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Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.

The Broncos are having a non-contact practice, so it's just individual drills. But it's still a step forward for Ball. He visited his doctor on Monday and hopes to gain clearance for normal work at some point this week or early next week. Don't look for Ball to play in Denver's third preseason game. Ball should be all systems go well before the Broncos take the field Week 1 against the Colts.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 01:14:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Jets will attempt to pay Darrelle Revis "anything he wants" if/when he becomes a free agent.

Schefter believes the Revis sweepstakes will come down to the Jets and Patriots. The Jets made the difficult, but likely correct, decision to trade Revis two years ago, but meddlesome owner Woody Johnson has apparently felt regret. The New York media has spent the better part of two years beating the drum for Revis' return. Johnson seems to feel the pressure. Whatever the motivations, Revis would fill a huge need for Gang Green, and be playing for a coach in Todd Bowles who maximizes talent and scheme much the same way Rex Ryan does.
Mar 5 - 2:25 PM

NFL.com's Mike Silver reports the Raiders are "planning to (host)" free agent Ndamukong Suh for a visit next week.

It's unclear if this is simply a plan or has been arranged with Suh's agent. The latter, of course, would be tampering, as free agents can't talk to potential teams until Saturday. Getting Suh to visit would be a coup, as he's unlikely to leave wherever he lands first. The Raiders have more than enough cap space to make Suh the league's highest-paid defender.
Mar 5 - 2:04 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Patriots have "shown interest" in free agent Brian Hartline.

Hartline is not an exciting name, but is a competent target on the outside. That's something the Patriots have made a habit of lacking. Hartline is visiting the Texans on Thursday, and has also drawn interest from the Bears and Browns.
Mar 5 - 1:59 PM

Peyton Manning is officially returning to the Broncos in 2015.

The only hoop left to jump through was his physical, which he passed. Manning accepted a $4 million pay cut Wednesday to give Denver more cap room to sign free agents. Peyton's favorite target, Demaryius Thomas, was franchise-tagged earlier this week. With those two back in the fold, it should be another high-scoring season in Denver -- even if Manning's volume declines as he enters his age-39 season with more arm strength concerns than ever.
Mar 5 - 12:43 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are looking to trade Brandon Marshall.

The Bears will try to trade Marshall before March 12, when his $7.5M base salary becomes guaranteed. The 30-year-old was a shell of himself in 2014, reaching 100 yards just twice en route to Marshall's lowest receiving total since his rookie season. Injuries played a role, but it became increasingly clear Alshon Jeffery is the Bears' No. 1 receiver. One source told the Tribune it would only take a mid-round pick to pry Marshall out of the Windy City.
Mar 5 - 11:25 AM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs are expected to cut Dwayne Bowe unless they can unload him in a trade.

A high-priced perennial underachiever, Bowe has finally worn out his welcome in Kansas City. Finding the root of Bowe's struggles is like the chicken and egg argument: it's hard to tell if Bowe fared poorly because of Alex Smith or if it was the other way around. Either way, there's no way anyone is trading for Bowe at his $10.75 million salary. He'll hit free agency soon.
Mar 5 - 11:15 AM

A source tells Yahoo the Packers "balked" at paying free agent Randall Cobb $10M per year.

The Packers are reportedly willing to pay Cobb $8-9 million annually, but aren't going to go past that number. So unless Cobb surprisingly chooses to give a massive hometown discount, Aaron Rodgers will be left with Davante Adams and Jeff Janis behind Jordy Nelson. The Raiders and Jaguars, armed with an ocean of cap space and a need to spend it to meet league minimums, figure to offer something around the $11M per season Cobb is seeking.
Mar 5 - 10:57 AM

49ers signed DE Darnell Dockett to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4M in the first year but only $2M guaranteed. It's more than the Cardinals offered Dockett to come back, but still reflects his status as a 34-year-old (in May) who missed all of 2014 due to an August ACL tear. In San Francisco, Dockett will compete with Tank Carradine and others for the starting 3-4 end job vacated by Ray McDonald. Most likely, Dockett will end up in a heavy rotation.
Mar 5 - 9:46 AM

Vince Wilfork announced on Twitter the Patriots will not be picking up his 2015 option, making him a free agent.

New England saves $8.06 million against the cap by moving on from one of their all-time greats. With all of the Patriots' other offseason commitments (Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, etc.), Wilfork had to see this coming. Big Vince said he is not considering retirement, and coming off a decent run-stopping season, we wouldn't expect him to. It will be interesting to see how the market shapes out for the 33-year-old. Wilfork went to five Pro Bowls during his 11-year stay in Foxboro and won two Super Bowls. The Patriots drafted his possible replacement, Dom Easley, in the first round last year.
Mar 5 - 9:11 AM

After dealing LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Eagles coach Chip Kelly to "more evenly distribute the carries to three tailbacks as he did at Oregon."

Beat writer Jeff McLane expects the Eagles to "add a lead back" in free agency or the draft. We wouldn't be shocked if Philadelphia brought in two more running backs of relatively high quality, as change-up back Darren Sproles is going on age 32 and Chris Polk is an oft-injured restricted free agent. Either way, we'd be stunned if Polk or Sproles entered 2015 as the Eagles' lead runner.
Mar 4 - 10:58 PM

Based purely on tape study, NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Georgia RB Todd Gurley is "the best back in the draft."

We agree wholeheartedly. "I like Gurley more (than Melvin Gordon)," Cosell said. "Gurley, to me, has elements of Steven Jackson in his prime and Marshawn Lynch. He's that kind of runner. He's got an excellent combination of size, power, short-area quickness and burst, and top-end acceleration. I like Gurley a lot. And he looks like an NFL foundation back. I think he can be the starting point of an NFL offense." If Gurley's ACL looks recovered at next month's Combine medical recheck, he should have a chance to be a first-round pick.
Mar 4 - 9:29 PM




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