Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed a new contract Monday worth $120.6 million over six years, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The Super Bowl MVP will receive a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money. He will be paid $51 million over the first two years of the deal.
"It's not really about the money, it's about that respect," Flacco said minutes after signing.
The 28-year-old Flacco is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons.
Dallas linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer, Kansas City offensive tackle Branden Albert and Miami defensive tackle Randy Starks were the latest to be tagged on Monday.
The other tagged players are Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, Chicago defensive tackle Henry Melton, Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson, Denver offensive tackle Ryan Clady and Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee.
All eight are nonexclusive franchise players.
With the nonexclusive tag, his team has the right to match any offer sheet, or get two first-round draft picks in return for allowing him to leave.
Lance Armstrong faces the prospect of losing his Legion of Honor medal after French officials said they will start an inquiry following his admission that he doped during his Tour de France wins. Armstrong was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2005, recognizing his seven consecutive Tour victories.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training.
Olympic medalist Andy Gabel stepped down from leadership roles with the International Skating Union and the National Speedskating Hall of Fame after being accused of a sexual relationship with an underage skater in the 1990s. ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said that Gabel quit as chairman of the short track technical committee. The 48-year-old Gabel issued a statement to media outlets in Chicago and Milwaukee saying he "displayed poor judgment in a brief and inappropriate relationship with a female teammate."
The National Rifle Association is taking its relationship with racing to a new level as the title sponsor of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The April 13 race at Texas, the first scheduled night race in the Cup Series this season, will be known as the NRA 500.
Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The other new members of the Hall announced are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long's election was announced earlier.
The Carson home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA Major League Soccer teams is changing its name to StubHub Center in a new naming rights deal.