All Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth doesn’t have the security of the long-term contract with the guaranteed money he wanted. What he does have is a one-year deal paying him $7.25 million and a season to make his case that he deserves what he’s asking.
The Tennessee Titans and Haynesworth failed to reach an agreement on an extension by Tuesday’s deadline for franchised players.
Team officials and Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, talked most of Monday and up to the 1 p.m. PDT deadline without reaching an extension to keep the six-year veteran past the 2008 season. Both sides can keep talking, but no long-term contract can be signed until after the season.
No extension for Suggs
The Baltimore Ravens were unable to sign franchise player Terrell Suggs to a contract extension before the deadline for franchised players.
Suggs is scheduled to play under a new defensive end-linebacker designation with an $8.5 million salary.
New contract for Hamlin
Dallas Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin won’t have to wait until after the season for a long-term contract.
The Cowboys and Hamlin, 27, agreed on a $39 million, six-year deal that includes a $9 million signing bonus and guarantees the Pro Bowl safety about $15 million.
After coming to Dallas on a $2.5 million free-agent deal following four years in Seattle, Hamlin set career highs with five interceptions and 102 tackles for the Cowboys last season.
No deal for Asomugha
The Oakland Raiders and star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha failed to agree on a long-term contract before the deadline for franchise players.
The Raiders placed the exclusive franchise tag on Asomugha in February, which guaranteed Asomugha more than $9 million in 2008 and did not allow him to negotiate with any other team.
Colts fight injury bug
Peyton Manning’s streak of 160 straight starts doesn’t appear in serious danger after minor knee surgery.
But the superstar quarterback’s medical problems – an infected bursa sac in his left knee – only adds to the long injury list the Indianapolis Colts will face when they open training camp July 25.
Not only will Manning be unavailable, but so will defensive end Dwight Freeney, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and safety Bob Sanders, the NFL’s defensive player of the year last season.
The Colts say Manning can make a “full and complete return” in four to six weeks. That means, at worst, he can open the season against Chicago the night of Sept. 7, when the Colts unveil their new stadium.
Another injured Colt is starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler, who has a torn pectoral muscle and is expected to start camp on the physically unable to perform list.
So are Harrison, Sanders and Freeney.
Harrison, 35, appears to be of the most concern. He missed most of last season with knee problems. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in January and has been rehabilitating an inflamed left knee.
Freeney had surgery after a season-ending injury to his left foot last November.
Sanders had shoulder surgery in the off-season.
Bears sign Jones
The Chicago Bears signed running back Kevin Jones to a one-year contract.
During four years with Detroit, Jones rushed for 3,067 yards and 24 touchdowns on 761 carries. Jones, who played for Virginia Tech, was drafted by Detroit in 2004.
Terms of Jones’ deal were not disclosed.
Last season, Jones rushed for 581 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns.
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