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Bucs want Brady for rest of his career

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are open to giving Tom Brady a contract extension.

General manager Jason Licht reiterated Wednesday that the Super Bowl champions would like to keep the 43-year-old quarterback in uniform for as long as Brady wants to play. Licht declined to characterize any conversations the team's had about that prospect.

"We don't typically talk about those discussions publicly," Licht said during a video conference call in which he and coach Bruce Arians discussed free agency and efforts to retain several potential free agents instrumental to the team's championship run.


Steelers planning Roethlisberger return

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers plan on having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back for an 18th season.

Team president Art Rooney II released a statement Wednesday saying he and Roethlisberger have met to figure out a way to ease the financial pressure caused by Roethlisberger's contract.


Raiders release oft-injured WR Williams

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) The Las Vegas Raiders released receiver Tyrell Williams on Wednesday following two injury-plagued seasons with the team.

Williams initially signed a four-year, $44.3 million deal as a free agent to join the Raiders in 2019. He struggled with injuries to his feet his first season and then missed all last season with a torn labrum.


Team can begin applying tags to players

NFL teams could begin playing tag on Tuesday, and it's no kids' game for the 32 teams.

Applying franchise and even transition tags to players can have major ramifications on a team's present and future. That was never more of a consideration than this year, with the salary cap decreasing for now by $18 million. That's the first time the cap has gone down, which is due to lost revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Goodell: Technological changes to stay

One of the major benefits of playing a full season pretty much on schedule during a pandemic is what the NFL learned technologically from 2020.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league has found new avenues of communication that will be common in future seasons.


3 ex-players get grants for foundations

NEW YORK (AP) Former NFL players Chris Long, Harry Sydney and Twan Russell have been awarded funding for their nonprofit foundations through the league's Legends Impact Grant program.

Created in 2018, the award is a component of the NFL Foundation's Player Foundation Grant initiative and supports ex-players in their commitment to making their communities "healthy, happy and safe."


Rams announce 5 new hires, promotions

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their coaching staff for next season, hiring five additional new assistant coaches and making several promotions.

Rams coach Sean McVay announced the moves Tuesday.


Steelers coach Tomlin has COVID-19

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4-time Pro Bowl guard Iupati retires

Four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Mike Iupati says he's retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL with three NFC West teams.

Iupati told The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington on Monday that his body told him it was time to step away.


Fans to be allowed at New Jersey venues

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