Daily Dose: Making His Case

Daily Dose: Making His Case
Daniel E. Dobish takes a look at the National Football League news and notes from Tuesday, including a look ahead to championship week.
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The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud believes there's "no chance" the Bucs keep Doug Martin for 2018.

Martin just turned 29 four days ago and has three years left on his contract. But as a result of his drug-induced suspension at the end of the 2016 season, the guarantees in his contract were wiped away. The Bucs decided to keep him around in 2017, but Martin proved to be a waste of $7 million for Tampa Bay, averaging a pitiful 2.9 YPC for the second straight season. He has two 1,400-yard rushing seasons to go with four sub-500-yard years and is a non-factor in the pass game. Martin's sure release will save the Bucs $6.75 million against the 2018 cap.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Seahawks fired DC Kris Richard and LBs coach Michael Barrow.

It's been clear for a week that Richard would be out, though Barrow's firing was previously unknown. Richard has been replaced by ex-Raiders DC Ken Norton Jr. Norton is arguably a clear downgrade, but coach Pete Carroll was determined to shake up his staff. Carroll is something of a de facto coordinator for the Seahawks, so the move won't have as big of an effect as what the Seahawks do with their player personnel.
Jan 16 - 6:25 PM

Seahawks hired ex-Colts QBs coach Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator.

It was time for the Seahawks to try something new on offense. It was not time for them to hire Schottenheimer, who has overseen one ineffective offense after another at the NFL level. Some of Schottenheimer's struggles can be blamed on the defensive-minded coaches he coordinated for — namely, Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher — but he's simply provided zero reason to believe he is someone who should be leading an NFL attack. Throwing out an injured and aging Brett Favre, Russell Wilson will be the best quarterback Schottenheimer has worked with. It's not a good development for Wilson, who has been tasked with carrying far too heavy of a load since Marshawn Lynch's decline and departure from Seattle.
Jan 16 - 6:18 PM

Steelers re-signed CB Mike Hilton to a one-year, $555,000 contract.

The Steelers' slot corner, Hilton was an exclusive rights free agent. In other words, he could only become a free agent if the Steelers let him. Playing his first regular season snaps, the 2016 UDFA was an asset at nickel back this season, and should retain his job for 2018. He will be a restricted free agent in 2019.
Jan 16 - 4:51 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes the Panthers will have a tough time re-signing impending free agent DT Star Lotulelei.

The Panthers gave fellow DT Kawann Short a big-money deal last spring, and Lotulelei is coming off arguably his worst season. Last summer, the Observer believed Lotulelei's future would depend on Vernon Butler's 2017 play. The 2016 first-rounder took a (small) step forward. Veteran Kyle Love is also signed cheaply for 2018.
Jan 16 - 4:23 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes the Panthers are in danger of losing LG Andrew Norwell in free agency.

The Panthers already have a ton of money invested in their offensive line, and 26-year-old former UDFA Norwell is coming off another excellent season. Beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue believes Norwell could be in for a reunion with ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman in New York.
Jan 16 - 4:19 PM

Impending free agent Drew Brees says he has no plans to test the market, and that he hopes to re-sign with the Saints before the start of the new league year.

"I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive," Brees said. "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, cannot be franchise tagged, giving him a little leverage even if he insists he doesn't want to test the market. Brees' main goal could be some guaranteed money for 2019.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 4:15 PM

Leonard Fournette was "OK" and able to drive home following a Tuesday fender bender.

The story had some currency on social media, but seems barely worth reporting. We will update the situation if it somehow affects Fournette's practice status.
Jan 16 - 1:14 PM
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