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NFL roundup: Flacco, Roethlisberger in contract talks

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In the wake of Tom Brady's restructured deal with the New England Patriots, the contracts of two other Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks were the topic of the day Tuesday.

The agent for Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco told USA Today Sports that Brady's new contract won't impact his client's talks with the Ravens, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are working toward a restructured contract, NFL.com reported.

"It doesn't matter. It's an extension for cap purposes. And we don't know all the details at this point," Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, told USA Today. "The bottom line is, whether Brady took a pay cut or took $27 million a year, it wouldn't have an impact on what we're doing. We've determined a number that we think is fair with respect for the Ravens' cap situation."

Brady and the Patriots agreed to a contract that runs through the 2017 season. Contrary to initial reports, he didn't exactly accept a home-town discount or leave millions on the table.

The Patriots' franchise player will receive $57 million guaranteed, including a $30 million signing bonus and $1 million base salary in 2013. The Patriots accomplished a goal by reducing his scheduled salary cap charge from $43.6 million combined in 2013 and 2014.

Not including incentives or escalators, Brady's cap charge dropped significantly to $28.6 million -- $13.8 million in 2013 and $14.8 million next season.

As for Flacco, Linta told USA Today that talks are progressing. He said Flacco is willing to accept a deal that won't compromise the team's salary cap.

An agreement between the Steelers and Roethlisberger could be completed by the end of the week, according to a NFL.com report.

The two-time Super Bowl winner carries a high salary-cap figure of $19.595 million in 2013, and the team is seeking relief to a cap that's expected to be between $122 million and $123 million for this season.

Roethlisberger's cap number ranks as the NFL's fourth highest, behind fellow quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), Eli Manning (New York Giants) and Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos).

--The Atlanta Falcons are likely to pursue Steven Jackson if he leaves the St. Louis Rams, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.

The Falcons are expected to release Michael Turner, so they would need help at running back.

Jackson, 29, rushed for 1,042 yards last season, and averaged 4.1 per carry.

--Potential free agent tight end Fred Davis of the Washington Redskins was given medical clearance to begin running and could be on the field for offseason team activities in April.

The Redskins have shown some interest in re-signing Davis, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 12.

He might be allowed to test the open market because he's coming back from a serious injury.

Davis had 24 receptions in 2012 before he was lost for the season in October with a ruptured Achilles after seven games.

--Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha ate in his car during practices last season instead of with teammates, according to a WIP Radio's Hollis Thomas.

Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1996-2005, cited unnamed sources in his report. He said Asomugha wanted "me time" during the season.

Asomugha, 31, was asked by the team to restructure his contract or be released, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The two sides met last week at the NFL Scouting Combine. Asomugha is scheduled to make $15 million in 2013, $4 million of which is guaranteed.
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