According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Bradford contemplated quitting football after his 2014 ACL tear.
Fellow former Oklahoma QB Josh Huepel reportedly had to talk Bradford out of it. This isn't exactly breaking news, as Bradford previously admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he "didn't want to come back" following his latest injury. Still, the mere fact that Bradford contemplated retirement so recently sends up a red flag, particularly to teams interested in Bradford if the Eagles try to flip him in a draft-day trade up for Marcus Mariota. Since his college days, 27-year-old Bradford has undergone right shoulder surgery and two left ACL reconstructions.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot believes the Browns are not done upgrading at quarterback, and expects the team to target either Oregon QB Marcus Mariota or current Eagles QB Sam Bradford.
It's no secret by now that the Browns previously tried to trade the No. 19 overall pick for Bradford, first to the Rams and (allegedly) later to the Eagles. Specifically, Cabot writes that she thinks the Browns "will try to trade up to draft Marcus Mariota, and I also think they could make another run at Sam Bradford." If the Eagles are willing to deal Bradford as rumored, they would presumably want both of Cleveland's first-round picks with eyes on getting to No. 2 overall, where Mariota is likely to be selected.
Bears DE/OLB Jared Allen says he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back following the season.
Allen also attributes his diminished 2014 production to an early-season bout with pneumonia that cost him 15 pounds, and affected his play for two months. Allen has resumed training vigorously, as he does every offseason. Now 33 years old, it's entirely unclear what's left in Allen's tank. A 4-3 end for his entire career, Allen will soon begin learning 3-4 outside linebacker at Bears OTAs.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he wants to see more "consistency" from Michael Floyd in his fourth NFL season.
Arians called Floyd a "victim" of Arizona's 2014 revolving door at quarterback, but indicated the jury is still out on the 13th pick in the 2012 draft. "I think some frustration went into his play at times," said Arians. "But he still needs to hit a consistency level. He's a thousand-yard player every year. He should have had a thousand, easily, last year." The Cardinals must soon decide whether to exercise Floyd's 2016 option year. Floyd turned 25 late last November.
Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson will open OTAs as the Broncos' starting tailback.
Kubiak said Anderson wasn't assured the job at the Combine, but sounded more committed to him at the NFL owners' meetings. "I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him," Kubiak said. "We'll give them all a chance and see how it pans out, but C.J. obviously has a good head start on things. ... He's proven that running zone schemes and doing those types of things seem to fit him very well."
Bears CB Alan Ball (torn biceps) said he's "ready to roll."
He tore his biceps in October but according to Ball, that's no longer an issue. In Pro Football Focus' 2014 rankings, Ball graded out better against the run than he did versus the pass. In Chicago, he'll be used as a reserve behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller.
Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle and coach Joe Philbin both reportedly want to keep Koa Misi at middle linebacker.
Per the Miami Herald, there's a "spirited debate" inside the Dolphins about where Misi fits best. His lackluster 2014 performance in the middle suggests moving back out to the strong side might be in the team's best interest. Miami's new personnel department led by Mike Tannenbaum reportedly wants Misi at outside linebacker, and for Kelvin Sheppard to get a shot at the Mike.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will visit the Buccaneers on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers are still expected to take Jameis Winston with the first pick, but they're at least giving Mariota a fair shake. Statistically, Mariota was far superior to Winston in 2014, leading all of college football with a monstrous 181.7 passer rating. However, teams seem to favor Winston because of his arm strength and experience in a pro-style offense. The Titans, Redskins, Chargers and Jets have also been linked to Mariota.