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NFL Notes: 2012 Draft Class, Bills, Colts, Chiefs, Jets

2012 Draft Class

Mike Florio mentions that NFL teams can begin negotiating contracts with players who were taken in the 2012 NFL draft.

A number of first-round picks have had their fifth-year options picked up, but teams drafted in the later rounds are set to become free agents after the 2015 season.

The Seahawks have two of the more notable players in line for contract extensions in QB Russell Wilson and ILB Bobby Wagner.

Florio expects Seattle to try to get a deal done with Wagner first given that Wilson’s contract will be much larger and more complicated.

Other players worth keeping an eye on this offseason include: Buccaneers LB Lavonte David, Patriots DE Chandler Jones, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, Eagles DL Fletcher Cox, Colts WR T. Y. Hilton and Bears WR Alshon Jeffery.

Bills

Colts

  • Veteran WR Reggie Wayne says he would like to be back with the Colts next year, if they are willing to bring him back.

“If I had to answer that question right now, [the answer to] that question would be ‘I will be back,’” Wayne said, via WNDE.com. “If the Colts want me. Because I’m not playing for nobody else.”

Chiefs

  • Chiefs GM John Dorsey told reporters that finding help at receiver will be a priority for them during the offseason.

I think that the stats speak for themselves,” Dorsey said, via NFL.com. “We’re going to have to do some work there.”

“At the time, we thought we had some players that could help us,” Dorsey said. “But then as you go into the free agency process, you missed on a couple of guys. And then as the draft unfolded there were certain guys that you had pegged in certain situations that they may have peeled off a step or two before you so then you still have got to go with the best player and we kind of stayed true to that.

Jets

  • Peter King is hearing that Doug Marrone spoke to Jets owner Woody Johnson on Thursday by phone.
  • King mentions that it “went well,” but they will have a more formal interview in the coming days.
  • King believes the Jets will have to sell the hiring of Johnson if he indeed ends up taking the job.

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