Sports That Matter
August 5, 2019
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS
The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady are finalizing a contract extension, a league source told ESPN’s Field Yates. The two-year extension keeps Brady under contract through the 2021 season and will pay him $23 million this year, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
That $8 million increase for 2019 will make Brady the sixth-highest-paid QB in the league, a source told Schefter, tying him with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots, in turn, get an additional $5.5 million of salary-cap space this year, a source told Schefter.
The new stadium being built for the NFL’s Raiders in Las Vegas will officially be called Allegiant Stadium, it was announced Monday. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will be the naming sponsor for the $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat indoor stadium, which was topped off in a ceremony Monday.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout is stretching into its second week with no real end in sight. Talks between the Dallas Cowboys and Elliott’s representatives continue, but they are not close to a deal, according to sources. The good news is they’re talking. The bad news is Elliott has missed six padded practices.
Odell Beckham Jr. the Cleveland Browns’ receiver is being held out due to an illness, according to the team. Beckham was reportedly at the team facility but was not seen on the practice field with teammates. Assuming the illness is minor, the missed day of practice shouldn’t hinder OBJ’s outlook moving forward for a Browns team with sky-high expectations for the 2019 season.
Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David, one of Tampa Bay’s top players on defense, suffered a torn meniscus, head coach Bruce Arians said Monday. A source told ESPN that David underwent arthroscopic surgery on the injury Sunday. The team doesn’t believe the injury will affect him during the regular season.
Offensive lineman Alex Lewis announced he was surprisingly cut by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Lewis, a 2016 fourth-round pick who started 10 games last season, was expected to compete at left guard. He struggled to stay healthy throughout his career (missing a total of 28 games over three seasons) and began training camp on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue reported to the team’s facility Sunday, ending his 11-day holdout without a new contract. Ngakoue said he’s not angry that he couldn’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract with the Jaguars, but he said he wasn’t going to take a deal that he felt didn’t measure up to what he deserves.
The Houston Texans placed running back D’Onta Foreman on waivers, the team announced Sunday. Foreman was the Texans’ third-round pick in 2017 but tore his Achilles in November of his rookie season. He spent most of last year on the PUP list and played in just one game.
Jordy Nelson, who a little more than a year ago said he was “hurt” that the Green Bay Packers didn’t do more to try to help him finish his career with them, has decided to retire from the NFL as a member of the organization that brought him into the league.
Nelson, 34, who played 10 seasons (2008-17) for the Packers, will sign a one-day contract with the team before retiring.