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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman(Breshad Perriman Jersey) gets an extra step on a cornerback for a touchdown catch, it could be the result of dropping some pounds this offseason.

The lost weight didn’t come from a diet or increased exercise. It was a haircut.

Perriman doesn’t know why he decided to clip off his signature dreadlocks, which hung below his shoulders. He just woke up one morning and got rid of them.

“I feel much lighter,” Perriman said. “Once I cut it, I weighed myself, and I lost three or four pounds. It was crazy.”

Perriman caused a buzz on Twitter late last month when he posted a picture that showed he had shaved his head and now sported a bald look.

The Ravens hope Perriman’s trim brings similar results to the last time one of their wide receivers said goodbye to his dreadlocks. Before the 2013 season, Torrey Smith went with a shorter hairstyle and produced career numbers. He caught 65 passes that season for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns.

Perriman, who returned to practice Tuesday and expects to play in the regular-season opener, likes his new haircut. In fact, he has just one complaint.

“It just gets cold sometimes,” he said with a smile.

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The Buffalo Bills have placed their faith in quarterback Tyrod Taylor(Tyrod Taylor Jersey) by signing him to a contract extension.

Sources told ESPN the deal is for six years and $90 million. Taylor could earn up to $20 million more through difficult-to-reach incentives, sources said, but the Bills have a $10 million buyout option after the first year and another out after the second.

“I’m definitely thankful for the Pegulas, for the Bills organization and for Rex Ryan, for giving me an opportunity, first and foremost,” Taylor said. “Them offering me a contract for this many years definitely shows that they’re all-in, which is what our phrase is for this year. As far as a mindset going into a game, having financial stability or not having it, I’m a competitor from day one.”

The team announced the deal Friday, reached a day before the Bills open their preseason by hosting the Indianapolis Colts.

Taylor was entering the final year of his contract and was set to make a $2 million base salary this season but now will make $9.5 million, sources said. Next year’s option is for $15.5 million with a base salary of $12 million.

Before the team exercises the option for the second year, that year is guaranteed for injury at $27.5 million, sources said. After the option is exercised, the guarantee becomes $50 million for injury and $40.25 million fully guaranteed — including the money he was paid in 2016 and a portion of his 2018 base salary.

Taylor’s base salary of $13 million for the 2018 season will become guaranteed in March of that year. The deal contains no guarantees for after the 2018 season, sources said.

“Every year you have something to prove,” Taylor said of the Bills’ options in the deal. “This is a competition-driven league. It’s not like the NBA where everything is guaranteed. You can cut at any given time. Every time you step on that field, you have something to prove, and that’s been my mindset every time I step on the practice field — there’s something for me to prove, and I’m going to continue to keep showing that every time.”

Contract talks ramped up over the past month, and the signing comes a week after Taylor’s agent, Adisa Bakari, attended training camp outside Rochester, New York.

“We looked at it as we have a quarterback now,” general manager Doug Whaley said. “I hate to say it, but lack of a better term, we didn’t want to be greedy. We like working with Tyrod. We have faith in Tyrod. The coaching staff has faith in Tyrod. But most importantly, the team has faith in Tyrod and Tyrod has faith in himself. So, we said let’s go with what we have on hand and we’re excited about the future.”

The 27-year-old is being rewarded for displaying his dynamic dual-threat potential with a strong arm and scrambling ability in going 8-6 as a first-time starter last season and being named to the Pro Bowl. He completed 242 of 380 attempts for 3,035 yards and threw 20 touchdown passes. He set the franchise record for quarterbacks with 586 yards rushing and scored four times, trailing only Cam Newton in rushing yards (636) and rushing touchdowns (10) by a quarterback.

Taylor did miss two games with a knee injury.

“We went back and looked at everything he did last year and then we took into consideration how he came into the offseason, how he’s got a greater command of the offense, and a greater command of the team,” Whaley said. “And then when you take into account what he has shown on the field in this preseason camp, we just felt, again, that it was the right time and the right deal for both parties involved.”

Taylor spent his first four seasons serving as Joe Flacco’s backup with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Bills in free agency in March 2015. He won the No. 1 job in Buffalo after a three-way offseason competition against former starter EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel.

This year, Taylor has already shown signs of becoming more confident and taking on a larger leadership role. Numerous offensive players have credited him for being more assertive in the huddle.

Coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman project that Taylor has great potential to build off last season because he is more familiar with the playbook.

Buffalo’s offense made significant jumps under Taylor last year and after the team retooled its roster by adding several established threats, including running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay.

The Bills led the NFL with 2,432 yards rushing and finished 13th with 5,775 net yards offense, the most since 1992.

Taylor becomes the latest candidate to fill what has been an unsettled position in Buffalo since Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season. Since then, the Bills have had 12 quarterbacks, including Taylor, start at least eight games. It’s a group that included Todd Collins, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards and Kyle Orton.

Drew Bledsoe, from 2002 to 2004, was the only quarterback to retain the starting job over a three-season stretch.

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Bears quarterback Jay Cutler(Jay Cutler Jersey) brushed off negative comments directed at him by former teammate and current Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who questioned Cutler’s on-field decision making in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview.

“I don’t know. I’m really not going get into that,” Cutler said Wednesday. “Most receivers and tight ends are always open. So hopefully [quarterback] Tom [Brady] I guess can do a better job of finding him than I did.

“I don’t know, man. I could say something clever and smart, but I’ll just pass.”
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Wednesday brushed off negative comments made by former teammate Martellus Bennett, who is now with the New England Patriots. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Bennett, whom Chicago traded to New England in the offseason, openly complained about his role last year before the Bears placed him on injured reserve with a ribs injury on Dec. 8. The veteran tight end earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014, when he caught a career-high 90 passes for 916 yards and 6 touchdowns, but Bennett, who boycotted Chicago’s entire voluntary offseason program over a contract dispute the following offseason, suffered a steep decline in production in 2015 (53-439-3 in 11 games) that he partly blamed on Cutler.

“I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage,” Bennett told ESPN The Magazine.

“Worst quarterback in the NFL,” Bennett’s brother, Michael, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, added.

Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long said he was uninterested in what the Bennett brother’s had to say, pointing out that neither one is on Chicago’s 2016 roster.

“I [couldn't] care less what somebody not on our team thinks about our team or our players,” Long said. “We’ve got our guys, and we’ve got our team. And yeah, best of luck to them.”

The mood on Wednesday lightened, however, when a reporter informed Cutler that another that another ex-teammate, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, proclaimed on ESPN’s First Take that Cutler can win 2016 league MVP honors if receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White stay healthy.

“You can’t please everybody,” Cutler chuckled. “We’re at both ends of the spectrum here. We wish both those guys good luck. I had fun playing with them here, and that’s just kind of how it goes. Guys play for different teams, and we wish them both the best of luck.”