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The 49ers are shopping TE Vance McDonald.

A carryover from ex-GM Trent Baalke, McDonald is one season into a five-year, $35 million extension. There's unlikely to be any interest in him as a middling veteran coming off injury. The 49ers owe McDonald $5.8 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
Apr 28 - 6:04 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, earlier this month the Saints were willing to offer the Rams a second-round pick for CB Trumaine Johnson, but Johnson was unwilling to sign long-term in New Orleans.

Johnson was unwilling to sign with the Saints because he "so badly wanted to remain in Los Angeles" and work things out with the Rams, who also, as Schefter notes, weren't as motivated to move Johnson as the media made it sound in March. Johnson is going to ask for the moon from the Rams in any long-term talks since they've franchised him twice in two years. The Saints nabbed CB Marshon Lattimore at pick No. 11 on Thursday and could look at more corners Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 5:51 PM

Ravens exercised ILB C.J. Mosley's fifth-year option for 2018.

The deadline to do so was May 3. Mosley was terrific last year, earning PFF's No. 11 grade out of 59 qualifiers at inside linebacker. It's probably just a matter of time until the Ravens lock the 24-year-old into a long-term contract.
Apr 28 - 5:46 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Buccaneers, Chargers and Jets have all reached out to the Packers about acquiring the No. 33 overall pick.

Rotoworld draft expert Josh Norris believes the Buccaneers are looking to add a running back while the Chargers and Jets are eyeing a quarterback at the top of the second round. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier that Green Bay would consider Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer at No. 33. It might be a smokescreen, but it's got the Jets and Chargers worried enough to try and trade up. The Bucs are likely targeting Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, who they considered taking at 19 overall before pivoting to Alabama TE O.J. Howard.
Apr 28 - 5:33 PM

ESPN's John Keim said "don't be surprised" if the Redskins look to trade up from No. 49 in order to draft Florida State RB Dalvin Cook.

Per Keim, Cook is the Redskins' No. 1 target at running back, but probably won't be around when they pick at No. 49. The Redskins are known to be shopping backup Matt Jones and appear to be looking for an upgrade on current starter Rob Kelley. Cook graded poorly at the Combine and has raised some red flags off the field, but he could end up being a steal in the second round. To land him, the Redskins will probably need to leapfrog the Bengals (No. 41) and Eagles (43), who are also looking to address running back on Day 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 5:27 PM

49ers first-round ILB Reuben Foster (shoulder) says he won't require a second surgery.

Foster is two months removed from his first surgery. There's confliting reports on how healthy his shoulder is. Foster has major setback concerns, but plans to be ready for training camp.
Apr 28 - 5:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have been "making calls" regarding a potential Sheldon Richardson trade.

The Jets are making a last-ditch effort to move Richardson, a player they've been unsuccessfully shopping all offseason. Richardson is a one-time Pro Bowler and a former Rookie of the Year but teams have been hesitant to give up a pick for him as he enters his walk year. This weekend might be the Jets' last chance to trade him.
Apr 28 - 4:50 PM

Speaking at his introductory press conference on Friday, Mitchell Trubisky acknowledged that Mike Glennon is still the Bears' starting quarterback.

"Mike is the starting quarterback and I’m very excited to learn from him and the rest of the veterans on the team and I can’t wait to help the Bears win," said Trubisky. The Bears stunned the football world by taking Trubisky second overall after trading four picks to the Niners to move up one spot. Chicago would only be on the hook for $2.5 million if they cut Glennon next offseason, so the plan could be for Trubisky to sit for a year before taking the reigns in 2018. Trubisky started just 13 games during his career at North Carolina.
Apr 28 - 4:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have "touched base" with the Bengals about QB A.J. McCarron.

Rapsheet is hearing that Cincinnati's asking price for McCarron is "high," which explains why talks haven't gotten very far. Cleveland did well to land Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick, but that obviously doesn't solve the team's quarterback conundrum. The Bengals don't have much incentive to move McCarron, who is under contract through 2018. The Browns also checked in on Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo but were told he's not available.
Apr 28 - 2:40 PM

Browns released TE Gary Barnidge.

His fate was sealed Thursday night when the Browns selected Miami TE David Njoku with the No. 29 overall pick. Barnidge was one of the most productive tight ends in football during his breakout 2015 campaign, leading Cleveland with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. His production tailed off dramatically in 2016, but that had more to do with Cleveland's instability at quarterback than anything Barnidge did or didn't do. The 31-year-old won't take long to resurface.
Apr 28 - 2:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns made a last-ditch effort to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo on Thursday night but were again rebuffed by the Patriots.

Nobody has pushed harder for a Garoppolo trade than the Browns, but the Patriots continue to stonewall them. If Tom Brady really plans on playing for another 3-4 years, it makes little sense to stash Garoppolo, who is sure to leave in free agency next offseason. But for whatever reason, Bill Belichick is intent on keeping him as insurance for Brady. The Browns are in dire need of a franchise quarterback after passing on Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1 and later trading the No. 12 pick to the Texans, who used it on Deshaun Watson.
Apr 28 - 1:51 PM

Speaking on Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton refused to rule out a trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler or Rams CB Trumaine Johnson.

This comes less than 24 hours after the Saints used their No. 11 pick on Marshon Lattimore. Acquiring Butler seemed inevitable for New Orleans at one point, but talks have broken down and Butler hurt his chances of being traded by waiting too long to sign his restricted free agent tender. If the Saints were going to land a top-flight corner via trade, it would have happened by now.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 1:42 PM

According to ESPN's Mike Triplett, quarterback is "in play" for the Saints on Day 2 of the draft.

While Triplett would like to see New Orleans land Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs if he falls to the third round, Miami’s Brad Kaaya, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Cal’s Davis Webb will all be options to consider at No. 42. The Packers are reportedly interested in Kizer at No. 33, but that could be a smokescreen. The Saints are probably wise to start thinking about life after Drew Brees.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 1:26 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace was adamant Mike Glennon will be Chicago's Week 1 starter despite Thursday night's trade up for Mitchell Trubisky.

"Mike's our starting quarterback," said Pace. "Mitch is here to develop." Whereas a team like the Texans calling Tom Savage their starter after trading up for Deshaun Watson is tough to believe, this one is easier to buy. The Bears are paying Glennon $16 million this year, and Trubisky started only 13 games in college. At least until the Bears' season goes south, Glennon's job should be safe. We'd still bet on Trubisky making 2017 starts, likely late in the year.
Apr 28 - 12:40 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is "in play" for the Packers at No. 33 overall.

Holding the top pick of the second round after trading back with the Browns, the Packers are trying to drum up interest in the pick and move back to acquire even more selections. GM Ted Thompson is likely floating the rumor that he is willing to take Kizer in order to get some other QB-needy team to come and take him before they do. In reality, the Packers have far greater holes to fill than taking a project QB like Kizer to sit behind Aaron Rodgers for multiple years.
Apr 28 - 11:12 AM



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