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Past articles by Matthew:

Odell Beckham Jr. ‘honing in’ on three teams: Report

There appear to be three final candidates for the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes. → Read More

Washington cuts kicker Chris Blewitt, signs Joey Slye

The Washington Football Team cut kicker Chris Blewitt on Tuesday and signed Joey Slye, parting ways with Blewitt after two games. Last week, coach Ron Rivera hardly endorsed Blewitt, telling reporters that he was the team’s kicker “for now.” → Read More

Ron Rivera is known for second-half surges, but faces long odds this season

As much as Ron Rivera has developed a reputation for leading his teams over the second half of seasons — just look at last year — the Washington coach knows as well as anyone that a late-season surge isn’t always the case. → Read More

Washington now in last place in NFC East

The Washington Football Team may not have had a game this weekend, but it still managed to lose in a way. → Read More

Peyton Manning, Broncos owner? ‘Not really on my radar,” former quarterback says

Denver's ownership situation has been in turmoil since the late Pat Bowlen died in 2019, and CBS Sports reported last month that Manning had "spoken with at least two suitors" amid a "strong sense" in league circles that the Broncos could be on the market next year. → Read More

Brandon Scherff, William Jackson III out against Broncos

The Washington Football Team ruled out guard Brandon Scherff and cornerback William Jackson III for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. → Read More

Washington to retire Sean Taylor’s No. 21 jersey

The Washington Football Team will retire the late Sean Taylor’s No. 21 jersey before Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Thursday. → Read More

No basketball for Kyrie Irving with Nets while unvaccinated

The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that star guard Kyrie Irving won’t participate in practice or play in games until he fulfills New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The city requires local athletes to have at least one dose of the vaccine in order to participate in their sport, and so far, Irving has not complied with the rule. → Read More

Report: Jon Gruden to resign as Raiders coach amid uproar over emails

Jon Gruden reportedly plans to resign as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after a series of leaked emails showed that he called Commissioner Roger Goodell a homophobic slur and used other derogatory remarks when corresponding electronically with former Washington team president Bruce Allen. → Read More

Lamar Jackson: Ravens got ‘monkey off our back’ with Chiefs win

The victory marked the first time in Lamar Jackson's four-year career that the Ravens had beat the Chiefs. Kansas City was previously 3-0 against Baltimore with Jackson. → Read More

Taylor Heinicke provides answers in ‘fortunate’ win over Giants

Thursday wasn’t pretty for the Burgundy and Gold. Coach Ron Rivera said the team was “fortunate” to get a win. The defense, for a second straight outing, had far too many breakdowns and penalties. Taylor Heinicke, the team’s starting quarterback in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, threw a bone-headed, almost-unfathomable interception with less than three minutes left backed up inside the 20. → Read More

Lamar Jackson putting contract negotiations with Ravens on back burner

Lamar Jackson is putting contract negotiations on the back burner with the Baltimore Ravens as the quarterback shifts gears to focus on the regular season, according to a report. → Read More

Ryan Fitzpatrick exits Washington game with injury

With 8:40 left in the second quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick was crushed on a hit by Chargers edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu. → Read More

Alex Smith on NFC East: ‘Without a doubt, Washington is class of the division’

Alex Smith made his debut with ESPN on Sunday, and the ex-Washington quarterback came out firing. → Read More

Tanya Snyder appears to confirm eight finalists for new Washington name

Washington co-CEO Tanya Snyder seemed to confirm the eight finalists for the franchise's new name in a recent interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter. The list has since been narrowed down to three names, though she didn't reveal which ones. → Read More

Tanya Snyder makes first extensive comments as co-CEO

In her first extensive interview since she was named co-CEO, Washington's Tanya Snyder said the past year has been "one of the most difficult" years in her and husband Dan Snyder's life in the wake of the team's sexual harassment scandal. → Read More

The new abnormal: The NFL returns, forever changed by COVID-19, social activism

When the NFL begins another season Thursday, there will be more fans at Raymond James Stadium to watch Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys than there were at the same site for Super Bowl 55 in February. After the stark, jarring images of games played in empty or near-empty stadiums last fall, the return of noisy, cheering fans is one step toward normalcy. → Read More

Tom Brady reveals he had COVID-19 in offseason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady revealed he contracted COVID-19 shortly after the team’s Super Bowl parade in February. → Read More

Longshots Jaret Patterson, Sammis Reyes bond over beating odds

In the flood of calls, texts, kudos and well-wishes from friends and fans that Jaret Patterson got after Tuesday’s good news, there was one that stood out. → Read More

Injuries, ‘scuttlebutt’ factor into Washington’s roster cutdown

Meetings already have begun ahead of Tuesday's cutdown deadline for teams to trim from 80 player to 53. → Read More