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Broncos make their punter highest paid
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The Denver Broncos' Britton Colquitt became the league's highest-paid punter when he signed his three-year, $11.7 million extension upon arriving to work Monday in Englewood, Colo.

The deal included a $3 million signing bonus that, when added to this year's $1.275 million salary, also makes him the NFL's highest-compensated punter in 2013.

His extension averages $3.9 million a season, besting the $3.75 million average that his older brother, Dustin, is getting with a five-year, $18.75 million deal he signed this spring with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Britton Colquitt is the franchise leader in career gross (46.1) and net (39.5) punting averages. He ranked third in the NFL last season in net punting with a franchise record 42.1-yard average, second with a 6.2-yard return average and second with 45 punts inside the 20 with only seven touchbacks.

Around the league

Cowboys • The team is near a deal that would end a four-decade affiliation with Irving and move its practice facility to another Dallas suburb. The Frisco City Council on Monday approved a $115 million agreement to build a complex that will include an indoor stadium and new headquarters for the Cowboys in the city 30 miles north of Dallas.

Eagles • Philadelphia acquired receiver Jeff Maehl from Houston for offensive lineman Nate Menkin. Maehl, who played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, appeared in three games for the Texans in 2011 and spent last year on the practice squad. Monday's move gives the Eagles another option at a position where they lost starter Jeremy Maclin and potential backup Arrelious Benn to season-ending knee injuries.

Jets • Running back Joe McKnight appeared to be OK after he was carted to the locker room, wearing an oxygen mask, after dropping to the field during a drill Monday in Cortland, N.Y. McKnight, who has a history of migraine headaches, has been recovering from a head injury and dealing with dehydration during training camp. —

NFL schedule

Thursday

Detroit at Cleveland, 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Baltimore, 5:30 p.m.

Carolina at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m.

San Diego at Chicago, 6 p.m.

Friday

Minnesota at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

Oakland at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

San Francisco at Kansas City, 6 p.m.

Tampa Bay at New England, 6 p.m.

Saturday

Dallas at Arizona, 2:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Cincinnati, 5 p.m.

Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets, 5:30 p.m.

Green Bay at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Miami at Houston, 6 p.m.

Denver at Seattle, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 5 p.m.

Monday

Pittsburgh at Washington, 6 p.m.

NFL notes • Denver gives Colquitt a lucrative extension.
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