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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan suggested he won't take USC DT Leonard Williams at No. 5 overall.

If Williams slips to five, McCloughan said a trade back will be in play. "We do feel good about our defensive front," he said. The Redskins already have Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Jason Hatcher and Ricky Jean-Francois in their interior. They'd prefer to get an edge rusher to complement Ryan Kerrigan.
Apr 27 - 12:31 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan admitted he has received no offers for QB Kirk Cousins.

Cousins annually thinks he has a trade market and the NFL annually tells the Redskins otherwise. He ended last season behind both Robert Griffin III and Colt McCoy on the depth chart. Cousins will be a free agent after the season.
Apr 27 - 12:27 PM

GM Trent Baalke referred to WR Quinton Patton as "a young player that hasn't gotten an opportunity."

"Now's his opportunity. Let's see what he can do," Baalke said. The 49ers' depth chart is wide open behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, as the technically-sound Patton would only have to beat out Bruce Ellington for No. 3 duties. That could change by next week with Baalke likely to select a receiver at some point in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 12:11 PM

The Tennessean does not expect the Titans to select USC DT Leonard Williams at No. 2 overall.

Beat reporter Jim Wyatt says the Titans would pass on a player many consider the draft's top prospect because they have "bigger needs." That's certainly true, although drafting for need is what GMs who are trying to save their job do. Wyatt added that if the Titans don't trade out of the No. 2 hole and don't take Marcus Mariota, he thinks they'll take Alabama WR Amari Cooper.
Apr 27 - 11:33 AM

The Chargers recently initiated and continue contract talks with Philip Rivers.

It's clear the Chargers want to retain Rivers, entering the final year of his contract, as their franchise quarterback. The question is if he's willing to re-sign with them as the move to Los Angeles looms. That's likely what the two sides are exploring now and the fact that talks "continue" suggests Rivers is willing to stay put. We'll know a lot more once Thursday comes as Marcus Mariota rumors are still swirling.
Apr 27 - 11:28 AM

The Packers are not expected to pick up OLB Nick Perry's fifth-year option.

Perry has been a bit of a bust since the Packers took him 28th overall in 2012. He's never been a regular starter and was in on just 34.6 percent of the snaps last season. Perry's role is not expected to increase this year with Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal also at outside linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 10:59 AM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford remains behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the depth chart.

Ford played on just 122 snaps as a rookie, generating two sacks and five quarterback hurries. It looked like his time was going to come this year, but then Hali agreed to a pay cut. So now Ford, the No. 23 overall pick in 2014, is without a direct path to playing time again. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton would do well to expand Ford's role, even if it's just more sub-package reps.
Apr 27 - 10:54 AM

Antonio Brown reported to the Steelers facility Monday and is participating in voluntary workouts.

Brown didn't show up as the offseason program opened last week, sparking reports that he wants a new contract and was mulling a holdout. If that were true, Brown has apparently reconsidered digging his heels in. He likely knew he had little leverage as he's just three years into a six-year, $43 million deal. The Steelers have a staunch history of not renegotiating deals with more than one year left, even for players like Brown that led the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards last year. Agent Drew Rosenhaus will continue to try to get his client more money, but it's simply not going to happen.
Apr 27 - 10:38 AM

Colts re-signed restricted free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman to a one-year, $2.356 million contract.

Freeman lost all leverage when no team signed him to an offer sheet by last Friday's deadline. The former CFL standout who led the Colts in tackles in both 2012 and 2013 returns to an inside linebacker corps that also includes D'Qwell Jackson and a rehabbing Nate Irving (knee surgery).
Apr 27 - 9:45 AM

With a good training camp, Antonio Andrews is expected to move ahead of Shonn Greene.

Greene is owed $3.25 million this season and cutting him would leave behind just $833,000 in dead money. It should be a relatively easy decision to dump the ex-Jet because he's a replacement-level talent. Andrews, a 2014 UDFA who got zero carries last year, will put that theory to the test. He profiles as a short-yardage specialist and committee partner at best, similar to Greene.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 9:34 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles could land a second- or third-round pick for ILB Mychal Kendricks.

The writing is on the wall for Kendricks, as he's entering the final year of his contract while the Eagles traded for ILB Kiko Alonso and extended ILB DeMeco Ryans. Kendricks is expected to be another talented victim of Chip Kelly's purge of the previous regime. A Day 2 pick is steep for a player that will likely be available in free agency next March, but perhaps Kendricks could be used to sweeten a trade-up for Kelly on Thursday night.
Apr 27 - 9:23 AM

The Redskins will pick up Robert Griffin III's $16.1 million 2016 option.

It's not a huge deal as the option is only guaranteed for injury. If the Redskins want to cut ties with Griffin after this season and avoid paying him that $16M, they can do so (as long as he's not hurt). RG3's career was always going to be at a crossroads this season regardless of the option, as he must prove he can sustain health and be a fundamentally sound NFL quarterback in Year 4. His own coach, Jay Gruden, appeared very skeptical of that last year.
Apr 27 - 8:57 AM

New Browns OC John DeFilippo said he will keep the Kyle Shanahan zone-blocking scheme in place.

Just about every team uses some zone concepts in their run game -- the Shahanans are just the best at both drawing it up and coaching it. Still, the framework is in place for the Browns to remain a plus unit one year after Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West combined for 319-1,280-12. ESPN Cleveland expects a philosophical change in the offense to result in even more emphasis on the run. In other words, coach Mike Pettine wants to ground-n-pound so he can hide the Josh McCown/Johnny Manziel mess.
Apr 27 - 8:46 AM

SI's Peter King believes the Titans will take Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at No. 2 overall "if they don't get a good offer."

"The Titans, though they feel good about Zach Mettenberger, would feel better about Mariota," King wrote. This should be the take for embattled GM Ruston Webster, who would be silly to pass on a potential franchise quarterback because Mettenberger "flashed" as a rookie. King adds that an Oregon source told him Titans scouts were the "most fervent" of all the NFL teams investigating Mariota.
Source: SI.com
Apr 27 - 8:26 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recruited free agent RB Chris Polk while at USC.

Chip Kelly dumped a truckload of money on DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, so Polk didn't sign his RFA tender and the Eagles rescinded the offer on Friday. Now he's free to sign with any team. The Seahawks are similarly stacked with Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael at running back, but the Seattle Times expects Carroll to take a look. Polk could also fill a need at kickoff return man.
Apr 27 - 8:08 AM



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