- Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that the report from Jim Trotter that Sam Bradford asked the Eagles for $25 million per year last year was likely just a starting point for negotiations.
- Florio adds that Bradford, obviously, won’t come close to making $25 million annually in his next contract, and there’s a chance he may not even make $10 million per year.
Veteran TE Kellen Winslow tweeted Wednesday that intends to make a comeback.
New Buccaneers DC Mike Smith said he plans to employ a “flexible” 4-3 defensive scheme.
“It’s gonna be very flexible,” Smith said, via BucsNation.com. “You can’t line up in the same look and the same front every time, so we’re going to have a lot of flexibility and we’re going to identify what the players are capable of doing and try to give different looks to the quarterback.”
- Panthers DE Jared Allen (foot) returned to practice on Thursday and was being watched closely by HC Ron Rivera and DC Sean McDermott. (Joe Person)
- Ian Rapoport mentions that Allen appears to be adamant about playing, but there are still a lot of factors to be considered.
- Jeremy Fowler of ESPN mentions that it will probably be an easy decision for the Steelers to re-sign CB William Gay.
- Fowler gets the sense that CB Brandon Boykin will want a fresh start somewhere else.
- Fowler could see the Steelers drafting a rangy, athletic cornerback in the first two rounds of this year’s draft.
- Regarding Cortez Allen, who has been mentioned as a cap casualty, Fowler believe Pittsburgh may elect to take the cap savings and move on from him.
- Fowler suggests signings Rams free agent CB Janoris Jenkins, but admits that the Steelers rarely go this route in free agency.