TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have stability at left tackle for the next few years.
They re-signed left tackle D.J. Humphries to a three-year deal worth up to $45 million with $29 million guaranteed. The deal, which was first reported by NFL Network, includes $30 million that will be committed during the first two years, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Humphries, who’s coming off the fifth and final season of his rookie deal, was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2015, going 24th overall.
He didn’t play a snap his rookie season, battling a perception by former coach Bruce Arians, who drafted Humphries, that he was immature an lazy. Humphries has battled injuries throughout his career.
This past season was his first playing all 16 games. He had played double-digit games in just one other — 2016.
Humphries made $9.63 million last year in his option season.
Kyle Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen benefit from joint workouts
They went to California trying to prepare for the season, as they did last year. Now, like the rest of America, these young NFL quarterbacks are just trying to get through each day.
The glamorous lives of the New York Jets‘ Sam Darnold, the Washington Redskins‘ Kyle Allen and the Buffalo Bills‘ Josh Allen include workouts that end around 1 p.m., followed by card games, video games and watching movies.
And lots of yawns.
“It’s pretty boring, I’ll be honest with you,” Kyle Allen told reporters on a conference call. “We play a ton of Gin, Call of Duty, and we get super bored. That’s about it.”
Allen said the group got together Feb. 1 in Orange County to prepare for the season with workouts, including weight training and throwing passes on the beach. They did this last year as well.
Kyle Allen told SI.com that he is living with Josh Allen — with both of their girlfriends — and Darnold lives about 15 minutes away. All three quarterbacks are training with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer.
The three quarterbacks lift together in a friend’s 40-square-foot garage. Allen said they make sure to practice social distancing as much as possible.
“Not much has changed. It’s just been a little harder to find a place to throw or find a place to work out,” Kyle Allen said. “We’re getting good work in and trying to adapt to all of this, like everyone else is.”
The Allen combination might have to move in with Darnold, as their lease expires this week. They did not plan to stay longer than April, as teams — in a normal year — would have resumed workouts by then. Kyle Allen told SI.com that he doesn’t want to return home to Arizona because one of his mother’s coworkers tested positive for COVID-19, and his mother is now in the midst of a 14-day quarantine.
However, Allen said the quarterbacks can benefit from this time together, though of course, they didn’t need a quarantine for that to happen.
“That’s why we like to train with each other,” Allen said on the conference call. “We talk to each other about our experiences. We have film nights at our houses and are breaking down film and talking through different things. We’re having really good conversations.”
Kyle Allen learned of his trade to Washington from Carolina while holed up in California — and about a week after, he briefly returned to Carolina to sign a one-year extension. For Allen, the trade means a reunion with coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Allen started 12 games for the Panthers last season.
He gives the Redskins another young quarterback to pair with second-year player Dwayne Haskins, whom Rivera said would enter camp as the starter. The two quarterbacks have exchanged texts since the trade.
Allen said that after talking to Rivera, the “expectation is to come in and compete for the job. That’s an awesome opportunity.”
Allen gives the Redskins a safety net from someone who knows the offense. Haskins must learn Turner’s system without the benefit of a regular offseason. Allen said it took him a good month and a half to learn the offense in Carolina to the point that he felt comfortable running it in practice.
“The continuity with the system is huge for me, and I think it’s going to be big for the team, too,” Allen said. “If we don’t have a lot of OTAs or don’t have OTAs at all, it gives at least someone on the team a chance with experience in the system to be able to teach it to the other guys.”
Browns sign veteran DE Adrian Clayborn to 2-year deal
The Cleveland Browns have signed veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year deal, his agency announced Tuesday.
Clayborn, 31, who played in 15 games with the Atlanta Falcons last year, will be entering his 10th season in the NFL.
The Browns have been on the hunt for an experienced pass rusher to help flank All-Pro Myles Garrett along their defensive line.
Clayborn is a former first-round draft pick who spent his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 36.5 career sacks.
Clayborn rejoined the Falcons for a second stint last season after playing with the New England Patriots in 2018. He worked primarily as a situational pass-rusher and finished last season with four sacks and two forced fumbles while starting just one game.
Regarded as a popular locker room presence, Clayborn recorded a career-best 9.5 sacks with the Falcons in 2017. That same season, he revealed that he seriously considered retirement, but his wife talked him out of it.
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure contributed to this report.
Bryan Bulaga disappointed by how many players didn’t vote on CBA
The collective bargaining agreement was approved by only a 60-vote margin (1,019 to 959) with nearly 22% of the eligible players electing not to cast a ballot.
“I’m very confused why so many guys didn’t vote. It was a big deal,” Bulaga said during a conference call to discuss his signing with Los Angeles. He did not say how he voted.
“The CBA isn’t something we’re voting on for ourselves. It’s a big decision, and to see so many guys not vote is disheartening.”
Bulaga said he liked to stay current with the progress of talks because of his friendship with Cleveland Browns center and new NFL Players Association president JC Tretter. Bulaga and Tretter were teammates in Green Bay from 2013 to 2018.
While the new CBA increases the percentage of revenues given to players and upgrades pensions, it will allow the NFL to add a regular-season game, though not before the 2021 season. Many prominent players loudly opposed the deal, including Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The new CBA is set to begin with the upcoming season and goes through 2030. Free-agent safety Eric Reid is challenging the CBA’s validity due to language added following its ratification on March 15.
“Regardless of how it went, it probably would have been encouraging if more guys voted. It’s interesting and unfortunate,” said Bulaga, who will be going into his 11th NFL season. “Guys are able to do what they want.”
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