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49ers signed ILB Navorro Bowman to a five-year, $45.25 million extension, including $25.5 million in guarantees.

Bowman was due to hit free agency after the 2013 season. One half of the most dominant inside linebacker duo in the NFL, Bowman has emerged as a premier run defender over the past two years. The 2010 third-rounder was rewarded with an All-Pro selection last season and is well on his way to a Pro Bowl spot this year. Bowman has racked up 100 tackles, two sacks, five passes defensed, and an interception through 11 games. All four starting linebackers for the 49ers are now locked up through 2015.
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 03:40:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Chargers.

It is a surprise after Kuechly got in a full practice Friday, but it appears as if he did not pass the final test with an independent neurologist. He remains week to week. S Kurt Coleman and CB Daryl Worley were able to clear the protocol and will play against the Chargers.
Dec 10 - 11:42 AM

Justin Forsett said 99 percent of the Broncos' offense is the same as the system he ran under Gary Kubiak in Baltimore.

"You gotta be patient with decisive decision-making," Forsett said. "I love it because it gives you a lot of options and freedom that some of the other schemes don’t allow you to have." The familiarity should allow Forsett to take on a big role right out of the gate, with Kubiak expecting him to "split" work with Devontae Booker this week against the Titans. Forsett cannot be trusted in the starting lineup in his first game with Denver, but he needs to be added in all leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 10 - 11:19 AM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Julio Jones will be "a decoy at best" Week 14 against the Rams.

Ledbetter is doubling down on his Friday report that Jones will not play. Coach Dan Quinn said Friday he "anticipates" Jones will be active, but Ledbetter says he is "calling coach's bluff." Playing in an afternoon kick and potentially limited to decoy status, Jones looks way too risky to trust in the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Owners should find other options.
Dec 10 - 10:10 AM

Giants activated Shane Vereen (triceps) off injured reserve.

The transaction is not yet official, but it is expected to come "barring anything unforeseen" during Saturday's practice. Vereen is also expected to be active Sunday night against the Cowboys, but his role is questionable in an already jumbled backfield. Vereen is a fine stash in PPR leagues, but he is too risky to trust in the first week of the playoffs. Vereen's presence makes Rashad Jennings an even lower floor RB3.
Dec 10 - 9:55 AM

Fox Sports' Mike Lombardi said the Browns will "go hard after" Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

Lombardi has worked for both organizations recently, so this is likely not just idle chatter. "I think Cleveland understands, Hue Jackson specifically understands he needs a quarterback. I think they’ll be very aggressive," Lombardi said. "I think Jimmy Garoppolo’s on top of their list, and I think they’ll go hard after him." With Tom Brady showing no signs of slowing down and Garoppolo set to be a free agent in 2018, it makes sense for the Patriots to move the young quarterback this offseason. The Browns have the picks to make a big move if Garoppolo is really their guy. Even though this is a weak draft class for quarterbacks, there could be quite a few interesting options available in free agency and on the trade block this spring.
Dec 10 - 9:24 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Charles Sims (knee, injured reserve) will be activated "sooner than later."

It is an interesting phrasing considering Koetter said on Monday Sims would be back on the roster this week. If that was true, he would need to be activated very "sooner," as in by Saturday afternoon. It once looked like a lock Sims would be back this week, but now there is a bit of drama. The good news is his status will be known by Saturday evening at the latest.
Dec 10 - 9:18 AM

49ers signed TE Vance McDonald to a five-year, $35 million extension with $16 million guaranteed.

The deal locks up McDonald through 2021. Turning 27 next June, McDonald has enjoyed a mini-breakout season in Chip Kelly's offense, parlaying 24 catches into 391 yards with four touchdowns and averaging 16.3 yards per reception. Long prone to dropped passes, McDonald has dropped only three balls this year and has always possessed adequate blocking ability. McDonald played a season-high 91 percent of the 49ers' snaps in Week 13.
Dec 9 - 9:27 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco declined to say if coach Mike McCoy will be back next season.

"We're not looking toward 2017 yet," Telesco said. "We've had some tough games that we've lost. Mike has kept this team together. So there's some good things, but the other side is we've got seven losses with four games to go, which is where nobody wants to be." McCoy signed a one-year extension in January to avoid lame-duck status. He's on the hot seat after losing three of his last five games. The Chargers offense has rebounded under McCoy this year but their defense and fourth quarter collapses have remained a big part of their struggles. McCoy (.450 winning percentage) may need to win out to avoid being fired.
Source: ESPN
Dec 9 - 6:39 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports WLB DeAndre Levy (questionable, knee) "finally appears ready" to return.

Levy is trending toward playing after he was more involved in practice this week. Per beat writer Dave Birkett, "all indications" are he’s going to be active. Levy has been out since Week 1 and should see limited snaps in his first game back. A healthy Levy is a huge upgrade for Detroit's stretch-run defense.
Dec 9 - 6:12 PM

Marvin Jones (quad) is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Bears.

Jones took last week off, but he is due back against Chicago. Beat writers have been increasingly confident about his status. Jones is a fringe WR3, and probably best viewed as a WR4 considering his lack of production the past two months.
Dec 9 - 4:05 PM

NFL suspended Browns WR Jordan Payton four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

It'll end Payton's season. A fifth-round pick out of UCLA, Payton earned only 30 snaps on offense while wallowing behind Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, Andrew Hawkins, Ricardo Louis, and Rashard Higgins on the Browns' wide receiver depth chart. Payton may be hard pressed to make the Browns' 2017 roster, but he will be given every opportunity in next year's training camp.
Dec 9 - 3:44 PM




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