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Updated – NFL rumors: Latest buzz around free agency, trades, 2015 NFL draft

(PhatzRadio / SI Wire)    —   With NFL free agency in full swing and the draft approaching next month, the NFL rumor mill is abuzz. What’s the latest? Check back often as we update below with all the latest scoops.

The marquee NFL free agents may be off the board, but plenty of talent remains.
Check back often to find the best available free agents left on the market.

QBs

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins (Re-signed for one year with Dolphins)
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (Signed one-year deal with Raiders)
Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
Michael Vick, New York Jets
Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins (Re-signed for one year with Redskins)

RBs

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (Signed five-year deal with Eagles)
Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens (Signed three-year deal to stay with Ravens)
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (Agreed to four-year deal with Saints)
Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions (Signed deal with 49ers)
Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (Agreed to one-year deal with Jets)
Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (Signed two-year deal with Bears)
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (Signed two-year deal with Cowboys)
Ben Tate, Pittsburgh Steelers
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (Signed deal with Steelers)
Chris Johnson, New York Jets

WRs

Percy Harvin, New York Jets (Signed one-year deal with Bills)
Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers (Signed three-deal deal with Chargers)
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars (Signed deal with Texans)
Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (Signed one-year deal with Bengals)

TEs

Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (Signed two-year deal with Dolphins)
James Casey, Philadelphia Eagles (Signed one-year deal with Broncos)
Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (Signed deal with Patriots)
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

OL

C: Stefen Wisniewski, Oakland Raiders
C: Chris Myers, Houston Texans
OT: Jake Long, St. Louis Rams
OG: Justin Blalock, Atlanta Falcons
C: Brian De La Puente, Chicago Bears
OT: Anthony Collins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT: Joe Barksdale, St. Louis Rams
OT: Byron Bell, Carolina Panthers
OG: Rob Sims, Detroit Lions
C: Scott Wells, St. Louis Rams

 

DL

Terrance Knighton, Denver Broncos (Signed one-year deal with Redskins)
Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions (Signed one-year deal with Rams)
Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins (Signed deal with Browns)
C.J. Mosley, Detroit Lions
Karl Klug, Tennessee Titans (Signed deal to stay with Titans)
Kenrick Ellis, New York Jets (Signed one-year deal with Giants)
Barry Cofield, Washington Redskins
Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots (Signed deal with Texans)
Chris Canty, Baltimore Ravens (Signed deal to stay with Ravens)
B.J. Raji, Green Bay Packers (Signed one-year deal to stay with Packers)
Kevin Williams, Seattle Seahawks

EDGE

Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers (Signed one-year deal with Cowboys)
Derrick Morgan, Tennessee Titans (Signed deal to stay with Titans)
Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins (Signed four-year deal with Titans)
Michael Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Signed four-year deal with Bengals)
Dwight Freeney, San Diego Chargers
James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers (Signed two-year deal with Bengals)
Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys
George Selvie, Dallas Cowboys (Signed one-year deal with Giants)
Akeem Ayers, New England Patriots (Signed deal with Rams)
Adrian Clayborn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Signed deal with Falcons)
John Abraham, Arizona Cardinals
Kroy Biermann, Atlanta Falcons (Signed deal to stay with Falcons)
Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants

LB

Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys (Signed one-year deal to stay with Cowboys)
Brandon Spikes, Buffalo Bills
Lance Briggs, Chicago Bears
Mason Foster, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Signed one-year deal with Bears)

CB

Tramon Williams, Green Bay Packers (Signed deal with Browns)
Chris Culliver, San Francisco 49ers (Signed four-year deal with Redskins)
Antonio Cromartie, Arizona Cardinals (Signed deal with Jets)
Rashean Mathis, Detroit Lions (Signed deal to stay with Lions)
Sterling Moore, Dallas Cowboys (Signed one-year deal with Buccaneers)
Perrish Cox, San Francisco 49ers (Signed three-year deal with Titans)
Brandon Browner, New England Patriots (Signed three-year deal with Saints)
Bradley Fletcher, Philadelphia Eagles (Signed deal with Patriots)
Patrick Robinson, New Orleans Saints (Signed deal with Chargers)
Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals (Signed deal with Vikings)
Tarell Brown, Oakland Raiders

