CeeDee Lamb, Brandon Aiyuk Holdouts Highlight Tuesday’s Top Storylines From NFL OTAs and Minicamp

With NFL OTAs and minicamps underway, we're tracking the latest news, rumors, injuries, holdouts, and other developments coming out of spring practices.

Football never sleeps. While NFL training camps are still weeks away, teams are getting in work during the spring via organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamps. Contact isn’t permitted during these practices, but OTAs and minicamps can give a club’s decision-makers their first impression of how their squad will look in 2024.

With that in mind, we’re tracking every bit of news coming out of OTAs and minicamps in early June. Here are the top stories from Tuesday’s NFL practices.

Latest News and Notes From NFL OTAs and Minicamp

Arizona Cardinals

  • Safety Budda Baker has been the subject of trade rumors in the past, but he wants to remain with the Arizona Cardinals for the long haul. The 28-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is scheduled to earn more than $15 million in 2024 before hitting free agency next spring.
  • “Me being here seven years … you would love to be on a football team that you got drafted to,” Baker said Monday, per Tyler Dragon of Arizona Sports. “I know it’s the not the same GM, or it’s not the same head coach, but I understand if I continue to do my job at a high level — this is our fourth coaching staff, and I’m still on the team — it shows what type of character I have and what kind of work ethic I put onto the field no matter what.

Carolina Panthers

  • First-round WR Xavier Legette is still dealing with a hamstring injury that occurred last week, per ESPN’s David Newton.
  • The 32nd overall pick in this year’s draft, Legette could emerge as Bryce Young’s No. 1 target. However, Legette was viewed as a raw prospect coming out of South Carolina, so missing time won’t help Legette’s cause.
  • According to Darin Gantt of the Panthers’ website, veteran running back Miles Sanders is working through a heel issue and is not participating in the team’s OTAs.
  • Head coach Dave Canales described the injury as minor and noted Sanders has been running on the side. Sanders signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Panthers last offseason but quickly lost his starting job to fellow RB Chuba Hubbard. Carolina used a second-round pick on RB Jonathon Brooks in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • While Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow wasn’t on the field for Tuesday’s OTAs, head coach Zac Taylor said Burrow’s absence resulted from a scheduling error, as Pro Football Network’s Jay Morrison writes.
  • Wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins — each searching for new contracts — were not in attendance on Tuesday.
  • Offensive tackle Trent Brown remained absent, but fellow free agent signing Sheldon Rankins made his Cincinnati practice debut on Monday.

Dallas Cowboys

  • CeeDee Lamb is not attending the Dallas Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp as he awaits a contract extension. Justin Jefferson’s four-year, $140 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings reset the WR market and may have altered Lamb’s demands.
  • According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Lamb will be fined $16,953 for missing Tuesday’s practice, $33,908 for Wednesday, and $50,855 if he doesn’t report on Thursday.
  • Lamb earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2023 after leading the NFL with 135 catches while finishing second in yards (1,749) and TDs (12). He’s scheduled to earn $17.991 million on his fifth-year option in 2024.
  • Cowboys pass rusher Micah Parsons, also eligible for a long-term deal, is attending Dallas’ minicamp, per Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram.
  • “I’m just looking at it as time for my body to heal,” Parsons said when asked why he didn’t go to OTAs, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I’m an undersized rusher who gets banged up every year. I’m just letting my body heal and getting ready for the year.”

Denver Broncos

  • Wide receiver Courtland Sutton hasn’t been present for Denver Broncos OTAs, but head coach Sean Payton thinks the veteran pass catcher will report for mandatory minicamp next week.
  • “I just know his work ethic. I know the player,” Payton said Tuesday, via Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
  • Sutton has two years remaining on the four-year, $60 million extension he signed with Denver in 2021. He hasn’t topped 900 receiving yards since his 2019 Pro Bowl season.

Green Bay Packers

  • The Green Bay Packers were cautious with running back Josh Jacobs last week after their offseason free agent addition suffered a hamstring injury.
  • However, as Ryan Wood of USA Today reported, “the training wheels were off” for Jacobs on Tuesday, noting that the former Las Vegas Raiders RB showed “good burst.”
  • Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said this summer that he prefers to rotate running backs, so Jacobs may have to fend off competition from veteran AJ Dillon and third-round rookie MarShawn Lloyd.

Houston Texans

  • Stefon Diggs’ tension with the Buffalo Bills was heavily documented, so it was no surprise when the Bills traded the star wideout to the Houston Texans this offseason. Diggs saw the move on the horizon, too.
  • “For me, I felt like [a trade] was coming,” Diggs said today, per Cole Thompson of the Texans Wire. “You kinda feel it in the air. When I got traded, I was happy. I was in a good place. I’m still standing strong.”
  • Houston’s offensive line is looking up. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil and T/G Tytus Howard are on track for training camp after undergoing offseason knee surgeries, Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans said Tuesday.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Michael Pittman Jr. will not participate in the Indianapolis Colts’ minicamp after he banged knees with another player during OTAs, reports James Boyd of The Athletic.
  • The Colts are simply being cautious with their top wide receiver, who earned a three-year, $70 million offseason extension after setting career-highs in catches (109) and yards (1,152) in 2023.

