Player Notes

  • Carson Wentz underwent laser eye surgery
    Carson Wentz underwent laser eye surgery this offseason.

    Advice: The procedure is supposed to get you to 20/20 vision. Fixing his eyes and working on his footwork, Wentz is getting his early-season narratives in order early. Today, 11:13 am
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  • Geronimo Allison settles marijuana charge
    Packers WR Geronimo Allison settled a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

    Advice: Three cigars which tested positive for THC were found in Allison's car during a traffic stop last September. Allison will have to pay a $330.50 fine as well as complete community service. He could face discipline under the league's substance-abuse policy. Today, 5:46 am
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  • Ravens re-sign ERFA Keenan Reynolds
    Ravens re-signed WR Keenan Reynolds.

    Advice: They also re-signed exclusive rights free agent OT De'Ondre Wesley and LB Brennen Beyer. Reynolds spent his entire rookie year on practice squad after getting waived at final cuts. He'll compete for a kick return role. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
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  • Marshawn Lynch can earn $16.5M in new deal
    Marshawn Lynch's two-year deal with the Raiders has a max value of $16.5 million.

    Advice: It's a lot of money for a 31-year-old who was out of the league last season. The deal is highly incentive laden but has a base of $9 million. Lynch's contract locks him in as Oakland's Week 1 starter. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
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  • Steelers not counting on TE Ladarius Green
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette is "not sure the (Steelers') staff has any hopes" for Ladarius Green (concussions).

    Advice: Along the same lines as conditionally-reinstated WR Martavis Bryant, the Steelers will likely view anything they get from Green this year as a bonus. Jesse James returns as Pittsburgh's primary in-line tight end, and Ben Roethlisberger has lobbied for a receiving option at the position. Bouchette indicated he expects the Steelers to draft a tight end, possibly on day two. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
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  • Bruce Ellington sidelined at 49ers OTAs
    49ers WR Bruce Ellington has been sidelined at OTAs.

    Advice: The 49ers' projected starter at slot receiver all last offseason, Ellington wound up missing 2016 with a torn hamstring. The 49ers traded for Jeremy Kerley just before the season and he led the team in receiving. Ellington is a cut candidate under the Niners' new regime. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
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  • Bridgewater deal would toll to 2018 if on PUP
    Updating a previous item, Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) contract would toll to 2018 if he spends all of this season on reserve/PUP.

    Advice: With this information, it makes all the sense in the world for the Vikings to stash Bridgewater on PUP, let him rehab, and then revisit the situation in 2018 when Sam Bradford is scheduled to be a free agent. A lot will happen between now and then, but it sounds like Bridgewater won't hit free agency next March. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
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  • Skins sound ready to move on from Matt Jones
    Asked about his running backs, coach Jay Gruden acknowledged Matt Jones is "still on the roster" but "didn't have much good to say about him."

    Advice: Gruden used all of his breath propping up Rob Kelley, third-down back Chris Thompson, and former UDFA Mack Brown. Jones lost his biggest in-house supporter when GM Scot McCloughan was fired. Jones appears to be on the outside looking in for a roster spot. Once/if the Redskins add another back, Jones could be a goner. Yesterday, 11:15 am
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  • Sammie Coates 'on notice', competing for job
    Following the reinstatement of Martavis Bryant, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Sammie Coates is "on notice" and competing for a job with Justin Hunter.

    Advice: Antonio Brown, Bryant, Eli Rogers, and (likely) Darrius Heyward-Bey are locks to make the team. That leaves Coates, Hunter, Cobi Hamilton, and Demarcus Ayers as the current Nos. 5-8 wideouts in no particular order. Coates had a horrific 2016 season filled with drops, but he did suffer a mangled hand that severely limited him much of the second half of the year. Hunter is a similar player with big talent who hasn't been able to put it together, but Big Ben is best QB he's ever had. Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 1:06 pm
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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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 6:48 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. Tuesday, 5:18 am
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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. Monday, 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. Monday, 2:08 pm
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