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NFL draft insider Tony Pauline is "told" Colorado State C Weston Richburg could be a "surprise" first-round pick.

Pauline had a similar report on Travis Frederick last April, and the Cowboys selected him 31st overall. This year's center class is shallow, so according to Pauline, "the feeling is if you need one, Richburg is the guy, and you better grab him early." Pauline mentions the Packers, Patriots, and Broncos as possible late first-round suitors for Richburg, as well as the Jaguars at No. 39.
Apr 18 - 3:24 PM

Brandon Gibson has begun "light jogging" as he rehabs from his Week 8 patellar tendon tear.

Although recent speculation has posited Gibson's roster spot is in danger, the Miami Herald doesn't believe that to be the case. Cutting Gibson would cause a $2 million salary cap penalty. It's possible, however, that Gibson won't be ready for Week 1, perhaps opening the season on the reserve/PUP list.
Apr 18 - 3:15 PM

Brandon Lloyd's one-year deal with the 49ers includes no guaranteed money.

He can earn a $50,000 workout bonus and has a scheduled $955,000 base salary, which would come directly off San Francisco's books were Lloyd released before Week 1. At age 33 and having been out of football for an entire year, Lloyd is probably a long shot for a 2014 roster spot. His odds would grow even longer if the 49ers used an early-round pick on a vertical wide receiver.
Apr 18 - 3:00 PM

New coach Bill O'Brien recently mentioned slot receiver as a need for the Texans.

It sounds like O'Brien isn't entirely on board with theoretical incumbent slot receiver Keshawn Martin, who has disappointed as a 2012 fourth-round pick. He finished 2013 with 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns, also turning in underwhelming averages on kickoff returns (26.3 yards) and punts (8.8).
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 2:39 PM

The Jaguars plan to use Dekoda Watson at strong-side linebacker.

Watson will play "Sam" backer on first and second down, and is a candidate for snaps at the "Leo" pass-rusher role in Jacksonville's sub-packages. If the Jaguars draft Buffalo's Khalil Mack at No. 3 overall, however, Watson won't end up playing much Leo. Watson should also contribute on special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 2:21 PM

Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Kaelin Burnett.

Burnett made seven special teams tackles in 2013 and will compete for a roster spot. On defense, he is a reserve at both outside linebacker positions.
Apr 18 - 2:18 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon missed 11 tackles out of 47 opportunities last season.

Weatherspoon ranked No. 39 out of 40 qualifying players in tackle efficiency at Pro Football Focus. While his 2013 numbers represent a small sample size, Weatherspoon has finished in the bottom 25 percent of 4-3 outside linebackers in tackle efficiency in each of his four seasons as a pro.
Apr 18 - 2:18 PM

Falcons MLB Paul Worrilow recorded a tackle on 16.1 percent of his snaps in 2013.

That's 127 total tackles in 790 snaps for the undrafted 'backer in his rookie season. Worrilow was just behind Vontaze Burfict's league-leading rate of 16.4 percent. Worrilow projects as an every-down player in 2014. He remains squarely on the IDP radar as a midrange LB2.
Apr 18 - 1:58 PM

Profootballtalk.com reports the 49ers have not yet decided whether or not to exercise Aldon Smith's fifth-year club option.

It's not totally different than Adam Schefter's early-Friday report, which simply stated the Niners are "not expected" to exercise Smith's option. Expecting things and making decisions are not the same. Like Schefter and San Francisco writer Tim Kawakami, we fully expect the 49ers to decline Smith's fifth-year option. The deadline for teams to decide on 2011 first-rounders is May 3.
Apr 18 - 1:55 PM

Ex-Texans OT Nate Menkin has signed with the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks.

A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, Menkin has also spent time with the Eagles. He'll try to improve his game in Canada, perhaps eyeing an eventual NFL return. Menkin stands 6'4/296 and is 25 years old.
Apr 18 - 1:46 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the "current plan" for ILB Rolando McClain is to report to the Ravens' offseason program as soon as Monday.

McClain caught flak for showing up to a mid-April conditioning test severely out of shape, but it's not especially surprising considering he's been away from football for nearly a year. Still only 24 years old, McClain is worth bringing to OTAs to see what he has left once he gets his fitness in order.
Apr 18 - 1:28 PM

Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent OT Matt McCants.

McCants wound up making three starts for Oakland last season, performing better than expected at right tackle. He should stick around as a 2014 reserve.
Apr 18 - 1:24 PM

Saints re-signed WR Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

After one miserable season in San Diego, Meachem returned to New Orleans in 2013 to catch 16 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns as a situational deep threat. Entering his age-30 season, Meachem will try and fill that role again in 2014 but should face competition from Joe Morgan and a rookie.
Apr 18 - 12:22 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano stressed that it's "very, very important" for Trent Richardson to be present for the entire offseason program.

"It’s going to be very, very important for [Richardson] to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will," Pagano said. "We look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign." The Colts are comfortable with Richardson atop the depth chart, but the leash shouldn't be long if Richardson can't prove his 2013 was a mirage.
Source: colts.com
Apr 18 - 11:37 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers aren't expected to pick up the fifth-year option for 2015 on OLB Aldon Smith's contract.

The 49ers have until May 3 to decide. There's already some doubt that Smith will even play for San Francisco in 2014. However, it wouldn't hurt for the team to exercise the option. Smith's on-field play has certainly warranted it, and the salary is guaranteed for injury only. Ultimately, Smith may not be worth the trouble.
Apr 18 - 10:57 AM



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