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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Jay Cutler's seven-year deal is worth $126 million, and includes $54 million guaranteed.

It's a (slightly) smaller overall haul than Aaron Rodgers got last April, but the exact same amount of guaranteed money. It's a ton of cash for an increasingly injury-prone player who's going on 31, but the price of doing business for teams interested in quarterback stability. Cutler's career numbers aren't worthy of so much money, but the Bears would have faced extremely long odds of finding an upgrade. It's not a surprising deal.
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 02:29:00 PM

New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Melvin Gordon's game is "growing like a weed."

"He’s very dynamic," Lynn said. "He took his game to another level, and we’re going to help him take it to even further." Lynn said he wants to run a "balanced" offense in his opening press conference, which is not surprising considering his history as a running backs coach. In fact, Lynn has been involved in seven 1,000-yard seasons in his 14 years as an RBs coach or offensive coordinator including LeSean McCoy's 1,267-yard effort in 2016. Gordon should see as much work as he can handle moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 9:36 AM

Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his troublesome shoulder following the season.

The news comes from owner Jim Irsay, who had previously said Luck would not need surgery to fix the issue which has "lingered since 2015." Luck did not miss any games because of his shoulder, but he was consistently limited in practice. Getting it fixed properly seems like the right call, although it likely will force Luck to miss most of the offseason program and perhaps some time in training camp. Irsay did say Luck "will be ready" for Week 1.
Jan 19 - 8:51 AM

Jordy Nelson (broken ribs) admitted he worked "slowly" back into Wednesday's practice.

Officially, he was listed as "limited." Either way, it was a step in the right direction. "I just caught some balls, tried to slowly work back in to it and feel things out," Nelson described. Nelson admitted he is entering unknown territory in his "hopeful" quest to play against the Falcons. "I've never played receiver with broken ribs," said Jordy. "We'll find out, hopefully. ... It's one of those things that you'll figure out when you get there. If it happens, we'll see how it goes."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 18 - 8:58 PM

Ladarius Green (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

It's an upgrade for Green after he missed practice all last week following a setback the previous week. Green remains in the protocol, but this at least gives him a shot to play Sunday. Consider him no better than 50-50.
Jan 18 - 3:58 PM

Rams hired ex-Jaguars OC Greg Olson as QBs coach.

Olson was in the mix to be the Bills' new OC, but apparently was getting passed over and will take a position coach gig with the Rams. Olson coaxed a big year out of Blake Bortles as the Jaguars' OC in 2015 but was canned by Jacksonville back in October after a horrid start. He was also instrumental in developing Derek Carr in Oakland as a rookie. Olson previously was the Rams' OC back in 2006-07 under then-coach Scott Linehan. Olson's next project is Jared Goff.
Jan 18 - 3:53 PM

Davante Adams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

"I'm curious to see him move," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." Adams hurt his ankle late in the Divisional Round win over the Cowboys and had to be helped to the sideline before returning. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) also sidelined, losing Adams would be a huge blow to Green Bay. If both sit, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Jeff Janis, Jared Cook, and Richard Rodgers would make up Aaron Rodgers' pass-game arsenal.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 2:49 PM

Jordy Nelson (ribs) continued to work with the rehab group at Wednesday's practice.

Nelson has been labeled as a "bit of a long shot" to play in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Falcons. Nelson worked with the rehab group last week before sitting out against the Cowboys. Jared Cook had a big day in Nelson's absence. Consider Nelson doubtful to play at this point.
Jan 18 - 2:33 PM

Julio Jones (toe) is not practicing Wednesday.

As expected. Jones did go through the walkthrough portion on Wednesday, but the Falcons aren't going to push him to practice after he aggravated his sprained toe against Seattle. Jones will play against the Packers on Sunday.
Jan 18 - 1:23 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Texans are promoting LBs coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator.

Current DC Romeo Crennel's contract is expiring, but he's expected to return as the assistant head coach, according to Breer. Houston didn't want to lose either coach, and Vrabel had been linked to the 49ers' defensive-coordinator opening once Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan accepts the head-coaching job. Vrabel's star has been getting brighter the past couple years. He was connected to the Rams' head-coaching job last week but never formally interviewed for it.
Jan 18 - 9:22 AM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is "almost certain" to accept the 49ers' offer to become their new head coach.

Reports earlier this week had Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as the 49ers' preferred choice, but he bowed out of the search, and San Francisco has now reached the Shanahan-or-bust level. Shanahan can't officially accept the 49ers' offer until the Falcons' season is over, but all signs point to him getting the job. He's expected to again meet with the Niners after the NFC Championship game -- win or lose -- to have his say in the team's search for a general manager.
Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 9:01 PM




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