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National Football League News & Notes, Brees Staying With Saints, Brady Still Undecided

February 19, 2020

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The New Orleans Saints quarterback and the NFL’s career passing leader will return for a 20th season after posting to Instagram on Tuesday that he will “make another run at it.”

Drew Brees, who turned 41 in January, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 18, but he has made it clear for the past several years that he has no interest in testing the open market. So, his only choices were staying in New Orleans or retiring.

Tom Brady is now one month away from becoming a free agent for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, and there has been a lot of talk about him meeting with other teams and seeing what offers are out there. If he does that, however, he may be effectively bidding farewell to the New England Patriots.

The Green Bay Packers have transitioned from one Hall of Fame quarterback to a future Hall of Famer. As Aaron Rodgers nears the twilight of his career, he could potentially be playing on his final contract with the Packers.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal relayed Tuesday evening that there is a “growing sense within [the] league” that teams are “prepared to inquire with [the] Raiders about the possibility of trading for Derek Carr.”

The Dolphins absolutely expect to take a quarterback in the 2020 draft with the idea he’ll be their franchise quarterback going into the future.

Prior to latching on with Andy Reid when the longtime Eagles coach relocated to Kansas City, Eric Bieniemy was the University of Colorado’s offensive coordinator. And the Colorado alum is squarely on the Buffaloes’ radar for their recently available head coaching gig.

Colorado has made multiple overtures to the Chiefs’ OC about the job Mel Tucker recently vacated when he left after one season to take the Michigan State HC job. However, the Bieniemy-to-Boulder rumors are not expected to produce a move.

Will Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree receive a new long-term contract at any point during the offseason? It’s hard to say for sure as we sit here in late February but if he does, he’ll have new representation negotiating on his behalf.

According to Liz Mullen of The Sports Business Journal, Dupree, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent come the start of the new league yer in March, has left CAA Sports and the assumption is now that he’ll sign with a new agency after the NFLPA’s five-day waiting rule has expired.

The Washington Redskins have exercised running back Adrian Peterson’s 2020 club option, the team announced. This is the second year of a two-year contract that he signed last summer.

“Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league,” Ron Rivera said in a release. “Adrian’s leadership and passion towards the game of football will set an example of what is expected of the players in this program moving forward.”

Jason Witten wants to play another NFL season but acknowledged it might have to be with a franchise other than the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think I have to be,” Witten said when asked if he’s open to playing elsewhere. “Obviously, I’d love to finish it out here, but some of those things are not in your control.”

Cleveland Browns lineman Greg Robinson the #2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is in custody after officials say he was found with A LOT of marijuana at a border patrol checkpoint.

Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to terms on a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday. Terms weren’t released, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is for one year and worth $7 million, with $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Early returns on the XFL’s slew of rule changes reveal at least one significant takeaway. The effort to increase the number of kickoff and punt returns, compared to recent NFL averages, has been largely successful.

Through the first eight games of the XFL’s 40-game season, 90.1% of kickoffs and 63.4% of punts have been returned. Last season in the NFL, 34.1% of kickoffs and 36.2% of punts were returned.

Tony Romo spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and never experienced free agency. Now, as the NFL’s most popular broadcaster prepares to hit the open market for the first time, Romo is having fun teasing fans about his potential destination.

Four-time NFL Pro Bowl running back and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame inductee Ahman Green has a new job: esports coach at Wisconsin’s Lakeland University.

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