- Henry Bushnell at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The Seattle Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll have reached an agreement on a contract extension through the 2019 season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Seahawks reached agreement with HC Pete Carroll today, two days after locking up GM John Schneider, sources tell ESPN. Deal through 2019.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2016
Carroll was entering the last year of his current contract, which he signed in April 2014 after leading the Seahawks to Super Bowl victory.
The news of Carroll’s extension comes two days after the Seahawks announced a similar agreement with general manager John Schneider. Schneider’s deal, reportedly for around $4 million per year, would make him one of the highest paid GMs in the NFL.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
GREEN BAY, Wis. — If it was up to Eddie Lacy, the talk of his weight would be shed by now.
But the subject is a matter of quite a bit of conjecture in these parts, ever since Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called out his running back for his level of conditioning last season — Lacy’s worst as a pro.
After averaging 1,158.5 rushing yards and 10 rush touchdowns his first two seasons, Lacy fell back to 758 yards and three scores with a long run of 29 yards on 187 carries. He has always been a bigger back, and he joked as he was coming out of Alabama that he gained “a pound or 3” before the NFL scouting combine, which raised eyebrows then.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Bashaud Breeland prefers to travel in packs to training camp.
The third-year cornerback rolled into training camp at the Redskins facility with his four bulldog puppies.
The pups were part of a litter from his female bulldog whom he found a mate for via social media earlier this year.
A photo posted by Bashaud Breeland (@bree2land6) on Mar 23, 2016 at 2:01pm PDT
With Josh Norman playing alongside him this season, Breeland will make up the second half of an outspoken cornerback tandem. It’s good to know he also has a softer side…an incredibly soft and cuddly one.
- Henry Bushnell at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
It’s still in the early stages but there might be some contract trouble brewing in Seattle.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is unhappy with his current deal. Bennett made that clear in a recent interview with the Huffington Post. He described his reaction to seeing other players get new contracts:
“You sit there and you’re like, ‘Damn, really?’ I’m just to the point where it’s kind of like, if you don’t think I’m valuable, then just get rid of me.”
Bennett said back in May that he had no plans to hold out. “Why wouldn’t I be at training camp?” he said on ESPN Radio 710 in Seattle. “Of course I’ll be there. I’ll see you there for sure.”
But, per the Huffington Post article, Bennett still could be absent when Seattle opens training camp on Friday. Bennett didn’t attend the team’s voluntary offseason program, and reportedly considered skipping training camp last offseason, when he was also unhappy with his deal.
- Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested after allegedly assaulting a worker at a hotel on Miami Beach last Thursday, and has been charged with aggravated battery. Bradham reportedly turned himself in to police on Monday.
According to the police report, Bradham and friends got into an argument with an employee at the Hilton Bentley. The “verbal altercation” was a “result of the victim’s speed of service” after Bradham reportedly had purchased an umbrella.
Bradham then allegedly, “without provocation, struck the victim in the nose with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground.” Bradham’s friends then got involved in the attack before fleeing the scene.
The hotel employee sustained “a broken nose, contusions to the face and a laceration to the lip,” according to the police report.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
In the days leading up to the July 15 deadline for teams to sign their designated franchise players, the Kansas City Chiefs and safety Eric Berry were reportedly “miles apart” on a deal.
So it’s probably not a surprise that Berry has decided not to report to training camp when team veterans gather on Friday; rookies and quarterbacks reported Tuesday.
Since Berry has not signed his franchise tag, and is therefore not under contract, he cannot be fined by the club.
Berry’s recent battle with Hodgkin’s disease played a role in negotiations, with NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reporting that the Chiefs wanted Berry to pay for a disability insurance policy that would have named the team as beneficiary. Though the Chiefs later pulled that request, Berry was not pleased.
The 27-year-old is said to be looking for a contract similar to the five-year, $51.25 million deal Harrison Smith received from the Minnesota Vikings.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Wide receiver Jordy Nelson spent the first day of Green Bay Packers training camp watching his teammates run around, unable to practice because he’s on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list to start out.
Nelson suffered a torn ACL in his right knee that ended his 2015 season prematurely. But it appears that his left knee is now an issue.
Nelson told media on Tuesday that he recently had an “incident” with his left knee, which he also described as a “hiccup.” He wouldn’t go into details about what happened, insisting it was minor in nature and said he couldn’t put a timetable on his return outside of coming back prior to Week 1.
Could Nelson miss part or all of the preseason? It depends on the severity and timing of the left knee injury.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, two Green Bay Packers defenders named in a report that claimed they used performance-enhancing drugs, said Tuesday they don’t know if or when they’ll meet with the NFL to discuss the allegations.
The NFL sent word that it wanted to meet with both players on the first day of Packers training camp after rejecting sworn affidavits from both players, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison.
The NFL cleared recently retired Peyton Manning, the primary player named in the report, of any wrongdoing.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Already suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Dallas Cowboys’ DE Randy Gregory is facing an even longer suspension after another drug test failure, according to an ESPN report.
Gregory was a second-round pick in 2015 who was considered a first-round talent but fell after he failed a drug test for marijuana at the scouting combine (as well as other, nebulous concerns). He has checked into a treatment facility and won’t be reporting to Cowboys training camp, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
There’s no indication why Gregory is seeking treatment, but there could be something more than marijuana in play: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that “there is real worry” for the 23-year old, as he has “shut out some people close to him.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
GREEN BAY, Wis. — After a 20-year career with four NFL teams, Brett Favre certainly had many options for his presenter for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in August.
But Favre is sticking a bit closer to home.
Favre chose his wife, Deanna, to present him at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 6. She will become only the second wife to present an inductee — the first was Mike Singletary’s wife, Kim, back in 1998.
“Deanna is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Favre said. “She has been by my side throughout this journey and I’m so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me.”