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The Raiders contacted the Bears before of free agency to inquire about a Khalil Mack reunion, according to sources.

Jon Gruden wants to win, and there have been occasions during the Raiders’ three non-winning seasons when he has been visibly unhappy.
He admitted to crying for three days after transferring former NFL defensive player of the year Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears shortly before the start of his return season in 2018.The Raiders have had a clear need for a proven pass rusher since trading Mack to the Bears over three years ago, and when free agency started in March, they targeted and expected to acquire Yannick Ngakoue.
The Bears were dealing with serious salary-cap concerns, forcing them to release All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller and restructure other contracts, and the Raiders decided it was worth a risk.
The Bears were not interested, according to sources, and the Raiders moved ahead and signed Ngakoue to a two-year, $26 million contract. Raiders officials had no comment, since they don’t discuss about trade proposals given or took, even the most interesting ones.Gruden received fire from the media when he sold Mack for a slew of draft picks, including two first-rounders, nine days before the 2018 season began.

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According to sources, the Cincinnati Bengals have extended defensive end Sam Hubbard’s contract.

CINCINNATI — According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive end Sam Hubbard have come to terms on a contract extension.
According to reports, the Bengals inked the 2018 third-round selection to a four-year deal worth up to $40 million.
Hubbard was approaching the end of his rookie deal.
The Bengals’ top pass-rusher has matured into a former Ohio State player.
Hubbard has played in 44 games in three seasons, including the last two as a starter.
In 2020, he has two of his 16.5 career sacks.
As an edge rusher last season, he recorded a 15.9% pass rush victory rate (ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen).
Hubbard is the Bengals’ second significant offseason investment on the defensive line’s edge.
The Bengals signed former New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson to a four-year, $60 million contract in free agency.
Last season, Cincinnati had the fewest sacks in the NFL.

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Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, has completed his offseason conditioning regimen.

Aaron Rodgers’ teammates, according to Ryan Clark, will have no harsh emotions about his absence until it affects the outcome of their games.
(1:33) Aaron Rodgers hasn’t worked out with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, but it hasn’t stopped him from getting ready for the season.
The reigning NFL MVP continued his offseason training regimen with Proactive Sports Performance, which includes field work, a weight room, yoga, and sand dunes work, as he has for the past decade.
According to the company, the regimen for NFL athletes lasts about six to seven weeks and ends on Saturday when the players report to training camp.
While it’s unclear whether Green Bay’s franchise quarterback will be there when the Packers begin training camp on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Proactive Sports Performance stated Rodgers is “working and ready” for football.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter in April that Rodgers did not want to return to the organization due of management difficulties.
Notwithstanding his stance, the Packers have stayed steadfast in their refusal to move the three-time MVP and have offered him a record-breaking contract extension.
Rodgers turned down a two-year extension this offseason, according to Schefter, which would have kept him with the Packers for five more seasons and made him the highest-paid quarterback and player in sports.
Rodgers, on the other hand, has remained absent from the team, missing optional OTAs for the first time in his career earlier this summer.
Rodgers has kept himself busy this offseason, appearing as a guest host on “Jeopardy!” and vacationing in Hawaii, as well as competing in a made-for-TV golf tournament alongside Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau.
This article was based on information from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

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Rick Dennison has been fired as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, according to sources.

Dan Graziano talks about the benefits of having a majority of your players immunized.
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Rick Dennison has been fired as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach after refusing to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ESPN.
Dennison, who spent the previous two seasons as the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator, is believed to be the first NFL position coach to leave his organization after refusing to obtain a vaccine.
All Tier 1 employees, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers, and scouts, must receive the vaccine.
Players are not forced to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, but they will be subjected to tight measures during training camp and during the season, which those who have been vaccinated will be able to avoid.
Any unvaccinated Tier 1 staff member must demonstrate a valid religious or medical reason for not obtaining the vaccine, according to a document released by the NFL earlier this summer.
Coaches who lose their Tier 1 designation are barred from being on the field, in conference rooms, or having direct dealings with players.
According to ESPN, Phil Rauscher has been promoted from assistant offensive line coach to fill Dennison’s role.
Ben Steele, who had recently been hired by Auburn as a special-teams analyst, was also hired by the Vikings to fill the position Rauscher had held since 2019.
Dennison’s retirement comes at a critical moment for the Vikings offense, which will be led by Klint Kubiak, who was promoted this offseason to take over for his father, Gary, as offensive coordinator for the 2020 season.
Dennison, who has 27 years of NFL coaching expertise, was seen as a key component in bridging the gap for the younger Kubiak, given his significant experience calling run plays and familiarity of the Vikings’ scheme since the start of the 2019 season.
In 2020, the Vikings were one of the league’s most prolific running teams, led by Dalvin Cook, who became the first player in Minnesota history to dash for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in a single season.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cook accounted for 30.5% of the Vikings’ scrimmage yards in 2020, which was second in the NFL behind Derrick Henry (33.8).
Dennison worked with Gary Kubiak in Denver (1995-2009, 2015-16), Houston (2010-13), and Baltimore (2014) for more than three decades.
Dennison was the offensive line coach/run game coordinator for the New York Jets for the 2018 season before joining the Vikings in 2019.
After joining the Vikings in 2020, Rauscher is in his eighth season as a head coach in the NFL.
He worked with Dennison on the Broncos’ coaching staff in 2015 and 2016, and in 2019 he was the offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins.
From 2001 until 2007, Steele was a tight end on numerous NFL rosters, including in Houston under Gary Kubiak.
He began his NFL career in 2013 as an offensive quality control coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he remained until 2016.
Steele eventually became the Buccaneers’ tight ends coach before joining the Atlanta Falcons as an offensive assistant in 2019 and tight ends coach in 2020.
Auburn hired him earlier this year.
On Wednesday, the Vikings will begin their first training camp session.

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According to sources, Fred Warner and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a five-year, $95 million contract extension.

Sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that All-Pro linebacker Frank Warner and the 49ers agreed on a five-year, $95 million agreement on Wednesday that will keep him in San Francisco until 2026.
According to Schefter, Warner, who was entering the final year of his current contract, will receive a guaranteed $40.5 million as part of the agreement.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the $40.5 million guaranteed is the second-highest guaranteed amount for a non-edge-rushing linebacker in the NFL, behind C.J. Spiller.
The New York Jets have guaranteed Mosley $51 million.
Warner, a former third-round draft pick who was invited to the Pro Bowl for the first time last season after recording 125 tackles and two interceptions, declared earlier this offseason that he wants to be a “Niner for life.”
Warner has 366 tackles since 2018, and is one of only two players in the NFL with at least 250 solo tackles (252) and at least 15 pass breakups (16) in the last three years, alongside Seattle’s Bobby Wagner.