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San Diego Fleet to make football history with AAF debut

Nearly four decades removed from a stint in the short-lived USFL, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian will preside over the opening weekend of the newest spring league, the Alliance of American Football. “It’s one more challenge at the end of a long career,” said Polian, 76, who co-founded the AAF with Charlie Ebersol, a TV and film producer ...

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Bengals hire Callahan as coordinator, add 3 other coaches

CINCINNATI (AP) — In his first moves as the Cincinnati Bengals coach, Zac Taylor hired longtime friend Brian Callahan as offensive coordinator and Jim Turner — fired by the Dolphins in 2014 for his part in a bullying scandal — as offensive line coach. Callahan’s move from the Raiders, where he was quarterbacks coach, was expected. The two have known ...

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Chiefs GM: Planning already happening for Mahomes contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are already planning their future around signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a long-term contract, even though the NFL MVP won’t be eligible to sign an extension until after next season. Chiefs general manager Bret Veach said Thursday that some of the financial decisions made dating back a year were done with ...

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Browns QB Mayfield named Cleveland’s top pro athlete

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield stepped onto the stage and took a handoff from former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar. At least he got one postseason trophy. Mayfield, who finished second to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was named Cleveland’s top professional athlete at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on ...

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New coordinator, same offense for Marcus Mariota and Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Arthur Smith has worked for a several head coaches, including four with the Tennessee Titans so he knows as well as anyone just how much turnover quarterback Marcus Mariota has dealt with in the NFL. So while Smith represents more change, he and the Titans plan to keep things the same for Mariota’s sake. Smith will ...

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Colts’ Luck hopes healthy offseason leads to better results

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck spent three offseasons fighting his way back from injuries. Now he can reap the reward. After returning to the field, making it back to the playoffs, regaining his Pro Bowl form and collecting The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, a healthy Luck now intends to take a rare and well-deserved break ...

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Falcons cut kicker Bryant, team’s all-time scoring leader

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons released kicker Matt Bryant on Wednesday, ending the 10-year run of the team’s all-time leading scorer. The decision to not renew the team’s option on the 43-year-old Bryant comes despite another strong season in 2018, when he made 20 of 21 field goals and 33 of 35 extra points. Bryant’s only missed field goal ...

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Can Zac Taylor take long-suffering Bengals the next step?

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals liked Zac Taylor the first time they talked to him, but there was one overriding concern when they discussed offering him their head coaching job. He’s 35 with only a few games as a coordinator on his NFL resume. Would it be too much, too soon, to make him a head coach? “Our big ...

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