A source tells Bleacher Report that Rob Gronkowski (knee) will "take his time and then take more time" with his latest rehab.
Giants agreed to terms with QB Josh Freeman on a one-year contract.
Matt Flynn chose to sign with the Packers, so the Giants go with Freeman as an offseason and camp arm. As long as Eli Manning's ankle heals as expected, it's possible Freeman won't even stick with the team into the regular season as Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib are already on the roster. The Giants typically carry just two quarterbacks. Freeman has the arm talent to win that No. 2 job, but he's going to have to earn his spot after getting dumped by the Bucs and then lasting one game as the Vikings starter last season.
Mike James (ankle) has resumed running and cutting.
James' stint as the Bucs' feature back was ended prematurely as he broke his ankle in Week 10, just three weeks after Doug Martin's season-ending shoulder injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready for OTAs, but training camp won't be an issue. James will have a leg up on Bobby Rainey for the No. 2 job after averaging 4.91 YPC on his 60 rookie-year rushes.
According to the NFL Network, the Ravens offered Haloti Ngata a lucrative long-term deal earlier this offseason.
The Ravens want to extend Ngata so they can lower his scheduled team-high $16 million cap hit. But with two years remaining on his current deal, the All-Pro run-stuffer has little incentive to take any kind of restructure that won't benefit him. The Ravens were still able to find enough cap space to retain pricy free agents Eugene Monroe and Dennis Pitta.
Peyton Manning said Montee Ball is ready to be the starting running back.
The Broncos wouldn't have let Knowshon Moreno walk for pennies if Ball didn't have Manning's blessing. We saw that faith in the playoffs last season, when Ball played on 91-of-226 (40.2 percent) of the snaps across three games. Stubborn fantasy owners are going to remember Ball's blown blitz pickup from the preseason and back-to-back fumbles in Weeks 2 and 3, but the Broncos have forgotten about that long ago. Both the coaching staff and Peyton are ready to ride with the physical second-year man as their feature back.
Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens, Jets, Patriots, Falcons, Colts and Browns are showing the most interest in Missouri DE Michael Sam.
The list suggests that some teams (Ravens, Jets, Colts) still view Sam as a possible 3-4 edge player despite his lackluster Combine performance. Either way, he projects as a Day 3 pick that is going to have to earn a spot on a 53-man roster by carving out a situational rusher and special teams role. That's due to talent limitations, not Sam's sexual orientation.
The conditioning test free agent ILB Rolando McClain failed for the Ravens Tuesday was an interval sprint.
The Ravens ask players to run 25 yards up and back three times, for a total of 150 yards. They're asked to do this sprint six times and hit target durations, with a one minute break in between intervals. McClain simply couldn't get through it -- and also showed up late for his workout.
The Vikings have not approached TE Kyle Rudolph about a contract extension.
It looks like the Vikes are prepared to let Rudolph play out his contract year. That could prove to be expensive, as we're expecting him to have a career season now that his foot is healed and he's playing in Norv Turner's tight end friendly offense. Rudolph is going to have a chance to put his underrated athleticism on display.