Posted April 18, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Buccaneers may be interested in quarterback at No. 7

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2014 NFL draft: Buccaneers could target quarterback at No. 7

The Buccaneers don’t see 2013 starter Mike Glennon as the long-term answer at quarterback. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

There has been plenty of discussion surrounding the incoming draft class of quarterbacks, with a number of teams in the top 10 potentially looking to add their signal-caller of the future. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns all pick in the top five and could decide to select a quarterback, but it is unlikely that all four teams would pass up quality prospects at other positions of need to spring for one of the top arms in a deep class at the position.

That has led some to speculate that one of the top three signal-callers — Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCF’s Blake Bortles — could fall into the bottom half of the first round. Continue Reading

Posted April 18, 2014

San Francisco 49ers not expected to pick up Aldon Smith’s fifth-year option, per report

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Aldon Smith option: San Francisco 49ers not expected to pick up LB's fifth year

Aldon Smith could face a crucial prove-it year next season if the 49ers opt to not pick up his option. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The San Francisco 49ers have some big decisions looming on linebacker Aldon Smith’s future with the team following his weekend arrest at Los Angeles International Airport for reporting a false bomb threat

Smith, who is set to earn a base salary of $2,336,454 in 2014, will be in the final year of his deal with the 49ers unless the team decides to pick up its fifth-year team option on his rookie contract by the league’s May 3 deadline.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team is “not expected” to pick up the option, making him a free agent at the end of the season.

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Posted April 18, 2014

San Francisco 49ers unlikely to release Aldon Smith, but suspension seems ‘likely’

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San Francisco 49ers unlikely to release Aldon Smith, but suspension likely

Aldon Smith missed 5 games last season while undergoing substance abuse treatment. (Robert Beck/SI)

Aldon Smith’s future with the San Francisco 49ers is up in the air following his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday for reporting a false bomb threat. Smith faces a year in jail because of the charges, leading many to speculate whether or not he will be on the field — or even on the 49ers roster — next season.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the 49ers do not currently have plans to release Smith.

However, that doesn’t mean he will be taking the field.

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Posted April 18, 2014

2014 NFL draft position rankings: Aaron Donald, Louis Nix III lead versatile defensive tackle class

2014 NFL Draft Primer
(Keith Srakocic/AP)

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald dominated inside throughout the 2013 season. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Versatility is the name of the game in the modern NFL, and this is especially true for defensive linemen of any stripe. It’s increasingly rare to see any lineman stuck in a single gap — more and more, collegiate linemen are also shifting from place to place to make their own defenses more versatile and effective, and it’s a warmup for the pros.

As such, it’s a little tough to split ends and tackles into different rankings — there are players like Missouri’s Kony Ealy who could just as easily be on this list, while Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt may be seen by some as an end. One thing’s for sure: The top man on our list this year can bring it, no matter where you put him. Continue Reading

Posted April 17, 2014

Eli Manning had previous minor procedures ‘nobody knew about’

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Eli Manning secret surgeries: New York Giants QB had previous minor procedures 'nobody knew about'

Eli Manning is coming off the worst statistical season of his career. (Simon Bruty/SI)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning recently underwent surgery on his ankle as rest wasn’t providing the needed relief.

Some have expressed concern that the injury is just another example of Manning’s decline, but former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride doesn’t think so.

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