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Bills sign CB Taron Johnson to 3-year extension

The Buffalo Bills announced a three-year contract extension for big-play cornerback Taron Johnson on Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal, but NFL Network reports it is worth $24 million, with approximately $14 million guaranteed. The deal keeps the 25-year-old in Buffalo through the 2024 season.

Johnson missed last Sunday’s 40-0 victory at Houston with a groin injury but has been a full participant in practice for Buffalo (3-1) ahead of Sunday night’s game at Kansas City (2-2).

A fourth-round pick in 2018, Johnson has 15 tackles, one forced fumble and one sack in three starts this season. He has 201 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions in 42 career games (23 starts).

Last season, Johnson returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in a 26-15 win against Pittsburgh in Week 14. In the AFC divisional playoffs, he returned an interception 101 yards for a score in Buffalo’s 17-3 victory against Baltimore.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (91) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Reports: Jets agree to extension for DL John Franklin-Myers

The New York Jets agreed to a four-year contract extension with defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers, according to multiple reports Thursday.

No terms were available though Franklin-Myers, a fourth-year pro, stands to improve from his $920,000 salary this season — the last year of his rookie contract.

Franklin-Myers, fresh from his 25th birthday less than two weeks earlier, is off to a strong start this season with 15 tackles, three tackles for loss and a career-high-tying three sacks while starting all four games for New York.

Originally a fourth-round pick by the Rams in 2018 out of Stephen F. Austin, Franklin-Myers notched two sacks while playing sparingly for Los Angeles as a rookie. He posted a strip sack in the Rams’ Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots.

However, Franklin-Myers failed to make the team out of training camp in 2019. He got a chance with the Jets when they claimed him off waivers last October, though he was on injured reserve for most of last season and didn’t see game action.

Franklin-Myers recorded three sacks in 15 games (two starts) for New York in 2020 and won a starting spot this summer.

In his three NFL campaigns, Franklin-Myers owns 44 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

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Sep 14, 2019; Champaign, IL, USA; Eastern Michigan Eagles head coach Chris Creighton reacts during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

EMU coach Chris Creighton extended through 2025

Eastern Michigan extended football coach Chris Creighton’s contract through 2025 on Thursday.

Creighton, 52, joined the Eagles before the 2014 season and has guided them to three bowl appearances. Before his arrival, Eastern Michigan had nine different full-time and interim coaches from 1992-2013

“Coach Creighton has helped change the culture and the direction of our football program during his tenure at Eastern Michigan,” athletic director Scott Wetherbee said in a statement. “We are excited about continuing to build upon a foundation that has seen our teams compete in three postseason bowl games, upset a trio of Power Five opponents, and reach unprecedented new heights in the classroom.”

Eastern Michigan finished 2-4 last season and is 30-51 under Creighton. Since the start of the 2016 season, however, Central Michigan has a 27-30 record.

The Eagles kick off the 2021 season on Friday against visiting St. Francis (Pa.) in Ypsilanti, Mich.

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Jul 28, 2021; Orchard Park, NY, United States; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) speaks with the media after practice at the Buffalo Bills Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen signs 6-year, $258M extension

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen agreed to a six-year extension through the 2028 season on Friday.

The team did not release financial details, but ESPN reported it was worth $258 million — $43 million per season — and includes $150 million guaranteed.

Allen, 25, is coming off a breakout season in 2020 in which he made the Pro Bowl, guided the Bills to their first AFC East title since 1995 and broke single-season team records for passing yards (4,544) and touchdown passes (37).

Buffalo lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-24, in the AFC Championship Game.

Allen also broke the franchise records for completions (396), completion percentage (69.2), 300-yard games (eight) and total touchdowns (46) in 2020 and finished runner-up to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Allen is 28-15 as a starter and has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 9,707 yards with 67 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in 44 games (43 starts) since the Bills made him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,562 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The $43 million average annual value makes Allen the second-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, behind Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes ($45 million) and just ahead of the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott ($42M).

Allen is the first quarterback in the 2018 class to sign a long-term second contract. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield are also in line for lucrative deals.

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May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: 49ers reach 5-year extension with ILB Fred Warner

The San Francisco 49ers and All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner reached an agreement on a five-year extension, ESPN and NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The deal is worth $95 million with $40.5 million in guaranteed money, per the reports.

The deal makes him the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league in contract value and average annual salary, according to Spotrac. New York Jets ILB C.J. Mosley was No. 1 with $85 million in total value, and Seattle’s Bobby Wagner is now second behind Warner in AAV with $18 million.

Warner, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The extension keeps him under contract in San Francisco through the 2026 season.

Warner earned first team All-Pro honors and was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season. He recorded 125 tackles to go with two interceptions, six passes defensed, a sack and seven quarterback hits. He also had a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Warner has played in and started all 48 games since the Niners selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of BYU. He played 94 percent of the snaps on defense in 2020.

