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NFL notebook: Bengals sign Dunlap to 5-year extension

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The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a five-year contract extension worth $40 million.

The Bengals announced the deal Tuesday. Dunlap’s contract would have expired after this season, but it now runs through 2018. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says Dunlap gets $20 million over the first two years in a deal with incentives.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Dunlap is a fourth-year pro from Florida. He had 55 tackles and six sacks in 14 games last season. In a 20-13 victory over San Diego, he had two sacks and forced fumbles, and recovered one late in the game to preserve the victory. He was chosen AFC Defensive Player of the Week for that.

Packers lock up Burnett

The Green Bay Packers locked up another defensive starter, signing safety Morgan Burnett to a long-term extension.

Burnett’s extension is reported by NFL.com to be worth $24.75 million over four years. Burnett had been due to be a free agent following the 2013 season.

With Charles Woodson missing most of last season with a broken collarbone, Burnett took charge of the Packers secondary. He led the team with 123 tackles, and was one of only two defensive players in the NFL to play every snap. He had two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. In three seasons, he has 244 tackles and six interceptions.

Favre will be honored

The Green Bay Packers will definitely retire Brett Favre’s No. 4. It just won’t happen during the upcoming 2013 season.

Speaking Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team’s finances, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre’s number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback is important to the franchise.

But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don’t anticipate that, no.”

Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities.

“We’ll see,” Murphy said.

Packers record big profit

The Green Bay Packers have put together another record financial year. Team officials announced they took in a record $308.1 million in total revenue over the last fiscal year, up 2 percent from 2012. The team also generated a record $54.3 million in profit, up 26.4 percent, and a record $43.1 million in net income.

Dennard’s troubles growing

Prosecutors in Lincoln, Neb., are moving to have probation revoked for New England Patriots’ defensive back Alfonzo Dennard. Online court records say an arraignment on the revocation motion is scheduled for July 31.

Dennard, 23, was pulled over in Lincoln, Neb., early Thursday morning and is charged with first-offense drunken driving, refusing a chemical test and a traffic infraction.

It was Dennard’s second arrest in 15 months. The former Cornhuskers star hasn’t served a 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar on April 21, 2012. That term is scheduled to begin next March. He also was sentenced to two years of probation.

Richardson’s son dies

Jon Richardson, the oldest son of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and the former president of the team’s stadium, has died. The Panthers said Jon Richardson died Tuesday following a lengthy fight against cancer. He was 53.

Richardson was president of Panthers Stadium LLC from its inception in 1994 until his resignation in 2009. He played at North Carolina in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Cooley to move to booth

Longtime Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will work on the team’s radio broadcasts. The Redskins Radio Network announced that Cooley will provide analysis starting with the first preseason game next month.

Cooley has not formally announced his retirement as a player, but he was not expected to return after nine seasons with the Redskins. He has 429 career catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Cooley was a third-round draft pick in 2004. He didn’t miss a game during his first five seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, but injuries began to limit his production. He was eventually passed on the depth chart by Fred Davis.

He was released after training camp last year, then was re-signed after Davis was hurt.


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