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  • Bears sign DB Boykin, WR Daniels
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Chicago Bears signed defensive back Brandon Boykin and wide receiver B.J. Daniels on Wednesday.

    • Boykin has appeared in 64 career games with seven starts over four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2012-14) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2015). He has also spent time with the Carolina Panthers (2016).

      Originally drafted in the fourth round in 2012, Boykin has 131 tackles, eight interceptions, one interception-return touchdown, 37 pass breakups, two sacks, two tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His six interceptions in 2013 tied for second in the NFL behind Richard Sherman.

      Daniels saw action in eight contests over three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2013), Seattle Seahawks (2013-15) and Houston Texans (2015). He has also spent time with the New York Giants (2016). On offense, Daniels has two receptions for 18 yards, six rush attempts for 6 yards, and he completed one of two pass attempts for 7 yards. On special teams, he has five punt returns for 25 yards.

      The Bears also placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, guard Amini Silatolu and wide receiver Marquess Wilson on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The roster is now at 90.

      McPhee had arthroscopic left knee surgery in February. Silatolu is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament, while Wilson recently had left foot surgery.

  • QB Fitzpatrick agrees to one-year deal with Jets
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    With the New York Jets set to start training camp Thursday, they finally have their quarterback back in the fold.

    • Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets ended a long offseason stalemate Wednesday when the veteran free agent agreed to terms on a one-year contract, according to multiple media outlets.

      Fitzpatrick reportedly will make a base salary of $12 million with a chance to earn another $3 million in incentives.

      According to ESPN, the Jets boosted their previous offer from $8 million to $12 million while handing Fitzpatrick a 7 p.m. EDT deadline Wednesday to accept.

      ESPN added that the Jets will need to create salary-cap space for the quarterback, as they have just $9.1 million available.

      Fitzpatrick, 33, reportedly was seeking a multiyear deal worth $15 million annually, while the Jets had countered with a three-year, $24 million offer that included a guaranteed $15 million.

      The offseason standoff followed a year in which Fitzpatrick set a team record with 31 touchdown passes after taking the starting role in preseason. Geno Smith was due to be the starter in 2015 before his jaw was broken when he was punched by a teammate last summer.

      With Fitzpatrick back on the roster, the Jets' backup quarterbacks include Smith, rookie second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

      Heading into his 12th NFL season out of Harvard, Fitzpatrick last year started every game in a season for just the third time in his career. He also did so for the Buffalo Bills in 2011 and 2012. The journeyman also has seen action with the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.

      Last season, Fitzpatrick completed 335 of 562 passes (59.6 percent) for 3,905 yards with 15 interceptions. For his career, he has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 23,178 yards with 154 touchdown passes and 116 interceptions.

      According to ESPN Stats & Info, Fitzpatrick's 105 career starts without a playoff appearance are the second most in the NFL since the 1970 merger, trailing only Archie Manning's 139.

  • WR Nicks will sign with Saints
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

    • Nicks will become the oldest member of the Saints' wideouts after fellow veteran receiver Vincent Brown was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. The 28-year-old Nicks joins Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and second-round draft pick Michael Thomas among the wide receivers for New Orleans.

      Nicks began his career with the New York Giants and spent the 2014 season with the Indianapolis Colts before getting cut by the Tennessee Titans last summer. He returned to the Giants and had seven receptions for 54 yards in the final six games of the 2015 campaign.

      A first-round selection in the 2009 draft, Nicks has recorded 356 catches for 5,081 yards and 31 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons.

  • NFL notebook: Rams release QB Foles
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Los Angeles Rams released quarterback Nick Foles on Wednesday before veterans were due to report to training camp.

    • Foles, 27, had requested his release, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Rams reportedly tried to trade Foles but were unsuccessful.

      Foles, who had skipped the Rams' offseason workouts, was not pleased when the team traded up for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and selected quarterback Jared Goff.

      Foles will now become an unrestricted free agent.

      Foles was acquired last offseason in the trade that sent Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles. After the trade, Foles signed a two-year, $24.5 million extension that included nearly $13.8 million in guarantees. Foles started the first nine games with the Rams last season but was benched for Case Keenum after throwing only seven touchdowns with six interceptions and five fumbles during a 4-5 start.

      --Safety Kurt Coleman signed a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers.

      NFL Network reported the contract was worth $17 million, including $7 million guaranteed and $6 million up front.

