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Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and Rashard Mendenhall (toe) are both listed as questionable for Week 3, but returned to Cardinals practice Friday.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had to physically force Fitzgerald off the practice field early in the week, but let him back out there Friday as he prepares to start against the Saints. Despite last week's bump in the road, Fitz will be a top-15 fantasy wideout start in Week 3. Mendenhall's availability never seemed in doubt. He's squarely in the flex-start discussion in a prime matchup; New Orleans has been an early-year sieve in run defense.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 02:44:00 PM

ESPN's David Newton believes the Panthers "could overhaul" their wide receiver group this offseason.

Newton mentioned Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, and Damiere Byrd as the only ones that can feel safe entering 2018. Funchess was the team's No. 1 wideout last year but is better suited as a No. 2 and is entering the final year of his contract. 2017 second-rounder Samuel's rookie season was an injury-filled nightmare, while Byrd is merely a hit-or-miss deep threat. Cam Newton needs an alpha-dog No. 1 wideout. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Panthers in Jarvis Landry trade talks, but Carolina seems more likely to use its first-rounder on a receiver. The free-agent crop just isn't very good this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 23 - 10:46 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Titans, Panthers, Saints, and Bears as teams that could be interested in a trade for franchise player Jarvis Landry.

The Titans were the first team out of RapSheet's mouth, while the other three clubs were kind of thrown out there at the end. Tennessee GM Jon Robinson has had a penchant for big trades since taking the job and needs a slot receiver after Eric Decker completely flopped as a free-agent pickup. The Titans do have sophomore Taywan Taylor as an option, but Landry would give Marcus Mariota a reliable safety blanket with Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews on the outside. Carolina and Chicago obviously also need plenty of help at receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:27 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks are more likely to give contract-year FS Earl Thomas an extension than trade him.

Rapoport says that's the plan unless Seattle is offered a "huge allotment" of draft picks for Thomas. Thomas turns 29 in May but rebounded nicely in 2017 from his broken leg suffered at the end of the 2016 season. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 8 safety out of 89 qualifiers, ranking sixth in coverage. Thomas intimated last month he'd be willing to hold out for a new contract. He's set to earn just an $8.5 million salary in 2018 but probably wants $12 million-plus annually.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:18 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are "listening to potential deals" for Martavis Bryant.

Rapoport made it a point to say the Steelers aren't necessarily shopping Bryant, but it sounds like they're all ears to offers. Bryant made a big stink midway through last season when he felt he wasn't playing enough, and the Steelers then made him a healthy scratch for Week 8. Bryant quit the social media complaining but was a disappointment with a 52-681-4 line. JuJu Smith-Schuster has emerged as the Steelers' No. 2 wideout. Bryant has one year left on his deal.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:08 AM

Speaking Thursday, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones emphasized that free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence will be a Cowboy in 2018, either via a long-term deal or the franchise tag.

"We won't let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year," were Jones' exact words. NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reported earlier Thursday that the sides have yet to engage in long-term talks but will do so at the Combine. The deadline to apply the tag is March 6. After that, the deadline to reach a long-term agreement is July 16.
Feb 22 - 8:55 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports the Rams are more likely to use the franchise tag on DB Lamarcus Joyner than Sammy Watkins.

Formerly the Rams' slot corner, Joyner shifted full time to safety in 2017 and had by far his best season. Joyner picked off the first three passes of his career, forced a fumble and earned high all-around marks from Pro Football Focus. He turns 28 in November.
Feb 22 - 4:52 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets would "absolutely love" to sign free agent Kirk Cousins, but that they will not "give him a blank check."

Reporter Manish Mehta calls the idea that the Jets would give Cousins $60 million in the first year of his contract "beyond ludicrous." Mehta says the Jets "are not going to try to bring (Cousins) aboard by any means necessary." The Jets have roughly $90 million in cap space, but the $60 million number was always fanciful, as a player's second-year cap hit must be at least 50 percent of the first. That would mean the Jets would have to commit $90 million of Cousins' mega contract to 2018-19. Despite Mehta's report, it's still quite possible the Jets are willing to go above and beyond anyone else to land the former fourth-rounder.
Feb 22 - 4:31 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero has spoken with two scouts who compared Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to Kordell Stewart.

"Slash," as he became known, was the No. 60 overall pick of the 1995 draft. He played receiver for two seasons before taking over at quarterback his third year in the league. He was used all over the field, never settling in as a franchise quarterback. Commenting on Jackson's comparisons to Michael Vick, Pelissero reports Vick was viewed as a better passer coming out of Virginia Tech. Our guess is that Jackson will be drafted as a pure quarterback, and early on draft weekend, at that.
Feb 22 - 4:04 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bills are not planning to release Tyrod Taylor "at this point."

"At this point, it doesn't seem like they're going to cut him without knowing who his replacement will be," Rapoport sad on NFL Network. "The Bills are OK with paying a $6 million roster bonus to keep him on the roster." That bonus is due on the third day of the new league year. Rapsheet does report the Bills remain open to trading Taylor. Essentially, the report changes nothing. There is wiggle-room wording leaving open the possibility of Taylor's release while a trade is left on the table. The Bills were extremely vague on Taylor's future in their end-of-season press conferences.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:57 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have not ruled out designating Ndamukong Suh a post-June 1 release.

Plugged-in reporter Armando Salguero considers this the "most likely" scenario if the Dolphins decide to move on. It's actually possible one of the league's many cap-flush teams takes the trade bait on Suh, which would create $3.9 million in space for the Dolphins. Designating him a post-June 1 cut would free up $17 million. Now 31, Suh remained one of the league's best defensive players in 2017 but carries an absurd $26.1 million cap number, the third-highest in football.
Feb 22 - 3:26 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to release LB Lawrence Timmons by the start of the new league year.

The no-brainer move will create $5.4 million in cap space. Timmons went AWOL from the Dolphins in Week 2 but still ended up starting 14 games. He was a liability, generating zero sacks, forcing zero turnovers and getting walloped by the run. The ex-Steeler turns 32 in May. He will struggle for guaranteed money on the open market.
Feb 22 - 3:16 PM




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