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Group submits $6B bid for Commanders

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PHOENIX (AP) A group led by Josh Harris and Mitchell Rales has submitted a fully financed bid for the NFL’s Washington Commanders, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because details of the bid have not been publicly announced.

The Harris/Rales group, which includes basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, is one of multiple bidders involved in the sale process. Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and Canadian billionaire Steve Apostolopoulos are also in the running.


QB Jackson requests trade from Ravens

Lamar Jackson said Monday he has requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens, saying the team “has not been interested in meeting my value."

In a series of tweets, the star quarterback said he requested a trade as of March 2. On March 7, the Ravens put the nonexclusive franchise tag on Jackson and said they were still hopeful they could reach a long-term deal with him.


Pack: Don't need 1st-rounder for Rodgers

PHOENIX (AP) Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said he’s not requiring a first-round pick in a potential trade sending four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets but added he’d want “fair value.”

Gutekunst was asked Monday at the NFL annual meeting if there was any way in which he could feel comfortable trading Rodgers without getting a first-round pick in return.


Bills' McDermott to call defensive plays

PHOENIX (AP) Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott will be pulling double duty in also serving as the team’s defensive play-caller in Leslie Frazier’s absence in the 2023 season.

“It’s heading towards me really at this point,” McDermott told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix on Monday.


49ers sign OL Pryor to 1-year contract

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers signed offensive lineman Matt Pryor to a one-year deal on Monday.

The addition of Pryor adds depth at right tackle after starter Mike McGlinchey left in free agency to sign with Denver.


Rams bring back Copeland to shore up DL

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams re-signed defensive lineman Marquise Copeland on Monday, temporarily halting their wholesale roster exodus after the team's first losing season in six years.

The Rams didn't announce the terms of the deal for Copeland. Los Angeles didn't tender Copeland as a restricted free agent earlier this month, which means his new deal likely is worth less than that price tag of roughly $3 million.


Jags sign Dogbe, Mondeaux for DL depth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Free agent defensive linemen Michael Dogbe and Henry Mondeaux signed one-year contracts with Jacksonville on Monday, giving the team some depth after veteran Arden Key landed in Tennessee.

Dogbe started four of 13 games with Arizona in 2022. He finished with 28 tackles, including one tackle for loss. The Cardinals drafted him in the seventh round in 2019.


Kraft launches antisemitism campaign

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faced the camera during a video call, pointing to a small, sky-blue lapel pin on his blazer.

The pin is the symbol of a $25 million “Stand Up to Jewish Hate” campaign launched Monday by the 81-year-old billionaire through his Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, aiming to raise awareness nationwide about soaring incidents of antisemitism online and in person. The campaign will feature emotive ads to be introduced by stars of top television shows such as NBC’s “The Voice,” and the “Kelly Clarkson Show,” and Bravo's “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."


Payton: Broncos not moving Jeudy, Sutton

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The NFL's veteran wide receiver market is a little thinner after Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton declared neither Jerry Jeudy nor Courtland Sutton are on the trade block.

Payton made the comments while speaking to the NFL Network on Sunday, the first day of the league's spring owners meetings in Arizona.


LB Wagner back to Seahawks on 1-yr. deal

SEATTLE (AP) Bobby Wagner is headed back to the Seattle Seahawks to rejoin the team with which he became one of the top linebackers in the NFL.

The team announced Wagner's return Saturday night, filling a major need on Seattle's remodeled defense. It's a one-year contract, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms.

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