NFL Notes: Panthers sign OT Michael Oher to 3-year extension

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have signed offensive tackle Michael Oher to a three-year contract extension.

The 30-year-old Oher is now under contract through the 2019 season. Financial terms were not announced Friday.

Oher, a seven-year NFL veteran, was brought in on a trial basis last season, signing a two-year deal with the Panthers after a failed stint with the Tennessee Titans. Oher, who was the subject of the hit movie "The Blind Side," performed well after being reunited with offensive line coach John Matsko, starting 19 games at left tackle while helping the Panthers win the NFC championship.

Carolina was first in points scored last season and quarterback Cam Newton was chosen the league's MVP.

Oher has started 107 games since being selected out of Mississippi in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft by Baltimore (see full story).

Cowboys: Team set to move for new facility
FRISCO, Texas -- Charlotte Jones Anderson wants to save a few special details for her father to see when Dallas owner Jerry Jones moves into the team's new headquarters this summer.

None of those surprises will involve money, though.

The billionaire boss of the Cowboys knows full well how much he's spending to forge a unique relationship with Texas high school football, part of a sprawling complex centered around a 12,000-seat indoor stadium and eventually including a hotel, sports medicine facility, restaurants and maybe even something the Jones family hasn't thought of yet.

Once the idea took hold in Frisco, a sports-centric suburb 30 miles north of Dallas, Jones grew comfortable with the idea of spending more on The Star -- world headquarters of America's Team -- than he personally did on his $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington less than a decade ago.

"I will say there is not a dollar spent that he doesn't know about," said Jones Anderson, chief marketing and brand officer. "As the vision grew, so did the checkbook."

Jets: Williams hungry for second season
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Leonard Williams was unimpressed by his production last year, no matter how many people told him he had a good rookie season for the New York Jets.

The big defensive lineman showed flashes of what made him the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and the player many regarded as the best all-around talent available. Williams finished with a modest three sacks and a combined 63 tackles while starting 15 games.

Not bad. But not eye-popping, either. Well, the man nicknamed "Big Cat" is hungry for lots more.

"Being at USC and having the production numbers that I had every year, I kind of hold myself to those high standards every year that I play football," Williams said during minicamp. "I didn't get as many sacks as I wanted or as many (tackles for loss) as I wanted. A lot of people thought I had a good year, but, to me, I wanted more production out of myself."

He had 20 sacks in three seasons at Southern California and routinely disrupted offensive game plans with a knack for always being around the ball. That's the type of presence he wants to be in the NFL, although he has already shown he is up to the task after filling in for the suspended Sheldon Richardson for the first four games of last season.

"I mean, I definitely think it was good, as far as the transition from college to the NFL," Williams said. "Being a rookie and my first year, I've got to get into it, but this year, I feel a lot more comfortable now that I've got a year under my belt and I'm just ready to have a better year."

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