Will Ferrell crashed the Seattle Seahawks' virtual team meeting in hilarious fashion on Thursday.

The Seahawks held a video call amid the coronavirus pandemic, and they took the chance to introduce one of their new recruits, Greg Olsen.

The introduction crossed to American actor and comedian Ferrell, who played his role as the former Carolina Panthers tight end.

"Coach, thanks so much, so excited to be here," he said.

"I'm so excited to be a Seahawk and excited to play with you Russ [Wilson]. Russ, I love you, I mean I love you, I love the way you play.

"I love the way you handle yourself as a human being, I mean I love you, let's make a baby, you know."

Ferrell later pulled up his Seahawks jersey after saying he had been working out, denying he needed to work on his core.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller revealed he has been cleared of coronavirus, two weeks after contracting COVID-19.

Miller – an NFL Super Bowl MVP and eight-time Pro Bowler – was among the highest profile American athletes to test positive for coronavirus on April 16.

However, the Broncos star used Twitter to announce he is coronavirus-free on Thursday.

Miller tweeted, "Got my results back. I'm 'negative' for COVID-19".

The 31-year-old told KUSA-TV in Denver last month that he began coughing about six days before making the announcement and went for a test after consulting with the Broncos medical team.  

Recently a unanimous pick to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 2010s, Miller was the second active player to acknowledge testing positive.

Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen was the first player after New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed in March that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has been waived by the Miami Dolphins.

The 25-year-old led the Dolphins in sacks last season with five in 10 games, but Miami have decided to move on just a year after picking up Charlton.

A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Charlton spent just two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, recording only four sacks.

The Dolphins, who went 5-11 in 2019, had the fewest sacks of any team in the NFL last season.

In fact, their collective total of 23 sacks was five fewer than the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

In order to remedy that lack of a pass rush, Miami went out in free agency and picked up defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah, both of whom had more sacks than Charlton in 2019.

New San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams claimed there is no lingering resentment towards Richard Sherman from their on-field bust-up in 2013.

Williams was traded to the 49ers from the Washington Redskins last week and will be a key veteran presence on a team that was beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in February.

In moving to the Bay Area, he has become team-mates with cornerback Sherman, who Williams punched in the face after the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January 2013.

Any fears that bad blood could still exist between the pair appeared to be assuaged when the two made light of their spat on Twitter, and Williams has revealed the matter was quickly put to bed at the time.

"Well, a lot of people don't know this, but me and Sherm, we talked that night after that incident, and we kind of buried the hatchet then," Williams explained on a conference call.

"So we've, since then, built a good relationship over the past seven years.

"You know he's one of the guys I talk to a lot in the offseason, seen him a few times, so we've been good friends for a minute.

"I'm kind of happy to be on a team with him."

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was on Washington's coaching staff when Williams was drafted by the Redskins in 2010.

Williams, who did not play for Washington last season due to a dispute, explained San Francisco was his ideal landing spot, and reiterated he had not refused to be traded to the Minnesota Vikings, as one report claimed.

"This was a preferred destination of mine just because of the familiarity I have with Kyle and the offense," he added.

"Obviously, it being an ascending team, I feel like I'll fit right in.

"The Vikings, long term, and what I looked at long term, it didn't synch up.

"They just really dropped out. It wasn't me refusing to go."

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown said Andy Dalton will always have a "special place" in the franchise's history after he was released on Thursday.

The Bengals have moved in a different direction at quarterback after taking Joe Burrow with the first overall pick of last week's NFL Draft.

Attempts to trade Dalton did not come to fruition, so the team have opted to make him a free agent rather than play out the last year of his contract. The 32-year-old, who spent nine years with the Bengals, was slated to earn $17.7 million this season.

"Andy will always hold a special place with this franchise, and I know that he holds a special place in my heart," Brown said in a statement.

"This is a hard day for our club because we know and appreciate what a consummate professional Andy has always been. We respect and appreciate Andy, and we thank him."

The move almost certainly means Burrow will start Week 1 and ends suggestions the team could retain Dalton in a backup role.

