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According to Profootballtalk, the Cardinals have "no concerns" about ILB Daryl Washington in the wake of his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Per PFT, "both sides believe the relationship will continue well into the future." It remains unclear what triggered Washington's suspension, but it apparently wasn't the traditional three failed tests. He would be facing a year-long ban for another violation. Washington has a $10 million option bonus due the first day of the 2014 league year. It appears the Cardinals have every intention to exercise it.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 09:05:00 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett admitted he is holding out of OTAs in an effort to land a new deal.

"Trying to get the contract right," said Bennett. "I’ll be there shortly. I don’t know when I’ll be there. Depends on the team and stuff. See how it works out." Bennett reportedly tried to force a trade this offseason, but has recently said he was just looking for a raise. Bennett is owned $18.5 million in salary and bonuses over the final three years of his deal.
May 30 - 11:13 AM

PewterReports' Scott Reynolds said Doug Martin stayed with the Bucs because new OC Dirk Koetter "wanted him back."

Bucs GM Jason Licht mentioned in a radio interview earlier this offseason Koetter liked what he saw from Martin on tape. Though Lovie Smith and the front office appear ready to move on from the oft-injured running back, Martin may have found an ally in Koetter. Martin will battle second-year RB Charles Sims for lead duties in training camp.
May 30 - 10:57 AM

Jets signed Brandon Marshall to a restructured three-year, $26 million deal.

Marshall was scheduled to earn $24.3 million over the final three years of his old deal. The new agreement gives Marshall up to $1.7 million more over the life of the contract including $1.3 million more in guaranteed money. Marshall will receive a fully guaranteed base salary of $9 million in 2015, a $9.5 million base salary guaranteed for injury only in 2016, and a $7.5 million base salary in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 10:37 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole said the Bears are "more than willing" to let TE Martellus Bennett "go the distance" with his hold out.

Set to make just under $10 million over the final two years of his deal, Bennett has been absent to this point in the Bears' offseason program. Bennett is making his point clear by missing these voluntary events, but he can prove he is serious about the hold out by skipping Chicago's mandatory minicamp on June 16. Bennett set career highs in receptions (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (6) last season.
May 30 - 9:34 AM

Falcons signed OG Chris Chester, formerly of the Redskins.

He'll slide into Prince Shembo's roster spot. Chester, 32, started every game for the Redskins over the past four seasons, and has experience at all three interior positions. Coached by Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan in Washington 2011-2013, Chester is a fit for Atlanta's new zone-blocking scheme. Last year, Chester fared well as a pass blocker but had run-game struggles as the Redskins implemented a power-rushing attack. He becomes the favorite to start at left guard in Atlanta, with Jake Matthews at left tackle, Joe Hawley at center, Jon Asamoah at right guard, and Ryan Shraeder or Tyler Polumbus at right tackle.
May 29 - 9:18 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi describes Johnny Manziel as a "fish out of water" in the Browns' new offense.

The job of Cleveland's quarterback under new OC John DeFilippo is to manage games and "play within the structure of a conservative game plan." Manziel's strength -- at Texas A&M, at least -- was improvisation. Manziel has reportedly struggled in OTAs practices, and Grossi writes that Johnny Football's "skills don’t coincide with what the Browns are asking of their quarterback." It's looking less and less likely that Manziel will give Josh McCown a serious Week 1 run.
May 29 - 8:55 PM

The appeal of Tom Brady's suspension will be heard on June 23.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the appeal hearing could even be pushed back further to June 25. In other words, we won't know the actual length of Brady's (for now, four-game) suspension for nearly another month. The Patriots decided against filing an appeal for the draft picks they lost and money they were fined by Roger Goodell, which may ultimately work in Brady's favor during his individual appeal. Still, the fact that it will be Goodell himself presiding over the appeal can't bode particularly well. In semi-related news, lots of fantasy magazines will be published this summer without a concrete timeline on Brady's ban.
May 29 - 8:15 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Josh McCown to be "unchallenged" as the Browns' starting quarterback.

With the Browns "aiming to control the ball on the ground" and not turn it over, Grossi believes the soon-to-be 36-year-old veteran is out well ahead of Johnny Manziel in what is unlikely to even be a competition. By all accounts, Manziel has been horrid the opening week of OTAs, not knowing where to go with the football and leaving the pocket too much, leading Grossi to think the Browns are "moving on" from Johnny Football. We're still three-plus months away from real games, but McCown seems to be comfortably out in front of Manziel.
May 29 - 9:02 AM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Bradford's surgically repaired left knee doesn't appear "remotely close" to full health.

It's our fourth Bradford post of the day. This is just reporter Jeff McLane's take, but he believes "the specter of (Mark) Sanchez under center (in Week 1) becomes more and more of a reality" every day that Bradford's rehab drags on. Neither Bradford nor coach Chip Kelly has attached a date to Bradford's return, though both are trying to project confidence that he'll be ready for training camp. McLane reports Bradford was "clearly favoring" his left leg in Thursday's practice. Bradford has the potential to be a fantasy bargain this season, but he needs to get his health in order over the next two months.
May 28 - 10:15 PM

Free agent OT Jake Long visited the Giants on Thursday.

Long's visit, his first since being released by the Rams in March, comes six days after the Newark Star-Ledger reported the Giants might be interested. The G-Men need another body at tackle after LT Will Beatty tore his pec earlier this month. He's a big name, but injuries have rendered Long a shell of his former self. He turned 30 earlier in May.
May 28 - 8:47 PM

Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson are "splitting" first-team reps at Broncos OTAs.

The Broncos have a new coaching staff and have pushed a competition at the tailback spot, even if Anderson is seen as the heavy favorite. Although Anderson carries legitimate NFL-rushing-title upside in Gary Kubiak's run-friendly scheme, Anderson also holds risk because he isn't totally assured of opening the season as an every-down workhorse. At very least, fantasy owners who select Anderson early in drafts should be sure to handcuff him with Ball.
May 28 - 7:23 PM




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