Report: Browns still deciding between Sam Darnold, Josh Allen for top pick

The Cleveland Browns have been on the clock for the 2018 NFL Draft for more than three months now, but head coach Hue Jackson said recently that the team has no idea who they are taking with the top overall pick. According to one report, it will definitely be a quarterback.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has been told that the Browns are trying to decide between Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. While there has been talk that Cleveland could use the No. 1 pick on a player like NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb and wait until No. 4 to take a QB since the draft is so deep at the position, La Canfora says it is looking like the first three picks will all be passers.

Shurmur said Monday he doesn’t know how long Beckham plans to stay with the Giants during the rest of the offseason program.

“I’m not overthinking this,” Shurmur said. “This is the first day of work, this is the first opportunity for all of us to be here together and I think it’s important that Odell is here. I’m looking forward to him getting one day better by being here. I’m looking forward to him inspiring some of his teammates to get better because he’s here and he’s a terrific player. I think we can all learn from one another.”

The Spring League—”a developmental league that provides opportunities for players who are not on NFL rosters but hope to be,” per Seifert—shared highlights from Manziel’s performance:

After The Spring League’s next set of games April 12, Manziel has about a month until the Canadian Football League’s training camps open for rookies May 16. He’s previously said that if he doesn’t receive interest in the NFL, he would commit to play at least two years in the CFL.

If he goes that route, it would be with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who own his CFL rights. For the time being, however, Manziel was trying to prove he could be reliable and consistent in both his preparation and performance.

“The message that I’m sending is showing up every day and going to meetings,” he said. “Being engaged in everything that is going on during practice and in the game. I can’t control what is going on [with NFL teams’ interests], and I don’t know what’s going on in NFL meetings. If that’s the case, if the NFL is something that pops up, cool. If not, I’m going to work until I get back there. We’ll see how things play out.”bills_029

It wouldn’t be reasonable for me to tell you the Lions have Super Bowl talent.

I think the franchise’s current ceiling is a postseason berth with a playoff win, which would likely need to come on the road.

The NFC North is brutal this year. The Vikings are the class of the division and have loaded up to make another run at the Super Bowl. And Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers. As long as he’s healthy, regardless of the other shortcomings on the Packers’ roster, they’ll be tough to beat.

Davis dominated as a tackler in the Jets’ 3-4, but what got him paid this much to join a base 4-3 was his breakout coverage skills at age 29. The Saints had only a two-down option in the middle with Manti Te’o, but there’s a good chance Davis will help them shore up the strong side.

Cleveland has made a lot of big moves through trades and free agency, but this can’t be overlooked. While former Packer Damarious Randall will play safety for the Browns, Carrie will fill a void as a strong No. 2 cover man to flank Jamar Taylor with Jason McCourty being traded. The team also signed former Chief Terrance Mitchell for depth.

Obviously, most players likely showed up to the team’s first voluntary workout on Monday, but as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, Mack chose to stay away while he attempts to work out a contract extension with the Raiders. Currently, the former No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is set to play 2018 under the fifth-year option, which would pay him just over $13.84 million, according to Spotrac.

Mack’s absence from workouts certainly isn’t ideal, as the team has a new head coach in Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator in Paul Guenther. Fortunately, as NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported, the “expectation internally” is that the two sides will get a deal done before training camp.

Khalil Mack did not attend the start of Raiders voluntary workouts today, but there is no sense of panic within the organization. Mack is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the expectation internally is that an extension will be done before the start of training camp.rams_177

49ers sign Marquise Goodwin to three-year extension

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t the only member of the 49ers offense with a new deal from the team.

The 49ers announced that they have signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a three-year extension through the 2021 season. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports the deal is worth $20.3 million with $10 million in guaranteed money.

In the four games Fultz played before taking his extended absence from the line-up following a game against the Pistons on Oct. 23 he averaged six points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game without attempting a single three-pointer.

Going forward, depending on Fultz’s performance and readiness, it is possible his minutes increase and he plays a larger role as the Sixers currently in fourth-place in the Eastern Conference standings make a push to win in the postseason.

With Fultz in the rotation, this might cut into the playing time of reserve point guard T.J. McConnell, who will spend some time playing off the ball with Fultz around.

Not long after Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue as Commissioner in 2006, word quickly spread that the new regime wasn’t doing deals like the prior regime did regarding ers starting at suspensions. Goodell quickly developed the reputation of enforcer, fighting tooth and nail instead of working to find middle ground on matters of er discipline.

In the Cowboys case, Goodell had the same kind of judge/jury/executioner power that ers have complained about for years. Goodell could have found that Jones must pay 100 cents on the dollar, and Jones would have had no recourse.

But Jones got a chance to settle. To resolve the matter to the satisfaction of all parties. To create the impression of a win-win, when the approach with ers is always the zero-sum game of win-lose.

Maybe Goodell and the Finance Committee (which also presided over the hearing, a curious twist that previously hadn’t been reported or disclosed) hoped to avoid Jones taking the full-blown L and then spouting off to the media that the outcome confirms his concerns about the power of the league office run amok. Regardless, the perception of a double standard has become a slice of reality in this case.jets_115