Report: Jameis Winston visiting Buccaneers on Tuesday
Florida State quarterback
CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler, Rob Rang and Pat Kirwan all project the Bucs taking Winston over Oregon's Marcus Mariota at No. 1 overall. The draft will be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
ESPN.com reports Mariota is expected to visit the Bucs within the next month.
Report: WR Torrey Smith likely gone unless he gives discount
It's unlikely the
Smith, 26, caught a career-high 11 touchdowns last season.
Report: Ray Rice received $1.6 million in wrongful termination case
In the grievance, Rice had sought $3.529 million in back pay. The Ravens cut him Sept. 8, hours after the release of a video showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
Rice hasn't visited any NFL teams, but he's working out regularly and hoping to latch on with a team this season, the paper said.
WR Brian Hartline visiting Browns
Free agent wideout
He's never caught more than four touchdowns in a season.
Saints S Jairus Byrd close to 100 percent after knee surgery
“He’s doing well," Payton told the paper. "He’ll be cleared for minicamp. We’re really looking at about two or three weeks away from him being 100 percent.”
Byrd had 22 tackles and a forced fumble in four games last season.
Sean Payton hopeful about retaining RB Mark Ingram
Despite the fact that New Orleans is $22 million above the salary cap,
“I spoke with him today," Payton told the paper Monday nght. "The good thing about Mark is that we’re real close with his agent. We work a lot with Joel (Segal). [GM] Mickey [Loomis] will talk with him quite a bit. Obviously he’s someone that we want to keep. Hopefully we can do that.”
In 13 games last season, Ingram ran for 964 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 29 passes for 145 yards.
According to NFL.com, it's unlikely the Saints can afford to bring back Ingram.
Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne to sign with 49ers
On Monday, former Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne chose to sign with the 49ers over the Lions and Seahawks. He's likely going to be a running back and return specialist.
Via the National Football Post, Hayne is receiving $100,000 in guaranteed money from the 49ers.
Patriots' Devin McCourty: There's a 'chance that I might not be back'
In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCourty said he didn't have much information on what the Patriots would do and was going off of various media reports that came down to the organization deciding whether to franchise him or Gostkowski.
Now that Gostkowski is ineligible from hitting the free agent market, McCourty will test the waters beginning on March 10.
"I guess it's more realistic now that [there's] a chance that I might not be back there," McCourty said. "Or there's still a chance that I will, but I guess [there's] more of a chance now with the franchise tag going to Steve that I could be playing in a different place. Still, keeping an open mind and trying to enjoy the process."
In 2014, McCourty recorded 68 tackles and two interceptions.
Report: Texans' Andre Johnson given permission to seek trade
The Texans told Johnson that he'd have a reduced role this upcoming season opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. Therefore, Johnson wanted out of his deal. If a trade cannot be made with a suitor, Johnson will be released.
Johnson was the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft and is the greatest player in the history of the Texans. He's recorded 1,012 catches, 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.
A trade could be difficult, however, based on Johnson's upcoming $16.1 million cap figure and $10.5 million base salary for the 2015 season.
Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles) 'on schedule' with recovery
Ballard, who has missed almost all of the previous two seasons due to injuries, hasn't suffered any setbacks with his recovery, according to the Colts' official website. Ballard tore his ACL in 2013 and suffered an Achilles tear before the 2014 season.
“Vick’s doing well. He’s going through rehab right now. He’s on schedule,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "He’s been working his tail. When the doctors say he’s 100 percent and ready to roll, then we’ll get him back on the field.”
Ballard led the Colts in rushing as a rookie in 2012 with 814 yards and two touchdowns. He only played in one game in 2013 before tearing his ACL in a practice the following week. His Achilles tear came during the 2014 preseason.
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