- Katherine Terrell writes that Adam Jones‘ age (34 in September), off-the-field conduct and $8.2 million cap figure for the 2017 season could leave him on the roster bubble this summer.
- However, it would likely require one of the team’s younger cornerbacks to stand out in training camp.
- Interestingly enough, Terrell says that former first-round CB Darqueze Dennard is another possible roster cut for Cincinnati, given that he’s yet to live up to his draft status.
New Giants WR Brandon Marshall says the team made it clear to him that they already had a No. 1 receiver when they signed him to a contract this offseason.
“They were clear with me we have a No. 1 receiver that’s not even in his prime yet, and that we also have a freakin’ stud in Sterling Shepard, so there’s only one ball,’’ Marshall said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I want this to be my most efficient year. It may not be my best statistically, but when it comes to the standpoint of efficiency, I really want to dominate in that category.’’
Marshall added that he could have signed with a team that would have featured him as the No. 1 receiver, but elected to join a contending team.
“I know I could have gone to another team and caught 100-something balls and put up 1,500, 1,600 yards, but that’s not the mission right now,’’ Marshall said. “That’s not the goal. My goal is to touch that Lombardi Trophy. Sometimes you got to sacrifice. There’s gonna be times where I may think I’m open or may be open and not get the ball, and it might hurt. I understand I’m in a great place, and the only thing that matters is bringing home that trophy.’’
- Paul Gutierrez believes veteran RT Austin Howard could be on the roster bubble for the Raiders this summer.
- Gutierrez mentions that free agent addition Marshall Newhouse was running with the first-team offense at right tackle in OTAs and Oakland used draft picks on David Sharpe and Jylan Ware, so they have some depth at the position.
- Howard is scheduled to make $4.9 million in base salary in 2017 and another $5.4 million in 2018, which could be more than the Raiders feel they need to pay with younger, cheaper options on their roster.