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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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Report: Rob Gronkowski Won't Rush His Return... Again (4/16 1:09 PT)

The Facts: It was reported this week that that Gronkowski is moving along just fine in his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. That's all well and good, but a source close to him told me that the star player will "take his time and then take more time." Reported by BleacherReport.com

Diehards Line: So wrote Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who went on to remind readers that Gronkowski has battled numerous injuries, and last year, when he took his sweet time coming back from injury he was assailed by teammates in a series of anonymous quotes questioning his heart. Now, Freeman is told Gronk might even take more time, and be more patient, than ever before. "I'm not exactly sure when we'll see Gronkowski," Freeman wrote. "I do know he'll be back when he's good and ready, and I'm not sure how anyone can fault that. But I'm sure someone will. ..." Some of those might be fantasy football owners, who already suffered through last year's lengthy recovery. They should be prepared to do the same again this year as Gronkowski is a strong candidate to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

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Golden Tate Thinks He'll Be A Better Fit In Detroit Than He Was In Seattle (4/16 1:01 PT)

The Facts: Tate believes swapping the Seahawks' offense for the Lions' new plan will fit his skill set and allow him to develop as a receiver. "I think this offense is going to fit better for me as a player than Seattle's did," Tate told the team's official website. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As NFL.com asked, what pass-catching player wouldn't trade a run-heavy offense for one that loves to chuck it around? Tate's ability to break tackles and not drop passes makes him an ideal fit next to Calvin Johnson. During new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's seven years with the New Orleans Saints -- whose offense he plans to emulate -- Drew Brees threw fewer than 600 passes in a season just once. Tate already has an idea of who he could imitate in that type of offense. "I watched some tape on the Saints over the last few years and just looking at that -- I haven't talked to coach Lombardi that much -- I see myself being a Lance Moore type of player, but just more explosive and able to do a few more things," Tate said. Now, Lombardi must transform his only big offseason upgrade into a souped-up version of Moore.

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Teammates, Coaches Excited By Dexter McCluster (4/16 12:54 PT)

The Facts: McCluster, who posted 53 catches for 511 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs last season, is making an impression on veteran wide receiver Nate Washington after a couple weeks of the Titans' offseason workout program. "Amazing. I've seen his feet. I've seen his quickness. I think he's going to bring some true playmaking ability to not only our run game, but our pass game," Washington said. "I'm pretty sure coach (Ken) Whisenhunt has some tricks up his sleeve to put him in some positions and make some plays. But the guy's work ethic and the guy's natural attributes that he has right now … It's amazing to me. You don't run across many guys with feet that quick." Reported by the Nashville Tennessean

Diehards Line: As NFL.com noted, Whisenhunt confirmed as much, telling reporters last month that the 5-foot-8, 170-pound jitterbug might earn a "lot of touches" as part of a ground attack now led by running back Shonn Greene. GM Ruston Webster acknowledged the Titans will "definitely" look to add backfield help in the draft after releasing Chris Johnson, but evidence would point to McCluster playing a role similar to Danny Woodhead's with the San Diego Chargers last season. Under Whisenhunt, Woodhead amassed career highs in carries (106) and receptions (76) as a frequent presence on passing downs.

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Mike James Pleased With His Recovery; RB Still Has A Ways To Go, However (4/16 12:52 PT)

The Facts: Five months after a promising rookie season ended with a broken left ankle, James said he's pleased with his recovery and is running and cutting. "The healing process is going well," James said. "I've got a good opportunity to do what I need to do to get back in the swing of things and get acclimated with everything." Reported by the Tampa Bay Times

Diehards Line: Asked if he has been cleared to participate in the first minicamp (April 22-24), James said the team is still "taking everything day by day." His focus is on getting back to full strength and full speed. ... James played in eight games and rushed for 256 yards until he fractured that ankle after three games as a starter. So what about James' role going forward with Doug Martin returning from an injured shoulder? Look for the team to continue using the two men in tandem with at least one local observer predicting a 70-30 split favoring Martin.

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Josh Freeman, Giants Agree To Terms (4/16 11:45 PT)

The Facts: Freeman is Eli Manning’s new backup quarterback. Shortly after news broke that Freeman and the Giants were close, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the two sides have agreed to terms. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, the Giants were the opponent for Freeman’s only start in a Vikings uniform, and Freeman was terrible: He completed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, and the Vikings lost 23-7. But the Giants must have seen something that day -- and in Freeman’s body of work with the Buccaneers -- to make them think he has potential. Fortunately, fantasy football owners can continue to view him for what he currently is: A veteran who will compete with Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter for the right to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Manning.

