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The Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Cole Beasley are relatively close on the framework of a four-year extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Beasley, a restricted free agent, caught 37 passes for 420 yards and had a career-high four touchdown receptions last season, his third in the league. In two playoff games, Beasley caught a total of seven passes for 101 yards.
The undrafted slot receiver signed a three-year deal that paid him about $1.4 million in 2012.
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The Buffalo Bills are pursuing a trade for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, multiple league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Buffalo has promising young talent in the receiving corps, led by second-year player Sammy Watkins and third-year player Robert Woods, but a league source indicates Bills head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman aren't sold on EJ Manuel as a viable starter and believe Bradford can maximize the value of their wide receivers and help them win now.
Bradford, who is currently owed a base salary of nearly $13 million in 2015, was reportedly given permission to seek a trade, though head coach Jeff Fisher denied that was the case. Fisher went as far as telling reporters at the NFL scouting combine last week that Bradford was his quarterback for the 2015 season.
If the Rams were to change their public stance on Bradford, the Bills would face a stiff challenge in swinging a deal if it involved picks in this draft. Buffalo has only six picks this year, none of them in Round 1. In moving up in the draft to land Watkins last season, the Bills gave up what turned into the 19th overall pick to the Cleveland Browns.
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The Seattle Seahawks have offered running back Marshawn Lynch a multi-year deal that would pay between $11 million and $12 million during the first year and $9 million during the second of what could end up being a three-year deal, according to multiple league sources.
Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, and Seahawks general manager John Schneider met Friday night in Indianapolis, where the NFL scouting combine is being held. While the two sides are close on the framework for a deal, it's still not clear whether Lynch is inclined to accept it.
Lynch, who turns 29 in April, is entering the final season of his four-year deal that's valued at about $31 million. He is scheduled to earn about $5 million in base salary in that final year in Seattle. A potential extension would lift him above all NFL running backs in 2015 base salary except for the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson ($12.75 million).
It is believed that Lynch is considering retirement after eight seasons in the league, a move that wouldn't be a surprise, Schneider told reporters on Thursday in a news conference at the combine.
Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL draft, according to multiple sources familiar with the underclassman's thinking.
Goldman, a junior, is widely considered to be a first-round selection in the upcoming draft. In 14 games, Goldman led the Seminoles in sacks (four) and registered 35 tackles, eight for loss.
He was a Rivals five-star recruit from Washington's Friendship Collegiate Academy.
LSU junior defensive end Danielle Hunter will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL draft, he announced Friday on Twitter.
Hunter struggled with the decision over the past few weeks, and was leaning toward returning to school at various points throughout the process, according to sources familiar with his thinking. Ultimately, he decided to go pro, joining fellow junior teammates Jalen Collins (cornerback) and Kwon Alexander (linebacker).
In 13 games last season, Hunter had 73 tackles, 13 for loss, and 1.5 sacks.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston is "seriously considering" staying in school, according to multiple sources close to the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner.
Winston hasn’t made any formal declarations, and there are no indications that he has made a concrete decision, but his camp has taken material steps to pave the way for the talented redshirt sophomore to return for at least one more season in Tallahassee, should he ultimately decide to do so, according to one well-placed source.
According to multiple reports, Winston will make his decision sometime after the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15.
Winston suffered the first loss of his collegiate career in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. The Bessemer, Ala., native is now 26-1 as a starter after the Seminoles lost 59-20 to the Oregon Ducks in a College Football Playoff semifinal game.
Winston led Florida State to a national championship last season and has thrown for nearly 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns in his two years as a starter.
Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby is considered a lock to enter the 2015 NFL draft, according to multiple sources familiar with the underclassman's thinking.
Darby, a junior, hasn't made any official declarations, but he has met with agents in an effort to vet potential representatives, sources said.
The Seminoles face No. 2 Oregon in the Rose Bowl, one of the national playoff semifinals on Jan. 1. It'll be Darby's first game since the ACC championship, where he was knocked out of the contest with an arm injury.
Early media draftnik projections have Darby as a second- or third-round pick. This season, paired opposite standout cornerback P.J. Williams, Darby tallied four pass breakups and 37 total tackles.
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LSU defensive back Jalen Collins is widely considered to be a lock to enter the 2015 NFL draft, according to multiple sources familiar with the underclassman's process.
Some inside the Tigers program believe it's a foregone conclusion that Collins will skip his senior season at LSU, sources said. Collins requested a draft grade from the NFL's college advisory committee, The Advocate (La.) reported on Wednesday.
Collins hasn't made any official declarations – he told reporters Wednesday, "I've thought about it a couple times, but I haven't made any final decisions yet," according to ESPN.com – but he has met with agents and is in the process of narrowing down his list of prospective representatives, sources said.
In 12 games, Collins had one interception, nine pass breakups and 33 tackles. He is collectively projected by media draftniks as a second-day selection.
LSU concludes the season on Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame.
Florida State junior Eddie Goldman is leaning heavily toward entering the 2015 NFL draft, according to multiple sources familiar with the underclassman's thinking.
Goldman's parents have begun holding meetings with agents in an effort to vet potential representatives for their son, sources said.
Goldman, projected as a first-round talent at defensive tackle, has helped lead the Seminoles' run of two straight undefeated regular seasons. This season he has 35 tackles, eight for a loss, and leads Florida State with four sacks.
He is expected to play on Jan. 1 in the College Football Playoff semifinal game at the Rose Bowl against Oregon after suffering an ankle injury against Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game on Dec. 6.
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Michigan State defensive back Trae Waynes is considered to be a lock to enter the 2015 NFL draft, according to multiple sources familiar with the underclassman's thinking.
Waynes, a junior, hasn't made any official declarations, but he has met with agents in an effort to vet potential representatives. He is collectively projected by draftniks as either a first-round or early second-round pick.
Waynes had three interceptions this season as Michigan State's top cornerback. Last season, teamed opposite first-round pick Darqueze Dennard, Waynes also notched three interceptions.
The underclassmen deadline to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 15. Seventh-ranked Michigan State will play its final game of the season on Jan. 1, in the Cotton Bowl, against fourth-ranked Baylor.
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