      Coleman spent his first five seasons primarily as a backup and special teams player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. He was twice a part-time starter in four seasons with the Eagles (2011, 2012).

      -- Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings and is expected to formally announce his retirement the following day.

      Williams started 171 games over 11 seasons with Minnesota, earning six Pro Bowl selections to tie him with John Randle for second in team history behind Alan Page. He recorded 60 of his 63 career sacks with the Vikings.

      --The Vikings signed offensive tackle Sean Hickey and rookie linebacker Jason Whittingham to contracts on Wednesday.

      Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the team, which has filled all but one spot on its 90-man offseason roster.

      -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, in their first public comments since Tom Brady's four-game suspension for the January 2015 Deflategate incident was upheld, said they will keep the focus on the field, and that means preparing Jimmy Garoppolo to start Sept. 11 at Arizona.

      McDaniels wouldn't concede the Week 1 start to Garoppolo just yet. He said he will get a lot of reps with the first-team offense. However, every quarterback should see significant time in training camp, including rookie Jacoby Brissett.

      --The Patriots added to their depth by signing tight end Bear Pascoe and offensive guard Jon Halapio to contracts.

      Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Patriots, who also placed defensive back Nate Ebner on the reserve/did not report list. The 27-year-old is expected to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics with the United States rugby team.

      --San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been medically cleared by his doctor to fully practice when training camp begins Sunday.

      Kaepernick received medical clearance on Tuesday from his Colorado doctor to fully take part in practice for the first time this season, the Sacramento Bee reported.

      All 49ers players are expected to be examined by the team's medical staff Saturday before the first training camp practice Sunday.

      A league source told the newspaper that the quarterback met in Vail, Colo., with Dr. Peter Millett, who performed Kaepernick's left shoulder surgery in November. Millett put Kaepernick through a series of tests, including on-field work, all of which Kaepernick passed.

      --The New York Jets and free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are not talking about a contract as training camp opened.

      The two sides remain far apart in determining the player's value and no resolution is expected soon, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.

      The Jets reportedly offered Fitzpatrick a three-year, $24 million contract in February. The deal included $12 million in the first year but only $6 million in each of the last two years, according to ESPN. He made $3.25 million last season.

      --Rookie linebacker Darron Lee signed with the Jets, leaving only two first-round picks from the 2016 draft unsigned.

      --The Philadelphia Eagles placed running back Ryan Mathews on the non-football injury list with an ankle injury suffered last week, the team announced Wednesday.

      The injury is not considered to be serious, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.

      Mathews is a prime candidate to be the Eagles' top running back this season after DeMarco Murray was traded in the offseason.

      -- The Eagles signed rookie wide receiver David Watford, who was a quarterback at Hampton and participated in the team's rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

      --Safety Charles Godfrey, who signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons in March, announced his retirement after two NFL seasons.

      In 2015, Godfrey played in eight games for Atlanta and recorded 12 total tackles, a forced fumble, and one pass defensed.

      --The Falcons also announced they signed tight end Arthur Lynch and wide receiver Corey Washington.

      --The Washington Redskins added to their depth at wide receiver by signing undrafted rookie free agents T.J. Thorpe and Kendal Thompson to contracts.

      Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Redskins, who will have their first practice at training camp on Thursday.

      --The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their depth by signing linebacker Donald Butler to a contract.

      Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team for Butler, who collected 54 tackles, a half sack and a fumble recovery in 16 games last season with San Diego.

      The Cardinals also released linebacker Quayshawn Nealy.

      --The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive end Jack Gangwish, a college free agent out of Nebraska, ahead of Friday's first training camp practice.

  • Falcons S Godfrey retires
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Safety Charles Godfrey, who signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons in March, announced his retirement Wednesday after two NFL seasons.

    • Godfrey was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He signed by the Falcons in 2014 and played in five games that season. In 2015, Godfrey played in eight games for Atlanta and recorded 12 total tackles, a forced fumble and one pass defensed.

      The Falcons also announced they signed tight end Arthur Lynch and wide receiver Corey Washington.

      Lynch was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins out of Georgia. Last season, he was signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad.

      Washington was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals following the 2014 NFL Draft out of Newberry College. He was signed by the New York Giants and played in 14 games during his rookie season, recording five receptions for 52 yards. He did not play in any NFL games last season.

  • Eagles place RB Mathews on non-football injury list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Philadelphia Eagles placed running back Ryan Mathews on the non-football injury list with an ankle injury suffered last week, the team announced Wednesday.

