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  • NFLPA warns contaminated meat may lead to positive PED tests
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The NFL Players Association is warning players about eating meat from China and Mexico that might be contaminated.

    • In a letter to players and shared on social media by at least two players -- Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Baltimore's Steve Smith -- the NFLPA reminds players they are ultimately responsible for what they put in their bodies.

      "There is some evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," the letter reads. "Consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test for clenbuterol in violation of the Policy.

      "Players are warned to be aware of this issue when traveling to Mexico and China. Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk."

      Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown's story should serve as a cautionary tale for all athletes that might be subjected to fines and suspensions.

      Last year, Brown tested positive for clenbuterol after a bye week trip to Mexico. He ate meat while on the trip.

      Brown provided receipts of what and where he ate, and after a prolonged investigation, his name was cleared and he avoided a 10-game suspension.

      Brown's case wasn't the first involving meat from Mexico.

      National soccer team members from Mexico tested positive for clenbuterol in 2011 -- those positive results were traced to contaminated meat.

  • Brady, NFLPA get court extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association received a 14-day court extension on Tuesday to petition for a rehearing in the latest chapter of the Deflategate saga.

    • The extension gives Brady and the NFLPA until May 23 rather than May 9 to file with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The NFL's request to deny the NFLPA's motion was refused.

      Brady's four-game suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was restored last month after a three-judge panel declared that the punishment was within Goodell's power.

      The incident, which was dubbed Deflategate, occurred before the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015 when Brady allegedly had a role in intentionally letting the air out of footballs. The Patriots won that game 45-7 and advanced to the Super Bowl.

      A ruling for a rehearing after an appeal is rare, and if granted, time-consuming while attempting to persuade the federal appeals court to overturn the ruling that backed Goodell and the league.

      Theodore B. Olson, a former U.S. Solicitor General, was retained by the NFLPA to defend Brady.

      If the suspension stands, Brady would miss the Patriots' 2016 season opener on Sept. 11 at Arizona and games at home against the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.

  • Bills LT Glenn secures new five-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn landed a big contract extension on Tuesday.

    • NFL.com reported that Glenn and the Bills reached agreement on a five-year deal that could be worth $65 million, including $19 million in 2016 and $30 million the first two seasons.

      Without a new contract, Glenn would have made $13.706 million this season while playing under the franchise tag.

      The new deal includes $26.5 million fully guaranteed, which would be the second highest two-year amount ever for an offensive lineman, according to NFL.com.

      The 6-foot-6, 345-pound Glenn has steadied the Bills' offensive line since being drafted in the second round from Georgia in 2012. He has started 57 consecutive games for Buffalo.

      Glenn, 26, is the first player with a franchise tag to sign a long-term deal this offseason and the second left tackle on Tuesday to secure a new contract. Terron Armstead of the New Orleans Saints also agreed to a five-year extension.

  • Don Shula hospitalized
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Hall of Fame coach Don Shula was hospitalized for treatment of two medical conditions that apparently are not serious.

    • His wife, Mary Anne Shula, said Tuesday in a statement that the family anticipates a full recovery and return home.

      "Coach Shula has been admitted to the hospital due to fluid retention and sleep apnea," she said. "The family is looking for a speedy recovery."

      The 86-year-old Shula, the NFL career leader in victories, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He coached the Miami Dolphins for 26 years and won two Super Bowl championships. Miami's undefeated season in 1972 remains the NFL's only perfect season.

      In February, Shula traveled to the Super Bowl to watch his son, Mike, who is the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

  • NFL notebook: Tunsil still might be classified as 'previous offender'
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Laremy Tunsil could take another hit from the social media firestorm during the 2016 NFL Draft.

    • Tunsil, drafted 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins, is still being reviewed within the NFL drug program and could begin his career classified as a previous offender, contrary to reports Monday by ESPN that Tunsil was not in the program.

      "The reports regarding Laremy Tunsil's status are inaccurate," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement to USA Today Tuesday. "Any incoming player with behavior or conduct involving a substance of abuse will be evaluated by the program's advisors. Those clinical professionals -- not the club, league or union -- will determine whether based on that evaluation the player should be entered into the program. Neither the club nor the league has a role in that process, and are not notified of their decision."

