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-- 2014 Free Agent Tracker UPDATED! --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- April Off-Season Eye in the Sky Reports! --
Tue Apr 8, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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Tue Apr 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- PATs to be Snapped from 15-Yard Line in First Two Weeks of Preseason --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Newsday.com reports NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the longer preseason extra points will be snapped from the 15-yard-line, not the 20-yard-line. The NFL’s Competition Committee suggested the change. Glauber also reported that some teams believed extra points snapped from the 20 would be exceedingly challenging.

-- Seahawks Work Out Armanti Edwards --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent WR Armanti Edwards worked out for the Seattle Seahawks.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Anthony Davis Undergoes Shoulder Surgery --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis recently underwent surgery on his left shoulder, he revealed Thursday on social media. Davis stated on Instagram that he injured his shoulder against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He posted a photo of himself with a sling on his left arm. He later corrected himself, writing on Twitter he sustained the injury in a Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

-- Panthers Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Cam Newton --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Carolina Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton for 2015

-- Titans Team Rehab Update --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker's (Lisfranc) progress is encouraging, and he'll do some jogging, but no team stuff in next week's minicamp. C Brian Schwenke (ankle scope), OG Andy Levitre (hip surgery), and LB Akeem Ayers (knee surgery) will not participate next week.

-- Ahmad Bradshaw Rehab Update --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Star reports this week, as the Colts began offseason workouts, RB Ahmad Bradshaw went into some detail on the procedure and gave a better sense of where he is on his road back. "I'm six months after surgery. I feel great," Bradshaw said. "Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team." Regarding the Colts' faith in him in the form of a one-year contract extension despite his injury, Bradhsaw said, "This team gave me that chance and all I can do is just prove them right. I feel great and I'm blessed for this opportunity. All I can do is take advantage of it." But Bradshaw, 28, isn't all the way back. This surgery was hardly minor. He said his doctors fused two vertebrae in his neck, something he believes will strengthen the area. Bradshaw initially contemplated addressing the problem with rest before settling on the surgical option. "They say (the correction) is permanent," Bradshaw said. "I think it makes it stronger. They fused the bone, the C3 and C4. It's two vertebrae working together now, so I think it makes it stronger. And (the doctors) think so, too. Everything's coming along. I'm getting stronger. I'm starting to touch the field and run a lot more. It's all upside for me."

-- Ravens Re-Sign LaQuan Williams --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports the Baltimore Ravens have re-signed WR LaQuan Williams to a one-year contract.

-- Jeremy Maclin a Full Go --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNPhilly.com reports Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (torn ACL) said he's full go, and fully recovered. If training camp started today, he could do everything, with no limitations.

-- Sean Weatherspoon Rehab Update --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon missed seven games in 2013 with a foot injury that put him on injured reserve for half the season and then he missed the final two weeks of the season after hurting his right knee. Weatherspoon didn’t need surgery, but he had platelet rich plasma therapy and said that the team is easing him back into the mix because he hasn’t fully recovered from the knee injury at this point. “I’m feeling good. It’s been a process,” Weatherspoon said, via ESPN.com. “The season was rough. I’ve been feeling pretty good, though. I’ve been working with the training staff non-stop, about four or five days a week. Just been getting after it, doing whatever I can do to get my body feeling good so I can, you know, get back to where I’m feeling where I’m at my top [form]. … I feel, I would say, probably 80 percent. I’m working hard and just looking forward to getting back to 100 [percent].”

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-- Lions Name Jason Hanson Kicker Consultant --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports after 21 seasons as the Detroit Lions’ kicker, PK Jason Hanson retired in 2013. Now he’s back as a kicker consultant The Lions have two young kickers currently under contract, PK John Potter and PK Giorgio Tavecchio. Special teams coordinator John Bonamego wanted to get Hanson’s perspective on how the Lions’ two young kickers looked. “He just wanted another set of eyes for the guys they want to kick,” Hanson told the Lions’ website. “He wanted my opinion – somebody else to give feedback to him. They have a short time to look at the guys, to see if they feel they have the guys they want or if they want to look at other people. . . . I appreciate that he wants another set of eyes. While I’m out there, they’re asking me stuff. I’m glad to help them any way I can.” Hanson added, however, that there’s only so much you can tell from watching a kicker at a minicamp. After all, there are lots of guys who can boot 50-plus-yard field goals in practice. The key is finding a kicker who can do it consistently, when a game is on the line. “Here’s the problem: everybody’s good,” Hanson said. “If you brought them in, they’re good.”

-- Patriots Sign Josh Hull --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have signed free-agent LB Josh Hull to a one-year contract.

-- Gronk Rehab Update --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Herald reports Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) was in attendance this week when the team opened their voluntary offseason workout program, but he isn’t taking part in the full workload because of his rehab schedule. Throughout the recovery process, word has consistently remained that Gronkowski would be ready by training camp, which will likely begin July 23, so there is no immediate rush to get him anywhere near full speed for another three months.

