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According to the Associated Press, there's "no doubt" the Cardinals are leaning toward Drew Stanton as their 2013 starting quarterback.

On Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians insisted his team doesn't need to hunt for a quarterback. "We already found one," he said. Arians' faith in Stanton appears real and not a smokescreen. Stanton knows the system after spending last year as Andrew Luck's backup, and has good arm strength and athleticism. "I have all the confidence in the world with him being our starter," Arians said. Stanton remains unlikely to be viewed as Arizona's long-term quarterback solution. We do expect him to open the 2013 season as the starter.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 10:14:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person doesn't expect the Panthers to use the franchise tag on free agent LG Andrew Norwell.

Carolina has a ton of money tied up in its offensive line with LT Matt Kalil, C Ryan Kalil, and RG Trai Turner. Tagging Norwell would leave the Panthers on the hook for a guaranteed $14.3 million-ish, money they'd likely prefer to use elsewhere. Norwell, 26, is one of the top overall free agents available.
Feb 19 - 6:15 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says it "would not be remotely surprising" if the Dolphins showed interest in C.J. Anderson should he be released by the Broncos.

The Dolphins signed Anderson to a four-year, $18 million deal as a restricted free agent in 2016, but the contract was matched by Denver. There is now speculation the Broncos will release Anderson, freeing up nearly $5 million to use in Denver's Kirk Cousins pursuit. Anderson has a Dolphins confidante in ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase and would form a committee with Kenyan Drake in Miami.
Feb 19 - 5:35 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "continues to hear" that LCB Marcus Peters "may not be long" for Kansas City.

La Canfora is not the first to mention a potential Peters trade, and he expects that chatter to "intensify" at the NFL Combine. The Chiefs were left in horrible salary-cap condition by fired GM John Dorsey and may not believe they can fit a forthcoming Peters extension onto their books. For 2018, however, Peters is signed for just $1.74 million. Ideally, the Chiefs would keep Peters for at least one more year, and perhaps revisit a trade next offseason.
Feb 19 - 4:43 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seconded an ESPN New York report that the Jets are "willing to pay a lot of money to Kirk Cousins, maybe more than anyone else."

Rapsheet also noted the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator; Bates' system is similar to what Cousins ran in Washington. When discussing the Jets' competition for Cousins, Rapsheet first mentioned the Broncos, whom he expects to "go all in on a free agent quarterback." Rapsheet said the Cardinals are "in the mix as well," and to "keep an eye" on the Vikings.
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Julius Peppers is "leaning toward" returning for a 17th NFL season.

That's via a "source close to Peppers." Per the source, Peppers "doesn't want to commit to it yet." The Charlotte Observer believes that if Peppers does return, it will only be for the Panthers. Now 38, Peppers is recovering from surgery to repair a torn right labrum.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

The Dallas Morning News' David Moore expects the Cowboys to place the franchise tag on DE DeMarcus Lawrence.

Moore says the "goal" is to reach a long-term deal, but it is unlikely that happens before the March 6 deadline to apply the tag. Using the tag will give Dallas more time to negotiate, but it also guarantees Lawrence around $17.5 million for 2018, a number which could make long-term negotiations tricky. Lawrence exploded for 14.5 sacks in his contract year.
Feb 19 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Tim McManus reports the Eagles will interview RBs coach Duce Staley and WRs coach Mike Groh for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

McManus adds the team does not currently plan to interview anyone else. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles would not promote anyone to coordinator, but these interviews suggest otherwise. That said, the Eagles could also make Staley the run-game coordinator with Groh as the pass-game coordinator, avoiding the OC title. Even if someone is promoted, coach Doug Pederson will continue to run the offense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Mike DiRocco expects the Jaguars to tag Allen Robinson if the two sides cannot work out a deal.

Robinson has been angling for a long-term deal through the media, saying he is close to full health and his ACL injury is "not really an issue," but DiRocco believes the Jaguars are looking for a "one-year, incentive-laden deal." The tag is expensive and does not contain any incentives, but it would give Jacksonville a year to make sure Robinson is back to full health before they invest long-term guaranteed money. Robinson will arguably be the top receiver available if he is allowed to hit the open market.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 11:13 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets are "willing to pay whatever it takes" to land Kirk Cousins.

MMQB's Peter King "guesses" Cousins will end up in Denver, but the Jets are certainly going to make a strong run at him. Working against the Jets is Cousins' reported desire to play for a team "with a good defense" where "he can win," but New York can point to their surprising success last year as evidence they are headed in the right direction. The Jets are projected to have over $70 million in cap space and can easily create more.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 10:16 AM

Impending free agent LeGarrette Blount said he "hopes" to re-sign with the Eagles.

Most free agents say the same, but Blount was effusive in his praise of the organization and coaching staff. "Obviously, I like it a lot there. They like me a lot there," Blount said. "I feel like [RBs coach Duce Staley] is one of the best running back coaches, one of the best coaches I’ve ever had in my entire life." Blount added Philadelphia "is a place that I love." The Eagles have salary cap concerns and a crowded backfield, but perhaps Blount will give them a home-town discount.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 9:34 AM

Texans informed ILB Brian Cushing of his release.

Cushing became an afterthought in Houston due to a PED suspension and the improved play of second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. By releasing Cushing, the Texans will save $7.64 million. Cushing isn't nearly the same player he was once following multiple PED bans, but he is likely to resurface. New Titans coach Mike Vrabel coached Cushing in Houston, and Tennessee may lose ILB Avery Williamson in free agency.
Feb 18 - 7:33 PM




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