Coping with the coronavirus

Peter King's column leads with how Sean Payton is dealing with the coronavirus, and the story of how Tom Brady landed in Tampa Bay.

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Cam Newton posts video of throwing session, with a new message
Four days after the Panthers dumped quarterback Cam Newton, he continues to prepare for his second act. But he wants one thing to be clear: He’s no long shot. “People love a good underdog story...
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Ravens, Derek Wolfe agree to one-year deal
A day after their deal with Michael Brockers fell through, the Ravens have made another addition to their defensive line. Baltimore agreed to a one-year deal with defensive end Derek Wolfe, according to...
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Chiefs keep Demarcus Robinson
One of the NFL’s top remaining free agents is staying put. Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson will sign a one-year deal to stay in Kansas City, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The 25-year-...
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Aaron Rodgers nearly was stuck in Peru
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers nearly ended up stuck in Peru earlier this month, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rodgers told Pat McAfee and A.J. Hawk on Friday that he and three traveling companions...
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Bobby Hebert Sr., father of former NFL QB, dies of COVID-19
Bobby Hebert Sr., the father of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert Jr., died from COVID-19 on Saturday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Hebert Sr. was 81. Hebert Jr. played for the Saints and Falcons and...
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Darius Jennings signing with Chargers
Receiver Darius Jennings agreed to terms with the Chargers, his agent, Ed Wasielewski, tweeted. Jennings, 27, appeared in eight games for the Titans last season. He caught two passes for 17 yards, while...
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Steelers G.M. looks to 1974 for draft inspiration
The Pittsburgh Steelers had perhaps the best draft in league history in 1974. They did it without the various devices that are (or at least were) currently available. Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert is using a...
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Former Broncos receiver Orlando McDaniel dies from COVID-19
Orlando McDaniel, who played three games for the Broncos in 1982, has become the first known NFL-related death from COVID-19. McDaniel was 59. According to The Advocate, McDaniel recently traveled to...
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Shelby Harris: One-year deal another chance to prove myself
Defensive lineman Shelby Harris re-signed with the Broncos on Friday after a tour of the free agent market that didn’t quite work out the way he expected. Harris called it “interesting to go...
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Rolan Milligan re-signs with Colts
The Colts all but ensured safety Rolan Milligan would be back with the team in 2020 by tendering him as an exclusive rights free agent and Milligan took any remaining mystery out of things on Saturday....
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Who are the most intriguing available free agents?
More than a week into free agency, plenty of intriguing names remain available — including a trio of No. 1 overall draft picks. So, on Friday’s PFT Live, Peter King and I drafted the available...
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Did Drew Brees do a team-friendly deal?
Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis is praising quarterback Drew Brees for taking a team-friendly deal. Which raises this question: Was it really a team-friendly deal? “We needed to know what Drew was going to...
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NFL player-turned-doctor Myron Rolle on the front lines in COVID-19 fight
Myron Rolle took a year off from college football at Florida State to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and then went to medical school after a brief NFL career. He doesn’t shy away from challenges, and...
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Who are the best receivers of all time?
In this world without live sports, we’ve got to find something to talk about. Earlier this week, Bills receiver Stefon Diggs helped fill the vacuum with one simple tweet: “Top 5 wideouts to ever...
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John Lynch on unusual draft: “No excuses, no explanations”
Some teams will embrace the unusual circumstances of the 2020 draft as a way to make excuses if/when their picks become busts. 49ers G.M. John Lynch will not be using the coronavirus as CYA. “This...
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Austin Ekeler has one requirement for the Chargers’ 2020 quarterback
We know that Austin Ekeler will be the Chargers’ starting running back in 2020. We don’t know who the team’s starting quarterback will be. Appearing recently on CBS Sports Radio with Zach...
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Eric Tomlinson signs with Giants
The Giants are bringing back a tight end who spent time with them in the early part of the 2019 season. Eric Tomlinson posted a picture of himself signing a contract with the team to his Instagram account....
