Let the games begin

Writing from Tokyo, Mike Tirico closes the series of FMIA guest columns by checking in with Drew Brees and Jon Gruden as the NFL season approaches.

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Browns put Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on COVID-19 reserve
Browns rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah won’t be able to start training camp on time. Owusu-Koramoah has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Players can be placed on the list either...
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Report: Chandler Jones rquested a trade
Chandler Jones wasn’t with the Cardinals at their minicamp in June and the edge rusher reportedly wants a permanent separation from the team. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that Jones requested a trade...
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Buccaneers say they’re using red wristbands for vaccinated players, yellow for unvaccinated
So much for HIPAA. (That’s sarcasm, by the way.) The Buccaneers have informed PFT that the Super Bowl LV champions will be using two different wristbands at practice to distinguish vaccinated players...
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Jaguars have four players on COVID-19 list
The Jaguars added a fourth player to the COVID-19 list Saturday. Cornerback Chris Claybrooks joined cornerbacks CJ Henderson and Luq Barcoo and quarterback Jake Luton on the reserve list. Howard Balzer of...
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Raiders place Divine Deablo, Isaiah Johnson on PUP
The Raiders made several moves Sunday as they prepare for the start of training camp, the team announced. Rookie linebacker Divine Deablo and cornerback Isaiah Johnson have landed on the active/physically...
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Tarik Cohen opens Bears camp on PUP list
Bears running back Tarik Cohen‘s return from a torn ACL will include a stint on the physically unable to perform list. The team announced on Sunday that Cohen has been placed on that list as they set...
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49ers cut Daeshon Hall
Defensive lineman Daeshon Hall will not be going to training camp with the 49ers this week. The NFL’s daily transaction wire shows that the 49ers have released Hall from their roster. They signed Hall...
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Titans add John Simon, waive Tuzar Skipper
The Titans made a couple of moves at outside linebacker with training camp about to get underway in Tennessee. The team announced the signing of John Simon on Sunday afternoon. Tuzar Skipper was waived in a...
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Eagles sign Steven Nelson
Darius Slay got what he wanted. The Eagles cornerback went on Twitter recently to pitch free agent Steven Nelson on joining him in the Philly secondary and the team announced Nelson’s signing on...
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Cowboys sign Kyron Brown
The Cowboys are expected to sign safety Malik Hooker in the coming days and they made another addition to their defensive backfield on Sunday. Agent Sam Leaf announced that his client Kyron Brown has signed...
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Sam Hubbard agrees to four-year, $40 million extension with Bengals
Defensive end Sam Hubbard is set to be a Bengal for several more years. According to multiple reports, Hubbard has agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension with Cincinnati. Hubbard was headed into the...
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Mike Evans says he knew Tom Brady was injured, but didn’t know it was a torn MCL
The Buccaneers are back in training camp, and certain players are back at the microphone, answering questions from reporters. Quarterback Tom Brady has yet to be grilled about the torn MCL with which he...
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Eric Fisher to PUP list, Dayo Odeyingbo to NFI list for Colts
The Colts knew Eric Fisher would need some time to continue recovering from a torn Achilles when they signed him as a free agent this offseason and they made a roster move acknowledging that reality on...
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Odell Beckham: Everything feels great
Browns players and coaches gave sparkling reviews of wide receiver Odell Beckham‘s condition as the team’s offseason program came to a close and Beckham said things remain good on the health...
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Steelers unvaccinated players will wear yellow wristbands
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a high vaccination rate among players. Those who have yet to get the shot will stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. Per the team, Steelers players who haven’t been...
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Lions put Austin Bryant on PUP list
The Lions announced a few roster moves ahead of the start of their training camp this week. Defensive end Austin Bryant has been placed on the physically unable to perform list, wide receiver Javon McKinley...
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Bengals make pre-camp roster moves, but they don’t place Joe Burrow on PUP list
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow appears to be on track to participate in training camp from the get go. The team has announced the placement of various players on various lists. The overall list of players...
