NFL rumors: Latest news from the off-season as the new league year begins
By Tom Downey, Chat Sports
NFL free agency remains in full swing after officially opening last week. While most of the big name players are off the market, several quality contributors have yet to sign.
Check out the latest NFL rumors and news below.
• The Baltimore Ravens landed one of the top free agents left on the market, signing safety Eric Weddle. The deal is for four years and $29 million, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports.
• The NFL has acknowledged a link between football-related head trauma and CTE for the first time, reports ESPN.
• Commissioner Roger Goodell might not have off-the-field discipline power over NFL players for much longer. The NFL and the NFLPA are getting closer to reaching a deal that would strip Goodell of that power, according to The Wall Street Journal.
• The Carolina Panthers signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai to a two-year, $7 million deal on Monday, reports the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
• Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has dropped his appeal of his year-long suspension. The NFL announced that Bryant’s suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy will begin immediately.
• Tight end Zach Miller is returning to the Chicago Bears on a two-year contract. The Chicago Tribune reports the deal is worth $6 million, but Miller can earn another $2 million via incentives.
• Former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji announced that he is taking a hiatus from football. Raji said he won’t rule out returning to the sport, but he will not play in 2016.