Goodell told NFL Network's Rich Eisen that Los Angeles mayor Eric
Garcetti has joined Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in pitching their
cities for next year's draft. Mayors from other cities also have
been in contact with Goodell.
Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and LSU quarterback
Zach Mettenberger were among more than 10 prospects who were red
flagged to NFL teams as having failed drug tests at the Scouting
Combine for either testing positive for a banned substance or having
a diluted urine sample, according to FOX Sports.
Jernigan is the No. 24 overall prospect and No. 3-rated defensive
tackle in the 2014 class by NFLDraftScout.com, and is projected as a
first-round pick. Mettenberger is projected as a third- to
Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Byron Bell signed his restricted
free agent tender, guaranteeing him $2.187 million for the 2014
The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Bell, undrafted out of New Mexico in 2011,
started at right tackle for the Panthers for most of last season.
The New England Patriots signed free agent defensive end Will Smith.
Smith, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the New Orleans
Saints (2004-13) after joining the team as a first-round draft pick
(18th overall) out of Ohio State in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder
was released by the Saints on Feb. 12.
The dates and kickoff times of the 65-game NFL preseason schedule
were announced, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game
between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio on
Sunday, Aug. 3.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team has no
interest in trading defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
"We're not looking to trade him. We have no plans to trade him,"
Mayhew said. "I haven't had any conversations with anybody about
trading him except in January, I did get a call from a team that had
an interest. Offered me a box of old tube socks and I said no thank
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University of Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford questions
whether former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel can be a success
at the NFL level.
Bedford, who has experience as a defensive coach in the NFL, said
via Twitter than Manziel must still learn to play quarterback.
"Manziel is a top 10 pick by the scouts. I wish him the best. He
played backyard ball for 3 years. Now he will have to learn how to
be a Qb," Bedford wrote. "How many spread Qbs have success in the
NFL. You must play under center."
Defensive end Alejandro Villanueva, a first lieutenant U.S. Army
Ranger, signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Philadelphia
Villanueva, 25, spent the last four years as an active member of the
Army. He served in three tours in Afghanistan. He last played
football in 2009 at the U.S. Military Academy as a wide receiver.
The NFL is expected to reinstate long-suspended Washington Redskins
safety Tanard Jackson on Tuesday, according to CBSSports.com.
Jackson last played an NFL game in 2011. He signed with the Redskins
before the 2012 season and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL
that August for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
The Denver Broncos signed free agent defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
The 6-foot-2, 312-pounder has played in 11 NFL games with the New
York Giants (2011-12), Miami Dolphins (2013) and Dallas Cowboys
(2013). He has recorded 10 tackles (7 solo).
The St. Louis Rams signed wide receiver T.J. Moe, who was released
by the New England Patriots. Moe, 23, played collegiately at the
University of Missouri and attended high school in O'Fallon, Mo.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
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