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Texans’ Watt engaged to soccer player Ohai

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Houston Texans linebacker J.J. Watt announced his engagement to professional soccer player Kealia Ohai on Sunday night.

Watt, 30, posted photos of the proposal to his social media accounts.

The couple first confirmed they were dating in October 2016.

Ohai, 27, is the captain of the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League and has made three appearances for the United States women’s national team.

Her sister, Megan, is married to Watt’s former Texans teammate Brian Cushing.



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Cardinals release CB Amerson in surprise move

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The Arizona Cardinals released veteran cornerback David Amerson on Thursday, a surprise move as the team wrapped up its offseason workouts.

Amerson, 27, had been considered a favorite to start at one of the team’s outside cornerback spots with Patrick Peterson suspended for the first six games of the season for a violation of the PED policy. Robert Alford, who signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals earlier this offseason, is expected to start at the other outside cornerback spot.

The Cardinals also have rookie cornerback Byron Murphy, who they selected with the first pick of the second round of the 2019 draft, and veteran Tramaine Brock on their depth chart.

Amerson signed with the team last November and appeared in six games, including five starts.

The six-year veteran has appeared in 74 games (61 starts) for three teams in his NFL career.

He has nine interceptions, 65 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 273 tackles since the Redskins selected him in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 draft.

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Eagles promote Weidl to replace Douglas

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The Philadelphia Eagles have promoted Andy Weidl to vice president of player personnel, succeeding Joe Douglas, who was hired as the general manager of the New York Jets, the team has now confirmed via its website.

Weidl has served as the Eagles director of player personnel under Douglas and Howie Roseman, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.

Douglas wanted Weidl to join him with the Jets but Roseman countered by signing Weidl to a new contract to step into Douglas’ role.

Douglas was aware hiring Weidl away from the Eagles was unlikely, sources said.

Roseman still has a deep personnel department, which includes senior adviser Tom Donahoe, as the Eagles adjust to the departure of Douglas.

Douglas still has several personnel options to navigate while assembling his own staff with the Jets. One of those options includes Phil Savage, former Browns GM who worked with Douglas as the Ravens’ lead personnel man under GM Ozzie Newsome.

Douglas, Savage and Weidl all served with the Ravens as scouts.

Daniel Jeremiah, another coveted former Ravens, Browns and Eagles scout, made a decision more than a week ago that he would remain with the NFL Network as its lead draft analyst.

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Pats pick up another tight end in trade with Lions

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots, thin at tight end since the retirement of Rob Gronkowski in March, have acquired third-year tight end Michael Roberts in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions are getting a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020 in return, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In the search to replace Gronkowski, four-year veteran Matt LaCosse was taking No. 1 reps in mandatory minicamp. He had a career-high 24 receptions with the Denver Broncos last season.

Veteran Benjamin Watson figures to be part of the mix, but he will miss the first four games of the season due to an NFL suspension. Stephen Anderson, who spent the 2018 season on New England’s practice squad, rounds out the top of the depth chart along with 2018 seventh-round pick Ryan Izzo.

The Patriots inherit Roberts’ contract, which has two years remaining. Roberts is due to earn a base salary of $645,000 in 2019 and $735,000 in 2020. The Lions selected him in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft out of Toledo. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Roberts has played in 23 regular-season games over the past two years, totaling 13 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

After Roberts struggled with injuries last season while appearing on the cusp of a breakout multiple times, Detroit worked to revamp the tight end room over the past six months. That included drafting T.J. Hockenson in the first round and Isaac Nauta in the seventh and signing free agents Jesse James and Logan Thomas. The quartet of new faces left Roberts in a tough spot in order to make the roster.

“Obviously with the tight end position, kind of in the conversation here, we have good competition in the room right now,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “We had an opportunity to move on from Mike and hopefully, potentially get something for it. So it was a good opportunity for us as a team to do that and build our team long term. There’s always situations, too, when roster movement happens that may affect the overall total number. We are currently at 89, we are not at 90. So we do have an open roster spot at the moment.”

This is the latest in a litany of trades made between the Lions and Patriots since former New England staffer Bob Quinn took over as Detroit’s general manager in 2016 — including trading linebacker Kyle Van Noy to New England and making moves during various NFL drafts.

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