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Mickey Loomis didn’t expect to re-sign David Onyemata, Andrus Peat
When Drew Brees was playing out the final year of his contract in 2019, the only real concern for the Saints was that he might retire rather than sign on to extend his time in New Orleans. General Manager...
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James Bradberry didn’t expect an offer from the Giants
It wasn’t long after the negotiating window for free agents opened on March 16 that news broke of cornerback James Bradberry agreement on a deal with the Giants. Seeing Bradberry go off the board...
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By retiring, Eli Manning avoided Vinny Testaverde’s career loss record
When Eli Manning announced his retirement, he avoided breaking a record that he probably would have broken with another season as a starter: The record for the most losses by a starting quarterback in NFL...
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With Clowney still unsigned, some wonder if he’ll wait until training camp
After almost all of the top free agents across the NFL agreed to contracts within the first few days of free agency, Jadeveon Clowney remains unsigned, and no one seems to know what his future holds....
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Report: Shelby Harris returning to Broncos on one-year deal
The Broncos have reached agreement on a one-year deal with Shelby Harris that has a maximum value of $3.25 million and includes $2.5 million in guarantees, Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com reports. Harris...
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Jimmy Graham says he can still run, but will the Bears want him to?
Tight end Jimmy Graham recently said that the Bears have the right plan for him, but Graham didn’t say what it is. So what is it? Graham added in his introductory conference call that he can still run...
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Deshaun Watson feeding nurses on the front lines
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson fed nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at a Houston hospital Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Watson catered lunch and dinner at Ben...
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Will Rams choose between Michael Brockers, Leonard Floyd?
The COVID-19 procedures have created a wild west dynamic in the NFL, and things could still get even wilder for one of the teams of the NFC West. The Rams are low on cap space, and they have pending deals...
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Vikings re-signing Dakota Dozier
The Vikings have reached an agreement with offensive guard Dakota Dozier, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. The one-year, $1 million deal will return Dozier to Minnesota for a second season. He spent his...
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College football eyes possible summer season
The NFL could have the fall football stage to itself, if the NFL finds a way to play its 2020 games. Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal reports that one of the scenarios for playing college football...
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Myles Garrett helps provide 24,000 pounds of food in Cleveland
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has joined some of his teammates and his owners in helping out the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, Garrett will team with the Cleveland Hope Exchange...
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Trent Sieg signs tender with Raiders
Several Raiders’ signings became official Friday. Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib now are Raiders. Long snapper Trent Sieg remains a Raider. Sieg, 24, has...
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Football Week in America is coming to NBCSN
With no live sports currently happening, NBC is bringing you a full week of NFL classic games, and then some. It’s Football Week in America, beginning Monday on NBCSN. And it will consist of classic...
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Shaq Barrett: Winning a Super Bowl in Tampa would be “perfect”
Until two weeks ago, no one was betting on the Buccaneers to contend in 2020. Then, Tom Brady happened. Now, it doesn’t seem far fetched. Tampa Bay believes. The Bucs believe. Vegas believes. “...
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Broncos re-sign Joel Heath, Joe Jones
The Broncos have re-signed a couple of players they opted not to tender contracts as restricted free agents ahead of the start of the new league year. The NFL’s daily transaction report brings word...
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Report: Michael Bennett wants to play another season
Defensive end Michael Bennett said earlier this month that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play another NFL season, but it appears he’s come to a decision. Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning...
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Jets’ deal with Marqui Christian falls through
A third deal which was reported as agreed to has now fallen through. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets’ anticipated deal with safety Marqui Christian will not be completed....
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Falcons to sign ex-XFL LB Edmond Robinson
The Falcons added a former XFL tight end on Wednesday when they signed Khari Lee and they’re adding another player from the league to their defense. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that...
