple teams have reached out to the Jaguars with trade offers for Ngakoue, who immediately responded via Twitter: "Let's agree to disagree . Why hold a man from taking care of his family. It's obvious my time is up in my current situation. Let's both move on

@Jaguars."

Ngakoue has been outspoken via social media about his desire to exit Jacksonville since the team used the franchise tag to keep the defensive end off the free-agent market. Ngakoue said in early March he has no desire to stay with the Jaguars, who have traded away several stars from a stellar defense in the past six months -- cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye are gone, defensive end Calais Campbell was traded and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was allowed to leave.

Under the franchise tag rules, the Jaguars have until mid-July to give Ngakoue a long-term deal. Ngakoue said he was ready to move on from the Jaguars after negotiations for a long-term deal stalled.

"The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville. 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," Ngakoue wrote on Twitter at the time.

Using the franchise tag, the Jaguars are able to reserve first-refusal rights with Ngakoue's contract through the start of the new league year.

Under the tag, Ngakoue would get a one-year deal worth more than $19.3 million should the sides not reach agreement on a long-term deal, according to Over the Cap.

He has posted 37.5 sacks in four seasons with the Jaguars, which ranks second in franchise history. Jacksonville made Ngakoue, a Maryland product, a third-round selection (69th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Last year, he started all 15 games he played for the Jaguars, totaling a career-high 41 tackles (13 for loss), with eight sacks, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one interception.

Aldon Smith 'blessed, I'm a Cowboy'

Aldon Smith 'blessed, I'm a Cowboy'

Aldon Smith is close to being back in the NFL, signing a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

Smith, serving an indefinite suspension from the league, has not played in a game since 2015 because of a string of arrests and off-field issues.

"Life is good. I'm thankful. I'm blessed. I'm a Cowboy," the defensive end wrote on Instagram.

According to NFL Network, Smith will get a $2 million guarantee, with another $2 million available in incentives based on sacks.

NFL Network reported that the process of getting Smith reinstated by the league has begun.

The 30-year-old Missouri product was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Smith had 14 sacks as a rookie, then added 19.5 sacks in 2012 and was selected first-team All-Pro.

However, Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 and again in September 2013, and he sat out five games in 2013 while going through rehab.

He was suspended by the NFL for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violations of the substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

After Smith was arrested a third time on suspicion of DUI (along with hit-and-run and vandalism) in August 2015, the 49ers released him the following day. He signed with the Raiders a month later, and he had 3.5 sacks in nine games for Oakland before he was suspended for a year by the NFL for a violation of the substance-abuse policy.

Smith signed a two-year deal with the Raiders in April 2016 but never was reinstated by the league. Oakland eventually cut him in March 2018 after two alleged domestic violence incidents.

In 59 career NFL games (37 starts), Smith has 47.5 sacks, 180 tackles, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

Should Smith join the Cowboys, he would be reunited with new Dallas defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who held the same position in San Francisco during Smith's time there.

Browns CB Ward to pay bills for 21 in need

Browns CB Ward to pay bills for 21 in need

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward plans to pay bills for 21 service-care workers and small-business owners who've been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ward, the No. 4 pick in the 2018 draft, selected 21 recipients -- his jersey number -- who apply to his foundation, called Make Them Know Your Name.

"Whether that's rent or mortgage or just groceries for your family, I want someone to breathe a little easier knowing that's taken care of this month," Ward said in a statement.

Ward said people will submit an application with their explanation for requesting assistance.

Ward's rookie contract is worth a total of $29.165 million, including a $19.2 million signing bonus.

"It's important to me that people know they're not alone in this," said Ward, who was born and raised in the state and attended Ohio State University. "We're all in this together. That's the Ohio way. It's unique for me because the community I'm fortunate enough to play for is the community that helped raise me my entire life. So to help your neighbors in a time when they might be struggling is just a no-brainer."

