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49ers signed OG Laken Tomlinson to a three-year extension through 2021.

Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the deal carries a maximum value of $18 million with $10 million guaranteed. Without a new deal, Tomlinson's contract would have expired after this year. The 26-year-old impressed as a run-blocker last season but struggled in pass protection. He should open 2018 as the Niners' starting left guard.
Jun 22 - 2:46 PM

Colts LB Anthony Walker said he has cleared the concussion protocol.

He tweeted, "All Clear" with a thumbs-up emoji on Friday. Walker suffered the injury at last week's minicamp. The Northwestern alum logged 22 tackles over 115 defensive snaps as a rookie in 2017.
Jun 22 - 2:37 PM

Free agent RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) has been medically cleared to resume football activities.

He announced the news on his Twitter account. The 26-year-old had surgery last month to remove a plate that was inserted in his fractured leg back in 2016. Despite leading the Giants with a career-best 751 rushing yards last year, Darkwa has drawn minimal interest on the open market. He visited the Patriots in April but so far that's been his only nibble.
Jun 22 - 2:06 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes Ryan Griffin has a "major opportunity" to pass Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart and start for the Bucs during Jameis Winston's three-game suspension.

Griffin was impressing the coaching staff last summer but sprained his AC joint in his shoulder in the preseason opener, which handed the No. 2 job to Fitzpatrick. He returned late in the season to be Fitzpatrick's backup when Winston was hurt. Griffin, a 2013 UDFA, has never attempted a regular-season pass but spent his first couple years with Sean Payton and Drew Brees in New Orleans. Fitzpatrick is the heavy favorite to start Weeks 1-3, but Griffin will have plenty of opportunities to win over the staff in camp and preseason.
Jun 22 - 9:53 AM

Browns RBs coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will ride the "hot hand" in the backfield this season.

"If they are having success why would you change?" Kitchens said. "All three of those guys -- Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and Nick Chubb -- can run our running game." Tyrod Taylor recently praised Hyde's deceptive ability in the pass game, while Kitchens noted how "violent" Chubb is as a runner, something the offense desires at the position. New OC Todd Haley rode Le'Veon Bell hard in Pittsburgh and would likely prefer one emerges from the pack. Hyde is expected to get the first crack at things, but Chubb is fully expected to challenge him at some point. This is one of the more intriguing position battles to watch this summer.
Jun 22 - 9:43 AM

Lions DE Kerry Hyder (Achilles') was a full participant at OTAs and minicamp.

Hyder tore his Achilles' last preseason and missed all of 2017 after surprising with eight sacks the previous year. The Lions badly need edge-rushing depth and are counting on Hyder to help provide that opposite Ezekiel Ansah. Anthony Zettel led all Lions' ends in snaps last year and recorded 6.5 sacks.
Jun 22 - 9:38 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jameis Winston will be suspended three games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

Per Schefter, the league "still has not notified Winston of its official decision," and "the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games." The ban is the result of Winston's alleged March 2016 groping of an Uber driver. He was not charged with a crime in the incident. The timing is devastating for the Bucs, who will travel to New Orleans in Week 1 before hosting the Eagles and Steelers in back-to-back weeks. As coach Dirk Koetter coaches for his job, he will be doing so with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The expected ban is a mammoth blow to Winston's fantasy value. He had been looking like a value pick as the QB19 according to Fantasy Football Calculator. Fitzpatrick's presence under center doesn't really affect the outlook for players like Mike Evans and Cameron Brate. Fitz loves to throw with the best of them.
Jun 21 - 6:03 PM

AzCardinals.com projects offseason trade acquisition as the team's starting corner opposite Patrick Peterson.

The Arizona Republican made the same projection in May. Taylor merely needs to beat out third-year pro Brandon Williams, who made zero starts in 2017.
Jun 21 - 5:30 PM

Bengals signed third-round LB Malik Jefferson to a four-year contract.

Experienced at both middle and weak-side linebacker, Jefferson is a height-weight-speed prospect with Jekyll & Hyde tape; he missed too many tackles, struggled in pass coverage and should have been more dominant than he was in college with 89th-percentile SPARQ athleticism and 4.52 speed. Ultimately, Jefferson profiles as a boom-bust prospect for the Bengals.
Jun 21 - 5:12 PM

Bengals signed third-round DE Sam Hubbard to a four-year contract.

The Bengals' entire draft class is now under contract. PFF College credited Hubbard with 48 QB pressures in 2017, fifth most in this year’s class. Before becoming a star pass rusher at Ohio State, Hubbard played safety in high school and at one point committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame. An underrated athlete despite his 4.96 forty time, Hubbard posted above-par 53rd-percentile SPARQ results in Indy and won with a relentless motor in the Big Ten. He also led all edge defenders in Wonderlic score (35). Long term, Hubbard profiles on the John Simon-Clay Matthews spectrum.
Jun 21 - 5:11 PM

The Athletic's Vic Tafur reports that "as of Wednesday" Martavis Bryant had not been notified of a pending suspension.

Tafur also reports that Bryant "did not fail a drug test or miss a test for that matter." The report that the Raiders were fearing a suspension was from extremely reliable beat writer Michael Gehlken. Clearly something is afoot, but no one knows what. Tafur does report he caught wind of a similar report "a couple of months ago" that ended up getting killed. There was apparently a "complication" with one of Bryant's tests that was "cleared up when Bryant visited the NFL offices." It does not appear that and this are related, however. As always with Bryant, sit tight.
Jun 21 - 1:28 PM

Broncos signed first-round OLB Bradley Chubb to a four-year contract.

As with all first-round picks, the deal includes a fifth-year option. With Shane Ray once again dealing with a wrist injury, the Broncos need Chubb to immediately contribute opposite Von Miller. The rookie has the skill set to do just that.
Jun 21 - 12:21 PM

Robby Anderson pled no contest to a reckless driving charge.

All other charges from Anderson's January incident had been dropped, but he was still facing a misdemeanor charge. He was given six months of non-reporting probation. This wraps up all of Anderson's legal issues, but he could still face discipline from the league.
Jun 21 - 11:20 AM

NJ Advance Media's Ryan Dunleavy believes Giants OG John Jerry is on the roster bubble.

Jerry has been a 16-game starter for the Giants three of the last four seasons, but he was pushed down the depth chart by free-agent addition Patrick Omameh and second-rounder Will Hernandez. Jerry worked with the second- and third-team during the offseason program. New York can save $1.875 million against the cap by cutting him.
Jun 21 - 10:27 AM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes both DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley struggled during minicamp.

It is not a surprise considering how bad both looked last season, but there was at least some hope Kizer could take a step forward in a better situation. Perhaps he will, but Demovsky writes he held the ball too long, took sacks, and struggled with his accuracy during minicamp. Hundley struggled with the same things. Unless one of them improves in training camp, Green Bay's backup situation will once again be a concern.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 10:19 AM



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