-- T-Rich Knows What He Did Wrong... --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Star reports after the most disappointing football season of his career, Colts RB Trent Richardson went back and watched. And studied. And contemplated. What he discovered during those hours of reviewing film of his 2013 performance was that he failed to produce enough (averaging 2.9 yards per carry in 14 games with the Indianapolis Colts) because he was trying to do too much. "You catch yourself trying to hit the home run when you haven't had the big runs yet," Richardson said after off-season conditioning Wednesday at the Colts' complex. "It's human. But you can't hit the home run. You have to set up your runs. That's one thing, (because of) not having as much success as I've always had, you catch yourself saying, 'I gotta score, I gotta score.' " Ultimately, all that did was limit Richardson's production last season. While looking for the big runs, he missed too many short ones. The bruising, tackle-breaking Richardson seen at the University of Alabama and, at times, as a rookie with the Cleveland Browns, was nowhere to be found. Perhaps a renewed approach in 2014 will be the difference. "When I (missed) the cuts and the holes, I said, 'Dang, how the heck did I miss that?' " Richardson said. " 'How in the world did I miss that?' That's second nature. You never miss a cut. You get as much yards as you can get at every opportunity."

-- Dwayne Allen Cleared for Everything --
Thu Apr 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Colts official website reports Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) said today he has been cleared to participate in everything. He said it felt great running around today, and catching the football.

-- Cecil Shorts Rehab Update --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin surgery) was unavailable for the final three games last season with a groin injury that required surgery. “The biggest thing for me when it comes to [a new deal] is remaining healthy and being durable for a season,” Shorts said. “Being able to show my talents consistently throughout the year.” Shorts still isn’t at full strength from the surgery, but expects to be soon. “I’m on the right path where I’m able to run without any pain,” Shorts said. “I still have some work to do and I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back.” Bradley is encouraged by what he’s seen from Shorts as the team began its offseason program this week. “His rehab has gone very well,” HC Gus Bradley said. “He’s leaner and he’s in great shape."

-- Seahawks to Host Packers to Begin 2014 Regular Season Schedule --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports as Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4th. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday night doubleheader with the New York Giants at Detroit, followed by San Diego at Arizona. The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9. The Detroit-Atlanta game will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET in an experiment to test the NFL's audience draw on a Sunday morning. A Saturday doubleheader in Week 16 has San Diego at San Francisco and Philadelphia at Washington. For the first time, games in Weeks 5 through 10 can be flexed from Sunday afternoon to night, with a limit of two. Beginning with Week 11, a Sunday game can be moved to prime time each week. Also, a select number of Sunday afternoon games are being "cross-flexed," moving between CBS and Fox to potentially draw more viewers. The Thanksgiving tripleheader features three strong division rivalries: Chicago at Detroit, Philadelphia at Dallas, and Seattle at San Francisco, a rematch of the memorable NFC title game last January.

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Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Patriots Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Nate Solder --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have picked op the 5th-year option on OT Nate Solder's for 2015.

-- Panthers Re-Sign Chris Scott --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Carolina Panthers re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent OG Chris Scott to a one-year contract.

-- Rams Re-Sign Justin Veltung --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the St. Louis Rams have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent WR Justin Veltung to a one-year contract.

-- Marcus Trufant to Retire as a Seahawk --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent CB Marcus Trufant has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons. Trufant, 33, will sign a one-day contract with Seattle on Thursday so he can retire as a member of the Seahawks.

-- Cowboys Sign Caleb Hanie --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent QB Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract.

-- Four Lions Skip Mini-Camp; Broyles Returns --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

MLive.com reports the Detroit Lions continue to have a terrific turnout for their voluntary minicamp, with only four players missing the second day of workouts Wednesday in Allen Park. RB Mikel Leshoure skipped the workout, joining DT Ndamukong Suh, CB Chris Houston (toe) and WR Carlin Isles (Scottish rugby) as the lone absentees. "It's been tremendous thus far," HC Jim Caldwell said of the turnout after Day 1. "Actually, in my coaching career, it's probably the best turnout as a head coach that I've had during this time of the year, so we look at that as a positive." The best news from this session was the return of WR Ryan Broyles, who practiced for the first time since rupturing his Achilles tendon while fielding a punt Oct. 27 against Dallas. Broyles was cleared to rejoin the team for voluntary conditioning the past two weeks, but did not have a helmet for Day 1 of minicamp. He was back in action Wednesday, including shagging a few passes during the brief media availability. That is a promising sign in his bid to come back from a third consecutive season-ending injury. He has missed 16 games in his two years as a pro, and caught only 30 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions have said they aren't sure yet whether Broyles will return to the form that made him the NCAA's all-time leading pass-catcher at Oklahoma and the Lions' second-round pick in 2012.

