NFL rumors: Latest news, buzz around free agency, trades, training camp
The NFL draft is long gone and free agency is winding down, but despite a general lull in organized team activities, the NFL rumor mill is still buzzing.
The deadline to sign franchise tagged players to long-term contracts has passed and the league turns its attention to training camp. Team camps open up later this month and the remaining free agents will look to find new homes. Teams expected to contend once again will see if their strengths appear to be carrying over to next season, while teams looking to turn around losing efforts will see what they have.
What’s the latest? Check back often as we update below with all the latest scoops, including transactions, news and rumors.
• Justin Cox, an undrafted rookie safety with the Chiefs, was arrested Monday on domestic violence charges, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Cox was suspended by Mississippi State in November after another domestic violence arrest.
• Titans receiver Justin Hunter was arrested Monday in Virginia and charged with felony assault for his alleged role in a bar fight on July 3.
• The Vikings announced a restructuring of the final three years of Adrian Peterson’s contract. The new deal is expected to give Peterson more guaranteed money up front at the expense of future money, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports.
• The Giants hope to have a contract extension with quarterback Eli Manning sooner rather than later, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
• Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley, who tore his ACL last fall while playing for Georgia, is expected to begin training camp on the non-football injury list, Rapoport reports.
• Tight end Dennis Pitta is expected to be on the physically unable to perform list when the Ravens open training camp, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports.
• San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers appears poised to play out the final season of his contract and hold off talks on an extension. Rivers is set to make $15.75 million in 2015, the final season of a six-year, $91.8 million deal he signed in 2009.
• Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said that the Jets will be his final team. He tweeted, "If I'm cut tomorrow, I'll retire. This will be my last team.” Marshall, 31, signed a three-year, $26 million contract with the Jets in May after New York acquired him from the Bears.
• Contract extension talks between quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will likely end when training camp begins, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, has a history of putting unofficial deadlines on contract negotiations before his players hit free agency. The Seahawks report to camp on July 30.
• The Steelers signed Cameron Heyward to a six-year, $59.25 million contract, making him the 11th-highest paid defensive end in the NFL, according to Spotrac.com. The 2015 season will be Heyward's fifth with the Steelers after they selected him in the first round of the 2011 draft.
• Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis is still looking for a new team after being released by the Eagles last month. “Exactly what my options are aren’t as clear as they will be in a week or two,” Mathis told CBS Radio.
• Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson still doesn’t have a contract extension and didn’t offer much of an update in an interview at the ESPYs on Wednesday. “I love Seattle, it's a great city,” Wilson said. “I'm going to play my butt off every day. That's all I know, and we'll see what happens.”
• The Giants waived wide receiver Marcus Harris on Wednesday. Harris was scheduled for what was supposed to be a minor knee procedure in June but doctors discovered the injury was more severe than anticipated and performed microfracture surgery instead, NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan reports. Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney had the same procedure last year. It typically requires at least five or six months of recovery time.
• California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law requiring that any cheerleader who works for a professional sports team in the state receive the minimum wage, workers' compensation and other benefits.
• The 2016 NFL Draft will be held April 28-30, the league announced Wednesday, but a location has not yet been chosen.