Richard Sherman is the latest member of the Seattle Seahawks secondary to be locked up for the long term.
The All-Pro signed a four-year, $57.4 million contract extension, a deal that easily makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
NFLPA: The NFL Players Association confirms that the union has filed a grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham concerning the Saints tight end’s franchise tag designation.
At issue is whether the NFL was correct to apply the tight end tag to Graham or whether Graham should have received the more lucrative wide receiver tag, a difference of $5 million.
No date for a grievance hearing has been set.
49ERS: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick says on Twitter he’s eager to have the truth come out in a Miami investigation involving him and two other NFL players.
Miami police on Tuesday released two calls to a 911 dispatcher saying a woman identifying herself as Jesus was lying naked in a bed and refusing to leave. The callers said the woman wanted to spend time with a third man who wasn’t there.
Kaepernick posted Wednesday: “On 911 calls, I’m glad the truth is getting out. Info that came out earlier was totally wrong. I look forward to this matter being resolved.”
Police say the players also involved in the case are 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette. None has been charged with any wrongdoing.
BILLS: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes the team will require a new stadium to remain viable in western New York.
In calling the Bills recently negotiated 10-year lease agreement a “short-term solution,” Goodell says a new stadium would be the next step in finding “the right long-term solution.”
REDSKINS: Tanard Jackson is staying with the team.
A day after he was reinstated by the NFL following a drug suspension and cut, the safety signed a new deal.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM BIDS FOR 2018 SUPER BOWL
Highlights of the bids from Minneapolis, New Orleans and Indianapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl:
- A futuristic $1 billion new indoor stadium scheduled to open in 2016.
- Financial support for the estimated $30 million to $40 million in costs, with pledges already in hand for about 85 percent of what’s needed. The local corporate community includes 19 Fortune 500 companies, 26 Fortune 1000 companies and two of the country’s largest privately held corporations.
- The only bidder with nonstop flights from every NFL city, as well as three convenient regional airports for corporate jets and other private planes.
- Light-rail lines connecting the stadium with the airport as well as hotels in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington.
- Integration with other local winter activities such as the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
- Undisclosed tax breaks, but a law still on the books from the 1992 game in Minneapolis exempts Super Bowl tickets from state sales taxes.
- Minneapolis hosted the 1992 Super Bowl.
- The festivities would kick off the city’s 300th anniversary celebration.
- New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls already, including 2013, tying it with Miami for the most.
- A number of new capital improvement projects that would benefit the Super Bowl, including upgrades to the Superdome, additional streetcar lines and new public spaces.
- Numerous hotels, restaurants, special event venues including the city’s convention center and NBA arena, the French Quarter and the Superdome all within walking distance of each other.
- The host committee did not disclose cost estimates but did note that major sporting events traditionally cost less to stage in New Orleans due to many factors including a full-time staff ready to manage the event, lower transportation costs, less weather contingency planning and the existing exemption of sales tax on tickets and merchandise at the Superdome. The 2013 host committee reported a $13.5 million budget.
- Indianapolis hosted the widely praised Super Bowl of 2012, when the major complaint was a lack of downtown hotel rooms, but two more large downtown hotels could be completed in time for the game.
- Costs of around $30 million have already been covered by corporate and private contributions.
- Indianapolis promised to expand the Super Bowl Village, which originated in Indy and is now a requirement in all bid packages.