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Joey Bosa will not report to Chargers camp on Friday

Rookies are slotted into a salary scale, so the are very few issues up for negotiation. Where Bosa and the Chargers aren’t agreeing on are offset language and bonus payment distribution, which are negotiable.

With almost every other rookie in the NFL signed heading into training camps, this stalemate has created a bad look for all parties.

Telesco said the Chargers want Bosa in camp as soon as possible, but its contract offer won’t change, he said. Doing something for one player that it won’t do for another is not how the club wants to operate, he said.

Bosa’s requests on bonus disbursement have not changed since initial contract talks, a source said. Both sides are dug in and there are no signs that the impasse will end soon.

The Chargers begin training camp workouts Saturday morning.

Indianapolis Colts fans have yet another reason to believe breakout campaigns are on the horizon for talented young wide receivers Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett.

Early in training camp, per the Indianapolis Star, it’s “unmistakably clear” that Rob Chudzinski is moving away from the two-tight end offense that was a staple under former coordinator Pep Hamilton.

McClain isn’t the only troubled player on Dallas’ defense. Second-year defensive lineman Randy Gregory is facing an additional suspension on top of his standing four-game ban and has been enrolled in a treatment program. Fellow defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is suspended for the first four games of the season.

Dallas has become a safe haven as of late for players with checkered pasts; Jerry Jones has never been shy about giving people second chances at success. But McClain has tested the organization’s conviction. McClain’s history involves struggles with motivation, a 180-day jail sentence in 2012 for assault charges, his brief retirement from football in 2013 and, most recently, his skipping of offseason voluntary work. It’s safe to say the former Alabama standout is running out of chances.

Aaron Rodgers reveals the true meaning of Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha’ call

During the interview, host Bill Simmons asked Rodgers who he tries to emulate at the quarterback position. The Packers quarterback mentioned that he’ll occasionally watch film on guys like Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. During an extra segment after the show, Rodgers went into even more detail on what he likes about Manning

“I like watching Peyton,” Rodgers said. “Peyton did a lot for the pre-snap for everybody.”

“The Omaha stuff?” Simmons asked.

“That was important,” Rodgers said. “That’s really interesting. The root of that is a timing mechanism where his offense can get off at the same time, and then the beauty and the brilliance of it is that it goes from that word to you saw numerous times he would change it. He would have a code word that would mean it wasn’t coming on the ‘Omaha.’ It wasn’t ‘Omaha, Omaha, set hut,’ that was a dummy.”

There you go everyone! The next time you turn on an old Broncos or Colts game, you’ll have a new appreciation for everything Manning did on the field.
One of the offense’s biggest advantages in football is the split-second head start they’re theoretically supposed to get because they know the snap count and the defense doesn’t. That advantage can go away when the snap count has to change, but Manning’s team would keep the advantage because of his incessant ‘Omaha’ calls.

Anyway, if this all means that Manning eventually runs for Mayor of Omaha, then we all win.

Back to Rodgers though, because he knows a thing or two about dummy calls. Rodgers invented his own ‘Omaha’ call back in January 2015 when he started shouting “New York Bozo” as his audible.

For the rest of my life whenever I’m down I’ll just replay video of Aaron Rodgers’ ” New York Bozo! New York Bozo! Ready Ready” and laugh.
— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) January 12, 2015
That might go down as the best dummy call of all-time, and Rodgers used it perfectly to his advantage.

The Packers quarterback actually had a lot of fascinating things to say about Manning during the 10-minute extra segment he filmed with Simmons. You can see the entire interview below. The ‘Omaha’ talk starts around the 1:36 mark.

Steelers release Matt Spaeth after failed physical

“You don’t talk about tight ends (anymore). You’re looking at either a Y or an F, and that’s the way we talk about them,” Keim explained. “You’re either an inline guy who usually lacks the skill set to be a pass catcher. It’s a tough overachiever that’s physical at the point of attack. And then you have the guy who can flex and is essentially a big wide receiver. So the guy who can do it all generally doesn’t exist anymore.”

As Steelers fans know, Miller was one of the few exceptions to Keim’s rule of thumb. He and Spaeth functioned as the Batman and Robin of the position for nearly a full decade in Pittsburgh.

Out of football for almost two years, former Baltimore Ravens running back is still holding out hope that he’ll play in the NFL again.

And if that happens, Rice told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero that he will donate his entire 2016 salary to organizations and programs that focus on domestic violence education and prevention, as well as those that support survivors and their families.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” said Rice, who has not played a down since Dec. 29. 2013.

If Rice were to sign with a team this year, it would likely be for the league minimum; for a player like Rice, with six accrued seasons, that would be $885,000.

“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me,” Rice said. “But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt underwent surgery to repair his herniated disc on Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.

Watt will open camp on the physically unable to perform list, per Rapoport, but the team is hoping he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Rapoport added that a recovery time of eight weeks is the best-case scenario, and since the surgery happened so recently, it puts Watt right up against the opening weekend kickoff.