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Vikings want a first rounder and a starting CB for Adrian Peterson

Would the Dallas Cowboys be willing to give up a first round pick and Morris Claiborne for Adrian Peterson? Well according to Adam Caplan the Vikings are hoping to land a first rounder and a starting cornerback.

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ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the Vikings would be seeking “at least” a first-round pick and “more compensation” if they were to deal Peterson. In addition to the first-rounder, Caplan says Minnesota would want a starting cornerback.

The Vikings consider cornerback to be their greatest position of need, and they believe they could draft a starting corner in the second round. In other words, they are looking for either a first-round pick plus a viable starting corner or a first-round pick and a second-round pick.

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Jaguars re-sign TE Marcedes Lewis; Not a bad combination with Julius Thomas and Lewis

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Marcedes Lewis is back with the Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are stacking up on today.  They had Marcedes Lewis on the trade block, but according to Ian Rapoport that is not happening anymore.  Rapoport is reporting that Lewis has restructured his contract, which gives Blake Bortles another weapon. 

Julius Thomas and Marcedes Lewis is a pretty solid group of guys at the tight end position. I think the Jaguars are going to be tough. 

Ian Rapoport    @RapSheet
#Jaguars had TE Marcedes Lewis on the trade block. No more. He’s redone his contract & isn’t going anywhere. Lewis & Julius Thomas… Not bad

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Jaguars have signed former Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski

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Jaguars have signed a All-Pro center in Stefen Wisniewski

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team is signing former Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year deal, according to a source involved with the negotiations. Rapoport was told the Jaguars will pay the fifth-year pivot 2.5 million for his services.

After 61 starts in Oakland, Wisniewski never landed the cash he was hoping for in free agency on the heels of off-season shoulder surgery.

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates says his comments about slowing down were taken out of context

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates is not ready to hang up his cleats just yet

The other day, San Diego Chargers starting tight end Antonio Gates stated he was ready to slow down in the 2015 season.  But now the future Hall of Famer is stating his comments were taken out of context. 

“One thing about me is I love to compete,” Gates told U-T San Diego. “I want the ball. It’s not a selfish act. It’s more so I think I can help us win in certain situations and certain areas, particularly in man coverage. That’s the competitive nature I’ve had in this league since I got to San Diego.

“For me, to put in all this work in all these years and have the opportunity to play and say I don’t want to play, I don’t know where people got that from. It was probably a misquote or a misunderstanding,” Gates said. ” … I ain’t asking to play less. Every time I’m in a game, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a play. Why would I want to be on the sideline? That defeats the purpose. The only way you can contribute is by being in the game.”

I thought the comments made the other day were a little insane, especially coming from the competitive Gates.  I would not shut the door on his career just yet, #85 has years to go. 

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Bills RB Fred Jackson defends his coach and takes a shot back at Jets TE Jace Amaro

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Bills running back Fred Jackson defends his new head coach.

Fred Jackson is the oldest running back in the league at 34 years old, but the feisty former division 3 running back is already showing his leadership skills.  After Jets starting tight end Jace Amaro made an allegation about Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan for being accountable during team practices, saying the players had a tardiness problem under Ryan, Jackson went off. 

“We’ll show who’s accountable when we show up to play them on Sunday,” Jackson said, per Syracuse.com. “I’ll tell you what. It’s going to be a fun game when we play those guys. I’m looking forward to it.”

It sounds like this battle between the Jets and the Bills is going to be fun.  There is already a ton of trash talking going on.  I cannot wait. 

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49ers GM says Aldon Smith is hungry and ready to bounce back

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Could 49ers LB Aldon Smith return to form in 2015?

San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith is “hungry” to bounce back in 2015 according to his GM Trent Baalke.  After a very frustrating season for Smith, the 49ers are hoping that their former first round pick will rebound.  

“He’s got a great look in his eye,” Baalke told reporters Friday, per ESPN. “He’s doing well. … For anybody that’s been in a situation like Aldon’s been in, every day is a process. But he’s doing exceptionally well and he’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time.”

Smith signed an amazing deal for the 49ers, which safeguards them if Smith messes up again. The 49ers GM Trent Baalke likes Smith’s chances after seeing the 25-year-old “starting to develop into a leader out there, which is great to see and been a pleasure to watch.”

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Many trades could happen at the NFL Draft, Here are a few we want to see

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Try telling me that Adrian Peterson wouldn’t look good in a Cowboys uniform?

The NFL Draft is just 12 days away, and I am ready for it to happen.  So here are a few trades that I want to see happen during the trade. 

Let’s be honest, everyone want to know where Adrian Peterson will end up, and I would not be happy unless I watched the Dallas Cowboys land the Texas native.  The Dallas Cowboys are not that far away from a Super Bowl contender and adding the best running back in the league would make things interesting. The NFL is a lot better when the Dallas Cowboys are winning. So my first trade is Adrian Peterson is dealt to the Cowboys for the Cowboys first round pick in 2015. 

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Marcus Mariota to the Eagle finally happens…..

The Philadelphia Eagles trade Sam Bradford and their first round pick in exchange to the New York Jets for their first round pick.  The Jets are a quarterback away from being a solid team, and this is a way they can get their guy.  The Eagles on the other hand draft Marcus Mariota. 

Chip Kelly lands his man, and his future quarterback but will it save his job? 

Could Philip Rivers be traded

Could Philip Rivers be traded?

The Buffalo Bills have been wheeling and dealing since Doug Whaley has taken over as the GM, and here is one everyone wants to see.  The Bills trade their second in 2015 and their first in 2016 for Philip Rivers.  The Bills have built a monster but are honestly a quarterback away.  I know it is a steep price, but the Bills really want to give Rex Ryan a veteran quarterback that can get the job done.  Rivers can do that. 

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RG3 to the Browns?

Browns trade their second round pick in 2015 to the Redskins for Robert Griffin III.  The Browns need a veteran quarterback that can move the ball, and RG3 is way better than Josh McCown.  

What trade would like to see this year?  Let us know on Twitter @DraftDiamonds

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Could the Eagles have a linebacker on the trade block?

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Mychal Kendricks could be on the trading block

The Eagles have Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Brad Jones, Najee Goode, Emmanuel Acho, and Brandon Hepburn all on the roster, but could one be dealt soon? 

Mychal Kendricks has one year left on his contract and the team has recently traded for Kiko Alonso and given DeMeco Ryans a contract extension.  While it is a great group of linebackers, It would be interesting to see them deal Kendricks. 

Kendricks is one that makes the most sense, because the team has he has great value. If Alonso, Ryans and Kendricks are all going to be with Eagles in 2015, if Kendricks is part of the club’s future, what could the Eagles want with another interior linebacker? Clearly, something isn’t quite adding up here, no matter what the head coach says.

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