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❤️ Chiefs matriarch Norma Hunt dies at 85.
- In a statement, the Chiefs wrote: “Her quiet yet deep faith sustained her throughout her life, and we take great comfort knowing that she is home with the Lord.”
- Hunt is the wife of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and was called by many “The First Lady of Football”.
- Norma Hunt is the only woman to attend every Super Bowl, and the last one she saw was a Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LVII.
We mourn the passing of Norma Hunt.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) June 4, 2023
🐐 Tom Brady tells Sports Illustrated that he’s “certain” he’s not playing football again.
- Brady’s second retirement announcement sounded very legitimate.
- His naturally private and keeping-doors-open mindset might have previously made it seem as though the door could be slightly open to a second unretirement, but this is his strongest statement to the media yet, insisting that he’s done “for good” as he said in his retirement post.
- Brady, who is becoming a co-owner of the Raiders, will still be in the public eye plenty, including calling NFL games for FOX starting in 2024.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 1, 2023
🐃 Bills beef up the defense with former Rams and Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
- Acquisitions don’t get much bigger than this at this point in the offseason.
- Floyd recorded 9.0+ sacks in each of his three seasons with the Rams, and the versatile defender will again line up opposite Von Miller after the two helped the Rams win the Super Bowl a couple of seasons ago.
- The Bills arguably needed more juice in their defensive front, and Floyd should be a big boost that also makes the unit deeper overall.
- Buffalo also extended defensive tackle Ed Oliver to a four-year contract.
Sources: The #Bills are making a late splash in free agency, agreeing to terms with former #Rams standout pass-rusher Leonard Floyd. He gets a 1-year deal after 9 sacks last season. And Buffalo adds another key player on the edge. pic.twitter.com/26il6sleMX
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 5, 2023
Former ninth overall pick DT Ed Oliver and the Buffalo Bills reached agreement on a four-year, $68 million extension, including $45 million guaranteed, per source. Oliver had one year left on deal and is now tied to Buffalo for next five seasons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2023
🏛️ The Washington Post reports that Josh Harris will meet with the NFL finance committee on Wednesday and promises to adjust his bid for the Commanders.
- We highlighted last week that there was work to do before the Harris group’s bid for the Commanders was in position to be finalized.
- This meeting with the finance committee will be important, but it seems things will be figured out and Harris’ purchase will go through sometime this summer.
Josh Harris is scheduled to meet with the NFL finance committee, and he has given assurances that he will make the necessary adjustments to his $6.05 billion deal for the Washington Commanders to secure the approval of the league’s franchise owners. https://t.co/sKWnboPQpS
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 2, 2023
🃏 Fantasy football players, take note: Broncos head coach Sean Payton is very high on tight end Greg Dulcich.
- During Broncos OTAs, Payton said the second-year weapon out of UCLA had a great practice and discussed his possible role as a “joker” in his offense.
- Payton brought up names like Jeremy Shockey, Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, and Reggie Bush while discussing Dulcich.
- It sounds like Dulcich will have a major role in creating mismatches in Payton’s attack.
Standout player of the day. Greg Dulcich. Had his “best practice so far”. Looked really REALLY good. pic.twitter.com/IvOZZAQUNH
— Darren McKee (@DMacRadio) June 1, 2023
🥷 Sticking with some news during OTAs, Steelers’ second-year receiver George Pickens told Bo Marchionte of College2Pro he feels like he got “snubbed” from the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
- The talented Georgia product certainly doesn’t lack confidence and comically told Marchionte “there wasn’t a lot of guys in there at the Pro Bowl that excited me.”
- Pickens caught 52 passes for 801 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, and he profiles as someone that can make a Year 2 leap.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 30, 2023
😬 According to Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop, Russell Wilson nixed a potential trade to the Eagles before he was traded to the Broncos last offseason.
- You could certainly not believe anonymous reporting, but there was a lot of smoke surrounding the Eagles trading for Wilson last year.
- NFL Network’s Ian Rapport said in April he thought Wilson would go to the Eagles or Commanders before the Broncos ultimately traded for him. And it has been clear that Wilson very much wanted to go to Denver.
- Looking back, most people would have wanted the Super Bowl champion Wilson over Hurts at the time—all things being equal.
- But it’s crazy to think the Eagles apparently thought it was that worth giving up on Hurts while trading away a tremendous amount of capital to acquire Wilson.
- Instead, the Eagles were able to trade for superstar receiver A.J. Brown (Hurts’ best friend) and Hurts proved his doubters wrong in a major way.
- Sometimes the best deals are the ones you want to happen but don’t work out.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 2, 2023
🙏🏻 Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris saved a child from drowning in Las Vegas.
- Morris credited his AED training—which the NFL widely implemented after the scary Damar Hamlin situation last season—for helping him save the boy.
Rams DC Raheem Morris helps save drowning child, credits AED training.
Incredible, life saving reaction by Morris. https://t.co/wJ1aP9um3C
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) May 31, 2023
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Other Sports Updates
🍿 HBO is creating a Barry Bonds documentary, and it is being executive produced by the producers of The Last Dance and O.J.: Made in America.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 1, 2023
🏒 Golden Knights beat the Stars in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since their inaugural season in 2018; Vegas beat Florida in Game 1 on Saturday night.
— z – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 30, 2023
👏 White Sox pitcher Liam Hendriks makes season debut less than five months after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Your journey is an inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud.
Welcome back, Liam Hendriks! pic.twitter.com/fbQ6jwJsks
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 28, 2023
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