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Apr 24 2018 - Ulrick John (Patriots), OL Ulrick John signed with New England, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed for John, who has appeared in 10 games over four seasons with four different teams, including a career-high five with the Green Bay Packers last season. John made three starts for the Cardinals in 2016 and started the 2017 season on the team's practice squad before winding up with Green Bay.
Apr 24 2018 - Marcus Peters (Rams), CB Marcus Peters saw his fifth-year option picked up by the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Tuesday. Peters was among a number of high-profile offseason acquisitions for Los Angeles, which sent a pair of draft picks to Kansas City in exchange for the two-time Pro Bowl selection. Selected eight slots behind Gurley in 2015, Peters leads the league with 19 interceptions since entering the NFL. Last season, Peters recorded five interceptions to go along with 46 tackles and four forced fumbles in 14 games. He had eight receptions as a rookie, returning two for touchdowns.
Apr 24 2018 - Todd Gurley (Rams), RB Todd Gurley saw his fifth-year option picked up by the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Tuesday. The No. 10 overall pick of the Rams, Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 13 games to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. Gurley's numbers declined in 2016 but he bounced back with a monstrous season in 2017 to lead Los Angeles to the NFC West title, becoming the first Rams player to win the AP Offensive Player of the Year award since Marshall Faulk in 2001. The former University of Georgia product led the NFL in touchdowns (19), points scored among non-kickers (114) and scrimmage yards (2,093) in addition to finishing second in rushing yards (1,305). He also topped the league's running backs in receiving yards with 788 and his average of 6.1 yards per touch was the best in the NFL.
Apr 24 2018 - George Winn (Free Agent), RB George Winn was released by the Indianapolis Colts with a failed physical designation, the team announced Tuesday. Winn was signed to the team in August but did not play in a regular-season game. The 27-year-old journeyman has 23 carries for 74 yards in 19 career games with the Houston Texans (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Oakland Raiders (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), Detroit Lions (2014-16) and New York Giants (2016).
Apr 24 2018 - Ereck Flowers (Giants), OT Ereck Flowers is being actively involved in trade talks by the New York Giants, according to a published report Tuesday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Giants are seeking trade compensation for Flowers, who has steered clear from team workouts thus far. "There's not much to say," New York coach Pat Shurmur told reporters of the 23-year-old Flowers' absence. "It's voluntary. I'm of the feeling it's very necessary." The Giants own the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. While the team reportedly is considering either Penn State running back Saquon Barkley or North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson could be a possibility.
Apr 24 2018 - Shaq Thompson (Panthers), LB Shaq Thompson saw the fifth-year option of his contract picked up by the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Tuesday. Thompson recorded a career-high 61 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles during 14 games last season. The 24-year-old Washington product has aided a strong linebacker group that includes Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, who will serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy for performance-enhancing drugs to begin the 2018 season.
Apr 23 2018 - Melvin Gordon (Chargers), RB Melvin Gordon will have the fifth-year ption on his contract exercised, Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced at a Monday press conference. The extends Gordon's contract with the Chargers through the 2019 season. A first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Gordon rushed for 641 yards, 3.5 yards per carry and no touchdowns as a rookie, when he fumbled six times. He improved to 997 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns and 3.9 yards per attempt in 2016, and ran for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2017. He also had 58 receptions for 486 yards and four scores last season.
Apr 23 2018 - Daryl Worley (Raiders), CB Daryl Worley signed with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Monday. The Raiders are Worley's third team in less than two months. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Worley in a trade in early March that sent wide receiver Torrey Smith the Carolina Panthers. However, the Eagles released Worley on April 15, just hours after he was arrested and tased by police near the team facility. Worley was arrested for driving under the influence as well as on weapons and disorderly conduct charges after he was found passed out inside a vehicle at an intersection in Philadelphia. Worley, 23, started 14 games for the Panthers last year, when he had two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, one sack and 63 tackles.
Apr 23 2018 - Amari Cooper (Raiders), WR Amari Cooper had the fifth-year option on his contract exercised by the Oakland Raiders, extending his contract through the 2019 season, the team announced Monday. The announcement comes as no surprise, even though Cooper's production declined in 2017. If Cooper, 23, were to play under a fifth-year option in 2019, he would make approximately $13.9 million. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons. After catching 83 passes for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, Cooper had 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven scores last season.
Apr 23 2018 - Bud Dupree (Steelers), LB Bud Dupree had his fifth-year option picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Monday. That option will pay him more than $9.232 million for the 2019 season. Teams have until May 3 to exercise fifth-year options on 2015 first-round selections. Dupree, who was the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, recorded a career-best six sacks last season. He also had personal highs in tackles (40) and tackles for loss (12) in 15 games in 2016.
Apr 23 2018 - Landon Collins (Giants), S Landon Collins on Monday underwent a second surgery on the forearm he fractured last season. Collins announced the news by posting a picture of himself in a hospital gown to his Instagram feed on Monday. The 24-year-old initially had surgery after sustaining the injury against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 of last season, but follow-up visits to doctors showed that forearm had not healed correctly. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Collins will be sidelined six to eight weeks. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Apr 23 2018 - Tom Brady (Patriots), QB Tom Brady's agent is confident that his client will return for the 2018 season. Agent Don Yee told ESPN that he expects the three-time NFL MVP back on the field, even though Brady has yet to publicly make that commitment. With Brady mum on the topic, questions have been raised if he is moving closer toward retirement. Yee insists, however, that it's full speed ahead for Brady. "Tom's intentions have not changed," Yee said Monday. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid 40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."
