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NFL Rumors: 49ers, Colts, Lions, Rams, & Steelers

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Colts

  • Charles Robinson mentions that Jerrell Freeman‘s new contract with the Bears undoubtedly raised some eyebrows inside the Colts’ facility, seeing as he signed the same deal they offered to him before free agency.
  • Mike Wells reports that Freeman wanted to return to the Colts, but he also wanted his first significant payday.
  • The Colts, however, plan to stick with their stance of not overpaying for players, according to Wells.

Lions

Lions RB Theo Riddick said he is open to signing a contract extension with Detroit, but added that no negotiations have taken place up to this point.

I guess we’ll see,” Riddick said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Only time will tell. But first thing’s first, (talks have) to actually at least happen.”

Rams

  • According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN, the Rams do not appear to have serious interest in the available quarterbacks in this year’s free agent market.
  • Wagoner mentions that the Rams haven’t committed to Case Keenum being their starter in 2016. Instead, all they said was that he’ll open the offseason as the starter.
  • However, Wagoner admits that Los Angeles using a firsts-round tender on him is a pretty good sign that they want to Keenum a serious opportunity to be their guy.
  • Wagoner considers QB Nick Foles to be the most likely release candidate if the Rams add another quarterback.
  • According to Wagoner, the Rams like backup In regards to QB Sean Mannion,
  • Wagoner writes that that Rams still like his upside and it would be surprising to see them move on after using a third-round pick on him just last year.

Steelers

  • Pete Schrager of Fox Sports points out that former third-round rookie WR Sammie Coates could benefit from WR Martavis Bryant‘s potential season-long suspension.
  • According to Schrager, members of the Steelers’ coaching staff “raved” about the progress Coates made last season.
  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN does not think the Steelers will cut Bryant based off what he has heard from his sources.
  • Don Banks wonders if the Steelers could have interest in bringing back WR Mike Wallace following the news that Bryant is facing a possible year-long suspension.