Foles Gets Raise In Restructured Deal – The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles agreed to a reworked contract Friday, a source confirmed to ESPN. The restructured deal includes a $2 million signing bonus, incentives if he starts and hits certain benchmarks, and a mutual option for 2019. Foles was in the final year of his contract and was scheduled to make a base salary of $4 million this season. NFL Network first reported the contract restructuring.
Both parties would have to be on board to exercise the 2019 option. The move gives the Super Bowl MVP a pay bump and provides an avenue for Foles to remain in Philadelphia beyond this season, depending on circumstances.
Broncos To Deal Punter Dixon To Giants – The New York Giants are set to acquire punter Riley Dixon from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a future conditional pick, a source told ESPN on Friday. Dixon became expendable after the Broncos signed Marquette King as a free agent earlier this month. The Giants had an opening after cutting Brad Wing in March following a poor season. Dixon, 24, had been on the trade block and was looking for a landing spot. He did not report to the start of Denver’s offseason workout program earlier this week. There were other teams interested in his services.
Forte, Hester To Retire As Members Of Bears – Former Chicago Bears greats Matt Forte and Devin Hester will both sign a one-day ceremonial contract on Monday, April 23 in order to retire as members of the organization, the team announced Wednesday. Forte and Hester each spent their first eight NFL seasons with the Bears. The greatest return man in league history, Hester, who Chicago drafted in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft, played for the Bears from 2006 to 2013 where he was named First-Team All-Pro three times. Forte ranks second, behind only Hall of Famer Walter Payton, on the Bears’ all-time lists for rushing yards, yards from scrimmage (12,718), receptions (487) and 100-yard games (24). He’s third in total touchdowns (64) and sixth in receiving yards. Forte also set a single-season NFL record with 102 receptions as a running back in 2014.
Texans ‘Optimistic’ On New Deal For Clowney – Texans general manager Brian Gaine said he is optimistic the team will sign Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to a long-term contract before the start of the season. “I won’t discuss our negotiations publicly, but I’m optimistic that something can be done,” Gaine said Friday at his pre-draft news conference. Clowney is scheduled to play on his fifth-year option in 2018, when he will get a significant raise because he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2014. Clowney made $7 million in 2017, and in 2018 he is scheduled to make more than $12 million.
Freeney To Sign With Colts And Then Retire – Pass-rush specialist Dwight Freeney is ending his NFL career in the place he started it. Freeney, who brought havoc on quarterbacks for most of his 16-year playing career, will sign a contract with the Indianapolis Colts and then immediately retire. The team will hold a news conference on Monday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Freeney immediately made his presence felt after the Colts picked him 11th overall in the 2002 draft. His 13 sacks as a rookie were the start of a string of four straight seasons in which he had at least 11 sacks. Freeney teamed up with Robert Mathis (123 career sacks) in 2003 to form one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL. Freeney had 107.5 sacks during his 11 seasons in Indianapolis. Freeney left the Colts after the 2012 season and had stops with the Chargers, Cardinals, Falcons, Lions and Seahawks. His combination of using his speed and a spin move led to being selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and resulted in 125.5 career sacks, which is tied for 17th in NFL history.
Giants Release WR Marshall, Cite Failed Physical – The New York Giants released Brandon Marshall after just one season Thursday, with general manager Dave Gettleman saying the veteran wide receiver had failed a physical. The five-time Pro Bowl receiver, whom the Giants signed last offseason to a two-year, $11 million deal, never seemed to get comfortable and was struggling before suffering a left ankle injury in Week 5 that required season-ending surgery. Marshall had a cap hit of $6.2 million for the 2018 season, which would have been the seventh highest on the team. The Giants will save $5.156 million by releasing him. According to NFL Players Association records, the team was $4.9 million under the cap as of Thursday morning.
Bucs Pick Up Winston’s $20.9M Option – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to the surprise of nobody, are putting their faith in Jameis Winston. The team on Tuesday picked up the quarterback’s $20.922 million fifth-year option. The deadline to employ the injury-guaranteed option on players from Winston’s 2015 draft class is May 2. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times first reported the news. There was no debate about Tampa’s direction here. Winston’s 45 starts over three seasons represent the steadiest work of quarterback play the Bucs have seen in eons. While not a perfect specimen under center, Winston’s 69 touchdowns to 44 picks fairly represent his work to date. At just 24, the first-overall pick of the 2015 draft is a player the Bucs are determined to build around for years to come.
Bears Sign WR Bennie Fowler – The Chicago Bears on Monday bolstered their offense by signing veteran free-agent receiver Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract. Fowler, 26, arrives after spending the past three seasons with the Denver Broncos, catching 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns while appearing in 45 games with five starts. Last year Fowler set career highs with four starts, 29 receptions, 350 yards and three touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. The 6-1, 212-pounder entered the NFL with the Broncos in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State. He spent his rookie season on Denver’s practice squad. Fowler helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 in 2015, catching a two-point conversion pass from Peyton Manning late in a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. It was the final pass of Manning’s career
Broncos To Release RB Anderson – With a deep group of running backs in the draft and the need for some additional salary-cap room, the Denver Broncos plan to release running back C.J. Anderson on Monday, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Anderson, who had his first career 1,000-yard season in 2017, was the team’s leading rusher last season and has been with the Broncos since he made the roster as an undrafted rookie in 2013. Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson, who was a sixth-round draft pick last year, are the only two running backs on Denver’s roster. Anderson’s release or a trade have been possibilities since the end of the season, something Anderson himself acknowledged several times along the way. Broncos coach Vance Joseph outlined a much bigger role for Booker at the league meetings last month.
Ex-Steeler, Pats LB Harrison To Retire – Linebacker James Harrison, who turns 40 on May 4, has decided to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons. Harrison, who signed with the New England Patriots on Dec. 26 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, had said in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII that he hoped to play another season or two.
Harrison ended up being used a lot more than many anticipated by New England. After having played just 40 snaps over 14 games with the Steelers last season, Harrison was on the field for 69 snaps in Super Bowl LII.
New England CB Worley Arrested Early Sunday – Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested Sunday morning after he was allegedly found passed out inside a vehicle blocking a highway, according to NFL Network. The Eagles confirmed Worley’s arrest and said they were “in the process of gathering more information.” Though no decision has been made, the team is considering releasing Worley, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Key decision-makers are set to discuss the matter Sunday, a source said. According to NFL Network, Worley was tased during the 6 a.m. arrest after he allegedly became combative toward police. A gun was also found at the scene, according to the report, which added that the incident occurred near the Eagles’ team facility.
UPDATE: Eagles Release CB Worley After Sunday Arrest – Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested Sunday morning after he was allegedly found passed out inside a vehicle blocking a highway, according to NFL Network. The Eagles confirmed Worley’s arrest and later Sunday announced that they had released Worley. Worley was traded to the Eagles by the Panthers in March in a deal that sent wide receiver Torrey Smith to Carolina.