NFL roundup: Giants' Thomas says NFL may not be ready for Sam

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While the reaction to Michael Sam's announcement that he is a gay football player has received mostly positive response around the NFL, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas does not think Sam's acceptance will be come as easily in locker rooms as some might believe.

"I think society is ready for it and America's ready for it, but I don't think the NFL is," Thomas said said in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday night. "As a player, all you want to know is if he can play. That's on the field.

"But in the locker room, it's different. There's a lot of talk and joking around, and some guys walk around completely naked all the time, and they might not want to do that anymore. When you add that situation to the mix, I think it's going to make some people uncomfortable.

"Things are changing, and certain change is inevitable. We have to look at him like a brother and can't treat him any different. But that could be difficult for some people, just the way our locker rooms work."

Sam told ESPN's Outside The Lines on Sunday in an interview about his sexual orientation, which would make him the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is drafted in May. Sam was an All-American defensive end at Missouri last season.

---John Elway picked up an additional title and a three-year contract extension from the Denver Broncos.

Elway, the team's executive vice president of football operations, was named general manager after helping to put together a team that made it to the Super Bowl earlier this month and has won the past three AFC titles.

The contract extension runs through the 2017 season. Elway, 53, had one year remaining on his current deal.

---Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito went on another Twitter rant Wednesday directed at teammate Jonathan Martin regarding their high-profile bullying scandal.

Even as he waits for NFL investigator Ted Wells to release his final report, Incognito blasted the man who accused him of being a bully.

Incognito said in one tweet states that Martin, who left the Dolphins mid-season, threatened to kill himself in 2013.

"FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn't playing well," Incognito tweeted. "Told me he felt worthless."

After his Wednesday afternoon Twitter tirade, Incognito stopped, saying, "I have no further comment at this time. Please contact my attorney Mark Schamel."

---Unrestricted free-agent defensive end Michael Bennett would like to stay with the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks but not at a discount rate.

Bennett, 28, anchored the Seattle defensive line last season, finishing the regular season with 8 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown while playing end and tackle.

"There is no such thing as discount," Bennett told NFL Network. "This isn't Costco. This isn't Walmart. This is real life."

---The St. Louis Rams confirmed the hiring of Gregg Williams as the team's defensive coordinator.

Reports last month indicated that Williams would be returning to St. Louis after he was set to take over the defense in 2012 until he was suspended for a year by the NFL for his part on the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

Williams returned to the league last year and worked on the Tennessee Titans' staff as a senior assistant/defense before coach Mike Munchak was dismissed in January.
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