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Winners and losers:
By The Sports Xchange July 25, 2013 8:10 PM
Matt Ryan joined the NFL's $100 million club, officially signing a five-year contract extension worth $103.75 million.
The contract tacked onto his final year of his rookie deal in 2013 keeps him under contract through the 2018 season. Ryan is scheduled to earn $10 million this season, the last year of his six-year, $72 million deal signed as the third overall pick in the 2008 draft. Ryan, who received $4 million more in guaranteed money than Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, is the latest franchise quarterback to clear the $100-million mark. His new annual average salary of $20.5 million puts Ryan second in the NFL behind only Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who averages $22 million per season. ---Tom Brady was guarded in his initial public comments on former teammate Aaron Hernandez, who faces murder charges and stood before a judge for a preliminary hearing on the day many of Brady's teammates traveled to report to training camp. "I think everyone had a certain range of emotions, whatever they might have been, but those were very personal, and I dealt with them," Brady said. "Certainly, it's a very tragic thing that happened. Someone loses their life. But all those things were out of the players' control here. We're not really part of that situation, so I don't think it does a lot for us to get too much involved." ---Percy Harvin has a "slight tear" in the labrum of his hip that could result in the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver requiring surgery. Harvin opened the team's training camp on the physically unable to perform list and the tear was discovered during an MRI Thursday, according to multiple reports. While the team wants Harvin to practice and play through the injury, Harvin is expected to get a second opinion. The oft-injured Harvin was acquired by the Seahawks over the offseason and signed a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million in guarantees. ---First-round pick Datone Jones signed a four-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. The versatile Jones played defensive end and defensive tackle for UCLA last season. The 26th overall pick in the draft is projected as a starting defensive end this season. As a senior in 2012, he registered a career-high 62 tackles (45 solo). The Packers also signed undrafted rookie safety Ryan McMahon. The 210-pounder out of Sacramento State spent his first three seasons at Southern California. ---Cowboys Stadium will be renamed AT&T Stadium, after a naming rights sponsorship deal with the telecommunications giant was reached. The deal is expected to be worth more than $16 million per season, ahead of MetLife's sponsorship deal for that amount. Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones' destination venue opened in 2009 and he said he has been in discussions with AT&T about joining their brands for months. The name change is effective immediately, and reflected in signage updates inside and outside the stadium. ---The Minnesota Vikings signed their three first-round picks on the day players were due to report to their Mankato, Minn., training camp. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will join the team on the field Friday. Floyd, a projected top-10 draft pick out of Florida, was drafted 23rd, two spots before Florida State's Rhodes, a first-team All-ACC pick likely to man the left cornerback position as a rookie. -- Veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is expected to retire after failing to report to his first training camp with the Chicago Bears. To fill his roster spot, the Bears signed defensive end Jamaal Anderson to a one-year contract Thursday. Anderson was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft. He started 48 of 77 games played in six seasons with Atlanta (2007-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Cincinnati (2012), but he has just 7.5 career sacks. ---Start the holdout clock, Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd has no plans to report to training camp this weekend at St. John Fisher College. Byrd is in a contract standoff with the Bills, who used the franchise tag to retain the talented defensive back. The one-year salary of $6.916 million guaranteed the Bills would retain Byrd, but the two sides remain far apart on his value. Since missing the July 15 deadline for long-term agreements for franchised players, Byrd can only play under the terms of the one-year deal.. ---Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams signed a four-year, $7.6 million rookie contract with the Denver Broncos. Williams, Denver's top pick in the 2013 draft, receives a $3.9 million signing bonus and is expected to push for a starting spot in training camp. ---Defensive end John Abraham, the NFL's active leader in sacks, signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Abraham was released by the Falcons one year after signing a three-year, $16.72 million contract and drew interest from several teams, including the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, as a free agent. He turned 35 in May but has 122 career sacks and experience in multiple defensive schemes. ---Outside linebacker Daniel Adongo signed with the Indianapolis Colts, who waived tight end Weslye Saunders. Adongo is a 6-5, 257-pound Kenyan who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world. The 23-year-old is pursuing a degree from the University of Pretoria Tuks. ---Cornerback D.J. Hayden signed with the Oakland Raiders, completing the contracts for the team's 10-player draft class. Terms of the deal for the 12th overall pick in April were not disclosed. Hayden had six interceptions in 22 career games at the University of Houston and rocketed up draft boards after proving he was over a torn inferior vena cava and running a blistering 40-yard dash at his pro day. Hayden also had surgery in May to remove scar tissue from his abdomen. ---Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green left Thursday's practice with a knee injury. Coach Marvin Lewis said he thought Green would be fine, but Green was sent for further medical evaluation. Green was injured tracking a long pass thrown by quarterback Andy Dalton. He was covered by cornerback Terence Newman but went to the ground on a ball thrown out of bounds and did not pop back up. In a side interview with former Bengals defensive back Artrell Hawkins, Green reportedly said he likely hyperextended his left knee. Green had the same injury as a rookie and needed two weeks to recover.