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Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (71) in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints sign All-Pro RT Ryan Ramczyk to $96M extension

The New Orleans Saints and Ryan Ramczyk have agreed to a five-year, $96 million extension, making the All-Pro the highest-paid right tackle in football, ESPN and NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The deal includes $60 million in guaranteed money, per the reports.

Ramczyk, 27, has played in — and started — every game but one since the Saints selected him with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints pulled their starters for the 2018 season finale, accounting for the only game Ramczyk has missed.

He made first team All-Pro after the 2019 season and second team in 2018 and 2020.

Ramczyk’s total contract value eclipses the previous high of $72 million earned by Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, per Spotrac.

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Apr 17, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban sports a pink coat and tie during the University of Alabama A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama extends Nick Saban’s contract through 2028 season

Alabama extended Nick Saban’s contract through 2028 on Monday, a deal the coach said would keep him there for the rest of his career.

The new agreement extended Saban’s current deal by three seasons and runs through Feb. 28, 2029.

His base salary of $8.425 million for the current contract year will increase annually throughout the length of the deal.

Saban will also receive an $800,000 contract completion benefit at the end of the 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 seasons, putting his total annual compensation in the $10 million range.

Saban, who turns 70 in October, is entering his 15th season at Alabama and has guided the Crimson Tide to six national championships, seven SEC championships and a 170-23 (.881) record. Alabama went 13-0 and defeated Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national title game last season.

“Terry and I are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career,” Saban said in a statement released by the school. “Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it’s a place where our roots now run deep. This agreement gives us the chance to continue to impact the lives of the young men and their families who choose to play football and get an education at Alabama.”

Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 for at least one week for 13 straight years, breaking the previous record of seven years set by Miami from 1986-92.

Saban coached the Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and at LSU (2000-04) and Michigan State (1995-99) before taking the position at Alabama in 2007.

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Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (35) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Bills Stadium. The Buffalo Bills won 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: Ravens sign RB Gus Edwards to 2-year, $10M extension

The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement with restricted free agent running back Gus Edwards on a two-year, $10 million extension through 2023.

Edwards’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the deal with multiple media outlets on Monday.

Undrafted in 2018 out of Rutgers, Edwards has rushed for 2,152 yards and 10 touchdowns and added 18 catches for 194 yards in 43 games (13 starts) over the past three seasons in Baltimore.

He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and 14.3 yards per catch in 16 games (six starts) in 2020, finishing with a career-high 852 yards from scrimmage and six scores.

Edwards, 26, is scheduled to earn $3.38 million in 2021 on a restricted free agent tender received in March.

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Dec 5, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen stands on the field before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Florida gives Dan Mullen raise, three-year extension

The University of Florida has given football coach Dan Mullen a three-year contract extension worth an additional $1.5 million annually through the 2026 season.

Mullen and Florida agreed to the extension last month. The Gators released details of Mullen’s contract in response to a public records request.

Mullen, 49, who made $6.07 million last year, will earn $7.6 million in 2021. That salary ranks third in the SEC behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($9.1 million) and LSU’s Ed Orgeron ($8.68 million), according to the Orlando Sentinel. Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, who makes $7.5 million per season, ranks fourth in the SEC.

“Dan has done a tremendous job in his three seasons at Florida, and we are fortunate to have someone with his obvious talents and head coaching experience leading our football program,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside him to support his vision for Gators football and our student-athletes for many years.”

Under Mullen, the Gators have gone 29-9, including three consecutive New Year’s Six Bowl appearances, culminating with last season’s 55-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

“We are very excited about the future of the Florida football program, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed on and off the field,” Mullen said in a statement.

Mullen served as the Gators’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2005-08. He went 98-55 as head coach at Mississippi Statet from 2009-17.

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Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell against the Oregon Ducks during the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State gives HC Matt Campbell 8-year extension

Iowa State has given Matt Campbell an eight-year extension, keeping the fifth-year head coach in Ames, Iowa, until 2028.

Further, the school vowed to provide Campbell $3 million in salary enhancements for his coaching staff over the next three years.

“Coach Campbell has always put investments in his student-athletes and football staff before his own personal gains,” ISU director of athletics Jamie Pollard said in a statement. “That is the essence of servant leadership and is what makes Coach Campbell so successful.”

Contract terms were not disclosed. Campbell earned an average of $3.5 million annually on his previous deal, which ran through 2025.

Campbell has resuscitated a moribund program, going 35-28 and leading the Cyclones to four straight bowl games, including last season’s Fiesta Bowl. Iowa State went 9-3 last season.

“The University has made a terrific commitment to Cyclone football and I’m thrilled to continue to move this program forward,” Campbell said.

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