Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, per @toddarcher. Smith’s new deal with the Cowboys: 5 new years , $65 million, including $35.5M guaranteed, per source. Gives Smith the 3rd-highest paid guarantee and makes him a top 5 linebacker with only 22 starts. So the first lucrative deal that Dallas gives out this summer is not to Ezekiel Elliott nor Dak Prescott nor Amari Cooper, but LB Jaylon Smith.
@gq has turned into the unofficial magazine of the Cleveland Browns. This month, one month after it featured OBJ, it features Baker Mayfield. In the article, Mayfield discusses the Giants drafting Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick and says this: “I can not believe the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my mind... Some people overthink it. That's where people go wrong. They forget you've got to win.”
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders will play in a game tonight for the first time since tearing his Achilles at the Dec. 5 practice, and he will start, per source. Sanders will be introduced with Denver’s starters tonight pregame, run out of the tunnel, and be on field for first offensive snap.
Jay Gruden today on how soon Colt McCoy might return from a broken leg that ended his 2018 season: “Oh man, it might not be the end of camp, it might be two or three weeks into the season. We don't know yet.” Case Keenum is now tracking to be Washington’s opening-day starting QB vs the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cedric Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed Saturday night in a motorcycle accident. Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, was 36.
Chargers safety Derwin James will be sidelined 3-4 months with a stress fracture in his foot, per source. He will undergo surgery next week with Dr. Robert Anderson. Hope is he can be back for playoff push or postseason.
Now the NFL has two 40-something-year-old QBs; Josh McCown in Philadelphia and Tom Brady in New England.
A one-year deal for Josh McCown in Philadelphia, per source.
Words from the commissioner...
NFL is reinstating Patriots’ WR Josh Gordon, league source tells ESPN. Gordon was suspended Dec. 20 for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance abuse policy, missing the Patriots' final two regular-season games and all three playoff games. But now, he’s back.
Eagles adding to offensive line...
Chargers and Melvin Gordon have not made progress towards a new deal, per sources. Gordon still wants to return in time for the regular season, but he is prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached, per source.
While he is away from the Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott’s weight is in the low 220s, the lowest it has been since his rookie year, per source. If and when the two sides can work out a deal, Elliott will be all ready to go.
On a conference-call tonight with reporters, Colts’ GM Chris Ballard said Andrew Luck's calf strain has turned into a high-ankle issue. Colts now say Luck is likely to sit out the preseason with his ankle injury.
NFL has suspended Cowboys’ DE Robert Quinn two games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Texans traded a conditional 4th-round pick in 2020 that can become a 3rd-round pick to the Browns for running back Duke Johnson, per source.
Dolphins are signing former Cardinals’ first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche to a 1-year deal worth up to $1.1 million, per source.
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Compensation update: Patriots’ QB Tom Brady is signing a two-year extension that will take him through the 2021 season and will pay him $23 million this year, per source. It makes him the 6th highest-paid QB in the league. Deal will be adjusted each year he continues playing.
Patriots and QB Tom Brady are close to finalizing an agreement on a contract extension, per @fieldyates. Should be done soon.
Texans placed RB D’Onta Foreman on waivers. Houston feels like Foreman needs a fresh start and needs to grow up.
Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue is ending his holdout and returning to the team today, per source. Ngakoue needed to report by Tuesday to have this season count as accrued season to free agency, and he will. Remaining holdouts now: Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon, Trent Williams, with Jadeveon Clowney still being unsigned.
Who you got???
Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown is scheduled to see a foot specialist today, as @VicTafur reported. Brown has been sidelined throughout training camp. It is not considered any type of long-term injury for Brown, per source.
Cowboys’ G Zack Martin underwent an MRI on his back. The Cowboys “are encouraged” by the test results but Martin will not be rushed back to action anytime soon.
Tom Brady turns 42 years young today. There are three skill-position players on the Patriots’ training-camp roster who are almost half of Brady’s age: 🏈RB Damien Harris was born Feb. 11, 1997; 🏈WR Ryan Davis was born April 12, 1997; 🏈WR N’Keal Harry was born Dec. 17, 1997.
Six-time Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall is in Indianapolis today to work out for the Colts, per source.
Former Titans’ S Johnathan Cyprien is signing a 1-year deal with the Eagles, per source.
Broncos’ HC Vic Fangio, scheduled to make his HC debut tonight vs Atlanta in Hall-Of-Fame game, spent a good part of the day in a Cleveland hospital with a kidney stone, per source. Fangio has not passed it yet, but he is doing better and he will try to coach tonight.
Veteran S Tre Boston is signing with the Panthers on a 1-year, $3 million deal, per source. A return to Carolina.
Dolphins’ assistant HC/QB coach Jim Caldwell is taking a leave of absence to address health issues. Caldwell will serve as a consultant to the Dolphins for the 2019 season. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
Raiders’ G Richie Incognito suspended two games for violating NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Jets’ TE Chris Herndon has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. Herndon will miss the regular-season opener against Buffalo, and games vs the Browns, at New England and at Philadelphia.
Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell @wojespn.
Browns’ RB Duke Johnson signed today with a new @agent, Drew Rosenhaus, per source. Johnson still is expected to seek a trade and keep in mind Rosenhaus helped facilitate a trade for Browns and his client Emmanuel Ogbah, and got Breshad Perriman out of his deal in Cleveland.
Los Angeles running back Melvin Gordon has informed the Chargers that unless he receives a new contract, he will not report to training camp and he will demand a trade, his agent Fletcher Smith told ESPN.
The Houston Texans are not hiring a general manager for the 2019 season and instead will divvy up those responsibilities amongst existing front-office members such as Matt Bazirgan, James Liipfert, Chris Olsen and Jack Easterby, per league sources. But no GM in 2019 for Houston.
Raiders have signed first-round draft pick, RB Josh Jacobs. With training camps opening later this month, there now are five unsigned first-round picks: Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Devin White, Daniel Jones, Brian Burns.
Land of the stars....plus DeMarcus Cousins added to the Lakers. ⭐️
And one other NBA note: No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson turns 19 today.
While the East Coast was sleeping, the Clippers came up with a new look, featuring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
What it will look like:
Dolphins’ DT Kendrick Norton was in a car accident last night and suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm, per his agent.
Jared Lorenzen's mother, Janet, confirmed that her son died today. He was 38. Condolences to his family and friends.
No discipline for Zeke.
Not what Knicks’ fans expected nor wanted, but not bad....