Speculation has connected Dalton with the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars, as he joins former NFL MVP Cam Newton among the top signal callers available on the open market.

"I'm really happy for Andy. I think [the Bengals] did the right thing for him and he's got a chance to continue his career," former Bengals QB Ken Anderson added.

"I think it's the best thing for everybody. It's the Joe Burrow era now."

Dalton had a winning record as the Bengals' QB, going 70-61-2 in the regular season while throwing 204 touchdowns to 118 interceptions.

He holds Cincinnati's franchise record for passing touchdowns and his 87.5 passer rating is the highest by a Bengals quarterback with at least 25 starts with the team.

The 2011 second-round pick led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons but was unable to end the franchise's long wait for a playoff win, their last having come in 1990.

"If you had told me there was this quarterback in the second round from TCU that's going to the playoffs the first five years, I'd say sign me up. No Bengals quarterback ever did that," Anderson said.

Dalton's career peaked in 2015, when he led the AFC with a 106.3 passer rating and helped Cincinnati to a 12-4 record and an AFC North title. Both he and the Bengals began to decline thereafter, however.

Cincinnati have recorded four straight losing seasons, while Dalton was benched in favour of rookie Ryan Finley for three games during the Bengals' 2-14 campaign in 2019, a record which put them in position to select Burrow with the first overall pick.

Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera says he has considered the prospect of adding quarterback Cam Newton to his roster, though a move does not look imminent.

Rivera coached Newton over the course of nine years at the Carolina Panthers and they reached Super Bowl 50 together after an MVP season from the QB in 2015.

Along with Andy Dalton, Newton is among the top signal callers available on the open market and Rivera has not ruled out a reunion.

For now, though, he appears willing to proceed with Dwayne Haskins, last year's first-round pick for the Redskins, and third-year pro Kyle Allen, whom he acquired in a trade with his old team the Panthers.

"You know, the thing about Cam really is the situation," Rivera, who was appointed as Washington head coach in January, told NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

"We're in a situation where we've got two really young quarterbacks.

"One that's been with us [Allen], been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy [Haskins] who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise.

"I think with Cam, and I have thought about it, I mean, it's something that's run through my mind, and it's about the situation and circumstances.

"I'm not sure I would do it. I'm not sure if I wouldn't do it. It depends on circumstances."

Speculation has connected Newton with the New England Patriots, but the 30-year-old remains a free agent after his release from the Panthers last month.

The Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins both drafted first-round QBs in last week's draft, while Jameis Winston accepted a backup role with the New Orleans Saints.

Andy Dalton has been released by the Cincinnati Bengals after nine years with the team, according to widespread reports.

The Bengals have moved in a different direction at quarterback after taking Joe Burrow with the first overall pick of last week's NFL Draft.

Attempts to trade Dalton, 32, have not come to fruition, so the team have opted to make him a free agent rather than play out the last year of his contract.

The move almost certainly means Burrow will start Week 1 at QB and ends suggestions the team could retain Dalton in a backup role.

Speculation has connected Dalton with the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars, as he joins former NFL MVP Cam Newton among the top signal callers available on the open market.

Dalton had a winning record as the Bengals' QB, going 70-61-2 in the regular season while throwing 204 touchdowns to 118 interceptions.

But the 2011 second-round pick was unable to end the franchise's long wait for a playoff win, their last having come in 1990.

Hunter Henry is confident he will be able to strike an agreement on a new long-term contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.

To stop the 25-year-old from hitting free agency, the Chargers placed the franchise tag on him for 2020 and he has signed that agreement, which is a one-year deal worth around $11million.

A deadline of July 15 is in place for tagged players to agree a long-term extension, a prospect which is high on the agenda for Henry.

"It's definitely a blessing to get the franchise tag," Henry told reporters. 

"It only being one year, definitely we're going to try to extend something and get something for a longer term. Definitely would like to do something in that aspect.

"So, hopefully, we can work something out. We're definitely going back and forth. I think all this pandemic stuff has kind of put a lot of that on hold for a while with them going into the draft.

"Hopefully, we can pick it back up and see where we go from there.

