Saints defensive end Cam Jordan investigated for bar incident

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Days before the opener, the Saints have another of their top defensive players being investigated by police.

According to Katie Moore of WWL-TV in New Orleans, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is under investigation in connection to an incident at a nightclub last weekend, in which he allegedly exchanged words with a woman, swatted her rear and then was confronted by her boyfriend in the bathroom.

The incident may have been sparked by Jordan spraying champagne, according to the WWL report.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune obtained a statement from New Orleans Police Department communications director Tyler Gamble which confirmed there was an altercation.

“Detectives are reviewing surveillance video and the investigation is ongoing,” Gamble said. “No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made at this point.”

The Saints did not respond to either organizations requests for comment.

They gave Jordan a five-year, $60 million contract extension this offseason.

Report: Mike Daniels, Packers far apart in contract talks

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Defensive end Mike Daniels has provided the Packers with 14 sacks through his first three seasons with the team, which is a good total for a player at his position in a 3-4 scheme and good reason why the team has engaged in extension talks with him this offseason.

As of now, though, it doesn’t look like they are going to lock him up before the start of his final season under contract. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that talks have broken off recently because the two sides are very far apart. Per McGinn, Daniels is looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $10 million per season — which is in the range of the deals 3-4 ends Corey Liuget, Cameron Heyward and Cameron Jordan signed this year  — while the Packers are offering several million less.

Daniels wouldn’t comment on where things stood, saying that his agent handles those talks while he concentrates on football. Daniels did say he wants to stay with the “best organization in football,” but may need to play out the year before he can get a deal with the team.

Another year of strong pass rush from the inside of the Packers defense would drive Daniels’s price up since teams are always looking for players who can get after the quarterback. The Packers haven’t made it a habit of getting into bidding wars for their free agents, however, so that new salary might be coming from a different team.

Monday morning one-liners

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A remembrance of late Bills radio broadcaster Van Miller.

How does Dolphins QB Matt Moore measure up to other backups?

An appearance on “Family Feud” showed that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is best suited for the football field.

The Jets coaching staff is looking for mental toughness.

A preview of the safeties that will compete for time with the Ravens.

Should the Bengals expect improvement from QB Andy Dalton?

Shuffling through the Browns’ options at fullback and tight end.

The Steelers will rely heavily on their offensive line.

Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney used blood flow restriction training in his return from knee surgery.

Said Colts QB Andrew Luck during an appearance at a “Change The Play” camp, “This camp isn’t about becoming the best football player or basketball player, soccer player, whatever it is. It’s about taking charge of your own health.”

The Jaguars hope they’ve made the right moves to improve their offensive line.

Titans RB Bishop Sankey needs to do more in his second season.

A busy week for Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ended with a youth football camp.

Breaking down the undrafted free agents still vying for a Chiefs roster spot.

WR Brice Butler explains why he wears No. 12 with the Raiders.

Former Chargers C Nick Hardwick took part in a team-sponsored 5K over the weekend.

Will moving Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence to the other side of the line lead to a bigger contribution?

Giants OL Geoff Schwartz wants to put last year’s injuries behind him.

Former Eagles QB Mike Boryla has found another career on the stage.

What are reasonable expectations for the Redskins running game?

QB Jay Cutler is about to kick off another season as the Bears quarterback.

The Lions secondary plans to hold some pre-camp workouts.

Said former Packers S Nick Collins of Brett Favre, “Everybody can move on, and that’s good because it shows you that the organization still respects Brett Favre. They did a good job in bringing him up, retiring his jersey and putting him in the Hall of Fame. Both sides did a great job.”

Coach Mike Zimmer is excited about the offensive prospects for the Vikings this season.

A look at Falcons receivers that goes beyond Julio Jones and Roddy White.

Panthers QB Cam Newton made a cameo appearance at a Georgia flag football tournament.

Saints DE Cameron Jordan got an odd autograph request recently.

Discussing the possibility of a sophomore slump for Buccaneers WR Mike Evans.

Jermaine Gresham’s visit could change the Cardinals’ tight end situation.

Forecasting the chances that the Rams pick up WR Tavon Austin’s fifth-year contract option.

Confidence in 49ers backup QB Blaine Gabbert isn’t all that high.

Who will be the nickelback for the Seahawks this season?

