Now that he’s wearing a $100 million smile, quarterback Matt Ryan is ready to get back to work for the Falcons.
‘‘I've always not worried about the business side of it,’’ Ryan said on Thursday. ‘‘I really think as a player, if you’re hung up or worried about that or thinking about all those things, you’re taking away from what you should be doing.’’
Ryan and the Falcons agreed to a five-year contract extension that was being finalized as he led the offense through practice on the first day of training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga.
A person familiar with the situation said Ryan’s extension is for $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed. The person said Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal had not been announced.
Ryan, 28, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary this year. The No. 3 overall draft pick of 2008 out of Boston College, Ryan last season completed 68.6 percent of his passes, tops in the NFL.
Green twists kneeAll-Pro receiver A.J. Green twisted his left knee while trying to make a sideline catch during the Bengals’ first practice of training camp, then walked to the trainer’s room for treatment.
Green planted his left foot and twisted the knee while reaching for the ball, which deflected off his upper arm. He landed hard, rolled onto his back, and grabbed the knee before putting his hands on the top of his helmet in pain. He eventually headed for the locker room without assistance.
‘‘I think he’s fine,’’ coach Marvin Lewis said. ‘‘They went inside just so they can take a look, but I think he’s fine.’’
Harvin hurtingNew Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin has an unspecified hip injury that landed him on the physically unable to perform list when training camp opened. The injury is in the area of Harvin’s labrum, which has immediately drawn concern that it could be a problem that would cause Harvin to miss significant time.
Coach Pete Carroll did not rule out surgery as the solution, but he felt the team has time to get Harvin ready. ‘‘Right now we need to get more information. We don’t know enough right now,’’ Carroll said.
Manning’s ‘all in’
Peyton Manning has a much better feel for what to expect in Year 2 as the quarterback for the Broncos. He turned 37 since the last time he threw a meaningful pass, and said on Thursday, ‘‘I'm all in on 2013.’’
Manning said he feels stronger than he did last year, when he threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns, both the second-highest totals of his 16-year career. He’s 18 months removed from the last in a series of neck surgeries.
Denver’s top draft pick, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, signed a four-year, $7.6 million contract Thursday.
No preseason for RG3Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said it will take 2-3 weeks to get Robert Griffin III into full football shape and that it ‘‘doesn’t make sense’’ to play the quarterback in any preseason games. Griffin sat out 11-on-11 drills during the first day of training camp. He did take part in the rest of practice, wearing a black brace on his right knee as he recovers from reconstructive surgery. Doctors cleared him to practice last week, but Shanahan said there’s a difference between being cleared by a doctor and being cleared by a coach . . . Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is out 4-5 months after a third surgery on his right knee.
The Cardinals concluded their first day of camp with a flurry of personnel moves, led by the announcement that rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope is retiring because of concussion issues. Arizona placed the sixth-round pick on the reserve/retired list, meaning he would be Cardinals property if he returned to the sport. Arizona also agreed to a two-year contract with outside linebacker John Abraham and a one-year deal with offensive tackle Eric Winston . . . The Texans placed running back Arian Foster and safety Ed Reed on the physically unable to perform list. Reed is recovering from surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30. Foster strained his right calf early in organized team activities . . . The Raiders came to terms with cornerback D.J. Hayden, getting the first-round pick under contract before practice. Hayden had surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from the abdominal region . . . The Giants signed their first-round pick, offensive tackle Justin Pugh, and his Syracuse teammate, quarterback Ryan Nassib, a fourth-rounder.
A $2 million mistake
49ers starting cornerback Tarell Brown voided a $2 million escalator in his contract after he chose not to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason program. Brown said he learned of the “unfortunate situation” via Twitter on Thursday because he didn’t know about that clause in the deal. He then fired agent Brian Overstreet for the mistake. Brown had been due to earn $2.925 million in salary for the 2013 season . . . The Cowboys announced a multiyear, multimillion-dollar branding deal that will change the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium. The name change for the $1.2 billion structure takes effect immediately.