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REPORT: WR VICTOR CRUZ WILL SIGN LONG-TERM DEAL WITH GIANT BEFORE TRAINING CAMP – Get your touchdown cleats and dancing shoes ready New York, because Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to sign a new long-term contract with the team before the start of training camp.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the structure of the contract is in place, and the Giants and Cruz’s agents are now ironing out the details, including contract language that still needs to be finalized. There are not expected to be any delays or obstacles during the remaining negotiations, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Cruz, 26, is coming off a 2012 season where he had 86 receptions for 1092 yards and 10 touchdown. But he and the Giants haven’t been able to come to an agreement on a long-term contract during the offseason. (Photo: Getty Images)

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PACKERS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK DATONE JONES - The number of unsigned first-round draft picks continue to decrease, as the Green Bay Packers have inked their first-rounder to his rookie contract.

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the Packers and defensive end Datone Jones, who was taken out UCLA with the No. 26 overall pick, have agreed to contract terms. According to several reports, the deal is reportedly worth $7.71 million over four years, with $6.25 million guaranteed. 

Jones is seen as a missing piece to a Packers defense that crumbled under the pressure of teams like the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFC Divisional playoff.

“Very versatile player, played up and down the line of scrimmage,” Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said after drafting Jones.

Jones is very long and has good initial quickness and power. Plus he plays with good pad level. He is versatile enough to play anywhere along the defensive line. make him an early selection.

Jones’ coaches at UCLA all raved about his play, saying that he will only get better in the NFL. And that’s exactly what the Packers are hoping to bring out of what many consider to be the new face of their defense. (Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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PACKERS SIGN S MORGAN BURNETT TO FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION - The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Morgan Burnett to a four-year contract extension worth $24.75 million, with a $8.25 million in guaranteed money, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports.

According to the teams’ official website, Burnett will make $15 million in the first two years of the contract, which can be worth up to a total of $26 million after incentives.

Burnett, 24, lead the Packers last season with 123 tackles. He also added two interceptions, two sacks and forced two fumbles. (Photo: Associated Press)

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49ERS SIGN FORMER COLTS WR AUSTIN COLLIE - Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie is getting another shot in the NFL that he hopes is concussion free.

According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers signed Collie after he had his second workout with the team on Friday afternoon.

The 27-year-old Collie has suffered three serious concussions since he came into the league 2009. Most teams viewed him as a liability because of the head injuries. But in June Collie told USA Today that he wanted to play again and was willing to sign a waiver.

In 2012 Collie didn’t suffered from any concussion issues, but he only played in one game with the Colts after he ruptured his right patellar tendon in Week 3. 

With Michael Crabtree out indefinitely after tearing his right Achilles last month, and newly signed Brandon Carswell tearing his ACL in his first practice with the team days after that, the 49ers were in dire need of help at the wideout position.

In four NFL seasons, Collie has 173 catches for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. And has been cleared by several neurologist to return to the league. (Photo: Associated Press)

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FB VONTA LEACH RETURNING TO BALTIMORE TO PLAY FOR RAVENS - The Ravens and Vonta Leach had both decided that Baltimore is the best place for the Pro Bowl fullback to take his talents (back) to. According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Ravens signed Leach to a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, reported earlier on Monday that Leach had been at the Ravens facility taking a physical. So obviously he’s passed that and has signed his new contract to return to the team he just won a Super Bowl with in February.

Leach was cut by the Ravens in May in a cap move, and will add something back to the offense which could use a boost.

Leach met with the Dolphins and Giants, and had interest from the Texans, but it appears he didn’t find any offers out there better than the one the Ravens offered. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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DOLPHINS FIRST-ROUND PICK DION JORDAN AGREES TO CONTRACT TERMS - The Miami Dolphins formally reported to training camp Saturday morning. But the teams first-round draft pick, Dion Jordan, did not report although he pledged not to miss any time if his contract was not finalized before camp started.

According to the Miami Herald, a league source said early Saturday that Jordan was not at the team’s Davie complex for the first meetings of training camp. All indications were Jordan’s representatives and the Dolphins could not reach a contract agreement in time to avert a hold out. 