"There are other guys that need to be signed too. We'll continue to talk especially as we get closer to the deadline."

Over the past two seasons, Henry has suffered a torn ACL and a fractured knee, but when healthy he has proven to be one of the NFL's best players at his position.

The prospect of holding out and not signing his franchise tag was never an option for Henry, who has caught 17 touchdowns in 41 regular season games.

"I was just ready to sign it," Henry said. "Just with everything going on with this [the coronavirus], and just myself, like I just wasn't a guy that wanted to hold out and kind of do all that. 

"I wasn't going to do that. That's just not me. Some guys can do it. It's just not me.

"I'm excited for this team, and I'm excited for going into this new stadium with new jerseys, new look, everything. I have pretty high confidence that we are going to have a season.

"We have four months until games are supposed to start to figure it out. I'm open to playing games without fans for a while, and then hopefully things will get better."

After the departure of quarterback Philip Rivers, Henry will catch passes from Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert, who the team drafted at number six overall this year.

Rob Gronkowski has insisted he was just "joking around" when he claimed to have had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playbook for weeks before signing.

Referring to Joe Burrow studying the Cincinnati Bengals' playbook in advance of the NFL Draft, Gronkowski said at a media event on Saturday he had been in possession of the Bucs' for four weeks.

That prompted speculation over whether there had been a rules breach given the tight end was under contract with the New England Patriots prior to his April 21 trade.

However, Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa, has stressed his remarks were light-hearted, writing on Twitter: "This is seriously a story? 

"Lol! I was just joking around with Sage [Steele] as I was pretty much the whole time that time when I was co-hosting the show. Wowsers, my co-hosting skills on point!! Lol!!"

Gronkowski claimed he had only just received his Bucs playbook and had not opened it yet, before joking about the level of detail he can comprehend.

The three-time Super Bowl champion added: "I actually just received my team-issued Surface today from the Bucs and it's still in the package. 

"Hoping it is all pictures and drawings. I'm pumped to open it one day hopefully soon and follow the arrows to learn where to run too. Gronk run Gronk catch ball. No playbook needed. Hehe."

His clarification came after Brady was not handed a fine from the NFL for his bungled visit to the Buccaneers offensive coordinator's house last week. 

The NFL opened an investigation into Brady visiting Byron Leftwich to pick up the team's playbook and determined that the new Bucs quarterback did not violate any offseason work rules. 

Brady's visit had made headlines because he inadvertently walked into the house of a neighbour, mistakenly thinking it was Leftwich's address.

That case of accidental trespassing occurred shortly after Brady was kicked out of a public park that had been closed as part of the state of Florida's stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a video posted by the Buccaneers at the weekend, Brady made light of the incident, which had prompted an entertaining letter from mayor Jane Castor.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on tight end O.J. Howard.

The 19th overall pick of the 2017 draft, Howard has hauled in 34 receptions in each of the past two seasons and has 1,456 receiving yards in the first three years of his career. His career average of 15.5 yards per catch is the most by a tight end with at least 60 receptions since 2017.

His future with the Buccaneers was uncertain, however, after the team acquired four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots last week.

The Bucs, who also have Cameron Brate at tight end, feel they will be able to run plays with multiple tight ends with Tom Brady directing the offense.

''I don't think anyone has a better tight end room in the league,'' coach Bruce Arians said during last week's draft.

''I love playing tight ends ... I think it's just going to upgrade everyone. Competition breeds success.''

Adam Vinatieri is a four-time Super Bowl champion who has made some of the most memorable kicks in NFL history and he would like to get the chance to make a few more.

Vinatieri – the league's career scoring leader – told local television station FOX59 on Wednesday that he still hopes to return for his 25th NFL season at 47 years old.

"Before all of this, my thought was to get back and get healthy and if I can kick well, shoot, I figured I could earn a job," Vinatieri said.

"I knew with a six-month, June [timetable], it was going to be tight anyway. If anything, this is going to prolong my recovery."

Vinatieri is coming off the worst season of his career, as he missed a league-high 14 kicks – six extra points and eight field goals in 12 games before his season with the Indianapolis Colts was cut short by a left knee injury. He underwent surgery and had been hoping for a June return.

