May 21 2018 - Michael Gallup, WR Michael Gallup was signed to a four-year contract. The Cowboys selected nine players overall during last month's draft at their home stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Gallup recorded 176 receptions for 2,685 yards and 21 touchdowns in the last two seasons at Colorado State. For his efforts, the 22-year-old earned First-Team All-Mountain West honors.
May 21 2018 - Tre'Quan Smith, WR Tre'Quan Smith, a third-round pick, was signed by the Saints, the last of the team's draft picks to agree to a contract.
Smith, who was selected with the 91st overall pick of last month's draft, recorded 168 receptions for 2,748 yards with 22 touchdowns in 38 career games at Central Florida.
May 21 2018 - Chris Herndon, TE Chris Herndon was signed by the Jets to a four-year rookie contract.
With the signing of their fourth-round pick, the Jets have five players of their six-member draft class under contract -- save for first-round quarterback Sam Darnold of USC.
Herndon, who was the 107th overall pick of last month's draft, sustained an MCL injury in his final game for Miami and is expected to be brought along slowly.
May 21 2018 - Billy Price, OL Billy Price was signed by the Bengals to a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year.
Price, who started at guard for three seasons with Ohio State before shuffling to center in 2017, was selected with the 21st overall pick in last month's draft.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Price is the ninth of the Bengals' 11 draft picks to sign a contract, with only Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard (third round) and Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (third round) remaining.
May 21 2018 - Eli Apple, CB Eli Apple's second season was an embarrassment according to the New York Giants cornerback.
"Was I embarrassed? Of course," Apple told reporters at the Giants organized team activities. "Nobody wants to go out the way I went out. I mean, it was all over the place, so of course."
As the Giants careened to a 3-13 finish, Apple's season was highlighted by controversy and poor play.
May 21 2018 - Le'Veon Bell, RB Le'Veon Bell is not expected to attend organized team activities on Tursday, according to a report by ESPN on Monday. Bell is unsigned after the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for the second straight offseason and was not expected to attend the voluntary activities.Bell could make $14.5 million on the franchise tag and the sides have until July 16 to reach a deal. The 48th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bell ran for 1,291 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns last season while catching a personal-best 85 passes for 655 yards and two scores. He was third in the NFL in rushing yards and 10th in receptions.
May 21 2018 - Marcus Williams, CB Marcus Williams was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. He signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals on April 19.
May 21 2018 - Richie Incognito, G Richie Incognito received his wish on Monday when the Buffalo Bills released him from the reserve/retired list. The veteran offensive lineman signed a contract with the Bills on March but shortly after he told reporters he intended on retiring, the Bills placed him on the reserve/retired list. Incognito cited health issues with his liver and kidneys as his reason for wanting to retire.
May 21 2018 - Earl Thomas, S Earl Thomas, who is seeking a new contract, was not at the Seattle Seahawks facility for the first of their voluntary organized team activities, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
Thomas' absence was first reported by the NFL network and is not unexpected. Besides Thomas' desire for a new contract, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said earlier this month he was unsure when the All-Pro free safety would appear at the team's offseason program. Players are not required to attend until mandatory minicamp, which the Seahawks will conduct from June 12-14. Thomas is entering the final year of the four-year, $40 million extension he signed in 2014. When Thomas signed the deal, it ranked first among safeties in terms of annual average but now is ranked sixth, according to Sportac.com. Thomas has made 642 tackles, 25 interceptions and five fumble recoveries after being selected by the Seahawks with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Texas.
May 21 2018 - Julio Jones, WR Julio Jones was not in attendance on Monday for the start of the Atlanta Falcons' organized team activities, multiple media outlets reported. Jones reportedly is seeking a raise with three years and $34.45 million remaining on his current deal, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old Jones is set to make $10.5 million in 2018 in the third season of a five-year, $71.25 contract extension he signed in 2015.
May 21 2018 - Dalvin Cook, RB Dalvin Cook will have limited involvement during organized team activities as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee, coach Mike Zimmer told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Cook was off to a sizzling start with 354 yards rushing -- with a robust 4.8 yards per carry -- in four games last season before suffering his injury on Oct. 1. "He's done really well," Zimmer said on Saturday. "He's ahead of schedule. We're excited about where he's at."
May 21 2018 - Baker Mayfield, QB Baker Mayfield took aim at fellow rookie quarterback Josh Rosen on the heels of the latter's comments during last month's 2018 NFL Draft. Rosen waited 10 picks to hear his name at the draft before being selected by the Arizona Cardinals. The former UCLA quarterback didn't wait long to create headlines, however, saying that "there were nine mistakes made ahead of me, and I'm going to make sure they all know it was a mistake." Mayfield was asked about those comments over the weekend as he attended the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles."To each their own," the reigning Heisman Trophy winner said in a video interview with ESPN. "The fact that he can say there's nine mistakes ahead of him, how's he going to compare himself to a running back and linemen and defensive players that were picked in front of him? There's no comparison. I think everybody ended up where they're supposed to be. I mean, I get it. I get the competitive nature but you don't want to be scripted like that."
