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The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with third-round pick Nicholas Petit-Frere. Petit-Frere, an offensive tackle, played 35 games, including 20 starts for Ohio State. The Titans have agreed to terms with six of their nine picks from the draft.

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones doesn't show his emotions much. So it's understandable he didn't say much about the team's recent decision not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The 24-year-old who was the sixth player taken in the 2019 draft said it was just a business decision. He understands it, and he is preparing for his first season under new coach Brian Daboll. Jones has posted a 12-25 record since becoming the Giants starter.

Longtime Ravens punter Sam Koch retired Thursday and will join the Baltimore coaching staff as a special teams consultant.  A 16-year veteran, Koch, 39, appeared in a franchise-record 256 regular-season games, 239 consecutively from 2006-20, also a team record. He was a member of Baltimore’s 2012 Super Bowl championship team, and appeared in 20 postseason games. A 2015 Pro Bowl selection who made the AP’s second-team All-Pro squad that season, Koch set franchise records in punts (1,168), punt yardage (52,868), career gross average (45.3), career net average (39.7) and punts inside the 20 (453). His 1,168 career punts are the most by a punter with a single team in NFL history.

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Lo van Pham’s journey to the NFL began when he fell in love with sports upon arriving in Texas after living in refugee camps with his family. More than 40 years later, van Pham is set to become the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL. Before he was introduced to football in America, van Pham and his parents and two brothers survived traveling the jungles of South Vietnam and bounced around refugee camps in Laos, Thailand and the Philippines for about three years. He was too young to remember much of that experience but his parents filled him in as he got older.

If anyone had doubts about the Chargers' future in Los Angeles, owner Dean Spanos is hoping Wednesday’s ceremonial groundbreaking for a new team headquarters answers them. The Chargers have already started work on the 14-acre site, which is slated for completion in July 2024. The Chargers left San Diego for Los Angeles in 2017. They played in a soccer stadium in Carson for three seasons before becoming co-tenants with the Rams at SoFi Stadium in 2020. While searching for a location for a permanent facility, the Chargers have had temporary headquarters in Costa Mesa since 2017.

Mike Pettine has just begun his first season with the Minnesota Vikings as assistant head coach on a staff busy implementing a fresh culture and installing new schemes. The full plate didn’t stop Pettine from spearheading a pilot project designed for minorities seeking to enter the NFL coaching pipeline. The three-day workshop at Vikings headquarters is designed to further their development and increase their opportunities in a league that has long lagged in minority hiring. The 12 participants are almost entirely from the college ranks.

The New York Jets signed wide receiver Garrett Wilson to a four-year, $20.55 million deal. He is the last of the team’s three first-round draft picks to get under contract. Wilson was the No. 10 overall pick last month out of Ohio State. He’s expected to be an immediate contributor as a rookie while giving second-year quarterback Zach Wilson a speedy vertical threat in what should be an improved offense. Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, the No. 4 overall pick, signed his four-year, $38.7 million deal on May 7. Defensive end Jermaine Johnson, the 26th pick, signed a four-year, $13.1 million contract Monday.

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The Los Angeles Chargers have signed defensive lineman Morgan Fox. Fox will be entering his seventh year in the league. He spent his first five seasons with the Rams before going to the Carolina Panthers last year. Fox’s most productive season was in 2020, when Chargers coach Brandon Staley was the Rams' defensive coordinator. Fox had a career-high six sacks and nine quarterback hits. He has 103 tackles, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and four recoveries during his career.

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Dozens of players and staff from professional Buffalo sports teams visited the scene of Saturday's mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket, where they laid flowers, dished out food and handed out groceries. The first stop was a group visit to a memorial at the edge of the store’s parking lot, where several players placed flowers in front of cut-outs of doves, each bearing the name of a victim. Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox said he's still trying to wrap his head around the attack that left 10 people dead and three wounded. But he says it hits differently, being there.

The New York Giants added four defensive players to their roster, including three who have previously worked with members of the coaching staff. The Giants announced the signings of defensive end Jalyn Holmes, safety Henry Black, and cornerbacks Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey. Canady and Dorsey previously played for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in Baltimore. Holmes was with defensive line coach Andre Patterson in Minnesota. In corresponding moves, the Giants terminated the contract of linebacker Trent Harris, and waived quarterback Brian Lewerke and defensive end Raymond Johnson III. Defensive back Jordan Mosley was waived-injured.

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The Philadelphia Eagles strengthened their secondary by agreeing on a one-year contract with veteran cornerback James Bradberry. Bradberry, who made the Pro Bowl in 2020, was released by the New York Giants on May 9 for salary cap reasons. He would have been a $21.9 million cap hit. Bradberry’s deal with Philadelphia reportedly is worth $7.5 million, including $7.25 guaranteed. He’ll start opposite four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay in defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s zone-heavy scheme.  A second-round pick by Carolina in 2016, Bradberry spent four seasons with the Panthers and two with the Giants. He has 15 interceptions in 92 career starts.  

