Dec 11, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II (20) reacts after stopping a play by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: Browns CB Greg Newsome II not seeking trade

The agent for Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II says the reports that his client is seeking a trade are false.

Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN he met with the team in Cleveland on Tuesday to discuss Newsome’s future there.

“Everything was very positive and Greg is happy with his role and playing for new DC Jim Schwartz,” Rosenhaus said.

A first-round draft pick (26th overall) in 2021, Newsome has recorded 79 tackles and 15 passes defensed in 27 games (26 starts) in his first two seasons with the Browns.

Newsome, 22, is due to earn a $1.8 million base salary in 2023. He signed a four-year, $12.75 million rookie deal in 2021 that included a $6.6 million signing bonus.

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) stands on the field during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens EVP: Lamar Jackson talks to go until deadline, will tag if needed

Ozzie Newsome, the Baltimore Ravens’ executive vice president of player personnel, said the team will negotiate with star quarterback Lamar Jackson up until Tuesday’s franchise tag deadline.

If those talks don’t produce a long-term extension, Jackson will be tagged.

“Today and up until about 3:30 tomorrow, a lot of energy is going to be utilized in trying to get the deal done,” Newsome said on “The Bernie Kosar Show” on Monday. “And if not, we will put the franchise tag on him.”

After extensive negotiations with the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, the Ravens were expected to use the franchise tag on Jackson for the 2023 season. At issue is whether Baltimore would use the exclusive or the non-exclusive tag.

The exclusive franchise tag value at quarterback for 2023 is projected at $45 million, and prevents a player from talking contract with any other team.

The non-exclusive tag, with a $32.4 million salary this season, opens the door to offers from teams while maintaining refusal rights for the Ravens. If Baltimore doesn’t match an offer sheet, Jackson could be traded for two first-round picks.

Jackson, 26, reportedly turned down a five-year deal last September. It would have stretched through the 2027 season, with $133 million guaranteed at signing, per multiple reports.

Jackson has 12,209 yards with 101 passing touchdowns, and 4,437 rushing yards with 24 TDs on the ground in 70 career games since being selected in the first round of the 2018 draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Bears put RB/returner Tarik Cohen on PUP list

The Chicago Bears placed running back/return specialist Tarik Cohen on the physically unable to perform list on Sunday.

Cohen sustained a torn ACL in his right knee in Week 3 of last season.

Cohen, who turns 26 on Monday, has 1,101 rushing yards in 51 NFL games (22 starts) but is a force as a returner.

Cohen is averaging 10.3 yards with one touchdown on 96 career punt returns and 20.9 yards on 30 kickoff returns. He was a Pro Bowl selection as a punt returner in 2018 when he averaged 12.5 yards on 33 returns.

Rookie receiver Dazz Newsome also was placed on the PUP list. Newsome injured a shoulder during organized team activities in June.

Newsome was a sixth-round draft choice out of North Carolina.

Chicago’s first training camp practice is slated for Wednesday.

–Field Level Media