    • The injury is not considered to be serious, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.

      Mathews is a prime candidate to be the Eagles' top running back this season after DeMarco Murray was traded in the offseason.

      Injuries have plagued Mathews' NFL career. He played 16 games in a season only one time in his six-year pro career. In 2015, Mathews played in 13 games, including six starts, and rushed for 539 yards while averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

      The Eagles also signed rookie wide receiver David Watford, who was a quarterback at Hampton and participated in the team's rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

  • Williams signs one-day pact to retire with Vikings
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday and is expected to formally announce his retirement the following day.

    • Williams started 171 games over 11 seasons with Minnesota, earning six Pro Bowl selections to tie him with John Randle for second in team history behind Alan Page. He recorded 60 of his 63 career sacks with the Vikings.

      "I had a great time with the Vikings and appreciate them giving me a chance," Williams said. "They drafted a small town kid from Arkansas and the organization, the city, the whole state really, helped raise me into a man. I appreciate them for that and look forward to coming back and doing some things with the team."

      Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman was quick to applaud Williams for his contributions to the franchise.

      "Kevin was one of the most respected players in Vikings history by his teammates and by opponents," Spielman said. "He set a high standard for himself and led by example instead of words. We thank him for everything he gave the Vikings and the legacy he leaves."

      Williams wrapped up his career by playing with Seattle in 2014 and making 14 starts with New Orleans in the following campaign.

      The ninth overall selection of the 2003 draft, Williams collected 525 tackles, five interceptions and nine forced fumbles during his 13-year career.

  • Rams release QB Foles
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Los Angeles Rams released quarterback Nick Foles on Wednesday before veterans were due to report to training camp.

    • Foles, 27, had requested his release, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Rams reportedly tried to trade Foles but were unsuccessful.

      Foles, who had skipped the Rams' offseason workouts, was not pleased when the team traded up for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and selected quarterback Jared Goff.

      Foles will now become an unrestricted free agent.

      "We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. "We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

      Foles was acquired last offseason in the trade that sent Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles. After the trade, Foles signed a two-year, $24.5 million extension that included nearly $13.8 million in guarantees.

      Foles started the first nine games with the Rams last season but was benched for Case Keenum after throwing only seven touchdowns with six interceptions and five fumbles during a 4-5 start.

      Foles started all 11 games he appeared in during his lone season with the Rams, throwing for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions, while completing 56.4 percent of his passes.

      Foles went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 with the Eagles when he passed for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

  • Jets sign first-rounder Lee
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Rookie linebacker Darron Lee signed with the New York Jets, leaving only two first-round picks from the 2016 draft unsigned.

    • Lee, a speedy linebacker from Ohio State, agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option standard for first-round picks.

      The top 19 players drafted received full guarantees -- with the exception of yet-to-sign Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, the third overall pick of the San Diego Chargers.

      Lee's deal has a maximum value of $10.22 million with his signing bonus worth $5.65 million.

      San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Josh Garrett (28th overall) also remains unsigned.

  • Redskins sign WRs Thorpe, Thompson
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Washington Redskins added to their depth at wide receiver on Wednesday by signing undrafted rookie free agents T.J. Thorpe and Kendal Thompson to contracts.

    • Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Redskins, who will have their first practice at training camp on Thursday.

      Thorpe reeled in 23 receptions for 321 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games with Virginia last season. He spent the previous three campaigns at North Carolina before transferring to the Cavaliers.

      Thompson has transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver, with his lone catch for eight yards coming with Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. He began his career at Oklahoma before transferring to Utah for his final two seasons.

  • Patriots ink TE Pascoe, G Halapio to contracts
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The New England Patriots added to their depth on Wednesday by signing tight end Bear Pascoe and offensive guard Jon Halapio to contracts.

    • Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Patriots, who also placed defensive back Nate Ebner on the reserve/did not report list. The 27-year-old is expected to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics with the United States rugby team.

      Pascoe has reeled in 40 receptions for 336 yards and two touchdowns in seven seasons with the New York Giants, Atlanta and Detroit during his NFL career. The 30-year-old was released by Chicago at the tail end of training camp last season and did not catch a pass in three games with the Lions toward the end of the campaign.

      Selected by New England in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, Halapio was released by the Patriots and joined Denver's practice squad late in that season. The 25-year-old signed with Arizona prior to the 2015 campaign, but has yet to appear in an NFL game.

