Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Wednesday, July 29:
As if the Seattle Seahawks didn't have enough contract issues to worry about, it now appears safety Kam Chancellor wants a new deal. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks' defensive enforcer "wants more money" and has told the team "he's strongly considering a camp holdout to make it happen." Rapoport added that defensive end Michael Bennett has similar feelings, but is less likely to hold out of training camp. The Seahawks looked brilliant for signing Chancellor (five-year, $35 million contract signed in April of 2013) and Bennett (four years, $28.5 million signed in March of 2014) to reasonable extensions below the market's peak. However, with so many players around them getting rewarded with lucrative deals, Chancellor and Bennett appear to be feeling underappreciated. It would be a big surprise to see Seattle re-do either deal with multiple years remaining, especially with Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner still needing new contracts. If Chancellor or Bennett decides to hold out, this situation could turn messy.
After visiting with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, former Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long visited with the New York Giants on Wednesday, according to NFL.com's Rand Getlin. Long plans to continue his tour by meeting with the Denver Broncos next, according to New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft began his career with four consecutive Pro Bowl selections before being beset by injuries to his back and biceps. After being released by the Rams in March, Long is now trying to return from his second torn ACL (both in his right knee) in as many seasons. The Giants lost left tackle Will Beatty for at least the start of the regular season after Beatty tore a pectoral muscle lifting weights in March. The Falcons could use depth at tackle after Sam Baker tore his patellar tendon in the 2014 preseason and 2014 first-round pick Jake Matthews suffered a Lisfranc injury in the regular-season finale. The Broncos lost longtime left tackle Ryan Clady for the season to a torn ACL during OTAs and have rookie second-round pick Ty Sambrailo penciled in as his replacement heading into training camp. It's difficult to expect much from Long after consecutive knee injuries, but any of these teams could benefit from having the veteran around.
We mentioned yesterday that Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is willing to give Adrian Peterson plenty of work, but in his first team practice since last September, the 30-year-old back felt rusty, according to NFL Network's Marshall Faulk. Peterson told Faulk that he "really didn't feel as explosive as I would have liked" but later "felt a little spark and kind of got back into the groove." Rust should be expected after such a long absence, and the time off could ultimately help Peterson be fresher for this season. However, even for athletic marvels like Peterson, aging running backs have an indisputable track record of declining rapidly.
Two 2012 Dolphins draft picks out of the University of Miami, defensive end Olivier Vernon and running back Lamar Miller, are heading into the final year of their contracts with uncertainty about the future. A team source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Dolphins "have had preliminary discussions with Miller but no in-depth negotiations yet," and that there have been no talks with Vernon. Despite getting just 214 carries last season, Miller topped 1,000 rushing yards while averaging a healthy 5.1 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Vernon has quietly become one of the league's most well-rounded ends, posting 18 sacks and 22 tackles for loss opposite Cameron Wake over the last two seasons. The whopping $28.6 million cap hit that Ndamukong Suh will carry next season could prevent Miami from keeping one or both of these valuable young contributors.