SEATTLE — Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his professional approach to helping the journalists do their job.
In leading the Seattle Seahawks to their first NFL championship, Wilson was cited for being not only the face of the franchise, “but also the voice and conscience of it.”
Wilson is the sixth quarterback to win the award in the last seven years, and the first Seahawk. The award was first given in 2005, to Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis.
Wilson became only the fourth second-year quarterback and the third-youngest QB to win a Super Bowl. He led five fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks in 2013, including a 62-yard touchdown drive in the NFC championship against San Francisco.
TITANS SIGN SANKEY: Tennessee agreed to terms with its second-round draft pick, running back Bishop Sankey.
The Titans announced the agreement but did not disclose terms.
Sankey started his last two seasons at Washington where he rushed for 3,496 yards in his career with 37 touchdowns. He set a school record running for 1,870 yards last year as a junior, which ranked fourth nationally.
BROWNS SIGN MANZIEL: The Browns have agreed to terms with quarterback Johnny Manziel on his rookie contract.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
The Browns moved up in May’s NFL draft to select the popular and polarizing Manziel in the first round with the No. 22 overall pick. The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who is coming off knee surgery.
MORE COMINGS AND GOINGS: Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped the first day of San Francisco’s three-day mandatory minicamp. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts. ... Houston receiver Andre Johnson skipped the first day of the Texans’ mandatory mini-camp. Johnson hasn’t participated in any of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. ... The Browns have released wide receiver Earl Bennett about a month after signing him to a free agent contract. The team announced the move on Twitter but gave no explanation for the release.
QUICK KICKS: The Dolphins have received final approval on a stadium renovation plan, boosting South Florida’s chances of hosting future Super Bowls. The Miami-Dade County Commission approved the deal, with team owner Steve Ross paying for $350 million in renovations to the stadium, with help from the NFL and possibly from a state subsidy. ... Robert Hopkins, a Bills fan who fell from the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium and injured another spectator last year, was found guilty of assault and reckless endangerment after a six-member jury deliberated for about 20 minutes. He could face up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced on Sept. 11.