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The Saints Re-Sign Robert Meachem (4/18 12:07 PT)

The Facts: The New Orleans Saints on Friday announced that they have re-signed Meachem, the seventh-year receiver, to a one-year deal. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Sean Payton added Meachem to the roster last September after he was released by the Chargers. His career appeared in jeopardy after a dismal showing in San Diego, where he barely contributed to their passing game, but New Orleans -- who originally drafted Meachem in 2007 -- still values him as a deep threat. He was a spot contributor for the Saints last season, hauling in 16 receptions for 324 yards. His 20.3 yards per catch average tied Aldrick Robinson of the Redskins for tops in the league, but Meachem won't see more than situational targets at this stage in his career. As NFL.com's Marc Sessler notes, Meachem will battle for snaps behind Marques Colston and Kenny Stills. New Orleans also has young talent in wideouts Nick Toon and Joe Morgan in addition to all-world tight end Jimmy Graham.

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Bengals, A.J. Green Not Talking Extension Yet (4/18 12:14 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... By May 3, the Bengals inevitably will exercise the fifth-year option on Green’s contract. The bigger question is whether the Bengals will be extending Green’s contract by more than a year. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, talks on an extension for Green have not yet begun. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: While Green could sit out off-season workouts or hold out from training camp, the latter would cost him $30,000 a day, making it unlikely. Still, PFT's Mike Florio reports that a holdout hasn’t been ruled out. The source told Florio that it’s too early to tell whether that will happen, and that the topic hasn’t been discussed yet. ... It's worth noting that when asked about his desire for an extension earlier this year, Green told reporters that his “body of work speaks for itself.” Indeed, Green has 260 catches for 3,833 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first three seasons and set career highs for catches and yards in 2013. As fantasy football owners know all too well, he’s done that despite a constant search for a reliable No. 2 receiver in Cincinnati and inconsistent performances from Andy Dalton. The Bengals would be wise to keep Green happy.

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Kenny Britt's Deal With St. Louis The Definition Of A Prove-It Contract (4/18 12:09 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The details of Britt's contract are in and, like the other free-agent deals the Rams struck this offseason, Britt's deal is the definition of a one-year prove it contract. His base salary is $1 million. It includes a $250,000 roster bonus.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Britt received a $50,000 roster bonus on April 7, which is treated as signing bonus. If he is on the 53-man roster for first game, he gets an additional $100,000 roster bonus and from there he can earn an additional roster bonus of $6,250 per game for every game he's amongst the 46 active players on game day up to a maximum of $100,000. For now, $75,000 of the possible additional roster bonus counts against the cap based on his 2013 playing time. As ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner suggests, Britt's deal with the Rams won't break the bank, but there is potential for Britt to earn some reachable incentives if he can stay healthy and produce. Likewise, if Britt is unable to provide much, the Rams can part ways with him without much lost.

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Report: Contract Talks With Colin Kaepernick On Hold (4/17 8:12 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Contract talks between the San Francisco 49ers and Kaepernick are on hold. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the 49ers have tabled negotiations while police investigate an incident earlier this month at a Miami hotel. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The Miami Police Department confirmed last week that Kaepernick, Niners wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were named as persons involved in an incident report filed April 4. A public information officer said last Thursday that the investigation was in "the early stages. ..." Meanwhile, the goal for the Niners and Kaepernick remains getting a new deal done before the start of the 2014 season. According to Rapoport, negotiations were not going well and the sides are not close on a monster deal that is expected to exceed $18 million per year. ... Stay tuned.

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DeSean Jackson Owes Former Agent A Considerable Sum (4/17 1:53 PT)

The Facts: An arbitrator ruled that Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in loans and fees, sources close to the situation told The Inquirer.  Reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer

Diehards Line: Rosenhaus had filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association last June, claiming that the former Eagles wide receiver owed him more than $700,000 in unpaid loans and fees. Arbitrator Roger Kaplan, using the NFLPA's agent regulations, announced his decision on Tuesday. Jackson plans to appeal the ruling, according to his spokeswoman. Jackson left Rosenhaus last spring. He signed with his current agent, Joel Segal, not long after leaving Rosenhaus. Segal negotiated a three-year, $24 million contract with $16 million guaranteed with the Washington Redskins earlier this month after the Eagles shocked many by releasing Jackson. Rosenhaus was hired by Jackson in November 2010. In March 2012, the Eagles signed Jackson to a five-year, $48 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. Jackson played the first two years of the deal before coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles cut him last month.

