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Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins sits on the bench in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. Dawkins has been a starter in Buffalo since being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Temple. He had one year left on his rookie contract, and is now signed through the 2024 season. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Bills sign left tackle Dawkins to 4-year contract extension

Aug. 13, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

First, the Buffalo Bills made sure that their improvement could continue under coach Sean McDermott. Then they made sure their franchise left tackle would remain a big part of it. One day after locking up McDermott with a contract extension through 2025, the Bills signed Dion Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks to pass during a practice drill at NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

'Let Russ Cook?' Seahawks QB Wilson would be fine with that

Aug. 13, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The phrase has become popular among Seattle Seahawks fans on social media, almost to the point of becoming a rallying cry: “Let Russ Cook.” It’s in reference to letting Russell Wilson have more control and more opportunity to run the Seahawks offense the way he...

A player carries his shoes and a lunch bag in front of a closed gate leading to Memorial Stadium's playing field in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

Aug. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don't...

FILE - In this Oct.27, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (98) plays during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Nashville, Tenn. Simmons, DaQuan Jones and Harold Landry are ready for the challenge of  filling the hole left by Tennessee trading five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey to Denver in March. (AP Photo/Michael Zito, File)

Simmons, Jones confident Titans can thrive without Casey

Aug. 13, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee made clear in March the front office was ready to move on from five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. The Titans who have to help fill the hole left by Casey's absence insist they're more than ready for the challenge. “A lot of people say we have a...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones waits for the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring players for the Cowboys to stand during the national anthem. Still, the owner who has taken the hardest line among his NFL counterparts against protesting racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner” did acknowledge a changing social tide after the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Jerry Jones suggests wiggle room over Cowboys' anthem policy

Aug. 13, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

Jerry Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring Dallas Cowboys players to stand during the national anthem. Still, the owner who has taken the hardest line among his NFL counterparts against protesting racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner” did...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. No team in the NFC is spending more salary cap space on safeties than the Minnesota Vikings, who will be counting on Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris to support a secondary in transition after the departure of their top three cornerbacks from last season. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

Safety first: Smith, Harris are secondary luxury for Vikings

Aug. 13, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No team in the NFC has allocated more salary cap space to the safety position than the Minnesota Vikings, who will rely even more heavily this season on their excellent yet expensive tandem of stalwart Harrison Smith and upstart Anthony Harris. Their experience in a secondary that...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) levels Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. Williams enters his final season under contract saying he is determined to become a better tackler. He says game video clearly shows it is an area where he needs to improve and he will not shy away from it. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio, File)

Saints safety Williams owning up to tackling deficiencies

Aug. 13, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints safety Marcus Williams has made it a priority to directly and openly address those painful instances when his trouble with tackling has overshadowed his ability to defend passes. “The film doesn’t lie,” Williams said during a video media conference on Thursday...

FILE - Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce smiles before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Chiefs and the star tight end have agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension that will keep him with the Super Bowl champions through 2025, a person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal has not been announced. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

AP source: Chiefs, Kelce agree to 4-year, $57.25M extension

Aug. 13, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs weren't done when they signed star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a record-setting extension, or when they put together a pricey package to keep Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones on the line. Now, they're shelling out more big money to keep tight end...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams looks on before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in East Rutherford, N.J. Gregg Williams has made a career of adjusting on the fly, mixing and matching players to regularly field one of the NFL's toughest defenses. The New York Jets defensive coordinator certainly has his hands full this season after losing his two best players with Jamal Adams traded, and C.J. Mosley choosing to opt out because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, in typical fashion, Williams isn't sweating it - at all. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Jets' Gregg Williams won't flinch despite key losses on D

Aug. 13, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Williams has been through this before plenty of times during his 30 years in the NFL. A key player gets hurt, traded or underperforms — or a few of all of the above — and the New York Jets defensive coordinator coolly adjusts and urges his squad to move forward. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Stephen Jones, executive vice president and director of player personnel, walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Arlington, Texas. The cancellation of college football games will have a far more significant impact on the NFL beyond giving the league an opportunity to play Saturday games this fall. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

On Football: Evaluating college players is NFL's challenge

Aug. 13, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

The cancellation of college football games will have a far more significant impact on the NFL beyond giving the league an opportunity to play Saturday games this fall. Evaluating players for the draft will be among the biggest challenges. “I think until you understand exactly what the landscape is going...