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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Andre Johnson would be willing to restructure his contract to facilitate a trade, but not take a pay-cut.

In other words, Johnson would gladly help a new club kick the can down the road, but would still expect to eventually collect every cent in it. Johnson's $15.644 million cap number greatly complicates any potential deal, and would make a restructure all but necessary.
Jul 10 - 8:15 PM

Retired C Matt Birk has been named the league's director of football development.

Birk retired in February 2013, shortly after accepting a position as an appeals officer for the NFL and NFLPA. Among Birk's duties will be "developing" the game. He's expected to have a role in the "evolution" of the Scouting Combine. Birk was a six-time All-Pro for the Vikings in the 2000s, and 16-game starter for the 2012 Super Bowl champion Ravens.
Jul 10 - 6:16 PM

Speaking Thursday, Packers president Mark Murphy called extending GM Ted Thompson's contract a "top priority."

"I think Ted's been instrumental obviously in the run we've had," Murphy said. "So that is a real priority." Thompson is signed through 2016, but isn't the sort of executive usually allowed to get near the end of a contract. Something will likely be worked out before Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 5:21 PM

Packers OT Derek Sherrod spent the entire offseason program at right tackle.

The Packers want the walk-year lineman to focus on one position after being limited to 13 appearances through his first three NFL seasons. OL coach James Campen was impressed with Sherrod's offseason. "The kid looks terrific," Campen said. "The next step for him is to get him into the daily grind, put the pads on and go pound it." Sherrod is not in the mix for a starting job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Bills TE Tony Moeaki on the roster bubble.

This puts reporter Joe Buscaglia in accord with ESPN's Mike Rodak, though Buscaglia also believes Moeaki could carve out a nice role in camp. Moeaki ran with the first-team offense for the majority of the offseason as Scott Chandler missed time. As always with Moeaki, his roster spot will ultimately come down to his health. Either way, he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2014.
Jul 10 - 4:25 PM

According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the team is "certain" Julio Jones (foot surgery) "will return to his old explosive self."

Jones has twice fractured his right foot since leaving Alabama three years ago, but recently declared himself "back to the old Julio," and figures to be eased into training camp. Jones' current fantasy Average Draft Position is the middle of round two, where he could be a value pick if he indeed stays healthy. With Tony Gonzalez's 120 targets removed from Atlanta's offense, 25-year-old Jones has as much fantasy upside as any wide receiver in football.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 2:50 PM

According to a source with "knowledge of the dynamics of the situation," it’s unlikely that the Browns cut Josh Gordon, but it "remains possible."

In other words, don't count on it. Gordon has more than earned his release with his off-the-field behavior, but he's simply too dynamic of a talent for the Browns to give up on. If waived, Gordon would almost certainly get claimed. Aside from negative publicity, there's little reason for the Browns to dump last year's receiving champ. They have nothing to lose by keeping him stashed.
Jul 10 - 1:55 PM

No players were selected in Thursday's Supplemental Draft.

The email "draft" appeared to last less than five minutes. New Mexico WR Chase Clayton, North Carolina LB Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg DT Lakendrick Ross and SMU RB Traylon Shead are now eligible to sign with any team as undrafted free agents. The fact that no team was willing to surrender even a seventh-round pick in next year's draft for any of the four players obviously bodes poorly for their NFL futures.
Jul 10 - 1:13 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles said he thought Robert Griffin III rushed back from his knee reconstruction last season.

"The thing about ACLs: I’ve always thought they take a complete year to get over. And I think he rushed himself a little bit," Briles said. "So I think this year, I do think we’ll see a very healthy RGIII." The onslaught of positivity continues. All indications point to a bounce-back season for RGIII.
Jul 10 - 12:52 PM

Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is "confident" he will be ready for training camp.

"I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable." ASJ missed all of Bucs OTAs and minicamp because of Washington's late graduation, so he will likely be behind Brandon Myers and Tim Wright when camp begins. He should push for snaps early, though, and could develop into a red-zone threat as soon as this season. Seferian-Jenkins is a TE2 flier in redraft formats.
Jul 10 - 12:47 PM

Jaguars.com's John Oehser said the Jaguars view second-year CB Dwayne Gratz as a "building block of the defense."

Gratz had a solid rookie campaign, earning positive marks from Pro Football Focus and holding opposing quarterbacks to a meager 75.7 quarterback rating when they threw his way. Will Blackmon will challenge him, but Gratz is the favorite to open the season opposite Alan Ball.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 10 - 12:41 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Andre Johnson has told the Texans "he wants to play for another team."

Rapoport added four teams have expressed interest in the veteran wide receiver, but Houston is resisting the move. It is unsurprising Johnson wants a trade. Entering his age-33 season, Johnson does not have time to wait through yet another rebuilding job. He is also unhappy the Texans refused a deal that would have paid him his $1 million workout bonus despite the fact that he missed several sessions. Even with the animosity, it is not a certainty Johnson leaves Houston. Rapoport believes the Texans could remedy the situation by paying Johnson his $1 million or promising him a roster spot in 2015. This has the look of a saga that could drag into camp.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 10 - 12:01 PM

Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson is the favorite to start opposite Perry Riley.

A 2012 fourth-round pick, pectoral injuries have limited Robinson to only 69 career snaps. Finally health, Robinson has worked with the first-team defense all offseason. He still has to prove he is mentally ready to handle the job, but all indications are Robinson will begin the season as the starter.
Jul 10 - 11:46 AM

Colts tight end coach Alfredo Roberts said getting Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) back "is like getting a brand new player."

Allen was pegged for a big role in OC Pep Hamilton's offense last year, but he injured his hip only 32 snaps into the season and was placed on injured reserve. Now healthy, Allen should once again be a big part of the Colts' plans. He is a solid TE2 with upside.
Source: colts.com
Jul 10 - 10:58 AM

Lions second-year RE Ziggy Ansah will be moved around more in new DC Teryl Austin's defense.

"I like the changes we have now," Ansah said. "I don’t always have to be on the right side. I can get up and move around and drop into coverage." Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season despite playing limited snaps. He should see his role on defense increase this season, and is a good bet to break the double-digit sack barrier.
Jul 10 - 10:35 AM



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