Pro Football RumorsPro Football Rumors https://www.profootballrumors.com NFL Rumors: Trades, Free Agency, Draft Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:46:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 Jets Work Out FB Derrick Coleman https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/jets-work-out-derrick-coleman https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/jets-work-out-derrick-coleman#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:46:02 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104569 The Jets auditioned fullback Derrick Coleman on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. Coleman was one of several veterans to audition for the team, joining edge rusher Lamarr Houston, defensive tackle Chris Jones, and defensive linemen Tyrunn Walker and Lavar Edwards

Coleman, 28 in October, appeared in all 16 of the Falcons’ regular season games in 2017. He is regarded as one of the best at his position, but hasn’t found much of a market this offseason as most teams do not utilize a fullback in their offense. Known mostly for his blocking ability, Coleman has just three catches in his last two NFL seasons and 13 grabs across four active years in the league.

Coleman made headlines for the wrong reasons during his Seahawks tenure. An alleged hit-and-run incident in 2015 kept him out of football in 2016, but he avoided jail by agreeing community service plus 12 months of community supervision. The Jets already have multiple players who are dealing with legal trouble, so they’ll do some serious homework on Coleman before extending him an offer.

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Chargers WR Tyrell Williams Signs Tender https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/chargers-wr-tyrell-williams-signs-tender https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/chargers-wr-tyrell-williams-signs-tender#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:38:19 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104534 Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams signed his restricted tender on Monday, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). As of this writing, there are now only two restricted free agents who have yet to sign their tenders: Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen and Chiefs defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

The Chargers will return Williams to a WR group that also includes Keenan AllenTravis Benjamin, and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams. Per the terms of the second-round tender, T. Williams will earn $2.914MM in 2018.

Williams, 26, caught 69 passes for a team-leading 1,059 yards in a breakout 2016 campaign. He came back to earth somewhat in 2017 with 43 grabs for 728 yards and four scores, but remains a dangerous receiving threat.

With four quality receivers under contract, the Chargers theoretically could deal from their surplus in advance of this weekend’s draft.

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Cowboys’ David Irving Under Investigation https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/cowboys-david-irving-under-investigation-for-domestic-violence https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/cowboys-david-irving-under-investigation-for-domestic-violence#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:03:03 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104565 David Irving is under investigation from Frisco, Texas police, as Drew Davison of the Star Telegram tweets. Irving has been accused of domestic violence from a woman claiming to be his girlfriend. Cops are looking into allegations of assault for bodily injury of a family member; assault against a family member while impeding breath/circulation, and unlawful restraint. The charge of impeding one’s breath/circulation (which, effectively, means choking someone) is a felony. 

This is not Irving’s first instance of off-the-field trouble, but it is the first of its kind during his NFL career. Last year, he began the season with a four-game ban for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. He rebounded well from that suspension, however, as he racked up seven sacks in eight games. This offseason, he signed his one-year, $2.9MM restricted tender to remain in Dallas.

If the allegations have merit, Irving could be looking at another suspension to begin the 2018 season, not to mention a host of legal trouble.

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Raiders To Sign CB Daryl Worley https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/raiders-sign-daryl-worley https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/raiders-sign-daryl-worley#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:29:20 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104560 The Raiders have agreed to sign cornerback Daryl Worley, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets. Worley was released by the Eagles last week following a bizarre arrest

According to police, Worley was found passed out inside of a car in Philadelphia at around 6am on the morning of Sunday, April 15. The cornerback was combative with the cops, who ultimately tasered him. After that, police found a gun in Worley’s possession that was not properly registered. He now faces multiple charges, including a violation of the uniform firearms act, driving under the influence, and disorderly conduct.

Worley is now on his third team of 2018. In March, the former third-round pick was shipped from the Panthers to the Eagles in the Torrey Smith trade. The defending champs did not want to wait for things to shake out in court, but the Raiders are apparently willing to take a flier on him.

The Raiders will start Gareon Conley and free agent pickup Rashaan Melvin at the main cornerback spots. Worley joins Melvin, Shareece Wright, Leon Hall, Senquez Golson, and Shaquille Richardson as newcomers to Oakland’s CB group.

In two seasons with Carolina, the West Virginia product recorded three interceptions and two sacks while starting 25 of his 31 games.

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Raiders Exercise Amari Cooper’s Fifth-Year Option https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/raiders-amari-cooper-fifth-year-option https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/raiders-amari-cooper-fifth-year-option#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:18:59 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104553 No surprise here. The Raiders have exercised their fifth-year option on wide receiver Amari Cooper, per a club announcement.

As a wide receiver taken in the top 10, Cooper’s salary for 2019 will be $13.924MM. That’s not exactly cheap, but it’s well worth it for one of the best young wide receivers in the game.

The Raiders have already begun discussing a long-term deal with Cooper’s agent. There’s mutual interest in a long-term deal, but Cooper’s reps will push for a deal that will position him as one of the highest-paid players at his position.

We’ve been in contact with his agent,” McKenzie said. “I don’t want to put anything out there, don’t want to put the cart before the horse so to speak, but we like Amari.

Cooper, 24 in June, was inconsistent last year and had eight games with less than 40 yards receiving. However, he was excellent in the previous two years as he averaged 78 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns.

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Latest On Ohio State C Billy Price https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/ohio-state-nfl-draft-billy-price https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/ohio-state-nfl-draft-billy-price#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:58:21 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104548 Good news for Ohio State center Billy Price. Price tells SiriusXM that he has regained full range of motion after suffering a partially torn pectoral muscle (via PFT).

