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  • Raiders Searching For Quarterback At Combine

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    The Las Vegas Raiders are seriously looking for an upgrade at the quarterback position at this week's NFL combine as we approach the 2024 NFL draft. They have nine picks over seven rounds in this year's draft and will likely take a crack at securing a franchise signal-caller who has eluded them for decades. The 2024 QB class is considered one of the deepest in years, although the Raiders are unlikely to have access to the consensus top-four QBs -- Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels and J.J. McCarthy -- at 13th overall in the first round. That spot might also be too high to reach on Michael Penix or Bo Nix. If the Raiders really like one of the top-four QB prospects in this year's draft, they may be compelled to trade up to the top of the draft in order to find a significant upgrade over Aidan O'Connell, who impressed in his rookie season in 2023.

    Feb 26 · Source via Las Vegas Raiders Aidan O'Connell
  • Giants Open To Taking Quarterback In The Draft

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    If the situation presents itself in this year's NFL draft, the New York Giants would be open to pulling a trigger on a quarterback, according to ESPN New York's Jordan Raanan. Current starting QB Daniel Jones (knee), who was the sixth overall pick in 2019, has rarely been healthy in his five seasons and is rehabbing from a torn ACL this offseason. If head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen aren't comfortable putting all their chips on the table with Jones as the long-term future at the position, they could look to this year's draft to find Jones' potential replacement. The G-Men have the sixth overall pick and two second-round selections in which they could use to take a rookie signal-caller. It doesn't sound like the Giants have much confidence in Jones moving forward, and neither should fantasy managers.

    Feb 26 · Source via New York Giants Daniel Jones
  • Chargers Expected To Let Austin Ekeler Explore Free Agency

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    The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to let impending free-agent running back Austin Ekeler explore free agency in 2024, according to league sources, which means they won't use the franchise tag on him. Ekeler was one of the biggest early round fantasy busts in 2023, as the 28-year-old finished with 628 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 179 carries in 14 games in his seventh year with the Chargers. He also had 51 receptions (74 targets) for 436 yards and one touchdown through the air. Ekeler has never had 1,000 yards rushing in his career and could face an uncertain future if he leaves LA. He's not going to be a first-round fantasy pick in fall drafts, but Ekeler has bounce-back potential if he's healthy and in a significant role, whether it be with the Chargers or another team.

    Feb 26 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Titans Won't Use Franchise Tag On Derrick Henry

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    The Tennessee Titans won't use their franchise tag on impending free-agent running back Derrick Henry this year, according to league sources. With a new coaching staff coming in this offseason, it wasn't expected that the Titans would make much of an effort to retain King Henry as he heads into his age-30 season. The former second-rounder in 2016 out of Alabama has been a Pro Bowler in four of the last five seasons, although he showed some signs of decline in 2023. He had a league-high 280 carries for 1,167 yards (career-low-tying 4.2 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns, adding 28 catches for 214 yards and no touchdowns as a pass-catcher. Henry may not age gracefully, but he should still have plenty of fantasy appeal in 2024 with a contending team.

    Feb 26 · Source via Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry
  • Cowboys Not Expected To Use Franchise Tag On Tony Pollard

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    The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to use the franchise tag on impending free-agent running back Tony Pollard this year at a cost of $12.109 million, according to sources. The Cowboys gave Pollard lead-back duties in 2023, and he responded with 1,005 rushing yards on 252 attempts (career-low 4.0 yards per carry) with six touchdowns while adding a career-high 55 receptions for 311 yards and no TDs through the air in 17 regular-season contests. Pollard looked better late in the season and wasn't really himself for most of the year after recovering from a significant leg injury in 2022. The 26-year-old's fantasy value for the 2024 season will depend on where he's playing, but Pollard didn't do much to show other clubs that he can be trusted as a workhorse back.

    Feb 26 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Tony Pollard
  • Giants Unlikely To Franchise Tag Saquon Barkley

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    The New York Giants will speak with impending free-agent running back Saquon Barkley and explore a new deal with him, but they are unlikely to place the franchise tag on him for $12.109 million in 2024, according to sources. The 27-year-old could very well hit the open market when the new league year opens in March, but there's no denying that Barkley is the essence of New York's offense when he's healthy. The two-time Pro Bowler took a step back in 2023 and missed three games due to injury, finishing with 962 rushing yards on 247 carries (3.9 yards per carry) and six touchdowns while adding 41 catches for 280 yards and four more TDs. Barkley could have a decent market if he reaches free agency, but he'll continue to be a risk/reward RB1 due to his extensive injury history.

    Feb 26 · Source via New York Giants Saquon Barkley
  • Josh Jacobs Unlikely To Be Franchise-Tagged

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    Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is unlikely to be franchise-tagged this offseason, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The organization will attempt to re-sign the 2022 NFL leading rusher, but there's a chance he will hit the open market. The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Jacobs last March and ultimately offered him a one-year deal worth up to $12 million. After a 1,653-yard rushing season in 2022, Jacobs rushed for just 805 yards on 3.5 yards per carry in 2023. He showed clear signs of regression in his fifth NFL season, so no team is likely to break the bank for a player at a devalued position. Either way, Jacobs' offseason movement is worth monitoring ahead of the 2024 NFL season. He should have fantasy value whether he stays put or lands somewhere else.

    Feb 26 · Source via Las Vegas Raiders Josh Jacobs
  • Nico Collins Open To Extension Talks

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    Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins made it known that he'd be open to contract-extension talks if the team approached him. After three seasons in the NFL, Collins is now eligible for an extension. He'll be entering the final year of his four-year, $4.871 million rookie contract in 2024, which includes a $902,990 signing bonus and a base salary of $1.324 million this year. "Oh man, I would love that," Collins said when asked about potentially launching early contract discussions. "That would be great." Coming off a breakthrough 2023 campaign in which he caught 80 passes for 1,297 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 regular-season games, Collins will be in high demands in fantasy drafts this fall while paired with impressive young quarterback C.J. Stroud. In two playoff games, Collins had 11 receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets.

    Feb 26 · Source via Houston Texans Nico Collins
  • Kirk Cousins Showing Encouraging Progress

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    Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is showing encouraging progress four months after having surgery to fix his torn right Achilles. Cousins posted a video on social media on Monday of him dropping back and throwing passes. The 35-year-old veteran signal-caller is on track in his progress and expects to be able to take part in organized team activities this spring. The big question, though, is where he'll end up this offseason. Will the Vikings make an effort to bring him back, or will he go elsewhere to a new organization. Where Cousins ultimately ends up and how much progress he's made from his Achilles tear will help shape his fantasy value for the upcoming 2024 season. Cousins' fantasy value will most likely be the highest if he stays in Minnesota.

    Feb 26 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins
  • Bears' Ryan Poles should again be a popular man at combine with No. 1 pick

    Poles had to change hotels last year to handle the inquiries, and he might be even busier this year.

    Feb 26 · ESPN NFL Draft Chicago Bears
  • Will Packers re-sign key free agents like Darnell Savage, Keisean Nixon?

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    The Packers have several free agents who could make it to the open market, including Savage and Nixon.

