Browns waive Junior Faulk

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The Browns announced the signings of 12 undrafted free agents Friday. After their rookie minicamp, they are tweaking the bottom of the 90-player offseason roster.

The team announced they waived cornerback Junior Faulk on Monday.

Faulk, who played at Delta State, got on the NFL’s radar in 2019. He set a new school record for interceptions in a season with nine. He also made 37 tackles, 22 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble in starting all 10 games.

At the Scouting Combine in March, Faulk ran a 4.62 with a 301/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump and 15 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

Texans agree to terms with first-round choice Kenyon Green


The Texans have agreed to terms with first-round choice Kenyon Green on a four-year, $15.9 million deal that is fully guaranteed, Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790 reports.

Houston selected Green 15th overall, the second of its three first-round choices.

He is the eighth of the team’s nine draft picks to agree to terms. Only third-round linebacker Christian Harris remains without a deal.

Green saw action at every single position in the offensive line at Texas A&M. He was on the All-SEC freshman team at right guard in 2019 and was a full-time starter at right guard in 2020. In 2021, Green played two games at right tackle, one game at left tackle, two games at right guard and seven games at left guard. He also saw limited snaps at center in his career.

He projects as the Texans’ starting left guard.

“It helped me a lot, playing different positions, knowing where I can come in and do my best at,” Green said, via Wilson. “So, I come in and just be a team player, you know, be the best I can be and help the team in whatever form and fashion that is.”

Michael Thomas already mentoring Chris Olave


Chris Olave may one day take over as the Saints’ No. 1 receiver. For now, that role belongs to Michael Thomas, and Thomas doesn’t feel threatened by the first-round draft choice.

Instead, Thomas has become a mentor for Olave.

The veteran receiver was one of the first players to welcome the 11th overall choice to New Orleans, FaceTiming with Olave shortly after the draft. It was during the call that Thomas invited Olave to work out with him as both train in Southern California during the offseason.

I couldn’t turn that down,” Olave said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.

Olava spent more than a week working with Thomas before flying to New Orleans for the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend. The two worked out together a year ago, too, when Olave still was playing for Ohio State.

“I feel like that was exactly a year ago,” Olave said. “That was cool being out there with him, and finally being on the same team is going to be huge. I can’t wait.

“He kind of showed love to me since college, so we’d text back and forth every now and then. . . .I feel like we have the same mindset. We both want to dominate. We’re both competitors. Just when we get on the field, we turn into a different person. Just knowing him and knowing he’s on the other side of the field, that’s going to make us better and make us go hard.”

Olave also can’t wait to get to work with veteran receiver Jarvis Landry, whom the Saints signed Friday.

“I can’t wait to learn from them, those two legends,” Olave said of Thomas and Landry. “I just started playing receiver my junior year of high school. Coming here and having Mike Thomas, Jarvis Landry help me, I have a lot of room for development. I can’t wait to max that out.

“I’ve watched a lot of film on Jarvis, just his short movement quickness. I watched a lot of film on him in college, trying to take some stuff out of his game. And Mike is one of the best receivers in the game, so of course I watch him. But to see them in person, see how they work in person I feel like it’s going to help me a lot.”

Patriots sign three draft picks, cut Liam Shanahan

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The Patriots announced the signings of three of their 2022 draft selections.

They signed third-round choice Marcus Jones and sixth-round picks Kevin Harris and Sam Roberts on Friday.

Jones, 23, was named the 2021 Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation’s most versatile player as a defensive back, wide receiver and returner at the University of Houston. He led the NCAA in 2021 with two punts returned for a touchdown and was third with two kicks returned for touchdowns. Jones led his conference with five interceptions, while catching 10 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown on offense.

Harris, 21, ran for 1,976 yards in 28 games with 16 starts at South Carolina. The running back logged eight 100-yard rushing games and two 200-yard games.

Roberts, 24, was a defensive lineman at Northwest Missouri State. He won the Cliff Harris Award in 2021 as the best defensive player in NCAA Division II. Roberts played 50 career games and totaled 184 total tackles and 18.5 sacks.

The Patriots also announced they waived rookie free agent Liam Shanahan on Friday. The offensive lineman signed earlier this week.

Mike Vrabel: Ryan Tannehill is a great teammate whose job is to help us win games

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Titans veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill caused a debate May 3 after he said it wasn’t his job to mentor rookie Malik Willis. Critics called Tannehill a bad teammate.

Others agreed with Tannehill, questioning why anyone in any profession should be expected to groom an apprentice to take his or her job.

Willis wasn’t going to get pulled into the argument Friday. He downplayed Tannehill’s comment, at first joking about it before insisting that everything is “cool” between the new teammates. Willis even pointed out that Tannehill had the rookies to his house last week as a welcome to the team.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel chimed in, agreeing with Tannehill. Vrabel said Tannehill is the starting quarterback, not a mentor or a coach.

“His job is to prepare to help us win a bunch of games and and be a great teammate and help out,” Vrabel said Friday via Teresa Walker of the Associated Press. “And I know that he’s going to do that. So that was not any sort of issue for me.”

