Jun 15, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills fullback Reggie Gilliam (41) runs with the ball during minicamp at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills FB Reggie Gilliam signs two-year contract extension

Buffalo Bills fullback Reggie Gilliam signed a two-year contract extension on Sunday that runs through the 2024 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, however NFL Network reported it was worth up to $5.2 million.

Gilliam, 24, played in 16 games (five starts) last season. He played 14 percent of the Bills’ snaps on offense and 77 percent on special teams.

He rushed three times for three yards and caught three passes for 23 yards last season.

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Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks WR DK Metcalf to sign 3-year, $72M extension

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is signing a three-year, $72 million extension that includes $58.2 million guaranteed, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

Per reports, Metcalf will receive a $30 million signing bonus — the highest ever for a wide receiver.

He was slated to make $3.986 million in 2022, the fourth and final year of his rookie deal.

Metcalf, 24, was a spectator on the first day of training camp Thursday.

He has 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns in 49 career games (48 starts) for Seattle.

Metcalf was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season.

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Jun 7, 2022; Thousand Oaks, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp at a press conference during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams closing in on extension for WR Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams and Super Bowl LVI MVP Cooper Kupp are closing in on an extension that would make the wide receiver among the highest-paid in the league, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

A deal could be reached as soon as Wednesday night, per the report.

The framework is a three-year deal that would pay Kupp well past $20 million per year, according to NFL Network. Kupp is slated to make $14.875 million this season and $14.625 million in 2023.

Davante Adams set a new high for wideouts with a contract averaging approximately $28 million per season when the Las Vegas Raiders acquired him from the Green Bay Packers in mid-March. Less than a week later, Tyreek Hill topped that with a $30 million average after he was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins.

Kupp said in April that he’s not interested in becoming the highest-paid WR in the league.

“I’m not trying to beat anybody. I’m not trying to compare myself to anyone else. It’s more about being in a place that’s just right for both sides,” Kupp said during OTAs.

Kupp, who turns 29 in one week, became the fourth player since the AFL-NFL merger to win the receiving triple crown, leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yardage (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). The others are the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerry Rice in 1990, the Green Bay Packers’ Sterling Sharpe in 1992 and the Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith in 2005.

Kupp also caught two touchdowns in the Super Bowl, the latter for the winning score with 1:25 to play as the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

Kupp has 433 receptions for 5,517 yards and 40 touchdowns in 71 regular-season games (57 starts) over five seasons.

The Rams earlier this week made defensive tackle Aaron Donald the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.

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Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore (2) is introduced before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers WR D.J. Moore agrees to 3-year extension

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore on Friday agreed to a three-year contract extension that spans through the 2025 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Moore, who is entering the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.

Per agent Drew Rosenhaus, the extension totals $61.884 million on top of the option of $11.116 million for a value of $73 million. It also includes $41.61 million in full guarantees.

Moore, 24, had 93 catches for 1,157 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games last season.

He has 301 receptions for 4,313 yards and 14 scores in 63 career games since being selected by the Panthers with the 24th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Vita Vea (50) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs sign DT Vita Vea to 4-year extension

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive tackle Vita Vea to a four-year contract extension Saturday night.

The team did not disclose terms, but multiple reports put the deal at $73 million.

“Vita Vea has emerged as one of our league’s most disruptive interior defensive linemen due to a unique skill set that combines strength and superior athleticism,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Vita’s abilities as both a premier run stuffer and pass rusher are rare, and his presence on the defensive front has played a major role in our ability to consistently rank among the league leaders in rush defense since his arrival.”

Vea, 26, has four sacks, 31 tackles — five for loss — to go with 12 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery in 15 starts this season. He has 104 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 49 games (44 starts) in four seasons, all with the Bucs.

Tampa selected Vea No. 12 overall in the 2018 draft.

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Nov 6, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson reacts in the third quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Dave Clawson inks long-term extension at Wake Forest

In the midst of one of the best seasons in school history, Wake Forest announced a long-term contract extension with coach Dave Clawson on Friday.

Clawson owns a 49-47 record over eight seasons as coach of the Demon Deacons, who are 9-2 this year and can secure a berth in the ACC title game with a win over Boston College on Saturday.

