The Miami Dolphins are not talking to defensive tackles Paul Soliai or Randy Starks about contract extensions. Both players are scheduled to hit free agency in 2014, and Starks has been assigned the franchise tag, but it seems the Dolphins want to see how the 2013 season plays out before committing long-term deals to either player. They are also trying to woo fullback Vonta Leach.
Starks held out of offseason workouts, but he will be attending training camp.
Here are some other news headlines from the 4th of July.
Twenty-two first-round rookies remain unsigned, including Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. However, Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle isn't concerned about his chances of missing camp. Thanks to the rookie wage scale under the new CBA, there's not much negotiation to do anymore, since most salaries will be known in advance. This also means that rookies are extremely unlikely to hold out for better deals.
The Bengals haven't had a first-round holdout since Jermaine Gresham in 2010. Kirkendall fully expects Eifert to sign and report to training camp on time.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden went on NFL Network Wednesday to discuss a number of subjects. When asked about his high number of tipped passes, Weeden had this to say, via the Akron Beacon Journal:
"You really can't work on it. It's something that if you think about it all the time, it will probably create more problems. I think there are a lot of reasons they happen. One being me patting the football, which I've talked about is one thing I've worked on this offseason to get rid of the habit of patting the football before you release it. That just gives those guys an extra half a second to jump up and bat it down.
Weeden led the league in tipped passes last season. He is now working with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, whose vertical-style offense might help Weeden cut down on tips at the line of scrimmage.
The Buffalo Bills have a punter competition for the second year in a row, as the team's official website says that free agent acquisition Brian Stahovich is expected to challenge incumbent starter Shawn Powell. Powell started 13 games after the Bills released Brian Moorman, booting 65 punts for a net average of 38.1 yards. Stahovich spent last year's training camp with the Colts, but was unable to beat out Pat McAfee. He signed a contract after impressing coaches at voluntary minicamp.
The New England Patriots have unveiled a new logo that will be placed in the end zones at Gillette Stadium. The logo has a new typeface that will replace the old cursive script. They also streamlined Pat Patriot's design, reduced the curve on his hat, and gave him a more defined face. The Patriots will not be making changes to their uniforms or helmets. You can check out the new design at our Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.