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"Several personnel directors" told the New York Daily News they believe the Jets have an "affinity" for Stanford OT Andrus Peat.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson remains a solid starter at age 31, but has a cap charge of over $14 million in 2016. The Jets could view Peat as a short-term solution to their right tackle woes, and as Ferguson's long-term replacement on the blind side. Per the NY Daily News, the "feeling in league circles" is the Jets are willing to trade down -- out of the No. 6 pick -- and could target Peat in the early teens.
Apr 26 - 12:14 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman insists the team is "very excited" about Cordarrelle Patterson's future with the team.

Patterson flopped as a sophomore following a promising rookie season, taking steps back across the board. Spielman insists Patterson has matured this offseason after failing as a route runner under Norv Turner. "There’s no question about the physical ability there. I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we’re very excited about the future with Cordarrelle." Patterson is a total wild card for 2015.
Apr 26 - 12:08 AM

NBC's Alex Flanagan tweeted Saturday that she's been talking to "more and more people" who believe rumors of Philip Rivers being traded by the Chargers "have legitimate legs."

As Flanagan noted, the Titans "need Rivers," in order for beleaguered GM Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt to save their jobs. The Chargers would be a good fit for Marcus Mariota, going to a coach in Mike McCoy who's repeatedly shown the ability to craft his offense to maximize his quarterback's strengths. Any deal of Rivers to Tennessee would likely require a long-term agreement between the team and Rivers. The Titans would have to have that assurance from Rivers' camp before executing the trade. Rivers is entering the final year of his contract.
Apr 25 - 11:40 PM

"Several executives" told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel they've either removed Boise State RB Jay Ajayi from their draft boards or "backed way off" because of how their medical staffs evaluated Ajayi's knee.

Ajayi tore his ACL in 2011, and it's feared he may need microfracture surgery down the line. "I just don't know if he'll hold up physically," one scout said. "He's had a lot of carries." Since tearing the ACL, of course, Ajayi dominated college football and showed big-time NFL-caliber tools. The concern continues to be with Ajayi's longevity, at a position where longevity isn't the expectation.
Apr 25 - 11:31 PM

In a poll of 20 NFL personnel men, Georgia's Todd Gurley received 13 votes as this year's top running back prospect.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon garnered the other seven first-place votes. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel used a "points system" based on rankings provided by the scouts. Behind Gurley and Gordon in "points" were Ameer Abdullah as this year's No. 3 running back, T.J. Yeldon at No. 4, Tevin Coleman at No. 5, Duke Johnson at No. 6, and Jay Ajayi (knee) at No. 7. Javorius Allen, David Johnson, and David Cobb/Jeremy Langford (tie for 10th) rounded out the top ten.
Apr 25 - 11:18 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky considers Shonn Greene's roster spot in jeopardy.

Greene is owed $3.5 million in the final year of his deal. He’s averaged 4.0 YPC the last two seasons and remains a release candidate if the Titans draft a running back. Tennessee would leave $833,000 in dead money by cutting Greene.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 9:47 PM

Broncos released WR Kerry Taylor.

Taylor, 26, hasn’t appeared in a game since 2013. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason is a bad sign for his NFL future.
Apr 25 - 8:32 PM

Dennis Pitta (hip) said it's too early to tell whether he'll play this season.

Pitta has been limited to working out during Baltimore's offseason program. His 2015 status remains up in the air. The Ravens are expected to add a tight end in the middle rounds of the draft.
Apr 25 - 8:27 PM

The Falcons are not expected to pursue Adrian Peterson.

"Our focus has been on this year's draft," GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We’re ready to move on from that discussion." Peterson had been loosely connected to the Falcons. The Cardinals, Bucs, and Jacksonville remain the teams most likely to trade for Peterson.
Apr 25 - 8:05 PM

Isaiah Pead (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Pead is eight months removed from ACL surgery. When healthy, he’ll be no higher than the No. 4 back. The Rams can save $941,000 by releasing Pead.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 7:09 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said the team doesn't know if suspended WR Justin Blackmon has applied for reinstatement.

"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said. "Plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he's going to go in with the top guys and compete. Hopefully we're able to get some news." Blackmon hasn’t appeared in a game since 2013 and remains on indefinite suspension. The Florida Times Union believes Blackmon is done in Jacksonville.
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

ESPN's Nick Wagoner expects the Rams to move on from LE Chris Long after this season.

Long missed the first 10 games last year to ankle surgery. He was a non-factor when he returned, managing one sack over 238 snaps. Entering his age-30 season, the Rams have concerns Long will never regain his pre-injury form. Long is owed $12.5 million this year and counts $14.25M against the 2016 cap.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 5:35 PM

Martellus Bennett has skipped the first two weeks of the Bears' offseason program.

The reasons for Bennett's absence aren't yet known. Coming off a career high 90/1,038/6 line, Bennett is under contract for $9.98 million the next two seasons.
Apr 25 - 4:40 PM

Panthers exercised MLB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option, valued at $11.1 million.

He's now under contract through 2016. Kuechly, 24, has been Panthers’ every-down middle linebacker the last three seasons. The option year buys Carolina time in long-term talks. A two-time All Pro, Kuechly will eventually top Texans ILB Brian Cushing's six-year, $55.64 million contract.
Apr 25 - 4:12 PM

The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to place Dion Jordan on the trade block.

Jordan was a no-show for the start of offseason workouts, leading some to question his commitment to the team. In two years since Miami took him third overall, Jordan has been suspended twice and failed to establish a meaningful role on defense. Miami would lose $1 million in cap space by trading Jordan.
Apr 25 - 3:50 PM



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