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NFL's Brandon Marshall Ain't Retiring! I'll Be Signed By Next Week!

5/23/2018 6:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

He may not have a job, but stud NFL receiver Brandon Marshall says his unemployment won't last long ... essentially telling TMZ Sports he'll be on an NFL roster by next week. 

We spotted the 34-year-old leaving the Paley Center in NYC Tuesday night -- where we started talking about all things football ... including the drama with the Patriots and Tom Brady

But, the most interesting part ... when Marshall smirked and told us about his career plans -- "I'm just trying to enjoy my last week of being unemployed."

Marshall was released by the NY Giants back in April after an ankle injury ruined most of his season. 

We brought up rumors about the 49ers being interested in him ... and he didn't exactly shut that down, even praising Jimmy Garoppolo!

Then again, he also likes Seattle, Green Bay and the New York Giants!

Guess we'll find out next week ... 

Baker Mayfield's GF Quits Her L.A. Job ... Moving to Cleveland

5/22/2018 4:32 PM PDT
Breaking News

Baker Mayfield's girlfriend is following Khloe Kardashian's lead ... picking up and moving out of Los Angeles to follow her superstar boyfriend to Cleveland. 

Emily Wilkinson has only been dating the Cleveland Browns QB for a couple of months -- but clearly, she feels the relationship is serious enough to move with him for his new job. 

But that means, she's quitting her own job -- as a patient coordinator at a fancy plastic surgery center in Beverly Hills. 

"I'm excited to say I'm only leaving Galanis Plastic Surgery because I'll be starting a new adventure with this guy in Cleveland," Emily said.

She called the move "bittersweet" and said the surgery center has been her "favorite job ever."

No word if she'll look for a new job in surgery in Cleveland -- or just be Baker's #1 cheerleader. 

As for Baker, he's expected to sign a $33 million rookie contract ... and let's face it -- if you were Emily, you'd probably move to Cleveland too! 

Chris Christie To New Jersey: 'You'll Be Betting By June!!'

5/22/2018 1:40 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

People of the Garden State rejoice!!! Chris Christie says you'll be betting on sports in no time ... telling TMZ Sports New Jersey will be making wagers in a matter of DAYS!! 

Now that the Supreme Court ruled to eliminate the federal ban on sports gambling ... we asked the man behind the charge when people from his home state will be able to start gambling.

"You'll be betting by June," Christie tells us.

It's a huge turnaround on such short notice ... but CC makes it clear he doesn't want to take all the credit for making it happen.

"Listen, it's New Jersey's success. People in New Jersey paid to fight it for 6 years and we got it done."

Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee Pregnant ... But, Who's the Dad?

5/22/2018 12:03 PM PDT
Breaking News

The woman who was engaged to Aaron Hernandez -- the mother of his daughter -- has announced she's pregnant ... but the big question -- who's the daddy?  

Shayanna Jenkins broke the news on Instagram ... saying, "Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate."

FYI, Hernandez died in April 2017 after he hanged himself in his prison cell. In theory, he could have frozen his sperm for her to impregnate herself at a later date.

If Jenkins is in a new relationship, she hasn't gone public with it -- in fact, the last time she posted a photo of a man on her IG it was Aaron Hernandez.

Still, Jenkins is shedding SOME light on her pregnancy ... saying, "I wanted to have a moment for myself alone with my daughter ... we are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin."

Jenkins did not reveal how far along she is or when the baby is due -- but did say she's having a girl. 

"I couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister , and even more blessed to welcome another babygirl to our home."

"BabyG we are very excited to meet you !!! Mommy and sissy will continue to wait patiently for your arrival."

Hernandez left a suicide note to Jenkins calling her his "soul-mate" and telling her that she would be "rich" after his death.

We reached out to Jenkins to find out more -- but so far, we haven't heard back.

Bill Belichick Shades Tom Brady 'Not Gonna Talk About Guys Who Aren't Here'

5/22/2018 8:20 AM PDT
Breaking News

The tension between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady appears to be growing ... with the Patriots coach refusing to talk about his star QB because Tom didn't show up to voluntary workouts this week.

"I'm not gonna talk about the people who aren't here," Belichick said when asked about Tom ... "The guys that are here are improving, they're working hard and those are the guys we're gonna focus on."

"All the guys that are out here working are improving."

Tom no-showed at OTAs (organized team activities) on Monday and Tuesday ... despite preaching the importance of OTA workouts in previous years.

Remember, Tom recently griped that he didn't feel appreciated by the team -- and there are reports of discord behind the scenes.

So, how will this affect the season? We'll see ...

Marco Rubio Defends Colin Kaepernick ... Belongs In the NFL

5/21/2018 3:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Marco Rubio is once again breaking from Donald Trump ... defending Colin Kaepernick's right to protest and telling TMZ Sports why he absolutely SHOULD be on an NFL roster. 

"Look, I support his right to stand for what he does," the republican senator tells us ... "I don't agree with what he did but I support his right to do it." 

"But if we're just talking football ... there aren't 63 better quarterbacks in the world."

FYI, Rubio is assuming there are 64 quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters. 

Rubio said he's not sure if the NFL owners actually colluded against Colin, as Kaep is alleging in his case against the league ... but he certainly believes Colin has the talent to play with the best in the world. 

Obviously, Donald Trump feels MUCH differently ... repeatedly saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should be fired. 

Josh Rosen Advice to Jewish Athletes ... 'Keep Grinding'

5/21/2018 1:34 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Not often you see a Jewish athlete selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft ... so, when we saw Josh Rosen at LAX, we asked if he had a message for his Hebrew brethren. 

"Keep grinding," the Arizona Cardinals QB said at LAX. 

