Report: Former Eagles trade target Torrey Smith to be released by 49ers

Report: Former Eagles trade target Torrey Smith to be released by 49ers

It's been about five minutes since the Eagles were linked to a receiver, so here's a report about a receiver they were previously linked to.

The 49ers are set to release wide receiver Torrey Smith, according to a report Monday by CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco

Smith had been linked to the Eagles before the NFL trade deadline last season while the team desperately searched for wide receiver help. On Monday, there were reports linking the Eagles to the Rams' Kenny Britt and the Browns' Terrelle Pryor.

Smith was set to make over $9 million this season. Cutting him will save San Francisco $4.675 million this season, according to Spotrac.

After a successful stint with the Ravens, the 28-year-old receiver signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the 49ers. He struggled in San Francisco, especially in 2016 when he posted career lows in catches, yards and touchdowns in only 12 games.

It's no secret the Eagles are lacking at the receiver position. Smith could add a vertical element to their offense. Since he entered the league, Smith has averaged 17 yards a catch. Among players with at least 200 receptions, Smith trails only former Eagle DeSean Jackson (17.4). 

The NFL's legal tampering period begins Tuesday at noon. Buckle up, Eagles fans.

Michael Vick's father arrested on drug-ring charges

Michael Vick's father arrested on drug-ring charges

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been arrested on charges of being involved in a drug ring.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that federal authorities arrested 55-year-old Michael Dwayne Boddie on Thursday. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in Newport News alleges that he and 11 others conspired to sell heroin.

Boddie is being held without bond until a Monday detention hearing. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney.

Lawrence Woodward, an attorney who's represented both men over the years, did not respond to requests for comment. The federal prosecutor's office declined to comment on the case beyond the charges.

Vick rose to stardom with the Atlanta Falcons before serving prison time for running a dogfighting operation. He played for the Eagles, Jets and Steelers before announcing his retirement in February.

NFL Notes: Chiefs extend Andy Reid, part ways with GM John Dorsey

NFL Notes: Chiefs extend Andy Reid, part ways with GM John Dorsey

The Chiefs have given coach Andy Reid a contract extension and parted ways with general manager John Dorsey, making two massive decisions on what is typically a quiet week in the offseason.

The 59-year-old Reid was entering the final year of the five-year deal he signed in 2013, shortly after the end of his long and mostly successful tenure in Philadelphia. Reid is 43-21 with three playoff appearances in four seasons in Kansas City, helping to deliver an AFC West title last season.

Less than an hour after his extension was announced, the Chiefs said Dorsey -- who was hired to work in tandem with Reid -- would not be retained. Dorsey was also entering the final year of his contract.

The Chiefs did not say who would take over the GM duties on an interim basis (see full story).

Raiders: Derek Carr agrees to $125M extension
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has finalized a five-year contract extension that will keep him tied to the team through the 2022 season.

Carr tweeted Thursday that an agreement had been reached to add five years to his current rookie deal that expires after this season. The contract will be worth $125 million, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms were not released.

Both sides had expressed a strong interest in signing a long-term deal with Carr, who was scheduled to enter the final year of his rookie contract.

Carr had imposed a deadline of the start of training camp in late July (see full story).

Patriots: Mitchell has  deal with Scholastic Books
NEW YORK -- New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell can be sweet when he wants to be.

Mitchell has a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday. The books include a newly illustrated edition of his self-published "The Magician's Hat," to come out next May, and two more original works.

Mitchell is a literacy advocate who founded the "Read With Malcolm" program. With New England, Mitchell caught 32 passes last year during the regular season and another six in the Super Bowl, when the Patriots came from behind and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 (see full story).