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  • Bills Plan To Release Nyheim Hines

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    The Buffalo Bills plan to release running back Nyheim Hines (knee) this week, according to a source. Hines most likely will be back for training camp this summer after injuring his ACL last summer, but he'll be doing it with a different team. Hines injured his ACL during a jet-ski accident last July and was forced to miss all of the 2023 season as a result. The 27-year-old former fourth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 out of North Carolina State spent the 2022 season with the Bills and Colts, carrying the ball just 24 times for 33 yards and a touchdown while adding 30 receptions for 241 yards and another score through the air in 16 games (five starts). At this stage of his career, Hines will most likely be competing for a complementary pass-catching role with whichever team he lands with next.

    Mar 3 · Source via Buffalo Bills Nyheim Hines
  • Dak Prescott Not A Lock To Receive Extension From Cowboys?

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    ESPN's Dan Graziano isn't as convinced as most people that quarterback Dak Prescott will get a lucrative contract extension from the Dallas Cowboys. His current salary cap number for 2024 is $59.455 million, which is huge, and an extension would be the obvious way to reduce that number. However, Prescott has a lot of leverage with one year left on his current deal and a clause in his contract that prohibits the team from franchising him. The 30-year-old hasn't made it easy on Dallas in the past, either. If the two sides don't make progress on a deal, the Cowboys could save around $18.5 million in cap space by converting Prescott's 2024 salary into a signing bonus without adding any more void years. However, doing that would result in Dallas carrying a cap charge of around $55 million on Prescott in 2025.

    Mar 3 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott
  • Commanders Have Received Inquiries For No. 2 Pick

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    The Washington Commanders have received trade inquiries from teams on the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. These inquiries might not be hard, actionable offers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, but there is interest from teams in moving up. Among the clubs that could be on the quarterback radar are the New York Giants (No. 6 overall pick), Atlanta Falcons (No. 8), Minnesota Vikings (No. 11) and the Las Vegas Raiders (No. 13). However, Fowler writes that he would be surprised if the Commanders, who are themselves looking to upgrade at the position over Sam Howell, moved off the No. 2 overall pick. The Bears are expected to take USC QB Caleb Williams first overall, with North Carolina's Drake Maye and LSU's Jayden Daniels being prime QB prospects to come off the board at No. 2 overall.

    Mar 3 · Source via Washington Commanders Sam Howell
  • Patriots Could Be In Play For Baker Mayfield

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    New England Patriots personnel leader Eliot Wolf and newly hired Alonzo Highsmith both played a pivotal role in drafting quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall five years ago when they were with the Cleveland Browns, which has ESPN's Jeremy Fowler connecting the dots and suggesting that the Patriots could look to sign Mayfield in free agency this offseason. The Patriots could sign a veteran signal-caller like Mayfield and then trade the third overall pick in this year's NFL draft for more draft capital, which is desperately needed. If the Minnesota Vikings end up re-signing quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) to a long-term extension, Mayfield will be the top free-agent QB on the market after his career-best season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023.

    Mar 3 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield
  • Kirk Cousins Not Willing To Give Vikings A Discount?

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    ESPN's Dan Graziano writes that the sense he's getting is that the Minnesota Vikings want impending quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) to return, but Cousins has a very specific idea in mind for what he wants in a new contract, and the Vikings so far have not made an offer that matches it. Cousins and his family like Minnesota and would be happy to stay and finish his career there, but it doesn't sound like he's willing to offer the team a hometown discount. If the Vikings don't sign him to an extension before the final four years of his contract void on March 12, they will carry a $28.5 million dead-money charge on their salary cap this year and Cousins will be on the open market for the second time in his career. If he reaches free agency, several teams are expected to be interested in the veteran signal-caller despite coming off a torn Achilles last year, including the Atlanta Falcons.

    Mar 3 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Falcons Interested In Kirk Cousins

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    The Atlanta Falcons are clearly seeking a quarterback upgrade this offseason over Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. Some folks think they may be the favorites to trade for Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields, but ESPN's Adam Schefter also says they are interested in Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins (Achilles), despite the fact he tore his right Achilles on Oct. 29 and is 35 years old. Cousins has made encouraging progress from the injury, though, and expects to be ready for organized team activities and minicamp this spring. Despite his age and injury, he's expected to be the best available option on the free-agent market, and he'd certainly be an upgrade over Ridder/Heinicke with a strong RB in place in Bijan Robinson and intriguing receiving options in Drake London and Kyle Pitts. Still, Cousins' fantasy value will likely remain the highest as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 if he stays in Minnesota.

    Mar 2 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Patriots Re-Sign Nathan Rourke

    The New England Patriots re-signed former Canadian Football League standout quarterback Nathan Rourke to an undisclosed deal on Friday, according to a source. The Patriots claimed Rourke off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars in December. New England is expected to move on from Mac Jones under center this offseason, sign a veteran in free agency and draft a signal-caller, potentially with the third overall pick in the first round. The 25-year-old Rourke will merely be providing depth at the position and is unlikely to see any real playing time in 2024. The British Columbia native has not played a single snap in an NFL game.

    Mar 2 · Source via New England Patriots Nathan Rourke
  • Darren Waller Still Considering Retirement

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    New York Giants tight end Darren Waller said on Friday that he is "still undecided" on if he is going to continue his playing career in 2024. A previous report on Friday suggested that while Waller had considered retirement after last season, he was expected to return this year. The 31-year-old dealt with more hamstring issues in his first year in the Big Apple and finished with a disappointing 52 catches on 74 targets for 552 yards and only one touchdown in 12 games played. He's due to make $10.5 million in base salary in 2024 and count $14 million against the salary cap. The Giants have no intention of making him a cap casualty. The only other tight end on the roster with substantial playing time is Daniel Bellinger, who is set to enter his third season in 2024. At this point in his career, Waller is an extreme injury risk as a TE1 in fantasy.

    Mar 2 · Source via New York Giants Darren Waller
  • Mike Evans "Wants To Play With Elite Quarterback"

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent wide receiver Mike Evans' agent, Deryk Gilmore, said that "Mike wants to play with an elite quarterback in an offense that will showcase him -- and be paid like a top wide receiver. He doesn't want to play with a rookie QB. Winning a Super Bowl is a key priority." Evans is expected to draw interest from several teams in free agency, including the Bucs. The 30-year-old and the Bucs are far apart in contract talks, and Evans announced on Friday that he plans to test the free-agent market, which doesn't bode well for him re-signing with the Buccaneers. The five-time Pro Bowler has reached the 1,000-yard mark in all 10 seasons in Tampa and is one of the most consistent pass-catchers in the game, even at 30 years old. QB Baker Mayfield had a career year in 2023, but he is by no means considered an elite signal-caller, and is a free agent himself.

    Mar 2 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Buccaneers WR Mike Evans Seeking $25MM Per Season?

