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QB Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks

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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.

Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers' 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers said after the game "there's a lot of guys' futures that are uncertain, myself included."


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.


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.


Lions hire Fipp to coach special teams

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions hired Dave Fipp has their new special teams coordinator.

The Lions announced the move Tuesday night. Fipp held the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles for the past eight seasons, which included the team's first Super Bowl title. In his eight seasons with the Eagles, they combined for nine kickoff and punt return touchdowns, tied for the second-most in the NFL.


Steelers QBs coach Canada promoted to OC

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't look very far to find a new offensive coordinator, promoting quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to the position on Monday to replace Randy Fichtner.

The Steelers opted not to renew Fichtner's contract following a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland. Pittsburgh will now turn to Canada - hired a year ago to help develop a relationship with Ben Roethlisberger and mentor young backups Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs - to inject some life into an offense that sputtered down the stretch. The Steelers lost five of their final six games following an 11-0 start and finished last in the NFL in both yards rushing and yards per carry.


Colts promote QBs coach Brady to OC

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts made it official Monday: quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

He will become the NFL's third Black offensive coordinator, replacing Nick Sirianni who took the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job last week. The other two Black offensive coordinators are Kansas City's Eric Bieniemy and Tampa Bay's Byron Leftwich. Those two teams will meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.


Chiefs believe they can still improve

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Travis Kelce has spent the better part of a month insisting the Kansas City Chiefs have yet to put everything together.

They still didn't in their AFC championship game win over Buffalo.


Arians' hiring key to Bucs' success

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) It took five coaching changes over a decade-plus of futility before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got it right, luring Bruce Arians out of retirement. Two seasons later, the 68-year-old quarterback expert has them in the Super Bowl.

Signing Tom Brady was a big part of solving the team's woes. So, was the offense-minded Arians' commitment to building a defense capable of giving him a realistic shot at transforming the Bucs from perennial losers into championship contenders.

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