    Feb 26 · ESPN Green Bay Packers Darnell Savage Jr. Keisean Nixon
  • Latest On Steelers' QB Situation, Possible Justin Fields Pursuit

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    Last week, we heard that the Steelers were interested in re-signing quarterback Mason Rudolph and having him compete with 2022 first-rounder Kenny Pickett to be the club’s starting signal-caller. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that, even if the Steelers are unsuccessful in their pursuit of a Rudolph re-up, the club will not consider […]

    Feb 26 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Fields Kenny Pickett Mason Rudolph
  • Caleb Williams Will Not Throw At Combine

    The importance of the NFL Scouting Combine continues to be called into question two years after stringent COVID-19 rules nearly caused a mass boycott of the event in 2022. The topic of the boycott brought attention to how important the combine is for late-round, fringe, and small school prospects while potentially serving as a negative […]

    Feb 26 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft
  • Rams To Hire Sean Desai

    Sean Desai did not enjoy a successful stint as defensive coordinator of the Eagles in 2023. He appears to have his next NFL gig lined up, though; the veteran staffer is set to join the Rams in a senior defensive role, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports. He will work alongside the team’s offensive coaches while bringing a […]

    Feb 25 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Los Angeles Rams
  • Patriots, WR Kendrick Bourne Have Not Held Contract Talks

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    Regardless of who will be under center for the Patriots in 2024, improvement in the passing game will be needed. New pass-catchers will no doubt be a priority for the team, but Kendrick Bourne is one of the incumbent options who could be retained on a new deal. Bourne is a pending free agent after playing […]

    Feb 25 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Kendrick Bourne
  • Giants Unlikely To Re-Sign Adoree' Jackson

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    Giants cornerback Adoree’ Jackson recently reiterated his desire to sign a new contract with Big Blue, but it does not sound as if the interest is mutual. Per Paul Schwartz of The New York Post, the odds are against a re-up, so Jackson will probably be seeking a new employer when free agency opens next […]

    Feb 25 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Adoree Jackson
  • Drew Rosenhaus On Dolphins C Connor Williams' Free Agency Timeline

    As perhaps the best center eligible for unrestricted free agency — aside from the Eagles’ Jason Kelce, who will either retire or return to Philadelphia — the Dolphins’ Connor Williams would ordinarily be one of the first players to put pen to paper on a lucrative contract when the 2024 league year opens on March […]

    Feb 25 · Pro Football Rumors Miami Dolphins
  • Kyler Murray took a career-high 25% of his snaps under center, but was it effective?

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    The Arizona quarterback embraced the change in Drew Petzing's 2023 offense.

    Feb 25 · ESPN Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray
  • Keep Russell Wilson? Trade up in the draft? Five possible QB solutions for the Broncos

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    From keeping Russell Wilson around to trading up in the draft, we sift through every option Sean Payton and the Broncos have at QB.

    Feb 25 · ESPN NFL Draft Denver Broncos Russell Wilson
  • Buccaneers, QB Baker Mayfield Begin Preliminary Talks

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    Previous reports indicated that the Buccaneers would like to re-sign Baker Mayfield before the start of free agency, and the organization is apparently making progress on that goal. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers and Mayfield have had “preliminary talks” about a new deal. [RELATED: Buccaneers Want To Re-Sign Baker […]

    Feb 25 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield
  • UCLA To Hire Eric Bieniemy As OC

    Several changes took place on the Commanders’ sidelines this offseason, including Ron Rivera being replaced as head coach by Dan Quinn. The latter elected not to retain incumbent offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, leaving him with an uncertain coaching future. He has found his next opportunity, however. Bieniemy is set to join UCLA’s staff on a two-year deal under the […]

    Feb 25 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Washington Commanders
  • WR A.J. Brown On Eagles: "I Want To Be Here"

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    After starting the season 10-1, the Eagles stumbled to an 1-5 finish before ultimately losing in the first round of the playoffs. Following the late-season collapse, there have been some questions surrounding some players’ commitment to the organization, particularly wideout A.J. Brown. However, the receiver was quick to dismiss the notion that he wants out […]

    Feb 24 · Pro Football Rumors Philadelphia Eagles A.J. Brown Jalen Hurts
  • Saints Rework Contracts Of Derek Carr, Nathan Shepherd

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    After reworking Erik McCoy‘s contract earlier this week, the Saints continue to carve out cap space. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Saints have restructured quarterback Derek Carr‘s contract, opening around $23MM in cap space. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Field Yates adds that the team also restructured defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd‘s deal, clearing another $3MM in space. […]

    Feb 24 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints Derek Carr Nathan Shepherd
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling A Logical Cap Casualty

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    The Athletic's Nate Taylor writes that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the team's most logical cut candidate this offseason despite being the team's most experienced player at a position the Chiefs need to revamp. Releasing him would create $12 million in salary cap space, with just $2 million in dead money, according to Over The Cap. There's a slim chance both sides agree to a one-year contract extension since Valdes-Scantling was at his best in the postseason, but if the Chiefs think they can make a significant upgrade in free agency, the decision to move on from Valdes-Scantling would be understandable. The 29-year-old caught just 21 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown in 16 games during the 2023 regular season and will turn 30 in October.

    Feb 24 · Source via Kansas City Chiefs Marquez Valdes-Scantling
  • Jaguars' Interior Offensive Line Must Improve

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars finished last season next to last in yards before contact per rush (0.94), which is no wonder they also finished 30th in yards per attempt (3.6), 31st in rushing EPA and 30th in rushing success rate. The Athletic's Jim Ayello writes that their ground game must improve if quarterback Trevor Lawrence and company hope to get back into the AFC title hunt in 2024. It will start with upgrades on the interior offensive line this offseason. Luke Fortner showed he isn't the answer at center. The Jaguars don't appear to have a starting left guard under contract, and right guard Brandon Scherff may be cut for salary cap relief. It all means that the Jaguars are going to need to serious look for upgrades on their offensive line in free agency and the draft.

    Feb 24 · Source via Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence Brandon Scherff
  • Darious Williams A Cut Candidate

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    The Athletic's Jeff Howe writes that if the Jacksonville Jaguars need to make a big move to create salary cap space this offseason, they could release defensive back Darious Williams to save $11 million against the cap. Williams turns 31 next month and faded down the stretch last year. He's also entering the final year of his deal in 2024. Head coach Doug Pederson fired defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell and replaced him with Ryan Nielsen, so more change on the defensive front is likely. Williams isn't a bad player, but the Jaguars need to make sure they do everything possible to re-sign edge rusher Josh Allen while also getting their books right in preparation for quarterback Trevor Lawrence's extension. In his second year with the Jags in 2023, Williams had 53 tackles (44 solo), four interceptions (one for a TD), 19 passes defensed and a forced fumble in 17 starts.

    Feb 24 · Source via Jacksonville Jaguars Darious Williams
  • Rams Tender Offer To Ronnie Rivers

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    The Los Angeles Rams tendered running back and exclusive-rights free-agent Ronnie Rivers on Friday. The 25-year-old had 32 carries for 129 yards and caught five passes for 22 yards in a reserve role for the Rams in 2023 in his second NFL season. In his first two years in the league, he has 41 carries for 150 yards and 10 catches for 51 yards. Rivers will now be unable to negotiate with other teams this offseason, meaning he will return to LA in 2024 as running back depth behind Kyren Williams and Zach Evans, among others. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder won't be on the fantasy radar in traditional 12-team leagues unless Williams misses time due to injury next season.

