I hate needles. Which is why I look away while a lab technician inserts one into my arm and draws four vials of blood. I’m not sick or injured. I’m not getting pricked on doctor’s orders. I’m taking an $800 elective blood test that will determine whether I have food allergies that could be compromising my physical fitness and overall good health.
Mario Manningham is returning to the New York Giants after two injury-filled seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, and fellow free-agent wide receiver Julian Edelman is staying with the New England Patriots.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Pro Bowl pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released on the opening day of the National Football League’s free-agent period.