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Ron Rivera says 'it's way too early' to predict what will happen regarding the 2020 NFL season

Ron Rivera says 'it's way too early' to predict what will happen regarding the 2020 NFL season

The NFL has operated as close to business as usual as possible this offseason, still holding free agency and the draft as originally scheduled. But make no mistake, there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A report surfaced early Tuesday morning the Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross believes that NFL games will "definitely" happen in 2020, and the only question that remains is whether fans will be in the stands or not.

Ron Rivera was asked about Ross' comments on Tuesday's edition of NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico, and the head coach explained that "it's way too early for anybody to really predict what's going to happen."

However, the Redskins head coach did express optimism that the league has a much more positive outlook than it did several weeks ago, and hopes that by the time the season rolls around, they'll be good to play the 2020 campaign as scheduled.

"But if things continue to trend in the right way and we continue to develop and learn more and more about the situation and circumstances, understand what's expected of us in terms of how we have to act and behave, I think we can hopefully get ourselves back into that position," Rivera said.

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Just moments before Rivera's interview, Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reported that head coaches could be allowed to return to their team facilities as early as next week and that there is a chance teams could hold minicamps in mid-to-late June (the NFL put out a statement in response saying they are "not putting dates" on a potential return).  

Rivera, who's entering his first season with Washington, was asked how being able to hold just one offseason in-person session prior to training camp would benefit the Redskins.

"I think it would make a great difference," Rivera said. "Again, if we can see where we are and what we have, and we can also explain to the players what we are trying to do before we start training camp. That would be very beneficial to the new coaching staff."

In the meantime, Rivera emphasized that it would be wise for everyone to follow current regulations in order to continue to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus.

"Hopefully within time, there will be enough testing," Rivera said. "Who knows when the vaccine will be found. But for the most part, we've got to continue to practice the social distancing, follow the rules from the CDC and do things the right way."

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Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

The push for the Washington Redskins' name to change continued on Monday, as more than a dozen Native American groups sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force the franchise to change its name immediately, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press.

Demands from the letter were for the NFL to end the use of all Native American names, imagery and logos, specifically citing Washington's franchise. The Redskins' primary logo, which has been the same since 1972, features a modernized Native American with burgundy and gold feathers.

The Native American groups "expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples," the letter read.

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Last Friday, the Redskins released a team statement that the franchise was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name after public pressure from FedEx, PepsiCo, Bank of America, Nike and other major corporate sponsors called for a change.

Monday's letter comes on a day where many voices commented on a potential name change, including President Donald Trump. Additionally, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said Monday that she's pleased with the organization's choice to review its name. Others, such as FS1's Skip Bayless, don't believe the franchise will change its name until it has to.

Outside of coronavirus and the social justice movement in America, the Redskins' name controversy might be the biggest storyline in the United States right now. These comments on Monday are just the latest proof of that.

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Redskins' Dwayne Haskins, Kendall Fuller react to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' lucrative extension

Redskins' Dwayne Haskins, Kendall Fuller react to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' lucrative extension

Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves throughout the sports world on Monday afternoon, as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback agreed to a 10-year mega-extension worth a reported $503 million.

The passer's lucrative and well-earned deal caught the attention of several NFL players, including two Redskins: quarterback Dwayne Haskins and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

Haskins, a quarterback who eventually hopes for a large payday himself, wondered about the language of Mahomes' deal and if his annual salary was tied to the salary cap.

However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mahomes' deal is worth $503 million over that span and not tied to the team's annual cap number.

As Schefter mentioned, Mahomes' deal was unprecedented, as it's the richest in sports history. Prior to Mahomes' extension, most of the largest contracts in sports have come from Major League Baseball, a league that has no salary cap. Over the past few seasons, we've seen MLB stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Gerrit Cole ink $300 million-plus deals. 

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So, when Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller saw Mahomes' new contract, seeing his former teammate ink a deal larger than these MLB stars is what he immediately thought of.

Mahomes has a baseball background himself; his father was a pitcher for Minnesota Twins and a handful of other teams. The quarterback was quite the baseball player himself, too, and was selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He, of course, didn't sign, but played two seasons of college baseball at Texas Tech before fully focusing on football.

After the contract he signed MOnday, Mahomes can assure himself he made the right decision by sticking with football.

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