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  • Dez Bryant WR-DAL
    4/23, 7:21 am
    • Bryant is unlikely to draw interest...

      Bryant is unlikely to draw interest from the Ravens after the team signed Willie Snead to an offer sheet,'s Jamison Hensley reports.

      Analysis: Baltimore's decision to sign Snead can also be taken as a sign that Bryant wasn't responding to the team's initial interest after he was released by the Cowboys on April 13. The 29-year-old wideout has been pretty clear that he prefers to stay in the NFC East, where he'd have the opportunity to face his former team twice per season. Bryant sounded particularly excited by the prospect of joining the Giants, a team that recently released Brandon Marshall in a move that cleared up approximately $5.2 million of cap space. The Giants still have a tight cap situation as well as an impressive stash of young pass-catching talent, but it's not hard to see how Bryant could fit in alongside Odell Beckham, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, with the latter likely manning the slot in three-wide formations. Bryant may need to wait until after the NFL Draft, at which point it will be evident which teams truly have a need at wide receiver.

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  • Bud Dupree LB-PIT
    4/23, 7:12 am
    • Pittsburgh exercised the fifth-year option on...

      Pittsburgh exercised the fifth-year option on Dupree's rookie contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Analysis: Selected 22nd overall in the 2015 draft, Dupree hasn't quite lived up to expectations through three seasons, but he did at least post career-high marks for tackles (40), sacks (six) and tackles for loss (12) in 15 games last year. The fifth-year option isn't a huge risk, as it's only guaranteed for injury and should cost less than $10 million. Dupree and 2017 first-round pick T.J. Watt figure to serve as Pittsburgh's starting outside linebackers in 2018, though it won't come as any surprise if the team brings in an early draft pick to push Dupree for snaps. The Steelers probably don't have any intention of signing Dupree to an extension before the season.

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

      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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