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Jaguars placed LB Greg Jones (leg) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Jones fractured his leg in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He appeared in six games for the Jags after getting waived by the Giants this season, making four tackles as a primary special teamer.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 12:22:00 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with WR Cole Beasley on a four-year, $13.6M contract.

The Cowboys likely could have retained Beasley on a second-round restricted free agent tender. Instead, they decided to make a longer-term commitment with a $4M signing bonus as part of $7M guaranteed. The grossly undersized Beasley emerged as a reliable slot option late last year, averaging 3.5 catches per day over the final eight games (including playoffs). He'll continue to fill a Jeremy Kerley kind of role for Dallas, who used their franchise tag on Dez Bryant Monday and also has No. 2 man Terrance Williams under contract.
Mar 3 - 12:54 PM

Eagles released CB Cary Williams.

Williams recovered nicely after a rocky start in 2014, playing solid in coverage and recording two INTs in the second half of the season. Despite his resurgence, the Eagles decided Williams wasn't worth the $8.1667 million left on his contract. Cutting Williams saves Philly $6.5 million in cap room and opens the door for Philadelphia to sign a top free agent cornerback like Byron Maxwell. Consistency has been an issue, but the 30-year-old Williams shouldn't have trouble finding a new team as 2014 was arguably the best year of his career. A source told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that Williams is interested in returning to the Ravens, the team he played for from 2009 to 2012.
Mar 3 - 11:51 AM

Prior to requesting a trade/release from the Texans, Andre Johnson was told his role would be reduced in 2015.

The Texans are making DeAndre Hopkins their No. 1 wideout; Johnson didn't want to stick around as a complementary player. So he's a goner, leaving Hopkins dripping with upside entering his third NFL season. The 2013 No. 27 overall pick already had a bit of a breakout last year, posting 76-1,210-6 despite constant quarterback issues. Now "Nuk" can expect a significant jump in targets per game after getting 7.9 in 2014. He's primed for top-ten WR1 production.
Mar 3 - 8:39 AM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans have given Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade, and if one can't be found, he'll be released.

The Texans informed Johnson that he'd have a reduced role, and the soon-to-be 34-year-old promptly requested to be cut or traded. Houston will grant his wish. We highly doubt any team will trade for Johnson, considering he's scheduled to earn base salaries of $10.5 million and $11 million in the final two years of his contract. The Texans will clear $8.825 million against the cap by shedding Johnson's contract. The move will lock DeAndre Hopkins into the clear-cut No. 1 receiver role after he leaped forward as a sophomore.
Mar 2 - 8:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentions the Cardinals, Colts, and Jaguars as "potential suitors" for free agent DeMarco Murray.

RapSheet also throws the Seahawks into the mix if Marshawn Lynch retires, but we don't see them as a serious threat. The Seahawks are unlikely to get anything definitive from Lynch within the next week, and Murray is going to sign within the opening 48 hours of free agency. The other three teams make plenty of sense and have also been linked to Adrian Peterson. Arizona is looking to take some work off Andre Ellington after he broke down as the workhorse in 2014. Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent in Indy, and Trent Richardson is likely a goner. Toby Gerhart didn't cut it as the Jaguars' lead back, while Denard Robinson is more of a change-of-pace runner. Murray will likely go to the highest bidder.
Mar 2 - 7:22 PM

"Sources with the organization" tell NBC Washington that the Redskins are interested in free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Consider this the least-surprising development of the offseason. Owner Daniel Snyder has long thought games are won in March, not September-December. Per the Washington Post, the Redskins have about $25 million in cap space. A run at Suh isn't a pipe dream, but would limit new GM Scot McCloughan's options in his first year on the job. The Redskins are 12-15 players away from being a contender, not one.
Mar 2 - 4:30 PM

Dolphins assigned the transition tag to TE Charles Clay.

The little-used tag costs $7.071 million, and gives the Dolphins right of first refusal on a player they badly want to keep. Using the transition instead of franchise tag saves the cap-strapped Dolphins $1.27 million. Clay can sign an offer sheet with any of the 31 other teams, but the Dolphins will have the right to match. If they do not, they will receive no compensation if Clay walks. Barring a truly crazy or odious offer from elsewhere, Clay should be back in Miami next season.
Mar 2 - 3:01 PM

Giants assigned the franchise tag to RE Jason Pierre-Paul.

JPP's one-year tender is for $14.8 million. The sides have been talking for the better part of a month, but aren't believed to be particularly close to a long-term deal. They have until July 15 to reach an accord. Pierre-Paul has been on a career roller coaster since taking the league by storm in 2011, but his 12.5 sacks last season were his most in three years. The Giants may prefer a one-year deal to a multi-year pact considering JPP's inconsistency and past injury issues.
Mar 2 - 1:54 PM

Cowboys assigned the franchise tag to WR Dez Bryant.

It's a one-year, $12.823 million tender. The sides now have until July 15 to work toward a long-term agreement. Bryant has expressed displeasure at the prospect of being tagged, and won't be in a hurry to sign. The Cowboys appear to have genuine interest in getting Bryant locked up, while owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been loath to let his stars walk. There's a legitimate chance the sides come to an accord sometime over the next four months.
Mar 2 - 1:38 PM

The 2015 salary cap has been set at $143.28 million.

In the midst of unprecedented popularity, the NFL continues to rake in massive revenue. That can be seen in the cap, which has risen from $123M in 2013 to $133M last year and now all the way up at $143M. According to OverTheCap.com, the Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, Jets and Colts have the most space right now. The Saints, Patriots, Ravens, 49ers and Chiefs have the least.
Mar 2 - 12:16 PM

Chiefs placed the franchise tag on OLB Justin Houston.

Houston's one-year tender will be worth roughly $13.1M. It's a bargain deal for a player that has emerged as a truly elite edge defender, leading the league in sacks with 22 last season (just a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's NFL record). Over the last three years, Houston has ranked first, first and fourth in PFF's 3-4 OLB grades -- and he's just 26 years old. The Chiefs will continue to try to get a long-term deal worked out, but they were never going to let Houston play anywhere else in 2015. If Houston had hit the open market, he would have rivaled Ndamukong Suh for the richest free-agent contract.
Mar 2 - 9:42 AM




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