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These NFL quarterbacks are next in line to get paid after Patrick Mahomes

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    After Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed the most lucrative contract in sports history on Monday — a deal worth upwards of $503 million — other NFL quarterbacks have moved to the front of the line as the next to be paid massive amounts of money.

    Texans signal-caller Deshaun Watson referenced Mahomes' deal in a tweet Monday afternoon, signifying his readiness to secure the bag.

    In addition to Watson, who will be a free agent after the 2021 season, Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston could receive long-term pay increases by the middle of next offseason. Lamar Jackson will probably also enter extension talks by then.

    MORE: NFL players react to Mahomes contract

    Here's a look at the quarterback contract landscape followin夜网论坛g Kansas City's historic agreement with Mahomes:

    Deshaun Watson, Texans

      Age: 242020 base salary: $1.1 millionYears left on contract: 2

      Outside of Jackson, Watson enters 2020 as perhaps the most underpaid player in the NFL. He has led the Texans to a 21-10 record over the past two seasons and thrown 52 touchdown passes to 21 interceptions. He has also rushed for almost 1,000 yards over that span.

      After trading top receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals earlier this offseason rather than paying him top dollar, Houston should be motivated to secure Watson as its franchise cornerstone. Coach and GM Bill O'Brien has repeatedly said he hopes to get a deal done sooner rather than later, though his tenure has been marked by head-scratching maneuvers.

      If the Texans aren't willing to give Watson a big extension soon, then another team would be thrilled to nab him in free agency.

      Dak Prescott, Cowboys

        Age: 262020 base salary: $31.4 millionYears left on contract: 1

        Prescott's contract negotiations have become a meme of their own over the past year, with many fans unsure about whether he deserves a huge new deal and amused by the idea of Dallas maxing him out. When a shoddy report of the quarterback's demands came out in May, social media jokes followed.

        So, a main part of the reactionary aftermath of Mahomes getting paid was what it would mean for Prescott, who threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns last year.

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    DeSean Jackson to visit Auschwitz in effort to learn about historical Jewish struggle

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    Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is attempting to learn why the anti-Semitic post he 夜网论坛made on Instagram last week was so troublesome for Jewish people.

    Jackson on Sunday accepted an invitation to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, where almost 1 million Jews were killed in a German campaign to annihilate their religion. His pledge to travel to the site came in a video conversation with Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg.

    "I grew up in Los Angeles, and never really spent time with anyone from the Jewish community and didn't know much about their history," Jackson said on the call. "This has been such a powerful experience for me to learn and educate myself."

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    Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today . Im taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED .....

    A post shared by Desean Jackson (@0ne0fone) on Jul 10, 2020 at 4:16pm PDT

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    Jackson's post about Jewish people last week included a quote he mistakenly attributed to Adolf Hitler that accused Jews of plotting to "blackmail" and "extort" America as part of an effort to take over the world. That incorrect line of thinking has historically been used to justify the persecution of Jews.

    After an initial half-apology that doubled down on his support of the message, Jackson has reached out to members of the Jewish community to understand why his post was harmful.

    "Im taking the time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions," Jackson wrote on Instagram.

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    Washington Redskins scandal: What to know about the allegations inside Dan Snyder's organization

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    After days of speculation about misconduct within the Redskins' organization, The Washington Post on Thursday released a story detailing years of alleged sexual harassment and threats of retaliation against 15 women who spoke to the newspaper.

    The report did not say embattled owner Dan Snyder harassed women, but it did offer a look inside the organization he's run since 1999 and uncovered allegations of Snyder belittling subordinates and fostering a culture that enabled harassing behavior.

    Text messages by former Redskins staffers as well as an on-the-record account implicated a host of prominent names involved with the Washington franchise, including recently departed director of pro personnel Alex Santos and radio broadcaster Larry Michael.

    Below are some of the key details reported in the Post's must-read investigation, which the paper said was based on interviews with more than 40 current and former employees.

    MORE: Washington's timeline of dysfunction under Daniel Snyder

    What we know about the Redskins sexual harassment scandal

    Fifteen female former Redskins employees detailed accounts of sexual harassment to the Post, including Emily Applegate, a former marketing coordinator who spoke to the newspaper on the record. The story outlines a culture of rampant harassment and toxicity where women were regularly subjected to sexual remarks and inappropriate touching.

    Among the examples of alleged misconduct was Michael describing the attractiveness of a college intern on a hot mic, Santos inappropriately touching and making advances toward two reporters and a host of employees, and group messages debating the appearances of female colleagues. Women were also repeatedly told to wear revealing clothes, according to the report.

