Player Notes

  • Chargers re-sign WR Inman
    Chargers re-signed WR Dontrelle Inman to a one-year, $2.746 million contract.

    Advice: It's his second-round restricted tender. Forced into an expanded role due to Keenan Allen's 2016 ACL tear, Inman responded with a career-best 58-810-4 (14.0 YPR) receiving line. While Inman's role is unlikely to be nearly as voluminous this season, he is a versatile wideout capable of playing all three receiver spots and should be assured of a top-four spot in the rotation. Today, 5:09 pm
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  • Payton: Adrian Peterson will have clear role
    Saints coach Sean Payton promises new RB Adrian Peterson will have a "clear role."

    Advice: Payton insists Peterson and Mark Ingram will "blend well." That figures to be easier said than done. Payton has always featured multiple backs, but Ingram and Peterson have significant stylistic overlap. Ingram figures to become even more involved as a pass catcher, while Peterson should be counted on to churn yardage in early-down/goal-line situations. It could be hard for either back to carve out clear-cut, weekly RB2 status in standard leagues. Today, 3:00 pm
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  • Martavis Bryant reinstated after 407-day ban
    NFL conditionally reinstated suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant.

    Advice: Bryant's second NFL suspension is over after 407 days. Many players — Justin Blackmon, Daryl Washington, Josh Gordon — fail to make it back after being slapped with indefinite bans, so Bryant is ahead of the curve in that regard. He's one strike away from what would likely be permanent ineligibility, however. The 25 year old has to be a perfect citizen from here on out. A pterodactyl-like touchdown scorer, Bryant has 14 scores in 21 career games, and has averaged 17.3 yards per catch. He has the ability to be one of the biggest difference makers in the game at receiver. He was desperately missed opposite Antonio Brown in 2016. Bryant's upside and downside are equally self evident. Today, 1:06 pm
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  • Still no Teddy Bridgewater return timeline
    Teddy Bridgewater (knee) remains without a timetable for a return.

    Advice: GM Rick Spielman did say that Bridgewater had a "great" first week of offseason practice. Bridgewater is eight months removed from blowing up his knee in a training camp practice. Every indication is that Sam Bradford will remain the Vikings' starter for 2017. Today, 11:59 am
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  • Stefon Diggs says he'll be in better shape
    Stefon Diggs blames his 2016 durability woes on himself.

    Advice: Slowed by groin, knee and hip issues, Diggs missed three games, and was limited for others. Diggs said he's "taking steps" to avoid a repeat in 2017. Reading between the lines, Diggs clearly believes he wasn't in good enough shape. Proper conditioning is a lesson young NFLers often learn the hard way. The playmaker will begin 2017 in the WR2/3 mix. Today, 11:12 am
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  • Vikings, Bradford have yet to talk extension
    Contract-year QB Sam Bradford has yet to have extension talks with the Vikings.

    Advice: Bradford is due $17 million between salary and bonuses in what will be his age-30 season. Bradford stayed healthy last year, setting some fraudulent records in the process, but didn't elevate his offense. He's not the long-term answer in Minnesota anymore than he was in Philadelphia or St. Louis. Today, 11:05 am
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  • Free agent Cutler not considering retirement
    Free agent Jay Cutler's player rep says he's not considering retirement.

    Advice: "Jay wants to play football," were the words of Bus Cook. "He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league." Cook, who represented Brett Favre, certainly knows retiring quarterbacks. It's a good time for Cutler to get the message out, as he will be an option for teams that miss out/select a project in this week's draft. The Texans would be Cutler's best-case scenario, but there's been no indication they're considering the longtime Bear. Today, 10:16 am
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  • Latavius Murray expects to be ready for camp
    Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) still expects to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Murray was also adamant he was upfront with the Vikings about his need for surgery. There's been no indication otherwise. Murray remains in a walking boot one month after going under the knife. Replacing Adrian Peterson on early downs, Murray can also catch a pass in a pinch. Running behind a woeful offensive line, Murray will be a touchdown-dependent RB2 in Minnesota. Today, 10:05 am
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  • Report: Bengals want 1st for A.J. McCarron
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals want a first-round pick "at least" for A.J. McCarron.

    Advice: In other words, the Bengals do not want to trade A.J. McCarron. Scheduled to be a restricted free agent (pending arbitration) after this season, McCarron is under cheap team control for the next two years, so the Bengals have zero incentive to move him for anything less than their price. He will sit behind Andy Dalton for at least another season. Today, 6:48 am
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  • Seahawks GM: Raiders, Lynch ‘still talking’
    Seahawks GM John Schneider said the Raiders and Marshawn Lynch are "still talking."

    Advice: Schneider also reiterated the draft deadline Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie set for a deal last week. "I would think Reggie would want to go into the draft knowing that they have another runner or not," Schneider said. The Raiders reportedly want to pay Lynch $3 million a year while the running back is looking for closer to $5 million. A compromise near the $3.5 million Adrian Peterson will get from the Saints could work for both sides, but it needs to happen quickly. Today, 6:31 am
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  • Report: 'Mutual interest' between Blount, NYG
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "mutual interest" between the Giants and free agent RB LeGarrette Blount.

