NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that negotiations between the NFL and the union regarding a revised player discipline policy have taken a “massive step backwards.”
“The NFL’s latest proposal reflects a new position of the NFL that neutral arbitration is NOT a part of this negotiation,” Smith wrote, via Jim Trotter of ESPN.com. “Moreover, their most recent proposal takes several steps backwards on the issues we discussed as recently as a few weeks ago.”
- According to Rand Getlin, Clemson S Jayron Kearse has met with, or is set to visit and/or work out with the Lions, Steelers, Jaguars, and Jets.
- Per Terry McCormick, the Titans plan to hold a private workout with Ohio St. S Vonn Bell.
- An NFC personnel director tells Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that this year’s tight end class is particularly poor: “This is a bad draft for tight ends. I know last year was bad, but this year is sneaky bad. After (Hunter) Henry and (Austin) Hooper, there is nobody.”
- Aaron Wilson reports that Incarnate Word LB Myke Tavarres will visit with the Colts on April 7.
- According to Tony Pauline of WalterFootball.com, NFL teams believe Missouri DB Kenya Dennis can play either safety or corner in dime packages. Dennis has reportedly met with the 49ers yesterday and Jets.
- Cal TE/WR Stephen Anderson is “firmly on Texans’ radar” and has private workouts lined up with the Titans, Patriots, and Falcons, according to Wilson.
- Aaron Wilson reports Alabama CB Cyrus Jones will visit with the Ravens, Eagles, Bills, and Saints, and work out privately for the Panthers and Buccaneers.
An NFL executive tells Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles trade up for Carson Wentz in this year’s draft.
“Don’t be surprised if a team like the Eagles makes a really strong move up the board to get (Carson) Wentz,” the executive said. “I don’t think he’s worth it, but I think they do. Everyone thinks you have to move ahead of Cleveland, but (Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta) will want to get as many picks as possible out of this draft. It wouldn’t surprise me if a team moved directly to Cleveland’s spot for Wentz.”
- Falcons HC Dan Quinn said the team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing free agent G Chris Chester. (Vaughn McClure)