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NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Lions, Raiders & Vikings

Buccaneers

  • Greg Auman reports that the Buccaneers worked out Cincinnati OT Justin Murray on Friday.

Lions

Lions GM Bob Quinn mentioned earlier in the week that “it’s really good football business” to draft a quarterback “every year or every other year.

“There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind.”

While the Lions haven’t drafted a quarterback since they took Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall back in 2009, they have shown at least some interest in late-round options like Michigan’s Jake Rudock, Stanford’s Kevin Hogan and UMass’ Blake Frohnapfel.

Raiders

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that while several teams including the Giants and Steelers would definitely be against the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas, there are still enough “new-school” owners who wouldn’t take issue with gambling being legal in their prospective new market.

Florio points out that the NFL already hosts multiple games per year in London, where betting is accepted and easily accessible.

It’s worth mentioning that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t rule out the possibility of the Raiders ending up in Las Vegas when asked about it at the owners meetings.

This comes just a day after Raiders owner Mark Davis took another visit to Las Vegas.

Vikings

  • The Vikings have just four of their nine offensive linemen under contract beyond the 2016 season. However, Ben Goessling believes this is largely by design, as the Vikings have ensured that they can move on from certain players next year if need be.
  • Goessling wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota took an offensive lineman early in the draft.
  • Goessling believes the Vikings could at least consider the idea of trading up in round one this year, even though GM Rick Spielman has never done so before.
  • Goessling mentions that the Vikings could probably use quality more than quantity right now, so if they feel like there’s a player who can contribute right away, a trade up could be an option.