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NFL roundup: Seahawks' Thomas gets 4-year extension

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 28 2014 06:27:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2014 09:59:31 AM CDT
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The Seattle Seahawks and Earl Thomas agreed to a four-year contract extension, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The extension is worth $40 million, including $27.725 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network. That is on top of the $4.725 million he will earn this year.

Thomas, who has made three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons, would have been an unrestricted free agent following the season. Thomas will now be under contract through the 2018 season.

Thomas, 24, recorded 105 tackles and five interceptions last season during Seattle's run to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

---The St. Louis Rams exercised their fifth-year option of defensive end Robert Quinn, the team confirmed.

Quinn, drafted 14th overall in 2011, is the 12th player from that draft class to have his option picked up. He will earn $6.969 million in 2015.

Quinn, one of the top defensive players in the NFL, had 57 tackles (18 for loss), 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 2013.

---The Indianapolis Colts exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Anthony Castonzo, according to reports.

The option, worth $7.438 million for 2015, is part of the four-year, $8 million contract Castonzo signed after being selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Castonzo, 25, has been a mainstay on the offensive line the past three seasons, starting 47 games including the playoffs.

---The New York Giants added fifth-year veteran Rusty Smith to their quarterback depth chart. Smith spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans following a record-setting career at Florida Atlantic.

The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Smith has played in three career regular-season NFL games, including one start. He has completed 23 of 45 career passes for 234 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions.

---Quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen are trying out for the Cleveland Browns as the team begins a three-day minicamp on Tuesday.

Young, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 draft, has not played in the NFL since 2011. He spent the past two offseasons working out for the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, but was unable to land a deal.

Thigpen has played 29 games over six seasons. He has completed 54 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

---Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was schedule to be arraigned Monday, had his court date pushed back to Thursday because of the judge's busy docket, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Rice was initially charged with third-degree aggravated assault after allegedly knocking his fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City casino in February. The charge was upgraded to felony assault after he was indicted by a grand jury in March.

---The Seahawks hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a consultant through the 2014 NFL Draft, the team announced.

Ireland served as Dolphins GM from 2008 until the end of last season. Owner Stephen Ross cleaned house following the team's bullying scandal primarily involving offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.

---Quarterback Russell Wilson not only led the Seahawks over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but he now outranks losing quarterback Peyton Manning for the top-selling NFL jersey.

Overall, the Seahawks were the top-ranked team in merchandise sales on NFLshop.com. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (fifth) and cornerback Richard Sherman (sixth) joined Wilson in the top 10 of jersey sales.

---Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest to a reckless operation charge following his drunk driving arrest last September in Solon, Ohio.

Kosar blamed knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test at the time during the traffic stop. Kosar entered a plea to the lesser charge and received a $750 fine and suspended jail sentence.

Last week, Kosar was removed as a color commentator for the Browns' preseason games. Kosar, 50, said he lost his job due to slurred speech attributed to concussions sustained playing for the team.