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Samuda out 9-10 months after surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who sustained a gruesome injury to his right ankle during the team's workout on Tuesday, had surgery in the Twin Cities to mend a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and deltoid ligament damage on Wednesday, according to a source close to the situation.

Rice signs with Seattle after visiting Jets
In what has to be the most unusual situation this year as far as a player signing goes for Seattle, wide receiver Sidney Rice visited the New York Jets Wednesday, but later signed a one-year deal to return to the Seahawks.

Manning says Ball ready to be starter
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When Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball arrives Monday morning for the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program, he can expect to carry the expectations of being a starter as he goes about his business.

Jets may want Rice more than Seattle
If the Seahawks hope to re-sign wide receiver Sidney Rice, they may have to outbid the New York Jets for him. Rice visited with the Jets on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Source: Sidney Rice visits Jets
Injury-plagued wide receiver Sidney Rice, cut by the Seattle Seahawks after the season, visited with the New York Jets on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

Dalton is a quarterback at a crossroads
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CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton is standing at a career crossroads. This could be a make or break year for him.OK, maybe "break" isn't quite the word to use here.

Clowney to visit Falcons next week
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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, considered the top prospect in this year’s NFL draft, is scheduled to visit the Atlanta Falcons next week, according to a league source.

Two big questions for CJ going forward
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 Chris Johnson has found a new home, and it’s with the New York Jets.ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it’s a two-year deal. ProFootballTalk says it has "a base value of $8 million, with another $1 million available in incentives based on yardage.

Browns can end Mack deal after three years
It has been widely and accurately reported that Alex Mack can void the final three years of his contract and become a free agent after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Analysis: CJ provides new dimension
A few thoughts on former Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson agreeing to a contract with the New York Jets:1. Adds swagger on offense: Critics of this move can use a lot of numbers to illustrate Johnson's decline in recent years, but that would be overlooking the obvious: Johnson brings street cred to an offense devoid of stars and playmakers.

Giants actually add Josh Freeman
Even after we spent the past couple of days discussing it here, and even after Matt Flynn went back to Green Bay and left Josh Freeman as the last man standing in the New York Giants' search for an extra quarterback for the offseason, it was still hard to believe it would happen.

Dallas looking at Georgia QB Aaron Murray
The Dallas Cowboys have three quarterbacks on their roster and expect to keep it that way when the 2014 regular season begins.However, it doesn’t mean the Cowboys won’t look at some quarterbacks.

Malcolm Jenkins questions RG III durability
Malcolm Jenkins only echoed what others have said about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. And the new Philadelphia Eagles safety didn't question Griffin's game, but, rather his ability to stay healthy.

Redskins' O vs. the NFL: Comparing the cap
Last week I broke down the Redskins' salary cap by position and how it compared to the rest of the NFL. This is one more extension of that so you can see how the Redskins' top cap hit compares to the five biggest cap hits at each position.

How well do the Giants pay?
A look at the ESPN The Magazine/Sportingintelligence Global Salary Survey shows that NFL teams don't pay their players very much, at least compared with teams in other sports leagues around the world.

Cowboys' rank in worldwide salary average
IRVING, Texas -- In a recent ranking of sports franchises, the Dallas Cowboys had the highest value of any NFL team, checking in at $2.3 billion.The Cowboys doled out an average yearly salary of $1.

In Will McClay, Cowboys will be covered
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IRVING, Texas -- There is a Herm Edwards story that keeps coming back to Will McClay, especially now.The story is from more than 10 years ago, when Edwards was coach of the New York Jets.

DeSean Jackson shows up for workouts
Depending on who you talked to, receiver DeSean Jackson missing the first week of voluntary workouts was either no big deal or the greatest sin committed in some time.

Freeman, Flynn to visit Giants on Tuesday
In the wake of the surgery quarterback Eli Manning had on his ankle last week, the New York Giants are bringing in some veteran quarterbacks to have a look at them.

Redskins hope for 'double whammy'
It's supposed to provide a boost to themselves and hurt a division rival at the same time. That's the benefit of signing a player from a team in your own division.

Rice signs with Seattle after visiting Jets
In what has to be the most unusual situation this year as far as a player signing goes for Seattle, wide receiver Sidney Rice visited the New York Jets Wednesday, but later signed a one-year deal to return to the Seahawks.

Jets may want Rice more than Seattle
If the Seahawks hope to re-sign wide receiver Sidney Rice, they may have to outbid the New York Jets for him. Rice visited with the Jets on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Option decision on Aldon Smith looms
We are going to hear a lot about Aldon Smith in the coming weeks.The San Francisco 49ers' star pass-rusher was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport on charges of a false bomb report.

