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Chargers pick up option on Corey Liuget

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — The San Diego Chargers have joined the group of teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 NFL Draft selections. According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, the Chargers have picked up their team option on defensive tackle Corey Liuget. Liuget was the 18th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft. As per terms of the…
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Jets pick up option on Muhammad Wilkerson

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — With the deadline approaching for picking up fifth-year options for 2011 draft picks, the New York Jets have picked up their option on defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets had always intended on picking up Wilkerson’s option year. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that decision has been officially exercised. Wilkerson…
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Report: Cowboys to pick up option year for Tyron Smith

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith has blossomed into one of the premier offensive linemen in the NFL over his first three seasons in the league. Smith was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season and was also named a second-team All-Pro. As such, the Cowboys want to make sure he’s in Dallas for…
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Donald Jones turns to baseball after kidney transplant

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones was forced to retire from the NFL last August after discovering he had a kidney disease that made it impossible to continue playing football. Now just four months after a kidney transplant, Jones is trying to make his way back onto the field in a different sport. According…
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Bengals, A.J. Green not talking about a new contract yet

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — By May 3, the Bengals inevitably will exercise the fifth-year option on receiver A.J. Green’s contract.  The bigger question is whether the Bengals will be extending Green’s contract by more than a year. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, talks on an extension for Green have not yet begun.  The fourth overall pick…
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Sports Briefing | Pro Football: Former N.F.L. Star Joins C.F.L.

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The former N.F.L. receiver Chad Johnson, 36, signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
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Report: 49ers not planning to release Aldon Smith

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — The 49ers may not be inclined to extend linebacker Aldon Smith’s stay until 2015, but that doesn’t mean they’re done with him in 2014. The team currently doesn’t plan to release Smith, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. It’s not a surprise.  Cutting Smith would mean he would get a second chance with another…
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Ravens exercise 2015 option on Jimmy Smith

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — The Ravens have indeed exercised their right to keep cornerback Jimmy Smith under contract through 2015. According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, the Ravens have picked up the fifth-year option on Smith, their 2011 first-round pick. Smith is now slated to make $6.898 million in 2015, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. In…
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Which 2011 first-round picks won’t have the option exercised?

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — With NFL teams commencing the process of exercising fifth-year options on 2011 first-round picks, the real question becomes which players won’t have the option exercised. So here’s a look at the candidates for getting the Spalding Smails treatment. Broncos linebacker Von Miller:  With a six-game suspension last year and a late-season torn ACL, the Broncos…
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Report: Texans pick up J.J. Watt’s 2015 contract option

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Teams have until May 3 to declare whether they will extend the contracts of 2011 first-round picks through 2015. However, the Texans didn’t wait until the first Saturday in May to pick up the 2015 option on one of the shining stars of the Class of 2011. Via ESPN’s Field Yates, Houston has exercised the…
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New stadium deal gives Bengals the green light to host games in London

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — For some NFL teams, a practical impediment exists to hosting games in London:  The stadium lease. Some leases require all “home” games to be played in the home stadium, with no “home” games played elsewhere.  The Bengals’ lease at Paul Brown Stadium previously contained such a provision.  Now it doesn’t. The Bengals announced a new…
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Peyton Manning got an unbelievable amount of money to speak at Oklahoma State

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — Anyone who has followed along here for a while knows I respect Peyton Manning. He's a great player. He's not a bad interview either. He's a pretty sharp, funny guy. He's also one of the league's good guys, as far as charity work goes. All that said, would I pay him $105,000 to speak for an hour? ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS? Oh my goodness, no. Nobody would. Wait, Oklahoma State...
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PFT’s 2014 NFL Draft visit / workout report is up and running

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, we’re keeping tabs on prospect visits, workouts and meetings conducted by all 32 NFL teams. And to that end, we’ve compiled a working list of prospects linked to clubs that we’ll update until the draft begins on Thursday, May 8. With every team talking to scores of draft-eligible players,…
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PFT: Bortles headed to Houston?

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (NBCSports.com) — PFT’s Shaun King and Rotoworld’s Josh Norris share their predictions for the top five picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. King believes QB Blake Bortles will be selected first overall, while Norris thinks the Falcons will trade with the Rams and move up to the second overall slot.
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PFT One-on-one: Bishop Sankey

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (NBCSports.com) — Erik Kuselias speaks with RB prospect Bishop Sankey about his experience leading up to the NFL draft. Sankey says the NFL has been focused on the passing game recently, but he believes running backs are just as important as ever.
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