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Blake Bortles said he'd be "thrilled" to return to the Jaguars next season.

"I would be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here," said Bortles following Sunday's loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "Hopefully that can happen." Bortles was a serviceable game manager for Jacksonville this season but remains the weak link on a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Bortles' fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury, so Jacksonville could conceivably move on from him without any cap consequences. Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith would be obvious replacements if the Jags decide to throw in the towel on Bortles this offseason.
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "on the verge" of hiring former Steelers OC Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Haley was in "serious talks" with Cleveland and now it's only a matter of time until the two sides reach an agreement. Haley is slated to become the Browns' first offensive coordinator under coach Hue Jackson. The 50-year-old is coming off a successful six-year stint with Pittsburgh, though the Steelers passed on re-signing him due to his rocky relationship with Ben Roethlisberger.
Jan 22 - 4:27 PM

The Cardinals will interview ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Monday night.

Former Panthers DC Steve Wilks was announced as Arizona's head coach earlier today and is moving quickly to assemble his staff. Wilks is reportedly eyeing Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator and now it appears Bevell is on the short list of candidates to replace OC Harold Goodwin. Bevell interviewed for a position as Atlanta's QBs coach last week but was passed over in favor of Greg Knapp. He was one of several Seahawks assistants let go at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign.
Jan 22 - 4:16 PM

Jaguars signed RB Brandon Wilds, WR Lamar Atkins, FB/DE Hunter Dimick, LB Brooks Ellis, OT Avery Gennesy, TE David Grinnage, S Charlie Miller, CB Sammy Seamster, WR Tevaun Smith and OT Brandon Thomas to reserve/future contracts.

Most of those players were already on the Jags' practice quad. Wilds logged 10 carries for the Jets as a rookie in 2016 but didn't see the field this past season.
Jan 22 - 3:52 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer expects the Patriots to promote LBs coach Brian Flores to defensive coordinator.

Flores had been up for the head job in Arizona but lost out to Panthers DC Steve Wilks. New England blocked Flores from interviewing for the 49ers' defensive coordinator vacancy last offseason in hopes that he would eventually succeed Matt Patricia when he moved on to a head-coaching position. With Patricia headed to the Lions, the stage is set for Flores to land his first gig as a defensive coordinator. It would be a well-deserved promotion for the 36-year-old, who has worked for the Patriots in some capacity since 2004.
Jan 22 - 2:50 PM

According to Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is expected to hire Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator.

Wilks and Holcomb worked together in Carolina for five years and are poised to continue their partnership in Arizona. Holcomb has coached in the league as a position coach since 2009 but this would be his first stint as a coordinator. The Cardinals will likely transition to a 4-3 base, which is the same scheme Wilks and Holcomb used in Carolina. If Wilks does indeed bring Holcomb along as his defensive coordinator, it would leaves James Bettcher out of a job.
Jan 22 - 2:34 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur will have his second interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

The interview is just a formality as the Giants are fully expected to hire Shurmur as their next head coach and could make it official as early as Tuesday. Shurmur is reportedly targeting former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator.
Jan 22 - 2:04 PM

Impending free agent Case Keenum said the Vikings have given no indication whether they'd be interested in re-signing him.

Keenum thrived filling in for an injured Sam Bradford this year, even winning a playoff game in the process. While it's hard to envision the Vikings using the franchise tag on Keenum, it wouldn't be a surprise if they brought him back as a one or two-year stopgap before handing the reigns to a future franchise quarterback. Wherever he ends up, the 29-year-old (he turns 30 next month) should be in for a big raise after being one of the league's biggest bargains at $2 million in 2017.
Jan 22 - 1:55 PM

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports Cardinals DC James Bettcher is drawing interest from other teams.

He was a finalist for the Cardinals' head-coaching job but lost out to Panthers DC Steve Wilks, who is likely to hire his own staff. Bettcher used a 3-4 scheme in Arizona and would probably have a hard time coexisting with Wilks, who ran a 4-3 base in Carolina. It shouldn't take Bettcher long to resurface.
Jan 22 - 1:46 PM

Former Seahawks DC Kris Richard met with the Cowboys on Sunday.

Richard was let go earlier this offseason after Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. The Cowboys already have a defensive coordinator—Rod Marinell has held that position since 2014—so it's unclear what role Dallas would want him for. The 38-year-old has coached in the league since 2010.
Jan 22 - 1:28 PM

Impending free agent Jerick McKinnon said he'd prefer to be a featured back.

That makes a return to Minnesota unlikely as McKinnon would probably have to settle for a change-of-pace/passing-down role behind lead ball-carrier Dalvin Cook. McKinnon had his best year yet in 2017, setting career-highs in most categories including touchdowns (five) and yards from scrimmage (991). The Buccaneers, Giants, Jets, Lions and Raiders are all teams that could use help in the running game.
Jan 22 - 1:19 PM

Dalvin Cook (ACL) said he has resumed jogging.

Cook does not have a timeline to resume football activities, but this update suggests he is right on schedule in his recovery. It is unlikely he gets in any work during OTAs, but he has a shot to be ready for training camp. Cook had 444 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in four games as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 12:45 PM

Panthers promoted DL coach Eric Washington to defensive coordinator.

The news comes from the Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue. Washington has coached Carolina's defensive line for the last seven seasons. He was reportedly out of contract following 2017, but the Panthers worked hard to re-sign him with ex-DC Steve Wilks expected to land a head coaching job, which he eventually did in Arizona.
Jan 22 - 12:35 PM

Cardinals hired ex-Panthers DC Steve Wilks as head coach.

The deal has yet to be announced, but there are enough reports to make it official. Wilks has just one season of coordinating experience, but he was the assistant head coach in Carolina before that and clearly wowed the Cardinals during the interview process. Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb is expected to join Wilks in Arizona as his defensive coordinator, and Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo has been linked with the offensive coordinator job.
Jan 22 - 12:26 PM

Teddy Bridgewater said he "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018.

The Vikings have big decisions to make at quarterback with all three of Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford headed to free agency. The best-case scenario for the Vikings would be to re-sign Bridgewater as a backup for either Keenum or Bradford, but it sounds like he wants a real shot at a No. 1 job. Of course, that opportunity may prove difficult to find considering he has attempted two passes since 2015 because of a serious knee injury. Bridgewater's market will be one of the more interesting to monitor this spring.
Jan 22 - 12:15 PM

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