Training camp roundup: The Bengals are making a push to sign Geno Atkins to an extension

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Half of the NFL is in action on Friday night, so the morning and afternoon was fairly quiet around the league. So quiet that the Atlanta Falcons made the league's only transaction, signing rookie offensive lineman Jeff Nady, placing guard Mike Johnson on injured reserve and waiving punter Sean Sellwood.

• In contract news, the one-year deal cornerback Eric Wright signed with the San Francisco 49ers includes an odd base salary of $715,001. This means the contract does not qualify for the "minimum salary benefit", a mechanism that allows the team to pay veteran players the league minimum at a lower cap hit. Since Wright does not have a "minimum salary benefit" contract, there may be incentives involved in the contract, as well. According to a source with knowledge of the contract details, the 49ers got some injury protection in the contract and there is a "split" that would pay Wright at a reduced salary if he were placed on a reserve list during the regular season.

• While we're on the subject of contracts, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cincinnati Bengals are making a push to sign defensive tackle Geno Atkins to an extension. Atkins has emerged as one of the top defensive tackles in the game and Shutdown Corner had his contract as the looming issue facing the Bengals next offseason. Atkins is likely looking an extension worth $8 million per year with over $20 million in guaranteed money, but the Bengals have a bit of leverage as they could always use the franchise tag on him in 2014. If the salary cap remains flat at $123 million, Atkins' tag would be worth around $8.5 million.

• Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the Oakland Raiders have ""checking in" with running back Darren McFadden about a contract extension, but the 2008 first-round pick out of Arkansas wants to be healthy and talk after the season. McFadden currently has the leverage in this situation as he's due $5,856,250 in base salary — that becomes fully guaranteed on Sept. 7 — and a $9.685 million cap number, which is the highest among active contracts on the Raiders.

• St. Louis Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold could miss a few weeks after dislocated his left shoulder on Thursday night.

"We're still doing tests; he's a little sore," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "He's going to miss some time, may miss a preseason game or two, but I think we'll have him back here in a couple of weeks.

"Specifically, it subluxed. It dislocated, came out the back.We got it right back in place. He's very sore. In these instances, there's going to be some swelling and some pain, and you just have to work through that and then restrengthen it. You just want to make sure the integrity of the joint is okay and based on all indications it is, so we're lucky.''

With Saffold out, Joseph Barksdale, a 2011 third-round pick out of LSU by the Oakland Raiders, will work with the first-team offensive line.

• Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy missed Thursday night's preseason opener with a hamstring injury and head coach Mike Munchak said he won't play in the second preseason game, either, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.

• San Diego Chargers second-round linebacker Manti Te'o's NFL preseason debut was an incomplete, writes Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy discussed Te'o on Friday.

"It wasn’t bad. He’ll be the first one to tell you he has a long ways to go," McCoy said. "The game is different. Donald (Butler) and him have to communicate. Everyone has to be on the same page, but he has had a great camp. The kid loves to play football. He approaches it that way every day. He was great on the sidelines. He’s off to a good start."

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