The NFL will investigate if Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Adam Gase violated the collective bargaining agreement by working together at the University of Alabama, NFL.com reported Saturday.
Players and coaches are not allowed to talk about football until offseason workouts begin. For Denver, that's Monday. The rule is intended to limit the amount of time players are required to work during the offseason.
Alabama coach Nick Saban denied that Manning and Case conducted a formal football meeting last week, telling the Denver Post they interacted "only to say hello." Gase worked on Saban's staffs at Michigan State and LSU.
"I'm shocked that anybody would think someone did anything wrong on their part," Saban said. "When I talked with (Gase), I talked about his family. Peyton, we talked an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Adam had been talking to our assistant coaches. I never talked with Adam about football."
"And Peyton, we were just talking ball. We talked about particular defenses that give us trouble with the no-huddle. Things like that."
The Broncos declined to comment.
49ers: The team is not expected to pick up the 2015 option on the contract of linebacker/defensive end Aldon Smith, espn.com reported. It has until May 3 to decide. Smith missed five games last season to undergo treatment for alcoholism. Last week he was arrested on a charge of making a false bomb report at Los Angeles International Airport.
Raiders: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be released Monday if Oakland cannot trade him, Fox Sports reported. Last season, his third, he appeared in 11 games and started nine. He threw for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Last month Oakland acquired quarterback Matt Schaub to be its starter.