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Bills sign a 30-year deal in Orchard Park for a new $1.4 billion stadium

The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that they have secured a 30-year lease agreement with the state of New York and Erie County for a new $1.4 billion stadium in Orchard Park.

“We took another step today to solidify our collective goal of constructing a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park,” the team said in a statement. “We are grateful for the time, efforts and unwavering commitment made by Governor [Kathy] Hochul and her team throughout this process. While there are more hurdles to clear before getting to the finish line, we feel our public-private partnership between New York State, Erie County, led by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and the National Football League will get us there.”

According to NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe, via Pegula Sports EVP Ron Raccuia, the official groundbreaking for the new stadium, which will be open air and accommodate 62,000 people, will take place in the spring of 2023, with a goal completion date of 2026.

Taxpayers in the state and county will be asked to contribute $850 million in public cash to the stadium’s development. Hochul indicated in a press statement that the state of New York will commit $600 million in money, which will be included in the budget due on Friday. The project will be funded by $250 million from Erie County and $550 million from the NFL and the Buffalo Bills.

The sum is thought to be the highest public investment in an NFL facility to date. The proposed 60,000-plus-seat facility, which would be built across the street from the Bills’ present stadium, is supposed to assure the NFL team’s long-term existence in Buffalo.

Although the 60 percent tax burden is regarded significant, the agreed-upon funding is historically consistent. The state and county split around 73 percent of the cost of building, maintaining, and upgrading the Bills’ current stadium, now known as Highmark Stadium, which debuted in 1973.

Without going into detail, Hochul stated that the project will produce 10,000 union jobs, with the team’s investment being repaid through economic activity. The state originally estimated that the Bills, the only NFL team based in New York, would bring in $27 million in direct revenue per year.

The announcement came as the NFL’s owners meetings in Florida approved the Bills’ stadium proposal. Owners also agreed to give the Bills a $200 million G4 loan to help cover building costs.

The Bills’ owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, are required to at least match the loan under the G4 program’s guidelines.

The $200 million payment from the NFL was already built into the financial deal.

The Bills stadium commitment was not included in Hochul’s $216 billion budget proposal submitted in January, but it will be added this week. Hochul said she has a number of possibilities for raising the funds needed to complete the project.

The Bills’ current stadium was considered too costly to upgrade. In November, a state assessment estimated that renovation expenses would be $862 million.

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Texans’ Deshaun Watson agrees to deal with Cleveland Browns

According to Texans General Manager Nick Caserio, the Houston Texans have agreed to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns.

On Friday, Watson shared a modified photo of himself in a Browns uniform on Instagram with the comment, “Cleveland, LETSSSS GOOOO!! #DawgPound Ready To Work!”

Watson was not charged with harassment or sexual misconduct by a Harris County grand jury last week. Watson is still facing 22 civil cases, many of which accuse him of sexual misconduct and assault.

The NFL is also looking into the accusations, and if Watson is found to have broken any rules, he will almost certainly be suspended.

Caserio said in a statement, “I felt it was the right move for our organisation as we head into the new league year focused on building our roster for the 2022 season.”

Watson reportedly told the Texans that he is willing to waive his no-trade clause in exchange for a five-year, $230 million contract from the Browns, according to NFL.com. According to ESPN, that would be the highest guaranteed sum ever granted to an NFL player.

The NFL is also looking into the accusations, and if Watson is found to have broken any rules, he will almost certainly be suspended.

Caserio said in a statement, “I felt it was the right move for our organization as we head into the new league year focused on building our roster for the 2022 season.”

Watson reportedly told the Texans that he is willing to waive his no-trade clause in exchange for a five-year, $230 million contract from the Browns, according to NFL.com. According to ESPN, that would be the highest guaranteed sum ever granted to an NFL player.

Watson and a fifth-round pick in 2024 were traded by the Texans to the Browns in exchange for a first-round pick in each of the next three draughts, a 2023 third-round pick, and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

In a statement, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said, “Any transaction would have no effect on the NFL’s ongoing and comprehensive investigation of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson.” “Nor would it affect his status under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy.”

“If the league’s investigation determines that Watson violated the Personal Conduct Policy, discipline may be imposed pursuant to the policy and the CBA.”

Cal McNair, the Texans’ Chief Executive Officer, stated the team made the best option for both the short and long future.

“We’re confident in our plan to build a championship program that can sustain success and our entire organization is excited to move forward together,” he said.

