Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell expects Leonard Fournette to be a key part of the team's offense in 2020, even though they tried to trade him recently.

The Jaguars have not picked up Fournette's fifth-year option, meaning he will be a free agent after the upcoming campaign, yet Jacksonville had hoped to part ways sooner having shopped the running back around the draft.

However, having failed to find a willing trade partner, Fournette will return to Jacksonville, where he is due to earn $4.1million in guaranteed money next season.

"There were just some minor [trade] discussions with that but nothing substantial throughout the draft or prior to the draft," Caldwell told PFT's podcast.

"I think the mindset is that we're going to go forward with Leonard on the team. I had a good talk with him on Friday. I know coach [Doug] Marrone has had some discussion with him.

"He seems to be in great shape and mental frame of mind, and we feel that he'll have a great season this year."

Jadeveon Clowney told prospective suitors not to be put off by his injury history as the free agent waits to sign with an NFL team for 2020.

The 27-year-old defensive end, a three-time Pro Bowler, is one of the most high-profile free agents that remains unsigned after last month's NFL Draft.

However, given he has played all 16 games in a campaign just once in his six seasons in the league and is thought to want around $17million a season, teams could be put off signing Clowney until they make medical checks.

That is difficult currently due to the lockdowns imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, yet Clowney has assured franchises he will be good to go once the offseason camps begin.

"I don't know if people think I'm hurting because of what I went through because of the core [injury] or because [of injuries] in previous years," he told Fox 26.

"But I just want to let people know I'm ready, and I'm gonna be ready to go whenever the time comes.

"I've got a few [offers], but the process for me is really just weighing my options and taking my time.

"I ain't in no rush right now. I know with what's going on right now in the world, with the coronavirus and everything, it's a slow process until teams really can see me and see what I got and give me physicals and everything.

"So I ain't in no rush. I'm just waiting on the right opportunity and the right timing for me."

Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks last year and the NFC West franchise are thought to be keen on a reunion.

The feeling is mutual, with Clowney having fond memories of his year in Seattle.

"I love Seattle," he said.

"I love everybody on the coaching staff. I wouldn't trade those guys in. I hope we can work something out."

Clowney has also been linked with the Cleveland Browns.

He has had 32 sacks in his six seasons in the NFL, including three last year with the Seahawks.

Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will wear uniform number one when he suits up for the Miami Dolphins.

"For the Audience of 1," Tagovailoa said on social media on Tuesday, taking to Instagram and Twitter to publish an edit of him in a Dolphins uniform with the new jersey number.

Tagovailoa, selected fifth overall in last month's draft, wore number 13 at Alabama, but that number was retired by the Dolphins in honor of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.

Other Dolphins to wear number one include kicker Garo Yepremiam and punter Matt Turk. Tagovailoa will become the first Dolphins quarterback to wear number one.

J.J. Watt conceded it was tough to lose DeAndre Hopkins as a Houston Texans team-mate but admitted the decision to trade him to the Arizona Cardinals was "above his pay grade".

All-Pro wide receiver Hopkins was stunningly dealt to the Cardinals in March for a second-round draft pick and running back David Johnson.

The deal, made by head coach Bill O'Brien, who acts as the Texans de facto general manager, drew widespread criticism.

Watt, along with quarterback Deshaun Watson, is one of the faces of the franchise. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year was unwilling to criticise the Texans' decision to part with another of the team's superstars.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Watt said: "Anytime you have a guy like Hop, who in my opinion, has the best hands in the game and is obviously one of the top receivers of the game, it certainly catches your eye, that's for sure.

"It's always tough to lose a guy like that, no matter what the situation is.

"It's above my pay grade and it's something that obviously the team and the organisation feels is in the best interest of the team.

"So as a player on the team, I do my job and I go to work and I play the games, and the GM and the owners, they do their job and they try and do what they feel is best for the team.

"And so, all I can do is show up and go to work and hope that all the guys that we have are great contributors to our team."

Eli Manning was surprised to see his former Super Bowl rival Tom Brady join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and feels the quarterback will have a tough task adapting.

Following his retirement at the end of the 2019 season, New York Giants great Manning had the opportunity to observe a dramatic free agency at his position.

Brady, the man he beat in two Super Bowls, opted to leave the New England Patriots after 20 years that had produced nine AFC Championships and six Vince Lombardi trophies.

