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  • Report: Bengals' Waynes (pectoral) seeks 2nd opinion
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes could be sidelined for as many as two months due to a pectoral injury, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday.

    • Per the report, Waynes is seeking a second opinion on the injury that he sustained during Monday's practice.

      Waynes, 28, signed a three-year, $42 million deal in March after spending five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

      Last month, Waynes' agent Brian Murphy told Sports Illustrated that he advised his client against performing any football drills this offseason while he waited to receive his $15 million signing bonus. Per the report, the Bengals withheld payment until he was able to come into the building in late July with the rest of the team for in-person physicals.

      Waynes recorded 56 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception in 14 games last season. He collected 242 tackles and seven interceptions in 74 career games since being selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Agent: RB Miller, Patriots agree to one-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Running back Lamar Miller and the New England Patriots have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    • Per Rosenhaus, the agreement hinges on Miller passing a physical.

      Miller missed all of the 2019 season after sustaining a torn ACL in the Houston Texans' third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

      The 29-year-old rushed for 2,934 yards and 13 touchdowns in three active seasons with the Texans. He also reeled in 92 receptions for 678 yards and five scores.

      Miller has rushed for 5,864 yards and 32 touchdowns and added 209 receptions for 1,565 yards with eight scores in seven active seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Texans. He was selected by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

      He joins a Patriots' depth chart that includes Sony Michel (physically unable to perform list), James White, Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris and undrafted free-agent J.J. Taylor.

      --Field Level Media

  • Titans place LB Smith on COVID-19 list
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 10, 2020

    The Tennessee Titans added outside linebacker Josh Smith to their reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

    • After being placed on the list, Smith will be required to stay away from the team. No details were revealed but his spot on the list means he has either tested positive for COVID-19, or is being quarantined after having close contact with someone who has been infected.

      Smith played in Nashville in college, at Vanderbilt, and joined the Titans last season as an undrafted free agent. He spent the final weeks of the 2019 season, and Tennessee's playoff run, on the team's practice squad.

      Smith joins defensive end Jack Crawford on the Titans' COVID-19 list. Offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson, the team's 2020 first-round draft pick, has already returned from the list.

      Offensive lineman Anthony McKinney was the only Tennessee player to opt out of playing in 2020.

      --Field Level Media

  • Edelman on life without Brady: 'The train keeps moving'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 10, 2020

    Julian Edelman acknowledged Monday that things are a little different in Patriots training camp without his longtime friend and quarterback, Tom Brady, but that doesn't mean New England isn't ready to get down to business.

    • "Obviously we played a lot of football together and I love him to death, but the train keeps moving, as it will when I'm not playing here," Edelman told reporters about Brady in his first interview since January.

      "Obviously it was a little different scenario, but you got to move on and understand it's the business. You have to worry about the people we have here, and try to prepare ourselves the best we can."

      Brady left in the offseason to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Edelman said he's confident in the abilities of Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and former league MVP Cam Newton, who signed as a free agent this offseason.

      Coach Bill Belichick hasn't named a starter for the Patriots, who are scheduled to open the season Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass.

      "You have Hoyer, who has played here. He's been in the system," said Edelman, 34, who is entering his 11th season with the Patriots. "You have Stidham, who has a year under his belt. And you have Cam, this guy is a heck of a football player. This isn't his first year playing football. This guy is a former MVP who has played in a lot of big games.

      "I have a lot of faith in our coaching staff, along with some of the veteran players, to go out and do our best to try to prepare everyone the best we can. That's what this season is going to be about -- about addressing and overcoming certain situations everyone is having to deal with. We have a long road ahead of us, but if we just keep on bringing our hard hat and lunch pail to work, and coming in with a purpose, that's usually when good things happen."

      --Field Level Media

  • Alex Smith could make Washington QB battle 'interesting'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 10, 2020

    Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said Alex Smith could make the quarterback competition an "interesting challenge" if the veteran is healthy.

    • Smith nearly lost his right leg following a gruesome injury in 2018 that required 17 surgeries. The 36-year-old is attempting to resume his football career and could put a significant wrinkle in the quarterback battle.

      Dwayne Haskins, 23, was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He struggled as a rookie, but has been the presumptive starter despite the on-field offseason program being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      Washington has a new offensive coordinator in Scott Turner, and the team also acquired veteran Kyle Allen during the offseason. Rivera is familiar with Allen from their time together with the Carolina Panthers.

