NFL roundup: Flacco agrees to terms with Ravens

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Quarterback Joe Flacco agreed to contract terms with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, according to several media reports.
Flacco and the Ravens will finalize the deal on Monday, according to the Baltimore Sun. Terms of the deal were not available.
The Sun and Fox Sports were the first to report the deal.
Flacco threw three touchdowns to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers last month. The 28-year-old threw 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in the playoffs.
For the season, Flacco threw for 3,817 yards with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The Ravens had until Monday to get a deal done or slap a $14.9 million franchise tag on him.

---To save almost $16 million under the salary cap, the Atlanta Falcons released running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Turner was expected to be released. His base salary in 2013 was $6.9 million and his cap figure was to be $8.9 million. He rushed for 6,081 yards in five seasons with the falcons and scored 60 touchdowns.
Abraham's release saves the team $5.75 million and releasing Robinson brings a $3.795 million savings. Abraham could have left as a free agent in 2012 but re-signed last March for three years and $16.72 million.
Robinson signed a six-year, $57 million deal with the Falcons in 2010 as an unrestricted free agent from the Houston Texans but never delivered the No. 1 cornerback impact the team expected.

---Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o were honored as the NFL and college players of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.
Teo also won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the collegiate defensive player of the year.
Other award winners were: Baltimore Ravens executive Ozzie Newsome, Francis "Reds" Bagnell Award for contributions to football); Penn State's Bill O'Brien, collegiate coach of the year; and Indianapolis Colts coach and Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, Greasy Neale NFL coach of the year.

---The New York Jets are attempting to work out a deal with veteran quarterback David Garrard, reported.
The 35-year-old Garrard has not appeared in a game since the 2010 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jets already have four quarterbacks -- Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms -- on the roster.
Also, Jets senior personnel executive Terry Bradway expressed concern about Te'o.
Given the issues surrounding the girlfriend hoax, Teo's struggles against Alabama in the BCS National Championship game in January and his sub-par 40-yard dash time at the recent NFL Combine, Bradway and other NFL teams came away from Indianapolis with some questions.
"It's an unusual situation, that's for sure," Bradway said in an interview on the Jets' website. "I feel bad for him. I mean, the stress of the situation has to have had an impact on his training somehow."

---Center Jeff Saturday will officially retire as an Indianapolis Colt.
Colts owner Jim Irsay announced that Saturday will sign with Indianapolis and then retire as a member of the team. Irsay said a news conference announcing Saturday's retirement will come soon.
Saturday was released by the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago.

---The Cincinnati Bengals designated defensive end Michael Johnson as their franchise player, a one-year tender worth $11.175 million.
Johnson had 11.5 sacks in 2012, second on the team to defensive tackle Geno Atkins' 12.5, which are the top two single-season efforts by a Bengals player since 1983.

---The Denver Broncos placed their franchise tag on offensive tackle Ryan Clady, according to ESPN, citing a league source.
Clady's franchise tag salary for next season will be $9.828 million. He made $3.5 million last season in the final year of a five-year deal he signed as a rookie.
Clady reportedly rejected a five-year, $50-million contract from Denver, including $28 million guaranteed.
The 26-year-old has started every game of his career and has been selected to three Pro Bowls.

---The Buffalo Bills will place a franchise tag on free safety Jairus Byrd.
Byrd has sought a long-term contract, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. The franchise tag will ensure Byrd a one-year base salary of $6.9 million in 2013 and keep him in Buffalo another season while discussions continue on a new deal.

---The Carolina Panthers released defensive tackle Ron Edwards, the team announced.
Edwards started 11 games last year and had 16 tackles and one sack before suffering a season-ending elbow injury.

---Punter Pat McAfee was given the franchise tag by the Indianapolis Colts.
The move isn't a surprise, and the one-year, $2.9 million tender could be replaced by a long-term deal.
He had a 40.3-yard net punting average in 2012 and dropped 26 punts inside the 20 with eight touchbacks.

---G.J. Kinne is expected to join the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback mix once he's officially released from his Arena Football League contract.
While he still needs to be formally released by the San Antonio Talons, all signs point to Kinne joining a quarterback group that includes Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Trent Edwards and Dennis Dixon.
Running back LeSean McCoy is endorsing Vick as the best candidate for the starting quarterback job.

---The Arizona Cardinals released cornerback William Gay and linebacker Stewart Bradley.
The moves will slice approximately $7 million off the Cards' salary cap, putting them in compliance with a cap that has been set at $123 million, up from $120.6 million of a season ago.
Bradley took a pay cut, from a $5 million 2012 salary to $2.5 million, just to stay on the roster.
Gay had been scheduled to make $3.2 million after a playing time escalator bumped his salary well over the original $1.475 million.

What to Read Next