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Raiders and Quarterback Derek Carr Agree on a 5-Year Extension

The Raiders will add five years to Carr’s current rookie deal, keeping him tied to the team through 2022.

Op-Ed Contributor: Ryan O’Callaghan and Finding Life Beyond the Closet

Coming out as gay is a necessary first step, but dealing with it is an even bigger step to take.

Larry Grantham, Defensive Captain of Champion Jets, Dies at 78

Grantham, an undersize linebacker, played 13 seasons with the New York Titans and the Jets, whom he helped upset the Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl.

Haunted by a Player’s Death, a Coach Walks Away From His Sport

Jeff Charles had been coaching football for 21 years, but his love of the sport diminished after a 16-year-old sustained a fatal blow to the head in a game.

On Pro Football: Kaepernick’s Free Agency Shows Another Divide: Between N.F.L. and N.B.A.

If Colin Kaepernick were a professional basketball player instead of a football player, he might already have a job.

First Claims Are Approved in N.F.L. Concussion Settlement

The payouts were for a qualifying diagnosis of A.L.S. ($5 million) and of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ($4 million).

Kyle Shanahan Heartened by 49ers’ Progress, and a Chance to Relax

Shanahan, hired as San Francisco’s coach the day after the Super Bowl, has been implementing his systems and looking forward to his first break in nearly 11 months.

Odell Beckham Jr. Defends Decision to Skip Voluntary Workouts

Beckham, one of the N.F.L.’s leading receivers, said he missed the Giants’ organized team activities so he could train on his own and reflect on life.

Jets Set to Release or Trade Eric Decker

Mike Maccagnan, the Jets’ general manager, said on Tuesday that they would cut Decker if they could not deal him away.

Hank Williams Jr. Is Coming Back to Monday Night Football

The country singer’s song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” was removed in 2011 after Williams made intemperate remarks about President Obama.

Cortez Kennedy, N.F.L. Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle, Dies at 48

Kennedy played 11 years for the Seattle Seahawks, going to the Pro Bowl eight times.

N.F.L. Relaxes Celebration Rules to Bring Some Fun Back

Certain on-field celebrations, including using the football as a prop, will be allowed. Overtime in the regular season will now be 10 minutes, not 15.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Signs With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitzpatrick, who has bounced around the league for 12 seasons, will back up the starting quarterback, Jameis Winston.

LeGarrette Blount Agrees to One-Year Deal With Eagles

Blount, who led the N.F.L. with 18 rushing touchdowns for the Patriots last season, gives the Eagles a bruising back to complement their group of speedy runners.

For Carson Palmer, Secret to Success May Be Throwing Less

The 37-year-old Cardinals quarterback has laid off passing in the off-season, and he plans to continue placing some limits on it in practices, to try to keep his arm fresh.

Yale Lary, a Force on the Detroit Lions’ Title-Winning Teams of the 1950s, Dies at 86

Lary, a Hall of Famer, was a safety and a punter. Although he was small, his “speed and quickness made him a real ballhawk,” said Raymond Berry, a Hall of Fame receiver for the Baltimore Colts.

Aaron Hernandez’s Murder Conviction Is Nullified

Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, died before his appeal was heard.

Will Your N.F.L. Team Get Better or Worse? You Can Bet on It.

In an example of regression toward the mean, a casino projects that 2016’s top seven N.F.L. teams will all win fewer games next season while the nine worst teams all win more.

The Jets Double Down on Several Positions, but Pass on a Quarterback

The Jets loaded up in the defensive secondary and at wide receiver, and announced that Devin Smith had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Giants Look to 2020 and Beyond in Drafting a Quarterback

Davis Webb of California can expect to sit behind Eli Manning for three years, but General Manager Jerry Reese says the third-round pick “has a high ceiling.”

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