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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

We will see if veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney makes it to Atlanta after visiting with Bengals. ESPN's Jim Trotter reported Freeney expects to visit Atlanta.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Last time team took legal action against NFL was Al Davis and the Raiders; this is a legal brief against NFL and its legal position.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Patriots filed amicus brief supporting NFLPA's appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in 2nd circuit, per court filing. Pats + NFLPA vs NFL.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman said there are similarities between the defense he ran in Carolina and what Washington does. But, he said, the "footwork is still the same." And, Norman said, the Redskins give their corners a little more freedom on the outside compared to the disciplined structure of Carolina.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers DE Cam Heyward said nose tackle Dan McCullers needs to 'play humongous' all season. McCullers has showed glimpses of his raw strength but has not been a consistent option for Pittsburgh. The Steelers lost nose tackle Steve McLendon to free agency.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he's "hopeful" that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be signed by training camp. But he wouldn't go so far as to say he's confident. He said he doesn't ask GM Mike Maccagnan for updates on the negotiations. "Just tell me when it's done," Bowles said.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said receiver DeSean Jackson, who hasn't been at the voluntary workouts this week, has "popped in, had a cup of coffee and popped out" this offseason. Gruden said Jackson knows what sort of shape he needs to be in and expects him to participate in other voluntary workouts.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Geno Smith, commenting for the first time since the end of the season, got testy with a reporter when asked if he wants Ryan Fitzpatrick to re-sign. "That's up to the front office and Ryan Fitzpatrick," Smith said. "Why would I speak on that?" Smith cut off the reporter's follow-up questions. Otherwise, he handled the interrogation well, saying he sees Fitzpatrick's absence as "an opportunity." Smith believes he has improved considerably from his days as an erratic starter.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said linebacker Junior Galette said he'll be out until training camp as he recovers from his Achilles' injury. Gruden also said linebacker Perry Riley, Jr., is getting his foot re-checked after feeling soreness. He was in a walking boot today.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Perennial Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas is practicing every other day in OTAs, the third year in a row he's followed that routine. "There's only so many sand grains left in my hourglass," Thomas said to explain his days off. He added: "I think they pay me to play on Sundays."