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Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension

MINNEAPOLIS – Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Friday afternoon. The details of Thielen’s new deal were revealed in an Instagram post by Team IFA, the agency that represents the 28-year-old receiver. Thielen is set to make $64 million […]

Two-star to potential superstar: Josh Allen wants to be the next Khalil Mack

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Someone is missing. The Kentucky Wildcats’ pro day is underway in Nutter Field House, where 15 NFL hopefuls are running, jumping and short-shuttling for an army of stopwatch-wielding men who look as if they jumped off the pages of “team store” catalogs. Every team is represented as they evaluate the draft-eligible players […]

How mathematicians are trying to make NFL schedules fairer

7:30 AM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Four years ago, a group of University at Buffalo researchers submitted a paper to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, outlining a mathematical approach by which the NFL could potentially produce a […]

Redskins have changed free-spending ways but not the results

During the early days of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s tenure, cornerback Deion Sanders stood at his locker, oozing the aura of “Prime Time” surrounded by cameras and microphones, and proclaimed the following: “Every owner in the league tries to secure free agents. The difference is, Dan shops at Versace, other owners shop at Walmart.” […]

Jake Pope banned after testing positive for cocaine and cannabis

Jake Pope has been banned for six months after taking cocaine and cannabis. The rookie forward, 21, was also fined £1,000 after failing his second drugs test in just over a year. Having made just six appearances for the Premiership club Pope has been handed a lifeline by Sharks boss Steve Diamond, who has vowed […]

Cowboys' Lawrence: Will be ready for opener

FRISCO, Texas — Fresh off signing a five-year, $105 million deal that includes $65 million guaranteed, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder Wednesday. Lawrence is looking at a four- to six-month rehabilitation process, which could put his return for the season opener in […]

Source: Pats retain Gostkowski with 2-year deal

The New England Patriots and kicker Stephen Gostkowski have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Gostkowski, who turned 35 in January, has been the Patriots’ kicker since the team selected him in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2006 draft. He had big shoes to fill, replacing […]

NFL draft do-overs: Let's re-pick … and fix mistakes for all 32 teams

The NFL draft annually brings back memories, and many of those memories aren’t exactly pleasant. With every draft bust comes the question, “What if we took [fill-in-the-blank Pro Bowler who’s on another team] instead?” On that note, what if you could go back and get a do-over on those draft picks that your team whiffed […]

Who's the boss? Aaron Rodgers says it's Packers coach Matt LaFleur

GREEN BAY, Wis. — There’s brighter paint in the hallways, new motivational messages on the walls, and the players all have different seating assignments in the team meeting room. Things aren’t the same old, same old around the Green Bay Packers. • Brown’s resentment grew with JuJu reception• Rosen has what it takes to run […]