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The Dallas Morning News reports the lawsuit over assault claims against Cowboys DT Henry Melton has been dropped.

Melton was being sued for more than $1 million from his public intoxication and assault arrest on December 23. He still faces a misdemeanor charge as a result of the incident. A hearing for the criminal case is scheduled for next week.
Apr 18 - 8:18 PM

ESPN Boston expects the Patriots to remove OLB Dont'a Hightower in all sub-packages this season.

Hightower was one of the worst cover linebackers in the league last year, so the Patriots are limiting him to more of a two-down role. Jamie Collins projects to get the majority of snaps opposite Jerod Mayo in nickel packages.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 18 - 7:57 PM

The Colts are expected to exercise LT Anthony Castonzo's fifth-year club option of $7.4 million in 2015.

The move will keep Castonzo signed for a total of $8.9 million over the next two seasons. Castonzo graded out as a top-20 left tackle by Pro Football Focus, but struggled in pass protection -- allowing 39 quarterback hurries in 2013. The deadline for teams to exercise fifth-year options is May 3.
Apr 18 - 7:03 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer isn't convinced Kyle Orton will return this season.

The Cowboys want Orton back even after signing Brandon Weeden, but he's questionable to attend offseason workouts next week and reportedly still considering retirement. Releasing Orton as a post-June 1 cut would allow Dallas to save $3.25 million against the cap. Orton is owed $2.25 million in 2015 regardless of whether he's on the roster.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 18 - 6:25 PM

Ravens re-signed exclusive rights free agent ILB Josh Bynes.

Bynes made six starts for the Ravens last year, finishing with 45 tackles and three pass defenses. He's now signed for $570,000 this season. 24-year-old Bynes will return as a situational run stopper opposite Daryl Smith.
Apr 18 - 5:52 PM

The Dolphins are considering a contract extension for TE Charles Clay.

Clay is coming off a career-best 69/759/6 line in 2013 and graded out as a top-10 receiving tight end by Pro Football Focus. A former Jeff Ireland sixth-round pick, Clay has no ties to new GM Dennis Hickey, but is expected to be in Miami's long-term plans. The Dolphins have a history of letting players reach free agency, so there's still a good chance Clay plays out his rookie deal without a new contract.
Apr 18 - 5:29 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt projects San Jose State QB David Fales as a seventh-round pick to priority undrafted free agent.

The draftnik community was projecting Fales as a possible 2014 first-rounder as recently as last offseason, but he is an undersized (6-foot-1 3/4, 210) prospect without a strong arm and figures to max out as an NFL backup. We do admire Fales' quick release and ability to stand tall in the pocket amid pressure, but he is ultimately a limited talent with sub-par athleticism.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 4:21 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen told NFL Live Friday that the Titans likely wouldn't have exercised Jake Locker's fifth-year option even had Mike Munchak stayed on as head coach.

Munchak, of course, was part of the team that selected Locker with the eighth pick in the 2011 draft. It's telling that the Titans wouldn't have locked in Locker even under the coaching staff that worked with him for three full years. Locker's durability has been poor, but his on-field performance has been just as concerning. He has an 18:15 TD-to-INT ratio over the last two seasons (18 games), with a 57.9 completion rate and 6.9 YPA, absorbing 41 sacks.
Apr 18 - 4:15 PM

ESPN's Mark Dominik suggested on NFL Insiders that Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will "fall a little more than people think" in May's draft.

Dominik's thoughts are particularly interesting because he was GMing in the NFL as recently as this past January, and it's probably a safe bet that he still talks to a lot of people around the league. Dominik opined that Manziel could fall as far as the late first round, and suggested the Texans trading back into the latter part of the frame to acquire "Johnny Football." It's no secret that Texans owner Bob McNair is a big fan of Manziel's. Houston currently drafts at Nos. 1 and 33.
Apr 18 - 3:55 PM

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline is "told" Colorado State C Weston Richburg could be a "surprise" first-round pick.

Pauline had a similar report on Travis Frederick last April, and the Cowboys selected him 31st overall. This year's center class is shallow, so according to Pauline, "the feeling is if you need one, Richburg is the guy, and you better grab him early." Pauline mentions the Packers, Patriots, and Broncos as possible late first-round suitors for Richburg, as well as the Jaguars at No. 39.
Apr 18 - 3:24 PM

Brandon Gibson has begun "light jogging" as he rehabs from his Week 8 patellar tendon tear.

Although recent speculation has posited Gibson's roster spot is in danger, the Miami Herald doesn't believe that to be the case. Cutting Gibson would cause a $2 million salary cap penalty. It's possible, however, that Gibson won't be ready for Week 1, perhaps opening the season on the reserve/PUP list.
Apr 18 - 3:15 PM

Brandon Lloyd's one-year deal with the 49ers includes no guaranteed money.

He can earn a $50,000 workout bonus and has a scheduled $955,000 base salary, which would come directly off San Francisco's books were Lloyd released before Week 1. At age 33 and having been out of football for an entire year, Lloyd is probably a long shot for a 2014 roster spot. His odds would grow even longer if the 49ers used an early-round pick on a vertical wide receiver.
Apr 18 - 3:00 PM

New coach Bill O'Brien recently mentioned slot receiver as a need for the Texans.

It sounds like O'Brien isn't entirely on board with theoretical incumbent slot receiver Keshawn Martin, who has disappointed as a 2012 fourth-round pick. He finished 2013 with 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns, also turning in underwhelming averages on kickoff returns (26.3 yards) and punts (8.8).
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 2:39 PM

The Jaguars plan to use Dekoda Watson at strong-side linebacker.

Watson will play "Sam" backer on first and second down, and is a candidate for snaps at the "Leo" pass-rusher role in Jacksonville's sub-packages. If the Jaguars draft Buffalo's Khalil Mack at No. 3 overall, however, Watson won't end up playing much Leo. Watson should also contribute on special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 2:21 PM

Raiders re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Kaelin Burnett.

Burnett made seven special teams tackles in 2013 and will compete for a roster spot. On defense, he is a reserve at both outside linebacker positions.
Apr 18 - 2:18 PM


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