The New York Jets and agent Tom Condon were close last night to completing a contract extension for quarterback Chad Pennington that apparently would include about $20 million in bonus money and would have an overall value of more than $9 million per season.
The agreement would keep Pennington off the free agent market next spring and would beat today's deadline set by Pennington to cut off negotiations until after the season if no deal is in place.
* PATRIOTS: Defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield, who signed with New England this month, will miss the season with an ankle injury. The Patriots put Stubblefield, the NFL's defensive player of the year in 1997, on injured reserve. He was one of three players fined by the NFL last month for steroid use.
* GIANTS: New York acquired guard Jason Whittle from Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft pick, bringing him back to his first NFL team. Neither team disclosed which draft pick was traded. The Giants also released kicker Bill Gramatica, brother of Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica.
* RAIDERS: Charles Woodson signed Oakland's one-year tender for $8.782 million, joining the team after a 33-day holdout. "I guess it's just been long enough," Woodson said. "We tried our different tactics and it's just been long enough. It's time to get back in and get back to work." He now can begin negotiating the long-term deal he wants.
The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Woodson in February. Woodson, who is entering his seventh pro season, is seeking a big-money, long-term contract and reportedly wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.
* FALCONS: Rookie cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the eighth overall pick in the draft out of Virginia Tech, could be sidelined six to 10 weeks because of a small fracture in his hip, according to Coach Jim Mora Jr. The team originally called the injury a strained muscle, but a series of tests revealed the fracture and the team sent Hall to a hip specialist, Mora said.
"We're optimistic that he's going to be back sooner rather than later, but obviously that's going to depend on how he heals," Mora said. "By no means is it season-ending or anything like that. We'll get him back eventually, and we'll adjust as we go. . . . There's nothing you can do about injuries. You've just got to keep going."
* CARDINALS: Arizona acquired running back Troy Hambrick and defensive end Peppi Zellner in a trade with the Oakland Raiders. The Cardinals gave the Raiders an undisclosed conditional 2005 draft pick, the team announced.
* TILLMAN TRIBUTES: Pat Tillman, the former Arizona safety killed in Afghanistan, will be honored by the NFL and the Cardinals during the upcoming season. Players on all 32 teams will wear a decal bearing Tillman's number 40 in games of the second week. Cardinals players will wear it all season.
Tillman also will be honored at halftime during the Cardinals' home opener Sept. 19 against New England. The team, the league and the players' union also are working to raise funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation through the sale of Tillman's jersey at NFL shops and military bases.
Tillman left the NFL in 2002 to join the U.S. Army Rangers with his brother, Kevin. He was killed in a friendly fire incident April 22, the first NFL player to die in combat since the Vietnam War.