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Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List

Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

Wilson is ranked ahead of Luck because he is still two years away from being paid market value.

Aaron Rodgers is ranked No. 3, though Barnwell writes that he would rank him as the most talented quarterback in the NFL right now. But Rodgers is 30 and makes far more money than younger, cheaper quarterbacks.

J.J. Watt is the first defensive player on the list and ranks No. 4.

Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. 

Robert Quinn is at No. 7 as the second-highest ranked defensive player.

Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Tom Brady rank No. 8-No. 11.

Here's the rest of Barnwell's top-50:

12. Patrick Peterson

13. Earl Thomas

14. Richard Sherman

15. Robert Griffin III

16. A.J. Green

17. Calvin Johnson

18. Von Miller

19. Philip Rivers

20. Eli Manning

21. Ben Roethlisberger

22. Joe Thomas

23. Joe Staley

24. Luke Kuechly

25. Greg Hardy

26. Jadeveon Clowney

27. Jimmy Graham

28. Tyron Smith

29. Duane Brown

30. Julio Jones

31. Dez Bryant

32. Tony Romo

33. Matthew Stafford

34. Patrick Willis

35. Darrelle Revis

36. Lavonte David

37. Demaryius Thomas

38. Muhammad Wilkerson

39. Trent Williams

40. Joe Haden

41. Nate Solder

42. Adrian Peterson

43. Ryan Tannehill

44. Mike Iupati

45. Ndamukong Suh

46. Gerald McCoy

47. Dontari Poe

48. Sheldon Richardson

49. Jim Harbaugh

50. Nick Foles

Via Bill Barnwell/Grantland


Rob Gronkowski Won't Begin Season On PUP

Rob Gronkowski will not begin the season on the physically unable to perform list for the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski said last week he plans on playing the full 16-game schedule.

Gronkowski, who was limited to seven games last season, underwent surgery on his right ACL on Jan. 9.

Gronkowski spent the majority of the offseason working out at the team's facility, yet his expected presence registers as a bit of a surprise.

Via Mike Reiss/ESPN


Rams, Bills, Vikings Have NFL's Best Under-25 Talent

The St. Louis Rams rank first in ESPN's list of teams with the best talent under the age of 25.

The Rams have been able to stockpile talented young players in large part due to the Robert Griffin III trade. Robert Quinn is considered one of the best young defensive players in the entire NFL.

The Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans round out the top-10.

Via Scott Kacsmar/ESPN



Fisher: Michael Sam 'Absolutely Not' A Distraction

The St. Louis Rams stood behind Michael Sam amid comments from Tony Dungy that the presence of a homosexual player would be a distraction if he were still a head coach.

“Absolutely not,” Jeff Fisher said. “Let's define distraction. There were a couple of extra cameras during early OTAs. There may have been an extra camera yesterday as rookies reported and went on the field the first time. Mike's a very passionate athlete. He's very focused on trying to make this football team.

"He worked really hard during the summer, and he's doing a good job."

Via Will Brinson/CBS Sports


Titans Become Last Team To Sign 1st Round Pick For 2nd Straight Season

The Cleveland Browns have signed Justin Gilbert to his rookie contract, which leaves Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans as the final unsigned pick in the NFL.

Slotted rookie contracts in the NFL's new CBA have stopped lengthy holdouts.

The Titans also were the final team to sign their first round pick last year in Chance Warmarck.

Via Darin Ganatt/ProFootballTalk


Vernon Davis Reports To 49ers' Training Camp

Vernon Davis has shown up to training camp for the San Francisco 49ers, deciding not to hold out in hopes of a new contract.

The 49ers have been clear in the past that they won't negotiate with any player that doesn't show up to camp.

Joe Staley got a new deal last week, while Alex Boone appears set to be a holdout.

Via Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk


Jamaal Charles Expected To Hold Out

Jamaal Charles is expected to hold out as training camp begins.

Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs are in discussions on a new contract.

Charles is scheduled to earn $3.9 million this season, which is less than 13 other running backs.

Charles signed a six-year, $28 million deal in 2010.

Via Josh Katzowitz/CBS Sports


Pat Bowlen Cedes Control Of Broncos As He Battles Alzheimer's

Pat Bowlen has given up control of the Denver Broncos as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

"In recent years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has taken a reduced role with his team while courageously and privately battling Alzheimer's disease," the team said in a statement.

"The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength."

Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984 from Edgar Kaiser. In Bowlen's 30 years as owner, the Broncos reached six Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.

Via ESPN


Julio Jones Cleared For Beginning Of Camp

Julio Jones has been cleared to participate in the Atlanta Falcons training camp.

Jones injured his foot in Week 5 last season.

"He will be limited in terms of his snaps," Mike Smith told the Journal-Constitution. "Our No. 1 goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps.

"Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start."

Jones caught 41 passes for 580 yards and two scores last season before getting hurt.

Via ESPN


Danny Woodhead Signs Two-Year Extension With Chargers Through 2016

The San Diego Chargers have signed Danny Woodhead to a two-year extension through 2016.

Woodhead proved to be an excellent fit last season in joining the Chargers from the New England Patriots.

Via RealGM Staff Report