[RELATED: Draft Notes: Giants, Eagles, Lamar Jackson]

Price hurt himself while doing the bench press at the combine in February. As one of the draft’s top offensive linemen, he was widely projected as a first-round pick prior to the injury. The torn pec is a definite setback, but based on the latest info, it sounds as though he could still be a top 32 pick. The belief is that Price will be ready in time for training camp, so any team drafting him will not have to worry about Price being behind the 8-ball.

There are rumblings of a potential late-round run on interior offensive linemen, which could involve Price, Arkansas center/guard Frank Ragnow, Iowa center James Daniels, and Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn. The Eagles, who count tackle among their top needs but aren’t hard up for a guard or center, could score a decent haul for their pick at No. 32 if that happens.

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Tom Brady’s Agent Says He’ll Play In 2018 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/tom-brady-patriots-play-2018 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/tom-brady-patriots-play-2018#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:57:44 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104541 Tom Brady reportedly hasn’t told the Patriots that he’ll play for them in 2018, but his agent says there’s no real uncertainty. Don Yee expects Brady to return to the field, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com writes. 

[RELATED: Patriots Host Louisville QB Lamar Jackson On Top 30 Visit]

Tom’s intentions have not changed,” Yee said Monday. “He’s consistently said he’ll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn’t playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he’s been firm about.”

Last week, multiple sources told Schefter that Brady’s status was up in the air. One source said there was a “75% chance” of Brady coming back, which means a 25% chance that he would not be back. Since then, word has surfaced that Brady wants to continue playing, but he would like a new contract from the team. Yee admitted that Brady, “like every player,” pays attention to his financials, but he continues to train every day.

He customizes his preparation to each season in order to maximize his performance,” Yee said. “His training methods are always evolving and getting better. The year he missed the first four games — that month of training on his own was particularly efficient.”

In all likelihood, it sounds like Brady will continue to play into his age-41 season and intends to keep going well beyond 2018. The Patriots may need to address his contract, however, in order to keep their star player happy. As it stands, Brady is set to carry below-market cap numbers of $22MM in each of the next two seasons.

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Patriots Host Lamar Jackson On Top 30 Visit https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/patriots-nfl-draft-lamar-jackson https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/patriots-nfl-draft-lamar-jackson#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:02:12 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104538 The Patriots quietly hosted Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson on a Top 30 pre-draft visit two weeks ago, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Pats were left “intrigued and impressed” with Jackson, which gives further credence to reports connecting New England to the Heisman Trophy winner. 

The Patriots may or may not be within range to select Jackson at No. 23 overall. The draft’s top four QBs – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield – are widely projected to come off of the board in the top 10, but the Dolphins (No. 11), Bills (Nos. 12 and 22), Cardinals (No. 15), Ravens (No. 16), and Chargers (No. 17) all have varying degrees of interest in signal callers. If the Patriots are truly sold on Jackson, they may have to move up in the order. In theory, the Pats could package the No. 23 and No. 31 picks to advance in the first round, but that would be a gutsy move to make with more pressing needs to fill elsewhere.

The Patriots have not selected a quarterback in the first round since Drew Bledsoe in 1993, but they need to address the future of the position with Tom Brady‘s 41st birthday coming up in August. The Patriots are either gung-ho about Jackson as his heir or they are actively seeking to give other teams a false impression in advance of the draft.

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Cardinals Sign DE Benson Mayowa https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/cardinals-sign-benson-mayowa https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/cardinals-sign-benson-mayowa#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:34:05 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104528 The Cardinals have signed defensive end Benson Mayowa, according to a team press release. Mayowa has been on the market since early March when he was released by the Cowboys. It’s a one-year, $1.6MM deal, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter).

Mayowa has five seasons under his belt after spending time with the Seahawks, Raiders, and Cowboys. Statistically, his best season came in 2016 when he notched six sacks with Dallas. Last year, he had just 31 tackles and one sack in 381 snaps.

The Cardinals are moving from a 3-4 look to a 4-3 under Steve Wilks and Al Holcomb, both of whom oversaw parts of the Panthers’ 4-3 scheme over the past several years. Mayowa has played as a 4-3 end throughout his NFL career and Arizona believes that he’ll be a strong fit for their front seven.

Arizona already has edge rushers Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, and Robert Nkemdiche in the mix, but Mayowa could be in for a sizable role if Jones and Golden spend the bulk of their time at outside linebacker.

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Four Teams Work Out DB Will Blackmon https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/will-blackmon-nfl-workouts https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/will-blackmon-nfl-workouts#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:24:44 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=104527 Veteran defensive back Will Blackmon worked out for the Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and Falcons recently, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). Blackmon will turn 34 in October, but he impressed in his workouts and Garafolo gets the sense that he’ll land with a team after the draft. 

Blackmon appeared in 30 out of 32 possible appearances for the Redskins between 2015 and 2016, including 16 starts, but missed Washington’s final cut in 2017. Blackmon auditioned for the Colts in November, but did not sign with a team last season.

The veteran offers experience at both safety and cornerback. Blackmon played almost exclusively at corner between 2013 and 2015, but shifted to safety in ’16 when the Redskins added Josh Norman. The move to safety suited him well as he earned his best marks ever from Pro Football Focus. PFF placed him as the 32nd in the league at the position in that season, ahead of notables like Shawn WilliamsBradley McDougald, and T.J. Ward.

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