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NFL News and Notes - April 17, 2010

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NFL News and Notes - April 17, 2010

New England Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas is a man without a team, writes the Boston Globe's Shalize Manza Young.

Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick is on the New York Jets' radar screen, writes Jane McManus for

The Miami Dolphins dealt wide receiver Ted Ginn to the San Francisco 49ers for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Cornerback could be a first-round consideration by the Baltimore Ravens, writes Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.

It's been 17 years since the Pittsburgh Steelers successfully drafted an offensive tackle in the first round of the NFL Draft, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

University of Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike has visited with the Cleveland Browns.

The Cincinnati Bengals have yet to call the Denver Broncos about trading for restricted free agent tight end Tony Scheffler.

Improving the pass-rush remains a priority for the Jacksonville Jaguars, reports Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union.

Houston Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, still just 22 years old, believes his fourth NFL season will be his breakout one.

Indianapolis Colts restricted free agent defensive tackle Antonio Johnson signed his one-year tender.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson needs to wait to get his payday.

Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli discussed the upcoming draft at a press conference on Friday.

Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels suggested that if the team made a trade in the first-round, it'd be in a backwards direction.

Broncos restricted free agent quarterback Kyle Orton signed his one-year tender.

San Diego Chargers safeties Eric Weddle and Steve Gregory, along with Patriots guard Stephen Neal, are participating in the third annual "Stuff the Bus Drive!", which provides sports equipment to San Diego County neglected and abused children.

Oakland Raiders restricted free agent linebacker Thomas Howard signed his one-year tender.

Newly acquired San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn hopes to be an elite receiver, but knows his value is on special teams.

Five players who tried out for the Seattle Seahawks during a pre-draft mini-camp have signed contracts.

Arizona Cardinals restricted free agent guard Deuce Lutui is officially out of options, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was put through a private workout by the St. Louis Rams on Friday, and appears to be the pick at #1.

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis met the media on Friday to discuss the team's draft plans.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free agent wide receiver Maurice Stovall has signed his one-year tender.

D. Orlando Ledbetter's "Real Deal" mock draft, which will run in Sunday's edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has the Atlanta Falcons choosing Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Everette Brown, now 260 pounds, says he hasn't lost any of speed, reports Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald.

Washington Redskins restricted free agent linebacker Rocky McIntosh is playing contract hardball, and is hinting at a possible trade.

The Philadelphia Eagles have the ammunition to trade up in the 2010 NFL Draft.

South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul visited the New York Giants this week, reports Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Dallas Cowboys restricted free agent wide receiver Sam Hurd signed his one-year tender.

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson discussed the upcoming NFL Draft on Friday.

The departure of running back Chester Taylor in free agency has created an opportunity for Minnesota Vikings running backs Albert Young, James Johnson, and Ian Johnson.

Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty could be part of a rebuilt Detroit Lions' secondary, writes Tom Kowalski of

Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate would love to play for the Chicago Bears, who unfortunately, do not have a pick in the first two rounds.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bengals linebacker Rashad Jeanty (27), free agents running back Chris Brown (29), cornerback Fred Smoot (31), and safety C.J. Wallace (25).

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