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Aaron Donald Agrees To Six-Year, $135M Deal With Rams

Aug 31, 2018 2:01 PM

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to sign Aaron Donald to a six-year deal worth $135 million with $87 million in guaranteed money.

The deal is the richest ever for a defensive player.

A first-round pick in 2014, Donald was entering the final year of his rookie contract and scheduled to earn $6.9 million this season.

Donald is a three-time All-Pro.

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Rob Gronkowski Restructures Contract With Patriots, Adds $4.3M

Aug 30, 2018 4:03 PM

Rob Gronkowski has agreed to an improved deal with the New England Patriots adding $4.3 million to his contract.

Gronkowski can make up to $13.3 million in 2018.

Gronkowski considered retiring in the offseason.

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Rob Gronkowski Focused On Season, Not Contract

Aug 30, 2018 8:18 AM

A number of players have received lucrative contract extensions this offseason, but Rob Gronkowski isn't one of them.

"I'm always open for that," Gronkowski said.

The 29-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract with the New England Patriots, which has base salaries of $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019. He is currently the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL.

"I mean, it is what it is," Gronkowski said. "That's not really my focus. I got a long season ahead, and just trying to focus on what I need to really do and just let everything else play out."

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Browns Release Mychal Kendricks Following Insider Trading Charge

Aug 29, 2018 9:36 PM

The Cleveland Browns have released Mychal Kendricks after he was charged with insider trading.

The Browns said they were aware of Kendricks' involvement prior to signing him to a one-year deal in June, but "circumstances have changed" and the team has elected to release him.

"I would like to apologize," Kendricks said in the statement released by his attorneys. "Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it. I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired. His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.

"To this point, I had worked my tail off since I was 5 years old to become a football player. I was drawn in by the allure of being more than just a football player. While I didn't fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Tyler Lockett Signs Three-Year, $31.8M Extension With Seahawks

Aug 29, 2018 3:15 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Tyler Lockett to a three-year, $31.8 million contract extension.

The deal has a maximum value of $37.8 million and $20 million guaranteed.

The 25-year-old Lockett was entering the final year of his rookie contract. 

Lockett suffered a compound fracture of his leg in a Christmas Eve game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lockett made it back by the start of last season but estimated recently that he was playing at about 75-80 percent while coming off the injury.

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Rams 'Very, Very Optimistic' About Aaron Donald Deal

Aug 29, 2018 9:08 AM

With the regular season a little more than a week away, the Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald still have yet to reach a long-term agreement.

Pro Football Talk reported that the two sides are approaching deal worth $22 million annually.

"I'm very, very optimistic," Sean McVay said. "There is a level of increased optimism."

McVay also believes Donald will be on the field for Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders.

"Hopefully if we do get it done in the next couple days, we do feel good about him being ready for Oakland," he said. "The dialogue has increased, the level of urgency is extremely high on both sides."

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Dez Bryant Plans To Wait Until Later In Season To Sign

Aug 28, 2018 7:43 PM

Dez Bryant confirmed on Twitter that he will wait until later in the season to sign an NFL contract.

Bryant met with the Cleveland Browns last week.

Bryant, in answering a tweet from a fan where his Twitter handle was mentioned, wrote, "I just have to take care of me first" and "I will play ball this year just might be a lil bit later in the year."

Bryant turned down a three-year contract offer from Baltimore, preferring a one-year deal to re-establish himself in hopes of getting a bigger payday next season.

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Jets Offered Kirk Cousins Three-Year, $90M Deal

Aug 28, 2018 7:28 PM

Kirk Cousins was offered a three-year, $90 million contract from the New York Jets in free agency, which was fully guaranteed.

Cousins was being offered $25 million per year from the Minnesota Vikings.

“We want the money to be guaranteed. My preference would be to get a fully guaranteed contract or do one-year deals,” he said.

Cousins agreed to a three-year, $84 million, fully guaranteed deal with the Vikings, or $28 million per year.

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Carlos Dunlap Agrees To Three-Year, $45M Extension With Bengals

Aug 28, 2018 4:03 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals and Carlos Dunlap have agreed to a three-year, $45 million extension.

Dunlap was a Pro Bowler in 2015 and 2016 at defensive end.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Geno Atkins Agrees To Four-Year Extension With Bengals

Aug 28, 2018 4:00 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to sign Geno Atkins to a four-year extension.

Atkins was scheduled to become a free agent in 2019.

Atkins is a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-team All-Pro at defensive tackle.

The Bengals selected Atkins in the fourth round out of Georgia in 2010.

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Patriots, Shaq Mason Agree Upon Five-Year, $50M Extension
The pact carries $23.5 million in guaranteed money.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Agrees To Five-Year, $95M Extension With Giants
Odell Beckham and the Giants both wanted to agree upon a new deal before the start of the season.

Ian Rapoport, Kimberly Jones/NFL.com

Aaron Donald, Rams On Verge Of Record-Breaking $22M Per Year Contract
Aaron Donald was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

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Raiders Haven't Ruled Out Trading Khalil Mack
The Raiders could be waiting to see whether Khalil Mack is willing to give up game checks, which would amount to $814,000 per week.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Terrance West Visits With Buccaneers
The Buccaneers hosted Terrance West for a visit on Saturday, according to a source.

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Browns Offered Dez Bryant Base Salary Of Less Than $5M
The Browns remain interested in signing Dez Bryant, but the feeling doesn't appear to be mutual.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Giants, Odell Beckham Progressing Toward Record-Breaking Contract
Odell Beckham and the Giants have made progress on what is expected to be a record-breaking contract for a wide receiver, according to sources.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Raiders Waive 2017 2nd Round Pick Obi Melifonwu
Obi Melifonwu was the 56th overall pick in 2017, but the safety was placed on IR last year due to a hip problem.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Release Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt hadn't taken part in a full practice in training camp after injuring a hamstring in June's mandatory minicamp.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Agrees To Sign With Raiders
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is entering his 11th NFL season.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Vikings To Sign George Iloka
Mike Zimmer worked with George Iloka during his time with the Bengals.

Ian Rapoport, Tom Pelissero/NFL.com

Jon Ryan Released By Seahawks, Signs With Bills
Jon Ryan will compete for the punter job with Colton Schmidt.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Aaron Rodgers Says He Isn't At Odds With Packers Over Contract
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have discussed a new contract for months.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Agrees To Sign With Washington
Washington lost Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL.

Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Bengals Release Safety George Iloka
George Iloka was stunned by the decision, according to a league source.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Adrian Peterson To Meet With Washington
Adrian Peterson could give Washington depth at running back.

John Keim/ESPN

Chiefs Sign Orlando Scandrick
Kansas City lost five of its top six cornerbacks from last season, including Marcus Peters.

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Seahawks Surprisingly Release Marcus Smith
Pete Carroll said "some personal reasons" factored into Marcus Smith's release.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Dez Bryant 'Trying To Work Some Things Out' With Browns
Dez Bryant is visiting with the Browns and told the team's radio station that the two sides are trying to determine whether it's a good fit.

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John Elway: Colin Kaepernick Had His Chance To Join Broncos In 2016
The Broncos attempted to trade for Colin Kaepernick in 2016 before his anthem protests began.

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