-- Bears Sign Shaun Draughn --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chicago Bears have signed free-agent RB Shaun Draughn to a one-year contract.

-- Jaguars List Stephen Burton --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have placed WR Stephen Burton on the reserved/retired list.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Daryl Washington Setenced to One Year Probation --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Cardinals official website reports the court case for Cardinals LB Daryl Washington has finally come to a conclusion, almost a year after his initial arrest. Washington, who entered a plea last month after being charged with assault on the mother of his child, was sentenced Wednesday morning to one year of supervised probation for one aggravated assault charge. That means no jail time, although that is not a surprise given his plea deal. But now comes the second part of this equation. The NFL has been monitoring the case, of course, but it waits until it is fully played out before handing out any of its own punishment. That time has arrived. How long it takes the NFL to make a decision on whether or not to suspend Washington, who served an unrelated four-game suspension to begin last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, is up in the air. Anything that would happen would come in the form of a regular-season ban, so there is time. Given the way commissioner Roger Goodell has handled things in the personal conduct area, a suspension would not be a surprise. Washington is officially charged with a felony, but if he performs well during the probation, essentially does everything the court asks, it will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

-- Brees Believes Graham Gets New Deal Soon --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints QB Drew Brees said he's very confident a new deal for franchised TE Jimmy Graham will happen soon.

-- Mike Wallace Excited About New Offense --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins WR Mike Wallace has found that Miami has a whole new offense this offseasson, one that he believes is better suited to his strengths. “My style: Big-play offense,” Wallace said, referring to first-year OC Bill Lazor’s new system. “I see Ryan’s excited about it. He’s called me about eight, nine times. “I just want to make some plays for my team,” Wallace continued. “Go out and make some plays for my team and have a much better year than last year. We can't have the kind of year we had last year. We need to be on the same page.” Wallace had a career-high 73 catches last year, his first in Miami, but believes he left 15 to 20 touchdowns on the field because he and QB Ryan Tannehill could never figure out the deep ball. “It’s a process,” said HC Joe Philbin, also appearing on the team-run radio program. “We feel like we’re going to see greater dividends this year.”

-- Doug Baldwin Still Unsigned, But... --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports WR Doug Baldwin was tendered at the second round level by the Seattle Seahawks this offseason, giving him the right to negotiate and sign an offer sheet with any other team in the league as long as he doesn’t sign the tender. Baldwin hasn’t signed it, but there doesn’t seem to be much interest in leaving Seattle. Baldwin has signed a waiver allowing him to participate in voluntary offseason workouts with the team even though he isn’t yet under contract for the 2014 season. During an appearance on 710 ESPN in Seattle, Baldwin confirmed that staying in Seattle was the end result he wanted. “I want to be a Seattle Seahawk and I want to be a Seattle Seahawk for a long time,” Baldwin said. “I love it here, I love the organization and I’m focused on doing what I can to improve and get ready for this upcoming season, whether that’s with a tender or whether that’s with something else that we work out. Hopefully is with a long-term deal, that’s what I’m hoping for, whether that’s this year or next year.” Baldwin indicated that there haven’t been talks about a long-term deal and the possibility of signing with another team disappears on May 2, so playing out the year on the $2.187 million tender seems like a likely option.

-- What Tony Romo is Doing at OTA's --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is throwing lightly and doing some running at OTAs following December back surgery.

-- Big Ben Contract Watch --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract status has been a topic of interest because he has two years left on the $102 million deal he signed in 2008. That is the same number of years Roethlisberger had remaining on his rookie contract when he and the Steelers agreed to the deal that made him the highest-paid player in franchise history. That nothing has happened as far as a new contract -- and that nothing is imminent -- has generated a little anxiety among some Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans. What hasn’t changed, however, is that the two most important factors to a new deal getting done are still in place: Roethlisberger wants to play his entire career in Pittsburgh, and the organization wants the 10-year veteran to retire as a Steeler. “There’s been ongoing (contract) discussions for quite awhile,” Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger’s agent, told ESPN.com. “I think from the time we did the first extension there was sort of a plan moving forward. There’s a plan in place, but both sides are pretty committed to doing that privately and not having it be something that’s discussed in the media.”

-- MJD Watch --
Wed Apr 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew commented on his goals last season (after foot surgery) and this season: “My goal last year was to show people I was healthy again and finish the season strong,” Jones-Drew said. “My goal this year is to be explosive again.” The 5-foot-7 Jones-Drew has been working out at Cal since January with former De La Salle High and former Cal strength and conditioning coach Mark Blasquez. He is down to about 215 pounds. His goal is 208. He played at UCLA 10 years ago at 205. A year removed from foot surgery, Jones-Drew said his foot “feels phenomenal. I am getting my strength back & my body has really responded.” Jones-Drew held off on surgery when he first got hurt because he wanted to help the Jaguars, but in hindsight says he should have gone ahead and had the procedure done quickly. Jones-Drew had earlier (when he was signed) said he was “done wrong” by the Jaguars and I asked him if he wanted to elaborate: “It’s a business, and they’re moving in a different direction, and I get that,” Jones-Drew said. “Players are asked to be loyal, but the team has never been loyal to you. “I led the league in rushing, my foot breaks and I come back out of shape to do the best I can to help the team. I gave them eight years. And then they just wash their hands of you.”