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    7:43 PM: Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports that Evans now plans to hit free agency for the first time in his career. The ten-year veteran may still end up a life-long Buccaneer, but he fully intends to field offers from around the NFL. Despite ongoing discussions with Tampa Bay, Evans wants to keep his […]

    Mar 2 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Top CB prospect Wiggins suffers injury at combine

    Clemson CB Nate Wiggins showed off his elite speed in his lone attempt at the 40-yard dash but suffered a hip injury and limped off the field.

    Mar 2 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • Patriots Interested In Baker Mayfield

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    The expectation remains the Patriots will address their quarterback need by selecting a passer with the No. 3 overall pick. But Jerod Mayo‘s first roster needs help in many places. Trading down could potentially be an option. If the Patriots are considering moving down, it would put them in play for one of the top […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mac Jones Baker Mayfield
  • Packers Aiming To Reduce Aaron Jones' Cap Number, Not Expected To Re-Sign AJ Dillon

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    Just more than a year ago, the Packers helped lay the groundwork for a rough running back year. They reached a pay-cut agreement with Aaron Jones, ensuring he would stay for the 2023 season. That pact paid off, with Jones helping drive the team to the divisional round. GM Brian Gutekunst said earlier this offseason […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Green Bay Packers AJ Dillon Aaron Jones
  • Commanders releasing 3 vet starters, save $14M

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    The Washington Commanders have released TE Logan Thomas and LT Charles Leno Jr. and informed center Nick Gates he will be waived later this month. The moves save Washington around $14 million.

    Mar 1 · ESPN Washington Commanders Charles Leno Jr. Logan Thomas
  • Williams not thinking beyond No. 1 pick in draft

    USC quarterback Caleb Williams says he hasn't thought about being drafted anywhere but No. 1 in the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • Penix says he's healthy, set to be franchise QB

    Washington quarterback Michael Penix says he has proven he is healthy and is ready to be an NFL franchise QB.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • Patriots Release CB J.C. Jackson

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    Seeing the Chargers foot most of their J.C. Jackson bill, the Patriots will again separate from the veteran cornerback. They announced Jackson’s release Friday. Due to the nature of last season’s trade, the Pats will pick up considerable cap room via this transaction. No guarantees remained on Jackson’s deal. Thus, no dead money is on […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots J.C. Jackson
  • 49ers Interview Raiders' Gerald Alexander For DC

    A fifth candidate for the 49ers’ defensive coordinator job has emerged. After identifying Chiefs DBs coach David Merritt as an option, the NFC champions are eyeing another AFC West assistant. The 49ers met with Raiders safeties coach Gerald Alexander on Friday, according to The Athletic’s Matt Barrows. Alexander has been an NFL DBs coach since […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Las Vegas Raiders San Francisco 49ers
  • Aaron Jones Discussing Pay Cut With Packers

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    Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is reportedly discussing a pay cut with the organization. Jones is heading into the final year of his four-year deal with the team. He's set to make a base salary of $11.1 million with a cap hit of $17.5 million in 2024. Jones missed six games last season, but still put together solid numbers when he was healthy. The 29-year-old finished with 656 rushing yards on 142 attempts with two touchdowns in 11 games. Fellow back AJ Dillon is set to become a free agent this offseason. That being said, Jones appears to be in line to be the workhorse back next season.

    Mar 1 · Source via Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones
  • Commanders Release TE Logan Thomas

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    Continuing to move on from veteran contracts, the Commanders will be without Logan Thomas in 2024. Washington is releasing the experienced tight end, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports. The move is now official, per a team announcement. Already entering Friday positioned in the top three in cap space, the Commanders are freeing up more room. Absent any […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Logan Thomas
  • Brock Bowers Won't Workout At Combine

    Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers was undecided earlier in the week on whether or not he'd workout during the upcoming NFL Combine. The young tight end is still recovering from ankle surgery, so he'll sit this out. Possibly, Bowers does a workout during Georgia's Pro Day later in the month. Regardless, Bowers is the consensus TE1 of the class. Last season, Bowers finished with 56 receptions, 714 yards, and six touchdowns during his junior season at Georgia. The decision to sit out of the NFL Combine isn't going to hurt his draft position.

    Mar 1 · Source via NFL Draft
  • Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch Expected To Retire

    Neck issues once again forced Leighton Vander Esch to miss considerable time during the 2023 season. As a result, signs continue to point to the veteran Cowboys linebacker bringing his career to a close. Vander Esch is expected to retire, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Speculation that would wind up being the case […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Dallas Cowboys Leighton Vander Esch
  • Mike Evans Plans To Test Out Free Agency

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has reportedly been in discussions with the organization on a possible long-term deal. Despite that, it sounds like Evans wants to see what he is worth on the open market. Evans could always return to Tampa Bay, but he wants to test free agency and see what teams are interested in his services. Last season, Evans finished with 79 receptions for 1,255 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in his first 10 seasons in the league. The 31-year-old still has plenty left in the tank and should land himself a massive deal this offseason.

    Mar 1 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • AJ Dillon Unlikely To Return To Green Bay

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    Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon might've played his last season with the organization. Dillon is set to become a free agent this offseason and it doesn't sound like the organization is too eager to bring Dillon back next season. The former second-round pick struggled to establish himself during his contract season. Dillon rushed 178 times for 613 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games. Dillon received plenty of chances with fellow back Aaron Jones missing six games. Despite the extra attempts, Dillon averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry. He should have plenty of interest as a backup, but Dillon will have a tough time finding himself a lead back role heading into next season.

    Mar 1 · Source via Green Bay Packers AJ Dillon
  • Mason Rudolph Could Return To Pittsburgh

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    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is set to become a free agent this season. The former third-round pick from 2018 could very well end up right back in Pittsburgh. Recently, Steelers general manager Nick Khan said they want to bring back Rudolph next season. It sounds like the organization still has full faith in Kenny Pickett under center. However, they want to bring in some competition in case Pickett fails to claim the starting gig. Rudolph knows the system well and led the team to a 3-0 record this past season. The Steelers even started Rudolph during their playoff game versus the Buffalo Bills. The 28-year-old isn't going to save the franchise. Although, Rudolph could be a bridge option for the team if Pickett doesn't work out.

    Mar 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Mason Rudolph
  • Commanders Release LT Charles Leno

    Cost-cutting season continues around the NFL. Left tackle Charles Leno has been told by the Commanders that he is being released, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The team has since announced the move. As Rapoport notes, Leno is set to undergo hip surgery next week. That procedure will no doubt be a factor in determining […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders
  • TE Darren Waller Contemplated Retirement, Will Remain With Giants In 2024

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    Things did not go according to plan for the Giants or Darren Waller in 2023. After the veteran tight end gave thought to hanging up his cleats, though, he will remain in New York for at least one more season. Waller was acquired via trade from the Raiders last March. Vegas had grown frustrated with his injury […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Darren Waller
  • Eagles To Release S Kevin Byard

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    Kevin Byard joined the Eagles as a trade acquisition in 2023, but his time with the franchise has proven to be quite short. The veteran safety is being released, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Byard enjoyed a productive seven-plus seasons with the Titans, but his future in the organization faced questions entering the 2023 campaign. He wound […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Philadelphia Eagles Kevin Byard
  • J.C. Jackson Released By Patriots

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    The New England Patriots are releasing veteran cornerback J.C. Jackson ahead of free agency. The move clears $14 million in cap with no dead money. Jackson spent the first four seasons of his NFL career as a Patriot before signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers ahead of the 2022 campaign. He played in just two games for the Chargers in 2023 and was traded back to the Patriots for a late-round draft pick. Unfortunately, he continued to struggle, and now his NFL career is uncertain. The 28-year-old has 26 interceptions in 77 career games.

