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Brandon Linder Agrees To Five-Year, $51.7M Extension With Jaguars

Jul 25, 2017 8:16 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Brandon Linder worth $51.7 million. Linder's deal will include $24 million in guaranteed money.

The extension makes Linder the highest-paid center in NFL history.

"It means the world to me," Linder said in a statement. "I'd love to play here my whole career. I fell in love with this city and we have big things coming, changing the culture, and now we start tomorrow for training camp. I couldn't think of a better place to play my career."

Linder was the No. 5 center for Pro Football Focus last season. Linder moved from guard to center in 2016.

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La'el Collins Signs Two-Year, $15.4M Extension With Cowboys

Jul 25, 2017 3:48 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed upon a two-year, $15.4 million extension with La'el Collins.

The extension will run through 2019.

Collins would have been a restricted free agent after this season.

Collins' average of $7.7 million is second highest in the NFL amongst right tackles.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

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Lucky Whitehead Was Victim Of Mistaken Identity

Jul 25, 2017 12:38 PM

Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department has announced they mistakenly charged Lucky Whitehead with shoplifting on June 22nd.

Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, said Monday that this was a case of mistaken identity. Rich cited flight records to prove that Whitehead wasn't in Virginia at the time of the incident.

The Dallas Cowboys released Whitehead on Monday following the erroneous report.

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Broncos Hire Gary Kubiak As Scouting Advisor

Jul 25, 2017 11:33 AM

The Denver Broncos have hired Gary Kubiak as a scouting advisor.

Kubiak stepped down as head coach of the Broncos after the 2016 season.

Kubiak experienced health problems while coaching the Broncos last year and missed a game after being taken to the hospital with what was called a complex migraine.

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Coach Predicts Pro Bowl Season For Terrelle Pryor

Jul 25, 2017 8:42 AM

Coming off a breakout season at a new position, Terrelle Pryor still has some doubters.

Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns with the Cleveland Browns, but wasn't highly coveted as a free agent and landed with the Washington Redskins.

He will start alongside Jamison Crowder.

"I will be shocked if he isn't in the Pro Bowl," Browns receivers coach Al Saunders said. "He's going to have that kind of year."

There will be a large role for Pryor with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both gone.

Marc Sessler/NFL

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Andy Reid Tells Tamba Hali Not To Complain On Twitter

Jul 25, 2017 8:38 AM

Andy Reid wasn't happy that Tamba Hali used Twitter as a platform to complain about his snap count during last season's playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We don't want him doing it through the social media part of it,'' Reid said. "If you have a problem, let's talk about it."

Hali lined up for just seven snaps as the Kansas City Chiefs lost.

"One thing you love about Tamba is he loves to play," Reid added. "I can't tell you he's getting any younger. I can't tell you that. But I do love the fact he bugs on you that he wants to play. As coaches, we have to make the decision and so we make the decision whether he plays seven plays or 27 plays or 47 plays. That's what we do.

"Is a player always going to be happy about that? No. That's not how it works. But do I love the fact he loves to play? Yeah. He's going to be 50 years old and probably still tweeting out those things that he wants to get in his plays."

Adam Teicher/ESPN

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Chargers To Bring Robert Griffin III In For Workout

Jul 25, 2017 8:34 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers are scheduled to have Robert Griffin III in for a workout on Tuesday, according to a source.

Griffin has been training in Florida with former Cleveland Browns assistant coach Pep Hamilton.

The quarterback was released by the Browns on March 10 after they acquired Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans.

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John Elway Signs Five-Year Contract With Broncos

Jul 24, 2017 5:03 PM

John Elway has signed a five-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

Elway will remain with the Broncos through at least 2021.

“We’re pleased to reach an agreement on a five-year contract with John to continue leading our football operations,” CEO Joe Ellis said. “During these last six seasons, John’s clearly established himself as one of the best general managers in all of sports. He’s demonstrated impressive football instincts, a strong business acumen and a consistent ability to build competitive teams.

“There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.”

