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Goodell, NFL working on 5-year extension

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Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between NFL owners and players, a process that's sure to be contentious.

The league is working on a five-year contract extension for Goodell, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal is not complete. Sports Business Journal first reported the contract negotiations.

Goodell's contract is up after the 2019 season. The new deal would cover the 2024 season. That's a clear signal of the trust the owners have in Goodell to help steer the league through another labor agreement, since the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season.

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Boldin retiring to bridge racial divide

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) A deadly, racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, caused Anquan Boldin to re-assess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.

In an interview Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Boldin said he's "uncomfortable" with how divided the nation is and wants to dedicate his entire focus to humanitarian and criminal justice causes.

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Broncos set to name Siemian starting QB

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the decision has told The Associated Press that Trevor Siemian will be named the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback after beating out Paxton Lynch.

The person requested anonymity to speak candidly prior to coach Vance Joseph's news conference at 3:15 p.m. EDT Monday in which he's expected to make if official.

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NFL signs 3-year deal to stream in China

The NFL has signed a three-year deal to make its games available through digital streaming in China.

Tencent Sports announced on Monday that it has partnered with the league to air live and on-demand select preseason games and Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games.

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Eagles hug sparks Bills OL to raise fist

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The sight of defensive end Chris Long putting his arm around Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins during the national anthem inspired Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson to make his own statement.

Jefferson raised his fist in what he called a silent, peaceful gesture protesting racial inequality before the Bills' preseason game at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

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Jets' Lee, Williams cleared of violation

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams have been cleared by the NFL of any violations of the league's personal conduct policy following a review of an incident at a musical festival in New York in June.

In a moment caught on video and splashed across social media, Williams stepped in front of Lee , who had an argument with a girlfriend, according to coach Todd Bowles. Williams then briefly lifted and forcibly removed his teammate from a potential altercation.

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Ravens alter practice for Pentagon tour

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have altered their practice schedule to visit the Pentagon.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Monday he was changing the team's schedule to allow for the tour. The Ravens' itinerary includes the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a visit to President John F. Kennedy's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery and a lunch at Patton Hall.

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Chiefs QBs enjoying excellent preseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It was fitting that Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray, on his first play after checking into a preseason game against Cincinnati, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Seantavius Jones.

Pretty much summed up the Chiefs' quarterback situation.

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Bills WR Matthews expects to play Week 1

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Getting traded by the Philadelphia Eagles wasn't easy on receiver Jordan Matthews. Getting hurt in his first practice with the Buffalo Bills didn't help.

Putting his emotions and frustrations aside, Matthews vowed Sunday that he'll be healthy, ready and focused to play in the season opener against the New York Jets in three weeks.

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Steelers' Conner impresses, Bryant plays

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma and a serious right knee injury to reach the NFL. He showed in his Pittsburgh Steelers debut Sunday that he plans to stick around for a while.

The rookie running back from the University of Pittsburgh broke off runs of 17 and 19 yards, leading to Bart Houston's go-ahead, 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 17-13 exhibition victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

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