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Ex-Tar Heel Brian Simmons starting third season as an NFL scout

Brian Simmons played linebacker for 10 seasons in the National Football League. Now he is evaluating the talent. Simmons, a 1993 New Bern High graduate, is entering his third season as a scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is the Northeast regional scout for the Jaguars, covering ground from North Carolina through Maine — going to college football games, visiting campuses and attending combines and pro timing days. (Gaston Gazette)

Former Tarboro star Shaun Draughn signs with Washington

Tarboro native Shaun Draughn is a member of the Washington Redskins. Draughn agreed to a free agent deal with Washington on Tuesday during the first day of a busy signing period for NFL teams. Draughn, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back who played at UNC from 2007-2010, was not selected in April’s NFL Draft, but he quickly was scooped up by the Redskins a day after the league’s 132-day lockout ended. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Q&A with Jeff Saturday

Jeff Saturday joined Tony Bruno on Into the Night to talk about his classy gesture towards Robert Kraft and his late wife Myra, how the Colts players have been talking amongst themselves in anticipation of the lockout's end, and his excitement to get back to work with his teammates at camp later this week. (Deadspin)

Lawsuit could delay signing of Rams' first-round pick Robert Quinn

The St. Louis Rams' ability to sign first-round draft pick Robert Quinn could be delayed while his former agent, Carl Carey, seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent Quinn's new agents from negotiating with the Rams. Carey, whose firm Champion Pro Consulting Group was hired by Quinn in early December, said he received notice "three or four days ago" that his services were being terminated. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Offensive Tackle Mike Ingersoll

The Chiefs have picked up offensive tackle Mike Ingersoll from the University of North Carolina. Ingersoll is listed at 6'5" 305 lbs and started 25 games at right tackle during the last two seasons. Initially recruited to the Tar Heels as a tight end, Ingersoll moved to the offensive line full time in 2009. He could potentially receive some looks at center for the Chiefs. (SB Nation)

Da'Norris Searcy to wade into pool of vets

He’s one of the few fourth-round prospects drafted this past spring that could push for time on the field as a rookie, but Bills rookie safety Da’Norris Searcy is joining a position group loaded with veterans. Though his talent is undeniable, so is the will of players like Bryan Scott and George Wilson to maintain their current status on Buffalo’s depth chart. (BuffaloBills.com)

UNC’s Shaun Draughn joining Redskins

Former North Carolina tailback Shaun Draughn announced on his Twitter account that he’ll be joining the Redskins. Draughn is a 6-foot, 205-pound tailback who began his college career as a safety. As a senior, he had 637 yards and six touchdowns on 129 carries for the Tar Heels. (Washington Post)

Kendric Burney Signs With Carolina Panthers

Former UNC cornerback and undrafted free agent Kendric Burney tweets that he's not going far - he'll be a Carolina Panther. The Panthers will probably officially announce the signing on Tuesday, which is the first day that post-NFL Lockout rules allow them to do so. Burney was one of the top-rated undrafted free agents available (SB Nation)

Jeff Saturday pays tribute to Bob and Myra Kraft

During a stream of remarks from a variety of the key figures in the NFL-NFLPA labor deal, Colts center Jeff Saturday paid special tribute to the Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his late wife, Myra Kraft, who passed last Wednesday. Saturday praised Mr. Kraft for continuing to attend the meetings during the final days of his wife’s life, and Saturday praised Mrs. Kraft for allowing him to do it. (NBC Sports)

Former UNC DE Michael McAdoo eyeing Supplemental Draft?

There might be another player joining the NFL Supplemental Draft party -- former UNC defensive end Michael McAdoo. If the name strikes a bell, it should. McAdoo was among the 14 Tar Heel players suspended by the NCAA for, among other things, taking inappropriate benefits from player agents last year. (CBS Sports)

Tudor: Lawrence Taylor tops linebackers list

News & Observer sports columnist Caulton Tudor looks at the top all-time ACC football players by position. Today, the linebackers. There was a time when North Carolina was referred to as "Tailback U" by some rival ACC football coaches. While there was a lot of validity to that nickname, the Tar Heels always have had a richer tradition at linebacker. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Greg Little addresses parking tickets

While he concedes he got “a lot” of parking tickets during his football career at North Carolina, Greg Little is unsure how nine different license plates became associated with the five cars he was charged with parking illegally. “I don’t know what that’s from,” the former Tar Heel wide receiver said Thursday night after playing in the Greater NC Pro-Am summer league at N.C. Central. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Greg Little clears air on tickets and cars, supports coach Davis

Former University of North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little spoke with WRAL Thursday night and addressed some of the accusations against him as a result of the NCAA investigation into the school’s football program. "I know I got a lot (of parking tickets), that's really irresponsible,” Little said. “I paid them. They came from out of my pockets.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Top 20 NFL Unrestricted Free Agents

As you look over the list of the top 20 available UFAs, keep this in mind: The two positions that are the easiest to come in and play right away are running back and cornerback; the two most difficult are quarterback and wide receiver. 13. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina: Lacks great speed but makes up for it with quickness and ball skills. Very good tackler. (NFL.com)

Tight end Richard Quinn hopes to have his hands full as Broncos starter

Time to step up, Richard Quinn. The Broncos released veteran Daniel Graham, their starting tight end the past four seasons, in March. The move was made in part because the team's football operations triumvirate of John Elway , Brian Xanders and John Fox believed Quinn was ready to assume the role of blocking tight end. With the Broncos, the blocking tight end is the starting tight end. (Denver Post)

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