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FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray embraces NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft in Nashville, Tenn. NFL vice president Troy Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks. In recent drafts, first-round selections were announced by Commissioner Goodell. Then followed hugs involving players and Goodell — some of them comical — and photo sessions with the players wearing team ball caps or even showing off team jerseys. This year, with all public events at the planned site of Las Vegas canceled and the draft set to proceed remotely, players will likely be at their homes when their names are called. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Latest: NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

Apr. 6, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. In a memo sent to the 32 teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Indiana wide receiver Nick Westbrook runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Bloomington, Ind. Gone for the most part this year are access to in-person interviews, campus workouts and visits to team headquarters. Those who competed in college all-star games but didn't receive a combine invite, like Indiana receiver Nick Westbrook, have the advantage of performing in front of scouts. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Pro day cancellations forcing changes to NFL draft process

Apr. 5, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian simplified the NFL's draft process years ago. He studied film, relied on medical experts, checked the numbers and interviewed players. With the flurry of pro days canceled because of the new coronavirus, the Hall of Fame executive who constructed multiple Super Bowl teams...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe looks on during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Wolfe figured he missed yet another chance to join the Baltimore Ravens when the team reached agreement last month on a three-year contract with free agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers. After the deal fell through, Wolfe immediately contacted his agent and insisted that he get in touch with the Ravens. Not long after that, the longtime tackle with the Broncos received a one-year pact with Baltimore.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Former Denver star Wolfe finally gets to play for Ravens

Apr. 3, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Derek Wolfe figured he missed yet another chance to join the Baltimore Ravens when the team reached agreement last month on a three-year contract with free agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers. After Baltimore's deal with Brockers fell through, Wolfe immediately told his agent...

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) catches a pass during warm-ups prior to the NFL Super Bowl football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Chiefs defeated the 49ers 31-20.(Margaret Bowles via AP)

AP source: Chiefs agree to reworked deal with WR Watkins

Apr. 3, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs and wide receiver Sammy Watkins have agreed on a restructured one-year contract that gives the franchise much-needed salary cap relief, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) celebrates an interception against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in Detroit. The Lions agreed to trade cornerback Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout defensive back's seven-year stint in Detroit. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Thursday, March 19, 2020, and that Slay has agreed to a three-year, $50 million extension with Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

New Eagles cornerback Darius Slay wants the pressure on him

Apr. 2, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

New Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay welcomes the opportunity to cover the opponent’s best receiver. “I love the challenge,” Slay said in a conference call Thursday. “I kind of ask for it a lot because the fact that I want the game on me, and I want to help win the game, and...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bills valued Diggs' experience over adding receiver in draft

Apr. 2, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Stefon Diggs landing in Buffalo was a direct result of the new coronavirus pandemic potentially disrupting the NFL’s offseason practice schedule. Bills general manager Brandon Beane altered his approach in filling the Bills’ most pressing need at receiver. By acquiring...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Browns NFL football head coach Kevin Stefanski answers a question during a news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Cleveland's first-year coach has been holed up with his family and riding out the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, which has created numerous challenges as he prepares for an NFL season that still remains in question.(AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

Stuck in Minnesota, Browns coach adjusts to 'strange times'

Apr. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski's title has changed. His address remains the same. Stuck in Minnesota with his family, the Cleveland Browns' first-year coach has been holed up and riding out the coronavirus pandemic, which has created challenges as he prepares for the NFL draft and a season that remains...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, right, hands the trophy to head coach Andy Reid after the chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. It's hard enough when things are normal — only seven franchises have won back-to-back championships. But it's even more difficult when the offseason has been thrown into turmoil because of the coronavirus pandemic, affecting everything from free agency to the NFL draft to team workouts that should have begun this month, but will not. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Chiefs' Reid plotting Super Bowl defense from his basement

Apr. 2, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid is like most people these days. The Kansas City Chiefs coach is hunkered down in his basement, trying to avoid going out in public as he works from a makeshift office consisting of a computer, an iPad and an old side table. The difference, though: He's trying to build a...

Saints agree to re-sign free agent cornerback P.J. Williams

Apr. 2, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. General manager Mickey Loomis said Thursday the Saints were bringing Williams back, though terms of the new contract have not been released. Williams, who entered the NFL when the Saints selected him in...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. The UFC is determined to fight on amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. The UFC hasn't canceled any competitions, even those previously scheduled for areas where large gatherings are now banned. White attributes his decision to go against the sports world's collective mindset partly to a conversation Thursday, March 12, 2020, with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Column: Nothing smart about staging UFC fights or NFL draft

Apr. 2, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

Dana White must be a smart guy. He did, after all, build UFC from almost nothing into the entertainment and sports juggernaut it is today. Roger Goodell is pretty smart himself. He’s been able to keep 32 owners happy while filling their pockets with even more billions from NFL fans. Unfortunately, both...