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The Cardinals held a private workout with Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes on Thursday.

With Carson Palmer in the twilight of his career, it's time for the Cardinals to start looking for his successor. Coach Bruce Arians said there are "five or six really good arms in this draft" and Mahomes could be one of them. Mahomes has also worked out for the Chargers, who are in a similar position with Philip Rivers nearing the end of his career. Even if it's not Mahomes, the Cardinals will certainly address quarterback in next month's draft.
Mar 26 - 9:27 AM

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union would "guess" the Jaguars won't pick up Blake Bortles' fifth-year option for 2018.

Exercising Bortles' option would have been a no-brainer a year ago after his breakout 2015 campaign. Rather than taking a step forward, Bortles showed significant regression in 2016 while struggling with his mechanics. O'Halloran is only making an educated guess, but Bortles certainly hasn't developed into the franchise QB the Jags were hoping for when they drafted him third overall in 2014. Jacksonville has until May 2 to pick up his option.
Mar 26 - 8:57 AM

Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News believes it's "only a matter of time" until the Bills fire GM Doug Whaley.

Whaley has been at odds with new coach Sean McDermott seemingly since the day he was hired. Sullivan believes that Whaley has already lost the power struggle in Buffalo with McDermott emerging as the team's "voice." We saw this play out early in the month when Buffalo kept Tyrod Taylor on a restructured deal, a decision that was heavily influenced by McDermott. Sullivan believes Whaley's exodus could occur sometime after the draft. At that point, McDermott would likely bring in a GM of his choosing. Sullivan mentioned Panthers director of player personnel Don Gregory as a possible replacement for Whaley.
Mar 26 - 8:37 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "it’s doubtful" the Browns give suspended WR Josh Gordon another chance.

It falls in line with coach Hue Jackson's stance on Gordon. The Browns are expected to shop Gordon if he gets reinstated, but could ultimately release him. Gordon’s status should be known before OTAs.
Mar 25 - 8:54 PM

Seahawks LB Michael Wilhoite is expected to compete for the starting strongside job.

Wilhoite has a chance to replace Michael Morgan, but isn't more than a short-term placeholder. He'll likely face competition from a draft pick in training camp. Wilhoite was as one of the worst run stoppers in the league on limited snaps last year, and is below average in coverage.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 7:09 PM

The Lions are a potential landing spot for free agent DT Johnathan Hankins.

The Lions haven’t been connected with Hankins, but he’s from Detroit and would give them a run-stopper next to Haloti Ngata. With just $10 million in cap space, it’s hard to see them fitting him on a short-term deal. Hankins is targeting $8M annually.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 6:14 PM

The Bengals want to get second-year LB Nick Vigil more snaps.

It's the second time the Bengals have talked up Vigil this offseason. Vigil had a mostly nondescript rookie year, but is expected to enter OTAs as the strong side starter. Vontaze Burfict and Kevin Minter should open the season in every-down roles.
Mar 25 - 4:06 PM

Bengals released MLB Rey Maualuga.

The writing was on the wall after the Bengals signed Kevin Minter. Maualuga was a seven-year starter in Cincy, but injuries and ineffectiveness reduced him to a part-time role (326 snaps) in 2016. His release saves $3.75 million against the cap. Entering his age-30 season, Maualuga should resurface closer to the veteran minimum.
Mar 25 - 3:14 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay expects to use Lance Dunbar as a third-down back.

Dunbar should have a role similar to Chris Thompson in Washington. It's a downgrade to Todd Gurley's outlook, with Dunbar likely to play in all pass situations. Dunbar was phased out in Dallas last year, but averaged five catches per game before going down in 2015.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 2:52 PM

Jonathan Stewart thinks it is a "good thing" if the Panthers draft a running back.

"You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter," Stewart said. "Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that." It is a team-first mindset from Stewart, who just signed a one-year extension through 2018. It will be a shock if the Panthers do not draft a running back, but unless that pick comes in the first couple rounds, Stewart should enter training camp as the lead back.
Mar 25 - 1:54 PM

Cal QB Davis Webb claims he was told he is a "first-round guy" by "double-digit teams."

"Every meeting I've had, they've said I'm one of the best quarterbacks on the board," Webb added. Clemson's Deshaun Watson and UNC's Mitchell Trubisky are generally thought to be the top quarterbacks in the draft, but after that it is a bit of a mess. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, who Webb was not able to beat out for a starting job in Lubbock, usually round out the top four, but it will not be surprising if Webb jumps one or both on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 12:15 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran reports the Patriots and free agent CB Darrelle Revis have not discussed a deal.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported "numerous league sources" believe Revis will play in New England or nowhere in 2017, but the Patriots have yet to kick the tires on the declining corner. Perhaps that changes if Malcolm Butler ends up somewhere else, but Revis will need to prove he is in shape and healthy before any team is willing to take a chance.
Mar 25 - 11:15 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports free agent LB Zach Brown has narrowed his list down to the Dolphins and Raiders.

The report suggests his visit with the Bills, who he played for last season, did not go well. Salguero points out neither team has met his asking price to this point, so it is possible another team swoops in with a better offer. Brown would be a great get for either team, especially if it comes at a discounted price.
Mar 25 - 11:10 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes DE Timmy Jernigan is likely entering his final year in Baltimore.

Set to be a free agent after the season, Jernigan is expected to be quickly priced out of the Ravens' range, especially considering the money they just invested in NT Brandon Williams. The Ringer's Mike Lombardi recently said the Ravens are "talking about moving" Jernigan, but Hensley does not believe they will get enough in return to make it happen. The 2014 second-rounder has 13 sacks and has been stout against the run through three seasons.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 10:13 AM

Jets held a private workout with Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer.

They will also work out UNC's Mitchell Trubisky along with likely all of the other top quarterbacks, but it is notable considering GM Mike Maccagnan recently said signing Josh McCown will not stop the Jets from drafting a quarterback. Even after spending (wasting) a second-round pick on Christian Hackenberg last April, it will be slightly surprising if New York does not take another swing at quarterback this year.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 10:05 AM



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