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-- Seahawks Excited About Terrelle Pryor --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider discussed on Sirius XM NFL Radio why the team elected to bring QB Terrelle Pryor to Seattle. “We’re always trying to improve competition at every position and we saw this as an opportunity to do that,” Schneider said. “Rare athlete, size and speed. …We’re just excited about his upside and the type of athlete that he is. We knew that if he was released (by Oakland) there was no way we were going to have an opportunity to claim him.” Seattle appeared to be mostly set at quarterback. QB Russell Wilson is entering the third year of his four-year rookie contract and the team re-signed backup QB Tarvaris Jackson to a fully guaranteed one-year deal that will pay more than both Wilson and Pryor are set to make next season. It led to a thought that Pryor may be earmarked as a player that may be asked to play a position other than quarterback. Schneider said that speculation may be a little premature. “We haven’t had those conversations,” Schneider said. “But if there was ever an athlete that would be able to play a slash role, if you will, it would be this kind of player. That may a little bit fantasy football at this time of the year. He’s a quarterback. He’s been a quarterback, but no we haven’t gotten into that. This guy is a very talented athlete and we can’t wait to put our hands on him and have our staff spend some time with him.”

-- Doug Marrone Has Cancerous Mole Removed --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

WKBW.com reports Buffalo Bills HC Doug Marrone had a cancerous mole on his skin found during a recent doctors visit. It has been removed and won't effect his ability to coach the team.

-- David Wilson Rehab Update --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck surgery) isn’t afraid to get back on the field. If anything, he’s eager. After having neck surgery in January, Wilson said he’s feeling good, and is hoping to be cleared to return to OTAs later this spring. “For sure,” he said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “I expect to. I want to.” Wilson said he didn’t feel any pain in his neck, and is waiting for X-rays to confirm that his spinal cord fusion surgery was successful. He insisted he was ahead of schedule, and wasn’t concerned about the risk of coming back. “I never had pain from the injury, even the day after it happened; the moment after it happened,” Wilson said. “I’m in the locker room telling the coaches, ‘let me go back out there, I don’t feel anything.’ I sneaked out onto the field and was removed. Because I didn’t have any pain.”

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Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Ravens List Rolando McClain Again --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain has been placed once again on the reserve/retired list.

-- Kurt Coleman Took Less Money to be a Vikings Because... --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports S Kurt Coleman thought Minnesota was the best place for him, even if the Vikings’ offer wasn’t the best one he received in free agency. Coleman, a safety who signed with the Vikings last week, accepted a deal in Minnesota that pays a salary this year of $900,000, with nothing guaranteed. Coleman said both the Colts and the Jets offered him some guaranteed money, and that he got one offer with a higher base salary as well. “But for me it was more important about finding the right opportunity and the right staff and an organization that believes in you,” Coleman told the Pioneer Press. “And I think in the long term I’m betting on myself to succeed, and I think I will. The money wasn’t there that I wanted, but that’s OK because I know that it will come around. . . . It’s about reasserting myself as a starter in this league and being a top performer as a safety.”

-- Ray Rice Watch --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports with his legal troubles having cast doubt on his playing future, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has been committed to what he can control: losing weight and getting back to full strength after a hip injury derailed him last season. Rice is attending the start of the Ravens' offseason conditioning program and has impressed team staff. "He looks great," strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki told reporters Tuesday. Rice suffered a hip flexor injury in Week 2, and the injury led to the Pro Bowl running back putting on some weight. According to HC John Harbaugh, Rice weighed as much as 217 pounds last season. The team would like Rice to play at about 207 pounds. "He's doing some things differently as far as his diet and so forth, and he told me has a handle on it," Rogucki said. "Whatever he did from the end of the season until now, he's in a good position right now."

-- 2014 NFL Regular Season Schedule Coming Wednesday Night --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the NFL will announce the 2014 regular season schedule on Wednesday at 8PM E.T. on the NFL Network.

-- Eli Manning Rehab Update --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle surgery) is using crutches to get around the team's facility this week, but he cast them aside before coming out in a walking boot to address assembled media Tuesday. Manning's message, as he always tries to make it, is that there's nothing to worry about, that the ankle surgery he had a couple of weeks ago was the right move at the right time and that it shouldn't affect the Giants' 2014 season. "I think I'm safe to say I'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp," Manning said. "I would hope so."

