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Broncos hired Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.

Everyone except irrational Cowboys fans seems to realize how great a coach and defensive mind Phillips is. This is a fantastic hire for the Broncos, who reunite Gary Kubiak with Phillips after the two teamed to turn the Texans into a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the early 2010s. Phillips runs an aggressive "one-gap" 3-4 defense, which will play to the edge-rushing strengths of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Outgoing DC Jack Del Rio essentially refused to blitz in 2014, and ultimately failed to maximize Denver's otherworldly defensive talent.
Jan 28 - 8:23 PM

Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

LaFell is practicing in full this week. His Super Bowl status was never in doubt.
Jan 28 - 7:43 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the 49ers are expected to promote QBs coach Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator.

This was expected when the 49ers hired Steve Logan as QBs coach. San Francisco is staying in-house after Rob Chudzinski re-signed with the Colts. Chryst has coached the 49ers' quarterbacks the last four seasons and has limited playcalling experience, but did serve as the Chargers' OC from 1999-2000. It's not an exciting hire for a team that already has an unproven coach in Jim Tomsula. The 49ers' coaching staff has taken a big step back this winter.
Jan 28 - 7:12 PM

The Seahawks have opened extension talks with RCB Byron Maxwell.

An impending free agent, re-signing Maxwell is one of GM John Schneider's top priorities. He's been a major part of Seattle's defense the last two years since taking over for Brandon Browner, and would draw interest from multiple teams on the open market. Maxwell is Rotoworld's No. 1 free-agent corner.
Jan 28 - 7:04 PM

Free agent CB Ike Taylor said he's "training as if he'll be playing in 2015."

Taylor isn't expected to be re-signed by the Steelers, but reportedly wants to play 2-3 more years. He's open to moving to safety to prolong his career. Entering his age 35 season, Taylor will struggle for guaranteed money on the open market. Taylor has interest in following ex-Steelers DC Dick LeBeau to another team.
Jan 28 - 6:37 PM

Louisville DC Todd Grantham has turned down the Raiders' defensive coordinator job.

It's somewhat embarrassing whenever an NFL team is turned down by an assistant coach at the college level. The Raiders made a two-year offer to Grantham, but he has a four-year deal at Louisville. It's possible Grantham wasn't offered full control over playcalling under defensive-minded Jack Del Rio. Del Rio may have to fall back on old pal Mike Smith to be his DC.
Jan 28 - 5:44 PM

Giants RCB Prince Amukamara (biceps) expects to be ready for OTAs.

Amukamara missed the final eight games of 2014 with a torn biceps. He's scheduled to make $6.898 million after the Giants exercised his fifth-year option and could be a candidate for an extension. Amukamara had 46 tackles, three interceptions, and 11 pass deflections despite playing just 464 snaps.
Jan 28 - 5:38 PM

Jaguars hired Nathaniel Hackett as QBs coach.

Hackett was in the running for the Rams' offensive coordinator vacancy, but pulled out of his second interview. In Jacksonville, he'll settle for a position coach role after serving as Buffalo's OC the last two years. Hackett will be tasked with developing Blake Bortles, who is coming off a turnover-filled rookie season.
Jan 28 - 5:18 PM

The Raiders have offered Todd Grantham a two-year deal to become their defensive coordinator.

Grantham is considered the favorite for Oakland's DC job. He should join Jack Del Rio's staff after coordinating in the college ranks the last four seasons. It's possible Grantham wouldn't have full control over play-calling under defensive-minded Del Rio. Grantham led Louisville to a top-six defense in 2014.
Jan 28 - 4:49 PM

Redskins hired Matt Cavanaugh as QBs coach.

Washington didn't have a quarterbacks coach during Jay Gruden's first season. Cavanaugh spent the last two years working with Jay Cutler on Marc Trestman's staff, but has an extensive track record as both a position coach and coordinator. The Redskins had one of the worst passing attacks in the league last season with Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy combining for just 18 touchdowns.
Jan 28 - 4:14 PM

Ravens FS Will Hill has a warrant out for his arrest in New Jersey for failure to pay his child support.

It's not the worst crime in the world as long as Hill pays the $16,588 he owes, but any trouble is bad trouble for Hill, who has been battling off-field issues since entering the league. Hill needs to keep his nose clean. He's long on talent but has proven to be short on common sense. The Ravens are aware of the issue.
Jan 28 - 3:31 PM

49ers hired Steve Logan as QBs coach.

The 49ers continue to hire position coaches under a defensive-minded head coach, but remain without an offensive coordinator. Logan was most recently the Bucs' RBs coach from 2009-2011. Prior to that he was the OC at Boston College where he coached Matt Ryan. With Logan coming in as QBs coach, some believe in-house QBs coach Geep Chryst will be promoted to offensive coordinator.
Jan 28 - 3:12 PM

Eagles WRs coach Bob Bicknell reportedly isn't interested in the 49ers' offensive-coordinator job.

Yikes. The 49ers are having a tough time luring someone in to call plays for Colin Kaepernick and Co. Alabama OC Lane Kiffin chose to remain in Tuscaloosa, Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski accepted a promotion in Indianapolis, and ex-OC Greg Roman joined Rex Ryan in Buffalo. It's unclear where the 49ers will go from here. QBs coach Geep Chryst is a candidate for a promotion.
Jan 28 - 2:00 PM

New Bills OC Greg Roman said he'll give E.J. Manuel "a very clean slate" as they head into the offseason.

"I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. I'd say we just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater," Roman said. "What [he] might've been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask him to do." Those are the most glowing words we've heard on Manuel from the Bills since the season ended. Manuel isn't going to be handed anything. Top beat writer Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to address quarterback in free agency and the draft.
Jan 28 - 1:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee calls 49ers WR Stevie Johnson a "presumed starter" for 2015.

Michael Crabtree is a free agent and seems unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers. Brandon Lloyd is also headed for free agency, leaving Anquan Boldin and Johnson atop the depth chart. Johnson played just 305 snaps this past season, catching 35 balls for 435 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 3 receiver. Johnson is a crisp route runner with good hands, but the 49ers desperately need a field stretcher out wide. Johnson and Boldin are carbon-copy clones as possession receivers.
Jan 28 - 11:09 AM

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