Feb 9, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Former wide receiver Hines Ward speaks during the Legends NFL Party. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers great Hines Ward to coach Arizona State WRs

Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward is joining Arizona State’s staff as wide receivers coach, ESPN reported Saturday.

Ward, 48, caught 1,000 passes, made four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls with the Steelers from 1998-2011.

He began his coaching career as an offensive intern with the Steelers in 2017 before serving as an offensive assistant with the New York Jets (2019-20), wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic (2021) and head coach of the then-XFL’s San Antonio Brahmas in 2023.

The Sun Devils finished 3-9 in their first season with head coach Kenny Dillingham in 2023. The program moves from the Pac-12 to the Big 12 this season.

Ward played in 217 games with Pittsburgh and is the franchise’s all-time leader in catches, receiving yards (12,083) and touchdown receptions (85). He was the MVP of Super Bowl XL and earned a second ring in Super Bowl XLIII.

The Steelers selected Ward in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

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Sep 17, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Mazi Smith (58) rushes the passer while blocked by New York Jets guard Laken Tomlinson (78) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks agree to deal with G Laken Tomlinson

Free agent guard Laken Tomlinson agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

According to ESPN, the deal could pay Tomlinson as much as $4 million.

Tomlinson, 32, is headed to his fourth NFL team, but he has proven to be one of the NFL’s most reliable offensive lineman. In his nine-year career, the left guard has missed just one game (in 2017), and he has started every game since the beginning of the 2018 season.

The Lions used the 28th overall pick in the 2015 draft on Tomlinson, who spent two seasons in Detroit. He then played for the 49ers from 2017-21, making the Pro Bowl during his last year in San Francisco. The past two years, he played for the New York Jets.

The Seahawks have a vacancy at left guard after Damien Lewis, their starter at the position the past three years, exited in free agency to sign with the Carolina Panthers.

Per multiple reports, the Seahawks don’t have enough salary-cap space to accommodate a $4 million deal for Tomlinson, meaning more changes would be in order for the club to finalize the contract.

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Dec 26, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; UNLV Rebels head coach Barry Odom reacts against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV coach Barry Odom gets contract upgrade after big 2023

UNLV coach Barry Odom received a one-year extension through the 2028 season on Friday after the school posted its best win total in 39 years last season.

Odom also had retention bonuses added to his contract after the Rebels went 9-5. UNLV shared the Mountain West regular-season crown before losing 44-20 to Boise State in the conference title game.

The Rebels also played in a bowl game for the first time since the 2013 season, losing 49-36 to Kansas in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.

Odom, 47, was named Mountain West Coach of the Year after leading UNLV to just its second winning season since 2000.

“We are obviously thrilled about what Barry Odom and his staff did in year one leading Rebel football,” UNLV athletic director Erick Harper said in a news release. “The program is on an upward trajectory and we could not be more excited about him leading the way.

“Barry continues to be a man of his word, focusing on growing all phases of the program the right way. He is committed to his players, coaches and staff and with the newly expanded CFP he is laying a foundation that gives Rebel Football a chance to compete at the highest level.”

Odom received a five-year, $9.75 million deal when hired by UNLV in December 2022. He reportedly made $1.75 million last season.

Odom’s retention bonuses reportedly line up this way: $200,000 in March 2026 and 2028 and $100,000 in February 2029.

“I’m excited about the foundation we have built in the past 16 months and I certainly look forward to our strong future,” Odom said in the news release. “I’m thankful for our staff and our student-athletes — they are on a mission to win a championship.”

Odom previously served as coach of Missouri from 2016-19 and compiled a 25-25 record.

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Jan 28, 2024; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice (4) carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Affidavit: Chiefs’ Rashee Rice drove 119 mph before six-car crash

Kansas City Chiefs wideout Rashee Rice was driving 119 mph before causing a six-vehicle crash on March 30 on a Dallas highway, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

Rice’s Lamborghini Urus reached 119 mph 4.5 seconds before the collision, according to the affidavit. A Chevrolet Corvette driven by SMU cornerback Teddy Knox was traveling 116 mph 7.5 seconds before the collision before slowing to 91 1.5 seconds before the crash.

The crash on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) left at least seven people with injuries.

The two cars “made multiple aggressive maneuvers to get through traffic,” the affidavit said.

Rice and four other men were seen leaving the scene of the crash without seeing if any of the injured needed help.

Rice is facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury, according to police.

Rice turned himself into police on Thursday and was later released on bond. On April 3, he said he took “full responsibility” for his actions.

Knox has been suspended by the SMU football team. He turned himself in on Friday and faces the same charges as Rice, his former SMU teammate.

According to the affidavit, one woman who was injured in the crash sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. The woman told the Dallas Morning News that she was stranded on the highway with her 4-year-old son for about five hours after the crash.

Among the other injuries, the affidavit listed one person as having sustained “seriously bodily injury” to her face, head, torso and leg. The report said she also had post-concussion symptoms, including headaches, extreme light and sound sensitivity and brain fog.

She will be dealing with “a life of limited mobility and sight for an undetermined, extended period of time while she seeks treatment,” the affidavit said.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in the North Texas suburb of North Richland Hills.

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.

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Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams (QB14) during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QBs Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels headline NFL draft attendees

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels are among the 13 prospects who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit.

Completing the quarterback contingent at the draft, set for April 25-27, is Drake Maye of North Carolina. Williams (Southern California), Daniels (LSU) and Maye should have a short wait to hear their names called, with all three expected to be taken within the first handful of picks.

Quarterback JJ McCarthy (Michigan), who has risen up the draft boards this spring and is in the running for a top-10 pick, won’t be on hand.

