NFL notebook: Seahawks' safety Thomas gets 4-year, $40 million extension
Earl Thomas is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks to be locked up for the future.
Thomas and the Seahawks reached agreement Monday on a $40 million, four-year contract extension with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because there had been no announcement from the team.
Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro free safety, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to keep the most important cog of its defense through the 2018 season.
Browns have interest in QB Young
Quarterback Vince Young is taking a physical with the Browns and is expected to be in minicamp with the team this week. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team has been closely tracking Young, who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2011. The 30-year-old played for the Eagles that year. He spent his first five seasons in the league with the Titans.
Jackson's release ‘football decision'
Speaking at an elementary school in Philadelphia, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said DeSean Jackson's release was “purely a football decision” and had nothing to do with the wide receiver's alleged ties to gang members, ESPN reported. Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He signed with the Redskins for a reported $24 million over three years.
Rams pick up pass rusher's option
The Rams exercised the fifth-year contract option on All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn, keeping one of the top pass rushers in the fold through 2015. Quinn set a team record with 19 sacks last season.
Bears' WR Morgan arrested
Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan was arrested and charged with punching a man outside a Washington nightclub. Morgan agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago last week. He played for Washington for the previous two seasons.
Kosar pleads no contest to charge
Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest to a reckless operation charge after blaming knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test during a traffic stop last year. Kosar entered a plea and received a $750 fine and suspended jail sentence.
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