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Chargers traded up to select Notre Dame ILB Manti Te'o with the No. 38 overall pick, sending the Nos. 45 and 110 picks to the Cardinals.

Te'o (6-foot-1 1/4, 241) racked up triple-digit tackles in each of his final three seasons, playing inside linebacker in Notre Dame's 3-4. His playmaking in pass coverage reached new heights as a senior with seven interceptions, although six came on tipped balls. Te'o managed a 4.82 forty at the Combine and isn't an explosive athlete, relying on instincts and "feel" to make plays. He struggles to shed blocks when left unprotected by defensive tackles, which most notably showed up in the BCS title game. In San Diego, Te'o will slot in as an immediate starter adjacent to Donald Butler. The Chargers appear to be giving up on former A.J. Smith second-rounder Jonas Mouton.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:03:00 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero has spoken with two scouts who compared Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to Kordell Stewart.

"Slash," as he became known, was the No. 60 overall pick of the 1995 draft. He played receiver for two seasons before taking over at quarterback his third year in the league. He was used all over the field, never settling in as a franchise quarterback. Commenting on Jackson's comparisons to Michael Vick, Pelissero reports Vick was viewed as a better passer coming out of Virginia Tech. Our guess is that Jackson will be drafted as a pure quarterback, and early on draft weekend, at that.
Feb 22 - 4:04 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bills are not planning to release Tyrod Taylor "at this point."

"At this point, it doesn't seem like they're going to cut him without knowing who his replacement will be," Rapoport sad on NFL Network. "The Bills are OK with paying a $6 million roster bonus to keep him on the roster." That bonus is due on the third day of the new league year. Rapsheet does report the Bills remain open to trading Taylor. Essentially, the report changes nothing. There is wiggle-room wording leaving open the possibility of Taylor's release while a trade is left on the table. The Bills were extremely vague on Taylor's future in their end-of-season press conferences.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:57 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have not ruled out designating Ndamukong Suh a post-June 1 release.

Plugged-in reporter Armando Salguero considers this the "most likely" scenario if the Dolphins decide to move on. It's actually possible one of the league's many cap-flush teams takes the trade bait on Suh, which would create $3.9 million in space for the Dolphins. Designating him a post-June 1 cut would free up $17 million. Now 31, Suh remained one of the league's best defensive players in 2017 but carries an absurd $26.1 million cap number, the third-highest in football.
Feb 22 - 3:26 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to release LB Lawrence Timmons by the start of the new league year.

The no-brainer move will create $5.4 million in cap space. Timmons went AWOL from the Dolphins in Week 2 but still ended up starting 14 games. He was a liability, generating zero sacks, forcing zero turnovers and getting walloped by the run. The ex-Steeler turns 32 in May. He will struggle for guaranteed money on the open market.
Feb 22 - 3:16 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins plan to release Julius Thomas by the start of the new league year.

It's extremely unsurprising news. The move will clear $6.6 million in space for a team that's up tight against the cap. After two disappointing years in Jacksonville, Thomas remained disappointing in Miami, catching just 41 passes for three scores while averaging an anemic 9.5 yards per catch. He spent the final few weeks of the season on injured reserve with a foot injury. Amazingly, Thomas still doesn't turn 30 until June, but injuries have sapped all of his play-making ability.
Feb 22 - 3:15 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers could be sold for between $2.3-$2.8 billion.

The Observer reports "multiple deep-pocketed individuals are being mentioned as potential bidders." Various outlets have reported multiple billionaires as expressing interest. $2 billion is a good baseline for any NFL team. $2.3-$2.8B would be an extremely good number for Jerry Richardson and his minority owners, as well as a vote of confidence in the league's long-term health.
Feb 22 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Jenna Laine reports the case involving a wrecked DeSean Jackson vehicle that was found with bullets and marijuana is "inactive."

A vehicle registered to Jackson was found wrecked on Christmas Eve, but Jackson told police he wasn't driving, and that neither the bullets nor marijuana belonged to him. Police are not pursuing the case because they "don't have any witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the crash." It sounds like a dead issue for the 31-year-old wideout.
Feb 22 - 1:56 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers could franchise tag free agent K Graham Gano.

That's instead of fellow free agent OG Andrew Norwell. As indicated by the name, the franchise tag was conceived for "franchise"-type players but is just as often used for players like Gano. Going on 31, Gano has been the Panthers' kicker since midway through 2012. He converted 29-of-30 field goal attempts in 2017. Tagging him would cost roughly $4.9 million.
Feb 22 - 1:48 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks are unlikely to use the franchise tag on free agent DL Sheldon Richardson.

Per Rapsheet, the 'Hawks "want to keep" Richardson, but apparently not at the roughly $14.5 million it would cost under the tag. GM John Schneider could gamble that Richardson's market will be depressed thanks to his ever-present character concerns. Richardson tallied only one sack in 2017 but mostly played up to his standards.
Feb 22 - 1:46 PM

Colts re-signed K Adam Vinatieri to a one-year, $3.625 million contract.

Vinatieri had made it clear he wanted to return for his 23rd season, so it was really only a matter of time. The future Hall of Famer will enter the season just 57 points behind Morten Andersen on the All-Time points list, a gap he should be able to close if he stays healthy -- he notched 109 last season.
Feb 22 - 11:27 AM

The Saints and free agent Drew Brees will meet at the NFL Combine to discuss a short-term deal.

This year's Combine will be held February 27 until March 5, so it's just under a week away. Per NFL Network's Rapoport, the expectation is Brees will not try to "break the bank" by looking to become the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, which he conceivably could do. Instead, Brees is expected to seek $20-25 million annually, less than Jimmy Garoppolo's $27.5 million per year from the 49ers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 8:52 PM




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