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DeAndre Hopkins Agrees To Record Extension With Texans

Aug 31, 2017 7:05 PM

DeAndre Hopkins has agreed to a five-year extension with the Houston Texans worth $81 million. The deal includes $49 million in guaranteed money, which the largest single guarantee for any wide receiver in NFL history.

Hopkins was a Pro Bowler and Second-team All-Pro in 2015. Hopkins caught 111 balls for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Last season, Hopkins caught 78 balls for 954 yards and four touchdowns.

Hopkins held out for a new contract last year.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Misc Rumor, Signing

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49ers Paying $11M Per Year Combined For Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch

Aug 31, 2017 10:01 AM

The San Francisco 49ers fired their head coach for the third consecutive season, parting with Chip Kelly after they posted a 2-14 record in 2016. The 49ers also fired general manager Trent Baalke, who previously won an internal battle against Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers hired Kyle Shanahan as head coach and John Lynch as general manager on six-year deals for approximately $11 million combined per season.

Lynch had no prior front office experience as he was hired away from his television job with FOX.

Shanahan has been a successful offensive coordinator in several stops, though this is his first head coaching job.

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NFL Investigating Jarvis Landry For Alleged Domestic Incident

Aug 31, 2017 9:39 AM

The NFL is investigating an alleged domestic incident involving Jarvis Landry, according to a report.

A league spokesman told Andy Slater of WINZ that "the matter remains under review."

The league is believed to be in possession of a video of the incident.

Landry says he's fully cooperated with the investigation and his girlfriend, the alleged victim in the incident, has been uncooperative with authorities and refuted the claims against him.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

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Teams Still Avoiding Tying Salary To Percentage Of Salary Cap

Aug 31, 2017 9:37 AM

NFL players have been unable to secure a contract tied to the growth of the salary cap. Darrelle Revis attempted to get it into his contract in 2010 while Kirk Cousins sought a clause in his 2016 negotiations.

The NFL salary cap has grown by 37 percent since 2013.

Teams have resisted tying salary to the cap as it negates their benefit of a long-term deal.

In the NBA, maximum contracts are tied to the salary cap for the first season of the deal and then have pre-determined raises every year thereafter. When a player becomes a free agent again, they can sign for a percentage of the salary cap again depending on their years of service.

As Peter King points out, quarterbacks are making approximately the same percentage of the cap (15 percent) as they were in 1997. Brett Favre had an average salary of $6.5 million in 1997, which was 15.7 percent of the cap. In 2017, Matthew Stafford's average salary of $25.3 million represents 15.1 percent of the cap.

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Seahawks Trying To Trade Jermaine Kearse

Aug 31, 2017 9:34 AM

The Seattle Seahawks are looking to trade Jermaine Kearse, according to a report.

Kearse has started at receiver for the Seahawks since 2014, but is coming off a season in which he caught 41 passes for 510 yards and one touchdown.

He is set to make $2.2 million in base salary in 2017 as part of the three-year, $13.5 million deal he signed in March 2016.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Vontaze Burfict's Suspension Reduced To Three Games

Aug 31, 2017 9:31 AM

The NFL has reduced Vontaze Burfict's suspension from five to three games.

Burfict's suspension was for an illegal hit against Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason game.

According to the league, Burfict hit the player while in a defenseless posture. It is a new rule the NFL is implementing this season to protect the player who can't protect himself.

ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor

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Chiefs Acquire Cam Erving From Browns For 5th Round Pick

Aug 30, 2017 8:01 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired Cam Erving from the Cleveland Browns for a fifth round pick in 2018.

Erving was a first round pick on the offensive line in 2015.

From 2007 through 2016 the Browns took 13 players in the first round of the draft. Three are still with the team.

The Chiefs are set in their starting lineup at both tackle positions, right guard and center for the foreseeable future, with all four players being signed at least through 2018. The only opening for Erving in the starting lineup would possibly be at left guard; last year's starter, Parker Ehinger, has yet to play in the preseason after tearing his ACL last year.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Joe Haden Agrees Upon Three-Year, $27M Deal With Steelers

Aug 30, 2017 4:24 PM

Joe Haden has agreed upon a three-year, $27 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haden will receive $7 million in Year 1 guaranteed.

Haden had better financial offers from other teams.

Haden was released on Wednesday by the Cleveland Browns.

Haden last made a Pro Bowl in 2014.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Marvin Lewis Comfortable Without Contract For 2018

Aug 30, 2017 9:54 AM

Marvin Lewis is comfortable entering the final season of his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Lewis is about to embark on his 15th season as head coach of the Bengals.

