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NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations 07-25-2016
Peyton Manning QB DEN
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL has determined Peyton Manning did not use HGH or any other performance-enhancing drug.

Manning was implicated along with several other players in an Al Jazeera America report from December. The NFL determined there was "no credible evidence" the allegations were true after seven months of investigation. This development should be great news for James Harrison, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, and the other players implicated in the report, who have all submitted written statements declaring their innocence to the league office. The NFL still wants to interview each player.
Caldwell confirms Jags not signing Greg Hardy 07-25-2016
Greg Hardy DE DAL
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell confirmed there are "no imminent plans" to sign free agent DE Greg Hardy.

Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville made some waves by working out Hardy last week, but it appears as if they were just updating their emergency list. "It was an opportunity for us," Caldwell said. "Here was a guy who was a franchise defensive end that was on the street and we tried to find out the facts of where he's at, the truth behind him and everything that surrounds him and just do our homework." It sounds like Hardy could be an option for the Jags down the road, but for now his wait goes on.
Jets have given Fitzpatrick 'multiple offers' 07-25-2016
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB NYJ
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports the Jets have given free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick "multiple offers."

The New York Daily News
A three-year, $24-million deal appears to be the main offer, but Mehta reports the Jets have "presented at least one other option." The details of the second offer are not known, but it is clear Fitzpatrick is not interested in either option. Fitzpatrick has said he will accept a one-year contract for the same $12 million he would earn in 2016 under the three-year offer, but the Jets have been unwilling to make that deal to this point. Even with camp opening this week, this saga does not appear close to an end.
Kelvin Beachum expected to avoid active/PUP 07-25-2016
Kelvin Beachum OT JAX
The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars LT Kelvin Beachum (ACL) is expected to avoid the active/PUP list to start camp.

Florida Times Union
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Beachum had a "very" good chance to be ready for camp, and it looks like he will be proven right. Beachum will likely be eased in, but he should be 100 percent well before Week 1. Beachum is fully expected to supplant Luke Joeckel as the starting left tackle.
Rookie Blake Martinez likely to have big role 07-25-2016
Blake Martinez LB GB
ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports fourth-round ILB Blake Martinez is likely to play a "significant role."

Martinez has been working with the first-team defense since the beginning of the offseason program, and the Packers reportedly like his coverage ability so much he could serve as the lone linebacker in the dime package. Green Bay has been desperate for help at inside linebacker for several seasons, and it appears they might have finally found it in Martinez. The rookie's emergence should allow Clay Matthews to switch back outside.
Treadwell says he's finally feeling healthy 07-25-2016
Laquon Treadwell WR MIN
Laquon Treadwell says he finally feels "back to full strength" following the gruesome left tibia fracture and ankle dislocation he suffered in November of 2014.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Treadwell admits he was "tentative" and played through persistent pain in his final college season. "I wasn't 100 percent in anything I did from the beginning of spring ball (in 2015) to Pro Day (March 28, 2016). I was playing on one leg my whole junior season. It felt like I had a fire in my foot." Treadwell's pre-draft workout metrics disappointed, but they should be taken with a heaping grain of salt. Despite the devastating sophomore-year injury and only playing college ball for three seasons, Treadwell left Ole Miss as the school's all-time leader in receptions.
Report: Clive Walford will be 'eased in' 07-25-2016
Clive Walford TE OAK
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Raiders TE Clive Walford (lacerated knee) will be "eased in" to camp.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Walford suffered a "big gash" on his knee in an ATV accident this offseason. He was able to run on Sunday, but the Raiders will take it slow with their starting tight end. There appears to be zero concern about his availability for the regular season. On an offense poised to explode, Walford is a great upside target late in drafts.
Ex-Packers WR Greg Jennings hangs 'em up 07-25-2016
Greg Jennings WR MIA
Greg Jennings announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.

