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NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reports Julio Jones (ankle) "looked just fine" in pre-game warmups Sunday, and a Falcons source confirms Jones "looked good in practice all week."

If you're planning on benching your WR1, it's getting less and less defensible. Jones is clearly much farther along than he was in Week 11, and is squaring off with a league-worst pass defense that will be missing its top corner in Eric Wright. Start your stud.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 12:32:00 PM

Bills acquired QB Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft pick from the Vikings in exchange for two undisclosed draft picks.

After swinging a blockbuster deal for LeSean McCoy on Tuesday, GM Doug Whaley is back at it again Wednesday. After losing out to the Browns for Josh McCown, the Bills turned their attention to the trade market. It's basically a salary dump by the Vikings, who save $4.75 million against the cap and further clear the quarterback room for Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel, 33 in May, appeared in 12 games (nine starts) for Minnesota the past two seasons, composing a 4-5 record with a 14:13 TD:INT ratio and 6.9 YPA average. He's nothing more than a game manager who will compete with E.J. Manuel for the starting job.
Mar 4 - 12:36 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey predicts Cincinnati will sign free agent DE Greg Hardy.

This isn't the first time we've seen Hardy linked to the Bengals. The fit makes sense. The Bengals are in dire need of some pass-rush juice up front opposite LE Carlos Dunlap, and Hardy's price will likely be low after his off-field issues this past season. Cincinnati has never shied away from players with character concerns. From 2012-2013, Hardy registered 26 sacks and played elite run defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 4 - 12:01 PM

Lyons Yellin of WWL-TV in Louisiana has "heard rumblings" the Eagles have interest in free agent Mark Ingram.

Whereas Shady McCoy was an at-times improvisational east-west back, Ingram is a north-south runner whose addition in Philadelphia would constitute a changing of the guard. There were rumblings late in the year that coach Chip Kelly was displeased with McCoy's tendency to freelance in his running game, which also led to Bryce Brown's ouster last offseason. A more assignment-sound runner than McCoy, Ingram's fantasy stock would skyrocket in Philly.
Mar 4 - 11:31 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports Andre Johnson has asked for his release from the Texans.

Johnson and his agent have no plans to do the Texans any favors and seek a trade. The 34-year-old (in July) will instead wait for his release, head to the open market, and pick his own team. No team was going to trade for Johnson and his $21.5 million in salary over the final two years of his contract anyway. Expect Johnson to target a contender in an attempt to reach the Super Bowl.
Mar 4 - 10:46 AM

A league source told Packer Report's Bill Huber the Raiders are considering offering free agent Randall Cobb "a blockbuster deal."

The same source said Jacksonville is "prepared to make a run" at Cobb. The source claims Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie -- an ex-Packers personnel man -- is willing to offer Cobb $11 million annually, a price Green Bay GM Ted Thompson almost certainly wouldn't match. Cobb would replace James Jones as the Raiders' slot receiver. His fantasy outlook would take a huge blow in Oakland.
Mar 4 - 10:09 AM

A source informed ESPN's Josina Anderson that LeSean McCoy is "frustrated" over being traded to the Bills and is "not going to make it easy, that's for sure."

"Of course he's not happy," added the source. "It'll be interesting to see how this process plays itself out because he's an interesting individual. ... He was like 'why me?'" Some are leaving the door open to McCoy possibly refusing to go to Buffalo, leading to the Bills possibly pulling out of the trade prior to it officially going through when the new league year opens March 10. But in all likelihood, the Bills will hand McCoy a new contract with more guaranteed money through 2015 and 2016 and let coach Rex Ryan work his magic as a coach with the ability to convince his players to "buy in." Ryan's the ultimate players coach.
Mar 4 - 10:02 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles and free agent Jeremy Maclin have been "not as close recently" in contract talks.

Per beat writer Jeff McLane, a deal "was close for some time," but the sides aren't as near to compromising now and Maclin is "getting nibbles." McLane says the Eagles must "up the ante" with Maclin after clearing a ton of cap room via the LeSean McCoy trade. If the Eagles lose Maclin, Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper, and Josh Huff would be left as their top three receivers.
Mar 4 - 10:01 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports the Steelers are "hoping" SS Troy Polamalu will retire so they won't have to release him.

Polamalu's play has been in a precipitous decline the past few years, and he isn't worth the $8.25 million cap hit. With two years left on his contract, the Steelers want Polamalu to call it a career as a soon-to-be 34-year-old so that they don't have to go through the awkwardness of cutting him. Either way, Polamalu will never play another snap for Pittsburgh. 2013 fourth-round S Shamarko Thomas may be the heir apparent to Polamalu next to FS Mike Mitchell.
Mar 4 - 9:34 AM

Vikings officials will meet with Adrian Peterson in Houston on Wednesday in an attempt to persuade him to return to the team.

Peterson feels betrayed by Vikings management after COO Kevin Warren sided with the NFL to keep A.P. suspended following last year's child abuse charge. Coach Mike Zimmer will be at Wednesday's meeting, and GM Rick Spielman is "likely" to attend as well. "I think it’s been very clearly stated that we want to have Adrian Peterson back," Spielman reaffirmed on Monday. "He’s a unique talent and he’s under contract with us." Despite his differences with the Vikings' front office, Peterson is said to have a lot of respect for Zimmer.
Mar 4 - 9:31 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams are all interested in free agent DT Darnell Dockett.

Dockett, 34 in May, is leaning toward joining the 49ers or returning to Arizona, and is expected to decide Wednesday. The Cardinals offered Dockett $2.5 million plus another $1.5 million in incentives before cutting him last week, so that may be the top of his market. Arizona may also be the only team of the four where he'd start. Dockett would be a rotational lineman for the others.
Mar 4 - 8:23 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Cardinals, Jets, Dolphins, and 49ers are "potential suitors [with] considerable interest" in free agent C.J. Spiller.

We'd add the LeSean McCoy-less Eagles after they reportedly tried to trade for Spiller last March before acquiring Darren Sproles. The Cardinals weren't prepared when Andre Ellington got hurt last year, while the Jets have been dubbed the favorites for Spiller. San Francisco needs a return man and COP runner to Carlos Hyde if free agent Frank Gore skips town. Miami is in the market for an upgrade on free agent Daniel Thomas next to Lamar Miller. Spiller is going to have a hot market despite injury concerns coming off a down 2014. He's our No. 2 available back behind DeMarco Murray.
Mar 3 - 11:11 PM




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