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NFL Notes: James Harrison, Eagles & Saints

James Harrison

Steelers OLB James Harrison tells Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has “nothing to hide” in regards to the Al Jazeera reports connecting him to PED use.

“I have nothing to hide,” Harrison said on Monday. “I will do an interview, but I’ll do it with my stipulations.

Harrison took issue with the fact that the NFL plans to go through with this investigation, despite the fact that the source of the claims has retracted his statement and called them false.

“They started an investigation when it never met the parameters for an investigation,” Harrison said. “On top of that you’re telling players you will be interviewed when there is no credible evidence. That would be like someone saying James Harrison is a pedophile, and then someone starts an investigation. That’s what they’re leaving the gates open for.”

Eagles

Josh Paunil of PhillyMag.com takes a look at some undrafted rookies to keep an eye on for the Eagles during training camp.

  • Paunil believes multiple undrafted rookies could make the team including LB Myke Tavarres, G Darrell Greene, LS John DePalma, RB/WR Byron Marshall and DT Destiny Vaeao.
  • Tavarres actually received the second-most guaranteed money of any undrafted free agent, and could be in the mix for a backup linebacker position.
  • Greene received the most guaranteed money in his rookie contract, so it’s clear that the Eagles have high hopes for him this summer.

Saints

The Saints issued a statement Monday evening saying that they still plan to hold their training camp in West Virginia, despite the recent flooding that has devastated the area.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the West Virginians whose lives have been dramatically affected by the severe flooding the state has recently received.

Unfortunately, our community is very familiar with the loss of life and property these weather disasters can cause and we are working to assist those affected, where we can.

We have maintained contact with officials at The Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp starting on July 27. We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways that our team/organization can contribute in a positive way while we are there this summer. We will do this based on the direction of the local community and The Greenbrier, so that we are not adding to the burden of this difficult recovery.

It is evident that help and assistance is greatly needed across the state and in the immediacy we are working with the United Way to offer our assistance. We would encourage those that are interested in providing assistance to visit https://www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org.”