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CSN MidAtlantic's JP Finlay doesn't expect rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle to make the Week 1 roster.

Sprinkle is behind Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, and Niles Paul on the depth chart. He'll likely need Washington to carry four tight ends to make the team. One of the top in-line blockers in this year's draft, Sprinkle figures to draw interest on waivers if cut.
Jun 28 - 5:05 PM

Free agent RB Karlos Williams has been suspended indefinitely.

Williams had just one game remaining on his 2016 ban. His latest suspension will keep him sidelined for at least a year. Williams was already in danger of falling out of the league after getting waived from the Steelers in March. This effectively ends his career.
Jun 28 - 4:24 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys DT David Irving four games for violating the league's PEDs policy.

It was announced last month that Irving was facing the ban, and it's now official. Irving played 530 snaps for the Cowboys last season, receiving really strong marks for his pass rush and above-average grades from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. A mammoth man at 6'7/285, Irving single-handedly dominated a handful of games last season, winning DPOW honors in Week 6 and then wrecking the Bucs in Week 15. It's a big blow to an already-undermanned defensive line.
Jun 28 - 4:04 PM

In a story for Sports Illustrated, ex-Redskins RB Clinton Portis admitted he was ready to murder one of his former financial advisers who Portis claims is responsible for losing millions of his dollars.

Portis made over $43 million in his nine-year career, but has lost nearly all of it. Some of it was his own fault, but Portis also fell victim to a Ponzi scheme and ultimately filed for bankruptcy in 2015. He recalls several dark nights where he would sit in his car outside an office building with a gun hoping to see the man who he trusted with his money walk out, so that Portis could kill him. "It wasn’t no beat up," Portis says. "It was kill." A friend ultimately talked Portis out of the situation, and Portis now lives in Virginia and does some TV work for the Skins. The story is a fascinating read and perhaps a cautionary tale for current players. It can be accessed at the link below.
Jun 28 - 2:30 PM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor says there's a "growing belief" the Chiefs will promote from within the organization for their new GM.

Co-directors of player personnel Mike Borgonzi and Brett Veach would seem to be the most likely candidates for a promotion. Veach was a candidate for the Bills' GM opening before it went to Brandon Beane. Kansas City is interviewing Seahawks executive Scott Fitterer for the gig on Wednesday and will be thorough in the search.
Jun 28 - 1:14 PM

Free agent LB Zachary Orr will visit the Lions on Thursday.

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, as many as eight teams have reached out to Orr since he announced Wednesday morning that he's determined to play this season after suddenly retiring in January due to a neck condition. Teams will want to do extensive medical checks on Orr and clear him before signing him.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 11:04 AM

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (groin) has already progressed to running this week.

Ramsey needed core muscle surgery right after OTAs and minicamp less than two weeks ago. He should be back to 100 percent for training camp. Ramsey, even after a strong rookie season, is a big candidate to take another step forward in Year 2.
Jun 28 - 9:30 AM

Andrew Luck (shoulder) has yet to start throwing, but is "feeling better and better every week."

"Still haven't started throwing, but that process will come when it's ready," Luck said. "No reason to be sullen or morose. It's a beautiful day." Luck underwent a major procedure to his throwing shoulder and remains without a timetable to return. The Colts and Luck have been extremely optimistic regarding his eventual return, but it's becoming concerning that he hasn't been able to do anything for 5-6 months. We still expect Luck back for Week 1, but he has considerable rust to knock off.
Jun 28 - 9:24 AM

LeGarrette Blount's contract contains a $50,000 weight bonus if he weighs between 240-245 pounds when he reports to training camp.

We weren't aware of Blount having any weight clauses in his deal with the Patriots, but it's certainly not uncommon. Blount was listed at 250 by New England last season, so Philly wants him a bit lighter as he enters his age-31 campaign. Blount has big touchdown potential with the Eagles, but he's more of a back-end RB2.
Jun 28 - 9:18 AM

Retired ILB Zachary Orr announced on Wednesday that he's contemplating a comeback.

Orr retired back in January after being diagnosed with a neck condition. The 25-year-old was said to be nearing an extension with the Ravens shortly before he was suddenly forced to retire. We're not sure what has changed medically with his situation, but Orr is determined to "play ball" this season. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora doesn't expect the Ravens to take the gamble on Orr's neck and bring him back. Getting cleared by a team will be Orr's biggest obstacle.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 9:12 AM

Cowboys signed third-round CB Jourdan Lewis to a four-year contract.

Despite a domestic incident in March and a sub-par Combine, Lewis still went in the third round. Slight of build, he profiles as a slot corner at the pro level. The Cowboys are trying to remake their secondary after losing several starters.
Jun 27 - 10:43 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the Chiefs will interview Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for their general manager vacancy.

The interview will take place either Tuesday evening or Wednesday. Ex-GM John Dorsey was fired five days ago. With player movement essentially finished for the offseason, the Chiefs have little reason to rush, though the sooner the better as Dorsey's replacement familiarizes himself with the roster.
Jun 27 - 7:09 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team has been high on second-year DT David Onyemata this offseason.

That's convenient, as Onyemata is in line for a bigger role with DT Nick Fairley sidelined for the season. The No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft, Onyemata played 393 shaky rookie snaps. He turns 25 in November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:20 PM

49ers.com considers fifth-round TE George Kittle a player who flashed in the offseason program, and hinted he could even compete for the starting job.

Per in-house reporter Joe Fann, Kittle was "one of the standouts of minicamp." Fann is careful not to make any predictions about the No. 1 job, but writes he's "eager to see how the competition at tight end unfolds in August." Kittle was getting first-team reps in minicamp, and the Sacramento Bee considers his 53-man roster spot safest amongst the Niners' tight ends. Kittle is a nice stash in Dynasty leagues.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 27 - 5:16 PM

Carson Palmer remains undecided about his playing future beyond 2017.

"That’s a great question," Palmer said of his plans beyond this season. "And I don’t have an answer. ... I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season." Palmer got off to a brutal start last year, but played much better down the stretch. If both Palmer and vertical-minded coach Bruce Arians have learned how to manage his diminished physical abilities, 2017 doesn't necessarily have to be his last year. Palmer turns 38 in December.
Jun 27 - 5:03 PM


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