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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce they have exercised 5th-year option on LT Jake Matthews. Was next step before long-term deal. Matthews was first round pick in 2014. He is set to make $2,665,386 season this season and now under contract through 2018.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

So how will running back Adrian Peterson signing with NFC South rival New Orleans impact the Panthers? Based on what Peterson did against Carolina in four games with the Vikings not much. Peterson averaged only 64.2 yards rushing in those games and has only three touchdowns, two rushing. What the Saints need is defense. Offense isn't the problem.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears named running back Jordan Howard and wide receiver Josh Bellamy as this year's Brian Piccolo Award winners. The Piccolo Award is voted on by Bears players only who reward one rookie and one veteran player they feel best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo.

Adam Caplan @caplannfl

On #Patriots RB James White's 3-yr contract extension: It's really a 1-year structure ($4.69m in first year fully gtd). 2nd yr gte inj only.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Panthers offensive lineman Travelle Wharton, now a coaching intern for the team, will be in Philadelphia to announce Carolina's two second-round picks (40 and 64). Wharton was a third-round pick in the 2004 draft.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting note from ESPN Stats & Information: only four defensive backs have been picked in top 3 in common draft era (Shawn Springs '97, Eric Turner '91, Bruce Pickens '91 and Bennie Blades '88). Still, the Bears only had eight interceptions last year, tied for 2nd fewest in NFL. If the Bears cannot trade the 3rd overall pick and Stanford DE Solomon Thomas is off the board, the Bears could strongly consider LSU safety Jamal Adams, Ohio State safety Malik Hooker or Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed punter Kasey Redfern on Tuesday. Redfern is likely a camp leg to take reps off kicker Matt Prater and punter Sam Martin. Neither Prater nor Martin should be in jeopardy after having successful 2016 season that led to a Pro Bowl berth for Prater and a Lions punting record for Martin.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Only thing puzzling to me about Adrian Peterson signing is Inrgram a physical runner off best season. Saints lacking receiver from backfield