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Sam Bradford “not really” thinking about long-term status with Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles replaces quarterback Sam Bradford #7 for one play in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles coach Doug Pederson reiterated Monday that, barring injury or other unforseen development, the team will start Sam Bradford at quarterback in Week One.

Pederson also said that he can’t say at this point whether rookie Carson Wentz will remain on the inactive list as the No. 3 quarterback for the entire season. Wentz’s arrival caused some issues between Bradford and the team in the spring that have since been worked out and drafting a quarterback second overall means he’ll be the starter at some point.

Bradford said Monday that he’s not spending much time thinking about what that will mean for him.

“Not really,” Bradford said, via Philly.com. “I think at this point, I’m just trying to come out here, get better each day, try to make this team better, try to help this team win games, do my job the best I can, and then whatever happens, happens.”

It’s hard to block out thoughts about what might be coming later this year or in 2017, but Bradford’s future — in Philadelphia or elsewhere — will be in pretty good shape if he can turn in a healthy and productive season because healthy and productive quarterbacks are always in demand around the NFL.

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Tom Telesco: “I guess we’ll see” if Joey Bosa reports to camp

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 07:  Third overall 2016 NFL draft pick Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers throws out the ceremonial first picth prior to the start of the San Diego Padres game against the Atlanta Braves at PETCO Park on June 7, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the Chargers picked defensive end Joey Bosa with the third overall pick of this year’s draft, they said they had their eye on him throughout the entire pre-draft process and knew that he was they guy they would take once it was known quarterbacks would be the first two picks.

That was easy, but getting Bosa under contract hasn’t been quite so smooth a process. Bosa is one of three players from the draft without a deal as his agents and the Chargers squabble over offset language and the timing of when bonus money will be paid to Bosa. Those issues have been obstacles for some time without an agreement, which may explain why General Manager Tom Telesco basically shrugged his shoulders when asked if Bosa would report to camp.

“I don’t know,” Telesco said on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego, via ESPN.com. “I guess we’ll see. I really don’t know if he’ll [show up]. We’re still working on it. Hopefully we’ll get something done, but I don’t know.”

Telesco said that he understood some people were puzzled about the standoff since it is “not really over money,” but said that the Chargers believe in “certain things of consistency and doing things the same way for everyone on the team” when it comes to contracts. In this case, that consistency could keep the third overall pick they were so sure they wanted from practicing when training camp opens in part because the the team’s worried about how much he’ll get paid if he’s a total flop.

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Tuesday morning one-liners

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Will the Bills defense be better this season?

Assessing potential improvements in the Dolphins secondary.

Where will Shea McClellin fit into the Patriots defense?

The Jets will have a players leadership council this season.

CB Jimmy Smith playing well is important to the Ravens defense.

Previewing the players heading into their second years with the Bengals.

Rookie WR Corey Coleman was motivated by criticism from Browns coach Hue Jackson.

An optimistic prediction for the Steelers offense despite players missing with suspensions.

Cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson avoided the Texans PUP list.

A few under-the-radar Colts training camp storylines.

The Jaguars added K Sam Ficken to the roster.

Titans fans will be able to get QB Marcus Mariota’s autograph at training camp.

Rookie defensive backs will have to catch on quickly to get playing time with the Broncos.

Which Chiefs can boost their offensive production?

The Raiders are set with outside cornerbacks and holding a competition for slot duties.

The Chargers are looking for a big step forward from RB Melvin Gordon.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley learned from Randy Moss in joint workouts.

Ben McAdoo’s style is geared toward younger members of the Giants roster.

CB Nolan Carroll was among the rehabbing veterans on the field for the Eagles Monday.

Will the Redskins look outside the organization for pass rush help?

The development of recent first-round picks will be important for the Bears this season.

Previewing the biggest position battles for the Lions.

The Packers need some inside linebackers to step up this year.

The Vikings offensive line changed again on Monday with tackle Phil Loadholt’s retirement.

