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49ers linebacker Bowman gets 5-year extension

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49ers linebacker Bowman gets 5-year extension

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) NaVorro Bowman had to tell someone about his hefty new contract before it became public. And there was pal Patrick Willis first thing Tuesday before they began their morning workout.

``He was excited as soon as I told him, when I wasn't supposed to,'' Bowman said about Willis, the godfather of Bowman's twin girls born earlier this year. ``I couldn't keep it from him. I think he has lot to do with this, helping me out.''

The 49ers' inside linebacker pair of Bowman and Willis will be lining up together on San Francisco's talented defense well into the future if all goes as planned.

On Tuesday, Bowman reached agreement on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season - a deal worth $45.25 million, with $25.5 million in guaranteed money.

``Any time you get a chance to get a deal done and it sounds great and everybody's comfortable with it, why not?'' Bowman said. ``It shows the trust the organization has in me.''

With Bowman's new deal, it keeps one of the best and most-feared linebacking tandems in the NFL together for the long haul - as Willis is signed through 2016.

The 24-year-old Bowman, a third-round draft pick in 2010 out of Penn State, has 100 tackles, two sacks and an interception this season as a second-year starter for the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1). As a rookie, his 20 special-teams tackles ranked third in the NFL.

He was an All-Pro pick alongside Willis last season, and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.

``That's good, a young guy, a good guy, Pro Bowl, All-Pro guy to be around here another five years,'' cornerback Carlos Rogers said.

In addition to Bowman and Willis, the team's other two starting linebackers are signed at least for the next three seasons - Ahmad Brooks through 2017 and Aldon Smith through 2015.

``We have a chance to do something really special, with all four linebackers being here for the next three years,'' Bowman said. ``We can make a statement for ourselves and leave a legacy for this defense.''

Bowman's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he began talking about a new deal with the 49ers in the offseason but the sides were ``pretty far apart'' at that stage.

``It's a very special accomplishment. I take my hat off to the Niners and to NaVorro,'' Rosenhaus said. ``I think only the most proactive teams get it done. I think this perhaps the most talented team in the NFL. If you want to keep all your good players, you have to get deals done now. You can't let guys get to free agency. You can't keep everybody.''

Bowman has credited his rapid development to the guidance he received from Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, who was fired as San Francisco's head coach after a loss at St. Louis in the second-to-last week of 2010.

``NaVorro epitomizes what we look for in a 49er,'' 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. ``We are excited that the All Pro tandem of Willis and Bowman will be together in red and gold for years to come.''

While Bowman has never been one to set goals for statistics or accolades, anyone around the 49ers will be quick to acknowledge how much his improved play in 2011 meant to the franchise in getting back to the playoffs after an eight-year absence in coach Jim Harbaugh's first year.

Bowman is a big reason San Francisco has been so strong stopping the run the past two years. The 49ers rank No. 2 in total defense this week, fourth against the run.

``It's a good group of linebackers, probably the best in the league,'' Rogers said. ``If not, they're right there at the top.''

Willis, for one, is counting on a ``super nice'' dinner from Bowman.

``A medium-plus steak with probably a lobster tail, so a little surf-n-turf deal, with some good mashed potatoes and some vegetables, yeah,'' Willis said. ``And some ice cream for dessert - vanilla.''

Bowman is certain to oblige. Both of these two are more determined to get San Francisco to a Super Bowl than start comparing their paychecks (Willis still earns more).

``At the end of the day it's not really about money,'' Bowman said. ``We all play this game and we get paid a good amount of money, but all in all, people remember you for the wins and remember you for the team that you're a part of.''

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Roster competition, Brown vs. Pryor

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Roster competition, Brown vs. Pryor

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 23, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins  and NBC Sports Washington.

Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Defense—NFL coaches and others like to tell you that competition determines who wins roster spots in the league. And that may be true to an extent. But many roster spots are predetermined by a player’s contract situation and/or draft status. It is unlikely that an undrafted player like Fish Smithson will win a roster spot over Troy Apke even if the former outperforms the latter in every way during training camp. Apke was a fourth-round pick and they aren’t going to give up on him in favor of an undrafted player. It would cost $3.2 million in dead cap to cut Stacy McGee and only $150,000 to move on from Ziggy Hood so McGee will win a “competition” that is even remotely close. (Offensive projection here)

Redskins will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor at training camp—While this is something that could add a little spice to the Jets’ visit to Richmond, don’t look for much of anything to happen. Zach Brown might give a little extra shove to Pryor here and there but he’s not going to do anything that will draw blood or even cause a deep bruise. If nothing else, a big hit on Pryor would invite retaliation by the Jets on Josh Doctson or Paul Richardson. And that might lead to more retaliation and you end up with a brawl like the Redskins and Texans had a couple of years ago.

Trent Williams very much of approves of Smith and Guice—Williams is going into his ninth NFL season and he has yet to be on the winning side of a playoff game. He thinks that Alex Smith and Derrius Guice can help change that. 

The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list—I normally greet this list with a big yawn and this year was no exception. But I do find the omission of Smith, who led the NFL in passer rating and was third in adjusted net yards per attempt, odd. In an update to this post, the NFL released the names of the top 10 players and Smith is not on it. He shouldn’t be, but he should be somewhere on the 100, perhaps in the middle of the pack. The only Redskins player to appear on the list was Trent Williams at No. 57.

The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger—It’s likely that nine players who are 25 or younger will line up as starters for the Redskins this year. I don’t have a rundown of how that compares to the rest of the league but it’s notable that in the last two years six of them have replaced players who were either approaching age 30 or over it. I’ll engage in some speculation here and say that five of the young players—Daron Payne, Derrius Guice, Preston Smith, Jonathan Allen, and Montae Nicholson—are good enough to potentially make a Pro Bowl at some point in their careers. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Former Redskins defensive tackle Dave Butz was born on this date in 1950. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 33
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 70

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 78 days. 

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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