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Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was charged with DUI in Douglas County, Colo. on June 11.

Heckert served as the Browns' GM from 2010-12. The news comes just two days after Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was busted for drunk driving. Both executives will be facing league-mandated discipline in addition to whatever the law decides. It's a bad, bad look for the Broncos, who have called the situation "extremely upsetting."
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 07:14:00 PM

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

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan considers the franchise tag a real possibility for impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul.

The franchise number for defensive ends is around $17.05 million. On any long-term deal, JPP is expected to command $15 million-plus annually, so slapping him with the tag would allow for an extended negotiation period at a non-overbearing price for a top-end pass rusher who is still just 28. The Giants cleared $10 million in cap space by cutting Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings. Raanan puts the chances that JPP is back with the Giants at 70 percent.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 11:31 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Tony Romo is willing to "massage" his contract in order to facilitate a trade.

This flexibility is critical if Dallas is going to get trade compensation. Romo must be willing to restructure his contract for any deal to get done, and if he wasn't it's entirely possible Romo would already have been released. The Cowboys should have a better idea of what they may be able to get for Romo when NFL teams convene at the Combine, which begins on Tuesday, February 28.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 5:17 PM




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