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Vikings signed sixth-round WR Moritz Boehringer to a four-year contract.

He's the first rookie to sign his contract. It's become a rudimentary thing to this point, as each pick has an amount slotted to it. Last year's No. 180 overall pick, Jaguars DT Michael Bennett, inked a deal worth a little more than $2.418 million. Boehringer will be a fascinating player to watch this summer.
May 2 - 9:02 PM

The Steelers declined OLB Jarvis Jones' 2017 fifth-year option.

It would have paid Jones an $8.4 million salary in 2017. It likely wasn't an easy decision for the Steelers, but Jones has failed to meet expectations as the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has just five career sacks.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 8:57 PM

Second-round LB Deion Jones will be the Falcons' middle linebacker this season.

Jones is a bit undersized at 6'1/222, but the Falcons want to get faster on defense. Jones will supply it after he blazed a 4.38 forty at LSU's Pro Day. Incumbent MLB Paul Worrilow will either be a sub-package player or lose his job altogether. Worrilow is a run-of-the-mill linebacker who doesn't make many plays.
May 2 - 7:34 PM

Chargers DE Corey Liuget has dropped 17 pounds already this offseason and plans to play at 290.

Liuget played at 315 last season, so it's significant weight loss. He finished last season on I.R. with a foot injury and also battled a knee problem that required minor offseason surgery. Liuget said he wants to play lighter to extend his career and take pressure off his joints. It should also help him play much quicker. Liuget signed a five-year, $51.25 million extension last spring.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 7:12 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan didn't mention second-year QB Bryce Petty when discussing the team's quarterback plans for 2016.

"Hopefully if we can re-sign Ryan (Fitzpatrick) and we have Geno (Smith), kind of go from there and see how we do," Maccagnan said. He also wouldn't rule out playing rookie Christian Hackenberg this season. If the Jets get Fitzpatrick back in the fold, and keep Smith, then that leaves no room for Petty, whom the Jets used the No. 103 overall pick on just last year.
May 2 - 6:51 PM

The Bills declined E.J. Manuel's 2017 fifth-year option.

This was an easy call. Manuel would've been in line for over $11.3 million in 2017 if the Bills had exercised the team option. Rookie Cardale Jones will give Manuel a run for No. 2 duties this season and very likely will take over as the direct backup next year. Manuel is more of a $3-5 million player.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 6:38 PM

The Patriots declined OG Jonathan Cooper's 2017 fifth-year option.

Cooper doesn't have much to show for his three-year career thus far, and being that he was a top-ten pick, the option would have out him on the books for $11.9 million in 2017. New England is hoping to revive Cooper's career, but that's too hefty a sum at this point. Cooper needs to win a job first.
May 2 - 6:36 PM

Bengals DE Margus Hunt went back to Olympic-style training this offseason.

Hunt was an Olympic shot-put and discus thrower before ever dabbling in American football at Southern Methodist. Olympic-style training, per Hunt, focuses more on cleans, jerks, and snatches, rather than presses, curls, and muscle-isolating routines. He's bulked up to 300 pounds, but plans to get back down to his playing weight of 285-290. Entering a contract year with nothing to show for his first three NFL seasons, Hunt is definitely on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 6:22 PM

Redskins released LB Desmond Bishop.

Bishop has bounced around the league over the last three seasons, playing a total of 45 snaps. Turning 32 in July, Bishop's NFL career is on the fringe.
May 2 - 5:51 PM

Patriots waived CB Rashaan Melvin and LB James Vaughters.

Melvin has now been cut by the Ravens and Patriots in less than a calendar year. He struggled across 65 snaps with both teams last season.
May 2 - 5:49 PM

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



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