Packers CB Sam Shields (concussion) said he's still having occasional headaches.
Shields suffered his second concussion in a calendar year back in Week 1 and ended up missing the rest of the season. It's a major concern, but Shields said he still wants to play. "I’m thinking it’s not over. I’ve still got more in me," Shields said. "I just love the game, man, and I feel that I can get back out there and play." The Packers are expected to explore cutting Shields this offseason.
Redskins promoted QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator.
This has been in the works for a couple days and always made the most sense to keep stability on offense after Sean McVay left for the Rams' head-coaching gig. Cavanaugh has been coaching in the NFL since 1994. He hasn't been an offensive coordinator in the league since 2004 with the Ravens. This will be his third season in D.C. Kevin O'Connell replaces him as QBs coach.
The Ravens now view 2016 second-rounder Kamalei Correa as an inside linebacker.
Correa was drafted No. 42 overall in last year's draft as a 3-4 edge rusher, but Baltimore quickly moved him inside last spring. The coaching staff said he lacked instincts and needs to dissect plays faster. Correa ended up playing just 49 snaps as a rookie but could replace recently-retired Zach Orr as the starter next to C.J. Mosley. Correa will certainly face competition.
Redskins hired ex-49ers coach Jim Tomsula as DL coach.
Tomsula sat out the 2016 season as he was still collecting a salary from the 49ers following his dismissal as head coach after one season. Prior to that, Tomsula was one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the league, coaching the 49ers' unit for eight seasons. He's a good get for the Skins.
ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton considers the franchise tag a possibility for impending free agent DT Kawann Short.
There are a lot of directions the Panthers could go at defensive tackle. 2013 first-rounder Star Lotulelei is heading into the final year of his deal and will also be looking for a long-term contract. And 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler may be ready to step up but could use another year of development. Letting Short walk isn't out of the realm of possibilities for GM Dave Gettleman in a deep draft class. Short is expected to ask for $17-19 million annually on a new contract.
Impending free agent OLB James Harrison intends to continue his playing career in 2017.
Harrison turns 39 in May but remains in peak physical condition. "I'm not done," Harrison said. "I feel physically fine." Harrison was nearly an every-down player the final month of the season and into the playoffs. In the regular season, he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 outside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers. The Steelers would likely want to bring him back.
Sammie Coates earned two catches for 34 yards on five targets Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.
Coates alligator-armed a perfectly-thrown deep ball by Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers’ opening possession. He had a few more chances and eventually hauled in a 30-yard catch for the Steelers’ longest gain of the night. It looked like Coates was onto something when he averaged 84.2 yards over his first five games this season but he faded quickly while battling finger and hamstring injuries. A boom-or-bust deep threat with suspect hands, Coates has a ways to go before he's back on the fantasy radar.
Jesse James delivered five catches for 48 yards on seven targets Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.
James was busy in the first half but only caught one-of-three targets for six yards after halftime. It looked like he had a 19-yard touchdown late in the second quarter but replay showed that James was down about one foot shy of the end zone. The Steelers would eventually settle for a field goal. James was expected to take a backseat to Ladarius Green this year, but as usual, Green couldn’t stay healthy. The Penn State alum won’t be worth drafting in fantasy leagues this summer.