      Tunsil was rated the No. 1 offensive tackle, and one of the three best players, in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.

      The video released via Twitter as the draft began showed Tunsil smoking a substance with a gas mask bong, and then removing the mask.

      Ramifications of the video, which Tunsil insists appeared only after his social media accounts were hacked, were being sorted out by teams as the first round of the draft progressed. Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome reportedly removed Tunsil from the draft board in real time and the Ravens drafted Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley sixth overall.

      Tunsil went to Miami only after general manager Chris Grier had the approval of team owner Stephen Ross. Ross said Sunday that the team's security officials determined the video to be at least two years old.

      --Geno Smith could be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets entering training camp for the second consecutive year.

      General manager Mike Maccagnan said the Jets are looking forward to seeing Smith get extended repetitions after losing his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick because of injury last year. Smith, who started 29 games in 2013 and 2014, missed eight weeks in 2015 with a broken jaw after teammate IK Enemkpali socked Smith in the locker room over an unpaid debt of $600.

      Just 25, Smith could have competition from rookie Christian Hackenberg, the Penn State quarterback drafted in the second round last week.

      The Jets drafted Bryce Petty in the fourth round in 2015 and there is the lingering question of Fitzpatrick's future. He hasn't budged from his position on a contract offer the Jets he considered "backup money" and reportedly would retire before playing under that deal.

      --Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Dana Stubblefield vigorously defended himself of rape accusations and expressed that the sexual encounter with his accuser was consensual.

      Stubblefield, 45, was charged with the rape of a disabled woman, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. The alleged incident with the then-31-year-old woman occurred on April 9, 2015.

      The woman told police she had gone to Stubblefield's house in Morgan Hill, Calif., to interview for a babysitting job. After she departed, she said Stubblefield summoned her back, raped her and gave her $80.

      "I am here to state without any reservation that I am completely innocent of all these allegations," Stubblefield said. "I have worked my whole career to be a part of the Bay Area community. And I have worked in several communities and charities with the church. This is an issue that is very close to me. One of my primary charities is Special Olympics -- something that is true and dear to my heart. This is why these allegations hurt me so badly."

      Stubblefield declined to take questions from reporters.

      --New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead has landed a five-year contract extension, according to published reports.

      Armstead is entering the final season of his four-year rookie pact. The extension with the Saints runs through 2021.

      Armstead, 24, started 13 games last season despite having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during the season. He started 14 games in 2014.

      --Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford is missing offseason workouts after undergoing knee surgery, according to published reports.

      Walford suffered the injury in an ATV crash earlier in the offseason. It is unclear when he was hurt and when he underwent the operation.

      Walford is expected to be recovered by the time training camp begins in late July.

      Walford caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns last season as a rookie.

      --The Philadelphia Eagles released three players to create roster space.

      Linebacker Brandon Hepburn, running back Ross Scheuerman and fullback Ryan Mueller were let go, the Eagles announced.

      None of the players saw action in a regular-season game for Philadelphia.

      --The Indianapolis Colts waived outside linebacker Eze Obiora.

      Obiora was signed as an undrafted free agent on Jan. 13 after playing the previous two campaigns for Sioux Falls of the Indoor Football League.

  • By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Dana Stubblefield vigorously defended himself of rape accusations at a press conference on Tuesday and expressed that the sexual encounter with his accuser was consensual.

    • Stubblefield, 45, was charged with the rape of a disabled woman, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. The alleged incident with the then-31-year-old woman occurred on April 9, 2015.

      The woman told police she had gone to Stubblefield's house in Morgan Hill, Calif., to interview for a babysitting job. After she departed, she said Stubblefield summoned her back, raped her and gave her $80.

      The police report said Stubblefield's DNA was a match.

      However, the former San Francisco 49ers standout voiced his innocence during a press conference held at the Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose.

