NFC Notes: Bennett, Foles, Panthers

Martellus Bennett sat out the voluntary portion of the Bears’ offseason program to help force a new contract, but he now accepts that a new deal isn’t coming his way anytime soon, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times writes.

It’s just business,” Bennett said. “I have no hard feelings against anybody. Some business deals go the way you want. I have several business deals this offseason that worked and didn’t work out. “For me, [the pursuit of new contract was] just another business deal, and then that’s just the way it is. Some deals get done, some don’t. Still got to come work and do my job.”

Here’s more from the NFC..

  • Rams GM Les Snead says that it is “definitely realistic” that the team and Nick Foles will agree to an extension before the quarterback becomes a free agent after the season, as Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com writes. The two sides have been discussing a new deal for more than a month now and, recently, PFR’s Connor Byrne evaluated Foles as an extension candidate.
  • Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says Stephen Hill‘s arrest won’t affect his chances to make the team, David Newton of ESPN.com writes. Hill, a second-round pick by the Jets in 2012, spent last season on Carolina’s practice squad after being released by the Jets at the end of training camp.
  • The Panthers GM was surprised to learn that backup left tackle Jonathan Martin is retiring, as Newton writes. However, the team has good depth at the position with Nate Chandler, Amini Silatolu, and rookie Daryl Williams competing to back up Michael Oher.

AFC Notes: Brady, Weddle, Lewis, Kromer

A U.S. District Court judge ordered the NFL and NFLPA to try to resolve their differences over Tom Brady‘s suspension without litigation, as ESPN.com writes. Of course, it seems unlikely that the two sides will peacefully resolve the conflict regarding the Patriots quarterback. Here’s more from the AFC..

  • Chargers safety Eric Weddle says that he will not hold out from camp but added that he believes this will be his last year with the team, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets. Weddle and the Bolts have been embroiled in a contract dispute all offseason and there has been no sign of the two compromising on an extension.
  • Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants to win a Super Bowl this season and “walk away” afterwards to leave the game on top, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer writes.
  • Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer entered a written plea of not guilty in a Florida court, as Mike Rodak of ESPN.com tweets. Kromer is scheduled for a September 2nd pre-trial hearing.

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor To Hold Out

THURSDAY, 9:06pm: Chancellor will not report to training camp and will hold out until he gets the contract he wants, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

9:02pm: Chancellor followed through on his threat and didn’t show up today, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. If he doesn’t show tomorrow, he’ll officially be a holdout.

WEDNESDAY, 11:23am: Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor wants a pay raise and he has told Seattle that he’s strongly considering a camp holdout to make it happen, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The safety has three years and nearly $17MM to go on the extension he signed in 2013, with nothing guaranteed beyond this season.

Chancellor is set to earn $4.55MM this year but he’s apparently looking for a deal that reflects his level of play in recent years. Chancellor is a key part of Seattle’s defense and he’s even more critical to the team this year with Earl Thomas potentially sidelined to start the year. There’s also precedent for the Seahawks reworking a deal after running back Marshawn Lynch successfully forced their hand last year.

Chancellor, 27, racked up 104 total tackles with seven pass deflections and one interception in 14 regular season games last season. Last season, he graded out as the 20th best safety in the NFL according to the advanced metrics used by Pro Football Focus (sub. req’d). In the year prior, Chancellor came in as the 12th best safety in the NFL.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett also has said he wants more money and is mulling his options, Rapoport tweets. He is a better candidate to show up than Chancellor, though.

Minor NFL Transactions: 7/30/15

Today’s minor moves and signings..

  • The Panthers announced (on Twitter) that they have signed wide receiver Avius Capers and punter Matt Wile while waiving cornerback Garry Peters.
  • Tackle Jonathan Martin, who has retired from the NFL, has been placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list (Twitter link). Martin was supposed to fill out retirement paperwork by this afternoon but apparently did not, prompting the Panthers to make that roster move, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer tweets.
  • The Bengals signed rookie free agent wide receiver Desmond Lawrence, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer tweets.
  • The Titans have signed nose tackle Isaako Aaitui, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean tweets.

Falcons, Julio Jones Begin Extension Talks

Julio Jones says his agent and the Falcons have started negotiations toward a new long-term contract, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com writes. When asked for a timetable, however, Jones wasn’t able to put a date on it.

I don’t know,” he said. “I haven’t talked to [the Falcons, personally]. My agent [Jimmy Sexton] and the Falcons obviously have been talking. I haven’t been talking. I talked to DQ [coach Dan Quinn] earlier. Me and him are on the same page. He just needs me to be the leader I am and to continue to keep working hard and take care of what I can take care of.

While things appeared to get a little chippy between Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos and downright ugly between the Cowboys and Dez Bryant, Jones made it known that he would never be a training camp holdout. Of course, with one more year to go before Jones could be franchise tagged, he was in a much different position than either of those wide receivers.

Jones is coming off a franchise-record-setting 1,593 receiving yards last season on a career-high 104 receptions. At the moment, he is set to play the 2015 season on his fully guaranteed fifth-year option, worth $10.176MM. For what it’s worth, his 2014 numbers compare favorably to Thomas and Bryant. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked him right behind the duo, despite the fact that he played fewer snaps than either player.

