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NFL News and Notes for Sunday, May 22, 2022

Even though we are about three and a half months until the September 8 kickoff to the NFL season between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams, there is still plenty of action in the league as teams try to finalize their rosters.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week in the NFL.

Packers And Alexander Agree To Extension

Earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers made a big commitment to their 25-year-old cornerback Jaire Alexander by agreeing to a four-year extension worth $84 million.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal will pay him around $21 million per year while also giving him $30 million as a signing bonus. The $30 million signing bonus is the only part of the deal that is guaranteed.

Last season with Green Bay, Alexander played in just four games after suffering a shoulder injury, but he was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2020.

In the four games last season, he had one interception and 13 tackles. In his Pro Bowl season of 2020, he played in 15 games amassing 51 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception.

In 2021, the Packers ranked sixth in passing yards allowed per game as opposing quarterbacks averaged just 212.8 yards against them. With a healthy and happy Jaire Alexander in the fold, the Packers will hope to improve on those already solid numbers.

Even though the Packers lost DaVante Adams this offseason, with Aaron Rodgers back in the mix, the team is still the favorite to win the NFC North at -170. They are +500 to win the NFC Championship and +1200 to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season.

Toney Dealing With Knee Injury

There has been speculation all season long as to whether the New York Giants would be willing to part ways with 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney. While those rumors have not subsided, it does appear that part of the reason that he has not participated during organized team activities this offseason is due to an injury.

The New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard reported this week that Toney had a scope done on his knee. The procedure was not seen as serious, and he is expected to be ready for training camps.

Last season, the 23-year-old Toney played in just ten games. In that span, he had 39 receptions for 420 yards for the Giants. Still, with a wide receivers room that also includes Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and the recently drafted Wan’Dale Robinson, Toney’s name still might be on the trade block.

For the Giants, they finished last season just 4-13, good for last in the NFC East. They are once again expected to struggle as they have the worst odds to win the division heading into this season at +700.

Couple of Veteran Signings

The last week has also seen a couple of veterans be scooped up by new teams as both wide receiver Jarvis Landry and pass rusher Melvin Ingram found new homes.

After being cut by the Cleveland Browns earlier in the offseason, receiver Jarvis Landry was signed by the New Orleans Saints to a one-year deal worth $6 million.

With the Browns last season, Landry played in 12 games and had 52 receptions for 570 yards and two touchdowns. Arguably his best season came back in 2017 with Miami when he had 112 receptions for 987 yards and nine touchdowns.

The 29-year-old receiver will now try to help a Saints’ offense that ranked dead last in passing yards per game last year at just 187.4 yards.

Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins added some veteran depth on their defense as they added defensive end Melvin Ingram III. Ingram has played a total of 10 years in the league, including last year with the Chiefs and Steelers.

In 15 total games, Ingram had 25 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Twice has Ingram hit double digits in sacks, but the last time was back in 2017.

The Dolphins ranked 15th in scoring defense last year, allowing an average of 21.9 points per game. They ranked seventh in the NFL in sacks averaging 2.8 per game.

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