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Raiders, Derek Carr Agree Upon $125M Deal

Jun 22, 2017 10:48 AM

Derek Carr tweeted Thursday that he has finalized a five-year extension with the Oakland Raiders that sources indicate is worth $125 million.

Carr's new deal, which carries an average salary of $25 million, will make him the NFL's highest-paid player in terms of new money average.

He suffered a broken fibula in Week 16 and missed Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans, but he has been a full participant in the team's offseason activities.

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Jeremy Maclin Played Through Last Season With Groin Injury

Jun 22, 2017 10:53 AM

Jeremy Maclin, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason, says he played through last season with a groin injury.

Maclin told Adam Schefter on his Know Them From Adam podcast that he played most of 2016 with a torn groin.

"So I missed about four weeks there with the torn groin, and I came back and I was able to play, but I can't sit up here and tell you I was 100 percent," he said of his injury. "But I'm also not going to sit up here and make excuses, so at the end of the day, I didn't play as well as I could have last year. I think that's ultimately what happened."

Maclin finished last season with career worsts in receptions (44), yards (536) and touchdowns (2).

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Derek Carr, Raiders Agree Upon Five-Year, $125M Extension

Jun 22, 2017 11:38 AM

Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders have finalized a five-year, $125 million extension.

Carr, 26, is now under contract through 2022. His extension's average salary of $25 million will make him the NFL's highest-paid player in terms of new money average.

Carr's deal could potentially be backloaded until the Raiders move to Las Vegas; there is no state tax in Nevada, whereas California's tax rate is 13.3 percent. Carr could save hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions.

Carr passed for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns with just six interceptions last season.

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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.

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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. 

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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."

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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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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.

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Josh Allen Nearly Declared For 2017 Draft

Jun 20, 2017 8:43 AM

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen nearly declared for the 2017 NFL Draft before a change of heart.

Allen was very sure in his decision, passing on feedback from an NFL general manager. He had already spoken with another GM.

"I called (Wyoming) coach (Craig) Bohl back and he said, 'Here, I'm going to get you another GM.' And I said, 'Coach, that's not necessary, I'm going to come back to school and play another year for you,'" Allen said.

Last season's was Allen's first as Wyoming's starter.

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Tom Brady Dreams Of Playing NFL Game In China

Jun 20, 2017 8:39 AM

Tom Brady, on a promotional tour in China, said that he'd love to play an NFL game in the country.

The New England Patriots were scheduled to face the Seattle Seahawks in a 2007 preseason game in China, but the game was ultimately canceled.

"My dream is to play a game here in China someday," Brady said. "We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago, and my team was going to play here, and unfortunately it didn't work out. But one day I hope that there are many games here, and over the course of a year, because it's such a great sport and because I love it so much, to bring that here and to bring the discipline and incredible strategy involved."

The NFL is reportedly looking to play a regular-season game in China next year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

Marc Sessler/NFL

Kendall Wright Blames Poor 2016 Season On Titans
Kendall Wright was completely out of the Titans' wide receiver rotation by the end of last season, something he blames on the team.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Richard Sherman Didn't Request Trade, Understands Seattle's Position
Pete Carroll and John Schneider said publicly on multiple occasions that Richard Sherman was available, but they never made a deal.

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

DeAndre Hopkins Endorses Tom Savage As Texans Quarterback
DeAndre Hopkins believes that Tom Savage has "earned" the role of No. 1 quarterback for the Texans.

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DeAngelo Hall Accepted Pay Cut To Remain With Washington
DeAngelo Hall, coming off a torn ACL and still learning a new position, accepted a pay cut to remain with the Redskins.

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