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  Giants | Josh Freeman financials    Wed Apr 23, 02:31 AM

New York Giants QB Josh Freeman signed a minimum-salary deal that only guarantees $55,000 in signing bonuses and $10,000 in workout bonuses. Assuming he plays out the season, Freeman will earn $795,000 and the cap hit for the team will be $635,000.

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  Jets | Met with Logan Thomas    Wed Apr 23, 02:05 AM

Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas met with the New York Jets on Tuesday, April 22, for a pre-NFL Draft visit.

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  Lions | Golden Tate off to quick start    Tue Apr 22, 10:47 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday, April 22, that he can already see a rapport between QB Matthew Stafford and new target WR Golden Tate. 'Matthew is certainly getting a good feel for Golden,' Caldwell said. 'Those two I think are going to function well.'

Footballguys view: Tate is set up to make a splash as a WR3/Flex play with upside as long as the Lions don't take a wide receiver early in the draft. Calvin Johnson draws coverage and we have not seen the numbers possible with a talent of Tate's caliber lining up on the other side of the formation.

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  Falcons | Mike Smith wants bigger, strong lines    Tue Apr 22, 10:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. 'I feel like we've lost our way,' Smith said Tuesday, April 22. 'I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage.'

Footballguys view: The Falcons offensive and defensive lines have eroded in recent years. They should get a premium offensive tackle at #6, and the need for more depth on both lines might preclude a trade-up for Jadeveon Clowney to #1 or #2.

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  Bills | EJ Manuel working out without limitations    Tue Apr 22, 08:06 PM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knees) is healthy entering voluntary workouts and feels normal and had no limitations during the Tuesday, April 22 conditioning program. Bills head coach Doug Marrone expects Manuel to continue developing and believes in his potential.

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  Giants | Eli Manning denies injuring ankle playing basketball    Tue Apr 22, 07:40 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) addressed the rumor that he was injured playing basketball, stating the procedure was already scheduled before he visited Duke University's practice facility for a shootaround.

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  Giants | Eli Manning expects to be 100 percent to start training camp    Tue Apr 22, 07:27 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of training camp. Manning has no concerns about learning the Giants' new playbook, instead getting healthy is his first priority.

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  Giants | Josh Freeman still views himself as a starter    Tue Apr 22, 01:43 PM

New York Giants QB Josh Freeman said he still views himself as a starting caliber quarterback.

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  Vikings | No workout for Blake Bortles    Tue Apr 22, 12:59 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are not scheduled to work out Central Florida QB Blake Bortles. The team has seen enough of Bortles when they attended his pro day. The team also met privately with Bortles during that trip.

Footballguys view: The Vikings might be hoping Bortles falls past all four of the QB-needy teams ahead of them, and with the league having a phobia about missing on quarterbacks in the first, he just might.

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  Giants | No timetable for Eli Manning     Tue Apr 22, 12:57 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) said his ankle is progressing but he does not have a timetable for his return to the field. Manning is currently in a walking boot.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton working on mental aspects of game    Tue Apr 22, 12:22 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said he is using this time while he rehabs from ankle surgery to focus on the mental aspects of the game. Newton is watching more film and asking more questions about the offense. "The bonding starts now," Newton said. "These days are very important, especially with my limitations as far as trying to graduate school and trying to make the most of my situation. The team is doing great. The turnout has been good. We hope to see 100 percent turnout by the end of OTAs."

Footballguys view: With basically 100% turnover in his wide receiver corps, Newton is missing valuable time that he could be building chemistry with his new teammates. Newton has been a top 5 fantasy quarterback for his whole career, but it will be hard to draft him there this year.

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  Ravens | A.J. McCarron to visit    Tue Apr 22, 10:46 AM

The Baltimore Ravens will visit with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron Wednesday, April 23.

Footballguys view: The Ravens would draft McCarron as a backup, not a quarterback of the future, which is more in line with the story his tape tells.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton won't change style    Tue Apr 22, 10:39 AM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said he won't change his approach to the game after his ankle surgery. He added that he doesn't recall when he injured it, but it wasn't 100 percent for a long time. He also said he consulted former RB Bo Jackson about dealing with injuries and rehab.

