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NFL notebook: Giants’ Manning, Bengals’ Green get extensions


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The New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning have agreed on a four-year contract extension worth $84 million, according to multiple reports Friday.

The deal through the 2019 season reportedly includes $65 million in guaranteed money, a $31 million signing bonus and a no-trade clause.

The contract is similar to recent extensions given to San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Manning’s $21 million average in new money is behind Wilson ($21.9 million) and just ahead of Rivers ($20.8 million). Manning now is ranked fourth in the league — also behind Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million) and Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ($22 million) — as the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks.

Manning, 34, was entering the final year of his second NFL contract. Without a new contract, his franchise tag number next season would have been about $24 million.

—The Cincinnati Bengals signed wide receiver A.J. Green to a four-year, $60 million contract extension that runs through the 2019 season.

Green’s rookie contract was set to expire after this season. His total contract is worth $70 million over five years.

“This is great news as we head to play the Raiders,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “Everyone in football, and people who follow football, know that A.J. is a special talent. He makes plays that you wouldn’t think could be made. He’s an outstanding teammate and a leader you can rely on. He still has a long, great future ahead of him in Cincinnati.”

Green has averaged 83 catches, 1,219 yards and nine touchdowns over his four seasons. His career totals are 329 catches for 4,874 yards and 35 touchdowns.

The Bengals also waived linebacker Jayson DiManche and fullback Mark Weisman from the reserve/injured list.

—Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen reportedly has told his contract people to end negotiations with holdout safety Kam Chancellor.

The radio report from ESPN’s Ed Werder on Friday came two days after Chancellor told NFL Network that he and the Seahawks are $900,000 apart in negotiations and the team is being “petty.”

On Friday, coach Pete Carroll told KIRO Radio, “The situation has stayed the same. There has been a lot of work done and a lot of conversations and stuff, but it just has not happened to get him here. … We love the guy, wish he’d be here, but he’s got a mindset that’s keeping him out.

“We always want him to come back, but we’re still focusing on what’s real — that’s getting our guys ready to play. Dion Bailey’s going to start and we’re going to have our rotations to take care of that position. We have to keep moving, so that’s what we’re doing. Unfortunately there is no change.”

—The Oakland Raiders signed former San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith to a one-year contract.

Smith chose to stay in the Bay Area after getting interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams.

The troubled Smith, despite his off-the-field issues, will be eligible to play Sunday, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Smith practiced with the team Friday.

The 49ers released Smith on Aug. 7 after he was arrested the night before on hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges in Santa Clara, Calif. It was Smith’s fifth arrest since 2012, and he could be subject to NFL discipline in the future, pending the judicial outcome of his latest incident.

Smith joins the Raiders after four seasons with the 49ers in which he totaled 44 sacks in 50 games. His career totals also include 192 tackles, five passes defensed, one interception and 5.5 sacks in eight career playoff games.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders waived defensive end Lavar Edwards.

—Robert Griffin III was listed as probable on the Washington Redskins’ injury report Friday, but coach Jay Gruden declined to say whether he will serve as starter Kirk Cousins’ primary backup in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

RG3 has been recovering from a concussion suffered during the preseason and was cleared medically to participate in contact drills, but Colt McCoy received the bulk of the playing time during the exhibition season.

“I’m probably the only coach in the league that gets questions on their 46-man roster on a Thursday,” Gruden said when asked if RG3 will be Cousins’ backup. “We have until Sunday afternoon to turn in our 46-man roster and we’re going to do that with everybody.”

Gruden said RG3 has been taking part in individual drills and some team activity on the field and there is nothing physically that would prevent him from playing Sunday.

—The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided not to file a complaint with the NFL after their coaches complained on the sideline about hearing the New England Patriots’ radio broadcast in their headsets during the first quarter of Thursday night’s season opener.

Following the Patriots’ 28-21 win in Foxborough, Mass., Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was not happy about there being any controversy in a game at New England, saying, “That’s always the case. Yes. I said what I said.”

“We have provided information to NFL representatives regarding issues that occurred Thursday night at Gillette Stadium with our coach-to-coach headset communications system,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. “The problem was addressed during the game and we did not have further problems in the second half. We did not file a formal complaint, nor do we plan to do so.”

The Patriots said their communications also were interfered with during the game.

“We had a lot of problems. We had to switch headphones a couple of times,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “The communication system wasn’t very good. We deal with that, it seems, weekly.”

The NFL called the headset issue an intermittent reception problem and said it was solved by the second quarter. League director of football operations Blake Jones went down to the field to help.

—The Patriots’ victory over the Steelers averaged 27.4 million viewers to rank as the second most-watched “NFL Kickoff” game in the 14-year history of the event.

The Super Bowl-champion Patriots’ victory — led by quarterback Tom Brady (four touchdown passes and a team-record stretch of 19 consecutive pass completions) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (three touchdown receptions) — is television’s most-watched show since the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (28.3 million viewers on April 6).

With Deflategate behind him, Brady set an NFL record with his 161st victory with one team (he had been tied with Brett Favre, who won 160 games with the Green Bay Packers). Brady finished 25 of 32 for 288 yards and his 23rd career four-touchdown game.

