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Vikings C John Sullivan (microfracture surgery) is on track to be ready for the start of training camp.

"[Sullivan] is on target to start when we start, so hopefully, that'll still be the case," coach Leslie Frazier said after the team wrapped up its final minicamp practice Thursday. The former Golden Domer had knee surgery shortly after the season ended. Sullivan graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 center in 2012.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 04:02:00 PM

Browns GM John Dorsey said during his pre-draft press conference he thinks "hand size is important" when looking for a quarterback.

It's possible foreshadowing as the Browns have continuously been linked to Wyoming QB Josh Allen, who has the largest hand size among quarterbacks in this year's class, with the No. 1 overall pick. "You'll laugh at me when I say it, but I think hand size is important,'' Dorsey said. "Hand size in November and December, when it's snowing, raining, it's getting muddy...We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role." Dorsey also went out of his way to acknowledge the Browns are making sure Sam Darnold, who fumbled 21 times in 24 starts at USC, has adequate hand size to hang on to the football in AFC North stadiums late in the season. "You worry about that sometimes," he said. Cleveland has reportedly "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.
Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

Ravens signed restricted free agent WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million offer sheet.

The Saints will now have five days to match the offer or risk losing him. Snead already reported to the Saints' offseason program but the team is unlikely to match Baltimore's offer after they gave him just an original-round tender then signed Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract. New Orleans also re-signed Brandon Coleman earlier this week. Assuming Snead moves on to the Ravens, they will have overhauled their receiving corps by adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Snead this offseason.
Apr 20 - 10:41 AM

Earl Thomas' reps told Seahawks GM John Schneider at his charity event Thursday Thomas won't hold out even if he does not receive a new contract.

Thomas is scheduled to earn $8.5 million in the final year of his contract this season and recently hinted he would be willing to hold out for a new deal. This new detail is not only great news for the Seahawks, but for any potential suitor that was concerned about trading for him and immediately finalizing an extension. No matter where he plays this season, Thomas, still only 28, is likely to command an annual $12-million plus on his next contract.
Apr 19 - 8:42 PM

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in a radio interview Thursday the team is "counting on [FS Earl Thomas]" being at camp in July.

"He's a Seahawk," Carroll continued. "I don't know what everyone's talking about." When asked if he expects Thomas at camp in July, Carroll responded, "Heck yeah, he better be there. He's on the roster. We're counting on him." This is likely coach speak as GM John Schneider even confirmed in March the team was listening to trade offers for Thomas. The perennial All-Pro safety didn't report to voluntary workouts with the Seahawks on Monday, still leaving his future with the team in doubt. Thomas is scheduled to earn $8.5 million in the final year of his deal this season and has hinted he would be willing to hold out for an extension.
Apr 19 - 7:20 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said he's open to trading the No. 5 pick in next week's draft.

Elway said Denver is open to moving both up or down in the draft. He also added that if the Broncos do stand pat at No. 5, the team will select the best player available, regardless of position. The expectation all along has been that Denver would choose a quarterback at No. 5. There's still a good chance of that happening, though obviously Elway isn't ready to tip his hand. If the Broncos are truly open for business at No. 5, the quarterback-needy Bills would be wise to place a call into Elway.
Apr 19 - 2:50 PM

Giants released/failed physical WR Brandon Marshall.

As expected. Marshall showed zero chemistry with Eli Manning in his lone season with the G-Men, amassing just 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns on 33 targets before going down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. The 34-year-old told the team he was open to taking a pay cut to stay in New York, but the Giants dumped him anyway. Marshall's release saves New York $5.16 million in cap space. With Marshall gone, the Giants could make a run at ex-Cowboy Dez Bryant, who prefers to stay in the NFC East.
Apr 19 - 2:21 PM

The Ringer's Kevin Clark reports the Browns have "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

It is highly unlikely this actually happens, but that does not mean it is a bad idea. The success rate of even first-round quarterbacks is shockingly low, but taking two of the top quarterbacks would give Cleveland a decent shot at landing one long-term starter. If both pan out, they would also have a valuable trade chip to acquire future assets. That said, developing one quarterback is difficult enough, and it would be a challenge to find enough practice reps for Tyrod Taylor and two rookies. Still, the fact the Browns have even considering an out-of-the-box idea like this is a good sign.
Source: The Ringer
Apr 19 - 11:57 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports "more than one team prefers" Maryland WR D.J. Moore to Alabama WR Calvin Ridley.

Productive despite a myriad of quarterback issues at Maryland, Moore is an explosive athlete (39.5-inch vertical and 132-inch broad) with exceptional ability after the catch. He is certainly not as refined as Ridley, but his physical skills give him a higher ceiling. It would not be a surprise to hear Moore's name called before Ridley's next week.
Source: MMQB
Apr 19 - 11:19 AM

DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston plan to work out together this offseason.

After coach Dirk Koetter criticized the quarterback for not getting Jackson the ball, Winston made it a goal to improve his chemistry with the speedy receiver this offseason. "Me and DeSean, we have spent a lot of time together this offseason whether it was on the phone, Facetime or even at his house," Winston said. "We're going to find times and slots where we can work outside of the facility to help build our connection." Jackson is a good bet to improve on his 50/668/3 line from a season ago.
Source: ESPN
Apr 19 - 10:34 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he is going to use Tarik Cohen all over the formation.

"He’s a run threat and then he can catch the ball in space in broken formations," Nagy said. "We’re going to teach him everything we can and move him around and do different things." After averaging 8.75 touches a game as a rookie, it sounds like Cohen will have a bigger role under the new coaching staff. Nagy has compared Cohen to Tyreek Hill, who he coached in Kansas City.
Apr 19 - 10:21 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Kevin White "has a big ceiling."

Nagy is setting a clean slate for the former No. 7 overall pick, saying it is up to White whether he can turn that upside into production. "He’s got to put time in the playbook. He’s got to put in the extra work after practice when he can," Nagy said. "And then when the game comes, he’s got to make plays." White has played five games in three seasons because of multiple injuries and did not show well in that limited action. He is a long-shot to develop into a quality contributor.
Apr 19 - 9:30 AM




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