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The NFL is proposing an overhaul to its offseason calendar, pushing back the Scouting Combine to early March, the start of free agency to early April and the draft to early May.

The proposed plan needs to be approved by the NFL Players Association, but the league is reportedly aggressively pushing the changes. Under the proposal, every team would open training camp on the same day in the summer, making it the universal kickoff for football season. The new idea was conjured up in order to lengthen the offseason and have one major event each month, while creating a new revenue stream for the league.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:16:00 PM

The Lions' official website believes the team is planning a "featured role" for Ameer Abdullah (foot) in 2017.

The Lions admitted as much with their offseason moves, somewhat surprisingly skipping over running back in the draft and free agency. Still recovering from a torn ligament in his foot, Abdullah expects to be "full go" soon. "I'm just going to work my tail off and be the best back I can in the situations I'll be given this year," Abdullah said. "This year, I'm really attacking things with a more focused mindset to get everything done." Abdullah's home run ability has never been in doubt, but he won't catch passes with Theo Riddick in tow, and has just two career rushing touchdowns. There's still quite a bit of projection required with the 24-year-old (in June) back.
May 22 - 1:25 PM

"Multiple sources" told the Miami Herald that DeVante Parker "has been so impressive this offseason" that Dolphins coaches are now hopeful he can "finally develop" into a "dominant threat."

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen has said the same publicly. Per the Herald's Armando Salguero, during the offseason program Parker has "come to understand that staying healthy is key to his success," which means "eating right," no longer skipping meals, and taking the team nutritionist's advice. Parker is also showing up on time after tardiness was a recurring early-career theme. In the past, Parker didn't always get enough sleep or work hard in practice. He is apparently doing those things now. If Parker has indeed matured, he has the god-given ability to take a third-year fantasy leap.
May 22 - 1:21 PM

ESPN New York reports there's "no market" for free agent Darrelle Revis because of last year's "significant decline" and "whispers about his commitment."

Reporter Rich Cimini spoke with a head coach, team executive, personnel director and scout. Revis' questionable commitment was an open secret during his disastrous age-31 campaign. Cimini's group did believe Revis could still land a contract if he agrees to a "modest" deal and "convinces team brass he still has the passion to play." One of the modern era's most famous mercenaries, Revis has never played for less than top dollar.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 1:20 PM

Bucs signed first-round TE O.J. Howard to a four-year contract.

As with all first-rounders, Howard's deal includes a team option for a fifth year. Howard is a rare talent at tight end who matches a video-game body and athleticism with dominant blocking ability. Rookie tight ends rarely contribute in fantasy, but Howard's skill set at least gives him a chance.
May 22 - 12:50 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the NFL is still reviewing assault allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott was accused by then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson of assault last July. The incident was investigated by the Columbus (OH) city prosecutor, but no charges were filed. It is unclear why the NFL's investigation has taken so long to complete. While the lingering investigation is troublesome, it still seems unlikely Elliott faces a suspension.
May 22 - 12:36 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell reports Giovani Bernard (ACL) is expected to get in limited work during OTAs.

It is surprising considering he is just six months removed from tearing his ACL, but the definition of limited work could simply be individual drills run at less than full speed. That said, Bernard's recovery appears to be on schedule if not ahead, and there is a good chance he is ready to go by Week 1. Bernard will have to compete with second-round pick Joe Mixon for passing-down work.
May 22 - 12:21 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes "it wouldn’t be a surprise" if 49ers TE Vance McDonald does not make the final roster.

The 49ers openly attempted to trade McDonald during the draft, but cutting him for nothing is another story, one which would cost the 49ers cap space this year or leave dead money in 2018 depending on how the move is designated. It is still unclear why outgoing-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December, and it looks like the 49ers will have to eat some money to reverse that poor decision.
May 22 - 11:59 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said sophomore WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') will be a full-go for OTAs.

Just last month Gruden said Doctson would be moved slowly through OTAs, so this is a promising development. It is not a surprise, however, considering CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay recently reported Doctson "has looked quick and healthy this offseason." Even with Terrelle Pryor in the fold, Doctson has an opportunity to earn a big role this year if he can stay healthy.
May 22 - 10:31 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye surgery) will not attend OTAs.

Zimmer recently underwent the eighth surgery on his right eye. "Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," the Vikings said in a statement. "We all agree Mike's health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term." The Vikings expect Zimmer to return "in a few weeks."
May 22 - 10:27 AM

Redskins president Bruce Allen said the July 15 deadline for a long-term deal is "the driving point" in negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins.

Allen said the team has maintained "constant dialogue" with Cousins' camp and he is "still optimistic" something will get done. That optimism seems unsupported by the facts on the ground, but Allen is right that deadlines drive action. Perhaps the Redskins and Cousins will surprise us this summer.
May 22 - 9:52 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports free agent CB Darrelle Revis will not face any league discipline stemming from an incident in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

Revis was initially charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor after a street fight in February, but those charges were dropped in March. The NFL reportedly continued their own investigation after the legal matter was resolved, but they also found no wrongdoing. Even with the possibility of suspension no longer hanging over his head, Revis has not gotten a sniff of interest in the last month.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 9:24 AM




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