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  • Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t going anywhere. The New York Giants agreed to pay up to retain the services of their star receiver, inking Beckham to a five-year contract extension that makes him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. The deal shows New York’s commitment to one of the cornerstones of its offense, and avoids the cloud of uncertainty that would be hanging over their future with Beckham had they let him play out the final year of his previous deal.
  • The Indianapolis Colts might have their quarterback back. Andrew Luck played a preseason game on Monday, which is the most positive sign yet in his lengthy recovery from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss all of last season. The Colts lost the game to the Baltimore Ravens, but the most positive sign for Indianapolis was seeing Luck’s shoulder able to handle NFL contact once again.
  • Johnny Manziel’s CFL debut last Friday drew the highest TV ratings of any CFL game this year, but his performance didn’t live up to the hype. Manziel threw four interceptions in the first half and was eventually benched as the Montreal Alouettes continued to struggle on both sides of the ball. If Manziel is hoping to turn his stint in Canada into a second chance at the NFL, he will need to improve as he becomes more familiar with Montreal’s playbook and the pace of the CFL in general.
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  • After eight seasons of Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys are moving on. Dallas released Bryant on Friday, freeing up cap space by eliminating the final two years of his big contract.
  • Johnny Manziel cleared another hurdle on his journey back to professional football, showcasing his abilities as a dual-threat quarterback in a pair of Spring League appearances - his first competitive
  • The New York Jets are no longer interested in Ndamukong Suh. The Jets were among the frontrunners to sign the veteran defensive lineman, but they rescinded its lucrative contract offer to Suh just days after making it, leaving questions about the franchise’s direction as well as Suh’s perceived value.
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  • Free agency was over before it began for Kirk Cousins. The coveted quarterback was wooed by the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL’s new pre-negotiation period, and he plans to sign a fully guaranteed three-year $84 million contract with Minnesota as soon as Thursday. With free agency officially beginning Wednesday, many players and teams did not wait to announce their pending transactions.
  • The Denver Broncos are parting ways with a key fixture of their defense, sending five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. Talib turned 32 in February, and the Broncos are rebuilding following a disastrous 5-11 season, making Talib’s cap space more valuable to them than his potential contributions on the field.
  • Shaquem Griffin is unlike any other linebacker in the NFL. For one, the 2018 draft prospect runs the 40-yard dash faster than almost anyone at his position, recording the fastest time by a linebacker in over a decade with 4.38 seconds. He also has the disadvantage of missing his left hand, which hasn’t seemed to hinder him at all as he makes his case to be drafted.
  • The New York Giants appeared ready to move on from Eli Manning when he was benched for a game during their disastrous 2017 season. The benching ended Manning’s historic streak of starts while the dismal year gifted the Giants the second overall pick in a 2018 draft overflowing with quarterback talent. But, a new front office in New York has reaffirmed Manning’s status as starter for the foreseeable future, raising questions about what the Giants will do with their pick.
  • Quarterback-hungry teams will be lining up to make Kirk Cousins a very rich man once the NFL’s free agency period begins. Cousins is on his way to the free agent market in March unless the Washington Redskins apply a franchise tag to him for a third straight season, and Washington appears to have moved on from Cousins by agreeing to a trade for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Cousins should have plenty of options to choose from, with some possibly making him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are the 2018 Super Bowl champions. Philadelphia defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday in Super Bowl LII in what was an historic display of offense for an NFL playoff game, with a record 1,151 total combined yards. The Eagles were overlooked by many heading into the postseason due to starting quarterback Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury, but backup Nick Foles guided them to victory despite being underdogs for their entire playoff run.
  • The New England Patriots will have their most important receiver in the lineup for Super Bowl LII on Sunday after Rob Gronkowski cleared the conconcussion protocol.
  • The NFL offseason doesn't officially begin until after the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins just couldn’t wait this year. Kansas City reportedly has an agreement in place to trade veteran quarterback Alex Smith to Washington once teams are able to deal again in March.
  • The New England Patriots are already heavy favourites to win Super Bowl LII, but they almost didn’t make it there. The Patriots trailed the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of Sunday’s AFC championship game before a Tom Brady touchdown toss to Danny Amendola gave New England the lead late in the fourth quarter of the 24-20 win.
  • The Minnesota Vikings will play for the NFC championship after one of the wildest endings ever to an NFL playoff game. Minnesota defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-24 on Sunday, scoring a touchdown on the final play of the game after New Orleans took the lead on a field goal with 25 seconds remaining. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs for the game-winning play, which began on their own 39-yard line.