How the NFC West stacks up vs. the cap
The first month of free agency has passed and the numbers show who has been busy since March 11.According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Seattle Seahawks have $15.

Rams among least active in free agency
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams took their time wading into the free-agent market this year and with most of the shopping seemingly done and focus turning toward the draft, we can take stock of what the team did and didn't get done in free agency.

Smith's arrest change 49ers' draft plans?
It is reasonable to think the San Francisco 49ers will consider taking a pass-rusher early in the draft in light of Aldon Smith’s latest arrest.Even though Smith, 24, is one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers, his future could be clouded.

Martin could be center of 49ers' attention
One player who might be worth playing attention to leading up to the May 8-10 NFL draft is USC center Marcus Martin.Both ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr.

When is right time to draft Aaron Colvin?
It’s apparent the San Francisco 49ers are possibly interested in drafting a player coming off a major injury again.Former Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin told Sirius XM Radio that he will visit the 49ers this week.

Smith arrest troubling for many reasons
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Initial thoughts on the arrest of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport:Troubling times: The arrest is the latest in a string of legal issues for the team, considered a favorite to make a run at the 2015 Super Bowl.

Rams draft rewind: 2012
The NFL draft is still about a month away, leaving us with plenty of time to look ahead to what might happen. But it also gives us plenty of time to take a look back.

Samuda out 9-10 months after surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who sustained a gruesome injury to his right ankle during the team's workout on Tuesday, had surgery in the Twin Cities to mend a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and deltoid ligament damage on Wednesday, according to a source close to the situation.

Matthews: 'I'll be ready' for training camp
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the Green Bay Packers report for the offseason program on Tuesday, don't expect linebacker Clay Matthews to put his twice-broken right thumb through any vigorous work right away.

Vikings: Quick takes on QB items
MINNEAPOLIS -- Some quick thoughts on a few Minnesota Vikings quarterback items: Josh Freeman has signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants -- the beneficiaries of his now-infamous "Monday Night Football" misadventure last October -- and one of the most bizarre quarterbacking episodes in Vikings history has an appropriately perplexing conclusion.

Vikings sign Reisner, claim Manning
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings made a pair of roster additions Tuesday, bringing back tight end Allen Reisner and claiming former San Diego Chargers linebacker Terrell Manning off waivers.

Matt Flynn provides important insurance
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the Green Bay Packers do nothing else at the quarterback position this offseason, at least they know they have someone who has proven he can win games as a backup.

Packers tried to have Favre reunion in '13
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre's reunion with the Green Bay Packers was supposed to happen last season, but the high school football team he helped coach got in the way.

Could addressing safety lead to playoffs?
Neil Hornsby over at Pro Football Focus put together a piece Wednesday identifying five teams that could push themselves into the playoffs by identifying and addressing one specific positional need in the upcoming NFL draft.

Bears keep tabs on RB James White
The release of veteran running back Michael Bush on March 10 left a hole in the Chicago Bears' backfield the team must eventually fill. While the Bears do currently have second-year tailback/return man Michael Ford slotted behind two-time Pro Bowler Matt Forte on the depth chart, the team could use more depth and competition at the position.

Packers to use tech firm to study injuries
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last month, ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert brought you the story of how GPS-based technology is being used in sports -- including by more than a dozen NFL teams -- to study injuries and aid in their prevention.

Weems agrees to reduced salary
The Chicago Bears asked kick returner/receiver Eric Weems in March to take a pay cut from the $1.1 million he was scheduled to earn in 2014, ESPNChicago.

Clowney to visit Falcons next week
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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, considered the top prospect in this year’s NFL draft, is scheduled to visit the Atlanta Falcons next week, according to a league source.

Time for Falcons to get a look at tackles
Don't be surprised if Auburn tackle Greg Robinson's name surfaces in relation to workouts or visits conducted by the Atlanta Falcons over the next week or so.

Sidney Rice seems a long shot for Carolina
Many of you have asked if the Carolina Panthers have interest in free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice now that he's been medically cleared to begin football drills.

Falcons should find quality at No. 6
The possibility still exists for the Atlanta Falcons to trade up or down in this year's NFL draft, as general manager Thomas Dimitroff has reiterated throughout the offseason.

Saints show interest in Gilbert, Pryor, Rice
The New Orleans Saints have overhauled their secondary more than any other position group over the past two years, adding free agents Jairus Byrd, Keenan Lewis and Champ Bailey and first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro.

