Dec 11, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Jack Stoll (89) fights off a tackle by New York Giants safety Tony Jefferson (36) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Retired S Tony Jefferson wants to play in ’24

Safety Tony Jefferson wants to come out of retirement and play in 2024, according to Bleacher Report.

Jefferson, 32, last played for the New York Giants in 2022 and announced his retirement in May 2023.

He spent last season as a scouting intern with the Baltimore Ravens, a team with which he spent four seasons.

“Jefferson has stayed in shape, has been training, and wants to play again,” per Tuesday’s report. “He intends to start talking to teams in the near future.”

Undrafted out of Oklahoma in 2013, Jefferson appeared in 113 games (67 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-16), Ravens (2017-19, 2021), San Francisco 49ers (2021) and Giants (2022). He recorded 492 tackles, 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions.

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Nov 26, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars place kicker Brandon McManus (10) makes a 40 yard field goal against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Two women sue K Brandon McManus, alleging sexual assault

Former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Brandon McManus has been accused of sexually assaulting two women on a team flight last year.

McManus and the Jaguars are named in a lawsuit by women identified as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II, filed last Friday in Duval County, where Jacksonville is located.

The women said the Jaguars did not provide a safe environment for staff on the flight, which took the team to London for consecutive games last fall.

They allege McManus of rubbing and grinding against them during the flight. Jane Doe I said McManus tried to kiss her and Jane Doe II said McManus “smirked and walked away” after she confronted him about grinding against her.

McManus and his attorney have yet to respond to the lawsuit, first reported by ESPN. The Jaguars declined to comment about the lawsuit, which is seeking more than $1 million in damages and a jury trial.

McManus was not re-signed by Jacksonville this offseason and has since joined the Washington Commanders on a one-year, $3.6 million contract.

“Earlier today, we were made aware of the civil lawsuit filed on May 24 against Brandon McManus,” the Commanders said in a statement. “We take allegations of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter. We have been in communication with the League Office and Brandon’s representation, and will reserve further comment at this time.”

McManus, 32, spent the first nine years of his 10-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos and signed with the Jaguars in May 2023.

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Aug 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham (16) runs with the ball against the Houston Texans during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens convert Malik Cunningham from QB to WR

Career quarterback Malik Cunningham’s future with the Baltimore Ravens is at wide receiver, as the team made it official during OTAs the past week.

The Ravens had claimed Cunningham, then a rookie, off the New England Patriots’ practice squad in December 2023. The intention was that he would develop into a backup at QB for fellow Louisville product Lamar Jackson, now a two-time NFL Most Valuable Player award winner.

Cunningham, 25, had played six snaps at QB in one game for New England, which had moved the former undrafted free agent between the practice squad and active roster while trying to settle its quarterback situation.

He took four snaps in one game for Baltimore last season and has yet to throw a pass.

Baltimore’s QB room includes Jackson, 38-year-old journeyman Josh Johnson, sixth-round draft pick Devin Leary and undrafted free agent Emory Jones.

The Ravens’ receiving corps includes veterans Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman and Nelson Agholor as well as fourth-round pick Devontez Walker.

In five seasons at Louisville from 2018-22, Cunningham threw for 9,664 yards and 70 touchdowns and ran for 3,182 yards and 50 touchdowns. He and Jackson share the school record for most rushing scores.

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Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Ariz., USA; Arizona Cardinals center Billy Price (53) prepares for pre-game warm ups before playing against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona RepublicNfl Cardinals Patriots 1213 New England Patriots At Arizona Cardinals

Veteran C Billy Price (blood clot) announces retirement

Former first-round draft pick Billy Price announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday morning due to the potential of complications from a blood clot.

Price, a center, last played in the league with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2022 season.

“In the blink of an eye, everything can be taken away,” Price wrote on Instagram. “On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs. As a healthy 29 year old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying. I am truly thankful to be alive today.

“Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk.”

Price played in 69 career games (45 starts) with the Bengals, New York Giants and Cardinals since being selected by Cincinnati with the 21st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

With the Buckeyes, he won the Rimington Trophy, which honors the nation’s top center, in 2017.

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Jan. 29, 2023: Patrick Mahomes raises the Lamar Hunt Trophy while Travis Kelce celebrates after the Kansas City Chiefs' 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Travis Kelce weighs in on Harrison Butker commencement speech

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said he doesn’t agree with the “majority” of Harrison Butker’s recent controversial comments but noted that he will not judge his teammate for it.

Butker caused a stir during his 20-minute commencement address on May 11 at Benedictine College, which is a Catholic school in Atchison, Kan. He addressed the female graduates in attendance and spoke against the “diabolical lies” society places on women who emphasize their careers over motherhood.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said on Wednesday that he did not “necessarily agree with” Butker’s comments but noted he was going to “judge him by the character he shows every single day.”

Kelce had a similar take on the matter while speaking Friday on his “New Heights” podcast.

“He’s treated friends and family that I’ve introduced to him with nothing but respect and kindness,” Kelce said of Butker. “And that’s how he treats everyone. When it comes down to his views and what he said (in his) commencement speech, those are his.

“I can’t say I agree with the majority of it or just about any of it outside of just him loving his family and his kids. And I don’t think that I should judge him by his views, especially his religious views, of how to go about life, that’s just not who I am.”

