NFL roundup: Broncos owner Bowlen resigning control of team
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is resigning control of the team to focus on battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
“This is a sad day for the NFL,” commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday in a statement released by the league. “Pat Bowlen’s leadership has been critical to the success of the Broncos and the entire NFL.”
The Pat Bowlen Trust was established to keep the team in the family. Bowlen has seven children and there is no plan to sell the team.
Charles, Chiefs agree
Running back Jamaal Charles reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs as the team reported for training camp, according to reports.
Charles, 28, rushed for 1,287 yards in 2013, which was the third best total in the NFL last season, and he ran for 1,509 yards in 2012.
Brown ceding more control
Cincinnati Bengals owner and general manager Mike Brown announced he is ceding more day-to-day control to coach Marvin Lewis and his daughter, executive vice president Katie Blackburn.
Brown remains at team headquarters on a daily basis, explaining, “I can still bark, and they have to make sure they don’t step on my toes.”
The 78-year-old Brown is not battling any health issues. Brown took over for his father, NFL legend Paul Brown, when he died in 1991.
Eagles’ Johnson out
Philadelphia Eagles second-year offensive tackle Lane Johnson will miss the first four games of the 2014 regular season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Johnson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft, is eligible to participate in training camp and all preseason practices and games.
Gronk cleared for camp
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, was fully cleared for training camp.
The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Gronkowski hurt his knee Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. His entire 2013 calendar year was filled by injuries and rehab, including multiple surgeries on his forearm and a procedure on his back. He missed six games in 2013 and was limited into the regular season.
Davis reports to camp
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, a potential holdout as he seeks a new contract, reported to training camp Wednesday.
Davis, 30, skipped a mandatory minicamp in June and earlier voluntary workouts in a bid to get his contract reworked. He is the fourth highest-paid tight end in the NFL. He is scheduled to earn base salaries of $4.7 million this year and $4.35 million next year.
Meanwhile, guard Alex Boone is expected to continue his holdout.
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is expected to miss eight weeks of the regular season recovering from hip surgery.
Initial projections called for Pouncey to return in October, likely around Week 5, but his return could be delayed according to multiple reports. Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip sometime during the Dolphins’ OTA sessions.
Bowman on PUP list
It comes as no surprise as NFL training camps get under way that the San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Bowman is still recovering from the torn ACL and MCL he sustained in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks in January. The Pro Bowler is not expected to return until sometime around the midpoint of the regular season.
Gilbert agrees to contract
Cornerback Justin Gilbert agreed to a four-year, $12.8 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, leaving just one 2014 draft pick unsigned.
Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in May, will report to training camp and compete with Buster Skrine to start opposite Joe Haden in the remodeled defensive backfield of the Browns.
The lone unsigned 2014 draft pick is 11th overall selection Taylor Lewan. The Michigan offensive tackle is projected as a rookie starter at right tackle with the Tennessee Titans.