Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee signed a six-year contract extension that could be worth up to $51 million, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer report.
The base value of Lee's extension is $42 million, a $7 million average per year (APY) that is below inside/middle linebacker extensions signed last year by Daryl Washington of the Arizona Cardinals and James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams. The $7 million per year average of Lee's extension is identical to what former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe received from the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in March.
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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has officially been suspended for the first six games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Miller's suspension will begin on Aug. 31 and he will be eligible to return on Oct. 14.
Miller released the following statement through the NFL Players Association:
"The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules," Miller said. "Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver."
Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith will be suspended for the remainder of the preseason and for the regular season-opener after removing the helmet of Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and swinging it at his face during a preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 17, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
According to Schefter, Smith will be fined, as well. A one-game suspension in the regular season would cost Smith $352,941, the amount of one of his game checks from his $6 million base salary in 2013. Smith is appealing the fine and suspension.
In addition to losing a considerable portion of his salary, a one-game suspension would end Smith's streak of 124 consecutive games played, which is the longest, by nearly two seasons, among active defensive ends. Smith has also started 62 straight games for the Texans, which is the second-longest active streak among defensive ends.
The members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins team, who had a perfect 17-0 season, will be honored at the White House by President Obama on Tuesday. However, at least three members from that team have chosen not to attend the festivities for political reasons, David Hyde of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, guard Bob Kuechenberg and defensive tackle Manny Fernandez are skipping the event because of politics and President Obama, with Hyde adding that two have been on the fence about attending for similar reasons.
"We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington," Langer said. "I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that. If that (angers) people, so be it."
The '72 Dolphins were unable to visit the White House after their historic season as President Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal.
NFLPA expected to file grievance against Patriots over Aaron Hernandez’s unpaid $82,000 workout bonus
The fight between the New England Patriots and the NFL Players Association over the money that tight end Aaron Hernandez was scheduled to receive will commence shortly as the NFLPA is preparing to file a grievance on Hernandez's behalf over an unpaid $82,000 workout bonus, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Hernandez was scheduled to receive the $82,000 workout bonus, which was included as part of his rookie contract, on Aug. 1. The Patriots have not paid that amount to Hernandez, who has been held without bail in Bristol (Mass.) County Jail after being charged on June 26 with first-degree murder in the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez spent much of the offseason in Los Angeles, but according to Garafolo, the 2010 fourth-round pick out of Florida had participated in a large enough portion of the offseason program to receive that payment. Unless the Patriots change course and make the payment to Hernandez, the NFLPA will file a grievance.
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will likely be suspended for six games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report.
Miller has been in the process of appealing the suspension, which was triggered by a "diluted sample" after Miller had spilled a sample that was collected prior to an offseason workout. Miller could not immediately provide another sample, but did provide one after consuming fluids during the workout. Miller's appeal of that suspension was supposed to occur last week before it was delayed until Aug. 20.
According to the ESPN report, Miller is "not likely" to appeal the six-game suspension, which could be handed down as early as Monday. However, Miller's camp is negotiating with the NFL to possibly have the number of games he is suspended reduced to four.
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will not play in the team's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to his injured right ankle, the team announced two hours before kickoff.
Smith, a 2013 second-round pick out of West Virginia, is in a full-blown competition with Mark Sanchez for the starting job. Smith was the second quarterback in against the Detroit Lions last Friday night and played 14 snaps, but injured his ankle during a scramble in the opening minutes of the third quarter and was replaced by Greg McElroy.
Even though he was not 100 percent, the Jets allowed Smith to practice this week, a decision that may have negatively impacted his ability to play in Saturday night's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jets head coach Rex Ryan defended the decision to not rest Smith, citing the team being in the installation phase of training cam for giving him those live reps during the team's final practices of camp.
Buffalo Bills first-round quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss the remainder of the preseason after undergoing a surgical procedure on his left knee, head coach Doug Marrone announced on Saturday.
"EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff. An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled," Marrone said. "He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time. Kevin Kolb will be our starting quarterback for this weekend’s game at Washington."
With Manuel out for the remainder of the preseason, Kolb will likely be the Bills' starting quarterback when they open the regular season against the New England Patriots on Sept. 8.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback B.J. Daniels has inserted himself in the mix for the No. 2 job behind starter Colin Kaepernick, head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Friday night.
"He’s been there this past week," Harbaugh said after Daniels led the 49ers to a come-from-behind 15-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Daniels, the 237th player selected in the 2013 NFL draft, took over late in the third quarter, playing 24 snaps and completing six of nine pass attempts for 72 yards with a 14-yard go-ahead touchdown to rookie wideout Chuck Jacobs.
Daniels' performance on the final drive impressed Kaepernick.
“He had a great drive. He had a lot of poise and made plays when it really counted," Kaepernick said.
Daniels, a read-option quarterback at South Florida, was fourth on the depth chart when training camp started, but Harbaugh said earlier this month that Daniels was in the mix for the No. 2 job, which was thought to be between veterans Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien. However, neither have done much to solidify that role.
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone is not expected to make a decision on a starting quarterback two games into the preseason competition between veteran Kevin Kolb and first-round pick E.J. Manuel, but thus far, it appears as though Manuel will be the starter when the Bills open the regular season against the New England Patriots on Sept. 8.
Through two preseason games, Manuel has completed 26 of 33 pass attempts (a 78.8 completion percentage) for 199 yards with two touchdowns for a passer rating of 111.9. Manuel only scrambled one time for one yard against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night, but he had a 24-yard run in the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts and his mobility adds another dimension to the Bills' offense.
As for Kolb, he would have started the preseason opener, but suffered a minor knee injury and missed some practice time to attend to a personal matter in the days before the meeting with the Colts. Kolb starting against the Vikings made sense as the coaching staff needed to see him work with the first-team offense to make an informed decision on who will start when the bullets begin to fly in September.