Vinatieri has 2,673 career points, ranks second all-time with 365 games played and would become the second-oldest player in NFL history to appear in a game if he plays next season.

George Blanda and Morton Anderson are the only players to have played after turning 47.

The Colts already have Chase McLaughlin, who replaced Vinatieri last season, and added Rodrigo Blankenship as an undrafted free agent on Wednesday.

Jameis Winston is not viewing his new role with the New Orleans Saints as a concession, but rather a golden opportunity. 

The former number one overall pick on Wednesday gave his first comments about signing a one-year contract with the Saints, a team Winston believes to be the perfect fit as he attempts to get a career that once brimmed with potential back on track. 

"If you believe in the ability that you have, if you have faith that you will become a starting quarterback again, you take this opportunity in a heartbeat to work with this amazing group of men," Winston told reporters in a conference call. 

Coming off an erratic 2019 season in which he threw 30 interceptions, the most by any quarterback since 1988, Winston found the market ice-cold for starting opportunities as he made his first foray into free agency.

Having been supplanted as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise face by Tom Brady, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner ultimately settled on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Saints to back up another future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees. 

For a reclamation project, Winston arguably could not have found a better spot than New Orleans, which resurrected the career of another former Pro Bowl quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater just last season.

Bridgewater went 5-0 in five starts filling in for an injured Brees and parlayed that efficient performance into a three-year, $21million contract with the Carolina Panthers in March. 

"When you see what happened last year with the amount of play time that Taysom [Hill] and Teddy got - I'm not saying that I'm going to expect that this year - but those guys were prepared," Winston said. "And that's the way I'm going to be. I'm going to be prepared for whatever." 

A chance to learn from two of the NFL's brightest offensive minds in Brees and coach Sean Payton added to the appeal of joining the Saints, as did an opportunity to play on a team regarded among the top contenders to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. 

"We have a Hall of Fame quarterback and a future Hall of Fame coach. That's very intriguing for a young quarterback like myself," the 26-year-old said. "This is a Super Bowl-contending team and I'm just happy to be a part of that."

It is still not the outcome Winston was likely expecting a season after throwing for a league-high 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns, second only to eventual MVP Lamar Jackson.

He admitted his departure from Tampa Bay was a humbling experience, but one that could turn out as a blessing in disguise. 

"One thing about humility is, everyone needs to be humbled," he said. "Throughout my entire life, I started from very humble beginnings. So it's another chapter in my life I'm going to learn from and is going to make me better." 

Brett Favre believes Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers will finish his career elsewhere after the team acquired Jordan Love in the NFL Draft.

Many parallels have already been drawn between the Packers drafting Love with the 26th pick on Thursday while already having a franchise quarterback in Rodgers, and when Green Bay picked the latter in 2005 while already boasting future Hall of Famer Favre. 

Like many NFL analysts, Favre was also shocked that a Packers team one game away from reaching last season's Super Bowl opted to find Rodgers' heir apparent as opposed to upgrading their offense. 

"I'll be honest with you, I was very surprised," Favre said on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday. "I really thought that they would go in the direction of an offensive weapon. They were several plays from being in the Super Bowl."

Rodgers' current contract runs through the 2021 season, and Favre believes with Thursday's selection of Love, the 36-year-old will now finish his career somewhere other than Green Bay – just like the gunslinger himself. 

"I think he'll play somewhere else," Favre said. "My gut tells me that he won't finish his career as a Green Bay Packer." 

Rodgers – a Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP – was his usual terrific-self last season, earning an eighth Pro Bowl selection while passing for 4,002 yards with 26 touchdowns to just four interceptions to lead Green Bay to a 13-3 record and to the NFC Championship Game. 

The Packers, though, only had one receiver with more than 35 receptions (Davante Adams) in 2019, as their passing game relied heavily on running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams and tight end Jimmy Graham, who is now on the Chicago Bears. 

