The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Thursday, retaining another starter from their Super Bowl-winning team. 

According to multiple reports, Breeland has put pen to paper on a deal worth up to $4.5million with incentives.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with Kansas City last offseason and started 15 regular-season games and all three postseason contests during the team's title run.

Breeland finished the regular season with 48 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defended and came up with a key pick in the Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in this year's Super Bowl.

Breeland joins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, who was given the franchise tag, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson as core contributors the Chiefs have been able to bring back from last season's squad.

Kansas City also restructured the contract of wide receiver Sammy Watkins to help create space after entering the offseason with little room under the salary cap. 

The Chiefs lost nickel back Kendall Fuller, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and back-up tight end Blake Bell in free agency and are not expected to re-sign veteran running back LeSean McCoy. 

Bell's spot appears to have been filled by Ricky Seals-Jones, whom the Chiefs officially announced they have signed to a one-year contract. 

Seals-Jones recorded a career-high four touchdown receptions in 14 games for the Cleveland Browns last season and had 34 catches totaling 343 yards in 15 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018.

The 25-year-old has 60 catches for 773 yards and eight touchdowns in 39 games over three NFL seasons.  

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard believes the opportunity to sign DeForest Buckner was "unique" and one the team could not turn down.

Ballard believes adding the defensive lineman means the Colts have landed an "elite" player who can have an "infectious" impact on their defense.

The Colts, who also added quarterback Philip Rivers in free agency, gave up the number 13 pick in the upcoming NFL draft to bring in Buckner from the San Francisco 49ers.

They promptly signed him to a huge four-year, $84million contract extension and Ballard felt the chance to pick up a high-profile player in his prime was rare.

"When you have an opportunity to acquire what you think is an elite player at a premium position, who's just turning 26 years old, still has three-plus years of high-level play, who's a unique, physical talent - plus a unique individual in terms of his character - we thought it was a great move for us," Ballard told the team's website.

"Most of the time when you acquire elite players they're usually on the down side of their careers and if it happens in free agency there's usually a reason they're hitting the market. 

"So we just saw a unique opportunity. The 13th pick was a lot, but we think his play, both on the field and what he's going to bring to the locker room, warranted the 13th pick of the draft."

Ballard has been impressed by Buckner's NFL career to date, an opening four years that culminated with him forming a key part of the 49ers team which reached the Super Bowl in 2019.

"He disrupts the line of scrimmage and he's been productive throughout his career," added Ballard of Buckner, who was drafted at number seven overall in 2016.

"His effort level, when you put the tape on, you never seen a down play where you see lack of effort.

"It is a high motor, all the time, playing as fast as he can and as hard as he can, and that's infectious to a defense - that's infectious to a team. 

"DeForest just adds another young talented player with high character that we want to build this thing on."

Of all the quarterbacks to have endured a slide in the NFL Draft, Aaron Rodgers' fall from prospective number one pick to 24th overall selection is among the most infamous.

Rodgers entered the pros in 2005, when his boyhood team the San Francisco 49ers held the top selection in the draft.

It all seemed so perfect. The Northern California kid who grew up idolising the Niners and played his college ball with the California Golden Bears in nearby Berkeley would land with a San Francisco team in desperate need of a long-term answer at quarterback.

However, the 49ers threw a curveball and instead selected Utah quarterback Alex Smith first overall.

Smith endured many years of struggle with the Niners before finally helping them to the playoffs in 2011 under Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers made the Super Bowl a year later but Smith had to watch from the sideline after a concussion handed the job to Colin Kaepernick, who never gave it back to him.

By marked contrast, Rodgers was selected by the Green Bay Packers as the heir apparent to Brett Favre and led them to a Super Bowl title in the 2010 season. A two-time MVP, Rodgers' legacy as one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time is secure.

But what if the 49ers had gone with Rodgers 15 years ago? Here we look at how Rodgers being drafted by San Francisco might have changed the landscape of the NFL.