-- 49ers Release One --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have waived FB Alex Debniak.

-- JPP Drops Weight; Feels Great --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul reported to the team's offseason program weighing 270 pounds, down from the 285 he weighed last year. He's rehabbing from back/shoulder injuries, but said he's very healthy and expects to play the game "like I'm 21 again."

-- Carl Nicks Rehab Update --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) will not e ready participate in the team's upcoming mini-camps, but hopes to be ready by the start of training camp.

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-- Seahawks Appear Close to Extending Richard Sherman --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the Seattle Seahawks have made considerable progress towards getting CB Richard Sherman signed to a long-term contract, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Both sides are hopefully of getting the deal done prior to the May 8-10 NFL Draft. The Seahawks are prepared to make Sherman the NFL's highest-paid corner -- and the deal will surpass CB Darrelle Revis's $12 million compensation for 2014 -- the questions remains by just how much. Several league sources anticipate the contract will be worth more than $13 million a season when finalized, with the Seahawks reluctant to go to $14M thus far. The corner market has undergone a reset in recent years, with Revis' $16 million-a-year deal with Tampa seen as an outlier. Unable to trade that contract, Revis was released and signed with the Patriots for what amounts to a one-year, $12 million deal.

-- Chiefs Working to Extend Alex Smith --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Kansas City Chiefs players started their offseason work on Monday, but QB Alex Smith’s agent and the team were already working on an extension. That was the word from Smith on Monday as he reported to begin preparations for the final year of his contract. Smith said his agent Tom Condon and the team were discussing a new contract that would keep Smith in Kansas City and that he’ll be focusing on football. Smith doesn’t think the uncertainty about his future will have an impact on his play. “I’ve played long enough, going into year 10 now, it’s all year-to-year in my mind anyway at this point,” Smith said, via the Kansas City Star. “You’ve got to continually prove yourself. I don’t think it changes anything as far as my mindset or approach to the game.”

-- Julio Jones Watch --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Atlanta Falcons HC Mike Smith said Tuesday that WR Julio Jones (foot) was working toward being ready for the opener, and apparently many openers to come. The wide receiver’s contract option figures to be picked up soon, but Smith told reporters he didn’t think that was an issue. “I do know this. Julio Jones is going to be an Atlanta Falcon for a long, long time,” Smith said. The Falcons have made it clear they wanted to extend Jones, but wanted to do other business first. After an active early part of free agency, things have slowed, and the focus has shifted to getting ready for the draft. But it sounds like they’re not concerned about the business they’ll eventually do with Jones. Smith said Jones was working with trainers, and every expectation was that he’d be ready for the opener.

-- Bengals Working to Extend Vontaze Burfict --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Cincinnati Bengals are working on a new long-term contract with star LB Vontaze Burfict.

-- Jaguars Re-Sign Will Ta'ufo'ou --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent FB Will Ta'ufo'ou to a one-year contract.

-- Sources: Will Hill Facing Long Suspension; Giants Likely Finished with Him --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New York Giants S Will Hill is facing another suspension from the NFL for a violation of the league's drug policy that could cost him a chunk of this upcoming season, if not all of it, sources have said. One source said team was notified of the violation on Monday, when the players reported for the start of offseason workouts and that Hill will appeal the decision. Hill started 10 games last season for the Giants, who have been pleased with his progress in their secondary. However, Hill's issues have been away from the field. He's been suspended twice - once in 2012 for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs (he and the team said he tested positive for Adderall) and again last season for violating the policy on substances of abuse (Hill claimed he tested positive for marijuana). Both of those suspensions were four games in length. Another suspension under the performance-enhancing policy could cost Hill eight games. One more violation of the substance-abuse policy could carry a ban of six games to a full season. The Daily News adds Hill is likely "done" with the Giants, even if he wins his appeal. The exact nature of Hill's alleged violation (PEDs/substance abuse) is not yet clear.

-- Russell Allen Finished with Football After Stroke --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

SI.com reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Russell Allen thought he had his bell rung against the Bills in Week 15 last season. He played through the injury and double vision, but two days later found out he’d suffered a stroke on the field. A dead spot in his brain means he’ll never play football again.

-- Bills Begin Offseason Program --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills began their offseason program Tuesday morning, with QB E.J. Manuel, WR Stevie Johnson, and LB Brandon Spikes among those taking part in the voluntary workout. After missing the final two games of last season with a sprained LCL in his left knee, Manuel underwent knee surgery in January. He took part in the entire portion of Tuesday's workout open to reporters. Spikes also took part in the session. Spikes' presence is notable because he chose not to participate in the New England Patriots' offseason program last spring, instead training on his own in Florida. TE Scott Chandler did not participate in the portion of the workout open to reporters. He worked on a stationary bike and did extra stretching with a member of the training staff. He was later joined off to the side by CB Stephon Gilmore and LB Kiko Alonso.

