Mike Sellers’ offseason boycott paid off, helping the Washington Redskins Pro Bowl fullback land a contract extension.
The North Thurston High graduate confirmed he finally swayed owner Dan Snyder to offer a new deal. Its total value is about $6.9 million over six years, but the final two years are voided automatically if Sellers is on the roster after the 2012 season. Essentially it is a four-year deal with $1 million guaranteed: a $600,000 signing bonus and a $400,000 option bonus next year.
“I was complaining about not getting enough money during the season,” said Sellers, who had two years remaining on his previous deal. “I got what I wanted. Now it’s time to go play.”
Sellers stayed away from offseason workouts to voice his displeasure over his contract. He was coming off his first Pro Bowl season and was elected a team captain during preseason.
“I had the point to make to them that just because I’m not here in the offseason, I’m going to be in shape,” Sellers said. “And I think that helped a lot. It showed that I’m a hard-worker on and off the field.”
Teens admit vandalism
Buffalo cornerback/kick returner Leodis McKelvin is so far willing to forgive and forget after two male teens admitted to police they defaced his front lawn.
McKelvin declined to press charges against two 16-year-olds, who said they were the ones who spray-painted a message and an obscenity across the grass in front of the player’s home shortly after the Bills’ season-opening 25-24 loss at New England on Monday.
It’ll be up to the Erie County district’s attorney’s office to press charges against the two suspects.
McKelvin lost a fumble on a kickoff return, setting up the winning touchdown for the Patriots.
Jets, Mangini fined
The NFL assessed $125,000 in fines against the Jets and former coach Eric Mangini for violating the league’s rules on injury reporting with former quarterback Brett Favre last season.
The Jets failed to place Favre on the injury report during the final month of last season even though he had a torn biceps tendon.
The league fined the Jets $75,000, and Mangini and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum $25,000 apiece.
Mangini now coaches Cleveland.
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb did not practice because of his cracked rib and it is still not known if he will play against New Orleans. ... Bills starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is expected to miss about six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left arm. ... Browns running back Jamal Lewis was limited in practice because of an unspecified neck injury. ... The Chargers signed center Dennis Norman. ... Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (sprained right ankle) and running back Felix Jones (bruised thigh) practiced without any lingering problems from injuries sustained in the opener. ... The new Cowboys Stadium may have a record-setting full house Sunday. Cowboys spokesman Brett Daniels says the team’s standing-room “Party Pass” tickets, at $29 apiece, have sold out. Combined with regular ticket sales in the 80,000-seat stadium, Dallas could challenge the NFL attendance record of 103,467 when they take on the New York Giants.