Falcons take closer look at Montana's Tripp
Eventually, the Atlanta Falcons will have to addresss their depth at linebacker, considering how injuries affected the position throughout the 2013 season.

May 3 deadline to extend Jordan, Ingram
The New Orleans Saints have to decide by May 3 whether they want to extend the contracts of their 2011 first-round draft picks -- defensive end Cameron Jordan and running back Mark Ingram -- through the 2015 season.

Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned
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From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints’ offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic.The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others.

Olsen unfazed by changes, but should be
If anybody should be worried about all the offseason moves the Carolina Panthers have made at wide receiver, it should be tight end Greg Olsen.He has the most to lose since coverages that were focused on Steve Smith, often leaving the middle of the field open, could be shifted to the tight end.

Steve Smith comfortable in the fast lane
CONCORD, N.C. -- Steve Smith didn't look particularly comfortable climbing behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster at zMax Speedway on Friday, but the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is very comfortable with his new NFL team.

Source: Sidney Rice visits Jets
Injury-plagued wide receiver Sidney Rice, cut by the Seattle Seahawks after the season, visited with the New York Jets on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

Analysis: CJ provides new dimension
A few thoughts on former Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson agreeing to a contract with the New York Jets:1. Adds swagger on offense: Critics of this move can use a lot of numbers to illustrate Johnson's decline in recent years, but that would be overlooking the obvious: Johnson brings street cred to an offense devoid of stars and playmakers.

Garoppolo latest QB prospect to visit Pats
The New England Patriots continue to devote attention and significant resources to the quarterback position in the NFL draft, as two weeks after creating a buzz by hosting Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater on visits at Gillette Stadium, they welcomed another top prospect earlier this week – Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois.

Matt Williamson: 'Jordan is not Clowney'
The Miami Dolphins selected the highest-rated defensive player in the draft last year in defensive end Dion Jordan. Miami and former general manager Jeff Ireland made a bold move to trade up nine spots with the Oakland Raiders to get the former Oregon star at No.

Still not time to tear down O-line
The New York Jets used to have one of the best offensive lines in the league. Now they need serious help, according to an article by Pro Football Focus .

C.J. Fiedorowicz to visit Patriots
We've made the case that the Patriots' biggest need entering the 2014 NFL draft is tight end, and they'll spent part of Wednesday getting a close look at a highly regarded prospect, as Iowa tight end C.

Richburg among centers eyed by Pats
The New England Patriots hold private workouts with hundreds of prospects leading into the NFL draft, so there is reluctance to read too much into those workouts.

Dolphins need 2013 draft class to step up
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Most of the attention over the next three weeks will be focused on the 2014 NFL draft, as each team tries to shape its present and future by identifying the right college players to fill needs.

Jets hope to lock up Chris Johnson
It comes as no surprise that free-agent running back Chris Johnson is visiting Tuesday with the New York Jets. They never lost interest in him even though his first week on the open market was eerily quiet.

Examining the what-if QB question
Only one team in the last 40 years has drafted a quarterback in the first round the year after picking one within the first two rounds -- the Carolina Panthers, who chose Cam Newton in 2011 to replace Jimmy Clausen, a second-rounder.

Manning says Ball ready to be starter
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When Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball arrives Monday morning for the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program, he can expect to carry the expectations of being a starter as he goes about his business.

Manning ready to get to work for '14 season
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DENVER -- Standing behind a podium perched atop what will be playoff ice for the Colorado Avalanche in the coming days and surrounded by a crowd of Eagle Scouts and those hoping to be, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning offered his thoughts Wednesday on leadership, work ethic and community service.

Bolts All Under-25 team: Donald Butler
In this series we take a look at 12 players for the San Diego Chargers who are 25 or younger and who could be considered foundational or impact players.

NFL Nation TV debuts
Join us today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT as ESPN’s NFL Nation TV debuts on Spreecast with host Paul Gutierrez (Oakland Raiders reporter), co-host Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and guest Jeff Legwold (Denver Broncos reporter).

Pre-draft dance has been around a while
John Elway's pictures -- including the jumbo shot of him celebrating with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after one of his Super Bowl wins -- hang outside the Denver Broncos' locker room and here and there in the team's suburban complex, but he doesn't often tell when-I-played-football stories unless asked.

Broncos draft rewind: 2013
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As the guy at the top of the football flow chart for the Denver Broncos for the last three seasons, John Elway has now overseen three drafts for the team.

Chiefs should be happy with this draft
For those with ESPN Insider access, Steve Muench has some suggestions for the Kansas City Chiefs and their three top picks in this year's draft.Muench suggests Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer for the Chiefs in the first round.

