NFL free-agent news: Emmanuel Sanders, Adderall and more

Jason Miller

The Patriots signed restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet and, according to sources, half of the league's players are using Adderall to get a competitive edge.

The NFL is in kind of a dead zone as free agency has slowed significantly and teams prepare to head to New York for the quickly approaching draft. Once the draft is over, free agency will see another boom as teams attempt to fill out their rosters, but until then, things will move a little slowly. That doesn't mean nothing is happening, though.

The New England Patriots have signed Steelers restricted free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet worth $2.5 million. The Steelers, who can't really afford to lose wide receivers after losing Mike Wallace, have until Sunday to match the offer. If they don't, they'll receive the Patriots' third-round pick as compensation.

The NFL has suspended players in the past for testing positive for Adderall, an attention deficit disorder medication, because it's on their banned substance list. However, players can use the drug if they are approved by the NFL for medical reasons. Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks was suspended four games in 2012, but successfully appealed the suspension. He claims that half of the league's 1,700 players use the drug and suggested that the NFL change their policy.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is "in love" with the team's new offense. New head coach Marc Trestman installed a new offense and passed out playbooks, and Marshall is reportedly excited to learn new concepts and formations. Trestman is well known for his offensive mind and worked with Steve Young and Jerry Rice in the mid-'90s.

Despite having both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno on the roster for the 2013 season, the Broncos are expected to use one of their picks in the first three rounds on a running back. According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are looking for a bigger back and could target a guy like Eddie Lacy.

The Oakland Raiders will sign quarterback Seneca Wallace, according to reports. The Raiders have already traded for Matt Flynn and traded away Carson Palmer, and will sign Wallace to compete for the team's backup quarterback position. The Raiders finished 4-12 in 2012 and are looking to bounce and get things back on track.

After re-signing both Terence Newman and Adam Jones, the Bengals have released cornerback Jason Allen. The Bengals signed Allen before the 2012 season, but the former first-round pick rarely saw the field, mostly due to injuries. The move will save the Bengals $3 million, but cost them $500,000 because of Allen's signing bonus.

Offensive lineman Anthony Davis' contract with the San Francisco 49ers includes clauses considered weight "de-escalators." The extension he signed was for seven years and worth $39.67 million, but in order for Davis to get the full amount of money, he'll have to keep his weight in check.

After bringing in free-agent running back Felix Jones for a visit, the Bengals have what is considered a 50-50 shot at signing him. The Bengals are in the market for a back to act as a complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis' between-the-tackles style. Cincinnati is trying for a third-straight playoff appearance and an improved running game could go a long way at making that happen.

Recently waived by the Raiders, free-agent linebacker Rolando McClain is "nearing" a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are completely rebuilding their defense after losing Ray Lewis to retirement and Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe in free agency. McClain could help the Ravens rebuild the defense.

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