      "I am here to state without any reservation that I am completely innocent of all these allegations," Stubblefield said at the press conference. "I have worked my whole career to be a part of the Bay Area community. And I have worked in several communities and charities with the church. This is an issue that is very close to me. One of my primary charities is Special Olympics -- something that is true and dear to my heart.

      "This is why these allegations hurt me so badly."

      Stubblefield declined to take questions from reporters.

      Stubblefield's attorney, Ken Rosenfeld, said the woman agreed to have sex and later asked Stubblefield for a job and money.

      Rosenfeld also said Stubblefield passed a lie-detector test. He said the woman repeatedly asked Stubblefield for money.

      "This is a money grab," Rosenfield said.

      Stubblefield was released from jail Monday night after posting $250,000 bail.

      Stubblefield faces five felony counts related to the charge and could face "a substantial prison sentence" if convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.

      "This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim," Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said in a press release. "She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted."

      Stubblefield played for the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders during his 11-year career. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

      As a rookie in 1993, Stubblefield had a career-high 64 tackles and also 10.5 sacks to win the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

      In 1997, Stubblefield's 48 tackles (13 assists) and 15 sacks earned him the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.

      Stubblefield retired in 2003 with career totals of 352 tackles and 53.5 sacks in 154 games.

  • Saints lock up T Armstead wtih five-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead has landed a five-year contract extension, according to published reports.

    • Armstead is entering the final season of his four-year rookie pact. The extension with the Saints runs through 2021.

      Armstead, 24, started 13 games last season despite having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during the season. He started 14 games in 2014.

      Armstead was a third-round draft pick in 2013.

  • Raiders TE Walford recovering from knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford is missing offseason workouts after undergoing knee surgery, according to published reports.

    • Walford suffered the injury in an ATV crash earlier in the offseason. It is unclear when he was hurt and when he underwent the operation.

      Walford is expected to be recovered by the time training camp begins in late July.

      Walford caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns last season as a rookie.

  • Colts release OLB Obiora
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The Indianapolis Colts waived outside linebacker Eze Obiora, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Obiora was signed as an undrafted free agent on Jan. 13 after playing the previous two campaigns for Sioux Falls of the Indoor Football League.

  • Trend is positive despite 30 undrafted underclassmen
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Over the course of three days last week, 253 players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, likely the most exciting day in each of their careers up to this point. But what the television cameras don't show is the aftermath following the 253rd pick as hundreds of undrafted prospects scramble to sign deals as free agents.

    • Included in that mix are a few dozen underclassmen who left school early to pursue a professional career. For some of those underclassmen, it was a longshot to be drafted. But for several others, it was an unexpected shock that likely creates doubt about whether or not the right decision was made to leave school with eligibility remaining.

      Of the record 107 underclassmen who declared early for the 2016 NFL Draft, 30 were left undrafted, including notable players like Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson, Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell and Indiana defensive tackle Darius Latham.

      The 30 undrafted underclassmen is six more than last season, but the trend has been positive over the past three seasons.

      In 2014, 39.2 percent of underclassmen who declared early went undrafted. That number decreased to 28.6 percent in the 2015 NFL Draft and 28.0 percent this year. Those numbers are higher than ideal, but are trending in the right direction.

      The NFL has tweaked aspects of the declaration process over the years to help college players make informed decisions. Players who are three years removed from high school are able to petition the NFL Draft Advisory Board for a preliminary grade before making a decision. Underclassmen receive one of three grades: First round, second round or go back to school.

      Regardless of those grades and other NFL feedback, underclassmen will go undrafted every year, which is just the reality of the situation. Many receive poor advice from family, friends or other outside influences. And for some, returning to school isn't an option due to academic or off-field issues. The NFL has implemented protocol to assist underclassmen to make the best possible decision, but for some players, the allure of a professional career in the NFL is worth the gamble to leave school early.

      And going undrafted doesn't mean the dream is over as the NFL is littered with dozens of players who were not drafted like Jason Peters, Cameron Wake and Tony Romo. Each organization signs an average of 14 undrafted free agents with players receiving a signing bonus in the $7,500 range.

