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FILE - Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott listens to a question after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. The Bills have signed coach McDermott to a multi-year contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not released that information. McDermott had two years remaining on his original deal. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, file)

Bills sign McDermott to multiyear extension

Aug. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

The Buffalo Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not released that...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, right, celebrates with teammate Preston Smith after sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins during the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith aren’t related, but the Packers pass rushers share the same last name and the same type of productive games. They combined for 25 ½ sacks last season after both signed with the Packers as free agents in early 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

Packers' pass-rushing Smiths eager to expand their games

Aug. 7, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

Social distancing protocols will prevent Green Bay Packers outside linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith from having the side-by-side joint locker-room interviews that followed so many of their games last season. They’ll have to continue getting together while surrounding the opposing...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020 file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) rushes against the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl 54  in Miami Gardens, Fla. Working out a new contract with the San Francisco 49ers wasn't the only thing Raheem Mostert had to do before deciding whether to play football this season. There was a much more important family matter to deal with as well. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Mostert weighed family issues before deciding to play

Aug. 5, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Working out a new contract with the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t the only thing Raheem Mostert had to do before deciding whether to play football this season. There was a much more important family matter to deal with as well. Mostert’s wife, Devon, is expecting the...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 26, 2016 file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, talks with general manager Mickey Loomis during NFL football practice in Metairie, La. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says unusual circumstances surrounding this pandemic-altered NFL season haven't changed high expectations; the Saints seek a fourth-straight playoff appearance. Loomis says it's an advantage that he and coach Sean Payton have worked together since 2006 and that there has been little turnover on the staff or roster recently. Loomis spoke Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Loomis: Virus uncertainty doesn't alter Saints' high goals

Jul. 28, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis doesn’t expect the unusual circumstances surrounding this pandemic-altered NFL season to dampen expectations for a team seeking a fourth-straight playoff appearance. There’s been little turnover on coach Sean Payton’s staff and...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) runs against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Santa Clara, Calif. San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert requested a trade from the team after not being able to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Agent: RB Raheem Mostert reworks contract with 49ers

Jul. 27, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert reworked his contract after previously requesting a trade. Agent Brett Tessler announced the new deal Monday that ensures the running back will report to camp with his teammates later this week. “Happy we got...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (76) speaks during a news conference in Aventura, Fla., for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game. Duvernay-Tardif, of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, became the first player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Chiefs' Duvernay-Tardif first to opt out of 2020 NFL season

Jul. 24, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season on Friday, choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Kansas City Chiefs defend their first Super Bowl title...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis. The Vikings signed head coach Zimmer on Friday, July 24, 2020, to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season. Zimmer’s record with the Vikings over six years is 57-38-1, plus 2-3 in the postseason. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)

Vikings sign Zimmer to 3-year contract extension through '23

Jul. 24, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season, finalizing a key piece of business Friday before the beginning of training camp. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six years, the third-best winning percentage (.599) of the...

Bears release TE Braunecker

Jul. 23, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears released tight end Ben Braunecker on Thursday. Undrafted out of Harvard in 2016, Braunecker caught 13 passes for 142 yards in 47 games for Chicago. The Bears now have eight tight ends on their roster, including second-round draft pick Cole Kmet and veteran...

Packers open camp seeking to build on 2019 breakthrough

Jul. 20, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-4) CAMP SITE: Green Bay, Wisconsin LAST YEAR: Packers bounced back from two straight losing seasons by sweeping through NFC North and beating Seattle Seahawks in playoffs before falling 37-20 to San Francisco 49ers, their third conference championship game loss in past six years. Packers...

Chargers don't have much time to make changes on offense

Jul. 20, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11) CAMP SITE: Costa Mesa, California LAST YEAR: Chargers’ seven-win decline from 2018, when they made playoffs, was worst drop-off in league last season and second biggest in franchise history. Nine losses were by one score. Offense committed turnovers at worst possible times with...