  • Cardinals sign LB Butler
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their depth on Wednesday by signing linebacker Donald Butler to a contract.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team for Butler, who collected 54 tackles, a half sack and a fumble recovery in 16 games last season with San Diego.

      Selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, Butler recorded 432 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and six fumble recoveries in 71 games with the Chargers. The 27-year-old was released by San Diego on March 3.

      The Cardinals also released linebacker Quayshawn Nealy on Wednesday.

  • Vikings sign OT Hickey, LB Whittingham
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive tackle Sean Hickey and rookie linebacker Jason Whittingham to contracts on Wednesday.

    • Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the team, which has filled all but one spot on its 90-man offseason roster.

      Hickey spent parts of last season with New Orleans and New England before signing with the New York Jets in January. The former Syracuse star and Pennsylvania native was released by the Jets in May.

      Whittingham recorded 26 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games last season for Utah. The undrafted free agent had a tryout with Oakland but was not signed.

  • Belichick: Patriots on to Garoppolo; McDaniels likes options
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Tom Brady remains the starting quarterback for the Patriots but until he's eligible to play in Week 5 at Cleveland, New England is on to Garoppolo.

    • Head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, in their first public comments since Brady's four-game suspension for the January 2015 Deflategate incident was upheld, said they will keep the focus on the field, and that means preparing Jimmy Garoppolo to start Sept. 11 at Arizona.

      "We had, finally, some definition with Tom's situation, so our priority now is to get Jimmy (Garoppolo) ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona game (Sept. 11)," Belichick said Wednesday. "That will be, obviously, a comprehensive process. Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule and that will be to get Jimmy ready to go."

      McDaniels wouldn't concede the Week 1 start to Garoppolo just yet. He said he will get a lot of reps with the first-team offense. However, every quarterback should see significant time in training camp, including rookie Jacoby Brissett.

      "This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions," McDaniels said when asked how the quarterback repetitions will be divided in practice. "We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don't really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point.

      "What we really try to focus on is getting everybody opportunities to work on their fundamentals and techniques, and to work with the different players on our team because we don't know right now who's going to be doing what six, seven weeks from now.

      "They're both going to get plenty of reps, and so is Jacoby. We're going to do what we've normally done in the past ... all those guys have things we can get better at, and we're excited to coach them all and to work with every one of them."

      Brady is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

      Preparation is a strong suit for Garoppolo, McDaniels said, easing concern leading up to his first career start.

      "His preparation, the time he spends at it, he cares deeply about getting better each day," McDaniels said.

  • Panthers sign Coleman to three-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Safety Kurt Coleman signed a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers.

    • Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

      Coleman spent his first five seasons primarily as a backup and special teams player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. In his first year with the Panthers, Coleman had seven interceptions and emerged as a leader in the Carolina secondary.

      "It all started with the belief in myself," he said. "I knew if given the opportunity I would succeed."

      With strong safety Roman Harper gone and All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman having left for Washington, Coleman will be expected to play a big role in 2016.

      "It's a lot of responsibility, but I'm excited about that," Coleman said in May.

      Coleman worked mostly at strong safety and Tre Boston, a fourth-round pick in 2014, was the free safety during June minicamp.

  • Bengals sign DE Gangwish
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive end Jack Gangwish, a college free agent out of Nebraska, ahead of Friday's first training camp practice.

    • The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Gangwish played at Nebraska from 2011-15.

      Gangwish, 23, played in 10 games with nine starts as a senior, recording 15 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He was slowed by a dislocated elbow.

  • 49ers QB Kaepernick medically cleared to fully practice
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been medically cleared by his doctor to fully practice when training camp begins Sunday.

    • Kaepernick received medical clearance on Tuesday from his Colorado doctor to fully take part in practice for the first time this season, the Sacramento Bee reported.

      All 49ers players are expected to be examined by the team's medical staff Saturday before the first training camp practice Sunday.

      A league source told the newspaper that the quarterback met in Vail, Colo., with Dr. Peter Millett, who performed Kaepernick's left shoulder surgery in November. Millett put Kaepernick through a series of tests, including on-field work, all of which Kaepernick passed.

      Kaepernick, 28, was limited during organized team activities and minicamp after undergoing offseason surgeries on his shoulder, left knee and right thumb.

      Kaepernick will be competing for his old job with Blaine Gabbert, who got a head start working in new 49ers head coach Chip Kelly's system during the offseason workouts.

