Dec 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates after running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) runs for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Lions QB Jared Goff talks contract, determined to stay in Detroit

Lions quarterback Jared Goff embraced helping steer the forever underdog Detroit franchise out of the doldrums and deep into the playoffs last season.

But the future isn’t certain for Goff, who has one year remaining on the four-year, $134 million contract extension he signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2109. Goff is due $27.3 million in 2024.

“I love it here and I want to be here a long time,” Goff said Tuesday during media availability at voluntary offseason workouts. “It’s been really special playing in front of these fans. Being able to provide a winning culture over the last year and a half or so. See them experience that and be a part of that has been fun, but by no means are we satisfied.”

Goff recorded a career-best 67.3 completion percentage and threw for 4,575 yards (No. 2 in the NFL) with 30 touchdowns (fourth in the league) and 12 interceptions this season. He is knocking on the door of making his second Super Bowl appearance, with his first coming with the Los Angeles Rams in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2019.

While he’s reached cult status in Detroit, Goff didn’t disclose the context of contractual negotiations he said are taking place with the Lions’ front office. Barring injury or a shocking transaction this month, Goff knows he’ll have at least one more season with the Lions.

“I’ve had a ton of fun winning in this city, winning for these fans,” Goff said.

Goff spent five seasons with the Rams after they made him top overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, then was traded to Detroit as part of a deal that involved fellow quarterback Matthew Stafford on March 18, 2021.

Head coach Dan Campbell defended Goff and the perception he wasn’t the quality of quarterback capable of winning the Super Bowl, especially from fans pinning the NFC Championship game loss to the 49ers in January on the quarterback. The Lions coughed up a three-score lead and became the first team to lose a conference championship after leading by 17-plus points at halftime (previously 21-0).

Campbell said this offseason he wanted Goff and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to be “priority” when it comes to contract extensions.

“Those are certainly priorities,” he said last month.

Goff turns 30 in October and could be a measuring stick used for other contract negotiations, including the case of Cowboys soon-to-be-free-agent Dak Prescott. He’s in the final year of a four-year, $160 million deal in Dallas.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) warms up before facing the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Colts sign DT DeForest Buckner to two-year extension

Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner signed a two-year extension through 2026.

“DeForest has been the epitome of what it means to be a Colt the last four years,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in a statement Monday. “As one of the premier defensive tackles in the league, he is a destructive force on our defensive line. DeForest is one of the pillars of our locker room. His hard work, consistency and approach to the game are vital to the success of our team. We are fortunate to have DeForest and the caliber of man he is representing our organization. I’m excited for him and his family on this much deserved contract extension.”

Under terms of the new deal, Indianapolis will pay Buckner a total of $46 million for the 2025 and 2026 seasons after the final year of his four-year, $84 million deal expires at the end of the upcoming season, according to ESPN and NFL Network.

The 30-year-old Buckner joins the top five at his position in terms of annual average salary.

The Colts acquired Buckner prior to the 2020 season from the San Francisco 49ers, and he’s paid them back handsomely with 32.5 sacks in four seasons in Indianapolis, missing only one game.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Buckner has 61 career sacks, 544 tackles, nine forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries in 129 games with the 49ers and Colts.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Lockett agrees to revised deal: ‘Seattle is home’

Receiver Tyler Lockett explained why he agreed to a revised two-year deal with the Seahawks: “Seattle is home.”

Lockett, 31, is heading into his 10th season with the franchise that drafted him in the third round in 2015.

His revised contract converted $4 million in salary to incentives and a signing bonus, shaving $8 million off his cap number for 2024, according to reports.

“Seattle is home,” Lockett said Wednesday, per the Seattle Times. “Obviously it’s a business and so you’ve got to kind of look and see what is good for them, you see what’s good for yourself, as well. And with everything that I had a chance to be able to do and become, it’s really cool that you hear that the staff wants you to be on the team, as well.

“… (I) try not to get too much into the contract because I’m still kind of in a blessed situation. So everybody kind of talks about the contract or talks about the money or says it’s a pay cut or whatever it is, but it’s enough for us to still be here. It’s enough for them to still want me.”

