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Another team is exploring the option of trading for Jeremy Hill during the draft. Steelers fans say it is a good thing they didn’t sign Dont’a Hightower. Explore the life of an NFL long snapper.

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Hobson's Choice: double major in philosophy, economics

After agreeing with old friend Andre Smith and re-upping Eric Winston, I would say that’s it. For now. What would make sense to me is finding a vet that can back up left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. But apparently they don’t think there’s anyone out there. What they may be thinking with the Smith deal is that if Ogbuehi gets hurt (they don't think he'll struggle), they could shift right tackle Jake Fisher to left, move Smith from right guard to right tackle, and go with Christian Westerman or T.J. Johnson at right guard.

NFL trade rumors: Bengals' Jeremy Hill to Eagles?

NFL trade rumors: Bengals' Jeremy Hill to Eagles? Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) By Joe Giglio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM, updated March 15, 2017 at 2:16 PM 621 shares Here's an off-the-wall idea to fill the running back hole on the Eagles depth chart: Trade for a veteran. While many fans will disagree with the idea of signing an over-the-hill back with a ton of tread on the tires, what if the Eagles--instead of aggressively drafting a runner themselves--trade for one during the draft? NBC's Mike Clay had this idea, involving the Eagles and Bengals running back Jeremy Hill.

AFC North Bytes

Pittsburgh Media Says Hightower “Did the Steelers a Favor”

Sometime it might be worth it to do a ranking of the most delusional, grabassing, suckup sports media markets. Which I’ll probably never get around to because I’m too busy furiously masturbating over the Patriots virtually perfect offseason. But if I do ever put together brackets, I’m making the Pittsburgh Steelers media a 1-seed.

Here's why the Patriots trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the Browns may be inevitable

The on-again, off-again Jimmy Garoppolo-to-the-Browns saga is, apparently, (maybe) on again. ESPN’s John Clayton stated in a radio interview that Garoppolo could be headed to the Browns soon. Speaking extemporaneously about Cleveland’s quarterback situation, Clayton mentioned that it may even be worse than it was last year, with the Browns merely having replaced Robert Griffin III on the roster with Brock Osweiler. “I think in the end, they have to come to some kind of Jimmy Garoppolo trade,” Clayton said.

Ravens trade Pro Bowl center Jeremy Zuttah to the 49ers for 6th-round pick

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire center Jeremy Zuttah from the Baltimore Ravens for an exchange of draft picks. The Ravens will move up 12 spots in the sixth round in the deal announced Wednesday. Baltimore will now select with the 186th pick, while San Francisco will have the 198th selection. Zuttah must pass a physical to make the deal official.

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The Life of the Long Snapper

Patrick Mannelly spent a record 16 seasons in the Navy and Orange. He discusses which current Bears special teamers are "keepers," how he extended his career by eating real food, and the time Mike Tice banished him from the o-line meeting room.

With Latavius in, is Adrian out?

The Vikings made a Colts-out-of-Balimore middle-of-the-night signing of running back Latavius Murray, which could mean come the light of day that the Vikings will have moved on from Adrian Peterson.

Dont'a Hightower Re-Signs with New England Patriots on 4-Year Contract

The New England Patriots have parted with key members of their defense in recent years, but they decided Dont'a Hightower was worth keeping around, re-signing him to a new deal Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Hightower was returning to New England. Hightower's agency SportsTrust Advisors confirmed the agreement.

Lance Briggs admits concern about potential of CTE

Lance Briggs spent 12 years in the NFL, and he admits he’s worried about what that means for him down the road. The former Bears linebacker and CSN Chicago contributor is participating in a CTE awareness campaign, and said in a video titled “Lance Briggs: Time of My Life” that the fact he’s showing no signs doesn’t mean he’s immune.