Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said extending the contracts of Derek Carr and Khalil Mack is a top priority.
"Those two guys are not only great players but they are great men," said McKenzie. "They are true Raiders and I want to make sure we do the best that we can to make sure that they stay Raiders." Carr is entering the last year of his rookie deal while Mack will have two years remaining when Oakland picks up his fifth-year option. Carr's absence was felt during the playoffs as rookie Connor Cook struggled in a lopsided loss to Houston. The Raiders have over $46 million available in cap space. That should give them more than enough to sign both players to long-term deals.
Updating a previous report, Karlos Williams has just one game remaining on his 10-game suspension for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
That means he'll be eligible to return in Week 2, which obviously improves his chances of making the 53-man roster. Williams was signed to a reserve/futures contract on Monday after spending most of the year on Pittsburgh's practice squad. Williams scored nine touchdowns for the Bills in 2015 but was cut the following offseason after failing a drug test and showing up to OTAs about 30 pounds overweight.
According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Colts have requested to interview Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta for their opening at GM.
The Colts list of GM candidates keeps growing longer. Chiefs Director of Football Operations Chris Ballard, Seahawks Co-Directors of Player Personnel Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner, Vikings assistant GM George Paton, Colts interim GM Jimmy Raye III and Packers Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf have all been linked to the vacancy left by fired GM Ryan Grigson. DeCosta is close friends with Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who served as the Ravens' defensive coordinator when DeCosta was the team's Director of Player Personnel.
In an interview with NFL Network's Rich Eisen, Todd Gurley called his 2016 season a "nightmare."
"It was definitely a tough year, a learning experience for me," said Gurley. "To be 4-12 this year? I don't want to feel that feeling again." Gurley famously called the Rams a "middle-school offense" after getting blown out by the Falcons in Week 14. The 22-year-old was the talk of the NFL after his breakout rookie season but imploded behind a porous offensive line in 2016. Hiring wunderkind head coach Sean McVay was a good start, but the Rams aren't going anywhere until they add more talent on offense.
Cardinals VP of Player Personnel Terry McDonough will interview a second time for the 49ers' GM vacancy.
He's expected to interview Saturday in Atlanta along with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, who is expected to be announced as the 49ers' new head coach. It looks like the Niners' GM search is down to two finalists: McDonough and Vikings assistant GM George Paton. McDonough has 25 years of scouting experience and has been with the Cardinals in his current role since 2014. His brother is ESPN Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough.
USA Today's Tom Peliserro reports the Colts have requested permission to interview Chiefs Director of Football Operations Chris Ballard for their opening at GM.
The 49ers requested permission to interview Ballard for their GM vacancy earlier this month but he turned them down. This time he might be willing to listen. The whole league wants to work with Andrew Luck and the Colts have already assembled some top-notch candidates as they look to replace fired GM Ryan Grigson. Some of those candidates include interim GM Jimmy Raye III, Seahawks Co-Directors of Player Personnel Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner, Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Packers Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf.
In his year-end press conference, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he knew that Le'Veon Bell was playing with a groin injury down the stretch.
That injury limited Bell to just 11 snaps in Sunday's AFC title game. "It was just something to manage," said Tomlin. "I was aware of it, but it wasn't significant to the point where it affected planning or the anticipation of planning in anyway." The Seahawks are in some hot water for not reporting Richard Sherman's knee injury and it will be interesting to see if the Steelers face a similar backlash. As of now, it looks like Bell should have a normal offseason. Melvin Gordon will replace Bell on the AFC Pro Bowl roster.
According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Saints WRs coach John Morton interviewed for the Jets' opening at offensive coordinator on Wednesday.
The Jets are looking to replace Chan Gailey, who "retired" at the end of the 2016 season. Morton oversaw arguably the league's best receiving corps this year in New Orleans. The Jets are also said to be pursuing former Texans OC George Godsey. Ultimately it won't matter who the Jets hire until they find a solution at quarterback. Perhaps they'll enter the Tony Romo sweepstakes.