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Lions hire ex-Chargers coach Lynn as OC

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have hired offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who led the Los Angeles Chargers for four seasons before being fired earlier this month.

Detroit added Lynn to first-year coach Dan Campbell's staff on Wednesday, days after hiring Aaron Glenn to be their defensive coordinator.

Lynn had a 33-31 record in the regular season and was 1-1 in the playoffs with the Chargers from 2017 to 2020. He was 0-1 as interim coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2016 when he also served as offensive coordinator for 14 games. Lynn played running back for Denver and San Francisco from 1993 to 1999.


Witten retiring again after 17 seasons

DALLAS (AP) Jason Witten says he is retiring again, apparently for good this time.

The longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end who spent his final season with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 told ESPN on Wednesday that he was walking away "knowing that for 17 seasons I gave it my absolute all."


Wheeler no longer a Seahawk after arrest

SEATTLE (AP) Former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was charged with first-degree domestic violence assault on Wednesday following his arrest last weekend.

Wheeler was additionally charged with domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest by King County Prosecutors. Wheeler is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 9. The first-degree domestic violence assault charge is a Class A felony in Washington. The domestic violence unlawful imprisonment charge is a Class C felony.


QB Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says "I don't think there's any reason why I wouldn't be back" with the Green Bay Packers next season.

But he added that his future isn't necessarily in his control.


Rams GM echoes uncertainty on QB Goff

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams are openly contemplating the possibility of a near future without quarterback Jared Goff.

General manager Les Snead on Tuesday echoed coach Sean McVay's pointed uncertainty last week about the prospects of Goff, the fifth-year starter who led the Rams to the Super Bowl two seasons ago.


Washington hires 1st Black female asst.

Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL.

She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay's assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan.


Bills have needs with little to spend

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) After three straight offseasons of making big splashes in transforming the Bills into AFC contenders, Brandon Beane isn't making any big promises this year.

Though the Bills have needs, with the general manager specifically emphasizing a desire to bulk up Buffalo's defensive line and improve a sputtering running attack, Beane stressed he's going to have to be more creative - and frugal.


Chargers' Hill eager for 1st shot at DC

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Renaldo Hill is getting his first opportunity to be a defensive coordinator, although he won't be thrown into the deep end of the pool just yet.

Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley will call the plays during games, allowing Hill to be able to progress at his own pace. It is a hierarchy Hill is used to. During his two seasons coaching defensive backs with the Denver Broncos, coach Vic Fangio called the plays while coordinator Ed Donatell handled things during the week.


No new confirmed positives among players

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Bills sign 13 to reserve-future deals

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Receiver Jake Kumerow was among 13 players signed by the Buffalo Bills to reserve-future contracts on Tuesday.

Kumerow appeared in six games for the Bills and scored a touchdown on his only catch of the season in a 48-19 win at Denver on Dec. 19. The third-year player was cut the following week and signed by New Orleans before being released by the Saints last week.

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