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Report: Chiefs still looking to add a cornerback

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In the wake of their deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson, the word on the street was that the Chiefs were no longer going to pursue Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith when he became a free agent.

That might be true, but a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports says that they aren’t out of the cornerback market altogether. Cole reports that the Chiefs would still like to add another corner to give themselves a trio of strong corners to throw out against passing offenses. Cole mentions Smith as a possibility, which runs counter to what Mike Florio of PFT has heard about Kansas City’s plans, but the depth of the market means that they should have other options at the spot as well.

With a slew of players at the position available in free agency, a group that is expected to expand to include Nnamdi Asomugha, the expectation is that prices will plateau at a place where it is possible for the Chiefs and other teams to stock the position without breaking the bank.

“You’re going to see some really good players come in at maybe $3-4 million a year. These are guys who would have gotten $6 or $7 million a couple of years ago,” an AFC team executive told Cole. “I know the agents are blaming it on the flat cap, but it’s just a matter of the numbers.”

If things do play out that way, it’s a pretty good bet that the Chiefs will wind up with a third name to go with Robinson and Brandon Flowers. Given those prices, they probably wouldn’t be the only ones either.

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Carson Wentz doesn’t know much about Sam Bradford

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Carson Wentz of the North Dakota State Bison walks on stage after being picked #2 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Quarterback Carson Wentz hit Philadelphia for the first time since being drafted No. 2 overall on Thursday night and got a couple of other firsts out of the way in short order.

There was the first time being booed, although it seems to be the work of just a couple of overheated adult autograph seekers, and the first time being asked about Sam Bradford, who the Eagles say he’ll be sharing a quarterback room with this season. Bradford isn’t talking to the team at the moment because of Wentz’s arrival and wants to be traded, something the Eagles say they won’t do, and Wentz kept his head down when asked by Reuben Frank and Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly about the situation.

Wentz noted that Bradford’s situation and his own spot on the depth chart are “out of my control entirely” and that he plans to just compete and learn in the weeks and months to come. He also said that he doesn’t know much about Bradford because his football watching habits tilted to more accomplished practitioners of the game.

“Yeah, I’ve seen him play a little bit,” Wentz said. “Obviously I know he was a top pick and everything, not too many years ago, and obviously I know he was with the Rams and everything, and now here. But you know, I haven’t watched a ton of film on him. I watched a lot of film on guys like Brady and Manning and Rodgers, those types of things. So I don’t know as much as some of the other guys.”

We shall see how his passes look on the field, but Wentz doesn’t seem to have any problem making the jump from the FCS to the NFL in terms of throwing shade.

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Seahawks sign Trevone Boykin

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Seahawks went into the draft without a quarterback other than Russell Wilson on the roster and they came out of the draft without a quarterback other than Russell Wilson on the roster.

Wilson hasn’t missed a game in his four NFL seasons, but that was still something the team was going to have to remedy before getting to the busier on-field sections of their schedule. They started doing so after the end of the draft by signing one of the more recognizable names that went unpicked over the last three days.

Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin announced on Twitter than he’s signed with the Seahawks. Boykin put up big numbers over the last two seasons, topping 3,500 passing yards each year while also running for 18 touchdowns and landing a spot as a Heisman finalist in 2014. He’s shorter than the ideal quarterback, but so is the guy he’ll be trying to back up.

Boykin also got arrested before the team’s bowl game in San Antonio for punching a police officer during a bar fight, something that got him suspended for the game and led to apologies and explanations at the Scouting Combine.

The Seahawks also took TCU center Joey Hunt during the sixth round of the draft, so Boykin will be able to take snaps from a familiar set of hands at Seattle’s rookie minicamp.

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Youngest Gronkowski brother signs with the Bills

LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 28:  Fullback Glenn Gronkowski #48 of the Kansas State Wildcats carries the ball into the end zone during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s another Gronkowski in the AFC East.

Glenn Gronkowski, a former Kansas State fullback, agreed to terms as an undrafted free agent with the Bills.

Glenn is the youngest brother in the Gronkowski family, which includes Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski as well as Dan and Chris, both of whom had short NFL careers. The Gronkowskis now join the Fullers as families with four brothers in the NFL: On Friday Washington drafted Kendall Fuller, whose brothers Corey and Kyle play in the NFL and whose oldest brother Vincent previously played in the NFL.

