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AP Source: Raiders Acquire WR Antonio Brown From Steelers

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted.

A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that the Raiders finalized the deal with the Steelers and will give Brown a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million instead of the $38.925 million he was owed by Pittsburgh. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be completed until the new league year starts Wednesday.

Pro Football Talk first reported the deal and says Pittsburgh will get third and fifth-round draft picks from Oakland.

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Star NFL Free Agents Most Likely to Switch Teams

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By Maurice Moton | Bleacher Report

NFL free agency allows star players find greener pastures.

In one case, we know a top talent will sign with a new club. Running back Le'Veon Bell sacrificed an entire season to free himself of the franchise tag in an attempt to ink a new long-term deal. Now, he's going to see what he can earn on the open market and who's willing to pay big bucks for his services.

Meanwhile, other notable players have a decent chance at a change of scenery for the 2019 campaign and beyond. In some cases, it's because of nonexistent long-term talks between agents and front offices. Other veterans may have price tags that are too rich for their current teams.

The eight veterans below have at least one Pro Bowl or All-Pro season, which justifies the label as a star player. Which players are likely on the move, and where could they land when free agency begins March 13 at 4 p.m. ET?

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NFL teams will consider proposal that would provide alternative to onside kicks

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By Mark Maske | Washington Post

Under a rule-change proposal submitted by the Denver Broncos, NFL teams will give consideration this offseason to an alternative to the onside kick. The proposal would give a team the option, a maximum of once per game during the fourth quarter only, of bypassing a kickoff in favor of attempting to retain possession by converting what would amount to a fourth-and-15 play from its own 35-yard line.

The change would not eliminate the kickoff or the onside kick. It merely would give a team trailing late in a game an alternative to a task that became next to impossible this past season with the league’s new safety-related rules for kickoffs in place.

The Broncos’ proposal would need to be ratified by at least 24 of the 32 NFL teams to take effect next season. Owners, coaches and general managers are scheduled to gather later this month in Phoenix at the annual league meeting.

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NFL clubs propose 7 replay rule changes ahead of owners meetings

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

NFL owners will convene later this month at the annual league meeting in Phoenix, and one of the hottest topics will be the potential expansion of replay review.

The competition committee spoke about the possibility ad nauseam during the scouting combine last week, and since then, teams have submitted rule change proposals on which the owners will vote at the meetings, which run from March 24-27.

Of the nine club proposals, seven are related to replay and four of them likely would’ve produced a penalty on the infamous no-call play that likely prevented the New Orleans Saints from beating the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship and advancing to Super Bowl LIII.

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Will NFL change instant replay rules for 2019? Saints may want to pay attention to these proposals

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Staff Report | The Advocate

NFL Football Operations released its list of rule changes for the 2019 season proposed by league teams Friday evening.

The most popular rule teams want to change? The league's standards for instant replay.

While the New Orleans Saints -- who may have the biggest complaint about the league's instant replay rules -- did not propose any amendments to "Rule 15, Section 2," several other teams did.

Full Story - The Advocate

NFL releases list of rule change proposals submitted by clubs

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The NFL on Friday, March 8 released a list of rule change proposals submitted by clubs that will be considered at the NFL owners meeting later this month.
  • By Kansas City; to amend Rule 16 to (1) allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown; (2) eliminate overtime for preseason; and (3) eliminate overtime coin toss so that winner of initial coin toss to begin game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend.
  • By Denver; to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1 to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring.
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Jaguars rumors: Jacksonville interested in signing Teddy Bridgewater

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by Matthew Schmidt | Clutch Points

The Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in signing free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Jaguars are widely expected to sign Nick Foles, but until then, they are exploring all of their options, and Bridgewater is certainly an interesting one.

Bridgewater spent the 2018 campaign as Drew Brees’ backup with the New Orleans Saints, making one start and completing 14 of his 23 passes for 118 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

Full Story -- Clutch Points

Re-Sign Mark Ingram Or Go After Le’Veon Bell?

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By Danny Cox,

The New Orleans Saints are preparing for the start of 2019 NFL free agency next week, and just like every other team in the league, they have decisions to make. The Saints don’t have a lot of players jumping into free agency this year, but one big name who may test the waters is running back Mark Ingram. While he’s said he would prefer to stay in New Orleans, the Saints have other options out there and that includes Le’Veon Bell.

Mark Ingram has become an integral part of the New Orleans Saints’ offense, and his partnership with Alvin Kamara is hard to beat. The two have come about with a great duo of “Dash and Bash,” “Thunder and Lightning,” or whatever anyone wants to call it, but it works.

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Fleur-de-Links, March 8: Antonio Brown in the headlines, but were Saints even interested?

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This free agency period is already at maximum hype!

By/Deuce Windham | CSC

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