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Arian Foster said his back surgery "wasn't as major as it sounded."

Foster underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy on November 13 to repair a herniated disc. He's already been medically cleared, a sign the surgery wasn't overly invasive. "That's why I rebounded so quickly," Foster said. "I also worked my ass off. I'm expecting to do bigger things and bounce back." Perhaps sitting out most of last season will actually do him some good. Foster remains on the RB1 radar as a clear-cut three-down back ahead of Andre Brown.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 09:20:00 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones admitted talks with free agent DeMarco Murray have been "slow," and Murray will make it to the open market.

"[Murray] is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see," Jones said. "I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas." The Cowboys couldn't reach a long-term deal with fellow free agent Dez Bryant and will be forced to tag him this week. Murray's days with Dallas aren't necessarily over, but the 27-year-old should chase the money.
Mar 1 - 9:38 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed the team will use the franchise tag on free agent Dez Bryant.

"I think it would be a stretch to think we would have something done by Monday," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but that certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal." This has been the expectation all along. Dallas is in talks with Bryant, but the sides aren't expected to reach an agreement before the franchise-tag deadline. Bryant will make around $13 million if the Cowboys don't extend him by July 15.
Feb 28 - 6:10 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing is recovering from three offseason surgeries, one to his right wrist, one to his left ankle, and one to his left knee.

Add three to an already seemingly-countless number of surgeries Cushing has undergone as a pro. The ankle and knee were arthroscopic "clean-up" procedures, and the third operation repaired Cushing's fractured wrist. Cushing claims he'll be a full-go for training camp and could even participate in OTAs. Coming off his worst NFL season, Cushing could be facing a make-or-break year in Houston. He's owed $5.25 million in 2015 salary and bonuses.
Feb 28 - 4:40 PM

Browns signed QB Josh McCown to a three-year, $14 million contract.

The Buccaneers gave McCown a two-year, $10 million contract last offseason, surrounding him with Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He posted an 11:14 TD-to-INT ratio with a 1-10 record, and got cut. The Browns are giving McCown nearly the same annual average on a lengthier deal while surrounding him with Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, and Taylor Gabriel. It's a desperate move to say the least. The McCown signing highlights the Browns' lack of confidence in 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel, and confirms free agent Brian Hoyer will move on. Now entering his age-36 season, McCown has a strong connection with new Cleveland OC John DeFilippo from their Oakland days together and will be the heavy favorite to start Week 1.
Feb 27 - 6:29 PM

Cardinals released DE Darnell Dockett.

Dockett was not amenable to a pay cut after missing all of 2014 with a torn ACL. He recently tweeted his displeasure with renegotiation talks. Dockett turns 34 in May and has lost most of his early-career pass-rush ability, though he remained a strong run defender the last time he played. Cutting Dockett frees up $6.8 million in salary cap space. GM Steve Keim said in a statement Friday that the Cardinals want Dockett back at a cheaper price.
Feb 27 - 4:02 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have "strong interest" in free agent OG Mike Iupati.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been transitioning away from smaller, athletic zone linemen to large power blockers for the last year and a half. Iupati is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound road grader whom new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted in San Francisco. Iupati would be a natural fit in D.C. Per Russini, the Redskins can expect competition for Iupati's services from the Buccaneers.
Feb 27 - 3:44 PM

Falcons released LG Justin Blalock.

The move clears $3.8 million in cap room, but creates a need in Atlanta. The Falcons' starting left guard since he entered the NFL in 2007, Blalock was likely deemed a poor schematic fit for new OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-run game. Pro Football Focus gave Blalock above-average marks in 2014, and he just turned 31. Expect Blalock to draw interest from power-blocking teams.
Feb 27 - 2:14 PM

According to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, "evidence continues to build" that the Eagles plan to trade up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

We've followed Kempski's work for years and can't ever remember him being wrong. Most notably, he called the DeSean Jackson release well in advance. Kempski acknowledges he previously believed Philly moving up for Mariota was "unrealistic," but now "it appears the Eagles are determined to get their guy." Moving up from No. 20 into the top-two picks would likely cost Philadelphia most of its 2015 draft class, in addition to a 2016 first-round pick.
Feb 27 - 1:53 PM

Redskins released NT Barry Cofield.

The move saves Washington $4 million in cap space. Cofield enters a strong interior defensive line class in free agency, but should generate a healthy amount of interest. He missed much of last season with a severe high ankle sprain, but is still only 31 years old (in mid-March), and capable as both a pocket pusher and run stopper. He can play multiple positions on the line.
Feb 27 - 1:34 PM

Dolphins released WR Brian Hartline.

A low-ceiling receiver who is allergic to the end zone, Hartline bottomed out with a miserable 2014 season (39 catches for 474 yards in 16 games). It would have been preposterous for Miami to keep him at his $5.9 million salary. Hartline has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons on his resume, but he's a complementary receiver at best. Hartline's departure makes the Dolphins more likely to keep Mike Wallace and gives another boost to second-year slot WR Jarvis Landry. Still only 28, Hartline could be a starter on a team like the Browns. He also happens to be from Canton (OH) and played college football at Ohio State.
Feb 27 - 10:19 AM

Falcons released WR Harry Douglas.

Douglas has been a productive wideout in Atlanta when either Julio Jones or Roddy White has been injured, but he’s going to be 31 this season and new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense is going to go through Jones even more than it has in the past. There was no reason to pay all three of Jones, White, and Douglas. The Falcons can get Douglas’ production as the No. 3 receiver at a much cheaper rate via a bargain free-agent signing or mid-round draft pick. The Falcons pick up $3.5 million in cap space by cutting Douglas, who posted a 51-556-2 line in 2014.
Feb 27 - 10:08 AM




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