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The Saints and free agent Drew Brees will meet at the NFL Combine to discuss a short-term deal.

This year's Combine will be held February 27 until March 5, so it's just under a week away. Per NFL Network's Rapoport, the expectation is Brees will not try to "break the bank" by looking to become the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, which he conceivably could do. Instead, Brees is expected to seek $20-25 million annually, less than Jimmy Garoppolo's $27.5 million per year from the 49ers.
Feb 21 - 8:52 PM

Andrew Luck (shoulder) has begun throwing weighted footballs and is reportedly "full steam ahead" for 2018.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport went as far as to say Luck's shoulder is "fine," and that the problems now involve "parts around Luck's shoulder," which to us just confirms Luck's throwing arm remains problematic. It's worth remembering that at this time last year the Colts were promising Luck would be ready for Week 1, and even activated him from the PUP list last September, giving off the impression he'd at last play at some point in the first six games. He wound up never playing a snap.
Feb 21 - 8:37 PM

Broncos QB Chad Kelly has been working out with former Giants QB Phil Simms in advance of his first NFL season.

Last year's Mr. Irrelevant, Kelly missed his rookie season with wrist and knee injuries. He was declared fully health following the year. A favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman coming out of Ole Miss, Kelly showed NFL-caliber tools in college but struggled with off-field issues and health. As Trevor Siemian is limited and Paxton Lynch continues to look like a bust, Kelly is arguable the most talented quaterback in Denver's current roster. Kelly is the nephew and godson of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.
Feb 21 - 8:34 PM

The Ravens aren't expected to re-sign free agent LG James Hurst.

Hurst started all 16 games for the first time in his career last season, but he graded out as one of the worst guards in the league. With Alex Lewis and Marshal Yanda returning from injury, Baltimore can move on from him. The Ravens are also expected to let Ryan Jensen test free agency.
Feb 21 - 7:36 PM

Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Jeffery is out at least six months after rotator cuff surgery. He'll likely spend all of training camp and the preseason on the active/PUP list, but most signs point to him being back for the start of the season. The missed time could be a concern given Jeffery's history of conditioning issues and setbacks. The Eagles are counting on Jeffery to stay healthy after signing him to a four-year, $52 million extension.
Feb 21 - 6:44 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch plans to continue playing in 2018.

Branch is coming off a down year, playing in just 12 games (six starts) and sitting out the postseason as a healthy scratch. He's owed a $1 million roster bonus on the first day of the new league year and likely won't be brought back. The Patriots can save $3.5 million from releasing Branch.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 6:02 PM

The Bengals are unlikely to re-sign free agent Tyler Eifert.

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would only want Eifert back on an incentives based one-year contract. Eifert is recovering from multiple surgeries, but he's only 27 and was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2015. He could get a better than expected deal this offseason if he proves he's healthy.
Feb 21 - 5:20 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to upgrade on TE Tyler Kroft.

Kroft set career highs in place of Tyler Eifert last year, but his production was more volume based than a true breakout. The Bengals run a tight end heavy scheme and may look to push Kroft back into a No. 2 role. Jimmy Graham, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Trey Burton are the top free agents available this offseason.
Feb 21 - 4:35 PM

Beat writer Hays Carlyon doesn't expect the Jaguars to be able to re-sign impending free agent CB Aaron Colvin.

Outside CBs Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye get all the love in Jacksonville, but Colvin is one of the best slot corners in the game and is/was a big part of the Jaguars' defense. Per Pro Football Focus, Colvin didn't allow a single touchdown in his coverage, and his 0.76 yards per snap in coverage was third-best among all slot corners. Colvin, 26, is one of the top corners set to hit the market.
Feb 21 - 2:53 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Les Bowen reports "the goal" is for Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, though he "could" be ready during the preseason.

Jeffery underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on Wednesday and could be sidelined upwards of six months. Even if he returns at some point during the middle of the preseason, it sounds like Jeffery is going to miss all of OTAs, minicamp, and training camp. The good news, however, is that the Eagles are bringing back the exact same offensive system, and Jeffery doesn't have to learn anything new on the field. However, there's a chance he could be rusty and not completely in game shape by the time Week 1 rolls around. Overall, it's not a huge concern.
Feb 21 - 2:39 PM

CBS Indianapolis' Mike Chappell doesn't expect the Colts to re-sign impending free agent Frank Gore.

Gore turns 35 in May and is unlikely to have much of a market. He's clearly on the 18th hole of his decorated career and is trying to hang on for a chance at a Super Bowl. That's not going to happen in Indianapolis right now. Chappell guesses Gore's hometown Dolphins could be interested in him. The Colts are fully expected to use a high pick -- possibly No. 3 overall -- on a running back.
Feb 21 - 2:32 PM

Free agent CB Vontae Davis is visiting the Raiders on Wednesday.

Davis has visited the Bills, Browns, and 49ers in the last week and is now onto Oakland. The 30-year-old (in May) is eligible to sign whenever he pleases and should be making a decision in the next two or three weeks before free agency opens on March 14. The Raiders already released CB David Amerson earlier this month and likely will do the same with CB Sean Smith sooner than later.
Feb 21 - 2:06 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports C Mike Pouncey is expected back with the Dolphins in 2018.

Pouncey has chronically bad hips but started all 16 games in 2017 for the first time since 2012. However, he turns 29 this summer, took the most penalties among all centers last year, and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 34 center out of 38 qualifiers. Perhaps he isn't the elite talent he once was, but Miami already has offensive-line woes at both guard spots. Creating another one probably isn't in the best interest. Pouncey has a $9 million cap hit in 2018.
Feb 21 - 1:45 PM

Impending free agent TE Crockett Gillmore is changing positions to offensive tackle.

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports Gillmore has been training with former NFL center LeCharles Bentley, who runs a highly-regarded OL training academy. Gillmore stood a mountainous 6'6/260 coming out of Colorado State in 2014. He has missed 31 games to injury over the last three seasons. Gillmore was dubbed a rock-solid solid blocking tight end entering the NFL.
Feb 21 - 12:04 PM

Giants re-signed OG John Greco.

Released by the Browns at final cuts last summer, Greco spent time with the Saints and Giants last season, appearing in three games for the G-Men. Turning 33 next month, Greco was once a quality starter in Cleveland, but injuries hit him in 2016. He's made 70 career starts and is at least a solid reserve.
Feb 21 - 11:47 AM

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