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By The Sports Xchange April 19, 2012 8:30 PM
Andrew Luck has been informed by the Colts that he will be the No. 1 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft, according to ESPN.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said on Wednesday that the team has known "for a long time" who it will select, but the report said it's not clear when Indianapolis informed Luck of the decision. "We've exhausted the process, pretty much made up our mind," said Grigson, who won't share the decision until the draft begins next Thursday, April 26. "We're going to go from there." Luck and Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III have been the top two overall rated players by NFLDraftScout.com since before the Scouting Combine in February. Griffin III is expected to be selected second overall by Washington. Grigson, hired from the Eagles in January as a first-time general manager, hasn't had an easy first few months on the job. He released Manning and popular Colts such as Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai while owner Jim Irsay stressed patience as the team rebuilds. Irsay said months ago that rebuilding would begin with a quarterback. Most project Luck as the top pick and there are pundits who rate him the top prospect at the position since Manning came out of Tennessee. Griffin gained momentum with a highly productive junior season and beat out Luck for the Heisman. But concerns about him coming from a spread offense and being described as a running quarterback work in Luck's favor. --The Baltimore Ravens filled out their quarterback depth chart, signing Curtis Painter to a one-year deal Thursday. Painter reunites with Jim Caldwell, hired as Ravens' quarterbacks coach after three seasons as head coach in Indianapolis where Painter was a sixth-round pick in 2009 out of Purdue. Painter was winless as a starter with the Colts, replacing Kerry Collins but going 0-8 completing 132 of 243 (54.3 percent) for 1,541 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions. before being unseated in Week 13 by Dan Orlovsky. --New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese told reporters Thursday that he is open to a contract extension for Osi Umenyiora. The defensive end is scheduled to earn $3.9 million in the final year of his contract, and is seeking a new agreement. "I'm still open to that," Reese told reporters during a pre-draft news conference. "There has been a little bit of talk, but it is a long way to go before we play and a lot of things for us to do. That is on our plate as well." Wide receiver Victor Cruz is also entering the final year of a contract worth $540,000, and also wants a new deal after setting the franchise record with 1,536 receiving yards last year. "That is on our plate. Everything is on our plate," Reese said when asked about Cruz's contract. ---Lions team president Tom Lewand said in a web chat with season-ticket holders Thursday that defensive end Cliff Avril was offered "significant, multiyear" deals but the two sides are still negotiating. Avril, unhappy he was slapped with the franchise tag after a career-high 11 sacks in 2011, has not signed the one-year tender offer. Avril is not attending voluntary workouts and said he doesn't plan to sign the franchise offer, which would pay the 25-year-old a guaranteed salary of $10.6 million for 2012. ----Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Thursday that the entire franchise is in lockstep with what he plans to do with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft in seven days. "Everybody's on the same page here," he said. The Browns draft fourth, 22nd and 37th and believe they'll be able to land multiple players capable of helping the team immediately. However, Heckert said the Browns have only 18 players with a first-round grade. That means the number of prospects worthy of a first-round pick as graded by Cleveland's front office is just over 50 percent of the total picks in the round (32). Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon are two highly rated players and at least one should be available at No. 4 with quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III going 1-2. ---Linebacker Geno Hayes signed with the Bears, who released wide receiver Max Komar. Hayes played in 56 games for the Bucs since being drafted in the sixth round out of Florida State in 2008, starting 42 times on the weak side and totaling 334 tackles, seven sacks and four career interceptions. His 29.5 tackles of a rusher for negative yardage is the most in the NFL since 2008, according to STATS, Inc. ---Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said he has a "pretty good idea" of what he wants with the No. 8 overall pick on April 26, but he won't break from the team's draft plan just to land Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "There are times you should go after a first-round QB, but you shouldn't be pressured into it," said Ireland. Miami missed out on Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith in free agency, settling on David Garrard to compete with Matt Moore for now. ---Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams tested positive for marijuana at the 2012 Scouting Combine in February, where all 330 prospects in attendance have specimens drawn for standard NFL testing. NFL Network first reported the positive test and said Adams completed counseling. Adams was cited for possession of marijuana paraphernalia in 2009 and was suspended the first two games, though the charges were eventually dropped. Adams, 6-7, 323, is ranked fifth at offensive tackle and 38th overall by NFLDraftScout.com. ---Pittsburgh restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace isn't likely to receive an offer sheet from another team by Friday's deadline, increasing the chances of him returning to the Steelers, according to an ESPN.com report. No team has made a significant run yet at Wallace, nor is one expected to, sources told NFL Insider Adam Schefter. If Wallace doesn't sign his tender by June 15, the Steelers can reduce it to 110 percent of last year's salary and still retain his rights. Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight passing touchdowns last season, all team highs. ---The arbitration hearing between the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins on the team's salary-cap penalties is scheduled for May 10. League system arbitrator Stephen Burbank will hear the arguments for both sides. The hearings could take place at the University of Pennsylvania, where Burbank works as a law professor, or near Philadelphia. Each team was docked for using the uncapped 2010 year to create what was characterized as an unfair competitive advantage going forward, putting large base salary numbers into 2010 on player contracts. ---Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Thursday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II will travel to Minnesota for a meeting with state lawmakers. The visit is intended to prompt progress on the effort to build a new stadium for the Vikings. Dayton told ESPN.com that he'll meet in his office with Goodell, Rooney and the Legislature's four caucus leaders. Rooney heads the NFL's stadium committee. On Monday, a House committee voted down a $975 million plan to tear down and rebuild on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis. ---Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III continues to line up endorsement deals before the NFL Draft, signing with Subway. Print ads will appear in SI and USA Today, and commercial spots are likely to follow. Griffin III, who will be on the cover of EA Sports' "NCAA Football 13" with Barry Sanders, had previously signed a deal with Castrol Oil. Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill signed an endorsement deal with adidas, while North Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins signed a deal with Intergetics nutritional supplements.