    Feb 24 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Ronnie Rivers
  • A.J. Brown Shuts Down Trade Rumors

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    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown said on 94 WIP Sports Radio in Philadelphia that he wants to stay with the team. "I have no problem. I want to be here, it's as simple as that. I love where I'm at, it's as simple as that. Next question," Brown said. The 26-year-old Pro Bowl wideout was calling into the radio station to dispel rumors that he could be a trade candidate this offseason. He also said he has no issues with quarterback Jalen Hurts after the team's late-season meltdown in 2023 that culminated in a wild-card loss to the Buccaneers. Brown is entering the second year of his four-year, $100 million extension and will continue being Hurts' top target in the passing game. The no-doubt WR1 in fantasy had 1,456 receiving yards -- his fourth 1,000-yard season in five years -- and seven TDs on a career-high 106 catches last year.

    Feb 24 · Source via Philadelphia Eagles A.J. Brown
  • Jets Looking For Backup Quarterback

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    The New York Jets are not expected to keep quarterback Zach Wilson around as the backup to Aaron Rodgers in 2024. "[We] need a backup quarterback," owner Woody Johnson said. "We didn't have one last year." One veteran QB told ESPN that it will be difficult for the Jets to convince a top-tier backup to play for the Jets, knowing there's no chance to supplant a healthy Rodgers. The Jets won four games in Wilson's 11 starts in 2023 en route to a 7-10 record. Among the Jets' options this offseason to give them insurance behind Rodgers are Ryan Tannehill, Gardner Minshew, Jacoby Brissett, Tyrod Taylor, Mitch Trubisky, Marcus Mariota, Sam Darnold, Drew Lock and Tyler Huntley. Jimmy Garoppolo will also be available after the Raiders cut him, and the same could be true for Cooper Rush, Taylor Heinicke, Mike White, Andy Dalton and Case Keenum.

    Feb 24 · Source via New York Jets Jacoby Brissett Aaron Rodgers Ryan Tannehill Zach Wilson
  • Kendrick Bourne Expected To Test The Market

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    KPRC's Aaron Wilson says not to expect a new deal at this time for New England Patriots impending free-agent wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (knee), according to league sources. Bourne is expected to test the market, where strong interest is expected. He's expected to make a full recovery and be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 regular season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 8. The 28-year-old said he would like to re-sign with New England, but that won't stop him from leaving if he finds a better offer on the open market. Before his injury in 2023, Bourne was averaging career-bests with 4.6 catches and 50.8 receiving yards per game. Latching on with another team might be best for his fantasy value, given the fact that the Patriots are shifting to a whole new coaching staff, but he'll also be a risky fantasy selection coming off major knee surgery.

    Feb 24 · Source via New England Patriots Kendrick Bourne
  • Bengals Tell Tee Higgins He's Going To Receive Franchise Tag

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    The Cincinnati Bengals informed impending free-agent wide receiver Tee Higgins on Friday that they will place the franchise tag on him, according to a source. Instead of trying to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Higgins right now, they will place the franchise tag on him by the deadline next week. This was always the most likely outcome for the 25-year-old, who played in just 12 games in 2023 due to injuries. He was a disappointment for fantasy managers, finishing with a career-low 42 catches on 76 targets for 656 yards and five touchdowns. Higgins could certainly bounce back with better health in 2024, but getting out from under the shadow of No. 1 receiver Ja'Marr Chase in Cincinnati would have been the best scenario for Higgins' fantasy value moving forward.

    Feb 24 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Tee Higgins
  • Bengals Using Franchise Tag On WR Tee Higgins

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    The Bengals have a number of pending free agents to deal with heading into the new league year, but the team has made the decision to cover their bases with wide receiver Tee Higgins by informing him that they will apply the franchise tag to him in 2024, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. […]

    Feb 24 · Pro Football Rumors Cincinnati Bengals Tee Higgins
  • Falcons Re-Sign LS Liam McCullough

    The Falcons don’t have too many free agent decisions to make from their 2023 roster, and they got an important one out of the way today by re-signing long snapper Liam McCullough. As an exclusive rights free agent, McCullough’s only option was to sign his qualifying offer and return to Atlanta for 2024. McCullough has […]

    Feb 24 · Pro Football Rumors Atlanta Falcons Liam McCullough
  • 49ers Release CB Isaiah Oliver

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    Signed to work alongside starters Charvarius Ward and Deommodore Lenoir, Isaiah Oliver was unable to hold down a regular role in San Francisco. As a result, he will be sent back to free agency. The 49ers cut Oliver on Friday, the team announced. The NFC champions will pick up $2.4MM in cap space by moving […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors San Francisco 49ers Isaiah Oliver
  • Rams To Re-Sign WR Demarcus Robinson

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    Becoming a key auxiliary pass catcher for the Rams, Demarcus Robinson will once again have the opportunity to stay with a club on a second contract. The former Chiefs supporting-caster reached a deal to stay with the Rams on Friday. Robinson has agreed to terms to stay in Los Angeles on a one-year, $5MM deal, […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Rams Demarcus Robinson
  • Steelers Release C Mason Cole

    The Steelers’ starting center for the past two years, Mason Cole is back in free agency. The team announced the release of the veteran interior offensive lineman Friday. Pittsburgh has used free agency to make upgrade efforts up front over the past two offseasons, signing Cole, James Daniels and Isaac Seumalo. The guards remain with […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dolphins To Release CB Xavien Howard

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    Part of two pricey cornerback tandems in Miami, Xavien Howard did not have a chance to operate in the second one for too long. Less than a year after the Dolphins acquired Jalen Ramsey to pair him with Howard, they will move on from the latter. The Dolphins have informed Howard he will be cut, […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Miami Dolphins Xavien Howard
  • Dolphins To Release DE Emmanuel Ogbah

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    Seeing his playing time reduced last season, Emmanuel Ogbah became needed as the Dolphins saw their top edge rushers go down with major injuries. With Bradley Chubb and Jaelan Phillips expected back before or during the 2024 season, Miami will make an expected cap-driven move. The Dolphins intend to release Emmanuel Ogbah, according to ESPN.com’s […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Miami Dolphins Emmanuel Ogbah
  • Rams Re-Sign Demarcus Robinson

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    The Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million on Friday, according to Robinson's agency. Robinson will stay in Los Angeles after a productive 2023 season in which he caught 26 of his 39 targets for 371 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in 16 regular-season games (four starts) in his first year with the team. The 29-year-old wideout added three catches on six targets for 44 yards in the playoff loss to the Detroit Lions. It was solid production, considering he was mostly the team's No. 4 pass-catcher behind Cooper Kupp, rookie Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell for most of the year. Robinson found the end zone four straight times in December to finish strong, but he'll have to battle for the No. 3 role behind Kupp and Nacua this summer.

    Feb 23 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Demarcus Robinson
  • Chargers OC on plan for Herbert: Run the ball

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    Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Greg Roman told reporters Thursday that he is confident that the Chargers will establish a consistent running offense, which he expects to elevate quarterback Justin Herbert.

