Wired: 30 NBA teams - Targets

Wired: 30 NBA teams - Targets
The All-Star break is here and the trade deadline is quickly approaching, so I take a unique team-by-team look at targets in Waiver Wired this week.
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After doing his initial tape review of college wideout prospects, NFL.com's Matt Harmon came away believing Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard is "bar none" the best route runner in this year's receiver class.

Harmon is perhaps the premier wide receiver evaluator in media today. Shepard was an ultra-productive collegiate, tallying 233 career receptions and averaging 14.9 yards per catch. Harmon says Shepard has earned the title of "my favorite" wideout in the 2016 class, "showing great ability to execute even the most in-depth and nuanced aspects of route assignments like an NFL veteran." Harmon noted Shepard was especially successful versus man coverage in college. Only 5-foot-10, 193, Shepard figures to be a bit of a polarizing prospect due to his shortage of size. He's drawn comparisons ranging from Tyler Lockett to Antonio Brown.
Feb 14 - 10:32 AM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to sign DT Kawann Short to a long-term contract this offseason.

He's entering the last year of his rookie contract and is due for a raise after earning PFF's fourth-highest defensive tackle grade out of 70 qualifiers in 2015. Carolina will also have to make a decision on Star Lotulelei, whose fifth-year option must be exercised by May. Short was among the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in football this past season. Lotulelei struggled in that area but was better against the run.
Feb 14 - 10:30 AM

Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to cut RE Jared Allen if he decides not to retire.

Doing so would save Carolina $8.5 million against the cap. That's money the Panthers can use to offer Josh Norman an extension. Cutting Allen would also increase Carolina's chances of retaining Charles Johnson, who is scheduled to earn $10.75 million in 2016. Allen's play improved steadily as the season went on but it's clear he isn't the same player he once was. The veteran turns 34 in April.
Feb 14 - 10:09 AM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe expects impending free agent Alshon Jeffery's next deal to be in the "same neighborhood" of Dez Bryant's recent five-year, $70 million contract.

Jeffery is the top option in a thin free agent class of wide receivers. He had a hard time staying on the field last year but was excellent when healthy, averaging a robust 89.7 yards per game. Bryant earned $45 million guaranteed last offseason and the expectation is that Jeffery will command something similar. There's a strong possibility the Bears will place the franchise tag on Jeffery to buy themselves time as the two sides work on a long-term agreement.
Feb 14 - 9:39 AM

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Peyton Manning will have options if he decides to keep playing.

He's already been linked to Los Angeles while Volin believes joining the Texans also "makes a lot of sense" for Manning. Of course, after winning his second Super Bowl, the most likely scenario is still for Manning to call it quits. Manning doesn't have much left in the tank physically and the Broncos are likely to move in a different direction this offseason. Denver needs Manning to make his decision before the new league year begins on March 9.
Feb 14 - 9:26 AM

The Patriots are not expected to use the franchise tag this offseason.

The Pats franchised Stephen Gostkowski last offseason but none of their free agents are worthy of being tagged this time around. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston views Akiem Hicks as New England's top free agent. The projected number for defensive tackles under the franchise tag is $13.7 million, which is far too steep a price for a role player like Hicks, who logged only 484 snaps in 2015.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 14 - 8:36 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett considers Marques Colston a candidate for a pay cut.

Colston is owed $3.2 million in salary/bonuses with a $5.9M cap hit. He isn’t a lock to return after playing a part-time role last year. The Saints have Brandon Coleman as an in-house replacement.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 9:14 PM

Texans rising second-year CB Kevin Johnson says he played through a Jones fracture in his foot for eight games as a rookie.

Johnson underwent post-season surgeries on both his left foot and left wrist. He suffered the foot injury at midseason and fractured his wrist in Houston's Wild Card loss to Kansas City. Johnson still flashed big-time ability in his first NFL campaign, most memorably shutting down A.J. Green (5-67-0) in the Texans' Week 10 Monday Night Football upset of the Bengals.
Feb 13 - 8:30 PM
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