"That doesn't affect anything," Lewis told ESPN. "I've coached here for 15 seasons. ... The relationship you have with the team and the organization is a two-way street. That's been the thing, I've been the one to not want to move a lot. That's not been a big deal to me. Because we've been able to build something.

"... [Owner Mike Brown] and I have a great working relationship. Sometimes you don't want to start that over again, but sometimes you need to. And I'm prepared to do that. It doesn't affect me one way or another."

The Bengals have not won a playoff game during Lewis' tenure.

"It's part of what this business is," Lewis said. "Everybody wants to coach on a one-year contract. It's a two-way street.

"Last time, we didn't come to an agreement. And we didn't really come to an agreement this time. And that's fine. It doesn't bother me one way or another. They've got to do what they feel is best for their team and the organization, and my job right now is to coach the football team and we'll go from there."

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

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Broncos Fielding Trade Offers For T.J. Ward

Aug 30, 2017 8:45 AM

The Denver Broncos have received calls from teams with interest in veteran safety T.J. Ward, according to a report.

Ward, who is entering the final year of his four-year pact with the organization, is owed $4.5 million in base salary.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

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Texans Want Season Opener To Remain In Houston
The Texans are currently scheduled to host the Jaguars in Week 1 of the regular season.

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Browns Release Joe Haden
It was reported on Tuesday that the Browns were open to trade offers for the cornerback, who was due to be paid $11.1 million this season.

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Jets Exploring Trade Of Matt Forte
Matt Forte ran 218 times for 813 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Tom Pelissero/NFL.com (via ProFootballTalk)

Browns Open To Trading Joe Haden
Joe Haden is due to be paid $11.1 million this season, and $11.2 million and $10.4 million in 2018 and '19.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Steelers Acquire Vance McDonald From 49ers
The 49ers will receive an undisclosed draft pick for Vance McDonald.

RealGM Staff Report

Leonard Fournette Wants To Play This Week
Leonard Fournette hasn't played in the Jaguars' last two preseason games because of a foot injury, but he returned to practice over the weekend and wants to play in the exhibition finale.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Doug Marrone: Blake Bortles Is 'Best I've Seen Him'
Blake Bortles has never looked better than he has during the three-day stretch since being renamed the starter for the Jaguars on Saturday, according to Doug Marrone.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Eric Dickerson Signs One-Day Deal To Retire With Rams
Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson will sign a one-day contract with the Rams on Tuesday and officially retire with the organization.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Adam Gase: Dolphins Won't Trade Jarvis Landry
Adam Gase is shooting down speculation that the Dolphins have put Jarvis Landry on the trading block.

James Walker/ESPN

Matthew Stafford Agrees To Five-Year, $135M Extension With Lions
The deal puts Matthew Stafford ahead of the $25 million annually earned by Derek Carr.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

John Harbaugh, Ravens Agree Upon Extension Through 2019
John Harbaugh was under contract through 2018.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Bills Sign QB Keith Wenning
The Bills have signed Keith Wenning as both Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates deal with concussions at quarterback.

Field Yates/ESPN

Bills Trade Reggie Ragland To Chiefs For 4th Round Pick
Reggie Ragland tore his ACL in training camp in 2016.

NFL.com

Jay Gruden Fine With Kirk Cousins Making Tackles
Kirk Cousins attempted to make a tackle after throwing an interception to Vontaze Burfict of the Bengals on Sunday.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Martavis Bryant: Colts DB 'Tried To Hurt Me'
Martavis Bryant says he took an "intentional" late hit from Colts safety Matthias Farley while on the ground during Saturday's preseason game.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Vontaze Burfict Facing Five-Game Suspension For Illegal Hit
Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension for an illegal hit on Anthony Sherman of the Chiefs, according to league sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Release Ahmad Brooks
Ahmad Brooks joined the 49ers in 2008 and was their longest-tenured defensive player.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Jaguars Aren't Ready To Name Starting Quarterback
The Jaguars have played three preseason games, but they aren't ready to name a starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season.

Marc Sessler/NFL

LeSean McCoy: Colin Kaepernick Isn't Worth The Distraction
LeSean McCoy doesn't think free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a good enough player to be worth the "distraction" of a team signing him to play.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Bills Assure LeSean McCoy He Won't Be Traded
The Eagles abruptly traded LeSean McCoy to the Bills in 2015.

Mike Rodak/ESPN