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No deal for Dak and Dallas: Barnwell picks winners, losers and dominoes

The franchise-tag extension deadline has come and gone. While a long-term contract between Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys seemed to make sense for all parties involved, the two sides weren't able to come to terms. Prescott will play out his $31.4 million franchise tag for the 2020 season before we go through all of this again next offseason. The Cowboys will be unable to sign their quarterback to an extension for the remainder of the league year. This decision doesn't impact solely the 26-year-old and his employers. The Prescott news, in fact, affects teams and players around the league both now and in the offseason to come. Let's cover some of those winners and losers in light of Wednesday's news:Losers: UsThe most likely scenario for Prescott's 2020 season is that he plays well e...

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Texans WR Stills arrested at Louisville protest

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was arrested Tuesday in Louisville and faces a felony charge after participating in a protest at the home of Kentucky's attorney general. Stills, 28, was booked at 11:36 p.m. local time and charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, a felony, according to the Louisville jail's booking log. Stills tweeted a photo of his mugshot."Good trouble" with my brothers and sisters- organized by @untilfreedom. Arrested for peacefully protesting. While Breonnas Taylor's murderers are still out on the street.#ArrestTheCops #JusticeForBreonna#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/GmJUjl7Ezv— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) July 15, 2020 Stills also was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Stills was one of 87 people arrest...

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NFL franchise tag primer: 13 players who could get long-term contracts this week

9:30 AM ETNFL NationESPN The deadline for teams to sign franchise-tagged players to extensions is Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, and 13 players still are awaiting new deals, including Dak Prescott and Derrick Henry. If the players do not agree to new contracts, they will play this season on the tag. Only two players have not signed their franchise tenders: Yannick Ngakoue and A.J. Green. (Chris Jones, a 14th player originally tagged, signed an extension on Tuesday.) Franchise tag figures are based upon the top five salaries at each position. Here's a look at the 13 players who were tagged -- listed alphabetically -- along with why the teams made the decision to tag them and their current salaries for the 2020 season:Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett finished with a league-high 19.5 sacks in 201...

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10 simple rules for fantasy football draft success

7:59 AM ETField YatesESPN Insider CloseField Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.Every so often you find yourself amongst a group of people talking about something that you know you should know all about, but -- without admitting it -- you don't. While seven of your best friends are discussing their thoughts on "Ozark," you're nodding or shaking your head while reacting to the respective thoughts shared, hoping no one engages you directly, as you haven't actually seen the show. We've all been there. That may be how you feel when or if someone asks you to join his or her fantasy football lea...

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Source: Browns, DE Garrett finalizing $125M deal

The Cleveland Browns are finalizing a massive five-year extension worth $125 million with star pass-rusher Myles Garrett, a league source confirmed to ESPN. The deal is not done yet, but the sides are said to be close. The deal, which is worth a total of $144 million over seven years, would make Garrett the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Garrett entered the offseason with two years left on his rookie contract after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option.AAVKhalil Mack, CHI$23.5MAaron Donald, LAR$22.5MDeMarcus Lawrence, DAL$21MDeForest Buckner, IND$21MFrank Clark, KC$20.8MGarrett, 24, is expected to sign the contract as early as Wednesday after passing a physical Tuesday, a source told ESPN. NFL Network first reported Tuesday that a deal was imminent with the 2017 No. 1 pic...

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OBJ: ‘The blond is back’ and new attitude, too

Odell Beckham's blond hair is back. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver said a different attitude is coming with it. Beckham recently hosted a roundtable on his YouTube channel with Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, with whom Beckham has worked out this offseason; and former NFL receiver Victor Cruz, a former teammate of Beckham's on the New York Giants. During the hourlong discussion, Cruz asked Beckham about his mindset for the upcoming season, coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued debut year with the Browns, which ended in a 6-10 record, then offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia. Beckham initially answered the question by simply taking off his hat, revealing the blond locks that he featured throughout his tenure with th...

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How the events of 2020 forced the Washington NFL team’s name change

The road to a new nickname, one that has existed for 87 years for Washington's football team, was decades in the making for some. But for Washington owner Dan Snyder, it was almost an overnight decision. While the battle over opponents of the franchise's name had gone on since the early 1970s, it wasn't until the past month and a half that the pace changed from a light jog to a Usain Bolt sprint. Here's a look at what has transpired, ending with Snyder's monumental decision to retire the name.May 25: George Floyd's deathESPN NFL reporter John Keim explains why this time the Washington franchise decided to move on from the nickname and what it might mean for other teams with Native American nicknames. Listen Floyd's death while in police custody in Minneapolis spurred protests, riots a...

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Eagles re-sign Pro Bowler Peters to play guard

The Philadelphia Eagles are bringing back veteran offensive lineman Jason Peters on a one-year contract. The deal has $3 million in guarantees and is worth up to $6 million, according to Adam Schefter. Peters, 38, has been named to nine Pro Bowls over his 16-year career with the Eagles and Buffalo Bills. The Eagles believe Peters -- their standout left tackle for the last 11 seasons -- can transition to right guard to fill the void left by Brandon Brooks, who is out for the year with a ruptured Achilles.PlayerPro BowlsTom Brady11Drew Brees11Larry Fitzgerald10Joe Thomas10Jason Peters9-- ESPN Stats & InformationHe adds depth and versatility overall with the ability to be their swing tackle as well. Andre Dillard, the team's 2019 first- round pick, is projected to start at left tack...

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NFL veterans on the bubble for all 32 teams

7:00 AM ETNFL NationESPN How will Cam Newton's arrival affect the quarterbacks room in New England? Is there an odd man out at running back in Green Bay? After an offseason without practices amid the coronavirus pandemic, veterans might have more security than usual -- or it just might be harder to identify who is on the bubble. With that in mind, our NFL Nation reporters pick the veterans who might not make regular-season rosters in 2020:Jump to a team:ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CINCLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | INDJAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MINNE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SFSEA | TB | TEN | WSHAFC EASTStephen Hauschka, kicker The veteran kicker has been steady since arriving in Buffalo in 2017 but has made 78.6% of his field goals in each of the past two sea...

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Source: Titans, Henry won’t reach deal by Wed.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and the team are not expected to reach a long-term deal by Wednesday's deadline for franchise players, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Henry, 26, signed his franchise tender in April is scheduled to make $10.27 million this season and become a free agent in the offseason. The Pro Bowler rushed for a league-leading 1,540 yards last season with 16 touchdowns.He became the first player to have 180 yards or more rushing in three consecutive games, counting the season-finale win over the Houston Texans and playoff wins against the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry added 446 yards with two touchdowns in the playoffs. ESPN's Turron Davenport contributed to this report. Source link ...

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