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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dealing with an arthritic knee condition, tight end James Hanna felt it was time to think about his long-term health in his decision to retire. “The dream was to play for the Cowboys,” Hanna said. “I don't know how many people actually do what they say they're going to do as like a 13 year old, but I consider myself to be extremely lucky in that sense. Also the college I went to (Oklahoma), I feel like I met my goals. It would've been nice to have more stats and obviously I could've done more things, but I'm proud of what I accomplished.”

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Ravens can add wide receiver Willie Snead (and it seems unlikely that the Saints will match the offer sheet), this would essentially end Baltimore's interest in Dez Bryant. While Snead doesn't bring the same big name or buzz as Bryant, he does fill the Ravens' need for a slot receiver better than Bryant.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will place James Hanna on the reserve/retired list as the tight end could not get over a serious knee condition that troubled him for most of the last two seasons, according to sources. Hanna was not involved in the early part of the team's offseason program.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The number of 1pm ET (or earlier) games for west coast teams is a frequently a concern. This season, the Rams have 2, 49ers and Seahawks have 3, the Chargers have 4, and the Raiders have 5. As for Mountain time zone teams, the Cardinals and Broncos each have 4.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Another way the league evened out the schedule pain is back-to-back-to-back road games (3 consecutive). In 2017 there were 12. This season there are 6. (This includes neutral site venues as road games.) Of the 6 three-game road sequences, two teams own 2 of them if you consider neutral site (London/Mexico City) games as road games: Rams and Chargers. The Ravens and Saints own the other two. The Rams second 3-game road sequence includes their Mexico City game, but it's interrupted by their bye. The Chargers actually have an *uninterrupted 4-game road sequence*, counting their London game, which (strictly speaking) includes two 3-game road sequences.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Travel distances can have a slight effect on team fortunes. This season, Oakland, Seattle, and the Chargers each travel about 30,000 round trip miles. At the other end of the spectrum are Carolina, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and the Jets who each travel fewer than 10,000 miles.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The NFL has done a much better job evening out the pain with the schedule this year. Indianapolis has the worst net rest differential with a net of 11 less days of rest than their opponents and 3 games vs. opponents coming off their byes. Last season the Giants had -22 days with 4 opponents coming off byes.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: One of the biggest heartbreaks occurred in 1997, when they owned the No. 1 overall pick and Peyton Manning decided to stay in school. Citing league rules, Bill Parcells never made an effort to sway Manning into turning pro, but he certainly could've sent a message through his father, Archie. Parcells wound up trading down twice, picking LB James Farrior with the eighth pick. He was a solid player (two Pro Bowls with the Steelers), but Parcells passed on two future Hall-of-Fame tackles — Orlando Pace (first) and Walter Jones (sixth).

Brady Henderson ESPN 

An interesting travel nugget from ESPN Stats & Information: The closest NFL city to Seattle is Oakland, which is 801 miles away (San Francisco is listed at 807 miles). The Seahawks play the Raiders on the road in 2018, but it's in London -- 4,789 miles from Seattle. So the shortest possible trip for the Seahawks is instead the longest by far.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

From ESPN Stats & Information: Since 2012, Russell Wilson's rookie season, the Seahawks' home winning percentage of .792 is second in the NFL only to New England's .833. The Seahawks play four of their final five games at CenturyLink Field in 2018.