    Mar 1 · Source via New England Patriots J.C. Jackson
  • Commanders Parting Ways With Logan Thomas

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    The Washington Commanders are releasing veteran tight end Logan Thomas, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. He was due $6.5 million this upcoming season, including a $500k roster bonus later this month. The converted college quarterback signed with the organization to play tight end in 2020, and he had a relatively successful run. Thomas caught 184 passes for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns in 52 games for the franchise, despite playing with several quarterbacks. The 32-year-old will likely draw some interest in free agency as a part-time of backup player. Meanwhile, Washington will likely look to replace him in the 2024 NFL Draft.

    Mar 1 · Source via Washington Commanders Logan Thomas
  • Source: Bama DB McKinstry has Jones fracture

    Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry has a Jones fracture in his right foot, a source confirmed with ESPN's Jordan Reid.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • Injured ex-FSU QB Travis eyes May, June return

    Jordan Travis, who suffered a leg fracture that ended his season at Florida State, says he "should be ready" by May or June and healthy for his rookie season.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • Giants, Saquon Barkley Resume Contract Talks

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    For the time being, Saquon Barkley remains on track for free agency. He would be be one of several veterans available on the open market, but a Giants agreement is still a possibility. Player and team resumed contract talks earlier this week during the Combine, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. That falls in line with the […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Saquon Barkley
  • Michael Penix Says He's Healthy

    Washington quarterback Michael Penix said on Friday at the NFL scouting combine that he thinks he's put questions about his health behind him and he's ready to be somebody's franchise signal-caller. Penix believes his medical exams for all 32 NFL teams went smoothly and he's ready to throw for those in attendance in Indianapolis. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Penix rated as the fifth QB in this year's draft. In his four seasons at Indiana before transferring to Washington, he tore his right ACL twice and had injuries to both shoulders. He missed 25 of his possible 51 games for the Hoosiers. But Penix threw for 4,641 yards and 4,903 yards, respectively, in his two seasons with the Huskies, including 67 total TDs. The 23-year-old lefty QB didn't miss any time at Washington, but he'll nevertheless be a risk/reward NFL prospect in April's draft.

    Mar 1 · Source via NFL Draft
  • Justin Fields Could Fetch Second- Or Third-Rounder

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    According to NFL executives, if the Chicago Bears indeed decide to trade quarterback Justin Fields this offseason, the majority opinion is that Chicago would receive a second- or third-round pick in the upcoming draft. It's looking more likely that Fields will be dealt and the Bears will take USC QB Caleb Williams with the first overall pick. "There's a reason they're moving on," an executive pointed out. Fields has amazing rushing ability and physical traits, but he still needs to improve his field vision to anticipate throws, and the former first-rounder's inconsistent accuracy remains a concern. He finished with a career-high 61.4 completion percentage in 2023 and has 6,674 passing yards, 40 TDs and 30 picks in his career. Despite his deficiencies, the soon-to-be 25-year-old is still young and will have QB1 upside in 2024, and perhaps even more upside with a new team.

    Mar 1 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears Justin Fields
  • Commanders To Release Charles Leno

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    The Washington Commanders have informed starting left tackle Charles Leno (hip) that they are releasing him on Friday, according to a source. Leno is scheduled to undergo hip surgery next week. The 32-year-old also missed the final three games of the 2023 season and was placed on Injured Reserve due to a calf injury. Washington's move to release him will save them around $7.3 million in 2024 salary cap space. Leno also missed a contest earlier last season due to a shoulder ailment. Leno wasn't a liability while protecting quarterback Sam Howell's blind side, but the Commanders will look to do better at the position. Depending on how quickly he can recover from his hip surgery, Leno should be able to latch on with another team sooner than later this offseason.

    Mar 1 · Source via Washington Commanders Sam Howell
  • Rams Missing An Outside Rusher

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    The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue writes that the Los Angeles Rams have pieces of their pass rush in place between Aaron Donald, Kobie Turner and Byron Young, but they are missing an experienced outside rusher to make the group more cohesive. LA also needs help at cornerback, but Rodrigue thinks an outside linebacker is the team's biggest need for a team that has quite a few. At cornerback, veteran Ahkello Witherspoon may have played himself into a contract elsewhere, and there is little consistency among other young players at the position. Donald isn't getting any younger, either, so he could use as much help as possible if the Rams' defense wants to become an elite pass-rushing force again.

    Mar 1 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Aaron Donald Kobie Turner Ahkello Witherspoon Byron Young
  • Brian Allen A Cut Candidate For Rams

    The Los Angeles Rams will incur $3.15 million in dead money if they cut center Brian Allen before June 1, but would save $4.9 million against the 2024 salary cap, according to Over the Cap. Allen didn't start or play any significant minutes for the Rams in 2023, but starting center Coleman Shelton has only a few weeks to decide whether he'll void his contract this year. If he does, he'll become a free agent, and the Rams will need a center. Reserve tackle Joe Noteboom is another potential cap cut, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue, but the Rams would incur $15 million in dead money with any cut before June 1 and save $15 million if a cut is designated after June 1. Allen has played in just 12 games (seven starts) the last two years in LA.

    Mar 1 · Source via Los Angeles Rams
  • Chargers Could Use A Center

    The Athletic's Daniel Popper writes that the center position might be the Los Angeles Chargers' most glaring offseason need in 2024. They have needs all over the roster as new head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Joe Hortiz enter their first seasons. In addition to the offensive line, the Bolts need upgrades at tight end, running back, cornerback, safety, and linebacker. They could even use upgrades at receiver or edge rusher, depending on how the team maneuvers through their salary cap situation. Starting center Corey Linsley said last month there is a "99 percent" chance he will retire because of a heart-related medical issue, and the Chargers don't have an apparent replacement on their current roster. LA should look for a starting center through free agency or the draft.

    Mar 1 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers
  • Eagles Release Kevin Byard

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    The Philadelphia Eagles released safety Kevin Byard on Friday, according to a source. The Eagles acquired Byard from the Tennessee Titans last October in exchange for a fifth- and sixth-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft along with safety Terrell Edmunds. The move to release Byard will free up over $13 million in salary cap space for the 2024 season. In his time with Philadelphia last season, the 30-year-old veteran defensive back had 75 tackles (50 solo), an interception and three passes defensed in 10 regular-season starts. In 16 total games, Byard has a career-high 122 combined tackles. The two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro should be scooped up quickly off the free-agent market this offseason and could be in play in IDP fantasy leagues in 2024.

