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Cardinals cut 3-time All-Pro WR Hopkins

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The DeAndre Hopkins era is over for the Arizona Cardinals, who are on the hook for quite an expensive breakup.

The Cardinals released the three-time All-Pro wide receiver in a salary cap move Friday after they failed to find a trading partner in the offseason.

Arizona made the move three seasons after acquiring Hopkins in a blockbuster trade with Houston and eventually signing him to a $54.5 million contract extension through 2024. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Hopkins would have counted close to $31 million against the cap this season.


Gruden among guests at Saints practice

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden was among a handful of invited guests who observed New Orleans Saints voluntary offseason practices this week.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed Gruden’s presence during the Saints’ first week of voluntary practices with new quarterback Derek Carr, who posted some of his best career passing numbers in Gruden-designed offenses. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the club did not publicly disclose the names of non-Saints coaches who attended practices.


Pats docked 2 OTAs for breaking CBA rule

The New England Patriots have been docked two days of organized team activities for violating NFL rules about offseason practices, a person familiar with the league’s decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the penalty wasn’t announced.


Jaguars sign K McManus, trade Patterson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Brandon McManus in hopes of upgrading their special teams Thursday, two days after Denver dropped the veteran kicker and former team captain.

The Jaguars initially waived kicker Riley Patterson to make room for McManus on their 90-man roster for McManus but eventually traded him to Detroit for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2026. Patterson was with the Lions in 2021 and during training camp in 2022.


Steelers aspire to hold game in Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have long-term plans to play a regular-season NFL game in Ireland, the team said Thursday during a visit to trumpet its long-standing ties with the Emerald Isle.

The Steelers touched down in Dublin days after the NFL gave the team marketing rights for Ireland and Northern Ireland, all part of the league's aggressive push to expand its audience internationally.


Raiders' Garoppolo likely out until camp

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) New Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is not taking part in organized team activities as he continues to recover from a broken left foot.

Coach Josh McDaniels said Thursday that Garoppolo could be held out until July when training camp begins.


WR Williams: Unaware of gambling policy

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions receiver Jameson Williams, suspended for the first six games of the season, said he was unaware of the NFL gambling policy that he violated.

“It hit me out the blue," Williams told reporters Thursday. “And, it hit a couple other players around the league and on my team out the blue.”


Broncos' Wilson tones down body, profile

There’s a lot less of Russell Wilson this offseason.

No more hype videos bombarding social media, no more chronicles of every globetrotting trip, no more merchandise pitches or cringey catchphrases.


Adams backs Raiders' GM, QB Garoppolo

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Davante Adams had a clear message to send Thursday, and he spent 2 1/2 minutes answering the first media question posed to him to show that he is fully on board for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Adams was quoted in The Ringer earlier this month appearing to question decisions made this offseason by the Raiders' front office. The most notable action by general manager Dave Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels was signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.


Expectations high for Giants TE Waller

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Less than two months after being acquired in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders, tight end Darren Waller has impressed his new teammates on the New York Giants.

The 2020 Pro Bowler has worked hard in the meeting rooms and indoor workouts, gotten to know his teammates and tried to fit in as the new guy on a team looking to build off a 9-7-1 season that got them to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.