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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Falcons C Alex Mack will not practice this week because of a "swollen, painful sprained ankle."

Mack suffered the injury in the NFC Championship Game, but he was able to finish out the win. He might have been in trouble if the Super Bowl was this weekend, but the extra time off should allow him to suit up for the biggest game of the year. That said, his status will need to be monitored closely next week.
Jan 24 - 10:14 AM

Chiefs hired former Eagles WRs coach Greg Lewis for the same position in Kansas City.

Lewis is replacing David Culley, who is joining the Bills as a QBs coach. Lewis took the fall for Philly's disastrous receiver group in 2016, but it is hard to blame him considering the level of talent he was working with. Lewis played under Andy Reid for six seasons with the Eagles in the mid-2000s.
Jan 24 - 9:50 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Colts have requested permission to interview Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf for their vacant general manager position.

Wolf was given a new contract by Green Bay when he removed his name from the running for the 49ers' job, so it is unclear if the Packers will allow him to interview for another position. The Colts are expected to interview in-house candidate Jimmy Raye III, Vikings assistant GM George Paton, and Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer for the job. It is the same list the 49ers flirted with earlier this month.
Jan 24 - 9:13 AM

The Turf Show Times reports former Ravens OC Marc Trestman is a candidate for the Rams' vacant offensive coordinator position.

Consider us a bit skeptical. Trestman is a proven coordinator who seems unlikely to accept a role as a glorified QBs coach behind Sean McVay, but this would be a great move for the Rams. Trestman coaxed shockingly good seasons out of Jay Cutler and Josh McCown in Chicago, and he would be a good coach to have on hand as McVay tries to develop 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. Trestman's offensive coordinator in Chicago, Aaron Kromer, is also reportedly on the Rams' radar.
Jan 24 - 9:06 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets are interested in former Texans OC George Godsey for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

Cimini reports an interview could happen as soon as Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. The Texans offense struggled with Godsey running the show in 2016, and he had his play-calling duties stripped at one point in the season. He did good work with a slew of replacement-level quarterbacks in 2015, however, and cannot really be blamed for the disaster which is Brock Osweiler. Considering the lack of interest in the job around the league, this would not be a bad hire for the Jets. Cimini reports they are also interested in Saints WRs coach John Morton.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 10:58 PM

Undrafted rookie Patrick Onwuasor could be an option to replace retired ILB Zachary Orr in 2017.

Onwuasor only played 60 snaps on defense as a rookie, but he got the start in Week 17 with Orr sidelined. 2016 second-rounder Kamalei Correa will also get a shot, and Baltimore could decide to move Albert McClellan back inside if they want to replace Orr in-house. Looking at the candidates, it would be a surprise if the Ravens did not bring in some help this offseason.
Jan 23 - 10:27 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Browns are "very likely" to place the franchise tag on Terrelle Pryor.

After locking up Jamie Collins to a long-term contract, Pryor is the next order of business for Cleveland. La Canfora believes it "would be crazy" for Pryor to sign a contract right now, suggesting he thinks the receiver will cash in as a free agent, but Pryor has already told his agents he wants to stay in Cleveland. It is not out of the question the two sides work out a deal. The tag should be worth north of $15 million for receivers in 2017.
Jan 23 - 10:11 PM

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



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