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Cardinals waived TE Todd Heap.

Heap entered the season as the starter, but made his way into the coaching staff's doghouse due to a slow return from a sprained PCL. Knee and hamstring injuries had limited Heap to 13 of a possible 28 games with the Cardinals since signing a two-year, $5.5 million contract after the lockout. 2011 third-rounder Rob Housler is now entrenched as the starter. Heap will have to prove his knee is sound before getting a serious look on the open market.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 01:42:00 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur expects Sam Bradford to be better coming off a full offseason with the organization.

The Vikings dealt with a mountain of change on offense last season including Bradford joining the team shortly before Week 1 and Shurmur taking over for Norv Turner in the middle of the year. Both guys will benefit from a full offseason together, and Bradford should spend plenty of time developing chemistry with his still relatively new receivers. None of that will matter, however, unless the Vikings fix the offensive line.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 9:39 AM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports the Giants are "genuinely trying to keep the defense intact."

That would mean re-signing both DT Johnathan Hankins and DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who Raanan thinks might draw the franchise tag. Not only would the decision to re-sign both players cost a lot of money, it would tie up a ton of cap space in the defensive line after New York splurged on DE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon Harrison last spring. That said, the foundation of the Giants' defense is the line, and both players are worth the price.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 9:03 AM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports Kirk Cousins will not sign a long-term deal prior to the March 1 deadline for the Redskins to apply the franchise tag.

With a third tag not a functional option, Cousins has all the leverage in the negotiations over a long-term deal, and it looks like he is going to use it. Once the Redskins apply the tag, which they almost certainly will, Cousins can ask for at the very least the value of the tag ($23.94 million) paid out in 2017 and a raise on that total guaranteed in 2018. If Washington balks at that price, Cousins can play out another one-year tender and test the open market next spring, which reports suggest is his preferred option anyway. It is far from a given the Redskins lock up Cousins to a long-term deal.
Feb 20 - 10:17 PM

Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports impending free agent LT Andrew Whitworth is expected to test the open market.

"Unless blown away by a massive contract offer from Bengals management, something he's unlikely to receive," Marvez qualifies before adding Whitworth wants to play for a "legitimate Super Bowl contender." This is a surprising report coming just hours after Whitworth told Marvez on the radio he would like to stay with the Bengals and beat writer Paul Dehner said he would be "stunned" if the two sides do not come to an agreement. It is possible this is just a negotiating ploy, but the 35-year-old surely knows his window for a ring is quickly closing. He might want to see what is out there before committing to the Bengals.
Feb 20 - 9:57 PM

Dolphins acquired TE Julius Thomas from the Jaguars in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft.

This trade is being made independent of the Branden Albert deal after Albert and Thomas were at one point expected to be dealt in exchange for each other. Turning 29 in June, Thomas was a colossal flop during his two-year stay in Jacksonville, catching only nine touchdowns across 21 games after scoring 24 times over his previous 27 with Peyton Manning in Denver. Going to Miami reunites Thomas with ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase, whose Dolphins roster was extremely thin at tight end. While Thomas is unlikely to recapture his Denver production, he should stand a better chance of rebounding into an impact player. He'll be a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts, and a much-needed red-zone complement to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in Miami's passing game.
Feb 20 - 5:09 PM

Longtime NFL draft analyst Tony Pauline doesn't believe Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon will be selected in April's draft.

Pauline says Mixon could fall out of the draft "for obvious reasons." It only takes one team, of course, but Mixon is going to be viewed as toxic by a number of front offices after he assaulted a young girl in 2014. Pauline acknowledges Mixon is talented enough on the field to warrant a first-round grade.
Feb 20 - 4:25 PM

First Coast News reports Julius Thomas is drawing trade interest from at least one team in addition to the Dolphins.

This could be the Jags trying to drive up the price on Miami, but it's becoming increasingly clear Thomas isn't long for Jacksonville. If a trade cannot be hammered out, Thomas will likely be cut. That would create $1.7 million in cap space, but also leave behind $6.6 million in dead money.
Feb 20 - 3:04 PM

The Black and Blue Review reports free agent Victor Cruz visited the Panthers over the weekend.

Other reports have the visit as happening on Monday. Per reporter Bill Voth, Cruz met with GM Dave Gettleman. Voth reports at least one other team is interested. The visit comes three days after ESPN's David Newton speculated the Panthers could have interest. Cruz came up with the Giants while Gettleman was still with the organization. The Panthers need receiving help, but it's unclear if 30-year-old Cruz could really help anyone at this point.
Feb 20 - 2:04 PM

Jaguars released DE Jared Odrick.

The move creates $8.5 million in cap space. It was frankly a no-brainer. Odrick, who turned 29 in December, struggled through injury last season, and has only 7.5 sacks over his past 38 games. ESPN recently reported the team and Odrick had "minor friction" regarding his training and rehab methods. The Jags have lots of expensive talent up front and could afford to move on. Although a high-snap player from 2012-15, Odrick could be viewed as more of a situational talent on the open market. He does offer versatility as someone capable of playing both end and tackle.
Feb 20 - 1:57 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Jaguars will acquire LT Branden Albert from the Dolphins in exchange for a conditional late-round 2018 draft pick.

It was reported Sunday by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Jaguars and Dolphins had agreed to an Albert-for-Julius Thomas swap, but the Sun-Sentinel apparently jumped the gun, and several other media outlets ran with it. Thomas isn't part of the deal, and the return the Dolphins are getting is very minimal. Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, and the teams need him to sign off on the deal before making it. He's expected to land an extension from the Jaguars.
Feb 20 - 12:27 PM

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Julius Thomas will not be going to the Dolphins as part of the Branden Albert trade to the Jaguars.

Salguero is the one to trust on this deal, and he reports the current structure of the trade is Albert to the Jaguars for a conditional late pick in the 2018 draft. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting the Jaguars' higher-ups, and it's important that Albert signs off on the trade because Jacksonville won't make the move if Albert won't report to the team. If he signs off, Albert is expected to stay on his current contract and possibly even land an extension. As for Thomas, he likely will end up getting released at some point and could still wind up in Miami as a free agent.
Feb 20 - 12:23 PM




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