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NFL notebook: Pro Bowl packed with pending free agents like Brees, Henry

Pro Bowl packed with pending free agents like Brees, Henry

A number of Pro Bowlers are about to get paid.

And not just the relative pocket change ($35,000 or $70,000) that comes with competing in the NFL's annual all-star game Sunday (2 p.m., ABC) in Orlando.

About a dozen Pro Bowl players are pending free agents, including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Titans running back Derrick Henry, Ravens linebacker Matt Judon and Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Ex-Chiefs star Eric Berry plans return to NFL in 2020

When safety Eric Berry was cut by the Chiefs after last season, fans around Kansas City were curious where he would play next.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo revealed Berry, 31, took a planned leave of absence from football and "does intend to play in 2020."

Kittle helping to send the military family to Super Bowl

Norman High graduate and 49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle made a family’s dream come true.

Kittle teamed up with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to give the family of a dead military service member a once-in-a-lifetime experience — a trip to Super Bowl 54 in Miami between Kittle’s 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

USAA will be helping other players around the league give a similar gift.

Mick LaMar enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1986 after graduating from high school. He served in the first Gulf War and after his deployment ended he returned home and worked as an electrician for an armored truck company. He had a desire to serve again and re-enlisted in the Army in 2007. While LaMar was on his second tour in Mosul, Iraq, he was shot and killed on Jan. 15, 2011 — the same day as his wedding anniversary and the day he was supposed to return home.

LaMar left behind his wife Josephine and five children, including a daughter he never met. Josephine LeMar, his widow, is a diehard 49ers fan who learned to love football from her late husband. She will be rooting for the 49ers in Miami with her 16-year-old son Nicolas.

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