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The Jets declined ILB Erin Henderson's $2.6 million option, making him an unrestricted free agent.

He'll officially hit free agency on March 9. Henderson was due a $250,000 roster bonus on Wednesday, but the Jets declined to pay it after mysteriously placing him on the non-football/injury list last October. Turning 31 in July, Henderson's NFL future is entirely unclear. He has a history of alcohol issues.
Feb 25 - 9:27 PM

Restricted free agent TE Darren Fells is a non-tender candidate.

Fells had a decreased role last year, playing 371 snaps as a blocker behind Jermaine Gresham. The Cardinals want to avoid paying him $1.8 million on a low tender. Fells should re-sign closer to the $600K he made in 2016.
Feb 25 - 8:17 PM

Free agent Alan Branch could be open to a team-friendly deal with the Patriots.

"If it’s smart to stay on the team that I’ve been productive on and the money is not too much different, then who knows," Branch said. Branch set a career high in tackles (49) last year and was a top-10 run stopper at PFF. Re-signing with New England could be his best option entering his age-32 season. The Patriots have 23-year-olds Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine behind Branch.
Source: NESN
Feb 25 - 7:16 PM

Tyler Bray is expected to compete for the Chiefs' backup job.

Bray held off Aaron Murray for a roster spot last preseason, but spent the year as a third-stringer behind Alex Smith and Nick Foles. He'll get a chance at the No. 2 role with Foles not expected back. Kansas City should add competition for Bray through the draft/free agency.
Feb 25 - 5:12 PM

Laken Tomlinson and Joe Dahl could compete for the Lions' right guard job.

The Lions haven’t ruled out re-signing Larry Warford, but are expected to let him test the market. With Graham Glasgow also coming off a promising rookie campaign, the Lions' depth on the interior makes them more likely to try to keep free agent RT Riley Reiff. Tomlinson took a step back in 10 starts last year but is the heavy favorite to replace Warford.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 4:25 PM

Jets C Wesley Johnson is expected to take over for Nick Mangold.

Johnson is a restricted free agent but will be back after making eight starts last year. The Jets plan to move forward with him as a low-cost replacement for Mangold. Mangold's release could force the Jets to give Johnson a second-round tender ($2.8 million).
Feb 25 - 3:29 PM

Jets released C Nick Mangold.

It's another cap-saving move from GM Mike Maccagnan. There were rumblings Mangold could take a pay cut, but his release was expected with Gang Green now committed to a bottoming-out approach. The Jets have cleared $26.6 million with Mangold, Ryan Clady, RT Breno Giacomini, and K Nick Folk gone. There should be a strong market for Mangold despite coming off injury at age 33. Wesley Johnson is Mangold's in-house replacement.
Feb 25 - 2:44 PM

Browns NT Danny Shelton had bone chips removed from his wrist in late January.

It confirms his surgery was a minor clean-up. Shelton is out of his cast and on track to resume workouts. The Browns expect him to be fine for training camp.
Feb 25 - 2:40 PM

Trevor Siemian (shoulder surgery) said he expects to be ready for OTAs.

Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. "I am out of the sling and everything is going really well so far," Siemian said. "I should be good for OTAs but we'll see." Even if he is "ready" for OTAs, Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reports Siemian is unlikely to practice in full until training camp. Siemian will compete with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch if the Broncos do not add anyone else this offseason.
Source: Denver 7
Feb 25 - 11:25 AM

49ers FS Eric Reid (torn biceps) said he is almost back to full health.

Earlier this month, Reid said he "would be practicing" if the 49ers had a game. Reid has struggled since a promising rookie season, and San Francisco is reportedly "contemplating" moving CB Jimmie Ward to his free safety spot. The 49ers are in no position to cut a promising player, but Reid clearly has plenty to prove entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 11:18 AM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports the 49ers "are contemplating" shifting Jimmie Ward to safety.

The 49ers are switching to a "4-3" which will attempt to emulate the Seahawks' scheme. If they move Ward to safety -- the position he was projected to play coming out of college -- he would likely be asked to play a role similar to Earl Thomas' in Seattle. Ward has been the 49ers' most consistent corner the last couple seasons, however, and they already have former first-rounder Eric Reid at free safety. Unless they are giving up on Reid, this would be a curious move.
Feb 25 - 11:12 AM

ESPN's John Keim reports it is "likely" the Redskins pursue impending free agent DE Calais Campbell.

The match makes sense. Campbell is one of the highest-impact defensive linemen available, while Washington needs playmakers in their front seven. There will be plenty of other teams interested if Campbell hits the market, however, and Keim questions whether the Redskins are willing to get in a bidding war for a 30-year-old. Campbell has also been linked to Denver, and it will not be surprising if he ends up re-signing with Arizona.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:49 AM

Jaguars acquired LT Branden Albert from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round pick.

We are marking this as official after EVP Tom Coughlin said he does not "see any reason" why the trade will not go through when the new league year begins on March 9. It is still unclear if Albert took a pay cut on the $8.9 million he was scheduled to make with the Dolphins. Albert is 32, has averaged 12 games a season since 2011, and appears to be trending downward. The Jaguars still need to be looking toward the future at left tackle.
Feb 25 - 10:46 AM

Redskins OLB Junior Galette is back with the team on a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Galette's contract tolled after he spent all of 2016 on the non-football injury list, but still took a pay cut on the $1.6 million he was scheduled to make. Galette has not played since 2014 because of back-to-back Achilles' tears, but he is a solid, low-cost gamble for a team in need of pass rushers.
Feb 25 - 10:33 AM

ESPN's Tim McManus speculates Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Eagles if he is released.

Charles counts $6.2 million against the cap, and the Chiefs can save all of that by releasing him. Considering he is coming off two lost seasons due to knee issues, it is almost a given Kansas City will move on. If they do, the Eagles make a lot of sense. Coach Doug Pederson was his coordinator in Kansas City, and they need backfield help even if they do not cut Ryan Mathews. Signing Charles will be a gamble, but it could prove a smart, low-cost move for an Eagles organization pinching pennies as they attempt to surround Carson Wentz with weapons.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:05 AM



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