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Titans selected Washington RB Bishop Sankey with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sankey is the first running back off the board. No. 54 is the farthest the first runner has ever fallen. Sankey (5-foot-9 1/2, 209) turned pro as a third-year junior after rushing for 3,496 yards and 37 TDs on 644 carries (5.43 YPC), adding 65 career catches. He broke Corey Dillon's school record for single-season rushing yards (1,870) in 2013, and ran 4.49 at the Combine, impressing with a 10-foot-6 broad jump and outstanding times in the short shuttle (4.00) and three-cone drill (6.75). Sankey's measurables don't show up consistently on film, however, where his burst, tackle breaking and vision underwhelm. Perhaps an NFL conditioning program and position coach can maximize his t-shirt-and-shorts athleticism. Ultimately, we see him as a poor man's Gio Bernard. He'll strike lightning next to Shonn Greene's slow thunder, and could win the starting job outright.
Fri, May 9, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Free agent RB Steven Jackson has no plans to retire.

"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense," Jackson said in a statement. "There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs." While speaking well of the Falcons, S-Jax intimated his 2013-14 struggles were due in part to the fact that he wasn't given enough opportunities to wear defenses down with big workloads. Jackson was actually one of the league's best backs after first contact in 2014, but his game has noticeably lacked juice for some time now. As a free agent, Jackson will try to match the $1.2 million guaranteed Maurice Jones-Drew got last spring.
Source: SJ39.com
Feb 26 - 9:42 PM

Raiders released S Tyvon Branch.

Branch had a $1 million roster bonus due on March 12. The move clears $3 million in cap space. Signed to a four-year, $26.6 million extension in July 2012, Branch had appeared in just five games over the past two seasons due to injury. A broken foot cost him all but three games in 2014, while fibula/ankle issues sidelined him in 2013. Going on 29, Branch was one of the league's top in-the-box safeties before injuries started wrecking his game. He'll get the benefit of the doubt in free agency if he can prove he's healthy.
Feb 26 - 9:31 PM

The NFL is appealing independent arbitrator David Doty's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will keep Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list in the interim.

The case will also concurrently be returned to arbitrator Harold Henderson, who originally upheld Peterson's suspension in December. If this all seems dense and confusing, it's because it is. There's no telling how much longer Peterson will remain in limbo. The league seems more concerned with precedent than whether Peterson was fairly punished. It certainly doesn't care about Peterson's 2015 status, which will be greatly complicated if the matter isn't resolved by the time free agency begins on March 10.
Feb 26 - 5:22 PM

Rams released DT Kendall Langford.

The move clears $6 million in cap space. Signed to a four-year, $24 million deal in March 2012, Langford was a 16-game starter in 2012 and 2013, but was benched in favor of Aaron Donald last season. He played just 494 snaps, managing one sack. Still only 29, Langford has experience at defensive end. That versatility and relative youth should earn him some guaranteed money on the open market.
Feb 26 - 4:04 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports free agent Greg Hardy is seeking "immediate reinstatement" following Thursday's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case.

Independent arbiter David Doty has ruled the league's new domestic-violence policy can't be applied retroactively, leaving Hardy's placement on the commissioner's exempt list in violation of the CBA. It's still up to the league to actually reinstate Hardy, however, while it might continue its quixotic legal quest. Hopefully there is clarity by this time next week.
Feb 26 - 2:23 PM

Chiefs released TE Anthony Fasano.

The move clears $1.959 million in cap space. More importantly for fantasy purposes, it frees up last year's TE8, Travis Kelce, to go absolutely bonkers in 2015. Going on 31, Fasano was constantly banged up in 2014, and it was reflected by his play. He caught just 25 passes for 226 yards over 15 games, and his run blocking fell off a cliff. A nine-year veteran who's had a well-rounded game, Fasano will undoubtedly latch on elsewhere, but there's no guarantee he'll crack someone's 53-man roster.
Feb 26 - 1:45 PM

Titans LT Michael Roos announced his retirement from the NFL.

The 41st pick in the 2005 draft, Roos played in the league ten seasons, starting 148 games and earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2008. He never received many accolades, but Roos was a steady, reliable, above-average blindside protector. Instead of heading to the open market as a free agent, Roos is retiring as a member of the only team he's ever known. It was doubtful the Titans would have re-signed Roos had he kept playing. 2014 first-round pick Taylor Lewan is now locked in at left tackle. Right tackle remains a need.
Feb 26 - 12:11 PM

A source tells the Associated Press the Bills are in contract talks with free agent Josh McCown.

McCown met with the Bills last week and has since visited the Browns, Bears and Jets. It sounds like he's close to choosing Buffalo. Kyle Orton finished 2014 as Buffalo's starter but retired after the season, leaving only E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel on the roster at quarterback. Assuming the contract gets completed, McCown will compete with Manuel for the starting job in one of the least inspiring quarterback duels around the league.
Feb 26 - 12:04 PM

Eagles released RG Todd Herremans.

Though Eagles fans may feel sentimental about a guy that started 124 games for Philadelphia over the last decade, this was for the best. Herremans has been in decline for a while, struggling mightily in pass protection in recent seasons. His 2014 campaign was cut short by a midseason biceps injury. Cutting Herremans saves the Eagles $2.8M in 2015 cap space -- but also makes offensive line one of the team's biggest priorities, behind quarterback and pass-defense help. Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin are in-house candidates to step in at right guard.
Feb 26 - 11:30 AM

The Broncos are working on a revised contract with Peyton Manning.

"Multiple sources" tell the Denver Post that Manning has "determined he intends to play" in 2015, but a formal announcement is apparently contingent on this contract revision. The Broncos are currently $26 million under the salary cap, but that doesn't include Demaryius Thomas' forthcoming franchise number ($12.8 million) and any free agent signings or re-signings. Manning and his agent, Tom Condon, "hope to reach a conclusion on a revised contract by early next week." Manning's $19 million base salary becomes guaranteed on March 9.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 25 - 8:30 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins have placed Mike Wallace on the trade block.

What often happens in these scenarios is a player gets cut if the team trying to trade him can't find any takers. GM Dennis Hickey dined with Wallace before the Combine, and it sounds like that meeting didn't end with the Dolphins believing Wallace was an essential part of their 2015 plans. The 28-year-old scored ten TDs in 2014, but lid lifting is the true strength of Wallace's game, which makes him a poor fit for vertically-challenged Ryan Tannehill. Owed $9.9 million in salary and bonuses, Wallace is going to be awfully difficult to trade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 8:18 PM




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