New deal makes Cameron Heyward second-highest paid Steeler behind Big Ben

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Cameron Heyward’s new deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers makes him the second-highest paid player on the roster behind only quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

A source told PFT’s Mike Florio that Heyward’s deal is a five-year extension worth $59.25 million. The new money average of $10.45 million a year is higher than Corey Liuget of the San Diego Chargers and falls just behind Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints.

The deal surpasses those given to Lawrence Timmons, Maurkice Pouncey and Antoinio Brown in average annual value.

Heyward is the highest paid non-Pro Bowl player among 5-tech defensive ends and will earn $21 million in the first eight months of the contract.

He set a career high with 7.5 sacks last year and posting five sacks in his first season as a starter in 2013. For his career, Heyward has totaled 106 tackles, 15 sacks and 12 passes defensed.

The contract runs through the 2020 season.

Friday morning one-liners

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Rookie G John Miller is trying to impress the Bills mentally and physically.

A look at the Dolphins’ efforts to improve in the red zone.

S Devin McCourty is adjusting to a changed Patriots secondary.

Jets RB Stevan Ridley’s torn ACL likely cost him money this offseason.

TE Maxx Williams has made a smooth transition to life with the Ravens.

Who were the most impressive players at Bengals OTAs?

The Browns look like they’ll be throwing to running backs more often this year.

The new PAT rules aren’t much of a concern to the Steelers.

Texans WR Jaelen Strong credits his time at junior college with helping him to grow up.

The Colts’ AFC Finalist banner has been a source of humor to others.

There are decisions to make on the Jaguars offensive line.

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger is working on increasing his mobility.

Nose tackle is a spot causing “a little concern” for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.

Chiefs S Sanders Commings hopes he’s put injuries behind him.

Said Raiders coach Jack Del Rio of WR Michael Crabtree, “I think he’s done a nice job learning his teammates, learning our system, coming in and working hard.”

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is soaking up advice from LaDainian Tomlinson.

G Ron Leary plans to fight hard to retain his starting spot with the Cowboys.

Giants LB Devon Kennard is trying to improve in pass coverage.

What’s next on the offensive line for the Eagles with G Evan Mathis out of the picture?

Redskins S Duke Ihenacho is a master of making cleats look like other kinds of shoes.

Marc Mariani feels healthy as he vies for kick return duties with the Bears.

The Lions like the progress they’ve seen from G Laken Tomlinson.

Packers WR Jeff Janis is getting some hype in offseason practices.

The Vikings aren’t wasting any time getting LB Eric Kendricks into the lineup.

Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is happy with where his Falcons charges are right now.

WR Kelvin Benjamin is back on the field for the Panthers.

Saints DE Cameron Jordan will be spending some of the proceeds from his new contract on diapers after the birth of his first child.

Patrick Omameh has been getting first-team work at right tackle for the Buccaneers.

The Cardinals could be in the trade market this summer.

RB Isaiah Pead hopes for another chance with the Rams.

49ers K Phil Dawson has 19 years on P Bradley Pinion.

Will the Seahawks make a bid for G Evan Mathis?

Sheldon Richardson says Mo Wilkerson is worth “Suh money”

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Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson wants to be paid. His teammate and fellow defensive lineman, Sheldon Richardson, thinks Wilkerson should be paid. A lot.

He’s worth that penny,” Richardson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “And you know what penny I’m talking about. . . . We don’t just want J.J. Watt money. We want it all. We want Suh money. Hopefully everybody wants that type of bread in this league.”

Everybody surely does. But not everybody gets a contract like Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who’ll make $60 million fully guaranteed and more than $110 million. Only a small handful have the talent and leverage to pull it off.

Rarely if ever will two teammates in the same position group get that money. So if Wilkerson gets it, Richardson won’t. But Richardson may not realize that just yet. Instead, he’s focused on other defensive linemen with other teams who have, or haven’t, gotten that kind of money.

“If Gerald McCoy can get $100 million, I’m pretty sure my guy Mo Wilkerson can get $100 million,” Richardson said.

Richardson alo dismissed the $55 million deal signed last week by Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan as a “team-friendly contract” that doesn’t apply to Wilkerson.