The Browns have been reached by CNN for comment.

Baker Mayfield, the current Browns starting quarterback, requested a trade from the organisation on Thursday, according to NFL.com and ESPN. According to NFL.com, the Browns do not intend to honour Mayfield’s trade request.

Watson told reporters in Houston that he was ready to return to the field after a grand jury declined to indict him.

“It’s definitely a very emotional moment for me. I know we’re far from being done of handling what we need to handle (legally),” Watson said. “I thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for letting the truth be heard.”

Watson is a three-time Pro Bowl selection for the Houston Texans in his five seasons with the team. Due to the ongoing investigation into the claims, he did not play in the 2021 season.

Next season, the Browns will meet the Texans in Houston. The game’s date and time are yet to be determined.

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Matt Olson signs an 8-year, $168 million contract with the Atlanta Braves that runs through the 2029 season

A general manager’s first call to a newly acquired player is usually brief, a simple welcome. But after obtaining the All-Star first baseman in a deal for the Oakland Athletics’ slugger, Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos called Matt Olson on Monday with further news.

Anthopoulos informed Olson that his next call would be to Olson’s agent to begin talks regarding a long-term contract.

Olson signed an eight-year, $168 million contract with the Braves just 24 hours later, capping a chain of events he referred to as “whirlwind.”

The contract, which was revealed on Tuesday, will last until the 2029 season. It also offers a no-buyout $20 million club option for 2030.

“The stars kind of aligned perfectly,” Olson, who grew up in the Atlanta area and supported the Braves, said.

Maybe for the Braves’ management as well, because this decision could help deflect criticism over their handling of the long-term first baseman Freddie Freeman’s contract discussions. When Anthopoulos sealed the deal for Olson, he effectively put an end to Freeman’s chances of returning to Atlanta, where he had spent 15 years and was a fan favourite. Last spring and last season, the Braves’ ownership failed to complete a deal with Freeman, angering many faithful supporters who believed the team was being cheap.

However, Olson’s contract is the richest in team history, surpassing Freeman’s $135 million agreement before the 2014 season, and the 27-year-old slugger is immediately established as a centrepiece for the Braves, alongside Ronald Acuna Jr., Max Fried, and Ozzie Albies, for years to come.

“He is now part of this core,” Anthopoulos said Tuesday. “He wanted to be here.”

Olson and his fiancée bought a house in Atlanta last August, and he joked with her that they’d have to hire someone to pick up the mail. With the Athletics receiving offers for Olson early in the summer, he joked with her that the November wedding would be disrupted by Olson’s agent, BB Abbott.

Before the first full-squad practise on Monday, Oakland general manager David Forst met with Olson and warned him they couldn’t let him out on the field because he might be hurt at a time when a deal seemed close. Anthopoulos called Olson after the Braves gave up a package of prospects for him. He briefed Olson about his plans to make a huge offer.

“I was like, ‘What did you say?'” says the narrator. Olson recalled something.

When Abbott explained the offer to Olson, he hung up and told his family, “What’s there to say no to here?”

He has the opportunity to play for his hometown team. That’s a championship-caliber organisation. For a large sum of money. He and Nicole are currently residing in the Atlanta home they recently purchased.

When other players reach base, Olson gets to converse with them as a first baseman. When asked what he would say to Freeman if that happened again, he said, “I don’t know. … We’ll have to see what’s up there.”

Olson, who won’t be available for free agency until after the 2023 season, will earn $15 million in 2022, $21 million in 2023, and $22 million per season for the rest of the contract. He’s also agreed to give the Atlanta Braves Foundation $1.68 million.

Over the course of six seasons, he has a.252 career average, 142 home runs, and an.859 OPS. Last season, Olson hit 39 home runs and drove in 111 runs while ranking ninth in the AL MVP vote.

It was the tenth $100 million contract reached since the World Series concluded, and the first since Major League Baseball’s 99-day lockout ended last week.

Atlanta was unwilling to make such a long-term commitment to Freeman, who became a free agency after the previous season. Over 12 seasons with Atlanta, Freeman, 32, was the 2020 NL MVP and a five-time All-Star, including as a veteran leader on last year’s championship team.

“Freddie is obviously an amazing player,” Olson said to reporters on Tuesday. “It’s just not going to affect what I come here and do. I’m here to be Matt Olson. That’s all I can really control.”