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-- Steelers Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Cameron Heyward --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the 5th-year option on DE Cameron Heyward for 2015.

-- DeMarcus Ware Speaks --
Tue Apr 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports following Denver's first day of off-season conditioning on Monday, new Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware was asked about how the Broncos train. "It's an unconventional type of way of working out, but it's the best way to keep guys on the field and keep them flexible, but also being able to maintain a guy through their whole career," Ware said. "We did sleds, we did leg slides, Keiser machines. You name it, it was in there. Really state-of-the-art. I'm really looking forward to just working out this type of way. It's a whole different deal." Ware, 31, is coming off February surgery on his right elbow. The seven-time Pro Bowler used one of his old lines when asked about his recovery, saying he's 94 percent. Ware often used his jersey number when asked about his health over the last few years.

-- Kaepernick & Smith Attend 49ers Workouts --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have begun the march toward the 2014 season and two high-profile players involved in offseason incidents were working alongside many of their teammates Monday. The 49ers official website posted a slideshow of several players working out Monday, QB Colin Kaepernick among them. CSN Bay Area adds LB Aldon Smith was present as well. Because the workouts are private and there is no media availability, the team does not confirm participants.

-- Kyle Orton No-Shows --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports QB Kyle Orton, who has reportedly contemplated not playing in 2014, did not attend the first day of the Dallas Cowboys' voluntary offseason work. The Cowboys are “hopeful” the 31-year-old Orton will play in 2014.

-- Lions Sign One --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Detroit Lions have signed free-agent DE George Johnson.

-- Broncos Move Orlando Franklin to Left Guard --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Denver Broncos OT Orlando Franklin started 15 regular season games and all three postseason contests at right tackle, but he spent the first day of the team’s offseason workouts getting a handle on a different position. Franklin tweeted that he’s now at left guard and that he’s “excited to learn and improve” over the remainder of the offseason.

-- Colts Sign Colt Anderson --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent S Colt Anderson.

-- Raiders Trade Terrelle Pryor --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Seattle Seahawks have acquired QB Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders for a 7th-round draft pick.

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-- Seahawks Acquire Terrelle Pryor --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Seattle Seahawks have acquired QB Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders for a 7th-round draft pick.

-- Ravens Re-Sign Two --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Ravens official website reports the Ravens have officially re-signed exclusive-rights free-agents S Anthony Levine and LB Adrian Hamilton.

-- 49ers Re-Sign Michael Wilhoite --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Mercury News reports LB Michael Wilhoite, LB NaVorro Bowman’s potential replacement for the start of the 49ers’ season, has signed the one-year tender he received as an exclusive rights free agent.

-- Keyshawn Johnson Arrested --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson has been arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies went to Johnson’s home at 12:48 a.m. today after getting a call about a possible spousal assault. “When deputies arrived, it was determined that the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute,” the Los Aangeles Sheriff’s Department told CBS Los Angeles. Johnson was booked and released on $20,000 bail. CBS Los Angeles reports that Johnson is charged with misdemeanor spousal battery, while TMZ reports that Johnson is charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. TMZ’s report says Johnson smashed his ex-girlfriend’s phone, causing a gash to her hand.

-- James Laurinaitis Healthy After Ankle Surgery --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Rams LB James Laurinaitis says he had cleanup ankle surgery right after the 2013 season, but is full speed now.

-- Lions Sign Two --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Detroit Lions have signed free-agents CB Nate Ness and CB Aaron Hester.

-- Chiefs Re-Sign Kyle Williams --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed veteran free-agent WR Kyle Williams.

-- A.J. Green Bulks Up --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox19 in Cincinnati reports Bengals WR A.J. Green says he's 6-10 pounds heavier at the start of the team's off-season workouts. He says he wanted a stronger upper body to be more physical.

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-- Cardinals Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Patrick Peterson --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Arizona Cardinals have picked up the 5th-year option on CB Patrick Peterson for 2015.

-- Bengals Pick Up 5th-Year Option on A.J. Green --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Bengals have picked up the 5th-year option on WR A.J. Green for 2015.

-- Bears Sign Josh Morgan --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears have signed veteran free-agent WR Josh Morgan to a one-year contract.

-- Colts Re-Sign Josh Gordy --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts have re-signed restricted free-agent CB Josh Gordy to a one-year contract.

-- Colts List Phil Costa --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts have placed OL Phil Costa on the reserve/retired list.

-- Saints Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Cameron Jordan --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have picked up the 5th-year option on DE Cameron Jordan for 2015.

-- Dustin Keller Good to Go --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports free-agent TE Dustin Keller (torn ACL/NCL) is "good to go" according to his agent.

