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Report: Bears release veteran CB Buster Skrine

Report: Bears release veteran CB Buster Skrine

The Chicago Bears released veteran cornerback Buster Skrine, ESPN reported Monday, a move that will save the club $2.7 million in cap space.

Skrine signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal to join the Bears ahead of the 2019 season.

Skrine played in 12 games last season (three starts), finishing with 66 tackles, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.

He has nine career interceptions in 10 seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2011-14), New York Jets (2015-18) and Bears. He was selected by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.

Bears add ex-Texas coach Tom Herman to staff

Bears add ex-Texas coach Tom Herman to staff

The Chicago Bears added former Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman to their staff on Monday.

Herman's title is "offensive analyst/special projects."

Herman, 45, guided Texas to a 7-3 record in 2020 and a 32-18 record over four seasons.

He led the Longhorns to four straight bowl wins, including a 55-23 victory against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 29.

Four days later, Herman was fired and replaced by former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

Herman guided the Houston Cougars to a 22-4 record and two bowl appearances from 2015-16 before taking over in Austin. He also served as the offensive coordinator at Ohio State (2012-14), Iowa State (2009-11), Rice (2007-08) and Texas State (2005-06).

Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June

Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to return from toe surgery in time to participate in the Chiefs' minicamp in June, general manager Brett Veach said Monday.

Mahomes, 25, underwent surgery for turf toe on Feb. 10.

"It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful (he returns) somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."

Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of Kansas City's 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.

He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.

Also Monday, Veach said the Chiefs are hopeful starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz (back) and Eric Fischer (Achilles tendon) will be ready for training camp following offseason surgeries.

"I would probably say Pat's ahead of them just because of that type of injury and a quicker recovery," Veach said. "Hopefully we'll have all three ready to go by training camp."

Mahomes is 38-8 as a starter for the Chiefs, earning three Pro Bowl selections and the 2018 MVP award since he was drafted in the first round (10th overall) in 2017.

J.J. Watt, Cardinals agree to two-year deal

J.J. Watt, Cardinals agree to two-year deal

Star defensive end J.J. Watt took to social media on Monday afternoon to announce that he is joining the Arizona Cardinals.

Watt wrote on Twitter "source: me" while posting a picture of himself working out in a Cardinals shirt.

The Cardinals confirmed that Watt agreed to a two-year deal but didn't announce financial terms. Multiple media outlets reported Watt's contract is worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.

Watt ended what he termed as a "wild" free agency after asking for -- and receiving -- his release from the Houston Texans on Feb. 12.

Watt, who will turn 32 on March 22, will join former Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins with the Cardinals. Because he was released by the Texans, Watt is eligible to sign his contract now.

Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions during his 10 seasons in Houston. He was also a first-team All-Pro five times and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2017 after raising more than $37 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

He is the team's all-time leader in sacks with 101, tackles for loss (172), quarterback hits (282) and forced fumbles (25). He has 531 career tackles, 61 passes defensed and 16 fumble recoveries since the Texans made him the No. 11 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Watt played in 128 games with the Texans, despite losing chunks of three seasons to injuries. He played in just three games in 2016, five in 2017 and eight in 2019.

J.J. Watt spins news cycle with Peloton bio hints

J.J. Watt spins news cycle with Peloton bio hints

J.J. Watt sparked another cycle of news coverage around his free agency tour by hinting the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills could be his next destination.

Watt on Monday updated the bio on his Peloton training page with the words: "SB56...GB...CLE...BUF"

The Packers, Browns and Bills all have been connected to Watt in his first foray into free agency.

The update Monday appears in the overview section of Watt's bio for Peloton, the at-home bicycle trainer with a massive following.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has described his first foray into the open market as "wild."

Reports: QB Alex Smith, Washington Football Team to split

Reports: QB Alex Smith, Washington Football Team to split

Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team are parting ways this month, NFL Network reported on Monday.

Smith, 36, won the award for top comeback player in 2020 after returning to the field from multiple leg surgeries.

Releasing Smith would cost the Redskins $8.6 million of his $23.3 million cap hit in 2021.

Per the report, Smith plans to continue playing in the NFL if the opportunity exists.

The revelation comes one week after Smith said he spoiled Washington's plans by returning to the team last year.

