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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirms he plans to promote from within for his next defensive coordinator.

The Arizona Republic reported as much two weeks ago. XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki has reported that DBs coach Nick Rapone is the favorite to replace Todd Bowles, though OLBs coach James Bettcher is also believed to be on the map. Arians has said he'll make a decision by next week.
Jan 26 - 2:35 PM

Ex-Giants DC Perry Fewell is interviewing for the Redskins' DBs coach opening on Monday.

Fewell is a candidate for the same job in San Francisco. Fewell has been coordinating NFL defenses since 2006, and served as at least a DBs coach since 1998. His experience would make him a nice addition for any staff.
Jan 26 - 2:24 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett is scheduled for a second interview regarding the same position in St. Louis.

Per La Canfora, new Bills OC Greg Roman would also like to keep Hackett on staff. The Redskins and Jaguars are reportedly interested in Hackett as a potential quarterbacks coach.
Jan 26 - 2:09 PM

NBC Washington reports the Raiders are interested in Louisville DC Todd Grantham for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Dianna Marie Russini reports Grantham is the "favorite" for the job. New coach Jack Del Rio has had trouble interesting top talent in coordinating his defense. Perhaps it's because they believe Del Rio will operate as the team's de facto coordinator. Grantham has spent the past five years at the college level, but has plenty of NFL experience. He coordinated the Browns' defense from 2005-07.
Jan 26 - 1:21 PM

Tom Brady has dealt with a cold for the last few days but never missed practice.

Tommy has a case of the sniffles and will also have to use a fully inflated football against the Seahawks Sunday. We're not sure how he'll survive these dual obstacles.
Jan 26 - 12:18 PM

CSN Bay Area says it appears Rob Chudzinski is the 49ers' top candidate for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Chudzinski's contract as a "special assistant" with the Colts expires Monday, making him a coaching free agent. At worst, he's one of the top candidates available. At best, he's at the top of the list. Other names linked to San Francisco include Mike Shanahan and Geep Chryst.
Jan 26 - 11:34 AM

Aaron Rodgers said re-signing free agent RT Bryan Bulaga should be a high priority.

Bulaga, the No. 23 overall pick in 2010, finally got healthy in 2014 and shined. He started 17 games (including playoffs), excelling as a pass blocker for Rodgers. Bulaga, our No. 1 tackle available in free agency and just 25 years old, will not be cheap.
Jan 26 - 11:07 AM

A source tells NJ.com that the Rams have interest in Nick Foles if the Eagles decide to trade him this offseason.

Foles is 14-4 as a starter over the last two seasons, but there's plenty of reason to believe he is not Chip Kelly's guy for the long haul. Kelly inherited Foles, he prefers a mobile quarterback, Foles regressed sharply as a thrower in Year 2 and the Eagles could be plotting a move up in the draft for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. According to NJ.com, the QB-desperate Titans and Texans would also have interest in Foles, who has one year remaining on his rookie contract. The Rams have already said Sam Bradford (ACL surgery) will face competition in training camp.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 26 - 10:36 AM

J.J. Watt was named Defensive MVP as Team Michael Irvin defeated Team Cris Carter in Sunday's Pro Bowl, 32-28.

We meant to blurb this last night, but our on-duty blurber literally fell asleep during the game. Watt racked up one tackle, a leaping interception, a fumble recovery, and four pass breakups for Team Carter. Quarterbacking Team Irvin for seven possessions, Matthew Stafford was named the game's Offensive MVP, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
Jan 26 - 10:35 AM

Broncos LBs coach Richard Smith is reportedly likely to be named defensive coordinator of the Falcons.

Smith, who has been coaching at the NFL level since 1993, will focus on the run defense. He'll be under defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn and defensive-minded assistant head coach Raheem Morris. Expect Smith to adapt to Quinn's Seattle scheme, meaning plenty of press coverage and not using stud Desmond Trufant in a shadow role.
Jan 26 - 10:32 AM

Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris has verbally accepted a job as assistant head coach of the Falcons.

Seahawks DC Dan Quinn will be introduced as the new Falcons head coach following Sunday's Super Bowl. He'll bring along Morris, who played for Quinn at Hofstra in the late 1990s and has head-coaching experience with the Bucs from 2009-11. Morris will coordinate the pass defense while new DC Richard Smith will focus on the run defense.
Jan 26 - 10:15 AM

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia says it makes a lot of sense for Jordan Matthews to replace Riley Cooper as an outside receiver in two-wide sets.

Cooper was arguably the worst starting wideout in the NFL this season, but the Eagles will bring him back in 2015 thanks to a silly $22.5M contract they gave him last year. That doesn't mean Cooper's role won't change. Matthews, who was strictly a slot receiver as a rookie, would be a massive upgrade out wide and can still move inside in 3- and 4-wide formations. At 6'3/212 with 4.46 speed and a 10-foot broad jump, he has the measureables to make the transition even if separation was a concern on college tape.
Jan 26 - 9:57 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams confirms Dontrelle Inman is a good bet to stick on the 2015 roster.

Inman, a former CFL stud with plus size, really flashed over the last two games of the season (12-158-0). The Chargers have him at a meager $510,000 base salary for 2015, so he'll be back to compete for a role behind Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd. Eddie Royal is a free agent.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 9:49 AM

Free agent Justin Forsett said he's heard the Ravens will keep some of the same run-game principles under new OC Marc Trestman.

Trestman takes over for Gary Kubiak, who implemented the highly successful Shanahan zone scheme. It resulted in a breakout year for 29-year-old Forsett, who put up 235-1,266-8 on the ground. It's a no-brainer for Trestman to leave the system in place while adding his own personal touch to the pass game -- a scheme that typically results in high-reception totals for his running backs. Forsett would be a nice fit and shouldn't be too expensive for the Ravens to bring back.
Jan 26 - 9:31 AM

The Bucs are expected to release S Dashon Goldson this offseason.

The Bucs signed Goldson to a $41.25M contract that included $22M guaranteed in March of 2013. He was PFF's No. 81 safety among 86 qualifiers in 2013 and No. 86 among 87 qualifiers in 2014. Dumping the 31-year-old (in September) Goldson will save the Bucs half of his $8M 2015 cap number.
Jan 26 - 9:20 AM

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