      "They haven't said anything about pecking order or anything like that," Kaepernick said in June. "All I've heard is Chip has told me it's going to be a competition ... and to come in and be ready to compete. That's going to be my mindset, and I'm excited to do that.

      "I'm ready to give this team everything I have. It was a great feeling to be out there (in June). The fan support that I've gotten through everything and especially seeing people out, the support that I've gotten was amazing. It's made me really excited to be out here and play."

      Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to two consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, played in nine games last season before being benched in favor of Gabbert and eventually shut down for the season with a shoulder injury. Kaepernick threw for 1,615 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 256 yards -- the second-lowest total since his rookie season.

      After replacing Kaepernick as the starter, the 26-year-old Gabbert took advantage of the opportunity. The former 2011 first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars threw for 2,031 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games, going 3-5 as the starter.

  • Jets, QB Fitzpatrick not talking as camp opens
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The New York Jets and free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are not talking about a contract as training camp opened Wednesday.

    • The two sides remain far apart in determining the player's value and no resolution is expected soon, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.

      The Jets reportedly offered Fitzpatrick a three-year, $24 million contract in February. The deal included $12 million in the first year but only $6 million in each of the last two years, according to ESPN. He made $3.25 million last season.

      The 33-year-old Fitzpatrick threw for a career-high 3,905 yards and a Jets team-record 31 touchdowns with 15 interceptions last season. The Jets missed the playoffs after going 10-6, an improvement from 4-12 the previous season.

      Second-year Jets head coach Todd Bowles has not seemed concerned about his quarterback situation even if Fitzpatrick decides not to return.

      Bowles will move on with former starting quarterback Geno Smith if necessary.

      "I think Geno can be a good starter, but he's got to prove it in training camp like everybody else," Bowles recently told the New York Daily News. "It's not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he's been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we'll see what he does."

      Smith, entering his fourth year in the league, has yet to silence his many detractors. He was the Jets' starter in 2013-14. His record was 11-18 as a starter and interceptions were the issue for Smith, who had 34 picks and 25 touchdowns entering last season.

  • Unhappy campers: Chiefs without Berry, injured Charles, Houston
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Training camp begins Friday for the Kansas City Chiefs, and it will start without co-MVP Eric Berry, one headliner in a host of ominous news for the team.

    • Barring an unexpected change of heart from the 27-year-old safety, Berry won't report with his teammates in St. Joseph, Missouri. The two sides failed to reach a long-term contract agreement before the July 15 deadline for teams to sign players given the franchise designation and were "miles apart" in the negotiations, according to Berry's camp.

      "He's the heart and soul of the team," said quarterback Alex Smith, the co-MVP of the team in 2015.

      Running back Jamaal Charles will open camp on the physically unable to perform list. Charles tore a knee ligament in October and finished last season on injured reserve while Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware managed to carry the load in the backfield.

      Charles, who turns 30 in December, might miss the start of the regular season.

      The hope is Berry will not.

      Head coach Andy Reid said he hopes to see Berry soon.

      "First of all, we love Eric Berry," Reid said as the team set up camp Tuesday. "He's a huge part of this football team. Whether he's here or not, I can't answer that. I know there's a report out there that he's not going to be here. I've always said, 'We'll coach the guys who are here.'

      "My standpoint and the organization's standpoint is that he's a huge part of this. I'm hoping that he's here, and if he's not, I understand that too. I've been doing this for a few years. I know how things go and it'll all work out one way or another."

      The four-time Pro Bowl safety was Comeback Player of the Year in 2015, returning from months of cancer treatment and earning another trip to Hawaii.

      As quarterbacks and rookies started workouts Wednesday, Reid was also worried about the absence of another defensive stalwart, outside linebacker Justin Houston. He will not participate in training camp.

      Houston is not recovered from a knee injury that limited him the second half of last season. A four-time Pro Bowl selection signed to a $102 million deal in July 2015, Houston underwent surgery in February to repair his left anterior cruciate ligament.

      Reid confirmed Houston is likely to be sidelined into September and possibly beyond.

  • Eagles LB Bradham charged with battery
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was charged with aggravated battery after he was arrested Monday in Miami just days before the start of training camp.

    • Bradham was involved in an incident last Thursday at a South Beach hotel. He was with a group of people when he became angry while waiting for service, complaining to a hotel worker before hitting the victim in the nose with a fist that knocked him to the floor, according to the police report.

