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Redskins hire Ron Rivera as their new head coach, sign him to five-year deal

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The Washington Redskins have found their permanent Jay Gruden replacement.

The team announced that they have officially hired former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera as their new head coach beginning in 2020. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth a yet-to-be determined amount.

The 57-year old was initially let go by the Panthers midway through the 2019 campaign after a tenure that lasted eight-plus seasons. During his time with the franchise, he led them to a combined 76-63-1 regular season record, three NFC South titles, an appearance in Super Bowl 50, and also took home two coach-of-the-year awards.

Rivera will take over a rebuilding Redskins team that is slated to have the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after finishing the year with a 3-13 record.

The deal is expected to be formally announced on Wednesday.

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Chiefs re-sign Sammy Watkins to one-year deal

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Sammy Watkins is returning back to the team where he won his Super Bowl title.

The team announced that have re-signed the veteran wide receiver to a one-year, $7 million contract extension that includes a $1 million signing bonus and $1 million in per-game roster bonuses.

The 26-year old recorded 52 receptions for 673 yards, and three touchdowns in 14 games last season.

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Falcons owner convinced that 2020 NFL season will be shortened to 16 games

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The NFL season isn’t supposed to be underway until September, but the coronavirus could even impact that.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank certainly thinks the structure of the season could look different due to the aftershock of this Covid-19 pandemic. He predicts that the regular season will be cut down to 16 games.

“If I had to speculate now, and I use the word speculate because that’s really all it is, I would say yes,” said Blank.

“Only because it’s so far away from where we are today. I could easily see camps being shorter, players being tested on a daily basis, things of that nature. No fan attendance. Things like that. We may have fewer preseason games, which probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. But I think by September, my hope is by the time the regular season starts, that we’ll be able to bring people together in some form or fashion in a safe manner and play.”

It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition. The United States’ progress in their recovery from coronavirus over the next month will determine a lot in the world of sports moving forward.

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Saints ink Janoris Jenkins to a two-year extension

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The New Orleans Saints are keeping Janoris Jenkins around for a couple more years.

The team announced that they have signed the veteran cornerback to a two-year, $16.75 million contract extension. He still has a year remaining on his previous deal, which would improve the total value of his contract with New Orleans to $27 million with $10.2 million guaranteed.

The 31-year old registered 61 combined tackles, 16 passes defended and five interceptions split between the New York Giants and Saints last season.

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