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ESPN: RB Mathews Agrees to Deal with Eagles

ESPN: RB Mathews Agrees to Deal with Eagles

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Ryan Mathews has agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.According to Schefter, the 27-year-old Mathews will receive $5 million guaranteed.

Mathews helps take the place of running back LeSean McCoy, who the Eagles officially traded to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

Mathews, who the San Diego Chargers selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has played a full 16 game regular season only once during his five years in the league.During his five seasons with the Chargers, Mathews has rushed for 4,061 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and 23 touchdowns. He's also caught 146 balls, for 1,110 yards and a touchdown.Knee and ankle injuries hampered Mathews last season. He played in eight games, rushing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.

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Revis Returns to the Jets

Revis Returns to the Jets

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After spending the last two seasons with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis is returning to the New York Jets, according to ESPN.ESPN reports Revis receives a five-year, $70 million contract -- $39 million guaranteed. That makes him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.Revis, 29, helped the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl of this century last season.

I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I'm coming home. #revisisland #jetnation pic.twitter.com/KQE3Yc1orz

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 11, 2015

The Patriots could have picked up a $20 million option on the four-time All-Pro for the 2015 season but declined. Revis then became a free agent at 4 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday before agreeing to join the Jets.During Revis' six seasons with the Jets, he made four Pro Bowls. The phrase "Revis Island" was also created referring to his ability to shut down an opposing teams' best receiver. In 2013, Revis was traded by the Jets to Tampa Bay for first and fourth-round picks. Revis then signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs. He stayed in Tampa for only one season before joining the Patriots. Revis played in all 19 games for the Pats last season, recording 53 tackles, 18 passes defended, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.

 

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Patriots Decline $20 Million Option on Revis

Patriots Decline $20 Million Option on Revis

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma. ) -- Darrelle Revis is free to sell his services to the highest bidder once again.

The New England Patriots declined a $20 million dollar contract option on the All-Pro cornerback Monday, allowing Revis to enter free agency.

Revis's original team, the New York Jets are believed to be very interested in reuniting with their 2009 first round pick.  The Jets traded him in 2013 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round and what would eventually be a fifth-round selection. The Jets selected defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the first-rounder in 2013.

The Patriots continue to actively negotiate with Revis after recently re-signing defensive back Devin McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. 

New England filed tampering charges against New York in January after Jets' owner Woody Johnson stated he would "love for Darrelle to come back."

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Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers have already lost head coach Jim Harbaugh and running back Frank Gore this offseason. According to various reports, the team will also lose defensive anchors Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to retirement.

Originally reported by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN is now reporting that the 30-year-old Willis will announce his retirement Tuesday.

One of the most dominant linebackers over the past generation, Willis was hampered by a toe injury last season that limited him to just six games.

Willis made seven Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons, and has 950 career tackles, 16 forced fumbles, and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of CSNBAYAREA.com is reporting that 14-year veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith is set to retire as well.

Smith spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers and was consistently one of the best at his position during his career. A five-time Pro-Bowler, Smith averaged over six sacks per season during his time in San Francisco.

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ESPN: Bills Agree to Deal with Defensive End Jerry Hughes

ESPN: Bills Agree to Deal with Defensive End Jerry Hughes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coming off two of the best seasons of his career with the Bills, defensive end Jerry Hughes is staying in Buffalo.

ESPN is reporting that the Bills and Hughes have agreed on a five-year deal worth more than $45 million.

A first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Hughes recorded a total of just five sacks during his time with the Colts. He started just seven games over his three seasons with the team.

Then Hughes signed with the Bills prior to the start of the 2013 season and became one of the most productive defensive ends in the NFL.

In two seasons with the Bills, the 26-year-old Hughes has recorded 19.5 sacks, while recording 99 tackles and forcing five forced fumbles.

Buffalo had the fourth-best ranked defense in 2014.

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Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em. According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith spent the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was also a teammate of current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Those two helped beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE. This isn't a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I'm on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later."

In 2014, Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Chargers Re-Sign Flowers, Will Sign Orlando Franklin

Chargers Re-Sign Flowers, Will Sign Orlando Franklin

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca. ) -- The San Diego Chargers have brought back their top corner Brandon Flowers on a four-year, $36 million contract, according to NFL Networks' Albert Breer.

Flowers, 29, joined the Chargers after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs last June.

The Chiefs saw Flowers as a poor fit in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's man-to-man defense, but the corner flourished in San Diego's zone coverage scheme.

Additionally, the Chargers have come to terms with free agent guard Orlando Franklin, according to The UT-San Diego.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for five years, $36.5 million, with $20 guaranteed.

Franklin, 27 was a second-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2011 draft. The 6'7," 320 lb. guard has started 47 games for Denver.