GREEN BAY MISS OUT ON MCCARTHY

Though the 49ers did not draft Rodgers, their offensive coordinator in 2005, Mike McCarthy, ended up being his head coach for the majority of his career in Green Bay.

McCarthy was hired by the Packers in 2006 and it was not until the second half of the 2018 season that Green Bay dispensed with his services

His appointment came despite an awful 2005 season for the 49ers, who finished 4-12 and ranked 30th in total offense. 

Smith was thrown in at the deep end with a team ill-equipped to compete and ravaged by injuries. However, the argument could be made that Rodgers would have fared much better had he been placed at the helm of the Niners offense.

In a scenario where Rodgers comes in and makes the Niners more competitive, perhaps McCarthy is more in demand and receives other offers more attractive than the approach from Green Bay.

There are few franchises with more appeal than the Packers but, if the Niners draft Rodgers, it is possible McCarthy never moves to Wisconsin to guide them to Super Bowl glory five seasons later.

FAVRE RETIRES A PACKER

Brett Favre retired in 2008, allowing Rodgers to ascend to the role of starting quarterback.

However, Favre later stated that he felt pressured into retiring by the Packers and filed for reinstatement to the league.

Talks with the Packers led to him being traded to the New York Jets. His one-year spell with Gang Green was followed by two years with the Packers' division rivals the Minnesota Vikings, turning him into a villain for many in Green Bay.

Had Favre's successor not been lying in wait, the great gunslinger may have been able to retire on his terms as a member of the Packers.

Without Rodgers being drafted by Green Bay, the bizarre image of Favre playing at Lambeau Field in Vikings colours might never have come to pass.

Favre and the Packers deserved a better ending to his time there. If Rodgers' name is first off the board in 2005, the odds are that Favre's send-off is more fitting.

HARBAUGH HEADS TO MIAMI AS NINERS ENJOY EARLY RESURGENCE

The 49ers endured a long playoff drought after losing in the Divisional Round at the end of the 2002 season. They did not make it back to the postseason until the 2011 campaign, when Harbaugh authored a return to prominence.

Yet the signs the Niners had the talent to compete were there before Harbaugh's arrival. Smith showed promise in a 7-9 2006 season and a solid core, featuring the likes of Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith, was gradually built.

In 2009, Mike Singletary oversaw the 49ers' first non-losing season since 2002 despite Smith and Shaun Hill alternating at quarterback.

With Rodgers at the helm, the likelihood is the Niners' resurgence would have come well before 2011 and taken them out of the race for Harbaugh's services.

The Miami Dolphins were the other franchise interested in Harbaugh, then head coach at Stanford University.

Success for San Francisco would have allowed the Dolphins a clear run at Harbaugh, who went on to lead the Niners to appearances in three NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl.

Harbaugh eventually left the 49ers in acrimony in 2015 but, given the success he enjoyed in his brief NFL head coaching career, the now-Michigan boss could have set the Dolphins as long-term challengers to the New England Patriots' superiority in the AFC East had the 2005 draft fallen in a different way.

Patrick Mahomes has expressed his delight at the Kansas City Chiefs' signing of running back DeAndre Washington.

According to widespread reports, Washington has signed a one-year contract with the Super Bowl champions.

He played alongside quarterback Mahomes in college with Texas Tech before spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, now known as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Mahomes praised his signing on Twitter, writing to Washington: "Glad to be back with my dawg! Welcome to #ChiefsKingdom."

Last season, Washington had 387 rushing yards and three touchdowns along with 36 catches for 292 yards.

He will be expected to compete with Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams for snaps behind starting RB Damien Williams, who starred in the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Washington Redskins Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff officially signed his franchise tender on Wednesday.

The tender is worth more than $15million for the upcoming season, making Scherff the highest-paid guard for 2020.

The fifth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, Scherff started 11 games for the Redskins last season and permitted only one and a half sacks to earn his third Pro Bowl selection.