    Mar 1 · Source via Philadelphia Eagles Kevin Byard
  • Jonathan Brooks Ahead Of Schedule In His Recovery

    Texas running back Jonathan Brooks (knee) said that he's ahead of schedule in regards to his rehab/recovery from his ACL injury last year and he'll be ready by July 1, which means he'll be ready for his first training camp in the NFL this summer. Brooks is almost four months removed from tearing his ACL on Nov. 12 of last year, so the 20-year-old has not been able to work out for scouts and coaches at this week's NFL combine in Indianapolis. In a weak RB class for this year's NFL draft, Brooks is considered the favorite to be the first running back to come off the board, mostly likely in the second or third round. Coming off a serious knee injury will make it hard to predict his first-year fantasy value at the next level, and it will also depend on where Brooks ends up.

    Mar 1 · Source via NFL Draft
  • Darren Waller Considered Retirement

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    New York Giants tight end Darren Waller reportedly considered retirement after a disappointing first season in New York in 2023, according to sources. Waller was injured again last year and had just one touchdown in 12 games played in the Big Apple. The 31-year-old veteran will not walk away, though, and has chosen to return in 2024. He's due to make $10.5 million in base salary this year and count $14 million on the salary cap. Waller will not be an offseason cap casualty, according to a source. In 2019 and 2020, Waller had 197 catches, 2,341 yards and 12 touchdowns. But hamstring injuries caused him to miss 14 games in 2021 and 22 with the Raiders, and hamstring issues resurfaced again in 2023. He'll be a massive TE1 injury risk in fantasy this fall.

    Mar 1 · Source via New York Giants Darren Waller
  • Falcons In Play For Baker Mayfield?

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    Right now it looks likely that impending free-agent quarterback Baker Mayfield will re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero mentions the Atlanta Falcons as a dark-horse candidate to get involved. Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said that re-signing Mayfield is an "extremely high priority" after the former first overall pick had the best season of his career in Tampa in 2023. New Falcons head coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Zac Robinson know Mayfield from his short stint with the Rams at the end of 2022. Atlanta is seriously looking to upgrade the QB position this offseason over Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke, and Mayfield would represent an upgrade. However, all signs are pointing to the Bucs and Mayfield running it back in 2024.

    Mar 1 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield
  • Growing Optimism Chiefs Will Re-Sign Chris Jones; L'Jarius Sneed Generating Trade Interest

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    Chris Jones balked at a Chiefs attempt to extend him on a deal far south of the Aaron Donald salary range. As the perennial All-Pro nears free agency, the team may be coming around to his price point. Playing last season on his 2020 extension (four years, $80MM), Jones is believed to want a deal […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Kansas City Chiefs Chris Jones L'Jarius Sneed
  • Texans Saquon Barkley's Preferred Destination?

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    The Texans are among the teams to watch on the running back front, and a they will have no shortage of options to choose from in free agency. Several accomplished producers at the position are on track to be available, and Houston could be well-positioned for a splashy addition. After ranking 22nd in the league […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Houston Texans Saquon Barkley
  • Falcons Interested In Baker Mayfield?

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    Linked closely to quarterbacks this offseason, the Falcons may be moving close to landing their next starter. Justin Fields-to-Atlanta buzz is heating up, but the NFC South team also looks to be interested in Baker Mayfield — potentially as a contingency plan. The Buccaneers have begun talks with Mayfield, who would stand to lose some […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Atlanta Falcons Baker Mayfield Desmond Ridder
  • Jags, Trevor Lawrence Begin Extension Talks

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    Trevor Lawrence‘s ascent encountered some turbulence last season; the Jaguars flopped down the stretch and missed the playoffs. That ending has not changed the organization’s plans with its centerpiece player. Franchise-caliber quarterbacks often sign extensions before their fourth season. Lawrence is now in that window, becoming extension-eligible in January. Proceeding down that path, GM Trent […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence
  • Steelers, QB Mason Rudolph Begin Talks

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    Mentioned on a few occasions as having a clear path back to Pittsburgh, Mason Rudolph is taking steps toward that conclusion. While he may not be the favorite to be the Steelers’ 2024 starter, the team has the six-year veteran in its plans once again. The Steelers have begun talks with their veteran backup-turned-playoff starter, […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Pittsburgh Steelers Mason Rudolph Kenny Pickett
  • Seahawks GM Addresses QB Geno Smith's Future

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    9:26pm: The Seahawks may be ready to end the trade speculation. Schneider is believed to have informed Smith he will be on the roster on his current contract next season, Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz tweets. Similar assurances in the recent past have led to some course changes; this does come two years after Pete Carroll […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith Drew Lock
  • Saints Plan To Release S Marcus Maye

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    Again needing to make several moves to reach cap compliance, the Saints will make a cap-casualty call this year. They are planning to release Marcus Maye. The team informed the veteran safety he will be cut at the start of the 2024 league year, Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz tweets. Maye has been with the Saints […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints Marcus Maye
  • CB DeJean broke leg at Iowa, plans draft workout

    Cornerback and first-round hopeful Cooper DeJean confirmed his final season at Iowa was derailed by a broken leg, saying he has just recently started running at full speed.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • DB Arnold used Bama benching as motivation

    Speaking Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, Terrion Arnold said that Alabama's decision to bench him in 2022 in favor of teammate Eli Ricks had an enormous impact on the trajectory of his career.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • PSU's Robinson wows with 4.48 40 at combine

    Penn State's Chop Robinson ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, and his 10-yard split of 1.54 seconds was tops for a player his size since 2003.

    Mar 1 · ESPN NFL Draft
  • Vikings To Release RB Alexander Mattison

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    Re-signed during Dalvin Cook‘s extended goodbye last year, Alexander Mattison will join his former teammate in free agency. The Vikings are planning to release Mattison. The team has informed its primary 2023 starting running back he will be cut, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter tweets. Minnesota gave Mattison a two-year, $7MM deal that came nearly fully guaranteed. […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Ty Chandler Alexander Mattison
  • Tyre Phillips Making Very Good Progress

    New York Giants impending free-agent offensive lineman Tyre Phillips (quadriceps) is said to be making "very good progress" from his quadriceps injury this offseason. The expectation is that he'll resume running in four to five months with change of direction mixed in after six months. Phillips should make a full return to all football activities in the seven- to eight-month range. The 27-year-old started nine games for the New York Giants last season in his second season with the G-Men. Phillips was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round in 2020 and spent his first two seasons in the NFL in Baltimore. He had surgery on his quadriceps muscle in early January. Phillips is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season, which will complicate his free-agent market.

