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Derek Carr Close To $25M Per Year Extension With Raiders

Jun 21, 2017 3:32 PM

Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders are close to finalizing an extension worth $25 million per season.

Carr had given the Raiders a deadline to agree upon an extension before the start of training camp.

The sides still are finalizing language, but the deal could be announced as early as the end of this week. 

Andrew Luck currently has the NFL's biggest contract at $24.6 million per season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Patriots Sign David Harris

Jun 21, 2017 11:21 AM

The New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with David Harris.

The New York Jets released Harris on June 6 after being unable to agree on a pay cut with the linebacker, who played 10 seasons for the team.

The Patriots needed a linebacker to play the most snaps alongside Dont'a Hightower.

Harris was surprised by the Jets' decision to release him.

A second-round pick in 2007, Harris ranks No. 2 in tackles in Jets team history. 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Sterling Shepard Wants To Improve Yards After Catch

Jun 21, 2017 8:37 AM

Sterling Shepard has dedicated his offseason work to becoming a bigger threat after the catch for the New York Giants.

"What am I looking to work on? Really just after the catch," the second-year receiver said. "I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC yardage last year. That is something that I looked at on film and I want to get better on."

Shepard ranked 78th among wide receivers with 256 yards after the catch on 65 receptions. Overall, he totaled 683 yards and eight touchdowns. His longest catch as a rookie was just 32 yards.

"The thing is we just have to create matchups and him playing outside a little bit more could be in the cards," receivers coach Adam Henry said. "Right now he has been working hard and he has been out there and he looks really good right now."

Dan Salomone/Giants

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Bruce Arians: Byron Leftwich Has Future As Head Coach

Jun 21, 2017 8:32 AM

Byron Leftwich only has a year of coaching under his belt, but Bruce Arians is already confident that he'll one day be a head coach in the NFL.

"He'll be a head coach early and fast," Arians said.

Leftwich started out as a coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals, but Arians move him to quarterbacks coach this offseason. Leftwich believes he was forced to to see the game from a coach's point of view in his decade as an NFL quarterback.

"I played the game as if I was a coach," he said. "I never really had the physical ability to run around. I could throw the ball, but I had to think my way through the whole time. I think (Arians) understood that and appreciated my knowledge, how much work I put into the game."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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O.J. Simpson's Parole Hearing Set For July 20

Jun 21, 2017 8:26 AM

O.J. Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison as early as Oct. 1.

Simpson, who turns 70 next month, has served more than eight years of a nine- to 33-year sentence after he was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel in September 2007.

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Warren Sapp Suffering From Memory Loss, Will Donate Brain To Study

Jun 21, 2017 12:19 AM

Warren Sapp plans on donating his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation when he passes away.

“I just can’t remember like I used to, and it’s from the banging we did as football players,” Sapp said.

Sapp cited improvements in safety that football has made through the years and said that now it’s time to “make it all the way better.”

“Let’s get the research, let’s apply the knowledge and let’s make it all better for everybody,” Sapp said.

Chuck Schilken/Los Angeles Times

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Justin Gilbert Suspended One-Year By NFL

Jun 21, 2017 12:17 AM

Justin Gilbert has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Gilbert received a four-game suspension from the NFL in May after testing positive for substance abuse, according to Schefter.

Gilbert was the eighth overall pick of the 2014 draft by the Browns. Cleveland traded him to the Steelers before the 2016 regular season and played sparingly before being released in February.

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Jarvis Landry Gives Dolphins Deadline On Extension

Jun 20, 2017 1:51 PM

The agent for Jarvis Landry put a deadline of start of the regular season on a contract extneion.

Landry will “absolutely not” be angry if no deal is reached, according to his agent.

Landry has one year left on his contract that will pay him $893,850 this season, less money than at least 100 other NFL receivers will earn in 2017.

“The ball is still in their court; we are happy to go into a fourth year healthy and eager to put another year in the books,” agent Damarius Bilbo said.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

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Roger Goodell Denies Relationship With Robert Kraft Was Ever Strained

Jun 20, 2017 1:48 PM

Roger Goodell traveled to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the Kraft Family Sports Complex on Tuesday.