The 28-year-old, who was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017, has appeared in 65 regular-season games and made as many starts in his first five seasons in the NFL.

He is just the fourth of 15 players given the franchise or transition tag this season to sign his tender, following New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney, Arizona Cardinals runningback Kenyan Drake and Tennessee Titans runningback Derrick Henry.

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule called quarterback Teddy Bridgewater "a perfect fit" for the team's new offense as it begins the post-Cam Newton era, but his signing does not preclude the possibility of adding to the position in the upcoming draft.

Rhule told reporters in a video teleconference the decision to move on from Newton, the face of the Panthers' franchise, had more to do with the team's familiarity and comfort with Bridgewater than the foot and shoulder injuries that limited the 2015 NFL MVP to only two starts last season. 

Newton was released on March 24, less than a week after Carolina signed Bridgewater to a three-year, $63million contract.  

"I think the world of Cam as a person, and then everyone knows the type of player he's been for many, many years," Rhule said. "[But] you have to make tough decisions about your roster and you have to do what's in the best interest of the team moving forward."  

Bridgewater's relationship with new offensive coordinator Joe Brady also played a major role in the decision. 

The two worked together with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 before Brady was hired as the passing game coordinator at LSU, where he helped projected 2020 number one overall pick Joe Burrow to a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign and the Tigers to last season's national title.  

"He knows the verbiage, he knows the concepts. You watch him on tape, he's executing the plays that we're going to run," Rhule said of Bridgewater, who won all five of his starts filling in for an injured Drew Brees in New Orleans last season. 

"So you feel really good about that. And then, throughout his career, he's someone who makes everyone around him better.  

"I think he's the perfect fit for us, for our offense, for where the team wants to go." 

With Bridgewater, 2019 third-round pick Will Grier and XFL standout P.J. Walker on the roster, quarterback appears to be among the lesser concerns for a Panthers team with an abundance of needs as it embarks on a major rebuild in Rhule's first season. 

And while the former Baylor head coach acknowledged the unlikelihood of selecting a quarterback in the draft's first round, he would not dismiss the idea should a player like Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert be available at the team's number seven overall pick.  

"I'd say, obviously, I don't know if that's our focus right now, a first-round quarterback," he said. 

"But at the end of the day, if a guy drops in your lap that you think - at any position - you think can change your team, don't let need overtake what's the best thing long term.  

"You're not drafting for the next 12 months, you're drafting for the next four to five to six years, and hopefully on." 

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Wednesday that offensive lineman Alex Redmond has signed a contract for the 2020 season. 

Redmond was a restricted free agent who received an original-round tender which will pay him $2.13million in 2020. 

Initially signed by Cincinnati as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Redmond started 15 games at right guard in 2018 and helped team-mate Joe Mixon lead the AFC with 1,168 rushing yards that season.

The UCLA product appeared in three games with two starts last season before going on injured reserve due to a torn biceps. 

Redmond is one of four candidates for the Bengals' two starting guard spots, along with free-agent addition Xavier Sua-Filo, 2018 first-round pick Billy Price and second-year pro Michael Jordan.

John Miller, a 13-game starter at right guard last season, signed with the Carolina Panthers in March.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says it is "kudos" to him that he was replaced in the team by Tom Brady, whom he labelled "the GOAT".

Winston was starting QB for five seasons with the Bucs after being drafted at number one overall in 2015.

He was not retained in free agency after a rollercoaster 2019 season saw him lead the NFL with 5,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, but also throw 30 interceptions.

The Bucs instead landed Brady on a two-year deal, having said they "never dreamed" the 42-year-old would have been available after 20 glorious years with the New England Patriots.

Winston said to Fox News: "One thing you can learn about me is my faith.

"I have tremendous faith in the Lord and one thing about Tom Brady is it is understood that he is the GOAT [greatest of all time].

"For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that is kudos to me."

Still 26, Winston hopes he has a bright future ahead of him, although his immediate next move is unclear as he remains a free agent.