Vrabel said no one inside the building was upset about Tannehill’s comment.

“I thought Ryan handled that very well,” Vrabel said. “I thought he was genuine. I thought he is authentic. And I know Ryan is a great teammate. Everybody here knows he’s a great teammate. And that is not his job.”

John Metchie agrees to terms with Texans

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The Texans agreed to terms with second-round draft choice John Metchie III, Aaron Wilson of reports. Metchie will receive a four-year, $8.07 million deal that includes a $3.049 million signing bonus.

The Texans used the 44th overall choice on Metchie, trading a third-rounder and two fourth-rounders to move up to select the Alabama wideout.

Metchie is rehabbing the anterior cruciate ligament he tore in the SEC Championship Game.

“As far as the recovery, I will be good to play football in July. I will be good to go, no training wheels,” Metchie said after the draft. “I have been running already for the last couple months. Cutting, jumping, doing all those types of things. When I say I will be ready to go in July, it’s full-go football.”

Metchie caught 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Colts sign third-rounder Nick Cross

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The Colts announced the signing of third-round choice Nick Cross. The safety’s signing of his four-year deal means the team now has signed five of eight draft picks.

Fifth-round defensive tackle Eric Johnson II, sixth-round tight end Andrew Ogletree, sixth-round defensive tackle Curtis Brooks and seventh-round cornerback Rodney Thomas II signed their four-year deals earlier in the day.

Only second-round receiver Alec Pierce, third-round tight end Jelani Woods and third-round offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann remain unsigned.

Cross appeared in 29 games with 21 starts at Maryland and totaled 135 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, 18 passes defensed, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. Cross was a three-time All-Big Ten honorable mention selection.

Treylon Burks didn’t make it through first practice in the heat


It was 86 degrees at Saint Thomas Sports Park as the Titans took the field for the first day of their rookie minicamp. Rookie receiver Treylon Burks didn’t make it through.

Burks was laboring in team drills, according to multiple reports, with breathing difficulties before going inside. He later returned, ran a few routes and worked with receivers coach Rob Moore on his releases and head fakes before heading back inside. Burks did not return the second time.

“I think it’s hard to think that they can recreate, with a trainer, how we do things, and we see that with guys that have come back and started with our offseason program and guys that have joined a few weeks in. It’s just different,” coach Mike Vrabel said, via video from Paul Kuharsky of “I know that they’re working, and they think they are trying to get in shape, but that’s just not the case. That’s something we have to focus on and try to make sure we’re getting some work in, but with all of them, we’re trying to be as smart as we possibly can.”

Vrabel deferred to trainer Todd Toriscelli on Burks’ condition.

“If he’s out there tomorrow, we’ll coach him up,” Vrabel said.

Matt Corral: My mentality is to be the starter


The Panthers were close to trading Baker Mayfield, who would have walked in as the team’s opening day starter. The deal fell through after neither side wanted to pay the majority of quarterback’s $18.8 million contract for 2022.

The Panthers instead drafted Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in the third round, leaving him with an even “bigger” chip on his shoulder.

As it stands now, Sam Darnold has the inside track to keeping his starting job.

But Corral isn’t conceding he will open the season as the backup.

“If I know the playbook, I’m going to be ready to play,” Corral said when asked about that role, via Darin Gantt of the team website. “As far as getting ready to be a starter, of course, my mentality is to be a starter. But right now, I’m trying to get on that 53-man roster.”

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Friday he “wouldn’t say no” to a veteran addition at the position and affirmed Darnold is the starter for now. But Rhule also didn’t rule out Corral competing for the job this season with expectations the rookie will win the job at some point in the future.

“When we watched the tape, we loved the way that Matt played,” Rhule said. “At the end of the day, when we went back, we loved the way he played. His release, his moxie. He’s gotten injured a little bit because he runs guys over or tries to run guys over. But at the end of the day, it’s still a game of who has the ability to throw the ball. And we just love the way he throws the ball. His release, his vision, his timing — we thought it would translate over to this level.”

Raiders sign four draft picks, 15 undrafted free agents

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The Raiders announced the signings of four draft picks Thursday.

Third-round choice Dylan Parham, fifth-round choice Matthew Butler, seventh-round choice Thayer Munford and seventh-round choice Brittain Brown all officially have signed their four-year deals.

The Raiders drafted six players, with Parham their top choice.

The team also announced the signings of 15 undrafted free agents.

Arizona State linebacker Darien Butler, Louisville safety Qwynnterrio Cole, Ball State cornerback Bryce Cosby, Utah tight end Cole Fotheringham, California quarterback Chase Garbers, Ball State receiver Justin Hall, Wake Forest linebacker Luke Masterson, UTSA running back Sincere McCormick, Army cornerback Malkelm Morrison, Utah offensive tackle Bamidele Olaseni, USC safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, Notre Dame defensive end Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Virginia Tech receiver Tré Turner, Iowa defensive end Zach VanValkenburg and Missouri Western State cornerback Sam Webb will get a chance to make the team’s roster despite being undrafted.

