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Colts to exercise 2015 option on LT Castonzo | 04/18/2014 7:03 PM
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The Colts are expected to exercise LT Anthony Castonzo's fifth-year club option of $7.4 million in 2015.
Mike Chappell on Twitter

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The move will keep Castonzo signed for a total of $8.9 million over the next two seasons. Castonzo graded out as a top-20 left tackle by Pro Football Focus, but has struggled in pass protection -- allowing 39 quarterback hurries in 2013. The deadline for teams to exercise fifth-year options is May 3.
Kyle Orton still may not return in 2014 | 04/18/2014 6:25 PM
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ESPN's Todd Archer isn't convinced that Kyle Orton will return this season.
ESPN Dallas

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The Cowboys want Orton back even after signing Brandon Weeden, but he's questionable to attend offseason workouts next week and reportedly still considering retirement. Releasing Orton as a post-June 1 cut would allow Dallas to save $3.25 million against the cap this season. Orton is owed $2.25 million in 2015 regardless of whether he's on the roster.
Ravens re-sign ILB Josh Bynes | 04/18/2014 5:52 PM
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Ravens re-signed exclusive rights free agent ILB Josh Bynes.
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Bynes made six starts for the Ravens last season, finishing with 45 tackles and three pass defenses. He's now signed for $480,000 this season. 24-year-old Bynes will return as a situational run stopper opposite Daryl Smith.
Dolphins considering extension for TE Clay | 04/18/2014 5:29 PM
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The Dolphins are considering a contract extension for TE Charles Clay.
Miami Herald

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Clay is coming off a career-best 69/759/6 line in 2013 and graded out as a top-10 receiving tight end by Pro Football Focus. A former Jeff Ireland sixth-round pick, Clay has no ties to new GM Dennis Hickey, but is expected to be in Miami's long-term plans. The Dolphins have a history of letting players reach free agency, so there's still a good chance Clay plays out his rookie deal without a new contract.
David Fales projects as 7th-rounder/UDFA | 04/18/2014 4:21 PM
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NFL.com's Gil Brandt projects San Jose State QB David Fales as a seventh-round pick to priority undrafted free agent.
NFL.com

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The draftnik community was projecting Fales as a possible 2014 first-rounder as recently as last offseason, but he is an undersized (6-foot-1 3/4, 210) prospect without a strong arm and figures to max out as an NFL backup. We do admire Fales' quick release and ability to stand tall in the pocket amid pressure, but he is ultimately a limited talent with sub-par athleticism.
Munchak would have let Jake Locker walk | 04/18/2014 4:15 PM
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen told NFL Live Friday that the Titans likely wouldn't have exercised Jake Locker's fifth-year option even had Mike Munchak stayed on as head coach.
Rotoworld.com

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Munchak, of course, was part of the team that selected Locker with the eighth pick in the 2011 draft. It's telling that the Titans wouldn't have locked in Locker even under the coaching staff that worked with him for three full years. Locker's durability has been poor, but his on-field performance has been just as concerning. He has an 18:15 TD-to-INT ratio over the last two seasons (18 games), with a 57.9 completion rate and 6.9 YPA, absorbing 41 sacks.
Ex-GM: Manziel to 'fall more than ppl think' | 04/18/2014 3:55 PM
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ESPN's Mark Dominik suggested on NFL Insiders that Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will "fall a little more than people think" in May's draft.
Rotoworld.com

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Dominik's thoughts are particularly interesting because he was GMing in the NFL as recently as this past January, and it's probably a safe bet that he still talks to a lot of people around the league. Dominik opined that Manziel could fall as far as the late first round, and suggested the Texans trading back into the latter part of the frame to acquire him. It's no secret that Texans owner Bob McNair is a big fan of Manziel's. Houston currently drafts at Nos. 1 and 33.
Weston Richburg headed for 1st round? | 04/18/2014 3:24 PM
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NFL draft insider Tony Pauline is "told" Colorado State C Weston Richburg could be a "surprise" first-round pick.
TFY Draft Insider

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Pauline had a similar report on Travis Frederick last April, and the Cowboys selected him 31st overall. This year's center class is shallow, so according to Pauline, "the feeling is if you need one, Richburg is the guy, and you better grab him early." Pauline mentions the Packers, Patriots, and Broncos as possible late first-round suitors for Richburg, as well as the Jaguars at No. 39.
Brandon Gibson begins 'light jogging' | 04/18/2014 3:15 PM
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Brandon Gibson has begun "light jogging" as he rehabs from his Week 8 patellar tendon tear.
Miami Herald

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Although recent speculation has posited Gibson's roster spot is in danger, the Miami Herald doesn't believe that to be the case. Cutting Gibson would cause a $2 million salary cap penalty. It's possible, however, that Gibson won't be ready for Week 1, perhaps opening the season on the reserve/PUP list.
Brandon Lloyd gets no guaranteed money | 04/18/2014 3:00 PM
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Brandon Lloyd's one-year deal with the 49ers includes no guaranteed money.
CSN Bay Area

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He can earn a $50,000 workout bonus and has a scheduled $955,000 base salary, which would come directly off San Francisco's books were Lloyd released before Week 1. At age 33 and having been out of football for an entire year, Lloyd is probably a long shot for a 2014 roster spot. His odds would grow even longer if the 49ers used an early-round pick on a vertical wide receiver.
Slot receiver a need for the Texans | 04/18/2014 2:39 PM
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New coach Bill O'Brien recently mentioned slot receiver as a need for the Texans.
ESPN.com