-- Eric Fisher Rehabbing from Surgeries --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports Chiefs OT Eric Fisher underwent off-season shoulder and sports-hernia surgeries. HC Andy Reid said Fisher is rehabbing and doing well.

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-- Mike Goodson Can't Be Active --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Jets HC Rex Ryan said RB Mike Goodson (torn ACL/MCL) won't be able to do anything in the near future coming off ACL/MCL repair.

-- Broncos Re-Sign Mitch Unrein --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos have re-signed restricted free-agent DT Mitch Unrein to a one-year contract.

-- LaMichael James to Avoid 49ers Workouts --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports 49ers RB LaMichael James, whose future with the 49ers remains murky, is in Texas to train on his own at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, according to a source. The 49ers’ official offseason program began Monday. The first two weeks of activities are devoted to players working solely with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama and his staff. Coaches are allowed on the field at the beginning of Week 3 of the offseason program to begin football instruction. James has been the subject of trade speculation this offseason, and a source said James would welcome a fresh start.

-- Rolando McClain Retiring for Good --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL once again. "I'm done," he said in a text.

-- Evan Mathis Watch --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNPhilly.com reports Eagles OG Evan Mathis plans to participate in this week's voluntary OTAs. Mathis was given permission to seek a trade, but his agent hasn't been able to facilitate a trade, so he's willing to play as an Eagle in 2014.

-- Source: 2014 NFL Regular Season Schedule Coming Later This Week --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the NFL still doesn’t have a firm plan for the release of the 2014 regular-season schedule. A source with knowledge of the process says the current target is Wednesday, with the possibility it will be nudged to Thursday.

-- Sam Bradford Rehab Update --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports with today’s start of the Rams’ offseason conditioning program, QB Sam Bradford (torn ACL) will be limited along with a few other players coming off injuries. “Sam’s in a very good place considering what happened last year,” HC Jeff Fisher said. “I thought he was off to a great start. Had he stayed healthy his projected numbers could’ve been quite impressive. He’s worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTAs.” The offseason program consists of three phases, all with specific rules as to what activities are and aren’t permissible, as well as how long players can be at the team facility. Phase 1 starts today, and consists of weight training and conditioning for two weeks. During Phase 2, which begins May 5, the team can work by position groups and do individual drills. But there can be no interaction between offensive and defensive players; in other words, no 7-on-7, 11-on-11, or even one-on-one drills. Then comes Phase 3, in which 10 practices known as OTAs (organized team activity) are sprinkled in over the first three weeks of June. Fisher said Bradford will be throwing at some point during the Phase 3, or OTA, period. “To the extent of which I can’t predict right now,” Fisher said late last week. “It may be 1-on-1, it may be 7-on-7, it may be ‘team.’ We don’t know. But he’s doing great.”

-- Lance Briggs Will Wear Harness in 2014 --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Bears LB Lance Briggs will wear a harness on his left shoulder to protect it after suffering a fracture last season.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Cowboys Team Rehab Update --
Mon Apr 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back surgery) is expected to participate in the offseason program which starts Monday morning according to a source. Romo missed the final game of the 2013 season to undergo back surgery and is on target in his rehab program. In the first phase of the offseason workouts, players can lift weights, run sprints and conduct football activities without the supervision of coaches and scouts. This is the first of several offseason workouts the Cowboys will conduct. After the May 8-10 NFL draft, the Cowboys will host a rookie minicamp the following weekend. Starting on May 28, the Cowboys will have organized team activities until June 12. The offseason program ends with the mandatory veteran minicamp June 17-19. Romo's availability is expected in most if not all of those activities. He's not alone in his participation of the program: RB Lance Dunbar (knee) who was injured in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Oakland Raiders last year, will also be at Valley Ranch working out. DL Tyrone Crawford, who tore his Achilles tendon in the first day of training camp last year, is also participating in camp. CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder and finger) is also expected to attend workouts. WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder) could also be ready for workouts.

-- Marcus Lattimore Watch --
Sun Apr 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports a year after the San Francisco 49ers took him in the fourth round of the NFL draft, RB Marcus Lattimore says he’s healthy enough in recovery from the gruesome knee injury that ended his college career that he could take the field today. Lattimore said his next steps aren’t about rehabbing his knee, they’re just about convincing 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh that he deserves significant playing time. “If he wants to put me in, he’ll put me in,” Lattimore told GoGamecocks.com. “If I prove it in practice, I don’t think there’s no excuse why I can’t play. I’m ready.” The knee injury Lattimore suffered in 2012 was so serious that sitting out his rookie season, as he did last year, was far from his biggest concern. When he first got hurt, Lattimore feared he’d never play football again. “After my injury, I just wanted to walk again,” Lattimore said. “It was tough, very tough. We’re a playoff team, so we play 20-plus games. Being on that sideline, we got so close to the Super Bowl title the last three years. But I’m blessed to be in this situation. Never would have thought in a million years I’d be in this situation.”

