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A candidate to be selected No. 1 overall in the draft on Thursday, Baker Mayfield seems to have made a negative impact in his pre-draft interview with the Los Angeles Chargers, who own the No. 17 selection.

Mayfield admitted last week to a lack of preparation for the interview, saying, “I didn’t look at (the Chargers) playbook as much as I should have. It could have gone a little bit better … but at the same time, I’m prioritizing which playbooks I’m going to learn. No offense to them, but I’ve got a lot on my plate,” according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco got his chance to respond on Monday, and he’s apparently not letting Mayfield off the hook for his busy schedule.

“I’m probably not prepared to comment on that. My plate’s pretty full. No offense, Dan,” Telesco told Woike.

It remains to be seen how the Cleveland BrownsNew York GiantsNew York Jets, or the other QB-hungry teams picking at the top of the draft feel about Mayfield’s treatment of the Chargers.

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Former NFL Pro Bowler Greg Hardy will make his professional fighting debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Nolan King of MMA Today reports.

Hardy will appear on the June 12 episode of the show where he’s expected to fight Brandon Sayles, a former Army veteran with a 5-1 record.

All fighters on the series are contenders to earn a contract with the UFC.

Hardy last appeared in the NFL in 2015 and has since been competing in mixed martial arts at amateur levels. He has finished all three of his fights via knockout, ending his most recent bout in 14 seconds.

Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats in 2014 and drew a 10-game suspension from the NFL. Domestic violence charges against him were dismissed in February 2015.

Two cheerleaders who have recently filed discrimination lawsuits against the NFL say they would settle the case for $1 in exchange for a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell.

The offer comes from the representative for former New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware, and was delivered to NFL attorney Steven Hurd on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Davis accused the Saints of firing her for policy violations she has disputed and having separate rules for their male players and female cheerleaders. Ware filed a complaint in April claiming she was discriminated over her gender and religion.

Both would settle for a “good faith” meeting between Goodell and four cheerleaders. They’ve given the NFL a May 4 deadline for a response.

“We’re not asking them to admit fault, or to admit guilt, or even admit that there is anything wrong, but if they do want and expect that cheerleaders should have a fair working environment, as they have stated, then it doesn’t make any common sense why the answer would be no,” lawyer Sara Blackwell told the New York Times.

A number of current and former cheerleaders have recently spoken out about the dangers and unhealthy environments of the job.

The claimants are also seeking for the NFL to institute rules and regulations for all NFL teams.

The Arizona Cardinals are making “a lot of noise” in trade discussions to move up in Thursday’s NFL draft, potentially to select a quarterback, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Cardinals are currently slated to pick 15th overall.

Rapoport added that No. 5 (Denver) and No. 6 (Indianapolis) could be draft slots to target in search of a quarterback.

With only one pick in the first round and one pick in the second, it could prove challenging for general manager Steve Keim to get into the top five, but a move into the top 10 could be more realistic.

Arizona was known to be targeting Patrick Mahomes in the draft last year, but the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to snag the quarterback before the Cardinals went on the clock.

The Cards signed veteran quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon to short-term deals in free agency this offseason.

As owners of the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the upcoming draft, the Cleveland Browns have considered all of their options – including selecting two quarterbacks high in the draft, reports Kevin Clark of The Ringer.

Clark directly asked multiple members of the Browns organization whether they’d considered the strategy.

“The answer is yes,” Clark wrote. “The people I asked have thought about it, discussed it, and investigated it. This is not to say it will happen.”

The Browns have gone through quarterbacks at a frightening pace since the early 1990s, and are finally in a position to end that era under new general manager John Dorsey. It only makes sense for the team to go over all possible scenarios before Cleveland’s on the clock April 26.

Dorsey hasn’t ruled out trading the No. 1 or No. 4 pick either. The Browns also have three selections in the second round.

“I’m going to consider all options … I’m going to do what’s best for this organization … I still have seven days … my phone, the power is still on,” Dorsey said Thursday, according to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3TheFan in Cleveland.

There is precedent for selecting two quarterbacks in one draft class. In one of the most high-profile examples, the Washington Redskins traded up to select Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in 2012 and then drafted his backup, Kirk Cousins, in the fourth round.

The move ultimately blew up in their faces. Griffin won Rookie of the Year, but struggled with Cousins looming over his shoulder. Griffin was eventually shipped out and Washington installed Cousins as the starter – until he was deemed too expensive to keep and allowed to sign the richest contract in NFL history with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.

Speaking at his pre-draft press conference Thursday, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman appeared to offer some insight into his team’s draft-day decision process.

Despite links to multiple quarterbacks atop next week’s draft, Gettleman was quick to point out the risk of selecting a signal-caller.

“When you’re picking this high, if you make a mistake… (and) you miss on a quarterback… you probably hurt the franchise for five years,” Gettleman said, via NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano. “It’s a five-year mistake.”

The Giants currently own the second overall pick and will have plenty of high-quality options whether they take a quarterback or not.

Gettleman added he has not made up his mind on which prospect to select, saying: “With the second pick, I’m sitting at Ben and Jerry’s and I have a lot of different flavors to look at.”

One player linked to New York is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, a consensus top-five prospect. Gettleman appeared enamored with the athletic ball-carrier.

“He’s a tremendous talent, I’m not going to lie,” he said, via NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “He’s one of those guys my mother could have scouted.”

Adding to speculation the Giants could pass on a first-round quarterback next week, Gettleman continued to support current starter Eli Manning, saying he still has “plenty of arm” and is taking great care of himself heading into 2018.

Saquon Barkley and his army of supporters believe the star running back has the potential to become the next face of the NFL, but the Penn State product’s handlers are reportedly concerned he might not accomplish that goal if the Cleveland Browns draft him.

Six weeks ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley spent time with Sports Illustrated’s Ben Baskin and discussed the transcendent talent’s lofty hopes – among them being the No. 1 overall pick on April 26. The Browns own both the first and fourth pick in the draft. That’s a problem, according to Barkley’s agency, Roc Nation.

“His Roc Nation handlers … don’t want him to be taken No. 1. They don’t want him in Cleveland,” Baskin reports. “They want him to go second to the Giants and play in the media capital of the world. That’s where you can become the face of the league.”

Barkley himself has stated no such thing. He’s reportedly been telling close friends that if he’s selected by the Browns and brings a championship to Cleveland, as LeBron James did with the NBA’s Cavaliers, he’d be exalted as a hero.

According to Baskin, Barkley’s manager “implored” the prospect to do as Eli Manning once did and demand that the team with the first pick doesn’t draft him so he can wind up in New York.

Roc Nation subsequently denied that its representatives ever gave Barkley such advice.

“I can say on behalf of our entire team that we would be thrilled for Saquon to go to whichever team drafts him,” agent Kim Miale told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com on Wednesday.

Roc Nation built a 15-person team around Barkley with the intent of carving out a niche for him in football’s marketing machine.

“The thing I want to do is build an image around myself. And do that safely and smartly,” said the superstar of March’s combine.