New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) gets rid of the ball as he's hit by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (90) in the second half. The Jets defeat the Browns, 23-16, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in East Rutherford.

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Panthers commit to QB Sam Darnold, WR DJ Moore through 2022

Quarterback Sam Darnold and wide receiver DJ Moore are guaranteed contracts with the Panthers through 2022 after Carolina picked up their fifth-year options on Friday.

Darnold, acquired from the New York Jets for two draft picks, also was validated as the undisputed starter in Carolina on Thursday. The Panthers passed on multiple prospects at the position to select cornerback Jaycee Horn eighth overall in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

“I’m not going to talk about other players; we brought Sam here for a reason,” Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said. “We’re excited to see what he can do. We’re excited to give him an opportunity. We traded for him because we believe in his potential.”

The option will pay Darnold just under $20 million for 2022. He’s scheduled to make $9.7 million in 2021.

Darnold was selected No. 3 overall in 2018. Jets general manager Joe Douglas and former head coach Adam Gase admitted multiple failures by the Jets impacted Darnold’s development.

The Panthers selected Moore with the No. 24 overall pick in 2018. He’s coming off of a career-best year with 1,193 receiving yards in 2020.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater started for the Panthers last season but was traded to the Denver Broncos earlier this week.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals center Billy Price (53) cools off after a drill during a training camp practice at the Paul Brown Stadium practice field in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

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Report: Bengals to decline option on C Billy Price

The Cincinnati Bengals will decline their fifth-year option on center Billy Price, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Price, who was selected by the Bengals with the 21st overall pick of the 2018 draft, will become a free agent after the 2021 season.

Price, 26, has started 19 of his 42 games with the Bengals over the past three seasons.

He appeared in all 16 games in 2020 but played only 19 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.

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Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Washington Football Team nose tackle Daron Payne (94) in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington picks up fifth-year option on Daron Payne

The Washington Football Team on Tuesday exercised the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Daron Payne’s contract.

Payne, 23, will make $8.529 million for the 2022 season, per Spotrac.

Payne has played in 47 of a possible 48 games since being selected by Washington with the 13th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has recorded 166 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries since joining the NFL.

Payne had 54 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception in 16 games last season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) tries to break a tackle by Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bears pick up fifth-year option on Roquan Smith

The Chicago Bears exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Roquan Smith’s contract, NFL Network reported on Tuesday.

Smith, 24, will make $9.735 million during the 2022 season, per Spotrac.

Smith has started 42 of the 44 games in which he has played since being selected by the Bears with the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft. He has recorded 361 tackles, 11 sacks, four interceptions and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Smith collected 139 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions while starting all 16 games last season.

–Field Level Media