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David Johnson reworks deal for 2021 with Houston Texans, source says

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The Houston Texans restructured running back David Johnson‘s contract, which now will be worth up to $6 million in 2021, including $4.25 million fully guaranteed at signing, a source told ESPN.

Johnson might have been a salary-cap casualty if he had not restructured his contract.

Johnson would have been owed nearly $9 million in 2021, of which just $2.1 million was guaranteed, before agreeing to the restructured deal.

Houston traded for Johnson in March 2020 in a deal that sent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson ran for 691 yards and six touchdowns last season on 147 carries. He played in only 12 games, missing three with a concussion and one while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

When the Texans traded for Johnson a year ago, the deal was done by former general manager and head coach Bill O’Brien, who was fired in October. At the time, Johnson was coming off the lowest production of his career and given the keys to the Houston backfield.

The Texans released pass-catching running back Duke Johnson last week.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jeremy Fowler and Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.

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Kyle Van Noy ‘surprised’ as Miami Dolphins plan to move on after signing him to 4-year deal in 2020

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DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins are moving on from linebacker Kyle Van Noy just one year after he signed a four-year, $51 million deal in free agency.

Van Noy released a statement Tuesday afternoon through NFL Network that he was informed of his release and was “surprised and disappointed” with the Dolphins’ decision. He mentioned he gave his all to Miami in his one season there as a captain and fought through a painful hip injury.

Van Noy, 29, has not officially been released yet while the team explores the trade market, a source told ESPN, though if a trade isn’t found his release will happen in the coming days. Van Noy’s departure will save Miami $9.75 million in cap space, raising their total to over $36 million.

Talks have been ongoing for days about Van Noy and a source told ESPN the Dolphins discussed a pay cut scenario with Van Noy’s representatives. That isn’t happening.

Van Noy has a $12.5 million salary in 2021 that was guaranteed for injury only so the Dolphins would save that full amount and leave $4.125 million in dead cap on the books. His deal will end up being for one-year, $15 million in Miami.

There has already been some player interest in the news, with New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty tweeting at Van Noy, suggesting he return back home to Foxborough where he spent the previous four seasons before signing with the Dolphins.

Van Noy, who played both inside linebacker and edge rusher for the Dolphins, had 69 tackles and six sacks in an up-and-down 2020 season.

Second-year linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, who burst onto the scene for Miami notching 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, should assume a larger role in place of Van Noy.

The Dolphins are also likely to explore both free agency and the draft for versatile linebackers and edge rushers to help the NFL’s No. 6 ranked defense last season.



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Lawyer seeking ‘most serious charges’ against ex-Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An attorney for the family of a 5-year-old girl critically injured in a crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid says the girl suffered a devastating brain injury that has left her unable to speak or walk.

Ariel Young likely has permanent brain damage “that she will endure for the rest of her life,” attorney Tom Porto said in an interview broadcast Tuesday with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive,” Porto said.

The girl has been hospitalized since the Feb. 4 crash, when police say Reid’s truck slammed into two vehicles on the side of a highway entrance ramp near Kansas City’s NFL training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium, injuring Ariel and another child inside one of the cars.

Reid is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and had been the team’s outside linebackers coach at the time of the crash. He was initially placed on administrative leave immediately following the crash, but is no longer employed by the team after his contract was not renewed in the days after the crash. He did not travel with the team to Tampa, Florida, for the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, which Kansas City lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Police have said Britt Reid admitted to investigators to having had “two or three drinks” along with prescribed Adderall before the crash.

Authorities have said they are still awaiting toxicology reports in the case, and no charges have been filed.

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