-- Foles Speaks on D-Jax --
Sun Apr 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles didn’t expect to lose his No. 1 receiver, WR DeSean Jackson, and didn’t see it coming before the Eagles sent Jackson packing. “You know, it’s surprising,” Foles told CSNPhilly.com. “But at the same time, you learn that it’s a business. It’s a tough business, at times. We develop a lot of friendships on a team and I’ve had many of my close teammates let go. It’s very tough, but at the same time, you know it’s part of the game, part of the business.” Despite talk that Jackson was a trouble maker in the locker room, Foles said he never saw any of that. “He was a great teammate to me,” Foles said. “We had a great relationship on and off the field. Everybody has other things going on, but to me personally, I really enjoyed playing with him and I’m excited that he landed on his feet. He’s a heck of a player.”

-- Run DMC Expected to Start If... --
Sun Apr 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports if healthy, and that's a big IF, RB Darren McFadden is the lead dog in the backfield for the Oakland Raiders, when you consider his home run potential and familiarity with the team's offense.

-- Tyrone Crawford Rehab Update --
Sun Apr 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready to participate in the team's OTAs.

-- Giants RB Game Plan --
Sun Apr 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Giants signed RB Rashad Jennings to be their starting running back. They believe he's ready at this stage of his career, after backing up guys like RB Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and RB Darren McFadden in Oakland, to handle a starter's workload. They believe he can catch the ball for them out of the backfield, that he can grind out yards between the tackles and that he's capable of delivering a big play. Assuming he picks up the blocking schemes and can help in pass protection, he's their guy. That said, RB David Wilson (neck surgery) is still on the team, and if the 2012 first-round draft pick shows he's recovered from neck surgery, there is surely going to be a role for a player with his skills. The Giants are hearing good things about Wilson's recovery, but they know they can't count on him, so they signed Jennings and brought back RB Peyton Hillis in order to construct a backfield in case Wilson can't be a part of it. RB Michael Cox, last year's seventh-round pick, also remains on the fringes of the mix, especially since his role as a return man is likely to be reduced after the free-agent upgrades they made there as well. But I think their plan is for Jennings to get the bulk of the carries with Hillis as his backup, and if they are pleasantly surprised by Wilson's health and availability, they will find ways to work him into the offense. If healthy, he offers a lot.

-- Brian Hartline Rehab Update --
Sat Apr 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Palm Beach Post reports Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to be recovered from a knee injury by mini-camp, a source said. Hartline tore his PCL in the season finale against the New York Jets.

-- Chris Johnson Told Jets Starting QB Job Up in the Air --
Sat Apr 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said the team plans to have QB Geno Smith and QB Michael Vick compete for the starting job during the team's training camp in Cortland, N.Y. Any idea who has the inside track? "They didn't give me no indication," Johnson said. "They said those two will battle it out in camp and may the best man win."

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-- Raiders to Release Terrelle Pryor Unless... --
Sat Apr 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports a source says the Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor on Monday if they are unable to trade him.

-- Police Don't Believe Colin Kaepernick Present When... --
Sat Apr 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports Miami police do not believe 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was present when they responded to two 911 calls about an upset naked woman refusing to leave a downtown Miami hotel room. But they are waiting for the Viceroy Hotel to turn over additional surveillance tape to see if they can determine whether Kaepernick had been in the suite earlier with two other players and, if so, what time he left. Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said that, so far, police have not confirmed the woman’s report that Kaepernick had been among a trio of men in the hotel room on the night of April 1. She named him in a report she filed with police two days after the incident. Police already have one surveillance tape from the Brickell-area hotel that only shows Miami Fire Rescue transporting the woman from the room just after midnight, a source familiar with the investigation said this week. The Bee has reported that the suite was Kaepernick’s.

-- Reggie Wayne Rehab Update --
Sat Apr 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Star reports naysayers in the media are pushing Colts WR Reggie Wayne (torn ACL) through his rehab. “It’s you guys,” Wayne said. “You guys motivate me. You guys say that I can’t do it. I’m 35. I’m over the hill. No way I can come back the same. I wasn’t a big newspaper reader, but I’ve become one. Next time I read it maybe you’ll be saying I’ve found the fountain of youth.” Wayne has previously said that he believes he’ll be ready to go full-speed during offseason workouts, but that Colts HC Chuck Pagano is telling him to take it easy and not to push himself too hard. Whenever Pagano is ready to let Wayne go, however, Wayne sounds ready to show that he still has a lot left in him.

-- Cam Newton Rehab Update --
Sat Apr 19, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) remains in a protective boot since undergoing ankle surgery. The team is hopeful Newton will be back to 100 percent in time for training camp. However, Newton may still miss all of the practice reps of the offseason program, which becomes more critical as the Panthers break in a bunch of new receivers.


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