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Report: Chris Johnson's Knee Normal For A RB After Six Years Of NFL Play (4/17 1:51 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that the Jets have “some concerns” about the knee, and that it contains arthritis. Johnson has said there’s no arthritis. Here’s what we know, from a source close to the situation. His knee is normal, for a player who has six years in the NFL at running back. Does his knee show wear and tear? Of course it does. Can he play on it? Of course he can. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Mike Florio further explained, Johnson's knee would look no different under close scrutiny than the knee of any other running back who has spent six years in the NFL with significant use. He has 2,014 regular-season offensive touches, an average of 335.6 per year. And if the Jets had concerns, why would they have signed him? G.M. John Idzik is conservative, thoughtful, and deliberate. He’s not going to roll the dice with $3 million of owner Woody Johnson’s money. “It flies in the face of common sense,” Florio's source said. ... So could the knee put a cap on the number of years that Johnson will be able to play? It's just not an immediate concern. In the end, it's another data point for fantasy football owners to consider as they assess CJ2K's role going forward in New York.

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Chad Johnson Signs With CFL's Alouettes (4/17 1:48 PT)

The Facts: The Montreal Alouettes have officially signed Johnson according to the team's website. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Johnson spent more than a decade in the NFL, reaching stardom with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001 to 2010. He also had a one-season run with New England (2011) before signing with Miami. The Dolphins released him after his arrest in connection with an altercation with his wife. The 36-year-old took part in the Alouettes' minicamp last week in Vero Beach, Florida. Could this be a first step in an NFL comeback attempt? Could be. But fantasy football owners shouldn't get too excited either way.

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More Rave Reviews For Robert Griffin III (4/17 12:27 PT)

The Facts: A couple days back, Santana Moss appeared on a podcast with ESPN’s John Clayton, and the topic of Griffin’s health came up. Clayton asked for a status report. “He looks more comfortable, because he don’t have to worry about that brace,” Moss said. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind, because he couldn’t do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we’re out there in conditioning and stuff, he’s running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin.” Reported by the Washington Post

Diehards Line: Meanwhile, Chris Cooley recently hit a local field with Griffin, and had a similarly rave review. This was before Griffin was permitted to work out with his teammates at Redskins Park; Cooley instead took the QB to his own gym. The men took turns running routes and throwing passes to each other. "It’s unbelievable,” Cooley reported. “He’s another person right now. I was like, ‘you’re running unbelievably well.’ It was silly to watch….When you watch him run, you’re like ‘You’re a freak. You’re seriously a freak. ...’” It all adds to an offseason of positive vibes and strong reviews for Griffin. They're definitely something fantasy footabll owners should take into account heading into training camp.

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Jets Have Some Concerns About Chris Johnson's Knee (4/17 12:23 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The New York Jets "have some concerns" about the condition ofJohnson's knee according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Johnson underwent surgery at the end of last season to repair a torn meniscus and some arthritis has developed in the knee. But as the Redzone.org notes, their concerns were not severe enough to prohibit the Jets from giving CJ2K a 2-year, $8 million deal on Wednesday with a $3 million signing bonus. The Jets brain trust came away from its meeting with Johnson on Tuesday convinced that he still has enough left in the tank to make a meaningful contribution. Still, the concerns about the knee are further indiction that he wasn't signed to be a true feature back. Indeed, New York Daily News staffer Manish Mehta expects Johnson to be paired up with Chris Ivory in a one-two punch, likely one with close to a 50-50 split in carries. Johnson’s versatility -- he has averaged 45 receptions in his six-year career -- will give OC Marty Mornhinweg more options and freedom to attack defenses. Johnson is coming off a career-low 3.9 yards per carry last season, but his 58 career touchdowns are appealing for a team that averaged only 18.1 points (27th in the league) in 2013. “I still have it,” Johnson said on Wednesday. The Jets agree.

