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Broncos’ Vance Joseph Not to Be Fired Before End of Season, Mike Shanahan Not Being Considered

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The end of the Vance Joseph era in Denver will not be coming to an end prior to the end of the regular season.

Joseph’s tenure as head coach of the Broncos has been somewhat of a disaster, and he has, at times, seemed way in over his head, especially when botching key decisions.

Joseph made a baffling decision to kick a field goal instead of going for 1 on 4th down late in Sunday’s must win game.

Additionally, the Broncos are not currently considering former head coach Mike Shanahan as Joseph’s successor.

As follow up and talking to sources, I am confident about 2 things:
1. Vance Joseph will finish out the year as Broncos’ head coach. He will NOT be fired before season’s end.
2. Mike Shanahan will not be among candidates if/when Broncos conduct a HC search after season. #9sports https://t.co/bBI57Vjp2Y— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 17, 2018

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Chris Johnson Retires as Titan

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Former NFL running back Chris Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans so that he can retire with the team he has spent the best years, and the majority of his NFL career with.

Johnson also believes that if he was a feature back, he could still surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a complete NFL season

“Shoot, that’s not even a question” Johnson said, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans’ official team website . You put me in an offense where I’m the starting back, there’s no way I wouldn’t get 1,000 yards,” said Johnson. “I could still do it, but it’s time to move onto the next situation.”

“Tennessee, that’s the first organization that gave me a chance to make my dreams come true,” Johnson said. “I have so many great memories in Tennessee and was able to do so many things with the Titans. It’s an organization I always want to be considered a part of.

“I grew up in Tennessee. I went from being a kid to a grown man here. I might have grown up as a kid in (my hometown of) Orlando, but I was still a kid in Nashville when I got there. The team and the city, they’ve always shown me so much love. I have great memories from my days with the Titans, so many on the field and in the city. I’ve always loved Tennessee, and I always will because I’ve always felt so much love.”

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Bengals Pick Up Option on William Jackson

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The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson, according to an official team announcement.

A former 2016 first round pick, Jackson missed his rookie season due to injury, and played in a reserve role when he returned the following season.

Jackson became a starter in 2018, starting all 16 games for the Bengals and although he did not record a single interception, he was graded highly by Pro Football Focus for his coverage.

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Ravens, Justin Tucker Agree to Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Justin Tucker on a four-year, $23.05 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tucker’s new deal will include an $8 million signing bonus and $12.5 million fully guaranteed during the first two seasons of the new deal, a record for kickers.

Tucker’s new deal will keep him Baltimore through the 2023 season.

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