The only other family since the AFL-NFL merger to have four brothers in the NFL was the Browner family, with Jim, Joey, Keith and Ross, who played in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Former Chargers doctor could lose license over treatment of Junior Seau

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Dr. David Chao, former Chargers doctor who has created a moderate media presence since leaving the NFL, could eventually be losing his license to practice medicine for good.

According to 10News.com, the Medical Board of California is seeking a meeting to discuss revoking or permanently suspending Chao’s license as a result of his treatment of deceased Hall of Famer Junior Seau.

The complaint (which accuses Chao of gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, prescribing medication without a prior examination, failure to maintain accurate and adequate records, and unprofessional conduct) alleges that Chao prescribed the sleeping aid Ambien to Seau for years, despite warning signs including insomnia and depression. Chao allegedly continued to prescribe Ambien to Seau after an October 2010 car accident that following a domestic violence incident for which Seau was arrested.

Chao previously told investigators that Seau had no “depression or any other psychological issues” during the time period that included the week preceding his May 2012 suicide.

In 2014, Chao was placed on five years probation and had his medical license revoked after he was “convicted of a crime substantially related to the practice of medicine and engaged in dishonest and corrupt acts.” Via Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, Chao “has been dogged by malpractice lawsuits and legal issues over the years, including a public reprimand by the board for failing to disclose a drunken-driving conviction on state forms as required.”

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Browns make it clear that Cody Kessler will compete for starting job

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When quarterback Robert Griffin III signed with the Browns, the Browns made it clear that Griffin would be handed nothing. He won’t even be handed the edge over third-round rookie quarterback Cody Kessler.

In response to a suggestion during a Saturday press conference that Kessler won’t pose a threat to Griffin, Browns executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown advised caution: “I beg to differ with that,” Brown said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I do think Cody is a guy that I would not want to sleep on at all if I wanted to be the starting quarterback of the Browns.

“[Kessler is] going to come in serious ready to work. Robert has four years of NFL experience, is tremendously athletic and serious about becoming a starting quarterback in this league. There’s no reason he can’t, but this is going to be a competition.”

Even if Griffin has the edge, it’s smart for the Browns to create the impression that Griffin will have to compete. He arrived in Washington with the presumption that he’d be “the guy.” Now, he’s just “a guy” — and he needs to regard himself that way.

“We truly believe in competition here,” Brown said. “We’re realistic about where our roster is at that slot and we want to find a long-term answer. It’s as critical for everything we’re going to do here. We’ll give them an opportunity to compete and the best quarterback is going to start for us period. We’ll roll the ball out and see who’s the best at throwing it.”

The candidates for the starting job are Griffin, Kessler, Josh McCown, and Connor Shaw. Which means that part of the competition will consist of determining which of the four won’t be on the team come September.

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Steelers add 10 undrafted free agents

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The completion of the draft sparks the commencement of the land rush for undrafted free agents, with teams aggressively pursuing players who weren’t among those on whom the 32 teams squatted in the seven rounds of the selection process. The Steelers are among the first to announce the signing of a group of undrafted free agents for 2016.

Joining the Steelers are Mars Hill defensive lineman Jonny Maxey, Miami (Fla.) linebacker Tyriq McCord, Duke punter Will Monday, Florida State defensive lineman Giorgio Newberry, Colorado running back Christian Powell, Georgia tight end Jay Rome, N.C. State offensive lineman Quinton Schooley, Virginia receiver Canaan Severin, and Jacksonville State defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler.

All teams can have up to 90 players on the roster during the offseason, through training camp, and into the preseason.

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Lions’ G.M. disputes Vernon Butler’s claim that he was told he was going to Detroit

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech shakes hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #30 overall by the Carolina Panthers during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vernon Butler was glad to be the Panthers’ first-round draft pick on Thursday night, but he was also disappointed to go 30th. Butler claims he was told by the Lions that they were going to take him with the 16th overall pick.

Butler was quoted before the draft as saying that the Lions had promised him that if he was still on the board at No. 16, he was going to Detroit. As it turned out, the Lions passed on Butler and chose Taylor Decker instead.

Asked after becoming a Panther about the Lions telling him they’d pick him, Butler said, “That’s what they said, but they say a lot of things.”

But Lions General Manager Bob Quinn says the Lions told Butler no such thing.

“No one from my staff, or the coaching staff, have ever promised a player that we were going to take them at any position,” Quinn said.