S

Rahim Moore, Denver Broncos (Signed three-year deal with Texans)
Dawan Landry, New York Jets
Nate Allen, Philadelphia Eagles (Signed deal with Raiders)
Dwight Lowery, Atlanta Falcons
Kendrick Lewis, Houston Texans (Signed three-year deal with Ravens)
Louis Delmas, Miami Dolphins (Re-signed with Dolphins)

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Jameis goes No. 1 | 2015 NFL draft Big Board

NFL free agency is winding down as the draft approaches later this week. Check back often for the latest updates, rumors and projections for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Chicago.
April 28

• Dallas Cowboys owner and president Jerry Jones said it is “highly unlikely” the team will trade for a veteran at this point in the offseason.

• The Houston Texans are trying to trade safety D.J. Swearinger, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Swearinger has recorded 144 tackles, 10 pass deflections, three interceptions and one sack while playing in 32 games over his first two seasons.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars could surprise with their No. 3 pick by selecting Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, reports Phatzradio Sports’ Charles Robinson. It has been widely expected that the Oakland Raiders would be the first team to select a receiver, either Cooper or West Virginia’s Kevin White, at No. 4.

• At least two teams have approached the New York Jets about trading for defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, Wilkerson could be the “most attractive defensive player potentially available.”

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April 24

• Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford thinks he might be traded at some point during the upcoming NFL draft, according to a report from Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. Bradford was dealt to the Eagles this off-season in a trade that sent Nick Foles to St. Louis. Bradford still hasn’t signed an extension with the Eagles, and Cole reports that his uncertainty about his future in Philadelphia is the reason why.

• Here’s how a Bradford trade could play out: According to NJ.com, one rumor is that the Eagles would trade Bradford to the Browns for the No. 19 pick in the draft. The Eagles would then flip the No. 19 and No. 20 picks for the Titans’ No. 2 pick and use it to select Marcus Mariota. The big potential hitch: What if the Bucs select Mariota with the No. 1 pick?

• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has publicly expressed his openness to a future NFL team in London, and this week The Guardian reported that North London based soccer club Tottenham Hotspur is mulling sharing its new stadium with a future London NFL franchise. The new stadium is expected to open for Tottenham’s 2017-18 campaign, but the Premier League club is considering making the new White Hart Lane able to accommodate an NFL team.

April 23

• ​Top pass-rushing prospect Shane Ray could need surgery on his injured foot, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein reports. Ray did not participate in on-field drills at the NFL combine due to the injury, which he says he suffered in Missouri’s bowl game.

• ​One anonymous NFL scout compared Alabama reciever Amari Cooper to Reggie Wayne. “Reggie Wayne has always been under the radar as being a great receiver,” the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s Cooper. Makes plays. Get open. Difficult to bring down. Not because he’s strong, but because he has a knack and can make a subtle move.”

• The Eagles and quarterback Sam Bradford have not had “meaningful talks” about a potential contract extension, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reports. Bradford’s contract is set to expire after the 2015 season.

• Browns GM Ray Farmer did not rule out trading up in the draft to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Farmer was asked during a press conference Wednesday whether he might consider trading Cleveland’s two first-round picks (No. 12 and No. 19) to move up and take Mariota. “Sure, why not?” he replied.

• The Ravens worked out former Arkansas basketball player Alandise Harris, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports. Harris, 6’6″ and 230 pounds, ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash. Two other former college basketball players—Penn State’s Ross Travis and Old Dominion’s Richard Ross—declared for the NFL draft earlier this month.

April 17

• Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials said that the lawsuit filed against former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not affect their draft plans.

• Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant’s attorney has sent Bryant’s adviser a cease-and-desist letter, reports ESPN.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor.