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It sounds like O'Brien isn't entirely on board with theoretical incumbent slot receiver Keshawn Martin, who has disappointed as a 2012 fourth-round pick. He finished 2013 with 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns, also turning in underwhelming averages on kickoff returns (26.3 yards) and punts (8.8).
Jaguars to use Dekoda Watson at Sam | 04/18/2014 2:21 PM
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The Jaguars plan to use Dekoda Watson at strong-side linebacker.
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Watson will play "Sam" backer on first and second down, and is a candidate for snaps at the "Leo" pass-rusher role in Jacksonville's sub-packages. If the Jaguars draft Buffalo's Khalil Mack at No. 3 overall, however, Watson won't end up playing much Leo. Watson should also contribute on special teams.
Raiders re-sign Kaelin Burnett | 04/18/2014 2:18 PM
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Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Kaelin Burnett.
Rotoworld.com

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Burnett made seven special teams tackles in 2013 and will compete for a roster spot. On defense, he is a reserve at both outside linebacker positions.
| 04/18/2014 2:18 PM
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Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon missed 11 tackles out of 47 opportunities last season.
Pro Football Focus

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Weatherspoon ranked No. 39 out of 40 qualifying players in tackle efficiency at Pro Football Focus. While his 2013 numbers represent a small sample size, Weatherspoon has finished in the bottom 25 percent of 4-3 outside linebackers in tackle efficiency in each of his four seasons as a pro.
Paul Worrilow produced tackles at high rate | 04/18/2014 1:58 PM
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Falcons MLB Paul Worrilow recorded a tackle on 16.1 percent of his snaps in 2013.
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That's 127 total tackles in 790 snaps for the undrafted 'backer in his rookie season. Worrilow was just behind Vontaze Burfict's league-leading rate of 16.4 percent. Worrilow projects as an every-down player in 2014. He remains squarely on the IDP radar as a midrange LB2.
49ers haven't decided about Smith's option | 04/18/2014 1:55 PM
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Profootballtalk.com reports the 49ers have not yet decided whether or not to exercise Aldon Smith's fifth-year club option.
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

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It's not totally different than Adam Schefter's early-Friday report, which simply stated the Niners are "not expected" to exercise Smith's option. Expecting things and making decisions are not the same. Like Schefter and San Francisco writer Tim Kawakami, we fully expect the 49ers to decline Smith's fifth-year option. The deadline for teams to decide on 2011 first-rounders is May 3.
Nate Menkin signs with CFL team | 04/18/2014 1:46 PM
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Ex-Texans OT Nate Menkin has signed with the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks.
Aaron Wilson on Twitter

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A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, Menkin has also spent time with the Eagles. He'll try to improve his game in Canada, perhaps eyeing an eventual NFL return. Menkin stands 6'4/296 and is 25 years old.
Rolando McClain to report to Ravens | 04/18/2014 1:28 PM
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The Baltimore Sun reports the "current plan" for ILB Rolando McClain is to report to the Ravens' offseason program as soon as Monday.
Aaron Wilson on Twitter

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McClain caught flak for showing up to a mid-April conditioning test severely out of shape, but it's not especially surprising considering he's been away from football for nearly a year. Still only 24 years old, McClain is worth bringing to OTAs to see what he has left once he gets his fitness in order.
Raiders re-sign Matt McCants | 04/18/2014 1:24 PM
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Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent OT Matt McCants.
Rotoworld.com

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McCants wound up making three starts for Oakland last season, performing better than expected at right tackle. He should stick around as a 2014 reserve.
Saints re-up Robert Meachem on 1-year deal | 04/18/2014 12:22 PM
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Saints re-signed WR Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.
Rotoworld.com

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After one miserable season in San Diego, Meachem returned to New Orleans in 2013 to catch 16 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns as a situational deep threat. Entering his age-30 season, Meachem will try and fill that role again in 2014 but should face competition from Joe Morgan and a rookie.
Pagano calls offseason important for T-Rich | 04/18/2014 11:37 AM
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Coach Chuck Pagano stressed that it's "very, very important" for Trent Richardson to be present for the entire offseason program.
colts.com

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"It's going to be very, very important for [Richardson] to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will," Pagano said. "We look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign." The Colts are comfortable with Richardson atop the depth chart, but the leash shouldn't be long if Richardson can't prove his 2013 was a mirage.
49ers not expected to pick up Smith's option | 04/18/2014 10:57 AM
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers aren't expected to pick up the fifth-year option for 2015 on OLB Aldon Smith's contract.
Adam Schefter on Twitter

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The 49ers have until May 3 to make a decision. There's already some doubt that Smith will even play for San Francisco in 2014. However, it wouldn't hurt for the team to exercise the option. Smith's on-field play has certainly warranted it, and the salary isn't even guaranteed. Smith may not be worth the trouble.
Jimmy Clausen recovering from torn labrum | 04/18/2014 10:13 AM
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Free agent QB Jimmy Clausen is currently recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
USA Today

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Clausen spent last season on injured reserve. It had previously been unknown what injury Clausen had been dealing with, but he underwent surgery on September 11. Clausen hasn't attempted a single pass since his disaster 2010 rookie season. He wants a chance to compete for backup duties somewhere.
Jared Crick penciled in as Texans starting RE | 04/18/2014 10:04 AM
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Jared Crick is currently penciled in as the Texans' starting right end.
ESPN.com

