Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones says LB Jaylon Smith (knee, nerve issue) is regaining feeling in his toes.
The injury Smith suffered in his final college game was catastrophic, leaving behind nerve damage. One year after the Cowboys made him the No. 34 overall pick, Smith is finally making real progress. He's expected to participate in the offseason program, but probably won't be full-go.
Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers failed his Combine drug test.
Peppers had a diluted sample, which counts as a failed test. It puts him in the same boat as Alabama ILB Reuben Foster, who also turned in a diluted sample. It's especially bad news for Peppers, as he was already swimming against the first round current. The college star lacks a clear position.
Free agent OT Jake Long announced his retirement after nine seasons.
As we head into draft week, Long, the No. 1 overall pick in 2008, hangs up his cleats. As soon as he stepped on the field, Long was one of the premier left tackles in the sport. He made the Pro Bowl each of his first four seasons and was named a first-team All Pro in 2010. In 2011, injuries started to ruin Long's career. He suffered a back injury, snapping a 61-game starting streak, then tore his biceps later in the year. Long signed a four-year deal with the Rams in 2013 and suffered his second torn ACL in 2014. He made pit stops with the Falcons and Vikings in 2015 and 2016 and suffered a torn Achilles' last year with Minnesota, effectively ending his career.
Giants exercised WR Odell Beckham's fifth-year team option for 2018.
The deadline to do so is May 3. GM Jerry Reese was recently noncommittal on the topic, but this was as easy a decision as they come. Even with OBJ's drama, he's still one of the very best receivers in the game. Signed cheaply for the next two years, Beckham will surely be looking to become the league's highest-paid receiver with a massive extension between now and next summer.
Redskins re-signed ILB Will Compton to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.
It's the value of his low tender as a restricted free agent. The Redskins badly need to figure out their inside linebacker situation to help improve the run defense. Washington added Zach Brown as a free agent, leaving Compton and Mason Foster to compete for the other starting job on the inside in the 3-4 front.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith's (knee) nerve "has begun regenerating," and he's slowly gaining muscle control.
Smith has been battling drop-foot ever since his gruesome injury that damaged the nerve in his knee. He's slowly regaining control of his foot, and has been able to lift his toes and foot. The Cowboys are hopeful progress will continue. Smith is fully expected to be ready for OTAs and play in 2017.
Free agent C Tim Barnes will work out for the 49ers on Tuesday.
Barnes started all 32 games for the Rams the previous two seasons but was always one of the weakest players at his position. The new coaching staff opted for veteran John Sullivan as the Rams' new center. Barnes shouldn't be viewed as anything more than interior depth wherever he signs.
Packers OLs Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy, and Lucas Patrick are expected to compete for the starting job at right guard.
After RG T.J. Lang left to sign a free-agent deal with the Lions, the Packers are looking to replace a longtime starting guard for the second year in a row. Barclay was re-signed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal in March but has largely disappointed when pressed into snaps. Murphy was a sixth-round pick last year. Green Bay could look to take a lineman early in this weekend's draft.