The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Sam Bradford remains resistant to taking a pay cut.
Due $12.985 million, Bradford appears comfortable calling the Rams' bluff. The Rams could recoup Bradford's entire salary by cutting him loose, but would be left with a(n even bigger) black hole at quarterback. If Bradford is confident he won't be released, his only reason to take a pay cut would be to guarantee himself a healthy amount more than $13 million over the next two seasons.
The Miami Herald reports Dolphins LT Branden Albert (ACL, MCL) is "progressing well."
The word comes from Albert himself. Albert said early last month that he was unsure of his Week 1 status. Neither Albert nor the Dolphins are likely to have a firm grip on his status before the beginning of training camp.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "(internally discussed)" free agent Cecil Shorts.
Cleaning house at receiver, the Dolphins would be buying low on a player who appeared on the verge of exploding in 2012. Per reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins like what Shorts brings after the catch. According to Pro Football Focus, Shorts averaged 5.1 yards after the catch in 2014, a nice number. Recently released Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson offered nothing after the catch.
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are still "genuinely uncertain" about Mike Wallace's future with the team.
Per reporter Barry Jackson, there is front-office support for keeping Wallace, but "the cap hit is an issue." Owed $32.9 million over the next three seasons, Wallace comes with a $12.1 million cap number for 2015. That's steep for a team that's apparently all in on free agent Ndamukong Suh. On the other hand, Miami has already cut Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, and isn't entirely assured of keeping transition player Charles Clay. Cutting Wallace is far from a no-brainer.
Sources tell CBS' Jason La Canfora the Browns and Eagles are "going to explore" trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
Neither rumor is new, this is just more fuel for the fire. While Mariota/Eagles rumors initially seemed too convenient, there's now enough smoke to at least suggest fire. It's understandable why coach Chip Kelly would want to reunite with his college quarterback, but trading into the top five would cost nearly the Eagles' entire draft.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports "teams certainly know" that Jay Cutler is available via trade.
With $10 million of Cutler's 2016 salary set to become guaranteed on Tuesday — Cutler's $15.5 million for 2015 is already locked in — the Bears are seeing if there's anyone willing to take on a quarterback who was benched for Jimmy Clausen last season. It's not completely outside the realm of a possibility — this is a league where Josh McCown will be starting in Week 1 — but it's a hope and a prayer for a team clearly tired of Cutler's act. Our guess is that the Bears won't be able to eat Cutler's 2015 salary whilst simultaneously leaving themselves without a quarterback, and will roll the dice on Smokin' Jay for the next two years.
ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects the team to be "players" for free agent C Rodney Hudson.
Williamson expects fellow free agent C Chris Myers to be the Raiders' "Plan B." CBS' Jason La Canfora has also reported the Raiders are eyeing Hudson, and expects him to earn at least $7 million annually in his new deal. The Raiders have a preposterous amount of cap space, so if they want Hudson, he'll likely be theirs. Oakland is moving on from Stefen Wisniewski.
Aldon Smith's player rep calls his restructured contract a bet on himself.
Smith's $9.754 million salary was set to become fully guaranteed on Tuesday, but he's agreed to turn it into a series of roster bonuses. 2015 is the final year of Smith's rookie contract. "He’s basically saying, ‘I’m willing to bet on myself that I will not do anything stupid,'" Smith's rep said. According to his agent, Smith's ultimate goal is to sign a long-term deal with the 49ers.