The most-watched, highest-rated quarter hour Thursday night on NBC was 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET with 30.2 million viewers and a 17.5/30 rating, according to fast national data released Friday by the Nielsen Company.

The most-watched “NFL Kickoff” was the 2010 opener (Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints, 27.5 million) featuring an NFC Championship Game rematch. Favre and the Vikings visited the then-defending Super Bowl-champion Saints.

—NFL security is investigating Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel for allegedly attacking a Patriots fan at halftime of Thursday night’s game.

A league official confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the NFL is aware of the incident and is looking into it. A Steelers spokesman said NFL security has informed the team about the incident and the Steelers are investigating.

The incident while Daniel was on his way to the locker room at halftime, according to ESPN. Daniel was seen allegedly kicking a Patriots fan in the back of his leg and yelling at the fan in front of witnesses.

Daniel returned to the coaching booth after halftime, and police and NFL security were waiting for him. Once the coach was identified by witnesses and police approached him about controlling his behavior, Daniel began shouting at the police officer, according to witnesses.

—The Green Bay Packers expect to have leading receiver Randall Cobb in the lineup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, while the Bears aren’t certain who they will have available in their receiving corps.

The Packers officially listed Cobb as probable Friday after he took part in limited practice for the third consecutive day. He had been sidelined since suffering a sprained right shoulder in Green Bay’s penultimate preseason game Aug. 29, but returned to practice Wednesday and is expected to play.

Meanwhile, the Bears listed their top three wideouts — Alshon Jeffery (calf), Eddie Royal (hip) and Marquess Wilson (hamstring) — as questionable.

—The Buffalo Bills’ dinged-up receiving corps received a boost when Sammy Watkins (glute soreness), Robert Woods (hip), Percy Harvin (hip) and Chris Hogan (knee) were all listed as probable for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Running back LeSean McCoy, who has been battling a sore hamstring, was also listed as probable and will play, although it remains to be seen if his touches will be limited. Defensive end Mario Edwards (calf) was also listed as probable.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was ruled out as expected with a rib injury, and linebacker Tony Steward will also sit out while recovering from a knee injury.

The Colts ruled out running back Vick Ballard (knee) and cornerback Greg Toler (strained neck). Josh Robinson is expected to serve as the primary backup to starting running back Frank Gore, while Toler’s injury will force the Colts to juggle their secondary a bit.

—The Bills promoted suspended linebacker IK Enemkpali to their 53-man roster.

The team is making the move because it is wary of losing him to another team while he is suspended, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported.

Enemkpali has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension is punishment for Enemkpali punching and breaking the jaw of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Enemkpali was released by the Jets after decking Smith over a $600 debt Enemkpali said Smith owed as travel reimbursement to a football camp.

—The Colts acquired defensive lineman Billy Winn from the Cleveland Browns. The Colts will send the Browns a conditional late-round 2017 draft pick.

The Colts also waived guard Robert Myers and waived running back Daniel Herron from injured reserve.

—Wide receiver Victor Cruz has been ruled out of the New York Giants’ season opener at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night due to a calf injury that has plagued him since the middle of August.

Cruz has yet to resume running and coach Tom Coughlin declined to speculate on when Cruz may return to the field.

The only other three players on the Giants’ injury report were all listed as probable: linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (foot).

—The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially listed wide receiver Mike Evans as questionable for Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans due to a hamstring injury.

Evans took part in limited practice Friday for the first time all week. He first injured the hamstring during an Aug. 24 preseason game.

Nose tackle Sammie Lee Hill was ruled out by the Titans due to a knee injury.

—The San Diego Chargers listed tight end Ladarius Green as questionable to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday as he continues to work through the league’s concussion protocol.

Green practiced in full Friday for the first time this week. With Antonio Gates suspended and Green’s status uncertain, third-string tight end David Johnson could be in line for significant snaps Sunday.

The Chargers ruled guard Johnnie Troutman (forearm) and outside linebacker Tourek Williams (foot) as out. Outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu (hamstring) and cornerback Craig Mager (hamstring) are questionable.

The Lions will be without defensive tackle Caraun Reid and guard Larry Warford due to ankle injuries. Linebacker DeAndre Levy is questionable with a hip issue and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle is questionable.

—Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel will serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown on Sunday after showing enough strength in his ailing right elbow.

“I thought he had a good week,” Pettine said. “He stepped into some throws. I thought he tested it. To me, he seems to pass all the tests so we’re confident that his good to go.”

—Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker (foot) practiced again Friday and appears poised to play in the season opener Sunday at the Washington Redskins.

The Dolphins have taken a cautious approach with Parker, who underwent offseason foot surgery. He has looked better than expected all week, and coach Joe Philbin said Parker knows enough of the offense to play a significant role Sunday.

The Dolphins signed center Sam Brenner and running back Jonas Gray off the practice squad and released center/guard Jacques McClendon and quarterback Logan Thomas.

—Cowboys owner Jerry Jones underwent his second hip replacement surgery last week but plans to attend Sunday night’s season opener against the Giants.

Jones, who turns 73 next month, had his right hip replaced last Friday. He had the procedure on his left hip on July 21.

The Cowboys said Jones will be in his suite Sunday for the home game at AT&T Stadium.

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