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Chargers signed WR Danario Alexander, formerly of the Rams.

Released by the Rams in camp, Alexander worked out for the Bills last month. A towering 6-foot-5, 217 pounds, Alexander is long on athleticism when healthy, but has rarely been anywhere close to 100 percent during his three-year career. He's a high-upside depth signing for a club with an unimpressive receiver corps, but it's doubtful Alexander's knees will cooperate as he attempts to stick in San Diego.
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 05:55:00 PM

Dolphins assigned the franchise tag to WR Jarvis Landry.

Tuesday was the first day teams were allowed to use their franchise tag. Miami is wasting no time, and this hints the two sides may be close on an extension. If Landry does play 2018 under the franchise tag, he'll be guaranteed roughly $16 million, making him the league's third-highest-paid receiver for the year, behind only Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant. It's a large chunk of change for a slot receiver who didn't crack 1,000 yards last season despite leading the league with 112 catches. Landry's 8.8 YPR average in 2017 ranked 114th of 118 qualified receivers. Landry, however, did score a career-best nine touchdowns, and the Dolphins obviously believe he's capable of replicating that in the future. This could be bad news for DeVante Parker, who has just one year left on his contract with Miami needing to make a decision on his 2019 fifth-year option this offseason.
Feb 20 - 8:20 PM

Speaking in a Tuesday interview, Andrew Luck (shoulder) insisted he does not need another operation.

"That is not an option for me right now," Luck said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." Luck was speaking in a pre-recorded interview at a Colts "town hall." Skeptics could latch onto the "right now" in Luck's statement, but he seems to genuinely believe he won't need to go back under the knife. His comments come the same day coach Frank Reich said the team is "hopeful" Luck will participate in OTAs. Luck also said he was "in the middle of sort of a little bit of throwing" and plans to soon progress to "heavier throwing."
Feb 20 - 7:31 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas hopes to have a decision on his 2018 status by the start of free agency.

"Whether I’m going to come back or retire, I think, from their perspective, having a certain need going into free agency is important," Thomas said. The reality is, the Browns will need to know even sooner than that so they can begin planning for the future if Thomas hangs up his cleats. We doubt he will leave the Browns in a lurch.
Feb 20 - 6:29 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports "billionaire hedge fund manager" David Tepper has emerged as the "frontrunner" to buy the Panthers.

One of the richest men in the country, Tepper is currently a minority owner in the Steelers. He is the founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a "global hedge fund firm based in Miami Beach." Regardless of whether or not it's Tepper, someone extremely rich is going to buy the Panthers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 6:22 PM

Titans re-signed K Ryan Succop to a five-year, $20 million contract.

Succop had been set for unrestricted free agency. The deal includes $7.5 million guaranteed and is one of the richest ever for a kicker. The Titans' kicker since 2014, Succop converted 83.3 percent of his field goal attempts last season. That was actually his worst number as a Titan but still above the "acceptable" threshold of 80. With a career long of 54, Succop doesn't have a particularly big leg.
Feb 20 - 5:33 PM

The Bears have declined LG Josh Sitton's $8 million team option for 2018, making him a free agent.

Sitton remained one of the league's best guards in 2018, but the Bears evidently want to go younger. Sitton has also battled the injury bug in Chicago, missing three games each of the past two seasons. The ex-Packer turns 32 in June. He will not lack for interest on the open market. Since Sitton isn't being released, and is simply having an option declined, he isn't eligible to sign until the start of free agency.
Feb 20 - 4:49 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers are fully expected to use the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell ahead of the March 6 deadline.

Both sides seem ready to finally hammer out a long-term deal, but the franchise tag will buy time to do it. Fowler reports the Steelers have already budgeted the $14.5 million tag into their salary cap plan for free agency. The deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term deals is July 16.
Feb 20 - 3:29 PM

Bucs released DT Chris Baker.

Baker signed a "three-year, $15.75 million" contract last March but was a huge disappointment his first year in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times reported in December that both teammates and coaches had questioned Baker's effort. Baker faced similar questions with the Redskins. His entire $4.875 million cap hit comes off the books. Baker, who notched 0.5 sacks in 15 games in 2017, turns 31 in October.
Feb 20 - 3:25 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports impending free agent Adam Vinatieri plans to continue his career in 2018.

Vinatieri basically said as much last month, but the report confirms he has not changed his mind. The veteran said he would like to return to the Colts, but he sounded like he is also open to a move. Vinatieri has spent the last 12 seasons in Indianapolis after spending 10 seasons with the Patriots.
Feb 20 - 12:25 PM

Bears released ILB Jerrell Freeman.

This fully expected move will save Chicago $3.5 million against the cap. Freeman played well his first season with the Bears, but he missed four games because of a PED suspension and picked up another 10-game ban last year, the final two games of which he will have to serve in 2018. He is also set to turn 32 in May and is coming off a torn pectoral. Even so, Freeman is good enough to get a look from teams in need of linebacker help.
Feb 20 - 12:05 PM

Eagles promoted WRs coach Mike Groh to offensive coordinator.

The Eagles also interviewed RBs coach Duce Staley for the job, but they are going with Groh. It may not mean much in the grand scheme of things as Doug Pederson will continue to run the offense while both Groh and Staley have big roles in game-planning, but it is a big career step for Groh, whose only other coordinating experience came at Virginia in the mid-2000s.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 11:44 AM




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