Nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters will be allowed to enter free agency later this month, the Philadelphia Eagles have confirmed.

The 38-year-old tackle will be out of contract when the new NFL year begins on March 18 and, rather than work out a long-term deal before that deadline or place their franchise tag on Peters, Philadelphia have confirmed he will instead test the market.

Peters, who began his career with the Buffalo Bills, has spent the past 11 years as an Eagle and was part of the team that won Super Bowl LII two years ago.

"The Philadelphia Eagles and Jason Peters have mutually agreed that Peters will enter the free agent market when the new league year begins on March 18," the Eagles said.

"We are appreciative of everything Jason has contributed to the organisation over the last 11 seasons in Philadelphia, including building a first-ballot Hall of Fame career and helping us win our first Super Bowl championship.

"Jason has been an incredible leader and person both on and off the field. We will remain in communication as each side continues to evaluate its options in free agency."

Peters started 13 games on the Eagles' offensive line last season, though it was thought the franchise drafted his long-term replacement in 2019 when they selected left tackle Andre Dillard with the 22nd overall pick.

 

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is trying to remain patient while his future remains unclear.

The six-time Super Bowl winner is due to hit free agency for the first time in his career after two glorious decades as the New England Patriots' starting quarterback.

As it stands, Brady would officially become a free agent on March 18 and the 42-year-old is not expected to be short of suitors should he fail to reach an agreement with the Patriots.

In a conversation with Dana White that was livestreamed on Instagram, the UFC president tried to persuade Brady to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders.

While Brady did not discuss the possibility he could end up with the Silver and Black in 2020, he did reveal he has been trying hard to just let the process play out.

"I know it's been a lot of patience for me," Brady said.

"And obviously being where I've been for 20 years, it's been an amazing experience and I don't know what the future holds right now.

"I'm just trying to be patient through this process. It's my first time going through it. And, in the meantime, I'm going to spend a lot of time with my family over the next 10-12 days and we've got a little vacation planned, which I’m looking forward to."

The Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers have all been mooted as possible landing spots for Brady.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is doing his best to get Brady to stay with New England after releasing merchandise with the slogan "Stay! Tom 2020. A quarterback you can trust".

Talk of Tom Brady joining the San Francisco 49ers appears of no interest to George Kittle, who is ready for another Super Bowl run with Jimmy Garoppolo.

New England Patriots quarterback Brady is set to enter free agency for the first time in his career when the new NFL league year begins on March 18.

It remains to be seen whether Brady will ultimately remain in New England or move to pastures new.

However, there is growing talk of the 43-year-old linking up with the 49ers, the team he supported as a boy growing up in San Mateo, 19 miles outside of San Francisco.

Speculation has mounted despite Garoppolo, Brady's former backup in New England, leading the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV - where they suffered an agonising defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs - in his first full season as a starter after they traded a second-round pick for him in 2017.

The Niners' star tight end Kittle made it clear in an Instagram post on Wednesday that he is focusing on another bid for the Lombardi Trophy with Garoppolo under center.

Alongside an image of he and Garoppolo celebrating, Kittle wrote: Let's run it back, 10!," in a reference to Garoppolo's jersey number.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch issued a staunch defence of Garoppolo, criticised for his inability to get the Niners over the line in a Super Bowl that saw them lose a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, at the Scouting Combine last week.

"The most exciting thing about him is the room for growth. He's not come close to hitting his ceiling," Lynch said.

"The room for growth, the more experience he gets in this system, the more experience he gets playing in general, we think the arrow’s up, and that’s a good thing."

At this stage in his career, Brady's room for growth appears limited by comparison and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on Wednesday that he had not been able to "substantiate any interest from the 49ers' standpoint besides saying like, 'Yes, theoretically anything is possible.'"

Yannick Ngakoue has no interest in signing a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who reportedly plan to place the franchise tag on the pass rusher.

Ngakoue is set to enter free agency when the new league year begins on March 18.

He would likely draw considerable interest, having racked up 37.5 sacks in four seasons with the Jaguars.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Jacksonville will place the tag on him. Ngakoue would receive around $19.3million for the 2020 season were he to sign the franchise tender.

However, Ngakoue would appear to have no intention of doing so, having posted on Twitter that he will be seeking pastures new.

"The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long-term contract in Jacksonville," he wrote. 

"Duval, I love you and gave you guys everything I got. I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere."

