The Steelers want to extend contract-year RE Cameron Heyward.
Heyward started all 16 games last year, setting a career high with 7.5 sacks. He’s currently owed $7 million on his 2015 option. The Steelers could get a deal done with Heyward before training camp.
A source tells FOX Sports 910 Phoenix that suspended ILB Daryl Washington "is not aware where he stands right now" regarding a potential reinstatement.
Washington is serving an indefinite ban, one that required him to miss at least one full calendar year beginning on the date 5/30/2014. It's nearly one full calendar year later, and Washington is unaware of when he'll get to play in the NFL again. Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki anticipates Washington serving 2-6 more games. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic previously guessed Washington would be suspended 4-6 more games. Washington has served concurrent suspensions for substance abuse and domestic violence.
Quinton Patton believes he's playing with more confidence this offseason.
"Totally different," Patton said. "I'm not going to say it's my time, but I'm coming." Patton spent several weeks training with Colin Kaepernick in Arizona and has reportedly stood out during OTAs. With Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith locked in on the outside, Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Jerome Simpson are competing for the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver job.
Jaguars.com’s John Oehser believes fourth-round pick James Sample could push for the starting free safety job.
Sample played strong safety in college, but the positions are interchangeable in Gus Bradley’s scheme. Sergio Brown has been working opposite Jonathan Cyprien during OTAs and remains the favorite to start. Sample would need a strong training camp to unseat Brown.
The Jaguars are expected to keep four running backs.
With Toby Gerhart moving to an H-back role, Jacksonville doesn’t plan to carry a fullback. Gerhart, Bernard Pierce, and Storm Johnson will battle for one or two spots behind T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson. Despite a non-guaranteed $3M salary, the Jaguars appear intent on keeping Gerhart.
Jaguars C Stefen Wisniewski (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready until training camp.
Wisniewski is six months into his rehab from shoulder surgery. There was hope he would be available for June’s minicamp, but the Jaguars have no need to rush their $2.5M investment. Wisniewski will assume starting center duties when healthy.
Bills.com’s Chris Brown lists Kenny Ladler as a candidate for the No. 3 safety job.
A 2014 undrafted free agent, Ladler was promoted from the practice squad in Week 6 and made two appearances prior to landing on I.R. Buffalo failed to add depth after losing Da’Norris Searcy, leaving Baccari Rambo and Jonathan Meeks as their only backup options. With Duke Williams suspect in coverage, the Bills could move Corey Graham to safety in sub packages.
Bills coach Rex Ryan "clearly" views Corey Graham as an option at safety.
Graham saw time at safety last year, but played most of his snaps on the outside. The addition of second-round CB Ronald Darby suggests the Bills will ask him to take on a bigger role. Duke Williams is expected to start in base sets.