NFL PLAYER NEWS
Demaryius Thomas signs one-year deal with New England
Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.
As a 31-year old coming off a season-ending Achilles injury, Thomas is signing a prove-it deal with the defending champions. If he can get healthy and play like his old self, that will greatly improve a Patriots' receiving corps suffering from the losses of Rob Gronkowski (retirement) and Chris Hogan (signed with Carolina).
In 15 games last season, Thomas caught 59 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks sign 4-year, $140 million extension
The Seattle Seahawks signed Russell Wilson to a 4-year, $140 million extension through 2023.
The deal includes a $65 million signing bonus with $107 million in total guarantees and makes Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL. He will be 35 when the contract is up.
Wilson threw for 3,448 yards (8.1 yards per attempt) on a 65.6 completion percentage last regular season with 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also rushed for 376 scoreless yards.
Panthers sign receiver Chris Hogan to a one-year deal
The Carolina Panthers and wide receiver Chris Hogan have agreed to a one-year contract.
Hogan will join the Panthers' receiving group after signing a one-year deal on Friday. Look for the veteran wideout to play behind D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel.
In 16 games last season, Hogan produced 35 receptions for 532 yards and 3 touchdowns.
C.J. Anderson signs a one-year deal with Detroit
The Detroit Lions signed former Los Angeles Rams running back C.J. Anderson to a one-year contract.
Anderson will work as the number two back behind Kerryon Johnson for the lions in 2019. He will replace LeGarrette Blount in the run-heavy Lions' offense. Theo Riddick joins Johnson and Anderson in the Detroit backfield.
Anderson rushed 43 times for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns with the Rams last season.
San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) expected to be cleared for full participation in training camp
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) is expected to be fully cleared for training camp.
According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Garoppolo should be ready for training camp and is already bulking up in preparation to play a full season. "Quarterbacks, you want them to be a size where they can take the hits, and after that you want them to be as athletic as possible," said Shanahan last week.
In three games last season, Garoppolo produced 53 completions for 718 passing yards and 5 touchdowns.
Marlon Mack 'the featured guy' in Colts' backfield
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack is "a little bit more the featured guy" in the backfield, head coach Frank Reich said.
“I mean, you saw that, when he’s healthy," Reich elaborated. "Nyheim [Hines] and Jordan [Wilkins] are still going to get their plays and take some of the load off ... but with emphasis on Marlon being the No. 1 guy.” Colts general manager added that the team believes Mack can "carry the load" and be a three-down back. After returning from injury in Week 6 last season, Mack racked up 1,068 yards and 10 touchdowns on 218 carries across 13 games, including the playoffs, with five 100-yard games in that span.
Mack finished the regular season with 908 yards and 9 touchdowns on 195 carries and 17 receptions (26 targets) for 103 yards and 1 touchdown in 12 games.
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