    Feb 23 · ESPN Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert
  • Dolphins To Release Xavien Howard

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    The Miami Dolphins have informed cornerback Xavien Howard that he will be released at the start of the new league year next month, according to sources. The four-time Pro Bowler is expected to have significant interest on the free-agent market in 2024. Howard will be on the open market for the first time in his NFL career, with the Dolphins saving around $32 million in salary cap space with the move. The 30-year-old joins linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah, who the Dolphins are also planning to release before the new league year. Howard only played in 13 games for the Dolphins in his eighth and final year due to a foot injury, and he finished with 45 tackles (36 solo), one interception and 12 passes defensed.

    Feb 23 · Source via Miami Dolphins Xavien Howard
  • Chiefs Sign P Matt Araiza

    FEBRUARY 23: Araiza’s Chiefs deal is worth the league minimum and it includes an injury split, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes. As a result, Kansas City is not absorbing any financial risk while taking a flier on the once-celebrated prospect. FEBRUARY 22: Matt Araiza is on course for an NFL return. The former Bills punter […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Kansas City Chiefs
  • Saints' Jameis Winston Eyeing Starting Role

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    Jameis Winston has been in New Orleans since 2020, and his desire to remain with the team has been made clear this offseason. A new Saints contract would tie him to a backup role, however, something which the veteran quarterback has become familiar with in recent years. In spite of that, Winston still has his eyes […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints Jameis Winston
  • Dolphins Plan To Release Emmanuel Ogbah

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    The Miami Dolphins plan to release veteran linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah on Friday, according to a source. The Dolphins signed Ogbah to a four-year, $65 million deal after he had back-to-back nine-sack seasons in 2020 and 2021. The 30-year-old former second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016 out of Oklahoma State played in only nine games (three starts) in 2022 and had one sack. In 15 games (one start) in his fourth year in Miami in 2023, Ogbah produced just 20 tackles (seven solo), 5.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, nine QB hits, one interception and a forced fumble. Since entering the NFL in 2016 with Cleveland, Ogbah has 42.5 career sacks in 107 games (71 starts) with the Browns, Chiefs and Dolphins.

    Feb 23 · Source via Miami Dolphins Emmanuel Ogbah
  • Colts Could Address Cornerback In First Round

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    Given the fact that the Indianapolis Colts' secondary was repeatedly torched last year due to its inexperience and injuries in the cornerback room, The Athletic's James Boyd suggests that it wouldn't be a surprise if the team addressed that issue with the No. 15 overall pick in the first round of this year's NFL draft. Kenny Moore II, the team's most experienced cornerback, is scheduled to become a free agent in March, and even if they re-sign the 28-year-old, there are no other proven options at the position on the roster. Last year's second-rounder, JuJu Brents, showed promise, but injuries limited him to nine games as a rookie. If the Colts decide to use their early draft picks on another position, they will need to address the cornerback position through free agency.

    Feb 23 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Kenny Moore
  • Mo Alie-Cox An Easy Target As Cap Casualty

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    The Athletic's James Boyd writes that Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox is an easy target if the team wishes to create more salary cap space this offseason. He's entering the final year of a three-year, $17.6 million contract extension that he signed in 2022. Alie-Cox is due the last $5.9 million of that in 2024, but none of it is guaranteed. The 30-year-old is the team's best blocking tight end and has recorded at least three touchdowns in each of the last three seasons, but he's not getting any younger and is unlikely to develop into a true No. 1 pass-catching tight end at this point of his career. Both Will Mallory and third-year tight end Jelani Woods, who missed all of 2023 with hamstring issues, give the Colts more upside at the position amid their current youth movement. Alie-Cox hasn't been much more than a low-upside, touchdown-dependent TE2 option for fantasy managers in deep leagues.

    Feb 23 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Mo Alie-Cox
  • Texans Could Add To Their Secondary

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    The Houston Texans exceeded everyone's expectations in 2023 when they went 10-7 to win the AFC South and win a playoff game under first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans and with rookie first-round quarterback C.J. Stroud. Ryans' defense has room for improvement, though, as they ranked 22nd in the league against the pass, giving up 234.1 yards per game while managing only 14 interceptions all year long. Second-year cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. led the team with five interceptions, but fellow cornerback Steven Nelson, who had four picks, is scheduled to become a free agent in March, as is slot cornerback Tavierre Thomas. If the Texans are going to repeat as AFC South champions in 2024, they are going to need to shore up the cornerback position, either through free agency or the draft.

    Feb 23 · Source via Houston Texans Steven Nelson Derek Stingley Tavierre Thomas
  • Robert Woods A Possible Cut Candidate

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    The Houston Texans will have an estimated $65.4 million in salary cap space in 2024, so they are in good shape. But if they are going to cut someone to gain even more cap space this offseason, The Athletic's Mike Jones speculates it could be veteran wide receiver Robert Woods. While Woods has been regarded as a reliable veteran, his production has declined in recent years, and he's set to count $9.75 million against the cap. He had only 40 catches for 426 yards and a touchdown in 14 games in 2023, and the emergence of young receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell could cause the soon-to-be 32-year-old to be expendable. If he's cut, Woods would come with a $4.75 million dead-cap hit. Even after Dell suffered a season-ending injury last year, Woods found it difficult to stand out for the Texans and fantasy managers.

    Feb 23 · Source via Houston Texans Robert Woods
  • NFL Salary Cap Set At Record $255.4 Million In 2024

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    CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones is reporting on Friday that the 2024 NFL salary cap has been set at a record-breaking $255.4 million, according to sources. It is up more than $30 million from last year's cap number of $224.8 million and is well beyond all the recent estimates. On top of the record salary cap, there will be an additional $74 million per club payment for player benefits, which includes performance-based pay and benefits for retired players. Total 2024 player costs will be $329.4 million per team, more than $10.5 billion league-wide. The huge leap in the cap is partially the result of the full repayment of all amounts of advanced by the teams and deferred by the players during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as significant new media deals coinciding with recent regular-season and playoff expansion.

    Feb 23 · Source via New England Patriots Jonathan Jones
  • Rams Hiring Game-Management Coordinator

    Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay hired John Streicher as a new addition to the team's 2024 coaching staff with the title of game-management coordinator, with McVay citing his timeout mismanagement as the kind of thing that Streicher will help him avoid. It was a big part of the story in the team's postseason loss to the Detroit Lions, when McVay blew two timeouts early in the second half of a contest that ended with the Lions running out the clock to secure a one-point win. Streicher has been very well respected in the NFL for his work with the Tennessee Titans over the last six years. "Not use my timeouts in the second half until I need to," McVay answered when asked what Streicher will help him with.

    Feb 23 · Source via Coaching Carousel Los Angeles Rams
  • Buccaneers, Baker Mayfield Begin Extension Talks

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and impending free-agent quarterback Baker Mayfield have started "preliminary talks about a new contract" this offseason. General manager Jason Licht is expected to meet with Mayfield's representation during the NFL scouting combine next week. After the 28-year-old Mayfield had a career season in his first year in Tampa in 2023, it's expected that there is mutual interest in a reunion for 2024 and beyond. Mayfield had a career-high 4,044 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and even led the Bucs to a wild-card playoff victory over the Eagles. The former No. 1 overall pick won't have offensive coordinator Dave Canales working with him in 2024, though, and there's a possibility he'll also lose top wideout Mike Evans in free agency. Mayfield's fantasy appeal as a solid QB2 would take a big hit if he doesn't have Evans to rely on.