      "The biggest thing we've got to do is not make sure we're divvying up the reps as evenly as possible, but we divvy up who they work against," Rivera said Monday. "This could be a very interesting challenge for us because of Alex Smith.

      "If Alex is healthy and continues to get healthy and we do activate him, he's going to be in the throes of this competition. It'll be a very challenging situation to make sure everybody's reps are equitable, and their competition is the same."

      Smith joined Washington in 2018 and played in 10 games before the injury. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2005 has overcome immense odds to even be in the conversation of playing in another NFL game.

      He has been working with athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion on quarterback drills and testing specific movements as he continues to regain strength. However, there is no guarantee Smith will fit into Washington's quarterback plans for 2020, much less make a serious push for the starting job.

      "We don't want to put him on the field and expose him until the proper opportunity comes," Rivera said. "We're trying to be smart. We're trying to be diligent in this situation because of Alex's circumstances.

      "He's been tremendous right now and we expect him to continue to develop and grow. When the moment's right, at the appropriate time we'll make our decision."

      Rivera also commended Haskins for doing a "great job" of improving as a leader on and off the field.

      "He's competing, he's doing the things we need him to do, he's being very professional about the way he's handling himself and he's really been very thoughtful in terms of his actions," Rivera said. "So that's one thing that's been a big plus. It really has."

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles LB Brown retires unexpectedly at 26
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 10, 2020

    The Philadelphia Eagles placed linebacker Jatavis Brown, an offseason signee, on the reserve/retired list after his unexpected retirement on Sunday.

    • Brown, 26, was selected by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the franchise, he played in 56 games (23 starts), making 265 tackles (14 for loss) and adding three forced fumbles and 4.5 sacks.

      In March, he signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract, which included $550,000 in guaranteed money. He was expected to compete for a starting linebacker spot.

      Neither Brown nor the Eagles announced a reason for his retirement.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rivera: Releasing Guice in Washington's best interest
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 10, 2020

    Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said Monday that releasing running back Derrius Guice was in the "best interest of our organization."

    • Guice was released by the team on Friday, the same day the Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff's Office charged the 23-year-old with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.

      The Washington Post, citing charging papers in the case, reported Monday that Guice is accused of strangling his girlfriend to the point of unconsciousness.

      "Very difficult decision. Anytime you have to release a very talented young football player, it's always a tough decision," Rivera said. "This type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very seriously.

      "... I talked with the players yesterday and basically told them I made a decision I thought was in the best interest of our organization. If it was the right decision, we will benefit from it. If it's not, it will be on me. I will take full responsibility as we go forward to try and make sure we do things the right way."

      Washington selected Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of LSU. He missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in camp, played the season opener in 2019, then missed two more months after undergoing surgery in September for a torn meniscus.

      Guice played in five games last season, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score.

      Rivera also addressed the team's decision on Sunday to activate Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list.

      Washington claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker in November 2018. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

      Foster, 26, spent the remainder of the 2018 season on the commissioner's exempt list.

      "Reuben and I have talked about some things, some specific stuff, I'm not going to get into details," Rivera said. "But the one thing Reuben has shown since I've been here is that he is doing things the right way. He is doing things the way we need him to do and he has been excellent. He really has. He's done great things in terms of his rehab. He's done a great job in terms of working with our coaches. I'm excited for the young man's opportunity.

      "You know, here's a guy who needed a change of scenery. I think that may be one of the things that has truly benefited him. Who knows, that's what might be needed in Derrius' case, an opportunity for a change of scenery."

      Foster has played in 16 of a possible 48 games in his career since being selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots acquire CB Jackson from Lions
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 9, 2020

    The New England Patriots acquired cornerback Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions on Sunday in exchange for an undisclosed pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

    • Jackson, 23, did not record any statistics of note during the one game he played last season for Detroit.

      Jackson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He began his NFL career on the team's practice squad before being signed to the Lions' active roster.

      Jackson collected 97 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 36 games at the University of Miami (2015-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL, refs' union board agree to $30K stipend for opt outs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 9, 2020

    The NFL Referees Association announced Sunday that it has reached a deal with the league on health and safety protections and an opt-out program for the upcoming 2020 season.

    • The agreement was approved by the NFLRA board of directors and will advance to a full vote of membership Monday. If approved, game and replay officials will have until Thursday to notify the league of a decision to opt out.

