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The San Diego Chargers and defensive tackle Corey Liuget agreed to a contract extension on Tuesday.

The team did not state terms of the deal, but previous reports indicated it was expected to be worth around $50 million over five years.

The Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2011, Liuget has recorded 202 tackles, 49 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and four forced fumbles in his first four seasons.

In 2014, Liuget led the defensive line with 65 tackles and the team with 4.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback pressures. He also scored the first touchdown of his career, on a fumble recovery in San Francisco in December.

—Frustrated but optimistic a long-term contract can get done, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson attended mandatory minicamp with his New York Jets teammates Tuesday at Florham Park, N.J.

Wilkerson said he is “very confident” a deal can be reached with new general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles helping call the shots.

Wilkerson, who was taken by the Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, is due to make $6.97 million in 2015, the final year of his rookie contract. He made 55 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season.

—The Seattle Seahawks reportedly have reached a deal to bring back backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

The deal, reported Tuesday by FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, fortifies the only position on the team that had questionable depth. Unproven R.J. Archer had been the only quarterback working behind Russell Wilson during organized team activities.

Jackson, who started for the Seahawks in 2011, has been Wilson’s backup for the past two years. He visited the Miami Dolphins in March before they re-signed Matt Moore. Jackson, 31, has started 34 games during his nine-year career.

—Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has long been a fan of the video game “Call of Duty.” Now he will be a character.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops III” — the latest version of the game by Activision and Treyarch — will feature a character based on Lynch, who recently took part in the motion-capture process in Activision’s studio in Los Angeles.

“Marshawn Lynch is the perfect match for ‘Call of Duty,'” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told ESPN The Magazine. “I mean, he’s a guy who fills stadiums, crushes competitors and has a Beast Mode. What could be more COD than that?”

“I’ve been in the Super Bowl, movies, music videos, Madden,” Lynch said, “but to have your own character in Duty is, I mean, it’s almost like you arrived.”

—Tony Romo says the NFL was acting out of spite when it forced the cancellation of a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas.

“It’s like when you’re in high school and you don’t get invited to the party, it makes you feel bad,” the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback told ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd on Tuesday. “If they really wanted to just be a part of it, all they had to do was just call and ask. It would’ve been a lot easier, I think, than going about the process the way they did.”

The inaugural National Fantasy Football Convention was canceled last week after the league informed the NFL Players Association that the event scheduled for July 10-12 would be in violation of NFL rules by being held at a casino property.

—Outside linebacker Vic Beasley, the Atlanta Falcons’ first-round draft pick this year, sat out most team drills Tuesday because of a strained shoulder.

He wasn’t too concerned about his injury. It is not known how or when he suffered the strained shoulder.

“It’s going good,” said Beasley, the team’s only unsigned rookie draft pick. “I’m not worried about that. It’s all about football and being just the best that I can be and help out the team. The contract should be done here pretty soon.”

—Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is working out, but he might not be able to keep up with the new offense if he continues to stay away from drills and the installation of a new scheme, coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday.

Thomas, unhappy he was designated the franchise player in free agency rather than rewarded with the massive payday and guaranteed contracts of other top-flight receivers, is keeping in touch with Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. But he’s not up to speed on the latest phase of installation in the fresh offense and Kubiak said wide receivers have the most to learn.

“I know he’s working. I’ve been in contact with him,” Kubiak said. “I don’t know if it’s ever the same, you know, when you’re not working here with the guys. But it is what it is, and it’s going to get worked out. He’s going to be here, and he’s going to be a great player for this football team.”

—Eli Manning says he has not heard from the New York Giants about a possible contract extension.

The No. 1 overall pick from 2004 is entering the final season of a six-year deal and is scheduled to be paid $17 million.

As for an extension, he told the New York Daily News, “No discussions yet. I don’t know if there will be or not.”

Manning, 34, completed a career-best 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2014.

—The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday and waived punter Andrew Wilder.

Lanning was waived by the Browns after they acquired Andy Lee from the San Francisco 49ers.

Lanning had spent the last two seasons with the Browns, averaging 44.1 yards on 177 punts, with a net average of 38.6. He is expected to compete with veteran Michael Koenen, who is due a $3.25 million salary this year.

—Offensive lineman Fernando Velasco re-signed with the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans placed cornerback Brandon Harris on injured reserve with a knee injury, creating a roster spot.

Velasco played in 49 games (19 starts) for the Titans from 2009 to 2012 and returns to the team after playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers.

—The Washington Redskins signed offensive tackle Bryce Quigley and waived quarterback Hutson Mason.

Quigley, undrafted out of San Diego State last year, spent training camp with the Detroit Lions and joined the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad in Week 14. He was waived by the Chargers on May 19.

Mason, a former Georgia quarterback, was signed May 18 to replace rookie Connor Halliday, who chose to retire.

— The New England Patriots released rookie defensive back Eric Patterson.

Patterson, 22, was undrafted out of Ball State, and the Patriots signed him on May 8.

The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder started in 28 games during his four-year career and finished with 135 tackles and six interceptions.

—The Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted rookie defensive tackle Chrishon Rose.

Rose played in 48 games at East Carolina and received honorable mention in All-Conference USA voting after the 2013 season, when he tallied 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Rose recorded 41 tackles as a senior last year.

—The Green Bay Packers signed offensive tackle Vince Kowalski, an undrafted rookie.

Kowalski, 22, started all 48 games in his four-year career at Villanova.

He was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association as a senior as the Wildcats went 10-2 and made the playoffs for the second time in three years.

—The Indianapolis Colts waived kicker Taylor Pontius.

Pontius had signed with the Colts on May 20 as an undrafted free agent out of North Alabama.

In 2014, he converted 11 of 14 field-goal attempts.


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