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New OC Confirms Keeping Reggie Bush Healthy Is A Priority (4/16 12:21 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Bush set a career high in yards from scrimmage in his first season with the Lions, but he wore down late in the campaign. OC Joe Lombardi doesn't want that to happen again. "I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said Monday. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Joique Bell, who had 57 fewer carries than Bush despite playing two more games, figures to get more of the workload on the ground this season. The comments echo Bush's own remarks last week. Bush seems to know that his carries per game could decrease toward the levels he had in New Orleans, where Lombardi used to coach. Money talks even louder than Lombardi's comments. The Lions re-signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal in March. This new Detroit regime knows that asking Bush to carry the ball over 200 times is asking for trouble in December -- even if that's not what fantasy football owners who have the speedy back on their rosters will want to hear.

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Chris Johnson Taking It One Day At A Time; No Decision On Jets (4/16 12:18 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... After visiting with the Jets, Johnson decided to take in Tuesday night’s game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. While at the game, he spoke with multiple reporters regarding his visit. Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, Johnson said “I had a great visit with the Jets. I’m just taking it one day at a time.”  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Johnson reiterated those thoughts to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News but added he’s “not ready to make my decision. ..." The Jets, who ranked sixth in the league in rushing last season with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory as the primary options out of the backfield, have been the team most interested in Johnson -- at least publicly. Johnson's wait-and-see approach could be an indication he's holding out for a better offer from the Jets or another team. However, if he doesn’t make a decision soon, PFT's Curtis Crabtree believes teams may elect to wait until after the draft to re-evaluate their needs and Johnson may have to wait to find a new home. ... We'll be watching for more.

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Kyle Rudolph Healthy And Eager to Work Under Turner (4/16 12:13 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Headed into what might be his most important season with the Vikings, Rudolph said on Tuesday his broken foot is completely healed, and he's been running without any problems since mid-February.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: While he was waiting to start his offseason running program, Rudolph said, he watched film of Browns TE Jordan Cameron, to see how Turner used him in his offense. "Obviously everyone knows the success that Coach Turner has had with tight ends. If you go back all the way back to the Dallas days and Washington, a little bit of time in San Francisco, San Diego, you just look at the tight ends he’s had, I hope to fall in line with that. I’m excited to get into this offense.” A healthy Rudolph has shown he's capable of putting up solid enough totals for fantasy football owners so his excitement at Turner's arrival is understandable. So is yours.

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Chris Johnson's Visit With Jets Goes Well... But No Agreement Yet (4/15 7:43 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Johnson's Tuesday visit with the Jets left both sides with a "good feeling." The former Titan met with New York's coaches and took a physical, but left without agreeing to a deal, according to a source informed of Johnson's situation. Rapoport was told that additional teams are "circling," waiting to see how Johnson's dealings with the Jets play out. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted Tuesday that Jets general manager John Idzik is choosing to stay true to the team's "budget/value system," and won't "overpay" Johnson in a market that's seen runners rewarded like punters. ... While he's no longer a reliable featured back, Johnson would make for a solid passing-down compliment to thumper Chris Ivory. Whether Johnson is interested in playing at a price commiserate with that role will be the issue. ... We'll continue to follow this one closely.

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More Details Emerging On Colin Kaepernick Investigation (4/15 3:20 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Seattle WR Ricardo Lockette made a 911 call at 12:03 a.m. April 2 after arguing with the unnamed 25-year-old woman at the center of a Miami police investigation that also involves Kaepernick and 49ers WR Quinton Patton, according to a Miami radio station. Referring to a Miami police incident report, Andy Slater of 940-AM in Miami reported Monday that Lockette, who was on the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, called from the Viceroy Hotel after the woman, who was lying naked on Kaepernick's bed, refused to leave. Reported by the San Francisco Chronicle

Diehards Line: In response, a Crisis Intervention Team was summoned to the apartment and the woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by the Miami fire department. According to the CIT's website, it is a "police response program designed for first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness including those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. ..." In case you missed it, in a Miami police incident report taken April 3, the woman says she blacked out after drinking shots and smoking marijuana in the players' company and awoke in a hospital bed. The woman said she blacked out when she was naked on a bed, where she had been with Kaepernick. She said they did not have sex, but had done so in the past. The woman was reportedly given a rape test at the hospital. On Friday, Kaepernick, on Twitter, blasted an initial report that claimed he was being investigated for sexual assault. The players have not been charged with crimes. ... We'll follow up as needed.

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