Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there’s still no timeframe to get a long-term extension in place with QB Matt Ryan.
“There’s no timeframe on it right now,” Dimitroff said, per Vaughn McClure. “I think the biggest thing for [Ryan’s representation], at one time, was probably waiting to see what was going on in the market. That’s kind of come and gone now, right? So we’ll continue to talk about how to get it finalized.”
- Regarding their recent meeting with free agent DE Pernell McPhee, Dimitroff said: “Another guy along the front. We lost a couple guys along the defensive front. … We’re going to continue to make sure that we have rotational depth along the defensive line. He’s got a lot of experience. Of course, we haven’t signed him yet, but we’re interested in speaking with him.” (Vaughn McClure)
- Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com reports that the Packers had “exploratory conversations” with the representatives for S Morgan Burnett at the Combine in February, but he was asking for around $8.5 million per year.
- Wood adds that with the Packers’ depth at safety and their limited cap resources, it was unlikely Burnett was going to be back in Green Bay for the 2018 season.
- Burnett signed a three-year deal with the Steelers on Tuesday. (NFLTR)
- According to the Charlotte Observer, Alan Kestenbaum the chairman and CEO of the private equity firm Bedrock Industries LP has surfaced as a potential buyer for the Panthers’ franchise.
- According to Bloomberg, the sale price for the Panthers franchise has reached $2.5 billion, which would set a record for a U.S. professional sports teams.
- This has reportedly led to billionaire Michael Rubin dropping out of the bidding for the Panthers.