Patrick Mahomes is "optimistic" of agreeing a new contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and has praised the team for how they "handle things the right way".

With one year left on his rookie deal, Mahomes is in line for a lucrative extension after winning NFL MVP in 2018, his first year as a starter, before he was Super Bowl MVP in the Chiefs' dramatic win over the San Francisco 49ers last month.

The team and player have repeatedly expressed their mutual desire for a deal to be done and the 24-year-old remains confident that will happen at the right time.

"The best thing about this team and this organization is they handle things the right way," Mahomes said to SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"So, for me, obviously, I'm optimistic of getting that contract and extending my time in Kansas City. 

"I'm just going to go about being who I am just like I have since the beginning since I was the backup until now. That's just to go out there, love this game, treat people the right way, and all that stuff handles itself. 

"I'm optimistic just to be able to be a Kansas City Chief for a long time."

The Chiefs retain control over Mahomes for the foreseeable future, with the fifth-year option in 2021 and the franchise tag available after that should there be any complications in negotiations, which may not gather pace before the new CBA.

Quarterback Mahomes also discussed his offseason routine, which will consist of work on his body before a bid to improve his pocket presence.

He added: "These first few weeks, I've really kind of been building the injury prevention stuff. The stuff I dealt with this year, with the ankle and with the knee, I've really been getting after that.

"I'm trying to make sure I can be 100 percent going into this next season, 120 percent, and ready to take on the impact of another entire football season. 

"Every year is different, you've got to find ways to go out there and win football games. As of right now, it has been about my body and getting myself in the best shape possible.

"As I get on to it and start working with my quarterback coach in quarterback drills, I'll work on my footwork and work on that stuff.

"I can be better from the pocket and keep getting better because that's an area I still need to improve on. If I can get better there, extending plays is just a bonus."

With free agency approaching, the Super Bowl champions are expected to use the franchise tag or transition tag on Pro-Bowl defensive lineman Chris Jones as they shape their roster for another championship run.

A day after Henry Ruggs III lit up the 40-yard dash track at the NFL Scouting Combine, an athlete of vastly different proportions sent shockwaves through Lucas Oil Stadium.

While speedy wide receiver Ruggs' time of 4.27 seconds was widely anticipated, few expected what Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton delivered in Indianapolis.

Despite weighing in as the heaviest prospect at the combine at 364 pounds, Becton surged down the track in 5.10 seconds.

Becton ran the first 10 yards, offering seen as a more useful gauge of an offensive lineman's athleticism, in 1.8 secs.

He paid the price for his efforts, though, as he was later seen with an ice pack strapped to his thigh, preventing him from doing any on-field drills.

However, already viewed as a likely first-round pick, Becton should have made enough of an impression to ensure he will hear his name called early come April 23.

The Arizona Cardinals will play a home game in Mexico City next season.

The franchise described giving up a game at their State Farm Stadium home as a "necessary move" after Arizona was awarded the hosting rights to Super Bowl LVII.

An opponent and a date for the fixture have yet to be confirmed.

Arizona played the league's first game in Mexico City back in 2005, beating the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in front of a then NFL-record crowd of 103,467.

In Friday's announcement, Cardinals chairman and president Michael Bidwill said; "Two years ago when the NFL awarded Super Bowl LVII to Arizona and State Farm Stadium, we understood the requirement of hosting an international game before 2023.

"We are thrilled to learn that this game will take place at Estadio Azteca where we received such an enthusiastic reception in 2005.

"We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to an incredible experience"

After that 2005 fixture, Estadio Azteca has played host to three further NFL games. Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City in the 2019 season.

The Cardinals finished last in the NFC West with a 5-10-1 record in 2019, but the rapid development of quarterback Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in last year's draft, offered hope of a quick turnaround for Arizona.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy believes star quarterback Dak Prescott can lead the franchise to NFL glory.

Prescott has guided the Cowboys to two playoff appearances in 2016 and 2018, though Dallas missed the postseason in 2019 as coach Jason Garrett lost his job.

Former Green Bay Packers coach McCarthy has since replaced Garrett and he has high hopes for two-time Pro Bowler Prescott.

"I think number one, you just look at what he's done during his time in the league. I think he's been impressive," McCarthy said. "I've been impressed with him since the first time I saw him play live up in Green Bay [in 2016], when they came to Lambeau there.

