Aug 12, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA;   Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tyler Johnson (14) is stopped by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Jacquet (39) after a first down in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams bringing back WR Tyler Johnson

The Los Angeles Rams are re-signing wide receiver Tyler Johnson for the 2024 season, his agency Team IFA announced on social media Sunday.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Johnson, 25, spent nearly all of last season on the Rams’ practice squad but played in the Week 18 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He caught two passes for eight yards and one touchdown.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had selected Johnson in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Minnesota. He played two seasons with the Bucs, starting six of 31 games played, and also appeared in two games with the Houston Texans in 2022.

Johnson has a total of 50 receptions for 537 yards and three touchdowns in 34 games (six starts) in his career.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys, RB Ezekiel Elliott open to reunion

Free agent running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys have mutual interest in working together, ESPN reported.

It’s understandable on both fronts. The Cowboys, after all, are in need of help in the backfield after letting running back Tony Pollard leave in free agency, while Elliott needs employment.

Dallas’ current running back room consists of Deuce Vaughn, Malik Davis, Snoop Conner and Hunter Luepke with Rico Dowdle an unrestricted free agent.

Elliott, who turns 29 on July 22, stepped up last season after New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson was sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. Elliott finished with a team-best 642 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 51 catches for 313 yards and two scores in 17 games (five starts) last season.

Elliott led the NFL in rushing in 2016 and 2018 and posted four 1,000-yard seasons with Dallas. The 2016 first-round pick (fourth overall) ranks third in Cowboys history in rushing yards (8,262) and rushing touchdowns (68) behind Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.

–Field Level Media

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Logan Ryan (33) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice (4) during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Police seeking Chiefs WR Rashee Rice over accident

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is being sought by police in Dallas in their investigation of a major accident on Saturday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The newspaper reported that a vehicle “believed to be registered or leased to Rice” was involved in a crash on North Central Expressway in Dallas at approximately 6:20 p.m. local time. Police have not disclosed details of the accident or if there were any injuries.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in North Richland Hills, Texas, and attended college at SMU.

He recorded 79 catches and 938 yards with a team-leading seven touchdown receptions in 16 games (eight starts) after being selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a score in four playoff games to help the Chiefs secure their second straight Super Bowl title.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) looks on during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jets acquire pass rusher Haason Reddick from Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles traded two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Haason Reddick to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2026 draft pick, ESPN and NFL Network reported Friday.

Reddick, 29, is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Jets, the reports said.

The draft pick is a conditional third-round selection that would rise to a second-rounder if Reddick has double-digit sacks and plays at least 67.5 percent of the Jets’ defensive snaps, according to ESPN.

Reddick, a Pro Bowl selection in 2022 and 2023, fills a void at edge rusher for the Jets after they lost Bryce Huff in free agency to the Eagles.

Reddick started all 34 games for the Eagles the past two regular seasons, amassing a career-high 16 sacks in 2022 and 11 more in 2023. He has recorded double-digit sacks in each of the past four seasons and totaled 58 sacks, 410 tackles and 16 forced fumbles in 114 career games (81 starts) for the Arizona Cardinals (2017-20), Carolina Panthers (2021) and Eagles.

–Field Level Media

Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Atlanta Falcons head coach Raheem Morris talks to the media at the 2024 NFL Combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

NFL announces offseason workout dates for all 32 teams

The Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Commanders will kick off their respective offseason workouts on April 2, the NFL announced on Friday.

The early start likely will be appreciated by the three teams given that they all have new head coaches, namely Raheem Morris (Falcons), Jim Harbaugh (Chargers) and Dan Quinn (Commanders).

The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans also feature new head coaches and will start their respective offseason programs on April 8. Dave Canales is the head coach of the Panthers, while Jerod Mayo (Patriots), Mike Macdonald (Seahawks) and Brian Callahan (Titans) lead their respective teams.

Below are the offseason workout dates for all 32 teams:

ARIZONA CARDINALS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-22, May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

ATLANTA FALCONS

First Day: April 2
Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 13-14, May 16, May 20-21, May 23, June 3-4, June 6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

BALTIMORE RAVENS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20, May 22-23, May 28, May 30-31, June 3-4, June 6-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

BUFFALO BILLS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-30, June 3-4, June 6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

CAROLINA PANTHERS

First Day: April 8
Voluntary Minicamp: April 23-25
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-4, June 6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

CHICAGO BEARS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

CINCINNATI BENGALS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

CLEVELAND BROWNS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

DALLAS COWBOYS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 29-31
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

DENVER BRONCOS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

DETROIT LIONS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 29-31, June 10-12
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

GREEN BAY PACKERS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-4, June 6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

HOUSTON TEXANS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 29-31, June 3-4, June 6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 29-31
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-22, May 28-30, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

First Day: April 2
Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

LOS ANGELES RAMS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 10-12

MIAMI DOLPHINS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 10-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

First Day: April 8
Voluntary Minicamp: April 23-24
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 29-31, June 3-4, June 6-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

NEW YORK GIANTS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-4, June 6-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

NEW YORK JETS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-4, June 6-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20, May 22-23, May 28, May 30-31
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

First Day: April 8
Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20, May 22-23, May 28, May 30-31, June 3-4, June 6-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 4-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

TENNESSEE TITANS

First Day: April 8
Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 10-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

First Day: April 2
Voluntary Minicamp: April 22-24
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 14-15, May 17, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-5, June 7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13

–Field Level Media

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Edwards (21) tackles San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) during overtime of Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk: ‘Trying to get what I deserve’

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has seen his game elevate and the results follow over the last few seasons.

