CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton is relieved. So are the Cincinnati Bengals.
Everyone one was all smiles around Bengals camp on Monday when the team made Dalton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.
Dalton signed a six-year extension, but the financial terms were not released. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth up to $115 million.
"We're betting big on him because we believe in him," Bengals owner Mike Brown said.
Dalton said now that the deal is done he can concentrate solely on football.
"You do have it in the back of your mind, when is it going to get done," Dalton said. "Now we don't have to worry about it. Like (coach) Marvin (Lewis) said, just play the game and I don't have to have this hanging over me.
Golson confident: Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is feeling calmer, more confident and just a bit more comfortable than he was in the spring, when he failed to reclaim the starting position he held before a season-long suspension.
Golson admitted to feeling a tinge of anxiety Monday as the Fighting Irish opened preseason camp at Culver Academies, a private high school about 40 miles south of South Bend.
Bears lose Wilson: Chicago Bears second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson is out indefinitely after breaking his collarbone in practice on Monday.
Wilson was in a battle for the No. 3 wide receiver position behind starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and last week coach Marc Trestman said he was "in the lead right now into winning it."
Favre being honored: Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired next year.
Favre writes on his official website that it will be an honor to have his name placed among others such Bart Starr, Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke and Vince Lombardi, to name a few.
Pinkston released: The Browns have waived offensive guard Jason Pinkston after reaching an injury settlement with the former starter whose NFL career has been threatened by a serious medical issue.
Pinkston was hospitalized in 2012 with blood clots in his lungs and he recently battled the ailment again. Pinkston may retire.
Hardy trial: Panthers franchise player Greg Hardy entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing and his jury trial has been set for Nov. 17, according to his attorney Chris Fialko.
The Pro Bowl defensive end is appealing a July 15 conviction on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a female and communicating threats.
Tucker sentenced: Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker has been sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention after pleading guilty to "super extreme" driving under the influence.
Police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale.
Make cuts: A person with knowledge of the details says the U.S. men's national team has cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap, leaving the roster at 16 players.
With Paul George lost to a broken right leg, the Americans will have to drop four more players before the World Cup of Basketball later this month in Spain.
Kaminski dismissed: Michigan State has dismissed Kenny Kaminski from its basketball program.
He made a Big Ten-best .494 percent of 3-point attempts last year as a redshirt freshman. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward averaged 4.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 31 games.
Given eight years: A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping burglarize baseball legend Hank Aaron's Atlanta home, stealing jewelry the ex-Brave planned to donate to the Hall of Fame and two cars.