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  Rams | A.J. McCarron to work out    Tue Apr 22, 09:48 AM

The St. Louis Rams will have a private workout with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron May 1.

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  Cowboys | Kyle Orton not at minicamp Monday    Mon Apr 21, 09:24 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Kyle Orton did not show up for the first day of the team's offseason program Monday, April 21.

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  Seahawks | Terrelle Pryor acquired    Mon Apr 21, 08:06 PM

The Seattle Seahawks acquired QB Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 21, in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in this year's draft. He will compete with QBs Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels for the backup job to QB Russell Wilson. Pryor is scheduled to make $705,000 this year.

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  Bengals | No extension imminent for Andy Dalton    Mon Apr 21, 06:01 PM

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton said his agent has talked with the team about a contract extension but no deal is imminent at this point.

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  Browns | Teddy Bridgewater visiting    Mon Apr 21, 03:27 PM

The Cleveland Browns are meeting with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: The Browns are more likely to draft Bridgewater at 26 than 4, as his stock has fallen on hard times after a lackluster pro day and interviews. He could be one of the steals of the draft if he falls that far.

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  Cardinals | Interested in two QBs    Mon Apr 21, 02:51 PM

The Arizona Cardinals are showing interest in Fresno State QB Derek Carr and Alabama QB A.J. McCarron leading up to the 2014 NFL draft.

Footballguys view: Carr makes sense for Arizona and other sources have matched him to Bruce Arians' team, but McCarron has a very poor deep ball and would be a terrible fit.

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  Jets | Geno Smith expects to be starter    Mon Apr 21, 02:33 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he believes he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season even though the team added QB Michael Vick this offseason. He said he believes his play will improve with another year in the offense. Smith believes he will be able to learn from Vick because Vick has experience.

Footballguys view: Smith played well at the end of the season, and he has continuity and chemistry with returning skill players like Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley. This will be a true competition in camp, and if Smith wins, it will mean that he has progressed well during the offseason. Vick had his best seasons under Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg when both were in Philadelphia, so the veteran is not coming in cold to a brand new offense for him.

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  Texans | Johnny Manziel visiting    Mon Apr 21, 02:22 PM

The Houston Texans are meeting with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: The Texans are covering all of their bases in looking at players to consider with both the #1 pick, and a pick slightly later in the top 10 if they trade down. Manziel would have a geographical connection and he has some of the qualities that new head coach Bill O'Brien covets, but he is still a longshot for #1 overall.

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  Bengals | Andy Dalton expects extension    Mon Apr 21, 12:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is expecting the team to approach him with a long-term contract extension before his rookie deal expires next March. Dalton is scheduled to make roughly $1.7 million this year as he finishes up his four-year, $5.2 million deal. 'It's a quarterback-driven league, so quarterbacks get rewarded a lot of money,' Dalton said. 'For a lot of these quarterbacks, if you're the quarterback of the team, you're the face of the franchise. So these teams obviously believe in their guy and they're going to pay him that way.'

Footballguys view: The market may pay Dalton 15+ million a season in such a quarterback starved league, and the Bengals are notoriously frugal, so we're not expecting a deal to get done before the season.

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  Cowboys | Tony Romo ready for voluntary workouts    Mon Apr 21, 12:35 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will take part in the team's voluntary offseason program beginning Monday, April 21, according to a source. Players are allowed to lift weights, run sprints and conduct football activities without coach supervision. The team will have organized team activities starting May 28 until June 12. Romo is expected to be available for most of the activities.

Footballguys view: This is a good sign that Romo should be treated as the low QB1 he has been in recent years going into fantasy drafts this summer.

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  Giants | Josh Freeman official    Mon Apr 21, 10:51 AM

New York Giants QB Josh Freeman officially signed his contract when he reported for voluntary workouts Monday, April 21.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady expected to be at workouts    Sun Apr 20, 08:48 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.

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  Browns | Could pursue Kirk Cousins    Sun Apr 20, 08:41 PM

The Cleveland Browns could consider pursuing a trade for Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins since they have 10 draft picks.