"When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team's plan," Smith said in a GQ interview last month. "They didn't see it, didn't want me there, didn't want me to be a part of it, didn't want me to be on the team, the roster, didn't want to give me a chance. Mind you, it was a whole new regime, they came in, I'm like the leftovers and I'm hurt and I'm this liability. Heck no, they didn't want me there. At that point, as you can imagine, everything I'd been through, I couldn't have cared less about all that. Whether you like it or not, I'm giving this a go at this point."

Smith's 2020 salary of $16 million was fully guaranteed.

He began the season as Washington's third-string quarterback. The team turned to Kyle Allen after Dwayne Haskins was ineffective, then released, and Smith took over after Allen suffered a season-ending injury in Week 9.

Smith played in eight regular-season games, starting six, and completed 168 of 252 passes (66.7 percent) for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns. He was unable to play in Washington's wild-card loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a calf injury.

NFL veteran and broadcaster Irv Cross dies at 81

NFL veteran and broadcaster Irv Cross dies at 81

Irv Cross, a key member of The NFL Today and CBS Sports for more than two decades following a career as a player and coach, died Sunday near his home in Roseville, Minn. He was 81.

Previously diagnosed with mild cognitive dementia, Cross told the Philadelphia Inquirer two years ago that he intended to donate his brain to Boston University researchers so they could study it for CTE, the brain disease that has plagued many former NFL players. It has been linked to concussions and repeated blows to the head.

Cross played for Ara Parseghian at Northwestern from 1958-1960 then was drafted in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent six years with the Eagles and three with the Los Angeles Rams. He was twice voted to the Pro Bowl before spending two seasons as an assistant coach.

In 1971 Cross was hired by CBS Sports as a game analyst. Four years later, CBS took a gamble putting together Cross, Brent Musburger, Phyllis George and Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder for what would become a legendary pregame show. Cross became the first Black network sports show anchor, on what became the first live pregame show. Previous pregame packages were taped.

His role grew to include coverage of other sports for the weekly CBS Sports Spectacular. He was the first Black recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award in 2009 and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"All of us at CBS Sports are saddened by the news of Irv Cross' passing," CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a release. "Irv was a pioneer who made significant contributions to the storied history and tradition of CBS Sports and, along with Phyllis George and Brent Musburger, set the standard for NFL pregame shows with The NFL Today. He was a true gentleman and a trailblazer in the sports television industry and will be remembered for his accomplishments and the paths he paved for those who followed."

Cross is survived by his wife Liz and four children.

Report: WR Josh Gordon signs with FCF league

Report: WR Josh Gordon signs with FCF league

Former NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a new team -- the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football league, team owner Bob Menery told ESPN on Saturday.

Gordon will join Johnny Manziel -- his former teammate on the Cleveland Browns -- on a squad that competes in a 7-on-7 game in which fans set the rosters and call plays in a league that combines traditional football with esports.

The FCF league is amid a six-week season and its games, which are held on a field 50-by-35 yards with a 10-yard end zone, are live-streamed on Twitch from a facility in Atlanta.

The league's players are from the FBS and FCS college levels, along with the CFL, XFL and the Indoor Football League, though the Heisman Trophy-winning Manziel is the league's biggest name.

In January, Gordon, who was with the Seattle Seahawks, was suspended indefinitely after the NFL rescinded his conditional reinstatement and he was removed from the roster. Gordon violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy, which caused for his reinstatement to be revoked, according to ESPN.

Gordon, who had signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks prior to the 2020 season, was reinstated this past December, but he didn't play this past season. He has been suspended six times since the 2013 season.

Gordon has 247 catches for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns in 63 NFL games.

The Browns took him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft out of Baylor.

In his second year in the NFL in 2013, Gordon became the first Browns player to lead the NFL in receiving yards, finishing with a team-record 1,646 yards on 87 receptions. He also was the first receiver to amass more than 200 yards receiving in consecutive games, which he did against the Jaguars and Steelers, that season en route to being named first-team All-Pro.

He played in five games the following season before he was suspended for the next two seasons for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He returned to the Browns in 2017 and hasn't posted more than 737 yards in a season since 2018, as his career also included a stop in New England.

Texans release RB Duke Johnson

Texans release RB Duke Johnson

Running back Duke Johnson was released by the Houston Texans on Friday.

According to multiple reports, Johnson was let go by the Texans as the team tries to dodge the full $5.025 million salary cap hit for 2021, the final year on his three-year deal with the team.

Johnson, 27, signed a three-year, $15.6 million deal in 2018 after four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

In 2021, he was due a salary of $4,650,000 with a roster bonus of $275,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000, according to spotrac.

