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Packers Plan On Starting Ty Montgomery Despite Drafting 3 RBs

Apr 30, 2017 4:16 PM

The Green Bay Packers selected three running backs in this year's draft, but Ty Montgomery will remain the starter.

"Absolutely, he's our starting running back," Mike McCarthy said shortly after the draft ended. "I think it gives us excellent depth, and it will be nice to have a full room."

The Packers lost Eddie Lacy to the Seattle Seahawks in free agency.

Green Bay selected Jamaal Williams of BYU in the fourth round, Aaron Jones of UTEP in the fifth round and Devante Mays of Utah State in the 7th round.

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Bills Fire Doug Whaley As General Manager

Apr 30, 2017 10:52 AM

The Buffalo Bills have fired Doug Whaley as general manager.

The Bills were 30-34 in Whaley's four seasons as general manager as they continue their 17-year playoff drought.

"After a thorough review of our football operations over the past several months, Kim [Pegula] and I informed Doug this morning that we will be moving in a new direction," Bills co-owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. "We have enjoyed working with Doug. He is a good person and we want to thank him for his work and commitment to our football team. This was my decision. It was not an easy decision but I believe it's the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills. Our search for a new general manager will begin immediately."

Sean McDermott began having more power after he was hired as head coach in January.

The Bills also fired their entire scouting staff.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

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Giants Inform Eli Manning Of Decision To Pick Davis Webb

Apr 29, 2017 12:00 PM

The New York Giants made a courtesy call to Eli Manning before they selected Davis Webb out of Cal with the 87th overall pick.

The Giants said they didn't think they needed to discuss it with him before.

"We didn't have any conversation with Eli before we drafted, but we drafted a quarterback, and we are going to let our quarterback know that we are drafting a quarterback, of course," general manager Jerry Reese said Friday night.

Webb becomes the fourth quarterback selected by the Giants since Manning entered the NFL in 2004.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

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Browns Take DeShone Kizer 52nd After Passing On QB Three Times In 1st

Apr 29, 2017 12:08 AM

The Cleveland Browns declined to select a quarterback with any of their three first round picks but selected DeShone Kizer 52nd overall.

The Browns have started 26 different quarterbacks since 1999. Cleveland also inquired about the availability of Jimmy Garoppolo.

"I do think there's a lot of potential and I think there's a lot of room for growth," Kizer told reporters after his selection. "My goal right now is to figure out a way to learn as much as I possibly can."

The Browns selected Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku in the first round.

ESPN

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Giants Tried To Trade Up For Patrick Mahomes

Apr 28, 2017 9:05 PM

The New York Giants tried to trade up to select Patrick Mahomes.

The Kansas City Chiefs successfully traded up to No. 10 to select Mahomes. Andy Reid has a good track record of identifying quarterbacks.

Ben McAdoo reportedly loved what he saw from Mahomes and was "very upset it didn't happen."

Anita Marks/ESPN

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Bears May Have Been Competing Against Themselves Trading Up

Apr 28, 2017 3:03 PM

The Chicago Bears may have been competing against themselves in trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 with the San Francisco 49ers to select Mitchell Trubisky.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, John Fox even was unaware of the Bears' plans to draft Trubisky until a few hours before the draft.

The Bears paid $1.56 on the dollar to trade up with the 49ers.

John Lynch did say publicly, however, that they 49ers had Trubisky as their top-graded quarterback.

Michael Lombardi/The Ringer

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Seahawks Would Have Considered Drafting Patrick Mahomes

Apr 28, 2017 2:49 PM

The Seattle Seahawks will consider drafting a quarterback with one of their day two picks.

The Seahawks would have considered using their first round pick on Patrick Mahomes if he would have dropped to them late in the first round.

While Russell Wilson is only 28 years old, the Seahawks have been weak at backup quarterback in recent seasons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Patriots Decline To Talk Jimmy Garoppolo Trade With Browns At Draft

Apr 28, 2017 1:40 PM

The Cleveland Browns called the New England Patriots during the first round of the draft about trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. 

The Patriots again declined to engage in trade talks centered on Garoppolo. 

