Browns NT Danny Shelton underwent wrist surgery after the season.
"I'm all good," Shelton wrote on Twitter. "Just had my wrist cleaned up so I can kill it this season. No worries, I'll be ready for the season!" Shelton's agent said Danny's operation was a "small cleanup." After a rough rookie year, Shelton made major sophomore strides and earned PFF's No. 5 run-defense grade among 73 qualified defensive tackles. Shelton turns 24 in August.
Sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo the Ravens "may balk" at paying Dennis Pitta's $5.5 million salary.
The Baltimore Sun hinted at this after the season. Turning 32 in June, Pitta's 86 receptions led all NFL tight ends last year, but he averaged an anemic 6.02 yards per target and didn't have a positive impact on offense beyond catching short passes and immediately falling down. Pitta also wasn't a big part of the Ravens' red-zone passing game. In Maxx Williams and Darren Waller, Baltimore has younger tight ends with more potential, and could use salary cap relief.
Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday the Titans will continue to view DeMarco Murray as "the guy" in their backfield for 2017.
Mularkey called sophomore Derrick Henry "an important part of our offense," but confirmed Murray will enter 2017 as Tennessee's workhorse. Now 29 years old, Murray averaged 4.39 yards per carry and logged 346 touches last season, although his effectiveness waned down the stretch due to a toe injury. While Henry will remain a threat for short-yardage and complementary carries, Murray's superior all-purpose ability keeps his feature back role secure.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey assured Wednesday that Marcus Mariota's (broken fibula) rehab is "doing very well."
The Titans plan to hold Mariota out of OTAs, an approach confirmed when GM Jon Robinson stated the "most important thing this offseason is to make sure Marcus Mariota is healthy." The Titans remain pleased with Mariota's rehab, which he is currently doing in Oregon. He should be 100 percent well before training camp. Adding to Mariota's weapons should also be a Titans priority.
The Steelers "really like" second-year OT Jerald Hawkins.
A 2016 fourth-round pick out of LSU, Hawkins "redshirted" his rookie year due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. Hawkins stands 6-foot-6, 305 with long arms. He could emerge as Pittsburgh's swing tackle as a sophomore.
49ers announced assistant GM Tom Gamble has left the organization.
In a statement, rookie GM John Lynch announced he and Gamble "agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities" after working together for the last month. With a rookie general manager and head coach at the controls, the 49ers are losing an experienced and well-respected personnel man who could have eased the transition. Gamble is a 29-year scouting/front office veteran, including ten years with the 49ers.
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez views free agent LB Malcolm Smith as expendable.
Smith led Oakland in tackles last year but his production declined across the board. It sounds like the Raiders only want him back on a team-friendly deal. The Raiders view suspended OLB Aldon Smith as a potential weak-side replacement.
Colin Kaepernick had a "really positive" meeting with the 49ers on Wednesday.
49ers GM John Lynch said his evaluation of Kaepernick is "still very much fluid." Kaepernick recently sold his house in San Jose and is staying in New York. Due $16.9 million, it remains unlikely Kap is back at his current salary, but it's possible the Niners could bring him back at a reduced price.