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During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the clear frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel competing for backup snaps. Head coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.

ESPN Cleveland believes Browns FS Tashaun Gipson may be intent on entering the free agent market in 2016.

Gibson has been skipping voluntary minicamp in an effort to get a long-term deal. The Browns reportedly have concerns about his 2014 knee injury and aren’t expected to extend him. Gibson has until June 15 to sign his second-round tender or he'll risk losing $1.73 million.
May 23 - 9:12 PM

Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared for OTAs.

A full year removed from ACL surgery, Lee hasn't had any setbacks and will practice without limitations. After missing 31 games the past three seasons, Dallas will attempt to keep Lee healthy by moving him to the weak side.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 23 - 8:37 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo projects third-round pick John Miller to open the season as the starting right guard.

Miller has been working with the first-team during OTAs and is expected to open training camp with the starters. The Bills view Miller’s skill-set as an ideal fit for OC Greg Roman’s scheme. Buffalo is counting on Miller and Richie Incognito to improve their interior line after having one of the worst guard situations in the league last season.
May 23 - 8:08 PM

The Bills want to extend DT Marcell Dareus prior to training camp.

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Dareus is reportedly asking for at least Gerald McCoy money (7-year, $95.2M). Dareus’s one-game suspension has no impact on long-term talks.
May 23 - 7:49 PM’s Chris Brown considers Duke Williams the "odds on favorite" to start at strong safety.

Williams is expected to replace Da’Norris Searcy in base sets, but isn't locked into an every-down role after splitting time last year. The Bills haven’t ruled out replacing Williams with Corey Graham in sub packages.
May 23 - 7:33 PM

Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Gilchrist has been limited in OTAs while recovering from a shoulder scope. He remains on track to be full-go for the start of camp. The Jets gave Gilchrist a four-year, $22M deal to play the deep safety role in Todd Bowles’s secondary. Calvin Pryor will move to his more natural box role at the line of the scrimmage.
May 23 - 6:38 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger considers OLB Jason Babin’s roster spot in jeopardy.

The Jets picked up Babin’s $1.63M option, but the addition of rookie Lorenzo Mauldin could make him expendable. Babin played on 45 percent of snaps last year and was productive in a situational role, finishing with 27 hurries and two sacks. The Jets would save $1.5M by cutting Babin.
May 23 - 6:21 PM

A.J. McCarron is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him during his rookie season.

McCarron spent all but two games on NFI with shoulder soreness. The Bengals have cleared him for the start of OTAs. McCarron is the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, with Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor also in the mix.
May 23 - 5:32 PM

Bengals RT Andre Smith (triceps) is expected to be sidelined until training camp.

Smith missed the final five games of 2014 with a torn triceps. Prior to going down, his on-field play was in decline, leading the Bengals to spend their top two draft picks on offensive tackles. Missing the entire offseason is a concern for Smith given his conditioning issues. Still only 28, Smith could get one last big deal if he bounces back in the final year of his contract.
May 23 - 4:34 PM

Marvin Jones (foot, ankle) has been cleared for OTAs.

Jones has an inside track on the starting X-receiver job, but needs to prove he’s fully over his injuries after missing all of 2014. The Bengals are hoping a healthy Jones can provide a big-play threat opposite A.J. Green.
May 23 - 4:15 PM

Browns FS Tashaun Gipson has until June 15 to sign his restricted free agent tender.

Gipson is holding out of minicamp in an attempt to get a long-term deal. He’s yet to decide if he’ll sign his second-round tender ($2.356 million), but Cleveland holds all the leverage in contract talks. The Browns can reduce Gipson’s offer to $627,000 if he doesn’t sign by the June 15 deadline.
May 23 - 3:43 PM

The Browns could use third-round RB Duke Johnson on kick returns.

Johnson was a standout kick returner at Miami, averaging 30.7 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He could be an upgrade over Travis Benjamin, who averaged a career-worst 20.5 on kick returns last year. Johnson's offensive role will likely be limited to passing downs behind Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
May 23 - 3:39 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer believes OL Michael Bowie (shoulder) could be a major factor this season.

Claimed off waivers in August, Bowie missed all of 2014 recovering from shoulder surgery. He’s expected to be ready for the start of training camp, where he’ll compete for a swing role behind contract-year RT Mitchell Schwartz. The Browns could also give Bowie a look at guard.
May 23 - 3:17 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects Armonty Bryant (knee) to "easily make the switch" to outside linebacker.

The Browns need depth at outside linebacker and plan to use Bryant as a situational pass rusher. Bryant played left end in six games last year prior to landing on I.R. His ability to regain pre-injury form is a concern. Seven months removed from ACL surgery, Bryant is on track for training camp.
May 23 - 3:02 PM

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