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The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to re-sign free agent Miles Austin.

Austin is coming off a bounce-back season, posting a 47/568/2 line in 12 games prior to landing on I.R. With Josh Gordon suspended for 2015, he could be brought back as veteran depth. The Browns will likely be aggressive in upgrading at receiver this offseason.
Jan 31 - 3:42 PM

Browns hired Kevin O'Connell as QBs coach.

A former Patriots third-round pick, O'Connell bounced around the NFL as a backup quarterback from 2008-12. He doesn't have any coaching experience, but worked extensively with Johnny Manziel prior to the 2014 draft. The Browns have also hired ex-Florida OC Kurt Roper as a senior offensive assistant.
Jan 31 - 3:21 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Falcons plan to name Seahawks DC Dan Quinn head coach on Tuesday.

The Falcons have been linked to Quinn for weeks, but NFL rules prevent him from taking the job until Seattle's season ends. Kyle Shanahan has already been hired to run Quinn's offense, with Richard Smith and Raheem Morris expected to help coordinate the defense. Quinn will bring Seattle's highly-successful Cover-3 scheme to Atlanta. The Seahawks have led the league in total defense under Quinn the last two years.
Jan 31 - 3:04 PM

Speaking at last week's Senior Bowl, Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey stated he believes rising second-year RB Damien Williams has an "ability to play on all three downs."

Hickey also praised Williams' special teams play and noted he likes young players help in that area before pushing for significant playing time. A 2014 UDFA, Williams is a plus pass blocker and caught 21 passes in limited action as a rookie. Williams has starting-caliber athleticism and size. He is a player to target in Dynasty trades with Lamar Miller entering a contract year.
Jan 31 - 2:52 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) is "progressing well."

Jones was placed on I.R. in October and didn't appear in any games this past year. He's recovering from foot surgery and a major ankle issue. Jones emerged as a red-zone threat in 2013 and will need to stay healthy to reestablish his value. 24-year-old Jones is entering the final year of his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 2:39 PM

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports the injury that forced Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (probable) from Friday's practice was just a bruise.

Chancellor fell directly on the knee late in practice, but he was able to walk off the field without a limp. His status for the Super Bowl is not in doubt.
Jan 31 - 1:26 PM

Geno Smith has not received a definitive answer on his status with the Jets.

Smith has spoken to new coach Todd Bowles by phone, but it is unsurprising Bowles is hesitant to commit to the 2013 second-round pick. Smith has shown few signs he can be a competent starter, and the Jets could be position to draft either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the No. 6 overall pick. There is still a chance Smith opens 2015 as the starter, but the new Jets' regime will likely do everything in its power to upgrade.
Jan 31 - 1:08 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants "will definitely make an effort" to sign impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal.

Graziano also believes the franchise tag is an option, but that would cost the Giants roughly $15 million in 2015. New York will certainly try to retain JPP, but he has been too inconsistent throughout his career to devote a large chunk of guaranteed money. Pierre-Paul registered 12.5 sacks in 2014, but nine of those came in the final five games of the season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 12:42 PM

49ers CEO Jed York said the new coaching staff will put together a system that puts Colin Kaepernick "in the best position to make plays."

"How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can’t think of many," York said. "But you’ve got to put Kap in a position where he can make those plays. And put Kap in a position where we can run the ball." Kaepernick rushed a career-high 104 times in 2014, but only 45 of those attempts were designed runs. York's comments suggest the new coaching staff will be more willing to send Kaepernick on designed runs, which would hopefully lead to more fantasy success in 2015.
Jan 31 - 12:03 PM

Nick Foles said he expects to be the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2015.

"My expectation is to be out there and be the starting guy," he said. "I know there’s been a lot of things said, but the only thing I’m worried about is making myself the best player, the best person to help lead my team." Foles' status is still up in the air. He could conceivably be traded, benched or retained as starter. Foles is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: CSN Philly
Jan 31 - 11:27 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects Carolina to extend TE Greg Olsen's contract before the 2015 season.

With Olsen able to become a free agent after the 2015 season, Newton expects the Panthers will try to get something done this summer rather than letting the situation drag into the season. After Olsen put up a career year in 2014, Carolina runs the risk of "buying high" on a player that will be 30-years-old when the season begins. Olsen has been extremely consistent over the last three seasons, however, and the aging curve for tight ends is usually less steep than other positions. A three- or four-year deal could make sense for both sides.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 11:14 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "desperately" wants Larry Fitzgerald to stay in Arizona.

"We definitely, desperately want him to stay," Arians said. "He knows that. It’s really his decision." With a massive $23.6 million cap figure for 2015, Fitzgerald's decision will be whether to take a pay cut to stay in Arizona or force the Cardinals to cut him before his $8 million roster bonus comes due in March. There is some growing optimism the two sides will work out a deal, but it remains a distinct possibility Fitzgerald will not be a Cardinal next season.
Jan 31 - 10:51 AM

Impending free-agent TE Ed Dickson said he would like to re-sign with the Panthers.

"I want to be back with the team. I feel like we have some unfinished business," Dickson said. "Hopefully, we can work out a deal and get me back over there." On the back of a pitiful 10-115-1 campaign, Dickson will not find many suitors early in free agency. He will be cheap to retain, but the Panthers could do better.
Jan 31 - 10:31 AM

Impending free agent Jeremy Maclin said he expects to be an Eagle next season.

"Both sides have made it known what we want to do," Maclin said. "I think it will take care of itself." The two sides were reportedly close to a deal near the end of the season, but the negotiations hit a snag when Maclin switched agents. If a long-term deal cannot be reached before free agency opens in March, the Eagles would likely use the franchise tag to keep Maclin off the open market.
Jan 31 - 10:23 AM

Impending free-agent OT Eric Winston said there is mutual interest in him returning to the Bengals in 2015.

Signed in December, Winston started at right tackle for the final two games of the regular season and the Wild Card loss to the Colts. Winston was far from impressive in his short stint with Cincinnati, but he brings a ton of experience to the table and would be a solid swing tackle.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 31 - 9:35 AM

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