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Patriots released WR Kamar Aiken.

It clears a roster spot for Jermaine Cunningham to return from suspension. Aiken was just signed off the practice squad this week. The Patriots also released FB James Develin in a corresponding move.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 05:17:00 PM

Seahawks CB Tharold Simon (toe) has been a full participant in the offseason program.

Injuries have completely wrecked the 2013 fifth-rounder's career to date, but he's been getting first-team reps on defense with DeShawn Shead sidelined. "He’s doing everything," coach Pete Carroll said. "This is a really good look at him, this is the best we have seen him. ... He’s going to have a great, competitive opportunity because he’s put together a great off-season." Were Simon to beat out Shead for No. 3 cornerback duties, he would play on the boundary in nickel situations.
May 26 - 7:48 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the "hope" remains that Thomas Rawls (ankle) is ready for Week 1.

The same is true for Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon). The Seahawks haven't really offered anything new on Rawls in recent months, but it remains notable that they can't guarantee his Week 1 status. Rawls offers mammoth upside as a potential workhorse in a run-heavy offense, but his health is a major question mark. Third-rounder C.J. Prosise and Christine Michael are the next men up.
May 26 - 5:02 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

"We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder.
May 26 - 4:48 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.

This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation.
May 26 - 12:53 PM

Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker opened OTAs as the first-team left tackle.

Riley Reiff was expected remain on the left side in the final year of his rookie deal, but he was playing right tackle on Thursday. This is just one offseason practice, but the Lions have been fairly open about their desire to move Reiff to the right side. Decker was not seen as the player who would facilitate that switch by people outside the organization, but it seems Detroit has other ideas.
May 26 - 12:37 PM

Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined.
May 26 - 12:18 PM

Free agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he is about a month away from full health.

Foster tore his Achilles' at the end of October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Foster said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that Pro Bowl level." Close to full health, Foster should be comfortable signing with a new team in the next month. The Dolphins have been the strongest link so far, but the Redskins would make sense as well.
Source: ABC 13
May 26 - 9:48 AM

Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months.

Brees said he is "not stressing" over his contract, but he does not want negotiations to drag into the season. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year." The reason Brees gives for the deadline is not wanting his contract to be a distraction during the season. That may be true, but this pronouncement has the added benefit of putting pressure on the Saints to get something done. It would be a shock if the two sides did not come to an agreement before the season.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 8:54 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports retired RB Marshawn Lynch "told two ex-teammates that he is still thinking about playing this upcoming season."

Richard Sherman said earlier this month he is not convinced Lynch is retired for good, and Michael Bennett said he thinks Lynch could "make an appearance later on." It is possible Sherman and Bennett are the two ex-teammates referenced in the report. For what it is worth, Lynch's agent maintains his client is not considering playing this season. One of the most interesting characters in the league over the last decade, it is far from surprising Lynch's retirement has turned into something of a circus.
May 26 - 8:48 AM

Ezekiel Elliott worked with the second-team offense behind Darren McFadden as the Cowboys began OTAs this week.

One of the primary concerns for Zeke pessimists is that he might open his rookie year in a committee, sharing time with McFadden and/or Alfred Morris. "He's going to compete," RBs coach Gary Brown said of Elliott. "Zeke has to earn it." Elliott said Wednesday that he felt "shell shocked" by the speed on the field at Cowboys OTAs. "It's a lot faster pace." Elliott emerging as Dallas' lead back remains inevitable, but McFadden arguably earned a role by averaging 4.56 YPC in one of the league's worst offenses last season.
May 25 - 11:25 PM

The New York Post reports Eric Decker is skipping Jets OTAs "because he is upset the organization has yet to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick."

The Jets' inability to re-sign their quarterback has not only left the depth chart all but barren, it is alienating other players in the locker room. Decker is trying to "send a message," according to beat writer Brian Costello. Decker's absence from voluntary workouts is not violating any rules. Jets second-year GM Mike Maccagnan arrived in New York flush with salary cap space following the frugal John Idzik area. At present, Gang Green has just $3.154 million available, the third lowest amount in the league.
May 25 - 10:16 PM




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