As many NFL teams open up training camp, they made many of changes to their roster including a few big contract extensions. Two of these are discussed in depth below and, as always, the rest of the moves are down below with some of the more significant ones highlighted in red.
Kansas City Chiefs re-sign RB Jamaal Charles
The biggest of these contract extensions goes to Charles who didn't report to the first day of Chiefs' training camp as he was holding out for a new contract.
A two-year extension with $18 million in new money, he is now signed with Kansas City through the 2017 season, the next four seasons. For these four seasons he will earn a total of $28 million. Over the next two seasons, $5 million is added to the first two seasons. The entire contract makes him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL.
Drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, the 27-year old has played his entire career in Kansas City and will be 31-years old when he hits free agency again. Running backs tend to start breaking down when they hit 30-years old, so adding these extra two years to his contract was very important to him.
Last season he ran the ball 259 times for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. This average of five yards per carry is very good, but is his lowest in his career, where he averages 5.6 yards per carry.
A duel threat, he also caught 70 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. With these stats he led the team in carries, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The only major category here he didn't lead was targets where he had 104, just one away from Dwayne Bowe who led the team with 105.
Pro Football Focus graded him as the second best running back in the league behind LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles who led the league in rushing yards by far. (Charles was third in the league.)
As these stats show, Charles was the Chiefs entire offense during most of the season. Without him the team would be lost on offense. In Kansas City's 56-31 victory over the Oakland Raiders, he scored five touchdowns (one rushing and four receiving), single-handedly beating the Raiders.
Charles knew that the Chiefs' offense wouldn't be the same without him, so he knew he had leverage to get a new contract. The Chiefs also knew this so they made it a priority to lock him up on a new deal once he made it known that he was going to hold out for a new contract.
This is a good deal for both sides. Charles wanted a new contract and the Chiefs need him happy and with the team for them to have a chance at making the playoffs this season. The contract doesn't run too long so the team has some protection from decline from Charles due to age.
Atlanta Falcons re-sign WR Roddy White
While the extension for Charles was the biggest news of the week, White's extension would be the biggest news during most weeks.
Set to enter the last year of his current contract, there had been talk of a contract extension for him the entire offseason. A three-year extension on top of the one year remaining, the entire contract will be worth a maximum of $30 million with $18 million in the first two years of the deal.
At 32-years old (33 in early November) this contract will take him through the 2017 season and he will be 36-years old. This means that this is likely the last contract he will have as a professional football player and will keep him as a Falcon for the rest of his career.
Drafted by the Falcons with the 27th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, he has spent his entire career in Atlanta so far and this contract is sure to keep him there through the end of his career.
Last season he caught 63 passes for 711 yards and three touchdowns on 99 targets. These were his worst stats since his second year in the NFL. He did miss three games due to injury this past season and dealt with injuries while playing.
His best season came in 2010 where he caught 115 passes for 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns. The catches and yards are both career-highs while the touchdowns are the second best in a season for him.
For the Falcons this signing needed to be done as White has great chemistry with Ryan and the team needs to bounce back from a subpar season that saw them go 4-12.
The Arizona Cardinals waive WR Kelsey Pope.
The Atlanta Falcons sign WR Jeremy Ebert.
The Atlanta Falcons sign LB Pat Angerer.
The Buffalo Bills waive WR Cordell Roberson.
The Buffalo Bills waive DB Darius Robinson.
The Buffalo Bills sign WR Tori Gurley.
The Buffalo Bills sign CB Kamaal McIlwain.
The Buffalo Bills sign LB Xavius Boyd.
The Buffalo Bills waive LB Darrin Kitchens.
The Buffalo Bills claim C Jared Wheeler off waivers.
The Buffalo Bills waive CB Brandon Smith.
The Carolina Panthers waive LB Billy Boyko.
The Carolina Panthers sign C Fernando Velasco.
The Carolina Panthers cut OT Jared Wheeler.
The Carolina Panthers sign C Kevin Matthews.
The Cincinnati Bengals sign DT LaKendrick Ross.
The Cincinnati Bengals sign WR Alex Neutz.
