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Patriots Open To Extending Tom Brady's Contract

Jan 30, 2019 3:57 PM

Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August, is only under contract through the 2019 season.

Robert Kraft says the New England Patriots have no reservations about extending the quarterback's contract.

Brady has repeatedly said he plans to play until he's 45.

"Think about it: The last three years we've been privileged to go to the Super Bowl with a quarterback in place. I would be quite surprised if he didn't continue for quite a while as our quarterback," Kraft said.

Brady is scheduled to count $27 million against the salary cap.

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Giants Will Release Connor Barwin

Jan 30, 2019 9:36 AM

The New York Giants plan to release Connor Barwin, according to sources.

Barwin started three games and finished with one sack in his only season with the team.

The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million right before the start of training camp last summer. Barwin would still like to play and the Giants save $1.5 million against the salary cap with the move.

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Jacoby Brissett Wants To Be A Starter

Jan 25, 2019 8:22 AM

Jacoby Brissett says that he'd rather be a starter than remain Andrew Luck's backup.

Chris Ballard recently said that to trade Brissett, "it would take somebody doing something that would blow me away, and it has to be the right thing for the kid, too."

Brissett isn't trying to force his way out of Indianapolis, but stating his preference.

"I want to be a starter in this league," he said. "If that's what you're asking me, yeah, I want to be a starter in this league."

FOX 59/Indianapolis

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Larry Fitzgerald Will Make $16M In 2019

Jan 24, 2019 8:30 AM

Larry Fitzgerald will return to the Arizona Cardinals under a one-year deal.

The details of Fitzgerald's deal have emerged.

The wide receiver's contract carries a $11 million base salary and a $4.85 million signing bonus. He'll earn nearly $16 million.

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Eric Weddle Now Open To Playing Elsewhere

Jan 24, 2019 8:19 AM

Eric Weddle is reversing course on his declaration that he'd either play for the Baltimore Ravens in 2019 or retire.

About two weeks after saying he'd retire if the Ravens released him, the safety now says he's open to playing elsewhere.

Weddle, 34, is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2019, which is the final year of his four-year, $26 million deal.

"I'm not sure if things are going to get worked out with Baltimore. Obviously, I want to be back," Weddle said. "[We'll] see if there's something to be worked out. If not, then I've had an unbelievable experience here and loved every second. So, if it does happen, we both move on, and we'll see if I'll play somewhere else or hang 'em up."

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Larry Fitzgerald Returning To Cardinals On One-Year Deal

Jan 23, 2019 10:09 AM

Larry Fitzgerald has announced he is returning for his 16th NFL season.

Fitzgerald signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.

"No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald," team president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and as passionate as ever. We are thrilled he'll be back for 2019."

In 2018, Fitzgerald did not announce his decision on playing until mid-February.

Fitzgerald will be 36 during the 2019 season. Fitzgerald had 69 catches for 734 yards and six touchdowns in 2018.

ESPN

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Cowboys Now Comfortable With Long-Term Deal For DeMarcus Lawrence

Jan 23, 2019 8:03 AM

DeMarcus Lawrence played the 2018 season under the franchise tag and the Dallas Cowboys have become "more comfortable" with awarding him a long-term deal.

The defensive end followed up his 14.5 sacks in 2017 with 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles this season.

"I wouldn't say we were a long ways apart; we were apart," Stephen Jones said. "Certainly DeMarcus has done his part to make us feel more comfortable. He put together now two back-to-back, double-digit sack seasons. Of course he's a leader by example. … Nothing's changed in terms of my opinion, except for the better."

Dallas Morning News

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Eli Manning's Agent Hasn't Heard From Giants Yet

Jan 22, 2019 8:48 AM

Eli Manning's agent has yet to speak with the New York Giants about his future.

Tom Condon was asked if he expects Manning to return to the Giants next season.

“Shoot, yeah. I think so . . . I think he’ll be back,” said Condon.

The Giants have missed the playoffs in five of the past six seasons and is now 38 years old with one season remaining on his contract.

If Manning plays under his current deal, his cap hit will be $23.2 million for 2019.

The Giants could approach Manning about a pay cut.

New York could target a quarterback with the sixth overall pick while there are also a few free agents at the position with ties to Pat Shurmur.

Tom Rock/Newsday

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Partick Mahomes Could Land First $200M Deal In 2020

Jan 20, 2019 9:43 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to extend Patrick Mahomes' contract after next season, according to league sources.

It would be the first time the MVP candidate is eligible for an extension and he could receive the NFL's first $200 million contract.

However, some issues will have to be addressed -- some surrounding the collective bargaining agreement that would have only two seasons remaining, and some involving the two years that Mahomes would have left on his current contract, including the fifth-year option that Kansas City undoubtedly would exercise.

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Chargers Ready To Discuss New Contract With Philip Rivers

Jan 18, 2019 8:13 AM

Philip Rivers says he wants to play a few more seasons and the Los Angeles Chargers want him around.

The quarterback is entering the final year of his contract, but general manager Tom Telesco said the Chargers want to begin conversations at some point about a new deal with Rivers.

Rivers signed a four-year, $83.5 million extension before the 2015 season that includes a no-trade clause.

"I can tell you he's not going anywhere, so he's going to be here," Telesco said. "We'll talk at the right point, as far as the moves we need to make in the offseason, the resources we have and how it all fits in. But yeah, he's not going anywhere."

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Seahawks Sign Paxton Lynch
Paxton Lynch didn't play in 2018 after he was released by the Broncos at the end of the preseason.

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Jaguars Could Be Contenders For Nick Foles
It remains to be seen how a team could acquire Nick Foles this offseason -- whether he'll become a free agent or the Eagles will retain his rights to swing a trade.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Still View Carson Wentz As Preferred Quarterback
The Eagles would like to keep Nick Foles, but plan on starting Carson Wentz in 2019.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Brandon Graham Not 'Going To Be Silly' In Contract Talks
Brandon Graham will be a free agent after nine seasons with the Eagles.

PhillyVoice.com

Bears Won't Rule Out Pursuing Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt is on the Commissioner Exempt List and would need to be reinstated before he could sign with any team.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Nick Foles Would Like To Be Starting QB In 2019
Nick Foles appears more eager to become a permanent starting quarterback again than he did in the past.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Jerry Rice: Antonio Brown Wants To Play For 49ers 'Really Bad'
Antonio Brown had a FaceTime conversation with Jerry Rice on Sunday.

ESPN

Antonio Gates Wants To Return To Chargers Next Season
Antonio Gates, who made a late comeback to the Chargers this year, says he wants to continue to play football next season.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Thomas Davis Says Panthers Won't Re-Sign Him
Thomas Davis plans to play at least one more season, but it won't be with the Panthers.

David Newton/ESPN