NFL notebook: Cardinals CB Peterson lands new $70M deal
Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
Just ask him.
Not only did he tweet the terms of his new contract — five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed — he referred to himself as the highest paid at his position at least five times in the Cardinals news conference announcing the new deal Wednesday — twice before he was ever asked a question.
He has long maintained he's the league's best cornerback. Now he said he has higher goals — the playoffs, a Super Bowl title, the Hall of Fame.
And Peterson doesn't speak as if he's boasting, rather just a matter of the facts.
In just three years, he has become, as he put it “a face of the franchise.”
“He's earned it,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said, “and I agree — he's the best defensive corner in the league.”
Peterson is the first of the 2011 draft class to sign a second contract. He had two years left on his previous deal after the Cardinals picked up his fifth-year option.
Bills' Jackson gets deal
Bills running back Fred Jackson signed a one-year contract extension worth $2.6 million.
Jackson, who was entering the final year of a two-year, $8.7 million contract, is signed through 2015. The veteran running back has established himself as a leader and top playmaker for the Bills. He has 5,121 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns in seven seasons.
Jackson is expected to split carries with running back C.J. Spiller again in 2014.
Dallas extends OT Smith
The Cowboys signed Tyron Smith to an eight-year contract extension that locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season.
The extension is worth $98 million, pushing the total value of his deal to 10 years and $110 million. Smith gets a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.
The long contract means Smith likely will be the most important blocker for Tony Romo and whoever replaces the 34-year-old quarterback.
Raiders owner confirms talk with San Antonio
Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.
“Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,” Davis said in a statement. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.”
The San Antonio Express-News reported Davis met July 18 with Cisneros, then-Mayor Julian Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio.
The Raiders are in the final season of their lease in Oakland. Davis has said his preference is to build a new stadium on the current Coliseum site, which has been further complicated by the recent 10-year lease agreement by the Athletics to remain in Oakland. But the A's agreement includes a provision to allow the Raiders to knock down the Coliseum for a new football stadium.
Bengals' Atkins cleared
The Bengals cleared defensive tackle Geno Atkins to rejoin practice, completing his comeback from a torn ACL.
Atkins hurt his right knee during a game Oct. 31 at Miami and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp last Thursday, but coach Marvin Lewis wanted to be cautious. Atkins was limited to drills on a side field for the first week.
Around the league
Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice. … The Packers signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension. … Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a “burner” in practice.
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