Unclear if Rosen is a practicing Jew, but his father is Jewish and Rosen had a bar mitzvah back in the day. For many Jewish people, including Larry David, he's Jewish enough. 

Remember, when David was asked who he wanted the Jets to draft, he said ... "I gotta go with the Jew!"

Rosen also spoke at length about being the target of anti-semitic taunts while he was playing at UCLA ... and how it actually fueled him on the field. 

Look, Rosen wasn't exactly a man of many words when we spoke with him ... but for a lot of Jewish kids with athletic dreams, they're paying attention to every word Josh says. 

Tom Brady Hit NYC on Sunday with Wife, Kids ... Before Patriots OTAs

5/21/2018 6:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

So, what's Tom Brady doing that's so important that he decided to skip the Patriots first organized team activity (OTAs) on Monday?

Turns out, the 40-year-old QB was hanging out with his wife and kids in New York City on Sunday morning, enjoying some brunch -- that a good enough excuse for you? 

Tom, Gisele and 2 kids were spotted at a fancy restaurant in NYC without a care in the world ... enjoying some quality family time.

Of course, Monday morning is the beginning of the New England Patriots voluntary OTA program in Foxboro ... which Brady has regularly been a part of in the past. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Brady is unlikely to attend OTAs -- but the question remains ... with reported strife in the organization, will Brady report for mandatory mini-camp in June?

For the record, Brady has 8 Super Bowl appearances in his 18 seasons in the league -- so, you really that worried?

Johnny Manziel Support From NFL Rookie Stars 'That's My Big Bro'

5/21/2018 6:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A couple of high-profile NFL rookies are throwing their support behind Johnny Manziel -- with Derrius Guice and Bradley Chubb saying he's a good dude who deserves another shot in the league.

In fact, Guice -- 2nd round pick for the Redskins -- says he's worked out with Manziel and considers him his big bro.

"Everybody goes through things in life, this is just one of those things he had to overcome and he's done a great job overcoming it."

Manziel signed a deal with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats and has already moved to Canada to start working out with the team.

He signed a 2-year deal, but if he impresses off the bat, there's a chance he could be back in the NFL by 2019.

Denver Broncos' 1st round pick Bradley Chubb is one of those supporters ... telling TMZ Sports the Heisman winner is a great player and a great dude.

"I hope he does well."

Saquon Barkley To Tiger Woods: ... Help Me!!

5/20/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Saquon Barkley has a problem that only Tiger Woods can fix -- he sucks at golf. 

Well, maybe "sucks" is a strong word ... but the NY Giants stud rookie running back knows he needs a lot of help on the links and thinks Tiger is just the man for the job. 

You've probably seen the pics of Barkley on the course ... dude looks like a monster with a club -- and he's revealing his new nickname, "Thigh-ger Woods."

"I need some lessons," Barkley joked to TMZ Sports ... "I need more than some lessons!" 

There's more ... Barkley -- who just became a first-time dad -- also talked about being a parent. 

But between changing diapers and training with the Giants ... good luck finding time to golf!!!

Rapper Jim Jones NY Giants Signed Lineman From My Arena Team!!

5/19/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The NY Giants just plucked an offensive lineman from an American Arena League team owned by rap star Jim Jones ... and Capo could not be more proud to let him go. 

The "We Fly High" rapper is a joint owner of the AAL's Richmond Roughriders -- which have already racked up a 7-1 record this season with a stacked roster, including Greg Hardy

But the NY Giants had their eye on the other side of the ball ... because they just signed 26-year-old offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche -- a 6'6", 320-pounder from UCLA. 

"This is a great feeling," Jones says ... "I'm smiling, man. I'm smiling! Smiling! Smiling!" 

Jones says everyone in the Roughriders organization is pumped for Bunche -- plus, it gives hope for other players trying to get to the NFL. 

In fact, Jones says he hopes the AAL can serve as a real feeder league to the pros -- putting a spotlight on players who deserve a shot at the next level. 

"This shows that it's very much possible. More than possible."

Lamar Jackson Clubbin' In Hollywood ... With Lil Uzi Vert!!

5/18/2018 10:09 AM PDT
Breaking News

Baltimore Ravens rookie QB Lamar Jackson has touched down in L.A. -- so, of course, he's gotta party with a celebrity! 

21-year-old Jackson -- along with fellow 1st round draft pick Calvin Ridley -- hit up Hyde on the Sunset Strip ... where they raged with rap star Lil Uzi Vert

The funniest part ... Jackson's wardrobe -- dude was allowed inside despite the fact he was rockin' Adidas slides!

Didn't stop him from turning up ... the guys danced away to Lil Dicky's "Freaky Friday."

Jackson and Ridley are both in town for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event ... which is supposed to educate high profile rookies about business moves off the field.

As for Lil Uzi Vert ... dude just likes to party.

By the way, Hyde is one of the most legendary clubs in L.A. -- back in the day, it was the most exclusive place in town ... where the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian would party together. 

Bob Kraft Being Deposed In Colin Kaepernick Case

5/18/2018 9:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Another major NFL honcho is being deposed in the Colin Kaepernick collusion case -- this time it's New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Kraft follows a long list of powerful NFL people questioned by Kaep's team -- earlier this week, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway answered questions at team headquarters in Colorado. 

Colin had personally attended Elway's deposition -- just as he had when Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was deposed in the case back in March. 

No word if Kaep is currently present at Kraft's depo ... but it's a pretty safe bet he's there, too. 

Other big wigs who have reportedly been deposed include Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, NFL commish Roger Goodell, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Ravens coach John Harbaugh

As we previously reported, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league claiming owners and other high-ranking NFL officials were in cahoots to blackball Colin after his national anthem demonstration

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