• New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will rejoin his former team, the New England Patriots, next Thursday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory at the White House, reports ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini.

• The Cleveland Browns held a private workout recently with former Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson, reports Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

April 16

• New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said adding defenders that can play right away is the team’s top priority entering the draft, Katherine Terrell of The Times Picayune reports.

• Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker will visit the Tennessee Titans, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

April 15

• Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt has been charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy and fraud relating to an alleged Ponzi scheme, according to the Associated Press.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired defensive end George Johnson in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

• Wide receiver prospect Jaelen Strong has a broken bone in his wrist, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

April 14

• Quarterback prospect Jameis Winston will meet with the Bears on Wednesday in Chicago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The team previously met with quarterback Marcus Mariota.

• Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor officially announced his retirement on Tuesday.

• The Miami Dolphins plan to sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a contract extension before the start of the 2015 season, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

• Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said if the team doesn’t win a Super Bowl in the upcoming season, it would be a “bust season.”

• Offensive lineman Wade Smith announced on his Instagram page on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL.

• Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said all four of the team’s quarterbacks—EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel—will get repetitions with the first-team offense.

• Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte missed the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason program on Monday.

• The San Diego Chargers will work out former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in Eugene, Ore., on Tuesday, reports Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Bucs to draft Mariota?

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski says he is hearing from sources that former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will go first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the upcoming NFL draft.

Mariota and former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are expected to be the top two quarterbacks taken off the board.

“Mariota’s stock, remember it was quiet for a while? And there’s a reason for that. There’s a lull every year until about 30 days before the draft. Now the coaches get involved, Jaworski said on CSN’s Philly Sports Talk. “Prior to that, it’s the scouts, it’s the roadies that are filling out the paper work.”

Mariota has met with Tampa Bay and will reportedly meet with the Redskins, Bears and Rams in the weeks prior to the draft.

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said at the NFL owners meetings in March that it would not be an “erroneous assumption” to think Tampa Bay will take Winston over Mariota or someone else.

Jaworski also reported that Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who previously served as Oregon’s head coach, feels Mariota has tremendous NFL potential.

“I’ve talked to player personnel directors, and I’ve heard it from a couple or three people that have had conversations with Chip Kelly, and Chip Kelly said, ‘Marcus Mariota will win multiple Super Bowls in the National Football League.'” Jaworski said.

April 13

• The jury will start its fifth day of deliberations in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Monday.

• Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculates that Russell Wilson might opt to sign the franchise tag instead of signing a long-term deal with the Seahawks.

April 10

• Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has retired following 12 NFL seasons, the team confirmed on Friday.

• Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George said he thinks the team’s front office is filled with “disfunction and disarray,” Sameer Bhuchar of 24/7 Sports reports.

• Jameis Winston’s lawyer David Cornwell said he is “ready to be an NFL player on the field. But he’s not ready to be an NFL player off the field,” BuzzFeed’s Joel D. Anderson reports.

• The Jets are expected to sign free-agent linebacker Joe Mays by early next week, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

• The ;Saints announced they signed linebacker Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract.

• Marcus Mariota visited the Bears a little more than a week ago, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• The Chiefs worked out free-agent OT Byron Bell on Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

April 9

• The Cleveland Browns are “truly interested” in using their two first-round picks in the 2015 draft to trade up for former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, reports Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

• Mariota will not have a pre-draft visit the Washington Redskins, NFL Media’s Albert Breer reports. The two parties were unable to agree on a time for a meeting. Mariota was in Tennessee on Thursday visiting the Titans.

• Veteran tight end Rob Housler signed with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Thursday. Housler’s contract is for one year and $1.76 million, including a $750,000 signing bonus, according to the Baltimore Sun.

•​ Former West Virginia receiver Kevin White will visit the Jets, Bears, Rams and Giants, according to Ross Tucker of the NBC Sports Network.

• Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is visiting the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

• The Bengals re-signed running back Cedric Peerman, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports. Caplan had previously reported that Peerman was visiting the Eagles.

