News and Notes 8/6

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Falcons extend Ricardo Allen

The Falcons have been handing out extensions this off season, having already extended Matt Ryan, Jake Matthews and giving pay raises to Grady Jarrett and Julio Jones

They continued that on Monday by giving a new three-year extension to safety Ricardo Allen. The deal is for $19.5 million.

Allen has become a key piece of what is a very solid Falcons defense. He has six interceptions and 10 passes defenses in his career and with him only being 26-years old, the future looks good for him.

Dolphins sign Jeremy Langford

With Jay Ajayi no longer being in the fold in Miami after they dealt him to Philadelphia last season, the Dolphins were looking for some running back depth behind Kenyon Drake and Frank Gore. They have turned to Jeremy Langford, and I think this is interesting.

Langford didn’t play at all last season, but in his first two seasons he showed that he’s a very capable player, running for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns in those two seasons, serving as the backup to Jordan Howard in Chicago.

He also showed an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, racking up 421 yards in the passing game and scoring one touchdown.

I believe in Adam Gase’s offense, Langford can be a useful piece if he ends up being able to make the 53-man roster as he tries to regain his footing in the NFL.

Derwin James getting work at both safety spots

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has said that Jahleel Addae and first-round pick Derwin James have been getting work at both safety spots.

This isn’t surprising to me. I really liked Derwin James coming out of college and was surprised that he fell all the way to the Chargers. I think he can be a special player and does have the ability to play the pass game and the size to move down into the box and help in the run game.

The Chargers should have a good defense and James appears to be a huge part of it, which isn’t surprising at all.

A.Q. Shipley lost for the season with a torn ACL

This was already looking like it could be a tough year for the Cardinals, and now things don’t look like they’ll be any easier as they have lost starting center A.Q. Shipley for the season with a torn ACL.

During his two previous seasons in Arizona, Shipley was a constant, only missing four snaps in those two seasons and now Sam Bradford will have to begin working with a new center, and where this could really hurt is if Josh Rosen begins starting at quarterback, which is likely to happen at some point in the season.

The reason that would be concerning is that Shipley would help make calls at the line of scrimmage as a veteran and now they’ll have to rely on someone else who doesn’t have nearly as much experience anchoring the line as Shipley does.

Giants talking to Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. has been very open about wanting to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the league and wanting to make an annual average salary of at least $20 million.

It’s been reported by many reporters in the NFL media that the Giants have began talking to Beckham about a new contract, but they aren’t meeting Beckham’s demand.

The Giants are reportedly offering him about $16 million, which would put him in the top-five when it comes to highest-paid wide receivers in the league, but it would still be less than Sammy Watkins.

Beckham will likely end up getting his new deal and it’s just a question of will he become the highest-paid in the league. Whether he reaches that level or not, I think it’s fair for Beckham to at least want to make more than Sammy Watkins.

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