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Rams Expected To Pick Quarterback In Draft

Mar 27, 2015 4:05 PM

The St. Louis Rams may see Nick Foles as a temporary solution at quarterback as they intend to draft one.

"It's our intention to draft one," Jeff Fisher said this week at the NFL Annual Meeting, per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The Nick trade has no bearing over what we do in the draft."

Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are likely to be off the board when the Rams pick at No. 10.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: St. Louis Rams, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Panthers Sign Jarrett Boykin

Mar 27, 2015 4:04 PM

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin is coming off a third season with the Green Bay Packers where he caught just three balls for 25 yards.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Michael Sam: Closeted Gay NFL Players Have Reached Out In Support

Mar 27, 2015 11:37 AM

Michael Sam was the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL Draft and many current players have reached out to express their support for him and indicate they are also gay.

"I am not the only gay person in the NFL," Sam said during a speech and Q&A session in Dallas on Thursday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I'm just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.

"Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn't going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there's gay NFL players. There's gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.

"The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. I'm just saying there's some famous people, and I'm not the only one."

Sam was taken by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft but didn't make the team. He has been a free agent since the Dallas Cowboys released him from their practice squad Oct. 21 and was one of 105 participants in the league's first veteran combine, where he ran the 40 in 4.99 seconds.

"Hopefully I'm not being discriminated [against] because I'm gay," Sam said Thursday, according to the Star-Telegram. "I don't believe that I'm being discriminated [against] because I'm gay. I just want to know if I'm truly not in the NFL, it's because of talent. Let it be because of my talents. But you've got to prove that I can't play this game. If you look at the film, clearly I can. So, I'll leave it at that. ...

"'Dancing with the Stars' is my employer. That's my main source of income. ... I'm unemployed, and I don't believe I'm out of the NFL because I'm gay. But if it was a reason, it can hurt their livelihood, and you don't want to take that chance."

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Buccaneers Receive Trade Interest In Mike Glennon

Mar 26, 2015 2:14 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are receiving trade calls about the availability of Mike Glennon.

The Buccaneers are widely expected to select Jameis Winston with the first overall pick.

"We've had the first pick and we've been taking calls for a long period of time, and I assume that would go right up until the draft," Smith said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Yes, specifically on Glennon."

The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills are two teams that could have interest in Glennon.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Colts Won't Extend Chuck Pagano Before Season

Mar 26, 2015 1:13 PM

The Indianapolis Colts will not give Chuck Pagano an extension as he enters the final season of his contract, according to sources.

Pagano will enter 2015 as a make-or-break year after the Colts have been eliminated before the AFC Championship in each of his three seasons.

Pagano's arrival to the Colts coincided with Andrew Luck.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Packers, Ravens Also Had Interest In Darrelle Revis

Mar 26, 2015 12:55 PM

Darrelle Revis drew interest from the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens before ultimately signing with the New York Jets.

"(It) was the Packers, Steelers, Baltimore as well as Cleveland, the Chiefs, the Jets and also the Pats, so there was a number of teams there," he said. "I sat down and had conversations with (them) to see if we could work something out."

Revis was asked if there was anything the Patriots could have done to keep him from leaving after one season.

"You know they had the opportunity, they had a number of options to do a number of things," he said. "I had an option for $20 million they could have picked up and they didn't decide to which is fine. They tried to negotiate another deal so you know that was just something I had to go through as well."

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Potential Top-10 Pick Randy Gregory Tests Positive For Marijuana

Mar 26, 2015 12:28 PM

Randy Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine in February.

Gregory is a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft at outside linebacker.

Gregory, who starred at defensive end for Nebraska the past two seasons, admitted he has a lengthy history with marijuana, saying he began smoking after graduating from high school. He tested positive for the drug in January 2014 and April 2014 at Nebraska, according to the NFL.com report, and faced being kicked off the team had he failed a third test.

The positive test could send Gregory down draft charts. In their latest mock drafts, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had Gregory going seventh overall to the Chicago Bears, while ESPN's Todd McShay had him going fifth to the Washington Redskins. McShay also ranked Gregory as the top outside linebacker in the draft.

ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

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Ray Rice Continues To Wait For Second Chance

Mar 25, 2015 7:31 PM

Ray Rice remains a free agent and hasn't had any reported talks or visits with any NFL teams this offseason.

While Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald signed contracts already, Rice remains ignored following his domestic violence case.

Both John Harbaugh and Chuck Pagano hope Rice gets a second chance.

Jim Caldwell said he believes some team will give Rice a second chance.

