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NFL Notes: Steve Smith, Bills, & Chargers

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On Sunday, WR Steve Smith declined to give a timetable on his return at Lardarius Webb‘s charity softball game.

“I don’t know when I’m coming back,” he said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I just know I have to be able to do something in training camp to be able to play for the season. That’s just the way I operate.” Smith said. “I can’t go from doing absolutely nothing [and] sitting on my butt for all of training camp and then go out there and play.”

Smith didn’t run during the softball game, but he was able jog the bases.


  • Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to keep four running backs this year with the final spot likely coming down to a battle between Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams.
  • However, Buscaglia isn’t optimistic about James Wilder Jr.’s chances of making the team.
  • Buscaglia believes the Bills could get by with Jordan Mills as their starting right tackle if they had to.
  • In regards to a sleeper player for the Bills, Buscaglia mentions that WR Dezmin Lewis should have a big opportunity in front of him this summer.
  • If Lewis is unable to secure the Bills’ No. 3 receiver job, Buscaglia thinks veteran Greg Salas is the most likely candidate for the job, due to the fact that he has the trust of the coaching staff.


  • Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that Chargers WR Keenan Allen can earn up to $49 million in his new contract with $2 million escalators for each of the last two seasons of the four-year deal.
  • In 2019, Allen earns $2 million if he catches 90 passes and the team makes the playoffs or if he catches 100 passes and the team wins eight games in 2016, 2017, or 2018.
  • Allen gets an additional $2 million in 2020 if he registers 90 catches and the playoffs or 80 catches and eight wins after unlocking the first escalator for 2019.
  • Florio also confirms that Allen’s contract does have $21.656 million fully guaranteed, which includes the $1.656 million salary he was already due in 2016.

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