Did Peyton, Gase violate CBA? 

April, 18, 2014
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Per ESPN Alabama/SEC reporter Alex Scarborough, Nick Saban hosted Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase last week for two days.

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ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted Friday morning that, "49ers are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on LB Aldon Smith's contract, per league source."

Read on for some thoughts on Smith's short- and long-term future with the Niners.
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The San Francisco 49ers have been extremely patient with Aldon Smith and his off-field problems, but with his recent arrest at LAX and a trial on gun charges and a DUI coming up April 29, he is on thin ice with the NFL.

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Offseason key for Richardson? 

April, 18, 2014
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Trent Richardson is supposed to be a star franchise running back, since, in essence, he is worth two first-round picks. That's because the Cleveland Browns drafted him third overall in 2012 and the Indianapolis Colts gave up their 2014 first-rounder to acquire him in September. Thus far, though, he's been a complete bust for the Colts, as he mustered just 458 yards on 157 carries (2.9 YPC) last season.

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Running back Andre Williams won the Doak Walker Award and was a Heisman Trophy finalist after setting a Boston College single-season rushing record with 2,177 yards on 355 carries last season. He comes in at No. 7 in ESPN NFL Insider Mel Kiper Jr.'s top-10 RB rankings, and a number of teams appear to be intrigued by him.

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Because A.J. Green was a top-10 pick in the 2011 draft, the Cincinnati Bengals have a fifth-year option they can exercise to keep him under contract for the 2015 campaign. They are expected to do just that prior to the May 3 deadline, but will they work out a contract extension for their star wideout this offseason?

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Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com wonders if the Baltimore Ravens, who have a need at right tackle, would nab Virginia OT Morgan Moses at No. 17 if Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Notre Dame's Zack Martin already are off the board.

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Before Dominique Easley tore his ACL (for the second time) and meniscus back in September, many projected him as a first-round pick. Predictably, his draft stock has sunk since then, but he tried to boost it Thursday during a workout for NFL teams.

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Reports thus far are that Tony Romo's recovery from his second back surgery in a year is progressing well. Nonetheless, he's a soon-to-be 34-year-old quarterback working his way back from a serious procedure and that brings with it concerns.

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Is CJ's knee an issue? 

April, 17, 2014
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You can say what you want about Chris Johnson's effort and dedication on the gridiron, but one thing you can't knock him for is his durability. To wit, the running back has never missed a game due to injury during his six seasons in the NFL. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of wear and tear on his body after touching the pill more than 2,000 times as a pro.

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After the New York Giants signed free agent Josh Freeman on Wednesday, they now have four quarterbacks in the mix (Eli Manning, Curtis Painter, Ryan Nassib and Freeman). The added depth is fine in the short term, because they could use the extra arms in practices while Manning recovers from his ankle surgery, but, eventually, one of them will have to go.

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Fantasy football owners may have seen some sleeper potential in Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath last season, but he flopped during the first half of the season. An injury cost him a few weeks, and he struggled upon his return, missing three of his next eight attempts. He locked in after that, though, nailing each of his final 13 attempts over the final eight games.

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In two seasons since being drafted in the second round, San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James has carried the ball only 39 times. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter ahead of him on the depth chart and Marcus Lattimore expected to be recovered from his horrific knee injury, James may become expendable.

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Cody Latimer visited the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, and the 6-foot-3 receiver out of Indiana explained over social media that he had a great time.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the Seahawks will draft Latimer, but as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times puts it, "his visit is worth noting because it presents yet more evidence that Seattle may be interested in bolstering its receiving corps going forward, and especially with a bigger receiver. ..."

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Will McCarron land in Cleveland? 

April, 16, 2014
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If the Cleveland Browns pass on a quarterback with their first pick in next month's NFL draft, the No. 4 overall selection, it would rule out the big names like Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel and open up the possibility of the team drafting a QB with their next pick at No. 26.

It's possible that Teddy Bridgewater may slip that far, and others like Derek Carr and AJ McCarron are expected to be available. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes that the Browns really love Carr, and "there's a feeling with many in football that Cleveland will take him with the No. 26 pick," but that other name, McCarron, is one the Browns are getting a good look at this week.

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reports that McCarron will conduct a private workout for the Browns on Wednesday, and, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, a source indicates that the steady Alabama product will also visit Cleveland next week.

If Bridgewater is still on the board at No. 26, it's unlikely that the Browns would pick Carr or McCarron ahead of him at that spot. But if Bridgewater is already selected, the Browns could address another position at No. 26 and wait until the second round (pick No. 35) to land their next QB of the future.

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Is Aldon Smith done in SF? 

April, 16, 2014
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Following Aldon Smith's arrest on Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport, another disappointing run-in with the law for San Francisco's dominant pass-rusher, word is now circulating that the former first-round pick may have played his last snap with the 49ers.

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