NFL rumors: Report suggests Bucs prefer Marcus Mariota as No. 1 pick
With NFL free agency in full swing and the draft approaching next month, the NFL rumor mill is abuzz. What's the latest? Check back often as we update below with all the latest scoops.
• Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor officially announced his retirement on Tuesday.
• The Miami Dolphins plan to sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a contract extension before the start of the 2015 season, reports NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
• Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said if the team doesn't win a Super Bowl in the upcoming season, it would be a "bust season."
• Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said all four of the team's quarterbacks—EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel—will get repetitions with the first-team offense.
• Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte missed the first day of the team's voluntary offseason program on Monday.
• The San Diego Chargers will work out former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in Eugene, Ore., on Tuesday, reports Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
April 13: Bucs to draft Mariota?
ESPN's Ron Jaworski says he is hearing from sources that former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will go first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the upcoming NFL draft.
Mariota and former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are expected to be the top two quarterbacks taken off the board.
"Mariota's stock, remember it was quiet for a while? And there's a reason for that. There's a lull every year until about 30 days before the draft. Now the coaches get involved, Jaworski said on CSN’s Philly Sports Talk. "Prior to that, it's the scouts, it's the roadies that are filling out the paper work."
Mariota has met with Tampa Bay and will reportedly meet with the Redskins, Bears and Rams in the weeks prior to the draft.
Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said at the NFL owners meetings in March that it would not be an "erroneous assumption" to think Tampa Bay will take Winston over Mariota or someone else.
Jaworski also reported that Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who previously served as Oregon's head coach, feels Mariota has tremendous NFL potential.
"I've talked to player personnel directors, and I've heard it from a couple or three people that have had conversations with Chip Kelly, and Chip Kelly said, 'Marcus Mariota will win multiple Super Bowls in the National Football League,'" Jaworski said.
More April 13
• The jury will start its fifth day of deliberations in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Monday.
• Jameis Winston’s lawyer David Cornwell said he is "ready to be an NFL player on the field. But he’s not ready to be an NFL player off the field," BuzzFeed’s Joel D. Anderson reports.