      Of the 30 underclassmen who went undrafted in this year's class, some probably have regrets while others don't. But hopefully future underclassmen take notice to help make the best decision for them.

      Below is a list of the 30 undrafted underclassmen in the 2016 draft class:

      Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon

      Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma

      Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson

      Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn

      Dariusz Bladek, OG, Bethune-Cookman

      Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State

      Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne

      Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State

      Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia

      Eric Enderson, PT, Delaware

      David Grinnage, TE, N.C. State

      Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona

      Denver Kirkland, OG, Arkansas

      Darius Latham, DT, Indiana

      Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green

      Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers

      Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State

      Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa

      Marquez North, WR, Tennessee

      Joe Powell, DB, Globe

      Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State

      Alex Redmond, OG, UCLA

      Aldrick Rosas, PK, Southern Oregon

      Tyrell Smith, OT, Massachusetts

      Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse

      Corey Tindal, CB, Marshall

      Quinn van Gylswyk, PK, British Columbia

      Cleveland Wallace, CB, San Jose State

      De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State

      Avery Young, OT, Auburn

      --Dane Brugler is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange.

  • Another hit coming for Tunsil?
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Laremy Tunsil could take another hit from the social media firestorm during the 2016 NFL Draft.

    • Tunsil, drafted 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins, is still being reviewed within the NFL drug program and could begin his career classified as a previous offender, contrary to reports Monday by ESPN that Tunsil was not in the program.

      "The reports regarding Laremy Tunsil's status are inaccurate," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement to USA Today Tuesday. "Any incoming player with behavior or conduct involving a substance of abuse will be evaluated by the program's advisors. Those clinical professionals – not the club, league or union – will determine whether based on that evaluation the player should be entered into the program. Neither the club nor the league has a role in that process, and are not notified of their decision."

      Tunsil was rated the No. 1 offensive tackle, and one of the three best players, in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.

      The video released via Twitter as the draft began showed Tunsil smoking a substance with a gas mask bong, and then removing the mask.

      Ramifications of the video, which Tunsil insists appeared only after his social media accounts were hacked, were being sorted out by teams as the first round of the draft progressed. Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome reportedly removed Tunsil from the draft board in real time and the Ravens drafted Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley sixth overall.

      Tunsil went to Miami only after general manager Chris Grier had the approval of team owner Stephen Ross. Ross said Sunday that the team's security officials determined the video to be at least two years old.

      Players in the first stage of the program are subject to a treatment plan and testing for substances of abuse as often as necessary. Additional failed tests or diluted samples can lead to a player advancing to Stage 2 and 3, where the punishment ranges from fine to suspension.

  • Eagles release three players
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The Philadelphia Eagles released three players on Tuesday to create roster space.

    • Linebacker Brandon Hepburn, running back Ross Scheuerman and fullback Ryan Mueller were let go, the Eagles announced.

      None of the players saw action in a regular-season game for Philadelphia.

  • Jets GM 'kind of excited' for Geno Smith era
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Geno Smith could be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets entering training camp for the second consecutive year.

    • General manager Mike Maccagnan said the Jets are looking forward to seeing Smith get extended repetitions after losing his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick because of injury last year. Smith, who started 29 games in 2013 and 2014, missed eight weeks in 2015 with a broken jaw after teammate IK Enemkpali socked Smith in the locker room over an unpaid debt of $600.

      “Going forward, you always have contingency plans,” Maccagnan told The Michael Kay Show. "In the NFL, it's kind of like playing chess. At some point in time, you get down to where you run out of moves. We're not at that stage yet. Right now, Geno has been a starter for us, and actually played quite well prior to getting hurt last year, and was doing a good job in the offseason. So we're kind of excited to see what Geno can do, coming back. And we feel good about that."

      Smith's record was 11-18 as a starter and interceptions were the issue for Smith, who had 34 picks and 25 touchdowns entering last season.

      Just 25, Smith could have competition from rookie Christian Hackenberg, the Penn State quarterback drafted in the second round last week.

