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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints coach Sean Payton and Johnny Manziel met to discuss "a return to football" during Super Bowl week.

RapSheet has also reported Manziel drew "real interest" at the combine and is still training for a return. While this report is likely true, it does not mean the Saints will rush out to sign a marginally talented quarterback with a troubling legal history, especially considering the city they play in and his issues with substance abuse. It still does not seem particularly likely Manziel will get another shot in the NFL.
Mar 23 - 10:35 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder after the season.

The good news is the problem was not with his troublesome knee, but it yet another injury for a player who has struggled to stay on the field since joining the Bears in 2015. The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects him to be ready for training camp, but the Bears will likely take it slow. Chicago has the makings of a dominant front seven, but they need McPhee to stay healthy.
Mar 23 - 9:40 AM

Shane Vereen agreed to reduce his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.15 million.

The details of the agreement are not available, but Vereen will likely be able to earn some of that money back via incentives. The Giants made it clear Vereen would return when they paid his $500,000 roster bonus earlier this month, but this move gives them some financial relief in the event he is not able to come back from tearing his triceps twice last season.
Mar 23 - 9:22 AM

Chargers held a private workout with Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes.

They also reportedly worked out Tennessee's Josh Dobbs. This does not mean the Chargers are drafting Mahomes or Dobbs, but it does show they are doing real background work on top quarterbacks. Philip Rivers is signed through 2019, but he will turn 36 in December. It is time for the Chargers to at least consider their future at the position, and it will not be surprising if they add a developmental quarterback in this year's draft.
Source: ESPN
Mar 23 - 9:18 AM

Saints restructured LT Terron Armstead's contract.

Armstead's $5 million roster bonus was converted into a signing bonus, giving the Saints $4 million in cap relief, relief they could use to sign Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet. Armstead is one of the best left tackles in the league when he is on the field, but he was limited to seven games last year and has not played more than 14 in a season to this point in his career.
Mar 23 - 8:43 AM

Seahawks claimed K John Lunsford off waivers from the Bucs.

Tampa Bay cut Lunsford when it added Nick Folk to compete with -- and probably overtake -- failed 2016 second-rounder Roberto Aguayo. In Seattle, Lunsford will battle head-case Blair Walsh to replace Steven Hauschka.
Mar 22 - 9:11 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants aren't interested in re-signing free agent Victor Cruz.

Cruz hasn't generated any interest since visiting the Panthers back in February. He may have to wait until after the draft to sign with a team.
Mar 22 - 7:35 PM

Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

Murray dealt with ankle issues in the second half of last season, but didn't miss any time. The Vikings were aware he needed surgery before signing him to a three-year deal. It sounds like this is a minor clean-up to remove bone chips. Murray will likely miss all of OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Source: vikings.com
Mar 22 - 6:44 PM

Packers re-signed RB Christine Michael.

The Packers were the only team to show interest in Michael. He'll return for another year after getting claimed off waivers last November. Michael should have a better grasp of Green Bay's scheme with a full offseason to prepare. With Eddie Lacy gone, he'll be in the mix for a committee role with Ty Montgomery.
Mar 22 - 6:34 PM

Free agent LB Zach Brown is "exploring all options."

Brown has visited Buffalo, Miami and Oakland. He wasn't close on money with the Dolphins, but hasn't ruled out signing with any of the teams. 27-year-old Brown is the top linebacker remaining on the market.
Source: ESPN
Mar 22 - 6:14 PM

Dolphins claimed T/G Avery Young off waivers from the Saints.

An undrafted free agent, Young missed all last year on NFI with a knee injury. He'll compete for one of Miami's final roster spots.
Mar 22 - 5:40 PM

The Vikings have interest in free agent Rod Streater.

The Vikings haven't visited with Streater but are in the market for a speed receiver to replace Cordarrelle Patterson. The Colts, Seattle, Cleveland and the 49ers are also in the mix.
Mar 22 - 5:31 PM

Free agent K Zach Hocker worked out for the Jaguars.

Hocker spent 2016 out of the league. He would add competition for Jason Myers.
Mar 22 - 5:19 PM

Jaguars signed TE Mychal Rivera to a two-year, $6.75 million contract.

The second year of the deal is a team option. Rivera also had interest from the Jets and Colts. Jacksonville is a solid landing spot after moving on from Julius Thomas. Rivera could open the season as the Jaguars' top receiving tight end, but he is unlikely to have much of a box-score impact.
Mar 22 - 4:50 PM

The Packers visited with free agent OL Byron Bell.

Bell missed all of 2016 with an ankle injury. He was a starter the first five years of his career and could be a candidate to replace T.J. Lang. The 49ers have also been linked to Bell.
Mar 22 - 4:44 PM



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