Miami Dolphins

  • Tua Tagovailoa wants an extension from the Miami Dolphins. On Tuesday, the pending free agent QB removed any doubt about his displeasure with the negotiating process, as Pro Football Network’s Adam Beasley writes.
  • Tagovailoa completed 11 of 12 attempts during 7-on-7 work in today’s practice before completing several other big gainers to De’Von Achane and Hayden Ricci. Read Beasley’s complete Dolphins practice report from Tuesday’s OTAs.
  • Tua isn’t the only Dolphin looking for a new contract. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill wants a new deal after Miami gave fellow WR Jaylen Waddle a three-year, $84.75 million extension last week.
  • On Tuesday, Hill and Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel addressed his desire for a long-term pact.

Minnesota Vikings

  • The Minnesota Vikings are “very pleased” with TE T.J. Hockenson’s progress as he recovers after tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 16, head coach Kevin O’Connell said Tuesday, according to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.
  • Hockenson underwent surgery at the end of January. O’Connell said that the NFL’s new injured reserve rules — allowing players to return from IR even if they weren’t on their club’s initial 53-man roster — could let Hockenson avoid a stint on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
  • Perhaps in need of all the TE depth they can find, the Vikings are converting WR N’Keal Harry to tight end, per ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. Harry (6’4″, 225) was a 2019 first-round pick by the New England Patriots, but he’s never topped more than 310 yards in a season.

New England Patriots

  • No. 3 overall pick Drake Maye had an up-and-down day at Tuesday’s Patriots practice, as Pro Football Network’s Dakota Randall writes. Maye threw two interceptions during 11-on-11s, including an ugly overthrow reminiscent of some of his poor North Carolina tape.
  • Veteran QB Jacoby Brissett went 3-of-10 during 11-on-11s and took four “sacks.” However, “the entire operation just looks better with Brissett on the field,” according to Randall. “He’s poised, accurate, and vocal.”
  • First-year Patriots offensive coordinator reiterated that Brissett is the club’s starting quarterback ahead of Maye. According to Randall, Maye took reps behind Brissett but ahead of Bailey Zappe, a change from previous practices that were open to reporters.

New York Jets

  • Pass rusher Haason Reddick, whom the New York Jets acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, has not attended the club’s OTA sessions.
  • On Tuesday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he’s had no contact with Reddick but expects the 29-year-old to report for mandatory minicamp.
  • “I’m focused on the guys who are here, and Haason’s a pro,” Saleh said, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “He’s been in this league a while. He’s produced it at a very high level for a long time. He’s got his routine, and if it makes people feel better, we know where he’s at, we know what he’s doing, and we know he’s working his tail off to get where he needs to get you to have a productive 2024 season.”
  • Reddick has been angling for a new contract since before the Eagles traded him to the Jets. He has one year and $14.5 million remaining on his existing deal. By skipping OTAs, Reddick missed out on a $250,000 workout bonus.
  • RB Breece Hall was working off to the side of practice on Tuesday while he deals with “some lower half stuff,” per Saleh (via Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic). New York isn’t concerned about Hall’s injury.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Veteran Eagles CB James Bradberry struggled in 2023, to the point that he’s now viewed as a post-June 1 cut candidate.
  • According to Zach Berman of PHLY, the Eagles are working Bradberry at safety this week. Head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed the club is trying Bradberry on the back end and noted that he’s also seeing time in the slot.
  • Bradberry left drills with a trainer on Tuesday, eventually returning to watch, per Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • After sitting out some of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ voluntary workouts while negotiating a new contract, defensive lineman Cameron Heyward reported on Tuesday.
  • “I’m looking to be here,” Heyward said, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic. “The value is what we decide, but for me, I want to be valued at my position. I understand I came off a rough season, but I don’t think it’s a step down from where I can play. I think when I’m at the top of my game, I’m still a top-five player at my position.”
  • Heyward, 35, has one year and $16 million remaining on his contract. The four-time All-Pro Bowler missed six games in 2023 after suffering a Week 1 groin injury, ending the season with just two sacks, his lowest total since 2012.
  • “There’s certain guys that are one-helmet guys, and I want to be one of those one-helmet guys,” Heyward said, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “There’s a hunger and desire there, but that doesn’t mean just hanging it up and calling it a career. To me, I think I got more bullets to fire, and I’m excited to do that.”
  • Heyward doesn’t necessarily think a new deal is around the corner and didn’t rule out the possibility of a minicamp or training camp “hold-in.”

San Francisco 49ers

  • Brandon Aiyuk is not attending the San Francisco 49ers’ mandatory minicamp as he waits for a new contract, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
  • Aiyuk is in a nearly identical situation as Lamb. The San Francisco 49ers WR is coming off the best season of his career (75-1,342-7) and heading into the final year of his contract. Aiyuk will be subject to the same fine schedule, more than $100,000 for missing three days of practice.
  • Trade rumors have swirled around Aiyuk and fellow 49ers wideout Deebo Samuel this year. However, San Francisco has thus far held onto both pass catchers while drafting WR Ricky Pearsall in Round 1 and extending WR Jauan Jennings.
  • While Aiyuk is still waiting on an extension, the 49ers gave RB Christian McCaffrey a new deal worth $19 million per season on Tuesday. The NFL’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year will remain the league’s highest-paid running back.

Tennessee Titans

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