Perhaps the Lions told Butler they wanted him on the team, and Butler interpreted that as meaning they were definitely going to draft him. There was clearly a misunderstanding between the two sides, and it’s easy to see why Butler is disappointed: The difference between going 16th and going 30th is more than $2.5 million.

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Chargers draft a punter, release Mike Scifres

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The best punter in the history of the Chargers franchise is out of a job.

Mike Scifres, who has punted in San Diego since the Chargers drafted him in 2003, will be released after the team drafted punter Drew Kaser today.

“He’s a true pro,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said of Scifres today. “When people ask what it means to be a Charger, I’ll point to Mike Scifres. Thank you, Mike. We’re going to miss you.”

But while the Chargers will miss Scifres, who was chosen as the punter on the franchise’s 50th Anniversary Team, the decision to let him go wasn’t difficult. The 35-year-old Scifres did not punt well last year and was set to cost $4.2 million against the Chargers’ salary cap this year.

It was time for the Chargers to move on to someone younger and cheaper, and that’s exactly what they’ve done.

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Browns well suited for the 2017 NFL draft

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It’s way too early to start thinking about which players are available in next year’s NFL draft. But it’s not too late to declare that the Browns will be in good shape next year.

The Browns have two first-round picks and two second-round picks in the 2017 NFL draft, thanks to trades with the Eagles and Titans. Cleveland is also expected to get multiple compensatory picks next year, so the Browns should get a big haul of talent a year from now.

Despite trading away their second-round pick, the Titans are also in good shape for 2017, thanks to having the Rams’ first- and third-round picks. And the Vikings, who acquired the Dolphins’ third- and fourth-round picks, also have to like how the 2017 draft looks.

Here’s the full list of 2017 NFL draft picks that have already changed hands:

Round 1
Cleveland has Philadelphia’s pick.

Tennessee has L.A.’s pick.

Round 2
Cleveland has Tennessee’s pick.

Round 3
Tennessee has L.A.’s pick.

Minnesota has Miami’s pick.

Round 4
Chicago has Buffalo’s pick.

Minnesota has Miami’s pick.

Washington has the New York Jets’ pick.

New England has Seattle’s pick.

New England forfeited its pick as punishment for Deflategate.

Philadelphia will receive a fourth-round compensatory pick from Cleveland, unless Cleveland doesn’t get one, in which case Philadelphia will get Cleveland’s fifth-round pick.

Round 5
Buffalo has Dallas’s pick.

San Francisco has Washington’s pick.

Washington has New Orleans’ pick.

Round 6
Houston has Chicago’s pick.

San Francisco has Denver’s pick.

Washington has Houston’s pick.

Denver has Tennessee’s pick.

Kansas City forfeited its pick as punishment for tampering.

Round 7
Dallas has Buffalo’s pick.

Seattle has Carolina’s pick.

San Francisco has Cleveland’s pick.

Los Angeles has Tennessee’s pick.

Philadelphia has Denver’s pick.

Cleveland has Indianapolis’s pick.

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Bears sign veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer

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With a number of quarterback destinations going away via draft picks, the remaining veterans are going to be scrambling for a chair.

Brian Hoyer found his, signing with the Bears, according to multiple reports.

Hoyer had visited the Broncos (who never seemed all that interested) and the Jets (who seem destined to bring Ryan Fitzpatrick back at some point).

Both took quarterbacks, with the Broncos getting Paxton Lynch in the first and the Jets taking Christian Hackenberg in the second.

Hoyer now gives the Bears a veteran option behind Jay Cutler, since they apparently weren’t thrilled with the idea of going into a season with David Fales or Matt Blanchard in the number two job.

The Bears didn’t draft one, so Hoyer moved quickly to find a home.

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30 early entries go undrafted

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Jalin Marshall #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes a catch over Jarrick Williams #20 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Getty Images

There were 107 players who gave up remaining college football eligiblity to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Thirty of them went undrafted.

Among the notable players who went undrafted as early entries are Oklahoma’s Dominique Alexander, Auburn’s Peyton Barber, Tennessee’s Marquez North, Indiana’s Darius Latham, Bowling Green’s Roger Lewis and Ohio State’s Tyvis Powell and Jalin Marshall.

Ohio State had 12 players drafted after 11 of them went in the first 102 picks. Ohio State fell short of its own record of 14 players selected in single draft set in 2004.

NFL teams start working to sign undrafted players before the draft ends. Some will reach deals — or already have — soon, though some teams don’t announce such signings until Sunday or well into next week.

