Chiefs Extend Reid’s Deal but Fire GM Dorsey – The Chiefs extended the contract of coach Andy Reid on Thursday but will be looking for a new general manager after parting ways with John Dorsey. Reid’s extension is for five years, a source tells ESPN. The signing was expected. The move with Dorsey, who arrived in Kansas City as general manager in 2013, a few weeks after Reid, was surprising. Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said he made the decision not to extend Dorsey’s contract beyond the 2017 season, which led to Thursday’s development.
Raiders’ Carr Gets $125M Deal – Quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Thursday that he has finalized an extension with the Oakland Raiders. Sources say the five-year deal is worth $125 million. Carr, 26, is now under contract through 2022. His extension’s average salary of $25 million will make him the NFL’s highest-paid player in terms of new money. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck currently tops the list at $24.6 million.
Ex-Jets LB Harris Agrees to Join Pats – Linebacker David Harris has agreed to a two-year, $6.75 million deal with the New England Patriots, a source told ESPN on Wednesday. The New York Jets released Harris on June 6 after being unable to agree on a pay cut with the linebacker, who played 10 seasons for the team. Harris, who was known for his durability, started and played in 137 of the past 138 games. He missed one game last season, snapping a streak of 121 starts.
Free Agent CB Gilbert Banned 1 Year – Free-agent cornerback Justin Gilbert has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, a league official told ESPN. Gilbert received a four-game suspension from the NFL in May after testing positive for substance abuse, according to Schefter. In three seasons, Gilbert has recorded 42 tackles and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Gilbert’s suspension was first reported by NFL Network.
Sapp Has Memory Loss, Plans to Donate Brain – Hall of Famer Warren Sapp announced Tuesday that when he dies he will donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation because “I wanted this game to be better when I left than when I got into it.” Sapp, 44, made the announcement in a video posted on The Players’ Tribune. He says an email he received from former running back Fred Willis was the impetus for his decision. Sapp, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who retired in 2008 after 13 seasons (nine with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and four with the Oakland Raiders), said football has affected his memory. The former defensive lineman, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, says he now has to use reminders on his phone to help him remember simple tasks.
Ex-Giant Star Taylor Pleads Guilty to Florida DUI – New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence causing or contributing to injury to person or property, according to Palm Beach County court records. Taylor received a year of probation, his driver’s license was suspended for nine months and he will be required to install an ignition interlock device in one of his cars for six months. He was also fined close to $1,500 and sentenced to 75 hours of community service, of which he can buy out of half the hours for $10 an hour.
Ex-Jets WR Decker Agrees to Deal With Titans – The Tennessee Titans and former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker have agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced Sunday night. The Jets released Decker on June 12 after unsuccessfully attempting to trade the veteran wide receiver. Decker, 30, underwent hip and shoulder surgeries last fall, but he is healthy and had been practicing before the Jets released him. Decker, who lives near Nashville with his wife, country singer Jessie James, visited the Titans last week after he was released.
Rams Ship Former No. 2 Pick Robinson to Lions – The Detroit Lions spent the past few weeks searching for an in-house option to play left tackle in Taylor Decker‘s absence. Now they have made significant moves from the outside. The Lions traded for Rams offensive tackle Greg Robinson and signed Cyrus Kouandjio on Thursday morning, bringing in two more players to compete for the team’s open left tackle position after Decker had right shoulder surgery last week. Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, had been demoted in Los Angeles.