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NFL Notes: Rodney McLeod, Eagles, Jets & Saints

Rodney McLeod

  • Eagles free agent acquisition S Rodney McLeod told reporters that he had offers similar to the five-year, $37 million deal he signed a few months ago from the Jaguars, Browns, and Buccaneers. (Jimmy Kempski)

Eagles

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said that QB Sam Bradford has separated himself from Chase Daniel and No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz.

“I think he’s done an outstanding job,” Pederson said, via Philly.com. “When you’re spreading reps equally with three guys, that’s what you want to see. I think he’s done a nice job of taking the next step of being the leader on this football team and the starter. He’s done a nice job there.”

Pederson spoke highly of Bradford’s leadership and performance during offseason workouts.

One, his leadership,” Pederson said. “The fact that he’s embraced that huddle — it’s his huddle. He steps in every day when we’re ready to compete, he’s aggressive with the guys in the huddle, and that’s great to see from your leader, from your quarterback.

“And the way he’s anticipated throws, his accuracy on throws, how well he sees the field, throws a nice ball, nice deep ball. Things like that have really made him the guy I knew he was, and those are things that are exciting finishing up our offseason and getting ready for camp.”

Jets

  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that while Jets franchise DL Muhammad Wilkerson is a very talented player, it doesn’t make sense for the New York to pay both him and Sheldon Richardson big-money contracts, especially when they have 2015 first-round pick Leonard Williams.
  • According to Mehta, it’s unlikely that the Jets and Wilkerson will have an agreement in place on a long-term deal this summer, barring a radical concession from his camp.
  • Mehta adds that Wilkerson has visited with the Jets’ training staff regarding his recovery from a broken leg. Wilkerson reportedly informed them that he won’t be in attendance for mandatory minicamp, which means he should be back for the start of training camp in July.

Saints

  • Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that a federal court judge ruled Friday that Saints owner Tom Benson will not be able to seal financial information relating to the team and the NFL.
  • Outside of the Packers and their unique structure, it’s rare for actual financial information to be available pertaining to the league and the 31 other franchises.

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