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The Steelers want to extend contract-year RE Cameron Heyward.

Heyward started all 16 games last year, setting a career high with 7.5 sacks. He’s currently owed $7 million on his 2015 option. The Steelers could get a deal done with Heyward before training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 8:35 PM

A source tells FOX Sports 910 Phoenix that suspended ILB Daryl Washington "is not aware where he stands right now" regarding a potential reinstatement.

Washington is serving an indefinite ban, one that required him to miss at least one full calendar year beginning on the date 5/30/2014. It's nearly one full calendar year later, and Washington is unaware of when he'll get to play in the NFL again. Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki anticipates Washington serving 2-6 more games. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic previously guessed Washington would be suspended 4-6 more games. Washington has served concurrent suspensions for substance abuse and domestic violence.
May 22 - 8:34 PM

Quinton Patton believes he's playing with more confidence this offseason.

"Totally different," Patton said. "I'm not going to say it's my time, but I'm coming." Patton spent several weeks training with Colin Kaepernick in Arizona and has reportedly stood out during OTAs. With Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith locked in on the outside, Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Jerome Simpson are competing for the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver job.
May 22 - 8:02 PM

Jaguars.com’s John Oehser believes fourth-round pick James Sample could push for the starting free safety job.

Sample played strong safety in college, but the positions are interchangeable in Gus Bradley’s scheme. Sergio Brown has been working opposite Jonathan Cyprien during OTAs and remains the favorite to start. Sample would need a strong training camp to unseat Brown.
Source: jaguars.com
May 22 - 7:33 PM

The Jaguars are expected to keep four running backs.

With Toby Gerhart moving to an H-back role, Jacksonville doesn’t plan to carry a fullback. Gerhart, Bernard Pierce, and Storm Johnson will battle for one or two spots behind T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson. Despite a non-guaranteed $3M salary, the Jaguars appear intent on keeping Gerhart.
Source: jaguars.com
May 22 - 7:20 PM

Jaguars C Stefen Wisniewski (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready until training camp.

Wisniewski is six months into his rehab from shoulder surgery. There was hope he would be available for June’s minicamp, but the Jaguars have no need to rush their $2.5M investment. Wisniewski will assume starting center duties when healthy.
Source: jaguars.com
May 22 - 7:15 PM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown lists Kenny Ladler as a candidate for the No. 3 safety job.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Ladler was promoted from the practice squad in Week 6 and made two appearances prior to landing on I.R. Buffalo failed to add depth after losing Da’Norris Searcy, leaving Baccari Rambo and Jonathan Meeks as their only backup options. With Duke Williams suspect in coverage, the Bills could move Corey Graham to safety in sub packages.
May 22 - 6:39 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan "clearly" views Corey Graham as an option at safety.

Graham saw time at safety last year, but played most of his snaps on the outside. The addition of second-round CB Ronald Darby suggests the Bills will ask him to take on a bigger role. Duke Williams is expected to start in base sets.
May 22 - 6:28 PM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities considers fifth-round pick MyCole Pruitt the favorite to open the season as the Vikings’ No. 2 tight end.

The Vikings don’t view Pruitt as a major project despite his small school background. Pruitt was handpicked by OC Norv Turner and has a clear path to No. 2 duties, with his only competition Brandon Bostick, Chase Ford, and H-back Rhett Ellison. Pruitt is a name to monitor behind injury-prone Kyle Rudolph.
May 22 - 6:04 PM

Ravens RG Marshal Yanda is expected to command in excess of $22 million guaranteed on his next contract.

The Ravens want to extend Yanda, but have expressed concerns over long-term talks. One of the top right guards in the league, Baltimore could have difficulty re-signing Yanda if he pushes for Logan Mankins money ($30M guaranteed). The Ravens will likely have to pick between locking up Yanda or contract-year LG Kelechi Osemele.
May 22 - 5:42 PM

Chiefs signed TE Ryan Taylor to a one-year contract.

A special teams standout, Taylor will compete for a roster spot behind Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and fifth-rounder James O’Shaughnessy.
May 22 - 5:37 PM

Titans OLB Jonathan Massaquoi is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Massaquoi had a minor clean-up procedure in the offseason. He should miss the majority of OTAs, but is expected to be full-go for the start of training camp. Claimed off waivers in March, Massaquoi is penciled in as the top backup behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 5:11 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants could have interest in signing free agent OT Jake Long.

The Giants are looking to add offensive line depth after losing LT Will Beatty. Long’s career has been derailed by consecutive torn ACLs, but could provide a veteran stopgap if healthy. Seven months removed from surgery, Long should be limited to non-guaranteed deals.
May 22 - 4:45 PM

The NFL has rejected the NFL Players Association's motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal.

The rejection may not bode well for Tom Terrific's chances of having his ban eliminated, unless of course the Patriots have a wink-nod agreement with Goodell, as has been rumored and/or speculated. We still tentatively expect Brady's suspension to be reduced, but probably not rescinded altogether.
May 22 - 4:10 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick hears Reggie Bush is "looking very good" at 49ers OTAs.

Riddick is a former NFL personnel man and presumably still has strong ties around the league. He adds that second-round S Jacquiski Tartt is looking good as well at early-offseason practices. Although many have written off Bush following an injury-plagued 2014, Bush did flash in the rare instances he was healthy. He should have a consistent role in the 49ers' 2015 offense.
May 22 - 3:14 PM



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