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$8M now in play for Pouncey

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07:44 AM ET 04.11 | Considering this point of the NFL offseason, with its lull between singings and the draft, the biggest player news may come in the form of center Alex Mack. Mack's contract is likely to make him the highest paid center in the NFL. And while [Mike Pouncey] likely won't reach those heights because he is not as accomplished as Mack and hasn't actually hit free agency, as Mack did, he might not get $9 million apy. But $7 million apy? Perhaps $8 million apy? Those numbers will be in play. Yes, the Dolphins can argue no center is worth that kind of annual salary. There are excellent left tackles in the NFL making between $7-$8 million. They can argue that unlike Mack, Pouncey has not hit free agency and is not designated as a transition player.

The Miami Herald

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Benjamin blew off an NFL team workout

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07:42 AM ET 04.11 | Kelvin Benjamin already had a reputation -- and self-made, too. In an interview last August, five months before he would catch the game-winner in the National Championship Game for Florida State, [Benjamin] labeled himself "lazy," admitting he "didn't have a good attitude" and took "plays off." Since then, there had been nothing but praise for the wide receiver's work ethic. Until now. According to NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt, when an NFL coach recently went to work Benjamin out, the wideout told the coach "he was too tired" and blew off the workout. ... One scout, after being told of the story of the blown-off workout, speculated that Benjamin's agent might have given him the advice, perhaps not wanting his client to work out for a team at the lower end of the first round.

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Bon Jovi wants the Bills

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07:37 AM ET 04.11 | Jon Bon Jovi, already with experience as an Arena Football League owner, has his sights set on a bigger dream. [Bon Jovi] indeed wants to become an NFL owner, and it's true he's part a Toronto group expected to bid for the Buffalo Bills, Sun Media has learned. On Thursday, the personal publicist for Jon Bon Jovi confirmed that the Livin' on a Prayer singer is a player. "Jon remains passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise," publicist Ken Sunshine told Sun Media via e-mail. Sunshine would not elaborate, nor comment on reports linking Bon Jovi to any group bidding on the Bills, based in Toronto or elsewhere. But a Toronto source in the position to know, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Sun Media that reports from last November, echoed Thursday morning by Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei, remain accurate.

Canoe.ca

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Pats drafting new backup for Brady

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07:37 AM ET 04.11 | If the Patriots are thinking about a QB, which would seem the most likely fit? The Patriots hosted top quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) for official visits to Gillette Stadium. A.J. McCarron (Alabama) has also been brought in. ... So far, they've had private workouts with Zach Mettenberger (Louisiana State), Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), Connor Shaw (South Carolina), Kenny Guiton (Ohio State), and Chase Rettig (Boston College). I've been on-board with them drafting McCarron since the beginning of the process. If the Patriots are thinking about moving on from Ryan Mallett, they will need a quarterback with an ability to step in and immediately command the offense as an accurate passer who makes good decisions.

The Boston Globe

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Healthy Foster makes call on OTAs

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07:36 AM ET 04.11 | Arian Foster's fortunes may not dictate the Texans' success -- not exactly. But a bad year for the Texans was mirrored by an off year for Foster, who was limited to just eight games due to midseason back surgery and was rarely at full strength in 2013. The sixth-year running back said Thursday he's fully healthy and has been working out for two months. In turn, Foster intends to participate in OTAs, which run from May 27 to June 13. "I'm fine," said Foster, during a premier party for "Draft Day" at Texans Grille. "I got cleared ... so I'm feeling good." Foster, 27, rushed for just 542 yards and one touchdown during the Texans' disappointing 2013 season. After struggling with injuries during preseason and sitting out all four games, the sixth-year running back wasn't his normal self during his team's 2-14 campaign.

Houston Chronicle

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