NFL OTAs 2024: Tracking the Latest Injuries, Holdouts, and More

With NFL OTAs underway, we're tracking the latest news, rumors, injuries, holdouts, and other developments coming out of spring practices.

Football never sleeps. While NFL training camps are still weeks away, teams are getting in work during the spring via organized team activities (OTAs). While there is no contact during these practices, OTAs can give a club’s decision-makers their first impression of how their squad will look in 2024.

With that in mind, we’re tracking every bit of news coming out of OTAs in late May and early June. Here are the top stories from Tuesday’s NFL practices.

Latest News and Notes from NFL OTAs

Texans Extend WR Nico Collins

The Houston Texans locked up wide receiver Nico Collins for the long haul on Tuesday, signing the former second-round pick to a three-year extension worth $72.75 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

While Collins had always flashed potential, Houston’s abysmal quarterback situation prevented him from delivering on it. But last season was a different story, as Collins showed an immediate connection with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud en route to a career-best 80-1,297-8 line.

The Texans now have Collins and fellow wideout Tank Dell under team control through the 2026 campaign. Offseason trade acquisition Stefon Diggs is signed through 2024.

Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins Not Attending Bengals Workouts

While OTAs aren’t voluntary, absences related to contracts usually get noticed. Neither Ja’Marr Chase nor Tee Higgins — the Cincinnati Bengals’ top two wideouts — were present when the club kicked off its spring workouts on Tuesday.

Chase is still under team control for the next two seasons, including his fifth-year option in 2025, but he can be extended at any point. The Bengals franchise-tagged Higgins this offseason, but he’s yet to sign his franchise tender, so he can’t participate in OTAs.

Chase surely wants to become one of the league’s highest-paid wide receivers, and the pass-catcher market is ever-changing. The Philadephia Eagles’ A.J. Brown is the new No. 1 among WRs at $32 million annually, but the Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson and Dallas Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb could soon reset the top of the board.

While Chase will likely show up for Cincinnati’s mandatory minicamp in mid-June, don’t expect Higgins to report until the preseason. Higgins can’t be fined as long as he doesn’t sign his $21.816 million franchise tag.

Former Bengals safety Jessie Bates III — like Higgins, a client of agent David Mulugheta — waited until Aug. 23 to sign his tender after Cincinnati franchised him in 2022.

Darius Slayton Back at Giants Workouts

Veteran wide receiver Darius Slayton had skipped earlier New York Giants workouts while trying to resolve his contract situation, but he was in attendance on Tuesday. The Giants featured the 27-year-old wide receiver in their photo collection from today’s OTAs.

Slayton is heading into the final year of a two-year, $12 million deal. The Giants paid him a $2.6 million roster bonus in March. He’s due $2.5 million in base salary in 2024 and can earn nearly an additional $1 million via per-game roster bonuses and incentives.

A fifth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Slayton has been New York’s most consistent receiver during the Daniel Jones era, posting 700+ yards in four of five seasons.

NFLPA Proposing OTA Overhaul

Could this NFL offseason be the last to feature OTAs? Potentially — at least, if the NFL Players Association gets its way.

NFL Network reported Tuesday that the NFLPA is working on a proposal to alter the league’s offseason schedule.

KEEP READING: NFLPA Proposing Big Changes to NFL OTAs, Offseason Schedule

Under the union’s plan, voluntary spring work would be eliminated in favor of a “longer training camp ramp-up” period. Players would report to their team facilities in mid-June or early July instead of late July.

A formal proposal is expected later this summer; changes could be made by 2025, per NFLN. The NFLPA hopes an extended break between the end of the season and the start of training camp practice will reduce injuries.

Saints DE Tore Achilles During Offseason

New Orleans Saints defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon won’t be available for training camp after tearing his Achilles during the offseason, as head coach Dennis Allen told reporters on Tuesday.

Allen said Kpassagnon will miss the start of the 2024 regular season but could return at some point during the year. The 29-year-old appeared in 17 games for the Saints last season, playing 36% of the club’s defensive snaps while posting 3.5 sacks.

Kpassagon is hardly the only New Orleans EDGE dealing with an injury. Franchise icon Cameron Jordan is running after undergoing offseason ankle injury and hopes to be ready for on-field work by the end of minicamp.

Free agent addition Chase Young (neck), meanwhile, will likely be in “walkthrough mode” until training camp.

Patriots QB Drake Maye Signs Rookie Contract

No. 3 overall pick Drake Maye became the 14th first-round selection from the 2024 NFL Draft to sign his rookie contract on Tuesday.

Maye’s four-year deal with the New England Patriots should be worth roughly $36.6 million, including a $23.5 million signing bonus, according to Over the Cap. Maye’s contract will also contain a fifth-year option for the 2028 campaign that the Patriots will decide on before the 2027 season.

New England rejected multiple trade offers from teams interested in moving up for Maye, opting to make the North Carolina product its next franchise quarterback. While he could start from Day 1, Maye may sit behind veteran signal-caller Jacoby Brissett to begin the season.

Former NFL Safety Tony Jefferson Unretires

Longtime NFL safety Tony Jefferson, who hung up his cleats almost precisely one year ago today, is attempting a comeback. The 32-year-old defensive back has been working out and wants to speak with interested clubs, as Jordan Schultz of The Score reported.

Jefferson appeared in 113 games (67 starts) from 2013 to 2022, spending time with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Giants. He began a post-playing career transition in 2023 as a scouting intern for the Ravens.

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