May 21 2018 - Aaron Donald, DT Aaron Donald will not attend the Los Angeles Rams' organized team activities, according to a published report on Monday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the defensive tackle is seeking a new contract with the Rams and elected to skip the OTAs, which are voluntary. Donald, who has been looking for a new contract for the past two years, is set to make $6.89 million in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. He was also absent for the start of the Rams' offseason program in April.
May 21 2018 - Tom Brady, QB Tom Brady was absent for the opening of the New England Patriots' organized team activities on Monday, multiple media outlets reported. While a player with Brady's resume missing voluntary OTAs shouldn't set the world on fire, it should be noted that the 40-year-old has been a frequent participant in the past. The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player committed to play the 2018 season during an appearance April 30 at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Santa Monica, Calif.
May 20 2018 - Junior Galette, Free agent LB Junior Galette is considering retirement. Galette wrote on his Instagram account that he has received interest from teams but is not sure if he wants to continue playing. "The real reason I haven't signed is because I've contemplated retiring," Galette wrote. "I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I'm not saying nothing else." Galette had 20 tackles and three sacks for the Washington Redskins last season. He missed the two previous seasons with two torn Achilles tendons. In the 2013-14 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Galette totaled 22 sacks. Galette visited the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason, but did not strike a deal.
May 20 2018 - Aaron Rodgers, QB Aaron Rodgers doubled down on his intention of remaining with the Green Bay Packers well beyond his 40th birthday. "It's sustained greatness I think is what drives me," the 34-year-old Rodgers said at the Wisconsin High School Sports Awards, via PackersNews.com. "It's to be the best and to be able to choose when I'm done playing. I think as you've seen here recently with Jordy (Nelson) but even you go back a few years to whether it's Julius Peppers or A.J. Hawk or John Kuhn or Brett Favre, the fairy tale ending of starting a career and ending it with the same organization rarely happens. So that's kind of my goal, is to be able to be indispensable to this organization into my 40s to where you've got to keep me around." The Packers intend to keep Rodgers around, with general manager Brian Gutekunst recently going on record as saying that the quarterback will have a new contract in the near future. Green Bay was thought to be waiting for the Atlanta Falcons to present quarterback Matt Ryan with a contract extension prior to crunching the numbers for Rodgers. Ryan was offered -- and accepted -- a five-year, $150 million deal with $100 million guaranteed earlier this month. Rodgers has two years left on the original five-year, $110 million extension he signed in 2013. The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and six-time Pro Bowl selection is scheduled to make $20.9 million in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019.
May 20 2018 - Ezekiel Elliott, Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson offered a bit of advice for fellow RB Ezekiel Elliott. Tomlinson told the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth that the Dallas Cowboys star needs to continue to improve regardless of what he has achieved in his NFL career. "You've got to continue to challenge yourself and be honest with yourself in many different ways," Tomlinson said. "The offseason was my time to dissect my game and I was hard on myself. I attacked the things I needed to get better at." Tomlinson was also extremely critical of Elliott last season after the latter appeared to quit on an interception during the Cowboys' lopsided loss to the Denver Broncos. "He can impact that 53rd man just like he can the quarterback," Tomlinson said of Elliott. "I think he understands what he means to the Dallas Cowboys." Elliott had a sensational rookie season in 2016 when he was the NFL's rushing champ with 1,631 yards, and had 983 yards and seven touchdowns last season despite playing in just 10 games. He missed six contests for violating the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from domestic violence allegations in July 2016.
May 20 2018 - Adrian Clayborn, DE Adrian Clayborn sustained a minor quadriceps injury during offseason workouts, according to a published report. ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that Clayborn's activity could be limited due to his "tweaked" quadriceps heading into organized team activities, which begin on Monday.
May 20 2018 - Brandon Graham, DE Brandon Graham is expected to show for organized team activities despite desiring a new contract, according to a published report. Tim McManus of ESPN.com reported that Graham is expected to show up at the NovaCare Complex on Monday as the Eagles begin OTAs, but he will not participate as he recovers from an ankle procedure performed on May 1. Graham is entering the final season of a four-year deal that will pay him a base salary of $7 million in 2018.
May 20 2018 - Shane Ray, LB Shane Ray hopefully received a wakeup call when the team elected against picking up his fifth-year option earlier this month, coach Vance Joseph said. Ray has reacted well, according to Joseph, who hopes the former is motivated by possibly receiving a bigger contract next season. "I've been really proud of Shane and how he's responded," Joseph told the Denver Post. "He is really motivated. He understands it's business. And he's ready for a challenge. He wants to be a great player and, in my opinion, before he got hurt last year (early in training camp) he was on his way to having a great year. I am not surprised that he is motivated and engaged. The ball is in his court. He can earn a lot more than what the option offered him if he goes out there and does what we think he can do."