Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman looks over his shoulder as he enters the batting cage during a baseball workout in St. Louis. Freeman does not know if he has time to be ready for the Braves' opener at the New York Mets. Following a scary journey in his battle with COVID-19, Freeman knows he is grateful to even have a chance. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
July 19, 2020 - 1:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman doesn't know if he has time to be ready for the Atlanta Braves' opener. Following a scary journey in his battle with COVID-19, Freeman is grateful to even have a chance. On Saturday, the four-time All-Star revealed he had a high temperature of 104.5 degrees early in...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan 4, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry runs against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, in Foxborough, Mass. The Titans face a deadline Wednesday afternoon, July 15, 2020, of reaching an extension with NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry or let him play this season under the franchise tag he signed in April. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 18, 2020 - 1:36 pm
The 60-game mini-season Major League Baseball assembled this summer was still long enough that a dozen or so health-concerned players, even a few stars, decided to skip it. The NFL's player pool is more than twice as big as MLB's, groomed for fundamental extreme-contact activities of blocking,...
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during an intrasquad game in baseball summer training camp Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 17, 2020 - 10:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The crowd noise was phony. Gerrit Cole’s scowl was real. The new ace gave up consecutive home runs to Mike Ford and Miguel Andújar in an intrasquad game as the pitcher and the public-address system's recorded crowd sounds tuned up for New York Yankees debuts. Those runs in the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green practices before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Cincinnati. The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green, giving them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.(AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
July 17, 2020 - 5:54 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Receiver A.J. Green signed his one-year, $17.9 million contract Friday after the deadline passed for agreeing to a long-term deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. The club used its franchise tag on Green, who missed all last season with an ankle injury. Green wanted a multiyear deal...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Garrett knows his ugly, helmet-swinging assault on Rudolph last season will always follow him. Speaking to reporters Thursday, July 16, 2020, for the first time since Nov. 14, Garrett, who was suspended six games by the NFL for his actions, touched on a wide range of topics during a 25-minute Zoom conference call. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
July 16, 2020 - 4:02 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett knows his shocking, helmet-swinging assault on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph last season will always follow him. It's part of his legacy, unwanted or not. He said he won't let it define him. “My life is bigger than one moment,” Garrett said Thursday. Speaking to...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks to throw in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Arlington, Texas. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry of Tennessee will play whatever becomes of the 2020 season under the one-year franchise tag after failing to reach long-term deals with their teams. Prescott is set to make $31.4 million after earning slightly more than $4 million under his four-year rookie contract. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year negotiated for more than a year without coming to terms on a deal. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
July 15, 2020 - 7:16 pm
Dak Prescott will play whatever becomes of the 2020 season under the one-year franchise tag after the Dallas Cowboys and their star quarterback couldn't agree on a long-term contract. Clubs had until Wednesday afternoon to reach multiyear deals with players given the franchise tag. Of the 14 tagged...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Browns are closing in on a massive contract extension with Garrett, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and one of the NFL's premiere edge rushers, and the team could have the deal completed in the next day or so, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
July 15, 2020 - 5:01 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett's on-field misbehavior last season damaged his public image. It didn't change how the Cleveland Browns feel about him. The team signed Garrett to a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher the NFL's highest-paid...
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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry speaks during a media availabiltiy after of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Baltimore. The Titans face a deadline Wednesday afternoon, July 15, 2020, of reaching an extension with NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry or let him play this season under the franchise tag he signed in April. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 15, 2020 - 4:27 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry, keeping the NFL rushing leader around and not playing under the franchise tag before the league deadline for an extension. The team announced the deal, saying only that it was a “multi-year extension.”...
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Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama watches team baseball practice from the dugout at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
July 15, 2020 - 2:38 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama. The first Japanese-born player in franchise history signed a three-year, $21 million deal during the offseason and is part of the team's extensive overhaul. Mike...
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July 14, 2020 - 1:54 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with defensive tackle Chris Jones on a four-year, $85 million contract extension that includes $60 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity...
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