Contracts were the talk of the NFL on Monday, mostly for the players who didn't get them. The deadline for franchised players to sign multi-year extensions passed, and all but one tagged player went without a deal. While those players will play 2013 on one-year deals, a pair of young players did ink extensions. All of that and more in the daily NFL news roundup.
There was a lot of contract talk surrounding the franchised players this offseason, but when it was all said and done, only Ryan Clady came away with a deal. Clady signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Clady got the deal he's been seeking for more than a year, but Jairus Byrd, Branden Albert, Henry Melton and others did not.
Many of the tagged players, including Byrd, were not close to reaching deals. Albert appeared the closest to a deal, as his representatives and the Chiefs continued negotiations up until the deadline, but nothing came of it. Now Albert, Byrd and the other five unsigned franchise players will play the 2013 season on a one-year deal before hitting free agency again.
Unable to reach an extension with franchised defensive end Michael Johnson, the Bengals instead signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a six-year extension shortly after Monday's deadline passed. The deal is worth $40 million and Dunlap will earn $20 million over the first two seasons.
Green Bay and safety Morgan Burnett also agreed to a contract extension. According to Ian Rapoport, the two sides agreed to a four-year deal worth $24.75 million with $8.25 million guaranteed. The 24-year-old Morgan is a two-year starter and led all defensive backs in tackles last season with 123.
Cam Newton went to high school in Atlanta, and as a result, you probably aren't surprised to find out he grew up a Falcons fan. When players reach the professional ranks, many assume they automatically drop any allegiances they may have had growing up. That isn't the case with Newton, who said he remains a Falcons fan as long as the Panthers aren't playing Atlanta.
While Newton admitting to being a fan of a division rival may not sit well with all Panthers fans, it really doesn't mean much. If the Panthers and Falcons were tied for the final playoff spot, it's safe to say Newton's fanhood would take a distant back seat.
Rob Gronkowski, Lardarius Webb recovering well
The Patriots haven't received a ton of great news lately, but that may be changing, as tight end Rob Gronkowski is recovering well from offseason surgeries. Gronkowski is no longer wearing a cast on his forearm and was reportedly walking around "fine" despite having back surgery last month.
Baltimore's Lardarius Webb is also recovering well from surgery. Webb tore his ACL in Week 6 of last season, but the Ravens expect him to be recovered in time for the start of training camp. Baltimore won the Super Bowl without Webb, but getting its No. 1 cornerback back will be a big boost.
The Broncos announced suspensions for Matt Russell and Tom Heckert after each was recently arrested for suspicion of drunken driving. Russell, the team's director of player personnel, was suspended indefinitely without pay. He was arrested on July 7 when he allegedly hit a police car and was subsequently charged with an open container of alcohol, failure to display proof of insurance and careless driving resulting in injury.
Heckert was hired as Denver's director of pro personnel in May. He was charged with DUI and careless driving after being arrested on June 17. He was suspended for one month without pay. The Broncos are making treatment options available for both and will review their status before they rejoin the organization.