Odell Beckham WR NYG 20 Mins
Odell Beckham was absent from Giants practice Monday to undergo tests on his injured hamstring.
The move comes one day after coach Tom Coughlin expressed frustration with Beckham's slow recovery. Beckham is likely undergoing an MRI, which would give the Giants a much-better idea of when he might return. Beckham is falling behind as the Giants sort out their post-Hakeem Nicks receiver corps.
Jeromey Clary SD 26 Mins
Injured Chargers RG Jeromey Clary (hip, PUP) has agreed to a $2.95 million pay cut.
Recovering from hip and shoulder operations, Clary has slashed his salary from $4.55 million to $1.6 million, likely saving his roster spot. Clary is shaping up as a candidate to spend the first six games of the season on reserve/PUP, leaving third-rounder Chris Watt in the driver's seat at right guard.
Tyler Gaffney RB CAR 30 Mins
Patriots claimed RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers.
The move stirs echoes of New England's "controversial" 2012 claim of Jake Ballard from the Giants, as the No. 204 overall pick of May's draft will miss the entire season with a torn left lateral meniscus. The Panthers had waived/injured Gaffney, with the intention of stashing him on injured reserve. He'll redshirt for the Patriots this season and fight for one of their final roster spots next summer.
Michael Crabtree WR SF 44 Mins
CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers are not "remotely close" to new contracts with walk-year players Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati.
That's according to "multiple sources." GM Trent Baalke insists the sides are "going to work at it," but added "at some point, you got to stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on playing football." There's a chance the Niners end up letting both players walk.
Alex Smith QB KC 1 Hr1 Comment
Speaking Monday, coach Andy Reid confirmed the Chiefs remain in long-term talks with walk-year QB Alex Smith.
Smith said earlier this month that he remained hopeful of striking a deal. Despite the ongoing dialogue, there's been little indication the sides are close to an agreement. A bridge quarterback now on the wrong side of 30, Smith is a complicated long-term case.
Brett Keisel DL PIT 1 Hr
The Steelers haven't ruled out re-signing free agents Brett Keisel and James Harrison.
Specifically, GM Kevin Colbert said the team hasn't ruled out signing "anybody." Keisel, who turns 36 in September, has made no-known visits since hitting the open market in March. He'd be an option behind LE Cam Thomas in Pittsburgh.
Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 2 Hrs2 Comments
Panthers first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee, and is day to day.
According to coach Ron Rivera, there's no structural damage, but Benjamin's knee is "inflamed." The Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief, but Benjamin is still going to miss some all-important practice time as he attempts to get up to speed as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver. He'll be a boom-or-bust option as a rookie. The Panthers' offense will be in dire straits if Benjamin doesn't "boom."
Cordy Glenn BUF 2 Hrs
The Buffalo News reports Bills LT Cordy Glenn (illness, NFI) is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Ndamukong Suh DL DET 2 Hrs
The Lions are tabling extension talks with walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
The word comes from team president Tom Lewand, who remains "optimistic" a deal will get done. It's quite a gamble from the Lions, who boast precious little leverage in talks with one of the league's very best players. Thanks to his insane salary-cap number this season, Suh would cost $26.7 million to franchise tag in 2015. That means it's not going to happen, and that Suh will reach the open market if the sides can't hammer out an extension before free agency.
Khalil Mack LB OAK 2 Hrs
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has compared first-round OLB Khalil Mack to Clay Matthews.
No pressure, kid. "He's one of those guys that knows how to set the edge, and he has length and power and some tools to rush the passer," McKenzie said of his first-rounder. "He's got that first step, he can bend, he's relentless." Although it's rarely a favor to compare a young player to an established star, McKenzie has every reason to be excited. Mack will be a threat for double-digit sacks as a rookie, and should be in the conversation for DROY.