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The Indianapolis Colts have signed long-term contracts with coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich (center) poses with owner Jim Irsay (left) and general manager Chris Ballard. Reich and Ballard have inked contract extensions that will keep them in Indianapolis through the 2026 season.
Club owner Jim Irsay aligned their contracts this offseason, claiming that the shared goal between his executives has reignited interest in the franchise.
“We have as great a general manager-head coach combination as there is in the NFL in Chris Ballard and Frank Reich, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have them guiding our team,” Irsay said in a statement.
“I genuinely believe this football team is on the verge of something special, and it’s all thanks to the culture both of them have fostered during their time with the Horseshoe.”
“Whether we’re advancing toward the playoffs or confronting adversity, whether we’re building our roster or making a impact in the community, we have the right leaders in Chris and Frank.”
If healthy, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, and Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterbacks in Indianapolis.
Today’s session was extremely enticing.
All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, linebacker Darius Leonard, and running back Jonathan Taylor are among Ballard’s clear draft hits. pic.twitter.com/B2UAPI00oa — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 11, 2021
“I truly believe that as we enter this decade, sitting here in 2021, you will witness a golden age blossom,” Irsay remarked in March.
“With all my heart and soul, I believe it.”
There are compelling reasons to believe it.
If you go to people around the league and know what I’m talking about, they’ll agree with what I’m saying when it comes to Chris Ballard and Frank Reich, and the expectations we have for both of them guiding the franchise into this decade.”

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According to a source, Chris Hogan has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Saints.

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— Veteran wide receiver Chris Hogan will return to the NFL after moonlighting as a lacrosse player this summer, hoping to help the New Orleans Saints make up for the loss of injured star Michael Thomas.
A source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss that Hogan, 33, agreed to a deal with the Saints on Monday, confirming an NFL Network report.
Thomas was officially placed on the physically unable to play list on Monday, as expected, to begin training camp.
Following ankle surgery in June, he is anticipated to lose time at the start of the regular season.
After the Saints dismissed veteran Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, Hogan (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) will compete for a roster spot among Saints receivers Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, and others in a position group that is light on proven quality.
Throughout a nine-year career that included stops with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and New York Jets, Hogan won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
But, after appearing in just 12 games with the Panthers and Jets in 2019 and 2020 due to injuries, he briefly considered switching jobs and playing in the Premier Lacrosse League this offseason before being enticed back by the Saints.
Hogan was a standout lacrosse player at Penn State before transferring to Monmouth to play football for a year before joining the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012.
During his tenure in the PLL, he was relatively inactive, starting with the Cannons before being traded to the Whipsnakes.
Hogan, now back in the NFL, provides variety to the table in addition to his experience.
During the regular season, he lined up roughly equally in the slot and out wide, catching 216 catches for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns.
In the playoffs, he has 34 catches for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

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Getting to know incoming Wisconsin Athletic Director Chris McIntosh: From on-field success to succeeding Barry Alvarez

Chris McIntosh became Wisconsin’s athletic director during one of the most pivotal moments in the history of college sports.
McIntosh, who joined the Badgers athletic department in 2014, took over as AD on July 1, the same day that the name, image, and likeness era began. McIntosh spoke with The Athletic on Monday about navigating NIL, how his time as a Badgers All-American offensive lineman impacts him in his current role, his abrupt NFL retirement, and following in Alvarez’s footsteps.
The quick response is that it has been fantastic.
That is, as you are aware, an tremendously exciting period.
It’s a historic time to be a part of college athletics on a national one, and then to be a part of it on a local level.