With a few NFL teams opening up training camp to rookies this week, the league is days away from veterans reporting to camp and practice sessions taking place league wide.
The waiver wire is sure to heat up in the coming weeks and the injury picture will become more clear with each passing practice. Before the madness begins, here is the biggest NFL news on this Friday afternoon.
After signing cornerback Eric Wright to a five-year, $37.5 million contract in free agency last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have parted ways with the defensive back, trading him to the San Francisco 49ers. The Bucs receive a late-round pick in the 2014 draft as a result, but after underwhelming on the field and getting suspended in 2012, Wright didn't inspire much confidence with the Bucs. They had already traded for Darrelle Revis and drafted Johnthan Banks earlier in the offseason to overhaul the secondary.
The New England Patriots have had to make some tough decisions on players getting into trouble off the field this offseason. Cutting Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested for murder, was easy. But apparently, the team will not part ways with cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who was taken in on suspicion of driving under the influence while on probation for assaulting a police officer.
The Ravens lost Ray Lewis and Ed Reed this offseason, so the return of cornerback Lardarius Webb has been much anticipated by the team. Unfortunately, it appears the defensive back will be starting the season on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his ACL early last season. Webb is still expected to be ready for Week 1 of the season, but the training staff wants to be extra cautious with him.
Robert Griffin III underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on Jan. 9. Still, he insisted all offseason that he intended to be ready for the start of training camp. That may not be the case, as reports have indicated he may start camp on the physically unable to perform list himself. The Vikings took a similar approach with Adrian Peterson last year, and everything worked out fine. The Redskins are trying to be as cautious as possible with their young, franchise quarterback.