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Brian Poole set to sign with Saints
Cornerback Brian Poole is one of the few unsigned players from PFT’s list of the NFL’s top 100 free agents, but it looks like he will be leaving that group soon. Poole told Josina Anderson that...
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Deshaun Watson is expected at Texans camp Sunday
Deshaun Watson didn’t spend any time with the Texans this offseason, but he remains on the team’s roster and is reportedly set to join them ahead of training camp. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media...
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NFL defers issue of identifying vaccinated players at practice and games to teams
As training camps open and players return to the practice field, a question lingers regarding those who have and haven’t been vaccinated. How, if in any way, will they be distinguished? Not long ago,...
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Buccaneers sign Chris Cooper
The Buccaneers pushed their roster to the maximum of 90 players ahead of their first training camp practice on Sunday. Safety Chris Cooper was the late addition to the roster. The team announced his signing...
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Gardner Minshew prepares to compete with Trevor Lawrence, in a unique way
Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew approaches his third NFL season with the same mindset he brought to his first two — he wants to be the starter. The fact that the 2020 Jags lost fifteen in a row...
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How much money does Aaron Rodgers want? (A lot of it)
The recent news that the Packers offered Aaron Rodgers a five-year contract that would make him the highest-paid player in football omitted key information regarding guarantees and structure.
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Patrick Chung: Bill Belichick won’t let Patriots’ culture change, even without Tom Brady
Patrick Chung played 10 years for the Patriots with Tom Brady as a teammate, and then he played his final NFL season last year on the Patriots without Brady. And he says Brady’s absence doesn’t...
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Aaron Rodgers completes his usual offseason workout program
Aaron Rodgers is training as if he’s preparing for an NFL training camp, even as he has continued to refuse to say whether he’ll report when the Packers begin camp this week. Rodgers has been...
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Chiefs place Armani Watts on PUP, Malik Herring on NFI
The Chiefs placed safety Armani Watts on the physically unable to perform list and rookie defensive end Malik Herring on the non-football injury list Saturday. Both players count against the team’s 90...
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Terrelle Pryor says he has a visit lined up, if he gets vaccinated
Although certain unvaccinated players will be able to keep their roster spots due to skill, guaranteed pay, or potential cap hit, unvaccinated players who lack the skill and ability to be critical to one or...
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Bears trade Anthony Miller to Texans
The Bears have been trying to trade wide receiver Anthony Miller for months. They’ve finally found a taker. Miller has been traded to Houston, according to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL...
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Dede Westbrook signing one-year deal with Vikings
When NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that receiver Dede Westbrook was going to work out with the Vikings, Rapoport noted Westbrook would likely sign with Minnesota if everything went well....
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Broncos place three on physically unable to perform list
The Broncos announced Saturday that they’ve placed three players on the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Essang Bassey, cornerback Duke Dawson Jr. and linebacker Baron Browning are all going to...
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Buccaneers place Cameron Brate on PUP list, sign De’Quan Hampton
The Buccaneers made a few roster moves on Saturday, notably at tight end. Tampa Bay placed Cameron Brate on the physically unable to perform list. While Brate will temporarily be out of practice, he can...
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Packers place Ray Wilborn on COVID-19 list
The Packers placed linebacker Ray Wilborn on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. The reason for Wilborn going on the list is currently undisclosed. He may have tested positive for the virus, or he may be...
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Titans place Bud Dupree on PUP list, Caleb Farley on NFI list
In advance of training camp, the Titans made several roster moves on Saturday headlined by a pair of key defensive players. Tennessee placed edge rusher Bud Dupree on the physically unable to perform list...
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Steelers’ QB depth chart has Mason Rudolph No. 2, Dwayne Haskins No. 3, Josh Dobbs No. 4
The Steelers have released their first depth chart of training camp, and although that’s not necessarily a reflection of where the players will ultimately end up, it’s an interesting opportunity...
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Titans have all eight draft choices under contract after signing Monty Rice
The Titans signed third-round choice Monty Rice on Saturday, the team announced. All of the team’s eight draft picks now are under contract. The Titans selected Rice, a Georgia product, with the 92nd...