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Kirk Cousins, the QB of Minnesota Vikings, has agreed to a one-year contract deal worth $35 million

The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins agreed to terms on a new contract on Sunday, giving him an immediate boost and completely guaranteeing an additional season in 2023 to help alleviate the team’s tight salary cap.

Cousins will remain the Vikings’ quarterback as general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O’Connell usher in a new era for the team.

The revelation was released by the Vikings on Sunday evening, adding to Cousins’ extraordinary success in the business world.

Cousins said in a statement, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to play for Kevin and could not be more excited about the direction of our team.” “As soon as we return to TCO Performance Center next month, we will begin working toward our collective goal of bringing a championship to Vikings fans,” he said.

Cousins was set to receive $35 million in cash and $45 million against the Vikings’ cap in 2022 under the rules of his prior contract. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bulls lowered his cap number to $31.25 million this season by extending the agreement through 2023 and adding two voidable years in 2024 and 2025.

Cousins will earn $40 million in 2022 and $30 million in 2023, according to Forbes. Cousins will receive $50 million of the $70 million by mid-March 2023, and the rest is absolutely guaranteed. Given the Vikings’ salary limit issues, Cousins’ immediate future had been in doubt. They needed to clear $17 million in cap space by Wednesday to be within the $208.2 million cap set by the NFL for 2022.

O’Connell had previously worked with Cousins in Washington, but when asked if Cousins would be his quarterback moving forward during his introductory news conference last month, O’Connell responded that Cousins was “under contract,” which was a rather lukewarm endorsement. Cousins’ contract made a release impossible, even if that was the team’s new leadership’s preference, and it’s unknown if any meaningful trade talks took place.

During Cousins’ tenure, the Vikings have only placed in the top 10 in scoring once (in 2019), and finished 14th in scoring and 12th in yards in 2021. Cousins, on the other hand, had one of his best seasons as a quarterback last season, throwing for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Minnesota lost eight one-score games and had 14 games decided by one possession (the most of any team in 2021).

Cousins, 33, has exploited the NFL’s labour laws more than any other player in league history. In his final two seasons with Washington, he played under the franchise tag in 2016 and 2017, and then utilised that power to enter the free-agent market in 2018. He’s already signed three fully guaranteed contracts with the Vikings, and his $158.9 million in earnings from 2016 through 2021 is the most in the NFL during that time frame.

He’ll have made at least $231.7 million in his career by the end of the 2023 season.

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Center Jason Kelce declares that he will play for the Philadelphia Eagles again in 2022

Jason Kelce isn’t going to call it a career.

In a video posted on Twitter on Thursday, the Eagles centre announced his return to the league for his 12th season.

“Got a lot of questions on the air yesterday about my future,” Kelce says in the video. “So I decided I’d clear it up right now. Unfortunately, I’ve decided to announce that I’m retiring from hosting WIP. But I’m definitely not retiring from playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m having way too much fun doing that. Looking forward to another year, Philadelphia. To all my teammates, let’s go dominate .”

A keg, which you assume was ordered by Eagles coach Nick Sirianni and sent to Kelce’s home in an attempt to persuade him to return in 2022, was featured prominently in the announcement video. The pour was awful, with far too much foam in it, which ended up in Kelce’s beard, but the rest of the announcement was great news for Eagles fans.

Kelce, 34, has been a stalwart for the Eagles since his arrival in 2011. He has started every regular-season game in all but two of his 11 NFL seasons. He’s been selected to five Pro Bowls and four first-team All-Pro teams in his career, which he’s spent solely with the Eagles, and he helped the team win its first Super Bowl in 2017. Kelce followed up that win by starring in the Eagles’ victory parade, complete with a regal costume surpassed only by his hoarse, passionate speech, as Eagles fans would gladly tell you.

During the Eagles’ rocky transition, which included the trade of their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, Kelce proved to be a key leader. With Kelce leading the way for the younger Eagles, including second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia stunned many by securing a playoff place in 2021 before losing on Super Wild Card Weekend to the reigning champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 2022, the Eagles will look to build on their previous success. They’ll be ecstatic to see Kelce return to his former role as seasoned leader.

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Buccaneers’ Pro Bowl guard Ali Marpet announces his retirement at the age of 28

Ali Marpet, the Buccaneers’ Pro Bowl left guard, announced his retirement on Instagram.

Marpet, who is only 28 years old, just completed his first Pro Bowl season. He’s regarded as one of the Buccaneers’ best offensive linemen, if not the best.