    Advice: With Mike Gillislee now in New England, Blount is on the lookout for a new team. The Giants make sense as they need a bigger complement to Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen, and Blount will not cost much money. That said, New York may want to wait to see who falls to them in the draft before turning to Blount. The 30-year-old rushed for 18 touchdowns last season. Today, 5:18 am
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  • Video shows Jamaal Charles doing drills
    A video posted by his agent shows free agent Jamaal Charles working through a training drill.

    Advice: The video is linked below. Charles appears to be going less than full speed, but he is able to cut on both surgically repaired knees and does not seem to be wearing a brace. Agent David Mulugheta undoubtedly released this video to show Charles is healthy enough to sign, but the veteran has not heard a peep since visiting the Seahawks over a month ago. He will almost certainly have to wait until after the draft to find a new team, and his time as a free agent could drag all the way through the summer. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
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  • Jonathan Williams in-house replacement at RB2
    ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak calls sophomore Jonathan Williams the team's "most likely" replacement for Mike Gillislee behind LeSean McCoy.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick last year, Williams is in a quietly terrific spot at the moment. The Bills' offense is naturally rushing friendly, and McCoy has battled injuries to both of his hamstrings the past two seasons. McCoy turns 29 in July. The Bills may add a running back in this week's draft, although it seems unlikely to be with a high pick. Williams' Dynasty value is rising, and he has a chance to become a 2017 re-draft factor, as well. Yesterday, 2:33 pm
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  • Chiefs keep Albert Wilson in fold
    Chiefs re-signed WR Albert Wilson to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

    Advice: A low-volume complementary receiver in Kansas City, Wilson managed a 31-279-2 stat line in 2016, averaging only 9.0 yards per catch. He's someone the Chiefs should be looking to upgrade on in this weekend's draft. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
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  • Mike Gillislee expected to fill 'Blount role'
    According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, the "expectation" is Mike Gillislee will "essentially fill LeGarrette Blount's role" in the Patriots' offense.

    Advice: Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (18) and finished second in the league in carries (299), so this would be a huge win for Gillislee's fantasy outlook. Reiss considers Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White "locks" to make the roster, with Dion Lewis "rounding out the top four slots on the running back depth chart." Over the past two offseasons, the Patriots have pried Gillislee, Stephon Gilmore, and Chris Hogan from the division-rival Bills. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
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  • Ingram expected to remain Saints lead back
    Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate expects Mark Ingram to remain the Saints' starter even if Adrian Peterson is signed.

    Advice: At worst, both backs will have a role as Underhill notes the Saints rushed 404 times last season, and face an easier schedule this year, meaning they should have more rushing attempts in positive game script. Ingram's versatility will keep him heavily involved; Peterson never developed passing-game value as a receiver or pass blocker. Free agent loss Tim Hightower left behind 155 unaccounted-for touches, so the Saints were always going to add another back. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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  • Well, duh: Giants pick up OBJ's 2018 option
    Giants exercised WR Odell Beckham's fifth-year team option for 2018.

    Advice: The deadline to do so is May 3. GM Jerry Reese was recently noncommittal on the topic, but this was as easy a decision as they come. Even with OBJ's drama, he's still one of the very best receivers in the game. Signed cheaply for the next two years, Beckham will surely be looking to become the league's highest-paid receiver with a massive extension between now and next summer. Yesterday, 9:20 am
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  • Schefter: Garoppolo trade is 'not happening'
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reiterated Sunday that a Jimmy Garoppolo trade is "not happening."

    Advice: Schefter doesn't miss, and he has been adamant about this one for months. He acknowledged Garoppolo's name "continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation" amongst the media, but resolutely tweeted Garoppolo "isn't going anywhere." After Garoppolo spends another year backing up Tom Brady, perhaps the Patriots will consider franchise tagging Jimmy G next offseason and using him as a trade chip then -- assuming Brady shows no signs of decline at age 40. It's what they did with Matt Cassel after the 2009 season. Sunday, 3:51 pm
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  • Lombardi expects Jags to draft a quarterback
    Speaking on his "Real GM" show, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi said he expects the Jaguars to draft a quarterback.

    Advice: "[Tom] Coughlin’s going to draft a quarterback," he said. "This is the perfect draft to do it." Lombardi went on to say the Jaguars need to admit their "mistake" and move on from Blake Bortles. "[GM] Dave Caldwell was always looking through rose-colored glasses," Lombardi said of Bortles. "Coughlin doesn’t have those glasses." The Jaguars are sure to decline Bortles' fifth-year option, making him a free agent at the end of the season. Sunday, 6:34 am
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  • Julius Thomas: I'm the best I've ever felt
    Julius Thomas said this is "probably the best I've ever felt."

    Advice: He was present for the start of offseason conditioning and claims to be 100 percent coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season. Thomas also said he feels "at home" playing under coach Adam Gase, who coordinated Denver's offense when Thomas was there from 2013-14. The 28-year-old reeled in four touchdowns with Jacksonville last season, his fewest since his rookie year in 2011. Saturday, 10:25 am
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