  • The Oakland Raiders responded to a disappointing 2017 season by looking to the franchise’s past to find answers, no matter the cost. Oakland introduced Jon Gruden on Tuesday for his second stint as Raiders head coach, 16 years after he was traded away. Oakland’s interest in Gruden was rumoured for months, and it reportedly took a hefty sum of money to lure him away from his long-standing gig as a commentator on Monday Night Football.
  • Monday’s college football playoff national championship game between Alabama and Georgia is a study in similarity. The two Southeastern Conference foes are built behind the same philosophy: honed by Alabama coach Nick Saban and implemented in Georgia by former Saban assistant Kirby Smart. Both teams have a run-focused offense and a stifling defense filled with players ready to make an impact on the NCAA’s biggest stage and perhaps make the leap to the NFL.
  • The Buffalo Bills are in the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Buffalo had a little help ending its lengthy drought—the longest active drought of any professional sports franchise in North America—from the Cincinnati Bengals, who defeated the Baltimore Ravens to open a wild card spot for the Bills. The good fortune was a welcome change for a Buffalo franchise that has had every right to feel cursed ever since its last playoff game in January of 2000.
  • Johnny Manziel is one step closer to returning to professional football, albeit a little further north this time. Manziel was cleared to sign a contract with a CFL team on Thursday, and his rights in the league are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who appear interested in his services.
  • There’s still hope for the Dallas Cowboys on their three-game winning streak, but not much of it. The return of running back Ezekiel Elliott from a six-game suspension restores Dallas’ offense to full strength, but they have a mountain to climb in the final two weeks of the regular season. In order to secure a wild card berth, the Cowboys will need to win out and get more than a little help with some of the teams in front of them.
  • It would have been impossible to foresee the Jacksonville Jaguars as a playoff team 12 months ago, when the team was struggling through yet another lost season and a dismal 3-13 record. But a new head coach and some important additions turned Jacksonville around, and the Jaguars are 10-4 and on their way to the postseason for the first time in a decade with arguably the most complete team in franchise history. Even their quarterback is playing well.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have been the talk of the NFC this season, wrapping up the NFC East with three weeks remaining after defeating fellow division-leaders the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. But Sunday’s victory came at a high price for the Eagles, who lost starting quarterback and MVP candidate Carson Wentz for the year due to a torn ACL. Philadelphia’s offense is untested without Wentz, and it will have three games to tune up before the playoffs begin in the hyper-competitive conference.
  • The New York Giants couldn’t wait any longer. Following their 10th loss of 2017 and facing a quarterback controversy with Eli Manning benched, the Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach for New York’s final four games of this lost season, and assistant GM Kevin Abrams will be interim GM.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs had a mini meltdown late in Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the New York Jets. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was unhappy with a penalty called against Kansas City and he expressed his displeasure by picking up the penalty flag and tossing it into the stands. Assuming he was ejected, Peters then left the field, only to return when he realized he was still eligible to play. The Jets scored the game-winning touchdown a few plays later.
  • The Eli Manning era is nearing its end for the New York Giants. Head coach Ben McAdoo announced Tuesday that the Giants, who are a disappointing 2-9 this season after making the playoffs in 2016, will start Geno Smith in their next game, ending Manning’s streak of consecutive starts at 210. Manning won two Super Bowls during his time with New York, but the 36-year-old does not appear to be in the team’s rebuilding plans.
  • The Calgary Stampeders were less than 10 yards away from taking a commanding fourth-quarter lead in the 105th Grey Cup championship on Sunday, but the Toronto Argonauts stormed back to win 27-24 on a snowy evening in Ottawa. The loss was Calgary’s second Grey Cup defeat in as many years, and Toronto has now won its last six CFL championship appearances.
  • All of a sudden, the Buffalo Bills look lost. A month ago Buffalo was behaving like a team bound for the playoffs, but a three-game losing skid has pushed the Bills to the outside of the AFC playoff picture, and their road doesn’t get much easier in the final weeks of the season. Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers exposed many of Buffalo’s self-inflicted issues, along with some terrible luck.
  • After spending 15 months unsure if he would ever set foot on a football field again, Teddy Bridgewater didn’t take anything about his return on Sunday for granted. Bridgewater may not have played a down of the Minnesota Vikings’ 38-30 win over Washington, but he seemed to enjoy everything about being back as part of Minnesota’s active roster.