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Raiders hired former Chargers DC John Pagano as assistant head coach/defense.

Pagano was up for the coordinator job in Washington, but the Redskins decided to stay in-house with Greg Manusky. The Raiders have to improve on defense to take the next step, and Pagano is almost certainly being brought in to help DC Ken Norton with that task. It also would not be surprising if this hire indicates something of a demotion for Norton.
Jan 23 - 8:34 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes "it is almost certain" DE Mario Williams will be cut this offseason.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has already reported Williams will be released, and Walker seems to agree it is a foregone conclusion. Signed to help replace Olivier Vernon, Williams recorded just 1.5 sacks in 13 games and was a healthy scratch in the season finale. Owed $8.5 million with a $10.5-million cap hit, there is almost no chance Williams is back in Miami.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 7:36 PM

Steelers signed Karlos Williams to a reserve/future contract.

Williams still has four games left on a 10-game suspension for substance abuse he picked up in late November, but he will get a shot to earn a roster spot during the offseason program. That shot will depend on his ability to stay in shape, which is one of many factors which derailed his career in the last year. Pittsburgh also signed RB Dreamius Smith, RB Gus Johnson, RB Brandon Brown-Dukes, DB Brandon Dixon, OT Matt Feiler, DB Jacob Hagen, DB Mike Hilton, OT Keavon Milton, WR Dez Stewart, and WR Marcus Tucker to reserve/future deals.
Jan 23 - 6:58 PM

Browns signed LB Jamie Collins to a four-year, $50 million contract through 2020.

The deal had been in the works for days but finally became official on Monday. Collins' new contract calls for $26 million in guaranteed money. "Jamie was great to have in our building this season, and we look forward to him being a Cleveland Brown for a number of years to come," said Browns Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown. Collins had been in the last year of his rookie contract, which prompted his mid-season trade from New England. He's now the fourth highest-paid linebacker on an annual basis behind Von Miller, Justin Houston and Clay Matthews.
Jan 23 - 5:49 PM

Packers signed C Jacob Flores, OLB Reggie Gilbert, WR Antwan Goodley, LB Derrick Mathews, G Lucas Patrick, DT Brian Price and S Jermaine Whitehead to reserve/futures contracts.

No big names here. All seven were on the Packers' practice squad this past season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 5:46 PM

The Redskins will continue to use a 3-4 base scheme under new DC Greg Manusky.

Manusky has experience in both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses but will stand pat with the scheme used under last year's DC Joe Barry. ESPN's John Keim notes that the Redskins only used their base defense on about 20-30 percent of their snaps last year. The rest of the time they opted for a four-man front as part of a nickel package. In addition to promoting Manusky, the Redskins also added former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula to their staff as a defensive line coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 5:37 PM

Eagles hired Mike Groh as WRs coach.

He's replacing Greg Lewis, who was fired shortly after the 2016 season. Groh will have his work cut out for him trying to salvage one of the league's worst receiving groups. This will be Groh's third stint as an NFL WRs coach after previous stops in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Jan 23 - 4:02 PM

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez considers impending free agent DeSean Jackson a "natural fit" for the Rams.

Jackson grew up in Los Angeles and the Rams just hired his former offensive coordinator Sean McVay as head coach. Meanwhile the Rams are looking for a top wideout to replace Kenny Britt, who is expected to sign elsewhere in free agency. Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor, Pierre Garcon and Kenny Stills are a few of the other big-name wideouts slated to hit the open market this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 3:45 PM

Ladarius Green said he isn't considering retirement.

"Frustrating season but everybody has one," said Green after Pittsburgh's season-ending loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "I'm going to go train as soon as I get home, and hopefully next season works out a lot better." Green is probably understating it by calling his first year in Pittsburgh a disappointment. He sat out the season's first nine games while recovering from offseason ankle surgery and later missed five more games after suffering a concussion in Week 15. The Steelers could certainly use another receiving threat to pair with Antonio Brown, but trusting Green to stay healthy is a fool's errand at this point.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 3:14 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said OC Kyle Shanahan will be free to interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.

Shanahan's second interview with the Niners keeps getting pushed back because the Falcons keep on winning. The Falcons will have a normal week of practice before traveling to Houston on Sunday, leaving Shanahan free to interview on Saturday. The Niners' head-coaching job is Shanahan's to lose after most of the other candidates dropped out including Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Jan 23 - 3:03 PM

Impending free agent DB Micah Hyde said he'd welcome a return to Green Bay.

"I'd love to," said Hyde when asked if he's consider re-signing with the Packers this offseason. "This place is the best place for me, but at the end of the day, it has to be business decisions and it’s kind of out of my control." Hyde began the year at strong safety before settling in at slot corner. The 26-year-old matched a career-high with three interceptions this season. He's one of several Packers headed for free agency including Don Barclay, Jared Cook, Eddie Lacy, Christine Michael, Julius Peppers and Nick Perry.
Source: packers.com
Jan 23 - 2:39 PM

When matched up with Antonio Brown in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Malcolm Butler allowed just two catches for 24 yards on three pass attempts.

Brown carved up the Patriots against zone coverage (five catches for 53 yards) but had a much tougher time against Butler one-on-one. Butler earned his first All-Pro selection this year and has routinely held his own against No. 1 wideouts. There's a strong likelihood he'll be asked to shadow Julio Jones in Super Bowl LI. Jones shredded the Packers for nine catches, 180 yards and two touchdowns while playing through a toe injury in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Jan 23 - 1:48 PM

Terry McCormick of TitanInsider considers Titans RCB Jason McCourty a candidate for release this offseason.

McCourty was passable at cornerback this season but is coming off a shoulder injury and is due a $7 million salary in 2017. Even if the Titans do decide to keep him, McCormick believes McCourty would "have to fight to retain his starting spot." McCourty has spent his entire eight-year career in Tennessee and might be amenable to a pay cut.
Jan 23 - 1:16 PM

The Eagles have moved DL Taylor Hart to offensive tackle.

When the Eagles were in a pinch for line help late in the season, they asked Hart to try his hand at the switch. He apparently showed enough in few practice sessions to head into the offseason program as an offensive lineman. Hart wasn't playing on defense, so maybe the move will help him find a role.
Source: CSN Philly
Jan 23 - 12:59 PM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi is viewed as a candidate for release this offseason.

Misi is entering the final year of his contract, and the Dolphins can save $4.2 million against the cap by cutting him. It seems like a no-brainer mover for Mike Tannenbaum and Co. after Misi missed all but three games due to a serious neck injury that was initially viewed as career-threatening. Misi is now expected to resume his career, but Miami is expected to re-do its linebacker group.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 12:26 PM



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