      "The big thing you have to do in the draft is you look at the player, the potential you think they could develop into, and go from there. We thought the upside and potential for him was pretty high, that's where we fell at that point in time," Maccagnan said. "Sometimes you look toward the future and take chances on guys."

      The Jets drafted Bryce Petty in the fourth round in 2015 and there is the lingering question of Fitzpatrick's future. He hasn't budged from his position on a contract offer the Jets he considered "backup money" and reportedly would retire before playing under that deal.

  • Vikings sign German WR Boehringer
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver Moritz Boehringer on Monday, making him the first 2016 draft pick to sign a contract.

    • The deal is worth $2.49 million over four years and includes a $150,420 signing bonus, according to ESPN.

      Boehringer was the first player in history to be drafted directly from Europe when he was selected in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

      Boehringer, 22, must show proof of employment to obtain a work visa in the United States, and signing a contract sets the paperwork process in motion.

      Boehringer was a star in the German Football League, winning the league's Rookie of the Year Award in 2015. He had 59 catches for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games and returned 14 kickoffs for 415 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

  • Chargers release P Scifres
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The San Diego Chargers released 35-year-old veteran punter Mike Scifres on Monday.

    • Scifres, the Chargers' all-time leader in punting yards with 34,152, has spent his entire 13-year career in San Diego, playing in 195 games.

      "I'm so grateful to have played my entire career for one team," said Scifres, who has not yet made his retirement official despite reports he would step away from the game after this past season. "It's been one heck of a ride and I wouldn't change."

      Scifres was selected by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. His 45.2-yards-per-punt average ranks first in franchise history and also ranks 14th all-time in NFL history. His 756 career punts rank second in Chargers history behind Darren Bennett, who had 771.

      "What he's given to this organization for the past 13 years, we can't thank him enough," Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. "He was everything you could ask for: a leader on the field, in the locker room and in the community."

      San Diego will replace Scifres with former Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser, who was selected in the sixth round of this year's draft.

  • Former NFL star Stubblefield charged with rape of disabled woman
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Dana Stubblefield, a retired three-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle, has been charged with the rape of a disabled woman, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

    • Stubblefield, 45, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman at his Morgan Hill, Calif. home on April 9, 2015. The then-31-year-old woman was interviewing for a job as a babysitter.

      Stubblefield faces five felony counts related to the charge and could face "a substantial prison sentence" if convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.

      "This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim," Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said in a press release. "She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted."

      Bail is set at $250,000 and Stubblefield will be arraigned at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill on Wednesday, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

      Stubblefield played for the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders during his 11-year career.

      As a rookie in 1993, Stubblefield recorded a career-high 64 tackles and 10.5 sacks and went on to win the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

      In 1997, Stubblefield's 48 tackles (13 assists) and 15 sacks earned him the league's Defensive Player of the Year Award.

      Stubblefield retired in 2003 with career totals of 352 tackles (82 assists) and 53.5 sacks in 154 games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.

  • Bills won't retain QB Manuel for 2017
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Quarterback EJ Manuel, who started 10 games for the Buffalo Bills as a rookie after being the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, did not have his fifth-year option for 2017 picked by the Bills, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • Manuel's playing time and status have gone down each season. After starting 10 games in 2013, he started four games in 2014 and just two games last season. His only two starts in 2015 came because Tyrod Taylor was injured, and Buffalo lost both those games.

      Taylor established himself as the team's starter last season, and he signed a two-year-deal in 2015. Both he and Manuel are now scheduled to become free agents following the 2016 season.

      Manuel completed 61.9 percent of his passes last season, with three touchdown passes and three interceptions. He is due to make a guaranteed $2,827,000 this year, ESPN reported.

  • NFL notebook: Steelers' Harrison will return in 2016
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison confirmed Monday he plans to return for the 2016 season.

    • Harrison posted a photo on Instagram with a message that read "I'M BACK" in bold.

      "I'll be 38 on Wednesday and I'm feeling just like a fine wine. Getting better with age," Harrison wrote in the message under the photo.

