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Jaguars signed QB Blake Bortles to a new three-year, $54 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

This comes after reports the Jaguars were exploring options to replace Bortles. The extension locks Bortles up through 2020, but Jacksonville will likely be able to escape the contract with relative ease as soon as 2019. Bortles' new deal is on the team-friendly side, placing him behind Ryan Tannehill in annual average. The Jaguars have a rising receiver tandem in Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole, and are expected to franchise impending free agent Allen Robinson, so Bortles should have an improved supporting cast going into 2018. The extension takes the Jags out of the hunt for Kirk Cousins, although they may still consider early-round quarterbacks in the draft.
Feb 24 - 7:31 PM

NBC Bay Area's Matt Maiocco expects the 49ers to extend free agent DL Tank Carradine.

With Carlos Hyde and Eric Reid likely to test free agency, Carradine and Brock Coyle are the 49ers' top candidates for new deals. Carradine had a slow start to his career, but graded out positively over eight games (214 snaps) last year and can play multiple spots. An early-down run stopper, Carradine shouldn’t be a difficult re-sign.
Feb 24 - 7:31 PM

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports free agent Sam Bradford plans to play this season.

This is expected but wasn't a lock after Bradford's knee limited him to two games last year. Bradford was healthy enough to back up Case Keenum in the playoffs and looks to be on track for a normal offseason. Bradford’s injury history has potential to impact his guaranteed money in free agency, but he’s not going to struggle to land a starting role.
Source: NFL Network
Feb 24 - 6:04 PM

The Dolphins could restructure Ryan Tannehill’s contract.

Tannehill has a $19.8 million cap hit, with $5.5 million of his salary guaranteed on the fifth day of the new league year. The Dolphins can save $17.5 million from cutting him and may ask Tannehill for a pay cut coming off knee surgery. Reshad Jones, Kenny Stills, Kiko Alonso and Andre Branch are also candidates to restructure.
Feb 24 - 4:12 PM

Chargers OL Forrest Lamp (knee) is the leading candidate to start at right guard.

Lamp was in line to start as a rookie before missing the entire year with a torn ACL. The Chargers expect him to be ready for training camp and are counting on him at one of their guard spots. With Matt Slauson a free agent, Dan Feeney could start opposite Lamp.
Feb 24 - 3:42 PM

The Colts want to re-sign free agent CB Rashaan Melvin.

Melvin set career highs in 2017, leading the Colts in interceptions and allowing a 60.3 passer rating in coverage before getting shut down in December. After moving on from Vontae Davis, bringing back Melvin is a priority for the Colts. Melvin recently signed with the Rosenhaus Group and could push for top-20 corner money.
Feb 24 - 2:59 PM

Torrey Smith said he's "expecting to be back" with the Eagles in 2018.

The Eagles can create $5M in cap space by releasing Smith. Smith's thoughts don't match up with a recent report that the Eagles are likely to release him. His biggest impact came in the postseason, recording 13 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown. With the emergence of Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins in 2017, It seems unlikely the Eagles bring Smith back.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 12:57 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein "doesn't see" the Lions letting DE Ezekiel Ansah leave as an impending free agent.

Ansah ended the season on a high note with three sacks of Brett Hundley in the Week 17 finale, finishing the year tied for eighth in the league with 12 sacks. Nine of those dozen sacks came across three games, with Ansah disappearing for long stretches. The Lions, however, have nothing in terms of pass rushers behind Ansah, and the free-agent market is completely barren at the position. It makes sense for Detroit to franchise-tag Ansah for roughly $17 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 12:53 PM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes the Jaguars will get Corey Grant more involved on offense in 2018.

With Chris Ivory's release, Grant and T.J. Yeldon are solidified as Leonard Fournette's backups. Grant will be a restricted free agent next month where he obviously could get signed away by another team. However, we'd expect the Jaguars to match any offers or simply re-sign Grant to a multi-year deal. He's a key special teamer and has averaged 6.65 YPC on 62 carries the past two seasons. 26-year-old Grant is worth stashing in Dynasty leagues.
Feb 24 - 12:42 PM

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Bills "were trying to get involved last year" in a trade for Martavis Bryant.

We assume this happened around the trade deadline when Bryant voiced his desire to leave Pittsburgh when he lost his starting job to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Fowler believes teams came to the Steelers offering a fourth-rounder, but it wasn't enough in Pittsburgh's eyes. Fowler, however, does think a second- or high third-rounder could get the deal done this offseason. Bryant's contract expires after 2018, and he isn't expected to accept a long-term deal with the Steelers due to his desire to be a No. 1 receiver. That obviously isn't happening with the Steelers.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 12:32 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss reports the "feeling is positive" that impending free agent Danny Amendola will be on the Patriots if he decides to play another season.

Amendola turns 33 in November. He's mentioned before that playing for a contender matters more to him than how much money he makes. Coming off 26 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' three playoff games, Amendola showed he definitely has some run left in him. It seems likely the Patriots will try and sign him on a team-friendly deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 12:21 PM

Patriots re-signed RB Brandon Bolden to a one-year, $880,000 contract.

Bolden is a special teams-only player at this stage of his career. Nine of his 13 carries last season came in the meaningless regular-season finale against the Jets. Bolden won't be a factor in the Patriots' backfield in 2018.
Feb 24 - 9:15 AM

ProFootballTalk reports the Jaguars are "exploring their quarterback options" in free agency.

The Jaguars have Blake Bortles under control through 2019, but his fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury. Assuming he can pass a physical coming off wrist surgery, Jacksonville can shed his entire $19 million salary to make a run at a quarterback. The Jaguars have been linked to Kirk Cousins and may view the other top free agents as upgrades on Bortles. Things should heat up on Jacksonville's quarterback situation after next week's Combine.
Feb 23 - 7:52 PM

The Browns are expected to move on from free agent Isaiah Crowell.

This isn't surprising after the Browns passed on extending Crowell last year. Entering his age-25 season, Crowell should draw interest as an early-down committee back in power schemes. The Browns may look to replace Crowell with one of their two first-round picks.
Feb 23 - 7:05 PM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to release DE Charles Johnson.

It's an easy decision with Johnson coming off a zero-sack season. 31-year-old Johnson has no plans to retire but isn't going to be back with the Panthers. Carolina can create $3.25 million in cap savings from cutting Johnson.
Feb 23 - 6:44 PM



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