Jaguars re-sign safety Jarrod Wilson to 3-year contract
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract.
Wilson was set to become a restricted free agent on March 13.
Wilson started the final two games this season, filling in for injured starter Ronnie Harrison. Harrison, a rookie and a third-round draft pick from Alabama, stepped into a starting role in place of waived veteran Barry Church.
Jaguars release benched veteran safety Barry Church
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have released Barry Church, a safety who was benched last month but who started 27 consecutive games over two seasons.
The Jaguars (4-9) made the move Friday and activated offensive tackle Josh Wells from injured reserve.
Jaguars will be without left tackle Josh Walker vs. Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jacksonville left tackle Josh Walker is out against the Tennessee Titans, an injured foot and ankle sidelining him for the fourth straight game.
Jaguars’ Church says London arrest ‘a misunderstanding’
LONDON (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Barry Church said his arrest, along with that of three teammates, at a London nightclub early Saturday morning was the result of a mistake.
Dallas Cowboys free agency capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE DeMarcus Lawrence; RB Alfred Morris; WR Brice Butler; T Byron Bell; G Jonathan Cooper; LBs Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber; LS L.P. LaDouceur; C Joe Looney; CB Bene Benwikere.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE David Irving; FB Keith Smith.
MINNEAPOLIS — An NFL player has to be ready for almost any question during Super Bowl week. Rob Gronkowski should have been ready for this one.
Gronkowski cleared to play in Super Bowl after concussion
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gronkowski participated fully in practice on Thursday. Defensive lineman Deatrich Wise also practiced after being cleared from the concussion protocol. Malcolm Butler (illness) and Brandon King (knee) also participated in the workout.
Patriots’ Gronkowski expects to play in Super Bowl
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he expects to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gronkowski has been in the league's concussion protocol after taking a hit from Jacksonville's Barry Church in the AFC championship game. He made his first public appearance on Tuesday night while playing former teammate and current Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount in a game of "Madden 18" at the Mall of America.
Brady, Gronk begin Super Bowl bye week on mend from injuries
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — In the two-week run-up to the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots will face plenty of questions about two things critical to the team's success: Tom Brady's right hand and Rob Gronkowski's head.
Brady answered most of the concerns about whether the hand injury would hinder him with a strong performance in New England's AFC championship game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski ruled out after vicious hit in AFC title game
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was knocked out in the first half of the AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after taking a vicious hit. He was ruled out of the game at the start of the fourth quarter with what was deemed a head injury.
On the ropes in first half, Patriots find a way out
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Sunday marked the 24th anniversary of Robert Krafts purchase of the Patriots. The team rewarded him with his ninth Super Bowl berth.
Jaguars practice for Pats without starters Gipson, Omameh
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson and guard Patrick Omameh missed practice Wednesday.
Gipson sat out because of a foot injury suffered in last weekend's victory at Pittsburgh. Omameh was held out of because of an undisclosed illness.
Jaguars ride offense, swagger to AFC title game
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't faced the New England Patriots in a game that matters in more than two years. That's OK. They know a pretty good place to go to get a heads up on their opponent in the AFC title game.
Jaguars Preview Capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-13)
New faces: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, SS Barry Church, RB Leonard Fournette, LT Cam Robinson.
Key losses: CB Prince Amukamara, LT Kelvin Beachum, SS Johnathan Cyprien, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, DT Roy Miller, TE Julius Thomas.
Cowboys Preview Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (13-4)
New faces: DE Taco Charlton, CB Nolan Carroll, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, WR/KR Ryan Switzer, QB Cooper Rush.
Key losses: QB Tony Romo, S Barry Church, CB Brandon Carr, CB Morris Claiborne, DT Terrell McClain.
Cowboys sign veteran Robert Blanton for depth at safety
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran safety Robert Blanton for depth after losing five-year starter Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency.
Blanton's addition Thursday puts him in a group that includes likely starters Byron Jones and Jeff Heath, although next week's draft could alter that outlook. Blanton is going into his sixth season as a fifth-round choice by Minnesota in 2012.
If teams could win Super Bowls in March, the Jacksonville Jaguars would be perennial champions.
For the second consecutive year, Jacksonville has been crowned champion of free agency.
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RB Latavius Murray, DT Dontari Poe visiting Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have two former Pro Bowl players visiting: Oakland running back Latavius Murray and Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
Both free agents were expected to wrap up visits Monday. It was unclear whether either would sign; both had other visits scheduled.
Murray ran for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the Raiders, including 1,066 yards and six touchdowns in his 2015 Pro Bowl season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Coughlin's resume, reputation and rings already are making a difference for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The team's new executive vice president of football operations played a pivotal role in landing one of the NFL's top free-agent classes. General manager Dave Caldwell even said Coughlin "was critical in us closing those deals."
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears say goodbye to Cutler, Jeffery; welcome underwhelming names
As NFL free agency opening acts go, Thursday’s was a real “No, they didn’t?”
The Houston Texans' swap with the Cleveland Browns shipping Brock Osweiler out of town was an NBA salary dump deal and I’ve never seen anything quite like it in the NFL.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars made another huge splash in free agency Thursday, signing three starters expected to make a decent defense dynamic.
The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
The Jacksonville Jaguars are spending big in free agency for the third consecutive year.
According to a person familiar with the deals, the Jaguars have agreed to terms with Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell and Dallas safety Barry Church. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars won't announce any deals until players sign contracts Friday.
Rookie stars Prescott, Elliott carry Cowboys into playoffs
OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (2), PASS (23)
DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (1), PASS (26)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING — Dak Prescott 3,667 yards, 23 TDs, 4 INT
RUSHING — Ezekiel Elliott 1,631 yards, 15 TDs
RECEIVING — Cole Beasley 75 catches, 833 yards, 5 TDs; Dez Bryant 50, 796, 8
INTERCEPTIONS — Barry Church 2
SACKS — Benson Mayowa 6, Maliek Collins 5, Tyrone Crawford 4 1/2
Vikings get WR Diggs, CB Newman back to face Cowboys
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have wide receiver Stefon Diggs (knee) and cornerback Terence Newman (neck) back in the lineup against Dallas. Both players were held out of the last game because of injuries.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant out after concussion in practice
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will miss the next preseason game after suffering a concussion in practice.
Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Bryant was hurt a day earlier when the receiver's head hit the shoulder pads of safety Barry Church. Garrett says Bryant was held out of the rest of that practice and will not play Thursday night at Seattle.
On his Twitter account Tuesday, Bryant promised Cowboys fans that he is OK.