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NFL Rumors: 49ers, Bills, Browns, Buccaneers, & Jaguars

49ers

Bills

  • Bills GM Doug Whaley said they have yet to make a decision regarding whether to pick up QB EJ Manuel’s fifth-year option. (Mike Rodak)
  • In regards to QB Tyrod Taylor, Whaley says there was “work to do” after initial contract talks, but gap is “not insurmountable.” (Mike Rodak)
  • Whaley mentioned that “it would be tough, for what we have” to sign a veteran receiver such as Anquan Boldin, but added he would “never say never.” (Mike Rodak)
  • Whaley doesn’t think they need to restructure any other contracts for cap space. (Vic Carucci)

Browns

Browns executive VP Sashi Brown made it clear that they aren’t banking on WR Josh Gordon returning from his suspension.

“I would just say probably enough Josh chatter,” Brown said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I know he’s intriguing but really for us, we’re focused on the guys that are on our roster and if Josh comes back, great, and if he doesn’t, we’re ready.”

Buccaneers

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said at the owners meetings that their free agent acquisitions won’t impact their draft plans in round one.

“It’s not going to stop us from drafting players at those respective positions,” Licht said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “We still have to do that. If there’s a great player at whatever position it is, we’re not going to say ‘Well, we signed Player X so we don’t need to draft that position now. It allows us to truly stick to our plan, which is ‘Best Available Player.‘”

  • Licht said that they have not discussed possibility of signing free agent DE Greg Hardy. (Greg Auman)

Jaguars