    Mar 1 · Source via New York Giants
  • Saints To Release Marcus Maye

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    The New Orleans Saints informed safety Marcus Maye on Thursday that he will be released at the start of the new league year next month, according to sources. Maye has been injured each of the last three seasons, the last two with the Saints, and has played in a combined 23 games in that span, recording 99 solo tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, six passes defensed and a forced fumble. In 2023 with the Saints, he started seven games and finished with 37 tackles (27 solo), one sack and two interceptions before succumbing to a shoulder injury. Cutting the 30-year-old former second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2017 should save the cost-cutting Saints around $7.2 million in salary cap space for 2024. Maye will just be hoping to stay healthy wherever he lands next.

    Mar 1 · Source via New Orleans Saints Marcus Maye
  • LB Azeez Al-Shaair Interested In Joining Texans; Latest On Jonathan Greenard

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    Two ex-49ers decision-makers moved to the AFC South last year, creating opportunities for unattached San Francisco cogs. Azeez Al-Shaair took one of them, landing with Ran Carthon‘s Titans on a one-year deal. After excelling in 2023, the former 49ers linebacker looks to have a chance at another reunion in the division. Following a 163-tackle season, […]

    Mar 1 · Pro Football Rumors Tennessee Titans Houston Texans Azeez Al-Shaair Jonathan Greenard
  • Trey Lance To Stay In Dallas In 2024, But Fifth-Year Option Declined

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    The Dallas Cowboys will pick up quarterback Trey Lance's $4.25 million roster bonus for the 2024 season, but they also elected not to pick up his fifth-year option for 2025. The Cowboys acquired Lance from the San Francisco 49ers during training camp last summer, but the former first-rounder didn't play as a single snap in his first year with the Cowboys behind starter Dak Prescott, who had a career year. The 23-year-old will now return as Prescott's backup next season, but he'll likely be on the free-agent market next offseason since the Cowboys understandably didn't want anything to do with his $22.4 million fifth-year option for 2025. Unless Prescott misses extensive time with an injury in 2024, Lance won't be worth rostering in fantasy.

    Mar 1 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Trey Lance
  • Ty Chandler Now Vikings No. 1 Running Back

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    After the release of running back Alexander Mattison on Thursday, Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler is the team's starter at the position. After the release of Dalvin Cook, Mattison operated as Minnesota's lead back in 2023, taking 180 carries for 700 yards and no rushing touchdowns. Chandler, a former fifth-round pick in 2022, served as a complementary back and saw 102 rushing attempts for 461 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and three rushing scores, adding 21 receptions for 159 additional yards in his second season. The 25-year-old was more efficient than Mattison and should have a bigger role in Minnesota's backfield in 2024, but the Vikings will likely look to add to their RB through the offseason, through either the draft or free agency, or both.

    Mar 1 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Ty Chandler
  • Patriots Make Offer To S Kyle Dugger

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    Rumored as a franchise tag candidate, Kyle Dugger remains a priority for the Patriots. The young safety would be among the top defenders available if he reaches the open market. The Pats are trying to prevent that. Less than a week before the deadline to apply franchise tags, MassLive.com’s Karen Guregian and Mark Daniels report […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Kyle Dugger
  • Lions, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown To Discuss Extension

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    The Lions have a number of key members of this year’s run to the NFC title game eligible for an extension. That list includes wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is on the team’s radar for a new deal. The Lions plan on working out an extension with St. Brown this offseason, Dave Birkett of the […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Ravens To Prioritize Offensive Line Additions

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    The Ravens’ defense was a major factor in the team’s run to the AFC title game in 2023. The unit has already seen a number of departures on the sidelines, and several key players are set to reach free agency. Baltimore is prepared to pay considerable attention to the other side of the ball, however. […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Baltimore Ravens Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu Lamar Jackson Justin Madubuike Andrew Vorhees
  • Vikings Releasing Alexander Mattison

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    The Minnesota Vikings informed running back Alexander Mattison on Thursday that they are releasing him, according to a source. Mattison took over in 2023 for Dalvin Cook as Minnesota's primary running back and ran for a career-high 700 yards on 180 carries (3.9 yards per carry) and no touchdowns while adding 30 catches on 44 targets for 192 yards and three receiving scores in 16 games. The 25-year-old will head back to the free-agent market this offseason, but this time he won't be returning to the Vikings. It was clear early on that Mattison wasn't the answer for the Vikes' running game, as he was often stuffed behind the line of scrimmage and lacked any kind of consistent burst. After his 2023 showing, his fantasy stock has plummeted, and he'll likely be in some sort of timeshare in 2024 wherever he lands.

    Feb 29 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Alexander Mattison
  • Chiefs DE Charles Omenihu Eyeing New Deal

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    Charles Omenihu enjoyed a successful first season in Kansas City when on the field. His availability was hindered at the start of the year due to a six-game suspension and in the Super Bowl due to an ACL tear, but his level of play in between likely helped his market value. As a result, the fifth-year […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Kansas City Chiefs Charles Omenihu
  • Titans Still Believe In Will Levis As Their Starter

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    According to NFL Network's Cameron Wolfe, the Tennessee Titans still believe in quarterback Will Levis as their starter, and one of their top priorities this offseason is getting him receivers. It remains to be seen if general manager Ran Carthon drafts one of the top three wideouts -- Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, or Rome Odunze -- at No. 7 overall in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft. The Titans could also use an NFL-high $75 million-plus in salary cap space to go after a top veteran in free agency. They could also do both to help support Levis. The 24-year-old had an up-and-down first year in the NFL in 2023 with 1,808 passing yards, eight TDs and four picks in nine starts, but now he has an offensive-minded head coach in Brian Callahan and should get some shiny new receiving weapons to boost his fantasy upside this offseason.

    Feb 29 · Source via Tennessee Titans Will Levis
  • Saquon Barkley, Giants Have Good Initial Meeting

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    The New York Giants and impending free-agent running back Saquon Barkley's representatives had a "good (initial) meeting" on Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to a source. The Giants are reportedly open to multiple options, including memorializing Barkley's legacy as a Giants, pending an agreement on mutual terms. The 27-year-old is unlikely to receive the franchise tag for the second straight year, although the G-Men aren't ruling it out. If it makes sense financially for both sides, a long-term extension makes the most sense, but the Giants will be way given Barkley's long injury history. Wherever he lands in 2024, Barkley will be a risk/reward RB1 for fantasy managers after he missed three more games with injury in 2023 and finished under 1,000 yards rushing for the third time in his six NFL seasons.

    Feb 29 · Source via New York Giants Saquon Barkley
  • Jalen Virgil Is Fully Recovered

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Jalen Virgil (knee) has fully recovered from surgery for a torn meniscus that he suffered in the team's second preseason game on Aug. 19 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Virgil was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve as a result, but the undrafted rookie in 2022 is eagerly awaiting his return for the start of spring drills in April. In nine games (one start) in his rookie year in 2022, the 25-year-old caught just two of his five targets for 75 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos. He also worked on special teams in the return game. If Virgil earns a spot on Denver's 53-man roster to open up the 2024 regular season, he'll most likely serve in a special teams role again while also providing receiver depth, but he won't be a fantasy asset.