The makeup of the Houston backfield is in flux with quarterback Deshaun Watson demanding a trade. Running back has been a position of extreme turnover in recent years with Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue, David Johnson and Duke Johnson among the players the franchise turned to over the past three seasons.

David Johnson, acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in the DeAndre Hopkins trade in 2020, turns 30 in December. He's in the final year of a three-year, $39 million deal he signed with the Cardinals and has a cap hit of $8.812 million, according to spotrac.

Report: Ravens OT Orlando Brown drawing trade interest

Report: Ravens OT Orlando Brown drawing trade interest

Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown covets a role at the exclusive left tackle position and is pushing for a trade out of Baltimore.

Brown made his desire public via social media, and reports indicate the Ravens are amenable to a deal. ESPN reported the Jacksonville Jaguars are among the teams who kicked the tires on a trade for Brown.

Brown was drafted to play right tackle out of Oklahoma. He moved to left tackle for the final 10 games of the 2020 season due to an injury to Pro Bowl starter Ronnie Stanley.

The Ravens signed Stanley to a five-year, $98.75 million contract extension in October.

The 24-year-old Brown was a third-round pick in 2018. He's entering the final season of a four-year, $3.49 million deal with the Ravens.

He has never missed a game as a pro, including 18 starts last season (playoffs included).

Report: Texans will not use franchise tag on Will Fuller

Report: Texans will not use franchise tag on Will Fuller

The Houston Texans will not place a franchise tag on wide receiver Will Fuller, likely prompting his departure via free agency, according to a report Thursday from the Houston Chronicle.

The 26-year-old Fuller had career highs with 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in only 11 games in 2020. But his breakout season came to a sudden stop when the NFL suspended him for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Fuller's suspension will carry over into Week 1 of the 2021 season.

The likely departure of Fuller marks the latest change in a busy offseason for the Texans, who already cut ties with star defensive end J.J. Watt. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly also has requested a trade.

Houston drafted Fuller in the first round (No. 21 overall) out of Notre Dame in 2016. He has 209 career receptions for 3,110 yards and 24 touchdowns in 53 career games (52 starts).

Deshaun the Dolphin? Miami favored to acquire Texans' QB

Deshaun the Dolphin? Miami favored to acquire Texans' QB

With Deshaun Watson reportedly telling new coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the Houston Texans again, the Miami Dolphins are favored to be the quarterback's next NFL destination.

The Dolphins have an interesting trade piece in 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa and are the +250 favorites by to land Watson this offseason. They are narrowly ahead of the Denver Broncos and New York Jets at +300.

The Broncos with Drew Lock and the Jets with Sam Darnold are each evaluating their quarterback situation this offseason and are viewed as potential landing spots for veterans on the move. However, neither team is among the four that Russell Wilson's agent reportedly told ESPN his client is willing to go to if traded by the Seattle Seahawks.

Watson reportedly met with Culley late last week and reiterated his desire to be moved by Houston.

Among his issues with the franchise, Watson was unhappy with the trade of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last year and with not being consulted on the hiring of a new general manager this offseason.

However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

Other teams expected to be in the Watson sweepstakes by include the Carolina Panthers (+600) and the Chicago Bears, Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles, each at +1200. The Panthers' odds have shortened from +1200 when the sportsbook installed Watson trade odds in January.

With Wilson's developing situation in Seattle, the Seahawks' odds have shortened from +10000 to +5000 to acquire Watson.

Deshaun Watson next team odds:

Miami Dolphins +250

Denver Broncos +300

New York Jets +300

Carolina Panthers +600

Chicago Bears +1200

Washington Football Team +1200

Philadelphia Eagles +1200

San Francisco 49ers +1500

Dallas Cowboys +1500

New England Patriots +2000

New Orleans Saints +2000

Las Vegas Raiders +2000

Jacksonville Jaguars +3000

Minnesota Vikings +4000

New York Giants +4000

Cleveland Browns +4000

Atlanta Falcons +5000

Seattle Seahawks +5000

Tennessee Titans +5000

Pittsburgh Steelers +6600

Los Angeles Chargers +7000

Cincinnati Bengals +7000

Arizona Cardinals +7000

Baltimore Ravens +7000

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +10000

Buffalo Bills +20000

Green Bay Packers +20000

Kansas City Chiefs +50000

The Detroit Lions (Jared Goff), Indianapolis Colts (Carson Wentz) and Los Angeles Rams (Matthew Stafford) are not being offered as potential Watson destinations as they have agreed to acquire new starting quarterbacks in trades that cannot be made official until the league year begins next month.