Footballguys view: Cousins knows Kyle Shanahan's system because they worked together for two years in Washington. We could see the Browns pass on a quarterback early in the draft if they're able to add Cousins to the mix. If added, he'll compete for the starting job with Brian Hoyer.

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  Dolphins | Talked with Tanner Price    Sun Apr 20, 08:30 PM

The Miami Dolphins recently talked with Wake Forest QB Tanner Price.

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  Dolphins | Looked to talk with Zach Mettenberger    Sun Apr 20, 08:17 PM

The Miami Dolphins requested a private interview with Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger after his Pro Day.

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  Rams | Interested in Connor Shaw    Sun Apr 20, 06:29 PM

The St. Louis Rams have spent a lot of time with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.

Footballguys view: Shaw is a dual-threat quarterback who has drawn comparisons to a smaller version of Tim Tebow. He's a tough player who showed enough arm strength to make all the throws required in the NFL. Shaw's accuracy and mechanics suffer incredibly when he's asked to move out of the pocket.

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  Rams | Tom Savage visits    Sun Apr 20, 06:29 PM

The St. Louis Rams have visited with Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage.

Footballguys view: Savage is a big pocket passer with a strong arm. His draft stock has been soaring in recent weeks, and there are some who feel he could be a late first- or early second-round pick. Savage has a strong arm but his accuracy needs a lot of work. He couldn't hang onto the starting job at Rutgers, transferred to Arizona, then finally found a gig at PITT. Savage is not athletic and his shaky accuracy really suffers when he's asked to throw on the move.

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  Raiders | Matt Schaub expected to start    Sun Apr 20, 12:01 AM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub is expected to be the starting quarterback to open the regular season. The team acquired Schaub to be the franchise quarterback for at least the next two seasons.

Footballguys view: Yep, this is what we expected when Schaub was added. The veteran may have a couple of more years left as a starting-caliber quarterback. However, when/if the Raiders draft a future franchise quarterback then his time under center is counting down. The Raiders could add that quarterback this year in the draft. They'll groom a guy like Derek Carr (Fresno State) or Zach Mettenberger (LSU) to eventually replace Schaub.

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  NFL | Tom Savage declines invitation    Sat Apr 19, 11:59 PM

University of Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage was invited to the 2014 NFL Draft in New York, but he has declined the invite. Savage is one of the draft's fastest rising prospects.

Footballguys view: That's probably for the best. Some think Savage could actually sneak his way into the end of the first round or early second round. We would not advise that, but we also won't be shocked if that happens. Savage is a project who couldn't hang onto the starting job at Rutgers. He transferred to Arizone, but Savage soon left after Rich Rodriguez was hired as head coach. Savage wound up at PITT and passed for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.

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  Raiders | Will cut Terrelle Pryor if no trade    Sat Apr 19, 12:54 PM

The Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor if they are not able to trade him by Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. We can't imagine anyone out there incredibly interested in Pryor. He's big, athletic, and has a strong arm. Accuracy and decision-making problems have plagued his pro career.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel working out    Sat Apr 19, 12:38 PM

The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Saturday, April 19. The team are also scheduled to meet with Manziel this upcoming week.

Footballguys view: Manziel would be a good fit with the Browns because of new OC Kyle Shanahan. He could craft an offense built around Manziel's unique skill set. Shanahan worked well with Robert Griffin III in Washington, and he could help Manziel transition to the pros.

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  Colts | Matt Hasselbeck entering final season    Sat Apr 19, 12:14 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.

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  Jets | Will have QB competition    Sat Apr 19, 12:08 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said the team told him QBs Michael Vick and Geno Smith will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

Footballguys view: Vick has the experience and may be considered the frontrunner at this time. Smith is entering his second year after an up-and-down rookie season. This will be a battle to watch closely in camp.

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  Patriots | Talk with Seth Lobato    Sat Apr 19, 11:07 AM

Northern Colorado QB Seth Lobato spoke at length with a representative with the New England Patriots during his Pro Day last month.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick not at scene of suspicious incident    Sat Apr 19, 10:41 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was not believed to be at the scene of a suspicious incident when Miami police arrived earlier this month.