He has guided Wake Forest to a bowl game in each of the past five seasons — this will be the sixth — and recently led the team to its highest ever spots in the Top 25 poll (10th) and the College Football Playoff rankings (ninth).

“Our team is excited to be headed to a program-record sixth straight bowl game,” Clawson said in a statement, “and I look forward to working with our staff, student-athletes and recruiting more young men that will continue to elevate our program in everything we do.”

On the Demon Deacons’ career wins list, Clawson trails only Peahead Walker (1937-50) and Jim Grobe (2001-13), each of whom recorded 77 career victories at Wake Forest.

“Dave Clawson is an elite coach, leader and program builder and we are excited to announce this reaffirmation of his long-term commitment to Wake Forest University,” athletic director John Currie said in a statement. “Our desire is for him to finish his coaching career as Wake Forest’s all-time winningest coach.”

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Sep 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) reacts with offensive tackle Brian O'Neill (75) after catching a 35 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins (not shown) against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings RT Brian O’Neill signs multi-year extension

Minnesota Vikings right tackle Brian O’Neill signed a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Terms were not disclosed by the team, however ESPN reported the deal was for five years and $92.5 million.

Per the network, O’Neill is tied to the organization for the next six seasons. He was entering the final campaign of a four-year rookie deal.

O’Neill said Wednesday he always knew he wanted to stay with the Vikings.

“Everybody around here, I just want to be a part of it. And I’m happy to be a part of it,” he said. “There was never really a doubt as to whether or not was something was going to work or not in my mind. This is where I want to be and I want to be a Viking for my whole career.”

O’Neill, 25, has appeared in 46 career games (42 starts) since being selected by the Vikings in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games last season.

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Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) takes the field at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings S Harrison Smith agrees to contract extension

All-Pro safety Harrison Smith agreed to a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Vikings did not announce terms of the deal, however multiple media outlets reported it was a four-year, $64 million contract extension with $26.38 million guaranteed.

Smith, 32, recorded 89 tackles, five interceptions and a half-sack in 16 games last season with the Vikings.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Smith has 747 tackles, 28 interceptions, 13.5 sacks, eight fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles in 130 career games (129 starts) with Minnesota.

Smith was selected by the Vikings with the 29th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Jul 29, 2021; Berea, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) catches a pass during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns reach 3-year extension with RB Nick Chubb

The Cleveland Browns and two-time Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb reached an agreement on a three-year, $36.6 million extension, ESPN and NFL Network reported Saturday.

Chubb, 25, gets $30 million in guaranteed money, per the reports. The deal keeps Chubb under contract with the Browns through the 2024 season.

Chubb has rushed for 3,557 yards in 44 games (37 starts) to go with 28 touchdowns in Cleveland since the Browns drafted him in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Georgia.

He rushed for 1,067 yards last season despite missing four games with an MCL sprain. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

He was four rushing yards shy of 1,000 in his rookie campaign. He’s also caught 72 balls for 577 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield.

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Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) drops back to pass during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Browns QB Baker Mayfield: ‘No rush’ to sign extension

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said Wednesday that he is in “no rush” to sign a contract extension.

Why? Well, Mayfield said that he has “bet on myself my whole life. I’ve always taken it one day at a time, one play at a time. … I’m not going to handle it any differently now.”

Mayfield’s answer came after he initially was pressed if he’d like a deal done immediately.

“It will handle itself,” Mayfield said. “I’m sure (agents) Tom and Jack Mills are handling that. I don’t try and feed too much into that because it’s wasting my time and energy and thought process on stuff that I am not in control of right now, so I’m gonna handle what I can control.”

The Browns already have exercised the fifth-year option on Mayfield for 2022, with the top overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft set to earn $18.858 million.

Mayfield, 26, has a 23-22 record as a starter in the regular season, including an 11-5 record last season. In 2020, he completed 62.8 percent of his pass attempts for 3,563 yards to go with 26 touchdowns and a career-low eight interceptions.

He led the Browns to an upset 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wildcard playoffs. Cleveland lost to Kansas City 22-17 in the divisional round.

–Field Level Media