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Cowboys sign suspended DE Smith

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The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday with Dallas. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced. Smith posted a picture of himself signing a document on Instagram and wrote, "Life is good. I'm thankful. I'm blessed. I'm a Cowboy."

Smith hasn't played in the NFL since 2015, when he was suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy while with the Oakland Raiders.

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Payton unsure if Brees plays past 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints coach Sean Payton said he didn't mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season.

“I'm a big dummy,” Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans. “I honestly don't know if it’s his last year. I think the thing he's done, and we've all done, is taking it year by year.”

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Seahawks add pass rusher Mayowa

Titans want long-term deal with Henry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans don't want Derrick Henry going anywhere anytime soon, and the NFL rushing leader sounds as if he's eager to stick around, too.

General manager Jon Robinson said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters that Henry is an important part of the Titans, and he spoke with the running back before free agency opened. Robinson's also spoke to Henry's agents after the

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NFLPA: CBA changes not substantial

The NFL players' union says changes made to the labor agreement players narrowly approved last month “reflects no substantive difference whatsoever,” a claim the lawyers for free-agent safety Eric Reid dispute.

The NFLPA added that Reid's claim that the CBA isn't valid is “completely false.”

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Patriots release third-string QB Kessler

BOSTON (AP) The Patriots have released quarterback Cody Kessler, their latest roster move at the position following the departure of Tom Brady in free agency.

Kessler spent time on New England's practice squad last season. He was inactive for 11 regular-season games as the third-string quarterback behind Brady and Jarrett Stidham.

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Browns' Ward lending financial hand

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward is lending a financial hand to 21 people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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McCoy settling in as Giants backup QB

After spending much of the past six seasons as a backup quarterback with the Washington Redskins, Colt McCoy knows his job coming to the New York Giants.

His primary task is to help offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and new coach Joe Judge get starting quarterback Daniel Jones ready to play every week. Be another set of eyes, another set of ears, another encouraging voice for the second-year player.

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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs by 2

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs - with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase.

NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time.

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Jaguars' Ngakoue again calls for trade

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