NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES, RODGERS, FLOYD, DECKER

Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers are still far apart in negotiations. Green Bay has apparently been setting Week 1 as a potential deadline for Rodgers talks. Rodgers, 34, is currently signed through the 2019 season, with cap charges north of $20MM in each of the next two campaigns. On an annual average basis, though, Rodgers’ $22MM/year now ranks just 10th among quarterbacks, behind the likes of Joe FlaccoAlex Smith, and Derek Carr, among others. Cleveland Browns have interest in Dez Bryant. The Browns have interest in Bryant due to fellow receiver Josh Gordon‘s ongoing absence, and it’s presently unclear if and when Gordon will be returning to the club. If Bryant ultimately does sign with the Browns, he’d likely need to ink a one-year deal that would not be lucrative. Betty Lee Jackson, mother of Browns coach Hue Jackson, passed away Sunday morning after long battle with illness. For Jackson, the loss of his mother comes on the heels of his brother unexpectedly passing. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams had a public intoxication charge against him dismissed. So what’s the deal with Earl Thomas and the Cowboys? A team official tells “It’s a lot of media hype. Seattle not giving him away and we’re not overpaying.” Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to miss most, if not all, of the preseason as he deals with a knee injury. Pete Carroll said the club would take precautions in order to preserve Baldwin’s health. If Baldwin can’t go then Tyler Lockett would become Seattle’s default No. 1 wideout, while veteran Brandon Marshall could also have a greater chance of making the team’s 53-man roster. Other Seahawks options include free agent acquisition Jaron Brown, 2017 third-rounder Amara Darboh, and Marcus Johnson, among others. The Seahawks have signed guard J.R. Sweezy the deal brings Sweezy back to the team that drafted him six years ago. A seventh-round pick out of N.C. State in 2012, Sweezy spent his first four seasons in Seattle before signing with the Bucs as a free agent in 2016. That deal was terminated this summer after two injury-plagued seasons with Tampa Bay. New England Patriots announced that they’ve released wide receiver Jordan Matthews and signed fullback Henry Poggi. Although Field Yates of ESPN.com tweeted New England would placed Matthews on injured reserve, it appears the Patriots have simply cut the player. The Patriots are signing free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker today to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Washington Redskins have finished pre-season extensions with key players in the past such as Trent WilliamsRyan Kerrigan, and Jordan Reed, but  Preston Smith is still waiting on that call. Indianapolis Colts guard/tackle Jack Mewhort has retired from the NFL, Mewhort was set to enter his age-27 season, but has decided to hang up his cleats.

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New Orleans Saints signed Michael Floyd, according to a report from the NFL Network. The 28-year-old caught 10 passes for 78 yards in 11 games with the Vikings last season. Denver Broncos backfield is still searching for a lead back. 2016 fourth-round draft pick Devontae Booker is penciled in atop the depth chart other including 2017 sixth-round pick De’Angelo Henderson and rookie Royce FreemanPhiladelphia Eagles fans are looking for a plan when Carson Wentz will be cleared for contact, return to the football field for preseason games, or be deemed 100 percent. Pittsburgh Steelers know that Le’Veon Bell is in South Florida with a clear-cut plan: have a big season and then find out. Todd Gurley’s four-year, $57 million extension with the Los Angeles Rams only deepens the market intrigue.

 

 

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