Colin Kaepernick is now getting support (sorta) from one of the greatest QBs of all time with Joe Namath saying the guy DESERVES to be on an NFL roster.

Broadway Joe appeared on Varney & Co. on FOX Business and went to bat for Kaep and Eric Reid who have both filed grievances against the NFL claiming they’ve been blackballed for kneeling.

Wide receiver: Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell are all coming off injury-marred seasons. The shot on Matthews in the slot helps restore some depth with Amendola and Cooks gone, but the Patriots should look to add a pass-catcher who can make big plays at either wideout or tight end.

That didn’t mean teams didn’t sniff around about the All-Pro safety. Seahawks general manager John Schneider said after the draft a number of clubs called about Thomas, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Cowboys balked at giving up a second-round pick for the safety.

With those talks falling through, Schneider reiterated Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle that he believes Thomas wants to be part of the Seahawks organization.

Shepley’s play has him ranked as one of the CFL’s top prospects but he has his sights set even higher — to potentially make an NFL roster.

Ryan, who will turn 33 on May 17, was entering the final year of a five-year, $103.75 million extension he signed in July 2013.

Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins set the previous record for average annual salary ($28 million), followed by San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million) and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford ($27 million).

In order to make it work, the Packers need to draft a potential outside upgrade from Geromino Allison and DeAngelo Yancey to start opposite Adams. As good as Nelson had been in the slot of late, Cobb is the more traditional impact player at the position. The chemistry with Rodgers is there, too, and the Packers wisely figured Cobb could be the better producer for them in the short term.

Cobb is the final year of his contract with a chance to prove he remains a vital cog in Green Bay’s passing game. The one-time Pro Bowler will take advantage of it.
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