    Feb 23 · Source via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield
  • Saints Restructure Derek Carr's Contract

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    The New Orleans Saints restructured quarterback Derek Carr's contract on Friday for salary cap purposes, a move that was expected to give the team around $23 million in cap relief for the 2024 season, according to sources. Carr is due $30 million in base salary this year, so converting a portion of that into a signing bonus provides immediate savings. The 32-year-old veteran signal-caller is under contract with the Saints through 2026. In his first year in the Big Easy, he threw for 3,878 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions while amazingly not missing a single game despite suffering multiple concussions, cracked ribs and a shoulder sprain. Carr is as tough as they come and can give fantasy managers low-end QB1 lines on occasion, but he's best drafted as a fantasy backup.

    Feb 23 · Source via New Orleans Saints Derek Carr
  • Seahawks Restructure Geno Smith's Deal

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    It’s been seeming increasingly likely that the Seahawks would hold on to Geno Smith for the 2024 campaign. Thanks to today’s cap machinations, the organization all but confirmed that notion. [RELATED: Seahawks Plan On Retaining Geno Smith?] According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Seahawks have restructured Smith’s deal, converting $9.6MM of his roster bonus into […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith
  • Lavonte David Only Considering Re-Signing With Buccaneers Or Retiring

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    Last offseason, Lavonte David was interested in testing free agency before ultimately re-signing with the Buccaneers. This time around, it sounds like the veteran linebacker isn’t as eager to stretch out his free-agent process. During an appearance on The Ronnie & TKras Show on WDAE, the impending free agent acknowledged that he’s only considering re-signing […]

    Feb 23 · Pro Football Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lavonte David
  • 'I want to be back': Can Baker Mayfield make Tampa his home?

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    The 2018 No. 1 pick enjoyed success last season with the Bucs after spending time on four teams since 2022.

    Feb 23 · ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield
  • Eagles Re-Sign TE Albert Okwuegbunam

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    Albert O. is staying in Philadelphia. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam has signed a one-year deal to stick with the Eagles. The 25-year-old was set to hit unrestricted free agency next month. Following three seasons in Denver, Okwuegbunam was facing waivers at the end of the 2023 preseason. The Eagles swooped […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Philadelphia Eagles Albert Okwuegbunam
  • Greg Roman Wants Balanced Offense For Chargers

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    New Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has a history of leading a run-first offense in the NFL, said he would like the team's offense in 2024 to be balanced. "We want to be a balanced offense," Roman said. "We want to be able to run it when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it. If they present looks that are favorable to run it, then we want to be able to run it at a high level." Quarterback Justin Herbert has never had an above-average running game to take pressure off him early in his career, so if Roman and the Chargers can get the ground game going, it's only going to make things easier on the 25-year-old signal-caller. And if the Chargers re-sign impending free-agent running back Austin Ekeler, it could be good news for him as well after a disappointing season in 2023.

    Feb 22 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler Justin Herbert
  • Matt Eberflus To Retain Defensive Play-Calling Duties

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    Matt Eberflus avoided the two-and-done reality many expected, instead being given the power to fire his offensive coordinator and other members of his 2023 staff. The third-year Bears HC will also operate in a dual role in 2024. Although the Bears hired Eric Washington, the former Bills assistant will be a non-play-calling defensive coordinator to […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Chicago Bears Tremaine Edmunds T.J. Edwards Jaylon Johnson Montez Sweat
  • Gabe Davis Could Be Pushed Out Of Buffalo

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    Buffalo Bills impending free-agent wide receiver Gabe Davis could be pushed off the roster this offseason, according to The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia. The Bills have long been admirers of Davis' talent, but he's likely to receive the biggest contract of any Bills free agent in March, and he's already stated he intends to test the open market. He's only 25, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Davis received a deal topping what Jakobi Meyers got last offseason ($11 million APY). The hefty price tag, coupled with Davis' on-field inconsistency in 2023, is expected to push him off the roster in 2024. Davis failed to provide the big-play option opposite Stefon Diggs that Buffalo needed late in the year. He finished with seven touchdowns but disappeared more often than not and didn't even play in either of the team's two playoff games due to a knee injury.

    Feb 22 · Source via Buffalo Bills Gabriel Davis
  • Franchise Tag An Option For Michael Pittman Jr.

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    Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard has acknowledged that using the franchise tag on impending free-agent wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. this offseason is an option. Pittman has been the team's leading receiver the past three seasons and will be one of the league's top free agents if he reaches the open market. The Colts have been more reluctant than most teams to use the tag -- they haven't used the tag on a player since tagging former punter Pat McAfee in 2013. Tagging Pittman in 2024 would cost around $20.7 million. The 26-year-old has accumulated 336 catches, 3,662 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first four seasons, which would put him in line to cash in considerably on the open market. No matter where Pittman lands in 2024 if he hits the free-agent market, he should profile as a WR1 in fantasy.

    Feb 22 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Michael Pittman
  • Raiders, Josh Jacobs Haven't Engaged In Extension Talks

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    The Las Vegas Raiders and impending free-agent running back Josh Jacobs have yet to engage in contract-extension talks this offseason, according to a league source. If the Raiders want to prevent Jacobs from becoming a free agent on March 13, they could place the franchise tag on him for $13.669 million (by March 5) in 2024. The Raiders are projected to have around $35.2 million in salary cap space this year, but that's still a large cap hit to carry for a RB in today's game. Jacobs is also coming off career-lows in rushing yards (805), yards per carry (3.5) and yards from scrimmage (1,101) and missed the final four games due to a quadriceps injury. If they don't bring Jacobs back, they'd be handing the starting role to Zamir White, who played well last year in Jacobs' absence. But Jacobs was an All-Pro in 2022 and could easily bounce back in 2024 at just 26 years old.

    Feb 22 · Source via Las Vegas Raiders Josh Jacobs
  • Lions To Re-Sign K Michael Badgley

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    Winning a prolonged practice competition last season, Michael Badgley reclaimed his job after the Lions had previously traded for Riley Patterson. Closing the season as Detroit’s kicker again, Badgley is poised to enter the team’s offseason program in the role. The Lions are keeping Badgley, according to his agency (via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport), by agreeing […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Michael Badgley
  • Rams Want To Extend C Coleman Shelton

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    A day after releasing former starting center Brian Allen, the Rams want to retain the player who took over their snapping duties last year. Sean McVay confirmed (via The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue) the team is attempting to reach an agreement to re-sign Coleman Shelton. The young interior O-lineman has the option of voiding the final […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Rams Steve Avila
  • Packers Need Upgrades At The Safety Position

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    The Green Bay Packers are going to need upgrades at the safety position this offseason, writes The Athletic's Matt Schneidman. Their top three safeties from last year, Darnell Savage Jr., Jonathan Owens and Rudy Ford, will all be unrestricted free agents next month. New defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley loves one-high safety looks, which require an athletic playmaking safety deep in the middle of the field on an island. It doesn't matter how the Packers look to address the position, whether it be through free agency or the draft, but it's going to be an important position for them in 2024.

    Feb 22 · Source via Green Bay Packers Rudy Ford Jonathan Owens Darnell Savage Jr.
  • David Bakhtiari An Obvious Cut Candidate

    The Athletic's Matt Schneidman writes that veteran left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) is an obvious cut candidate for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. The five-time All-Pro has played in only 25 of a possible 72 games in the regular season and playoffs over the last four seasons. The torn ACL he suffered in a Week 17 practice in 2020 has lingered, although he's hoping to finally be clear of his knee issues after his most recent surgery. Bakhtiari could still be strong when healthy, but he'll turn 33 in September and cannot be counted on to stay on the field at this point in his career. He's under contract for one more season, and the Packers would free up just less than $21 million in salary cap space if they cut him.