      Should game and replay officials elect to opt out in respect to fears surrounding the coronavirus, they will receive a $30,000 stipend and a guarantee that their jobs will be protected in 2021.

      "There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our members," said Scott Green, NFLRA executive director. "Although there will undoubtedly be some risk for our officials, we are pleased to have finalized a plan with the league that provides additional benefits and protections during this unprecedented season."

      The NFL's roster of officials currently stands at 121, enough to give each official at least one week off during the season. A standard NFL crew has seven on-field officials.

      According to the NFLRA, the agreement also includes the following stipulations:

      --There will be COVID-19 testing twice per game week. For a Sunday game, officials will be tested on Thursday at home and on Saturday at the site of the game.

      --Any official who tests positive for COVID-19 during the season will receive salary, medical and other benefits the NFL normally provides when an official sustains an injury on the job.

      --Any official who tests positive or shows symptoms of illness at a game site will receive medical expenses, lodging and travel expenses home from the NFL.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons sign S Wilcox
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 9, 2020

    The Atlanta Falcons signed safety J.J. Wilcox, the team announced Sunday.

    • Wilcox was slated to play for the Falcons last season before sustaining a torn ACL in the opening workout of training camp.

      Wilcox, 29, played in 2018 with the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, making seven tackles in seven games. He spent the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.

      Wilcox has recorded 233 tackles and six interceptions in 77 career games since being selected by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dolphins sign WR Rogers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 9, 2020

    The Miami Dolphins announced the signing of wide receiver Chester Rogers on Sunday.

    • The addition of Rogers comes one day after the team signed fellow wideout Ricardo Louis.

      The Dolphins added the pair on the heels of wide receivers Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson II electing to opt out of the 2020 season due to fears surrounding the coronavirus.

      Rogers, 26, recorded 111 receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns in 53 career games with the Indianapolis Colts (2016-19). He had 16 catches for 179 yards and two scores in 12 games last season before finishing on injured reserve due to a knee fracture.

      Rogers and Louis join fellow wideouts DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Preston Williams, Isaiah Ford, Gary Jennings, Mack Hollins and Malcolm Perry with the Dolphins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Washington activates LB Foster from PUP list
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 9, 2020

    The Washington Football Team activated middle linebacker Reuben Foster from the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Sunday.

    • NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Foster is in line to play Week 1 after recovering from a torn ACL and LCL he sustained during organized team activities in May 2019.

      The activation of Foster comes two days after Washington cut running back Derrius Guice following a domestic violence arrest. The Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff's Office charged the 23-year-old Guice with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property

      Washington claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker in November 2018. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

      Foster, 26, spent the remainder of the 2018 season on the commissioner's exempt list.

      Foster has played in 16 of a possible 48 games in his career since being selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Broncos expected to sign OT Dotson
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 9, 2020

    A week after starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James opted out of the season, the Denver Broncos are expected to sign veteran right tackle Demar Dotson, 9News Denver reported Saturday evening.

    • Per the report, a deal is not final, but parameters are "in place," and Dotson is expected to sign this week after passing COVID-19 testing and a physical.

      Multiple outlets reported earlier Saturday that Dotson was visiting the Broncos.

      Dotson, 34, became a free agent in March after his three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expired. He started 15 games at right tackle in each of the last two seasons and 106 of 130 appearances across 11 years with the Bucs.

      James' opt-out left the Broncos with Elijah Wilkinson -- who started 12 games in place of an injured James in 2019 -- as the likely starter at right tackle. The team had hoped to have Wilkinson challenge incumbent Garett Bolles at left tackle.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns activate WR Landry (hip) off PUP list
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry was activated off the physically unable to perform list after passing his physical, the team announced Saturday.

    • Landry joined safety Karl Joseph and tight end Pharoah Brown in exiting the PUP list for the Browns, who also claimed cornerback M.J. Stewart via waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Landry is working his way back following offseason hip surgery. He has yet to miss a game over his six years in the NFL.

      Landry, 27, caught 83 passes for a career-high 1,174 yards and six touchdowns last season. He has 564 receptions for 6,188 yards and 32 scores in 96 games with the Miami Dolphins (2014-17) and Browns.

      Joseph, 26, registered 49 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in nine games last season with the Oakland Raiders. He missed seven contests with a foot injury.

