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Falcons waived DT Jimmy Staten.

A 2014 fifth rounder, Staten has bounced around the league the last three years. Getting waived at this stage is a bad sign for his NFL future.
Apr 26 - 5:11 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said there hasn't been "any discussion for quite some time" on trading for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints haven't ruled out a Butler deal, but this falls in line with reports it's highly unlikely. With one of the deeper drafts for corners, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping both their first round picks. Barring a late trade, Butler should play out the final year of his Patriots contract.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 4:21 PM

Packers signed RG Jahri Evans, formerly of the Saints.

Evans turns 34 later this summer, but the Packers have a gaping hole at right guard after losing T.J. Lang as a free agent to the division-rival Lions. Don Barclay was penciled in as the tentative favorite to take over, but he's been brutal in starting chances in the past. Evans offers some short-term security, but he's definitely on his last legs. Green Bay would be wise to draft some help. Evans started all 16 games last season and has made 169 career starts for New Orleans.
Apr 26 - 3:47 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley released a statement on Wednesday, calling the rape allegations against him "untrue, wrongful, and malicious."

"The allegations against me concerning the night of April 8/9 that have recently been reported in multiple media outlets are completely false," Conley said. "I did not commit a crime and have not been charged with a crime. I pride myself on doing things the right way on and off the field. The things being said about me and what happened that night are not true and don't fit my character at all. I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment. However, I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position to have the honor of being an NFL draft pick and these untrue allegations are putting a huge cloud over my name. These allegations appear to be an attempt to ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and my family. There were several witnesses including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place." The entire statement can be read at the link.
Apr 26 - 3:28 PM

49ers DL Arik Armstead underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

The No. 17 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Armstead said he's fully recovered now and has been bouncing all over the 49ers' defensive line in their new 4-3 front. He's also been getting reps at the "Leo" spot as a pass rusher off the edge. Listed at 6'7/292, the 49ers will likely want him playing lighter in 2017.
Apr 26 - 3:25 PM

Updating a previous item, Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) contract would toll to 2018 if he spends all of this season on reserve/PUP.

With this information, it would make all the sense in the world for the Vikings to simply stash Bridgewater on PUP for the season, let him try and get healthy, and then revisit the situation in 2018 when, as of right now, Sam Bradford is scheduled to be a free agent. A lot will happen between now and then, but it sounds like Bridgewater won't be hitting free agency next March.
Apr 26 - 3:07 PM

Free agent LB Dan Skuta is visiting the Patriots on Wednesday.

Skuta, 31, was released by the Jaguars earlier this month, and this is his first known interest. He never became more than a bit player on Jacksonville's defense and is likely looking for special teams work at this stage.
Apr 26 - 2:52 PM

When asked about the running back position, coach Jay Gruden "acknowledged" Matt Jones is "still on the roster" but "didn't have much good to say about him."

Meanwhile, Gruden used all of his breath propping up Rob Kelley and praising third-down back Chris Thompson and former UDFA Mack Brown, suggesting he doesn't see a tremendous need at the position. Jones is likely battling for a roster spot this summer, and right now appears to be on the outside looking in. Once/if the Redskins add another back, Jones could be a goner.
Apr 26 - 2:15 PM

One "national scout" told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Cal QB Davis Webb has "Dak [Prescott]-like intangibles."

Webb's buzz is growing as we close in on draft night, and Rapoport says he "wouldn't be surprised" if Webb comes off the board in Round 1, with the fifth-year team option for first-rounders likely playing an important role in that decision. Webb has been linked to the Browns at No. 33 overall if they miss out on Mitchell Trubisky. We'll likely see three or four QBs taken Thursday night.
Apr 26 - 12:55 PM

Free agent OG Brandon Fusco is visiting the Patriots on Wednesday.

Released by the Vikings in February, this is the first blurb we've had on Fusco since he was cut. The 28-year-old has started 64 games over the past five seasons and would bring quality depth to any team he joins. Fusco had a bad 2016, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 62 guard out of 77 qualifiers.
Apr 26 - 12:29 PM

Cardinals exercised ILB Deone Bucannon's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Picked 27th overall in 2014, Bucannon was a college safety who has made a mostly-smooth transition to linebacker. He had a big year in 2015, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 10 inside linebacker, but Bucannon dipped all the way to No. 40 last season. He received really strong marks for his pass coverage, but was No. 54 of 59 qualifiers against the run.
Apr 26 - 12:03 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports if the Browns fail to land UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky in the first round, Cal QB Davis Webb will be the target at No. 33 overall.

On Tuesday, Pauline reported Webb is drawing a ton of interest from teams at the top of Round 2. He's expected to be one of the first five quarterbacks off the board, and there was some chatter earlier this month that Webb has a chance to go in the first round. If the Browns are unable to move up from No. 12 overall to get to Trubisky, they could be in position to go with Clemson's Deshaun Watson, but it's unclear who Cleveland prefers as their Plan B behind Trubisky.
Apr 26 - 11:48 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings are expected to decline Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year team option for 2018.

As expected. Bridgewater mangled his knee last summer, forcing the Vikings to swing a deal for Sam Bradford, and Bridgewater still isn't healthy and remains without a timetable for return. Bradford is expected to get an extension at some point, which should allow Bridgewater to hit the open market in 2018. (They're not going to pay both.) He shouldn't be rushing to get back to the field in Minnesota unless Bradford gets hurt. Bridgewater is still just 24 and could be an interesting free-agent case next year.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 10:48 AM

Raiders acquired RB Marshawn Lynch and a 2018 sixth-round pick from the Seahawks in exchange for a 2018 fifth-round pick.

Lynch is in Oakland Wednesday to take his physical, which he should pass considering he's rarely been injured in his career and is coming off a year in retirement. The Raiders apparently were impressed with Lynch's conditioning at his recent visit. Lynch is getting a two-year deal from the Raiders, though it's likely a one-year pact with an option. He just turned 31 but will be running behind a top-three offensive line, which is a massive upgrade from his final year in Seattle.
Apr 26 - 10:42 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins are not "locked in" on Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp at No. 22 overall.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline spoke to "several people" last week who believed Miami was "locked in" on Lamp. That doesn't sound like it's the case, as Salguero adds that multiple other things would have to happen for the Dolphins to settle for Lamp. Miami's brass has no inclinations to take a guard early in the draft. Pass rushers and cornerbacks are perceived as more pressing needs.
Apr 26 - 10:22 AM



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