Kraft's aircraft picks up 1.2M masks from China

Kraft's aircraft picks up 1.2M masks from China

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arranged for the team plane to transport 1.2 million masks from China to Massachusetts, where one of the largest outbreaks of the coronavirus has been met with a shortfall of personal protection equipment.

Multiple outlets reported more than 300,000 of the masks will be sent to the hard-hit state of New York.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who said his bidding for masks in the United States had been met with rival bids from other states and the federal government, negotiated with the support of Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"I've never seen so much red tape in so many ways and obstacles that we had to overcome," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, according to the Journal. "In today's world, those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so with all the assets we have available to us."

The Kraft family paid $2 million, or half of the cost, for the masks. More than 1.7 masks were ordered, but 500,000 of those could not fit on the plane. They will be sent in a later shipment.

"No days off," Baker wrote via Twitter with a photo of the Patriots team plane being loaded. "Thanks to some serious teamwork, Massachusetts is set to receive over 1 million N95 masks for our front-line workers. Huge thanks to the Krafts and several dedicated partners for making this happen."

Brady moves into Jeter's massive Florida mansion

Brady moves into Jeter's massive Florida mansion

The Quarterback is taking residence at The Captain's former 30,000-square foot estate.

Tom Brady moved his family into the Tampa-area mansion owned by Derek Jeter, a waterfront home on Davis Island, a posh neighborhood that presents a reasonable commute to the Buccaneers' facility. Jeter, who like Brady is a Michigan man, is running the Miami Marlins as team president but had the home built during his time with the New York Yankees.

The pad has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, entertainment room and pool with two boat lifts.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady will rent the mansion for an estimated $100,000 per month.

He signed a two-year, $50 million deal with $9 million in incentives in March.

Brady last season put his Boston-area home on the market in the first sign he might be done with the New England Patriots. The home includes a 2,400-square foot guest house.

In October 2019, Brady's home was listed for $33.9 million. Realtor.com said it originally listed privately in August 2019 for $39 million.

NFLPA dismisses Reid's call for new CBA vote

NFLPA dismisses Reid's call for new CBA vote

The NFL Players Association strongly refuted an allegation that the newly passed collective bargaining agreement with the league was altered after union members ratified the document last month.

In a letter sent Wednesday to all players, as subsequently reported by multiple media outlets, the NFLPA stated that allegations put forth Monday by attorneys for free agent safety Eric Reid are "completely false."

Reid's attorneys had asked for the union membership to re-vote on the deal because of changes to Article 60 Section 4, referring to Social Security disability insurance for ex-players.

The union's reply stated: "Yes, the NFLPA fixed a cross-reference in the final version of the new CBA. No, that cross-reference reflects no substantive difference whatsoever from what players were told about the proposed CBA and what the players voted to approve."

The NFLPA added, "It is correct that the final version of the 456-page CBA includes an additional subparagraph with a cross-reference to a section of the Disability Plan that the parties had inadvertently omitted in an earlier version.

"The final CBA corrected the omission, as the bargaining parties were required to do based on their agreement that 'if any typographical errors or incorrect cross-references are found in the 2020-2030 Agreement, the parties will act in good faith to correct them' (just as the parties had similarly agreed when finalizing the 2011 CBA).

"This correction did not, however, change what had been agreed to with the NFL, what information had been provided to players, or what players had voted upon."

The union added that the clarified section regarding Social Security disability insurance payments was presented with "transparency -- indeed, there was extensive discussion and debate -- that this offset would impact approximately 400 former players."

In voting that ended March 14, the players approved the CBA by a 1,019-959 margin, installing the new agreement through 2030.

Reid, 28, was among the players who vocally opposed to the new CBA, which most notably adds a 17th game to the regular season, adds an extra playoff team in each conference every season and boosts the players' revenue share.

Reports: Cowboys set to sign suspended DE Aldon Smith

Reports: Cowboys set to sign suspended DE Aldon Smith

Even before receiving reinstatement from the NFL, defensive end Aldon Smith has a new team lined up.

Smith, out of the NFL since 2015, agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, multiple media outlets reported. According to NFL Network, Smith will get a $2 million guarantee, with another $2 million available in incentives based on sacks.

