With the majority of top free agents already signed, NFL teams are now filling out their depth charts while also pursuing possible contract extensions with their current stars. Green Bay is among the teams trying to extend its own as the Packers are working on extensions for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
A Matthews extension could come sooner rather than later, and if reports are true, he will become one of the highest-paid defenders in the NFL. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Matthews and the Packers are nearing an extension which will include an average salary of $13 million per season. That deal would keep the 26-year-old Matthews in Green Bay while also making him the third-highest paid defender in the league.
Green Bay is also working on a contract extension with Rodgers, although it doesn't appear to be as close to happening as the deal with Matthews. Rodgers and the Packers are reportedly $2 million apart on average annual value. Rodgers said he wants to have his extension in place by the time Green Bay reports for offseason conditioning on April 15. Acme Packing Company has much more on Rodgers, Matthews and the Packers.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is also looking for a contract extension as a restricted free agent and he may be adding to his representation. Cruz has been linked to the new sports agency Roc Nation, which is run by rapper Jay-Z. Roc Nation is associated with Creative Artists Agency, which is the home of Cruz' current agent, Tom Condon.
While Cruz, Rodgers and Matthews wait on extensions, a few players did sign contracts on Wednesday. Rex Grossman is returning to Washington after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Redskins. Former Redskin wide receiver Anthony Armstrong also signed a deal on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Armstrong will return to Dallas after re-signing with the Cowboys.
You can also cross defensive tackle C.J. Mosley off the list of available players as he is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Mosley's former teammate, Daryl Smith is still searching for a team as he left a visit with St. Louis without a contract.
Linebacker Brian Banks signed his first NFL contract on Wednesday in one of the more unique stories of the NFL offseason. Banks, a standout high school linebacker, signed with Atlanta on Wednesday, less than a year after he was exonerated of rape and kidnapping charges and released from prison. Banks worked out for a few teams last summer, but will now get a shot to make a NFL roster.