More rookies are starting to sign contracts, some veterans are being extended big deals and others are being released. Here is the recent wrap.
CB Don Carey, (6/177; 5-11, 192, Norfolk State) has agreed to a contract with the Browns, according to ESPN.com. Terms weren't disclosed. Carey played safety and cornerback during his four years at Norfolk State. He intercepted five passes as a senior and has a reputation for soft hands. He turned down the chance to go to Yale. He said he could not afford it. His biggest concern making the jump from Norfolk State is adjusting to the speed of the NFL. He plans on proving his worth by playing hard on special teams.
QB Matt Cassel has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Chiefs, which was first reported by the Kansas City Star. Several websites reported the deal to be for six years and $63 million, with $28 million in guaranteed money. Cassel will make $40.5 million during the first three years of the deal. He had been due to play for the one-year, $14.65 million tender he has signed as the Patriots' franchise player before being dealt to Kansas City.
WR Brian Hartline, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, has signed a four-year deal with the Dolphins that could be worth just under $4 million and includes a signing bonus around $500,000, according to the Miami Herald. Hartline is expected to receive signifcant snaps as a rookie, especially if David Martin doesn't rebound from a poor 2008. Hartline could emerge as the top backup behind Anthony Fasano.
Chargers RB Curtis Brinkley, a free-agent signee out of Syracuse, was released from the hospital July 11, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Brinkley was wounded in a shooting in Cheltenham, Pa. nearly two weeks ago. The 23-year-old was in his car at an intersection when he was shot about midnight Friday, according to the Associated Press. Brinkley was listed in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
TE Bubba Franks has been released by the Jets. Franks, who caught just six passes for 47 yards as a blocking tight end last season, had re-signed in May.
S Keith Davis has been released by the Raiders, according to the team's transactions page. It's a surprising move considering he was signed as a free agent in May. Davis proved to be solid as a run-stuffing safety for Dallas last season.
Ravens WR Derrick Mason surprisingly announced his retirement on the website JOCKlife.com. Mason is due to earn $3 million in the final year of his contract, and was unable to agree on a multi-year deal with the Ravens during the offseason. He said he had been contemplating retirement since the end of last season, and that he decision wasn't contract related.
"I have been thinking about this since [the] season ended," he told the website. "Emotionally I am just not that enthused. I have not been that enthused to get up and work out ... it was getting to that point. This decision has nothing to do with the contract situation; I have made enough money, more than enough money. Emotionally there are things that are more important. It's time right now. I don't know what's going to happen from here, but it's going to be really nice to see what life has in store for me. What I want people to remember about my NFL career is that I played hard ... played hard in practice and the game. I tried to make everyone better and would do anything to help."
Ravens senior vice president of public relations Kevin Byrne released a statement saying the 35-year-old receiver has not informed the team of his decision. "For any player to retire, he has to send a letter to the NFL stating this. Derrick Mason has not done that," said Byrne.
Mason also had surgery to repair his labrum and scapula during the offseason.
"This decision has nothing to do with the contract situation," Mason said. "I have made enough money, more than enough money. Emotionally there are things that are more important."
DE Stryker Sulak, a sixth-round pick, has been waived by the Raiders before the start of training camp, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "Shocked is the best way to put it," a source told PFT. "This is a good kid who plays football, hunts and fishes. This is very dysfunctional. I'm shocked that they didn't even call him to let him know or call his agent.
"It sounded like the minicamps went well and that he would have a chance to make the club. Of course, signing Greg Ellis might have made it tougher for him to make it. He'll go through the waiver system and see what happens."
LB Frantz Joseph, an undrafted rookie out of South Florida, was waived by Oakland.
LB Kaluka Maiava has agreed to a four-year deal reportedly worth close to $2.5 million, according to Scout.com.
Maiava, a rookie linebacker from Southern Cal, impressed coach Eric Mangini as a tough guy when he told Mangini he likes to hunt wild boar. His weapon of choice: a knife. He says hunters that use a gun cheat.
"I use a knife and stick them a couple times," Maiava said in May. "I take my dogs with me."
Maiava has been hunting boar since he was 15. He said he has never been gored, but he has lost a couple dogs. Now that he is in the NFL, though, he will have to put boar hunting on hold. Some hobbies such as motorcycle riding and skydiving are forbidden in NFL contracts. Boar hunting can be added to the list.
DL Myron Pryor, a sixth-round pick, has agreed to a four-year contract with the Patriots, according to the Boston Globe. He will receive a $79,000 signing bonus and the total base value of the deal is worth $1.829 million, according to ProFootballTalk.com.