Lockett started all 17 games in 2023 and finished with 79 catches for 894 yards and five touchdowns, ending his streak of four straight 1,000-yard campaigns.

He enters 2024 ranked No. 2 in Seahawks history in career receptions (612), receiving yards (7,994) and touchdown catches (59), trailing Hall of Famer Steve Largent in all three categories.

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Dec 25, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) in action against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles WR DeVonta Smith next in line for payday

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith is a “strong candidate” for a massive contract extension, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The Eagles already have locked up offensive linemen Landon Dickerson (four years, $84 million) and Jordan Mailata (three years, $66 million) to long-term deals this offseason. Smith appears to be next in line, per the report.

Smith, 25, has tallied 240 catches for 3,178 yards and 19 touchdowns in 50 games (49 starts) since being drafted 10th overall in 2021 out of Alabama, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 2020.

He set a career high with 95 catches in 2022 and posted his second straight 1,000-yard season with 1,066 in 2023.

“DeVonta is an incredible person, incredible player; obviously homegrown, young guy,” general manager Howie Roseman said at the scouting combine in February when asked about signing Smith to an extension this offseason. “Without getting into specifics, those are guys you don’t really want to leave.”

Smith is expected to command a new deal worth $25 million or more per season, per ESPN. Wideout Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins has a top average annual salary of $30 million, followed by the Las Vegas Raiders’ Davante Adams ($28 million), the Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp ($26.7 million) and Eagles teammate A.J. Brown ($25 million).

Smith is due a base salary of $1.055 million in 2024 with a cap hit of $6.4 million. The Eagles have until May 2 to exercise the fifth-year option on Smith’s rookie contract, estimated to be worth $16 million for the 2025 season, per Spotrac.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates with teammates after setting the Jaguars single season record for sacks during second quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, December 31, 2023. The Jaguars went in at the half with a 9 to 0 lead.

Reports: Jaguars, pass rusher Josh Allen agree to $150M deal

Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl pass rusher Josh Allen agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

The Jaguars put the franchise tag on the 26-year-old Allen in March, blocking him from free agency as head coach Doug Pederson said the two sides were fully committed to working together on a long-term agreement. Allen has played only with the Jaguars since he was selected seventh overall in 2019.

Allen set a franchise record with 17.5 sacks in 2023 and his 45 career sacks are just 10 away from the team record (55, Tony Brackens). He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice in his first five seasons.

Under the terms of the franchise tag, Allen was guaranteed $24 million in 2024. Instead, he’ll reportedly received $88 million guaranteed.

The next order of business for the Jaguars could be the contract of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The No. 1 pick in 2021 is in the final season of his four-year, $36.8 million deal with a fifth-year option, a virtual guarantee to be picked up by the Jaguars, for 2025.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick in 2020, signed a five-year, $275 million extension before Week 1 of the 2023 season not long after the Los Angeles Chargers signed quarterback Justin Herbert, selected No. 6 overall in 2020, to a five-year deal worth a reported $262.5 million.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany;  Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon (32) reacts after a play against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter during an International Series game at Deutsche Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

S Julian Blackmon on re-signing with Colts: ‘This was home’

The Indianapolis Colts re-signed safety Julian Blackmon to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not reported by the Colts, but multiple media outlets previously reported it was worth up to $7.7 million, with $3.2 million guaranteed.

“This was home, man. This is the place where it started, and this is the place where I want to finish, if I can,” Blackmon said, per The Athletic. “Everybody knows how free agency went this year for safeties, and so we just wanted to be patient with the whole process.

“This is the place that made the most sense for the next step because, like you said, it’s a one-year deal, and for me, I feel like my value is worth more than one year, but unfortunately we all saw how the (safety) market went.”

Blackmon, 25, was a free agent after his rookie contract expired. In four years with the Colts, he has compiled 214 tackles, seven interceptions, 17 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one sack.

In 2023, Blackmon set career highs in tackles (88), picks (four), pass breakups (eight) and starts (15).

