Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eli Manning’s annual Duke workouts go on without Odell Beckham

The Giants officially start their offseason program on Monday, but some members of the team got off to an unofficial start at Duke University this week.

Quarterback Eli Manning has gathered offensive players in Durham, North Carolina for the last few years because his coach at Ole Miss David Cutcliffe now coaches the Blue Devils. Social media posts show that wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Roger Lewis and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Wayne Gallman are on hand to start working before the whole team will gather next week.

The Patriots and Eagles were not able to agree to trade parameters involving players like Kansas City did for Smith, nor could they start sniffing around potential free-agent acquisitions without significant risk. If any word were to leak about upcoming roster decisions, the team chemistry built with current players would be altered and potentially destroyed.

Coaching changes are a different animal. It’s no secret now when an assistant from a Super Bowl team will be leaving for an opportunity elsewhere shortly after the confetti has fallen.

But changing the rules to allow an early contract signing is going one step too far.

The insurance companies want to obtain documents relevant to efforts to discredit the work of Dr. Bennet Omalu regarding CTE, along with paperwork reflecting communications regarding the deaths of Mike Webster, Justin Strzelczyk, Terry Long, and Andre Waters.

If the NFL is forced to hand over these materials to the insurance companies, that could trigger a settlement of the case; some believe the NFL’s primary goal will be to keep the media and, in turn, the public from learning the full extent of what the league knew about head trauma — and what the league may have done to cover it up.

Odell Beckham Jr. has proved difficult for the Giants to re-sign. That also makes it harder for New York to trade Beckham, as the team thinks it should ask for everything and the kitchen sink in return.

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