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[August 25, 2016]
Aug 24 (The Sports Xchange) -
The San Diego Chargers pulled their "best offer" to unsigned
first-round defensive end Joey Bosa after the No. 3 overall pick in
the 2016 draft rejected the team's offer on Wednesday.
"We gave Joey's representatives our best offer last night, which was
rejected today," the team said in a statement. "The offer that we
extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.
"Joey's ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now
been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches
and his team mates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his
ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the
entire season, has been negatively impacted.
"As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be
unable to contribute for the full 16-game season without the
adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in
Bosa is the only unsigned first-round pick from the 2016 draft. The
two sides reached a stalemate July 28, the day before the former
Ohio State star was due to report to training camp.
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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison will meet with
NFL investigators on Thursday over the Al-Jazeera report that linked
him to performance-enhancing drugs.
Harrison has been informed the meeting is 11 a.m. ET on Thursday at
the Steelers' practice facility, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Harrison and Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius
Peppers were among the four active players implicated in the
Al-Jazeera report. Matthews and Peppers were meeting with the league
Free agent linebacker Mike Neal will meet with NFL investigators on
Thursday in Chicago.
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After almost a week of silence following the emergence of additional
disturbing allegations of domestic violence against Josh Brown, New
York Giants co-owner John Mara emerged with a statement of support
for his team's veteran kicker.
Mara said that organization was "comfortable" with re-signing the
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Brown, who received a one-game suspension by the NFL for a May 2015
incident in which he was arrested for allegedly grabbing the wrist
of his now ex-wife in a heated dispute at a home the couple shared
in Woodinville, Wash.
Brown told reporters last week that the charges against him were
dropped by the King County district attorney five days following his
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The NFL's competition committee reportedly has added two new
members, who are selected by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Denver Broncos
executive vice president of football operations/general manager John
Elway are joining the competition committee, league sources told
ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The competition committee is led by chairman Rich McKay, who is the
president of the Atlanta Falcons.
McKay had been suspended from the committee as part of the Falcons'
penalty for pumping fake noise into the Georgia Dome during the 2013
and 2014 seasons, but he was reinstated a year ago.
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The New England Patriots traded former starting center Bryan Stork
to the Washington Redskins.
Stork started 17 games over the past two seasons, but the 2014
fourth-round pick had durability issues and recent problems
controlling his emotions.
New England will receive a conditional draft pick in return,
according to multiple reports. Stork was second in the chase for the
starting center job to 2015 undrafted free agent David Andrews.
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