In Wilkerson’s case, the money the Jets eventually offer likely will be far closer to $55 million than to $100 million. Which means that the question becomes whether the Jets will use the franchise tag in 2016 on Wilkerson, whether they’ll keep him around for another year at roughly $15 million, whether they’ll trade him from under the franchise tag, or whether they’ll simply let him walk away and collect the compensatory draft pick in 2017.

Regardless, the Jets giving Wilkerson $100 million is unlikely. The Jets giving both Wilkerson and Richardson $100 million is impossible.

Chargers announce multi-year extension with Corey Liuget

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Recent reports out of San Diego have indicated that the Chargers and defensive end Corey Liuget were closing in on an extension and they were proven right on Tuesday afternoon.

The Chargers announced that Liuget has signed a multi-year extension with the team. There’s no word about how many years the deal runs or how much money Liuget stands to make, although the five-year extension worth up to $60 million signed by fellow 2011 first-rounder Cameron Jordan in New Orleans could provide a hint about the neighborhood.

“I want to thank the Spanos family, [General Manager] Tom Telesco and all my coaches for helping to make this extension possible,” Liuget said in a statement released by the team. “This is a dream come true. The Chargers are the only team I’ve ever wanted to play for since they drafted me and my number-one goal now as it has always been is just to continue to prepare and play at a high level to show them how much I appreciate their confidence in me.”

Liuget, the 18th overall pick of the 2011 draft, has started every game for the Chargers over the last three seasons and has compiled 169 tackles, 18 sacks and five forced fumbles for the Chargers.

UPDATE 4:48 p.m. ET: Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that it is a five-year deal worth that can be worth “a little more than $50 million” if Liuget plays it out in its entirety.

Spend Saturday morning enjoying the week that was on PFT Live

Even in June, plenty of things are happening in the NFL. And PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio spent the first five days of June keeping up with everything that was going on — from the return of Adrian Peterson to the re-upping of Cam Newton to the refusal of Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal.

All five episodes are available on demand right here. Guests included Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan (who made a headline this week with a major contract of his own), Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman (who did the Newton deal), Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer, former Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney (who did the original Newton deal and broke the news of the next one being imminent), Peter King of TheMMQB.com, and a wide variety of reporters with keen insights on the teams they cover.

Information, analysis, opinions, and even a little dabbling in the biggest stories from other sports. It’s the best — and cheapest — companion on a Saturday morning for the zealous football fan who is running errands or doing chores or taking a page from the Cam Jordon contract-celebration playbook and buying an old-school N64 or otherwise hanging out and doing a whole lot of not a damn thing.

PFT Live: Cameron Jordan, Bucs talk with Rick Stroud

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Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan has a new contract extension and we’ll find out how he’s feeling about it on Friday’s edition of PFT Live.

Jordan will join Mike Florio to discuss the path that led to his new five-year deal with $33.8 million in guaranteed money and how it feels to have the Saints make that kind of commitment to him. They’ll also talk about this year’s offseason work and what Jordan thinks the Saints will do to find better results on defense this time around.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times will also join Florio for an update on the Buccaneers’ offseason work. They’ll talk about quarterback Jameis Winston’s progress and other issues that will help determine Tampa’s fate in the upcoming season. Tom Curran of CSN New England will be dropping by as well to fill us in on the latest from Patriots camp.

We also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time via the O’Reilly Auto Parts Ask the Pros inbox or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app. You can also watch a simulcast of the first hour of the show by clicking right here.

Muhammad Wilkerson notes other deals, plans to come to minicamp

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Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has been exercising his right to volunteer or not for voluntary workouts, as he waits for a new contract.

But when things become mandatory next week, he plans to show up.

According to Steve Serby and Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Wilkerson will be on hand when the Jets hold their mandatory minicamp next week.

Not doing so would result in $72,920 in fines, but Wilkerson has much bigger numbers on his mind. Moments after the Saints signed Cameron Jordan to a five-year, $60 million deal yesterday, Wilkerson tweeted out “Yup I see how this works.”

But Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan may not be in as much of a hurry to dole out a bigger deal, saying that Wilkerson was “under contract.”

“It’s going to be a process,” Maccagnan said. “We’re just going to see. I don’t really want to put a timeline on anything. I’m just going to see how this plays out in the near future.
“I would hope [to get an extension done] at some point in time.”