      The victim suffered a broken nose, bruises and a cut lip. He identified Bradham from photos the next day and Bradham turned himself in to police on Monday. He is scheduled for a court appearance on Aug. 2 on the second-degree felony charge.

      "We are aware of the recent incident involving Nigel Bradham in Miami," the Eagles said in a statement. "We have been in contact with Nigel and the proper authorities. Due to the ongoing legal process, the Eagles will have no further comment at this time."

      The 26-year-old Bradham came to the Eagles in March from the Buffalo Bills and signed a two-year, $7 million contract. He played under new Eagles offensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Buffalo for four seasons.

      The former Florida State player was expected to land a starting spot at outside linebacker this season for the Eagles.

      Bradham was charged with marijuana possession in 2013, according to the Towanda (N.Y) News.

  • Seahawks extend Carroll's contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The Seattle Seahawks reached agreement with coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension Tuesday night.

    • Multiple media outlets reported that the new deal will run through 2019, though financial terms were not announced.

      Seahawks owner Paul Allen tweeted, "@Seahawks Thrilled to announce we have reached an extension with Super Bowl winning coach @PeteCarroll ! #GoHawks"

      The news broke two days after the Seahawks rewarded general manager John Schneider with a contract extension that reportedly runs through the 2021 season.

      Carroll has a 60-36 regular-season record and an 8-4 playoff record in six years with the Seahawks. He led Seattle to two Super Bowls, including its first championship in Super Bowl XLVIII.

      His current contract was scheduled to run out after the 2016 season.

      Carroll, 64, is the oldest coach in the NFL.

      In 2015, Carroll guided the Seahawks to a 10-6 record in the regular-season. Seattle beat the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs before losing to the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round.

      Carroll previously coached at the University of Southern California before returning to the NFL after serving as the head coach with the New England Patriots (27-21 from 1997-99) and the New York Jets (6-10 in 1994).

      Carroll's Trojans captured the BCS national championship after winning the 2005 Orange Bowl, but the title was subsequently vacated due to NCAA violations.

  • Colts add TE Coffman, RB Toure
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The Indianapolis Colts made a series of roster moves on Tuesday, including signing free agent tight end Chase Coffman and free agent running back Abou Toure.

    • Indianapolis placed running back Tyler Varga, defensive tackle Henry Anderson and tight end Darion Griswold on the reserve/did not report list, waived cornerback Daniel Davie and put safety Clayton Geathers and tight end Mike Miller on the non-football injury list.

      Coffman has 18 career receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns in 37 regular-season games with the Seattle Seahawks (2015), Tennessee Titans (2014-15), Atlanta Falcons (2012-13) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009-2011). Last season, Coffman had eight catches for 71 yards and one touchdown in two games with Seattle and Tennessee.

      Toure was on the practice squads with Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals in 2015 after originally signing with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

      Varga played in three games for Indianapolis in 2015 and had one reception for 18 yards, one carry for 2 yards and six kickoff returns for 151 yards.

      Davie signed as an undrafted free agent in May 3 after wrapping up his college career at Nebraska. Anderson was drafted by the Colts in the third round in 2015 and started nine games, finishing with 37 tackles, one sack, five tackles for loss and two passes defensed.

      Griswold and Miller signed as undrafted free agents on May 3 out of Arkansas State and Taylor University (Indiana), respectively.

      Geathers was a fourth-round draft pick by the Colts in 2015 and had 31 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass defense in 15 games last season.

  • NFL notebook: Gordon reinstated, then suffers injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The Cleveland Browns placed recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon on the active/non-football injury list on Tuesday. Gordon, who passed a physical earlier in the day, injured his quadriceps while working out on his own, according to the team.

    • The Browns said that Gordon is expected to miss "at least a couple weeks" with the injury.

      In another injury development, Cleveland announced that Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden was placed on the physically unable to perform list with an ailing ankle. The 27-year-old has reeled in 16 interceptions in six years with the club.

      Gordon officially was added to the roster Tuesday, a day after being reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis from a one-year suspension. He was scheduled to work out with rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans before full-squad workouts begin Friday.

      --Four-time Pro Bowl return specialist Devin Hester was released by the Atlanta Falcons.

      Hester, 33, holds the NFL records with 20 return touchdowns and 14 punt return touchdowns.

      A second-round pick in 2006 out of Miami (Fla.), Hester spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears, including two 50-plus catch seasons during an attempted conversion to a regular wide receiver role.

