Wednesday June 29th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

NFL training camps are more than two weeks away, and the NFL off-season is still in its quiet period. Many of the rumblings around the league focus on injuries and extending contracts for players with deals expiring after this season. 

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below. 

• Doug Baldwin is now the seventh-highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports the Seattle Seahawks signed Baldwin to a four-year extension that averages $11.5 million per year.

• Former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton died on Tuesday after accidentally shooting himself. FOX 2 in Detroit reports a gun inside a duffel bag went off and shot Tipton in the stomach. 

• Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith has yet to experience any significant improvement with the injured nerve in his knee, reports ESPN’s Ed Werder. It's unlikely Smith will play in 2016, but the Cowboys remain confident he’ll have a 10-year career once healthy. 

• The Arizona Cardinals are still working on getting a new contract for defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, reports Werder. Mathieu wants to be paid like one of the top defensive backs in the NFL. 

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• Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could get a large workload next season. David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports Elliott will end up with 280 to 300 carries this year, assuming he stays healthy. Adrian Peterson led the NFL with 327 last year. 

• It turns out Cowboys running back Darren McFadden didn’t break his elbow while trying to catch his falling phone. Instead, McFadden told the Dallas Morning News he broke it after slipping on cement near a pool

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• Defensive lineman Cory Redding announced his retirement on Twitter on Wednesday. A third-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2003, Redding played for the Arizona Cardinals last year. 

• New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola said he’s “feeling good” after off-season knee and ankle surgeries, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. 

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