The Chicago Bears have brought in numerous new faces on offense, but none of the most expensive free agents and they used their second-round draft picks for defensive help, so at organized team activity workouts they face questions about how well they've supported quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears signed third-round receiver Velus Jones to a contract on Tuesday and added another offensive lineman in Shon Coleman, but they're trying to prove competition and a thorough understanding of their new offense can compensate for the lack of top-level offensive help for Fields.

The Green Bay Packers may rely on a different formula than usual as they chase their fourth consecutive NFC North title and first Super Bowl berth in more than a decade, The trade of All-Pro receiver Davante Adams could force the Packers to lean more on a defense that returned most of its top playmakers and added two first-round draft picks. That defense aims to take some of the pressure off reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and help him earn his second Super Bowl berth.

Danielle Hunter is in reinvention mode this year with the Minnesota Vikings. He became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks about 2 1/2 years ago. Since then he has had consecutive seasons wrecked by injury. The size of Hunter's contract created a question about whether he'd return to the Vikings this year. They found a way to bring him back and sign Za'Darius Smith to form a potent pass-rushing duo in their new 3-4 defense.

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The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with the 18th pick overall in wide receiver Treylon Burks. The Titans did not announce details of the contract Tuesday. They now have five of their nine draft picks under contract. They drafted Burks using the 18th selection following a trade sending wide receiver A.J. Brown to Philadelphia. Burks played 32 games in three seasons at Arkansas and had 146 receptions for 2,399 yards and 18 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2 Burks also ran 32 times for 222 yards and a TD. Burks was All-Southeastern Conference for his best season last year.

Former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, now a free agent, apparently suffered an injury during a training session being live-streamed on his Instagram account. The hard-luck player, released in March by the Bears due to past injuries, grabbed the back of his leg after going down during the workout. The incident was seen on Instagram Live, with Cohen falling to the floor after back-peddling. Cohen played three full seasons with Chicago but made it to only three games in 2021 before tearing knee ligaments. He missed the rest of that season and then was released by the Bears.

Tom Brady will be on the hot seat – this time during a Netflix roast. Netflix announced the seven-time Super Bowl champion will be featured first in a series of upcoming specials called “Greatest Roasts of All Time: GROAT.” Brady is the executive producer of the series, with his roast set to tape in 2023. After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win after the 2020 season. He announced his retirement in January, but in March reversed course, saying he’ll return as Tampa Bay's quarterback for another season. 

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Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have met their ESPN co-workers for the first time as they prepare to take over in the “Monday Night Football” booth. Both said Monday they are excited about the challenge of doing something new after 20 seasons together at Fox. Aikman had considered a deal with Amazon to call Thursday night games while reducing his schedule at Fox. But the logistics of that arrangement became difficult, and ESPN began talking to him about moving to Monday nights. Once Aikman was on board, ESPN snagged Buck from Fox, where he had a year left on his contract. Buck says the parting was amicable.

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The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Vince Biegel. Biegel played five games last season for the Miami Dolphins. He also started 10 games for Miami in 2019. Prior to that, he played for the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. Biegel had 2 1/2 sacks during that 2019 season, along with the only interception of his career so far.

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas tells The Associated Press he and several former teammates are coming together in Buffalo this week to help support families of the shooting victims. Among those players expected to make the trip are Hall of Famers defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed, along with Thomas and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who like Thomas lives in the area. Thomas and his wife, Patti, said their family foundation has raised more than $100,000 to help the city and its residents in the aftermath of the shooting that killed 10 people.

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Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas tells The Associated Press he and several former teammates are coming together in Buffalo this week to help support families of the shooting victims. Among those players expected to make the trip are Hall of Famers defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed, along with Thomas and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who like Thomas lives in the area. Thomas and his wife, Patti, said their family foundation has raised more than $100,000 to help the city and its residents in the aftermath of the shooting that killed 10 people.

The Tennessee Titans have signed veteran defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Kenneth George. The Titans also placed safety Jamal Carter on injured reserve Monday. Walker has played 49 games in five seasons with Denver and Houston. He has 12 1/2 sacks after being a second-round pick at No. 51 overall out of Florida State by Denver in 2017. Walker spent last season with Houston. George went undrafted after playing 33 games in four seasons at the University of Tennessee. 

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The Atlanta Falcons have signed inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to a one-year contract. Kwiatkoski has played in 77 career games with 34 starts in six seasons with the Chicago Bears and Las Vegas Raiders. He appeared in eight games for the Raiders in 2021, totaling 21 tackles with one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. The Falcons also added wide receiver Geronimo Allison to the roster. He had 89 receptions for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 49 games, including 14 starts, over five seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. 

The Minnesota Vikings have hired Demitrius Washington as vice president of football operations. This is a new position under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah designed to take the front office deeper into data-based decision-making. Washington was the manager of football research and development for the past two years with the San Francisco 49ers. He focused on process improvement and statistical analysis. Washington was an analyst in the department for five years prior to that when he worked closely with Adofo-Mensah.

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and the late Greg Knapp have been selected as the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America. Frazier and Knapp are the 19th and 20th recipients of the Dr. Z Award, which was instituted by the PFWA in 2014. The Dr. Z Award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL. 

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