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The Ravens cut defensive lineman Bravvion Roy, according to the NFL’s transactions report.

He spent last season on the practice squad in Baltimore but did not play a game.

The Panthers made him a sixth-round pick in 2020, and he has appeared in 45 games with 15 starts, all with Carolina. In 2022, he totaled 17 tackles, a quarterback hit, three passes defensed and an interception.

He also has spent time with the Bears.

Roy has played 1,059 defensive snaps and 123 on special teams in his career.

In his final press conference for the 2023 season, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a clear and unambiguous message for his team: No distractions in 2024.

Two months later, he created a major distraction, with the news that he was considering a run for United States Vice President on the Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. ticket.

“Anything that doesn’t have anything to do with winning needs to be assessed,” Rodgers said on January 8. “So anything in this building that we’re doing individually or collectively that has nothing to do with real winning needs to be assessed. . . . It’s not a half the time thing, it’s not a sometimes thing, it’s not a most of the time thing, it’s an every time thing. If you want to be a winning organization, and to put yourself in position to win championships and be competitive, everything that you do matters, and the bullshit that has nothing to do with winning needs to get out of the building. So, that’ll be the focus moving forward.”

During a Tuesday press conference, he was initially asked to explain those comments.

“I mean I addressed that, I don’t have a whole lot to say other than that,” Rodgers said. “I feel like I was pretty direct in what I said.”

Later, he received a more specific question about distractions and the fact that he considered running for Vice President and that he has espoused conspiracy theories during podcast appearances.

“I mean, I appreciate anybody’s opinion,” Rodgers said. “That’s the beauty in First Amendment in this country and free speech, where it’s positive to me, whether it’s negative. I joke about people talking about their vax status before they mention comments about me. I do that because there’s definitely people that view me under that lens, and so the comments that are made about me are usually framed in that mindset. [That’s not] a ‘sensitive’ comment or a ‘victimization’ comment, that’s just the actual truth. I respect those opinions, but those are offseason things. And those are real opportunities. Mostly podcasts with friends of mine, and the Bobby thing was a real thing. . . . Once the season starts, it’s all about football.”

OK, for starters, my vax status is “I have consistently taken the advice of the doctor in whom I have trusted my overall health care for more than a decade.” Is that acceptable?

Now that that’s out of the way, what is he talking about? Distractions don’t just happen in the building or during the season. They happen all year. His comment from January surely didn’t mean “go ahead and create all sorts of problems and distractions now, because once we show up for work, it’s all business.”

He’s trying to have it both ways. And, frankly, the distractions wouldn’t have mattered if he had decided to run for office, because he would have retired — and left the Jets hanging at quarterback.

That continues to be the most underplayed angle in his comments from Tuesday. He considered retirement. The Bobby thing was a real thing. He would have tapped out and left the Jets in a lurch, if he had decided to run.

How is that episode not a distraction? How does it not make some of the players wonder how committed he really is to the cause? Whether he’s being genuine or hypocritical when he chastises them about “bullshit that has nothing to do with winning.”

He thought about quitting on them. And he left the team in the dark while the process played out.

Besides, the prevailing reporting was that Kennedy’s major donors didn’t want Rodgers. Who knows what he would have said if he’d actually been offered the spot. (He wasn’t asked any followup questions on Tuesday.)

It’s also funny to hear Rodgers say he respects the things people say about him. In his 145-minute marathon with Tucker Carlson, Rodgers suggested at one point that “most of the people” who have attacked him are “evil” and are “beholden to Big Pharma or money or whatever it might be.” He’ll never say something like this in a press conference, where someone might actually challenge or question him. He’ll only spew that kind of poison in a safe space where the host(s) will let him do it without scrutiny.

Sorry, but if Aaron Rodgers is going to play in a bigger sandbox than football, he doesn’t get to do it on his own terms. He has said dangerous and irresponsible things regarding medicine and science. He also seems to have a borderline messiah complex, with a worldview shaped not by reality but by Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. (Seriously.)

To make that work, he needs to regard anyone who dares oppose him as someone acting at the behest of Darth Vader or Sauron.

He’s going to get into politics when he’s done playing. He has convinced himself, possibly during an ayahuasca trip, that he can defeat the Emperor or destroy the One Ring or whatever other grandiose notion he has concocted to craft the kind of legacy that he wasn’t able to fashion on the football field, while in competition with the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Patrick Mahomes.

Dre Greenlaw continues to work his way back from a torn Achilles, recently calling it a “long, long, slow process.” He is out of a protective boot three months after his fluke, non-contact injury during the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.

The goal for Greenlaw and the 49ers is for his return Week 1, but it’s more likely he will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list. The 49ers signed De’Vondre Campbell this offseason with that in mind.

49ers linebackers coach Johnny Holland can’t wait to get Greenlaw, whenever that is, and trusts that the six-year linebacker will return better than ever.

Dre is always positive,” Holland said Wednesday, via David Bonilla of “Dre is always the cup is half full than empty, and I got a lot of confidence that he’ll be back full-go. And I don’t know the timeframe, but Dre is a player that stands for the 49er type of defensive player that we want. He’s a violent, physical player, but on the other side, he’s a great teammate, and we miss him being on the field. But [injuries are] part of the game, and he’ll get through it.”

Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson barely scratched the surface last year, due to a concussion followed by a season-ending shoulder injury. As he prepares for his second season, Richardson resists the notion that he needs to change his playing time.

“I don’t think there’s any way I could have avoided what happened to me,” Richardson said Wednesday, via “Just a regular, routine tackle. I tried to brace myself for the fall and just my shoulder did what it did. There’s nothing I could do about that.”

But he, like every quarterback, could make adjustments aimed at reducing contact.