      Harrison compiled five sacks and 40 tackles in 15 games (one start) last season as a rotational pass rusher. He has 76.5 career sacks.

      The Steelers re-signed backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a one-year contract. Gradkowski will compete with fourth-year veteran Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot behind Ben Roethlisberger.

      --Marshawn Lynch is committed to retirement, and the Seattle Seahawks are equally dedicated to keeping incoming players out of his No. 24 jersey.

      As a sign of respect, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that he promised Lynch the No. 24 would not be used in 2016.

      --Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who slipped to No. 13 after a video surfaced on social media right before the NFL Draft got underway, is not expected to begin his pro career under the league's substance-abuse program.

      A source told ESPN that the rookie is expected to get a clean slate from the NFL but the league will closely monitor and support Tunsil in the event intervention is needed.

      --A number teams made decisions on whether to exercise the fifth-year option on players drafted in 2013:

      --The Detroit Lions exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

      The Lions also signed free agent linebacker Zaviar Gooden.

      --Offensive lineman Eric Fisher, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, had his fifth-year option picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.

      --The Los Angeles Rams exercised the fifth-year options on wide receiver Tavon Austin and linebacker Alec Ogletree for the 2017 season.

      --The Minnesota Vikings passed on picking up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson but did pick up the options for their other two first-round picks in 2013, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Floyd was the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 draft and Rhodes was selected 25th overall.

      --The San Francisco 49ers exercised the fifth-year option on safety Eric Reid for the 2017 season. The 49ers originally selected Reid with the 18th overall pick in 2013.

      --Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he has not lived up to expectations, and the Jaguars will decline to exercise their fifth-year option on Joeckel, multiple media outlets reported.

      --The Cleveland Browns have decided not to pick up the fifth-year contract option on linebacker Barkevious Mingo, multiple media outlets reported.

      The Browns also terminated the contract of linebacker Scott Solomon and waived wide receiver Saalim Hakim.

      --The Tennessee Titans announced that they will not pick up the fifth-year option for right guard Chance Warmack, who was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --The New England Patriots have decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on guard Jonathan Cooper, NFL.com reported. New England acquired Cooper in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last month, giving the Patriots the decision on whether to pick up the option on Cooper, who was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      Also, the Patriots announced they released defensive back Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters.

      --The Oakland Raiders will not exercise the fifth-year option on defensive back DJ Hayden, according to multiple reports. Hayden has underperformed since being the 12th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --The Denver Broncos declined to exercise the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --The Buffalo Bills officially announced the signing of fullback Glenn Gronkowski, the young brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski who went undrafted over the weekend.

      Glenn Grownkowski was one of 14 undrafted free agents signed by the Bills, who also released cornerback Merrill Noel, center Ronald Patrick and defensive end Jarius Wynn on Monday.

      --The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms on contracts with 16 rookie free agents including former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker.

      Among the other players signed were Arizona running back Jared Baker as well as Notre Dame wide receiver Amir Carlisle and safety Matthias Farley.

      --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that kicker Connor Barth had been released.

      Barth spent the 2015 season with Tampa Bay, connecting on 23 of 28 field-goal attempts and on 25 of 26 extra points.

      The team also waived defensive end Martin Ifedi and announced the signing of 19 college free agents.

      --The Indianapolis Colts waived four players, including center/guard Khaled Holmes who was a former fourth-round pick.

      The Colts also waived tight end Cameron Clear, long snapper Forrest Hill and tackle Mitchell Van Dyk.

      --Former Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave was among 10 undrafted rookie free agents signed by the Minnesota Vikings.

      --The Miami Dolphins waived defensive end Damontre Moore, running back Jahwan Edwards and wide receiver Christion Jones.

      --The Washington Redskins announced veteran cornerback Chris Culliver was among eight players who were released.

      The Redskins signed Culliver to a four-year deal last offseason worth more than $30 million. His season was limited to six games because of injury and a one-game suspension.

      --The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with 21 undrafted free agents, including Syracuse linebacker Ronald Thompson.

