Ladarius Green said he isn't considering retirement.
"Frustrating season but everybody has one," said Green after Pittsburgh's season-ending loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "I'm going to go train as soon as I get home, and hopefully next season works out a lot better." Green is probably understating it by calling his first year in Pittsburgh a disappointment. He sat out the season's first nine games while recovering from offseason ankle surgery and later missed five more games after suffering a concussion in Week 15. The Steelers could certainly use another receiving threat to pair with Antonio Brown, but trusting Green to stay healthy is a fool's errand at this point.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said OC Kyle Shanahan will be free to interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.
Shanahan's second interview with the Niners keeps getting pushed back because the Falcons keep on winning. The Falcons will have a normal week of practice before traveling to Houston on Sunday, leaving Shanahan free to interview on Saturday. The Niners' head-coaching job is Shanahan's to lose after most of the other candidates dropped out including Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Impending free agent DB Micah Hyde said he'd welcome a return to Green Bay.
"I'd love to," said Hyde when asked if he's consider re-signing with the Packers this offseason. "This place is the best place for me, but at the end of the day, it has to be business decisions and it’s kind of out of my control." Hyde began the year at strong safety before settling in at slot corner. The 26-year-old matched a career-high with three interceptions this season. He's one of several Packers headed for free agency including Don Barclay, Jared Cook, Eddie Lacy, Christine Michael, Julius Peppers and Nick Perry.
When matched up with Antonio Brown in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Malcolm Butler allowed just two catches for 24 yards on three pass attempts.
Brown carved up the Patriots against zone coverage (five catches for 53 yards) but had a much tougher time against Butler one-on-one. Butler earned his first All-Pro selection this year and has routinely held his own against No. 1 wideouts. There's a strong likelihood he'll be asked to shadow Julio Jones in Super Bowl LI. Jones shredded the Packers for nine catches, 180 yards and two touchdowns while playing through a toe injury in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Terry McCormick of TitanInsider considers Titans RCB Jason McCourty a candidate for release this offseason.
McCourty was passable at cornerback this season but is coming off a shoulder injury and is due a $7 million salary in 2017. Even if the Titans do decide to keep him, McCormick believes McCourty would "have to fight to retain his starting spot." McCourty has spent his entire eight-year career in Tennessee and might be amenable to a pay cut.
The Eagles have moved DL Taylor Hart to offensive tackle.
When the Eagles were in a pinch for line help late in the season, they asked Hart to try his hand at the switch. He apparently showed enough in few practice sessions to head into the offseason program as an offensive lineman. Hart wasn't playing on defense, so maybe the move will help him find a role.
Dolphins SLB Koa Misi is viewed as a candidate for release this offseason.
Misi is entering the final year of his contract, and the Dolphins can save $4.2 million against the cap by cutting him. It seems like a no-brainer mover for Mike Tannenbaum and Co. after Misi missed all but three games due to a serious neck injury that was initially viewed as career-threatening. Misi is now expected to resume his career, but Miami is expected to re-do its linebacker group.
Impending free agent RG T.J. Lang will undergo foot and hip arthroscopic surgeries on Friday.
Termed as "scopes," these are minor procedures that should have zero-to-minimal effect on Lang's availability for the offseason as he heads toward free agency. Lang expressed a desire to re-sign with the Packers following their loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Lang is entering his age-30 campaign and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 right guard in the regular season.