      Brown, 26, had two catches for 27 yards in nine games (six starts) last season. He also is trying to overcome a foot injury.

      Stewart, 24, recorded 35 tackles in 10 games (one start) with the Buccaneers in 2019. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vikings LB Smith to have open-heart surgery
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith is in need of open-heart surgery and will miss the upcoming season.

    • Smith, 23, announced over social media on Saturday that he learned of his heart condition after undergoing additional cardiac screening following a positive test for COVID-19.

      "I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with," Smith posted on Instagram. "Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!"

      Smith plans to resume his career when he is healthy enough to do so.

      "By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field," Smith wrote. "I'm going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback! #SKOL"

      Smith recorded eight tackles in five games while playing mostly on special teams last season. He was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of USC.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Jets QB Flacco (neck) to miss just 1-2 games
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 8, 2020

    New York Jets backup quarterback Joe Flacco is expected to miss just one or two games as he continues to recover from neck surgery, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

    • Flacco visited a specialist in Philadelphia on Friday to evaluate his progress after he underwent repair on a herniated disk in his neck in April. Per Rapoport, Flacco showed no issues in his latest exam and is scheduled for a final checkup in early September.

      The Jets' regular-season schedule -- assuming it goes as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic -- begins Sept. 13 at Buffalo.

      Sam Darnold is the starting quarterback for New York, while David Fales is penciled in behind Flacco as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

      Flacco, 35, played eight games with the Denver Broncos in 2019 but hurt his neck midseason and landed on injured reserve. The former Super Bowl MVP was released in March with a failed physical designation before agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million deal -- with up to $3 million in additional incentives -- with the Jets.

      Flacco went 2-6 as a starter for Denver, passing for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 171 career games with the Baltimore Ravens and Broncos.

      --Field Level Media

  • Deion Sanders takes aim at players who opt out
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders has taken issue with players who elect to opt out on their respective upcoming seasons due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

    • "All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u," Sanders wrote on Twitter. "This is a business & don't u EVER forget that. There's NO ONE that's bigger than the game itself. Only the ref, umps & officials are that important that u can't play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth."

      Sanders did not mention specific names, or even whether he intended to address the NFL, college football or another sport for that matter.

      It should be noted that the NFL's opt-out deadline was Thursday, with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess, New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung and New York Giants tackle Nate Solder among those announcing that they won't play in 2020 because of the pandemic.

      Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson took aim at Sanders' post on Twitter.

      "Would the players that actually thought the game would stop because they opted out for health concerns please stand up? .... smh #NobodyThoughtThat," Watson wrote.

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers sign former Bills OL Long
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Spencer Long signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, according to his agent.

    • No terms were disclosed.

      The 29-year-old veteran was released by Buffalo on Tuesday, saving the Bills $2.4 million against the salary cap.

      Long appeared in 14 games with the Bills in 2019 and started 13 games with the New York Jets in 2018. A third-round pick out of Nebraska in 2014, Long spent his first four years with Washington, starting 31 of 40 games at left guard and center.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Veteran CB Munnerlyn arrested in Miami
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was arrested at Miami International Airport on Friday, according to a report by Andy Slater of FOX Sports Radio.

    • Munnerlyn was reportedly pulled off a flight to Cancun, Mexico because of fugitive warrants from Las Vegas for writing bad checks. His attorney, Ricky Patel, called it a "complete misunderstanding," reported Slater.

      Munnerlyn, 32, signed with the Buffalo Bills before last season, but was cut before the season and spent the year out of the league.

      He spent the previous season with the Carolina Panthers, notching an interception and nine pass breakups in 16 games (five starts). It was his second year in his second stint with Carolina, after playing there from 2009-13. He also played with the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-16.

      The 10-year veteran has 12 interceptions and 64 pass breakups in 154 career games (85 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Washington releases RB Guice after arrest
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 7, 2020

    The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday afternoon, shortly after learning of Guice's arrest earlier in the day on domestic violence-related charges.

    • "On Thursday we learned of a potential domestic violence related incident involving RB Derrius Guice," the club said in a statement. "We immediately alerted the National Football League and have continued to work with them during this process. We then met with Derrius to inform him that he was excused from all team activity pending a review of this matter. This afternoon, we learned there were multiple charges filed against Derrius. Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately."

      Earlier in the day, the Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff's Office charged the 23-year-old Guice with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property. The NFL confirmed the charges in conjunction with the announcement of Guice's release, and stated that Guice turned himself in to authorities Friday.