He added: "At the end of the day, it's a competitive sport. We [are] all in the business. So, I'm excited for whatever opportunity may hold.

"I'm gonna have to play the Tom Bradys, the Patrick Mahomes, and all the other great quarterbacks eventually.

"That is how you win Super Bowls and that is what I want."

Winston had previously bid the Bucs farewell in a social media post last month.

He expressed his love and respect for Tampa after "a great five seasons" and added he would see them at the Super Bowl, which the Bucs are hosting at the end of the 2020 season.

The team responded by thanking Winston "from the bottom of our hearts".

Tom Brady will not allow comments about his age or the danger of concussions in the NFL to force him into retirement when he still loves the game.

The 42-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency, a decision which saw him leave the New England Patriots after 20 years and six Super Bowl crowns.

Brady has regularly spoken of his desire to play into his mid-40s at least and will not be influenced by analysts who advise him to quit because of his age or what he has already achieved.

"If you want to stop, stop, go ahead," Brady said on The Howard Stern Show.

"But for me, because I feel like I can still play, it doesn't mean I should just stop playing because that's what everyone tells me I should do."

The quarterback acknowledged he had suffered multiple concussions in his career but would not let that impact his decision.

Brady touched on his previous comments on how he had been deeply affected by the death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, adding: "We all think we're going to live forever but the reality is we don't know when our day is going to come.

"I've definitely had concussions, yeah. I could stop playing football because I'm worried about what's going to happen.

"But why don't I live my life the way I want, and enjoy it the way that is most fulfilling to me?

"For me, that [playing in the NFL] is doing what I love to do. You don't tell a musician to stop singing at age 42. You don't tell a painter to stop painting at 42."  

And Brady would allow his sons to play football despite the physical nature of the sport.

"Absolutely [I would]," he said. "There is something about contact sports that teaches you about discipline, respect, mutual respect for your opponent, that you don't get in non-contact sports.

"If your body is taking a physical toll and punishment, you've got to respect your body because that's your insulation, that's your asset. You have to have even more respect for your body. 

"Boxers, for example, MMA, wrestling, the contact sports are the ones where I think you learn the most discipline. Because you can't perform unless you take great care of your body."

The only thing that could give Brady pause would be the media pressure on them to match his accomplishments.

"I would never want for them to be 'Tom Brady's son' playing football," he said.

Tom Brady revealed he was crying when he told New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick that he was leaving the team after 20 years.

The 42-year-old ended his illustrious spell with the Patriots when he hit free agency last month, having won six Super Bowl titles and nine AFC Championships.

Prior to signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady travelled to Kraft's home to break the news about his departure, and promptly phoned Belichick during the meeting.

Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Brady discussed what an emotional occasion it had been.

"I called up Mr Kraft and I went over to his house," he said. "It was a funny time because we are all dealing with this current corona [coronavirus] situation that we are in.

"I went over, and I just said, 'Look, I just want to say how much I love you and appreciate what we've done together. I know that we are not going to continue together but thank you. Thank you for providing what you have for my family and for my career'.

"I was able to call coach Belichick at the same time and thank him. It was great, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

"I was crying. I'm a very emotional person."

In the interview, Brady also said he suspected his time with the Patriots was coming to the end prior to the 2019 NFL season, though only made a final decision before the meeting.

The Bucs QB was asked why he did not directly travel to visit Belichick as he had done with Kraft.

He added: "I couldn't because I wanted to tell Mr Kraft, and then I had no opportunity to drive – it was nine-thirty at night on a Monday night of March.

"There was no opportunity for me. But I wanted to tell him right away in the moment.

"Too many times in this world, I would say something, someone else would say it and before you know it, he would hear it from someone else. I wanted him to hear it from me, how I felt about him."

Tom Brady revealed he turned down a request from US president Donald Trump to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Brady's long-standing friendship with the president is well-documented. However, he was unwilling to get involved when Trump made his foray into the world of politics.