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Veteran Antonio Smith held that spot the previous five seasons but left for Oakland in free agency. Crick, a 2012 fourth-round pick, played 277 defensive snaps last season, accumulating a meager 20 tackles. The Texans were high on Crick two offseasons ago, but he hasn't been a playmaker on limited snaps. He has zero career sacks or forced fumbles. The Texans will draft some line help.
Bills WR Kaufman hints at switch to tight end | 04/18/2014 9:52 AM
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Bills WR Brandon Kaufman has put on 30 pounds since last season and hinted at a switch to tight end.
buffalobills.com

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Kaufman was already big for a receiver at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds but now tips the scales at 245. He was signed as a priority undrafted free agent following last year's draft out of Eastern Washington. Kaufman ran a 4.67 forty last winter. He faces long odds of making the 53-man roster.
Jaguars RB Todman signs ERFA tender | 04/18/2014 9:27 AM
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Jaguars re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Jordan Todman to a one-year, $645,000 contract.
Rotoworld.com

BC RB Williams drawing interest from Pats | 04/18/2014 8:55 AM
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The National Football Post reports Boston College RB Andre Williams has drawn the most interest from the Patriots, Browns, Steelers, and Jets.
National Football Post

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Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) is an early-down bruiser and would make a ton of sense as a LeGarrette Blount replacement in New England. He caught just ten career passes in college. Williams lacks lateral quicks but is a decisive runner who doesn't waste steps. He projects as a mid- to late-round pick.
Report: 49ers, Kaep table extension talks | 04/18/2014 8:35 AM
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick have tabled contract extension negotiations while police investigate the "suspicious incident" in Miami.
NFL.com

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Kaepernick, Quinton Patton, and Ricardo Lockette are all expected to walk away without any charges, but the investigation is in its "early stages." Contract talks between the 49ers and Kaepernick weren't going well in the first place. The sides were reportedly far apart on a deal that should pay Kaepernick upwards of $18 million annually. The goal is still to hammer out a pact before Week 1.
Cosell dishes on Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier | 04/18/2014 12:07 AM
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After watching Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier's college tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell stated on the Ross Tucker Podcast that Shazier is an "unbelievable, sudden quick-twitch athlete."
Ross Tucker Podcast

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It shows up in Shazier's measurables, as he ran in the 4.3s at Ohio State's Pro Day, with a scintillating 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. "There's not a lot of guys who play linebacker who can run like this kid," Cosell said. "This kid is incredibly sudden. He's not a powerful kid, but he was willing to take on blocks when necessary." Cosell did express some concern about Shazier's read-and-react timing. We expect Shazier to be a late first-round pick. You can listen to the full Cosell-Tucker podcast at the link below.
Cowboys exercise Tyron Smith's 2015 option | 04/17/2014 11:23 PM
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Cowboys exercised LT Tyron Smith's team option for 2015.
ESPN Dallas

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Going by the 2014 transition-tag numbers, Smith will be due $10.039 million in 2015. He's making $2.079 million this season. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Smith has missed one game in three years, and emerged as a Pro-Bowl talent on Tony Romo's blindside. Still only 23, he'll get locked up long-term sooner rather than later.
Cosell discusses UCLA OLB Anthony Barr | 04/17/2014 11:05 PM
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After studying UCLA OLB Anthony Barr's game tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell likened Barr's skills to Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo's, and believes Barr will play a role similar to Mingo's as a rookie.
Ross Tucker Podcast

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The sixth overall pick in last year's draft, Mingo played just under 60 percent of Cleveland's defensive snaps as a rookie. "When you watch him on film, he's a very unrefined player," Cosell said of Barr. "He's a pass rusher in sub-packages until he matures physically and mentally." Cosell believes Barr must improve his pass-rush repertoire, but offers "a lot to work with" in the way of short-area explosion, ideal length, and straight-line speed. Although Barr has become something of a whipping boy among draftniks, we wouldn't be surprised if -- also like Mingo -- he were selected with a top-ten pick.
Report: Bengals yet to begin talks with Green | 04/17/2014 10:53 PM
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Profootballtalk reports the Bengals have yet to begin extension talks with A.J. Green.
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Seferian-Jenkins: I'm 'completely healed' | 04/17/2014 10:15 PM
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Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot surgery) says he's "completely healed," and two weeks ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Alex Marvez on Twitter

Donald Jones underwent kidney transplant | 04/17/2014 10:13 PM
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Retired WR Donald Jones underwent a kidney transplant in December, and is now playing baseball for the Atlantic League Somerset (N.J.) Patriots.
MyCentralJersey.com

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Still only 26, Jones' kidney issues forced his retirement last August. It appears it will be permanent. Jones finished his football career with 82 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns across 35 games.
Report: 49ers not planning to cut Aldon Smith | 04/17/2014 10:06 PM
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are not planning to release embattled OLB Aldon Smith.
NFL.com

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However, Rapsheet believes Smith will begin the year suspended, and potentially even in jail. Smith was already due to appear in court on April 29 on gun and DUI charges before his bizarre Sunday arrest for making a bomb threat at LAX. It's pretty safe to assume Smith won't be appearing in all 16 games this season.
Jets exercise Wilkerson's fifth-year option | 04/17/2014 9:37 PM
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Jets exercised RE Muhammad Wilkerson's team option for 2015.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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It's expected to be worth roughly $6.969 million. Wilkerson is coming off a monster season, gobbling up the run while notching 10.5 sacks. Although he's now under team control for the next two seasons, it's possible the sides hammer out an extension before Week 1.
Bucs 'prepared' to use No. 7 pick on QB? | 04/17/2014 9:23 PM
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport believes the Bucs are "prepared to dial up a signal-caller" at No. 7 overall.
NFL.com

