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Goodell, NFL working on 5-year extension

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Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between NFL owners and players, a process that's sure to be contentious.

The league is working on a five-year contract extension for Goodell, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal is not complete. Sports Business Journal first reported the contract negotiations.

Goodell's contract is up after the 2019 season. The new deal would go through 2024. The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season.

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Giants WR Beckham sprains left ankle

CLEVELAND (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. didn't point fingers or make accusations.

After possibly dodging a major injury, New York's flashy wide receiver calmly moved on.

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Broncos name Siemian starting QB

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Vance Joseph was admittedly enamored of the idea of a towering, chuck-it-or-tuck-it quarterback with first-round pedigree and a lightning bolt for a right arm leading the Denver Broncos in 2017.

Even more captivating for the rookie head coach was the notion of his egghead seventh-rounder with the sneaky fastball and penchant for making the right decisions calling the signals.

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Boldin retiring to bridge racial divide

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Anquan Boldin didn't decide overnight he was going to quit football in order to speak out against longstanding concerns over inequality in America.

The recent deadly and racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, did, however, become the tipping point that caused Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.

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Panthers' Newton, Samuel likely vs. Jags

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera is chomping at the bit to get his full contingent of offensive players on the football field.

That might just happen this week.

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Bowles to name Jets' QB next week

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Todd Bowles will declare the winner of the New York Jets' quarterback competition next Monday.

And, it would be a total stunner if Josh McCown isn't under center for the regular-season opener on Sept. 10 at Buffalo.

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Group of Browns kneel during anthem

CLEVELAND (AP) Kneeling and bowing their heads, the Cleveland Browns bonded over something bigger than football.

More than a dozen players formed a circle on the team's sideline Monday night and prayed in silent protest during the national anthem.

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Stafford may become highest-paid player

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Matthew Stafford stands to be wealthier than he already is, possibly very soon.

His agent, Tom Condon, and the Detroit Lions are negotiating terms of a contract that may make the quarterback the NFL's highest-paid player.

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Jaguars' Fournette, Lee out vs. Panthers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without running back Leonard Fournette, receiver Marqise Lee and cornerback A.J. Bouye for their preseason game against Carolina on Thursday night.

Coach Doug Marrone ruled out all three projected starters Monday, adding that running back T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) and tight end Michael Rivera (hand) also won't play against the Panthers.

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NFL signs 3-year deal to stream in China

The NFL has signed a three-year deal to make its games available through digital streaming in China.

Tencent Sports announced on Monday that it has partnered with the league to air live and on-demand select preseason games and Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games.

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