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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team still does not know if suspended WR Martavis Bryant will be reinstated.

"We have no information. We have no idea if we’ll get information (before the draft) or not," Colbert said Monday. "We have to operate under the assumption that, until he is here, he is not here." Bryant has widely been expected to gain reinstatement, but Colbert is clearly not taking that for granted. Whether that means the Steelers are just being prudent or have been given a heads up remains to be seen. Either way, it will not be surprising if Pittsburgh invests an early-round pick on a pass catcher this week.
Apr 24 - 11:47 PM

A video posted by his agent shows free agent Jamaal Charles working through a training drill.

The video is linked below. Charles appears to be going less than full speed, but he is able to cut on both surgically repaired knees and does not seem to be wearing a brace. Agent David Mulugheta undoubtedly released this video to show Charles is healthy enough to sign, but the veteran has not heard a peep since visiting the Seahawks over a month ago. He will almost certainly have to wait until after the draft to find a new team, and his time as a free agent could drag all the way through the summer.
Apr 24 - 10:00 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the team plans to pick up CB Jason Verrett's fifth-year option.

The option should be worth around $8.5 million. Because the option year is guaranteed for injury, Verrett's history -- just 24 games played through three seasons and coming back from a torn ACL -- perhaps made the decision a little more difficult, but there is no doubting his talent. If he can stay on the field, he should be a force under new DC Gus Bradley.
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 7:42 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said the team likes Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey "a lot."

Unfortunately for Elway, it is unlikely McCaffrey is still on the board when he gets his first chance to pick at No. 20, but the comment suggests Denver could be the running back's floor. A versatile weapon with the patience and vision to thrive in a three-down role despite a lack of ideal size, a case can be made for McCaffrey as the best running back in this draft. As long as the landing spot cooperates, McCaffrey will be one of a couple players worth a look at 1.01 in rookie drafts.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 24 - 7:12 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Joe Schad reports Dolphins C Mike Pouncey underwent a "stem cell procedure within the past few weeks."

The operation is reportedly to blame for Pouncey being spotted on crutches Monday, and he is expected to shed them in the near future. A league source told Schad the center remains "on track" and has not suffered any setbacks. That may be true, but Pouncey's ability to get and stay healthy remains in serious question. The Dolphins will likely limit him throughout the offseason program and perhaps even training camp.
Apr 24 - 6:50 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak calls sophomore Jonathan Williams the team's "most likely" replacement for Mike Gillislee behind LeSean McCoy.

A fifth-round pick last year, Williams is in a quietly terrific spot at the moment. The Bills' offense is naturally rushing friendly, and McCoy has battled injuries to both of his hamstrings the past two seasons. McCoy turns 29 in July. The Bills may add a running back in this week's draft, although it seems unlikely to be with a high pick. Williams' Dynasty value is rising, and he has a chance to become a 2017 re-draft factor, as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 24 - 5:33 PM

Chiefs re-signed WR Albert Wilson to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

A low-volume complementary receiver in Kansas City, Wilson managed a 31-279-2 stat line in 2016, averaging only 9.0 yards per catch. He's someone the Chiefs should be looking to upgrade on in this weekend's draft.
Apr 24 - 5:15 PM

According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, the "expectation" is Mike Gillislee will "essentially fill LeGarrette Blount's role" in the Patriots' offense.

Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (18) and finished second in the league in carries (299), so this would be a huge win for Gillislee's fantasy outlook. Reiss considers Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White "locks" to make the roster, with Dion Lewis "rounding out the top four slots on the running back depth chart." Over the past two offseasons, the Patriots have pried Gillislee, Stephon Gilmore, and Chris Hogan from the division-rival Bills.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 24 - 5:08 PM

Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate expects Mark Ingram to remain the Saints' starter even if Adrian Peterson is signed.

At worst, both backs will have a role as Underhill notes the Saints rushed 404 times last season, and face an easier schedule this year, meaning they should have more rushing attempts in positive game script. Ingram's versatility will keep him heavily involved; Peterson never developed passing-game value as a receiver or pass blocker. Free agent loss Tim Hightower left behind 155 unaccounted-for touches, so the Saints were always going to add another back.
Apr 24 - 4:09 PM

Bills declined to match RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet, making Gillislee a New England Patriot.

Because Gillislee was a restricted free agent tendered at the original-round level, and was originally drafted in the fifth round, the Bills will get the Patriots' fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall). Albeit in limited duty behind a strong Bills run-blocking line and with a dual-threat quarterback to help free up running lanes, Gillislee was one of the most efficient per-play backs in football last season, averaging 5.71 yards per carry with nine all-purpose touchdowns. He will compete for snaps with Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. James White is locked in as New England's primary passing-game specialist.
Apr 24 - 4:01 PM

The Steelers have exercised ILB Ryan Shazier's fifth-year option for 2018.

Shazier will make $1.716 million this year and an $8.718 million salary in 2018. Still only 24 years old, Shazier has been one of the NFL's most dynamic sideline-to-sideline playmakers when healthy -- with an emphasis on when healthy. He has missed 14-of-48 games due to various injuries the past three seasons, and often been a liability when trying to play hurt. Still, exercising the option was an easy choice for Pittsburgh, which now has Shazier under control for a reasonable $10.43 million over the next two years.
Apr 24 - 3:58 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are "closing in" on a deal with free agent Adrian Peterson.

Per Rapsheet, the deal would pay Peterson $3 million "plus." It's a very strange fit on paper, but coach Sean Payton has had friction with Mark Ingram. Peterson and Ingram are redundant talents, though Ingram has become much more of a pass catcher in recent years. Peterson is a zero in the passing game, but a better goal-line finisher than Ingram. The situation would make for fantasy headaches, and an always-tedious backfield even harder to figure.
Apr 24 - 3:31 PM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) remains on crutches.

Pouncey was spotted at Aaron Hernandez's funeral. Pouncey insisted in January he would be ready for the offseason program. The Miami Herald reports the target is Week 1. Pouncey's hip issues are severe, but have yet to throw his career into question. Pouncey was limited to five games last season, and hasn't appeared in all 16 since 2012.
Apr 24 - 3:19 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward could still see time at cornerback in 2017.

Ward is expected to move to free safety, but spent the first three years of his career at corner, manning both the boundary and inside. GM John Lynch said the team hasn't decided if it will exercise Ward's fifth-year team option for 2018, but his versatility will work in his favor.
Apr 24 - 3:09 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider acknowledges the draft is the likely deadline for a Marshawn Lynch trade.

Schneider was echoing Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Lynch has to agree to a contract with the Raiders before the teams can hammer out trade compensation.
Apr 24 - 2:39 PM



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