NFL news roundup: Clay Matthews extension, Eagles practicing new offense and more

Thearon W. Henderson

Just eight days away fromt he draft, it was announced that Clay Matthews and the Packers reached a long-term agreement. The Eagles are also practicing a new offense. Here's what else happened on Wednesday.

The NFL is just eight days away from the draft and while all is mostly quiet, there is plenty going on. It was announced that Clay Matthews and the Packers reached a long-term agreement and the Eagles are working on a new offense.

Here's what else you may have missed on Wednesday.

Linebacker Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $66 million. Matthews has made 42.5 sacks in his career, which ranks him at No. 5 in the franchise's history, and his 7.5 postseason sacks are second most in team history.

Both 49ers Justin Smith and Aldon Smith continue their rehabilitation from offseason surgery and both are on track to join the team during offseason workouts. Justin Smith, who had surgery right after the Super Bowl, is ahead of Aldon Smith, whose surgery was in early March.

The Eagles have been practicing the read option offense, which took the league by storm after quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson each took their teams to the playoffs running it. Chip Kelly's high-powered offense at Oregon, paired with Michael Vick running a version of the read option could be tough to stop for defenses around the league.

Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have been splitting reps at team workouts for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Henne, drafted in the first round in 2011, has struggled in his two years in the league. Henne signed with the Jags in 2012 and started the team's last few games. The decision on who will start will be made later in the offseason.

The Jets are happy Tim Tebow is with the team at camp despite speculation that they planned to dump both he and Mark Sanchez before the 2012 season. Tebow was one of the most talked about players in the league in 2012 despite the fact he was a backup and saw the field for nothing more than as a wildcat quarterback.

Peyton Manning wants the 2013 Broncos offense to be faster. The Broncos finished the season with about 68 plays per game, but the Patriots finished with 75 plays per game. Manning believes the more plays and the faster tempo will translate into more success on the field.

Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson is still on the 49ers free agency radar according to reports. Despite Woodson's résumé, he has received little to no attention since free agency began. The Niners lost safety Dashon Goldson to the Buccaneers in free agency and while Woodson may be a step down from Goldson, he's still a step up from Craig Dahl, who is penciled in as the team's starter opposite Donte Whitner.

The Cincinnati Bengals broke off talks with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison after the two were unable to come to a deal. The Bengals are in need of a new strong-side linebacker in their 4-3 base defense after letting Manny Lawson go in free agency. Harrison would be a good fit as would free agent Karlos Dansby, who is still on the team's radar.

The Arizona Cardinals will give free-agent wide receiver and kick returner Joshua Cribbs another physical in hopes that he will be healthy enough for the team to sign him. Cribbs has spent his entire career with the Browns and has been on of the better return specialists in the league.

Ben Roethlisberger is excited about the return of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The Patriots had signed him to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent worth $2.5 million, but the Steelers matched the offer to keep him in Pittsburgh. They had already lost Mike Wallace to free agency.

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