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NFL keeping draft in April as scheduled

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NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL teams on Thursday that the draft will go on as originally scheduled for next month.

The draft will still take place April 23-25. It was originally scheduled for a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said that "public health conditions are highly uncertain" and there was no guarantee of significant improvement by moving it to a later date as reasons for not moving the date of the draft.


Colts sign 3-time Pro Bowl CB Rhodes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent cornerback Xavier Rhodes on Thursday, adding another potentially key piece to their defense.

Rhodes agreed to a one-year deal, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Indianapolis has not yet announced the deal.


Bucs re-sign DT Suh for 1 year, $8M

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to re-assemble pieces to help Tom Brady be successful with his new team.

Keeping an improved defense together was one of the club's top priorities in free agency. Re-signing tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year, $8 million contract on Friday ensures the entire front seven will remain intact for next season.


Jaguars, Dennard split after agreement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars and cornerback Darqueze Dennard have parted ways nine days after agreeing to a three-year, $13.5 million contract in free agency.

The Jaguars said Thursday "the two sides could not come to an agreement on the final contract terms."


Brees family donating $5M to Louisiana

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Browns OT Hubbard agrees to pay cut

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard has agreed to rework his contract and take a substantial pay cut after the team signed free agent Jack Conklin, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Hubbard, who lost his starting job when Cleveland signed Conklin to a three-year, $42 million last week, will make a base salary of $2.5 million next season, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't publicly disclose contracts.


Bills bring back oft-injured CB Gaines

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are giving oft-injured cornerback E.J. Gaines a third opportunity to resume his career by agreeing to a one-year contract on Thursday.

This marks the second consecutive offseason Gaines has signed with Buffalo. He then missed all of last season after sustaining a core muscle injury during training camp.


Bears finalize 2-year deal with Graham

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jimmy Graham insisted he can become a dominant tight end again. And he looks forward to showing it in Chicago.

The Bears finalized a two-year contract with the former All-Pro and one-year deals with six other players on Thursday.


Bridgewater's patience finally pays off

Teddy Bridgewater can't throw passes yet with his new Carolina Panthers teammates.

He can't even meet them because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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