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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Football

Jadeveon Clowney more likely to end up back with Seahawks?

Jadeveon Clowney

Are the Seattle Seahawks the likely landing spot for Jadeveon Clowney in 2020? One reporter believes so.

Seattle Times Seahawks reporter Bob Condotta answered fan questions for a mailbag column he published on Tuesday. The first question he addressed had to do with whether Clowney would return to the team.

Condotta noted that the Cleveland Browns guaranteed the salary for Olivier Vernon, which likely takes them out of the running for Clowney. The Browns reportedly have had the highest offer for Clowney.

Condotta figures that the odds are “likely increasing he plays another year in Seattle with every other option that falls through.”

The thinking is that Clowney might feel comfortable returning to the team he played for last season and reentering free agency after the year. On Monday, a report said an AFC team had interest in signing Clowney, but it’s unclear whether that is feasible.

Clowney had 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in 13 games last season for Seattle.

Report: David Njoku remains ‘big part’ of Browns’ plans despite trade demand

David Njoku

The Cleveland Browns and David Njoku appear headed for a standoff over the tight end’s future with the team.

Njoku has requested a trade from Cleveland, but the Browns still view him as a big part of their offense and believe he can be successful despite the team’s signing of Austin Hooper at the same position, according to NFL reporter Josina Anderson.

Njoku doesn’t seem to care how the Browns view him for 2020. He has made no secret of the fact that he wants out, and he would like to be dealt before training camp starts.

Njoku was limited to just four games last season due to injuries. The Browns have already picked up his fifth-year option, meaning he’s signed through 2021.

Raiders have reportedly made offer to Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney still remains unsigned, but one notable team has officially entered the sweepstakes.

Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan reported this week that the Las Vegas Raiders have made an offer to the free agent defensive end. Lammey does note though that two or three teams have better offers for Clowney and that owner Mark Davis and GM Mike Mayock are standing pat despite coach Jon Gruden’s desire for the Raiders to up their offer.

Clowney, the three-time Pro Bowler, continues to hold out for a contract that he deems to be acceptable. He is 27 years old and coming off a 2019 season where he recorded 31 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks in 13 games.

The former No. 1 overall pick appears to want to go to a contending situation. The Raiders have yet to make the playoffs in the Gruden era, so they probably won’t cut it for Clowney if their offer stays where it is currently.

Kyler Murray congratulates 5-star QB Caleb Williams on commitment to Oklahoma

Kyler Murray

The Oklahoma Sooners picked up a big commitment over the weekend when 5-star quarterback Caleb Williams announced his intent to attend the school.

Williams was considered by 247 Sports to be the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and a top-10 recruit in the 2021 recruiting class. He could be next in line following Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, and perhaps Spencer Rattler as a Sooners star quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender.

Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2018 after transferring from Texas A&M to Oklahoma, sent a note to congratulate Williams on the commitment, saying he was among the “best of the best.”

The Sooners are becoming a quarterback factory under Lincoln Riley.

They will have redshirt freshman Rattler, a former 5-star recruit, competing against Tanner Mordecai for the starting job this season. Mordecai threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns in limited action last season. Rattler saw limited action behind him on the depth chart.

Andy Reid has no plans to retire from NFL any time soon

Andy Reid

Andy Reid has been in a head coach in the NFL since 1999, and he has no plans to retire any time soon.

Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs announced a major move on Monday when they signed Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year contract extension. Prior to signing, Mahomes wanted assurances that Reid would continue to stick around as the team’s head coach. Mahomes says the assurance from Reid played a big role in him signing.

“I haven’t gotten to that point mentally to where I’m thinking about retirement. I love doing what I’m doing,” Reid said via the Kansas City Star.

Reid is 62, so a 10-year contract for Mahomes would take the head coach into his 70s. That sounds good to the coach.

Reid capped his legacy in February when his Chiefs, quarterbacked by Mahomes, won the Super Bowl. He celebrated Mahomes’ extension in a funny way.

Long viewed as an offensive innovator and consistent winner, the lack of a Super Bowl was the only glaring hole on Reid’s likely Hall of Fame resume. Now he and Mahomes will have plenty more chances to win Super Bowls together over the ensuing years.

Bills want to use Zack Moss in Frank Gore role

Zack Moss

The Buffalo Bills appear committed to continuing with a two-back approach out of the backfield in 2020.

The Bills have both Devin Singletary and rookie Zack Moss as leading backfield options for the upcoming season. While Singletary is the more experienced veteran, the team still intends to make extensive use of Moss. General manager Brandon Beane envisions the team using him the same way Frank Gore was used in 2019, according to Maddy Glab of the team’s official website.

Gore got plenty of touches for the Bills in 2019. In fact, though Singletary had more rushing yards, it was Gore who led the team in touches. Singletary has more speed and burst in the open field, but Moss is more of a power runner who can break tackles and also catch passes. Perhaps that will lead to an increased red zone presence for Moss.

The Bills have done a lot to upgrade their offense this offseason. It could be a more exciting unit than it has been in the past. Moss certainly seems to fit into that vision. The Bills drafted him in the third round, and they definitely seem intent on using him despite Singletary’s upside.

Sister of ex-Raiders TE Mychal Rivera missing, may have drowned in boating accident

Naya Rivera, an actress and the sister of former Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera, has gone missing in California, and authorities believe she may have drowned in a boating accident.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday night that a search is underway for a possible drowning victim at Lake Piru. Rivera was identified early Thursday morning as the missing person.

Rivera’s 4-year-old son was found on a boat alone. The boy told officials he had gone swimming with his mother. You can hear some more details from “Good Morning America” below:

Rivera, 33, is an actress and singer who most notably starred in the TV series “Glee” from 2009-2105. Mychael Rivera is currently a free agent. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Raiders in 2013 and played for them for four years.