      Washington drafted Guice in the second round out of LSU in 2018. His missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in camp, played the season opener in 2019, then missed two more months after undergoing surgery in September for a torn meniscus.

      He played in five games last season, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants LS DeOssie retires after 13 seasons
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 7, 2020

    New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie said Friday that he is retiring after 13 seasons.

    • DeOssie, 36, played in 199 regular-season games, the fifth most in Giants' history. The two-time Pro Bowler also played in two Super Bowl victories for New York during a stint that began in 2007.

      "I am retiring from football," DeOssie said in a statement. "As many of you know, I made this decision months ago, but I wanted to make a formal announcement to acknowledge those who have made this experience so awesome -- and this milestone is so bittersweet."

      DeOssie was a team captain in each of the past nine seasons. He was limited to 11 games last season and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to knee and wrist injuries.

      DeOssie was a fourth-round draft choice from Brown before becoming one of the NFL's top snappers.

      "I am forever grateful for the opportunity, the lifelong friendships, and ten lifetimes worth of memories -- the big wins on big stages, the tiny victories behind the scenes, and the challenges that have taught me so much," DeOssie said in his statement. "(Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning) said it best: Once a Giant, Always a Giant, Only a Giant. What an honor."

      DeOssie's father, Steve, also played for the Giants for 4 1/2 seasons from 1989-93 as part of a 12-year NFL career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Panthers T Okung mulls retirement
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 7, 2020

    Carolina Panthers left tackle Russell Okung, a two-time Pro Bowler who has played 10 seasons in the NFL, is concerned enough about the coronavirus that he has not ruled out walking away from the game, ESPN reported Friday.

    • Okung, 31, missed 10 games with the Los Angeles Chargers last season after blood clots in is lungs led to a pulmonary embolism. He did not play in the first seven games of the season, then missed Weeks 11 and 12, as well as the final game of the season. Now he is considering retiring, according to the report.

      The Panthers acquired Okung in March, sending guard Trai Turner to the Chargers. Okung still has one more year left on his four-year, $53 million contract he signed with the Chargers in March of 2017.

      Before 2019, Okung missed just two games from 2016-18. The former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 started all 16 games in 2016, during his lone season with the Denver Broncos.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants' Baker to face prosecution on robbery, firearm charges
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 7, 2020

    New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker will face prosecution on four counts of robbery with a firearm, while Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar will not be charged after an alleged incident during a house party at Miramar, Fla., on May 13.

    • The decision on Baker was handed down by Broward County state attorney Mike Satz after Baker originally was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

      Criminal charges were not filed against Dunbar by Broward County prosecutors because of insufficient evidence, according to an ESPN report. He originally had been charged with four counts of armed robbery in connection with the May incident.

      According to an arrest warrant in May, both players were accused of taking both money and watches from partygoers at a Miramar home while they were armed with semiautomatic weapons. Baker was accused of threatening partygoers with a firearm.

      Just over a week ago, the NFL placed both Baker and Dunbar on the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to multiple reports, which is the equivalent of a paid leave as the league continues to review the case.

      Baker has not been allowed to participate in the Giants' virtual offseason program, while Dunbar has been participating with Seahawks' season preparations.

      As the case evolved, a search warrant in July alleged that Baker and Dunbar were reportedly involved in a cover-up following their arrests stemming from the incident.

      According to a New York Daily News report, a warrant obtained as public record from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts cites video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that allegedly show a payoff of $55,000 for the four victims of the alleged robbery, all of whom have since given sworn statements about being paid off to recant their original statements.

      Baker, 22, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2019. He appeared in 16 games last season, making 15 starts and recording 61 tackles and eight passes defensed.

      Dunbar, 28, was acquired by Seattle from Washington in March in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Last season, he recorded a career-high four interceptions in 11 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Titans' Beasley reports, begins COVID-19 testing
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 7, 2020

    Outside linebacker Vic Beasley has finally reported to Tennessee Titans camp after racking up $500,000 in fines, according to multiple reports.

    • Upon arrival, Beasley began testing for COVID-19 at a trailer outside of the practice facility. He'll need three negative tests over a four-day span before he can join the team.

      Beasley, who joined the Titans as a free agent in March, was placed on the reserve/did not report list and fined $50,000 per day. There was the possibility he might be opt out of the season, but the deadline passed Thursday without Beasley taking that option.

