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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said there is still no timeline for Teddy Bridgewater (knee).

Bridgewater has started running in the pool, but he is still limited to non-weight bearing exercises. The quarterback tore his ACL, dislocated his knee, and suffered "other structural damage" last August. It will be a surprise if he is ready for Week 1, and it is not a given he will be able to get back on the field at all.
Mar 27 - 7:47 PM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the Lions have expressed interest in an extension with walk-year DE Ziggy Ansah.

Ansah is coming off a down year in which he only recorded two sacks in 13 games, but he was hampered by a high-ankle sprain much of the season. He is still one of the top edge rushers in the league, and the Lions would be wise to lock him up. Ansah is scheduled to make $12.734 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 27 - 7:33 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) may not be fully ready for the start of training camp.

"We are not going to be rushing him," Irsay said. "We are going to make sure, if we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that." It makes perfect sense for the Colts to hold Luck out until he is 100 percent, and it sounds like that could mean he misses some time early in camp. There has been no indication Luck is in danger of missing Week 1.
Mar 27 - 7:25 PM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Chaz Green has "a great opportunity to win" the open right tackle job.

Following Doug Free's retirement, the Cowboys are likely banking on Green living up to his third-round pedigree. Unfortunately, Green has been available for just four games through two seasons because of injury and is currently recovering from back surgery. It is not a given he is able to step up. New signing Byron Bell should also get a look, but Dallas might reluctantly be forced to move La'El Collins outside.
Mar 27 - 7:19 PM

49ers re-signed RB DuJuan Harris to a one-year contract.

Harris went untendered as a restricted free agent, so his one-year pact is likely for less than the roughly $1.8 million the lowest tender would have been worth. Harris has bounced around the league since entering as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but he showed well when pressed into duty last year. He has a decent shot to earn a backup role.
Mar 27 - 7:00 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said the team has no "intent" to pursue Tony Romo even if he is released by the Cowboys.

The Broncos have been leaking lukewarm interest in Romo for quite some time, but those leaks were thought to be an effort to convince Dallas they would not trade for the quarterback. Perhaps this is another such attempt -- "intent" is not the same as "no chance" -- but 9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos' interest has "cooled" in the last month. With Romo now looking like a long shot, Denver will turn to either Trevor Siemian or 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch. Siemian is the favorite to win that battle.
Source: 9 News
Mar 27 - 6:40 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the saga surrounding Tony Romo "isn't ending any time soon."

RapSheet reports the Cowboys could keep Romo on the roster even once the draft is over. Since there is no financial deadline to release Romo, it makes sense for Dallas to hold the quarterback through the draft in an effort to call the Texans' bluff, but keeping him on the roster once the offseason program begins could lead to an uncomfortable situation. With the Broncos seemingly out of the running and the Texans looking unlikely to blink, release remains the most likely outcome.
Mar 27 - 6:35 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said people have "read too much into" Ben Roethlisberger's retirement comments and "are making more out of it than what it is."

"I think it’s a very reasonable discussion when you get to 35," Tomlin added. "It’s probably not the first year he’s gone through that process and it probably won’t be the last if he continues." Tomlin seems unconcerned by the retirement talk, and there has not been any indication the Steelers are taking the discussion seriously. Roethlisberger will almost certainly return in 2017.
Mar 27 - 6:23 PM

Bills claimed DE Scott Crichton off waivers from the Vikings.

A 2014 third-round pick out of Oregon State, Crichton is a once-promising prospect who spent all of last season on injured reserve. At 6-foot-3, 273, Crichton profiles as a 4-3 base end. The Bills are transitioning to a 4-3 defense.
Mar 27 - 5:27 PM

Speaking at the NFL Owners Meetings on Monday, Broncos GM John Elway continued to express confidence in Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian when asked about Denver's interest in Tony Romo.

Officially, Elway can't comment on Romo because he is on another team's roster. "We feel really good about the two young ones we have," Elway insisted. "Trevor did a good job for us last year and Paxton was young. The plan is to stay the course there. ... It'll be a great competition between them in the spring." If the Broncos do truly "stay the course," Siemian will be the favorite to open the season as their starting quarterback.
Mar 27 - 4:59 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said Monday at the NFL Owners Meetings that Tom Brady believes he can continue playing into his mid to late 40s.

Brady turns 40 this August. "As recently as two to three days ago, (Brady) assured me he’s willing to play six, seven more years," were Kraft's exact words. Kraft added that he's hopeful Bill Belichick will "coach into his 80s." A lot of this feels hyperbolic and will likely prove to be, but Brady's current physical fitness and always-evolving game make the notion of him playing until age 45 seem conceivable as things stand today.
Mar 27 - 4:40 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared Brandin Cooks' potential impact to Randy Moss' in New England.

This isn't terribly meaningful coming from an owner, but it's probably something Kraft has heard from the coaching staff. "Since I've owned the team," said Kraft, "the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss." The 2007 Patriots were the greatest offense of all time with Moss on the perimeter and Wes Welker working the slot. Cooks will likely take over as New England's top outside threat with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski dominating the middle of the field.
Mar 27 - 4:01 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said at the NFL Owners Meetings that New England's "intention isn't to trade" LCB Malcolm Butler.

At the same time, Kraft made no statement regarding a long-term commitment to Butler. Butler is on the last year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make less than $4 million despite Pro Bowl-level on-field performance the past two years. The Patriots essentially chose Stephon Gilmore over Butler. It appears they are now hoping Butler will swallow his pride and play on his one-year, $3.91 million restricted free agent tender. A trade to New Orleans still can't be ruled out.
Mar 27 - 3:47 PM

The NFL has approved the Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas.

Shameful. The tally was 31-1, with only Dolphins owner Stephen Ross voting no. The NFL has taken to declaring "football is family," but what it really is is money. The Bay Area is one of the richest economic zones in all of human history, but Raiders owner Mark Davis is the poorest owner in the NFL. Since he apparently couldn't finance a stadium in Oakland and the local authorities wouldn't provide him corporate welfare, he's uprooted for Las Vegas, where a sports-desperate area and casino magnates will foot the bill. It's the NFL's third relocation in 15 months. Any time a team moves is a dark day for its league. Today is no different for the NFL. The Raiders will remain in Oakland for 2017 — and supposedly 2018 — with uncertain plans for 2019. 2020 is their estimated arrival in Vegas.
Mar 27 - 2:09 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Giants are interested in free agent C Nick Mangold.

It's Mangold's first tangible connection since he was released by the Jets on Feb. 25. The G-Men already have Weston Richburg at center, but ESPN's Dan Graziano has reported some teams are eyeing Mangold as a guard. Perhaps he could compete with John Jerry on the right side in New York. The Giants' run blocking left much to be desired in 2016.
Mar 27 - 1:58 PM

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