The future of Garoppolo has been tied to how many more years Tom Brady will continue to play.

The Patriots could even use the franchise tag on Garoppolo next offseason as a backup to Brady.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes Will 'Take Some Time'

Apr 28, 2017 8:32 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to the 10th pick to take Patrick Mahomes, but Andy Reid is already tempering expectations for the rookie quarterback.

Reid isn't expecting Mahomes to be able to handle the offense right away, which leaves Alex Smith as the team's starter.

"I don’t worry about Alex on this," Reid said. "Alex knows we trust him. Alex is the starting quarterback. Nothing is going to change there. The kid is going to take some time. He understands that. But there's gonna be a day Alex isn't playing anymore and we'll need someone to step in and play."

Kansas City Star

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Saints Were Prepared To Trade Up For Marshon Lattimore

Apr 28, 2017 8:27 AM

The New Orleans Saints considered trading up in the first round on Thursday night, but didn't have to when Marshon Lattimore was available at No. 11.

The Saints have been looking at cornerback help all offseason and sat through a run of offensive skill players leading up to their pick.

"Just through a lot of the different scenarios, he was one of the players that we felt would be difficult maybe to anticipate him being there, but things happen," Sean Payton said.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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Week 13 Win Over 49ers Cost Bears Three Draft Picks
The Bears traded up to the No. 2 pick to take Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday night.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Raiders Did 'Miles And Miles' Of Research On Gareon Conley
The Raiders did a lot of research on Gareon Conley before selecting the cornerback in the first round of the draft on Thursday night.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Browns, Washington Deny Kirk Cousins Trade Talks
Both the Browns and Washington have denied a report that they discussed a possible Kirk Cousins trade.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Chiefs Trade Up To No. 10 With Bills To Pick Patrick Mahomes
The Chiefs moved up to No. 10 to pick Pat Mahomes.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Browns Attempting To Trade For Kirk Cousins
The Browns are attempting to acquire Kirk Cousins from Washington.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Browns Will Select Myles Garrett First Overall
The Browns' top brass met on Thursday to solidify their plans even if it was a long time in the coming.

Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer

Myles Garrett Remains Expected Pick For Browns At No. 1
Sashi Brown told NFL Network's Mike Silver on Wednesday that he's known the pick for two weeks.

Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer

NFL Replacing Dean Blandino With Two Officiating Employees
Dean Blandino is leaving for a job with FOX.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Sanders: Paxton Lynch No Longer 'Like That Deer In The Headlights'
Trevor Siemian won the starting job ahead of the 2016 season and started 14 games.

ESPN

Vikings Likely To Decline Option On Teddy Bridgewater
While the Vikings could still re-sign Teddy Bridgewater, they appear unwilling to guarantee his salary for 2018 at $11 million.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders, Seahawks Agree Upon Marshawn Lynch Trade
The only thing remaining is for Marshawn Lynch to take a physical with the Raiders.

Mike Garafolo, Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Browns Have Discussed Trading Up With Three Teams In Top 8
The Browns, who own the No. 2 and No. 12 picks, have had discussions with at least three teams in the top eight about moving up.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Sean Payton: Adrian Peterson Will 'Complement' Mark Ingram
Sean Payton doesn't foresee any issues figuring out how to use both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram at running back.

Nick Shook/NFL

Titans Have Offers For No. 5 Pick, May Move Down
The Titans have multiple offers for the No. 5 pick and are considering moving down.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Vince Young Working Out For CFL's Roughriders
Vince Young, 33, hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.

ESPN

LeGarrette Blount, Giants Have Mutual Interest
LeGarrette Blount would be a good complement for the Giants alongside Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Martavis Bryant Conditionally Reinstated By NFL
Martavis Bryant had been suspended for the entire 2016 season for multiple violations of the league's policy against substances of abuse.

Nick Shook/NFL.com

Jay Cutler Has No Plans To Retire
Jay Cutler remains a free agent but his agent insists he doesn't want to retire.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Steelers Have No Information On Martavis Bryant Reinstatement
Martavis Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season because of multiple failed drug tests.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson, Saints Finalize Two-Year Deal
The deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed in 2017.

Ian Rapoport/NFL