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Jury awards $6M in Drew Brees diamond-fraud lawsuit

Fri Jun 21 11:47pm ET

Players: Drew Brees

In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks to reporters after the NFL football team's practice in Metairie, La. A jury has awarded more than $6 million to Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him over-priced diamonds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) A jury has awarded more than $6 million to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him over-priced diamonds.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says a Superior Court jury made the award Friday in a fraud suit Brees and his wife filed against a La Jolla jeweler last year. Brees wasn't in court.

The suit claimed that Vihad Moradi improperly valued gems they bought as an investment at $15 million when they were worth millions less.

Moradi denied the allegations in court.

Brees was a quarterback with the San Diego Chargers in 2002 until joining the Saints in 2006. He led them to the National Football League championship in 2009.

Last year, Brees set the all-time passing record for NFL quarterbacks.

Player Notes
Jadeveon Clowney May 27 10:10pm ET

Free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is in no rush to sign with a team, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The Browns and Seahawks have made offers to Clowney and the Titans have also been monitoring him, but he's in no hurry to sign with anyone. The former No. 1 overall pick is by far the biggest name still on the free-agent market. His slow market also has to do with teams wanting a physical for the six-year pro after he underwent offseason surgery for a core muscle injury that limited him to 11 starts in 2019 with Seattle. Cleveland apparently has been the most aggressive for Clowney, but it remains to be seen if he'll choose them. Clowney's sack numbers aren't impressive, but he is still plenty disruptive as a pass-rusher when he's healthy.

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Le'Veon Bell May 27 7:50pm ET

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell said that he "can't wait" to run behind the revamped offensive line. Last season was a struggle for Bell who finished with 789 rushing yards, which is his lowest since the 2015 season. The Jets were a bottom three team in numerous run game metrics last season. The organization has added four new players to their offensive line over the offseason. Fantasy owners who gave up on Bell last season may want to give him another chance to see what he can do with a better offensive line.

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Baker Mayfield May 27 7:30pm ET

Coming off a rocky second season in the NFL, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is taking a different approach heading into the 2020 season. "It's just time to work, do our thing, instead of talking about it," Mayfield said Wednesday. "This is the first media thing I've done, just because there's no need to be talking about it." Mayfield has been outspoken in his first two years, but he ranked second in the league with 21 interceptions last season. He's trying to let his play do the talking from now on. The signal-caller thinks he can improve in Kevin Stefanski's multiple-tight end, play-action-heavy offense this year. He has plenty of weapons around him to turn it around in 2020, and he'll have QB1 upside at a QB2 price.

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Quincy Enunwa May 27 6:20pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck) says that he is not giving up on playing in the NFL again. He will battling a career-threatening neck injury that will cost him the 2020 season. Enunwa missed the 2017 season with a neck injury and only played one game in 2019 before reinjuring himself. After the 2020 season he will have missed almost three of the last four seasons. The 27-year-old receiver wants to play again, but knows that isn't under his control. He is under contract through the 2021 season, but it's unclear if he'll actually play again.

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Dwayne Haskins May 27 6:00pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins is learning his second offense in as many NFL seasons, but has impressed the new coaching staff with his knowledge in virtual meetings. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Haskins is learning quickly and "speaking the language" of his offense, despite not being able to get on the field with the sophomore signal-caller. The former first-round pick is favored to start for Washington, but new head coach Ron Rivera said backup Kyle Allen would have an advantage in a QB truncated QB competition thanks to playing for Rivera in Carolina last season. Haskins struggled as a rookie, but showed promise down the stretch throwing five touchdowns to one interception in his last three games. Haskins is worth taking a flyer on as a backup QB in fantasy, and still has upside as a dynasty prospect.

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Myles Garrett May 27 5:30pm ET

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have been the most aggressive team in their pursuit of free-agent edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. The Browns apparently have the richest offer on the table for Clowney's services. While making an appearance on ESPN Cleveland's Next Level radio show, Schefter went on to state that he thinks Clowney is hesitant to play for Cleveland. The Browns would certainly love to add Clowney to bookend star pass-rusher Myles Garrett but they apparently will need to convince Clowney that Cleveland is the place for him to continue his career. It is possible that Clowney could still end up with the Browns as it gets closer to training camp.