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Greg Zuerlein heading to Dallas
Greg the Leg is hoofing it to Dallas. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Cowboys are signing former Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein. He’s getting a three-year deal worth $7.5 million. The 32-...
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Eagles also exercise options on Carson Wentz, others
A report earlier Friday revealed the Eagles have picked up the 2021 option on tight end Zach Ertz’s contract. That isn’t the only option the team has picked up. They also have exercised the...
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DeAndre Hopkins donates $150,000 to Arizona relief fund
DeAndre Hopkins didn’t need long to become one of them. Less than two weeks after a trade took him from Houston to Arizona, the All-Pro receiver is doing his part in his new home. Hopkins announced he...
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Vikings push back season ticket payments until June
The Vikings are the latest team to give their customers a break during the coronavirus outbreak. Via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, the Vikings sent a memo to season-ticket holders to tell them that final...
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Randall Cobb hasn’t passed physical, hasn’t signed contract
In one of the stranger signs of these strangest of times, the Texans have announced the acquisition receiver Randall Cobb, added him to the roster, and made him available to the media for a conference call...
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Randall Cobb calls Deshaun Watson “a winner,” which sold him on Houston
Receiver Randall Cobb could have gone back to the Cowboys. He chose to leave for Houston despite Dallas hiring his former head coach in Green Bay. When the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy, everyone assumed Cobb...
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Kyle Van Noy eyes leadership role with Dolphins
Kyle Van Noy isn’t particularly interested in defining his on-field role in the Dolphins defense. Van Noy said this week that he expects to “be playing everywhere like I have been” with...
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Owners to vote next week on 14-team playoff
The NFL is likely to make playoff expansion next week. Owners will vote next week on the proposal to add one more team from each conference to the playoffs, according to Judy Battista of NFL Media. With the...
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Brees reflects on finding 'family' in New Orleans
As part of Football Week in America, Saints QB Drew Brees discusses donating and supporting the New Orleans community during the COVID-19 pandemic and relives memorable games over the course of his career.
Eagles exercise Zach Ertz’s option for 2021 season
The Eagles took their eyes off this offseason for a moment this week in order to take care of some business for the 2021 season. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the team exercised their option on...
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Jay Feely picks up award — for coaching girls soccer
Jay Feely obviously picked up a few pointers during his 14 years in the NFL. Via Dana Scott of the Arizona Republic, the longtime kicker and CBS broadcaster added another line to his resume, as he was just...
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Sean Lee confident Cowboys will take care of Dak Prescott
The Cowboys made a good offer to linebacker Sean Lee to bring him back this month, and Lee thinks there’s a good offer coming for quarterback Dak Prescott as well. Lee said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that...
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Vikings bring back Ameer Abdullah
Ameer Abdullah doesn’t get many carries, but has carved out a niche for himself with the Vikings. So they decided to keep him. The team announced they had re-signed the free agent running back and...
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Melvin Gordon expresses regret regarding his holdout
After interviewing running back Melvin Gordon during Super Bowl week, one of his handlers asked with more than a whiff of derision whether I told Gordon during the conversation that his 2019 holdout was a...
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Melvin Gordon ready for some home field advantage
Melvin Gordon might be new to the Broncos, but he already knows what Broncos fans sound like. The veteran running back got a dig in at/acknowledged the obvious about his former team Friday, saying his time...
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Bears opt not to extend season-ticket payment deadline
At a time when plenty of NFL teams have delayed payment for 2020 season tickets, the Chicago Bears have decided not to. According to Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, the March 20 deadline did not...
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Report: Bengals, Dolphins show interest in Cam Phillips
Quarterback P.J. Walker landed a job with the Panthers this month and his favorite receiver with the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks is reportedly drawing interest from NFL teams as well. Aaron Wilson of the...
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Bucs bringing back Ryan Smith
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians downplayed the notion that Tom Brady’s presence will lead free agents to flock to Tampa this season because “there’s only so much money that can go...
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