    Feb 22 · Source via Green Bay Packers
  • Lions In Desperate Need Of Cornerback Help

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    The Athletic's Colton Pouncy writes that the Detroit Lions are in desperate need of cornerback help this offseason. Cam Sutton, Jerry Jacobs and Kindle Vildor were largely ineffective in 2023, and the loss of Emmanuel Moseley (knee) didn't help matters for their secondary. The Lions defense allowed 7.4 yards per attempt in 2023 (third-worst) and struggled to contain top receivers down the stretch and in the postseason. If the Lions want to continue having Super Bowl aspirations into 2024, they are going to need to figure out the cornerback position this offseason, and they should be able to find it through either the draft or free agency.

    Feb 22 · Source via Detroit Lions Jerry Jacobs Emmanuel Moseley Kindle Vildor
  • Charvarius Ward Undergoes Surgery

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    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (undisclosed) announced on his Instagram account that he had successful surgery for an undisclosed injury. In the overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII, Ward wasn't targeted at all while playing 55 defensive snaps. The 27-year-old was a Pro Bowler for the first time in his career in 2023, recording 72 tackles (56 solo), a career-high five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), a league-high 23 passes defensed and one forced fumble in 17 starts during the regular season in his second year with the Niners. His strong season becomes even more impressive based on the fact that he was likely playing most of it at less than 100 percent. We won't know whether he'll be available for the offseason program until we know what kind of surgery Ward had.

    Feb 22 · Source via San Francisco 49ers Charvarius Ward
  • Michael Badgley Re-Signs With Lions

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    Free-agent kicker Michael Badgley has returned to the Detroit Lions by signing an undisclosed one-year deal with them on Thursday, according to his agent. Badgley only appeared in four games for the Lions in 2023, going 4-for-4 on his field-goal tries while making 13 of his 15 extra-point attempts. The 28-year-old spent most of the season on the practice squad before he replaced Riley Patterson for the final four games of the regular season and the playoffs. In total, he made all seven of his field goals and went 24-for-26 on his extra points last year. Badgley isn't just going to be handed the starting kicker job in 2024, most likely having to compete with another kicker that Detroit brings in this offseason.

    Feb 22 · Source via Detroit Lions Michael Badgley
  • Rams Still Undecided On Stetson Bennett's Future

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    The Los Angeles Rams still sound undecided on quarterback Stetson Bennett's future with the team, with head coach Sean McVay saying the team will "connect with" Bennett "at the appropriate time." "And you figure out, 'All right, where are you at? And is this something we feel like is best for him and our football team to bring him back into this ecosystem." Bennett was placed on the Non-Football Injury list in mid-September of his rookie season due to an undisclosed illness after taking him in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL draft. In his three preseason games, the two-time collegiate national champion threw for 347 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Hopefully, we'll get more clarification on the Rams' plans for Bennett and why he missed his entire rookie season.

    Feb 22 · Source via Los Angeles Rams Stetson Bennett
  • Eagles Re-Sign Albert Okwuegbunam To One-Year Deal

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    The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed tight end Albert Okwuegbunam to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday, according to a source. Okwuegbunam was scheduled to become a free agent in March, but he'll stick around in Philadelphia for at least another season. The Denver Broncos' former fourth-round pick in 2020 out of Missouri landed with the Eagles before the 2023 campaign but failed to catch his only target in only four games last season. The 25-year-old finished the year on Injured Reserve due to a mysterious hamstring injury. With Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra ahead of him on the depth chart, Albert O figures to be facing an uphill battle to make the regular-season roster out of training camp this summer.

    Feb 22 · Source via Philadelphia Eagles Albert Okwuegbunam
  • Seahawks Restructure Geno Smith's Contract

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    The Seattle Seahawks restructured quarterback Geno Smith's contract on Thursday, converting his $9.6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus and creating $4.8 million in 2024 salary cap space, according to a source. The Seahawks made the call to bring Smith back for the 2024 season when they decided to keep him on the roster in the middle of this month when his $12.7 million base salary became guaranteed. Seattle could move on from the 33-year-old veteran next year if he disappoints in 2024, as he won't have any guarantees in the final year of his deal. Smith regressed a bit after a career year in 2022 with the Seahawks, and he finished with 3,624 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 15 starts. Expecting him to return to his 2022 level would be foolish, although Smith can pass as a high-end QB2 as long as he stays healthy in 2024.

    Feb 22 · Source via Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith
  • Browns Not Planning RB Addition; Latest On Nick Chubb

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    With the new league year not far away, many teams around the NFL have begun restructures and cost-shedding releases to become cap compliant. In the case of the Browns, many have pointed to running back Nick Chubb as a potential cap casualty. Chubb has one year remaining on his deal, and he is due a non-guaranteed base […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Jerome Ford Kareem Hunt Pierre Strong
  • Ravens S Geno Stone Eyeing Full-Time Starting Role

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    Safety Geno Stone emerged as a vital element on the backend of the Ravens’ defense in 2023, boosting his free agent stock considerably in the process. His chances of holding down a full-time starting spot in Baltimore are murky, however, which could lead him elsewhere on the open market. Stone joined the Ravens as a […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Baltimore Ravens Kyle Hamilton Justin Madubuike Patrick Queen Geno Stone Marcus Williams
  • Saints Restructure C Erik McCoy's Contract

    As has become tradition in recent years, the Saints have a number of moves to make in the build-up to free agency to become cap compliant. The team took another step in that direction Thursday. New Orleans converted the base salary and roster bonus of center Erik McCoy into a signing bonus, Tom Pelissero of NFL […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors New Orleans Saints
  • Broncos Surely To Add At Quarterback Position

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    The Denver Broncos are likely to soon move on from quarterback Russell Wilson, the veteran signal-caller who went 11-19 as their starting QB in the two seasons since his blockbuster trade from the Seattle Seahawks. Releasing Wilson would leave the Broncos with $85 million in dead money and also a gaping hole at a position that the team hasn't been able to successfully fill since Peyton Manning's retirement in 2016. Long-time backup Jarrett Stidham started the final two games in 2023, but Denver is surely to add more at the position this offseason. However, it remains to be seen if the Broncos will add to the position in free agency, through the draft, or via a trade. It's all on the table, but whichever direction they go, it's more likely than not that they'll be going cheap at QB in 2024.

    Feb 22 · Source via Denver Broncos Jarrett Stidham Russell Wilson
  • Tim Patrick An Obvious Choice To Be Cut

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    The Athletic's Nick Kosmider writes that Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (Achilles) stands out as an obvious cut candidate as the team enters the offseason at around $24 million over the salary cap threshold. Patrick has missed each of the last two years with injuries suffered during training camp -- first a torn ACL in 2022, and then a torn Achilles in 2023. The injuries came on the heels of a three-year, $30 million deal that he signed with the team in November of 2021, which came with $18.5 million guaranteed. The 30-year-old is set to count $15.5 million against the cap this year, but he has no guaranteed money left on his deal. Releasing him would free up $9.5 million in cap space. Patrick was one of the more underrated pass-catchers before his two season-ending injuries, but his fantasy stock has gone out the window due to his two unfortunate injuries the last two summers.

