According to Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, the Bengals and wide receiver Terrell Owens have agreed on a one-year contract.

 

The wideout will receive a base salary of $2 million and can earn another $2 million in incentives, according to the report.

 

Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs last season in Buffalo. 

 

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Jack Tatum, the former Raiders defensive back whose paralyzing hit on Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley during an exhibition game in 1978 made him a target of New England fans, died Tuesday at 61 after a heart attack, according to Ohio's 10TV.com. Tatum was an All-American at Ohio State who went on to have a 10-year career in the NFL, spending nine of those seasons in Oakland. Tatum, who went to three Pro Bowls, was nicknamed "The Assassin" and played off his reputation as a hard-hitting defensive back who often left wide receivers with concussions or worse.

Wide receiver Wes Welker, outside linebacker Shawn Crable and defensive lineman Kade Weston have all placed on the active/physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to a league source. All three players are eligible to come off the list at any time, but in doing so, the team has left open the possibility that they could start the regular season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list — which would force them to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. While they are on the PUP list, it also frees up roster spots.

ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about news around the league. Touching on the Tom Brady situation, Mortensen insists that Brady is not happy despite reports that his contract talks with the team are progressing. "I think he'll always handle it like a pro, but I trust very much the people I talk to that he absolutely has not been happy about this situation," Mortensen said, adding, "Why would we expect Tom to be happy, making $6.5 million?

A league source has confirmed that Patriots second-round pick Brandon Spikes has agreed to a four-year deal worth just over $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $960,000. Spikes is the 11th member of New England's 12-man draft class to agree to a deal, leaving only first-round pick Devin McCourty without a contract.

 

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NFL analyst Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined the Dale & Holley show on Monday morning to discuss Tom Brady's contract situation, comparing it to Peyton Manning's contract situation, and the rumblings that Brady would possibly hold out.

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about Tom Brady's contract talks. Schefter is much more optimistic than others who have indicated the QB is unhappy with the Patriots. Schefter said he believes Brady is on schedule to be signed before Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

 

The Patriots and Tom Brady have had "ongoing dialogue" regarding a new deal for the quarterback, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. In a story published on Sunday night, Schefter reports that a contract extension for Brady — who is entering the final year of his current deal — is now "within reach," and seems to suggest that it's not a matter of if a deal will get done to keep the quarterback in New England, but when.

Quarterback Tom Brady reported to Patriots camp on Sunday with the rookies, according to a tweet from Adam Caplan of Foxsports.com. Caplan wrote, "Tom Brady reported to the team today, a source said. Apparently, the QBs reported with the rookies." There was some speculation that Brady would hold out to show his displeasure about his contract situation — he's entering the final year of a deal he signed in 2005.

The agent for second-round pick Brandon Spikes said Sunday morning he is "hopeful" the Patriots will agree to their latest contract offer.

"Regarding the Spikes negotiation, I have put together a contract offer to them that meets past precedent and custom," said Terry Watson. "I am hopeful they accept it."