Marpet made the decision, according to a source, because he was concerned about his overall health.

“After seven formidable years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I’ve come to the decision to retire from the game that has given me so much,” he wrote in his post. “This organization and the people surrounding it have helped not only fulfill a dream, but also helped build me into the person I am today. I’ve made Tampa Bay my home and I look forward to serving this community in the coming years. To the coaches and teammates, family and friends, an Instagram post simply can’t express the profound impact you’ve had on me. I’m eternally grateful. Thank you Tampa Bay.”

Marpet was the highest-drafted player in Division III history (61st overall) after being selected in the second round of the 2015 draught out of Hobart College. He was also the first Division III player to be drafted in the top 100 since 1990.

“It has been one of my greatest professional thrills to see his rapid ascension from a small college standout into one [of] the NFL’s best all around offensive linemen,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement.

The Buccaneers are already dealing with the difficult task of replacing future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Another major problem will be filling the vacuum left by Marpet, who missed only 12 games in seven seasons.

In 2022, Marpet was expected to make $10 million.

Marpet has served on the Bucs’ social justice advisory board, and on the team’s visit to the White House this summer, he met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss voting rights.

Marpet provided “the vision and passion that was crucial” to the Buccaneers’ social justice advisory board’s “launch and ongoing work,” according to Licht.

According to Information research, Marpet had a 93.7 percent pass block victory rate from 2018 to 2021, which placed seventh in the NBA among guards. He joined Quenton Nelson, Zack Martin, Joel Bitonio, Brandon Scherff, and Andrew Norwell as the only players at guard to have a pass block victory rate of 92 percent or greater in each of the past four seasons.

The most memorable play of Marpet’s career was undoubtedly pulling to the outside on Leonard Fournette’s 27-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl LV, which the Bucs won 31-9 over the Kansas City Chiefs.

In addition to Brady and Marpet, Jensen, a Pro Bowler, and right guard Alex Cappa, a Pro Bowl alternate, will be unrestricted free agents next month.

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Kyle Larson becomes the fifth defending Cup champion to win Daytona 500 pole in qualifying

Kyle Larson found himself on the pole for multiple races during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season because a qualifying algorithm determined the starting lineup instead of qualifying. By 2022, Larson has earned the right to call himself the polesitter, and he’s done it in the biggest time trial of them all.

Kyle Larson advanced to the second round of qualifying on Wednesday night and then turned in a scorcher of a lap, clocking a time of 49.68 seconds (181.159 mph) to claim the pole for the Daytona 500. Larson won the race over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, earning Hendrick a front-row sweep of the Daytona 500 for the eighth time in company history.

Larson has now become only the sixth driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to capture the Daytona 500 pole the year after winning the Cup championship. Cale Yarborough (1978), Jeff Gordon (1999), Dale Jarrett (2000), and Jimmie Johnson (2008) are among the drivers who have won the Daytona 500 pole the year after winning the Cup Series championship.

Daytona 500 qualifying results

1 – #5 – Kyle Larson
2 – #48 – Alex Bowman
3 – #24 – William Byron
4 – #10 – Aric Almirola
5 – #9 – Chase Elliott
6 – #19 – Martin Truex Jr.
7 – #1 – Ross Chastain
8 – #11 – Denny Hamlin
9 – #99 – Daniel Suarez
10 – #21 – Harrison Burton (R)

“It’s really neat. Any time I think you’re really proud of your team to get a pole here, because the littlest (sic) that it has to do with us drivers is qualifying at superspeedways ,” Larson told Fox Sports. “Just a huge thank you to the engine shop at Hendrick Motorsports. Everybody who’s had a part in touching these vehicles, whether it be on the computer, engineering, or just hands-on.

“It’s fantastic. The speed in our Hendrickcars.com Chevy is incredible. And I’m hoping this is the start of a fantastic weekend.”

Only Aric Almirola broke up the Fearsome Foursome and prevented a 1-2-3-4 sweep. Hendrick vehicles recorded the top three quickest speeds in qualifying and four of the top five. Martin Truex Jr., Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and Harrison Burton were among the other drivers who advanced to the second round of qualifying.

The results of Daytona 500 qualifying were also vital for two drivers competing in the race on non-chartered “Open” teams. Noah Gragson of Beard Motorsports and Jacques Villeneueve of Team Hezeberg were the two fastest cars in their class, ensuring that they would qualify for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Both will be competing in their first Daytona 500, with Gragson coming from the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Villeneuve coming from a lengthy and successful racing career that included victories in the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship.