Titans release WR Adam Humphries

Titans release WR Adam Humphries

The Tennessee Titans waived wide receiver Adam Humphries on Thursday, a move that saves the team $4.5 million in cap space.

Humphries had two years left on a $36 million deal he signed with the Titans in 2019. His release leaves $5 million in dead money for this season.

Humphries, 27, played in just seven games (one start) in 2020. Lingering effects from a concussion suffered in Week 8 effectively ended a season that was also cut short with a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was put on injured reserve Dec. 8.

He had 23 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns, ending his tenure in Tennessee with 60 total catches.

He had 219 catches with nine touchdowns in four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Report: NFLPA chief tells agents to collude on free-agent offers

Report: NFLPA chief tells agents to collude on free-agent offers

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told player agents they should collude on free-agent offers to keep teams honest on the reduced salary cap, ESPN reported.

Smith made the comments during an all-agent seminar on Thursday, ESPN reported, citing a person on the videoconference.

Smith expects the 2021 salary cap to be close to the $180 million floor negotiated by the league and the NFLPA, per the report. The cap was $198.2 million last year, prior to the coronavirus pandemic slashing team and league revenues.

Smith told the agents it's OK to work together to get best possible terms for players, per the report.

While teams are not allowed to collude, there's no law against players exchanging information, per the report.

Report: Deshaun Watson tells new coach he wants out of Houston

Report: Deshaun Watson tells new coach he wants out of Houston

Disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson met with new head coach David Culley late last week and told him he has no intention of playing for the team again, ESPN reported Thursday.

It's the latest nugget in the staredown between Watson and the Texans that began more than a month ago.

Watson's unhappiness with the team began with the process around the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio. He reportedly was unhappy with the Texans after the team did not consult with him before hiring Caserio.

Watson's issue reportedly wasn't with Caserio, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn't vet any of Watson's recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio's hiring on social media.

The hiring of Culley, who is Black, did nothing to change Watson's outlook, a sentiment he reportedly shared directly with Culley last Friday when they met.

However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.

Watson posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday, saying "loyalty is everything. Don't you EVER forget it."

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

Raiders favored to land Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Raiders favored to land Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

The Las Vegas Raiders have emerged as the favorites to land Russell Wilson should the Seattle Seahawks trade their disgruntled franchise quarterback.

The Raiders were installed as the 5/1 favorite on Feb. 9 by to acquire Wilson. That was after the quarterback said in multiple interviews that he was not happy with the amount of sacks he takes in Seattle and wanted a voice in personnel decisions.

That reportedly did not sit well with the Seahawks' front office. Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that his client has not demanded a trade but if one was considered, the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears are "the only teams he would go to."

Thursday's developments drove the odds of Las Vegas landing Wilson down to 4/1 at

The Miami Dolphins are second at 7/1, followed by the Washington Football Team (8/1), Cowboys (10/1), Saints (12/1) and New York Jets (12/1).

Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, his agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN. Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.

However, the sportsbook is still offering Wilson as the 1/5 favorite to be the Seahawks' starting quarterback in Week 1 compared to 7/2 that it will be someone else.

Wilson, 32, has three years left on a four-year, $140 million contract he signed in April 2019. That deal includes a no-trade clause, giving Wilson veto power over any potential trade.

The Saints are considered a longshot due to salary cap issues, while the Cowboys are trying to work out a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, who played last season under the franchise tag.

The Bears are facing a major decision at quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky a pending free agent and veteran Nick Foles failing to hold onto the starting job last season.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has continued to back incumbent starter Derek Carr while Las Vegas has reportedly fielded calls from other teams interested in backup Marcus Mariota.

Russell Wilson's next team odds by

Las Vegas Raiders 4/1

Miami Dolphins 7/1

Washington Football Team 8/1

Dallas Cowboys 10/1

New Orleans Saints 12/1

New York Jets 12/1

Denver Broncos 15/1

Chicago Bears 15/1

Carolina Panthers 15/1

New England Patriots 15/1

San Francisco 49ers 20/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 25/1

Philadelphia Eagles 40/1

Minnesota Vikings 40/1

Cleveland Browns 40/1

New York Giants 50/1

Houston Texans 50/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 50/1

Atlanta Falcons 50/1

Tennessee Titans 50/1

Detroit Lions 50/1

Los Angeles Chargers 70/1

Cincinnati Bengals 70/1

Los Angeles Rams 70/1

Arizona Cardinals 70/1

Indianapolis Colts 80/1

Baltimore Ravens 100/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1

Green Bay Packers 200/1

Buffalo Bills 200/1

Kansas City Chiefs 500/1

Broncos release DE Jurrell Casey

Broncos release DE Jurrell Casey

The Denver Broncos released five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jurrell Casey, the team announced Thursday.

