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  • Shane Ray LB-DEN
    4/22, 4:25 pm
    • Ray recently indicated that his surgically-repaired...

      Ray recently indicated that his surgically-repaired left wrist is pain-free, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

      Analysis: Ray underwent three surgeries on his left wrist in a span of four months last fall. The linebacker consequently missed a total of eight games in 2017, and he reportedly dropped to 223 pounds since the wrist injury limited his ability to lift weights. However, the 2015 first-rounder said he's now back to his regular playing weight of 240 pounds and might add even more to his frame in advance the upcoming season. Entering the last year of his rookie deal, Ray could remain in Denver through the 2019 campaign if the Broncos choose to exercise his fifth-year option prior to the May 3rd deadline.

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  • 4/22, 9:09 am
    • The Raiders picked up Cooper's fifth-year...

      The Raiders picked up Cooper's fifth-year option Sunday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

      Analysis: It's no surprise that the Raiders will bring back their top receiver for another season, even if he struggled in 2017. Cooper posted back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career, but he only accrued 48 catches for 680 yards in 2017. The arrival of Jordy Nelson will keep some focus off Cooper and hopefully allow him to reach the 1,000-yard mark again.

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  • 4/22, 8:59 am
    • The Cowboys picked up Jones' fifth-year...

      The Cowboys picked up Jones' fifth-year option Sunday, Drew Davison of The Dallas Star-Telegram reports.

      Analysis: This fifth-year option will keep Jones signed through the 2019 season. Jones hasn't missed a game in his first three seasons, and he has had back-to-back, 80-tackle seasons as a safety for the Cowboys. However, the 25-year-old will shift back to cornerback this season and is expected to be a starter.

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  • 4/22, 8:21 am
    • The Colts turned down a pair...

      The Colts turned down a pair of trade offers for Brissett, with general manager Chris Ballard hinting that he wants to retain the 24-year-old quarterback, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports. "He's committed, he's a great teammate, he's got juice, he holds people accountable, he holds himself accountable. I love Jacoby," Ballard said. "Jacoby Brissett is going to play in this league a long time. If I learned anything last year, it was the value of a backup quarterback who can get it done, and I think Jacoby can do that."

      Analysis: Brissett took a league-high 52 sacks and only won four of 15 starts last season, but his numbers were otherwise respectable for a second-year quarterback stuck in an undermanned offense. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 6.6 yards per attempt, with 17 total touchdowns (four rushing) and only 10 turnovers (seven INTs). A 2016 third-round pick, Brissett has two years remaining on his rookie contract at less than $1 million per season. The Colts expect Andrew Luck (shoulder) to be healthy for training camp, but they'd still need to be blown away to consider trading Brissett. The team likely would revise its stance next offseason if Luck were to make it through the 2018 campaign without any major injuries or setbacks.

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  • 4/22, 8:11 am
    • Gronkowski said he doesn't plan to...

      Gronkowski said he doesn't plan to attend the optional portion of the Patriots' offseason program, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

      Analysis: Gronkowski doesn't seem bothered by missing out on a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract, noting that he's currently busy working on his dirt-biking skills. He still hasn't confirmed that he'll play football in 2018, but a report from late March suggested retirement was unlikely. The 28-year-old tight end can skip team activities without incurring any fines until mandatory minicamp June 5-7. Given that he typically showed up for optional workouts in past seasons, Gronkowski's absence this year hints at some level of frustration with his contract and/or Bill Belichick.

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