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|Jets have standing 3-year deal to Fitzpatrick||05-27-2016|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick QB NYJ|
The New York Post reports the Jets have a standing three-year offer for free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Mark Cannizzaro on Twitter
|The deal has a $12 million base salary in the first year. The Jets offer has been on the table for four months, so it sounds like it's going to take more money on the back-end to get something done. Despite a lack of movement between the sides, the Jets remain likely to get Fitzpatrick signed before training camp.|
|Leonard Floyd officially signs rookie deal||05-27-2016|
|Leonard Floyd OLB CHI|
|Bears signed first-round OLB Leonard Floyd to a four-year contract.||The deal includes a fifth-year option. Chicago traded a fourth-round pick to move up two spots for Floyd, but he could be limited to a sub-package role early in his career. Floyd needs to add strength if he's going to play on run downs.|
|Baldwin expects to open extension talks soon||05-27-2016|
|Doug Baldwin WR SEA|
Doug Baldwin expects to open extension talks in the coming weeks.
Sirius XM NFL Radio
|Baldwin met with GM John Schneider before the draft, but there hasn't been any progress since. Coming off his breakout 14-touchdown 2015, he's likely to be seeking at least Mohamed Sanu money ($6M annually). Baldwin lacks the traits of a No. 1 wideout, but has been Seattle's leading receiver two of the last three years.|
|Bortles, Thomas met multiple times in spring||05-27-2016|
|Julius Thomas TE JAX|
Blake Bortles said he and Julius Thomas met "multiple times" to watch film and develop chemistry this offseason.
|Bortles said the duo met to "talk about what he wanted from me and what I wanted from him and how we can quickly get on the same page to grow together." Thomas looked to be developing good chemistry with Bortles during the offseason program last year, but a broken hand in the first preseason game cost him most of training camp and the first four games of the year. Thomas struggled to integrate himself into the offense once returning, and it seems like he and Bortles want to prevent that from happening again this year. Even with the passing offense as a whole set to regress, Thomas could see a statistical bump this season.|
|Hroniss Grasu gained 13 pounds in offseason||05-27-2016|
|Hroniss Grasu C CHI|
Bears C Hroniss Grasu gained 13 pounds this offseason.
|He is up to 310 pounds after weighing in at 297 most of last season. The extra weight could help, but Grasu was well below average in eight rookie starts. He will face competition from both Ted Larsen and Manny Ramirez in training camp.|
|Navy graduate Chris Swain cleared to play||05-27-2016|
|Chris Swain FB SD|
Chargers FB and Navy graduate Chris Swain will be eligible to play football in 2016.
Union-Tribune San Diego
|Swain is graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy as a commissioned officer this week, but he has filed paperwork to begin his service as a reserve. A Navy official said that paperwork is in the final stages of authorization. Once authorized, Swain will be cleared to play football this season. The Chargers also added FB Derek Watt in the draft, suggesting they plan to employ more two-back looks moving forward.|
|Breshad Perriman (knee) back to full speed||05-27-2016|
|Breshad Perriman WR BAL|
BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink said Breshad Perriman (knee) "looked like the same impressive receiver from last summer" at Thursday's practice.
|"I don't even think about it anymore. I feel great," Perriman said of the knee injury which cost him his rookie year. Now back to full health, Perriman will compete with Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles'), Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken for targets. If he can stay healthy, Perriman has a good shot to open the season in the starting lineup.|
|Bills WRs coach 'intrigued' by Hankerson||05-27-2016|
|Leonard Hankerson WR BUF|
Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal said he is "intrigued" by Leonard Hankerson.
|"He has sneaky speed and is a 4.4 guy," Lal said. "He's one of our best route runners. He's so smooth you enjoy watching him run routes." Hankerson was not targeted in one game with Buffalo last season, but the Bills brought him back on a one-year deal in March. With little talent ahead of him, Hankerson could win the No. 3 receiver job in camp.|
|Bills WRs coach talks up Greg Salas||05-27-2016|
|Greg Salas WR BUF|
Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal said the team is counting on Greg Salas to "take another step."
|Counting on a journeyman entering his age-28 season to "take another step" feels like a fool's errand, but that did not stop Lal from talking up Salas. "He is a smart, savvy, excellent route runner," said Lal. "So we're really counting on him to come through and take another step and really be the guy that when all else fails Greg is going to be able to get open." Unless Buffalo adds a veteran before training camp, Salas seems like the favorite for the No. 3 job.|
|Chris Johnson thinks Arizona RBs will be good||05-27-2016|
|Chris Johnson RB ARZ|
Chris Johnson believes he and David Johnson can form the "best tandem" in the league.