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Sidney Rice To Make Just Over Veteran Minimum (4/17 12:43 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... It’s been a good week for Rice. On Monday, he received clearance to return to football activities from Dr. James Andrews. On Wednesday, he agreed to terms to return to the team that cut him earlier this year, the Seahawks. Per a league source, it’s a one-year deal. We’re told the deal pays more than the veteran minimum, but the specific amount isn’t currently known. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: While the new value isn't clear, it's safe to assume that Rice will make much less than the $8.5 million he was scheduled to make before being released. The Seahawks had remained interested in bringing back Rice. As PFT's Mike Florio suggests, news of a visit to the Jets may have been the nudge that the Seahawks needed to close the deal. The Giants, Saints, and Panthers all had some interest in Rice. He appeared in 33 games during three seasons with the Seahawks, with 748 receiving yards in 2012. And again, health is the biggest question mark. As NFL.com noted Wednesday, Rice has battled knee issues for several years -- he traveled to Switzerland to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy in August before suffering a torn ACL in October. He's missed large portions of two of the last three seasons after signing a five-year, $41 million contract with Seattle in 2011. Still, Rice has proven to be a nice fit in Darrell Bevell's offense. As long as he's on the field, Rice will be a dangerous option working alongside Percy Harvin (assuming he too can remain on the field).

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Report: 49ers Shopping LaMichael James (4/17 12:40 PT)

The Facts: If the 49ers want to maneuver higher in next month's draft, they could offer another team multiple draft picks in return or they could offer a team picks and a player. That player? According to a league source, the 49ers have been shopping James, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. Reported by the Sacramento Bee

Diehards Line: James ran for 5,082 yards and scored 53 rushing touchdowns while at Oregon. However, he has had only scant work as a runner with the 49ers and finds himself behind Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season. James served as the team's primary returner last year and played well in that role, averaging nearly 11 yards a punt return. But Bee staffer Matthew Barrow's source said James has made it clear to the team he wants a bigger role as running back as well. He carried the ball only 12 times in the 2013 regular season and just once in the playoffs. He missed the first three games with a knee injury. ... It's not clear if there is any interest, but we'll be watching for more.

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Raiders Hope To Move Terrelle Pryor In Coming Days (4/17 12:29 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Per a league source, the Raiders hope to move Pryor before the start of the offseason program next Tuesday. It’s currently unclear whether he’ll be cut if he’s not traded. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The effort to deal the third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft (the last player chosen by Al Davis) commenced in January, even though news of it didn’t surface until the league meetings in March. After playing sparingly in his first two years, he appeared in 11 games with nine starts in 2013. But Pryor eventually was supplanted by Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie. Pryor is now searching for a new NFL team. It’s unclear which teams are interested and what they’d be willing to give up for Pryor, who has shown flashes of considerable ability but who has yet to show that he can master the quarterback position at the NFL level.

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Jaguars Re-Sign WR Mike Brown (4/17 12:21 PT)

The Facts: The Jaguars have re-signed Brown, an exclusive rights free agent, according to the NFL’s Wednesday transactions. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Brown was third on the Jaguars in receiving yards (446) and fourth in catches (32) in 2013. He also hauled in two touchdown passes. Brown appeared in 11 games, starting six. The Jaguars signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The 24-year-old Brown was added to the Jaguars’ roster late in his rookie season, and in his second NFL campaign, he was Jacksonville’s fourth-most targeted player on offense, with 56 passes thrown his way. Brown is one of 12 wide receivers on the Jaguars’ roster -- a count that does not include Justin Blackmon, who will have to be reinstated after his November 2013 suspension.

