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Texans may take Clowney ... for someone else

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07:30 AM ET 04.23 | As of today, Houston, you are on the clock. [The Texans] hold the best card in the 2014 NFL Draft with the No. 1 overall pick, but according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, the club just might want to play a different hand. As in, trading down with a team with a bad case of Jadeveon Clowney Fever. Brandt conducted a Q&A with fans on his Twitter feed Tuesday, and had this to say about the possibility: "Good chance #Texans move down. Trade similar to Giants-Chargers trade, preaarnged to take Clowney for some other team." ... Given Houston's need at the quarterback position, a trade down could give the club one of the draft's top quarterbacks later in the first round, plus additional picks to strengthen a roster that could also use help at the linebacker and right tackle positions.

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Basketball behind Manning ankle-gate?

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07:29 AM ET 04.23 | Over the next three months, Eli Manning is almost assured of watching most of the action from the sideline. But he seems pretty sure that his surgically repaired ankle will be ready to go by the start of training camp in late July. Manning, speaking publicly for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left ankle 12 days ago, insisted on Tuesday that his ankle is "healing quickly" and that it was a "smart" decision to have the surgery when he did. A team source told the Daily News Manning will still likely be held out of all spring activities, including the mandatory full-time mini-camp in mid-June. ... ... And he also denied any speculation that it had anything to do with a pickup basketball game in early April at Duke University. Manning said he "didn't play basketball" while at Duke.

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Huge-money deal coming soon to Sherman

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07:29 AM ET 04.23 | Among the most underpaid players in the NFL, Richard Sherman is one step closer to becoming the league's highest-paid cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Seattle Seahawks are making headway on a long-term contract extension for the 26-year-old defender, according to a source informed of the situation. No terms have been agreed to, but Rapoport was told that completing a deal before May's draft looms as a realistic timeframe. There's a strong possibility that Sherman will wind up as the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, with his annual earnings likely to eclipse the $12 million that Darrelle Revis will bank this year with the New England Patriots. Sherman's also a rock-solid bet to surpass Aqib Talib's $26 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos.

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Dalton looking for $15M a year?

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07:28 AM ET 04.23 | Andy Dalton enters the 2014 season full of confidence in himself. Asked whether he felt he was the face of a franchise that also features star receiver A.J. Green, Dalton didn't flinch as he said "I do." "Everything that [coach] Marvin [Lewis] has said, [offensive coordinator] Hue [Jackson] has said, and what everybody here has told me is that, and they've told everybody that," Dalton said. "So I'm confident with that. I hope to spend a lot of my career here." ... Some salary-cap analysts believe he could command upward of $15 million per season on his next deal. That would bring him in line closer to other quarterbacks who are past their rookie deals. San Diego's Philip Rivers currently makes just more than $15 million annually. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger makes just short of $15 million per year.

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Lots of interest in Watkins' brother, too

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07:28 AM ET 04.23 | Highly regarded Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins isn't the only member of his family with a good deal of football talent. Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins, the brother of high first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins, has visited the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, according to a league source. He's also met privately with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions and worked out privately for the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. Watkins is an athletic, versatile player who has lined up at cornerback, safety and nickel. Watkins had 52 tackles last season as he started six games at safety and three at cornerback. He returned an interception for a touchdown the previous season against Kentucky, recording 39 tackles as he started 11 games at cornerback.

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