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Houston Texans:  The Texans have signed cornerback Jonathan Joseph to a three-year extension.  Keeping Joseph in the fold both retains a good player and maintains some continuity for a group that had lacked it for many years.  The contract is worth $22 million with $11.5 million guaranteed.

Kansas City Chiefs:  Head coach Andy Reid stated that the Chiefs are not pursuing recently released offensive guard, Evan Mathis, “at all”.  Mathis played for Reid in Philadelphia, who recently released him.  ESPN’s John Clayton had previously reported that the Chiefs were one of four teams thought to be in the mix for the veteran’s services.  Either Clayton was wrong or Reid is lying.  Either option is just as likely.

Brandon Spikes is really just a weird dude. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots:  Recently signed linebacker, Brandon Spikes, was quickly released after his involvement in a hit and run.  Spikes has been charged in the incident.  On top of that, Spikes’ Super Bowl ring was suddenly placed on EBay for auction.  However, Spikes claims that the ring was stolen.

New Orleans Saints:  Saints owner Tom Benson has been declared mentally competent.  Oh, wait, you’d probably like some explanation to that.  Benson and his family have been at the center of a civil proceeding regarding the future ownership of the Saints.  Benson had amended his will to leave the team, as well as his NBA Pelicans, to his new wife.  This prompted his daughter to claim that he was not mentally competent to do so.  Tom Benson then went on to explain how his daughter was not competent enough to control the professional sports franchises.

  • Chiefs’ take: If “mentally competent” resulted in the Chiefs getting Ben Grubbs for a 5th round pick…then I’m all in favor of this ruling.  Can’t wait to see what “mentally competent” actions we can take advantage of in the future!

New York Giants:  Giants head coach Tom Caughlin told the media that he expects star wide receiver Victor Cruz to be able to avoid the preseason Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.  Cruz tore his pateller tendon last year and was expected to start the season on the PUP list, and possibly even be placed directly on the Injured Reserve (IR) list.

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