    Feb 22 · Source via Denver Broncos Tim Patrick
  • Linebacker A Position Of Need For Cowboys

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    The Athletic's Saad Yousuf writes that linebacker is a position of need for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, as well as running back, defensive line and offensive line with uncertainty surrounding Tyron Smith and Tyler Biadasz's future. At linebacker, Leighton Vander Esch's future is uncertain, at best, and 2023 rookie DeMarvion Overshown has yet to play in the NFL and is coming off a major injury. Dallas is going to need to acquire quality starting linebackers this offseason if they want to keep All-Pro Micah Parsons as a pass-rusher. The Cowboys' defense was very strong in 2023 before falling apart in their embarrassing wild-card loss to the Green Bay Packers, but they're going to need to address the linebacker position if they want their pass rush to remain a strength.

    Feb 22 · Source via Dallas Cowboys DeMarvion Overshown Micah Parsons Tyron Smith Leighton Vander Esch
  • Michael Gallup A Possible Cut Candidate

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    The Athletic's Jon Machota suggests that wide receiver Michael Gallup is a potential cut candidate this offseason. The 27-year-old has three years left on the five-year, $57.5 million extension he signed in March of 2022. He was coming off a season-ending knee injury when he signed that deal, and he hasn't been the same player since. Gallup averaged 975 receiving yards and 5.5 touchdowns per season in 2019 and 2020, but he hasn't had more than 445 yards in a season since. He caught all six of his targets for 103 yards in the wild-card loss to the Packers, his best game of the last two years. If Dallas cuts Gallup before June, they'll be left with $13 million in dead-cap money in 2024, which would only save them around $800,000 in 2024 because his cap hit for 2024 is $13.85 million. A pay cut is probably coming for Gallup if he's not released.

    Feb 22 · Source via Dallas Cowboys Michael Gallup
  • Browns Need To Give Deshaun Watson More Weapons

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    The Cleveland Browns' vertical passing game didn't really take off until quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was already out for the year with a shoulder injury in November of last year. Cleveland feels good having receiver Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku leading their pass-catching group, but the rest of the bunch has plenty of question marks. The Athletic's Zac Jackson suggests that the Browns need more speed, and probably more size and consistency, at the position. They will almost certainly add to their receiver room in both March (in free agency) and in April (in the draft). Veteran slot man Elijah Moore certainly didn't make as much of an impact as the front office expected him to when they acquired him from the New York Jets.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Nick Chubb Could Be Salary Cap Casualty

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    The Cleveland Browns want to keep running back Nick Chubb (knee) around, but he's also recovering from two surgeries on his injured knee this offseason and is due to carry a salary cap charge of just under $16 million in 2024, the final year of his contract and his age-28 season. The Browns would take on around $4 million in dead money if they were to cut Chubb. The Athletic's Zac Jackson points out that Chubb's contract was structured long before his injury. When healthy, Chubb has been one of the league's best RBs, but the Browns also need to account for every penny on their salary cap now and into the foreseeable future. Chubb will mostly likely be back in 2024, but he'll be a risk/reward fantasy selection coming off a gruesome knee injury early last year.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb
  • Bengals Need More Help For Trey Hendrickson

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    Outside of pass-rusher Trey Hendrickson, the Cincinnati Bengals didn't have much of a pass rush in 2023. Hendrickson had 17.5 sacks and 79 pressures. Sam Hubbard was second on the team in sacks at six, while B.J. Hill was second in pressures with 42. The Bengals could also lose defensive tackle DJ Reader, who tore his quadriceps muscle in December, in free agency. Cincinnati needs to find a way to get constant pressure up the middle to complement their edge rushers, and they need a disruptive complement for Hill at the three-technique position. The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. writes that the Bengals really just need any help they can get at defensive tackle this offseason.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cincinnati Bengals Trey Hendrickson B.J. Hill Sam Hubbard
  • Khari Blasingame A Candidate For Release

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    Chicago Bears fullback Khari Blasingame is the team's next candidate to be released this offseason after the Bears already released safety Eddie Jackson and guard/center Cody Whitehair in cost-cutting moves. The moves to release Jackson and Whitehair saved nearly $22 million against the 2024 salary cap. Releasing Blasingame would result in $1.6 million in savings with no dead money left on the books. He's a true fullback who could fit into new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron's visions, but he's also a stalwart on special teams. The 27-year-old has played in 32 games (eight starts) for the Bears the last two years and has just eight carries for 26 yards and three receptions for two yards.

    Feb 22 · Source via Chicago Bears Khari Blasingame
  • Texans Eyeing Free Agent Running Backs?

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    After Dameon Pierce struggled during his sophomore campaign, the Texans could be in the market for a new starting running back. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there’s buzz around the NFL that the Texans could try to improve at the position as they look to take some of the load off quarterback C.J. Stroud. Pierce […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Houston Texans Dare Ogunbowale Dameon Pierce Devin Singletary
  • Justin Fields Says He Wants To Stay In Chicago

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    During an appearance on the St. Brown Bros podcast, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, who has been the subject of trade rumors since the Bears secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft, said on Wednesday that he wants to stay in Chicago. "If it was up to me I would stay in Chicago. I love the city. The city's lit. The fans there, they're great. But it's a business. I ain't got no control over it, so whatever happens happens," Fields said. The 24-year-old said the Bears haven't informed him what they plan to do. Multiple teams, including the Falcons, will surely be interested in the dual-threat QB if the Bears indeed plan to trade him. Fields missed some time with injury in 2023 but showed improvement late in the year and will almost certainly be in play as a QB1 in fantasy in 2024, perhaps even more so if he's traded.

    Feb 21 · Source via Chicago Bears Justin Fields
  • Lions Add Jim O'Neil To Staff; John Fox No Longer With Team

    The Lions are making some changes on their defensive staff. One of the moves will be bringing former defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil back to the NFL. Out of the league since the 2020 season, O’Neil will return as a Detroit defensive assistant. The 45-year-old staffer spent two seasons as Northwestern’s DC, but was last in […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Detroit Lions
  • Lions, Jonah Jackson Not Close On Deal?

    Among a handful of young guards close to free agency, Jonah Jackson may need to collect his money elsewhere. As the Lions have some big payments to make, the four-year guard starter was not close to an extension when the sides previously talked. The Lions discussed an extension with Jackson last year, though no report […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions
  • Rams Release C Brian Allen

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    Displaced as the Rams’ starting center, Brian Allen is now off the team’s roster. The Rams announced Wednesday they have released Allen, who had one season remaining on his contract. Allen, who started for the team in Super Bowl LVI, had re-signed with the Rams on a three-year, $24MM deal back in 2022. The veteran […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Rams Steve Avila
  • Giants Considering Transition-Tagging S Xavier McKinney

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    Unlikely to pull the trigger on a second Saquon Barkley franchise tag, the Giants are considering a more creative solution in an effort to retain their other top free agent. A belief within the organization points to another agreement with Xavier McKinney being a better investment compared to paying a seventh-year running back, according to […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors New York Giants Xavier McKinney
  • Raiders Interested In Acquiring No. 1 Overall Pick; Antonio Pierce Addresses QB Search

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    Believed to be close to finalizing their plan at quarterback, the Bears are viewed as more likely to trade Justin Fields than part with the No. 1 overall pick. The team has a rare opportunity atop the draft, and Fields may not have shown enough for Chicago to pass on taking a passer at No. […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Las Vegas Raiders Chicago Bears Justin Fields
  • Charles Omenihu Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

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    Kansas City Chiefs edge rusher Charles Omenihu (knee) suffered a torn ACL in the AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The 26-year-old confirmed he had successful surgery to repair the injury on Tuesday. He's likely to miss most, if not all of the team's preseason activities. He could even begin the 2024 season on the PUP list. After returning from his two-game suspension to start the 2023 campaign, Omenihu totaled seven sacks and two forced fumbles in his first regular season with the organization. He posted a strip sack on Lamar Jackson in the AFC title game before his major injury. Although he's mostly a rotational player, his absence could hurt the Kansas City front seven.

