Todd Gurley: Sad situation that Le’Veon Bell didn’t sign long-term deal

Rams running back Todd Gurley has shared his opinion that it might take a work stoppage for NFL players to get fully guaranteed contracts at some point in the future and players at his position have had a hard time in recent years matching peers at other spots when it comes to getting portions of their contracts fully guaranteed.

The latest example of that came this week when running back Le’Veon Bell’s agent made it clear that the Steelers’ final offer to his client fell short of the guarantees they wanted in a long-term deal. The trend at running back isn’t good for others who will be looking to sign such deals in the coming years, which Gurley noted while talking to Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network about Bell’s situation.

The receivers. Larry Fitzgerald is back for another season (possibly his last?), but his veteran leadership can only do so much. The Cardinals will lean on second-round pick Christian Kirk and last year’s third-rounder, Chad Williams, to become regular contributors. If the team can make it work, J.J. Nelson can stay in a speed specialist role, making for a deeper receiving corps for whichever quarterback—Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon and first-round pick Josh Rosen are all on the roster—wins the starting job.

While such workouts are common around the league, they have not been a regular part of Flacco’s offseason routine. He last did such work during the lockout in 2011, but the Ravens have several new members of the receiving corps beyond Snead this year and hitting the ground running may be more important to Flacco in the past given Jackson’s presence on the depth chart.

From first-overall pick Deandre Ayton to the next 29 NBA hopefuls selected after, this is our analysis of every first-round pick made Thursday night in Brooklyn.

Learn more about Ayton and—the chip he has on his shoulder entering the NBA—in our behind-the-scenes doc on SI TV (subscription required).

Waiting to hear your name called at the NBA draft is hard. Charlotte Wilder looked at the anticipation and tedium many prospects go through on draft night.

Trae Young wasn’t the only pick traded on Thursday. We graded every swap that went down during Round 1 (and how it may affect the pursuit of Kawhi Leonard).

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