Manning was shocked Brady opted to part with Bill Belichick and hopes the quality of the Bucs' receivers can go at least some way towards easing the 42-year-old's transition.

Brady adapting to life with the Bucs has been made more difficult by the coronavirus impacting offseason activities.

"I was just surprised," Manning said of Brady's move to SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"So much success and still having success and playing at a high level and making playoffs and everything he has done there in New England, [I'm surprised] that there would be a departure. 

"I think it's gonna be tough for him, just the fact he can't be doing everything he wants to be doing with the team and getting ready.

"It will be interesting how it all plays out - how quickly he can just adjust to a new organisation, new players and a new offense, all those new things, especially with the limited timing he's gonna have being with them.

"When you have got talented receivers it makes it easier to get on the same page because they are getting open."

One of the other top QB storylines came in last month's NFL draft, as the Green Bay Packers controversially traded up to select Utah State's Jordan Love in the first round, picking an apparent successor to franchise icon Aaron Rodgers.

Manning is sure Rodgers, who had previously spoken of his desire to finish his career at Green Bay in his 40s, would not have liked the move.

"It was a little bit of deja vu and kinda how it happened with Brett Favre," said Manning.

"When Aaron Rodgers was drafted to Green Bay, obviously they didn't trade up, but they took a quarterback in the first round when Favre was still playing well and had years left of playing. 

"I'm sure Brett wasn't real fond of that happening and I'm sure Aaron wasn't real fond of it happening, especially after going 13-3 and playing good football."

Veteran linebacker Pernell McPhee is staying in Baltimore, agreeing to a one-year contract on Tuesday to return to the Ravens. 

A disruptive pass rusher when healthy, McPhee is familiar with the Ravens defensive system and should provide depth to the linebacker corps. 

After starting his career with Baltimore from 2011-14, McPhee returned to the franchise last season following three productive years with the Chicago Bears from 2015-17 and a forgettable 2018 with the Washington Redskins. 

The 31-year-old was enjoying a solid bounce-back season with the Ravens in 2019, tallying 17 tackles and three sacks while starting the first seven games before suffering a season-ending triceps injury. His sack total ranked second on the team at the time of his injury. 

Marshawn Lynch said his agent has been in talks with the Seattle Seahawks about a potential return.

Lynch came out of retirement to re-join the Seahawks in December – prior to week 17 of last season – playing three games for Seattle en route to the NFC Divisional round.

A Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks in 2013, running back Lynch – who first signed for Seattle from the Buffalo Bills in 2010 – is now a free agent.

Asked about his future on Monday, the 34-year-old told ESPN: "Well, it's almost on that 'expect the unexpected.

"But just as far as right now, what I do know is, I'm'a keep it solid. My agent [Doug Hendrickson] has been in talks with Seattle, so like I said, we'll see what happens.

"If it works out and I get back up there, it is what it is. And if not, s***, I'm lookin' good. So I ain't really trippin' too much."

Lynch returned to Seattle last season following injuries to starter Chris Carson and back-up C.J. Prosise.

The five-time Pro Bowler made one regular-season appearance and two in the playoffs, carrying 30 times for 67 yards and four touchdowns.

Odell Beckham Jr. is foreseeing one of his best NFL seasons, the Cleveland Browns star insisting "this is my time".

Beckham struggled in his first season in Cleveland after joining the Browns in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants.

The three-time Pro Bowler and wide receiver, who played through injury before undergoing core muscle surgery in January, caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns as the Browns missed the playoffs amid high expectations.

As Beckham rehabilitates, the 27-year-old is predicting big things in 2020, saying via his YouTube channel: "Right now what I'm trying to do is hit the reset button.

"Being able to just get everything fixed. Shoulder, arms, back, everything aligned, functional, moving properly, so, I can begin training to be ready for the season.

"I would honestly say this is probably going to be one of my best seasons. Bigger, stronger, faster -- this is my time."

Reflecting on the injury, Beckham added: "So last year I was training in June and July and I was kind of just feeling stuff around the groin area, abs and stuff like that.

"My third week of training camp, I tear a little piece of my ab. So before the season, I kind of had the hernia thing going on. Sports hernia is what they call it. End up at the end of the season, torn abductor, torn rectus abdominis on the right.

