Ian Rapoport

Ian Rapoport


National Insider for NFL Network and https://t.co/r2IXpGUBaj. Host of RapSheet and Friends podcast: https://t.co/qRLmUtMoVd. Husband of @thebanktress.

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Could not be more excited for this.

The NFL owners have confirmed, via a vote on today’s teleconference, that there will be expanded playoffs after the 2020 season, source said. Expected and now official. One more team per conference.

The #Seahawks  have released TE Ed Dickson, source said. He was due $3M this year and Seattle saves most of it.

Per NFL exec Peter O’Reilly on the draft, NFL teams will be able to have 10 or fewer people in a room and they must be 6-feet away. So, at least, it appears personnel executives will be able to gather in a room at some level.

NFL exec Jeff Pash says on a conference call “our planning, our expectation is fully directed at playing a full season and starting on schedule. … Just as we did in 2019. Am I certain? I’m not certain I’ll be here tomorrow, but I’m planning on it. That’s what we talked about."

The NFL says the schedule release will likely be around May 9 — no later. So, plan your calendars.

The #Browns  are signing DE Adrian Clayborn to a 2-year deal, per agent @blakebaratz , worth $6M with a chance to get to $7M. A solid veteran signing.

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Sources: The #Steelers  are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo #Bills . There it is.

The #Raiders  have released WR Antonio Brown. Wow.

To be clear: Former #Patriots  QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs , source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year.

Wow. Cleveland is trying to trade for Kirk Cousins. This is real.

Sources: #Texans  QB fear Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice today. A non-contact injury. MRI coming to confirm. Awful, awful.

#Chiefs coach Andy Reid has 9 grandkids. He was asked about them: “They keep you young. And at the same time they make you feel old. It’s kind of like sweet and sour pork.” Poetry.

#Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement. One of the best to ever do it.

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