"Robert is very important to me personally ..." Goodell told The Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai. "My friendship with Robert was never strained. We both understand that we have jobs ...

"I know how important this is for him. My respect and admiration for him has never waned. We believe our best days are ahead."

The tension between the Patriots and Goodell was palpable during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy following New England's Super Bowl LI victory.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots

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Jerome Bettis Questions NFL's Transparency On Concussions

Jun 20, 2017 1:46 PM

Jerome Bettis says the NFL has taken advantage of its players by not sharing with them all the information it had about the risk of concussions.

After viewing an innovation expo in Jerusalem that included a presentation from ElMindA, an Israeli neuro-technology company that can help the NFL diagnose concussions, Bettis said Monday that he was encouraged by the progress but still perplexed about how transparent the league has been over the years.

"The problem is we don't necessarily know all the things the league is doing. For instance, working with this company here, you don't know if they are working with them closely to try to help solve the problem," Bettis said. "You definitely feel as though you were taken advantage of in a way that you weren't given that information, and you always want to have the choice of knowing, and when that is taken away from you, you feel as though you were taken advantage of."


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Former NFL Player Ryan O'Callaghan Comes Out As Gay
Ryan O'Callaghan had planned to commit suicide when his NFL career ended until a small group of people in the Chiefs' organization helped him.

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Josh Allen Nearly Declared For 2017 Draft
Last season's was Josh Allen's first as Wyoming's starter.

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Tom Brady Dreams Of Playing NFL Game In China
The Patriots were scheduled to face the Seahawks in a 2007 preseason game in China, but the game was ultimately canceled.

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NFL Moves Deadline To Sign Franchised Players
The deadline for franchise-tagged players to agree to long-term contracts has been pushed back two days.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Washington In Name Battle
The Supreme Court struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help Washington in their legal fight over the team name.

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Ryan Shazier Wants Changes Made To Rookie Contracts
Ryan Shazier, who was the 15th overall pick in 2014, believes the next collective bargaining agreement should allow for more wiggle room on rookie contracts.

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Dean Blandino Argued For Eliminating Overtime Entirely
Dean Blandino argued for eliminating overtime entirely when the NFL discussed changes to its overtime format.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Odell Beckham Has Never Felt More Ready For Season
Odell Beckham, Jr. skipped voluntary OTAs with the Giants this year, but says he's never felt more prepared for a season.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Eric Decker Signs With Titans
Eric Decker spent the past three seasons with the Jets but was limited to just three games in 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Roger Goodell Denies Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed By NFL
Roger Goodell called the NFL a "meritocracy," where players "earn [their] opportunities."

Des Bieler/Washington Post

Saints Lose Terron Armstead For 4-6 Months
Terron Armstead signed a five-year, $65.25 million contract extension last offseason.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Todd Bowles: Jets Have No Front-Runner In QB Competition
The Jets don't have a front-runner as they continue to determine who will begin the season as their starting quarterback.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Twenty Picks, Including Eight First-Rounders, Remain Unsigned
Among those unsigned are eight first-rounders, including second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and No. 3 selection Solomon Thomas.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Teddy Bridgewater Looks 'Like He Was Never Hurt'
Teddy Bridgewater has not been cleared to participate in practice as he continues to rehab from the knee injury he suffered last Aug. 30.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Ndamukong Suh: Dolphins Have 'Never Been Scared' of Patriots
The Patriots have won all but one division title since 2003, but Ndamukong Suh says the Dolphins aren't scared of their AFC East rival.

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Devonta Freeman Expecting Extension With Falcons
Devonta Freeman expects to agree to a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons soon.

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jeremy Maclin Learned Of Release By Chiefs Via Voicemail
Jeremy Maclin was upset and shocked to learn of his release from the Chiefs earlier this month via voicemail.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Rams Trade Former No. 2 Pick Greg Robinson To Lions
The Lions have a need at offensive tackle with Taylor Decker out several months.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Raiders Want To Get Cordarrelle Patterson Involved On Offense
Cordarrelle Patterson worked with six different quarterbacks while with Minnesota, none as talented as Derek Carr.

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Brock Osweiler: 'I Want To Be The Starter Of This Team'
Brock Osweiler was a disappointment in his first season with the Texans after signing a huge contract as a free agent.

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