NFL Network reported that the process of getting Smith reinstated by the league has begun.

The 30-year-old Missouri product was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Smith had 14 sacks as a rookie, then added 19.5 sacks in 2012 and was selected first-team All-Pro.

However, Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 and again in September 2013, and he sat out five games in 2013 while going through rehab.

He was suspended by the NFL for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violations of the substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

After Smith was arrested a third time on suspicion of DUI (along with hit-and-run and vandalism) in August 2015, the 49ers released him. He signed with the Raiders a month later, and he had 3.5 sacks in nine games for Oakland before he was suspended for a year by the NFL for a violation of the substance-abuse policy.

Smith signed a two-year deal with the Raiders in April 2016 but never was reinstated by the league. Oakland eventually cut him in March 2018 after two alleged domestic violence incidents.

In 59 career NFL games (37 starts), Smith has 47.5 sacks, 180 tackles, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

Should Smith join the Cowboys, he would be reunited with new Dallas defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who held the same position in San Francisco during Smith's time there.

DE Mayowa agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

DE Mayowa agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

Defensive end Benson Mayowa and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday, player agent David Canter announced on Twitter.

The deal is worth $3 million, according to multiple media reports. NFL Network reported it could top $4 million if incentives are met.

Mayowa, 28, recorded career bests of seven sacks and three forced fumbles for the then-Oakland Raiders last season.

He began his NFL career with the Seahawks in 2013 but played in just two games and was waived prior to the start of the 2014 campaign.

Mayowa played the next two seasons for the Raiders, followed by two with the Dallas Cowboys and one with the Arizona Cardinals before returning to the Raiders last season. He had six sacks for the Cowboys in 2016.

Mayowa posted a career-best 38 tackles (11 for loss) in his season with the Cardinals in 2018.

Overall, Mayowa has 131 tackles (34 for loss), 20 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 87 career games (15 starts).

Signing Mayowa gives the Seahawks insurance in case they are unable to reach a deal with Jadeveon Clowney, who is an unrestricted free agent after playing for Seattle in 2019.

Patriots release third-string QB Kessler

Patriots release third-string QB Kessler

The New England Patriots reduced their quarterback depth chart Wednesday, releasing Cody Kessler.

The move leaves the Patriots with just Jarrett Stidham and newly re-acquired Brian Hoyer at QB. Veteran Tom Brady left last week, signing a two-year, $50 million free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Last year, Kessler served as the Patriots' third-stringer behind Brady and Stidham for much of the season, never getting into a game. The Patriots signed him on Sept. 25, released him on Oct. 15 and re-signed him on Oct. 28.

The 26-year-old University of Southern California product played previously with the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cleveland selected Kessler in the third round of the 2016 draft, and he made nine appearances for the Browns as a rookie, going 0-8 as a starter. He made three appearances as a backup for Cleveland the next year, then went 2-2 as a starter while playing in five games for the Jaguars in 2018.

In 17 career NFL games (12 starts), Kessler has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,215 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He was in camp with the Philadelphia Eagles last summer but didn't make the team.

Hoyer, 34, rejoined the Patriots for a third stint on March 22, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million deal. He previously backed up Brady from 2009-11 and 2017-18. Hoyer also has played for the Arizona Cardinals, the Browns, the Houston Texans, the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.

In 11 NFL seasons, Hoyer has a 16-22 record as a starter, having completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 10,274 yards with 52 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

Stidham, 23, was selected by New England in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. The Auburn product appeared briefly in three games last year, completing 2 of 4 passes for 14 yards with one interception.

The Patriots have the 23rd pick in this month's draft, and the three top-ranked quarterback prospects -- LSU's Joe Burrow, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert -- are expected to be off the board by then.

USA Today reported that the Patriots met at the scouting combine with Herbert, Utah State's Jordan Love, Georgia's Jake Fromm and Oregon State's Jake Luton.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has New England selecting Love at No. 23.