Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins continue to talk about a long-term deal, according to general manager Scot McCloughan. The negotiations are considered positive, and McCloughan thinks a deal could be imminent. Cousins signed his franchise tag for close to $20 million on March 3. The deadline for a long-term deal is July 15.
Huddle Up: It's likely going to come down to the length of the deal, with the team angling for a shorter-term contract and the QB hoping for more years and more guaranteed money. It sounds likely, though, that they'll eventually find some comfortable middle ground.
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch could be an option for the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Saints had talks to move up to No. 1 overall for a quarterback previously. They could be a team to watch to move up into the first half of the first round to grab Lynch.
Huddle Up: Drew Brees likely only has a couple seasons remaining after turning 37 in January, and Sean Payton and Co. must start prepping for the future. The Saints are picking 12th in the first round, but that might not be high enough to nab Lynch.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
The Denver Broncos asked about Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford, according to a prominent league source. According to a league source, the asking price from the Philadelphia Eagles was too high.
Huddle Up: Denver is doing is due diligence with every available QB, but it doesn't sound like Bradford isn't an option going forward.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing himself dunking a basketball.
Huddle Up: Bell's keeper and dynasty-league owners surely took notice as should re-draft league owners who own top-three picks.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has made great strides, according to head coach Bill Belichick. 'The reps that he's gotten on the field in preseason games and in practice,' Belichick said, 'I think he’s shown a lot of development - better understanding, quicker recognition and reading of the defenses, more awareness of what's happening on the defensive side of the ball, better communication, better understanding of the offense - really everything.'
Huddle Up: Garoppolo has attempted 31 regular-season passes in two seasons, but unless the DeflateGate mess is extended -- and why wouldn't it be after we've been tormented this long? -- he'll be be facing the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills to open the season. And it's not like you still won't be starting Gronk, no matter who's playing QB in N.E.
JaMarcus Russell - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell (Raiders), who has been out of the league since 2009, reportedly sent letters to NFL teams last season seeking another chance. 'I am willing to lead the scout team for free for one year just to get experience in your system,' Russell wrote in a letter to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, according to Sports Illustrated.
Huddle Up: Well here's this, and in a league increasingly desperate for QBs, who knows, maybe one of the biggest draft busts of all-time gets a tryout.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not show up for offseason workouts, according to a source. He is training in South Florida with the Bears' permission. Jeffery has already signed his franchise tag and is training in order to fix the soft tissue problems in his hamstring that plagued him in 2015. He is expected to report for mandatory minicamp from June 14-16, if not sooner, according to the source.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back seasons of 85-plus catches and at least 1,133 yards, Jeffery struggled through a 54-80-7-4 season in nine games last season, and the Bears are going to take every measure to prevent a repeat with their No. 1 target, who's more important than ever with the offseason departures of Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett.
Garrett Graham - TE - Denver Broncos
Free-agent TE Garrett Graham (Texans) has signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: After a career-best 49-catch, 545-yard season in 2013, Graham has logged only 22 receptions and 227 yards the last two seasons, but now he is reunited with old coach Gary Kubiak. Overall, though, it's shaping up to be a fantasy-unfriendly TEBC in the Mile High City with Graham joining the likes of 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman and veteran Virgil Green.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge, according to sources in the Dallas County District Attorney office.
Huddle Up: The indictment will do nothing to encourage an NFL team to sign Manziel; in fact, if he does sign he'll likely face some sort of league-mandated discipline before he ever sees the field.
Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton said he worked out with TCU WR Josh Doctson and believes Doctson will be successful for any team that drafts him.
Huddle Up: Reading between the lines, Doctson also would fill a need for the Bengals, who have lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu this offseason and have gained only journeyman Brandon LaFell in return.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.
Huddle Up: Ebron's targets (47 to 70), receptions (25 to 47), receiving yardage (248 to 537) and TDs (1 to 5) all increased from 2014 to last season, and, don't look now, but similar leaps in 2016 would make him a no-doubt TE1.
Darrelle Revis - CB - New York Jets
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (wrist) had pins removed from his surgically repaired wrist last week. He still has two months of rehabilitation, however, after having a torn ligament repaired March 17. Revis will miss offseason workouts, but he's still on schedule for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Everything should wind up working out, but Revis' status in training camp is going to need to be monitored.
Anquan Boldin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) could be sought back by the San Francisco 49ers if head coach Chip Kelly is unimpressed with the wide receivers' performances this week at minicamp.
Huddle Up: The 35-year-old wideout, who led the Niners with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four TDs last season, hasn't drawn much interest on the open market and San Fran's wideout corps could certainly use a veteran presence with Quinton Patton, Torrey Smith and Bruce Ellington currently heading up the bunch.
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott is on the Chicago Bears' radar less than a week away from the NFL Draft. Elliott has already visited the Bears and has said that he would love to play for running backs coach Stan Drayton, who recruited Elliott to Ohio State and coached him there.
Huddle Up: After letting Matt Forte walk this offseason, is Chicago eyeing a RB with the 11th overall pick? Jeremy Langford's dynasty-league owners are hoping the answer is no, but expect Chicago to add a back somewhere in the draft even if they don't immediately pounce on Elliott, the top RB prospect available.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said it has been hard to build chemistry with WR Marqise Lee because of all Lee's injuries, but he said the receiver brings something special to the table.
Huddle Up: Lee has missed a combined nine games in two seasons and certainly has fallen behind his healthier fellow 2014 rookies Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. But he will play the No. 3 WR role and draw 4-5 targets a targets a game as long as he's healthy.
Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be targeted by the Cleveland Browns with their No. 32 overall pick in the NFL Draft, according to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository. Doerschuk views Henry as a potential upgrade over current RB Isaiah Crowell.
Huddle Up: The Browns taking an Alabama running back an early-round pick? The basic laws of averages and draft karma would have to say it would work out better than T-Rich, right?
Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles could be traded this offseason, in the opinion of NJ.com's Elliot Shorr-Parks. Shorr-Parks views Sproles as a logical and likely trade candidate, with Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner set as the two running backs who for sure will make the final roster.
Huddle Up: Sproles will be 33 in June, and while he's not necessarily at the end yet, he was a Chip Kelly acquisition who doesn't necessarily fit into Doug Pederson's new offense in Philly. The Eagles also are likely to add another RB in the draft.
Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is the best pass-catching tight end in the NFL, according to WR Allen Robinson, and QB Blake Bortles expects to have better chemistry with Thomas in their second year together.
Huddle Up: After missing the first four games due to injury, Thomas finished with 46 catches in 80 targets for 455 yards and five TDs. Things would've definitely looked better if Thomas hadn't finished the season with a thud -- notching only two receptions for 12 yards in each of the last two games -- but Thomas is a legit threat to challenge TE1 territory this fall if he plays close to a full season.
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