Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell (9) makes a field goasl in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers sign K Chris Boswell to 4-year extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to sign kicker Chris Boswell, one of the most accurate placekickers in NFL history, to a four-year contract extension, according to multiple reports Monday.

Per numerous outlets, Boswell will receive $20 million in the deal with $12.5 million in guaranteed salary.

With the extension, Boswell will be highest-paid kicker in league history along with Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker.

Boswell, 31, is coming off the strongest season of his career — especially with regard to long distance success. In addition to putting up career highs in both field goals made (36) and attempted (40), the seven-year veteran went an astounding 19-for-22 (86.4 percent) from 40 yards or longer.

Boswell converted 11 field goals (in 13 tries) from 40-49 yards in 2021, which tied his previous career best. After making only nine field-goal attempts from 50 yards or deeper in his first six seasons, he went 8-for-9 last season — with a long of 56 yards.

Boswell’s career 88.4 field-goal percentage ranks fourth best in league all-time — with Tucker first at 91.1 percent. Boswell capped his 2021 campaign with a game-winning 36-yard boot in overtime in the Steelers’ season finale, a 16-13 win over Tucker’s Ravens that helped clinch a playoff berth for Pittsburgh.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Rice in 2015, Boswell has 777 career points with four seasons of 100 or more — with a career-high 142 in 2017, when he made his lone Pro Bowl appearance.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots nose tackle Davon Godchaux (92) reacts after the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Chargers 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pats DT Davon Godchaux signs 2-year, $20.8M extension

New England Patriots defensive tackle Davon Godchaux signed a two-year, $20.8 million extension, his agents said Wednesday.

The deal, negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha, includes $17.85 million fully guaranteed at signing.

Godchaux, 27, was entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $6.5 million this season.

He played in all 17 games (16 starts) in his first season with the Patriots in 2021, posting 65 tackles and a sack.

A fifth-round pick by Miami in 2017, he had 179 tackles and three sacks in 52 games (42 starts) for the Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Mississippi State Bulldogs Head Coach Mike Leach talks to the referee after a turnover by his team to the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021.

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Reports: Mississippi State’s Mike Leach signs extension

Mississippi State and football coach Mike Leach agreed to a two-year extension through the 2025 season, multiple outlets reported.

Leach, 61, completed the first two years of a four-year deal he signed with the Bulldogs in January of 2020. The new agreement boosts his annual compensation from $5 million to $5.5 million, according to reports from the Clarion Ledger and ESPN.

Leach led Mississippi State to a 4-7 record in 2020 and a 7-6 mark in 2021. The Bulldogs beat Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl after his first season and lost to his former employer Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl last season.

Overall, he owns a 150-103 record in 20 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech (2000-09), Washington State (2012-19) and Mississippi State.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) celebrates after breaking up a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers CB Jaire Alexander signing $84M extension

The Green Bay Packers are finalizing a four-year, $84 million contract extension with cornerback Jaire Alexander, ESPN reported Monday.

The deal keeps Alexander in Green Bay through 2026 and reportedly includes a $30 million signing bonus and an average annual value of $21 million, both records for a defensive back.

Agent John Thornton of Roc Nation Sports confirmed the particulars of the deal with ESPN.

Alexander, 25, made the Pro Bowl in 2020 but was limited to four games last season due to a shoulder injury. He has five interceptions, 44 passes defensed and 188 tackles in 48 career games (46 starts).

The 2018 first-round pick (18th overall) was set to earn $13.3 million in 2022, the final year of his rookie contract.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett (97) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Falcons’ Grady Jarrett agrees to 3-year extension

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $51 million with $34.5 million in guarantees, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

Jarrett, 29, is now signed through the 2025 season. He had one year remaining on his previous contract.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Jarrett recorded 59 tackles and one sack in 17 games (all starts) last season.

He has 359 tackles, 26.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 110 career games (95 starts). The Falcons selected Jarrett in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and he has only missed three games in seven seasons.

–Field Level Media

Old Dominion head football coach Ricky Rahne on the sidelines during the game against MTSU on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

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Report: ODU coach Ricky Rahne agrees to extension

Old Dominion coach Ricky Rahne agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2026, ESPN reported Monday.