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Aaron Jones May 27 5:20pm ET

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones, who is heading into the final year of his deal in 2020, would like to finish his career with the Packers, but he knows that might not happen. Jones tied for the league lead with 19 touchdowns last year, but the Packers also drafted A.J. Dillon in the second round this year. Jones' agent, Chris Cabott, said that contract talks have taken place with the club. The fifth-round pick in 2017 had 1,558 yards from scrimmage in 2019 and needed the fewest carries (236) by a Packers running back to reach 1,000 yards rushing since John Brockington in 1971. But Green Bay hasn't given a second contract to a running back they drafted since James Starks in 2010. Jones is the best back in Green Bay by far, but he could lose even more touches in what could become more of a committee approach. He's unlikely to put up that many TDs again either, so Jones is more of a low-end RB1/high-end RB2.

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Parris Campbell May 27 5:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (foot) said that he's 100 percent healthy heading into the 2020 season and has been for several months. Campbell played in just seven games (three starts) in his rookie season because of injuries, ultimately finishing with 18 receptions, 127 receiving yards and one touchdown. The second-round selection should see most of his snaps out of the slot in 2020 with Chester Rogers out of the picture, and the second-year wideout could be an excellent late-round value pick with Philip Rivers looking to him underneath now. But he'll obviously need to stay healthy in order to do so.

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Dak Prescott May 27 5:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that quarterback Dak Prescott has remained in communication with the team despite being in long-term contract negotiations with the front office. "He's involved in a business situation, and I have full confidence he will be ready to go. There has been communication. This is the way these business situations go sometimes, and you respect that," McCarthy said. Prescott has yet to sign his franchise tag, and the two sides still have until July 15 to hammer out an extension. Regardless of whether that comes to pass, Prescott is a top-five QB1 coming off a career season as the Cowboys signal-caller.

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Diontae Johnson May 27 4:00pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (groin) said on Wednesday that he injured his groin in Week 2 of last year, which led to surgery for his sports hernia in February. Johnson hasn't received full clearance to return to training, but he's hopeful that he'll get the clearance "in the next couple days." The second-year wideout has spent time with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this offseason and is focused on gaining chemistry with him. The 23-year-old had a solid rookie season, catching 59 passes for 680 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (12 starts), even with Big Ben suffering a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. Johnson is being undervalued as a WR2 and could return excellent value as the No. 2 behind JuJu Smith-Schuster in his second season.

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N'Keal Harry May 27 3:50pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry lost half of his rookie season in 2019 after suffering injuries last preseason. The first-round pick couldn't get on the same page with Tom Brady upon his return midseason. Harry had trouble separating from defenders and caught just 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. He was last among New England's wideouts with an average of 2.2 separation yards, according to Next Gen Stats. As a result, Harry is working with The Footwork King, Rischad Whitfield, in an intense offseason program. There's a focus on Harry playing higher and gaining more functional strength at the line of scrimmage. If the 22-year-old can become quicker with his feet with his excellent catch radius and size in the red zone, Harry could deliver on his first-round pedigree. He'll need to develop chemistry with Jarrett Stidham, but Harry should be in three-wide sets from the get-go in 2020.

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J.J. Watt May 27 2:40pm ET

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who has two years left on his current deal with no guaranteed money left, said he won't ask for a contract extension and doesn't think it's necessary. Watt prefers to prove his worth on the field after playing in just eight regular season games last year because of a torn pectoral muscle. The five-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro pass-rusher has played in just 32 regular season games in the last four years due to injuries, but we already know he is a game-wrecker when he's healthy. Watt remains a top-10 fantasy defensive lineman in IDP leagues, but his injury history and age (31) make him more of a boom/bust pick every year.

