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Sources tell ESPN that suspended WR Justin Blackmon will enter a rehab facility.

Now that he's suspended for the year, perhaps Blackmon will finally take his alcohol issues seriously. He was arrested for DUI in 2010 while underage, was busted with a BAC three times the legal limit just a month after getting drafted and was suspended for the first four games of this season after violating the league's substance abuse policy. Now Blackmon is hoping to get reinstated into the league in 2014. The Jags likely want to cut ties, but he's one of the few supremely talented players on their 0-8 roster. The exact nature of his latest transgression remains unknown.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 11:13:00 PM

In an interview with HBO's Bryant Gumble, Russell Wilson claimed the Texas Rangers want him to play baseball.

Wilson added, "I know I can play in the big leagues." Straight out of the John Elway school of negotiation, Wilson's baseball comments are likely just a leverage ploy in his ongoing contract discussions. A .229 hitter in his short stint in the Rockies' minor-league system, Wilson does not have the bright baseball future he might imagine. Wilson will be the quarterback of the Seahawks for the foreseeable future, and the two sides should come to an agreement sometime before the start of the season.
Apr 18 - 11:28 AM

The Steelers medically cleared Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong (wrist) during his visit to the team's facility on Friday.

Pittsburgh put Strong through several tests during his visit and are sending those results to the rest of the league. Strong has disputed a report saying he would need surgery on a fractured bone in his wrist, and this report seems to back him up. Despite posting a 40 time of 4.44 at the Combine, Strong lacks ideal play speed and fits more as a possession receiver with some ability to win in contested situations. He is expected to be a top-50 pick.
Apr 18 - 10:42 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Georgia RB Todd Gurley's medically-repaired knee "checked out fine" at the NFL Combine medical rechecks.

Gurley declined to have his knee examined at the Combine, but he passed through the recheck process with no issues. There have been reports Gurley will begin the season on the PUP list, but Rapoport added the "hope" is Gurley will be ready for training camp. He will only be eight months removed from the injury when camps begin, so it may be nothing more than "hope" he will be ready by then. Either way, Gurley looks to be on the right track in his recovery and is a great bet to come off the board on Day 1.
Apr 18 - 10:29 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke revealed that Carlos Hyde has dropped his weight into the "mid-220s."

Baalke added that Hyde looks "extremely good." Hyde measured 6-foot, 230 at the 2014 Combine. Weight loss has had positive recent effects on Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy (pre-2014), and Marshawn Lynch early in his Seattle career. If the 49ers decline to draft a running back who poses significant competition to Hyde, he'll only have Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter to beat out for touches. Hyde has high-end RB2 upside for 2015.
Apr 17 - 3:19 PM

The Dallas PD has suspended its aggravated assault case against Broncos CB Aqib Talib.

Talib was being investigated for assault after an incident on April 8. After talking to witnesses, the Dallas PD said it doesn't have enough evidence to proceed at this time. This story should fade away. Talib can move on with his life.
Apr 17 - 11:50 AM

An NFL general manager told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman that he believes the Raiders are "right there" in the mix to trade for Adrian Peterson.

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson adds that he "keeps hearing" Oakland connected to Peterson. GM Reggie McKenzie has been trying to add star power and Peterson certainly fits the bill. The Raiders are one team with the cap space to take on A.D.'s $12.75 million cap hit. It's definitely concerning for Latavius Murray owners that McKenzie has seemed hellbent on adding talent to his backfield, first flirting with DeMarco Murray and now Peterson. The Raiders have ties to Peterson, having hired his old offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave to replace departed OC Greg Olson.
Apr 17 - 11:39 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to make a "strong pitch" for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

The Browns haven't worked out Mariota, but that means little this time of year. Teams routinely eschew such visits yet draft the player. The Browns have unique perspective into the draft's No. 2 quarterback, as new QBs coach Kevin O'Connell spent six weeks mentoring Mariota before arriving in Cleveland. This isn't the first report linking Cleveland to Mariota. Owner Jimmy Haslam is consumed by the idea of finding a "franchise quarterback." With the Nos. 12 and 19 picks, the Browns have the ammunition to make a draft-day move.
Apr 16 - 2:34 PM

NFL removed Vikings RB Adrian Peterson from the exempt/commissioner's list.

As a condition of his reinstatement, Peterson must maintain an "ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors." The question now becomes where Peterson will be playing in 2015. He appears dead set against returning to the Vikings, but at least so far, they've appeared dead set on keeping him. Due $44.25 million over the next three seasons, Peterson would almost certainly have to restructure his contract as part of any trade.
Apr 16 - 2:10 PM

Antonio Gates indicated he'd like to have his snaps dialed back in 2015.

"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," Gates said. "I was playing the whole game. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations." Gates, 35 in June, played 787 snaps last season and saw the sixth-most targets among tight ends on his way to a 69-821-12 line. He admittedly doesn't have many years left and wants to conserve his time. The Ladarius Green plane may actually get off the ground in 2015.
Apr 16 - 8:54 AM

Jaguars signed MLB Paul Posluszny to a one-year extension through 2017.

He was previously under contract in 2015 and 2016 at base salaries of $7.45 million in each year. Heading into his age-31 season, Posluszny's on-field play has declined sharply in recent years, and he finished 2014 on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. It's possible the extension was done for salary cap purposes, but the Jags are in excellent financial condition. Either way, Posluszny is locked in as Jacksonville's starting middle linebacker and will be an IDP bounce-back target. He ranked second in the NFL in tackles (162) in 2013.
Apr 15 - 11:56 PM

Fred Jackson acknowledged the Bills intend to utilize LeSean McCoy as a "bellcow," but promises to "not make it easy for him."

"They want him to take the majority of the load," F-Jax conceded. "But I’m not going to make it easy for him. I’m not going to just hand it to him and say, ‘Here’s the job.’" The Bills invested Kiko Alonso and a big contract in Shady, so he'll be given every opportunity to soak up touches. We wouldn't rule out Jackson stealing some passing-down and goal-line work, however. "I’m going to push him," Jackson promised. "Every time I get a chance to touch the ball, I’m going to make every play that I can when I’m out there."
Apr 15 - 10:35 PM

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