It’s probably no coincidence that Jones has a close friendship with Schnatter and owns 100-plus Papa John’s franchises.

Jones would undoubtedly press a new commissioner for an anthem mandate even at the risk of pushback from players who would counter by saying their constitutional rights are being curtailed.

Del Rio labels Raiders tackle Newhouse an ‘athlete’: One of the more amusing highlights of the Raiders’ Sunday night win in Miami saw tackle Marshall Newhouse recover a Derek Carr fumble and turn upfield only to be sent spinning by a big hit and fumble himself. Asked about that play, coach Jack Del Rio said: “You can see he’s an athlete. He was going to go at least another 4 or 5 yards.” Despite Del Rio’s praise, it’s tough to see the Raiders drawing up trick plays for Newhouse any time soon.

Addressing the pending Goodell contract extension, Jones wrote, “This is not the time for the League to undertake massive contractual obligations which are inconsistent with the League’s performance.”

Del Rio on Raiders offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse picking up a fumble and running before getting hit and fumbling himself: “You can see he’s an athlete. He was going to go at least another 4 or 5 yards.”

Browns general manager Sashi Brown on the botched trade for Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron: “It’s a lot simpler than what’s been written. Truly, this is just a matter of getting to a deal too late in the process… It just didn’t happen. It is truly that simple… Nothing we would ever do to try to make up a trade, to sabotage a trade, it just wouldn’t make any sense.”flyers_450937

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