"First impressions, I think are very important when you see quarterbacks on the field because in-person evaluations, particularly at that position, have always carried more weight as far as how I felt about a player. So I think he's gotten off to a great start. He's built a really good foundation. I'm told he's a tremendous leader.

"Defenses get you to the championship. The quarterbacks win championships. And I definitely think Dak is that quarterback."

Prescott threw for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns last season but the 26-year-old's future is still up in the air.

The Cowboys want to sign Prescott to a long-term contract, but they could be forced to utilise the franchise tag if negotiations are unsuccessful.

"Dak is in a business situation right now," McCarthy said. "I've gone through this as a head coach with a number of my players in the past. Like anything, it's just time to be patient and let the business people work out the business matters. 

"That's really where we are as an organisation and that's where Dak is, in a personal fight to get a contract done."

The New York Jets are not looking to trade star Le'Veon Bell, according to general manager Joe Douglas.

Bell signed a four-year, $52.2million deal to join the Jets following a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, however, he struggled to make an impact in New York.

The three-time NFL Pro Bowler has been the subject of trade speculation, though Douglas attempted to play down the rumours on Tuesday.

"There hasn't been talk as far as him going anywhere," said Douglas, who revealed the Jets want to sign All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to a contract extension. "We're excited about Le'Veon.

"Le'Veon has been a great team-mate. I can't tell you how great he's been ... We're excited to have him."

Bell rushed for just 789 yards and three touchdowns as the Jets finished 7-9 for the season.

"I wouldn't say his play declined," Douglas said. "His numbers probably aren't where he would want them to be. I think we need to do a better job of opening holes for him.

"We need to put him in a good position to be as productive as he was in Pittsburgh."

Jets head coach Adam Gase and his relationship with Bell has been talked about, with the former previously refusing to say he wants the running back in 2020.

On Tuesday, Gase said: "He's been great for us. He's done everything I've asked him to do. He tried to do things the right way. What anybody else says, I think we're to the point where we really don't care. As long as our relationship is good, we're good."

Tua Tagovailoa has offered a positive update on his recovery from a serious hip injury, revealing he expects to receive full medical clearance from his doctors on March 9.

Quarterback Tagovailoa needed surgery after suffering a posterior wall fracture and dislocated hip in November, cutting short his final season with Alabama.

However, the 21-year-old has worked hard in his recovery after confirming his plan to enter the NFL Draft, with the target now to be ready to throw for teams at a personal pro day in April.

"I've been rehabbing my butt off," Tagovailoa told the media at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"After March 9, when I get clearance from my doctors, it's full go up until my pro day.

"This rehab process has been gradually getting up as far as workouts with what we've been doing, such as strengthening all the parts around the hip.

"Being able to be ready so that once March 9 hits and we are cleared to go, I'll be able to do everything."

Tagovailoa had thrown 33 touchdown passes and rushed for two more in the 2019 college season until he was hurt in the Crimson Tide's 38-7 win over Mississippi State.

An expected first-round pick despite the injury, he understands that an NFL team may elect to sit him behind a more experienced quarterback during his rookie season.

"I want to be able to play as a competitor, but a lot of the greats have been mentored by big-time quarterbacks, veteran quarterbacks," he said.

"If a team needs me to go out and start for them, I'll do that. But if they need me to sit behind and learn from him, I can't see what's wrong with that."

Joe Burrow has made it clear he has no issue with being picked first by the Cincinnati Bengals, telling media at the NFL Scouting Combine: "Whoever picks me, I'm going to go show up".

The Bengals will select first in this year's NFL Draft and are widely expected to choose quarterback Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy after a stellar final season with LSU.

However, the 23-year-old caused a stir when he stated in January his aspiration to go to a "great organisation that is committed to winning" during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, raising questions over his desire to end up in Cincinnati.

Media speculation over him potentially angling to play elsewhere only grew when he recently suggested he has "leverage" as the top quarterback prospect, yet Burrow will play for whoever takes him in the draft.

"Of course I want to be the first pick – that's every kid's dream," he told reporters in Indianapolis.

"I've worked really, really hard for this opportunity and I'm blessed to be in this position."

Asked about his future destination in the NFL, Burrow replied: "I'm a ball player. Whoever picks me, I'm going to go show up.

"I will play for whoever drafts me, I'm not going to be presumptuous about what they want to do.

"It's the draft – you guys [in the media] have been covering it for a long time, you never know what's going to happen."