Kaz Grala of Floyd Mayweather’s The Money Team Racing, Greg Biffle of NY Racing, and MBM Motorsports teammates J.J. Yeley and Timmy Hill were the next fastest among the Open cars. Grala and Biffle can qualify for the Daytona 500 by placing first and second in their Bluegreen Vacations Duel race on Thursday night, or by virtue of their qualifying time if Gragson and/or Villeneuve finish first and second, respectively. Yeley and Hill can’t rely on their qualifying time to get in, so they’ll have to race their way in through the Duel.

The starting lineups for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel have been selected based on the results of time trial qualifying, with odd-numbered qualifiers in Duel 1 and even-numbered qualifiers in Duel 2. The Bluegreen Vacations Duel will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. Starting positions 3-40 for the Daytona 500 will be determined by the results of the Bluegreen Vacations Duel races.

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 starting lineup

1 – #5 – Kyle Larson
2 – #24 – William Byron
3 – #9 – Chase Elliott
4 – #1 – Ross Chastain
5 – #99 – Daniel Suarez
6 – #16 – Daniel Hemric
7 – #12 – Ryan Blaney
8 – #8 – Tyler Reddick
9 – #6 – Brad Keselowski
10 – #14 – Chase Briscoe
11 – #2 – Austin Cindric (R)
12 – #43 – Erik Jones
13 – #45 – Kurt Busch
14 – #31 – Justin Haley
15 – #41 – Cole Custer
16 – #38 – Todd Gilliland (R)
17 – #62 – Noah Gragson
18 – #77 – Landon Cassill
19 – #50 – Kaz Grala
20 – #78 – B.J. McLeod
21 – #55 – J.J. Yeley

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 starting lineup

1 – #48 – Alex Bowman
2 – #10 – Aric Almirola
3 – #19 – Martin Truex Jr.
4 – #11 – Denny Hamlin
5 – #21 – Harrison Burton (R)
6 – #22 – Joey Logano
7 – #20 – Christopher Bell
8 – #23 – Bubba Wallace
9 – #18 – Kyle Busch
10 – #3 – Austin Dillon
11 – #34 – Michael McDowell
12 – #42 – Ty Dillon
13 – #4 – Kevin Harvick
14 – #17 – Chris Buescher
15 – #7 – Corey LaJoie
16 – #47 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17 – #51 – Cody Ware
18 – #27 – Jacques Villeneuve
19 – #44 – Greg Biffle
20 – #15 – David Ragan
21 – #66 – Timmy Hill

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Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Patrick Beverley to a one-year, $13 million deal

Patrick Beverley, a guard with the Minnesota Timberwolves, has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract deal, according to his agent Kevin Bradbury of Rep1 Basketball.

Beverley was in the third year of a three-year, $40 million contract, but the new deal will keep him in the league until 2022-2023.

Beverley has had a huge impact on the Timberwolves’ climb into Western Conference playoff contention since joining the team in an offseason trade. In 26 minutes a game, Beverley, 33, has averaged nine points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.1 steals for Minnesota.

His toughness and leadership are valued by the club as important components of the youthful roster’s development this season. The Timberwolves are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference with a record of 30-27.

Beverley has appeared in 59 postseason games in his career, including 31 with the Los Angeles Clippers in the last three years. The Timberwolves are depending on his postseason performance and previous experience to have an impact on his youthful teammates.

With the arrangement, the Timberwolves avoid losing Beverley to free agency this summer. Before extending Beverley, Minnesota had $107 million in salary committed for 2022-2023, and they are expected to be without salary cap space for free agency. The team can still take advantage of a $10 million mid-level exception to stay under the estimated luxury tax of $147 million.

Beverley was acquired in an offseason trade from the Memphis Grizzlies, where he had spent the previous four seasons after being moved by the Los Angeles Clippers. After five seasons with the Houston Rockets, Beverley joined the Clippers in 2017.

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Sashi Brown resigns NBA’s Washington Wizards to take over as president of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens

Sashi Brown is leaving Monumental Sports and the NBA’s Washington Wizards to join the Baltimore Ravens as president, the team announced Friday.

Brown, 45, takes over as the Ravens’ third president, succeeding Dick Cass, who turned 76 last month and is retiring after 18 years in the position.