    Feb 21 · Source via Kansas City Chiefs Charles Omenihu
  • Dolphins LT Terron Armstead Expected To Play In 2024

    Terron Armstead has not confirmed he will be back for a 12th NFL season, but early signs are pointing in that direction. As the Dolphins appear set to go through Tua Tagovailoa extension talks, his two-year left tackle is viewed as likely to be part of the 2024 equation. The Dolphins expect Armstead to play […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors Miami Dolphins Terron Armstead
  • Theo Jackson Re-Signs With Vikings

    Minnesota Vikings safety Theo Jackson is re-signing with the team ahead of the 2024 season. Originally a sixth-round pick out of the University of Tennessee in 2022, Jackson was released during final roster cuts by the Tennessee Titans. Minnesota signed him afterward, and he has been a key special teams contributor and rotational defensive back over the last two seasons. The 25-year-old has compiled 30 tackles, one interception, and one pass defended in 26 games to start his career.

    Feb 21 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Theo Jackson
  • Brian Allen Informed Of Release By Rams

    The Los Angeles Rams have informed center Brian Allen that he is being released. Allen was selected by the franchise with a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and has played in 50 games with 32 starts. He played in just five games in 2023 with zero starts. The 28-year-old is unlikely to draw interest as a starter elsewhere, but several NFL franchises struggle with offensive line depth every year, so his experience will make him an attractive backup during free agency.

    Feb 21 · Source via Los Angeles Rams
  • Patriots Unlikely To Re-Sign OL Michael Onwenu; Kyle Dugger Franchise Tag In Play

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    Showing an intriguing skillset at both guard and right tackle, Michael Onwenu is expected to generate extensive interest on the open market. The Patriots have the option of franchise-tagging the former sixth-round pick, but that does not seem like the route the organization will take. The Pats are expecting Onwenu to depart in free agency, […]

    Feb 21 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Kyle Dugger
  • Donte Jackson's Future In Carolina Is Iffy

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    Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson has been a full-time starter since he arrived as a second-round pick out of LSU in 2018, but The Athletic's Joseph Person lists him as a potential salary cap casualty this offseason. Cutting the 28-year-old defensive back would create almost $6 million in salary cap space for the Panthers this offseason, but it would also leave them with $9.8 million in dead money. Jackson was unable to pick off a pass in 2023 for the first time in his career, but he started 16 games (the most since his rookie year) and was solid in run support. The Panthers must also consider fellow cornerback Jaycee Horn's lengthy injury history when considering whether to cut Jackson. The Panthers only have a few obvious potential salary cap cuts outside of Jackson.

    Feb 21 · Source via Carolina Panthers Jaycee Horn Donte Jackson
  • Tre'Davious White A Cut Candidate

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    Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (Achilles) is now 29 and is coming off two major injuries in the last three seasons -- a torn ACL in 2021 and a torn Achilles in 2023. If the Bills were to cut him this offseason, they would clear just over $6 million in salary cap space, but the situation could go either way and is more complex than just saving cap room for the 2024 season. White is highly valued by the organization, and the Bills want him to get healthy before they make a decision on his future. However, they could run out of time for him to do so before his $1.5 million roster bonus is due just a few days into the new league year in March, which would take away 25 percent of their potential savings. The All-Pro corner tore his right Achilles in Week 4 against Miami and may not even be the same player upon his return.

    Feb 21 · Source via Buffalo Bills Tre'Davious White
  • Tyus Bowser Could Be Salary Cap Casualty

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    The Baltimore Ravens need to create some salary cap space this offseason, which could lead to some cost-cutting moves, and linebacker Tyus Bowser (knee) is the most likely cap cut. Veterans like offensive tackles Morgan Moses and Ronnie Stanley and fullback Patrick Ricard could also be involved. The 28-year-old Bowser spent all of last year on the Non-Football Injury list due to a mysterious offseason knee injury. When healthy, Bowser has been a solid player for the Ravens, but he's missed 27 games over the last two seasons due to injury. The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec writes that creating $5.5 million in salary cap space by cutting Bowser feels like a no-brainer move for the team.

    Feb 21 · Source via Baltimore Ravens Tyus Bowser Patrick Ricard
  • Falcons To Move On From Jonnu Smith?

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    The Athletic's Josh Kendall lists Atlanta Falcons veteran tight end Jonnu Smith as a potential cut candidate this offseason. Smith was the team's fourth-leading receiver in 2023, but the Falcons could face some offensive upheaval this offseason with a new coaching staff coming in. Former head coach Arthur Smith kept a tight end-heavy roster, but new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson comes from the Los Angeles Rams' 11-personnel-heavy offense, meaning that Kyle Pitts may be the only tight end the team needs now. The Rams' backup tight end, Davis Allen, caught just 10 passes last year. Smith had 50 receptions a year ago, but cutting him this offseason would give the Falcons $6.5 million more salary cap room. If Smith remains in Atlanta, fantasy managers should expect a serious drop in production.

    Feb 21 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Jonnu Smith
  • D.J. Humphries A Cut Candidate

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    Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) has been an anchor for the team's offensive line since he entered the league in 2016. He's been a team captain and a respected voice in the locker room. However, he just turned 30 years old and he's likely to miss most of the 2024 season while recovering from surgery on his ACL. Humphries will have a $22.9 million salary cap number this year, and cutting him would save the Cardinals around $9 million. General manager Monti Ossenfort has more work to do with the team's offensive line this season, even though they exceeded expectations in 2023. If the team moves on from Humphries, Paris Johnson Jr., who had an impressive rookie season at right tackle, could move over to the left side to protect quarterback Kyler Murray's blind side.

    Feb 21 · Source via Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray
  • Bears Are Dedicated To Bringing Back Jaylon Johnson

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    The Chicago Bears are dedicated to bringing back impending free-agent cornerback Jaylon Johnson, which might require the franchise tag. The Bears will also likely look to upgrade their defensive line this offseason, including adding an additional pass-rusher to complement Montez Sweat. Johnson, 24, was the team's second-round pick in 2020 out of Utah and was a big reason why Chicago's secondary was one of the better units in the league in 2023. He had a career year as a first-time Pro Bowler and finished with 36 tackles (31 solo), a career-high four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 10 passes defensed and a forced fumble in 14 starts in his fourth year in the NFL.

    Feb 21 · Source via Chicago Bears Jaylon Johnson Montez Sweat
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