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Russell Wilson said he'd "definitely consider" resuming his baseball career were he traded to the Seattle Mariners.

Wilson's MLB rights are currently owned by the Texas Rangers. It's the second time in four months that Wilson has refused to close the door on his baseball career, but it's almost certainly just a negotiating ploy as he angles to become the NFL's highest-paid player. Going on 27, Wilson was good enough to play in the minor leagues, but has never been considered a high-end prospect. He's not going to be the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson.
Jul 3 - 1:33 AM

The Miami Herald reports some Dolphins players believe WR Rishard Matthews would "thrive if he had a larger role."

Matthews tried to force a trade earlier this offseason, but it doesn't appear to have hurt his standing amongst his teammates. Matthews has always offered promise in the slot, but is a redundant talent on a team with Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings. Coming off a 12-catch season, Matthews will be no higher than No. 5 on the depth chart if DeVante Parker (foot surgery) is ready for Week 1.
Jul 3 - 1:27 AM

The Miami Herald reports there's "definitely concern" about the Dolphins' situation at guard.

Reporter Barry Jackson is citing "(feedback) from Dolphins players." Neither of coach Joe Philbin's guard spots are settled, though Jackson does pass along that fourth-rounder Jamil Douglas has "had some good moments" this offseason. Douglas should get every opportunity to unseat Dallas Thomas.
Jul 3 - 1:23 AM

Profootballtalk confirms offset language is the hold up with Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

This week's absurd "surfing clause" rumors have been put to rest. The Titans want to prevent Mariota from "double dipping" in the event he is released before the conclusion of his rookie contract, while Mariota is wisely avoiding caving. No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston agreed to offset language, but this should be a fight Mariota wins if he sticks to his guns. The Titans can't afford to let Mariota miss any time in camp. No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler's deal does not include offset language.
Jul 2 - 10:43 PM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell says Blake Bortles suffered from "dead arm" as a rookie.

Bortles spent time late in the season on the injury report with a shoulder issue, and Caldwell says it gave way to a "dead arm" phase, a la a pitcher in baseball. It's not something you typically hear about in football, but we suppose it could happen to a rookie. By nearly every account — including Caldwell's — Bortles has improved his mechanics this offseason. A dual-threat who even the Jags admitted needed a "redshirt" year before taking over for an ineffective Chad Henne, Bortles has the ability to take a big step forward in 2015.
Source: USA Today
Jul 2 - 6:27 PM

Texans waived DT Brandon Ivory.

An undrafted rookie out of Alabama, Ivory is facing first-degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This is likely the end of his brief NFL career.
Jul 2 - 4:24 PM

NFL suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates four games for violating the league's PED policy.

This one is a shocker. Headed into his 13th NFL campaign, Gates has always been a model NFL citizen, both on- and off-the-field. In a statement, Gates said he never "knowingly" ingested a banned substance. While possibly true, it's the oldest PED excuse in the book. Now 35, Gates has been thus far ageless as Philip Rivers' go-to target, but his absence will free up a massive amount of looks for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and give Ladarius Green the opportunity he's deserved for some time now. Missing such a huge chunk of the fantasy season right off the bat, it's hard to sell Gates as a TE1.
Jul 2 - 3:58 PM

NFL suspended Packers DE Datone Jones one week for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The league is ramping up its Fourth of July weekend news dump. Green Bay's 2013 first-rounder, Jones played 385 snaps last season as a situational pass rusher. Jones has just five sacks through 32 NFL games. His absence won't exactly be a deal-breaker against Chicago in Week 1.
Jul 2 - 3:53 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

McClain was originally believed to be facing a four-game fine, which would have meant three failed tests. A fourth failed test triggers a suspension. McClain simply can't stay out of his own way, though this is his first league-imposed suspension. It would likely be his second had he not "retired" in May 2013. McClain is coming off a renaissance year for the Cowboys, but is recovering from a knee scope in addition to his suspension. The end to his 2014-15 was marred by repeated head issues. McClain turns 26 in July. He's likely one strike away from being out of the NFL.
Jul 2 - 2:48 PM

NFL suspended Jets DL Sheldon Richardson four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement. With the Jets on bye in Week 5, Richardson won't make his season debut until Oct. 18 against the Redskins. It's a massive blow for Todd Bowles' defense, as Richardson will miss contests against the Browns, Colts, Eagles and Dolphins. Alongside an equally-dominant Mo Wilkerson, Richardson was one of the league's best defenders last season. His absence will ramp up the pressure on No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams. Richardson has always been outspoken, but had previously avoided off-the-field drama through his first two years in the NFL.
Jul 2 - 2:14 PM

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports there's "no truth at all" to rumors that an anti-surfing clause is the hold up in Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

With NFL "news" at its lowest ebb of the year, this is a "report" that's been making the rounds this week. Although teams often move to protect themselves against potentially-dangerous activities like surfing, we highly doubt this is the kink in the sides' prospective agreement. It's almost certainly a squabble over offset language.
Jul 2 - 2:02 PM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan (knee scope) has resumed running.

"My leg feels really good, and I'm glad I got the surgery – not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better, so I'm glad I got it done," Kerrigan said. "Now it's just a matter of getting strong and getting into shape." The contract-year pass rusher is expected to be ready for training camp. He's never missed a game in four seasons.
Jul 2 - 1:44 PM

49ers second-year OLB Aaron Lynch missed most of the offseason program with a hamstring injury.

Lynch also battled a hamstring issue last spring before ultimately coming on and notching six sacks as a sub-package pass rusher. Ahmad Brooks reportedly looked good during the spring, showed up in shape, and is expected to compete with Lynch for the starting job opposite Aldon Smith.
Jul 2 - 11:31 AM

Saints WR Josh Morgan rivaled Ben Watson for the most total catches during spring practices.

Take that with a grain of salt, as receivers always shine in the padless, non-contact practices. But Morgan has put himself in the mix behind Marques Colston. After catching just 30 total passes the previous two seasons with the Redskins and Bears, veteran Morgan has a chance to carve out a role in New Orleans thanks to his blocking prowess and short-to-intermediate catching ability.
Jul 2 - 10:42 AM

Texans undrafted DT Brandon Ivory was arrested on first-degree burglary charges Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Ivory and another man allegedly kicked in the back door of a Tuscaloosa residence. One was wielding an assault rifle and the other had a knife. Police recovered a stolen iPad and cash at Ivory and the other man's residence. Ivory's agent is denying any wrongdoing, saying his client "will be cleared of all charges."
Jul 2 - 9:02 AM

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