By Matt Connolly, Chat Sports
NFL teams are continuing to shore up their rosters with the draft in the rearview. Monday was crucial for a group of 2013 first-rounders waiting to get their options picked up, but that wasn’t the only big story circulating around the league.
Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.
• Twelve first-round picks from 2013, including Jacksonville Jaguars No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel, have had their fifth-year options declined, reports Pro Football Talk.
• Buffalo Bills backup quarterback EJ Manuel was another first-rounder whose fifth-year option was declined. His departure effectively puts former Ohio State star Cardale Jones second on the team’s depth chart.
• The NFL has denied a prior report that Miami Dolphins first-round pick Laremy Tunsil will avoid the league’s substance abuse program.
• There is an open competition for the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job, according to Browns head of football operations Sachi Brown, meaning third-round pick Cody Kessler will compete with Robert Griffin III and others.
• Second-round pick Christian Hackenberg could also see some action under center this year, according to Jets GM Mike Maccagnan. The team remains locked in a contract dispute with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
• A reunion could be possible between veteran safety Antrel Rolle and the New York Giants, reports ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
• The New York Giants are eyeing veteran cornerback Leon Hall, reports Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports.
• Peyton Manning is not interested in pursuing a TV deal in 2016, according to the New York Daily News.