NFL Notes: Draft, Bills, Falcons, Redskins, & Saints


  • Tony Pauline reports that there is a lot of interest in Missouri DE Shane Ray from Jaguars and Titans.


  • LB Kiko Alonso (ACL surgery) said he’ll “definitely” be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp.

“I anticipate being 100 percent before camp,” Alonso said, via “By camp, I definitely feel I’ll be at 100 percent. I feel very good with where I’m at. By camp I’ll be full go.”


  • According to Field Yates, the total value of Matt Bryant‘s new contract with the Falcons is $8.5 million and includes $1 million guaranteed.


  • John Keim mentions that DL Barry Cofield’s versatility is a plus for him remaining with the team, but he may have to take a pay cut.


  • Mike Triplett writes that a deep class of free agent running backs could help the Saints chances of retaining RB Mark Ingram next year, possible with a deal that pays less than $4 million per year.
  • Mel Kiper thinks New Orleans would be better targeting someone in the draft with less wear and tear.

There are a lot of guys out there [in free agency] that are proven entities, but they also have a lot of tread on the tires,” Kiper said. “I’d always go the rookie route. I would not take a running back in the first round, but I would from the second round on.”

  • Kiper suggests the Saints could consider guys like Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman in the second, Ameer Abdullah, David Johnson and Jeremy Langford in the third, Duke Johnson and Jay Ajayi in the fourth, T.J. Yeldon in the fifth and David Cobb, and Terrell Watson and Bill Belton in the late rounds.

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