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Commanders sign No. 2 pick QB Jayden Daniels

Commanders sign No. 2 pick QB Jayden Daniels

The Washington Commanders signed quarterback Jayden Daniels to his rookie contract on Friday.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft inked a four-year deal worth $37.75 million.

All the money for the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner is guaranteed and includes a $24.3 million signing bonus.

All contracts involving first-round selections include a fifth-year team option.

Daniels completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 3,812 yards, 40 touchdowns and four interceptions last season at LSU. He also rushed for 1,134 yards and 10 scores in 12 games.

The Commanders also signed tight end Ben Sinnott (second round) and offensive tackle Brandon Coleman (third round) on Friday, meaning all nine members of the draft class are under contract.

Chargers bring S Tony Jefferson out of retirement

Chargers bring S Tony Jefferson out of retirement

The Los Angeles Chargers announced the signing of formerly retired safety Tony Jefferson on Friday.

Jefferson, 32, last played for the New York Giants in 2022 and announced his retirement in May 2023.

The California native spent last season as a scouting intern with the Baltimore Ravens, one of his former teams.

Undrafted out of Oklahoma in 2013, Jefferson appeared in 113 games (67 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-16), Ravens (2017-19, 2021), San Francisco 49ers (2021) and Giants (2022). He recorded 492 tackles, 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions.

Terms of Jefferson's deal with the Chargers were not disclosed.

Chiefs' new Super Bowl rings feature factual error

Chiefs' new Super Bowl rings feature factual error

The Kansas City Chiefs' new Super Bowl rings are a sight to behold, complete with 529 diamonds, 38 rubies and 14.8 carats worth of gems.

Unfortunately, they also feature an error in the engraving.

On the inside band of the ring, there is a rundown of the Chiefs' postseason victories listed. While it's true that Kansas City recorded a 26-7 win over Miami in the wild-card round, the Dolphins were erroneously listed as the AFC's seventh seed. Miami, in fact, was the sixth seed.

Given all that went into winning Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers, it's likely the Chiefs are willing to look past the inaccurate seeding of their wild-card foe.

Reports: Dolphins, DE Calais Campbell agree to deal

Reports: Dolphins, DE Calais Campbell agree to deal

Calais Campbell is returning to South Florida where his football career began.

The 37-year-old defensive end agreed to a free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday. Terms of the contract were not reported.

Campbell was selected out of the University of Miami in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Cardinals. He spent nine years in Arizona before playing three seasons apiece for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens.

Last season, Campbell started all 17 games for the Atlanta Falcons, registering 6.5 sacks -- his highest total since 2018. He added 56 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a safety.

The six-time Pro Bowl honoree was chosen as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-2010s Team.

In 244 career NFL games (225 starts), Campbell has 105.5 sacks, 865 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries, three interceptions and three safeties.

The Dolphins were looking for pass-rushing help with Bradley Chubb (Achilles) and Jaelan Phillips (ACL) coming back from serious injuries sustained late last season while Christian Wilkins exited as a free agent to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Miami brought in free agent Shaq Barrett, then chose Chop Robinson (first round) and Mo Kamara (fifth round) in the draft.

Reports: Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence signs 5-year, $275M extension

Reports: Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence signs 5-year, $275M extension

The Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Trevor Lawrence agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $275 million with $200 million guaranteed, NFL Network and ESPN reported Thursday.

The deal would give Lawrence $55 million per year, tying Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals for the highest average annual value among NFL quarterbacks.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, would have played the 2024 season for $5.6 million on his rookie deal if no long-term deal had been reached.

Lawrence, 24, made the Pro Bowl in 2022 and is 20-30 as a starter, passing for 11,770 yards with 58 touchdowns and 39 interceptions through three seasons. He has rushed for 964 yards and 11 scores.

He threw for 4,016 yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 games in 2023, missing one game due to injury. The Jaguars missed the playoffs despite an 8-3 start to the season.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara seeks new contract, exits minicamp

Saints RB Alvin Kamara seeks new contract, exits minicamp

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara left Thursday's mandatory minicamp prior to the final practice session due to contract-related reasons, his agent told NFL Network.

Kamara participated in the morning walkthrough before leaving the facility.

He has two seasons remaining on a five-year contract, although that final campaign in 2025 may not come to pass. He is set to earn a base salary of $10.2 million in 2024 before it expands to $22.4 million the following year.

Kamara, who will turn 29 next month, rushed for 694 yards and five touchdowns and added 75 catches for 466 yards and a score in 13 games last season. He was suspended for the first three games of the campaign because of an off-field incident in Las Vegas.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Kamara has rushed for 5,829 yards and 54 touchdowns while making 505 catches for 4,219 yards and 23 scores in 101 career games with the Saints.

Bucs' first-round C Graham Barton signs contract

Bucs' first-round C Graham Barton signs contract

Center Graham Barton signed his four-year rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

The team announced the signing but not the terms for Barton, who was selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft out of Duke. Multiple reports said the fully guaranteed deal is worth approximately $14 million with a $7 million signing bonus.

All contracts involving first-round selections include a fifth-year team option.

The signing of Barton came one day after second-round outside linebacker Chris Braswell inked his deal for the Bucs. Tampa Bay previously signed all of its other selections from the draft.

Barton, 22, played with the first-team offensive line during the Buccaneers' three-day minicamp.

"I still have to earn it," he said. "At least in my mind, you've got to earn it every day and you've got to show that you belong. Obviously, that's what I want to do. I'm here to contribute just like everyone else. So my mindset is just to bring it every day (and) embrace my role. Just showing up every day and earning it each and every single day, never sitting there and saying, 'I've got it.'"

Jets sign edge rusher Takkarist McKinley after tryout

Jets sign edge rusher Takkarist McKinley after tryout

The New York Jets announced the signing of free agent edge rusher Takkarist McKinley on Thursday.

The former first-round draft pick attended the team's minicamp this week on a tryout basis. Terms were not disclosed.

McKinley, 28, last played a game in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams during the 2022 season.

He played his first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons after being picked 26th overall in the 2017 draft.

McKinley has 20 sacks and 53 quarterback hits in 64 games (27 starts) with the Falcons (2017-20), Cleveland Browns (2021) and Rams (2022).

NFL punishes Falcons for tampering; Eagles cleared

NFL punishes Falcons for tampering; Eagles cleared

The Atlanta Falcons were stripped of their fifth-round pick in next year's draft for violating the NFL's anti-tampering policy, the league announced Thursday.

The Falcons also were fined $250,000 and general manager Terry Fontenot $50,000 for the team's improper contact with prospective unrestricted free agents Kirk Cousins, Darnell Mooney and Charlie Woerner prior to the start of the 2024 league year.

Also on Thursday, the NFL informed the Philadelphia Eagles that it did not discover sufficient evidence to support a finding that the team violated the league's anti-tampering policy.

The NFL was looking into the Eagles' pursuit of free-agent running back Saquon Barkley. The Penn State product inked a three-year, $37.75 million contract that includes $26 million guaranteed at the signing.

Cousins agreed to a four-year, $180 million contract with $100 million guaranteed shortly after the opening of the league's legal tampering window.

"While the policy permits clubs to engage with and negotiate all aspects of an NFL player contract with the certified agent of any prospective unrestricted free agent during the two-day negotiating period, any direct contact between the player and an employee or representative of the club is prohibited," the league said in a statement to the Falcons. "This includes discussion of travel arrangements or other logistical matters, which the club acknowledges took place with regard to these three players."

The Falcons released the following statement in response to league's conclusion:

"We are pleased this review is complete. We cooperated fully with the league and its review, and appreciate the NFL's thoroughness. As we do with every process, we will review how we operate and look for ways to improve."

As for clearing the Eagles, the league issued the following statement:

"In coming to this conclusion, the league reviewed phone logs, text messages and other documents related to Philadelphia's free agent strategy and decision to sign Barkley."

The Miami Dolphins forfeited their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and a third-round selection in 2024 for tampering with quarterback Tom Brady and coach Sean Payton.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost their third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and a sixth-round selection in 2017 for tampering with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in 2015.

The Dolphins and Chiefs also were fined as part of their respective punishments.

Bengals C Ted Karras signs extension through 2025

Bengals C Ted Karras signs extension through 2025

The Cincinnati Bengals signed center Ted Karras to a one-year extension through the 2025 season on Thursday.

Per ESPN, Karras' contract now pays him $6.6 million in each of next two seasons.

Karras, 31, started all 17 games and played 99 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps last season.

A two-time Super Bowl champion with New England, Karras has played in 126 games (82 starts) with the Patriots (2016-19, 2021), Miami Dolphins (2020) and Bengals.

New England drafted Karras in the sixth round in 2016 out of Illinois.

Report: Saints TE Juwan Johnson to have foot surgery

Report: Saints TE Juwan Johnson to have foot surgery

New Orleans Saints tight end Juwan Johnson will have surgery next week for a foot injury, ESPN reported Thursday.

The team is optimistic that he will be ready for the start of the regular season on Sept. 8, per the report.

Johnson, 27, was not on the field for Tuesday's practice that kicked off a three-day minicamp.

He caught 37 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games (11 starts) last season.

Undrafted in 2020, Johnson has 96 catches for 1,074 yards and 15 TDs in 50 games (29 starts) for the Saints.

Pats retire Tom Brady's number, announce statue plans

Pats retire Tom Brady's number, announce statue plans

The New England Patriots, while inducting Tom Brady into their Hall of Fame on Wednesday, delivered a few surprises for the legendary quarterback.

Team owner Robert Kraft revealed that the Patriots are retiring Brady's uniform No. 12 and are commissioning a 12-foot-tall bronze Brady statue that will be installed during the 2024 season.

"(The statue) will stand alone in the plaza outside of the Hall of Fame to symbolize his position, not as the greatest in franchise history, but as the greatest in all of NFL history," Kraft said.

The ceremony drew a crowd of 60,000 to the Patriots' home stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The three-hour festivities included appearances by scores of Brady's former teammates and ex-Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. It was the first time Belichick returned to Foxborough since he resigned at the end of last season.

Brady gave thanks to all, saying, "I am eternally grateful. I am Tom Brady. And I am a Patriot."

He added of Belichick, "It wasn't me. It wasn't you. It was us. ... Let me make this crystal clear: There is no coach in the world I would rather play for than Bill Belichick."

Brady, playing under Belichick, spent 20 years with the Patriots, leading the team to six Super Bowl championships. He later added another title with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Belichick, greeted with huge cheers from Patriots fans, said to Brady, "Thank you for all that you've done for us. Thank you for all you've done for me. And thank you for the example and motto you've been for all of us on a daily basis for 20 years. Congratulations."

One of Brady's top rivals, Peyton Manning, also attended, chatting with Brady alongside ceremony host Mike Tirico.

Manning said, "You knew when you were playing against a Tom Brady team, you better be at your best, cause if you weren't, Tom Brady was going to beat you every time."

Brady added, "I think that I could never have been the type of player that I was without having someone like Peyton that I had to aspire to be like. And I looked at him as the gold standard for quarterback play, and I still do. There's nobody like Peyton Manning out there right now."

Brady, 46, was a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player who holds the league records for completions (7,753), pass attempts (12,050), passing yards (89,214) and touchdown passes (649).

Broncos' Sean Payton, pleased with QBs, ends minicamp early

Broncos' Sean Payton, pleased with QBs, ends minicamp early

The Denver Broncos are entering a new era under center, and so far, coach Sean Payton likes what he sees.

Denver moved on from veteran Russell Wilson in March, releasing him and watching as he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year deal. Now the Broncos find themselves with a young quarterback room consisting of Jarrett Stidham, Zach Wilson and rookie Bo Nix.

Stidham is headed into his fifth NFL season, including last season with Denver, while Wilson enters his fourth pro campaign. Nix was the 12th overall pick in this year's draft.

"We gave all three of these guys (a lot of reps) and of course Jarrett is a year further along relative to understanding it," Payton said on Wednesday following the Broncos' second practice of mandatory minicamp. "The two younger guys -- and I say the two younger guys, but the two new players -- both Zach and Bo had a lot of install in a short period of time.

"Realistically in the season, you spend a week on one plan. Here, we are moving. Overall, though, it's what we saw and what we evaluated and that is encouraging."

Still, Payton has yet to officially name a starter. He also noted that there wasn't anything that happened during minicamp that changed his perception of Stidham, Wilson or Nix.

"It went how I wanted it to go," Payton said of the offseason program. "Again, I've said this not only at that position but the inside linebacker position, the cornerback position and the safety position, we will have a plan when we start camp and then we begin to make some decisions relative to reps and all of that.

"Now it kind of went like we expected. A lot of good things and a lot of good stuff to coach off of and things to correct."

Payton was so satisfied that he ended up deeming Wednesday the final day of the offseason program. Denver will not practice on Thursday.

"I felt that we had a really good offseason program," Payton said. "The key for all of these guys is during the 5 1/2 weeks that they are away is maintaining their conditioning level. There will be a few guys who will stay here rehabbing injuries. Overall, I think it went well."

Vikings coach: Sam Darnold favorite to enter camp as QB1

Vikings coach: Sam Darnold favorite to enter camp as QB1

Veteran Sam Darnold likely will be the No. 1 quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings when training camp opens next month, head coach Kevin O'Connell told reporters Wednesday.

"We haven't had to put out a depth chart or anything like that, but I would say Sam would be the guy I would look to," O'Connell said.

However, Darnold shouldn't start snapping up tickets to give to family and friends for the season opener on Sept. 8 against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Rookie J.J. McCarthy, selected No. 10 overall in April's NFL draft, could have something to say about that.

O'Connell also addressed the quarterback hierarchy in two interviews this week. On Tuesday, he told "Mad Dog Sports Radio" that there will be a QB competition.

"At the quarterback position, look, we're really excited about Sam," O'Connell said. "Really kept a close eye on his quarterback journey and not all quarterback journeys are the same. Although the position tends to catch a lot of eyes and a lot of different coverage from a standpoint of what a guy is and isn't -- wins and losses and all those things -- but ... circumstances and environment that those guys are in play a lot to do with it and play a lot into it."

The New York Jets selected Darnold No. 3 overall in the 2018 draft and gave up on him after three seasons, sending him to the Carolina Panthers in a trade before the 2021 season for three draft picks, the highest a second-rounder. After two seasons in Carolina, he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers and backed up Brock Purdy in 2023.

He has played under five different head coaches in six seasons.

"Sam's had a heck of a quarterback journey. I think he's learned a lot along the way and I'm really excited about the time in his career in which we're getting him in our building," O'Connell said on "Mad Dog Sports Radio."

"I feel strongly about his ability to continue his, even at this point in his career, continue his development and what can he become within playing quarterback in our offense with the type of players we have around him, all well knowing that we're going to have a competitive environment with J.J. McCarthy, with Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall."

Darnold, who turned 27 last week, has a 21-35 record as a starter, completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 12,064 yards with 63 touchdowns and 56 interceptions.

McCarthy, 21, led Michigan to a national championship in January, but NFL scouts reportedly thought he could benefit from at least one season on the bench, learning and watching.

Speaking Monday on "The Rich Eisen Show," O'Connell implied McCarthy is going to have to wow the coaching staff to overtake Darnold for the Week 1 start.

"We do have a plan for J.J. -- a long-term plan. We see him as our quarterback of the future, and when that ultimately starts, with him taking game reps under center, will really be about that process of getting there and demonstrating that he's got total comfort in the system," O'Connell said.

"So then, the natural learning environment that is playing quarterback in the NFL ... we want to make sure it's the right time and J.J. feels 100 percent confident that he can not only go in and have success but then also, when adversity does hit, is he attacking it the right way from a foundation that hopefully we've built up over a long time."

Jets coach, Aaron Rodgers 'on the exact same page'

Jets coach, Aaron Rodgers 'on the exact same page'

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh downplayed the notion of a rift with Aaron Rodgers after the star quarterback's unexcused absence from the team's mandatory minicamp.

"Aaron and I are on the exact same page," Saleh said Wednesday before the final practice session. "There's no issue between Aaron or his teammates, for that matter.

"We addressed it yesterday. It's more of an issue for everyone outside the building than it is inside. That's about it."

Rodgers, 40, has been at the team facility for most of the spring. Rodgers, who told Saleh that he had a prior commitment, joined edge rusher Haason Reddick in failing to show on Tuesday.

"Selfishly, I want all our guys here all the time, but when you get to these mandatory things, you make the best decision for yourself," Saleh said. "Obviously, selfishly I want all of them here all the time, but he made a decision and that's what he went with."

A four-time NFL MVP, Rodgers followed a celebrated tenure with the Green Bay Packers by playing just four snaps before suffering an Achilles injury during his debut with the Jets on Sept. 11, 2023.

Rodgers passed for 59,055 yards, 475 touchdowns and 105 interceptions in 230 games (223 starts) for the Packers from 2005-22, compiling a record of 147-75-1. He made 10 Pro Bowls and led Green Bay to a Super Bowl XLV victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Agents: Giants signing former Jaguars CB Tre Herndon

Agents: Giants signing former Jaguars CB Tre Herndon

The New York Giants are signing veteran cornerback Tre Herndon, his agents said Wednesday.

Herndon, 28, participated in a minicamp tryout with the Giants on Tuesday.

David Canter and Ness Mugrabi of GSE Worldwide confirmed the transaction with NFL Network.

Herndon recorded 46 tackles and nine passes defensed in 16 games (four starts) with Jacksonville in 2023.

He had three interceptions and 243 tackles in 83 games (34 starts) with the Jaguars since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

Broncos' coach Sean Payton in no hurry to name a starting QB

Broncos' coach Sean Payton in no hurry to name a starting QB

Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback.

The first game is still three months away and he still needs to study a QB room that includes journeyman Jarrett Stidham, rookie Bo Nix and recently acquired Zach Wilson.

But the question keeps coming -- who is your quarterback, coach?

"Here we go again," Payton said with a laugh at Tuesday's minicamp session. "I don't have a date, I have a gut (feeling)."

Stidham has the edge in June as the lone one of the three quarterbacks to be with Denver last season. Soon to turn 28, Stidham threw 66 passes while getting a year of the Payton system under his belt.

"He's doing well," Payton said of Stidham. "Clearly, within the framework within what we're doing, he is much further along than in Year 1 in the transition. I'd say he's looked really sharp during this offseason program.

"(He is) real decisive. I think the leadership he is able to provide there, and there's good competition."

The Broncos released Russell Wilson in March after two seasons, necessitating the club to look for a potential franchise quarterback.

Nix could fit the bill after the Broncos took him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2024 draft. He had eye-popping numbers at Oregon last season -- completing 77.4 percent of his passes for 4,508 yards, 45 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Broncos acquired Zach Wilson shortly before the draft. He was the No. 2 overall pick by the New York Jets in 2021 and didn't pan out. He got a second chance last season when Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles on the fourth snap of the season and it again didn't go well.

Zach Wilson played 12 in games last season, starting 11. He completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,271 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also ran for seven scores, but the Jets were 4-7 in his starts.

Payton isn't concerned about the situation. He is confident the right player will emerge.

"I think when we get into training camp and when we get into the preseason games, I think oftentimes the decisions take care of themselves," Payton said. "But the object is to win. I understand the question, but in our league it's year-to-year. We're competing to win this year, and we're going to make the right decision relative to who gives us that opportunity."

Receiver Courtland Sutton showed up to the mandatory minicamp after skipping OTAs and other voluntary activities. His absence was believed to be over dissatisfaction with his contract, but he told reporters Tuesday he underwent ankle surgery in the offseason.

Sutton is entering the third season of a four-year, $60.8 million deal. He is slated to receive $13 million in base salary in 2024.

Sutton did brief work in individual drills but didn't participate in team drills.

Sutton terms his situation with the Broncos as "a stalemate" and wouldn't guarantee that he'll show for training camp in late July if there still isn't a resolution.

"My team and I have been in contact with the guys upstairs that handle all of that stuff," Sutton said. "We've kind of been going back and forth to find the best way to kind of find the middle ground of the situation. We are at a stalemate in a sense, but I have confidence and faith the right thing will be done."

Sutton, 28, has 298 receptions for 4,259 yards and 24 touchdown catches in 81 games (69 starts) for Denver. He caught a career-best 10 scoring passes last season to go with 59 catches and 772 yards.

QB Russell Wilson feeling 'revived' with Steelers

QB Russell Wilson feeling 'revived' with Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson feels as if he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.

