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The 49ers may not be inclined to extend linebacker Aldon Smith’s stay until 2015, but that doesn’t mean they’re done with him in 2014. The team currently doesn’t plan to release Smith, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

More legal troubles for a guy who was gifted a second chance last year when he landed in rehab and was allowed to rejoin the team in the second half of the season? Come on. Maybe the 49ers and other NFL teams should take a stand and not tolerate the behavior. Who cares how great a pass rusher he is? Someone needs to put their foot down and that foot is me. Follow my lead, NFL, clean up your act already. The league is already suffering from rules changes and concussions and many speculate that the league will eventually go under in a decade's time. Let's not compound it by enabling stupidity. That being said, if Smith doesn't get suspended and plays next year, you'll want to grab him as a strong IDP play.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Apr, 10:33 PMSource

Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday.

Brown finished the 2013 season with 32 catches for 446 yards and two touchdowns over 11 games in a limited role. He's a bit on the small size and sits behind Justin Blackmon, Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts, so his value isn't all that high. However, should Blackmon get handed another suspension, things could obviously open up for him.
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17 Apr, 10:18 PMSource

The Cincinnati Bengals worked out free-agent P Zoltan Mesko Wednesday.

The Bengals would like to see improvements on special teams and start to win the ever-imporant battle for field position. It's difficult to say whether or not Mesko is the right guy for the job.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Apr, 10:08 PMSource

Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday.

Cushing missed all of the second half last season with his second major knee injury in as many years. He'll start up his workouts now that he's cleared and he's saying all the right things that new head coach Bill O'Brien wants to hear. If he can stay healthy, he'll be a strong IDP play once again.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Apr, 09:50 PMSource

Jets exercised their $6.969 million fifth-year option for Muhammad Wilkerson on March 15th.

In a sea of ugly known as the New York Jets, there was one bright, shining star in Wilkerson. the defensive end registered 63 tackles with 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. He's the type of guy you build your defense around, though the Jets still have a long way to go before opposing offenses have a reason not to focus on Wilkerson.
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17 Apr, 09:40 PMSource

Chargers exercised their $6.969 million fifth-year option for defensive lineman Corey Liuget on March 15th.

The 24-year old lineman appeared in all 16 games for the Chargers last season but was slowed by a shoulder injury early on. Still, he managed to come up with 42 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble so it comes as little surprise that the Chargers would lock him up. He'll make for a nice IDP play next year so keep him on your radar.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Apr, 09:39 PMSource

Colts G Joe Reitz signed his qualifying offer Thursday.

Reitz is hoping to gain a larger role with the Colts, but may remain a back-up lineman once again. The team does like his speed and blocking ability as evidence by his use as a blocking tight end at times, so maybe there's more work for him down the road.
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17 Apr, 09:21 PMSource

Raiders LB Kaelin Burnett signed his exclusive rights tender Thursday.

The 24-year-old linebacker appeared in 16 games for the Raiders last year in a very limited role. He registered just 10 tackles and one forced fumble and spent most of his time on special teams. He'll continue to compete for a larger role this summer but might still remain a reserve.
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17 Apr, 08:47 PMSource

Ravens have officially exercised fifth-year option on CB Jimmy Smith.

A no-brainer move here for the Ravens as Smith is one of the premier corners in the game. He started all 16 games in 2013, and finished the season with 58 tackles (49 solo), two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 16 pass defenses.
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17 Apr, 08:22 PMSource

Texans have officially exercised the 5th-year option on DE J.J. Watt for 2015.

A no-brainer move if we've ever seen one. Watt is an absolute beast on the field and though his sack total was cut in half last year due to excessive double-teams, he still managed 10.5 to go along with his 81 tackles and four forced fumbles. He's a one of very few defenders you actually use a legitimate draft pick on in IDP leagues.
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17 Apr, 08:12 PMSource

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