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Giants hired ex-Cardinals DC James Bettcher as defensive coordinator.

Bettcher picked the Giants over the Titans after the Cardinals passed over him in favor of Steve Wilks for their head-coaching job. Bettcher had been the Cardinals' defensive play-caller the past three seasons after Todd Bowles left to coach the Jets. The two will now work in the same home stadium for different teams. Bettcher ran a 3-4 front in Arizona, while the Giants have been a 4-3 team for years. Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul may play in more two-point stances.
Jan 23 - 11:11 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell will interview for the Vikings' offensive-coordinator vacancy this week.

Bevell was the Vikings' OC for five seasons from 2006-2010 in Adrian Peterson's prime, teaming up with Brett Favre to help lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2009, and also doing the best work with former dynamic weapon Percy Harvin. Bevell had been in Seattle ever since leaving Minnesota, but he could be headed back. He's also drawn interest from the Cardinals.
Jan 23 - 9:52 PM

Impending free agent Josh McCown said he plans to continue playing in 2018.

"I enjoyed my season [with the Jets]," McCown said. "It's a special place from the ownership down. I enjoyed my time with Coach [Todd] Bowles. A lot of decisions have to be made within the next few months, but I loved being there, and we'll see how it plays out." McCown will turn 39 in the summer, but everyone involved with the Jets' decision-making has said they'd like for McCown to return. He'll likely be a fallback plan to the Kirk Cousins types in free agency, but McCown would be a perfect bridge quarterback and mentor for an incoming rookie.
Jan 23 - 8:14 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett won't be on the hot seat going into next season.

"It’s fair for you to ask," said Jones Tuesday while attending a practice session for the upcoming Senior Bowl. "But he’s not on my hot seat." Jones continue to voice his confidence in Garrett despite that Dallas has only made the postseason twice in his seven-year tenure. With Ezekiel Elliott suspended for most of the second half, the Cowboys slumped to a 9-7 record in 2017, down from 13-3 a year earlier.
Jan 23 - 7:09 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tyron Smith won't require offseason surgery.

He dealt with a knee issue late in the year, but apparently it was nothing serious. A four-time All-Pro selection, Smith remains one of the league's top blind-side protectors.
Jan 23 - 6:39 PM

Panthers OC Norv Turner said the team will "keep finding ways" to get Christian McCaffrey the ball.

"He had an unbelievable rookie year and did a lot more than a lot of people would be asked to do and handled them all," said Turner, who compared McCaffrey favorably to one of his former players, Darren Sproles. "He's got such talent, you're just going to keep finding ways to get him the ball and try to create more space for him." McCaffrey was so-so as a ball-carrier in year one (3.7 yards per carry), but excelled in the passing game with 80 catches, which ranked third in the league among running backs. Power back Jonathan Stewart will continue to be involved, though McCaffrey should be in for a bigger workload next season.
Jan 23 - 6:13 PM

Speaking at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team has no plans to move on from Dez Bryant.

Jones said he expects Bryant to return in 2018, though he didn't say if the Cowboys would ask him to take a pay cut. Bryant has failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving or double-digit touchdowns in his last three seasons and led the league with 12 dropped passes in 2017. Jones' son, Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones, has also suggested that Bryant's behavior on the sidelines has become a "distraction." As it stands now, the 29-year-old will earn $12.5 million next season.
Jan 23 - 5:59 PM

Cowboys hired Kellen Moore as QBs coach.

He's replacing Wade Wilson (the coach, not the comic book character known as Deadpool), who was let go shortly after the Cowboys wrapped up their season. Moore spent part of last season as the Cowboys' No. 3 quarterback before later announcing his retirement. The 29-year-old will work with Jason Garrett to get the most out of Dak Prescott.
Jan 23 - 5:46 PM

Impending free agent Adam Vinatieri hopes to re-sign with the Colts.

"I feel like my body is still in good shape, and I can help and contribute to a team," said the 45-year-old. "So, hopefully it’s here. We’ll see. It’s a business. I understand how all that works, so we’ll see where it goes." Vinatieri converted 29-of-34 field goal attempts last season including 5-of-6 from 50-plus yards. 2018 will mark Vinatieri's 23rd NFL season.
Jan 23 - 4:42 PM

When asked about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo, Bills coach Sean McDermott declined to comment.

"I’m not going to get into Tyrod Taylor’s future," he said, while adding that the team will continue to "evaluate." The Bills have been going year to year with Taylor since his arrival in Buffalo, but have yet to find a better option at quarterback. The 28-year-old didn't put up big passing numbers in 2017 (14 touchdown passes in 15 games) but did the best he could with his limited receiving weapons. Fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman struggled in limited action this season and looks ill-equipped to take on the starting job.
Jan 23 - 4:31 PM

Jaguars signed CB Dexter McDougle and RB Tim Cook to reserve/future contracts.

McDougle began the year in Philadelphia but was let go when Ronald Darby returned from his ankle injury. He gives the Jags some insurance at slot corner should Aaron Colvin leave in free agency.
Jan 23 - 3:59 PM

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are unlikely to re-sign impending free agent Matt Moore.

He's nearing the end of his seven-year tenure with Miami as "both sides currently feel a need for change." While he never came out and directly said it, Moore implied he was unhappy the Dolphins didn't give him a chance to start despite the underwhelming play of Jay Cutler this past season. The 33-year-old has carved a nice niche for himself as a veteran backup and shouldn't take long to resurface this offseason.
Jan 23 - 3:27 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not commit to re-signing Case Keenum Tuesday at his year-end press conference.

When asked if Keenum deserved to be the team's starter next year, all Zimmer could muster was, "We're going to work through the process." Keenum struggled against the Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship but was solid throughout the year, finishing second in the league in completion percentage and seventh in quarterback rating. Of course, Keenum had never been a full-time starter before this year and turns 30 next month. Whether it's from the Vikings or another team, Keenum should get a huge raise this offseason after earning just $2 million in 2017.
Jan 23 - 3:01 PM

Larry Fitzgerald still hasn't made a decision on playing in 2018.

Steve Wilks had an "in-depth conversation" with Fitzgerald after landing the team's head-coaching job on Monday, but said the star wideout still hasn't given him an answer on whether he plans on returning for what would be his 15th NFL season. Fitzgerald is nearing a number of career milestones and showed he still has plenty left by finishing second in the league with 109 catches in 2017. Fitzgerald previously said the retirements of Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians will have no bearing on his decision.
Jan 23 - 2:33 PM

When asked about the team's defensive scheme, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."

This would suggest Wilks is open to keeping the 3-4 defense used under former former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher. That's surprising considering Wilks came from a 4-3 scheme in Carolina and is bringing along Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator. Standing pat with a 3-4 base would likely come as good news to Chandler Jones, who has thrived since moving to outside linebacker (28 sacks over his last two seasons).
Jan 23 - 2:31 PM

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