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J.J. Watt, Texans Agree Upon $100M Extension

J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans have agreed upon a six-year contract extension worth as much as $100 million.

The deal, which affects the final two seasons of his current contract and keeps him with the Texans through the 2021 season, will pay Watt a guaranteed $51.8 million, the most for a defensive player in NFL history. The $16.6 million annual value also is the highest for a defensive player.

He said in August that he hoped he had earned a new contract.

"With the new [collective bargaining agreement], I think one of the goals was to make guys earn their pay," Watt said. "No more big paydays up front. Make guys go out there and play, show that they've earned it.

"So I think when a team gives a big contract after the third year, they're saying, 'Listen, we think you've earned this.' I don't know if [the Texans] feel that way or not, but I sure hope I've put in all the work, and I've put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it."

Watt has been widely considered the best defensive player in the NFL over the past two seasons.

Via Chris Mortensen/ESPN


Bills Make Daniel Orton Richest Backup QB In NFL

Kyle Orton signed a two-year, $11 million deal contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Orton will receive $5.5 million this season, which is the most of any backup in the NFL.

Orton will begin the season as E.J. Manuel's backup.

The Bills had been pursuing Orton since he was granted his release by the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the offseason.

Via Ian Rapoport/NFL.com


Jim Irsay Suspended Six Games By NFL

Jim Irsay has been suspended six games and fined $500,000 by the NFL after pleading guilty to one misdeameanor county of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The suspension takes effect at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and Irsay will be eligible to return after the Indianapolis Colts' game against the Houston Texans on Oct. 9.

The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a judge he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested on March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

Via ESPN



Derek Carr Named Raiders' Starting Quarterback

The Oakland Raiders have named Derek Carr their starting quarterback.

Carr has won the job over Matt Schaub, who the Raiders traded for in the offseason.

"Not an indictment on Matt Schaub, Derek Carr is mature beyond his years," coach Dennis Allen said after Monday's practice. "We feel very comfortable with him helping us win football games. ... Derek is the starting quarterback."

 

Carr was a second round pick out of Fresno State.

Carr will be the 18th different starting quarterback since 2003.

Via ESPN


Odell Beckham Jr. Expected To Miss First Few Weeks

Odell Beckham Jr. won't be available for the New York Giants in Week 1 of the regular season at the Detroit Lions.

Beckham could be out for the first two or three weeks of the season as he returns from a hamstring injury.

"Let's just let this kid get better," Tom Coughlin said after practice Monday. "I went to him yesterday to say, 'Let's just not have any more setbacks.' Because it's every day the same question over and over. He's not ready to play. He may be a couple or three weeks away. I'll let you know when he's ready."

Beckham missed the team's June minicamp with a hamstring injury and aggravated it in the team's first practice of training camp July 22.

Via Dan Graziano/ESPN


Wes Welker Returns To Practice, Status In Doubt For Week 1

Wes Welker returned to practice with the Denver Broncos on Monday as he continues through the NFL's concussion protocol.

Welker has not been cleared for contact and is still a question mark for Sunday night's regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. 

Welker suffered a concussion on Aug. 23, which is his third since Nov. 17.

Via Jeff Legwold/ESPN


Rob Gronkowski Confirms He'll Play In Week 1

Rob Gronkowski confirmed that he'll play for the New England Patriots in Week 1 at the Miami Dolphins.

Gronkowski, who underwent surgery on a torn right ACL on Jan. 9 and returned to full-team drills for the first time Aug. 18, did not play in the preseason.

Gronkowski has been one of the NFL's most productive tight ends whenever he's been on the field, but has had injury issues over the past few seasons.

"Super excited, super pumped. I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure. No doubt about it," Gronkowski said Monday. "My mentality now is I'm ready to go, I'm ready to be out there, I'm ready to hit, I'm ready to start going."

Via Mike Reiss/ESPN


Alex Boone To Sign New Two-Year Deal With 49ers

Alex Boone is expected to report to the San Francisco 49ers by the end of Monday to end his holdout.

Boone will sign a new two-year deal to replace his old contract with an increase in salary and incentives.

The 49ers also will not be able to use their franchise tag on Boone once the new contract has expired, sources said.

Boone originally was scheduled to make up to $4 million over the next two seasons under his previous deal, sources said.

Via Adam Schefter/ESPN


Texans Trade For Ryan Mallett

The Houston Texans have traded for Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots, sending a conditional sixth or seventh round pick in 2015.

The Texans are entering the 2014 season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter.

To make room for Mallett on their roster, the Texans will waive quarterback Case Keenum, a source told ESPN.

Mallett was passed on the Patriots' depth chart this summer by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick who impressed throughout training camp and the preseason.

Via ESPN


Michael Sam Goes Unclaimed On Waivers

Michael Sam went unclaimed on waivers after his release by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

Sam is now to sign with an NFL team's practice squad.

Sam arrived at Rams Park on Sunday for a face-to-face exit meeting with Jeff Fisher. The meeting was postponed a day so Sam could attend Missouri's opening victory over South Dakota State.

Via ESPN