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That doesn't mean they will, only that they're prepared to. It would be a mild surprise after the Bucs signed Josh McCown on the heels of Mike Glennon's solid rookie season, but it's quite possible Glennon isn't the long-term answer. We know McCown isn't. The Bucs have a better roster than their draft position would indicate, and could afford to invest in their future if the right player falls.
Cardinals could use first-rounder on QB? | 04/17/2014 9:16 PM
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals could use the No. 20 overall pick on a quarterback.
NFL.com

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It's certainly not a position the Cardinals have settled long-term, with 34-year-old Carson Palmer throwing 22 interceptions a season ago. Palmer is an absolute statue in the pocket, and has perhaps just 1-2 years left as a starter. With Palmer in-house, the Cards could the increasingly-rare step of using their first-round pick on a signal caller and then letting him develop on the bench for a season or two.
Lions 'loom as candidates' to trade up | 04/17/2014 9:06 PM
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According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Lions "loom as candidates" to trade into the top five in next month's draft.
NFL.com

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The Lions currently sit at No. 10. They have been heavily connected to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, who is unlikely to fall outside the top five. They also hosted Jadeveon Clowney for a visit on Wednesday. With so many holes on their roster, it would qualify as "rash" if the Lions traded up for a wideout when they already have Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. That being said, Watkins is a special talent.
Chris Snee expected to participate in OTAs | 04/17/2014 8:57 PM
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Giants RG Chris Snee (hip and elbow surgery) is expected to participate in the "bulk" of the team's offseason program.
New York Daily News

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However, Snee remains without a timeline for full clearance. Provided he's healthy, Snee should remain the Giants' starting right guard.
Bolts exercise Liuget's fifth-year option | 04/17/2014 8:38 PM
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Chargers exercised RE Corey Liuget's team option for 2015.
Field Yates on Twitter

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The move locks Liuget in for 2015, but is guaranteed for injury only. That means the Bolts could still move on from Liuget prior to the beginning of the 2015 league year, though it's unlikely they will. Under the terms of the CBA, he'll make the average of the third- through 25th-highest paid players at his position during his option year. Liuget appeared to be coming on in 2012, but was a less effective pass rusher and run stopper last season.
Ravens exercise Jimmy Smith's team option | 04/17/2014 8:32 PM
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Ravens exercised RCB Jimmy Smith's team option for 2015.
Field Yates on Twitter

Texans officially exercise Watt's option year | 04/17/2014 8:19 PM
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Texans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.
Field Yates on Twitter

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It's the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. Watt has emerged as a singular force in the Texans' 3-4 defense, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. He's been a first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. Watt will make a paltry $1.907 million in 2014, but that number will skyrocket in 2015, absent an extension. Under the terms of the CBA, former top-10 picks get the average of the 10-highest paid players at their position in their option year.
Police confirm McNabb spent daily in jail | 04/17/2014 7:28 PM
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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department confirms Donovan McNabb spent one day in jail as part of a plea agreement stemming from a December DUI arrest.
Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com

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"I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern," the sheriff said. What remains unclear is how the entire episode flew under the radar for nearly half a year. Either way, it's now in the past for McNabb, who appears poised to keep his multiple jobs in the media.
Chris Johnson ok with timeshare in backfield | 04/17/2014 6:33 PM
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New Jets RB Chris Johnson understands he's entering a timeshare.
Newark Star-Ledger

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Memorably, Johnson was against the Titans' signing of Shonn Greene last season, but has changed his tune. "I want to come into a program where I think we could win," Johnson said. "And if that's what the coach feels we (have to do to) win, then that's what we have to do." Johnson's YPC slumped to 3.86 in 2013, but he could be reinvigorated as a committee back who gets to concentrate on his strengths. Johnson should be in for 12-15 touches per game.
Rusty Smith works out for the Saints | 04/17/2014 5:48 PM
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Free agent QB Rusty Smith worked out for the Saints.
Howard Balzer on Twitter

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The Saints have already re-signed backup QB Luke McCown, so Smith would just be a camp body. A 2010 sixth-rounder, Smith has attempted only 45 regular-season passes, posting a 29.3 QB rating in the process.
Ravens reinstate McClain from retired list | 04/17/2014 5:42 PM
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Ravens reinstated ILB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list.
Adam Caplan on Twitter

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It's likely the first step toward releasing his rights. McClain bombed his Ravens tryout on Tuesday, showing up late before failing to even finish his conditioning test. It would be very surprising if he's kept on the Ravens' 90-man roster.
Report: McNabb arrested for DUI in January | 04/17/2014 4:26 PM
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TMZ reports Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI in January, and agreed to serve one day in jail as part of a plea agreement.
Brendon Geoffrion on Twitter

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That explains the mugshot, but doesn't explain how the news was kept under wraps for three months. It's also unclear if the matter is resolved or ongoing. Out of the league since 2011, McNabb officially retired in September. It's his first-known brush with the law.
Jags waive three players | 04/17/2014 4:22 PM
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Jaguars waived DE D'Aundre Reed, DE Will Pericak and WR Jabin Sambrano.
Rotoworld.com