Aric DiLalla/NFL.com

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Browns May Use Duke Johnson As Top Slot Receiver

Jul 24, 2017 8:40 AM

The Cleveland Browns may use Duke Johnson as their primary slot receiver this season.

Johnson, a running back by definition, had more receiving yards than rushing yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.

Andrew Hawkins was Cleveland's No. 1 slot option last season, but he signed with the New England Patriots this offseason. Johnson caught 53 passes for 514 yards and ran 73 times for 358 yards last year.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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DeAndre Hopkins Will Report To Texans On Time

Jul 24, 2017 8:36 AM

DeAndre Hopkins, who walked out of training camp after one day last year because of his desire for a new deal with the Houston Texans, will report with the rest of the team on Monday.

Hopkins is scheduled to play on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, which will pay him $7.9 million this season.

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Jerry Jones: No Domestic Violence Evidence Against Ezekiel Elliott
Jerry Jones has come out in defense of Ezekiel Elliott as the running back awaits possible discipline for an alleged domestic violence incident last July in Columbus, Ohio.

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Antonio Brown Lobbying Steelers To Extend Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell will play this season on a franchise tag of $12.12 million after he and the Steelers couldn't reach an extension by the July 17 deadline.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Larry Fitzgerald Remains Guarded On When He May Retire
Larry Fitzgerald enters 2017 third all-time in receptions.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Jets Agree To $22.3M Deal With No. 6 Pick Jamal Adams
The Jets have agreed to terms on a four-year, fully-guaranteed $22.3 million deal with sixth overall pick Jamal Adams.

Max Meyer/NFL

Cowboys Re-Sign Justin Durant
Justin Durant played in 13 games last season for the Cowboys after he was signed just before the start of training camp.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Panthers Agree To $45M Extension With Trai Turner
Trai Turner was a third round pick in 2014 and is a two-time Pro Bowler.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Panthers Release Michael Oher
Michael Oher has been in the NFL concussion protocol since last September.

David Newton/ESPN

Chris Johnson Re-Signs With Cardinals
Chris Johnson finished with 95 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries last season.

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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Overworked Arm Before Last Season
Carson Palmer had an up-and-down 2016 campaign.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Ike Taylor: 'Strong Possibility' Le'Veon Bell Holds Out
Ike Taylor, a former teammate of Le'Veon Bell, believes there is a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Police Suspend Investigation Involving Ezekiel Elliott
Police in Dallas have suspended their investigation into an alleged assault that reportedly involved Ezekiel Elliott, citing a lack of witnesses.

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James Conner Has NFL's Second-Best Selling Jersey
Steelers rookie James Conner ranks No. 2 among all NFL players on the Dick's Sporting Goods' jersey report behind Tom Brady.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Seeks Contract Of No. 1 RB + No. 2 WR
As Bill Barnwell points out, combining the money for both LeSean McCoy and Michael Crabtree would put Le'Veon Bell at $47.2 million over three seasons.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Bears Sign Mitchell Trubisky
Mitchell Trubisky was the second overall pick.

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Kirk Cousins' 2018 $34.5M Franchise Tag Would Be 20 Percent Of NFL Cap
Kirk Cousins is playing the 2017 at the franchise-tag salary of $23.94 million, which is 14.3 percent of the cap.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Lions, Matthew Stafford Expected To Reach New Deal Soon
Matthew Stafford is entering the final year of a three-year, $53 million extension, but is expected to reach a new deal with the Lions soon.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Marty Hurney Meets With Panthers About GM Job
The Panthers fired Dave Gettleman and Marty Hurney is expected to be named the team's interim GM.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Lions' Armonty Bryant Suspended Four Games
The pass rusher was suspended twice last season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs (four games) and violating the league's policy on drugs of abuse (three games).

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Matt Ryan Not Worried About Details Of Next Contract
Matt Ryan still has two seasons and $35 million remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million extension.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Washington Wanted Six-Year Deal With Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins was offered a six-year contract from Washington with four of those seasons not guaranteed, according to a source.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk