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This Week In The NFLGronk Gets Extension Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots received a fairly sizable contract extension this week. The Patriots offered him a six year, $54 million contract making him the highest paid TE in the league. No word yet on whether he will be partying with his shirt off to celebrate this one. Broncos' DJ Williams Tweets Defence [caption id="attachment_15882" align="alignright" width="281" caption="Love how carefully he arranged his stationary in front of the iPad."][/caption] In a move one can only describe as baffling, Broncos LB D.J. Williams has tweeted a picture of Denver's defensive formations on his iPad. Maybe he's so confident in the D's ability that he thought he would help everyone else out. Or maybe he just didn't think before that one. Two Vets Need New Jobs First off the bat we have a couple of past their prime veterans who need to find new jobs. Chad Ochocinco, when he was Chad Johnson, was once upon a time a lock to end up with over 1000 receiving yards and a few good TD celebrations each season. It didn't work out that way and after failing to get interest in a trade he will be released by the team. The other player is Aaron Kampman, DE for the Jaguars who was released in Jacksonville. Kampman started his career in Green Bay where he was a beast in their 4-3 defense, getting 50 sacks before tearing his ACL during the 2008 campaign. After switching to a 3-4, Kampman moved to Jacksonville where he struggled badly with injuries, playing in only 11 out of 32 games. No. 5 Pick Already In Trouble In news that's seems to happen all to regularly (Pro Football Talk even has a "police blotter" complete with number of days without an arrest graphic), Jacksonville Jaguars top draft pick Justin Blackmon became the latest in a long line of NFL players to be charged with driving under the influence. Authorities say that Blackmon had tested more than three times higher than the legal limit when they pulled him over last weekend. After apologising for his "poor judgment," Blackmon went on to say that he's done with drinking right now. But he also made sure to say that it probably won't last forever. Fun times ahead! Even More Bounty News If you're anything like me, you're starting to get tired of hearing about "BountyGate." But it's not going away anytime soon, especially now that a ledger detailing payments for "whacks" and "cart-offs," and deductions for "mental errors" has been exposed. It's also come out that J-Lonn Dunbar and Roman Harper of the Saints got paid for "whacks" during their playoff win over the Detroit Lions. Jonathan Vilma and others have been quick to come out and define a "whack" as a legal, low tackle, but if the ledger is as advertised, it seems to be pretty damning evidence against the Saints players and coaches. An arbitrator has also ruled that the punishment Roger Goodell handed out was OK, despite the best effort of the NFLPA saying he didn't have the authority. Silly rabbits. NFL Lawyers Load Lightened [caption id="attachment_15905" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Goodell announcing to the media exactly who is next in line to sue them."][/caption] The number of concussion lawsuits against the NFL has ticked over 80, with the total number of plaintiffs reaching a staggering 3,356. To make life easier, a judge has consolidated into one "master complaint." Even with the lawsuits combined, the NFL lawyers are going to have their hands full, as they also have the NFLPA's collusion suit to deal with, along with Jonathan Vilma's defamation case. DeMarcus Should Be Wary Of His Neck Alarm bells are starting to ring for Cowboys fans, as DeMarcus Ware revealed that he has been dealing with a neck injury for the better part of 3 years. The perennial All-Pro OLB suffered the injury against the Chargers in 2009 and was carted off, but he returned the next week to play a pivotal role in the Cowboys defeat of the until-then-undefeated New Orleans Saints. Even though he has all 112 games of his career, Ware says every now and again he will experience a tingling sensation in his arm, followed by a numbness that remains after contract. Perhaps he should get that checked out.
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Coughlin Will Remain The Oldest Coach In The League After being on the hot-seat during the 2012 campaign and his team just scraping into the playoffs before heating up and winning it all, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin scored a 3 year $20 million contract extension. It was pretty much a formality that the Giants would extend Coughlin's contract, after he led the G-Men to their second Super Bowl win in 5 years. Seahawks, Saints Get Into It During OTA's The Seattle Seahawks were apparently taking Pete Carroll's "always compete" mantra a little to seriously for June, and have been stripped of two OTA days for their troubles. The Seahawks were the first team to violate the new CBA's rules on contact at OTA's. In other minicamp drama, the Saints are still without Drew Brees for their mandatory camp. Chase Daniels is leading the first team in his place and a bit of a scuffle broke out after Daniels apparently threw a ball at Curtis Lofton on a play. I think at this point, it's safe to say the Saints haven't had a good offseason. Cowboys FB Getting A Bit 'Antsy' If you were at Cowboys OTA's you could've been mistaken for thinking newly acquired FB Lawrence Vickers suffered a groin injury after he bolted off the field. It turned out he just had ants in his pants. Vickers, who is allergic to ants, told the Fort-Worth Telegram "I was running, and I was blocking someone. Then I walk off, and I'm like, 'Oh snap.' And I pulled my pants down to see, and I saw ants." It could've been a lot worse, he got bitten four months ago and had to drive himself while wheezing to a pharmacy to get medicine.