Banish. As in "The Patriots banish Antonio Brown from the team." The word is banish.
Candidate. As in "This year the Miami Dolphins are a leading candidate for worst team in the league." The word is candidate.
Gratitude. As in "The quarterback has gratitude toward the offensive linemen." The word is gratitude.
Slack. As in "There is always some slack in the net behind the field goal post." The word is slack.
Span. As in "Football seasons span from summer to winter." The word is span.