NFL Almanac – 2/26

Items of note

New England – the Patriots and QB Tom Brady have worked out a 3-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2017 season when he will be 40 years old. The deal is worth $27 million for Brady, including a $3 million signing bonus payable immediately. The ramifications provide New England with some salary-cap space for the coming season.

NFL Combine – highly ranked DT Star Lotulelei out of Utah was diagnosed with a heart valve problem during his physical at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Lotulelei was kept out of the defensive line drills on Monday and he was expected to return to Salt Lake City to consult with doctors there including a heart specialist.

St. Louis – veteran RB Steve Jackson has decided to void the final year of his contract, and he’ll become a free agent. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports he will test the free agent market. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has said the team would like to have Jackson back for the 2013 season. He’s only played for St. Louis over his 9-year NFL career, where he’s run for 10,135 yards.


  • New England – signed QB Tom Brady to a 3-year, $27 million contract extension.
  • Philadelphia – released DL Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson; Cullen is 32 and he’s played 9 NFL seasons, the last 2 with the Eagles. Patterson will be 30 in September and is an 8-year veteran. Last season, he played just 5 games because of problems involving blood vessels in his brain. Patterson’s departure provides a $3 million cap savings.

Coaching & front office moves

  • New Orleans – hired Wesley McGriff as defensive backs coach; McGriff was cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi last season.

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