Interviews with a cross section of executives, analysts, and observers suggest the landscape is ripe for an NFL-sanctioned developmental league to replace NFL Europe, writes Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. There is some concern that it will be a money pit as NFL Europe lost $30MM for the league, but a competitive TV deal would assuage those concerns. More from around the league..
- Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount told SiriusXM NFL Radio (Twitter link) that he was surprised that there wasn’t more money spent on the free agent running back market this offseason. He went on to say that Toby Gerhart, who landed with the Jaguars, shouldn’t have been the highest paid RB of the bunch. Blount himself got a two-year, $3.85MM deal from Pittsburgh.
- Raiders coach Dennis Allen is happy with his club’s offseason haul, but the third-year coach didn’t get the veteran tight end he wanted, writes Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. Oakland has been connected to free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, but as it stands, the team will have to find its man from among a group that includes David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, and Nick Kasa.
- Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com looks at the Patriots‘ linebacker corps after the signing of veteran James Anderson. Anderson has worn down in the second half of recent seasons, but New England is probably planning on giving him a more limited workload compared to what he’s used to.
- The Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Marc Anthony, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tenneseean (on Twitter). Wide receiver Josh Stewart was waived in order to make room.