Rahne, 41, led the Monarchs to a 6-7 finish and the second bowl berth in program history last season.

Old Dominion started 1-5 before winning five straight games to earn a trip to the Myrtle Beach Bowl, where it lost 30-17 to Tulsa.

Rahne was hired in December 2019 after two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Penn State. ODU canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor before playing against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals extend Zac Taylor’s contract through 2026

Cincinnati extended coach Zac Taylor’s contract through the 2026 season after he led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years.

Financial terms were not announced.

In his third year with the team, Taylor guided Cincinnati to a 10-7 finish in the regular season as well as playoff victories over the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs before falling 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood, Calif.

“Zac has come into the league and worked to develop the foundations for a winning program that can be successful over time,” Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement on Wednesday. “The fruits of Zac’s efforts were seen this year, and Zac is well-regarded by our players and coaches.

“I know the effort and passion Zac brings to the building and to our team, and I am pleased by his approach. And I think the city of Cincinnati sees him the way the players and I do. He’s brought excitement to the town and deserves credit and recognition for that.”

Taylor, 38, was entering the final season of the original four-year contract he signed in 2019. The Bengals were 6-25-1 in his first two seasons before winning the AFC North for the first time since 2015.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Houston Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen watches from the sideline as they take on the Connecticut Huskies in the second half at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Houston coach Dana Holgorsen agrees to extension

Houston and head coach Dana Holgorsen have verbally agreed on a multi-year contract extension, The Athletic reported Saturday.

Holgorsen, 50, guided the Cougars to a 12-2 record in 2021 that included a victory against Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl.

Contract details are still being finalized, per the report. Under the terms of his original deal signed in 2019, Holgorsen was due to make $4.2 million in 2022 and $4.3 million in 2023.

The original contract also contained a clause that required the school and Holgorsen to negotiate a raise should Houston be invited to join a Power 5 conference during his tenure. In September, Houston accepted an invitation to join the Big 12, a move that could happen as early as 2023.

Holgorsen is 19-15 in three seasons at Houston after compiling a 61-41 record in eight seasons at West Virginia (2011-18).

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly in the first half against the Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA extends Chip Kelly through 2025

UCLA rewarded coach Chip Kelly with a four-year extension through the 2025 season on Friday, the program announced.

Kelly, 58, is coming off his first winning season with the Bruins in four years as their coach. UCLA went 8-4 in 2021. The team was set to play in the Holiday Bowl against NC State before COVID-19 complications forced the cancellation of the game.

Kelly is 18-25 in four seasons at UCLA after stints with Oregon (2009-12), the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15) and the San Francisco 49ers (2016).

“We are extremely appreciative of the entire UCLA administration for their support of our football program,” Kelly said in a statement. “We have a tremendous amount of gratitude for our players and staff. Their tireless work and commitment to our vision has built a great foundation. We are excited to continue to build this program into something that makes the UCLA fan base proud.”

ESPN and the Los Angeles Times reported that Kelly’s new contract will pay him $4.7 million per year.

Kelly was linked to Oregon’s vacant coaching job earlier this winter, but the Ducks instead hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.

“This new contract represents the commitment, stability and investment needed to continue the upward trajectory of our football program,” Bruins athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “Since joining UCLA, our football team’s winning percentage has increased every year, including increased momentum in recruiting and strategic use of the transfer portal.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Liberty Flames head coach Hugh Freeze walks down the sideline during the first quarter against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Liberty locks up Hugh Freeze through 2028

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze will earn more than $4 million per season on a contract extension through the 2028 season, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The deal would make Freeze, 52, one of the nation’s highest-paid coaches outside of the Power 5.

Freeze’s Flames are 7-4 this season heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Army.

He is 25-10 in his third season with the independent program in Lynchburg, Va., including a 10-1 campaign in 2020.

The former Ole Miss and Arkansas State head coach guided the Flames to bowl wins in each of the program’s first two years at the FBS level.

Freeze’s name has been linked to several higher-profile coaching positions based on his success at Liberty.

He went 10-3 in his lone season at Arkansas State in 2011 and compiled a 39-25 record at Ole Miss from 2013-16.

–Field Level Media