The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday that strong safety Dawan Landry has signed his one-year, restricted free agent tender.
Last year’s No. 8 overall pick, Jaguars offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, didn’t sign a rookie contract until roughly three weeks into training camp.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bills have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Reggie Torbor, formerly of the Dolphins.
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and defensive end Robert Mathis are sitting out mandatory minicamp due to displeasure with their contracts. Both players have two years left on their current deals.
Defensive end Robert Mathis is also staying away because he’s unhappy with his contract. Safety Antoine Bethea, who is an unsigned restricted free agent, continued his offseason absence by not attending. (Bethea is not required to be there, and cannot be fined.)
Mathis is in the area and participated in a charity event Thursday night, so the absence is clearly contract related. Wayne and Mathis both have two years left on their respective deals and have to understand they won’t get paid until Peyton Manning does.
The Patriots have announced the signing of seventh-round pick Thomas Welch, an offensive lineman out of Vanderbilt.
Conner is viewed as the heir apparent to 38-year-old Tony Richardson in New York.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bucs have signed rookie wide receiver Mike Williams to a four-year contract.
Adam Caplan of Scout.com reports that the Eagles have come to terms with seventh-round picks Jamar Chaney and Jeff Owens.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Seahawks have signed fifth-round safety Kam Chancellor.
In a subscriber-only piece for ESPN Insider last Friday, Len Pasquarelli indicated that contract talks between unsigned restricted free agent Pierre Thomas and the Saints had broken down.
It’s refreshing to hear pro athletes focusing on their performance before pay, much as Cowboys receiver Miles Austin recently indicated he would do instead of holding out for a new contract.
A.J. hired Houston-based agent Kennard McGuire, according to Houston-based reporter John McClain. Texans G.M. Rick Smith was scheduled to meet with Johnson’s uncle Andre Melton Friday to talk contract.
It’s unclear if this news prevented that meeting from happening or the meeting resulted in Johnson finally getting outside help.
Either way, it’s a good thing for Johnson long-term. ESPN’s Michael Smith points out to us on Twitter that Smith and McGuire have a “very friendly” relationship.
We don’t know if Johnson can squeeze any money out of the Texans right now, but this greatly helps his chances.
The Broncos signed the first of their nine draft picks on Friday, inking seventh-rounder Syd’Quan Thompson, a cornerback from Cal.
The folks at NFL.com called Thompson one of the most physical cornerbacks in the draft.
We are going to defer to their knowledge on this one, because we don’t really know much more about him. The first-team all Pac-10 player started every game possible during his four year college career, a school record of 52 starts.