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Sidney Rice Agrees To Terms To Return To Seattle (4/16 6:54 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Rice has agreed to terms with the Seahawks. He gets a one-year deal to return to Seattle. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Despite (or perhaps because) of a scheduled visit with the Jets, Rice consummated a deal with his former team before New York had a chance to do anything. In case you missed it, Rice has been cleared to resume football activities after suffering a season-ending ACL last Oct. 28. His return to Seattle will help cover for Golden Tate's free-agent defection to the Lions -- assuming Rice can stay healthy. That's not a given as Rice has only made it through a full 16-game campaign twice in seven seasons as a pro. That said, Rice has averaged more than 15.0 yards per catch in each of the last five seasons.

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Marijuana Charge Against Dwayne Bowe Dropped (4/16 6:16 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday in Riverside Municipal Court to amended charges of defective equipment and littering relating to his Nov. 10 arrest for marijuana possession. The city prosecutor, Amy Ashefford, said Bowe paid $610 in fines. “Like others charged with speeding and possessing marijuana for the first time, Mr. Bowe pleaded guilty to amended charges," Ashefford said. Reported by the Kansas City Star

Diehards Line: Bowe’s attorney, Kevin E.J. Regan, said Bowe’s plea does not include probation. Bowe was not present at a news conference where Regan and Ashefford announced the plea. “Dwayne’s case is now closed,” Regan said. “The case was firmly and fairly prosecuted. We investigated it thoroughly and found the appropriate motions in this case … there was no admission of guilty to marijuana possession, and our investigation revealed he did not possess marijuana. There was no guilty plea to the marijuana charge, it was dismissed, meaning it won’t be re-filed. Does that mean the league will also let this one go? As Profootballtalk.com notes, a marijuana offense typically results in a one-game suspension. And the fact remains: This case started with a marijuana arrest that could result in Bowe being placed in the league’s substance-abuse program. ... Stay tuned.

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Sidney Rice Visiting Jets Today (4/16 5:41 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rice is in New Jersey today visiting with the Jets. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Rice, tore his ACL last October, received clearance to resume football activities this week. Previous reporting suggested a quick signing was possible. In addition to the Jets, the Giants, Saints, Seahawks and Panthers have been mentioned as potential landing spots. ... Stay tuned.

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Chris Johnson Gets $8 Million Over Two Years With More Available (4/16 5:38 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Per a league source, the two-year contract signed by new Jets running back Johnsohn has a base value of $8 million. Another $1 million is available in incentives based on yardage. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Mike Florio suggests, given Johnson’s late entry to the market and the ongoing devaluation of the tailback position, it’s a very good deal for Johnson. It’s also a good deal for the Jets. Johnson underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus this offseason; he passed a physical as part of his visit Tuesday. The Jets made the most sense to land Johnson from the start. "I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder," Johnson told the Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt after the signing. "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me. ..." We'll follow up as needed.

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Montee Ball Gets Endorsement From Manning (4/16 2:55 PT)

The Facts: Prior to delivering the keynote address at the Boy Scouts of America's 38th Annual Sports Breakfast in Denver on Wednesday, Peyton Manning told reporters that he believes Ball is ready to be the Broncos' starting running back. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As NFL.com's Kevin Patra notes, questions about Ball's preparedness have been pervasive the entire offseason. The running back tried to quell fears that his inexperience will be like slamming the parking brake on the sports car that is Denver's offense, saying earlier this offseason he is ready to play a "huge role." Having Manning's backing is a good first step, but Ball will still need to improve those blitz pickups. Still, there's ample evidence for fantasy football owners to believe Ball is ready to take that next step. The Broncos, who let 2013 starter Knowshon Moreno move on in free agency, clearly agree.

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Chris Johnson Agrees To Two-Year Deal With The Jets (4/16 2:21 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Johnson and the Jets have agreed to terms on a two-year deal.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Johnson, who was released by the Titans on April 4, visited the Jets' facility on Tuesday. He didn't seem to be in a rush to sign, however -- and the Jets reportedly weren't interested in doing a deal unless the price was right. Safe to assume a happy medium was found. ... At first blush, fantasy football owners can expect Johnson to work in a committee with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. How the workload might be divided will be something we'll all be watching for in coming weeks. ... Get a more detailed version of this story HERE.

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