But now the Dolphins have announced that the team and Jordan have agreed to a contract that will shorten the rookies hold out to hours, not days or weeks. Terms of the contract are unknown at this time

Apparently the issue that stopped this signing from previously happening was offset language, which the Dolphins wanted to includ in Jordan’s contract. The language would allow the team to recoup some of his guaranteed money in the event the Dolphins cut Jordan and another team sign him before his contract is up

Jordan missed OTAs while recovering from shoulder surgery. He also was held back because of Oregon’s late graduation date. So this will be his first time hitting the field and seeing any action in a Dolphins uniform. (Photo: miamidolphins.com)

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- TE DENNIS PITTA SIGNS $2.023 RESTRICTED FREE AGENT TENDER - Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has signed his $2.023 million second-round restricted tender, the team announced on their official Twitter account on Monday.

Pitta pulled in 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season in 2012. During the Ravens playoffs and Super Bowl run he had 14 receptions for 163 yards and three scores.

Pitta did get some interest form the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, but never received an offer sheet from either team.

Pitta has become a very important part of the Ravens offensive scheme. So look for the Ravens to sign the 6’4” – 245lb three-year veteran to a long-term contract. (Photo: Zimbio.com)

BUCCANEERS SIGN RB PEYTON HILLIS TO ONE-YEAR DEAL - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Financial terms of the contract are unknown at this time.

Hillis’ best season came in 2010 when he was with the Brown. He rushed for 1,177 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. But a year later, Hillis only played in 10 games and rushed for 587 yards with three touchdowns. Unfortunately for him, that was during a contract year. So instead of getting a new contract offer, he was allowed to hit the free agent market. Hillis then signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs. 

Now Hillis is in Tampa Bay where he is expected to replace LeGarrette Blount on the depth chart and backup Doug Martin. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

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REDSKINS SIGN FORMER SAINTS WR DEVERY HENDERSON - The Washington Redskins keep bringing in weapons for quarterback Robert Griffin III. We reported earlier that the Skins had signed wide receiver Donte Stallworth. Now we can add nine-year veteran wide receiver Devery Henderson to the list.

It was reported a few weeks ago that Henderson was a sure bet to be signed by the San Francisco 49ers after losing Michael Crabtree to a torn Achilles, but a deal never developed.

Henderson, 31, has spent his entire NFL career with the Saints, compiling 245 catches for 4,377 yards and 20 touchdowns. Last season, Henderson totaled 22 receptions for 316 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.

Henderson and Stallworth were both draft picks with the Saints under former coach Jim Haslett, who is currently the Redskins defensive coordinator. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

DEBATE OF THE DAY

Lions QB Matthew Stafford hasn’t fared too well against teams with winning records during his tenure in Detroit. But on Tuesday the Lions gave QB Matthew Stafford a 3-year contract extension worth $76.5 million, with $41.5 million guaranteed.

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb said Stafford didn’t deserve the money. Do you think he’s worthy of such an extension?

CHARGERS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK D.J. FLUKER – The San Diego Chargers have signed first-round (11th overall) draft pick D.J. Fluker to a four-year contract, ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter reports. Financial terms of the contract are unknown.

Fluker was a three-year starter at right tackle for the Alabama Crimson Tide and was a member of two national championship teams.

The Chargers have signed all six picks from this years’ draft. (Photo: chargers.com)

DENARD ROBINSON SIGNS ROOKIE CONTRACT WITH JAGUARS - The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-round draft pick Denard Robinson to a contract.

According the league’s rookie slotting system, Robinson gets a signing bonus around $210,000 and counts about $450,000 against the salary cap.

A college quarterback at Michigan who is learning how to play running back in Jacksonville, Robinson is expected to see playing time as a rookie. The Jaguars list him as an “offensive weapon.”

Robinson finished his college career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history (4,495). He ran for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He also threw for 1,319 yards and nine scores.

The Jaguars only have two draft picks unsigned: fourth-rounder Ace Sanders and sixth-rounder Josh Evans. (Photo: jaguars.com)

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PANTHERS LB JON BEASON AGREES TO CONTRACT RESTRUCTURE - Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason has reworked his six year, $51 million contract, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

The details of Beason’s new contract are unknown at this time. But we do know he was scheduled to make $5.25 million this year. 

This could be the first of many moves that GM Dave Gettleman could use to help the Panthers complete their roster for the start of the 2013 season. Right now the money saved by Beason restructuring his contract could go to completing possible deals with offensive lineman Travelle Wharton or safety Quintin Mikell. (Photo: panthers.com)

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TEXANS SIGN FORMER BRONCOS LB JOE MAYS - After conducting a workout with free agent linebacker Joe Mays at their training facility, the Houston Texans signed Mays to a one year contract, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mays, 28, was placed on waivers last week by Denver. The Washington Redskins, among others, were interested in him, but he signed with the Texans.