Have the Falcons improved their pass rush?

Tracing Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin’s path back from a torn ACL.

The Saints don’t expect T Terron Armstead to have an extended stay on the PUP list.

In search of buzz about the Buccaneers.

DT Darnell Dockett returned to the Cardinals to say goodbye to the NFL.

QB Jared Goff isn’t the only Rams rookie trying to get noticed at training camp.

Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner are excited to renew their college partnership with the 49ers.

Will coach Pete Carroll get an extension from the Seahawks soon?

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Terron Armstead, Keenan Lewis among Saints on PUP list

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15: Cornerback Keenan Lewis #21 of the New Orleans Saints looks on prior to a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 15, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis said recently that he expects to be on the field for the first day of training camp, but the team appears to have other ideas.

Lewis was on one of four Saints placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, leaving him short of clearance to take part in practice after an offseason that saw him have knee, hip and sports hernia surgeries. Lewis’ health woes limited him to six games last season and he didn’t play particularly well when he was on the field, so both team and player will be hoping things play out differently this season.

Left tackle Terron Armstead is also on the PUP list. Armstead, who signed a five-year extension this offseason, dealt with a knee injury last year, but practiced this spring so it’s likely a precautionary move by the team.

Defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha is on the list after tearing his ACL in OTAs and placing him on the list leaves open the possibility, however slim, that he could play this season. Wide receiver Vincent Brown rounds out the group of Saints players not yet cleared for practice.

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Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook to start camp on PUP list

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy thinks quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape of his time in Green Bay, but six members of the team aren’t healthy enough to avoid the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp.

The NFL’s daily transaction report brings word that wide receiver Jordy Nelson, tight end Jared Cook, linebacker Sam Barrington, guard T.J. Lang, center Corey Linsley and wide receiver Ty Montgomery will all open camp on the PUP list. All six can be activated at any time, but they will not be eligible for the regular season version of the list once they take part in a practice.

Nelson missed last season with a torn ACL and has been the subject of several positive reports about his recovery, although there’s not much reason for the team to go from 0 to 60 right off the bat. Cook had foot surgery this offseason, Montgomery had ankle surgery and Lang had shoulder surgery, but there’s been no talk that they’re at risk of missing the start of the season.

The Packers also waived defensive end B.J. McBryde and running back Don Jackson. Jackson’s departure came with the non-football injury designation.

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Browns will discuss expectations, direction with Josh Gordon directly

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 23: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns walks of the field after beating the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Browns won 26-24.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL conditionally reinstated Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon from his suspension on Monday, although he will miss at least the first four games of the year before he’s given the green light to return to game action.

Gordon will be allowed to take part in training camp and the preseason and is permitted to remain with the team while not practicing during those first four weeks. In a statement, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said that the Browns will discuss what will happen at that point with Gordon when the team opens camp.

“With the league’s decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp,” Brown said. “At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and our plan to support him on and off the field.”

Having Gordon on the field would be a boost to the Browns offense, although it will be a limited one if his return is followed by further off-field issues. Their conversations with Gordon in the coming weeks will likely determine whether the Browns feel that risk is too big for them to take.

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Report: Taylor Mays suspended additional four games

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The Bengals released safety Taylor Mays over the weekend in a move that may be explained by Mays’ unavailability for the first half of the season.

We learned in March that Mays was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. On Monday, we learned his absence will be even longer.

Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media report that Mays has been suspended for an additional four games. Rapoport reports that the Bengals haven’t ruled out bringing Mays back to the team once his punishment has run its course, although there’s a lot that will happen between now and then that could change their minds.

Mays played for the Bengals from 2011-2014 and spent last season with the Raiders after brief stints with the Lions and Vikings.

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Texans put J.J. Watt, Duane Brown on PUP list

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They didn’t do it with a handwritten note, but the Texans have made it official that defensive end J.J. Watt won’t be practicing with the team when training camp opens.