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Za’Darius Smith joins the list of less-than-happy Packers
Packers pass rusher Za'Darius Smith raised eyebrows on Friday when he tweeted, “I need a realtor in GreenBay ASAP!!” And while within 35 minutes he downplayed the tweet as a reference to ...
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Browns sign Anthony Schwartz, have all eight draft picks under contract
The Browns announced the signings of first-round choice Greg Newsome II and third-round selection Anthony Schwartz. They are the final players of the club’s eight 2021 draft picks to sign. Newsome’s...
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NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for COVID-19 protocol violations
NFL players who aren’t vaccinated will be monitored for compliance with mask rules and other restrictions that don’t apply to vaccinated players, and every time an unvaccinated player breaks a...
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Union not thrilled with NFL memo threatening forfeitures for outbreaks among the unvaccinated
Officially, the NFL Players Association didn’t pick a fight with the NFL over Thursday’s memo that ramps up the pressure on unvaccinated players to get vaccinated. Unofficially, the union isn...
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Packers leadership prepares for the team’s most interesting shareholder meeting in years
It’s surely not coincidental that the Aaron Rodgers rumor mill is ramping up — and that Rodgers is doing nothing to shut it down — two days before the moment at which the folks at the top...
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Michael Thomas, Saints may still be on a collision course
Last year, evidence of very real friction emerged between the New Orleans Saints and superstar receiver Michael Thomas.
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Browns sign first-round pick Greg Newsome
The Browns’ first-round draft pick is in the fold. Greg Newsome, a cornerback selected by the Browns with the 26th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, has signed his four-year rookie contract, his...
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Bruce Arians: Unvaccinated players will be fined $14,000 for every protocol breach
NFL teams can’t force players to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they can make life difficult for unvaccinated players. And they will. The latest example comes from Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians,...
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Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams post “Last Dance” picture on social media
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams could easily clear up exactly what their intentions are for their futures in Green Bay by using their words on social media. Instead they...
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Andy Reid: Frank Clark will be at training camp, we’ll keep tabs on his situation
Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark faces up to three years in prison for felony possession of an assault weapon, but for now the Chiefs consider him a part of the team like everyone else. Kansas City head...
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Browns unveil special commemorative uniform to celebrate their 75th anniversary
The Browns will celebrate their 75th anniversary this season, and one way the team will pay homage to its history is with a special commemorative uniform. The Browns unveiled the special uniforms on their...
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PointsBet pulled Green Bay over-under win total bet on Friday due to Aaron Rodgers retirement speculation
Yes, the rumors of Aaron Rodgers retiring from football next week are real. PointsBet sports book tells PFT that the Green Bay over-under win total, which PointsBet had reinstalled earlier this month at...
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Seahawks sign Cameron Scarlett
The Seahawks worked out running backs Pete Guerriero, Darnell Holland and Cameron Scarlett. They announced Friday they have signed Scarlett. The team did not need a corresponding move after not filling...
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Cole Beasley essentially dares Bills to cut him
Bills receiver Cole Beasley, the NFL player who has become the most vocal when it comes to anti-vaccination concerns and conspiracy theories, was at it again today on Twitter. At one point, he essentially...
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Sports books reportedly brace for an Aaron Rodgers retirement
Las Vegas usually knows what’s going on. On Aaron Rodgers, Las Vegas reportedly thinks it knows what he’ll be doing next week.
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Reports: Cole Popovich’s departure from Patriots related to COVID-19 vaccine
News came earlier Friday that Cole Popovich no longer is on the Patriots’ coaching staff. Multiple reports since have confirmed the reason is related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Mike Giardi of NFL Media...
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Patriots sign tight end David Wells
The Patriots announced Friday they have signed tight end David Wells. Wells, 26, worked out for the team along with defensive back Brian Cole and center Spencer Pulley. Wells joins Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry...
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Dak Prescott practices fully, looking forward to preseason snaps
Dak Prescott participated in a full practice, including 11-on-11 drills, for the first time since his season-ending right ankle injury last October. He said last month he “buried” any remaining...
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