FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Now that he's wearing a $100 million smile, quarterback Matt Ryan is ready to get back to work for the Atlanta Falcons.
"I've always not worried about the business side of it," Ryan said. "I really think as a player, if you're hung up or worried about that or thinking about all those things, you're taking away from what you should be doing."
Ryan and the Falcons agreed to a five-year contract extension on Thursday that was being finalized as he led the offense through practice on the first day of training camp.
The contract is believed to be in the neighborhood of $103.75 million.
Ryan, 28, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who led the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in February, signed the richest contract in league history, a six-year deal worth $120.6 million that guarantees $52 million.
Saints coach Payton returns, to call plays
METAIRIE, La. - As Sean Payton enters his first training camp in two years, he says he plans to resume offensive play-calling duties he relinquished in early 2011.
Payton, speaking Thursday evening after players reported for camp, says offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael was "outstanding" in the play-calling role he assumed in the sixth game of the 2011 season, when Payton broke his leg. With Carmichael calling plays most of that season, Drew Brees and the offense set NFL records, including yards passing for a quarterback at 5,476 and total net yards at 7,474. Carmichael also called plays last year, while Payton was suspended in the bounty probe.
However, Payton says play-calling is something he enjoys. Brees says he loves that Payton is "taking the reins" and will be the voice in his ear.
DB loses $2 million for missing workouts
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers starting cornerback Tarell Brown has voided a $2 million escalator in his contract after he chose not to participate in the team's voluntary offseason program. Yet Brown says he learned of it via Twitter on Thursday because he didn't know about that clause in the deal, and he then fired agent Brian Overstreet for the mistake.
• The New York Jets running back Mike Goodson, who is facing serious legal issues, was placed on the reserve-did not report list as the players arrived for training camp at SUNY Cortland on Thursday.
• The Houston Texans have placed running back Arian Foster and safety Ed Reed on the physically unable to perform list a day before their first practice of training camp.
• Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is out another four to five months after a third surgery on his right knee.