Just last week, Luke Adams of PFR looked at Jones as an extension candidate.

 

NFC East Notes: JPP, Giants, Gallette

When asked whether he had any idea when Jason Pierre-Paul might report to training camp, Giants co-owner John Mara said that he has no clue, as Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger writes.

I don’t know how many fingers he has,” Mara said. “We know what we’ve read and what we’ve been told, but until we actually see him and the extent of the damage, it’s hard to make any sort of prediction as to what kind of condition he’s in.”

As the Giants wait to learn more information about their star defensive end, let’s take a look at more from the NFC East..

  • When asked about a new deal with quarterback Eli Manning, the Giants owner once again expressed optimism, but also said that it will take some time as Manning’s agent is asking for an unreasonable amount of money in negotiations, Raanan tweets.
  • Former Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette, who is meeting with Washington tonight, has also drawn interest from six other teams, John Keim of ESPN.com tweets. However, Galette would prefer Washington over his other suitors and feels like it’s a good fit, Mike Jones of the Washington Post tweets.
  • Interestingly enough, Zac Boyer of The Washington Times (on Twitter) hears that Washington is the only team that has reached out with interest in Galette. The Bucs no longer seem to be in the mix, he adds.

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson Arrested

6:28pm: The Jets were not made of Richardson’s arrest until media reports surfaced, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) spoke with three different sources from rival teams that think Richardson will never play another NFL down after his arrest.

5:41pm: Sheldon Richardson was charged Thursday with resisting arrest and traffic violations after a July 14th incident in Missouri, Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets. Richardson was clocked going 143 mph and had a gun in the vehicle (Twitter links). Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday (on Twitter) passes along a copy of the police report which indicates that the gun was fully loaded. Richardson tried to avoid police apprehension and there was a “very strong odor of marijuana” in the car, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com tweets. There were two adult males in the car with Richardson at the time as well as a 12-year-old. Of course, this incident does not bode well for Richardson’s NFL future as it comes just two weeks after he was suspended for marijuana use. Richardson, 24, had been expected to start on the Jets’ defensive line alongside nose tackle Damon Harrison and standout defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson prior to the suspension. With this incident thrown into the mix, there’s no telling when Richardson might return to Gang Green. Richardson’s absence will probably open the door for sixth overall pick Leonard Williams to step into the starting lineup and the Jets certainly hope that he’s ready to hit the ground running. Richardson’s suspension and latest off-the-field issue could also provide Wilkerson some additional leverage in his extension talks with the Jets.

Giants To Sign James Jones

The Giants will sign James Jones to a one-year deal, the wide receiver tells Fallon Smith of CSNBayArea.com (on Twitter). Jones will head east and arrive in the New York area tomorrow.

Jones probably won’t ever approach his high-water mark season of 2012, when he led the league with 14 touchdown receptions while catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. But, he’s still only 31 years old, and has remained remarkably durable, missing just eight of a possible 128 career games. He has also proven to be consistent, averaging 48 receptions for roughly 620 yards and five scores each year.

After spending seven seasons in Green Bay, Jones established a new career high in 2014 with 73 receptions in Oakland, easily the most catches for any player currently available. Given the conservative nature of the Raiders’ offense though, Jones averaged just 9.1 yards per catch, significantly below his career mark, for a total of only 666 yards.

The Seahawks and Chiefs also reportedly made inquiries on Jones since he was released by the Raiders on May 4th, but it’s the Giants that have wound up with him.

Bengals To Sign Greg Little

5:12pm: In related moves, the Bengals have waived wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and placed LB Rey Maualuga on the active/NFI list, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer tweets.

4:18pm: Greg Little has signed a one year deal with the Bengals, a source tells Rand Getlin of NFL.com (on Twitter). The wide receiver will provide depth for Cincinnati after James Wright was waived.

Little, who played three seasons for the Browns, spent most of last season with Cincinnati. However, the former second-round pick was cut by the Bengals back in February. Now, he has circled back after a season in which he had just six catches on 12 targets, for a total of 69 yards.

Little hauled in 61 passes for 709 receiving yards in his rookie season, but has seen his totals in both categories decline in each year since then. In 2013, he grabbed just 41 passes for 465 yards, leading to his release by the Browns. The Raiders claimed Little off waivers at that point, but also cut him later in the offseason.

Giants Hosting James Jones

Veteran wide receiver James Jones is visiting the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. The hope for both sides is that the powwow will turn into a signing, he adds.

Jones probably won’t ever approach his high-water mark season of 2012, when he led the league with 14 touchdown receptions while catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. But, he’s still only 31 years old, and has remained remarkably durable, missing just eight of a possible 128 career games. He has also proven to be consistent, averaging 48 receptions for roughly 620 yards and five scores each year.

After spending seven seasons in Green Bay, Jones established a new career high in 2014 with 73 receptions in Oakland, easily the most catches for any player currently available. Given the conservative nature of the Raiders’ offense though, Jones averaged just 9.1 yards per catch, significantly below his career mark, for a total of only 666 yards.

The Seahawks, Giants, and Chiefs have also reportedly inquiries on Jones since he was released by the Raiders on May 4th.

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