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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs by 2

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The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs - with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase.

NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time.

During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled due to the new coronavirus, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC. Three-fourths of the 32 owners needed to approve the change, and the vote was unanimous, football operations chief Troy Vincent said.

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Jaguars' Ngakoue again calls for trade

Disgruntled Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue made another public plea to be traded, this one on his 25th birthday.

Ngakoue said in a Twitter post Tuesday "why hold a man from taking care of his family. It's obvious my time is up in my current situation. Let's both move on."

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Bengals release starting CB Kirkpatrick

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals released starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, another move to overhaul their secondary after a 2-14 season.

Kirkpatrick was a first-round pick in 2012 and started 67 games in eight seasons. He missed 10 games last season with a knee injury.

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NFL invites prospects to remote draft

NFL vice president Troy Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks.

The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained the letter sent by the league's football operations chief to prospective early selections in the draft, which will be held remotely on April 23-25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Seahawks release S Thompson, TE Dickson

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks cleared a chunk of salary cap space by waiving safety Tedric Thompson and releasing veteran tight end Ed Dickson on Tuesday.

Both moves were expected after each player seemed to fall out of favor with the Seahawks and will clear more than $5 million worth of cap space for Seattle. According to

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Bears re-sign S Houston-Carson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have re-signed safety DeAndre Houston-Carson to a one-year contract.

Houston-Carson has played primarily on special teams since the Bears drafted him out of William & Mary in the sixth round in 2016. He appeared in all 16 games last season for the first time.

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Rams re-sign DB Deayon for 1 year

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams re-signed defensive back Donte Deayon to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Deayon appeared in three games last season for Los Angeles after he was signed from the practice squad to the active roster in November. He will have a chance to play an increased role in the upcoming season for the Rams, who didn't re-sign top nickel back Nickell Robey-Coleman.

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Free agent S Reid wants CBA invalidated

Free agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added following ratification of the pact earlier this month.

He is calling for an investigation and a re-vote.

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P Martin latest Lion to sign with Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) The Denver Broncos have finalized a three-year, $7 million deal with free agent punter Sam Martin, the third former Detroit Lions player signed by general manager John Elway this month.

Martin joins former Detroit teammates Graham Glasgow and Jeff Driskel in Denver. Glasgow, a guard and center, signed a four-year, $44 million deal and Driskel signed a two-year, $5 million contract to serve as quarterback Drew Lock's backup.

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