Brown is slated to join the Ravens in March and will become the team’s president on April 1. He’ll “oversee every area of the organization,” according to the Ravens, including player and staff personnel, coaching, corporate sales, operations, communications, and business ventures.

Brown has spent the last two years working for Monumental Sports and the Wizards after spending 12 years in the NFL. In November, he was named president and special adviser to chairman Ted Leonsis.

The Ravens’ hire of Brown, a Black man, comes amid increased scrutiny of the NFL’s diversity hiring standards in the wake of a lawsuit filed earlier this week by former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who says he was subjected to racial discrimination during his interview process.

For the first time since the Cleveland Browns fired him as executive vice president of football operations during the 2017 season, Brown returns to the NFL and the AFC North. With Brown in charge of personnel and Hue Jackson as coach, the Browns laboured to a 1-27 record, but they accumulated picks for future draughts and created more salary-cap room than any other team in the league.

On Wednesday, Jackson say that the Browns had a “four-year plan” that rewarded them for losing throughout that time. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam retaliated the next day, calling the notion that Jackson was paid to lose games “an absolute falsehood.”

Brown worked as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ senior vice president and general counsel for eight years, from 2005 to 2012. He was a football player as well as a businessman.

Brown joined Monumental Basketball in 2019 as chief planning and operations officer, which comprises the Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go.

Brown succeeds Cass, the Ravens’ longest-serving president and a beloved figure within the organisation. Cass was hired in 2004 as Steve Bisciotti’s first hire as the Ravens’ new owner. He had a say in practically every important decision made by the organisation during that time, from corporate initiatives to social justice reform to stadium upgrades to steering the group that chose coach John Harbaugh.

Brown, Harbaugh, and general manager Eric DeCosta are now Bisciotti’s top leadership trio.

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Doug Pederson was named new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars

According to league sources, the Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson as their new head coach.

The move comes 49 days after the Jaguars fired Urban Meyer and 35 days after Pederson initially spoke with the franchise.

Pederson did not play football in 2021, but he was the Jaguars’ first head-coaching candidate to be interviewed. On Dec. 30, the Jaguars brought him back for a second interview, which took place on Tuesday.

With five seasons in Philadelphia, Pederson was 42-37-1 with three postseason appearances (2016-20). The Eagles chose quarterback Carson Wentz second overall and went 7-9 in Pederson’s first season, then went 13-3 in 2017, survived Wentz’s injury late in the season when backup quarterback Nick Foles got hot, and won Super Bowl LII 41-33 over the New England Patriots.

In 2018 and 2019, Pederson guided the Eagles to two more playoff appearances. In 2020, Philadelphia finished 4-11-1, and Pederson was dismissed after benching Wentz at halftime of the team’s Week 13 loss to Green Bay in favour of rookie Jalen Hurts.

In a statement, Jaguars owner Shad Khan stated, “Doug Pederson four years ago won a Super Bowl as head coach of a franchise in pursuit of its first world championship.” “I hope Doug can replicate that magic here in Jacksonville, but what is certain is his proven leadership and experience as a winning head coach in the National Football League.” It’s what our players have earned. Nothing less will suffice.

Pederson started his NFL coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent two years as an offensive quality control coach (2009-10) and two years as the quarterbacks coach (2011-12). After Andy Reid was sacked after the 2012 season, he followed Reid to Kansas City and spent three seasons as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator until being appointed to succeed Chip Kelly as head coach in Philadelphia in 2016.

Pederson played in the NFL for 10 years, primarily as a backup quarterback for Miami, Green Bay, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, compiling a 3-14 record while completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Jaguars interim head coach Darrell Bevell, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, former Indianapolis and Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell, Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, former Las Vegas interim head coach Rich Bisaccia, and Alabama offensive coordinator and foe Nathaniel Hackett were among the nine candidates interviewed by the Jaguars.

Meyer was fired with cause by the Jaguars just before 1 a.m. ET on Dec. 16 after going 2-11 and making a series of embarrassing gaffes, including two viral videos of him acting inappropriately in a restaurant/bar with a woman who wasn’t his wife, reports of him berating his assistant coaches, and hiring a strength coach who was accused of making racist remarks and bullying Black players at Iowa.

Since 2007, the Jaguars have only had one winning season and have lost 10 or more games in ten of the previous 11 seasons. In 2021, the Jaguars went 3-14 and will have the first overall choice in the NFL draught again in 2022. Their cumulative record over the last two seasons is 4-29, including the NFL’s second-longest losing run of 20 games.