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A 2011 seventh-round pick of the Vikings, Reed has made six career appearances, all six of which came in 2012 in Minnesota. As a general rule, this is the worst time of year to be waived if you're not an established player.
Schefter: Texans unlikely to take QB at No. 1 | 04/17/2014 4:15 PM
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live Thursday that the "prevailing thought around the league" is the Texans will "take a defensive player or look to trade out" at the No. 1 overall pick.
Rotoworld.com

Jaguars release WLB Russell Allen | 04/17/2014 4:09 PM
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Jaguars released LB Russell Allen.
Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter

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The move clears $2.5 million in cap space. A 2009 undrafted free agent, Allen has spent his entire career with the Jaguars, starting 29 games over the past two seasons. The Jags' weak-side linebacker in 2013, Allen tallied 64 tackles and a sack before a concussion sent him to injured reserve in Week 16. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 17 4-3 outside linebacker, playing 533 snaps. Going on 28, he'd be a nice piece of depth for a contending team, and potential starter elsewhere.
LaMichael James has little trade value | 04/17/2014 4:03 PM
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ESPN's Mark Dominik stated on NFL Insiders that he believes the 49ers could only recoup a sixth- or seventh-round pick for 2012 second-rounder LaMichael James "if they're lucky."
Rotoworld.com

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The Sacramento Bee reported late Wednesday that James is indeed on the trade block. Dominik was an NFL general manager as recently as 2013, and should still have a good feel for players' value around the NFL. "They gotta be thinking sixth-, seventh-round pick if they're lucky," Dominik stated. We lean toward predicting the Niners won't get "lucky," and James will eventually be waived.
McNabb arrested in Arizona, charges unknown | 04/17/2014 3:19 PM
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Donovan McNabb has reportedly been arrested in Arizona.
ABC Phoenix

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The infamous Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has released a mugshot without explanation, but ABC Phoenix reports McNabb has indeed been arrested. It appears to be in relation to an unresolved traffic issue. More details should be available shortly.
Colts OG Joe Reitz signs RFA tender | 04/17/2014 2:13 PM
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Colts re-signed OG Joe Reitz to a one-year, $1.431 million contract.
colts.com

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Reitz was a restricted free agent. Reitz appeared in 14 games last season, and has made 20 starts over the past three years. Reitz can start in a pinch, but is ticketed for a reserve role.
Doss not facing charges following arrest | 04/17/2014 2:02 PM
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Jaguars WR/PR Tandon Doss won't be charged with a crime after being arrested for disorderly conduct in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Troy Kehoe on Twitter

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The non-incident shouldn't have an effect on Doss' roster chances in Jacksonville. The ex-Raven is looking to crack the 53-man roster as a punt returner and reserve wideout.
Chad Ochocinco, 36, heading to Canada | 04/17/2014 1:51 PM
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Free agent Chad Johnson has signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
CFL on Twitter

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Ochocinco is Canada's problem now. Johnson last appeared in an NFL game in 2011, and turned 36 in January. His NFL days are long gone, but perhaps he can still make plays north of the border. He'll be catching passes from former NFLer Troy Smith.
CJ2K disputes reports abouts knee | 04/17/2014 1:45 PM
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New Jets RB Chris Johnson disputes reports that he's developing an arthritic knee.
Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com

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It's the least surprising denial in the world, one that could never be verified unless we saw Johnson's X-rays or MRIs. Johnson has taken a beating during his six years in the NFL, but always remained on the field. The fact the Jets are giving him a $3 million signing bonus is a pretty strong sign they aren't concerned about his health.
Gilbride: Eli had surgeries in the past | 04/17/2014 1:17 PM
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Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride said Eli Manning (ankle surgery) has "bounced back from minor procedures in the past that nobody knew about."
Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter

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That was Gilbride's answer when asked how Manning would bounce back from his arthroscopic ankle operation. Gilbride also bristled at the notion that Manning is in the decline stage of his career. "He'd be the first one to tell you that he could've had a better year," Gilbride said. "I can't imagine (the Giants are) down on Eli going forward." The G-Men would be crazy not to at least consider the possibility. There's a lot on the line for the 33-year-old Manning in 2014.
Britt's deal had just $500K guaranteed | 04/17/2014 11:34 AM
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Kenny Britt's one-year deal with the Rams contains just $500,000 in guaranteed money.
ESPN.com

Eagles could show interest in LaMichael? | 04/17/2014 11:17 AM
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NJ.com suggests the Eagles as a possible fit for LaMichael James.
NJ.com

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It's a logical connection of the dots because James starred for Chip Kelly at Oregon and the Eagles tried to trade for C.J. Spiller earlier this offseason. But that was before the Darren Sproles trade. If the Eagles are looking for someone to spell LeSean McCoy between the tackles, James is not their man. They're better off sticking with Chris Polk and Bryce Brown.
Kai Forbath made final 13 field goals in 2013 | 04/17/2014 10:55 AM
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Redskins K Kai Forbath went 13-of-13 on field goals in the final eight games of last season.
CSN Washington

Skins saying RG3 looks like a different man | 04/17/2014 10:31 AM
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Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are raving about how healthy Robert Griffin III looks.
Washington Post

Schefter: Jets concerned on Johnson's knee | 04/17/2014 9:57 AM
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ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Jets "have some concerns" about the condition of Chris Johnson's knee.
Adam Schefter on Twitter

