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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Friday, September 9

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens fail to reach extension with Lamar Jackson, talks tabled to offseason

  • Jackson, who does not have an agent, set a Friday deadline for a deal despite Baltimore's willingness to negotiate in-season.
  • Jackson will now play out the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $23 million fully guaranteed this season. Baltimore will have the ability to franchise tag him next offseason – and that's projected to be upward of $40 million fully guaranteed.
  • Jackson has hinted through some tweets that he would like to have a long-term deal similar to the fully-guaranteed structure Deshaun Watson received in Cleveland. Baltimore owner Steven Bisciotti acknowledged in March that the Watson deal would complicate future negotiations with quarterbacks.
  • Derek Carr, Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson have since also signed new contracts, but none came close to Watson's fully-guaranteed structure.
  • Barring a significant injury or a dramatic drop-off in play, Baltimore will negotiate again in the offseason, when Jackson will be another year closer to free agency. “It was a pretty big risk last season,” Jackson said this week. “I'm just playing football. Anything can happen. God forbid the wrong thing happens.”

Tennessee Titans sign S Amani Hooker to contract extension

  • It’s a three-year, $33 million extension for Hooker, who was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He gets $19.5 million in total guarantees.
  • The Titans drafted Hooker in the fourth round in 2019, and he took over as a starter last season, recording a career-high 62 tackles, 13 defensive stops and three pass breakups in 12 games. He earned a very strong 83.3 overall PFF grade, which ranked fifth in the league.
  • Tennessee is now the third team to have two safeties (Kevin Byard and Hooker) making over $10 million annually, joining the Seattle Seahawks (Jamal Adams/Quandre Diggs) and Arizona Cardinals (Budda Baker/Jalen Thompson).

New York Jets LT Duane Brown could land on IR 

  • Brown missed the entire week of practice with a shoulder injury, and the team is evaluating test results to see if he’ll miss an extended period of time. 
  • The Jets signed Brown to a two-year $22 million deal on August 15th to help replace Mekhi Becton, who suffered a season-ending knee injury.
  • Brown just turned 38 years old and is coming off a season in which he earned a 71.5 PFF grade with Seattle, the lowest mark since his rookie year in 2008. He earned a very strong 87.3 grade in 2020.
  • Right tackle George Fant, who began camp at left tackle and played there last season, will move back to that position, while rookie Max Mitchell takes over on the right side.

NOTABLE INJURY DESIGNATIONS FOR SUNDAY

Player Team Status ‘21 PFF grade
George Kittle San Francisco 49ers Groin/Questionable 90.9
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints Hamstring/ Questionable N/A
Tyrann Mathieu New Orleans Saints Illness/Questionable 67.3
Paulson Adebo New Orleans Saints Ankle/OUT 60.3
JC Jackson  Los Angeles Chargers Ankle/Doubtful 82.6
JK Dobbins Baltimore Ravens Knee/Questionable N/A
Marcus Peters Baltimore Ravens Knee/Questionable N/A
Ronnie Stanley Baltimore Ravens Ankle/Doubtful 48.9
Drake London Atlanta Falcons Knee/Questionable N/A
Chris Godwin Tampa Bay Bucs Knee/Questionable 81.3
Russell Gage Tampa Bay Bucs Hamstring/Questionable 75.2
Kayvon Thibodeaux New York Giants Knee/Doubtful N/A
Azeez Ojulari New York Giants Calf/Doubtful 58.3
Allen Lazard Green Bay Packers Ankle/Doubtful 65.5
David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers Knee/Questionable 75.2
Elgton Jenkins Green Bay Packers Knee/Questionable 82.1
Shaquille Leonard Indianapolis Colts Back/OUT 79.0
Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers Shoulder/Will Play 74.2
Frank Ragnow Detroit Lions Groin/Questionable 86.7
Jack Conklin Cleveland Browns Knee/Questionable 78.8
Logan Thomas Washington Commanders Knee/Questionable 63.4
Kamren Curl Washington Commanders Thumb/OUT 69.4
Michael Gallup Dallas Cowboys Knee/OUT 73.4
Christian McCaffrey Carolina Panthers Shin/Will Play 80.6
Rondale Moore Arizona Cardinals Hamstring/OUT 71.2
JJ Watt Arizona Cardinals Calf/Questionable 79.0
Zach Ertz Arizona Cardinals Calf/Questionable 66.9
Byron Murphy Arizona Cardinals Illness/Questionable 59.7
Trayvon Mullen Arizona Cardinals Toe/OUT 61.7
Justin Pugh Arizona Cardinals Neck/Questionable 65.8
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