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Patriots RB Shane Vereen (questionable, foot) was limited in Friday's practice.

Vereen went through the same injury report routine last week, was active against the Bills, and touched the ball twice, gaining five yards. He does figure to dress Sunday versus Denver, but is not on the fantasy radar right now.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 05:49:00 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports there is "no shortage of teams inquiring about" free agent LT Russell Okung.

La Canfora reports the Giants, Jets, Vikings, and Chargers are among the teams who have shown interest. The first three are no-brainers, but the Chargers' interest could indicate they are moving on from King Dunlap, who has struggled to stay on the field the last couple seasons and was recently arrested. With weak classes both in free agency and the draft, Okung should be able to better the essentially one-year, $8-million deal he played on in 2016.
Feb 27 - 10:23 PM

Colts NT David Parry was arrested Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence, auto theft, robbery, criminal damage, and resisting arrest.

After hitching a ride on a "transportation cart" from a downtown bar, Parry allegedly hit the driver in the head, stole the cart, and crashed it into a gate. A 2015 fifth-rounder, Parry has started 32 straight games to open his career, but he has been a liability. With a new front office in town, his roster spot may not be secure if these charges prove to be well-founded. He will almost certainly face league discipline.
Feb 27 - 9:43 PM

Agent Doug Hendrickson said the Giants and franchise-tagged DE Jason Pierre-Paul are "nowhere near a deal."

Hendrickson might just be attempting to gain some leverage in negotiations, but the decision to officially tag Pierre-Paul with two days left before the deadline suggests a deal is not imminent. With the franchise tag for defensive ends set to cost around $17 million, the Giants obviously would like to work out a long-term deal prior to the start of free agency to free up some cap space and improve their flexibility, but it sounds like they are facing a steep climb to get the deal done before next week.
Feb 27 - 8:51 PM

Chargers assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to OLB Melvin Ingram.

The non-exclusive tag means Ingram is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers will have the right to match any offer sheet and be entitled to two first-round picks if they decide not to match. The tag is projected to cost around $15 million, which is a prohibitive number for a team with limited cap space and a long list of free agents, but Ingram has proven to be one of the top pass rushers in the league over the last couple seasons after an injury-marred start to his career. He would have landed a massive deal on the open market, and keeping him with Joey Bosa gives LA a dynamic pass-rushing duo. The Chargers will certainly do their best to work out a long-term and more cap-friendly deal before free agency opens next week.
Feb 27 - 8:26 PM

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said Alex Smith will "be our starter going into 2017."

Hunt has now joined coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey in standing behind Smith as the starter going forward. The Chiefs' seemingly clear intention to stick with Smith has done nothing to tamp down the chatter, however, and they will likely continue to be linked with Tony Romo until he lands with a new team.
Feb 27 - 8:18 PM

In an interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, impending free agent Geno Smith (ACL) said he would be "fine" with a backup role.

Smith made it clear his goal is to be a starter, but he is willing to "start from the bottom" and "climb [his] way back to the top" if necessary. He also did not rule out a return to the Jets, saying "all possibilities are on the table." Smith is currently recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in late October, but he expects to be ready for training camp. Where that camp will be is a question which should be answered in the next several weeks.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 7:13 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are making a "strong push" to re-sign impending free agent SS Eric Berry before Wednesday's franchise tag deadline.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides are working to make Berry the highest-paid safety in the league, an honor currently held by Tyrann Mathieu at just over $12.5 million a year. The Chiefs are expected to tag Berry if they cannot reach a long-term agreement, but they would certainly like to avoid that outcome considering the All-Pro has on multiple occasions said he will not play another season under the tag. Locking up Berry would also allow Kansas City to use the tag on one of their other free agents, likely NT Dontari Poe.
Feb 27 - 6:50 PM

Steelers signed WR Antonio Brown to a four-year, $68 million extension through 2021.

Including a $19 million signing bonus, the extension will pay Brown $17 million annually and makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, passing A.J. Green's $15 million annual average. The top wideout of his generation -- and arguably the best we've seen since Randy Moss -- Brown has 100-plus catches in four straight years and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Brown turns 29 in July. Because his game relies on route running and not elite athleticism, Brown should age well into his 30s.
Feb 27 - 5:25 PM

Giants assigned the franchise tag to DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

With their quarterback in steep decline, letting one of the NFL's premier defensive linemen get away should never have been considered by the Giants. They'll need to lean on their defense to stay competitive moving forward. A complete defensive end, JPP doubles as an elite run defender in addition to his pass-rush prowess. He racked up seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 12 games last season, missing the final four and playoffs with a sports hernia. As JPP's tag costs a whopping $17 million, the Giants are expected to work aggressively to extend Pierre-Paul to reduce his initial cap number.
Feb 27 - 4:47 PM

Chiefs signed RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to a five-year, $41.25 million extension through 2022.

The deal includes $20 million guaranteed. In average annual value ($8.25 million), Duvernay-Tardif's extension makes him the NFL's fourth-highest-paid guard behind Kelechi Osemele, David DeCastro, and Kyle Long. A 2014 sixth-round pick out of McGill College in Canada, Duvernay-Tardif has settled in as a solid-if-spectacular starting right guard in Kansas City. "LDT," as he is nicknamed, earned solid pass-protection grades from Pro Football Focus last year, but struggled in the run game. He turned 26 earlier this month.
Feb 27 - 4:32 PM

Steelers assigned the exclusive-rights franchise tag to RB Le'Veon Bell.

He joins Panthers DT Kawann Short and Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones as 2017's first three franchise-tag wearers. The "exclusive" tag locks Bell into a top-five running back salary ($12 million-plus) and prohibits other teams from negotiating with him. The Steelers plan to lock up Antonio Brown to a long-term deal and let Bell sport the tag, potentially for the entirety of the forthcoming season. Extending Bell isn't a priority after he battled foot and knee injuries his first three years in the league, and served two short suspensions. Still only 25 years old, Bell has averaged 4.88 yards per carry and 143.1 yards from scrimmage per game over the past two seasons. He's neck and neck with David Johnson as the top running back in football, and we'd give the slight edge to Bell.
Feb 27 - 3:54 PM




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