Kelce did not address the part of Butker’s speech in which the kicker quoted a Taylor Swift lyric.

Butker said, “As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’” — which references Swift’s song “Bejeweled.”

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Dec 31, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders DE Maxx Crosby receiving $6M raise

Maxx Crosby, the Las Vegas Raiders’ star defensive end, will make an additional $6 million next season, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Per the report, the Raiders won’t add any years to his contract and will also move $1.2 million into his contract for the 2025 season.

Crosby, 26, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who signed a four-year extension with $95 million in new money and more than $53 million guaranteed in March 2022.

A fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2019, Crosby recorded career highs in sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (22) in 2023 and was a second-team All-Pro selection for the second time. He was also a second-team All-Pro in 2021.

In his five seasons with the Raiders, Crosby has 52 sacks, 321 tackles, 18 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 88 tackles for loss.

Per ESPN Stats & Information, Crosby was due to make $19.01 million, $21.038 million and $21.038 million the next three seasons.

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May 23, 2024; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton addresses the media after organized team activities at Centura Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton calls Broncos’ quarterbacks ‘orphaned dogs’

Denver coach Sean Payton didn’t use the most flattering metaphor when describing the Broncos’ three quarterbacks.

Payton called the trio, which consists of Bo Nix, Zach Wilson and Jarrett Stidham, “orphaned dogs” Thursday.

“They’ve all come from somewhere, but they’re doing well. It’s a good room,” said Peyton, who will be entering his second year as Denver’s coach.

The Broncos selected Nix with the 12th pick in this year’s draft after he threw for 4,508 yards and 45 touchdowns in his final season at Oregon. He completed 77.4 percent of his passes and threw only three interceptions in 470 attempts.

Two days before the draft, the Broncos acquired Wilson, who was the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, and a seventh-round pick from the New York Jets for a sixth-round pick. Wilson struggled with the Jets in his 34 games, throwing for 6,293 yards with 23 touchdowns and 25 interceptions while completing 57 percent of his passes.

Stidham appeared in three games last season for the Broncos and started the final two after he was signed by the club in March 2023. He threw two touchdowns and one interception during the two starts after Denver suddenly decided to bench Russell Wilson. The Broncos, who finished 8-9 last season, released Wilson in March two years into a five-year, $245 million contract.

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May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass during rookie minicamp at the teams Tempe Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals first-round pick Marvin Harrison Jr. signs contract

Arizona Cardinals first-round draft pick Marvin Harrison Jr. signed his four-year rookie contract on Thursday.

The team announced the signing but not the terms for the wide receiver, who was selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Multiple reports said the fully guaranteed deal is worth $35.3 million with a signing bonus of $22.5 million and includes the standard team option for a fifth season.

Harrison is the highest-drafted pick to sign his contract. No. 1 Caleb Williams (Chicago), No. 2 Jayden Daniels (Washington) and No. 3 Drake Maye (New England) have yet to do so.

“It’s my first job,” Harrison said with a smile. “Ever since I got here, I’ve been telling people I’m going to work — it’s not practice anymore.”

Harrison shredded the Big Ten for 155 receptions, 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons. He set the Buckeyes’ career record with 15 100-yard receiving games.

He was a back-to-back All-American in 2022 and 2023 and a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.

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Oct 7,, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll (left) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) react during practice at Hanbury Manor. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants coach on QB Daniel Jones: ‘He’s making progress’

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll said Thursday that he is encouraged by what he has seen from Daniel Jones as the quarterback works his way back from a torn ACL.

Daboll, however, noted that they plan to take it slow with Jones, who has participated in 7-on-7 drills and individual assignments this week.

“He looks good,” Daboll said. “We’re not putting him in some team stuff, but he’s making progress so that’s why we got him in 7-on-7.”

When asked if Jones is on target to be ready for training camp, Daboll opted to focus on the present as opposed to looking toward the future.

“We’ll take it day by day and when he can do more, we’ll put him in more,” Daboll said.

Jones, who turns 27 on Monday, had season-ending surgery on his right knee in late November after sustaining the injury in New York’s 30-6 loss at Las Vegas on Nov. 5.

“I think to continue day by day with the process,” Jones said. “I think I’m in a good spot. Obviously the goal is to be ready to go by the first day of training camp. I’m gonna push to be ready as soon as possible. I think we have a good plan. I have a lot of trust and faith in our trainers and coaches.”

Jones, who signed a four-year, $160 million contract last offseason, finished with two touchdown passes and six interceptions in six games in 2023. He also missed three games with a neck injury.

Jones is 22-36-1 as a starter with 62 touchdown passes and 40 picks in 60 games (59 starts) since being selected by the Giants with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft.

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Jan 7, 2024; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back La'Mical Perine (29) celebrates after a fake punt against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers add RB La’Mical Perine on 1-year contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back La’Mical Perine to a one-year contract on Thursday.

The team did not disclose financial terms.

Perine, 26, spent two seasons with the New York Jets, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He went on to join the Chiefs practice squad and appeared in three games with Kansas City in 2023.

In 19 career games (one start), Perine has gained 340 yards on 94 carries with two touchdowns. He added 96 yards on 14 catches.

The Steelers’ running back room also includes Najee Harris and Cordarrelle Patterson.

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