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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


Marshawn Lynch To Hold Out Of Seahawks' Camp

Marshawn Lynch will hold out from the Seattle Seahawks' training camp.

In 2012, Lynch signed a four-year, $30 million contract.  He’s due to earn $5.5 million in 2014, with a cap number of $7 million.

There has been concern that the Seahawks would release Lynch after the 2014 season.

The Seahawks signed Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to long-term deals this offseason.

Via Michael Robinson/NFL.com



Justin Blackmon Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Justin Blackmon is already under an indefinite NFL suspension and was arrested on Wednesday night for marijuana possession.

Blackmon was pulled over for a traffic violation according to Edmond, Oklahoma police. The call smelled like marijuana and they allegedly found the drugs.

"It's unfortunate news," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said, via the AP. "We haven't had much contact with him. I'm just praying that he gets the help he needs. I'm just praying that he gets right."

Via Josh Katzowitz/CBS Sports


Jamaal Charles Signs Extension With Chiefs

Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed upon a two-year extension that runs through the 2017 season.

His previous contract, signed in 2010, had two years remaining.

The new deal, which runs through 2017, will pay Charles $18.1 million for the additional two years. He will make an extra $5.1 million over the next two seasons, including a $4.4 million raise this year, according to sources. He was scheduled to make $3.9 million this year, including a base salary of $2.65 million.

Via Adam Teicher/ESPN


Roddy White Signs Four-Year, $30M Extension With Falcons

Roddy White has agreed upon a four-year, $30 million extension with the Atlanta Falcons. White is now under team control until 2018.

The deal will have $18 million over the next two seasons.

"I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,'' White told ESPN.com. "Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract.

"When we got it done, I was happy, because I don't want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I'm going to be here for the next four years.''

Via Vaughn McClure/ESPN


Ray Rice Suspended For Two Games

Ray Rice has been suspended two games by the NFL for a domestic violence incident this past February in Atlantic City.

Rice allegedly struck his then-fiancée, casuing her to become unconscious.

Rice was able to avoid prosecution after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

Rice will miss divisional games for the Baltimore Ravens against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Via Marc Sessler/NFL.com


Rams, Bills, Vikings Have NFL's Best Under-25 Talent

The St. Louis Rams rank first in ESPN's list of teams with the best talent under the age of 25.

The Rams have been able to stockpile talented young players in large part due to the Robert Griffin III trade. Robert Quinn is considered one of the best young defensive players in the entire NFL.

The Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans round out the top-10.

Via Scott Kacsmar/ESPN


Fisher: Michael Sam 'Absolutely Not' A Distraction

The St. Louis Rams stood behind Michael Sam amid comments from Tony Dungy that the presence of a homosexual player would be a distraction if he were still a head coach.

“Absolutely not,” Jeff Fisher said. “Let's define distraction. There were a couple of extra cameras during early OTAs. There may have been an extra camera yesterday as rookies reported and went on the field the first time. Mike's a very passionate athlete. He's very focused on trying to make this football team.

"He worked really hard during the summer, and he's doing a good job."

Via Will Brinson/CBS Sports


Titans Become Last Team To Sign 1st Round Pick For 2nd Straight Season

The Cleveland Browns have signed Justin Gilbert to his rookie contract, which leaves Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans as the final unsigned pick in the NFL.

Slotted rookie contracts in the NFL's new CBA have stopped lengthy holdouts.

The Titans also were the final team to sign their first round pick last year in Chance Warmarck.

Via Darin Ganatt/ProFootballTalk