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July 2020 news roundup

A lot happens on a daily basis in the football world. Sometimes it's hard to keep up as a one man operation, so I've decided the best way to handle it would be to introduce a new feature: monthly news updates. At the end of each month, I will create a post summarizing the football news from that month. Here is the first addition:

COVID-19 impact updates through July 10 can be found here


  • The Kansas City Chiefs signed QB Patrick Mahomes to a massive, yet team-friendly contract extension. He's already making some big time investments.

  • The Patriots signed Cam Newton

  • The team formerly known as the "Redskins" will go by "The Washington Football Team" in 2020. It is not considered the permanent new name.

  • The NFL has made some changes to the beginning stages of the 2020 season. Training camp rosters will be trimmed form 90 players to 80 or a team can choose to split the roster into 2 separate groups of 45. There will be NO preseason games.

  • Antonio Brown has once again been suspended.

  • Players have begun opting out of the 2020 season because of COVID. Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first.

  • Players paticipating in 2020 are going through daily COVID testing. Those who test positive or have come in close contact with a positive case will be placed on a reserve list.

  • ESPN reportedly has found its new Monday Night Football team.

  • The Buccaneers added another weapon to their already lethal offense.

  • Joe Burrow and more rookies have signed their first contracts.

  • The 49ers have extended the contract of general manager John Lynch.

  • Joey Bosa got a mega contract extension from the Chargers.

  • The Jets traded All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to Seattle for a HAUL.

  • Alex Smith was cleared by a doctor to return to Washington, but has not yet passed all the physical requirements of the team.

  • The Giants released kicker Aldrick Rosas after he was arrested for hit-and-run.

  • Veteran guard Kelechi Osemele has signed with Kansas City.

  • The Bears have traded TE Adam Shaheen to the Dolphins.

  • Former All-Pro DE Michael Bennett has retired.


  • The PAC-12 and SEC have announced 10 game conference-only football schedule in 2020, kicking off September 26.

  • Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley has opted out of the 2020 season.

  • Notre Dame will be a part of the ACC this season and be eligible to play in the conference title game.

  • Several Big Ten schools had COVID outbreaks. Rutgers has apparently traced theirs back to an on-campus party.

  • Indiana has resumed its offseason after a 2 week pause.

  • After initially having a high number of COVID cases, Clemson had none in the latest testing wave.

  • The NCAA will allow athletes to wear uniform patches for social justice causes

  • Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley has been given a contract extension. The Sooners have also moved their first game up to August 29.

  • Miami has named a former Houston star its starter at QB for 2020

  • The Big Ten is expected to announce its new 2020 schedule soon.

  • If you like to follow recruiting, you can find the commitments made so far here.

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