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  • Micah Hyde DB - BUF
    • Tue, Apr 17, 9:57am

      Hyde (concussion) said Tuesday that he didn't play in the Pro Bowl due to "another injury," Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. "But I'm 100 percent now," Hyde added.

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      Analysis: During the Bills' wild-card loss at Jacksonville, Hyde entered the concussion protocol, but a head injury wasn't the reason he didn't appear in his first potential Pro Bowl. Since joining the Bills in March 2017, he tended to a hip issue in training camp and a knee concern at times during the regular season, so an array of injuries may have been the impetus for the absence. With his health restored, Hyde will aim to build upon a career campaign in which he posted 82 tackles and five interceptions while playing 96.1 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

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  • Dez Bryant WR - DAL
    • Tue, Apr 17, 9:16am

      Bryant sounded excited about the idea of playing for the Giants in an interview with Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

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      Analysis: Bryant has been clear about his preference to stay in the NFC East, where he'd face his former team twice per season. The Eagles and Redskins appear set at wide receiver, but the Giants would have an opening -- along with an extra $5.1 million in cap space -- if they were to release 34-year-old Brandon Marshall (ankle). However, there hasn't been any indication the interest is mutual, as the Giants might simply prefer to discuss a pay cut with Marshall. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Baltimore has displayed the most interest in Bryant since he was released by the Cowboys on Friday. Other possible destinations for the 29-year-old wideout include Houston, San Francisco, Green Bay, Buffalo and Arizona, though Bryant probably doesn't want to join a rebuilding team like the Bills or Cardinals, and he dismissed the idea of playing for the Packers. If he's truly set on facing the Cowboys this upcoming season, Bryant could check in with the Panthers, Seahawks, Titans or Colts.

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    • Tue, Apr 17, 8:06am

      The Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on Winston's rookie contract, locking him in for 2019 at a $20.922 million salary that's only guaranteed against injury, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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      Analysis: The fifth-year option ensures Winston can't hit free agency or receive the franchise tag next season, giving the Bucs a bit of leverage in negotiations on a long-term contract. The team may be hesitant to work on a deal at the moment, as the NFL still hasn't talked to Winston about a November accusation that he groped an Uber driver in 2016, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports. Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer, general manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter all have expressed frustration with the league's slow movement on the case. Winston reported Monday for the start of the Buccaneers' offseason program.

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  • Mohamed Sanu WR - ATL
    • Tue, Apr 17, 7:50am

      Sanu (undisclosed) appeared to be doing rehab work on a side field Tuesday at the Falcons' offseason program, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports.

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      Analysis: Given that there was no report of offseason surgery, Sanu's inclusion in the rehab group comes as a bit of a surprise. He dealt with a hamstring injury in October and a knee issue in December and January, but his only absence of the 2017 season occurred in Week 6. Whatever the issue may be, it's a good sign that Sanu is at least healthy enough to do rehab work on a field as the Falcons begin their offseason program. He'll likely be back at full strength before training camp, where he figures to operate as the team's No. 2 receiver.

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  • Justin Hardy WR - ATL
    • Tue, Apr 17, 7:44am

      Hardy (shoulder) appeared to be doing rehab work on a side field Tuesday, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports.

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      Analysis: Hardy had a minor procedure on his right shoulder in late January after the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs. He caught either 20 or 21 passes in each of his three professional seasons, but there is an opportunity for a larger role in 2018 after Taylor Gabriel signed with the Bears in March. Hardy figures to compete for the No. 3 receiver job, squaring off against Marvin Hall, Reggie Davis and, potentially, a rookie draft pick. Hardy may be limited at the offseason program but should be back to full strength long before training camp. A 2015 fourth-round pick, he's entering the final season of his rookie contract.

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  • Devonta Freeman RB - ATL
    • Tue, Apr 17, 7:31am

      Freeman (knee) appeared to be on a side field doing rehab work Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Freeman played through a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee during the playoffs, managing only 73 yards on 28 carries and 29 yards on six receptions, though he did score two touchdowns in two games. He also suffered a pair of concussions last season, bringing his reported total to three during his NFL career. It's no surprise to see Freeman doing rehab work while the Falcons start their offseason program, as he said in late March that he wasn't sure if he'd be ready for Organized Team Activities in May. He does expect to be back at full strength before training camp, where he'll prepare for the first season of the five-year, $41.25 million extension he signed in August. Fellow running back Tevin Coleman is in the final year of his rookie contract, and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said it isn't out of the question that both backs could be retained long-term.

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  • Aaron Rodgers QB - GB
    • Tue, Apr 17, 7:03am

      Rodgers is frustrated with the lack of communication between him and the Packers front office this offseason, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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      Analysis: Rodgers likely understands that he can't make decisions for management, but he reportedly wishes the team had at least consulted him before cutting ties with former quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The 34-year-old quarterback doesn't seem to be a huge fan of new general manager Brian Gutenkunst, potentially making it a bit tougher to hammer out a contract extension. Rodgers' current deal has him scheduled to make $20.6 million in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019, per OverTheCap. Fully recovered from last year's broken collarbone, Rodgers likely wants an extension that matches or exceeds the contracts recently signed by Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford -- all featuring an average annual value of at least $27 million, per OTC. The Packers at least did Rodgers one favor this offseason when they replaced Nelson with another red-zone weapon in the form of tight end Jimmy Graham. The team signed Davante Adams to a four-year extension in December and seemingly plans to keep Randall Cobb for at least one more season.

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  • Malik Hooker DB - IND
    • Mon, Apr 16, 6:59pm

      Hooker (knee) was present for the start of voluntary workouts Monday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Hooker is on the mend from a torn ACL he suffered Week 7 of last season. While he's seemingly avoided any setbacks in his rehab thus far, Hooker isn't close to full strength at this juncture, and his spectrum of potential return dates stretches from training camp to the midpoint of the 2018 season.

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  • Malcolm Brown RB - LA
    • Mon, Apr 16, 6:45pm

      Brown signed his exclusive-rights tender Monday, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: The Rams tendered Brown in early March, making it almost impossible for the exclusive-rights free agent to negotiate a contract with another team. Him signing the tender is essentially a formality, and the running back is now under contract with Los Angeles through the end of the 2018 season. In advance of the upcoming draft, Brown ranks as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Todd Gurley.

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  • Byron Jones DB - DAL
    • Mon, Apr 16, 6:43pm

      Jones is officially moving over to corner for the 2018 season, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

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      Analysis: It had been speculated for several months that Jones could be headed back to the position he played while at Connecticut. Well, that speculation appears to now be reality as Jones announced he'll be making the switch. "I think it will be a good move for me and the team," Jones said Monday. Entering his fourth season, Jones has started every game in both of the last two years.

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