Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 14

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 14
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FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports "lots of folks" inside the NFL are "optimistic" suspended WR Justin Blackmon will return to the Jaguars in 2015.

Just as Josh Gordon's Dynasty league owners get the worst news possible, Blackmon's get a ray of hope. The Jaguars hope to have an update on Blackmon's progress before May's draft, at which point they can begin planning for the 2015 season. Blackmon remains "suspended indefinitely," with no concrete date for potential reinstatement. At Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell's season-ending presser this past December, he said he'd "heard some good things" about Blackmon's recovery from substance abuse. Blackmon turned 25 two weeks ago. His return would be a huge boost for beleaguered Blake Bortles.
Jan 25 - 4:29 PM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio confirms Josh Gordon's one-year suspension stems from a failed test for alcohol, a substance Gordon was prohibited from consuming following his July 2014 DUI.

Consuming alcohol seems minor to all of us, but it was explicitly banned for Gordon as part of his DUI treatment plan. As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter, the NFL's substance abuse policy is "extremely strict and spelled out. He'll wait for 2016." Gordon will be 25 1/2 years old when the 2016 season kicks off. He led the NFL in receiving yards at age 22.
Jan 25 - 4:14 PM

A source tells Profootballtalk.com that a successful appeal for Josh Gordon's latest suspension is "unlikely at this point."

Gordon allegedly tested positive for alcohol, something he was presumably prohibited from consuming in connection with his laundry list of drug-related misdeeds. Per PFT's Mike Florio, Gordon's one-year ban is likely a "done deal." The Browns need wide receiver help. And a quarterback.
Jan 25 - 4:02 PM

The Arizona Republic reports Dick LeBeau will not join the Cardinals' coaching staff.

LeBeau-to-Arizona seemed like a lock early this winter, but LeBeau's wife doesn't want to move away from Cincinnati. LeBeau may resurface in Tennessee, where he'd reunite with coaching disciple Ray Horton. Wherever LeBeau does land, it's expected to be in an overseer -- not coordinator -- role.
Jan 25 - 3:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon has flunked yet another drug test and will be subject to a one-year suspension.

Details aren't yet known, but should trickle out within the next 48 hours. Gordon was suspended ten games to open the 2014 season for multiple failed drug tests. The Browns also suspended him for Week 17 following a violation of team rules. There were postseason rumors the Browns might try trading Gordon this offseason, but the latest ban effectively torpedoes his trade value. The Browns may outright release him shortly.
Jan 25 - 3:48 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects the Browns to let Jordan Cameron walk in free agency.

Grossi previously predicted Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray would be Cleveland's starting tight ends to open the 2015 season. Cameron is a top-five talent at the tight end position, but the Browns appear poised to move on following an injury-riddled 2014 campaign. Cameron's free agent market will be fascinating to track. The 26-year-old is likely to come at a nice discount.
Jan 25 - 2:52 PM

New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is attempting to add Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith to his front office.

Highsmith is a highly respected college scout who was originally hired by Ron Wolf in 1999. He was named the NFL Scout of the Year following the 2010 season. McCloughan, like Highsmith, has a background with Wolf. McCloughan is trying to turn Washington's front office from a mess into something formidable. Luring Highsmith to D.C. would be a big first step.
Jan 25 - 2:20 PM

The Eagles are holding a second interview with Chris Polian regarding their general manager vacancy.

Bill's son had an abysmal and brief run as the Colts' GM before owner Jim Irsay cleaned house following the 2011 season. Chris spent the last two years in the Jaguars' organization. He would be an underwhelming hire for the Eagles, who are trying to replace Tom Gamble as Chip Kelly's top personnel man.
Jan 25 - 2:13 PM
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