The Texans announced on Monday that Watt has been placed on the physically unable to perform list. Watt had back surgery recently and told fans that he expects to be back soon, although there are conflicting reports about just how soon that will be. Watt also had groin surgery this offseason, so more time to rest at this point in the calendar should have its benefits.

Left tackle Duane Brown was also placed on the PUP list as he continues to return from the torn quadriceps that ended his 2015 season. He said earlier this offseason that he expects to be back for Week One.

Tackle Jeff Adams, safety Lonnie Ballentine and cornerback Cleveland Williams III were also placed on the PUP list while linebacker Brennan Scarlett is on the non-football injury list. The Texans also announced that they have signed wide receiver Quenton Bundrage and waived wide receiver Richard Mullaney.

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49ers name Tom Gamble assistant General Manager

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The 49ers brought Tom Gamble back into their front office last year after he parted ways with the Eagles and now they’ve given him a new title for the 2016 season.

The team announced in a statement from General Manager Trent Baalke Monday that Gamble has been promoted to assistant General Manager. Gamble had been a senior personnel executive since returning to the team in 2015 and was the team’s director of player personnel in 2011 and 2012.

“Tom is an accomplished talent evaluator who grew up around the game of football,” Baalke said. “Having spent the last 28 years of his life in the NFL, his wealth of experience has been invaluable to our organization for almost a decade. Tom is a hard-working professional and more importantly a good man. We are excited he will continue to play an integral role in the development of our team.”

Gamble came to Philadelphia in 2013, the same year that Chip Kelly was hired as head coach, and left after being fired by Howie Roseman. That was part of the internal struggle between Kelly and Roseman that led to Kelly getting personnel control for the 2015 season. The Eagles fizzled on the field, Kelly was fired and made the move to the 49ers while Roseman took back personnel control in Philadelphia.

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Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers in “best shape” I’ve seen

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The Packers offseason started with coach Mike McCarthy talking about running back Eddie Lacy needing to lose weight, but he’s not the only player whose waistline became a talking point in the last few months.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made some big changes to his diet after having arthroscopic knee surgery early in the offseason, eliminating dairy and eating “more of a vegan diet” while dropping to 218 pounds. That’s the lowest weight Rodgers has been at during his Packers career and McCarthy said Monday that the quarterback’s efforts have paid off.

“I would say Aaron’s vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance, looks to line up for a great year,” McCarthy said, via ESPN.com. “He’s in great shape. I would say this is the best shape I’ve seen him in.”

The Packers hope to find a better groove in the passing game this season, something that Rodgers will obviously have a big hand in as the year unfolds. Having a healthy wide receiver Jordy Nelson and tight end Jared Cook would also help, although McCarthy wouldn’t say Monday whether they will be cleared for a full practice schedule when camp gets going on Tuesday.

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Anthony Davis says he’s sent reinstatement letter

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Tackle Anthony Davis sent plenty of hints this offseason that he wants to return to the NFL after sitting out last season, but all of those hints didn’t add up to much unless he formally asked to be reinstated from the reserve/retired list.

Davis sent word on Twitter on Monday that he’s taken that step by sending word of his intention to resume his career to the 49ers and the NFL.

The 49ers control Davis’ rights, although one of his previous forays into social media sent the strong suggestion that Davis would prefer to be playing for another team. There were reports that the 49ers were shopping his rights in a trade earlier this offseason, but Davis said General Manager Trent Baalke told him that those reports weren’t true.

If they do hold onto Davis, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said “nothing is going to be handed” to the 2010 first-round pick who started all 71 games he played for the 49ers before walking away last year.

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Eagles want to get Carson Wentz as many reps as possible right now

AMES, IA - AUGUST 30: Quarterbacks Carson Wentz #11 and quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bison celebrate with fans after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones 34-14 at Jack Trice Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. North Dakota State defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said recently that having rookie quarterback Carson Wentz inactive for regular season games is “probably the direction we’re heading” with Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel occupying the top two rungs on the depth chart.

