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NFL roundup: 49ers sign Kaepernick to extension

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The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesdsay to a six-year contract extension that could be worth $110 million, including a potential record $61 million guaranteed.

The details of the contract extension that takes Kaepernick through the 2020 season appear to make him one of the top-10 paid quarterbacks in the NFL. The total guarantees in the deal won't be certain until final numbers are confirmed by the NFL players association.

Kaepernick was originally selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by San Francisco and has played in 32 games (23 starts), completing 382 of 639 pass attempts for 5,046 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was scheduled to have made $1.073 million this season.

--- New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL's drug policy, the league announced Wednesday.

Hosley was suspended for violating the league's policy on "substances of abuse" -- the part of the policy that covers recreational drugs, as opposed to performance-enhancing drugs.

Hosley, 23, will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Friday, Sept. 26 following the team's Sept. 25 game against the Washington Redskins. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

---The Carolina Panthers have all of their 2014 NFL Draft picks under contract after signing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and guard Trai Turner on Wednesday.

Benjamin was taken in the first round (No. 28 overall) and Turner in the third round. They were the last of the team's six picks this year to sign. Financial terms of the deals were not specified.

The 6-foot-5 Benjamin left Florida State after his sophomore season in 2013. He played in 28 games and started 14, accounting for 84 receptions and 1,506 yards with 19 touchdowns. Last year, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 1,011 receiving yards on 54 catches and his 15 receiving touchdowns ranked third nationally. Turner started 20 of 25 career games at LSU.

---The New England Patriots signed veteran linebacker and released linebacker James Anderson and released wide receiver Mark Harrison on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Anderson started 16 games for the Chicago Bears last season and had 102 tackles and four sacks. Terms of the contract were not made available by the Patrios.

The 23-year-old Harrison signed as a rookie free agent in May 2013 but was on the reserve/non-football injury list last season.

--- Giants running back David Wilson still has not received medical clearance to resume full football activities after neck surgery and will continue participating in the non-contact Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

Wilson, who suffered a herniated disc against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 6 and underwent spinal fusion surgery on Jan. 16, is still proceeding as though he will be cleared for training camp and the 2014 regular season.

--- A second wave of former players, including Pro Bowl defensive Marcellus Wiley, were added to a class-action lawsuit against the NFL that alleges illegal use of prescription painkillers in an attempt to keep them on the field and play through injuries.

The Associated Press first reported the story on Wednesday. The lawsuit was originally filed May 20 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco and amended Wednesday to add 250 more players, bringing the total to 750 plaintiffs. Wiley, who played in Buffalo, San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville from 1997-2006, is the ninth player identified by name.

--- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson expects to be out of a cast protecting his right forearm by next week and guaranteed he would take part in training camp, which opens July 26.

Burleson suffered a broken arm with the Detroit Lions last season and a metal plate was inserted to protect both bones. Burleson experienced inflammation in the right arm last month but denied reports that he had a broken bone. He signed with the Browns after being released by the Lions. He broke his arm in two places when he crashed his car while trying to save a pizza from sliding off his passenger seat.

--- The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent cornerback Johnny Adams and undrafted free agent center FN Lutz, the team announced Wednesday.

Adams was previously signed by the Colts on Aug. 13, 2013, and waived on Aug. 25. He played in four games with the Buffalo Bills in 2013, primarily on special teams. Lutz started 42 of 44 career games at Indiana State University.

--- The Philadelphia Eagles promoted Rick Mueller to director of pro personnel and Mike Bradway to assistant college scouting director in a series of front-office changes.

Mueller was named director of pro player personnel after spending the last two seasons as the team's player personnel executive

--- St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher continues to support quarterback Sam Bradford, an endorsement aided by the team's belief Bradford will be ready for action at the start of training camp.

Bradford, 18-30 as a starter in the NFL, had surgery to repair a torn ACL on Nov. 19. He said in January he would be back by July, when the Rams report to training camp.

"He's worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTA," Fisher said.

--- Rookie wide receiver C.J. Goodwin signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who released Jasper Collins to make room on the 90-man roster.
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