Bears signed No. 20 overall pick OL Kyle Long to a four-year contract.
The Bears' selection of Long was initially classified as a bit of a reach, but it has since been reported that both the Colts and Packers were eyeing the highly athletic lineman at the bottom of the first round. Long is expected to line up at right guard as a rookie, but he can also play left guard and right tackle.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Chargers are closing in on a deal with free agent Dwight Freeney.
Freeney, 33, met with the Chargers on Wednesday and Thursday before skipping town without a deal. His fit in the 3-4 defense is questionable, but the Chargers are desperate for pass-rush help after losing OLB Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL. Pro Football Focus credited Freeney with 34 hurries last season.
Lions backup QB Shaun Hill is recovering from a minor offseason foot surgery.
Hill had surgery to repair a "nagging" injury. He expects to participate in some portions of OTAs and should be 100 percent by training camp. Hill, now 33 years old, is entering a contract season. As Matthew Stafford stayed healthy in 2012, Hill came off the bench for just one appearance, completing 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a September loss to Tennessee.
Titans LB Moise Fokou was reportedly arrested in January for driving under the influence of alcohol.
It's unclear if the Titans knew of Fokou's arrest when they signed him to a two-year, $2.8 million deal in March. Fokou was formally charged on February 4, and the news came to light recently only because he entered a not guilty plea. The case will go to trial on October 22. An NFL suspension seems unlikely. Fokou maintains his innocence and has never been arrested in the NFL before.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rob Gronkowski's back surgery recovery is expected to take ten weeks.
There are about 16 weeks left before Week 1. Profootballtalk has reported the back surgery will occur roughly 3-4 weeks following Gronkowski's Monday arm procedure, putting a tentative return timetable at 2-3 weeks before the season, assuming all healing proceeds without setbacks. At this point, we can't expect Gronkowski to participate at all in the preseason, but he still has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. The Pats open Sunday, September 8 at Buffalo.
Jordan Cameron and Kellen Davis are running as the first-team tight ends at Browns Organized Team Activities.
In Rob Chudzinski's Panthers offense, Ben Hartsock and Greg Olsen were the first-team tight ends. Hartsock was the blocker, a role now to be played by Davis. Olsen (now Cameron) was the pass catcher and finished last season as the No. 6 overall fantasy tight end. Cameron's breakout candidacy remains on schedule.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com that Rob Gronkowski will "probably" require back surgery after receiving a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins.
It's confirmation of NFL Network's previous report that the surgery "looks likely." Per PFT, the back surgery will take place in 3-4 weeks following Monday's surgery on Gronkowski's forearm. Doctors don't want to schedule the two surgeries too close together. Although the back surgery is considered "minor" in comparison to the operation that cost him the entire 2009 college season, Gronkowski's Week 1 availability is now very much in doubt.
The Sacramento Bee considered the 49ers' No. 3 receiver job "wide open."
Keep in mind San Francisco's third receiver rotation wasn't productive in 2012 as Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams rotated behind Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss. Still, there is some opportunity for A.J. Jenkins behind Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. The 2012 first-rounder has reportedly added muscle this offseason. Jenkins will be competing with Quinton Patton, Williams, and Ricardo Lockette.