Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) before the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

WR Terry McLaurin signs $70M extension with Commanders

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin and the Washington Commanders agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth up to $70 million, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

McLaurin, whose agents said he will receive a signing bonus of $28 million, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and planned to steer clear of workouts while seeking a new deal.

The agreement hushes any holdout talk from McLaurin, who becomes one of the seven highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL while jumping off the list of disgruntled young wideouts.

McLaurin skipped mandatory minicamp and was working out on his own, a plan that head coach Ron Rivera wasn’t pleased with given the arrival of new quarterback Carson Wentz.

But the deal through 2025 carries an average annual salary of $23.3 million.

NFL Network put the max value of the deal at $70 million, while ESPN reported it could reach $71 million.

A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin caught 77 passes for 1,053 yards with five TDs last season. He had 87 receptions for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns in 2020, production that looks even more impressive when the revolving door at quarterback in Washington is taken into consideration.

Deebo Samuel (49ers) and DK Metcalf (Seahawks) remain candidates for a trade among McLaurin’s peer group of talented receivers digging in for a big payday.

Multiple wide receivers in their position were traded this offseason, including Davante Adams (Packers to Raiders), Tyreek Hill (Chiefs to Dolphins) and Amari Cooper (Cowboys to Browns) as the market for No. 1 wideouts exploded.

Adams left the Packers and is the league’s highest-paid wide receiver with an average salary of $30 million. He’s just ahead of Hill ($28 million), both of whom overtook DeAndre Hopkins ($27.3 million) with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Rams signed All-Pro Cooper Kupp to a new deal that bumps his pay to $26.7 million per season and the Eagles acquired A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans, signing him to a contract that averages $25 million per season.

Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs ($24 million) is also just ahead of McLaurin in terms of average annual salary.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) participates in minicamp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

First-rounder Kenny Pickett finally signs with Steelers

Nearly two months after he was drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Kenny Pickett was the last first-round pick to sign a contract.

Pickett was the only quarterback drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Rookie contracts are set by the NFL’s slotting system, but only the length of the deal and financial terms are determined in advance. Offset language, which covers scenarios in which players don’t reach the end of the four-year deal and fifth-year option with the same team, is often a sticking point.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Pickett is in the competition to replace Ben Roethlisberger, along with Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky.

Pickett and Tomlin have been acquaintances for several years. Pickett played home games at Heinz Field, home of the Steelers, and logged 52 games at the University of Pittsburgh. He threw for more than 12,000 yards with 81 career touchdowns.

Pickett’s four-year deal is worth $14 million with a fifth-year option.

–Field Level Media

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is brought down by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (right) during the first half Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland.

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Lamar Jackson expects to play rest of career in Baltimore

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson remained tight-lipped about his contract situation Thursday but did say he expects to be in a Ravens uniform for the rest of his career.

Jackson, entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, acknowledged that he’s talked with Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta about a new deal but said he’s “just keeping it private.”

Asked if he wants to remain with the Ravens for the rest of his career, Jackson said, “I expect so. Yes, I do.”

He said skipping voluntary organized team activities was not contract-related, but that he wanted to “stay away” from offseason workouts after an injury-riddled 2021 season.

Jackson, who acts as his own agent, is set to make $23.016 million on the fifth-year option in 2022. That annual average salary is 15th in the NFL among quarterbacks, according to Spotrac.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games in 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) scores a touchdown ahead of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) during the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders to sign WR Hunter Renfrow to $32M extension

The Las Vegas Raiders continued their offseason spending spree, agreeing to a two-year, $32 million contract extension for wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

The contract contains a reported $21 million in guaranteed money. He initially was signed to a four-year, $2.83 million rookie deal after the Raiders selected him in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Since then, Renfrow has played in 46 NFL games (19 starts), catching 208 passes for 2,299 yards with 15 touchdowns. He set career highs in 2021 with 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and nine TDs.

Only Pro Football Hall of Fame member Tim Brown had more catches in a season in Raiders history, hauling in 104 in 1997.

Renfrow, 26, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2021.

Earlier this offseason, the Raiders committed more than $400 million in contracts to four players: quarterback Derek Carr, three years, $121.5 million; wide receiver Davante Adams, five years, $140 million; defensive end Maxx Crosby, four years, $98.98 million; and outside linebacker Chandler Jones, three years, $51 million.

The Raiders, 10-7 last season, open play in 2022 on Sept. 11 against the AFC West division rival Los Angeles Chargers.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) is tackled by New York Giants inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (49) and inside linebacker Tae Crowder (48) after a catch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dallas TE Dalton Schultz to sit out OTAs over contract

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz won’t take part in the rest of the team’s voluntary organized team activities because he is unhappy with his contract, NFL Network reported Monday.

