Hall of Fame adds seven new members
Terrell Davis had one of the most spectacular short careers in NFL history. His seven seasons were brilliant enough to get him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The former Broncos running back was inducted Saturday night along with LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Kenny Easley.
Tomlinson, following Davis, delivered a powerful speech filled with religious references.
Jones joined the likes of George Halas, Art Rooney and Al Davis, as owners in the Hall.
Andersen, the NFL’s career scoring leader, became just the second place-kicker in the Hall.
Taylor, a sackmaster elected in his first year of eligibility, was a star mostly with Miami, but also spent one season with the Redskins and one with the Jets.
Easley, a hard-hitting safety for the Seahawks and a member of the 1980s all-decade team, was a seniors committee choice.
VIKINGS: Minnesota locked up another core piece of its defense, agreeing to a contract extension with nose tackle Linval Joseph. Joseph’s agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced the deal Saturday. NFL Media reported it’s a fouryear extension worth as much as $50 million with $31.5 million guaranteed.
This is Joseph’s fourth season with the Vikings, all under Coach Mike Zimmer, who recently called Joseph the best nose tackle he’s “ever been around.”
49ERS: Linebacker Malcolm Smith suffered a torn pectoral muscle during open practice at Levi’s Stadium, putting in doubt the status of one of the team’s most coveted offseason additions.
Smith, 28, left the field during full-team drills after working with the starters throughout training camp next to All-Pro NaVorro Bowman in the newlook defense.
Smith, the MVP of Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning team in the 2013 season, was brought in by San Francisco on a five-year contract in March.
SAINTS: Adrian Peterson sounds far more concerned with his ability to pick up New Orleans’s dynamic offense than whether he can still run over and through would-be tacklers.
After getting a day off from practice on Saturday, Peterson dismissed the idea that he would need to play in a preseason game to demonstrate he was still physically capable of running the ball as powerfully as he did with the Minnesota Vikings for most of the past decade.
“I’m healthy, without a doubt,” Peterson, 32, asserted. “When it comes to the physical part of it, I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.
“It’s more mentally, fully understanding the offense because Drew Brees, he’s a general back there and he talks so fast when he calls plays.”