Jennings made the announcement via a YouTube video linked below. Even though he played the final three years of his career in Minnesota and Miami, Jennings will forever be remembered as a Packer. He caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns in his seven seasons with Green Bay, playing a key role in the Packers' Super-Bowl run in 2010. He is not Hall-Of-Fame bound, but he should earn some recognition from Green Bay down the road.
NFL looking into Aldon Smith's Periscope post 07-25-2016
Aldon Smith OLB OAK
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the NFL is investigating a Periscope video which allegedly shows Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith smoking an unidentified substance.

Ed Werder on Twitter
The video is titled "Fire up session" and shows a lit, hand-rolled cigarette. While Smith's face is not seen on the video in question, his voice is clearly heard, and the post comes from an account which featured Smith on camera several times. A woman astutely warns Smith he should not be posting the video, but Smith says it is fine because "they don't have my name." He then says his name at the end of the video. Already suspended until at least November, this situation is unlikely to earn Smith any more fans in the league office.
Report: Stephon Gilmore will report for camp 07-25-2016
Stephon Gilmore CB BUF
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Bills walk-year CB Stephon Gilmore will report for training camp.

Josina Anderson on Twitter
"I'm planning to go out to training camp," Gilmore said. "I know what I am. It'll happen eventually." What Gilmore "knows" is he is a top-flight corner, and he wants to be paid like one. The Bills have not been willing to meet that asking price to this point, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes Gilmore will play out the final year of his deal. Gilmore is likely looking for something similar to the five-year, $75-million deal Josh Norman landed this offseason. If he is allowed to hit free agency next spring, he will likely get it.
Sammy Watkins (foot) nearing 100 percent 07-25-2016
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Sammy Watkins (foot) suggested he is nearing 100 percent.
"As far as sprinting and stuff I'm moving and doing that 100 percent," said Watkins. "Any explosiveness I'm doing that. I'm doing the cuts, but certain things are full speed and certain things aren't." Watkins said he is still not comfortable with speed cuts, but it is pretty clear he will be ready to go full tilt fairly early in camp. The Bills will likely limit their star playmaker throughout the preseason to avoid any setbacks, but there is little doubt he will be ready Week 1.
King: Zeke 'better be ready' for 375 carries 07-25-2016
Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL
MMQB's Peter King said Ezekiel Elliott "better be ready" for 375 carries.

This is likely more of a statement on how much the Cowboys will lean on Elliott than a prediction of his final carry total, but it is not a completely insane number. DeMarco Murray had 392 carries just two seasons ago, and Darren McFadden averaged over 18 carries a game after he took over last year. The Cowboys likely do not want to ride the rookie like they did Murray in 2014, but 300-attempts is well within the realm of possibilities.
Le'Veon Bell: 'I'm gonna win the appeal' 07-25-2016
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
In an Instagram post, Le'Veon Bell declared he is "gonna win the appeal" of his four-game suspension.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The suspension stems from what Ian Rapoport described as "several" missed drug tests. Unless Bell has a legitimate reason for missing those tests, it is highly unlikely he wins the appeal. Still, he seems confident. "When I end up missin no games at all," Bell said, "[people] for sure gonna try to love me again." DeAngelo Williams will handle the vast majority of the running back work if (while) Bell is sidelined.
Report: Seahawks meeting with Bennett's agent 07-25-2016
Michael Bennett DE SEA
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Seahawks will meet with disgruntled DE Michael Bennett's agent this week.

Josina Anderson on Twitter
Report: Loadholt will retire after 7 seasons 07-25-2016
Phil Loadholt OT MIN
Vikings RT Phil Loadholt has decided to retire after seven seasons in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Only 30, Loadholt is the next in an increasingly long line of players who have retired prematurely over the last two seasons. A second-round pick in 2009, Loadholt played his entire career with the Vikings. He missed all of last season with a torn Achilles' tendon, but he was expected to compete with Andre Smith for a starting spot at right tackle. Loadholt was forced to take a significant pay cut in March, so it is possible money plus injury concerns contributed to his decision. With Loadholt out the door, Smith is locked in at right tackle.