Broncos sign six draft picks and 13 college free agents

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The Broncos have signed six of their draft picks, the team announced Thursday.

Second-round pick Nik Bonitto, fifth-round picks Delarrin Turner-Yell, Montrell Washington and Luke Wattenberg, sixth-round pick Matt Henningsen and seventh-round pick Faion Hicks all have signed their four-year deals.

The team also announced the signings of 13 college free agents.

Alabama OLB Christopher Allen, Hawaii CB Cortez Davis, Northwest Missouri WR Kaden Davis, Minot State T Sebastian Gutierrez, UCF WR Brandon Johnson, USC ILB Kana’i Mauga, Charleston RB Tyreik McAllister, East Carolina CB Ja’Quan McMillian, Temple G Michael Niese, NC State TE Dylan Parham, Appalachian State WR Jalen Virgil, Tennessee-Martin TE Rodney Williams and Buffalo ILB Kadofi Wright all signed with the Broncos.

After selecting defensive players with six of their nine draft picks, the Broncos added offensive players with eight of their 13 college free agent signings.

The Broncos cut outside linebacker Andre Mintze, offensive guard Zack Johnson, offensive tackle Drew Himmelman and tight end Shaun Beyer.

Falcons sign Drake London to rookie contract

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The Falcons have taken care of an important piece of business, signing first-round pick Drake London to his rookie contract on Thursday, the team announced.

London, the eighth overall selection of this year’s draft, received a fully guaranteed deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Falcons will have to make a decision on exercising his fifth-year option for 2026 in the spring of 2025.

In his three seasons at USC, London caught 160 passes for 2,153 yards with 15 touchdowns. He was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2021.

The Falcons also announced that they’ve signed running back Tyler Allgeier, guard Justin Shaffer, and tight end John FitzPatrick to their rookie contracts. Allgeier was a fifth-round pick while Shaffer and FitzPatrick were both sixth-round picks.

Atlanta will hold its rookie minicamp this weekend.

Jaguars sign five draft picks, including Travon Walker


The Jaguars’ signing of No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker stole the headline, but he wasn’t the only draft choice the team signed Thursday.

The Jaguars announced the signings of five of their seven draft picks.

Besides Walker, second-round linebacker Devin Lloyd, fifth-round running back Snoop Conner, sixth-round defensive back Gregory Junior and seventh-round cornerback Montaric Brown also have signed their four-year deals.

Their signings leave only third-round center Luke Fortner and third-round linebacker Chad Muma unsigned.

Browns sign seven of nine draft picks

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The Browns announced the signings of seven draft picks, leaving them with only two unsigned in their 2022 class.

Third-round cornerback Martin Emerson Jr., third-round defensive end Alex Wright, third-round receiver David Bell, fifth-round running back Jerome Ford, sixth-round receiver Michael Woods II, seventh-round defensive end Isaiah Thomas and seventh-round guard Dawson Deaton all are under contract.

Fourth-round defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey and fourth-round kicker Cade York remain unsigned.

Emerson finished his career with 28 starts in 36 games played, totaling 154 tackles, six tackles for loss, one interception, 16 pass breakups and a forced fumble in his three-year career.

Wright appeared in 31 games at UAB, posting 91 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Bell started 26 of 29 games played in three seasons for Purdue, making 232 catches for 2,946 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Ford joined the Bearcats’ program early in 2020 after two years at Alabama and finished with 1,242 yards rushing, 19 rushing touchdowns and 20 total touchdowns at Cincinnati.

Woods, who played at Arkansas before transferring to Oklahoma, started 38 of 43 games played his collegiate career, catching 118 passes for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Thomas started 22 of 43 games played for the Sooners, totaling 81 tackles, 18.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Deaton appeared in 44 games with 35 starts for Texas Tech.

Vikings sign Ty Chandler, Jalen Nailor

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The Vikings have signed two more draft picks, getting fifth-rounder Ty Chandler and sixth-rounder Jalen Nailor under contract.

The NFL’s transactions report also confirmed the signings of first-round choice Lewis Cine, fifth-round choice Esezi Otomewo and seventh-rounder Nick Muse. They also reportedly have agreed to terms with sixth-rounder Vederian Lowe.

That leaves second-rounder Andrew Booth Jr., second-rounder Ed Ingram, third-rounder Brian Asamoah and fourth-rounder Akayleb Evans unsigned.

Chandler, a North Carolina running back, started all 13 games for the Tar Heels last season. He ran for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns in becoming the 20th player in school history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. He added 15 catches for 216 yards and one touchdown.

Nailor, a Michigan State receiver, finished his college career with 86 receptions for 1,454 yards and 12 touchdowns in 28 career games. He missed time in multiple seasons with injuries.

The Spartans went 9-0 in the games Nailor played last season, and he set career highs with 37 receptions, 695 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked second in the Big Ten with an 18.8-yard average per catch and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from media in 2021.

Nailor finished his college career with 1,844 all-purpose yards, adding 179 yards on kick returns and 48 on punt returns.