–Field Level Media

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is pressured by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chase Young (92) in the first half in Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Newly signed DE Chase Young to undergo neck surgery

Defensive end Chase Young, newly signed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the New Orleans Saints, will undergo neck surgery on Thursday, Sports Illustrated reported.

Recovery time is three to five months, which would make Young available for the start of the 2024 season, if he stays on schedule.

The Saints were aware of the issue, which is believed to stem from a stinger suffered in the 2023 preseason, and structured his contract accordingly, per the report.

Young is guaranteed to earn his $13 million in the event of a release. However, he will earn just over $5 million in base pay with a roster bonus of $470,000 per game, multiple outlets reported.

If he is active for all 17 games next season, he’d earn the additional $7.99 million on his contract.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by Washington, Young was dealt by the Commanders to the 49ers in exchange for a third-round draft pick last October. He played nine regular-season games for San Francisco, recording 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Young added 11 tackles in the 49ers’ playoff run, including a sack in the Super Bowl.

Young, 24, was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 after registering 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 15 games.

Still, his neck injury made it difficult to find a team willing to take the risk, per Sports Illustrated.

A torn right anterior cruciate ligament limited him to nine games in 2021 and three games in 2022. He bounced back to appear in seven games and start six times for Washington last year, producing 15 tackles and five sacks in those contests.

In 43 career NFL games (32 starts), Young has 100 tackles, 16.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa (97) warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: LB Joey Bosa reworks deal to stay with Chargers

A day after Khalil Mack reportedly restructured his contract to remain with the Los Angeles Chargers, teammate and fellow defensive star Joey Bosa followed suit on Thursday, per an ESPN report.

Bosa, 28, had two years left on a five-year, $135 million extension he signed in 2020 and was a potential trade or cut candidate before restructuring his deal.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection and 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year has missed time the past two seasons with injuries, playing in just 14 games. Bosa’s 2023 season ended in Week 11 when he sprained his foot.

Drafted No. 3 overall by the Chargers in 2016, Bosa has 67 sacks, 321 tackles, 15 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 93 games (84 starts).

Mack agreed to restructure his deal, ESPN reported on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles place kicker Jake Elliott (4) kicks a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of a 2024 NFC wild card game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles, K Jake Elliott agree to 4-year extension

The Philadelphia Eagles and All-Pro kicker Jake Elliott agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2028 season.

While the team announced the extension on Wednesday, no financial details were disclosed. ESPN valued the deal at $24 million, which at $6 million per year would tie Elliott with Ravens kicker Justin Tucker for the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.

On Tuesday, the Eagles agreed to contract extensions with long snapper Rick Lovato and punter Braden Mann.

Elliott, 29, set the franchise record in 2023 for single-season field goal percentage at 93.8 (30 of 32), field goals of more than 50 yards (seven), and points (135).

He enters the 2024 season riding a streak of 15 consecutive made field goals, including the playoffs.

The Cincinnati Bengals picked Elliott in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft and released him that September. He was promptly picked up by the Eagles and has appeared in 113 games with Philadelphia.

He has a career-long field goal of 61 yards and has connected on 86.2 percent (168 of 195) of field goal attempts and 95.8 percent (271 of 283) of his point-after tries.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) runs out of bounds as Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Brandon Facyson (31) rolls at his feet Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Reports: Colts reach 3-year deal with WR Michael Pittman Jr.

The Indianapolis Colts and star wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. are in agreement on a new three-year contract worth $71.5 million, the Schultz Report and NFL Network reported Monday.

The deal includes $46 million guaranteed, per the report. Pittman becomes the eighth-highest paid WR in the league in average annual value.

The Colts placed the franchise tag on Pittman last week but beat the deadline to reach a long-term deal by four months.

Pittman, 26, had a team-best 109 receptions, 1,152 yards and four TD catches in 2023. He has 336 receptions for 3,662 yards and 15 touchdowns — from six different quarterbacks — in four seasons with the Colts.

The Colts also reached a three-year, $31.26 million contract extension with linebacker Zaire Franklin on Monday.

–Field Level Media