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Bears sign first-round pick QB Fields

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears signed first-round draft pick Justin Fields to a four-year contract on Friday.

The Bears landed their quarterback of the future when they traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to take the Ohio State star with the No. 11 overall pick. They have him working with the second team for now behind veteran newcomer Andy Dalton, who signed a one-year contract in March, but the question is for how long.

Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year each of his two seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. He threw for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Buckeyes.


QB Wilson says he didn't request trade

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made it clear Thursday that he did not ask for a trade this offseason, and insisted his relationship with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider has been strengthened through a series of conversations after months of uncertainty.

Wilson spoke for the first time since February, when a series of comments he made led to trade speculation and a growing furor surrounding his future in Seattle.


Bucs PR staff wins Pete Rozelle Award

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers public relations staff has won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for its work in a Super Bowl-winning season that included the free agent addition of quarterback Tom Brady.

The staff of Nelson Luis, Michael Pehanich, Chris King, Andrew Holman, Danielle Burns and intern Jake Spitz is the 32nd Rozelle Award winner. It's the third time Tampa Bay's PR staff has been honored. The others were in 1998 and 2003.


Rookie webinar gives valuable advice

One of the most-asked questions at the NFL's rookie webinar last month was how to handle family and friends asking for money.

The advice was simple: Just say no.


Chiefs OL Long hurts knee at workout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The offensive line that the Kansas City Chiefs aggressively overhauled this offseason has taken a hit with a knee injury to veteran Kyle Long during voluntary workouts that could require surgery and keep him out of training camp.

The 32-year-old Long came out of a one-year retirement designed largely to get him healthy to sign a one-year contract with the Chiefs, who completely recast their offensive line after it was decimated by injuries and opt-outs last season. But he failed to make it through three weeks of workouts before another injury sidelined him.


Pats' Newton still out with injured hand

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Cam Newton hasn't practiced since injuring his throwing hand during voluntary workouts last week. Coach Bill Belichick expects New England's incumbent starting quarterback to be fine.

Newton was not at Thursday's workout, the third session open to media.


Packers expect full capacity at Lambeau

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Packers TE Sternberger suspended 2 games

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers reserve tight end Jace Sternberger has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The decision announced by the league on Thursday means Sternberger will miss the Packers' Sept. 12 opener at New Orleans and Sept. 20 home game against Detroit. He will be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 21, and he could play as early as Sept. 26 at San Francisco.


McVay in 'better mood' with Stafford

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Sean McVay has finally given a bit of real insight into the reasons why the Los Angeles Rams traded Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford.

Even if he apparently didn't mean to do it.


Cowboys QB Prescott moving past injury

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott finished the offseason with his most vigorous practice since the horrific ankle injury that ended his 2020 season.

Then the star Dallas quarterback tried to declare the injury issue dead.