NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts are still in "heavy negotiations" with free agent Ahmad Bradshaw.
They're simply waiting Bradshaw out. Indy is almost certainly offering the league minimum, and with no other known suitors, Bradshaw has no leverage. With the Colts' mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star expects a resolution by Monday evening. A deal makes too much sense for both sides not to get done.
SI's Peter King believes there's "little doubt" Robert Griffin III (ACL, LCL surgery) will be ready for Week 1.
King came to the conclusion after watching RGIII "run sprints around the practice field Thursday." King gets "zero sense" the Redskins aren't planning on having Griffin September 9 against the Eagles. It's just the latest glowing report on RGIII's progress, though we must add the usual caveat that his status can't truly be judged before the preseason. Either way, it's hard not to be encouraged by the reports.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Josh Gordon is already in Stage 3 of the NFL's drug program and is now one failed drug test away from a one-year suspension.
Gordon's February failed drug test for codeine was his "second strike," suggesting he either failed another drug test before that, or entered the NFL already in the league's drug program. The codeine test vaulted Gordon into Stage 3. As Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot writes, "One more failed test and Gordon's storybook NFL career could be in serious jeopardy." Players suspended for one year under the substance policy can apply for reinstatement after the year is up. For now, Gordon is only suspended for Weeks 1 and 2.
According to Tony Softli of 101 ESPN St. Louis, Brian Quick has been "putting on a show" at OTAs.
In Friday's session alone, Quick caught "17 to 18 passes all over the field." Softli mentioned that the second-year receiver was reeling in passes in the "red zone, middle of the field, on crossing routes, and deep down outside." Quick recently admitted that he struggled with the playbook as a rookie. That, coupled with the immense jump from Appalachian State to the NFL, contributed to his minuscule 2012 stat line. We have Quick as our No. 56 receiver at the moment, but he has a boat load of upside in what should be a high-octane St. Louis attack.
Jaguars RE Jason Babin underwent groin surgery Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Groin surgery can sometimes mean a sports-hernia operation, but that doesn't appear to be the case here. Slated for the "Leo" role in coach Gus Bradley's hybrid 4-3, Babin is going to get plenty of opportunities to get after the quarterback during his age-33 season. In decline, however, he'll likely be much closer to the seven sacks he notched last season than the 18 he tallied in 2011.
Free agent Terrell Owens says he'll retire if he goes unsigned for the 2013 season.
"That's just me being realistic," T.O. said. "I want to play again. I want to go out on top with a team. I think I can still play, but if I don't sign with a team, it would be time to retire. I have to be honest with myself." Owens spent three weeks on the Seahawks' training camp roster last summer, but hasn't caught a regular-season pass since 2010. The end is nigh for a bizarre, brilliant career.
The Florida Times Union reports a deal "isn't imminent" between the Jaguars and free agent Beanie Wells.
Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran views Wells' Thursday visit mostly as a matter of the Jags "doing their homework." Provided his "bad wheel" is healed up, Wells should find a new home before training camp.
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