With that in mind, Aiyuk said he wants to be paid handsomely on a new long-term contract.

“I’m trying to get what I deserve,” Aiyuk said Thursday during an appearance on the Nightcap podcast with Shannon Sharpe and Chad Johnson.

“I feel like this season, this season playing football, I figured out who I was as a person and a player, what I bring to the table, what I bring to the locker room, what I bring to the organization. And just the value I hold when I walk in that building. People going to follow me because I’ve done it the right way since I’ve been in that building.

“From the first day I walked in there to when I was in there earlier this morning. I’ve done it the right way. If they don’t see the worth in that (makes a walking motion with hands), that’s all it is. It ain’t nothing else besides that. I can’t get into it. We got professionals working on both sides, so hopefully, we can come to a professional agreement and continue playing professional football.”

Aiyuk, 26, didn’t delve into a specific amount of money that he is seeking with his next contract. He will receive $14.124 million in 2024 while playing on the fifth and final year of his contract.

Aiyuk recorded 75 catches for a career-high 1,342 yards to go along with seven touchdowns in 16 games (all starts) last season. He has 269 receptions for 3,931 yards and 25 touchdowns in 62 career games (60 starts) since being selected by San Francisco with the 25th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Montaric Brown (30) and linebacker Foyesade Oluokun (23) make the tackle on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers (4) during third quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida Sunday Night, December 17, 2023. The Jaguars trailed 10 to 0 at the half and lost 23 to 7. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Jaguars LB Foyesade Oluokun signs contract extension

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Foyesade Oluokun signed a contract extension that spans through the 2027 season, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

NFL Network reported the contract is worth up to $45 million and includes $22.5 million guaranteed. The team later announced the extension but did not provide any terms of the deal.

Oluokon, 28, led the NFL in tackles during his final season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 and his first campaign with the Jaguars in 2022. He totaled 173 tackles (including an NFL-best 111 solo tackles), 2.5 sacks and one interception for a touchdown in 17 games (all starts) last season for Jacksonville.

Oluokun has 819 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 98 career games (75 starts) with the Falcons and Jaguars. He was selected by Atlanta in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Yale.

–Field Level Media

Dec 16, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Lions fans dressed in Christmas attire react in the first half against the Denver Broncos at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Big bidding expected for NFL Christmas games

There will be a hot commodity on the market ahead of next holiday season: a pair of NFL games on Christmas Day.

The league plans to auction off the TV rights to those two games to the highest bidder, with the price starting at $50 million per game, Front Office Sports reported Thursday.

In an unexpected move, the NFL decided to schedule a doubleheader on Christmas Day, which falls on a Wednesday in 2024. NFL executives pointed to the ratings the three Christmas games got in 2023; each were among the top 10 in ratings in the regular season, per the Wall Street Journal.

Because games on a Wednesday would not fall under any preexisting contract, the league will allow all its TV and streaming partners — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN-ABC and Amazon Prime — to duke it out for the rights.

There have been only two NFL games played on a Wednesday since 1949. One was when the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants were moved off a Thursday to avoid conflicting with the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The other was when the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers were scheduled to play on Thanksgiving but the game was pushed back three times due to COVID-19.

This will be the fifth straight season the NFL has played on Christmas, encroaching on a sports day typically dominated by the NBA.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (13) reacts after a victory against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Commanders signing WR Olamide Zaccheaus

The Washington Commanders have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, multiple reports said Thursday.

Zaccheaus, 26, played last season for the Philadelphia Eagles, appearing in all 17 regular-season games (one start) and making 10 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 targets.

An undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2019, Zaccheaus played four seasons for the Atlanta Falcons with his best year coming in 2022, when he started 13 of 17 games and made 40 receptions for 533 yards and three TDs.

He has a total of 104 receptions for 1,492 yards and 10 TDs in his career.

Zaccheaus follows former Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, now an assistant, and reserve quarterback Marcus Mariota from Philadelphia to Washington this offseason.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;New England Patriots defensive back Cody Davis (22) reacts after the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Chargers 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots special teams veteran Cody Davis announces retirement

New England Patriots veteran special teams player Cody Davis announced his retirement on social media Thursday after 11 seasons in the NFL.

Davis, 34, played safety but primarily competed on special teams for the St. Louis/ Los Angeles Rams (2013-17), Jacksonville Jaguars (2018-19) and Patriots (2020-23). The undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech totaled 118 tackles in 144 games (five starts for Los Angeles) and scored his lone career touchdown last season on a fumble return in a 26-23 win over the host Denver Broncos on Dec. 24.

“God blessed me in not only the athletic ability to play football but also provided the protection, timing, opportunities, and support in order for me to live out my dream of playing in the NFL for 11 years,” Davis wrote on Twitter. “I have given everything to all that I did and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’”

Davis, from Stephenville, Texas, thanked his family, coaches and teams from high school through the NFL, staffs, medical personnel, teachers, fans and the cities in which he played. He also was gracious for his philanthropic opportunities to help communities.

“Honored as 1 of 15 NFF National Scholars-Athletes,” Davis wrote. “Earned my masters degree in data science. Created a charity program for Boston Children’s Hospital and won their Champions Award. Recognized as NFLPA Community Player of the Week. All of these accolades I hold close to my heart more than any athletic achievement. I’m proud of being able to not only play football but also volunteer, give, love, and serve with every team and in every city we have lived in along this journey.”

–Field Level Media