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Seahawks signed GM John Schneider to a five-year extension through 2021.

ESPN's John Clayton reports the deal will place Schneider "among the highest-paid GMs in the NFL," and is expected to pay him around $3.75 million per year. Ozzie Newsome is currently the league's highest-paid GM. Schneider and Pete Carroll were both entering contract years in 2016; a Carroll extension is believed to be forthcoming. In April, Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty ranked Schneider No. 3 among NFL GMs, behind only Bill Belichick and John Elway. Schneider has been able to mask mistakes (Matt Flynn, Percy Harvin, Jimmy Graham) with elite college-to-pro talent evaluation, plucking Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett in the third round, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor in the fifth, and Thomas Rawls in undrafted free agency, among many others. There isn't an NFC team with a brighter-looking present and future than Schneider's Seahawks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 9:53 PM

The Lions will work out free agent Jimmy Clausen on Monday.

Clausen has been making the rounds, also receiving interest from the Redskins last week. He'd fill a camp-arm role in Detroit behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. Sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock is also on the 90-man roster.
Jul 24 - 8:59 PM

Patriots signed S Vinnie Sunseri, formerly of the Saints.

A 2014 fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans, Sunseri is believed to have suffered two ACL tears since his final season at Alabama. He will compete for a roster spot in New England as a reserve safety and core special teamer.
Jul 24 - 8:55 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Sam Bradford "extremely unlikely" to be on the Eagles' 2017 roster.

Kempski's salary cap number in 2017 is $22.5 million. The Eagles will be able to save $13 million by releasing him next offseason, or $17 million by finding a trade partner. Throw in the No. 2 overall selection of Carson Wentz and Bradford is indeed extremely unlikely to last in Philadelphia beyond this season.
Jul 24 - 3:49 PM

Eagles first-round pick Carson Wentz is expected to get "a ton" of playing time in the preseason.

The Eagles pretty much know what they have in Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, and shouldn't feel the need to expose them to exhibition games. Because third-string quarterbacks get no reps during the season, preseason games will be Wentz's best opportunity to gain experience until the Eagles fall out of the playoff race, at which point Wentz might make starts. We would not be surprised if Wentz wound up leading all quarterbacks in preseason snaps this year.
Jul 24 - 3:47 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker shined as a receiver out of the backfield this spring.

Legwold suggests Booker could receive "third-down consideration quickly" if his passing-game chops translate to live practices. RBs coach Eric Studesville already talked up Booker's pass-protection skills. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has used running back rotations in the past, but not backfields involving specialty roles, and C.J. Anderson is Denver's best pass-blocking back. Anderson's every-down job isn't in danger, but Booker could knock Ronnie Hillman off the roster if Hillman doesn't show an ability to play special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 3:36 PM

Former Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett is retiring from football.

He will sign a one-day deal to retire with the Cardinals on Monday. 35-year-old Dockett spent the last two seasons out of football following an ACL tear. He will hang 'em up with 40.5 career sacks -- seventh most in Cardinals franchise history -- and three Pro Bowl appearances. In his prime, Dockett was one of the NFL's premier interior rushers. Dockett lacks Hall of Fame credentials, but he deserves a spot in the Cardinals' Ring of Honor.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 3:19 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) is "expected back somewhere around the middle of next month."

If so, he would be ready for Week 1. It's been speculated since the spring that Pettigrew might land on reserve/PUP to open the season, which would cost him the first six games. When healthy, Pettigrew is the Lions' blocking tight end.
Jul 24 - 3:17 PM

Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) avoided the active/PUP list to begin Lions camp.

Players who aren't cleared to practice go on active/PUP. This means Abdullah has been cleared and should be all systems go following offseason shoulder surgery. Although Abdullah's rookie year was a disappointment from a fantasy standpoint, he did average 4.70 yards per carry in the Lions' final ten games and should see more volume as a sophomore. Concerns on Abdullah's ceiling stem from Theo Riddick's near-monopolization of running back receiving work and the Lions' insistence on using a "big back" to handle short-yardage and goal-line carries. Abdullah is a middle-round fantasy pick.
Jul 24 - 3:13 PM

A league source told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Tyler Eifert's ankle rehab is "on schedule and progressing as planned."

What this means exactly for Eifert's return isn't clear, but it's better than hearing Eifert's recovery is behind schedule or not progressing as planned. The Cincy Enquirer says that "at the time of" Eifert's surgery on May 27 "the plan was for him to be ready for the Sept. 11 regular season opener in New York." Multiple reports since have stated Eifert is unlikely to be ready for Week 1. The Bengals may not know for sure until late August.
Jul 24 - 2:42 PM

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip surgeries) avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

It's an indication that Pitta is indeed 100 percent or very close to it after appearing in just seven games since the end of the 2012 season. He'll be eligible to practice on Thursday. If Pitta is capable of becoming a contributor, the Ravens could field more two-tight end sets with him and Ben Watson on the field together. Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore would be the odd men out.
Jul 24 - 2:36 PM

Chris Conley ran as the Chiefs' first-team X receiver this spring.

Jeremy Maclin is Kansas City's Z receiver, with Albert Wilson moving inside to the slot to replace Jason Avant. Wilson may still start in two-receiver sets, but it was clear late last season that the Chiefs wanted Conley more involved. He scored a touchdown in the team's Wild Card win over Houston and caught five passes in Kansas City's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots. A SPARQ freak at 6-foot-2, 213, Conley has some appeal in best-ball fantasy leagues.
Jul 24 - 2:30 PM

Lions placed WR Corey Fuller (foot) on the active/PUP list.

Fuller has been shut down since June surgery. He isn't a lock to return in camp. Even when healthy, Fuller is on the outside looking in for a roster spot.
Jul 24 - 1:59 PM

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Pettigrew was never expected to be ready for training camp. He's seven months into his ACL recovery. Pettigrew is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games.
Jul 24 - 1:58 PM

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') will have a reduced role this year.

Wake looked healthy at OTAs, but is only eight months removed from a torn Achilles. The Dolphins have said all offseason they want to get him fewer snaps. Andre Branch should have a heavy rotational role behind Wake and Mario Williams.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 1:07 PM



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