Nov 19, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops looks on during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky signs Mark Stoops to massive extension

Kentucky has extended football coach Mark Stoops’ contract through the 2030 season.

The deal, signed on Nov. 11, extends his current contract by three seasons and runs through June 2031.

Stoops, 55, will earn $8.6 million per season beginning in February 2023, according to multiple reports Sunday.

That represents a jump from his $6.35 million salary in 2022.

The Wildcats (6-5, 3-5 SEC) lost 16-6 to No. 1 Georgia on Saturday in Lexington, Ky., but are bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive season under Stoops.

Stoops has compiled a 65-58 record, including 4-2 in bowl games, since taking over the program in 2013.

He was the SEC Coach of the Year in 2018 and he is the winningest coach in program history, passing Paul “Bear” Bryant (60-23-5 from 1946-53) earlier this season.

“We have been working on this for over a month and are glad to have it finalized,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a news release. “Continuity has become more and more important in today’s landscape, and make no mistake about it, the job that Coach Stoops has done is well known and highly regarded throughout the college football world.

“This extension also recognizes what Coach Stoops has done over the past decade, with unprecedented achievements in the history of Kentucky football, and reinforces his commitment to UK as we strive for continued success in the future.”

Stoops’ buyout was also raised from $1.75 million to $4.5 million. His deal includes significant bonuses if Kentucky makes a College Football Playoff appearance.

The Wildcats finish the regular season Saturday at home against rival Louisville.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates scoring a fourth quarter touchdown  against the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lamar Jackson rejected Ravens’ $250M offer

Lamar Jackson turned down a $250 million contract offer from the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN reported Sunday.

The star quarterback, who represented himself in negotiations, rejected a five-year deal through the 2027 season that included $133 million guaranteed at signing, per the report.

That would have boosted the overall value of his deal to about $274 million over six years.

ESPN said the Ravens refused Jackson’s request for a deal that was fully guaranteed, similar to what Deshaun Watson got with the Cleveland Browns in March for five years and $230 million.

Jackson’s self-imposed deadline passed Friday without an agreement and he will play out this season on his fifth-year option, earning about $23 million.

Both sides said contract talks won’t resume until after the season. The Ravens can use the franchise tag on Jackson next offseason if an agreement still can’t be reached.

Jackson, 25, is 37-12 as a starter since Baltimore drafted him in the first round in 2018. The two-time Pro Bowl pick and 2019 NFL MVP has passed for 9,967 yards and 84 touchdowns and rushed for 3,673 yards and 21 touchdowns in 58 career games.

The Ravens kick off the season Sunday against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

–Field Level Media

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney smiles during his summer football camp in Clemson Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney inks 10-year, $115M extension

Clemson and football coach Dabo Swinney agreed Thursday to a 10-year extension through the 2031 season worth a reported $115 million.

Swinney, 52, has compiled a 151-36 record with two national championships since taking over midway through the 2008 season. The fifth-ranked Tigers opened the 2022 season with a 41-10 rout of Georgia Tech on Monday.

The deal, approved by the Clemson Board of Trustees on Thursday morning, makes Swinney the second-highest-paid coach in college football behind Alabama’s Nick Saban, who agreed to an eight-year, $93.6 million extension last month. Swinney will earn an average of $11.5 million per season compared to Saban’s $11.7 million.

“Coach Swinney and his family’s impact on our community and department cannot be understated, and his success and stability nationally is truly uncommon,” athletic director Graham Neff said in a news release. “It is critical that Clemson continue to invest in our football program, and ensure our head coach is at Clemson for a long, long time. The best is yet to come.”

Swinney trails only Frank Howard (165) in career wins at Clemson.

He led the Tigers to FBS national titles in 2016 and 2018 and has guided them to seven ACC championships. He is a three-time Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year (2015, 2016 and 2018).

–Field Level Media

Jun 1, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. (3) during organized team activities at Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chargers signing S Derwin James to $76M extension

The Los Angeles Chargers reportedly made Derwin James the highest-paid safety in NFL history on Wednesday.

James agreed to terms on a four-year, $76.4 million extension. The contract includes $42 million guaranteed and $29 million in the first year, per NFL Network.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, James has not been practicing at training camp while trying to secure a long-term deal. He was due to make just over $9 million this season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

James, 26, has recorded 257 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles in 36 career starts since the Chargers drafted him in the first round (17th overall) in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) before the game against the Green Bay Packers  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens sign K Justin Tucker to 4-year extension

The Baltimore Ravens signed kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension through the 2027 season on Monday.

The total value of the deal is $24 million, including an $11.5 million signing bonus and $17.5 million guaranteed, multiple outlets reported.

Tucker, 32, once again becomes the NFL’s highest-paid kicker at $6 million per season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Chris Boswell for $5 million per season last week, briefly tying Tucker for that honor.

Heading into his 11th season with the Ravens in 2022, Tucker is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history with a career conversion rate of 91.1 percent.

Last season, he broke the NFL record with a 66-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in Week 3.

Tucker has converted 326 of 358 FG attempts and 382 of 386 extra-point tries (99.0 percent) in 161 games since making his debut in 2012. He is a five-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection.

–Field Level Media

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