Irvin: Dez Bryant was fighting people trying to aid him

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Dez Bryant hasn’t been the player he was when he signed a lucrative contract with the Dallas Cowboysin 2015. As a result, he’s no longer a Cowboy.

One of the greatest Cowboys to ever play the position shed some light on it during an appearance on NFL Up To The Minute on Monday, referrring to Bryant’s comments about how he felt some people inside the locker room wanted him gone. Continue reading

Redskins pick up fifth-year option on Brandon Scherff

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If Brandon Scherff was unsure of how his employers felt about him, that’s likely no longer the case.

The Washington Redskins picked up Scherff’s fifth-year option on Monday, the team announced, more than a year before he’ll play his fifth professional season. The deadline to pick up such options on players selected in Scherff’s draft class (2015) is May 2. Continue reading

Sean McVay: We feel good about Donald contract talks

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The Rams have spent plenty of capital on roster improvements this offseason in an obvious attempt to win it all. Those moves haven’t included a new deal for Aaron Donald.

That’s no worry to coach Sean McVay, who spoke for the organization Monday on the “really good dialogue” related to a new contract for Donald. Continue reading

AFC South Roster Reset: Three-horse race for division crown?

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Our Roster Reset series takes a division-by-division look at where things stand across the league heading into the 2018 NFL DraftNick Shook examines the current makeup of the AFC South below.

It’s a fine time to critique the AFC South.

The division is nearing its greatest collective strength in the last decade-plus. With Houston, Tennessee and Jacksonville all expected to jockey for postseason bids, the usually “meh” division enters 2018 as one of the most intriguing in the NFL.

Jacksonville returns from a surprising run to the AFC Championship Game, Tennessee aims to build on a trip to the Divisional Round on the back of an upset of the Chiefs, and Houston looms as a team that became wildly entertaining with Deshaun Watson at the helm before his (and ultimately, the whole team’s) season ended prematurely due to injury.

We’re back and seem better than ever. The AFC South is 75 percent ready to roll (with the Indianapolis Colts‘ future riding very much on the status of Andrew Luck). New additions have bolstered all three teams, who are gearing up for a football battle royale not seen since the peak of the AFC North. Can we get to the starting line already?! Continue reading

Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield visiting Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins have a starting-caliber quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but that isn’t precluding them from at least exploring the prospects at the position in the draft.

Miami is evaluating and hosting quarterbacks Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Mayfield will visit first, on Thursday, and Allen’s meeting will follow on Friday, Rapoport added.

The Dolphins hold the No. 11 pick in the upcoming draft. Continue reading

Giants ‘extremely impressed’ by Bradley Chubb

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Bradley Chubb made his resume harassing passers in the ACC while at N.C. State. He might soon become an even bigger name in the nation’s largest media market.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday on NFL Up To The Minute the New York Giants were “extremely impressed” with the defensive end during his visit to the team’s East Rutherford, N.J. headquarters. Chubb showed up in a suit and tie, introduced himself to everyone in the building and walked around with a smile all afternoon, Garafolo added. Continue reading

Steve Wilks: Cardinals won’t rush Sam Bradford back

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The Arizona Cardinals invested $20 million in Sam Bradford for one season. They’re doing their best to ensure they get at least 16 games out of him in 2018.

New Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said as much Tuesday in speaking with reporters, stressing health over speed.

“The biggest thing we’re going to do with Sam is to make sure that he’s ready to play 16-plus games,” Wilks said of Bradford. “I’ve seen what he can do over the years. I’m not concerned about trying to get him out there as soon as possible to be able to throw the ball. Continue reading

Free agency roundup: Jets sign WR Charles Johnson

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The Jets are aiming for depth with their wide receiving corps, adding another journeyman with potential on Monday.

New York signed former Vikings receiver Charles Johnson on Monday, the team announced.

Johnson signed with Carolina a year ago, but was waived/injured three months later after undergoing knee surgery. Prior to his brief pairing with the Panthers, Johnson found his greatest success in Minnesota, catching 60 passes over three seasons for 834 yards and two touchdowns. His best season came in 2014, when he logged 31 receptions for 475 yards and those two scores. Continue reading

2018 NFL Draft Guide: One burning question for each AFC team

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The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. As we hurtle toward the offseason’s marquee event, Nick Shook examines one pressing question for each AFC team.

Baltimore Ravens: How does Ozzie Newsome go out?

Since the Cleveland Browns became the Baltimore Ravens, they’ve had just one GM: Ozzie Newsome. The Hall of Fame tight end has built contenders, dealt with rebuilds and returned to the pinnacle, winning two Super Bowls during his tenure constructing what was Art Modell’s NFL franchise. This will be Newsome’s last year at the helm. After attempting to remedy the first-round whiff that was Breshad Perriman with the signings of John Brown and Michael Crabtree, Newsome still has work to do. Where does the personnel maven turn with the No. 16 overall pick? Baltimore could use help at right tackle, but might add a player to its defensive front seven, depending on who’s available.

Buffalo Bills: Can Brandon Beane swing the rumored deal to move up?

Buffalo’s faithful became quite giddy when the Bills dealt tackle Cordy Glenn and swapped first-rounders with Cincinnati. Suddenly, the Bills had Nos. 12 and 22 in the upcoming draft, which would appear to be enough ammunition to move up. But who will trade with the Bills, if they so desire? Cleveland’s a potential suitor — more on that below — and Buffalo realistically could move into No. 5 or 6 if Denver or Indianapolis wants to make a deal. With the expectation that the Bills would be moving up for a quarterback, though, the asking price understandably would be higher. What it comes down to is simple: How much is Buffalo willing to give up to move up? Continue reading

Nagy excited to impart Alex Smith’s wisdom on new QB

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Matt Nagy made a name for himself as an offensive coordinator under Andy Reid in Kansas City, which meant devising different ways to take advantage of a short-to-intermediate passing game.

Nagy became quite the schemer by his final season in Kansas City, accentuating his team’s strengths and gameplanning away from its weaknesses. Much of that relied on the skills of quarterback Alex Smith. Now in Chicago, Nagy’s offense will instead rely on Mitchell Trubisky. Continue reading