Burrow threw for 60 passing touchdowns and had just six interceptions in 2019 as LSU won the College Football Playoff National Championship.

With his status at the top of the draft seemingly secure, the QB has unsurprisingly announced he will not be throwing or working out during the combine.

Tom Brady revealed he has endured sleepless nights and shed "so many tears" over the tragic death of "superhero" Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

Basketball legend Bryant and 13-year Gianna were among nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26.

Vanessa Bryant paid an emotional tribute to her late husband and daughter at a memorial service at Staples Center on Monday, while a tearful Michael Jordan described the Los Angeles Lakers great as his "little brother."

Six-time Super Bowl champion Brady took to social media to state that it is down to everybody to adopt the same positive approach that made Bryant, 41, so special.

He wrote in a long tribute on Tuesday: "I have been deeply affected by the passing of Kobe, Gigi and the others in that tragic flight weeks ago.

"Since then, I've witnessed the well-deserved outpouring of love and support for the families that had so much left to give, and it's helped me reflect and gain perspective.

"I know that love peace and joy will always endure. And in this tragedy, I have learned so much. Why has this touched me in the way that it did? Why has it kept me up at night, and brought me so many tears?

"In Kobe, we were able to witness the man in the arena. For many of us, sports show what we are made of, they define our personalities and emotions. We cannot hide from the good or the bad, from wins or the losses... the joy and despair, the happiness and the pain.

"What you see is what it is, we aren't actors. We have found a real life stage where we become vulnerable to the world and are judged based on the outcome of each performance. And we care deeply about what we do.

"For some, these days are the pinnacle in their life, and there's nothing wrong what that but it's clear to me, for Kobe, that was how he lived his life in every way. In his second chapter, you saw even more. You saw the excitement for life, and for achieving in areas only he thought possible. He became more of an entrepreneur, media mogul, father, husband and mentor among other roles.

"And he didn't stop with himself. Kobe didn't care whether you were a man or woman, boy or girl, black or white, rich or poor, ordinary or extraordinary, he wanted to help you become the best you could be. His mere presence had an effect on everybody he was around. He had the energy to recognise in others what they could not recognise in themselves.

"I think that's why I will miss him most. Because we all know the world needs more of that leadership and positivity. We recognise that he was doing the work that others don't want to or simply can't do. The world we live in is full of people telling kids and adults "you can't", "you won't" or "you never will."

"The world we live in is teaching EVERYONE to fear, to worry, to shame or to give up. And that's the opposite of what Kobe stood for. That's what made Kobe a real superhero.

"He spoke about mentality with such conviction, about the idea that if you truly believed in something you would achieve it... you could overcome the obstacles in your path. And not just that, he walked the walk and did the work. He pushed others to find that same confidence. He was the real-life superhero our world needs.

"That's what we will all miss. That's why we hurt. Because we know that he was always fighting against the norm. He was doing more than his share. Now who is going to do the work that is still here to be done?

"Who is going to fight and break the norms with love and joy and inspiration? Who is going to discard fear, and doubt, and hate? Who is going to carry the load and be the superhero that he was? The answer is simple to me, ALL OF US. 

"Decide to make the change in yourself. If there is anything I have learned and been inspired by through this tragic event, it is this, SEIZE THE DAY. That's what Kobe always did, and that's what he wanted for us too." 

Anthony Munoz witnessed Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow deliver a National Championship to LSU, and the Hall of Famer believes he has the requisite traits to turn around the Cincinnati Bengals' fortunes.

The Bengals hold the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after going 2-14 in 2019 and it is expected they will select Burrow, a quarterback who was raised in Ohio.

The 23-year-old had an incredible senior year with LSU, throwing for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns and leading the Tigers to a win over Clemson in the National Championship last month.

Cincinnati have had four successive losing seasons and have not won a playoff game since 1990 yet Munoz, a Hall of Famer who spent 13 years on the Bengals' offensive line between 1980 and 1992, believes their presumptive first pick Burrow can be a hit in the NFL.

"I think so. First of all, it's all about putting people in the seats," he told Stats Perform.

"Joe being an Athens, Ohio guy, I think that's going to help - not to mention the great leadership qualities he has and the player he's been this season.

"You look at him and it seems the better the college team, the better he's played.

"The higher ranked they've been, the bigger the game – not that that's the same as the NFL – but I think he's someone that has shown that.

