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Aaron Dobson (foot) returned to practice Friday.

It's Dobson's first action on the field since he hurt his foot in the second half of the Patriots' Week 12 comeback win against the Broncos. Dobson likely won't play this week, but his return to practice today gives him a good shot to suit up for Week 16. Josh Boyce filled in at X receiver last week with both Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) on the shelf. Dobson's exact injury was never revealed, but he was likely dealing with a significant sprain.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Speaking on Adam Schefter's "Know Them From Adam" podcast, impending free agent Eddie Lacy said the Packers have been "very vocal" about re-signing him.

A return makes a lot of sense. Lacy could use a place where he feels comfortable to rehab his value after weight issues and injuries derailed his career, and the Packers could use cheap backfield help to pair with Ty Montgomery and perhaps a rookie. A one-year deal might be the best option for both sides. As for the ankle injury which ended his 2016, Lacy said he should be able to "do everything" by OTAs.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 8:35 AM

ESPN's John Keim reports the 49ers are the only team Kirk Cousins is willing to sign a long-term contract with "right now."

Keim adds Washington will likely try to trade Cousins as it has become clear the two sides are not going to work out a deal, but this report puts a serious dent in his trade market. Teams are not going to give up any significant trade chips without assurances Cousins will agree to a long-term deal when he gets there, and it seems clear the quarterback's ultimate goal is to reunite with old OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco in 2018 if not sooner. Washington has bungled this situation from the start, and it does not look like it will get any better anytime soon.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 8:31 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports there is "no shortage of teams inquiring about" free agent LT Russell Okung.

La Canfora reports the Giants, Jets, Vikings, and Chargers have shown interest. The Chargers' interest could indicate they are moving on from King Dunlap, who has struggled to stay on the field and was recently arrested. With weak offensive tackle classes both in free agency and the draft, Okung should be able to better the essentially one-year, $8-million deal he played on in 2016.
Feb 27 - 10:23 PM

Colts NT David Parry was arrested Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence, auto theft, robbery, criminal damage, and resisting arrest.

After hitching a ride on a "transportation cart" from a downtown bar, Parry allegedly hit the driver in the head, stole the cart, and crashed it into a gate. A 2015 fifth-rounder, Parry has been a liability in 32 starts to open his career. Under new front office, his roster spot may not be secure if these charges prove to be well-founded. He will almost certainly face league discipline.
Feb 27 - 9:43 PM

Chargers assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to OLB Melvin Ingram.

The non-exclusive tag means Ingram is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers can match any offer sheet and be entitled to two first-round picks if they decide not to match. Ingram's tag costs around $15 million, prohibitive for a team with limited cap space and a long list of free agents, but Ingram has become one of the NFL's top pass rushers after an injury-marred start to his career. He would have landed a massive deal on the open market, and keeping him with Joey Bosa gives LA a dynamic pass-rushing duo. The Chargers will do their best to work out a long-term and cap-friendlier deal before free agency opens next week.
Feb 27 - 8:26 PM

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said Alex Smith will "be our starter going into 2017."

Hunt has now joined coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey in standing behind Smith as the starter going forward. The Chiefs' seemingly clear intention to stick with Smith has done nothing to tamp down the chatter, however, and they will likely continue to be linked with Tony Romo until he lands with a new team.
Feb 27 - 8:18 PM

In an interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, impending free agent Geno Smith (ACL) said he would be "fine" with a backup role.

Smith made it clear his goal is to be a starter, but he is willing to "start from the bottom" and "climb [his] way back to the top" if necessary. He also did not rule out a return to the Jets, saying "all possibilities are on the table." Smith is currently recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in late October, but he expects to be ready for training camp. Where that camp will be is a question which should be answered in the next several weeks.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 7:13 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are making a "strong push" to re-sign impending free agent SS Eric Berry before Wednesday's franchise tag deadline.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides are working to make Berry the highest-paid safety in the league, an honor currently held by Tyrann Mathieu at just over $12.5 million a year. The Chiefs are expected to tag Berry if they cannot reach a long-term agreement, but they would certainly like to avoid that outcome considering the All-Pro has on multiple occasions said he will not play another season under the tag. Locking up Berry would also allow Kansas City to use the tag on one of their other free agents, likely NT Dontari Poe.
Feb 27 - 6:50 PM

Steelers signed WR Antonio Brown to a four-year, $68 million extension through 2021.

Including a $19 million signing bonus, the extension will pay Brown $17 million annually and makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, passing A.J. Green's $15 million annual average. The top wideout of his generation -- and arguably the best we've seen since Randy Moss -- Brown has 100-plus catches in four straight years and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Brown turns 29 in July. Because his game relies on route running and not elite athleticism, Brown should age well into his 30s.
Feb 27 - 5:25 PM

Giants assigned the franchise tag to DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

With their quarterback in steep decline, letting one of the NFL's premier defensive linemen get away should never have been considered by the Giants. They'll need to lean on their defense to stay competitive moving forward. A complete defensive end, JPP doubles as an elite run defender in addition to his pass-rush prowess. He racked up seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 12 games last season, missing the final four and playoffs with a sports hernia. As JPP's tag costs a whopping $17 million, the Giants are expected to work aggressively to extend Pierre-Paul to reduce his initial cap number.
Feb 27 - 4:47 PM

Chiefs signed RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to a five-year, $41.25 million extension through 2022.

The deal includes $20 million guaranteed. In average annual value ($8.25 million), Duvernay-Tardif's extension makes him the NFL's fourth-highest-paid guard behind Kelechi Osemele, David DeCastro, and Kyle Long. A 2014 sixth-round pick out of McGill College in Canada, Duvernay-Tardif has settled in as a solid-if-spectacular starting right guard in Kansas City. "LDT," as he is nicknamed, earned solid pass-protection grades from Pro Football Focus last year, but struggled in the run game. He turned 26 earlier this month.
Feb 27 - 4:32 PM




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