"So pretty much, I was just f***** up the whole year, I really didn't try and say anything about it. Probably one of the worst surgeries I've ever had. Recovery's going well. Guess I'm really just trying to put my body back together. I've been playing for 23 years, so for me, I'm trying to put it all back together in seven months."

Beckham's arrival stamped the Browns as an expected contender in the AFC and a team poised to end a then 16-year playoff absence, the longest active streak in the NFL. 

But the Browns failed to live up to the hype last season, slumping to a 6-10 record and leading to the departure of head coach Freddie Kitchens – who was eventually replaced by Kevin Stefanski.

In keeping with its plan of playing a full season and starting in September amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL will reveal its 2020 schedule in a prime-time viewing event on Thursday.

The schedule unveiling will take place during a three-hour television broadcast on the NFL Network beginning at 20:00 ET. The show will also include analysis on selected games as well as virtual interviews with coaches and general managers. 

Opponents for all 32 teams, both home and away, were announced in December. Among the most notable matchups will be defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Baltimore Ravens – who finished with the league's best regular-season record in 2019 at 14-2.

The game also features the last two NFL MVPs going head-to-head in Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson and Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes. 

On the NFC side, the San Francisco 49ers will host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last season's conference title game. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also figure to be featured prominently on prime-time after adding six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady in free agency and luring another former New England Patriots star, tight end Rob Gronkowski, out of a one-year retirement.  

The schedule will not include four previously scheduled games in London and another in Mexico City, as the NFL announced on Monday it will hold those contests in the United States as a result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were slated to host two games at London's Wembley Stadium, while two were to be played at Tottenham's new stadium with the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins the designated home teams. The Arizona Cardinals were to be the home team at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. 

Each of those games will be moved to the site of the designated home team. 

The NFL has remained steadfast in its plans for a traditional September start date and a complete regular season and preseason while it continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

The league has yet to determine whether preseason and early regular-season games will be held without fans in attendance, a possible necessity if a full season is to take place.  

The Indianapolis Colts declined their fifth-year option on Malik Hooker on Monday, leaving the door open for the safety to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 NFL season.

Indianapolis selected Hooker with the 15th overall pick in 2017, with Colts general manager Chris Ballard saying at the time that he "thought Hooker was the best athlete in the draft".

Hooker enjoyed a great start as a rookie with three interceptions in seven games, but his season came to an end early due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in his right knee.

Hooker then totalled just four interceptions in 27 games over the last two seasons while missing time due to injuries.

The 24-year-old sat out two-regular season games in 2018 with a hip injury before missing the Colts' 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round due to a foot problem.

Hooker was sidelined for three games last season with a torn meniscus in his knee.

Hooker has 116 tackles in 34 career regular-season games for the Colts, who used their third-round pick in this year's draft to select Utah safety Julian Blackmon.

One of the more surprising selections of this year's NFL Draft was when the Philadelphia Eagles took Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd pick while already having franchise QB Carson Wentz locked up through 2024. 

The selection, however, did not catch Wentz off guard.  

Wentz said the Eagles called him before the draft to let him know they might pick a quarterback, and he was under the impression the organisation was not out to replace him. 

"It didn't really concern me," Wentz said on a conference call on Monday. "My reaction was, kind of understood. I had a feeling there was a chance we'd want to draft somebody given the way our roster is laid out and wanting to get younger.

"There was no concern for me. I think the team showed their investment in me last year and I've nothing but confidence and faith in them and they have nothing but confidence and faith in me. So I think it's all about strengthening that position and this group that we have.” 

Wentz, who signed a $128million extension less than a year ago, passed for a career-best 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions while playing all 16 regular-season games in 2019 before suffering a concussion in Philadelphia's Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks. This came after both his 2017 and 2018 seasons were famously derailed by injuries. 

Despite his injury history, Wentz did not view the addition of Hurts as someone who will take his job. 

"With Jalen, I'm excited to add him to the team," Wentz said. "I know how important the quarterback position is, and how important the dynamic is for me and the other guys in that room.

"I've been blessed over the years to have some incredible not just quarterbacks, but incredible humans and friends in that quarterback room. We really endure a lot together and go through [a lot] together. So I'm excited. 

"I've heard nothing but good things about Jalen and the kid he is and the player he is."

Hurts also provides a different skill set at the position than Wentz as a dual-threat QB. 

