NFL news: Around the league in 32 plays

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Ugh…it is that time of the year when there simply doesn’t seem to be anything going on.  I wish that I could create some NFL news for you guys, but I don’t go down that path.

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The biggest stories in the NFL right now are almost all in a holding pattern.  Evan Mathis and James Jones both remain free agents.  Neither Dez Bryant or Justin Houston seem to be much closer to signing their contracts.  Stadium talks for the Raiders and Chargers are no different than they were last week.

So let’s see what did happen this week…

Terrelle Pryor has had a pretty miserable offseason. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns:  The Browns have apparently not yet resigned themselves to move on from Josh Gordon.  The team has been in touch with the troubled wide receiver.  Gordon was suspended for the 2015 season for failing an alcohol test while in Las Vegas with teammates.  The alcohol test was a part of his probation from the NFL following a ten game suspension for violating the League Substance Abuse Policy in 2014.  The Brown also added quarterback-turned-wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor, this week.  Pryor was released by the Bengals who were upset at him for tweeting a feed of their offseason practices.

  • Chiefs’ take: Wow, things have gone downhill for Pryor in a hurry.  The Chiefs signed and released him earlier this offseason and it seems like nothing has gone right for him since then.

Denver Broncos:  Big news coming out of Denver in relation to future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning!  The on-the-field leader for the Broncos reportedly made a very classy gesture to a grieving family when he sent an autographed photo as a 16th birthday present to the family’s son who had been killed in a car accident this past March.  That’s the kind of thing you really hope to see more of from NFL players.  Oh…that other story is neither “new” or “news”.

Detroit Lions:  The Lions signed veteran safety Taylor Mays.  Mays has never lived up to his draft selection, but has been a solid special teams and depth player.  He is expected to continue that role in Detroit.

New England Patriots:  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his appeal with the NFL regarding his punishment from Deflategate.  There are still too many speculative reports out there to focus on any one as a likely outcome, but hopefully this whole thing will be wrapped up before long.  In other suspension issues, the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the Patriots in their handling of defensive back Malcom Butler.  Butler was suspended from team activities for missing a voluntary workout due to his flight being cancelled.  Not sure how anyone thought that would stick.

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