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The Seahawks will start first-round pick Germain Ifedi at guard.

J'Marcus Webb is penciled in as Seattle's right tackle, with Garry Gilliam on the left side. Justin Britt, Ifedi, Rees Odhiambo, and Mark Glowinski look like the top contenders for two guard openings with Patrick Lewis penciled in at center. Even after GM John Schneider spent three picks on offensive linemen, Seattle's line appears likely to remain one of the worst in the league.
May 2 - 5:06 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called third-round pick Nick Vannett "the best Y tight end in the draft."

The "Y" position is an in-line tight end. In Seattle, Vannett provides insurance behind Jimmy Graham (knee) and Luke Willson, though they are both more "F" tight ends -- particularly Graham. The "Y" tight end has never had fantasy value in the Seahawks' offense. Vannett's Dynasty outlook is bleak.
May 2 - 4:58 PM

The Packers declined DE Datone Jones' fifth-year option for 2017.

Packers GM Ted Thompson has yet to exercise any of his first-round picks' fifth-year options, also declining Nick Perry and Derek Sherrod's. All three have been easy decisions (and not great draft picks). Jones posted 20 tackles and three sacks last year, and has yet to become more than a rotational player.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 4:28 PM

Bengals LCB Dre Kirkpatrick is recovering from shoulder surgery.

He'll be fine by training camp and has a good chance to participate in OTAs. Kirkpatrick revealed he suffered the shoulder injury in Week 3 last year, but he played through it, grading a lowly 116th among 118 qualifiers at Pro Football Focus. The Bengals used a first-round pick on William Jackson III, who along with Darqueze Dennard will push Kirkpatrick to start in camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 4:24 PM

Bills waived DE/OLB Jarius Wynn, C Ronald Patrick, and CB Bud Noel.

Wynn spend the early spring trying to shed weight in order to make a switch from defensive end to linebacker. Patrick and Noel were roster fodder.
May 2 - 4:15 PM

The Jaguars declined LT Luke Joeckel's fifth-year option.

This was expected after Joeckel struggled mightily his first three seasons, and lost his starting job to free agent pickup Kelvin Beachum. Joeckel has not shown the ability to handle himself in an NFL running game, and has been pulverized in pass protection. He was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft. The No. 1 pick in that draft -- Chiefs LT Eric Fisher -- has been only slightly better.
May 2 - 4:14 PM

Dolphins waived DE Damontre Moore, RB Jahwan Edwards, and WR Christion Jones.

Moore has never lacked talent -- he was effective in situational duty early in his career with the Giants -- but he's shaping up as a disappointing career underachiever. Moore was cut for "behavioral issues" by New York, and didn't last the offseason in Miami after being claimed off waivers last December.
May 2 - 4:07 PM

The Broncos will not exercise NT Sylvester Williams' fifth-year option for 2017.

The move is a bit surprising for a key member of Denver's front seven. Per beat writer Mike Klis, GM John Elway was unwilling to put himself on the hook for Williams' $6.757 million option because the Broncos want to extend Williams, but "did not want negotiations to have a $6.757 million-a-year starting point." The going rate for nose tackles is closer to $5 million a year.
May 2 - 3:44 PM

Bucs signed West Georgia OG Dominique Robertson.

Robertson (6'5/324) transferred from Texas Tech to West Georgia for his senior year, earning first-team Division II All-American honors for his elite performance at left tackle. Robertson has incredibly long arms (36"), but still pumped 225 pounds 30 times on the bench in Indy. A traits-based project, Robertson combines NFL-caliber movement skills with blind-side length. While not remotely ready to play, Robertson is worth a look as a developmental flier.
May 2 - 3:14 PM

Bucs signed Colorado State TE Kivon Cartwright.

Cartwright (6'4/243) made 34 starts for the Rams, parlaying 75 catches into 1,136 yards (15.1 YPR) and 11 TDs. He made honorable mention All-Mountain West as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Cartwright displayed adequate athletic ability at Colorado State's Pro Day, running 4.77 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Cartwright is built big with long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 7/8"), but lacks fluidity in his movements and blocked poorly in college.
May 2 - 3:09 PM

Bucs signed Auburn RB Peyton Barber.

Barber (5'10/228) spent one season as the Tigers' starting tailback, managing 1,017 yards and 13 TDs on 238 carries (4.27 YPC). He only caught 11 passes in his college career. A grinding plodder with scant passing-game experience, Barber ran 4.64 with a sluggish 9-foot-3 broad jump in Indianapolis. Barber has drawn glass-half-full comparisons to Alfred Morris, but ultimately is likely to struggle to carve out a substantial NFL career.
May 2 - 3:08 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "loved" what they saw from MLB Kiko Alonso in voluntary practice.

Per reporter Adam Beasley, Alonso was "fast and agile," and "exceeded all expectations." Going on 26, Alonso had a scintillating rookie season, but has been slowed by ACL issues ever since. He's a high-end playmaker when right, but has reached "believe it when you see it" status with his health.
May 2 - 2:48 PM

The Ravens will not exercise S Matt Elam's fifth-year team option for 2017.

Benched players don't get their option years exercised. Elam was sent to the pine in 2014 before missing all of 2015 with a torn biceps. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Elam is left off the 53-man roster, but his draft pedigree and age (25 in September) give him the inside track.
May 2 - 2:42 PM

The Raiders will not exercise CB D.J. Hayden's fifth-year team option for 2017.

It's not a guarantee Hayden even makes the 53-man roster this season. Hayden has been an injury-prone mega bust as the No. 12 overall pick of the 2013 draft.
May 2 - 2:40 PM

The Browns will not exercise OLB Barkevious Mingo's fifth-year team option for 2017.

As you were. The 2013 first-round bust has already spent the offseason packing on pounds as he tries for one final revival of his NFL fortunes. Mingo got as low as 227 pounds, but is now in the 260 range. He's hoping to become harder to block. We aren't holding our breath.
May 2 - 2:32 PM



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