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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson attended voluntary workouts last week. What It Means: He missed the first day but was present for the rest of the week. Richardson has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, which fueled speculation that he might not show up for OTA's. ESPN's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to give up on shopping Richardson if they can't find a tr ...

Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes believes head coach Sean McDermott's new 4-3 scheme will play to the team's strengths. What It Means: "He wants us to go out there and play fast and play physical," said Hughes. "That’s the two main focal points that they’re bringing." The Bills thrived in a 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, but Rex Ryan inst ...

The Jacksonville Jaguars will draft a quarterback, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi expects. What It Means: "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 quarterback Blake Bortles. "[General manager] Dave Caldwell was always looking throug ...

If the New England Patriots trade cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints, "this is the week for it to happen," according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. What It Means: Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the 32nd overall pick (which they received from the Patriots last month) or 42 and another pick. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't ...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence could see time at strong side linebacker. What It Means: Spence played all his rookie-year snaps at end. The Bucs have a need on the strong side and could get him some time there in base sets. Spence has injury questions coming off labrum surgery, but projects for a bigger second-year role after rotating behind William Gholston and Robert Ayers. The B ...

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Charles Tapper (back) is on track for OTA's. What It Means: Tapper was cleared back in January after spending his rookie year on injured reserve. He’ll likely be moved slowly but should get in some work this offseason. With the major concerns surrounding Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory's availability at any given point, Tapper has potential to be a major ...

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed wide receiver Taylor Gabriel to a one-year, $2.81 million contract. What It Means: He had been a restricted free agent. Cut by the Cleveland Browns at the end of training camp last summer, Gabriel resurfaced as a big-play threat in Atlanta with seven touchdowns on only 39 touches. The 26-year-old should again be a key cog in the Falcons high-octane offense. 92 wide re ...

Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas said this is "probably the best I've ever felt." What It Means: 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 head coach Adam Gase, who coordinated the Denver Broncos' offense when Thomas was there fro ...

The New York Giants have until May 3 to exercise wide receiver Odell Beckham's fifth-year option for 2018. What It Means: General manager Jerry Reese was noncommittal when asked about Beckham's option on Thursday. "We are going to discuss that when the time gets closer," he said. "We will keep all of our options open with respect to that." Reese is being coy for some ...

The Buffalo Bills have until Monday to match the New England Patriots' two-year, $6.4 million offer to restricted free agent Mike Gillislee. What It Means: The Bills immediately bowed out when wide receiver Chris Hogan signed an offer sheet with New England last offseason, but that hasn't happened this time around. ESPN reporter Mike Reiss says his "gut feeling" is that Buffalo ...

The Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to make a decision on quarterback Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option, general manager Dave Caldwell said. What It Means: "We’re still discussing that," said Caldwell. "There are a lot of things that go into it." The option is worth $18 million, an obviously unrealistic number for a player who is barely NFL starter. Jacksonville has until May 3 to ...

The Oakland Raiders are offering running back Marshawn Lynch a $3 million salary, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. What It Means: Lynch wants closer to $5 million. It explains what’s been holding up talks between the sides. The Raiders expect to reach a deal with Lynch before the draft. Among the 44 backs with at least 100 carries in 2015, Lynch ranked 28th in Rushing Net Expected Points per a ...

Washington re-signed running back Chris Thompson to a one-year, $2.746 million contract. What It Means: Friday was the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets. Thompson totaled five touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving) for the team last year while finishing 12th among running backs with 49 catches. He'll continue to serve as Washington's primary passing-dow ...

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back surgery) said he is not sure if he will be ready for training camp. What It Means: "I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there," Eifert said. "I've still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. ... Once I get my strength back I'll be fine." It is a departure from his comments ...

Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage thinks "experience" will help him avoid injuries this season. What It Means: The quarterback added he is "very confident" he will be "available." While the confidence is nice, Savage has struggled to stay "available" since entering the league, spraining his knee in his first game action as a rookie, spending all of 2015 ...

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders expects the offense to be "pass-happy" this season. What It Means: Sanders never played for Mike McCoy, but he noted that he did play in a similar offense under Adam Gase. "I had an opportunity to play in this offense my first year in 2014. I had 1,400 yards," Sanders said. If Denver gets anything passable from quarterbacks Trevor S ...

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (fibula) has been a full participant in OTAs. What It Means: "I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything," Carr said. "I'm truly blessed that (the injury) wasn't worse." With Carr's health in order, the sides can focus on hammering out a contract extension. Carr came in ninth in Passing Net Expected Point ...

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo isn't necessarily unavailable for a possible trade, director of player personnel Nick Caserio mentioned on Tuesday. What It Means: It's never made sense for the Pats to categorically close the door on a trade since keeping Garoppolo beyond 2017 would likely require the franchise tag, but their asking prices have been astronomical for a pla ...

"Nobody has come close to meeting" the Seattle Seahawks' asking price of a first- and third-round pick for cornerback Richard Sherman, NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports. What It Means: Per Garofolo, if a trade were to take place, it would likely be during the first or second night of the draft. The odds continue to be billed as low that Sherman gets dealt, but the fact that t ...

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has "no intention" of participating in the team's voluntary workouts, CSN New England reports. What It Means: Butler signed his restricted free agent tender on Tuesday but is still waiting out a potential trade to the New Orleans Saints. Reports have had talks as remaining open. The saga should be settled by the end of the draft. Butler ...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler hopes to improve his deep ball as a second-year pro. What It Means: "I definitely spent countless hours in the weight room and out on the field and really, really emphasized pushing the ball down field and different things with my mechanics," Kessler said. Kessler's arm strength was a known issue coming out of USC. Currently penciled in as t ...

The New England Patriots signed running back James White to a three-year extension through 2020. What It Means: The Patriots signed Buffalo Bills restricted free agent Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet, so there will be a crowded backfield with Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis already in tow. White has been more pass-catcher than runner the past two seasons, notching 39 more receptions than carr ...

Free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to continue his playing career. What It Means: "I'm working out, excited for my next opportunity," he said. "Once the draft happens, the picture will become much clearer. Last year was the most difficult year for me. Not physically, just kind of mentally and emotionally. I had to take a step back and think about it. Is this somethin ...

Jacksonville Jaguars weak-side linebacker Telvin Smith said he isn't concerned about a potential contract extension. What It Means: Smith is entering the final year of his rookie deal. A 2014 fifth-rounder out of Florida State, Smith is a premium asset in today's NFL as a linebacker who possesses a combination of safety speed and sideline-to-sideline ability. Jaguars beat writer Ryan O ...

The New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa reported for the start of voluntary workouts. What It Means: Odighizuwa hinted at a possible retirement on Twitter earlier this month, but he admitted he just needed some time away from the game. A couple weeks was apparently enough. He played just 170 defensive snaps last season. The Giants finished second-best in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Ex ...

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