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Holdout candidate: Cleveland's A.J. Green

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07:36 AM ET 04.18 | In Cleveland, a clock ticks. By May 3, the Bengals inevitably will exercise the fifth-year option on receiver A.J. Green's contract. The bigger question is whether the Bengals will be extending Green's contract by more than a year. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, talks on an extension for Green have not yet begun. ... Green could boycott offseason workouts or hold out from training camp. The former isn't very expensive; the latter would cost $30,000 per day. For that reason, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is confident Green will be there. Lewis said so during an interview at the recent league meetings in Orlando. The clip that was televised Thursday on NBCSN's Pro Football Talk appears below. Still, a holdout hasn't been ruled out. The source tells PFT that it's too early to tell.

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Why Philly won't spend its cap millions

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07:36 AM ET 04.18 | Yes, it would appear Philadelphia has some room to spend this offseason. A common reaction to the Eagles being flush with salary cap space is to wonder why they didn't go hard after safety Jairus Byrd or other top name free agents. The reason is simple. The Eagles have a number of players from the very productive 2012 draft class that they are going to have to lock up long term, and they already have a lot of money allocated to the 2015 cap. ... The 2012 draft class, which included Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Boykin, Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry, and Bryce Brown, are all set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2015 season. The Eagles may need that excess $20 million in cap space this year to sign those players, and others, to long term deals.

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Draft's top corner may crack the top 10

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07:30 AM ET 04.18 | These days, it's become a whole more cost effective to draft and develop a cornerback than to go out and pay for one on the open market. In most years, 12 to 15 corners will be drafted in the first three rounds of the draft. This year because of the depth of the position, we may see a few more. 1) Justin Gilbert -- Oklahoma State. Gilbert has been at the top of my corner board for months. At 6001 - 202 with 4.37 speed and 33" arms, Gilbert has the tools to excel at the NFL level. He is not only fast, but he has excellent hip flexibility and overall body control. ... [Gilbert's] career average on kick returns is about 26 yards per return, and he has scored five times. Overall, Gilbert is a complete corner and should come in and start right away. He has a chance to go in the top 10 picks this year.

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The 49ers met with 6-foot-7, 331-pounder

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07:28 AM ET 04.18 | Seven years later, here we go again. In 2007, the 49ers met before the draft with a player who was regarded as a character risk. ... Each NFL team is allowed 30 pre-draft visits with prospects. Sometimes those visits are with players with whom they have genuine interest for early-round selections. Sometimes a team, such as the 49ers, will want to create the false impression there is interest. But other times it's because the team simply wants to gain more information about a player with either character or health concerns. The 49ers had one such visit this week, according to a source. Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson traveled to Santa Clara to meet with the 49ers. Henderson (6 foot 7, 331 pounds) is a talented tackle prospect who has good feet and agility for a player of his size.

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Manning eager to get started all over again

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07:23 AM ET 04.17 | Peyton Manning was back in Denver Wednesday, and, after a trip to Oklahoma, will return in time to get back to work with the Broncos on Monday. Manning already has worked with new receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who will account for another $6 million this season, along with returning targets Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell, as part of his private workouts last week at Duke University. The new talent comes at the expense of departing standouts. ... "We lost many players and some great friends," Manning said. "That's the worst part about football. When you form some friendships with these guys and really put a lot of hard work in -- the business side comes into play. We added some great players. I'm excited about working with them starting on Monday."

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