  • Redskins waive CB Culliver, seven others
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    The Washington Redskins announced Monday veteran cornerback Chris Culliver was among eight players who were released.

    • The Redskins signed Culliver to a four-year deal last offseason worth more than $30 million. His season was limited to six games because of injury and a one-game suspension.

      Washington signed All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman last month and drafted Virginia Teck corner Kendall Fuller in the third round on Friday.

      The Redskins also parted ways with defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi, linebacker Desmond Bishop, wide receiver LaRon Byrd, defensive lineman Anthony Johnson, defensive lineman Kamal Johnson, cornerback Al Louis-Jean and linebacker Derrick Mathews.

  • Patriots decline fifth-year option on Cooper
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    The New England Patriots have decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on guard Jonathan Cooper, NFL.com reported Monday.

    • As a result, Cooper will become a free agent after the 2016 season.

      New England acquired Cooper in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last month, giving the Patriots the decision on whether to pick up the option on Cooper, who was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      A broken leg prevented Cooper from playing his rookie NFL season, and he made just 11 starts over the past two seasons.

      Also, the Patriots announced they released defensive back Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters.

  • Titans decline option on Warmack
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that they will not pick up the fifth-year option for right guard Chance Warmack, who was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    • Picking up the option would have bound him to the team through the 2017 season and he would have been in line for more than $11 million that season.

      "At this point and time for our football team, as we manage the roster and salary cap, we believe this is in the best interest of our team," general manager Jon Robinson said in the team's press release. "We expect Chance to play well for us this year; and we are not closing the door on his long-term future with our franchise."

      Warmack started all but two games in his three years with the team.

  • Raiders decline option on DB Hayden
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    The Oakland Raiders will not exercise the fifth-year option on defensive back DJ Hayden, according to multiple reports on Monday.

    • Hayden has underperformed since being the 12th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. In fact, Oakland has beefed up its secondary this offseason and Hayden isn't even assured of making the Raiders' final roster.

      Hayden's fifth-year option would have been worth $8 million. He will make $675,000 in base salary this season with a $1.1 million roster bonus due at the start of training camp.

      Hayden is now set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.

      He started two games as a rookie and eight games in his second year when he was graded as one of the worst corners in the league. In 2015, he made 13 starts -- mostly because the Raiders' defensive backfield was beset by numerous injuries.

      In March, the Raiders signed free agent cornerback Sean Smith to a four-year, $40 million contract.

  • Broncos decline option on DT Williams
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    The Denver Broncos declined to exercise the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • As a result, Williams, the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, will become a free-agent following the 2016 season.

      He was scheduled to make $6.757 million on his fifth-year option in 2017, according to the Denver Post, but the Broncos declined to pick up the option.

      "In my heart I feel that was best for me, one being because I'll become a free agent at 28 instead of 29," Williams said via text to the Post. "And two, this is gonna be my best year and with Bill (Kollar) and Wade (Phillips) I'll only get better."

      Williams started 15 games for the Broncos last season and had 25 tackles and three sacks. He will probably remain in the starting lineup in 2016.

  • Jaguars to decline option on Joeckel
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he has not lived up to expectations, and the Jaguars will decline to exercise their fifth-year option on Joeckel, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • Despite Joeckel's high draft position, the Jaguars' move is not a complete surprise. The Jaguars signed free-agent left tackle Kevin Beachum, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, and Beachum is expected to occupy the starting left tackle spot for the Jaguars in 2015.

      Joeckel could be moved to a guard position, and it is also possible that Joeckel will not be in the starting lineup at all.

      The Jaguars have not seen enough out of Joeckel to continue to pay him the salary such a high draft pick receives. He is scheduled to make about $3.3 million in 2016.

  • Eagles release WR Martino, S Couplin
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Freddie Martino and safety Jerome Couplin, the team announced Monday.

    • Couplin, 24, played in eight games for the Eagles in 2015, mostly on special teams. He was placed on injured reserve in November because of a shoulder injury. Couplin was signed by the Eagles off the Detroit Lions' practice squad in 2014.

      Martino, 24, was on the Eagles' practice squad in 2015.