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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) gets away from Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals went 5-10-1 last year, but they're a popular pick to improve sharply this year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Diabolical division: NFC West looks loaded for another year

Mar. 24, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFC West was a diabolically difficult division for most of the past decade, and it only seems to be getting tougher. The NFL's winningest division last season will be stacked again in the fall with four franchises determined to win now. Three teams that posted winning records in 2019...

AP source: 49ers agree to 1-year deal with Travis Benjamin

Mar. 24, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent receiver Travis Benjamin. A person familiar with the deal says the sides reached agreement on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. NFL Network first reported the agreement. San Francisco...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Arizona Cardinals have acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, March 16, 2020, because the trade hasn't been officially announced.  (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

Key additions and subtractions for NFC teams in free agency

Mar. 20, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

ARIZONA WHERE TEAM IMPROVED IN FREE AGENCY: Cardinals pulled off stunner when they added WR DeAndre Hopkins in trade with Texans that sent RB David Johnson to Houston. Hopkins gives Arizona true No. 1 receiver to complement Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Defense added three potential starters after signing...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead, left, and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) react to a play against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The defending NFC champion 49ers signed Armstead to a five-year contract worth up to $85 million on Monday, March 16, 2020, to keep him off the open market and then immediately agreed to a deal to send Buckner to Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

49ers do best to keep NFC title winning roster intact

Mar. 18, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

After coming within one quarter of winning the Super Bowl, the task for the San Francisco 49ers in free agency was more about keeping pieces in place rather than finding upgrades. They kept starting defensive lineman Arik Armstead and safety Jimmie Ward off the open market with long-term deals and brought back...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins celebrates with fans after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills in Houston. The Arizona Cardinals have acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, March 16, 2020, because the trade hasn't been officially announced. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

NFL bars player and team personnel travel in free agency

Mar. 17, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

The NFL has barred in-person interviews with free agents and is requiring local physical examinations for them rather than team-conducted exams. In a memo sent to the 32 franchises on Monday, the league also banned travel by team personnel to meet with free agents as well as those players traveling to team...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead, left, and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) react to a play against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The defending NFC champion 49ers signed Armstead to a five-year contract worth up to $85 million on Monday, March 16, 2020, to keep him off the open market and then immediately agreed to a deal to send Buckner to Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

49ers lock up Armstead, plan deal for Buckner

Mar. 17, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers locked up two defensive starters with long-term contracts and made plans to deal another to add a needed draft pick and salary cap room. The defending NFC champions signed defensive lineman Arik Armstead to a five-year contract worth up to $85 million and...