    Feb 29 · Source via Denver Broncos Jalen Virgil
  • Geno Stone Could Be Moving On

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    Baltimore Ravens safety Geno Stone is in a prime position as he enters free agency this offseason after finishing second in the NFL with seven interceptions in 2023. The Ravens already have two quality starting safeties in All-Pro Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams, too, which decreases the chances that Stone will return to the Ravens in 2024. Stone has made it clear he wants to start and proved his ability to play at a high level when Williams missed time due to injury. "Geno might be the best seventh-round pick that we've ever had -; playmaker, attitude, special teams," general manager Eric DeCosta said. "I love his cerebral nature, I love his attitude on the field. He fancies himself an overachiever; I love that about him."

    Feb 29 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Kyle Hamilton Geno Stone Marcus Williams
  • Ravens, Odell Beckham Jr. Staying In Communication

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    The Baltimore Ravens and impending free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have stayed in touch this offseason, although it remains uncertain if Beckham will return to the team in 2024. OBJ had only 35 receptions for 565 yards and three touchdowns in Baltimore in 2023 while providing veteran leadership for the receiver room. The Ravens re-signed Nelson Agholor earlier this month, but that doesn't preclude Beckham from re-signing. Both general manager Eric DeCosta and head coach John Harbaugh would like to see the 31-year-old return, but that doesn't mean it will work out. And even if Beckham does return to Baltimore, he'll be one to ignore in standard-sized fantasy leagues, especially with the team saying that Rashod Bateman will have a bigger role in 2024.

    Feb 29 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Ravens Hoping To Bring Back Gus Edwards

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    Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said that door has not been closed on free-agent running backs Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins (Achilles) returning in 2024. Edwards led Baltimore's backs in 2023 with a career-high 810 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns and has spent his entire five-year career with the team. Right now, the team has just two RBs under contract who played last year -- Justice Hill and Keaton Mitchell, who is recovering from a season-ending torn ACL. But with a deep free-agent class at the position that includes Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Austin Ekeler and Tony Pollard, it remains to be seen if Edwards or Dobbins will return. Edwards set a new career-high with his 13 TDs in 2023, but he also had a career-low 4.1 yards per carry, and his 2024 fantasy value will be clouded until we know where he'll end up in free agency.

    Feb 29 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Gus Edwards
  • Laremy Tunsil Has Knee Surgery

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    Houston Texans Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil (knee) underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery in Dallas and is expected to make a full and fast recovery after dealing with some swelling and tightness in his knee during the season, according to league sources. Tunsil had to have his knee drained a few times in 2023. The 29-year-old offensive tackle was on the injury report a lot last year due to his knee injury and was forced to miss three games with knee and groin issues. Perhaps Tunsil can be better in 2024 without any issues with his knee as he continues to protect the blind side of impressive young quarterback C.J. Stroud and an emerging Texans offense. Tunsil should be fully recovered by training camp at the end of the summer.

    Feb 29 · Source via Houston Texans C.J. Stroud Laremy Tunsil
  • Optimism That Chiefs Will Re-Sign Chris Jones Before Free Agency

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    There is "growing optimism" that the Kansas City Chiefs and impending free-agent defensive tackle Chris Jones will work out a long-term contract extension before the start of free agency on March 11, according to league sources. "He should get a massive deal from the Chiefs," an NFL source said. General manager Brett Veach acknowledged on Tuesday that re-signing Jones is the team's top priority. The two sides couldn't get something done last offseason, which led to Jones holding out through the first week of the regular season. Similar to 2023, Jones wants a contract that will pay him an average annual salary of $30 million, which would make him the league's third highest-paid defensive player behind Nick Bosa and Aaron Donald. He's the heartbeat of KC's offense, leading them last year with 10.5 sacks and 29 QB hits.

    Feb 29 · Source via Kansas City Chiefs Chris Jones
  • J.K. Dobbins Resumes Running

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    Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (Achilles) posted videos on social media on Thursday of him running on a field and on a treadmill five and a half months after suffering a torn Achilles in Week 1 of last season. The 25-year-old will be hoping to get a new contract from the Ravens this offseason, but Baltimore could also bring back Gus Edwards, and they've been connected to some big-name impending free-agent RBs as well. Justice Hill and Keaton Mitchell (knee) are still under contract with the Ravens. Even if Dobbins fully recovers from his injury and sticks in Baltimore, his extensive injury history -- he's played in only nine games the last three years -- and the fact that the Ravens will likely have plenty of competition in the backfield, doesn't inspire a ton of confidence in his 2024 fantasy value.

    Feb 29 · Source via Baltimore Ravens J.K. Dobbins
  • Steelers Have "Full Faith" In Kenny Pickett

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    Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan said that he has "full faith" in quarterback Kenny Pickett. Pickett, a former first-round pick, hasn't looked good in his first two NFL seasons, but lacking other options on their current roster, the Steelers are crossing their fingers that the 25-year-old can make improvements this offseason and earn the starting gig this summer in training camp. It doesn't mean that they won't look to re-sign Mason Rudolph or bring in another veteran in free agency to push Pickett for the starting gig, though. In 25 games (24 starts) since his rookie season in 2022, Pickett has completed only 62.6% of his pass attempts for 4,474 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Not only was Pickett hurt in 2023, but he was also benched in favor of Rudolph late in the year. Unless he makes a drastic improvement in Year 3, Pickett might not be long for Pittsburgh.

    Feb 29 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Kenny Pickett
  • Steelers Non-Committal On Najee Harris' Fifth-Year Option

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    While Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan said that the team thinks "very highly" of running back Najee Harris, he was also non-committal on whether the team will pick up his fifth-year option. Harris' future is thus uncertain despite the fact that he's recorded three straight 1,000-yard seasons while making team history. Harris' fifth-year option, which was set at $6.79 million, must be decided on by May 2. If they pick it up, it would become fully guaranteed for the 2025 season. It would be a surprise if Pittsburgh didn't pick it up, considering they have invested heavily in a ground-and-pound offensive rushing attack and just hired Arthur Smith as their new offensive coordinator. The 25-year-old would figure to have a solid fantasy floor if he sticks with the Steelers, although Jaylen Warren will continue to be a thorn in his upside.

    Feb 29 · Source via Pittsburgh Steelers Najee Harris
  • Latest On Patriots' QB Plans

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    With a new regime in place and the opportunity to add a franchise passer in the draft, the Patriots will be a team to watch closely as the offseason unfolds. Trading out of the No. 3 slot remains a possibility, of course, but New England could favor remaining near the top of the board and […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Mac Jones
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions To Talk Extension This Week

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    The Detroit Lions want to sign wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to a long-term contract extension this offseason and are scheduled to meet with his representatives at the NFL scouting combine this week in Indianapolis. No deal is imminent, but the Lions have made it clear they want to invest in St. Brown and the rest of their roster this offseason. Detroit is also prioritizing getting a new deal done with quarterback Jared Goff. St. Brown, entering his fourth NFL season, is in line for a multi-year extension that will make him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league. He tied for second in the NFL with 119 catches in 2023 and finished third with 1,515 receiving yards t earn first-team All-Pro honors. St. Brown will be a top-five fantasy wideout in 2024 fantasy drafts without a doubt.