In March, the Cowboys put the franchise tag on Schultz, and he signed the $10.931 million tender for 2022. He is contractually obligated to play on that deal if a long-term agreement isn’t reached by July 15.

Schultz, who turns 26 next month, was a fourth-round pick in 2018 and caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

The Cleveland Browns recently signed tight end David Njoku to a four-year, $54.75 million deal with $28 million in guaranteed money. Njoku caught 36 passes for 475 yards with a team-high four receiving touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts) last season.

–Field Level Media

Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross after being selected as the ninth overall pick to the Seattle Seahawks during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks sign No. 9 overall pick Charles Cross

Rookie offensive tackle Charles Cross signed a four-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $21.38 million.

Cross, the ninth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, receives a fully guaranteed deal with $12.73 million in the form of a signing bonus. The team holds a fifth-year option as is standard with all contracts for first-round draft picks.

Cross is the highest draft pick to enter the NFL without an agent to handle negotiations, although rookie deals are set by the collective bargaining agreement slotting system.

The 21-year-old Cross was the final top-10 pick from the 2022 draft to sign. He was selected with the first-round pick the Seahawks received in the Russell Wilson trade with the Denver Broncos.

A two-year starter and All-SEC pick at left tackle for Mississippi State, Cross is pegged to be the top left tackle on the roster this season. Duane Brown, an unsigned free agent, turned 36 and remains unsigned.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) leaps for the ball along with Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Dallin Leavitt (32) and cornerback Brandon Facyson (35) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns, TE David Njoku agree on 4-year extension

The Cleveland Browns and franchise-tagged tight end David Njoku have agreed on a four-year, $56.75 million contract extension, NFL Network reported Friday.

Under the agreement, Njoku will receive $28 million in guaranteed money at signing, per the report. With an annual average value of nearly $14.2 million, he’ll be among the top five in pay for the position.

Njoku, 25, would have earned around $10.9 million in 2022 under the franchise tag.

Njoku caught 36 passes for 475 yards with a team-high four receiving touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts) last season. He has 15 career TDs in 65 games (36 starts) for the Browns since being taken No. 29 overall in the 2017 draft.

The Browns released tight end Austin Hooper earlier this offseason. Hooper later signed with the Tennessee Titans.

–Field Level Media

May 13, 2022; Costa Mesa CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers guard Zion Johnson (77) during rookie minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign first-round pick G Zion Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers signed first-round draft pick Zion Johnson to his four-year rookie contract on Friday.

Johnson’s deal is reportedly worth $14.75 million and includes a $7.9 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-3, 316-pound guard from Boston College was the No. 17 overall pick in last month’s draft.

Johnson, 22, earned All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors last season.

Projected to start at right guard with the Chargers, he allowed just one sack in 2,288 career snaps at Boston College.

–Field Level Media

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart speaks with Georgia defensive lineman Warren Brinson (97) during the G-Day spring football game in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

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Report: Georgia, Kirby Smart nearing contract extension

National championship-winning coach Kirby Smart and Georgia are nearing a contract extension, according to multiple reports.

While university president Jere Morehead declined to attach a figure to what is expected to be a huge contract, he told The Athletic, “I don’t think anyone will be surprised.”

Morehead gave the school’s athletic board an update in executive session on Thursday.

Smart is under contract through the 2024 season at about $7 million a year.

Smart, 46, took over the program at his alma mater in 2016 and has a 66-15 record, including 6-2 in bowl games. He has a 40-10 mark in Southeastern Conference play.

The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff following the 2017 season, and defeated the Crimson Tide 33-18 in January to win the school’s first football national championship in 41 years.

Georgia opens the 2022 season against Oregon on Sept. 3.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) during pregame at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

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Report: Colts CB Kenny Moore sits seeking new contract

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore is unhappy with his contract and not participating in OTA practices, the Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.

The practices are voluntary, meaning Moore cannot be fined for staying away.

Moore, 26, has two years remaining on a four-year, $33.3 million contract he signed prior to the 2019 season.

His average salary of $8.325 million ranks 27th among NFL cornerbacks, according to overthecap.com.

Moore earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season with a career-high 102 tackles, four interceptions and 13 passes defensed in 17 games (16 starts).

Undrafted in 2017, Moore has registered 14 interceptions, four forced fumbles and seven sacks in 75 games (61 starts) with the Colts.

–Field Level Media