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The Saints plan to open the season with Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston at the top of their depth chart.

New Orleans traded Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, leaving Cooks and Colston as the favorites for targets. Cooks was limited to playing the slot in 10 games as a rookie, but projects to move outside in base sets. The Saints are likely to add competition for Colston, with Louisville’s DeVante Parker and Miami’s Phillip Dorsett among their pre-draft visits. Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, and Brandon Coleman are also competing for snaps.
Apr 18 - 2:58 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

Claiborne will miss all of OTAs recovering from knee surgeries. He was recently cleared to run on flat ground, and will need to avoid setbacks to return by the start of camp. Despite coming off three ineffective and injury-prone seasons, Claiborne’s fully-guaranteed $2.6 million salary locks him into a 2015 roster spot.
Apr 18 - 2:33 PM

Jaguars restructured the final year of TE Marcedes Lewis' contract.

No details are available, but the deal was not an extension and could very well be a straight pay cut. Lewis was set to make $6.65 million in base salary and count $8.2 million against the cap. The restructuring will help make room for newly-signed C Stefan Wisniewski. Following the deal, Lewis' spot on the roster is likely secure.
Apr 18 - 1:48 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent S Stevie Brown is considering "5-6 offers" and should make his decision "soon."

Schefter lists the Giants, Cowboys, Falcons, Raiders and Titans as interested teams, but there could be a surprise organization lurking. Brown struggled last season after missing 2013 with an ACL tear, but he was solid in 11 starts with the Giants in 2012. The Giants are desperate for safety help after striking out in free agency.
Apr 18 - 1:36 PM

Jaguars signed C Stefen Wisniewski, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, the deal is of the "prove it" variety after Wisniewski struggled to find the money he was looking for in free agency. Barely 26 and with four years of above-average tape already in hand, Wisniewski is a great bet to rehab his value and come back in a stronger negotiating position next offseason. Wisniewski should slide into center beside LG Zane Beadles and RG Brandon Linder with Luke Joeckel starting left tackle and newly-signed Jermey Parnell holding down the right side of the Jags' offensive line.
Apr 18 - 1:02 PM

CSN Baltimore's Clifton Brown does not believe the Ravens will target a running back early in the draft.

"The Ravens may draft a running back," Brown said, "but probably not until the third round or later." SI's Peter King reported Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon would not slip past the Ravens at No. 26 overall, but Brown does not believe either Gordon or Georgia RB Todd Gurley will be available when the Ravens pick in the first round. Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro currently sit atop the Ravens depth chart.
Apr 18 - 12:53 PM

Dolphins DE Terrence Fede expects to have a bigger defensive role in his sophomore season.

A seventh-round pick out of Marist last season, Fede played just 82 snaps on defense his rookie year. He did record a sack in his limited snaps and blocked a punt to win the game for the Dolphins Week 16. He could work his way into a situational role with a strong offseason.
Apr 18 - 12:49 PM

The Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald doubts the Raiders would trade for Adrian Peterson.

Owner Mark Davis was resolutely against Oakland acquiring Greg Hardy this offseason because of his off-field issues, and McDonald believes that sentiment makes any deal for Peterson unlikely. There is also the issue of compensation. The Raiders are not just one player away from competing, and they would be better served using any picks they would use to land Peterson on young, inexpensive talent. Peterson could still find his way to Oakland, but it does not appear to be the most likely outcome.
Apr 18 - 12:41 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew could be a trade target for Baltimore during the draft.

Pettigrew has seen his passing-game role disappear over the last two years, and with second-year TE Eric Ebron expected to take a leap this season, he could be expendable. The Ravens reportedly liked Pettigrew when he came out of Oklahoma State in 2009, and they could use a veteran option in their depleted tight end corps. Hensley also mentions Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis as an option. Even if they land a veteran tight end, Baltimore should target a pass-catching tight end in the draft.
Apr 18 - 12:24 PM

Antonio Gates said his comments indicating he would like a reduced role in 2015 were misunderstood.

"I ain't asking to play less," Gates said. "Every time I'm in a game, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a play. Why would I want to be on the sideline? That defeats the purpose." Gates told Sports Illustrated he played more than the Chargers expected him to in 2014, but he still saw over 200 fewer snaps than in 2013 and was far less involved as a blocker. That usage allowed Gates to stay fresh late in the season and will likely be the blueprint moving forward. Gates' days playing 900 snaps a season are likely over, but he will still be involved enough in the passing game to be a strong fantasy asset.
Apr 18 - 11:59 AM

In an interview with HBO's Bryant Gumble, Russell Wilson claimed the Texas Rangers want him to play baseball.

Wilson added, "I know I can play in the big leagues." Straight out of the John Elway school of negotiation, Wilson's baseball comments are likely just a leverage ploy in his ongoing contract discussions. A .229 hitter in his short stint in the Rockies' minor-league system, Wilson does not have the bright baseball future he might imagine. Wilson will be the quarterback of the Seahawks for the foreseeable future, and the two sides should come to an agreement sometime before the start of the season.
Apr 18 - 11:28 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said Aldon Smith was "hungry" after a disappointing and suspension-shortened 2014 campaign.

"He’s got a great look in his eye. He’s doing well," Baalke said. "For anybody that’s been in a situation like Aldon’s been in, every day is a process. But he’s doing exceptionally well and he’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time." With Patrick Willis and Chris Borland already retired and Justin Smith strongly considering it, the 49ers will need a big season from Smith to remain among the league's elite defensive units. Smith registered 19.5 sacks in 2012, his last full season in the league.
Apr 18 - 11:15 AM

Steelers claimed LS Brandon Hartson off waivers from the Chiefs.

An undrafted free agent out of Houston, Hartson was signed to a reserve-futures contract by the Chiefs in January after spending two offseasons with the Bears. He will slot in behind veteran LS Greg Warren on the depth chart.
Apr 18 - 10:54 AM

The Steelers medically cleared Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong (wrist) during his visit to the team's facility on Friday.

Pittsburgh put Strong through several tests during his visit and are sending those results to the rest of the league. Strong has disputed a report saying he would need surgery on a fractured bone in his wrist, and this report seems to back him up. Despite posting a 40 time of 4.44 at the Combine, Strong lacks ideal play speed and fits more as a possession receiver with some ability to win in contested situations. He is expected to be a top-50 pick.
Apr 18 - 10:42 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Georgia RB Todd Gurley's medically-repaired knee "checked out fine" at the NFL Combine medical rechecks.

Gurley declined to have his knee examined at the Combine, but he passed through the recheck process with no issues. There have been reports Gurley will begin the season on the PUP list, but Rapoport added the "hope" is Gurley will be ready for training camp. He will only be eight months removed from the injury when camps begin, so it may be nothing more than "hope" he will be ready by then. Either way, Gurley looks to be on the right track in his recovery and is a great bet to come off the board on Day 1.
Apr 18 - 10:29 AM

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