"We need to help him in other areas. We need to shore up the offensive line a little bit.

"I think we have the pieces, having Jonah Williams healthy, coming in this year and doing what they think he should be able to do. I think we have a couple of young linemen that they can build on. It would surprise me if they didn't go with Joe."

There is a sense that winding up back in Ohio may not be Burrow's wish, though, with some pundits suggesting he should pull a John Elway or Eli Manning and refuse to play for the Bengals if he is selected by them.

A historically bad NFL franchise who have never won the Super Bowl, Cincinnati made Zac Taylor their head coach last season and he had the league's worst record in his rookie campaign.

However, Munoz is confident that the former Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach can find success in Cincinnati.

"I've been really impressed with Zac Taylor," Munoz added.

"I've been around him quite a bit. Didn't know a whole lot about him when he got there but I've had a chance to be around him and get to know him and talk to people who know him extremely well.

"I think he's a good fit and I think he's going to be very successful."

Travis Frederick wants Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper back in Dallas, but appreciates the Cowboys stars deserve a chance to sign lucrative contracts this offseason.

The Cowboys have some interesting decisions to make as starting quarterback Prescott and his number-one target Cooper are both scheduled to hit free agency.

Re-signing Prescott is surely the top priority for Dallas after he threw for 4,902 yards in his fourth season - a total only Jameis Winston could better across the NFL - and they will almost certainly use the franchise tag on the quarterback if they cannot iron out a long-term deal with the 26-year-old.

Last week Hall of Famer and ex-Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith suggested Prescott should take a discount to return to Dallas, freeing up more cap space to keep former first-rounder Cooper, yet starting center Frederick knows this is also an opportunity for both men to sign their first big contracts in the NFL.

Speaking before Smith's comments were aired, Frederick told Omnisport: "It's a business so as a person I hope so many good things for all of those people.

"I want them to go and make as much money as they can and do all of those things.

"From a selfish standpoint, I'd love to have them back on the team but first and foremost for me is those guys take care of themselves and their families."

Should Prescott and Cooper return to Dallas in 2020, they will be playing with a new head coach in Mike McCarthy.

The Cowboys replaced Jason Garrett with the ex-Green Bay Packers head coach after they went 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs, and Frederick cannot wait to get to work with a man who won a Super Bowl ring in his previous job.

"I'm excited to get a chance to work with him," the offensive lineman added.

"I know he's got a proven track record.

"He's a guy who has done really well in the past so really excited just to have a new take on things and get to know him more and get to know his system a little bit more."

Nate Solder knows all about the New England Patriots' winning culture and feels that will rub off on the New York Giants following Joe Judge's appointment as head coach.

The Giants last month hired former New England special teams coordinator Judge to succeed Pat Shurmur following a disappointing 4-12 campaign.

Judge was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams on Bill Belichick's staff, though his new role with the Giants is his first as a head coach.

Offensive lineman Solder, who won two Super Bowl rings in New England when Judge was there, believes his new head coach can bring 'The Patriot Way' to New York.

"He's a disciplined guy, he's a tough guy," left tackle Solder told Omnisport.

"He's got a winning model. He's won a lot of championships, been part of a championship games.

"I think those are all things that are going to benefit us hugely going forward."

The Giants are moving on without Eli Manning in 2020, the veteran quarterback having called time on his 16-season career after he lost his starting spot to rookie Daniel Jones in 2019.

Manning led the Giants to two Lombardi Trophies but his Hall of Fame candidacy remains a bone of contention, with his supporters highlighting his titles and longevity as his detractors point to average numbers.

Solder, though, has nothing but praise for Manning's dedication to his craft.

"What an honour," he said of playing with Manning. "I got to play with Tom Brady, I got to play with Eli Manning. I'm truly blessed for that.

"I've learned so many great lessons from him in terms of competitiveness, preparation and Eli's steadfastness through so many ups and downs.

"He was so steadfast and he was just consistent every day. He was the same guy.

"That's not easy to do, especially in the isolating position of being a quarterback, with so many expectations. I thought he did an excellent, wonderful job."

First-rounder Jones certainly impressed after replacing Manning, though, finishing the season with 3,027 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games.

"I think he's absolutely going to be better in his second year," Solder said of Jones.

"He did a lot of great things this year. It's tough to be a quarterback in this league, he's got a lot to learn, but he's very committed to getting better and I think that's going to pay off."

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