Marshall told Cleveland.com he heard from “half the league” but plans to sign with the Jets. Lewis tweeted that he’s headed to the Giants.

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Four punters and a long snapper were drafted Saturday

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The 2016 NFL Draft had a little bit of everything.

It even included four punters and a long snapper.

Drew Kaser was the first punter to be drafted, early in the sixth round by the Chargers. Three more punters were drafted from there, most notably Riley Dixon by the Broncos. Veteran Broncos punter Britton Colquitt is due to make $3.25 million in 2016, so a potential camp battle that might be decided by more than just performance looms.

The Lions took long snapper Jimmy Landes in the sixth round, at pick No. 210. Landes went to Baylor to play baseball, but after hitting .048 he took up long snapping. He was the only long snapper invited to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

A long snapper getting drafted is rare, but the Lions picking Landes means it’s happened in back to back years. The Patriots picked Joe Cardona in the fifth round last year.

The only kicker selected was Roberto Aguayo, who went to the Buccaneers after they traded two picks to get him in the second round at No. 59.

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Eagles not concerned about Smallwood’s history

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The Eagles have devoted a fifth-round pick to a running back who brings plenty of baggage to the NFL.

As explained by Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles aren’t concerned.

Wendell Smallwood, a former West Virginia tailback, faced an allegation of witness intimidation in a second-degree murder case two years ago. His friend pleaded guilty, and the charge that Smallwood tried to convince a witness to change testimony was dropped.

Smallwood also has a history of posting social-media messages containing racial and homophobic slurs.

I don’t believe anything I said. I’ve grown,” Smallwood told reporters after his selection, via Josh Paunil of PhillyMag.com. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone.”

“We are aware of the social media statements Smallwood made. We don’t condone them,” Eagles executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman said, per Shorr-Parks. “We have no doubt or concern about what kind of person Smallwood is.”

Roseman explained that the team’s research led to the conclusion that there would be no issues in the future with Smallwood. If there are, somebody is going to be saying, “I told you so.” Here’s hoping no one ever has a reason to say that about Smallwood.

 

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Colts “progressing well” on “complicated contract” for Andrew Luck

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Colts owner Jim Irsay said late last month that he’d like to have a new contract for quarterback Andrew Luck wrapped up before the fireworks went off to celebrate July 4, but he’s backing off that date as a milestone to watch in talks for a new deal.

Irsay discussed the status of contract talks while talking to the media on the final day of the draft and said that there’s been progress toward an agreement. Irsay expects the deal to get done, but said that he’d be happy getting it done during camp or the preseason if that’s how long it takes.

“Talks are progressing well. We have made progress,” Irsay said, via ESPN.com. “I mentioned Fourth of July before. I don’t think that marker is something that needs to be watched as an indicator. We should be able to come to a deal. Until you do, we still have ground to cover. There’s no question about that. It’s a complicated contract. It’s one that has to work both ways to make sure we’re able to field a great football team. … There are times when you get to camp, you’re into the preseason, you can still get something done.”

Luck is in the final year of his rookie contract and has a $16.155 million salary. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco currently has the highest annual average for quarterbacks at a bit more than $22 million and one of the complications is surely where Luck will rank on that front as well as in guaranteed money in relation to his peers.

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Cowboys draft basketball player Rico Gathers

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Rico Gathers #2 of the Baylor Bears cheers on his team during a game against the Texas Longhorns in the second half during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. Baylor won 75-61. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Getty Images

No college football experience? No problem for the Cowboys on Day 3 of the draft.

In the sixth round, the Cowboys pulled the trigger on a high-risk, high-reward prospect: Rico Gathers of Baylor, who didn’t play college football but played on Baylor’s basketball team. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers wasn’t viewed as an NBA prospect, but he has the kind of natural athleticism NFL teams look for in tight ends, and he says he’s committed to putting in the hard work necessary to make the transition to football. In Dallas, he’ll learn from one of the best in the business in Jason Witten.

Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones hasn’t been afraid to take chances in this year’s draft. He used the fourth overall pick on Ezekiel Elliott, a very good running back who plays a position that some people think just doesn’t carry Top 5 value in today’s NFL. He then used his second-round pick on Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was a phenomenal college player but is recovering from a very serious knee injury. And now he’s taken Gathers with a late pick.

Gathers was an excellent rebounder at Baylor, and now the Cowboys are hoping he can go up and get some footballs, too.

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