    Feb 29 · Source via Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Bucs Unlikely To Retain LB Devin White

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    With free agency approaching, the Buccaneers have key decisions to make with several pending free agents. Linebacker Devin White is set to see his contract expire, but a new Tampa Bay agreement should not be expected. The former fifth overall pick sought out a massive extension last offseason, and he requested a trade when talks on that […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Devin White
  • 49ers Eyeing Extensions For WRs Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings

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    Brandon Aiyuk is the latest foundational homegrown 49ers player in line for a second contract with the team, and the possibility of one has long been a talking point. General manager John Lynch has offered a range of responses when asked about the subject previously, but he offered a notably firm response at the Combine. Aiyuk […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors San Francisco 49ers Brandon Aiyuk Jauan Jennings
  • Mike Williams Could Be Odd Man Out In 2024

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    The Athletic's Daniel Popper suggests that Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) could be the odd man out among fellow receiver Keenan Allen and pass-rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack this offseason. Williams and the other three players have huge salary cap hits this year after they were all restructured last offseason. Together, they are projected to account for close to 60% of the team's cap in 2024, according to Over the Cap. It's highly unlikely all four players will be on the roster this fall. Williams is coming off a torn ACL and has the second-highest receiver cap hit in the league at $32.46 million (Allen has the highest). If Williams is cut, the Chargers would save $20 million. And if Williams is gone, former first-rounder Quentin Johnston should have a much bigger role in his sophomore season after he was a big disappointment his rookie year.

    Feb 29 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Mike Williams
  • NFL Not Looking To Ban The Tush Push

    NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent doesn't think the "tush push," a quarterback-sneak tactic that the Philadelphia Eagles have perfected in short-yardage situations, should be banned. "Don't punish a team that strategically does it well," Vincent said. He said that the NFL competition committee didn't even discuss the tush push when it met at this week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis because everyone is on the same page that there's no reason to ban the play. There doesn't appear to be any real support for a ban of the play around the league. The general sentiment around the league, Vincent said, is that it's a credit to the Eagles that they've found a short-yardage play that works so well for them.

    Feb 29 · Source via Philadelphia Eagles
  • Browns Restructure Denzel Ward's Deal

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    The Cleveland Browns restructured Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward's deal on Thursday to clear $11.359 million in salary cap space for the 2024 season. The move puts the Browns under the new $255.4 million salary cap by around $3 million. They are still among the teams with the least cap space in the NFL heading into the start of free agency on March 13, and there will other players in the near future that Cleveland restructures. Among them could be quarterback Deshaun Watson for the third straight year, and receiver Amari Cooper. Ward's cap charge was $23.462 million and his base salary was $15.324 million, but now he'll get a big chunk of that cash up front. The 26-year-old Ward still has four years left on the five-year, $100.5 million extension he signed in 2022. He appeared in just 13 games in 2023 due to injuries but should bounce back in 2024 with better health.

    Feb 29 · Source via Cleveland Browns Denzel Ward
  • Sammis Reyes Is Healthy

    Former Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Sammis Reyes (concussion) is healthy again and is free to sign with any NFL team this offseason, according to a league source. The Jaguars waived Reyes on Monday after he retired from football last August following his concussion in training camp last summer. The 28-year-old will attempt to continue his playing career in the NFL now that he's past his concussion, though. Reyes was active for 11 games (one start) in 2021 with the Washington Commanders but wasn't targeted at all in the passing game. Wherever he lands this offseason, he'll merely be providing tight end depth and won't be a lock for the 53-man regular-season roster.

    Feb 29 · Source via Sammis Reyes
  • Bengals Issue Tender To Jake Browning

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    The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that quarterback Jake Browning has been issued a tender, which assures the team that they will retain his exclusive rights for the 2024 season. Browning now has the option of signing the team's tender offer or negotiating a long-term deal with the club. The 27-year-old made his NFL debut in 2023 for the Bengals and was forced into a starting role due to injuries to Joe Burrow. Browning ended up appearing in nine games (seven starts) and acquitted himself well with a league-high 70.4% completion percentage with 1,936 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He's fully expected to be Burrow's top backup for the 2024 season, but he won't be on the fantasy radar again unless Burrow misses more time due to injury.

    Feb 29 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Jake Browning
  • Patriots Plan To Sign Veteran Quarterback

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    The New England Patriots have a plan in place to reshape their quarterback position in new head coach Jerod Mayo's first year running the team, according to multiple sources. The Patriots' plan is to sign a veteran in free agency, draft a quarterback at No. 3 overall in the upcoming NFL draft and potentially sit the rookie if need be. Mac Jones is on his way out. One NFL executive relayed that it's widely expected in league circles that QBs will be taken with the first three picks in April's draft. USC's Caleb Williams is expected to go first overall, with New England's decision likely to come down to either LSU's Jayden Daniels or North Carolina's Drake Maye. The Pats interviewed both prospects at this week's scouting combine and have been heavily focused on QBs at the combine. No matter what, whichever QB they select in the draft isn't going to be rushed into a starting role in 2024 if they aren't ready.

    Feb 29 · Source via New England Patriots Mac Jones
  • Brock Bowers Undecided If He'll Work Out At Combine

    Georgia tight end Brock Bowers said at the NFL scouting combine on Thursday in Indianapolis that he hasn't decided if he will do any on-field workouts this week and said he won't decide until he's at the stadium on Friday. "Just a personal decision," Bowers said. Bowers is the consensus top tight end in the upcoming 2024 draft, but like most of the top quarterback prospects, he may hold off and work out at his school's pro day next month instead. The 21-year-old was extremely productive in his college career as a Bulldog, racking up 175 catches for 2,538 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 14.5 yards per catch. It remains to be seen if he can be as productive as the Lions' Sam LaPorta in his rookie year in the NFL in 2024, but there's no question Bowers has high-end TE1 potential.

    Feb 29 · Source via NFL Draft
  • Saints Restructure Cameron Jordan's Contract

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    The New Orleans Saints moved even more than $1.5 million of defensive end Cameron Jordan's salary cap costs into future years as their latest restructure. The Saints had room to move up to $9.4 million in cap costs with Jordan's deal, which owes him a fully guaranteed $13 million in 2024. New Orleans is in the yearly spot of restructuring multiple deals to free up much-needed salary cap space with the start of the new league year coming next month. The 34-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler has 117.5 career sacks in his 13 seasons in the NFL, but he mustered only 43 tackles (20 solo), two sacks, three tackles for loss and six QB hits in 17 starts for the Saints in 2023. Jordan is a veteran presence on the team's defensive line, but he's clearly past his prime.

