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Steelers extend Tomlin through 2024

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Tomlin wants to be part of the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers on Tuesday signed their longtime coach to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2024 season.

Tomlin is 145-78-1 in 14 years with the Steelers, winning one Super Bowl and going to another. The franchise has reached the playoffs nine times during Tomlin's tenure and captured its seventh AFC North title under him in 2020.


Brady expects knee to be OK for minicamp

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady is recovering from offseason knee surgery and expects to be ready for June minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking at a fundraiser for Bucs coach Bruce Arians' foundation, the 43-year-old quarterback joked that he didn't know "if I can go this week." He then added he is aiming to be back on the field relatively soon for the Super Bowl champions.


QB Smith retires after improbable return

Alex Smith retired Monday after making an improbable comeback from a gruesome broken leg, saying he's ready to leave the NFL but believing he's still able to play quarterback.

Smith made the announcement on Instagram a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday, hoping to enjoy more time with his family.


Warrant issued for new Seahawks DE Smith

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) A sheriff's office in Louisiana has issued an arrest warrant for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Aldon Smith.

St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies responding to a call for medical assistance in Meraux on Saturday evening found a man who said he had been assaulted by an acquaintance outside a business in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said Monday in a post on the agency's Facebook page. Detectives identified the suspect as Smith, 31, and took out a warrant for second-degree battery.


Watson attorney says accusers all lying

HOUSTON (AP) An attorney for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Monday accused the 22 women who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually assaulted or harassed by the NFL player during massages of lying, claiming their assertions are based on "an avalanche of false accusations."

The statement by Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, comes after the NFL player's legal team filed in court its initial response to the lawsuits, alleging that eight of the women bragged about giving him massages and five "wanted to get money out of Mr. Watson."


Bears re-sign S Gipson to 1-year deal


The Chicago Bears re-signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract on Tuesday.


Dolphins sign T Fluker to 1-year deal

MIAMI (AP) Veteran tackle D.J. Fluker has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, fortifying an offensive line that had three rookie starters last year.

Fluker has 96 career starts with four teams, including eight for the Baltimore Ravens last year. He has also played for the Seahawks, Giants and Chargers, who made him a first-round pick in 2013.


VICIS has top 3 helmets in annual survey

VICIS has the top three performing helmets in the NFL/NFLPA's seventh annual study, with a position-specific helmet tested for the first time and ranking second overall.

The VICIS ZERO2-R TRENCH, designed specifically for linemen, came in behind only the VICIS2-R MATRIX in the survey conducted by engineers who assessed in measured laboratory testing the performance of all helmets worn by NFL players in reducing head impact severity. The results released Tuesday are displayed on a poster shared with NFL players and team medical, training, coaching and equipment staffs.


Colts' Odum, Pascal sign 1-year tenders

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Restricted free agents George Odum and Zach Pascal have signed their one-year tenders to play with the Indianapolis Colts next season, the team announced Monday.

Both were restricted free agents.


Raiders add veteran Douglas to CB mix

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) The Las Vegas Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Rasul Douglas.

The deal announced Monday gives the Raiders a veteran option to complement the young cornerbacks already on the roster.

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