NFL roundup: Thomas now highest paid
The Seattle Seahawks and Earl Thomas agreed to a four-year contract extension, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
The extension is worth $40 million, including $27.725 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network. That is on top of the $4.725 million he will earn this year.
Giants add Smith
The New York Giants added fifth-year veteran Rusty Smith to their quarterback depth chart. Smith spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans following a record-setting career at Florida Atlantic.
Young, Thigpen try out
Quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen are trying out for the Cleveland Browns as the team begins a three-day minicamp on Tuesday.
Young, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 draft, has not played in the NFL since 2011. Thigpen has played 29 games over six seasons. He has completed 54 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Rice’s court date moved
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was schedule to be arraigned Monday, had his court date pushed back to Thursday because of the judge’s busy docket, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Rice was initially charged with third-degree aggravated assault after allegedly knocking his fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City casino in February. The charge was upgraded to felony assault after he was indicted by a grand jury in March.
Seahawks hire Ireland
The Seahawks hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a consultant through the 2014 NFL Draft, the team announced.
Ireland served as Dolphins GM from 2008 until the end of last season. Owner Stephen Ross cleaned house following the team’s bullying scandal.
Wilson’s jersey sells
Quarterback Russell Wilson not only led the Seahawks over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but he now outranks losing quarterback Peyton Manning for the top-selling NFL jersey.
Overall, the Seahawks were the top-ranked team in merchandise sales on NFLshop.com. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (fifth) and cornerback Richard Sherman (sixth) joined Wilson in the top 10 of jersey sales.
Kosar pleads no contest
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest to a reckless operation charge following his drunk driving arrest last September in Solon, Ohio.
Kosar blamed knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test at the time during the traffic stop.