    Feb 29 · Source via New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan
  • Jets Give QB Zach Wilson Permission To Seek Trade

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    Expected for months to be set for a Big Apple departure, Zach Wilson may soon take another step toward that reality. The Jets have given the former No. 2 overall pick permission to seek a trade, Joe Douglas said Wednesday. Given the trade buzz around Wilson — which includes the underwhelming quarterback looking into potential […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors New York Jets Zach Wilson
  • Colts Planning To Keep Michael Pittman Jr., Prepared To Use Franchise Tag

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    The Colts have not used the franchise tag since the Ryan Grigson regime kept Pat McAfee off the market in 2013. It appears Chris Ballard is prepared to go to that well to ensure Michael Pittman Jr. stays. Ballard said (via the Indianapolis Star’s Joel Erickson) the team’s top wide receiver will be a Colt one […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Indianapolis Colts Michael Pittman
  • Chiefs To Release Marquez Valdes-Scantling

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    Marquez Valdes-Scantling collected two Super Bowl rings as a veteran presence in what became a wildly inconsistent Chiefs receiving corps. The ex-Packer, of course, contributed to the inconsistency. And his cap charge in 2024 will lead to a separation. The Chiefs are expected to release Valdes-Scantling, according to ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler. The move will save […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Kansas City Chiefs Marquez Valdes-Scantling
  • Dak Prescott Extension Coming In Spring?

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    At this point, it’s become fully clear that both the Cowboys and the quarterback Dak Prescott are intent on further extending their time together. With that expectation fully established, we can turn our attention to what that could look like and when that could occur. The Cowboys have no intention of letting Prescott leave Dallas. […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott
  • Panthers Have Discussed Extending DT Derrick Brown

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    Panthers defensive tackle Derrick Brown took a couple of seasons to find his game in the NFL but showed enough in Year 3 to warrant the pickup of the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. A year later, and a second stellar season under his belt, Brown could be headed towards a new contract extension […]

    Feb 29 · Pro Football Rumors Carolina Panthers Derrick Brown
  • Latest On Vikings, QB Kirk Cousins

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    The Vikings’ latest negotiations with Kirk Cousins are coming down to the wire. The team’s exclusive negotiating rights with the veteran passer expire March 11, with March 13 serving as a more significant date due to dead money. Communication continues. Kevin O’Connell indicated during an interview with KFAN radio (via the New York Post’s Ryan […]

    Feb 28 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Braden Smith Undergoes Knee Surgery

    Indianapolis Colts right tackle Braden Smith (knee) had surgery on the knee that had him hobbled for much of last season, according to general manager Chris Ballard. The Colts are hoping for a much healthier 2024 season out of Smith after he missed seven games in 2023 due to the injury. The former second-round selection in 2018 out of Auburn has had his fair share of injury concerns in his six seasons in the NFL, but the Colts are hoping his recent surgery will make his knee injury a thing of the past heading into the 2024 campaign. The 27-year-old offensive lineman has two years left on his four-year, $70 million deal.

    Feb 28 · Source via Indianapolis Colts
  • Seahawks To Take A Quarterback In This Year's Draft?

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    Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has taken only two quarterbacks in his first 14 drafts with the team -- Russell Wilson in the third round in 2012 and Alex McGough in the seventh round in 2018. However, Schneider characterized this year's QB class as "a good group" and noted that he'd like to break the trend of not selecting QBs in the draft. "I've told you guys in the past and having grown up in the Packer organization for Ron Wolfe, 14 drafts and only drafting two quarterbacks is not something that we're necessarily proud of. It's just happened that way. Every year it's a goal to acquire a quarterback, whether that's draft free agency, whatever it looks like. But, yeah, this year's draft class is a cool group. A lot of variances in there," Schneider said. Seattle doesn't seem all that committed to Geno Smith, and Drew Lock is a free agent this offseason.

    Feb 28 · Source via NFL Draft Seattle Seahawks Drew Lock Geno Smith
  • Abraham Lucas Undergoes Knee Surgery

    Seattle Seahawks right tackle Abraham Lucas (knee),, who started 16 games as a rookie in 2022, was limited to just six games in 2023 due to a knee injury that first flared up in the season opener. Lucas eventually made it back from Injured Reserve last year, but general manager John Schneider confirmed that Lucas had surgery on his knee this offseason, with the hope being that it will allow him to put any lingering knee issue behind him moving forward. The 25-year-old's knee surgery was more of a cleanup procedure, so he should be just fine for training camp this summer and the start of the 2024 regular season this fall.

    Feb 28 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Abraham Lucas
  • 49ers To Interview Chiefs' David Merritt For DC Job

    The one coordinator post still open may not be settled until March. The 49ers have another external candidate they want to interview. Chiefs defensive backs coach David Merritt will meet with the 49ers about their defensive coordinator vacancy, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo. Kansas City did not lose either of its coordinators this offseason, with […]

    Feb 28 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel San Francisco 49ers
  • Jags In Talks With Calvin Ridley, Josh Allen

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    Trent Baalke said in January the Jaguars will have Josh Allen back on their 2024 team, pointing to a franchise tag as a mortal lock. The team is not closing up shop on reaching an extension with its top edge rusher just yet. Stopping short of confirming the Jags will tag Allen, Baalke said the […]

    Feb 28 · Pro Football Rumors Jacksonville Jaguars Josh Allen Calvin Ridley
  • Raiders Must Address Quarterback Position

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    Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Aidan O'Connell stayed afloat in his rookie season while being forced into action in 2023 over 10 starts, but he mostly looked like someone best suited for a role as a backup. At the very least, the Raiders need to bring in a starting-caliber QB in free agency to compete for the job with O'Connell, in the opinion of The Athletic's Tashan Reed. In an ideal circumstance, the Raiders will land their QB of the future in the 2024 NFL draft. However, there's no guaranteed they can get in range for one of the top prospects at the position, as they currently have the No. 13 overall pick in the first round. Reed suggests that the Raiders should make every effort to find a QB in a loaded class that is headlined by USC's Caleb Williams, North Carolina's Drake Maye and LSU's Jayden Daniels.

    Feb 28 · Source via Las Vegas Raiders Aidan O'Connell
  • Hunter Renfrow A Cut Candidate

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    The Athletic's Tashan Reed suggests that Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is a cut candidate this offseason. Renfrow was excellent in 2021, was named a Pro Bowler and was rewarded with a two-year, $32.3 million contract extension the following offseason that felt like a no-brainer at the time. But the extension has aged poorly. Renfrow couldn't stay healthy in 2022, played a career-low 35 percent of the offensive snaps last year, and has made just 61 catches since signing his extension. The Raiders would save around $8.1 million while taking a dead-money hit of $5.5 million if they cut or trade Renfrow before June 1. If they cut or trade him after June 1, they'll free up $11.8 million in salary cap space for 2024 while taking a dead-money hit of $1.8 million this year and a dead-money hit of $3.6 million in 2025.

    Feb 28 · Source via Las Vegas Raiders Hunter Renfrow
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