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Packers Reportedly Offered Aaron Rodgers Huge Contract

May 7, 2021 9:08 AM

At some point this offseason, the Green Bay Packers tried to patch their relationship with Aaron Rodgers by offering him a huge contract.

According to a report, the Packers offered to make Rodgers the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

The report doesn't say when the offer came, but only that it happened in "recent months." Ultimately no deal was reached because Rodgers turned the offer aside.

Making Rodgers the league's highest-paid quarterback would mean a deal worth more than $45 million per year.

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Eagles Claim Kerryon Johnson Off Waivers

May 7, 2021 8:42 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed Kerryon Johnson off waivers.

Johnson was a second round pick in 2018 by the Detroit Lions. 

Johnson joins a suddenly crowded Eagles backfield that includes Miles Sanders, rookie Kenny Gainwell, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott.

ESPN

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Frank Ragnow, Lions Agree To Four-Year, $54M Extension

May 6, 2021 1:57 PM

The Detroit Lions and Frank Ragnow have agreed to a four-year, $54 million extension that makes him the NFL's highest paid center.

Ragnow was a first round pick in 2018.

"He is a foundational piece because Frank is a guy that plays the game the right way," GM Brad Holmes said. "He's everything that we look for and what we want as a Lion."

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Lions Release RB Kerryon Johnson

May 6, 2021 9:06 AM

The Detroit Lions are releasing Kerryon Johnson.

The running back was a second-round pick in 2018. He became somewhat expendable when the Lions drafted D'Andre Swift at No. 35 in 2020.

Johnson ran for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons. He also has 61 career receptions for 527 yards and three scores.

Last year, he had 181 yards rushing and two scores on 52 carries, and had 19 receptions for 187 yards receiving and a touchdown.

ESPN

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Packers Exploring QB Options For OTAs, Training Camp

May 6, 2021 9:02 AM

The Green Bay Packers have begun exploring quarterbacks they can add to their roster for organized team activities and training camp, according to sources.

As things currently stand, Jordan Love is the only other quarterback on the roster aside from Aaron Rodgers, who reportedly no longer wants to play for the team.

Brian Gutekunst acknowledged after the draft that Green Bay would need to add more quarterbacks, but one source says the Packers' search has branched out to include veteran signal-callers as well.

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Casey Hayward Signs With Raiders

May 5, 2021 8:50 AM

The Las Vegas Raiders have added to their secondary by signing Casey Hayward, Jr.

Hayward, 31, reunites with Gus Bradley, who was his defensive coordinator the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.

During his five seasons with the Chargers, Hayward had 66 passes defensed, which led the AFC during that span. He led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2016 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017.

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Alejandro Villanueva Agrees To Two-Year, $14M Deal With Ravens

May 4, 2021 3:37 PM

Alejandro Villanueva has agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The deal includes $8 million in fully guaranteed money. 

Villanueva, 32, started at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the past six seasons but would fit in with the Ravens' supersized offensive line on the right side. 

The Ravens have Ronnie Stanley at left tackle.

The Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins also had interest in signing Villanueva. 

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Washington Signs Record-Tying RB Jaret Patterson

May 4, 2021 9:51 AM

The Washington Football Team has signed record-tying running back Jaret Patterson.

Patterson, an undrafted free agent, rushed for an NCAA-record-tying eight touchdowns and 409 yards during Buffalo's 70-41 win over Kent State last season.

Patterson and defensive end Chase Young were teammates for two seasons at Pallotti High school in Laurel, Maryland, before Young transferred to DeMatha.

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Patriots Decline Sony Michel's Fifth-Year Option

May 4, 2021 9:48 AM

The New England Patriots have declined the fifth-year option on Sony Michel's rookie contract, according to a source.

Monday was the deadline for teams to exercise the options for players selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

Michel has rushed for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons. He also has 26 receptions for 258 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots would have owed Michel a base salary of about $4.5 million, fully guaranteed, in 2022 if they had exercised his option.

ESPN

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Cowboys Decline 2022 Option On Leighton Vander Esch

May 3, 2021 10:19 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will not pick up Leighton Vander Esch's fifth-year option for 2022, according to his agent, Ron Slavin.

Vander Esch will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Vander Esch's injury history is the biggest reason.

After the Cowboys selected Vander Esch 19th overall in 2018, he was a Pro Bowler. 

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Seahawks, Richard Sherman Have Been In Contact

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Falcons Not Picking Up Hayden Hurst's Fifth-Year Option

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Aaron Rodgers Prepared To Retire If Situation Doesn't Improve

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Buccaneers Re-Sign Antonio Brown To One-Year, $3.1M Deal

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John Harbaugh Guarantees Ravens Will Pick Up Lamar Jackson's Option

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Packers View Aaron Rodgers As QB For 'Foreseeable Future'

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Seahawks Re-Sign Geno Smith

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Jordan Reed Retires Due To Concussion Concerns

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Alex Smith Announces Retirement From NFL

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Browns Release Sheldon Richardson

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Aldon Smith Agrees To One-Year Deal With Seahawks

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Cordarrelle Patterson Expected To Sign With Falcons

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Jadeveon Clowney Signs One-Year Deal With Browns

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Tyler Lockett Wants To Finish Career With Seahawks

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

James Conner, Cardinals Agree To One-Year Deal

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Giovani Bernard Signs One-Year Deal With Buccaneers

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Browns Seek Second Meeting With Jadeveon Clowney

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Considered Signing With Chiefs

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Josh Allen Won't Rush Long-Term Deal With Bills

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Eagles Sign LB Eric Wilson

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