Browns owner Jimmy Haslam threw support behind Johnny Manziel on Wednesday, saying he "absolutely" believes Manziel can still be an NFL starter.
Tape gurus Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell believed Manziel was a late-round prospect last May. On Haslam's orders, the Browns drafted him 22nd overall. "I ask that question a lot to our football people -- as recently as today," Haslam said. "'Do we still think he can be a starter in the NFL?' And the answer is consistently yes." Either Haslam hasn't surrounded himself with the right football people, or he's living in denial. Haslam definitely seems to be in denial about Manziel's off-field habits. "Let me say this, I don't know how much of Johnny's personal life was known by everybody then and I don't know how much is known now,'' the Browns' beleaguered owner said. "... It's way too early to give up on Johnny."
Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said the team "would love to have" Adrian Peterson back next season.
Coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman previously expressed support for Peterson, but this is the first comment from ownership. Wilf did add some caution to the end of his statement. "He's a Minnesota Viking, and we'd love to have him back," were Wilf's words. "And of course, a lot depends on the NFL and steps he's making in his own personal journey." Peterson counts $15.4 million against the salary cap. Eligible for reinstatement on April 15, Peterson's Vikings future remains up in the air.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't expect the Steelers to re-sign free agent OLB James Harrison.
Harrison came out of retirement in Week 4 and went on to post 5.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries in just 11 games (four starts). Despite entering his age-37 season, he should draw free-agent interest. PFF graded Harrison as a top-ten 3-4 outside linebacker in 2014.
ESPN Dallas believes the Cowboys could put a second-round tender on restricted free agent WR Cole Beasley.
Beasley would make $2.4 million at the second-round level. The Cowboys also have the option of giving him a low tender, but risk not getting any compensation if he signs elsewhere. Beasley finished fourth on Dallas with 48 targets last season, posting a 37/420/4 line.
Jeff Garcia will interview for the Rams' QBs coach job.
Garcia, 44, has been out of the NFL since 2011. He spent last year coaching quarterbacks for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Garcia is a candidate to replace Frank Cignetti, who was promoted to offensive coordinator.
Bucs released QB Josh McCown.
A no-brainer move by Tampa Bay, McCown's release saves $5.25 million against the cap. McCown started 11 games last year, throwing for just 2,206 yards and an 11:14 TD/INT ratio. His release leaves Mike Glennon atop the QB depth chart, though Glennon is a candidate to be traded. The Bucs are expected to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, with Jameis Winston believed to have a "big edge" over Marcus Mariota. McCown will be limited to backup offers in free agency. The Ravens would be a sensible landing spot, reuniting McCown with ex-Bears coach Marc Trestman. Baltimore needs a backup for Joe Flacco.
The Steelers will play the Vikings in the 2015 Hall of Fame Game.
The game will take place on August 8. Playing in the Hall of Fame Game means both teams will have five preseason games. Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis and Vikings C Mick Tingelhoff will be inducted in the Hall of Fame that weekend.
Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia expects the Eagles to move on from free agent OLB Brandon Graham.
Graham managed 5.5 sacks despite playing just 43 percent of snaps in a rotational role last year. He reportedly wants to play in a 4-3 scheme and should be able to land a starting role on the open market. Rotoworld's No. 9 free-agent edge rusher, Graham will likely command $5 million-plus annually.