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Eagles waived DE Marcus Smith.

An expected move for months, the Eagles pull the plug before having to pay Smith a $594,000 roster bonus and save nearly $1.5 million. The Smith pick at No. 26 overall in 2014 by then-coach Chip Kelly was widely criticized from the start, and Smith answered by providing just four sacks in three seasons, failing to find a position. He should be able to get a second chance, somewhere where he won't have to live up to the billing of a first-round pick. Smith turned 25 in March.
Jul 26 - 2:34 PM

Broncos GM John Elway indicated the team needs to see something out of third-year TE Jeff Heuerman this summer.

"This would be the year," Elway said. "We're waiting for Jeff to make the big step." Heuerman tore his ACL almost immediately after being drafted in 2015, missed his rookie season, and then posted a 9-141-0 line across 12 contests as a sophomore. The Broncos have an opening for their pass-catching tight end job, where Heuerman figures to compete with AJ Derby. Both flashed at times in 2016.
Jul 26 - 2:12 PM

Jamaal Charles (knees) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

Charles was doing "everything" last month, but the Broncos were still holding him back. Even though he's been cleared by the doctors, Denver still plans to bring Charles along slowly the first couple weeks of camp. As long as Charles can stay healthy and look close to his old self, he should be able to make the team.
Jul 26 - 1:39 PM

Trevor Siemian will take the first snaps under center when the Broncos open training camp on Thursday.

Paxton Lynch will get the first reps on Friday in what will be a true rotation until coach Vance Joseph and OC Mike McCoy settle on a starter. It's the same pattern the two quarterbacks followed in the spring. Lynch had a strong finish to spring work, but Siemian was, by most accounts, the more consistent passer throughout.
Jul 26 - 1:34 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace confirmed Mike Glennon is the starting quarterback.

Mark Sanchez is No. 2. The Bears' plan is for Glennon to start all season, but that plan can easily go awry if Glennon stinks up the joint. Pace and coach John Fox may be fighting for their jobs, especially Fox, and could succumb to pressure to start first-round rookie Mitchell Trubisky at some point in order to have a built-in excuse. We fully expect Trubisky to make starts as a rookie in a rebuilding year.
Jul 26 - 1:13 PM

Eagles released G/T Allen Barbre.

A coaches pet from the Chip Kelly regime, Barbre signed a new multi-year deal in June 2014 but fell out of favor under coach Doug Pederson. Barbre was given permission to seek a trade back in March but didn't find any takers. The release saves the Eagles $2.1 million against the cap. 33-year-old Barbre can play both guard spots and right tackle and has made 36 career starts. Isaac Seumalo opened Eagles camp as the starting left guard. Philly has plenty of line depth.
Jul 26 - 1:07 PM

Vikins signed RE Everson Griffen to a four-year, $58 million extension through 2022.

The deal contains $34 million guaranteed, and the $14.5 million per-year average in new money makes Griffen the third-highest-paid 4-3 end behind only Giants teammates Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Griffen isn't a household name to the casual fan, but he's been wrecking quarterbacks ever since taking over as a full-time starter in 2014. Griffen is now under contract through his age-35 season.
Jul 26 - 12:50 PM

Julio Jones (foot) has been medically cleared for training camp.

As expected. Jones underwent a very minor procedure to remove a bunion from his foot in March. He sat out OTAs and minicamp merely as a way to get more rest after a long season. Jones is ready to roll but will be eased back into team drills here in the first few practices. Jones is locked in as a first-round fantasy pick.
Jul 26 - 12:06 PM

Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn (biceps) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Clayborn tore his biceps in the Divisional Round win over the Seahawks. He missed OTAs and minicamp but is good to go, though coach Dan Quinn said they'll ease Clayborn back in with about 50 percent of the reps at the start.
Jul 26 - 12:03 PM

Myles Garrett (foot) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp.

The No. 1 overall pick had a scare toward the end of spring workouts when he suffered a lateral foot sprain, but it proved to be a minor deal. Garrett will probably be monitored a bit early in camp but will avoid a stint on the active/PUP list.
Jul 26 - 11:56 AM

Coach Hue Jackson said Cody Kessler will take the first snaps under center when the Browns open training camp.

"He deserves a chance to walk out there first," Jackson said of Kessler. That's about all Kessler will be guaranteed in what should be one of the more interesting quarterback battles of the summer. Along with Kessler, newcomers Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer will also be in the mix. Osweiler and Kizer both reportedly had strong springs, while Kessler struggled with having passes batted down.
Jul 26 - 11:52 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings and RE Everson Griffen are finalizing a four-year extension.

According to RapSheet, it will be "massive." Since becoming a starter in 2014, Griffen has amassed 30.5 sacks across three seasons and was Pro Football Focus' No. 7 pass-rushing 4-3 end out of 53 qualifiers in 2016. With Griffen and Danielle Hunter, the Vikings have one of the better defensive end duos in the league.
Jul 26 - 11:24 AM

Eagles OC Frank Reich praised Nelson Agholor for having a great spring.

"What everybody saw was true," Reich said. Agholor worked as the slot receiver with the first-team offense in place of Jordan Matthews (knee) and figures to do the same if Matthews remains limited at the start of training camp. Agholor has been a massive disappointment through two seasons, but he's still just 24 and flashed big time in previous preseasons. Agholor is one of the lone Eagles' receivers with a contract that runs into next season. He remains a hold in Dynasty.
Jul 26 - 10:41 AM

Bucs placed DE Jacquies Smith (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Smith is 10.5 months removed from ACL surgery. He's expected to be ready in time for the season and can be activated from the active/PUP list at any time during camp.
Jul 26 - 10:37 AM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Pouncey has battled a number of hip issues in his career and was sent to I.R. last Week 10 only to need another surgery. He's recovered nicely and appears to be ahead of schedule. Expect the Dolphins to continue to take it slow with their stud center, but he's fully expected to be out there in Week 1.
Jul 26 - 9:59 AM


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