      The Titans begin practice next week.

      Beasley, 28, was the Titans' most noteworthy free agent addition of the offseason. He signed a reported one-year, $9.5 million guaranteed contract -- which could max out at $12 million with incentives -- after five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

      A first-round pick (eighth overall) out of Clemson in 2015, Beasley has 37.5 career sacks over 78 NFL games, including 60 starts. In 2016, he led the league with 15.5 sacks and tied for the NFL lead with six forced fumbles during his lone Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro season.

      Over the past three seasons, Beasley has amassed a combined 18 sacks -- with at least five each season -- and three forced fumbles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Training camp primer: NFC West
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 7, 2020

    NFC West

    • (listed in predicted order of finish)

      San Francisco 49ers

      Projected 2020 record: 11-5

      2019 record: 13-3

      2019 summary: Kyle Shanahan's offense took off, and the Niners' defense was perhaps even more impressive, helping San Francisco go from 4-12 to 13-3 and the top seed in the NFC. But the defense couldn't protect a 10-point lead in Super Bowl LIV, as the 49ers fell to the Chiefs.

      Key additions: LT Trent Williams, DT Javon Kinlaw, WR Brandon Aiyuk, TE Jordan Reed, G Tom Compton, DE Dion Jordan, DE Kerry Hyder

      Noteworthy losses: DT DeForest Buckner, LT Joe Staley, WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB Matt Breida, G Mike Person, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Levine Toilolo, DT Sheldon Day

      Cause for concern: There are several options at wideout, but Deebo Samuel's foot injury creates some concern. He's likely to miss time, putting pressure on Aiyuk -- a talented rookie who is a bit raw -- as well as Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor, who both missed all of last season due to injury.

      Position battle worth watching: Right guard is open following Person's release, with several possible candidates to fill it. Compton, a veteran, will likely battle Daniel Brunskill -- a 2019 UDFA who held up fine at right tackle -- and Ross Reynolds, perhaps with backup center Ben Garland getting in the mix, too.

      Over-Under win total from PointsBet: 10.5

      As great as the 49ers were last season, teams rarely improve by nine games in one season, and most who do take a step back a year later. Add in a loaded NFC West and it's hard to take the over here, even if the Niners are division favorites.

      2020 forecast: San Francisco lost some major talent, but they rebounded enough to remain among the NFC's best teams. The standout defense is mostly intact, and Kinlaw -- while not a great run defender -- can help offset Buckner's departure as a pass rusher. On offense, the line could be better with Williams' arrival and improved health, and Jimmy Garoppolo will be two years removed from a torn ACL.

      Seattle Seahawks

      Projected 2020 record: 10-6

      2019 record: 11-5

      2019 summary: Russell Wilson's heroics helped Seattle go a staggering 10-2 in one-possession games. That record was almost 11-1, as the Seahawks came up inches shy of the NFC West title against San Francisco. After one playoff win, they fell at Green Bay in the divisional round.

      Key additions: S Jamal Adams, TE Greg Olsen, LB Jordyn Brooks, DE/LB Bruce Irvin, RB Carlos Hyde, C B.J. Finney, DE Darrell Taylor, WR Phillip Dorsett, OT Brandon Shell, G Damien Lewis, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DE Benson Mayowa

      Noteworthy losses: DE Jadeveon Clowney, S Bradley McDougald, DT Quinton Jefferson, C Justin Britt, G D.J. Fluker, OT George Fant, DE Ezekiel Ansah, DT Al Woods

      Cause for concern: Even if Clowney re-signs (which appears unlikely), the Seahawks' pass rush looks awfully thin. They managed just 28 sacks (T-29th in NFL) even with Clowney last year, and Irvin won't solve things. Other veterans remain available, but Seattle might be counting on production from 2019 first-rounder L.J. Collier and the rookie Taylor, which is risky.

      Position battle worth watching: Finney is expected to start at center, leaving an opening at right guard following Fluker's departure. The prime candidates for the job are both maulers: 2019 fourth-rounder Phil Haynes, who didn't play as a rookie, and 2020 third-rounder Lewis, who was a bully in the run game at LSU.

      Over-Under win total from PointsBet: 9.5

      Sportsbooks factored Seattle's unstainable 2019 record in close games, which makes sense -- the Seahawks finished with a point differential of plus-7 despite going 11-5. Still, they've won 10-plus games in seven of Wilson's eight seasons (they won nine in 2017). The over is a relatively safe bet.

