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Packers OC Tom Clements used the term "hot hand" to describe Green Bay's backfield going forward.

The Packers want to increase James Starks' usage after his 7-57-1 line in last week's win over Minnesota. Eddie Lacy is going to remain a 20-plus touch candidate, but owners can't expect the 33 he saw against the Vikings. "Well, you want to get them both work," said Clements. "You don’t want to overload one or the other but if one has the hot hand then you stick with him. So it’s not a set plan as to how that works, but they’re both going to play." Lacy remains an RB1 for Monday night against the Bears. Starks would be a risky flex option.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Rams assigned the franchise tag to CB Trumaine Johnson.

By getting tagged for the second straight season, Johnson will now be the league's highest-paid CB in terms of annual salary this year at over $16 million. After losing CB Janoris Jenkins last offseason, the Rams weren't prepared to let Johnson follow him out the door. Now that they've essentially said Johnson is worth $16 million-plus, that will likely set the bar in long-term contract talks. Johnson has his ups and downs, but there are definitely more peaks than valleys in his game. He'll be DC Wade Phillips' new Aqib Talib as the Rams' No. 1 outside corner.
Mar 1 - 12:03 PM

Appearing Wednesday at the Combine, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert spoke about suspended WR Martavis Bryant in the past tense.

It doesn't mean the Steelers have moved on from Bryant, but Colbert is the second member of Pittsburgh's front office to infer the team isn't counting on Bryant for 2017. "Martavis was a great asset to us when he was available," Colbert said. In late January, president Art Rooney II replied, "I'm not sure at this point you can count on him" when asked about Bryant, adding Martavis still had "a ways to go" to become a serious candidate for NFL reinstatement.
Mar 1 - 11:39 AM

Director of player personnel Duke Tobin said the Bengals will "listen" to trade offers for backup QB A.J. McCarron.

With Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly likely to stay put unless some team knocks the Patriots' socks off, McCarron might be the next best thing on the trade market. Beat writer Paul Dehner previously wrote, "it's part of the offseason itinerary" for the Bengals to trade McCarron. He's under cheap team control for another two seasons, which would likely drive up his price. McCarron went 79-of-119 (66.4%) for 854 yards (7.2 YPA) and a 6:2 TD:INT ratio in seven appearances in 2015.
Mar 1 - 11:31 AM

Coach Ben McAdoo said the Giants will "take a look" at free agent Adrian Peterson.

According to beat writer Ralph Vacchiano, however, McAdoo wouldn't commit to any real interest in Peterson. It sounds like it was more of a lukewarm answer from McAdoo. The Giants run a ton of shotgun offense with three-wide sets and no fullback, while Peterson is more of an I-formation runner who has always ran with a lead blocker. The Giants don't appear to be a great fit.
Mar 1 - 11:21 AM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe insists a Jimmy Garoppolo trade is "still in play" despite Wednesday reports the Patriots aren't expected to deal him.

The Pats leaking word they don't intend to trade Garoppolo only strengthens their position and could have been a leverage-aimed move. "Let's not pretend the Pats are hanging up the phone when teams call," Howe wrote. Howe believes New England would be "happy" to keep Garoppolo behind 39-year-old Tom Brady, but "they'd also be happy if a team met their trade demands." Garoppolo's trade-market price would almost certainly involve a first-round pick and more.
Mar 1 - 11:17 AM

Speaking Wednesday at the Combine, coach Dirk Koetter was noncommittal about suspended RB Doug Martin's future with the Bucs.

Specifically, Koetter stated "we don't have to make a decision on Doug Martin right now," and the Bucs are "going to let the process play out." Koetter did add Martin is "in town and he looked great and sounded good," the last time they spoke. Koetter also believes Martin is "extremely motivated" to prove "getting the second contract didn't lessen his motivation." After inking a five-year, $36 million deal last offseason, Martin battled repeated hamstring woes, averaged a career-worst 2.9 years per carry, and was suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy. He won't be eligible to play until Week 4 of the 2017 season.
Mar 1 - 11:07 AM

Longtime Texans beat writer John McClain believes there's an "80 percent" chance Houston re-signs free agent CB A.J. Bouye.

The Texans won't tag Bouye, but it sounds like they're open to meeting Bouye's lofty demands. Still just 25, Bouye is expected to net at least $12 million annually. The Texans have a ton of money tied up in cornerbacks, including Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, and former first-rounder Kevin Johnson, but if they re-sign Bouye, aging vet Joseph could become expendable. Bouye looked like a true shutdown cover man in 2016.
Mar 1 - 11:00 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent Johnny Manziel has re-hired agent Erik Burkhardt and is drawing "real interest" from teams at the Combine.

We doubt it's as exciting as RapSheet makes it sound, but it's at least a positive to see Burkhardt has rejoined forces with Manziel after Burkhardt left Manziel's side following the 2015 season. Manziel is still just 24 and adamant he's turning his life around. Maybe he'll get a chance to compete for a backup job.
Mar 1 - 10:56 AM

Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports Cowboys RT Doug Free is considering retirement.

33-year-old Free is coming off a sub-par 2016 and has undergone foot surgery in each of the last two offseasons. Were Free to hang 'em up, the Cowboys might re-prioritize re-signing free agent LG Ronald Leary and kick La'El Collins to right tackle. Another in-house option would be to replace Free with Chaz Green.
Mar 1 - 10:53 AM

The NFL announced the salary cap has been set at $167 million for 2017.

That's a $12 million increase from last season's mark of $155.27 million. Since 2012, the cap has risen a combined $47 million, which explains why contracts are getting larger by the year. While it sounds crazy to hear that a mid-tier free agent like Kenny Stills is expected to net $12 million per year, all we have to do is look at the continued inflation of the cap to find out why.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 10:44 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are not expected to use the franchise tag on free agent NT Dontari Poe.

There had been some chatter that if the Chiefs re-signed Eric Berry or Poe, then they could tag the other, but that won't be the case after Kansas City made Berry the league's highest-paid safety. The Chiefs don't have a ton of cap room and won't be able to keep everyone. Poe, 26, is one of the NFL's few nose tackles who can play on every down.
Mar 1 - 10:34 AM




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