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It's further confirmation that Johnson isn't going to be a true bell cow in New York. He underwent minor surgery to repair a torn mensicus following last season and Schefter notes that some arthritis has developed. Still, the concerns the Jets have over it must be extremely minor. They gave Johnson a two-year, $8 million contract that included a $3 million signing bonus on Wednesday, penning him into a 1-2 punch with power back Chris Ivory. Durability has been a calling card for the artist formerly known as CJ2K, as he's missed just one game in his six-year career. He'll be fine for 12-15 touches per game.
Sidney Rice brings injury red flags, as usual | 04/17/2014 9:50 AM
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Sidney Rice has played in 16 games just twice in his seven-year career.
Seattle Times

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The oft-injured Rice has missed 25 games over the last four seasons and is now coming off his most series ailment yet -- a torn ACL. Despite being just 27 years old, his body is beaten down. Rice was re-signed by the Seahawks Wednesday to be part of the group that replaces Golden Tate, not the whole answer. Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse will get plenty of snaps in the Seattle's run-heavy scheme.
Stephen Morris impressing people in Miami | 04/17/2014 9:28 AM
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Miami QB Stephen Morris has reportedly "impressed" several people within the Dolphins.
Miami Herald

Brian Cushing tweets that he's 100 percent | 04/17/2014 9:14 AM
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Brian Cushing (knee) tweeted Wednesday that he's 100 percent.
CSN Houston

Ryan Nassib could end up on trade block? | 04/17/2014 9:01 AM
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The Star-Ledger suggests the Giants could asses Ryan Nassib's trade value ahead of the draft.
Newark Star-Ledger

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Nassib failed to move past Curtis Painter as a rookie and now the Giants have added Josh Freeman. They're not showing a ton of faith in his development. That said, if Ryan Mallett and Kirk Cousins can't fetch much on the trade market, the Giants will likely find crickets if they try to shop Nassib. Perhaps they'll carry three quarterbacks on the final roster for the first time in recent memory.
Broncos to lean on run more this season? | 04/17/2014 8:39 AM
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ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says Peyton Manning "might be asked to throw less so the offense can be more" this season.
ESPN.com

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We don't see it. The Broncos led the league by a wide margin in points per game (37.9), yards per game (457.3) and first downs (435) last season, earning the AFC's No. 1 seed for the second straight season. Why change what works? Manning projects to regress a bit off last year's record-setting campaign, but 4,600 yards and 35+ touchdowns on something around 600 attempts is the floor.
Aikman is worried about Tony Romo's back | 04/17/2014 8:22 AM
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Troy Aikman said he would be a bit concerned over Tony Romo's back woes.
dallascowboys.com

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Romo, who will turn 34 on Monday, has undergone two back surgeries within the last year. Aikman had his first back surgery at 26 years old and then faced more back issues just before his retirement age 34. Of course, medicine has come a long way in the last 15 years and the Cowboys have expressed no concern over Romo's health. His rehab remains on schedule.
Jets plan to use Ivory/Johnson in '1-2 punch' | 04/17/2014 2:15 AM
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According to the New York Daily News, the Jets anticipate using Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory in a "1-2 punch."
New York Daily News

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Beat writer Manish Mehta believes Johnson "won't come close" to his career average of 290 carries per year, and could lose "35-40" percent off his 2013 total of 279. That would put Johnson at 167-181 rushing attempts. Should Johnson improve on his 2013 YPC average of 3.86 to, say, 4.20, that would give him 702-763 rushing yards. Ivory is the superior between-the-tackles runner, but Johnson's contract -- the biggest on the 2014 running back market and worth twice as much on a per-year basis as Ivory's three-year, $6 million deal -- suggests CJ?K will indeed be Gang Green's lead back. Ivory projects as a two-down change-of-pace bruiser off the bench.
Josh Samuda out 9-10 months | 04/16/2014 10:04 PM
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Vikings G/C Josh Samuda will be sidelined 9-10 months after fracturing his ankle and fibula, and damaging a deltoid ligament during Minnesota's offseason conditioning program.
Ben Goessling on Twitter

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He's a lock to spend 2014 on an injured list of some sort, or simply be released with an injury settlement. Samuda is a 2013 UDFA out of Massachusetts.
Gilbride says Giants need WR who can 'win' | 04/16/2014 9:58 PM
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Ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride may have hinted on PFT Live Monday that he left the team not sold on Rueben Randle.
Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter

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It's worth noting GM Jerry Reese stated at the Combine that the "jury is still out" on Randle, and that he's not sure whether Randle is a No. 1, 2, or 3-caliber receiver. Gilbride told PFT that the Giants need to "get somebody that's going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win." We'll find out more about the Giants' faith (or lack thereof) in Randle via the draft.
Report: 49ers shopping RB LaMichael James | 04/16/2014 9:02 PM
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The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers "have been shopping" third-year RB LaMichael James.
Sacramento Bee

Taylor Mays coming off shoulder surgery | 04/16/2014 9:01 PM
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Bengals S/LB Taylor Mays is recovering from right shoulder surgery.
USA Today

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Doctors told Mays he couldn't do bicep curls after surgery. "As a guy with meathead tendencies, not being able to do curls - that was rough," he quipped. Mays' shoulder popped out of the socket on an October 27 tackle attempt of Bilal Powell, tearing the labrum in two places. Mays now considers himself "90 percent." The Bengals re-signed him to a one-year, $755,000 deal in March.
Seahawks bring back Sidney Rice on 1-yr deal | 04/16/2014 7:54 PM
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Seahawks re-signed WR Sidney Rice to a one-year contract.
Rotoworld.com

