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Falcons placed WLB Sean Weatherspoon (Lisfranc) on injured reserve/designation to return.

An already weak defense keeps taking hits. The Falcons lost Kroy Biermann (Achilles') for the season on Monday and now lose their stud weak-side linebacker until at least Week 11. In just 13 games last year, Weatherspoon racked up 95 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and four pass breakups. Both Joplo Bartu and Akeem Dent are worth looks in IDP formats.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 12:37:00 PM

49ers signed DE Darnell Dockett to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4M in the first year but only $2M guaranteed. It's more than the Cardinals offered Dockett to come back, but it still reflects his status as a 34-year-old (in May) who missed all of 2014 due to an August ACL tear. In San Francisco, Dockett will compete with Tank Carradine and others for the starting 3-4 end job vacated by Ray McDonald. Most likely, Dockett will end up in a heavy rotation.
Mar 5 - 9:46 AM

Free agent RB Shane Vereen is now reportedly seeking $3.5M per season.

Just a few weeks ago, Vereen was laughably looking for $5M per season. This $3.5M number is far more palatable for a quality passing back, but the Patriots "have shown no willingness to touch that," according to the Boston Herald. So it sounds like Vereen will be playing elsewhere in 2015 -- he'll draw plenty of interest at this $3.5M number.
Mar 5 - 9:40 AM

Vince Wilfork announced on Twitter the Patriots will not be picking up his 2015 option, making him a free agent.

New England saves $8.06 million against the cap by moving on from one of their all-time greats. With all of the Patriots' other offseason commitments (Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, etc.), Wilfork had to see this coming. Big Vince said he is not considering retirement, and coming off a decent run-stopping season, we wouldn't expect him to. It will be interesting to see how the market shapes out for the 33-year-old. Wilfork went to five Pro Bowls during his 11-year stay in Foxboro and won two Super Bowls. The Patriots drafted his possible replacement, Dom Easley, in the first round last year.
Mar 5 - 9:11 AM

Free agent CB Cary Williams is visiting the Seahawks Thursday.

With free agent Byron Maxwell likely fleeing the Legion of Boom for a big payday, the Seahawks are looking for a new bookend to Richard Sherman. Williams would fit the bill. Although he caught a lot of flak as part of Philly's dumpster-fire secondary, he was actually decent while Bradley Fletcher was the one getting torched. As a No. 2 corner in a dominant scheme like Seattle's, we don't doubt Williams would flourish. The Ravens, Williams' former team, are also rumored to have interest.
Mar 5 - 8:37 AM

After dealing LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Eagles coach Chip Kelly to "more evenly distribute the carries to three tailbacks as he did at Oregon."

Beat writer Jeff McLane expects the Eagles to "add a lead back" in free agency or the draft. We wouldn't be shocked if Philadelphia brought in two more running backs of relatively high quality, as change-up back Darren Sproles is going on age 32 and Chris Polk is an oft-injured restricted free agent. Either way, we'd be stunned if Polk or Sproles entered 2015 as the Eagles' lead runner.
Mar 4 - 10:58 PM

Based purely on tape study, NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Georgia RB Todd Gurley is "the best back in the draft."

We agree wholeheartedly. "I like Gurley more (than Melvin Gordon)," Cosell said. "Gurley, to me, has elements of Steven Jackson in his prime and Marshawn Lynch. He's that kind of runner. He's got an excellent combination of size, power, short-area quickness and burst, and top-end acceleration. I like Gurley a lot. And he looks like an NFL foundation back. I think he can be the starting point of an NFL offense." If Gurley's ACL looks recovered at next month's Combine medical recheck, he should have a chance to be a first-round pick.
Mar 4 - 9:29 PM

Multiple league sources tell Yahoo's Rand Getlin that the Dolphins and Colts are poised to make the "strongest pushes" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Getlin reports Suh's guarantees could "exceed" $60 million, topping J.J. Watt's $51.8 million. A source "close to Suh's camp" told Getlin this year's top free-agent prize has a "slight preference" for the Dolphins, although the Colts and Lions "aren't far behind" in the Suh sweepstakes. The NFL's negotiating window opens Saturday. The free agent signing period begins next Tuesday.
Mar 4 - 8:47 PM

Following Wednesday's meeting with Vikings brass, Adrian Peterson issued a statement saying he "still" has "concerns" with returning to the team.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer flew to Peterson's home in Houston. "I appreciate Rick and Coach Zimmer coming down to see me today," Peterson's statement reads. "We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content." Peterson did not state he suddenly wants to return to the Vikings. His 2015 whereabouts remain in limbo.
Mar 4 - 8:05 PM

Saints released RB Pierre Thomas.

The Saints begin the difficult process of cutting veterans amid their salary-cap nightmare. Currently about $20 million over the cap, the Saints save just $1.735 million with this move. Thomas took a pay cut last offseason and went on to total 600 yards with three TDs on 90 touches. At age 30, he now joins a flooded running-back market. An obvious product of Sean Payton's system, Thomas would do well to command $2 million per year as a passing-game specialist. The Saints have an in-house replacement option in Travaris Cadet.
Mar 4 - 4:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints have made MLB Curtis Lofton available for trade.

The Saints have work to do to get under the cap by Tuesday. New Orleans is still about $22 million over the threshold and seems reluctant to make tough decisions on overpaid veterans. Lofton is the quarterback of the defense and has yet to miss a game in seven seasons, but the Saints can clear $4.25 million in cap room by moving him. PFF docked Lofton for 22 missed tackles in 2014 while giving him poor marks against the run and in coverage.
Mar 4 - 3:30 PM

Peyton Manning has agreed to take a $4 million pay cut, reducing his salary from $19 million to $15 million.

The move creates $4 million in cap space for a Broncos team looking to sign franchise player Demaryius Thomas to a long-term contract. The Broncos are also in the market for up to three new offensive linemen, in addition to possibly re-signing free agent DT Terrance Knighton. Manning's $15 million base salary makes him the sixth-highest paid quarterback just behind Jay Cutler.
Mar 4 - 3:12 PM




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