Casey spent one season with the Broncos after being acquired from the Tennessee Titans in March for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 31-year-old Casey recorded 14 tackles while starting three games in 2020 before sustaining a torn biceps that ended his season.

The move to part ways with Casey will save the Broncos $11,874,750 in 2021 salary cap space and $13.85 million in 2022, per Spotrac.

Casey started 137 of his 139 games with the Titans from 2011-19 since being selected by Tennessee with a third-round pick in 2011.

Casey's career totals through 142 games (140 starts) include 507 tackles, 117 quarterback hits, 51 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

Report: Russell Wilson, Seahawks split could happen 'soon'

Report: Russell Wilson, Seahawks split could happen 'soon'

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are headed for divorce, according to a detailed report by The Athletic on Thursday.

"Some people around the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future," per The Athletic.

Wilson could command up to three first-round picks, per multiple reports, and the 32-year-old has three years left on a four-year, $140 million deal he signed in April 2019.

The Athletic reported the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints all have a level of interest in Wilson.

In a wide-ranging deep dive into the rift between Wilson and the Seahawks, the report focuses on a difference of opinion between Wilson and the organization about the design of the offense and personnel on the offensive line.

Wilson responded to reports of his frustration with the Seahawks following the Super Bowl, a game he attended as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year as a guest of commissioner Roger Goodell. Wilson told "The Dan Patrick Show" he was increasingly concerned about the nearly 400 career sacks he's taken in nine seasons.

"That's a big thing that we gotta fix. That's gotta be fixed," Wilson said.

The Athletic report said Wilson had been firing off testy text messages to Jake Heaps, a former teammate and private passing coach, during the game. It was a simmering position for Wilson that boiled over during a meeting The Athletic said ended in Wilson storming out of the room before the Seahawks played Arizona on Thursday night in November 2020.

Per the report, Wilson gave the team an outline of his ideas to fix the offense but head coach Pete Carroll shook him off.

Within the new report, several sources are interviewed and there is blame assessed from those sources on either side.

One attributed comment from former running back Robert Turbin, who was in Wilson's wedding, indicated the quarterback's well-being is at the center of the issues.

"The reason that we're here is because he's on pace to be the most sacked quarterback in the history of the NFL," Turbin told The Athletic.

But another source, pointing to a two-game stretch in which Wilson committed seven turnovers and Carroll scaled back the offense, sided with Seattle.

"He's finally catching heat. That's the main reason for all of this," the source is quoted as saying.

A coach from another team said "It's a great story. There is a lot there. Money, greed, power and control."

Free agent J.J. Watt reportedly has $15M-$16M offer

Free agent J.J. Watt reportedly has $15M-$16M offer

Free agent J.J. Watt received at least one offer for $15 million to $16 million annually, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Watt was released by the Houston Texans at his request and the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has described his first foray into the open market as "wild."

Several teams have been connected to Watt, who was a first-round pick out of Wisconsin and spent his entire career to this point with the Texans.

The home-state Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills are rumored to be contenders.

Watt might not be basing his decision entirely on money, considering his contract with the Texans would have paid him $17.5 million in 2021.

Watt turns 32 on March 22 and ESPN reported he has received "multiple offers."

Reports: Patriots delay season-ticket deadline, anticipate fans in 2021

Reports: Patriots delay season-ticket deadline, anticipate fans in 2021

The New England Patriots not only hope to host fans during home games during the 2021 season, the team is shooting to fill Gillette Stadium after having no fans in 2020.

The Patriots have delayed the due date for season-ticket payments from March until June in anticipation that fans will be welcomed back to the stadium at the start of the season, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The reports state the team sent a letter to prior season-ticket holders and is "very optimistic that we will have fans in the stands and hopeful that we will be able to do so at full capacity."

Ticket prices will also reportedly not be increased in 2021. The Patriots will notably host the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium this upcoming season.