Mays started for the Broncos in a 3-4 and a 4-3. Last season, he got a lot of attention for hitting Matt Schaub in the Texans’ victory at Denver. Schaub’s helmet flew off, and he lost a piece of his ear. Mays was suspended for a game and fined $50,000.

This is a good sign for the Texans who have been in need of help at the inside linebacker spot while they ease Brian Cushing back into full-time drills and with Darryl Sharpton being on the non-football injury list with a groin injury. So far during training camp, Tim Dobbins and Cameron Collins have been getting reps with the first team. (Photo: Joe Amon/Denver Post)

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CARDINALS, FIRST-ROUND PICK JONATHAN COOPER AGREE TO CONTRACT TERMS - The Arizona Cardinals and their first-round draft pick offensive guard Jonathan Cooper have agreed on a four-year, $14.55 million fully guaranteed deal with offset language, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

Rapoport that Cooper will receive the bulk of his salary up front, some in September and the final payment in October.

The Cardinals hadn’t been able to ink Cooper because the two parties were at odds over contract structure and language. But in the end Cooper was able to get the same structure as top pick Eric Fisher. He will also receive a better signing bonus than Fisher and some of the other top picks. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Cooper’s signing bonus is around $10 million, which he’ll receive part of in September and the balance in October.

With Cooper headed to Cardinals training camp that means the number of unsigned first-round picks is down to two. Jets ninth overall pick Dee Milliner and Titans tenth overall pick Chance Warmack. (Photo: Matt York/Associated Press)

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BROWNS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK BARKEVIOUS MINGO TO FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT - The Cleveland Browns signed the final member of their 2013 draft class Sunday morning after first-round pick Barkevious Mingo signed a four-year contract with the team.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick out of LSU, is expected to begin his NFL career is a backup outside linebacker. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton plans on using Mingo’s quickness and slender build as a rusher on passing downs alongside starters Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard.

Cleveland’s rookies reported for training camp Friday, and the veterans are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. (Photo: David Richard/USA Today Sports)

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BRONCOS, OT RYAN CLADY AGREE TO LONG-TERM DEAL WORTH $52.5 MILLION - The Denver Broncos and left tackle Ryan Clady have agreed to a new five-year contract worth up to $57.5 million, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

The contract also has $33 million in guaranteed money and has a base value of $52.5 million. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports if Clady makes the All-Pro team twice during the length of his new deal, he’ll earn the additional $5 million.

Clady’s contract is worth an average value of $11.5 million per year and will make him one of the three highest-paid left tackles in the NFL, along with Jason Peters and Joe Thomas.

Clady, who hasn’t missed a start since being drafted by the Broncos with the 12th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, has three Pro Bowls and two All-Pros to his name. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

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DOLPHINS RE-SIGN S RESHAD JONES TO FOUR-YEAR, $30 MILLION EXTENSION - The Miami Dolphins have re-signed safety Reshad Jones to a four-year, $30 million contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2017, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

Jones, a fifth-round pick out of Georgia in 2010, was due to make $1.323 million in 2013.

Jones skipped OTAs while trying to position himself for a new contract.

In July, Jones said he wants to be known as one of the premiere safeties in the NFL. Well now he’s getting paid like one.

Jones started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season and finished the season with 94 total tackles, nine pass deflections and four interceptions. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

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JETS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK CB DEE MILLINER - The New York Jets have signed ninth overall pick Dee Milliner, and the cornerback is expected to arrive at training camp on Monday. 

Milliner received a four-year deal worth $12.66 million, fully guaranteed, according to several sources. The cornerback had been holding out in hopes of avoiding offset language in his contract.

The former Alabama star, the first cornerback picked in the draft, is expected to replace Darrelle Revis, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason. He is expected to start along with Antonio Cromartie, moving Kyle Wilson into the nickelback position

Now that he’s agreed to a deal, the focus shifts to his health and conditioning. Milliner sat out OTA’s and minicamp as he recovered from shoulder surgery he had in March. (Photo: Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

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RAVENS SIGN FREE AGENT TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE TO A ONE-YEAR DEAL - The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $940,000, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports.

This move was expected after the Ravens lost tight end Dennis Pitta for the season after he fractured and dislocated his hip during Saturday’s training camp practice.

The Ravens were reportedly considering signing Shiancoe even before the injury to Pitta. Shiancoe played in just four games last season with the New England Patriots, and did not have any catches. He last played in an NFL game in 2011 with the Minnesota Vikings and has 243 receptions for 2,677 and 27 touchdowns in 148 career games. (Photo: 

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