Friday Football Footnotes: Another big-money receiver contract; Baker Mayfield doesn’t want to see his old Browns jersey

The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting into their third day of coaching camp. The remainder of the National Football League’s groups are wading into preparations as nicely. So, let’s discover out what’s occurring throughout the remainder of the NFL in our first “Friday Football Footnotes” of 2022.

Eyes on the prize

Every time a large receiver indicators a contract extension, it makes you surprise what that does to the state of negotiations between the Steelers and Diontae Johnson.

Yesterday one other very costly domino fell as DK Metcalf signed a contract to lengthen his profession with the Seattle Seahawks.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the franchise gave Metcalf a three-year, $72 million extension that options $58.2 million in ensures. That assured whole apparently features a $30 million signing bonus, the very best ever for a large receiver.

Metcalf was the final decide within the second spherical of the 2019 draft (No. 64)—that was two choices earlier than the Steelers took Johnson. Metcalf has a mixed 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns over his first three seasons.

Johnson has extra receptions (254) however trails a bit in yards (2,764) and touchdowns (20). Keep in thoughts, although, Metcalf had Russell Wilson as his quarterback in Seattle. Johnson had two years of an growing older Ben Roethlisberger and the Mason Rudolph-“Duck” Hodges combo as a rookie.

Latest on Lamar

The wait continues for a brand new contract for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. He instructed media members on Thursday that he needs to get a deal completed.

Head coach John Harbaugh not too long ago stated either side are motivated to get a long-term deal accomplished.

Currently, Jackson is ready to play in 2022 on the fifth-year possibility of his rookie deal. That’s price $23.01 million for this season. He doesn’t have an agent and is negotiating the contract himself as a result of he doesn’t “like individuals in my enterprise.”

Jackson is not going by way of the “hold-in” routine like Johnson is doing and like TJ Watt did with the Steelers final yr. Those two confirmed up to observe each day however solely did particular person exercises. Jackson is definitely practising in staff drills.

“I simply want to work with my brothers on the finish of the day,” Jackson stated. “I do not want to depart them on the market hanging. That’s not me. That’s by no means been me.”


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Control, Alt, Delete

The Arizona Cardinals are eliminating the “homework mandate” from Kyler Murray’s contract.

The quarterback not too long ago signed an extension Thursday. It’s price up to $230.5 million. Roughly $105 million was assured at signing, and $160 million was assured for damage.

But Murray did not like that one clause within the contract turned public. The addendum requires 4 hours of “impartial research” per sport week.

Murray was sad about how the clause within the contract was being interpreted.

As a consequence, the staff determined to scrap the road.

“After seeing the distraction it created, we eliminated the addendum from the contract,” the Cardinals stated in an announcement. “It was clearly perceived in ways in which have been by no means supposed. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as excessive because it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our perception in his capacity to lead this staff greater than the dedication mirrored on this contract.”

No extra Browns for Baker

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield apparently needs to distance himself from his time with the Cleveland Browns as a lot as potential.

At least that is what this Panthers coaching camp video appears to point out when he notices a fan with his Cleveland No. 6 jerseys

After the Browns traded for Deshaun Watson throughout the offseason, Mayfield requested a commerce out of Cleveland. The Panthers picked him up for a 2024 fifth-round decide.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review employees author. You can contact Tim at or through Twitter. All tweets could possibly be reposted. All emails are topic to publication except specified in any other case.

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