NFL News and Notes - May 5, 2010

A Cinco de Mayo spin around the National Football League.

San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl inside linebacker Patrick Willis is the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history, signing a five-year, $50 million dollar contract extension on Tuesday.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson underwent back surgery this off-season.

Waived by the Rams on Monday, former Central Washington University quarterback Mike Reilly was claimed by the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

After missing his entire rookie season with a wrist injury, Arizona Cardinals second-year linebacker Cody Brown could add a pass-rush element in 2010.

The New Orleans Saints claimed running back P.J. Hill off waivers on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free agent Clifton Smith signed his one-year tender.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore blogged about the team's new additions at his position.

The Washington Redskins have hired Tony Wyllie, who will lead their public relations department.

Free agent offensive lineman Greg Isdander re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

New York Giants fans are optimistic heading into the 2010 season.

Dallas Cowboys first-round wide receiver Dez Bryant deserves the same benefit of the doubt that was extended to Michael Irvin, writes Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News.

Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers gave his unabashed opinions of Lovie Smith, Jay Cutler, and the front office on Tuesday.

Green Bay Packers' tickets that were available in a drawing for Brown County residents have sold out, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

The Minnesota Vikings signed three undrafted free agents from schools within in the state of Minnesota on Tuesday.

Free agent wide receiver Marko Mitchell was claimed off waivers from the Redskins.

Willis' extension could open the door for a long-term extension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, writes Albert Breer of the Boston Globe.

Undrafted Georgia Tech offensive lineman Cordero Howard has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan would take the 15-1 record Jets' fans think their team will have in 2010.

Miami Dolphins fifth-round cornerback Nolan Carroll is willing to do whatever he's told to do.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Edgar Jones is moving back to linebacker.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward favors an offense that emphasizes the ground game.

To make room for tight end Alex Smith, the Cleveland Browns waived two undrafted rookies.

Free agent cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will sign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star profiles Chris Polian, the future decision-maker for the Indianapolis Colts.

Flood damage to LP Field appears to be minor, the Tennessee Titans announced on Tuesday.

Josina Anderson of FOX-31 in Denver reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars have had discussions about acquiring quarterback Brady Quinn from the Denver Broncos.

With Kevin Wyllie leaving for the Redskins' job, Kevin Cooper will oversee the Houston Texans' media relations department.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent wide receiver David Grimes, who played for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.

Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway likes the team's selection of Tim Tebow.

Historically, late-round draft picks by the San Diego Chargers haven't stuck with the team for very long.

Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour sold Gerard Warren on the idea of signing with the Patriots.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals guard Deuce Lutui (27), Ravens running back Matt Lawrence (25) and linebacker Ray Lewis (35), Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers (24), Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen (24), Dolphins running back Tristan Davis (24), Patriots cornerback Terrence Wheatley (25), Saints undrafted rookie linebacker Jason Beauchamp (23) and cornerback Randall Gay (28), Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (30), Rams center Jason Brown (27) and defensive tackle Gary Gibson (28), Buccaneers offensive tackle Marc Dile (24), free agent cornerback Patrick Ghee (26), wide receivers Dane Looker (34) and Muhsin Muhammed (37), and undrafted Iowa State punter Mike Brandtner (23).

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