• The NFL has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell three games without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
April 8

• Former Broncos receiver Wes Welker will visit the Dolphins on Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Welker played for the Dolphins from 2004 through 2006.

• Chiefs safety Eric Berry is “doing really good” with his cancer treatment, his brother told the Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor.

• The Buccaneers signed restricted free agent defensive end George Johnson to an offer sheet, team writer Scott Smith reports. The Lions have five days to decide whether they will match the offer.

• Former Bengals running back Cedric Peerman visited the Eagles on Tuesday, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

• Caplan also reports that the Jets have interest in signing inside linebacker Joe Mays, who spent last season with the Chiefs.

• Free-agent tight end Rob Housler is visiting the Browns on Wednesday, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson.
April 7

• Receiver Greg Jennings is visiting the Dolphins on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

• The Lions and linebacker DeAndre Levy haven’t yet discussed a contract extension, MLive.com’s Kyle Meinke reports.

• Browns left tackle Joe Thomas expects center Alex Mack to opt out of his contract after 2015, ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi reports.

• Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson announced that he has diabetes, but says the condition is under control.

• Defensive end Sheldon Richardson said the Jets have a chance to be the best team in the league next season, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports.

• Former Packers and Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings will visit the Dolphins on Tuesday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

• Bills running back LeSean McCoy said Chip Kelly doesn’t like or respect star players, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
April 6

• Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss possible reinstatement, reports Rapoport. Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports the meeting will take place Tuesday.

• Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson skipped the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason program, reports CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora. Wilkerson is reportedly looking for a long-term deal.

• The Bengals agreed to terms with WR Denarius Moore on a one-year contract, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

• NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that free agent WR Michael Crabtree is visiting the Raiders on Monday.

• Free agent center Stefen Wisniewski is visiting the Titans on Monday, reports Fox Sports’ Mike Garofolo.

April 1

• Missouri governor Jay Nixon said St. Louis County will not be asked to finance a new football stadium for the Rams, David Hunn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

• The Cowboys have re-signed linebacker Rolando McClain to a one-year deal with a $3 million base salary, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports.

• Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he would have taken a pay cut to keep running back DeMarco Murray in Dallas, he told 105.3 The Fan.

• Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said the team’s defense will be better next season despite losing Ndamukong Suh in free agency, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
March 31

• The Raiders released defensive lineman Antonio Smith, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• The Ravens signed quarterback Matt Schaub.

• The 49ers had free agents Hakeem Nicks and Lance Briggs in for tryouts, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

• A NFL team “secretly shadowed” Jameis Winston on one of his combine flights, reports Phatzradio Sports’ Charles Robinson.

• Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified in Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial on Tuesday.

• New Panthers offensive tackle Jonathan Martin said he has put the Dolphins bullying scandal behind him, ESPN’s David Newton reports.

• Saints running back Mark Ingram said he is happy the team signed running back C.J. Spiller to a four-year contract, ESPN’s Mike Triplett reports.

• If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not select Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick, the Titans “will be ready,” Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports.
March 30

• ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Jets, Ravens and Falcons are among teams interested in free-agent quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub is expected to visit the Ravens early this week, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson.

• Former Texans center Chris Myers is visiting the Seahawks today, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

• Free-agent linebacker Rolando McClain is visiting the Patriots today, reports ESPN’s Field Yates and Todd Archer.

• The Eagles plan to sign wide receiver Miles Austin this week, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

• The Lions hosted Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi at their facility in Michigan on Monday, according to Lions Insider’s Tim Twentymen.

• The Packers signed defensive tackle Letroy Guion to a one-year deal, reports ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

• Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford thought about retiring after tearing his ACL for a second time, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski.

• Former Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will visit the 49ers on Monday, reports ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

• Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer speculates that the Browns may be interested in trading up in the draft for quarterback Marcus Mariota.

• Former Clemson defensive end will work out for the Falcons this week ahead of next month’s draft, reports ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. The Falcons own the No. 8 pick in the draft.
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