Maccagnan said the Jordan deal “reset the market” for defensive linemen, and the Jets may be hesitant to spend big money after they used their first rounder on Leonard Williams.

“Each player is kind of different in how you slot or grade them,” Maccagnan said in reference to the Jordan deal.

Perhaps next week will be an ice-breaker, once Wilkerson walks in the door.

Saints, Cameron Jordan agree to five-year contract extension

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Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan has cashed in with a new contract.

Jordan and the Saints have agreed to a five-year deal with $33.8 million in guaranteed money, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. The deal includes $27 million in the first two years and a total value of “up to” $60 million, according to the report.

Jordan was heading into the final season of his contract and was scheduled to count $7 million against the Saints’ cap this year. The addition of five years to his deal means he’s now under contract to the Saints through 2020.

The 25-year-old Jordan was the Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2011 and hasn’t missed a game in his four seasons in New Orleans. Now the Saints are counting on him to play out his prime in New Orleans.

Saints could remain active, all the way through draft weekend

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Saints coach Sean Payton made it clear last week — during an impromptu media ethics lecture — that he had no intention of ever including quarterback Drew Brees in his team’s extreme makeover.

But that doesn’t mean some more significant changes aren’t coming.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the Saints are expected to remain active on several fronts leading up to the draft.

Two deals he mentions are possible trades of guard Jahri Evans and defensive end Cameron Jordan.

They’re talking to Jordan about an extension, but apparently could be talked into letting someone else do the honors if they can’t agree on his value. And Payton admitted last week at the owners meetings that they’re still talking to Evans about what the appropriate numbers would look like (i.e. how much of a pay cut he’ll swallow, from his scheduled $7.5 million in salary and bonuses) on a restructured deal.

After trading Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Kenny Stills to Miami, the Saints have five of the first 78 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft (13, 31, 44, 75 and 78), which gives them plenty of ammunition to make a move.

So even if they’re committed to Brees for now (and there’s no reason to think they aren’t), they also have the kind of currency to make a play for a younger quarterback if they were so inclined, especially if they peddle two productive veterans for more picks.

And if they’re not looking for a long-term solution at quarterback, they at least have a chance to restock the pantry for the current one.

Saints working on extension for Cameron Jordan

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Most of the Saints’ player movement this offseason has been outgoing, as they tried to get themselves into position to fix their defense.

But they do want to keep one of their key defensive players.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have been in discussions to extend defensive end Cameron Jordan’s contract.

The Saints picked up his fifth-year option worth nearly $7 million, but would like to get him locked up long-term.

Jordan struggled a bit last year, with just 7.5 sacks after 12.5 the season before, when he made the Pro Bowl.

Saints hosting edge rusher Anthony Spencer on free-agent visit

Free agent pass rusher Anthony Spencer had two of his best seasons under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas from 2011-2012, registering 17 sacks and making his lone Pro Bowl appearance.

Spencer hasn’t been the same since, but that’s not because Ryan left town. Spencer wrecked his knee in 2013 and required microfracture surgery. He’s recorded just half of a sack across 14 games the past two seasons.

Now 31 years old, Spencer is looking for a potential new home with the Cowboys showing little interest in re-signing him. Spencer is visiting Ryan and the Saints on Tuesday, according to Saints sideline reporter Kristian Garic.

Spencer can no longer be counted on to start, but he’d provide a veteran edge presence behind starters Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan. New Orleans finished 25th in the NFL with just 34 sacks last season.

Curtis Lofton, Brandon Williams fined for roles in Saints-Panthers scuffle

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Panthers tight end Brandon Williams was the only player ejected from last Sunday’s victory over the Saints after a melee broke out between the two teams, but he wasn’t the only player fined by the league for his actions.

PFT has confirmed with the league that Williams and Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton were each fined $8,268 for their actions. Lofton shoved Panthers quarterback Cam Newton while Newton was having words with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan after Newton did his standard Superman-flavored touchdown celebration of a two-yard plunge into the end zone. Lofton said he didn’t regret what he did because he felt Newton was taunting his teammate.

“I don’t take kindly to that,” Lofton said, via ESPN.com. “I saw it as straight disrespectful. … I’d do it 100 times out of 100.”

Williams was ejected for throwing a punch during the scrap. Newton was not fined.