Dwayne Bowe pays fine to resolve pot issue | 04/16/2014 7:33 PM
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Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty to defective equipment and littering charges and paid a $610 fine to resolve the marijuana possession matter against him.
Kansas City Star

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Bowe was popped for marijuana possession back in November. Since it was his first arrest for possession, he was allowed to pay a fine. Bowe should avoid a suspension but could wind up being placed in the substance-abuse program.
Jaguars WR Mike Brown signs ERFA tender | 04/16/2014 7:06 PM
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Jaguars re-signed exclusive rights free agent WR Mike Brown to a one-year, $495,000 contract.
Rotoworld.com

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Brown caught 32 balls for 446 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games and six starts last season. Ideally, he's nothing more than a No. 4 receiver. The Jaguars are a dark horse to snag Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans in the first round of next month's draft. Brown will have to compete for a roster spot this summer.
Sidney Rice visiting the Jets on Wednesday | 04/16/2014 6:32 PM
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Free agent Sidney Rice is visiting the Jets.
Adam Schefter on Twitter

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After locking up Chris Johnson earlier Wednesday, the Jets are now turning their attention to Rice. Rice was just cleared for football activities earlier this week, five months after tearing his ACL. He and GM John Idzik know each other from their days together in Seattle. Rice would be a passable No. 2 receiver opposite Eric Decker with Jeremy Kerley manning the slot. Rice should be cheap.
Texans liked OL Quessenberry last summer | 04/16/2014 6:01 PM
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ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli reports the previous coaching staff was "excited" about second-year G/T David Quessenberry last summer.
ESPN.com

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Quessenberry, the 176th overall pick in last year's draft, landed on injured reserve with a broken foot in Week 2. The Texans have holes at both left guard and right tackle, though Quessenberry profiles more as a guard in the pros. He's an ideal fit for zone-blocking teams as a finesse blocker at 6-foot-5, 306. The Texans are likely to use less zone blocking under new coach Bill O'Brien.
Saints visit with free agent C Jon Goodwin | 04/16/2014 5:09 PM
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Free agent C Jonathan Goodwin is visiting the Saints.
Mike Triplett on Twitter

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All signs pointed to Goodwin eventually making his way to New Orleans for a visit after the Saints lost C Brian de la Puente to the Bears. Goodwin was with the Saints from 2006-2010 before going to the 49ers. The 35-year-old doesn't have a lot left in the tank but would play with two premier guards in LG Ben Grubbs and RG Jahri Evans. The Saints could take a center early in May's draft.
Chris Johnson gets two years, $8M from Jets | 04/16/2014 4:45 PM
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Profootballtalk reports Chris Johnson's two-year contract with the Jets has a base value of $8 million.
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

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Another $1 million is available through incentives. It falls right in line with what we would have expected. The top of the 2014 market before Johnson signed was Donald Brown's $3.5 million annually from the Chargers. Johnson was by far the best back to hit free agency this offseason, and he gets $4 million per year. This is by no means a sign Johnson will carry the load for the Jets.
Raiders to try and deal QB Pryor by Monday | 04/16/2014 4:25 PM
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Profootballtalk reports the Raiders will try and trade Terrelle Pryor by Monday.
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

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Both CSN Bay Area and FOX Sports reported the same thing last month. The Raiders' offseason program begins on Monday, and they don't want the distraction of Pryor. If GM Reggie McKenzie can't find a trade partner, he's fully expected to waive Pryor. He has one year left on his deal at a meager $705,000.
Mike Goodson may not be long for New York | 04/16/2014 4:15 PM
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Following the signing of Chris Johnson, Mike Goodson is expected to be released before the season.
Manish Mehta on Twitter

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Goodson is now the No. 4 running back in New York, behind Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell. Alex Green is currently the No. 5 back. Goodson's one-year tenure with the Jets has been an interesting one. He was popped on gun charges last offseason before tearing his ACL in October. He's still only 27.
Free agent OG Davin Joseph visits Cowboys | 04/16/2014 4:00 PM
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Free agent OG Davin Joseph is visiting the Cowboys.
Clarence Hill on Twitter

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Joseph visited the Rams over a month ago after getting his release from the Bucs. He's entering his age-31 season and had a disappointing 2013 after coming back from a torn patellar tendon. The Cowboys currently have Ronald Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau penciled in at left and right guard, respectively.
Bengals sign P T.J. Conley | 04/16/2014 3:58 PM
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Bengals signed P T.J. Conley.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Conley punted 42 times for the Jets in 2011 but hasn't appeared in a regular season game since. He's strictly a camp leg. Incumbent Bengals P Kevin Huber isn't in any danger.
Jets reel in Chris Johnson with two-year deal | 04/16/2014 3:20 PM
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Jets signed RB Chris Johnson, formerly of the Titans, to a two-year contract.
Adam Schefter on Twitter

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The Jets get their man. Gang Green was the only team really showing legitimate interest in the 28-year-old six-time 1,000-yard rusher. Johnson visited with the Jets all day on Tuesday and said he had more visits to make. Either the Jets wooed him with more money to keep him from leaving town or Johnson simply didn't have any other clubs interested in him. In our opinion, Chris Ivory should remain the early-down back in New York with Johnson mixing in to see 8-12 touches per game. Johnson's fantasy value clearly takes a hit, if so.
Texans plan to play DL Mathews at nose | 04/16/2014 3:13 PM
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The Texans plan to play newly signed DL Ricardo Mathews at nose tackle.
Houston Chronicle

