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NFL Notes: Marshawn Lynch, Draft, Dolphins, Panthers

Marshawn Lynch

Doug Hendrickson, the agent for retired RB Marshawn Lynch, tells KNBR that while his client misses playing football, the media “took the ball and kind ran with it” in regards to the reports of him unretiring and possibly joining the Raiders.

Well in all sincerity, Marshawn’s been in Canada,” Hendrickson said. “I’m due to see him this week. So he and I have not spoken about this at all. So it was the media who took the ball and kind ran with it.

“He’s one of the most unique guys I’ve ever been with in my life. Marshawn, it wouldn’t shock me in three days if he says, ‘Hey, I want to play.’ It wouldn’t shock me if he says, ‘Nah, I don’t know where this came from. I don’t want to play.‘”

According to Hendrickson, Lynch is in good shape financially but he can’t rule out a potential return to the NFL.

He doesn’t spend any of the money he’s made. He’s got a lot of money,” Hendrickson said. “He does miss football, no question. He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But until I meet with him this week, you know, I don’t know what his mindset is. He’s the kind of guy that can shift by the hour.

Marshawn’s always done it his way,” Hendrickson said. “He hasn’t succumbed to public pressure. He does it how he wants to do it. All the athletes look at him and want to do the same thing, but they can’t do it. He’s authentic. He’s real.

Draft

  • UNC QB Mitch Trubisky mentioned that he has individual team workouts set up with the Browns, Jets, 49ers, and Chiefs among others. (Andrew Carter)
  • Washington CB Sidney Jones announced that he underwent successful surgery for a torn Achilles on Tuesday and doctors expect him to still play this season, despite the injury.
  • The Ravens have a pre-draft visit set up with Washington WR John Ross. (Jamison Hensley)

Dolphins

  • According to Armando Salguero, the Dolphins would like to sign free agent LB Zach Brown, but they have no intention of overpaying to get him.
  • Salguero adds that the Dolphins will likely approach this situation much like they did with DT Dontari Poe.
  • Barry Jackson reports that the Dolphins had a visit scheduled with DL Tyson Alualu before he agreed to a deal with the Steelers on Tuesday.

Panthers

Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion tells Max Henson that QB Cam Newton will be sidelined for OTAs after undergoing surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff.

It is well-documented and well-researched that overhead throwing athletes commonly have wear and tear to their rotator cuffs,” Vermillion said. “As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam’s work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.”

The expectation is that Newton will not throw for 16 weeks following the procedure, which would mean the earliest he could be back to full participation would be July 20.

  • According to Henson, Newton, DE Charles Johnson and WR Damiere Byrd are all undergoing surgery, but are still projected to return in time for the start of training camp.

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