The Eagles quarterbacks went through a workout at the team’s facility Monday and Pederson said that’s still the plan as the team heads toward the formal start of training camp. While the Eagles may have Wentz as their No. 3, Pederson said that the team wouldn’t show less urgency about getting him ready to play.

“Right now, we’re just going to get Carson as many reps as we can,” Pederson said, via Philly.com. “Get him caught up. Get him to where he needs to be. I’m very comfortable and excited with where Sam left OTAs and where he’s coming in now. Chase is a solid two. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens down the road. … You want [Wentz] to be in a position where if there’s an injury or somebody goes down, you plug him in and you don’t have any worries.”

Pederson said that Wentz needs to improve in “little things” like his drop, footwork and progressions in order to get ready to play in the NFL and suggested that he’ll get plenty of chances to do so while playing in the team’s first two preseason contests.

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Dave Caldwell confirms no imminent plans to sign Greg Hardy

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 8: Greg Hardy #76 of the Dallas Cowboys goes against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the Jaguars worked out defensive end Greg Hardy last week, the word was that the team wasn’t going to make an immediate move to add him to the roster.

General Manager Dave Caldwell confirmed that on Monday. Caldwell, head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Todd Wash met with Hardy and watched him work out in what Caldwell described as a chance to find out more about where Hardy is at the moment.

“It was an opportunity for us,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “Here was a guy who was a franchise defensive end that was on the street and we tried to find out the facts of where he’s at, the truth behind him and everything that surrounds him and just do our homework. It’s not often you get to work out a player of that caliber. We have no imminent plans of signing him at this point. But it was good to get him in and find out about him.”

Caldwell said that the look at Hardy wasn’t done because the team is concerned about what young defensive ends Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue can do this year, although the increased desire to win now in Jacksonville may clash with a desire to see how things develop for two players with no regular season experience. If it does, Hardy’s name could come up again in Jacksonville.

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Report: Jets have given Ryan Fitzpatrick “multiple offers” to pick from

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:   Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the New York Jets throws a pass in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ryan Fitzpatrick spent the weekend golfing and that will likely continue to be part of his athletic schedule as long as he and the Jets remain unable to agree on a contract for the 2016 season.

The chances that the status quo remains in place likely hinges on Fitzpatrick’s response to the latest communication from the team. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets have made “multiple offers” in hopes of Fitzpatrick liking one of them enough to return to the team.

There are no details outlining how these offers differ from the three-year, $24 million offer that would pay Fitzpatrick $12 million for the 2016 season and has been in play for a while. Whatever those details may be, the most significant one at the moment is that Fitzpatrick hasn’t liked any of the offers enough to actually go ahead and sign with the Jets, which leaves them set to open camp with Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the depth chart at quarterback.

The Jets haven’t gone public with any deadline to get Fitzpatrick back in the fold before they’ll move on for good, so more offers and options may still be put on the table. If those offers aren’t fundamentally different from what’s already come down the pike, though, there won’t be much reason to expect a different reaction from the quarterback.

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Stephon Gilmore won’t hold out of camp

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 7:  Cornerback Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills intercepts a pass intended for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore was asked in June about whether he planned to report for the start of the team’s training camp, he didn’t commit to arriving on time.

Gilmore is heading into the final year of his deal and didn’t take part in the voluntary portion of the team’ offseason work. Gilmore did show up for mandatory minicamp, avoiding a fine that he says he’ll also be avoiding when the Bills report to camp on Friday.

“I’m planning to go out to training camp,” Gilmore said to Josina Anderson of ESPN. “I know what I am. [A new contract will] happen eventually.”

The Bills have thus far resisted the chance to bump Gilmore’s salary into the top tier for cornerbacks and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported last week that the cornerback will likely play out this year at his $11.082 million salary. From there, the Bills could use the franchise tag in the event a longer extension remains out of reach.

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