After leading Alabama to back-to-back National Championship games as a freshman and sophomore before being benched for Tua Tagovailoa, Hurts then guided Oklahoma to a Big 12 title this past season as a senior while garnering third-team AP All-American honors.

He finished his four-year collegiate career with 9,477 passing yards with 80 touchdowns and another 3,274 rushing yards and 43 TD runs. 

Hurts' athletic ability potentially opens up Philadelphia's playbook and gives the team an opportunity to possibly line Hurts up on the outside or in the backfield along with Wentz. 

"We'll see how that all plays out," added Wentz. "We haven't gotten too deep into the playbook and how things are going to look. But for me, whatever's going to help us win.

"I came to Philly ever since being drafted and all I wanted to do was win and stand up there and hold up that Lombardi Trophy. Whatever that takes and whatever that's going to look like, I'm on board."

Such was Don Shula's greatness, he still owns multiple NFL records today.

The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died aged 90 on Monday, retired in 1996 as a two-time Super Bowl champion, one of those rings delivered by the historic undefeated team of 1972.

Shula's career was one of sustained success, transcending different teams, quarterbacks and eras.

Here we take a look at the remarkable numbers from his NFL head coaching career.

 

347 victories - Only three men in NFL history have won over 300 games, Shula, Chicago Bears great George Halas and New England Patriots legend Bill Belichick. Shula, whose final record of 347-173-6 from his 33 years as a head coach, still holds the record for the most wins in NFL history.

67 years - As a player (seven seasons), assistant coach (three), head coach (33) and executive (24) - Shula spent 67 seasons in the NFL. He played for the Cleveland Browns, Colts and Washington Redskins then coached for the Detroit Lions, Colts and Dolphins.

15 Hall of Famers - Shula's bust in Canton is surrounded by some familiar ones. Fifteen of the players he coached - including legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino - are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, seven were former Colts, eight former Dolphins.

20 playoff appearances - In his 33-year career, Shula's teams went to the postseason 20 times. He made the playoffs in each of his first five years with Miami.

17-0 - In 1972, Shula's Miami Dolphins completed the only undefeated season in NFL history, going 14-0 in the regular season before winning all three of their playoff games, including Super Bowl VII.

31 seasons of .500 or above - Rebuilding was simply not in Shula's vocabulary. Only twice did his teams finish with losing records - in 1976, when Miami went 6-8 and 1988, when the Dolphins went 6-10.

4 Coach of the Year awards - No head coach has ever won as many AP Coach of the Year awards as Shula, a three-time victor with the Colts in 1964, 1967 and 1968, and, of course, in 1972 with the Dolphins.

6 Super Bowl appearances - At the time of his retirement, no coach had appeared in more Super Bowls than Shula, who had a 2-4 record in the Big Dance. Belichick, who has taken the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, has since broken that record.

5 Super Bowl quarterbacks - While Tom Brady has been Belichick's quarterback for each of his nine Super Bowls in New England, Shula was able to win with a record variety of signal callers. He used Unitas, Marino, Bob Griese, Earl Morrall and David Woodley in Super Bowls.

Bill Belichick described Don Shula as "the standard for consistency and leadership in the NFL" following the Miami Dolphins legend's death at the age of 90.

Shula, whose passing was announced by the Dolphins on Monday, is the NFL's all-time leader for wins by a head coach.

He won 347 games in a remarkable career that saw him lead Miami to the only perfect season in NFL history in the 1972 campaign.

Shula oversaw a successful defence of that Super Bowl title and guided the Dolphins to two further appearances in the showpiece during 26 seasons with Miami.

New England Patriots coach Belichick has six Super Bowl rings as a head coach and is closing in on Shula's record, having claimed 304 victories in his career.

Belichick grew up in Maryland as his father was an assistant coach at the Naval Academy in Annapolis when Shula was a head coach with the Baltimore Colts, with whom he won an NFL title in 1968.

Paying tribute to Shula, Belichick said in a statement: "Don Shula is one of the all-time great coaching figures and the standard for consistency and leadership in the NFL.

"I was fortunate to grow up in Maryland as a fan of the Baltimore Colts who, under coach Shula, were one of the outstanding teams of that era.

"My first connection to coach Shula was through my father, whose friendship with coach Shula went back to their days in northeast Ohio.

"I extend my deepest condolences to the Shula family and the Dolphins organisation."

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