      --Four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jake Long has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens.

      The agreement is for one season, according to ESPN. Long is a former No. 1 overall selection of the 2008 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins.

      Long, 31, played in just four games for the Atlanta Falcons last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in each of the previous two campaigns.

      --Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is reportedly facing a longer suspension due to another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to multiple reports.

      Gregory reportedly would miss the first 10 games of this season due to his latest violation. He was previously handed a four-game suspension earlier this offseason.

      According to ESPN, Gregory checked into an undisclosed treatment center. It is unclear when Gregory will report to training camp.

      --The Cincinnati Bengals placed Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert on the physically unable to perform list and veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga on the active/non-football injury list.

      Eifert underwent offseason ankle surgery and is expected to miss the majority -- if not all -- of training camp and the preseason. Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson and wide receiver James Wright were also placed on the PUP list with knee injuries.

      The team did not divulge the nature of the injury for Maualuga, who had dealt with hamstring issues and had to sit out the majority of Cincinnati's offseason work.

      --Veteran receiver Anquan Boldin is on the verge of signing with the Detroit Lions and rejoining one of his former offensive coordinators.

      The 35-year-old Boldin is expected to sign a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. The Lions are in need to add depth at receiver following Calvin Johnson's retirement in the offseason.

      Boldin, who worked out for Detroit last month, will be reunited with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, the former Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator. Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has recorded 1,009 catches for 13,195 yards and 74 touchdowns since being selected by Arizona in the second round of the 2003 draft.

      --Family first is the theme next weekend when Brett Favre, Orlando Pace and Eddie DeBartolo headline the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class in Canton, Ohio.

      Deanna Favre, the wife of the former Packers, Jets and Vikings great quarterback, will be the presenter for Favre when he's inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside Pace, DeBartolo, late Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, Steelers pass rusher Kevin Greene and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who spent

      Pace will be introduced by his son, Justin, and DeBartolo's daughter, Lisa, was the longtime 49ers' owner's pick for the ceremony.

      --Joey Bosa, the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, remains unsigned and the San Diego Chargers seem to have no idea when to expect him to arrive at training camp.

      The Ohio State defensive end is one of three first-round picks currently unsigned, including former Buckeyes teammate Darron Lee of the New York Jets.

      At issue is the amount of money Bosa receives upfront and language surrounding off-set clauses, which kick in only if Bosa winds up on another roster before his standard four-year rookie deal -- with a fifth-year option -- expires.

      --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed wide receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy on the physically unable to perform list.

      Tampa Bay also put safety Elijah Shumate on the non-football injury list and signed offensive lineman Joel Hale to a contract. Also, offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey has been waived following a failed physical.

      --The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent tight end Chase Coffman, the team announced. Indianapolis also placed running back Tyler Varga on the reserve/did not report list and waived cornerback Daniel Davie.

      The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Coffman has caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in 37 career NFL games. Varga played in three games for the Colts last season. Davie was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

      --Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard was placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp.

      Howard, a rookie second-round pick expected to start, had what coach Adam Gase termed "minor" knee surgery. Gase said the worst-case scenario based on medical reports would be getting Howard back for Week 1 of the regular season in September.

      --The Denver Broncos signed undrafted rookie linebacker Darnell Sankey to a contract.

      Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, which also waived rookie long snapper Nathan Theus.

  • Colts sign TE Coffman among three moves
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent tight end Chase Coffman, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Indianapolis also placed running back Tyler Varga on the reserve/did not report list and waived cornerback Daniel Davie.

      The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Coffman has caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in 37 career NFL games. He has played for the Cincinnati Bengals (2009-11), Atlanta Falcons (2012-13), Tennessee Titans (2014-15) and Seattle Seahawks (2015).

      Varga played in three games for the Colts last season. Davie was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

  • Buccaneers place WR Murphy, G Sweezy on PUP list
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed wide receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

    • Tampa Bay also put safety Elijah Shumate on the non-football injury list and signed offensive lineman Joel Hale to a contract.

      Murphy had 10 catches for 198 yards in six games last season before suffering a torn ACL in October. The 29-year-old also famously fell asleep while at a wedding in the offseason and broke a pane of glass in order to call for help.

      Sweezy, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, had surgery in April to deal with an ailing back.

      Hale played collegiately at Ohio State and spent rookie mini-camp with the Buccaneers in the offseason.

      The move comes after the team announced that offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey had been waived following a failed physical.