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Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed to Kansas City

Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed to Kansas City

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Andy Reid has wooed one of his former first-round picks to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeremy Maclin will agree to a contract with Kansas City once free agency begins Tuesday, according to ESPN.

While with the Eagles, Reid selected Maclin with the 19th pick in the 2009 NFL draft. 

Maclin missed all of the 2013 season with a torn ACL. He bounced back for a career season under Chip Kelly last year as he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.

To clear cap space for the move, the Chiefs have restructured the contract of defensive end Tamba Hali and are expected to release wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

 

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Report: Patriots Re-Sign Devin McCourty

Report: Patriots Re-Sign Devin McCourty

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(FOXBORO, Ma.) -- The New England Patriots are keeping the lynchpin of their secondary at home in Gillette Stadium.

Devin McCourty has agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million dollar contract with the Super Bowl champions, with $28.5 million guaranteed, according to multiple NFL sources.

"To me, it was just hitting certain numbers I wanted. I felt like myself, my agents and the Patriots worked together. We got it done," McCourty told the Boston Herald. "I think it was no secret. I told everyone I wanted to be back. It was a business, and I felt the business side got done."

McCourty, 28, has had eight interceptions and five forced fumbles over the past three seasons.

With one key member of the Patriots secondary secured, the attention shifts to Darrelle Revis, who the New England can exercise a $20 million dollar roster option on until Monday. If the team declines the option, Revis will become a free agent.

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Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins

Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Miami Dolphins after the new league year officially begins on Tuesday.  The Dolphins are expected to offer Suh a contract worth approximately $114 million with $60 million in guaranteed money.

Suh's former team, the Detroit Lions were among other teams making proposals to Suh, however, the Dolphins showed they were the team most interested in the defensive tackle.

Suh will get $60 million in the first three years of his contract. He is expected to make an average of $19 million per year over the six year span, according to ESPN.

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Chris Johnson in Stable Condition After Shooting

Chris Johnson in Stable Condition After Shooting

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is in stable condition after being shot in the shoulder during a drive-by that occurred at 4 a.m. Sunday in Orlando, Florida, according to police.

According to a police report, deputies arrived at the scene to find a Jeep with one deceased man and two others with gunshot wounds on the sidewalk. The victims said an unknown vehicle pulled up beside them at a red light and opened fire.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and everyone impacted by this tragic event," the Jets said in a statement.

Chris Johnson is set to become a free agent Tuesday. After one season with the Jets, the team declined to exercise an option for 2015, setting him free.  Johnson will look for work elsewhere next season.

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Report: Mark Ingram To Stay With Saints For Four More Years

Report: Mark Ingram To Stay With Saints For Four More Years

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(NEW ORLEANS, La. ) -- The New Orleans Saints are keeping running back Mark Ingram around for a few more seasons.

The Saints and Ingram have agreed to a four-year deal, worth about $16 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ingram was one of the two first-round selections by the Saints in the 2011 draft.  New Orleans took the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama with the 31st choice, but his NFL career has not equaled the same level of performance of that with the Crimson Tide.

The 25-year-old ran for 964 yards and nine touchdowns last season, both career highs. Injuries and splitting carries with fellow running backs have held Ingram in check. 

For his career, Ingram has rushed for 2,426 yards on 582 carries and 20 touchdowns.

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Report: Packers Re-Sign Randall Cobb To Four-Year Deal

Report: Packers Re-Sign Randall Cobb To Four-Year Deal

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(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers have found a way to keep one of their most electric weapons in Lambeau.

Wide receiver Randall Cobb has agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract with the Packers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Cobb was expected to be the most highly sought after wide receiver on the free agent market. With teams like the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars seeking help at the receiver position and with the most cap space to utilize, Cobb was expected to command around $11-$12 million per season.

Instead, the 24-year-old stays with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Cobb saw a breakout season last year as he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

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Cowboys Sign RT Doug Free to 3-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign RT Doug Free to 3-Year Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) --  The Dallas Cowboys locked up one of their key components to their offensive line signing right tackle, Doug Free to a three-year deal worth $15 million, including $6 million in guaranteed money.

The Cowboys are unsure if they will resign running back DeMarco Murray, however they kept their most important piece of their offense in tact -- the offensive line.  All five offensive linemen are set to have a second season together in the 2015 season.

Free has been a full-time starter since 2010. He started at left tackle in 2010 and 2011 before moving to right tackle in favor of Tyron Smith in 2012.

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Jets Re-Up MLB David Harris To Three-Year Deal

Jets Re-Up MLB David Harris To Three-Year Deal

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are bringing back David Harris to lead their defense for a few more seasons.  

The 31-year-old linebacker known as "Hitman," signed a three-year contract worth $21.5 million, $15 million of it guaranteed in the first two seasons.   