The Cincinnati Bengals claim WR Connor Vernon off waivers.
The Cincinnati Bengals waive P T.J. Conley.
The Cincinnati Bengals sign WR Jeremy Johnson.
The Cleveland Browns claim C Nick McDonald off waivers.
The Cleveland Browns claim OT Abasi Salimu off waivers.
The Cleveland Browns waive WR Conner Vernon.
The Cleveland Browns waive LB Brandon Magee.
The Cleveland Browns waive DB Royce Adams.
The Cleveland Browns waive WR Kenny Shaw.
The Cleveland Browns waive RB Jourdan Brooks.
The Cleveland Browns sign LB Jamaal Westerman.
The Cleveland Browns sign LB Edgar Jones.
The Dallas Cowboys sign WR Dezmon Briscoe.
Denver Broncos S Eric Hagg has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The Denver Broncos release TE Joel Dreessen.
The Detroit Lions cut WR Naaman Roosevelt.
The Detroit Lions claim WR Reese Wiggins off waivers.
The Green Bay Packers sign LB Korey Jones.
The Green Bay Packers cut LB Shaun Lewis.
The Houston Texans waive OT Brennan Williams.
The Houston Texans waive FB Brad Smelley.
The Houston Texans waive DL Tim Jackson.
The Houston Texans sign TE Chris Coyle.
The Houston Texans sign OT Tyson Clabo.
The Houston Texans sign NT David Hunter.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign CB Deion Belue.
The Jacksonville Jaguars waive RB Beau Blankenship.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign LB Josh Mauga.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign OT Ryan Harris.
The Minnesota Vikings sign TE Mike Higgins.
The Minnesota Vikings release DE Spencer Nealy.
The New England Patriots re-sign WR Derrick Johnson.
The New England Patriots sign WR Tyler McDonald.
The New England Patriots sign TE Nate Byham.
The New England Patriots sign DT Eathyn Manumaleuna.
The New England Patriots release DT Seali'i Epenesa.
The New England Patriots sign WR Greg Orton.
The New England Patriots release WR Tyler McDonald.
The New Orleans Saints waive DT Moses McCray.
The New Orleans Saints sign DT Tyrone Ezell.
The New Orleans Saints sign LB Marcus Thompson.
The New Orleans Saints waive LB Cheta Ozougwu.
New York Giants G Chris Snee has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The New York Giants sign G John Sullen.
The New York Giants waive WR Kris Adams.
The New York Jets sign DE Jason Babin.
The New York Jets release CB Lowell Rose.
The Oakland Raiders release LB Kevin Burnett.
The Pittsburgh Steelers sign DB Lew Toler.
The Pittsburgh Steelers cut LB Kion Wilson.
The St. Louis Rams sign LB Pat Schiller.
The St. Louis Rams Rams cut LB Caleb McSurdy.
The St. Louis Rams Rams cut OT Abasi Salimu.
The St. Louis Rams Rams cut WR Diontae Spencer.
The St. Louis Rams Rams cut LB Tavarius Wilson.
The St. Louis Rams sign OT R.J. Dill.
The St. Louis Rams sign G D.J. Morrell.
The St. Louis Rams sign LB Lawrence Wilson.
The San Diego Chargers cut C Nick McDonald.
The San Diego Chargers sign C Khalil Wilkes.
The San Diego Chargers release LB Larry English.
The San Diego Chargers sign C Khalil Wilkes.
The San Diego Chargers sign LB Adrian Hamilton.
The San Diego Chargers sign RB Danny Woodhead to a two-year contract extension.
The San Diego Chargers waive LB Jonas Mouton.
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks sign WR Morrell Presley.
The Seattle Seahawks cut TE Chase Dixon.
The Seattle Seahawks waive Jared Smith.
The Seattle Seahawks sign C C.J. Davis.
The Seattle Seahawks sign WR David Gilreath.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release CB D.J. Moore.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign LB Jeremy Grable.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign OT J.B. Shugarts.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim LB Brandon Magee off waivers.
The Washington Redskins sign TE Mike Caussin.
The Washington Redskins waive LS Kyle Nelson