Four wide receivers also will be present in Detroit. Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State), Malik Nabers (LSU) and Rome Odunze (Washington) all likely will be selected in the top half of the first round, with Brian Thomas Jr. (LSU) also in the mix.

The other offensive player confirmed for Detroit is offensive tackle J.C. Latham (Alabama).

On the defensive side of the ball, edge rushers Darius Robinson (Missouri), Laiatu Latu (UCLA) and Dallas Turner (Alabama) have said they will be there. Robinson grew up in suburban Detroit.

Cornerbacks Terrion Arnold (Alabama) and Quinyon Mitchell (Toledo) also accepted the NFL’s invitations.

The Chicago Bears have the No. 1 pick in the draft and are expected to select Williams, likely beginning a run on quarterbacks with the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots scheduled to follow the Bears.

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Aug 17, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kellen Mond (7) looks for a receiver against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Backup QB Kellen Mond agrees to terms with Saints

The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Kellen Mond have agreed to contract terms.

The team announced the deal on Friday without any details of the length or financial value.

The Saints have been on the lookout for a backup QB this offseason after the departure of Jameis Winston to the Cleveland Browns as a free agent.

They previously signed journeyman Nathan Peterman and also have Jake Haener, a 2023 fourth-round pick, on board as a prospective understudy to Derek Carr.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Mond in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He spent his first season with the Vikings, was with the Cleveland Browns briefly in 2022 and spent much of 2023 on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad. He has appeared in one regular-season game, completing two passes for 5 yards at Green Bay in Week 17 of 2021.

Mond, 24, was a four-year starter at Texas A&M and threw for 9,661 yards, 71 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

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

Chiefs WR Rashee Rice surrenders to police

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice turned himself in to police on Thursday, a day after an arrest warrant was issued for charges stemming from a six-car collision in Dallas on March 30.

According to multiple media reports, Rice surrendered to Glenn Heights, Texas, police, then was booked into the regional jail in DeSoto, Texas. He subsequently was released on bond.

Police allege that Rice, driving a Lamborghini, and SMU cornerback Teddy Knox, driving a Corvette, were speeding on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) when they caused a chain-reaction wreck that left four people with minor injuries.

Rice and Knox each face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

Rice’s lawyer, Royce West, said in a statement: “I want to re-emphasize Mr. Rice’s continued cooperation with law enforcement. Mr. Rice acknowledges his actions and feels deeply for those injured as a result of this accident. Our legal team is now tasked with reviewing all legal documents.”

Last week, Rice came forward to apologize to the injured parties and accept responsibility for the accidents.

He posted to his Instagram story on April 3, “Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday’s accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday’s accident.”

The occupants of the Lamborghini and a Corvette left the scene without checking to see if anyone needed medical attention or providing their information, according to police.

The Chiefs have not commented on Rice’s status, but SMU suspended Knox from the team on Thursday.

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Oct 20, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; A general view of an SMU Mustangs helmet during the second half against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

SMU suspends CB Teddy Knox for role in multi-car crash

The SMU football team suspended cornerback Teddy Knox on Thursday, a day after he was charged by Dallas police with multiple criminal violations related to a chain-reaction car crash on March 30.

Knox and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice were alleged to be driving the cars that sparked a collision that left four people with minor injuries. Both men face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

The SMU football program issued a statement that read: “SMU has been notified by Dallas Police of an arrest warrant for Theodore ‘Teddy’ Knox, a student-athlete on the Mustang football team. Knox has been suspended from the team. SMU takes these allegations seriously. Federal student privacy laws prevent the University from discussing details involving student disciplinary proceedings.”

Police allege that Rice’s Lamborghini and Knox’s Corvette were speeding when they sparked the multi-car collision on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75).

Knox is a 21-year-old rising junior. He played on offense and defense in 2022, when he had four catches for 3 yards and made four tackles. Last season he finished with four tackles while seeing most of his action as a special teams player.

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

The SMU football team is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2024 season after going 11-3 last year, 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

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Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (17) runs for a touchdown against Los Angeles Rams linebacker Troy Reeder (59) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rams re-sign linebacker Troy Reeder

The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday re-signed linebacker Troy Reeder, who started six games in 2023 in his second stint with the team.

Reeder, 29, played in all 17 regular-season games and totaled 23 tackles in 192 snaps on defense and 273 on special teams.

The Rams signed Reeder as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He played three seasons before joining the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2022 campaign before coming back to the Rams.

Reeder has 264 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defended and three forced fumbles in 83 career games (31 starts).

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Dec. 25, 2022.

Tom Brady ‘not opposed’ to late-season return to NFL

Tom Brady isn’t ruling back another comeback.

Brady, 46, said on a podcast appearance Thursday that he would consider joining an NFL team midseason if a starting quarterback goes down with injury, as Joe Flacco did with the Cleveland Browns last year.

Without prompting, Brady mentioned two teams by name — the New England Patriots, his old team, and the Las Vegas Raiders, whom he is aiming to become a minority owner. He pointed out an NBA analog, as Michael Jordan became a part owner of the Washington Wizards before coming out of retirement to play for Washington for two seasons.

“I’m not opposed to it,” Brady said on the “Deep Cut” podcast. “I don’t know if they are going to let me if I become an owner of an NFL team. I’m always going to be in good shape. I’ll always be able to throw the ball. So, to come in for a little bit, like (Jordan) coming back, I don’t know if they would let me. But I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”

Brady, who is also scheduled to begin working as a Fox Sports broadcaster this fall, reached an agreement in May 2023 to join the Raiders’ ownership group. The NFL has yet to complete its approval process.

Brady, who announced his retirement in February 2023, is regarded as the best quarterback of all time after winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots and a seventh with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while breaking virtually every NFL passing record.

He also retired on Feb. 1, 2022, but changed course just 40 days later, coming back for a third season with the Buccaneers.

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