|"We'll be great together," David Johnson agreed. "C.J. continues to help me out in my running, continues to teach some of the tips of the trade of how to run the ball and make it easier for me and the linemen blocking." A true three-down threat, David Johnson should dominate touches, but the elder Johnson will have a role as well. With every top offensive playmaker back in the fold, Arizona looks poised for another big season.|
|Breshad Perriman: 'I feel much stronger'||05-27-2016|
|Breshad Perriman WR BAL|
Breshed Perriman (PCL) insists he feels "much stronger" entering this season after a string of events he described as "rough" and "still rough from time to time" happened to him last year.
|Perriman admits he spent 2015 "in a dark hole" in which he "shut everyone out." He missed the entire season with a PCL tear and subsequent setbacks, ultimately underwent surgery, lost good friend CB Tray Walker, and may now be in danger of losing his father Brett, who collapsed and is on life support. "I've been through a lot this offseason, but it's just making me stronger again and just learning to keep faith and pray a lot more," Perriman said. "It's been rough. It still is rough from time to time, but I'm steady getting through it, pushing through it and keeping faith."|
|Garoppolo and Brady splitting first-team work||05-27-2016|
|Jimmy Garoppolo QB NE|
Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady are splitting first-team snaps at OTAs.
|Brady was facing the possibility of a four-game suspension last season as well, but the Patriots still gave him all of the first-team work in the offseason program. Their decision to give Garoppolo more snaps this year hints at a pessimistic view of Brady's chances to overturn his four-game ban. Garoppolo will be an interesting streamer and DFS option while (if) Brady is suspended.|
|Browns sign Derrick Kindred||05-27-2016|
|Derrick Kindred SS CLE|
|Browns signed fourth-round S Derrick Kindred to a four-year contract.||Kindred figures to have a chance to start after the Browns let FS Tashaun Gipson walk in free agency and released SS Donte Whitner. He'll be in the mix with Rahim Moore, Ibraheim Campbell, and Jordan Poyer for the two spots.|
|Redskins ILB Perry Riley still in boot||05-27-2016|
|Perry Riley MLB WAS|
Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) is still in a walking boot.
|Riley injured his foot late last season and was initially slapped with a 3-6 week timetable after requiring surgery to put a pin in his fifth metatarsal. Six months later, the foot is still giving him pain and discomfort. Riley expects to be ready for camp, but is due for a second opinion on his foot soon.|
|Christine Michael getting first-team work||05-27-2016|
|Christine Michael RB SEA|
Christine Michael has been getting the first-team work at running back with Thomas Rawls (ankle) sidelined at OTAs.
|It's expected, but noteworthy. Rawls is still rehabbing a badly broken ankle from late last season, and the Seahawks are hanging on "hope" that he'll be ready Week 1. We've seen over and over again how running back is an ever-changing landscape in the league, with not many guaranteed anything. If C-Mike can build on his productive end to 2015 with a strong summer, he could make noise.|
|Vikings DT Floyd (knee, ankle) sitting OTAs||05-27-2016|
|Sharrif Floyd DT MIN|
Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) is not participating in OTAs.
|Floyd missed three games and parts of others last season with what was labeled a foot injury that required a piece of cartilage to be removed from the area. He missed time in 2014 with a knee issue. Coach Mike Zimmer expects Floyd to be ready for camp. Floyd played well against the run and pass in 2015.|
|Marcus Smith excited about Schwartz's defense||05-27-2016|
|Marcus Smith OLB PHI|
Eagles 2014 first-rounder Marcus Smith is excited about playing in DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|Smith has seemingly been written off as a first-round bust, but he was badly miscast under old coach Chip Kelly and DC Billy Davis as a 3-4 linebacker. In Schwart'z scheme, all Smith has to concentrate on his moving forward and rushing the passer, not dropping into coverage. He's currently the No. 4 end on the depth chart, but plans to play 20-30 snaps per game in a rotation.|
|Bowles confirms Amaro is on roster bubble||05-27-2016|
|Jace Amaro TE NYJ|
Coach Todd Bowles confirmed third-year TE Jace Amaro is on the roster bubble.
|The Jets' tight end depth is in a sorry state. Along with Amaro, Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld round out the top three. The Jets received a league-low 10 catches from their tight ends last season. It's possible they simply don't plan on using the position, instead opting for an extra tackle in blocking situations or using for receivers. Amaro missed all of 2015 with a torn labrum.|
|Pack: No 'long-term' Ty Montgomery concerns||05-27-2016|
|Ty Montgomery WR GB|
The Packers have no "long-term concerns" about WR Ty Montgomery's surgically-repaired ankle.
|Montgomery has yet to be cleared to practice, and was coy when asked if he would be ready for training camp. Montgomery has had an unusually arduous recovery from a high-ankle sprain, aggravating it before ultimately requiring surgery. A gadget player who will likely need his touches manufactured, Montgomery won't be a fantasy factor behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb this season.|