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Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot surgery) says he's "completely healed," and two weeks ahead of schedule in his rehab.

Seferian-Jenkins underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in late February. The 2013 Mackey Award winner is considered a day-two prospect. His health appears unlikely to affect his draft position.
Apr 17 - 10:15 PM

Retired WR Donald Jones underwent a kidney transplant in December, and is now playing baseball for the Atlantic League's Somerset (N.J.) Patriots.

Still only 26, Jones' kidney issues forced his retirement last August. It appears it will be permanent. Jones finished his football career with 82 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns across 35 games.
Apr 17 - 10:13 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are not planning to release embattled OLB Aldon Smith.

However, Rapsheet believes Smith will begin the year suspended, and potentially even in jail. Smith was already due to appear in court on April 29 on gun and DUI charges before his bizarre Sunday arrest for making a bomb threat at LAX. It's pretty safe to assume Smith won't be appearing in all 16 games this season.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 10:06 PM

Jets exercised RE Muhammad Wilkerson's team option for 2015.

It's worth $6.969 million. Wilkerson is coming off a monster season, gobbling up the run while notching 10.5 sacks. Although he's now under team control for the next two seasons, it's possible the sides hammer out an extension before Week 1.
Apr 17 - 9:37 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport believes the Bucs are "prepared to dial up a signal-caller" at No. 7 overall.

That doesn't mean they will, only that they're prepared to. It would be a mild surprise after the Bucs signed Josh McCown on the heels of Mike Glennon's solid rookie season, but it's quite possible Glennon isn't the long-term answer. We know McCown isn't. The Bucs have a better roster than their draft position would indicate, and could afford to invest in their future if the right player falls.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:23 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals might use the No. 20 overall pick on a quarterback.

It's certainly not a position the Cardinals have settled long-term, with 34-year-old Carson Palmer throwing 22 interceptions a season ago. Palmer is an absolute statue in the pocket, and has perhaps 1-2 years left as a starter. With Palmer in-house, the Cards could take the increasingly-rare step of using their first-round pick on a signal caller and then letting him develop on the bench for a season or two.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:16 PM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Lions "loom as candidates" to trade into the top five in next month's draft.

The Lions currently sit at No. 10. They have been heavily connected to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, who is unlikely to fall outside the top five. They also hosted Jadeveon Clowney for a visit on Wednesday. With holes elsewhere on their roster, it would qualify as "rash" if the Lions traded up for a wideout when they already have Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. That being said, Watkins is a special talent.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:06 PM

Giants RG Chris Snee (hip and elbow surgery) is expected to participate in the "bulk" of the team's offseason program.

However, Snee remains without a timeline for full clearance. Provided he's healthy, Snee should remain the Giants' starting right guard.
Apr 17 - 8:57 PM

Chargers exercised RE Corey Liuget's team option for 2015.

It's worth $6.969 million. The move locks Liuget in for 2015, but is guaranteed for injury only. That means the Bolts could still move on from Liuget prior to the beginning of the 2015 league year, though it's unlikely they will. Under the terms of the CBA, he'll make the average of the third- through 25th-highest paid players at his position. Liuget appeared to be coming on in 2012, but was a less effective pass rusher and run stopper last season.
Apr 17 - 8:38 PM

Ravens exercised RCB Jimmy Smith's team option for 2015.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Smith's option year is worth $6.898 million. Since Smith was not chosen in the first 10 picks, his option year is worth the average salary of the third- through 25th-highest paid players at his position. Smith broke out in 2013, starting all 16 games as he racked up 58 tackles, 15 pass breakups, two picks and two forced fumbles.
Apr 17 - 8:32 PM

Texans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.

It's worth (only?) $6.969 million. Under the terms of the CBA, former top-10 picks get the average of the 10-highest paid players at their position in their option year. It's the no-brainer to end all no-brainers for the Texans. Watt has emerged as a singular force, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. He's been a first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons.
Apr 17 - 8:19 PM

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department confirms Donovan McNabb spent one day in jail as part of a plea agreement stemming from a December DUI arrest.

"I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern," the sheriff said. What remains unclear is how the entire episode flew under the radar for nearly half a year. Either way, it's now in the past for McNabb, who appears poised to keep his multiple jobs in the media.
Apr 17 - 7:28 PM

New Jets RB Chris Johnson understands he's entering a timeshare.

Memorably, Johnson was against the Titans' signing of Shonn Greene last season, but has changed his tune. "I want to come into a program where I think we could win," Johnson said. "And if that’s what the coach feels we (have to do to) win, then that’s what we have to do." Johnson's YPC slumped to 3.86 in 2013, but he could be reinvigorated as a committee back who gets to concentrate on his strengths. Johnson should be in for 12-15 touches per game.
Apr 17 - 6:33 PM

Free agent QB Rusty Smith worked out for the Saints.

The Saints have already re-signed backup QB Luke McCown, so Smith would just be a camp body. A 2010 sixth-rounder, Smith has attempted only 45 regular-season passes, posting a 29.3 QB rating in the process.
Apr 17 - 5:48 PM

Ravens reinstated ILB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list.

It's likely the first step toward releasing his rights. McClain bombed his Ravens tryout on Tuesday, showing up late before failing to even finish his conditioning test. It would be very surprising if he's kept on the Ravens' 90-man roster.
Apr 17 - 5:42 PM



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