Pitt QB Tom Savage to visit with Raiders
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The week began for the Oakland Raiders with a visit from polarizing quarterback prospect Johnny Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M.

Mel Kiper talks return specialists
After losing Dexter McCluster and Quintin Demps to free agency, look for the Kansas City Chiefs to draft at least one player with kickoff and punt return skills.

Some prospects who might interest Denver
The Denver Broncos continue to get face-to-face with some of the prospects who have piqued their interest for next month’s draft.They have been in front of their allotment at the college all-star games, the scouting combine and continue to do their homework as they bring many into their Dove Valley complex to meet with coaches and executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway.

Dalton is a quarterback at a crossroads
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CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton is standing at a career crossroads. This could be a make or break year for him.OK, maybe "break" isn't quite the word to use here.

Browns can end Mack deal after three years
It has been widely and accurately reported that Alex Mack can void the final three years of his contract and become a free agent after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Bengals sign punter T.J. Conley
CINCINNATI -- On the same day they announced the start date of their training camp, the Cincinnati Bengals signed a special-teams player whose primary function will be to give them an additional training camp leg.

How Ray Rice impacts the Ravens' draft
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BALTIMORE -- Shortly after becoming the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak made this pronouncement: "As Ray Rice goes, we’ll go.

Browns, Ravens among highest spenders
Cleveland Browns fans complained the past few years as the team sat idly by while free agency raged. The Browns fiddled while free agents burned holes in owners’ pockets.

Baltimore Ravens' mock draft roundup
A look at what the national media is predicting for the Baltimore Ravens with the 17th overall pick:Don Banks, Sports IllustratedPosted: April 10Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, AlabamaBanks' comment: "The Ravens are having the kind of strong offseason you'd expect them to assemble after getting the smelling salts treatment under their noses: coming off a playoff-less season for the first time since the close of the Brian Billick coaching era in 2007.

Browns have one major position to address
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And then there was one.The Cleveland Browns' busy offseason leaves them having addressed the possible loss of Alex Mack (he stayed) and the departures of T.

Mack happy to be staying with Browns
Center Alex Mack channeled The Turtles on Monday.He and the Cleveland Browns are simply "happy together" now that the Browns matched Jacksonville Jaguars' five-year offer sheet to the Browns center.

Reviewing 'Draft Day': Wait for Netflix
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Kevin Costner has done some great sports-related movies."Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham" are both classics. (“He hit the bull. Guy gets a free steak.

Browns need no time to match Mack's offer
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That was quick.The Cleveland Browns didn’t need to think much at all about matching the offer sheet the Jacksonville Jaguars gave center Alex Mack.

Nicks not going to wear Harrison's 88
INDIANAPOLIS -- It looks like there won't be a debate over whether new Indianapolis Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks will be able to wear No. 88, the number Marvin Harrison wore during his 13 years with the team.

Two big questions for CJ going forward
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 Chris Johnson has found a new home, and it’s with the New York Jets.ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it’s a two-year deal. ProFootballTalk says it has "a base value of $8 million, with another $1 million available in incentives based on yardage.

Jaguars' best and worst: Round 1
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The upcoming NFL draft will be the 20th in Jacksonville Jaguars history, not counting the expansion draft.To commemorate that milestone, I'm looking back at each draft and giving you the best and worst selections in each round.

Colts have No. 1 ranked stadium in NFL
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis doesn't have the warm weather like Miami or San Diego. It doesn't have the New York City skyline like MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.

Jacksonville Jaguars mailbag
Got questions about the Jaguars? I'll try to answer a representative selection of them every Saturday. Submit your questions via Twitter to @ESPNdirocco.

Jags' gamble on Mack a message to NFL
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 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There’s nothing wrong with swinging for the fences every once in a while. Sometimes it works and you do hit one into the stands.

Foster's real health test will come later
On Thursday, before a showing of the movie "Draft Day," Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said he is healthy, has been working out for a couple months and will be available for organized team activities.

Holding Wayne out is the right thing
INDIANAPOLIS - Will Reggie Wayne not participating in minicamp impact the Indianapolis Colts' chemistry?That was one of the questions that came up after the receiver said he probably won't take part in the team's minicamp.

Lechler isn't a fan of moving the extra point
Texans punter/holder Shane Lechler has been doing his job a long time and lately he's seen more change than he'd like in the NFL.One such change will get a test run in the preseason this year -- moving the extra point back to increase the degree of difficulty.

Mack a shrewd gamble for the Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The next five days are not going to be easy for Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley.At any moment, they may find out that the Cleveland Browns have decided to match the offer the Jaguars made to Pro Bowl center Alex Mack.


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