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Eagles give Bradford extension

Sam Bradford is staying in Philadelphia.

Bradford agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, passing up an opportunity to test free agency next week. The deal is for $26 million guaranteed and could rise to $40 million with incentives, the Associated Press reported.

Bradford, 28, was acquired in a trade last year ago with the Rams that sent the incumbent quarterback, Nick Foles, to St. Louis along with a 2016 second-round draft pick. Bradford started 14 games and threw for a career-high 3,725 yards, but the Eagles went 7-9 and coach Chip Kelly was fired.

Bills boot Williams: The Bills released defensive end Mario Williams, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, and retained the rights to left tackle Cordy Glenn by designating him their franchise player. Williams had two years left on a six-year, $100 million contract. Buffalo tagged Glenn, who was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

Norman tagged: The Panthers applied the nonexclusive franchise tag to All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, who will make $13.952 million next season unless he signs a long-term contract. Carolina has until mid July to negotiate.

Other tags: Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller was the only player with an exclusive franchise tag, meaning he can't sign with another club. Two more All-Pros, Chiefs safety Eric Berry (due $10.8 million in 2016) and Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson ($15.701 million) got nonexclusive tags, as did Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins ($19.953 million) and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson ($13.952 million). Miami gave defensive end Olivier Vernon a transition tag, gambling that it won't lose him when free agency starts next week.

Jaguars: DeJuan Polk, who had been pro personnel coordinator with the Falcons, was named assistant director of pro personnel.

Packers: Kicker Mason Crosby signed a four-year deal worth $16 million, including a $5 million signing bonus, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

More football

Spurrier going into prep Hall of Fame

Former Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, also UF's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1966, was selected to the National High School Hall of Fame. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced a 12-person induction class that included Spurrier, 70, who earned all-state honors in baseball, football and basketball at Science Hill High in Johnson City, Tenn. The induction is July 2 in Reno, Nev. Marlin Briscoe, the first black starting quarterback in the American Football League with the Denver Broncos, also is one of the inductees.

Sun Belt: The conference announced that it is dropping Idaho and New Mexico State for the league after the 2017 season. Both programs joined the SBC in 2013 after the WAC, which they had both belonged to, stopped sponsoring football.

Syracuse: Tailback Devante McFarlane left the program, the school said.

Et cetera

Soccer: Leicester City tied visiting West Brom 2-2, increasing its lead in the English Premier League to three points over Tottenham, which plays today at West Ham. … D.C. United of MLS was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 1-1 tie against visiting Queretaro. The Mexican team advanced 3-1 on aggregate.

Boxing: For the first time in more than 30 years, male fighters won't wear protective headgear at the Olympics. The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, adopted the change for amateur fighters three years ago, and the International Olympic Committee executive board said the IOC would not interfere.

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