While the contract stalemate continues, the numbers of the offer made to Ryan Fitzpatrick by the New York Jets are just beginning to emerge. A source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday that the Jets made a three-year offer to Fitzpatrick in March that included $12 million in the first year. Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that the Jets' full offer is worth a total of $24 million - with $6 million in each of the final two years.
Native American leaders and activists criticized a recent national poll that found nine of 10 Native Americans aren't offended by the Washington Redskins' name. On a conference call held Friday by the National Congress of American Indians and ''Change the Mascot'' campaign, panelists voiced opposition to a Washington Post poll that surveyed 504 Native Americans, 90 percent of whom said the name doesn't bother them. James Fenelon, a California State San Bernardino sociology professor, called the poll ''immoral,'' adding it was not representative of Native American communities.
When Darrius Heyward-Bey heard about Martavis Bryant's one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the elder statesmen among the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers sent his talented but erratic teammate a note. ''I told him we have his back,'' Heyward-Bey said. The Steelers will have to navigate through 2016 first, and do it without the player most capable of providing the big-play yin to All-Pro Antonio Brown's relentless yang.
The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts. The NFL also fined coach John Harbaugh $137,000 Thursday, while the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines. When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.
Matthew Stafford dropped back and sailed a spiral through the air, over his intended target and onto the ground. The Detroit Lions gave their first glimpse of what life is like on the field without Calvin Johnson on Thursday, when the media had access to an offseason training activity for the first time this year. ''You can't be fooled by what you see out here in shorts,'' Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said.
Ryan Tannehill threw a pass Thursday and then fell to the turf face down, which happened a lot last season. Instead, Tannehill did push-ups as punishment for his errant throw at a net during passing drills in a Miami Dolphins OTA. Executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum decided Tannehill needed more help, and hired as coach Adam Gase, who enjoyed success as an assistant working with Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Jay Cutler.
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