Minnesota Vikings

Former Titans, Bears WR Kendall Wright signs with Vikings

Kendall Wright, the Bears’ leading receiver last season, is heading to Minnesota, the Vikings announced Friday.

With the addition of Wright, the Vikings will add more depth to the receiver position and will fill veteran Jarius Wright’s role after the team cut him earlier this month to make room in the salary cap.

The 28-year-old receiver will join Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, giving newly acquired quarterback Kirk Cousins another talented target.

Wright, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Bears a year ago, is coming off a strong season where he was Chicago’s only receiver to catch more than 50 passes. He hauled in 59 receptions for 614 yards and a score.

“I got a lot of lineouts,” he said. “I needed a few guys to bail me out today. That’s awesome. It’s a team game. But there’s definitely some things I could have done a little better.”

Dodgers: Los Angeles opens a two-game series at home against Oakland on Tuesday with Ryu (0-0) taking on Sean Manaea (1-1).

Giants: San Francisco opens a three-game home series against Arizona with Derek Holland (0-1) getting the start against Zack Godley (1-0).

Billionaire David Tepper, who has a 5 percent stake in the Steelers, is considered a front-runner to purchase the Panthers. Bedrock Industries LP CEO Alan Kestenbaum and Sherman Financial Group CEO Ben Navarro are also among the final bidders, per Bloomberg.

Jerry Richardson, 81, announced in December he would sell the team after several allegations of workplace misconduct surfaced.

The Panthers are expected to set an NFL record by fetching more than $2 billion after the Bills set the current record in 2014 when they sold for $1.4 billion to the Pegula family.

The Devils didn’t go all-out to try to move up in the standings, resting MVP front-runner Taylor Hall, first-line winger Kyle Palmieri, top-six center Travis Zajac, No. 1 defenseman Sami Vatanen and starting goaltender Keith Kinkaid with an eye toward the playoffs. Trade-deadline pickup Patrick Maroon had a goal and two assists, and rookie Nico Hischier and Miles Wood each scored for New Jersey.

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