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NFL News and Notes - April 8, 2010

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NFL News and Notes - April 8, 2010

NFL reporters spent portions of Wednesday on conference calls with ESPN's Mel Kiper, Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network/National Football Post,'s Gil Brandt, and Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki.

While I abhor the huckster nature of the "draft expert" industry, and tried to avoid it wherever possible in the links below, it dominated the local media coverage in today's newspapers, so unfortunately, there's a lot "Kiper thinks this" and "Kiper has (insert team) choosing..." to the links. On the bright side, you won't have to hurdle ESPN's paywall to get a sense of what Kiper's mock draft looks like.

Quarterback or left tackle are the choices for the Buffalo Bills in the first two rounds.

Four New England Patriots earned pay raises for the 2010 season, reports Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, who tips his cap to this little ol' football site.

Free agent linebacker Jason Taylor visited the New York Jets on Wednesday.

Brandt has the Miami Dolphins choosing Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle with the 12th pick, though he says it's not going to happen.

Kiper thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars could choose Clemson running back C.J. Spiller with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Tennessee Titans restricted free agent defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson has signed a waiver that allows him to participate in the off-season workout program.

Houston Texans restricted free agent running back Ryan Moats signed his one-year tender.

San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason plans on earning the nickel corner role that was stripped from him last season.

Kiper has the Oakland Raiders choosing Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in round one.

With Brandon Marshall expected to be traded this off-season, most mock drafts are quick to link the Denver Broncos to Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant with the 11th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, writes Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.

Improving the offense has been an off-season priority for the Kansas City Chiefs, writes Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.

Cincinnati Bengals exclusive rights free agent center Kyle Cook signed his one-year tender on Wednesday.

"For obvious reasons" that escape those who aren't insane, Mel Kiper thinks the Cleveland Browns should select Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant with the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's case is now in the hands of a Georgia district attorney.

Despite the off-season acquisitions of Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth, Kiper thinks the Baltimore Ravens could take a wide receiver with their first-round pick.

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is in a test of wills with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, writes Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb's parents are excited about their son's opportunity.

New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes was honored by his native Scotland on Tuesday night.

With the emergence of Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber may be traded this off-season, writes Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News.

Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Chris Miller gave an informative interview to Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA-910.

Kiper doesn't the San Francisco 49ers will have much luck finding an offensive tackle after the first round.

Kiper doesn't see the Seattle Seahawks selecting Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Free agent linebacker Na'il Diggs officially signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday.

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs would like to see the team add a veteran safety this off-season.

Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette breaks down the Green Bay Packers' tight end situation.

A bill that would result in an new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is "in the works", says Minnesota Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk.

Kiper has the Detroit Lions choosing Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick.

Free agent defensive end Alex Brown has agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free agent middle linebacker Barrett Ruud doesn't expect to receive a long-term deal from the team.

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is visiting the Atlanta Falcons, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Brandt expects the Carolina Panthers to look for a receiver to pair with Steve Smith.

Today's NFL birthdays: Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (24) and guard Roy Schuening (26), Chiefs running back Javarris Williams (24), Vikings tight end Jeff Dugan (29), Rams linebacker David Vobora (24), Redskins linebacker Darrel Young (23), and free agent cornerbacks Sammy Davis (30), Antoine Harris (28), and Lito Sheppard (29).

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