"Green Bay's one of them that should be playing for now...they don't draft any weapons, not just in the first round but any weapons that can help immediately," Favre said. "That just sends a message of disrespect, I would think, to Aaron Rodgers. He has every right to be disappointed if he is."  

In addition to neglecting an opportunity to improve the offense – Green Bay have actually never used a first-round pick on an offensive skill position player since drafting Rodgers 15 years ago – Favre also fears by drafting a QB, the Packers sent the wrong message to Rodgers and may have done irreversible damage to their relationship. 

"Green Bay's not going anywhere without Aaron Rodgers the next few years if he plays like we expect him to play," Favre said. "They've got a shot with or without a first-round receiver. He's that good. So I would do all I could to not burn that bridge. And I don't think that they did that. I think they burned a bridge. At some point I think it will rear its ugly head."

Aaron Rodgers is "still peaking" and has plenty more to offer in his bid to be rated as one of the NFL's greatest-ever quarterbacks, according to Andrew Brandt.

Former Green Bay executive Brandt, who was with the Packers when they drafted Rodgers in 2005, rejects any notion the 36-year-old is on the decline.

The Packers traded up to draft Utah State's Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft, casting doubt over the incumbent QB's long-term future with the franchise.

But Brandt insists Rodgers, who reached the NFC Championship Game last season, is far from finished.

He feels Rodgers will be in the conversation with the likes of six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady when it comes to judging the game's best by the time their careers are over.

Asked by Stats Perform where Rodgers ranks in the debate, Brandt replied: "Oh gosh, it's hard.

"People focus so much on Super Bowls. He has got one, but he has also been to some championship games and obviously the playoffs every year. 

"They have had tough experiences in the playoffs with just heart-breakers, I know with still being a fan and my kids being fans, how tough those losses have been.

"And those losses have not been his fault, a lot of defensive lapses. 

"So had we had a great defense all these years, maybe he has got multiple, Tom Brady-like championships and then you are talking about him in that category.

"But he is certainly up there, and he will be. I'm not of the belief he is on the downhill slide, I believe Aaron Rodgers is still peaking."

With Rodgers at the helm, Brandt backs the Packers to retain the NFC North division title they won last season.

"I am biased, I admit that, but I like their chances," he said. "They won it last year. They are a team that is always there.

"And, let's face it, it is because of Aaron more than any other factor.

"You look at their division, OK it has Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins and Mitch Trubisky – but you take Aaron Rodgers, it is pretty simple. So yes, I like their chances."

On drafting him at a time when Brett Favre held the starting job, Brandt added: "Rodgers had all the tools and he became a favourite of ours in the front office.

"A bit like [2020 number one overall pick] Joe Burrow, he had a real calm about him. He never took things too seriously, he was kind of a 'California cool' guy.

"We all took to Aaron early on, but we never knew then what he would become - you never know."

Brandt concedes his praise of Rodgers' level of play creates an apparent conflict with the selection of Love.

"That brings up the question of why draft a quarterback, but you have to be prepared for that eventuality when you need him [Love]," he said.

The Atlanta Falcons will decline the fifth-year option on the contract of defensive end Takk McKinley, making the 2017 first-round pick a free agent at the end of this coming season. 
McKinley, the 26th overall selection in the 2017 draft, led the Falcons with seven sacks in 2018 but had just 3.5 in 14 games this past season before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder issue. 

He would have earned a salary of approximately $10.1million in 2021 had the option been picked up. 
The 24-year-old's 16.5 sacks in 45 career games ranks third among members of the 2017 draft class, behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' T.J. Watt (34.5) and the Cleveland Browns' Myles Garrett (30.5). 

Watt was taken four picks after McKinley at No. 30 overall. 
"We have decided to not move forward with a fifth-year option for Takk and at this time are taking a wait-and-see approach in terms of future contracts," the Falcons said in a team statement on Wednesday.

"Takk has shown the ability to produce at a high level and we look forward to his production in 2020." 
McKinley's medical history may have factored into the Falcons' decision.

He missed the final two games of 2019 with a left shoulder injury that required surgery and he also underwent shoulder surgery shortly prior to Atlanta trading up to take him in the 2017 draft.  

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