“Changing my game and my play style? I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with my play style,” Richardson said. “People see me, I’m a big quarterback, so they always think, ‘Oh, he wants to run the ball all the time, he wants to be physical and that’s what’s gonna get him hurt.’ But that’s not the case. The times I did get hurt. . . . The one time, the one concussion, that was me completely because I slowed down by the end zone -- you’re never supposed to do that. Everything else, it just happened because we play a dangerous game, and there’s nothing I can do about that.

“But necessarily changing my play? I don’t think I’m gonna change it, but being smart, knowing when to get extra yards and knowing when to get down, I feel like I know how to do that. It’s just I have to do it and do it at the right time, I guess. I don’t know if I’m gonna change my game, but being smarter for the team, of course.”

So he’s not gonna change his playing style, but he sort if is. The change doesn’t need to be dramatic. It’s all about knowing when to get rid of the game or get out of bounds or get down.

It’s a matter of percentages. The fewer the hits taken, the lower the chance that one of those hits will result in an injury.

That doesn’t mean Richardson should change how he plays. It does mean he should try to protect himself.

If Richardson can’t play, that doesn’t help the Colts. And it also places a hard ceiling over his NFL prospects — and his earning potential.

Tight end Luke Schoonmaker could miss all of the Cowboys’ organized team activities with a hamstring injury, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.

It is yet another injury for the 2023 second-round pick.

He missed all of last year’s offseason program with a foot injury and underwent offseason shoulder surgery this spring.

The Cowboys expect more from Schoonmaker this season than they got out of him last season. He made no starts and played only 31 percent of the offensive snaps.

Schoonmaker ended his rookie season with eight receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. gave the Colts a scare on Wednesday.

He remained on the ground after a collision with several defensive backs as he leaped for an Anthony Richardson pass. The team’s medical staff examined Pittman’s left knee as General Manager Chris Ballard and coach Shane Steichen anxiously looked on.

Finally, Pittman stood and then walked with a limp to the indoor practice facility.

Steichen, though, had a positive update after the organized team activity ended.

“He just bumped knees out there on a play,’’ Steichen said, via Mike Chappell of Fox59. “I don’t have a full update, but he should be fine.’’

Pittman, the team’s leading receiver the past three seasons, signed a three-year, $70 million contract in March.

The Ravens have a slimmer Lamar Jackson on the field at OTAs this spring and the quarterback discussed his decision to drop some weight at a Wednesday press conference.

Jackson said recently that he’s down to 205 pounds after playing at 215 pounds last year and 230 pounds during the 2022 season. On Wednesday, he said he cut weight because he wanted to increase his agility to where it was several years ago.

“I’ll say it was important enough to be able to move around a little bit extra, that’s all,” Jackson said, via the team’s website. “Just so I can be more agile and be able to move more.”

Jackson may be more agile, but there may be some questions about his durability. Running has always been a weapon for Jackson and getting lighter make make some wonder about whether he’ll be able to hold up to getting hit. Jackson said he believes “it really doesn’t matter about the weight” and it looks like he will be putting that to the test later this year.

When Aidan O’Connell arrived as a rookie quarterback in Las Vegas last year, he was handed the No. 4 jersey that Derek Carr had worn with the Raiders for the previous nine seasons. That didn’t sit right with O’Connell.

And so, O’Connell said on Maxx Crosby’s podcast, this offseason he decided he’s going to wear No. 12 instead.

“I just didn’t want to be four anymore,” O’Connell said. “I didn’t pick four. I was actually nine and then Tyree [Wilson] wanted nine. So they gave nine to Tyree in the first week I was here, then they gave me four and as a rookie you just kind of do what you’re told, so I was cool with it. When the offseason came, it felt to me it was Derek’s number. He wore it for that long and he’s a franchise leader and all that stuff. It felt disrespectful, so I just wanted to give that back to him.”

The Raiders have now given the No. 4 jersey to wide receiver Jalen Guyton.

The Raiders have added a receiver.

Las Vegas announced on Wednesday that the team has signed Alex Bachman.

Bachman, 27, entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest back in 2019, initially signing with the Rams. He’s then spent a few seasons with the Giants, appearing in four games for New York from 2020-2021. While Bachman hasn’t recorded a career reception, he has returned a punt for 16 yards and averaged 23.5 yards on four kick returns in 2021.

He was on the Texans’ practice squad over the last two years but did not appear in a regular-season game. Bachman re-signed with Houston on a futures deal in January but was cut in April.

Whether it’s with the Cowboys or another team, Dak Prescott will get a new contract that is at the top of the market or near the top of market. His price is only going up by the day.

It didn’t get any less expensive with Jared Goff’s contract extension with the Lions.

The Cowboys already should have signed Prescott to an extension, but they haven’t. Prescott, who waited two years for his second contract, is patient.

“I don’t play for money. Never have and never cared, to be honest with you,” Prescott said, via Patrik Walker of the team website. “I would give it up to just play this game. I’ll leave that to the business people to say what it’s worth and what they’re supposed to give a quarterback of my play, a person of my play and a leader of my [caliber]. I’ll control what I can control, and the rest will take care of itself.”

Prescott is counting $55.4 million against the salary cap this season, the final season of his deal. He has no-trade and no-tag clauses in his contract.

If the Cowboys don’t sign Prescott to an extension, and the team lets him walk in free agency in 2025, he still will count $40.460 million in dead money against the team’s cap in 2025.

Prescott has owned — and maintained — leverage in contract talks since back-to-back franchise tags eventually led to a four-year, $160 million deal he signed in 2021.

“Business is business,” Prescott said. “Right now, it’s about being my best for this team in this moment — OTAs and helping these guys out. I’m focused on that. I know my business will take care of itself. Been in it before. I’m experienced. Just controlling what I can control.”