Appearing on The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, Brady was quizzed on a wide range of topics, including his recent move from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stern said Trump had requested him to speak at the RNC four years ago and asked Brady if he had also been invited to appear at the event as well.

"He wanted me to speak at that convention too. I wasn't going to do anything political," Brady replied.

"He always had a way of connecting people and still does. I got brought into a lot of those things around the election.

"It was uncomfortable for me, not because I would undo a friendship, political support is totally different from the support of a friend."

 

Tom Brady knew his time with the New England Patriots was coming to an end before the start of last season and insists he has no concern for his legacy after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady left the Patriots last month after winning six Super Bowl titles in a storied 20-year spell that saw him established as the greatest quarterback of all time.

He subsequently signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers after finally entering free agency at the age of 42.

Appearing on The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, Brady was asked why he did not simply retire with his legacy secured after the Patriots' playoff defeat to the Tennessee Titans in January.

"I never cared about legacy, I could give a s*** about legacy," Brady replied. "It's just not me, it's not my personality.

"It was just time, I don't know what to say other than that. I accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organisation.

"I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year. I knew our time was coming to an end."

New England head coach Bill Belichick was reportedly keen to move on from Brady and go with Jimmy Garoppolo as the Patriots' starting quarterback before the latter was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017.

Quizzed on whether he felt any lack of loyalty from Belichick when he heard that speculation, Brady said: "I think he has a lot of loyalty.

"So many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship or how he felt about me. I know how he felt about me.

"I got into uncharted territory as an athlete because I started to break the mould of what so many other athletes had experienced as an older athlete. He started to plan for the future, I don't fault him for that."

There are doubts as to whether the 2020 NFL season, due to start in September, will even take place as the United States battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked about the possibility of playing games without any fans, he responded: "I would play [behind closed doors].

"I don't think anyone has any great predictions for how this is going to turn out."

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is worried the impending digitisation of the NFL – powered by lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus pandemic – leaves sensitive team information vulnerable to online theft.

With team activities postponed indefinitely due to public health concerns, teams are likely to conduct season preparations through videoconferencing applications, possibly even transferring playbooks online.

Harbaugh spoke about the issue during a pre-draft news conference, saying that he has already reached out to the team's information technology department about securing communications.

"It's a big concern," Harbaugh said. "Hopefully we'll be okay. I really wouldn't want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that."

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta, however, joked that executive vice president Ozzie Newsome had a better chance of leaving the team's draft board vulnerable in his car than a hacker would have of stealing a digital copy.

The league announced on Monday that team facilities would remain closed indefinitely, with teams' offseason workout programs normally scheduled for this month. Coaches and front offices now face the challenge of preparing for the 2020 season from home.

Former Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who is projected to be selected late in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, reportedly underwent core-muscle surgery on Tuesday. 

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said Aiyuk had the surgery after dealing with the issue for months, and doing so now will give him time to recover with the NFL delaying the start of its offseason workout program due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Aiyuk played two seasons in junior college before joining Arizona State in 2018 and recording 33 catches for 474 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions. 

He broke out in 2019 with 65 receptions for 1,192 yards to go along with eight TD catches. Aiyuk finished 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in receiving yards while being named a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection. 

His 1,192 receiving yards in 2019 rank fifth all-time for Arizona State in a single season. 

Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel signed his tender offer for the 2020 season, the NFL franchise announced on Monday.

Biegel, 26, was a restricted free agent who received an original-round tender which will pay him $2.132million in 2020.

The three-year veteran started 10 games for the Dolphins last season and recorded career highs with 59 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception.

Miami acquired Biegel from the New Orleans Saints for veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso in September.

A fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 Draft, Biegel appeared in nine games as a rookie but was waived prior to the start of the 2018 season.

Biegel then signed with the Saints and took part in 14 games, primarily on special teams, in 2018.

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