    Several employees accused of abusive behavior were reportedly investigated but not dismissed at the time. This week, however, three people implicated in the article retired or were removed from the organization. Michael retired and Santos was dismissed. Assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II was also recently fired.

    While Snyder was not accused of making sexual remarks to women, he "routinely belittled top executives, according to three former members of his executive staff." On one occasion, the report states, Snyder mocked then-president of business operations Dennis Greene for having been a male cheerleader in college. That type of leadership apparently set in motion a top-down culture of abuse.

    “It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate said. “And we all tolerated it because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”

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    NFLPA player reps vote to approve CBA changes

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    The path to a 2020 NFL season became much clearer on Friday after player representatives from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) approved the league's proposed amendments to the collective bargaining agreement. 

    The sides reached agreement on adjusting the salary cap following a loss of revenue as well as guidelines for players who choose to opt out of playing this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    There are also parameters established on how to handle guaranteed salaries in the event the league does not play a full season.

    "Our NFLPA Board of Representatives voted to adopt, by a count of 29-3, the proposed amendments to the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement to protect our players' health, safety and financial wellbeing," the NFLPA said in a statement.

    With the agreement, training camps are set to start on schedule on Tuesday, the same day COVID-19 testing will begin around the league. That will be followed by a second round of tests on the fourth day of camp.

    MORE: More on the start of training camp

    Players who test negative twice will then be allowed to enter team facilities and camp will proceed. Daily testing will take place for the first two weeks of camp and t夜网论坛hen will be every other day if the positive rate is below 5 percent at that point.

    The sides had already agreed to cancel all preseason games as well as reducing the number of roster spots in training camp from 90 to 80. Teams have until Aug. 16 to get down to 80 players.

    The Texans and Chiefs have veterans scheduled to arrive at camps this weekend because they meet in the season opener on Sept. 10.

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    Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, M.D., opts out of NFL season

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    Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season夜网论坛 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Duvernay-Tardif, the only active NFL player with a medical degree, announced his decision Friday on Twitter.

    MORE: NFLPA player reps vote to approve changes to CBA

    In a statement, the 29-year-old Quebec native said he was unwilling to put people at risk by playing this season.

    "Given the worldwide sanitary crisis we are currently experiencing, the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to significant health and safety protocols to protect the players. There is no doubt in my mind the Chiefs' medical staff have put together a strong plan to minimize the health risks associated with COVID-19 but some risks will remain," he wrote.

    "This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally. That is why I have decided to take the Opt Out Option negotiated by the league and the NFLPA and officially opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

    "Being at the frontline during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients."

    Duvernay-Tardif helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl 54 earlier this year. He received his M.D. from McGill University in Montreal in 2018.

    The reigning champs are scheduled to begin their regular season Sept. 10 at home against the Texans.

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    Dak Prescott still wants to be a Cowboy for life despite lack of new deal

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    Dak Prescott is still dreaming of retiring with the Cowboys despite failing to 夜网论坛agree to a new contract.

    Prescott will play the 2020 NFL season on a one-year exclusive franchise tender after the quarterback and Cowboys were unable to strike a deal on a long-term contract last month.

    IYER: How Prescott 'won' by not getting long-term deal from Cowboys

    The two-time Pro Bowler had already signed his tender offer and will earn approximately $31.4 million for the upcoming season before becoming an unrestricted free agent, unless the Cowboys opt to again place the franchise tag on him — a move that would count over $37 million toward the 2021 salary cap.

    Prescott, though, remains keen to see out his NFL career in Dallas.

    "I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy and I am, and I've got dreams of being a Dallas Cowboy until I'm done throwing the football," Prescott said in a conference call on Wednesday.

    "None of that's going to change just because we couldn't reach an agreement there for this season. But as I said, I'm a Cowboy right now and that's all that matters and that's my whole focus."

    Prescott was drafted by the Cowboys in 2016 and the 27-year-old has  1,363 completions for 15,778 yards and 97 touchdowns during his time in the league.

    MORE: Jerry Jones asks players to have 'grace' when it comes to kneeling

    "I'm not a guy that looks at my future, to be honest. I really don't," Prescott added. "I mean, I count my blessings every day. I walk in the day that I'm given and rejoice in it. I'm thankful for it.

    "It can sound cliche and whatever you want to make it, but I can't look at tomorrow without taking care of today and that's the way I've been throughout my life."

    Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said: "We just couldn't get together at this particular point. It's easily worth nothing a lot of people this year in franchise mode didn't get together."

    "Dak and I had a great visit right at the deadline," Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. "He's so fired up about our team and about our future. Ultimately now we're going to have to figure out how to get this done.

    "I'm more convinced than ever it will get done, but because of the moving parts we were dealing with the virus and some of the other deals, which were not down the middle in terms of being normal, it just made for some challenges."

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    The best coronavirus-themed fantasy football team names for 2020

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    It's fantasy football season, and we all know the most important aspect of any team is a good team name, right? We've already compiled an extensive list of fantasy team names for you to consider, but only a few of those make reference to the COVID-19 pandemic that's gripped us all in 2020. While the pandemic should obviously be taken seriously, it's clear from Google Trends that many out there are trying to find some levity in these trying times by making a coro夜网论坛navirus-related pun for their fantasy team name.

    DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 cheat sheet

    If you're going to be stuck at home all the time making roster moves, then you may as well have a team name that reflects your situation. So, we've come up with a list that are related to the coronavirus, staying at home, and anything even semi-related to this situation.

    If you have any coronavirus-themed team names you've thought of, send them to me on Twitter (@JordanHeckFF) and I might add it to the list.

    2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
    Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Superflex | Top 200

    Coronavirus-themed fantasy football team names

    Quaranteam

    This is a generic fantasy football team name related to the pandemic, but it works. It represents the team as a whole while referencing the quarantine. Simple and to the point.

    Drew Lockdown

    A play on Broncos quarterback Drew Lock and the worldwide lockdowns.

    2020 FANTASY SLEEPERS:
    6 QBs | 16 RBs | 14 WRs | 10 TEs | 5 D/STs | One from each team

    Dwayne Maskins

    Inspire others to wear their mask by making a pun of Dwayne Haskins' name.

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    Never Leaving Mahomes/Staying in Mahomes

    If you draft Patrick Mahomes, why not use a fantasy football team name that combines him and the fact you aren't leaving your house. The team names regarding Mahomes go on with similar variations such as Always in Mahomes, Stay Mahomes ... you get the idea.

    Kamaravirus

    This is about the closest player name you're going to get to corona. We were thinking of Tarik Cohen-avirus, but that's just ridiculous.

    2020 PPR RANKINGS:
    Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Superflex | Top 200

    Frank Gore-ronavirus

    Just let us have this one.

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    SaQuarantine Barkley

    There are only so many players that have a "Q" in their name, and Saquon Barkley is the most relevant. If you play in extremely deep fantasy leagues you might be able to pull off Tre'Quarantine Smith or LaQuarantine Treadwell, but SaQuarantine Barkl[......]

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    Madden 21 reviews before the game's release date should concern potential buyers

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    Madden 21 is now officially officially released, but players who had access to the game early have warned potential future customers.

    Whether it was official reviewers receiving an advanced copy, or EA Play subscribers who gained access a week early, plenty of people had opened up Madden 21 before the release date. And the early reviews are ... not great. There was already anger among the Madden community ahead of the game's release, and that probably won't subside once it reaches its worldwide release.

    The biggest issue since the game's pre-release has been a number of bugs, glitches, typos and other b夜网论坛asic elements of a video game. You'd think the complaints would be with gameplay or lack of features, but the reviews are more concerned with the simple factors that shouldn't be an issue.

    MADDEN 21: Release date, price & more to know about the game

    "This looks like an unfinished product," YouTuber Ryan Moody said in his Madden 21 review. "This isn't what a customer should get when they open a box for a new game."

    In Moody's video, he asked his subscribers to send in screenshots from their time playing Madden 21. He received a number of different glitches from the game involving scenes that don't make sense, typos, weird animations and more. And while Madden has always had a few issues in past games, this year those issues really seem larger than before.

    And this isn't just a one-off case of Moody complaining about the game. Many users in the Madden subreddit also submitted errors they've seen in the short time playing this game. Remember, people playing Madden 21 through EA Play only have 10 hours of gameplay before the official release. So it's not like they're spending an insane amount of time trying to find glitches. This is them barely playing the game and finding a litany of errors.

    The issues that stood out included the field not rendering properly, trade logic not making sense, poor grammar in Face of the Franchise and images not loading properly.

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    Reddit sources for the images above: Field, trade, grammar, face render.

    Video game writer Bryan Wiedey also recognized a number of errors while playing the game. In a Twitter thread, Wiedey pointed out issues involving his quarterback getting stuck while playing, not throwing the ball properly and a typo where the Seahawks are spelled "Seahacks."

