NFL Draft Recap: Reactions and Analysis
Dom Murtha
Dom Murtha

Mike Scifres was released by the Chargers on Saturday.

The long-time Chargers punter was released after 13 years kicking in San Diego. With the Chargers drafting one of the top punting talents in Drew Kaser, they decided to let the 35-year-old Scifres go. This will reunite Kaser and former college teammate Josh Lambo, the Chargers' current placekicker.
4 hours ago

Neiron Ball (knee) is expected to be ready for the Raiders offseason program.

The Raiders are expected to compete for the wide-open AFC West title this year behind a strong offense and a much-improved defense. Ball will be part of a linebacker corps that could do some damage in 2016. Ball is a physical, tough-nosed linebacker who can complement Khalil Mack.
4 hours ago

Tavon Austin is expected to have his fifth-year option exercised, but the team hopes to sign him to a long-term extension.

It looks like the dual threat receiver will be staying with the Rams for the long haul as the organization is working to hash out a long-term deal. Austin will be one of the more talented new weapons for No. 1 overall selection Jared Goff. Austin caught 52 catches for 473 yards and 5 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 434 yards and four scores. Austin is not utilized in the offense enough to warrant using a draft pick on, except in deeper leagues. He will be picked up off the waiver wire in most leagues once again in 2016.
7 hours ago

Update: Andrew Luck is having serious contract negotiations with the organization, and owner Jim Irsay said he would like Luck signed by the start of training camp in July.

There are no worries between the two sides as Luck is obviously the franchise quarterback in Indy. Even though he battled injuries all of last year, Luck will be back fully healthy in 2016, but do not waste a first or second round pick on him. Luck was one of the first two quarterbacks taken off the board in nearly every draft last season, but was a huge disappointment.
7 hours ago

Sam Bradford has not talked with head coach Doug Pederson since asking for a trade, according to Pederson.

With a new coach and a new system being installed, it will not help a frustrated veteran win playing time by avoiding all contact. But Sam Bradford has not reported to the Eagles workouts or has had any contact with new coach Doug Pederson. With Chase Daniel familiar with the Pederson playbook, it would make sense for Bradford to assimilate as soon as possible. Especially with the Eagles heavily invested in rookie Carson Wentz. This may not end well for Bradford, but monitor this as it evolves.
7 hours ago

DeMarco Murray will still carry the load despite the addition of RB Derrick Henry, according to head coach Mike Mularkey,

What was thought to be a clear path to a bell cow running back in Tennessee, the draft has muddled the position. DeMarco Murray looked like the clear number one with the Titans in a system suited for his downhill running style. But they took Derrick Henry in the second round of the draft. For now, it looks as though Henry is there to be tutored by Murray and the veteran is the clear cut number one, but monitor how this evolves in the pre-season.
7 hours ago

Steelers re-signed Bruce Gradkowski.

There was speculation the Steeler would look elsewhere for a backup quarterback, but they have re-signed a veteran. Bruce Gradkowski has proven himself to be healthy in workouts and with the Steelers needing a number three quarterback, they have retained the veteran. Gradkowski knows the system and works well in the reserve role.
8 hours ago

Bears have released Matt Slauson.

The veteran became expendable with the Bears pick of Cody Whitehair in the second round of the draft. Slauson has been a solid and durable starter for the Bears, starting all 16 of his games in two of his three seasons in Chicago. The vet should have no trouble finding a job helping boost another teams' offensive line.
9 hours ago

The Chicago Bears have cut safety Antrel Rolle.

Rolle's tenure in Chicago only lasted one year. It was a year that Rolle would like to forget, only appearing in seven games for the Bears, and recording only 35 total tackles, and failing to tally an interception for the first time in his career. The Bears addressed the safety spot in the draft by taking safties Deon Bush and Deiondre Hall. This move shows that they are expecting big things from the rookies, and if one earns a starting spot, it makes them worth a look in deeper IDP leagues. Rolle will look to catch on with another team and probably will. His days of being useful as an IDP safety appear to be over.
11 hours ago

Dolphins believe that it was a former financial advisor who leaked the video of Laremy Tunsil in the gas mask.

The now infamous video surfaced just minutes before the draft started on Thursday night and caused a slid into the middle of the first round from his projected spot at near the top. He made a statement saying that he believed his account was hacked, and now the Dolphins are backing him up on that assertion. He is in a financial based lawsuit with his stepfather at the moment and it's entirely possible that this scheme was cooked up as part of that to cost Tunsil money in his first contract. There are is surely more to come from this story but this is an interesting twist to the leak.
1 day ago