After speaking to four NFL executives regarding potential trade compensation for Andre Johnson, the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein received answers ranging from a second- to fifth-round pick.
Although the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has been adamant the Texans will not trade Johnson, it's worth remembering McClain was adamant for most of the pre-draft process that the Texans would not select Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall. (They did.) We suspect GM Rick Smith would seriously consider dealing Johnson if a win-now team offered a 2015 second-round pick. If the offer were a fourth- or fifth-rounder, the Texans should comfortably pass.
Antonio Brown has fired his representation from Roc Nation, and is planning to return to Rosenhaus Sports.
It's a slow news day. Brown joined on with Jay-Z's Roc Nation not too long ago when it was the flashy, fun thing to do. Now, Roc Nation has lost its luster. Brown is entering year three of a six-year, $43 million deal. He finished second in the NFL with his 101 grabs and 1,499 receiving yards. Brown is a locked-in WR1.
The Florida Times Union expects third-round rookie Brandon Linder to open the season as the Jaguars' starting right guard.
"The Jaguars drafted Linder to start right away," writes beat reporter Ryan O'Halloran. Linder finished spring practices as Jacksonville's first-team right guard, passing Jacques McClendon on the depth chart. Linder is the better talent. He and RT Austin Pasztor will make up the right side of the Jags' line.
Packers undrafted rookie TE Colt Lyerla's ex-teammate from Oregon and current Eagles WR Josh Huff believes Lyerla can be better than Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.
The praise doesn't stop with Huff. "Just a monster," Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell said of Lyerla. "Colt is a beast. I don't know how to explain it. A monster, a beast....He could be anything he wants to be." Lyerla went undrafted after a tumultuous college career that saw him quit the team four games into last season. He then got into drugs and was arrested for cocaine possession. The Packers took a chance on the ultra-talented Lyerla. At 6'3/242, he runs a 4.61 forty and posted a 39-inch vertical. Lyerla could make a year-one impact at an unsettled position in Green Bay. He needs to be owned in all Dynasty formats.
The Bills aren't expected to release RG Kraig Urbik.
Urbik is being pushed by Chris Hairston for the starting job, but his roster spot appears safe because of money. Urbik inked a four-year, $15 million extension in December of 2012 and is set to count over $3 million against the cap. The Bills would have to eat $2.1 million of that by cutting him. Urbik and RT Erik Pears were a weak pair on the right side of Buffalo's line last season. Pears' job is in grave danger. Unlike Urbik, he can be released without a dead money hit.
The Redskins want Kai Forbath to improve on kickoffs.
Forbath averaged just 60.0 yards per kickoff last season and managed a pitiful 14 touchbacks. Forbath also battled a groin injury in 2013, but made his final 14 field goals. Washington drafted Zach Hocker in the seventh round of May's draft. He has a booming leg but will have to show well on field goals to beat Forbath.
The Houston Chronicle reports Andre Johnson "will not be traded."
Beat writer John McClain is plugged in to all things Texans. He believes the team wants Johnson to finish his career in Houston, and they don't want to deal Johnson simply because he wants out, which would set a precedent for similar situations if they developed in the future. Another big factor is money. The Texans would eat $12 million by trading Johnson, and the acquiring team would take on his roughly $16 million cap hit. McClain expects Johnson to either play for the Texans in Week 1, or sit out and forfeit over $500,000 per week.
Ravens second-year ILB Arthur Brown bulked up over the offseason.
Brown weighed 241 at the 2013 Combine and is listed at 235 on the Ravens' website. He's competing with first-round rookie C.J. Mosley for the starting job next to Daryl Smith, but is expected to lose out and operate as a nickel linebacker. Most of Brown's contributions will come on special teams.