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A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk free agent Osi Umenyiora will sign with the Falcons.

"Atlanta is the place," the source said. Per PFT, the deal is expected to be finalized on Sunday or Monday. Umenyiora will replace John Abraham in Atlanta. At age 31, Umenyiora is 3 1/2 years younger than Abraham, though not quite as explosive off the edge. Umenyiora is capable of playing more snaps at this stage of their respective careers. We still expect Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff to prioritize defensive end in April's draft.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 10:09:00 PM

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets anticipate using Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory in a "1-2 punch."

Beat writer Manish Mehta believes Johnson "won't come close" to his career average of 290 carries per year, and could lose "35-40" percent off his 2013 total of 279. That would put Johnson at 167-181 rushing attempts. Should Johnson improve on his 2013 YPC average of 3.86 to, say, 4.20, that would give him 702-763 rushing yards. Ivory is the superior between-the-tackles runner, but Johnson's contract -- the biggest on the 2014 running back market and worth twice as much on a per-year basis as Ivory's three-year, $6 million deal -- suggests CJ?K will indeed be Gang Green's lead back. Ivory projects as a two-down change-of-pace bruiser off the bench.
Apr 17 - 2:15 AM

The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers "have been shopping" third-year RB LaMichael James.

It's been speculated James would be available since early in the offseason. The 61st overall pick in the 2012 draft, James has earned just 44 offensive touches in two seasons with San Francisco. His kickoff-return production dropped sharply as a sophomore, and he fumbled two punts. An undersized, straight-linish runner with no power and little elusiveness, we don't have particularly high hopes for James even if he finds a new home. He'll be 25 in October.
Apr 16 - 9:02 PM

Seahawks re-signed WR Sidney Rice to a one-year contract.

Rice announced his return on his Twitter account. He flirted with the Jets on Wednesday, but that might have been a play to get the Seahawks to step up their efforts. Rice has mostly been a disappointment with the Seahawks the past three seasons and was released by the team in February, but he possesses a strong pair of reliable hands and can play on the outside. After losing Golden Tate to the Lions, the Seahawks were in the market for a a receiver.
Apr 16 - 7:54 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Raiders will try to trade Terrelle Pryor by Monday.

Both CSN Bay Area and FOX Sports reported Pryor was on the block last month. The Raiders' offseason program begins on Monday, and they don't want the distraction of Pryor. If GM Reggie McKenzie can't find a trade partner, he's fully expected to waive Pryor. He has one year left on his deal at a meager $705,000.
Apr 16 - 4:25 PM

Giants agreed to terms with QB Josh Freeman on a one-year contract.

Matt Flynn chose to sign with the Packers, so the Giants go with Freeman as an offseason and camp arm. As long as Eli Manning's ankle heals as expected, it's possible Freeman won't even stick with the team into the regular season as Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib are already on the roster. The Giants typically carry just two quarterbacks. Freeman has the arm talent to win that No. 2 job, but he's going to have to earn his spot after getting dumped by the Bucs and then lasting one game as the Vikings starter last season.
Apr 16 - 11:50 AM

Peyton Manning said Montee Ball is ready to be the starting running back.

The Broncos wouldn't have let Knowshon Moreno walk for pennies if Ball didn't have Manning's blessing. We saw that faith in the playoffs last season, when Ball played on 91-of-226 (40.2 percent) of the snaps across three games. Stubborn fantasy owners are going to remember Ball's blown blitz pickup from the preseason and back-to-back fumbles in Weeks 2 and 3, but the Broncos have forgotten about that long ago. Both the coaching staff and Peyton are ready to ride with the physical second-year man as their feature back.
Apr 16 - 10:05 AM

The New York Daily News reports there were "good vibes all around" for free Chris Johnson's Tuesday visit with the Jets.

According to reporter Manish Mehta, it was a "productive" day. It's unclear if the visit will extend into Wednesday, but the Jets remain the odds-on favorite to land the ex-Titan. If Johnson escapes the Big Apple without a deal, it's unknown where he'd head next.
Apr 15 - 6:59 PM

After speaking with "several sources involved with the (team's) decision-making," San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami believes embattled OLB Aldon Smith "probably won’t play for the 49ers in 2014."

According to Kawakami, there is a "weariness and frustration over Smith’s behavior that I’ve never heard involving any recent 49ers player." Smith has yet to officially be charged with a crime after allegedly making a false bomb threat at LAX, but that should soon change. Kawakami reports the 49ers do plan to let the legal process play out before making a decision on Smith's future. His next hearing is scheduled for April 29.
Apr 15 - 6:14 PM

49ers signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.

Lloyd's name surfaced again last week after he hadn't been in the news since September. He was released by the Patriots in a salary-slashing move last offseason and spent the 2013 season on the street. The soon-to-be 33-year-old was described as a bit of a locker-room lawyer in New England then went on to "star" in a direct-to-DVD zombie movie during his time away from the game. Lloyd will compete for a roster spot behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
Apr 15 - 1:18 PM

Free agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting the Giants.

Williams flew into New York on Monday night and had dinner with the Giants' defensive line coach. He'll continue his visit, his first of free agency, on Tuesday. Williams spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Vikings and was once considered one of the top three-techniques in the game. Our top free-agent defensive tackle left, Williams would give the G-Men another veteran presence.
Apr 15 - 9:08 AM

New Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and hired new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense than shotgun-obsessed Scott Linehan. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare. We wouldn't be surprised at all if Bell led the team in 2014 carries, with Bush in a "space back" role.
Apr 15 - 8:47 AM




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