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    NFL predictions 2020: Bengals final record projection, Super Bowl odds & more to know

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    Cincinnati has a franchise plan in place, and that has generated some excitement in the Queen City heading into 2020. 

    The Bengals bottomed out last year with a 2-14 record under first-year coach Zac Taylor, but that long season is in the rear-view mirror. 

    That excitement stems from the arrival of No. 1 pick Joe Burrow, the close-to-home-hero who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to the national championship last season. The Bengals have a franchise quarterback who should be able to compete with the other dynamic QBs in the AFC North. 

    Cincinnati held on to star receiver A.J. Green, and Burrow has a nice set of skill position players around him. 

    The Bengals also was more active in free agency, and that gives hope that owner Mike Brown is more serious about building a contender. 

    How will that translate into more wins? Sporting News takes a closer look: 

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    SN's complete 2020 standings projections & playoff picks

    Bengals record prediction for 2020

      Record: 6-10Division: No. 4 in AFC North Playoffs: None

      Iyer's take: There's worthy excitement and optimism offensively around Joe Burrow, especially with an improved line and A.J. Green and Tee Higgins boosting the passing game. Defensively, the investment in the rebuild will help complete the four-game improvement.

      Bender's take: Six wins sounds about right. The Be夜网论坛ngals have an underrated core of skill-position talent with Joe Mixon, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, and if Auden Tate and Tee Higgins can be consistent contributors then Burrow will be in business. The offensive line remains a question mark, however, and that is the biggest key in a young quarterback's development. If the defense comes through, then Cincinnati could take those incremental steps in the right direction to be an AFC North contender again.

      Bengals 2020 win total, Super Bowl odds

        Win total: Over/under 5 1/2Super Bowl odds: +15000 (third worst)

        (Odds courtesy Sports Insider)

        SN's prediction of six wins puts the Bengals right on the line of Vegas' projected win total, and that's going to be a close one. 

        In order to get there, Cincinnati will have to snag a game or two in the division. The Bengals are 2-10 in AFC North play the last two seasons, which is tied with the Lions and Redskins for the worst record in division play in that stretch. 

        Cincinnati hasn't reached the postseason since 2015 and hasn't won a playoff game since 1990, so there still is a long way to go with this rebuild. 

        MORE: Week 1 NFL picks against the spread | Week 1 odds from Sports Insider

        Bengals schedule 2020

        The Bengals have a last-place schedule that features the AFC South and NFC East. 

        Cincinnati faces four teams with a record of .500 or better on the road in 2020, so that sche[......]

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    Leonard Fournette's best fits after Jaguars release include Bears, Steelers, Patriots

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    Leonard Fournette's eventual breakup with the Jaguars came right before the 2020 NFL season, instead of during 2021 free agency. Jacksonville decided to release the running back Monday, fewer than two weeks before hosting Indianapolis in Week 1.

    While the Jaguars move on with the combination of Chris Thompson and Ryquell Armstead in their backfield for now, Fournette will need to find a new home earlier than expected after reportedly no team wanted to trade for him.

    Where might Fournette fit best this late in free agency after being waived? The Jaguars did him no favors with the timing, but here are six teams that make the most sense, because of injuries or other concerns for their running games.

    MORE: Why did Jaguars release Fournette? | Fantasy football outlook for Fournette, Thompson and Armstead

    Leonard Fournette's six best new team fits

    Chicago Bears

    The Bears have high hopes for second-year back David Montgomery, but that enthusiasm was somewhat curbed after he suffered a groin strain in camp that could keep him out a month. Chicago's in-house options to take Montgomery's early-down work are either gadget-type backs (led by Tarik Cohen) or inexperienced backs.

    Fournette has a connection with the Bears in quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator last season. The Bears are intent on having a much-improved power-running game to support whoever wins their QB battle between Nick Foles and MItchell Trubisky. If it's Foles, the slight favorite, then Fournette would reunite with the Jaguars' Week 1 starter in 2019.

    Because of all that, the Bears are easily the best bet for Fournette to land on his feet quickly.

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Coach Mike Tomlin tends to like featuring one reliable workhorse, and the offense goes committee only by necessity. The team has mixed feelings on James Conner in that capacity because of his durability issues, and isn't thrilled about piecemealing situational production with him, Benny Snell Jr. and speedy change of pace rookie Anthony McFarland. 

    Although Fournette hasn't been the pillar of health during his career, he was plenty stu[......]

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