"After hearing the plans and vision of Coach Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, there was no doubt I wanted to return, help win a Super Bowl with the Green & White, and retire a Jet," Harris said. 

The Buffalo Bills, now led by former Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Miami Dolphins who added former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum to their front office were expected to aggressively pursue Harris once free agency began.

Harris was selected by the Jets in the second round out of Michigan in 2006. He has played in all but five games since 2007.  

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Chargers Sign Jacoby Jones

Chargers Sign Jacoby Jones

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Chargers have signed kick returner Jacoby Jones to a two-year, according to the team.

Jones, 30, was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 25 after he was scheduled to earn $2.5 million for the 2015 season.

The Chargers had a clear need for an impact kick returner as they ranked 28th overall last season with an average return of 22.2 yards. Jones ranked second in the league with 30.6 yards per return.

Jones provided little impact as a receiver last season as he caught a career low nine passes while dropping five. 

The Houston Texans selected Jones in the third round of the 2007 draft, where he spent five seasons.

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LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent safety LaRon Landry will be unavailable to any team for the first ten weeks of the 2015 NFL season.

The NFL suspended the former Indianapolis Colts defensive back for ten games after a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs. 

Last season, Landry missed four games for the Colts season as a result of his first positive drug test. His impact was mixed as he registered just 46 tackles on the season, creating no turnovers and according to Pro Football Focus, graded out marginally well in coverage.

Landry was released last month by the Colts after signing a four-year deal worth $24 million in 2013.

Landry has never admitted to PED use, but he famously tweeted out this picture after a workout:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ESPN: Marshawn Lynch Agree to New Deal with Seahawks

ESPN: Marshawn Lynch Agree to New Deal with Seahawks

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beast Mode will be running wild in Seattle once again in 2015 as ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch have agreed on a new contract.

The two sides came to an agreement on a three-year deal. He'll receive $12 million for the 2015 season

Lynch remains one of the top paid running backs in the NFL.

One of the more unique players in the NFL from a personality standpoint, Lynch made it known he wasn't sure whether or not he wanted to play in 2015.

He infamously didn't get a chance to run the ball at the goal-line at the end of the Super Bowl. Instead quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted by cornerback Malcolm Butler.

The 28-year-old Lynch is one of the best running backs in the NFL. This past season, he ran for 1,306 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns.

He has had at least 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in four-straight seasons.

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Colts Part Ways with Reggie Wayne

Colts Part Ways with Reggie Wayne

NFL via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts announced that they will not resign 14-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne, who spent all 14 seasons with the team and won a Super Bowl title during that run.

"My relationship with Reggie goes back to my coaching days at the University of Miami. He is the epitome of what a coach looks for in a player," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement.  "Hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are just a few ways I would describe him. He encompasses everything that is right about this game, on and off the field."

The statement continued, "I am so grateful I had the chance to coach Reggie again when I arrived in 2012. It was a blessing to see the impact that he made with this organization and Colts fans around the world. I wish him all the best in the future and thank him for representing the horseshoe in the most professional manner."

Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay also released a statement about Wayne's release. "Reggie is one of the greatest men to ever wear the horseshoe, and we have been blessed to watch him play for the past 14 years," he said. "When he first took the field with us in 2001, we knew this day would eventually arrive.  That reality is one of the things that makes pro football such a tough business."

"We feel this decision is in the best interests of the team and for Reggie as it will allow him to seek a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere if he so chooses. Reggie is beloved by the Colts organization and our fans and he will always be a part of the Colts family.  I look forward to the day in the near future when our great number 87 enters the Colts Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Irsay continued.

Wayne is the franchise's leader in regular season games played (211) and ranks second in receptions with 1,070 for 14,345 yards, and 80 receiving touchdowns. Wayne was drafted 30th overall in the 2001 NFL draft.

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Carson Palmer’s Rehab Going Great

Carson Palmer’s Rehab Going Great

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer's rehab from his ACL reconstruction surgery is going well.Palmer tore his ACL in Week 10 and is almost four months removed from surgery. He told reporters Thursday that the injury blues have faded.“I started being able to sweat and work out again and really feel like I was training for football as opposed to just doing leg extensions and calf raises and things that feel monotonous or silly at the time,” Palmer said. “The last month or so has been fun again.”Palmer said he throws five days a week and has been running for two or three weeks. The 35-year-old says he's close to being able to participate in a normal workout, and he will definitely be ready for training camp."I'm going to be ready to rock 'n' roll by the season," Palmer said. "Definitely going to be ready by that, definitely going to be ready for camp. And shooting to be getting reps in our mandatory (minicamp) and hopefully some of our OTA practices."Before being injured last season, Palmer started six games, throwing for 1,626 yards, 11 touchdowns, and three interceptions.

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