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Jordy Nelson reportedly wants $10 million a season in new contract

Jordy NelsonJordy Nelson has been a bargain for the Green Bay Packers and would like to tilt the scale in his favor on his next contract.

Nelson signed four-year deal for nearly $14 million in 2011 and is due to make around $2.55 million this season, which is the final year of his current contract. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that Nelson would like to make at least $10 million per season in his next deal.

Nelson has been a big part of the Packers’ offense the past three seasons and is underpaid relative to his production. He’s had 202 catches, 3,322 yards and 30 touchdowns the past three seasons despite missing four games in 2012 because of injury.

Roddy White, who has been one of the top receivers in the league the past seven seasons, got a three-year extension from the Falcons Thursday that calls for him to be paid around $9 million per season. Nelson has not been an impact player as long as White has, but he’s younger and has had similar production the past few years.

The issue for Green Bay is that they will also have to re-sign Randall Cobb, who is due for a major pay increase. If Nelson doesn’t settle for less — say in the $7-8 million range — the Packers might not be able to retain both players.

Ray Rice’s Wikipedia changed to ‘Hall of Fame wife beater’

Ray Rice Wikipedia wife beater

Ray Rice was suspended two games by the NFL on Thursday for his role in a domestic violence incident with his wife at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Rice was indicted on aggravated assault charges, and a video emerged showing Rice dragging his unconscious wife (then girlfriend) Janay Palmer out of an elevator. Police also reportedly had video of Rice knocking out Palmer.

Many were outraged over the seemingly light punishment for the harsh charges, and someone decided to take things out on Rice’s Wikipedia page. As you can see in the screenshot above, Rice’s Wikipedia page was edited to call him a “Hall of Fame wife beater.”

Rice is still awaiting word on his punishment from the legal system.

H/T Black Sports Online

Jets’ starting quarterback job Geno Smith’s to lose

Geno Smith JetsGeno Smith will have the honor of guiding the New York Jets to last place in the AFC East this season as long as he doesn’t screw things up.

Though the Jets signed Mike Vick in the offseason to compete for the starting quarterback job, the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta wrote Thursday that the gig is Smith’s to lose.

This should come as no surprise; Smith is only 23 and was a high draft choice by the team last year. Vick is 34 and has shown he is not very reliable as a starting quarterback despite his displays of brilliance here and there.

When Jets camp began on Thursday, Smith got 13 reps with the first-team offense compared to four for Vick.

Plaxico Burress, who played a season with the Jets under Rex Ryan, said he thinks Vick will be the starter come Week 1, but it sure seems like that will be Geno’s job unless he gets hurt or buttfumbles it away.

Justin Blackmon arrested for weed possession – had two blunts in the car

Justin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon was arrested Wednesday in Oklahoma for marijuana possession and cited for a moving violation, according to a report.

Blackmon, the No. 5 overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, was driving a 2007 Chrysler 300 and pulled over for crossing into oncoming traffic to get around stopped cars. The arresting officer noticed the smell of weed in the car and Blackmon admitted to having two blunts in the rig — one smoked and one fresh.

This is the latest problem for Blackmon, who has had a slew of legal troubles since college. He was arrested for DUI in 2010 and 2012 and is suspended indefinitely by the league for multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

He and Josh Gordon could form a nice 1-2 tandem on the all-screwup team.

Jamaal Charles tweets solid joke after signing contract extension

Jamaal CharlesJamaal Charles had one of the shortest-lived holdouts in the history of training camp holdouts.

On Tuesday word was that Charles was going to hold out from Kansas City Chiefs camp because he was only set to earn $3.9 million this season despite being a star in the Chiefs’ offense. Luckily for him the Chiefs came through with a pleasing offer Wednesday that he signed.

Charles’ two-year contract extension was for $18.1 million and keeps him with KC through 2017. It also ensures he gets paid $8.3 million this season.

After the holdout was solved, Charles tweeted this joke:

Nicely done, Jamaal. And the man certainly was deserving of the raise. He rushed for over 1,500 yards two seasons ago and posted nearly 2,000 total yards last season in Andy Reid’s offense. It’s about time for him to get paid.

Sidney Rice retires from football, now in Wingstop business

Sidney Rice SeahawksSidney Rice announced on Wednesday that he has decided to retire from professional football because of the toll injuries have taken on him over his 7-year NFL career. Rice, 27, returned from a torn ACL and also had several concussions during his career.

The Seahawks released a statement with these quotes from Rice:

“I was just thinking about things I’ve been through in the last few years,” said Rice. “I’ve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It’s something I’ve always battled through and came back from.

“But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road.”

Rice is already involved in several ventures outside of football. The most notable one is his ownership of a Wingstop restaurant. He opened one in Tacoma a few weeks ago and plans to open four others around the Washington area.

“I’m sort of a job creator right now,” Rice said via the Seahawks’ website. “What got me into the wings? It’s my favorite food. In Minnesota there was no Wingstop. So me and Adrian Peterson, every time we’d have an away game, we’d hop in the car and try to find a Wingstop. So we always talked about opening one.”

In addition to getting into the wing business, Rice is also getting into the tech world. He’s developing aps and has established Fresh Healthy Vending to provide nutritional alternates for vending machines in schools around his hometown of Gaffney, S.C.

Rice’s best season came in 2009 when he caught 82 passes for 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns. He signed a big contract with the Seahawks after the 2010 season, but he missed 15 games over three seasons and never lived up to the expectations.

Fred Davis allegedly insulted ex-girlfriend for having flat booty

Fred DavisPolice reportedly are looking for help in locating Fred Davis so they can speak to the former Washington Redskins tight end about an alleged domestic violence incident, WUSA9 reports.

Davis, who had a DUI in February and is currently suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, has not been charged or arrested. However, it looks like police want to speak with him about a fight he allegedly had with his ex-girlfriend at a restaurant on June 2.

TMZ reports that Davis approached the woman and said to the man she was with, “Why you with her, she doesn’t have an ass.”

[Also see: Davis fighting alleged pimpette in court]

Per TMZ, the woman allegedly told police she went outside to have a cigarette and Davis followed. Davis allegedly grabbed a handful of dirt and flowers from a hanging planter and threw it at her. The woman supposedly went inside and was going to squirt some ketchup on Davis as retaliation, but someone stopped her.

Davis supposedly told the woman, “I’m gonna slap you ’cause you fakin. Your friend looks like 2 Chainz.”

Yeah, that sounds about right.

[Related: Fred Davis says NFL drug testing system sets you up to fail]

You know, there actually was a time when Fred was a pretty good player for Washington. It’s too bad that he can’t put down the blunts and stay out of trouble. Now he’s become just a sideshow and probably isn’t worth the trouble for an NFL team to sign him.

Cue the Too Short.