Footballguys view: The legal process is still sorting things out. At this time, it looks like Kaepernick may avoid any sort of legal trouble.

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  Bears | Could target a quarterback    Sat Apr 19, 09:47 AM

The Chicago Bears could target a quarterback in the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in free agency to provide competition for backup QB Jordan Palmer.

Footballguys view: The Bears need a young quarterback to groom behind Jay Cutler. This draft is top heavy at quarterback, but there are a few mid- to late-round options that would work. We think Brett Smith (Wyoming) would be a great fit with Bears head coach (and noted quarterback guru) Marc Trestman.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot    Sat Apr 19, 09:23 AM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery.

Footballguys view: The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp. We should see him begin camp in a limited fashion as they get Newton ready for the start of the regular season.

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  NFL | Keith Wenning generating significant interest    Sat Apr 19, 02:44 AM

Ball State QB Keith Wenning is generating significant interest from NFL teams, as he has had eight visits and eight additional workouts.

Footballguys view: Wenning is a pure passer who can make quick decisions after the snap. He throws accurately deep even though he doesn't have the strongest arm. Wenning is not that athletic, but he does a good job of staying mechanically sound when throwing on the run. He'll be picked on the final day of the draft as a developmental prospect.

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  Rams | Get look at Tajh Boyd    Fri Apr 18, 08:46 PM

The St. Louis Rams got a look at Clemson QB Tajh Boyd Friday, April 18, since he was throwing to WR Sammy Watkins during his private workout with the team.

Footballguys view: Boyd is a late-round developmental prospect. He's athletic and has a strong arm, but he's inaccurate and makes poor decisions under pressure. The Rams added Shaun Hill, but they could use a third-string guy with upside.

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  NFL | Jimmy Clausen expects to be ready for workouts    Fri Apr 18, 08:19 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) said his arm is about 95 percent at this time and believes he would be ready for the start of offseason workouts if he signs with a team.

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  Dolphins | Interested in Stephen Morris    Fri Apr 18, 07:52 PM

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami QB Stephen Morris leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Morris played college football at the "U" and has interesting upside. His mechanics are sound but his accuracy needs improvement.

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  NFL | Derek Carr thinks he has chance to go in first round    Fri Apr 18, 07:22 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he believes there is a good chance that he will be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft based on what coaches and general managers have told him.

Footballguys view: Carr certainly has a chance to be a late first- or early second-round pick. He'll interest teams that pass on a quarterback in the top 10. Carr has a strong arm and is athletic enough to make plays with his feet.

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  Vikings | Met with four QB prospects this week    Fri Apr 18, 07:04 PM

The Minnesota Vikings met with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, North Carolina QB Bryn Renner and Ball State QB Keith Wenning this week.

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  NFL | Jimmy Clausen looking for another opportunity    Fri Apr 18, 05:34 PM

Free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) (Panthers) wants to compete for an NFL backup job. Clausen had right shoulder surgery Sept. 11, 2013 and spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Footballguys view: We're not certain there will be much if any interest in Clausen. He was a bust as a starter with the Panthers, and he may not even be able to stick around in the league as a backup.

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  Giants | Eli Manning has had procedures in the past no one knew about    Fri Apr 18, 05:09 PM

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on SiriusXM NFL Radio QB Eli Manning has recovered from minor procedures no one knew about in the past.

Footballguys view: Not a surprise here. Several players across the league are likely going under the knife without many knowing about it. Manning is going to try to bounce back from a down season, but this year he'll be without Gilbride. That offense was boring and predictable. We'll see what kind of new wrinkles new OC Ben McAdoo can give the Giants on offense.

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  Saints | Try out Rusty Smith    Fri Apr 18, 04:10 PM

The New Orleans Saints tried out free-agent QB Rusty Smith (Titans) earlier this week.

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  Browns | Blake Bortles to visit    Fri Apr 18, 01:27 PM

Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Monday April 21, and Tuesday, April 22.

Footballguys view: The Browns are likely to select a quarterback in the first round, and Bortles could be that guy. He's a big pocket passer who has a little Ben Roethlisberger to his game. Bortles can make all the throws in the NFL and he can pick up yards with his feet if the play breaks down.

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