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Greg Jennings (groin) "briefly participated" in Wednesday's practice.

It's Jennings' first practice of any kind since Week 4. He was officially limited. It sounds like Jennings is going to at least attempt to get cleared for Sunday night's game, but unless things go perfectly, he'll likely be held out for one more game. If you're thin at receiver and Jennings is still on the wire in your 12-14 team league, now is the time to take a flier, even though he'll be returning to an uncertain role.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 01:17:00 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 starting quarterback moving 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

104.3 The Fan in Denver's Cecil Lammey reports C.J. Anderson is expected to be cleared from his meniscus tear in two weeks.

Anderson originally expected to be cleared by the end of February, but he isn't known to have encountered any setbacks, and there was nothing to gain by rushing back so early in the offseason. Still only 26, Anderson will be learning a new offense under OC Mike McCoy, who is expected to install more power-blocking concepts. Anderson remains the favorite to start over Devontae Booker.
Feb 27 - 3:51 PM

Free agent SS Eric Berry maintains he'll sit out the 2017 season if forced to play under the franchise tag.

"No I haven’t," was Berry's response when asked if he's changed his mind. "I still stand firm on that." Berry is fully expected to be tagged before Wednesday's deadline, giving the sides 4.5 months to work out a long-term contract.
Feb 27 - 3:16 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the Browns will not franchise tag free agent Terrelle Pryor.

The Browns have 48 hours to make a decision, but it appears they already have. The MMQB's Albert Breer first reported nine days ago that Pryor wouldn't be franchised. Pryor is reportedly seeking $10-$11 million annually in long-term talks. At least publicly, he's saying he wants to stay in Cleveland.
Feb 27 - 3:11 PM

The Dallas Morning News expects the Cowboys to release Tony Romo "likely within the next two weeks."

Romo can't officially be dealt until the start of the new league year on March 9, but the Cowboys will have an excellent idea of his trade market by then. If it doesn't exist, he will be cut loose. Most reports have had the Cowboys planning to "do right" by their longtime signal caller, a courtesy he's certainly earned. Cutting him, and allowing him to pick his own new team, would be right.
Feb 27 - 3:08 PM




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