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Jordy Nelson Signs $39M Extension With Packers

Jordy Nelson has signed a four-year, $39 million extension with the Green Bay Packers.

Nelson's new deal also includes an $11.5 million signing bonus.

"Jordy's hard work and dedication has made him a good player, teammate and a core member of this team," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. "We are pleased to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career."

Nelson had 85 catches for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

 

Via Adam Schefter/ESPN


McCoy, Cole Fight At Eagles' Training Camp

LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole had a scuffle during training camp on Sunday.

McCoy and Cole are good friends.

"Next thing you know, they're on the ground scuffling," linebacker Brandon Graham said. "It was just a friendly thing, you know. They're always competing and talking stuff to each other. It was just one of those things."

The offensive players feel a responsibility to let the defense know when they've gone too far in being physical.

"The whole camp so far, they've just been touching just a little too much," McCoy said. "I'm trying to let them know 'it's OK, you can' t cover me.' We'll go in the locker room area and talk it out, joke it out. It's one thing when you don't know a guy and he's trying to win a job. That's actually one of my good friends."

Via Phil Sheridan/ESPN


Randall Cobb Believes He Needs To Do More To Earn New Deal

Randall Cobb could become the next member of the Green Bay Packers' offense to sign an extension.

"I don't believe I've done enough," Cobb said Sunday, "and I think that's on me."

Cobb, 23, is entering the final season of the rookie contract he signed in 2011 after the Packers picked him in the second round. He had a breakout season in 2012, when he caught 80 passes for 954 yards and eight touchdowns.

Via Rob Demovsky/ESPN



Tyler Gaffney Out For 2014 Season With Knee Injury

Tyler Gaffney will miss the entire 2014 season with a knee injury.

Gaffney, a sixth round pick out of Stanford, was expected to add youth to the Carolina Panthers' backfield.

Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior last season.

Via Mike Coppinger/NFL.com


Brian Hoyer Given All Of Browns' First-Team Reps

Brian Hoyer received all of the first team reps at quarterback as the Cleveland Browns opened training camp.

Hoyer will start for the Browns in their first preseason game.

"The opportunity is there for me," Hoyer said. "That's my goal, and that's so far in advance that I can't even think about it. I'm thinking about our install for tomorrow that we're putting in tonight. I believe that I'm capable of being the starter at quarterback for this team, and that's what I'm working towards every day."

Johnny Manziel will be given a shot to win the job as well, but the Browns appear to give Hoyer the inside track.

 

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com


Kendall Hunter To Miss 2014 Season With Torn ACL

Kendall Hunter will miss the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn ACL in a non-contract drill.

Hunter was hurt on Friday while catching a swing pass.

Hunter was expected to be an important part of the San Francisco 49ers' backfield behidn Frank Gore, while competing for carries with Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James.

Lattimore is on the non-football injury list. 

Via Bill Williamson/ESPN


Drew Brees Interested In Playing Until Mid-40s

Drew Brees is 35 and believes he has several more seasons of productive football.

Brett Favre played until he was 41 and Brees thinks he can extend his career even further.

“No doubt. There’s no question,” Brees said, via Albert Breer of NFL Network. “I’m not getting ahead myself, like it’s a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I’m having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn’t I wanna do that? The biggest challenge is physically, the maintenance, the recovery, the way you train. You gotta hope that you stay healthy, but why not?”

Via Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk


Vick Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

Vick Ballard tore his Achilles on Friday.

Ballard missed all but one game last season for the Indianapolis Colts with a torn ACL.

"When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down who's worked so hard to get back, it's tough, but it happens," Colts owner Jim Irsay said. "As soon as you get to camp, those things happen. He's still young and he's got a full career ahead of him so we have to do an MRI and see exactly what it is and then go from there. But you really hope to not hear any of that kind of news."

Via Mike Wells/ESPN


Andre Johnson Reports To Texans' Camp, Receives 'Comfort' On Future

Andre Johnson reported to the Houston Texans' training camp in a somewhat surprising move as he has sought a trade.

Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, “[Johnson] reported after getting some comfort on direction and comfort on his future security.  He got a strong word from ownership that his future is strongly secure.”

That comfort came from communications with the team.  Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, those communications included a meeting last Friday with owner Bob McNair, coach Bill O’Brien, and G.M. Rick Smith.

While none of that is legally binding, it suggests that Johnson will get all or most of his $11.5 million in 2014, even though the salary carries with it a $16.1 million cap number, due in large part to past team-friendly restructurings. 

Via Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk


Aldon Smith Has Been Completely Sober Since Last September

Aldon Smith said that he has stayed completely sober since September when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving for the second time since January 2012.

"I've been able to maintain, and it's going good," Smith told reporters when asked about his sobriety. "I'm in the best shape I've been in coming into a camp, and my mind is probably in the best spot it's been in, so I'm feeling great."

 

Smith voluntarily missed five games last season when he entered a substance-abuse treatment center.

Smith will meet with Roger Goodell in the near future.

In October in London, Goodell told reporters that the league might consider Smith's aggressive approach to his problem could be considered when potential discipline would be addressed.

"That's in their hands," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of a potential NFL suspension. "They will discipline if they feel he warrants it."

Smith was arrested for an alleged fake bomb threat at LAX and no charges were pressed.

Via Bill Williamson/ESPN