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  • KC Wide Receiver #4
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Chiefs WR Rashee Rice is cooperating with authorities regarding Saturday’s car crash.
    Rice’s lawyer released a statement on Monday regarding the six-car pileup over the weekend, saying “On behalf of Rashee Rice, his thoughts are with everyone impacted by the automobile accident on Saturday. Rashee is cooperating with local authorities and will take all necessary steps to address this situation responsibly.” That doesn’t necessarily remove any wrongdoing from the situation, particularly considering the vague wording of the statement. Even so, it now appears as if Rice contacted the Dallas Police after he was wanted in connection with the major car accident Saturday evening. Dash cam footage was released Sunday showing a Corvette and Lamborghini racing on the highway, with the latter losing control, hitting the median, and causing the incident. More to come from the newest car-involved saga.
  • LAC Running Back #27
    Chargers are signing RB J.K. Dobbins, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.
    Dobbins signs to a Chargers team that has a heavy Ravens influence already with former Ravens executive Joe Hortiz as general manager. He started last season as the Ravens’ starter but tore his Achilles in Week 1. Dobbins also tore his ACL in 2021, beginning a series of injuries that have hampered his career. Once averaging six yards per carry as a rookie, Dobbins joins former offensive coordinator Greg Roman and backfield mate Gus Edwards with the Chargers in hopes of regaining his efficient form.
  • FA Running Back #23
    Free agent RB Rashaad Penny visited the Seahawks Wednesday.
    Penny spent last season with the Eagles, appearing in three games and getting 11 carries for 33 yards. His role was reduced in the Philly backfield after spending five seasons with the Seahawks. Penny visited his former team with a chance to rejoin a backfield that looks different from his last stint in Seattle. If Penny does join the Seahawks, he would back up Kenneth Walker and Zach Charbonnet as a depth piece.
  • FA Tackle #67
    Justin Murray retired from the NFL after six seasons.
    Murray signed a futures contract with the Browns earlier this offseason but has decided to call it a career. The former UDFA entered the league in 2016 but didn’t see his first regular season action until 2018 as a member of the Raiders. Murray went on to appear in 41 games during his career while also making 20 starts. He spent 2023 with the Titans and appeared in four games as a backup.
  • NYG Wide Receiver #86
    Darius Slayton did not report to the Giants’ voluntary offseason workouts.
    Slayton not reporting to voluntary workouts is a little less alarming than Justin Jefferson and CeeDee Lamb not reporting, but their decision to stay away all comes from the same place. Like Jefferson and Lamb, Slayton is also in the final year of his contract and is in search of a long-term extension. Slayton, 27, has led the Giants in receiving in four of his last five seasons, and led the way with 50-770-4 in 2023. A deep threat who has averaged 15.2 YPR for his career, Slayton has gone for 740 or more yards in all but one season in his career, but doesn’t offer much in the way of consistent receiving production. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants re-up with Slayton on a deal that leaves both sides feeling satisfied, which shouldn’t come at too high a cost.
  • FA Tight End
    Chargers hosted Georgia TE Brock Bowers for a visit.
    Bowers, who has also visited with the Jets and Bears, is locked in as a top-15 pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Though he didn’t do any pre-draft testing, his college production profile and on-field speed and agility have intrigued a number of teams with Day One picks. It would be something of a surprise if Jim Harbaugh’s Chargers took the standout tight end with the fifth pick in the draft. The team seems to be hyper focused on building a dominant defense and a tough-nosed, run-heavy offense. The Chargers’ total lack of target competition could lead to a target-heavy season for a talent like Bowers if he lands in LA.
  • CLG Quarterback
    Giants hosted Oregon QB Box Nix and South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler for visits.
    Giants coaches and front office officials have done their due diligence on this year’s crop of quarterbacks with Daniel Jones coming off a torn ACL and having missed significant time with a troublesome neck injury. The game-managing Nix has seen his draft stock rise in recent weeks and could land with a QB-needy team in the first round. The Giants likely won’t use their sixth overall pick on Nix, but could trade down and take him late in the first round. That would set up Nix for a training camp competition with Jones. Giants owner John Mara said last month that he wouldn’t stop the front office from taking a quarterback in the draft.
  • FA Head Coach
    ESPN reports Bill Belichick did not demand full control of the Falcons before being turned down for the team’s head coaching vacancy.
    ESPN reporters, including Jeremy Fowler, confirmed what Falcons owner Arthur Blank had said in February after the team went with Raheem Morris over Belichick, the second winningest coach in NFL history. Belichick had expressed willingness to work closely with Atlanta’s front office, including general manager Terry Fontenot. He had not — as some had assumed — demanded control of all team operations, though some in the Atlanta front office worried that Belichick would eventually take control of roster building. Some in the organization viewed Belichick as “an older, stoic coach who’d blow up the building.” Blank was leaning toward hiring Belichick, according to ESPN, before talking with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who warned Blank not to trust Belichick. A source close to Kraft told ESPN the Pats owner “found Bill to be extremely difficult and obstinate and kind of stubborn and, in the end, not worthy of his trust. And also very, very, very arrogant.” Other teams, including the Titans, were turned off by what Belichick had done to the New England offense in the years after parting ways with Tom Brady. Belichick, per ESPN, will pursue head coaching vacancies next January, including, possibly, the Cowboys.
  • DAL Running Back #24
    Cowboys signed RB Royce Freeman, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.
    Freeman has bounced around the league in his six seasons, most recently spending 2023 with the Rams. He rushed 77 times for 319 yards and two touchdowns in a backup capacity, getting his most opportunities in Kyren Williams’ absence. The veteran now joins a sparse Cowboys backfield that currently has Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn as its top two running backs. Freeman’s signing should not take the Cowboys out of the running to add another back in this year’s draft.
  • IND Center #78
    The Indianapolis Star’s Joel Erickson reports Colts C Ryan Kelly wants to stay with the Colts for his next contract.
    Kelly is entering the last year of his contract. He has been with the Colts since being drafted in 2016 and has the desire to stay, saying “it’s my ninth year here, it’s the last year of my contract, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want another one.” The 30-year-old is a four-time Pro Bowler, starting all 111 career games. The Colts have re-signed and extended several of their players this off-season, and Kelly could be next in line.
  • CHI Wide Receiver #15
    The 49ers have agreed to terms with Trent Taylor, formerly of the Bears, on a one-year deal.
    Taylor returns to the 49ers for the first time since 2020. The past three seasons he spent time as a reserve for the Bears and Bengals. The 29-year old receiver had his best season in 2017 as a rookie (43-430-2) with the 49ers who originally drafted him. He’ll now look to stick in San Fransisco once again.