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DeForest Buckner May 27 1:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kemoko Turay, who was placed on Injured Reserve last year after fracturing his deltoid and tearing a ligament in his ankle, has been rehabbing on the field and is poised to be a major pass-rushing contributor in 2020. In 18 games over two seasons in the NFL, Turay has 5.5 sacks and 18 QB hits with the Colts. At 6-foot-5, 248 pounds, Turay has the quickness and bend around the edge to be a successful pass-rusher for Indy if he can stay on the field. Head coach Frank Reich "feels good" about where Turay is in his rehab, and he's been able to rehab at the Colts team facility. The second-round pick could become more of a complete pass-rusher while training with former Colt Robert Mathis. He could be a great complement to both DeForest Buckner and Justin Houston on Indy's defensive line.

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Minkah Fitzpatrick May 27 1:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick made an immediate impact when the team acquired him from the Miami Dolphins after Week 2 of the 2019 season. With Fitzpatrick getting thrown into the fire without knowing his new team's playbook, the Steelers had to limit their defensive packages. Despite the limitations, Fitzpatrick managed just fine in his new uniform, posting five interceptions, three recovered fumbles, and two forced fumbles. Now that Fitzpatrick has had the entire offseason to get familiarized with Pittsburgh's plays, he should be able to create even more problems for opposing offenses. Fitzpatrick with call the signals for the secondary this season as he will anchor a Steelers Defense that has loads of potential. The Steelers defense should be a high quality unit in fantasy in 2020.

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Gardner Minshew II May 27 12:50pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said that it's his job "to make it mesh" with quarterback Gardner Minshew II. "I love Gardner's competitive spirit. Now it's just a matter of him getting some general knowledge of our offense and me figuring out what he likes, what he doesn't like, what makes him tick and go from there," Gruden said. In Gruden's last season as an offensive coordinator with Cincinnati in 2013, Andy Dalton had a career-high 33 touchdowns and career-high 4,293 yards. Minshew is set to be the team's starter heading into 2020, even if they sign a veteran QB before the season. The sixth-round pick a year ago showed toughness and mobility outside the pocket, but the ceiling isn't high and he remains in a run-first offense. Draft him as a midrange QB2, at best.

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Adrian Peterson May 27 12:50pm ET

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner said, "I have a ton of respect for Adrian...There's a role for that type of back." Peterson will be entering his age-35 season and has over 14,000 yards on his legs, but proved to still be a solid option in 2019, running for 898 yards at a 4.3 yards per carry average. Turner gave the expected answers when asked about running back usage, saying that the team wants to "foster competition" and roll with "whoever gives [them] the best chance" to win. This may end up being a bit of a hot-hand situation, but it seems like Derrius Guice, Peterson, Antonio Gibson, and maybe even Bryce Love will have a role in this offense.

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Vonn Bell May 26 11:53pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals S Vonn Bell hurried the quarterback on 37.9 percent of his pass rushes as a member of the New Orleans Saints in 2019 - the highest rate among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes. Additionally, his pressure rate of 41.4 percent was the second-highest mark among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes.

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Brian Poole May 26 11:53pm ET

New York Jets CB Brian Poole hurried the quarterback on 33.3 percent of his pass rushes in 2019 - the third-highest rate among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes. Additionally, his pressure rate of 40.7 percent was also the third-highest mark among all defensive backs with at least 20 pass rushes.

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Kendall Fuller May 26 11:53pm ET

Washington Redskins CB Kendall Fuller hurried the quarterback on 28.6 9 percent of his pass rushes as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 - the third-highest rate among cornerbacks with at least 20 pass rushes. Additionally, his pressure rate of 38.1 percent was also the third-highest mark among cornerbacks with at least 20 pass rushes.

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Chuck Clark May 26 11:23pm ET

Baltimore Ravens S Chuck Clark finished in a tie for first among defensive backs with 78 pass rushes in 2019. He also rushed the passer on 18.1 percent of his 432 passing snaps - the highest percentage by any defensive back in the league with at least 20 rush opportunities.

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