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Houston liked to employ undersized nose tackles under old DC Wade Phillips. New defensive boss Romeo Crennel prefers heavy space-eaters in the middle of his defensive line. Mathews tips the scales at just 300 pounds. He's not going to be counted on to start. The Texans still need a right end and a nose.
Ravens re-sign ERFA LB D.J. Bryant | 04/16/2014 2:39 PM
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Ravens re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB D.J. Bryant to a one-year, $420,000 contract.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bryant, a 2012 undrafted free agent out of James Madison, has never appeared in an NFL game. He spent the 2012 season jumping between the Bucs, Colts, Jets, and Ravens practice squads before spending last season on I.R.
Clay Matthews to be full go for training camp | 04/16/2014 1:21 PM
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Clay Matthews (thumb) admitted he probably won't do much at OTAs but fully expects to be ready for training camp.
USA Today

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"I can't imagine I'll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff (at OTAs)," Matthews said. "I'm sure I can do stuff here and there. But yeah, we risked it once." Matthews broke his thumb twice last season and underwent two separate surgeries, so the Packers are going to ease him back. With Julius Peppers in the fold, Matthews also expects to see fewer double-teams in 2014.
Report: Browns 'really love' QB Derek Carr | 04/16/2014 12:41 PM
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According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, the Browns "really love" Fresno State QB Derek Carr.
Bleacher Report

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"The feeling with many in football is that Cleveland will take Carr with its 26th pick," writes Freeman. This jibes with what NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah was hearing way back in late February. Coach Mike Pettine said Carr was the "best natural thrower in the draft" after a March private workout.
Gronk to take extra time with latest rehab | 04/16/2014 12:20 PM
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A source tells Bleacher Report that Rob Gronkowski (knee) will "take his time and then take more time" with his latest rehab.
Bleacher Report

Report: Giants close to deal w/ Josh Freeman | 04/16/2014 11:50 AM
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A source tells ESPN's Adam Caplan that the Giants should complete a deal with QB Josh Freeman over the next day or so.
Adam Caplan on Twitter

Mike James has resumed running, cutting | 04/16/2014 11:31 AM
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Mike James (ankle) has resumed running and cutting.
Tampa Tribune

Report: Ravens offered Ngata long-term deal | 04/16/2014 10:32 AM
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According to the NFL Network, the Ravens offered Haloti Ngata a lucrative long-term deal earlier this offseason.
NFL.com

Peyton: Montee Ball ready to be starting RB | 04/16/2014 10:05 AM
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Peyton Manning said Montee Ball is ready to be the starting running back.
Jeff Legwold on Twitter

Impact
The Broncos wouldn't have let Knowshon Moreno walk for pennies if Ball didn't have Manning's blessing. We saw that faith in the playoffs last season, when Ball played on 91-of-226 (40.2 percent) of the snaps. Stubborn fantasy owners are going to remember Ball's blown blitz pickup from the preseason and back-to-back fumbles in Weeks 2 and 3, but the Broncos have forgotten about that long ago. Both the coaching staff and Peyton are ready to ride with the physical second-year man as their feature back.
Report: Ravens among teams interested in Sam | 04/16/2014 9:54 AM
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Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens, Jets, Patriots, Falcons, Colts and Browns are showing the most interest in Missouri DE Michael Sam.
Baltimore Sun

McClain couldn't finish interval running test | 04/16/2014 9:39 AM
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The conditioning test free agent ILB Rolando McClain failed for the Ravens Tuesday was an interval sprint.
Baltimore Sun

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The Ravens ask players to run 25 yards up and back three times, for a total of 150 yards. They're asked to do this sprint six times and hit target durations, with a one minute break in between intervals. McClain simply couldn't get through it -- and also showed up late for his workout.
Vikes not talking extension with Rudolph | 04/16/2014 9:20 AM
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The Vikings have not approached TE Kyle Rudolph about a contract extension.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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It looks like the Vikes are prepared to let Rudolph play out his contract year. That could prove to be expensive, as we're expecting him to have a career season now that his foot is healed and he's playing in Norv Turner's tight end friendly offense. Rudolph is going to have a chance to put his underrated athleticism on display.
Falcons, Bills, Dolphins next up for CJ2K? | 04/16/2014 9:09 AM
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ESPN New York says the Falcons, Bills and Dolphins are "said to have interest" in free agent Chris Johnson.
ESPN New York

Impact
Johnson left his Jets visit without a deal, seemingly because they didn't meet his contract demands. That suggests he believes he has other legit suitors, but we're scraping to figure out who they are. It's very possible Johnson eventually comes crawling back to the Jets, who provide the best fit and have $26 million in cap space. Per the New York Daily News, the Jets have "no concerns" about CJ2K's work ethic and view him as a "solid complement" to Chris Ivory.
LaRon Byrd leaves Giants without a deal | 04/16/2014 8:58 AM
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Free agent WR LaRon Byrd will visit the Cowboys Thursday.
Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter

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Byrd left his Tuesday visit with the Giants without a deal. Now the two-year veteran with one career catch heads to Dallas, where Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley are the primary receivers behind starters Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.
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