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The Washington Redskins had the first major move of the offseason with the decision to trade for Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith to step in as their starter in the

The Washington Redskins had the first major move of the offseason with the decision to trade for Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith to step in as their starter in the wake of the decision to part ways with Kirk Cousins.This has also put a tremendous amount of expectations internally on Smith to immediately step into the fold and experience success in his new surroundings. It is something that head coach Jay Gruden believes will be crucial for the 34-year-old to latch himself as the long-term piece of the puzzle, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. By 

We’ve heard a bunch of numbers thrown around about how much Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell wants on his new deal. He’s hinted at wanting at least $17 million per year before. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, however, it’s not quite that extreme, but it’s still a huge number.

The modern version of the NFL is unlike any other in the past. With the advent of free agency decades ago, players simply don’t stay on the same team throughout their entire careers. It’s in this that we look at every NFL team’s most indispensable player heading into the 2018 campaign. By Vincent Frank

The Ravens plan to have quarterback Lamar Jackson active on gamedays this fall and they are looking into ways to have him play a bigger role than backup to Joe Flacco.

They have been working on looks that include both quarterbacks at the same time with the intent of getting their best players on the field. To hear Jackson’s teammates talk about it, there’s little question that Jackson will qualify on that front for the Baltimore Ravens. By Josh Alper

Thanks to some comments Jarvis Landry made about his old quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, we might have a bit more insight into why the Fins were happy to trade one of the most productive receivers in the league to the Cleveland Browns, rather than give him a lucrative long-term deal.

From NFL GameDay on Twitter Wednesday morning: “I have not heard from Tannehill,” Landry said. “I’m not surprised. We didn’t really have a good relationship.” By Jesse Reed
The Los Angeles Rams hope the chemistry of their new-look defensive will be explosive in the right way, Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today writes. There’s definitely big potential in L.A., but some outsiders aren’t convinced that new additions like cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will gel with the team. By  Zach Links
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, but he’s not sweating it.

“This is a business and there’s a lot going on,” Diggs said. “Being a small portion of it I’m definitely sitting back just working every day and letting that stuff handle itself. I have people who will handle that. For me, it’s just coming in and working every day. It’s not about any contract or anything like that, I’m trying to win. That’s all I’m concerned about.” By Michael David Smith

As Jamaal Charles gears up for a Wednesday workout with the New Orleans Saints, another former Pro Bowl running back, DeMarco Murray, has declined the same offer. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints reached out to Murray to bring him into New Orleans for a workout Wednesday, but he declined. By Jesse Reed

Clutch Points

When Sam Bradford signed with the Arizona Cardinals this NFL offseason, they made it clear they were going to take it slow with him, and so far their plan seems to be working.

Bradford has always had the talent of an above average quarterback, but it seems everytime that he starts to excel an injury pops up and ruins his season. So far, Bradford is feeling good and is excited about what this season could bring. By 

After meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, sources have confirmed that suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory plans to workout former Oakland Raiders defensive end Greg Townsend in hopes of being ready for training camp if he is reinstated.
There is no guarantee that Gregory will be reinstated.

He has not played football since 2016 after being suspended indefinitely by Goodell for repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. By CLARENCE E. HILL JR.

Dez Bryant continues to wait on the open market. David Kent Star-Telegram archives

Wednesday was the two-month mark since the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant hasn’t found a new home yet, but it’s not surprising to those around him. Former teammate Cole Beasley actually thinks Bryant is doing things the right way so far in free agency.

“He could have signed somewhere if he wanted to,” Beasley said. “I’m not surprised he hasn’t. I think he’s doing the right thing. He’s just making sure he’s right within himself before he signs anywhere and really gets in there. I think he’s doing it the right way.” By DREW DAVISON

According to a local NBC affiliate in Dallas, Wilkins claims that she was not paid time-and-a-half for overtime hours she worked as a member of the team’s cheer squad. Another claim in the suit indicates that Wilkins and her fellow cheerleaders did not receive equal pay. The claim brings up Cowboys mascot, Rowdy, who was allegedly paid more than the cheerleaders. By Vincent Frank

David Johnson‘s decision to holdout from the Arizona Cardinals is a good call, Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap writes.

Running back Latavius Murray says he never gave any consideration to leaving the Minnesota Vikings after they requested his salary be cut from $5.15MM to $3.65MM for 2018 (via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press).

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says last week’s trade buzz surrounding Rob Gronkowski was nothing but “hogwash.” However, it sounds like the Patriots did explore trading the tight end earlier in the offseason. The Pats were calling other teams about a possible Gronkowski trade as recently as three days before the draft, a league source tells Mike Florio of PFT.




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