      2020 forecast: The 49ers likely won't be juggernauts, but the Cardinals are on the rise and the Rams remain talented. Some regression seems inevitable for the Seahawks in such a talented division, but Wilson maintains their floor as contenders to win the West. The ceiling will be determined on defense, where a terrific back-seven will hope the pass rush holds up its end of the bargain.

      Arizona Cardinals

      Projected 2020 record: 8-8

      2019 record: 5-10-1

      2019 summary: Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray took their lumps in their first NFL season, including a six-game skid in the middle of the season. But the offense certainly showed flashes, boosting expectations for Year 2, including some MVP buzz for Murray.

      Key additions: WR DeAndre Hopkins, DT Jordan Phillips, LB Isaiah Simmons, LT Kelvin Beachum, OT Josh Jones, LB De'Vondre Campbell, OLB Devon Kennard

      Noteworthy losses: RB David Johnson, OT Marcus Gilbert (opt out), DT Rodney Gunter, TE Charles Clay, DE Cassius Marsh, WR Damiere Byrd, DT Zach Kerr

      Cause for concern: The Cardinals have gone from horrendous to adequate along the O-line, but questions remain. D.J. Humphries was overpaid on a new deal and has a lengthy injury history, and Gilbert's opt out might force Jones to start right away at right tackle. Beachum was signed for insurance, but this could go poorly, especially with a QB in Murray who scrambles so often.

      Position battle worth watching: Simmons is far too talented to keep off the field, but where will he play? Arizona is starting him at linebacker, but it already has two expensive veterans there in Campbell and Jordan Hicks. Simmons could dabble on the edge but is better off in space, where he can chase and cover or blitz from distance.

      Over-Under win total from PointsBet: 7

      Most signs point to improvement, as Murray could blossom with a full year under his belt and Hopkins on board. The question is how high the Cardinals can climb with two or three very good teams alongside them in the division.

      2020 forecast: Hopkins' arrival was massive. Not only will he become Murray's go-to target, but he moves Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk into complementary roles while allowing Kingsbury to use more 10 personnel if he desires. The offense could erupt, but will the defense hold up its end? With talent at all three levels, Vance Joseph's unit could be the difference in nabbing a wild-card spot.

      Los Angeles Rams

      Projected 2020 record: 6-10

      2019 record: 9-7

      2019 summary: The defending NFC champs opened 3-0, but a three-game skid quickly revealed problems. Jared Goff regressed, and the defense had a few embarrassing performances, leading to coordinator Wade Phillips' departure as the Rams narrowly missed the playoffs.

      Key additions: RB Cam Akers, OLB Leonard Floyd, WR Van Jefferson, DT A'Shawn Robinson, OLB Terrell Lewis, S Terrell Burgess

      Noteworthy losses: RB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, OLB Dante Fowler, LB Cory Littleton, S Eric Weddle, LB Clay Matthews, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, K Greg Zuerlein

      Cause for concern: Just 18 months removed from a Super Bowl berth, the Rams' roster has significant holes. A load of talent departed this spring, and rookies Akers, Jefferson and Lewis might be counted on immediately to step up. The linebacking corps is very thin, both inside and out, which could make new D-coordinator Brandon Staley's transition bumpy.

      Position battle worth watching: Brian Allen should start at center, but both guard spots are open. Austin Blythe has the edge at right guard, but 2019 fifth-rounder David Edwards will contend. At left guard, Austin Corbett will likely battle fellow 2018 draft pick Joseph Noteboom. It's also possible that 2019 third-rounder Bobby Evans pushes Rob Havenstein at right tackle.

      Over-Under win total from PointsBet: 8.5

      Faith in Sean McVay and the Rams remains relatively high, but the decline to 9-7 last year was no fluke, and the talent level has slipped since. With two surefire contenders plus the rising Cardinals in the division, it's not hard to imagine L.A. posting a losing season.

      2020 forecast: The Rams' fortunes will depend on whether McVay and Goff bounce back from an uneven season, but the infrastructure is critical. The O-line seems unlikely to return to its 2018 level. On defense, having the NFL's best player in Aaron Donald sure helps, but there isn't much pass-rush help around him. If things break right, the Rams could be contenders, but they could also wind up last in the division.

      --Field Level Media