There have been 16 running backs who have signed deals in the first 15 days of free agency, including the Raiders signing Trent Richardson and his 3.3-yard per carry average.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chip Kelly Had Odell Beckham Jr. Rated No. 1 On 2014 Draft Board

Mar 25, 2015 1:58 PM

Chip Kelly claims the Philadelphia Eagles had Odell Beckham Jr. ranked No. 1 on his draft board for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Beckham was the third receiver selected, going to the New York Giants at No. 12 overall behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

"I said it a year ago: I thought Odell Beckham was the best player in the draft," Kelly said, via Pro Football Talk. "I was right. We didn't have a chance to get Odell Beckham, but a lot of it depends on where you're selecting."

The Eagles held the No. 22 overall pick.

Christopher Dabe/Times-Picayune

Tags: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, IQ, Misc Rumor

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Zimmer: Vikings Have No Plans To Trade Adrian Peterson

Mar 25, 2015 1:55 PM

Mike Zimmer has reiterated the Minnesota Vikings' position that they aren't planning on trading Adrian Peterson.

Zimmer also clarified a comment he made to Pro Football Talk earlier in the offseason, saying, “I never once said I would accommodate him” by trading Peterson if that’s what he really wanted.

“I’m not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn’t want,” Zimmer said. “Adrian’s under contract for three more years with us and that’s why you sign these contracts. That’s why you get these big bonuses, you know?”

Peterson has three seasons remaining on the six-year, $96 million contract he signed in 2011.

“We have no plans to trade Adrian,” said Zimmer.

Matt Vensel/Star Tribune

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jets File Retaliatory Tampering Charges Against Patriots On Revis
"I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots, we wanted to keep him," said Robert Kraft about Darrelle Revis.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Buccaneers' Ownership Approves Drafting Winston Or Mariota
Jameis Winston is widely expected to be the Buccaneers' selection.

ESPN

Jets Sign Kellen Davis
Kellen Davis, a 6'7 tight end, last played in the NFL in 2013 with the Seahawks.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

LeSean McCoy Trade Took Only 30 Minutes
The Bills were shocked to learn the Eagles were interested in trading away LeSean McCoy.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Washington Could Take Marcus Mariota At No. 5
John Clayton reported earlier this offseason that Scot McCloughan would take Marcus Mariota if he fell to No. 5.

John Keim/ESPN

Dolphins Finished 2nd In Bid For Jimmy Graham
The Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron at tight end, but attempted to add Jimmy Graham via trade.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Ray McDonald Agrees To Sign With Bears
Ray McDonald will reunite with Vic Fangio.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Michael Crabtree Remaining Patient In Free Agency
The 49ers remain interested in re-signing Crabtree, but he would not likely get the targets or money he is seeking.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast (via PFT)

Whisenhunt: Marcus Mariota Would Be Day 1 Starter If Selected At No. 2
Ken Whisenhunt believes Marcus Mariota is ready to start from Day 1 in the NFL.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Johnny Manziel Expected For April Workouts
The Browns do not expect rehab to keep Johnny Manziel from competing for the starting quarterback job in 2015.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

J.J. Watt Restructures Contract To Create $8M In Cap Space For Texans
J.J. Watt agreed to turn a $10 million roster bonus he was due into a signing bonus.

Field Yates/ESPN

Agent: Adrian Peterson Wants To Leave Vikings
The Vikings have said they will not release Adrian Peterson, meaning a team would have to trade for him.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Jimmy Haslam Could Swap Browns' Ownership For Titans
Jimmy Haslam badly wanted to own the Titans in his home state of Tennessee.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Saints Insist They Won't Trade Drew Brees
Drew Brees had a down season in 2014 and the Saints appear to be rebuilding.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

NFL Received 2,000 Applications For Vet Combine, One Player Signed
Nathan Slaughter was the only player immediately signed as he joined the Cardinals.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

NFL Considering Hosting 2017 Pro Bowl In Brazil
The NFL has drawn growing interest in Brazil from a television and participation standpoint.

Alex Marvez/Fox Sports

Russell Wilson, Seahawks Haven't Begun Contract Talks
Russell Wilson will earn $1.542 million in 2015 on the final season of a four-year deal.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

James Harrison Re-Signs With Steelers
James Harrison will be back for his 12th season with the Steelers.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Chris Borland To Give 49ers Back Part Of His Signing Bonus
Chris Borland had a four-year contract that included a signing bonus of $617,436.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Prefers To Leave Vikings
Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, confirmed Friday that he declined an invitation to meet with Rick Spielman at the owners meetings.

Ben Goessling/ESPN