After two underwhelming seasons with the Denver Broncos, Wilson has found new life with the Steelers, who signed the 35-year-old veteran to a one-year deal in March.

"Man, I feel the fountain of youth," Wilson said following the Steelers' first mandatory minicamp practice on Tuesday. "I feel revived in every way, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I feel confident. I think at some point you have to know who you are as a player, as a man, as a competitor.

"As somebody who's been fortunate to be able to play this game, I don't doubt it. I trust it. I felt really good last year playing. I felt really confident in the midst of everything. And so I think right now I have all that confidence times 10."

Wilson had signed a five-year, $245 million extension with Denver in September 2022, months after being traded by the Seattle Seahawks. He only ended up playing two years of that deal before being released by the Broncos, who still owed him $85 million at the time.

Wilson went 11-19 as the Broncos' starter, throwing for 6,594 yards, 42 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Pittsburgh revamped its quarterback room in the offseason, trading for Justin Fields and signing Wilson, six-year veteran Kyle Allen and undrafted rookie free agent John Rhys Plumlee.

However, as it stands right now, the starting job is Wilson's to lose.

"Russ is in the pole position," Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith said. "It's a competition. Obviously, we get to (training camp), I'm sure things will heat up, but both (Wilson and Fields) knew that, however they were acquired, and they got here and I think it's been pretty transparent."

Prior to his stint with Denver, Wilson spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Seahawks, winning one Super Bowl and getting to another. He has thrown for 43,653 yards and 334 TDs against 106 picks in 188 career games.

Panthers WR Xavier Legette (hamstring) missing minicamp

Panthers WR Xavier Legette (hamstring) missing minicamp

Carolina Panthers first-round pick Xavier Legette is being held out of a mandatory minicamp because of a lingering hamstring injury, head coach Dave Canales said Tuesday.

Canales also said edge rusher DJ Johnson, who was carted off during the first day of minicamp Tuesday, has a calf injury and will miss the rest of the session. The first-year coach said he expects both Legette, a wide receiver, and Johnson to be ready for training camp.

The Panthers traded with the Buffalo Bills to obtain the 32nd pick and select the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Legette out of South Carolina. In five seasons, he caught 113 passes for 1,678 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Gamecocks. He had a career-best season in 2023 with 71 receptions for 1,255 yards and seven scores.

Johnson, 25, started three of his 13 games as a rookie in 2023 and totaled 16 tackles with one tackle for loss. The Panthers selected him in the third round of the 2023 draft out of Oregon.

Canales also said that linebacker Eku Leota has a calf injury and will miss minicamp; running back Miles Sanders has a heel injury that kept him off the field Tuesday as a precautionary measure; and linebacker D.J. Wonnum will be participating at his own speed while dealing with a quad issue.

Packers QB Jordan Love at camp, expects contract resolution soon

Packers QB Jordan Love at camp, expects contract resolution soon

Packers quarterback Jordan Love anticipates signing a new contract in the weeks before he arrives at the start of training camp next month.

"It's what I've heard," Love said Tuesday as Green Bay starts mandatory minicamp outside Lambeau Field.

The Packers owe Love $11 million for the 2024 season under terms of the $13.5 million extension he signed with the plan of starting for the first time upon Aaron Rodgers' exit via trade in April 2023.

Love said he likes to "be in the mix" in negotiations but was otherwise tight-lipped. He wouldn't confirm speculation the two sides are "close."

Love had a modest start last season but guided Green Bay to the playoffs with a wild-card spot and completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,159 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

The Packers are looking to reach a long-term deal with Love, a plan the front office has discussed since the season ended.

"We're in those conversations right now," Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst told 97.3 The Game last month. "The nice part about this is none of these things are always easy or fast, but both parties want the same thing. We'd like to get this done before training camp for sure.

"Both parties want to get a contract extension done. Stability at that position really allows you to have some security with the way we build our team. We're looking forward to getting that done, but it never goes fast."

While other quarterbacks are avoiding camp with contract matters in limbo, Love has still been participating in voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) this offseason.

The Packers selected Love in the first round (26th overall) of the 2020 draft out of Utah State. He appeared in just 10 games (one start) over his first two NFL seasons before taking over starting duties in 2023.