Apr 23 2018 - Bud Dupree (Steelers), LB Bud Dupree will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday. That option will pay him more than $9.232 million for the 2019 season. Teams have until May 3 to exercise fifth-year options on 2015 first-round selections.
Apr 23 2018 - Benson Mayowa (Cardinals), DE Benson Mayowa signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed for Mayowa, who recorded 21 tackles and one sack in 14 games last season with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys released Mayowa on March 7, and he has since visited with the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
Apr 22 2018 - Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), The New England Patriots expect QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski to play this season, NBC's Pro Football Talk reported Sunday. Brady and Gronkowski have not publicly said they are committed to playing this year. Neither player participated in the team's voluntary workouts last week. Gronkowski, 28, made 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games in 2017. He is due to make $17 million over the next two seasons. Gronkowski told NBC Sports Boston on Saturday that he is training for dirt bike racing.
Apr 22 2018 - Tom Brady (Patriots), The New England Patriots expect quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski to play this season, NBC's Pro Football Talk reported Sunday. Brady and Gronkowski have not publicly said they are committed to playing this year. Neither player participated in the team's voluntary workouts last week. Brady, 40, threw for 4,577 yards with 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in winning his third MVP last season.
Apr 22 2018 - Shane Ray (Broncos), Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said last week that the team has not decided if it will exercise its 2019 option on linebacker Shane Ray's contract, but Ray said he is confident it will. "I'm not concerned," Ray told The Athletic. "I love being a Bronco. John's got a lot of things to deal with, and whether or not he picks up my option, it doesn't say anything about what I'm going to be for this team, my role for this team. I'm just excited. I wouldn't look into too much. I think that it's going to get picked up. I think that I'm going to be here, and I'm just looking forward to this opportunity." The team has until May 3 to exercise Ray's option, which guarantees him $9.2 million for injury only and can be rescinded. Ray had 16 tackles and a sack in eight games last year as he was limited by a wrist injury.
Apr 22 2018 - Amari Cooper (Raiders), WR Amari Cooper likely will have the fifth-year option of his contract picked up by the Oakland Raiders, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Sunday. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team has had conversations with Cooper's agent. While McKenzie did not divulge if the team would pick up the option for the 2019 season, Anderson reported that club is set to exercise it "imminently." That option will pay him $13.9 million for the 2019 season, per Spotrac.com.
Apr 22 2018 - Bashaud Breeland (Free Agent), CB Bashaud Breeland isn't expected to return to the Washington Redskins, according to a published report. J.P. Finley of NBC Sports Washington reported the Redskins' likely decision comes on the heels of Breeland sustaining a cut on his foot that forced a failed physical distinction and allowed the Carolina Panthers to back out of a three-year deal. The Redskins signed Orlando Scandrick last month to go with Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Josh Holsey on the cornerback depth chart.
Apr 22 2018 - Dante Fowler Jr. (Jaguars), DE Dante Fowler's fifth-year option hasn't been picked up as of yet. General manager Dave Caldwell said the team has not made a decision as of yet at a pre-draft press conference. The Jaguars have until May 3 to exercise the option, which would trigger a $14.2 million salary for 2019. The Florida Times-Union reported that the decision may hinge on whether Jacksonville selects an edge rusher in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. "I thought he had a nice year (in 2017)," Caldwell said regarding Fowler. "He's 23 years old, only in his second year full-time playing. He made great strides; not only on the field but off the field, too."
Apr 22 2018 - Reggie Ragland (Chiefs), LB Reggie Ragland is drawing rave reviews from the team's general manager. "I think we're all excited about him and we think he can be a star," Brett Veach said during the team's pre-draft press conference, via the team's website. "We were very fortunate to be able to execute that trade."
Apr 22 2018 - Byron Jones (Cowboys), CB Byron Jones is expected to see his fifth-year option picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Jones, who is shuffling from safety to cornerback this season, will earn $6.2 million during the 2019 season. Teams must decide on the fifth-year options for 2015 first-round picks by May 3. The options are guaranteed for injury only.
Apr 21 2018 - Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), TE Rob Gronkowski decided not to attend the team's offseason workouts last week. It seems Gronkowski had a good reason not to show up at the voluntary program, although it's one that probably will not fly with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "Training for this dirt-biking," Gronkowski told NBC Sports Boston while attending a Supercross event Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. "I've got dirt-biking skills to work on." He has not been committed to returning this season. Gronkowski, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has two years left on a six-year extension he signed in 2012. He is due to make $8 million this year and has a $250,000 workout bonus.
Apr 21 2018 - Colin Kaepernick (Free Agent), Former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was honored Saturday by Amnesty International by giving him its Ambassador of Conscience Award. "Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation -- the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex," Kaepernick said, according to the New York Times. "How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates 'freedom and justice for all' that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?" Kaepernick last played in 2016, during which he initially sat and then knelt for the national anthem as a means to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Apr 21 2018 - Reuben Foster (49ers), The woman who was allegedly assaulted by San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster hired an attorney. An attorney based in San Jose, Calif., told the Sacramento Bee that she was retained by the victim but would not reveal the reasons why. The newspaper, citing legal experts, reported that it is unusual for a victim to hire an attorney to such cases and could be a sign that the woman, Foster's former girlfriend, is not planning to cooperate with authorities. Prosecutors charged Foster with felony domestic violence, another felony for forcefully attempting to prevent the victim from reporting the crime, and a third felony for possessing an assault weapon.