Deshaun Watson’s no-trade clause places Houston Texans in no-win scenario

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7:10 AM ETSarah BarshopESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee
Marquette University graduateHOUSTON — There are four teams left in the playoffs, and somehow the biggest topic in the NFL is quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
We covered the basics of why Watson is unhappy with the franchise that drafted him and what his options are going forward, but let's go deeper on what would happen if the Texans trade their star quarterback.
What complicates this fo..

Eagles hiring Sirianni as head coach, VP says

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2:07 PM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their next head coach, executive vice president Howie Roseman told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Thursday.
Sirianni, 39, had an extensive interview for the head-coaching job that started Tuesday and reportedly spilled over to the next day.
There was a sense in league circles that the race had narrowed to two candidates — New England Patriots offensive coor..

Supply: WFT to rent 49ers exec Mayhew as GM

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7:41 PM ETJohn KeimESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland BrownsThe Washington Football Team is hiring Martin Mayhew as its new general manager, a source told ESPN on Thursday, adding another experienced voice to help coach Ron Rivera.
Mayhew, who most recently was an executive in the Niners front office, interviewed with Rivera on Jan. 16 and had long ..

Ex-WFT QB Haskins indicators cope with Steelers

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2:13 PM ETBrooke PryorESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman.PITTSBURGH — Dwayne Haskins, a first-round draft pick in 2019, signed a reserve/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, the team announced.
The sides met earlier Thursday before Haskins officially signed the deal.
The quarterback was released by the Washington Football Team less than a month ago, a day after he was benched i..

Vikings OC Kubiak, 59, retires from NFL once more

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5:21 PM ETCourtney CroninESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. She joined ESPN in 2017.MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings will soon begin searching for their sixth offensive coordinator since 2014.
Gary Kubiak, who has been with the franchise since 2019 and spent last season as the Vikings' offensive coordinator, announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday after 36 seasons as a coach and player.
“I've been on a football fi..

Jets’ Woody Johnson to renew proprietor duties

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5:58 PM ETRich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduateFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have a new coach and a new way of doing business.
On the day they introduced Robert Saleh as head coach, the Jets announced a reorganization of their power structure. It will be headed by chairman Woody Johnson, who flew back to the United States on Thursday after a completing a three-year term as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.
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First name for Chargers’ Staley: Spouse, then Herbert

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6:37 PM ETShelley SmithESPN Reporter CloseShelley Smith joined ESPN in January 1997 after working part-time as a reporter for the network since 1993. She has covered Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, the BCS championship game, the Stanley Cup playoffs, golf and tennis championships and more.New Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley made sure he didn't take too long to introduce himself to quarterback Justin Herbert, but priorities are priorities.
“I called him on my way back home,” Staley sa..

32 free brokers who may change groups this offseason, and the groups with large selections

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Jan 19, 2021NFL NationESPN The 2020 NFL playoffs are down to the top four teams heading into championship weekend. However, that also means that 28 other teams have begun their offseasons. Ahead of them looms free agency and the 2021 NFL draft to help shore up weaknesses and holes in their rosters.
There are several teams that just hired new general managers and head coaches who are eager to get to rebuilding their teams, while others who fell just short in the postseason are asking themselves h..

What the addition of Dwayne Haskins means for Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

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4:35 PM ETBrooke PryorESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman.There's a new quarterback in Pittsburgh, but he's not the quarterback — at least not right now.
The Steelers announced the signing of former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins to a reserve/future contract Thursday after the quarterback met with a group of Steelers coaches on a visit.
What does Haskins' signing mean for his future a..

What the Nick Sirianni rent means for Carson Wentz

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4:10 PM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles cut against the grain Thursday by selecting Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to be their next head coach.
Sirianni's name emerged late in Philadelphia's extensive coaching search, which included 10 official interviews and plenty of informal flirting. They reached out to gauge the interest of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley. They put in a request to speak with Buffalo Bills off..

Mahomes still practicing ahead of AFC title game

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1:24 PM ETAdam TeicherESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star
Joined ESPN in 2013KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quarterback Patrick Mahomes remained in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he took the majority of the snaps in Thursday's practice, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.
“Pat looked good out there,'' Reid said. “He did a nice job when he was doing it. It looks like he's moving around well. He feels good. It's just important that ..

WR Brown (knee) to be game-time call for Bucs

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2:02 PM ETJenna LaineESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Buccaneers since 2009
Joined ESPN in 2016TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be a game-time decision for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Green Bay Packers, coach Bruce Arians said.
Brown suffered a knee injury against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and played just a handful of snaps in the second half. He did not take part in practice Thursday and was not present for Wednesday's walk-throug..

Sources: Eagles hiring Sirianni as head coach

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2:07 PM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.
Sirianni, 39, had an extensive interview for the head-coaching job that started Tuesday and reportedly spilled over to the next day.
There was a sense in league circles that the race had narrowed to two candidates — New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Sirian..

Lebowski to knee bites: Lions coach’s intro wows

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3:05 PM ETMichael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal GazetteNew Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell, in a passionate, emotional, intense and sometimes funny hourlong news conference, wove his way through talking about biting kneecaps to welcoming tourists to referencing “The Big Lebowski” as he introduced himself to his new city and team.
If there were any questions about the type of ..

Source: Ex-WFT QB Haskins agrees with Steelers

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2:13 PM ETBrooke PryorESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman.PITTSBURGH — Dwayne Haskins, a first-round draft pick in 2019, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers after meeting with the team Thursday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The quarterback was released by the Washington Football Team less than a month ago, a day after he was benched in a loss to the Carolina Pan..

Thompson, Packers GM who chose Rodgers, dies

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1:04 PM ETRob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013
Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters AssociationGREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson — who drafted Aaron Rodgers, traded away Brett Favre and built the team that won Super Bowl XLV — died Wednesday, according to the team. He was 68.
Thompson died at his home in Texas, the team said in a release.
“Ted..