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Sources tell NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini that the Bucs, Jaguars and Raiders will be "hot" after free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.

Mar 2 - 12:05 PM

Free agent DT Kendall Langford is visiting the Lions Monday.

On the same day the Lions announced they won't use the franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh, they bring in Langford. Note that Nick Fairley is also a free agent. The 29-year-old Langford was released by the Rams last week, a move that saved them $6M in cap space. He had fallen behind stud Aaron Donald on the depth chart.
Mar 2 - 11:57 AM

Free agent Brian Hoyer is not expected to re-sign with the Browns.

On Friday, the Browns signed Josh McCown to a three-year deal that includes $6.25M gully guaranteed. He's the "bridge" quarterback to Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and whoever the Browns draft in May. Hoyer, who turns 30 in October and completed a brutal 55.3 percent of his passes last season, will be looking for backup work come March 10.
Mar 2 - 11:50 AM

Updating a previous item, police announced no charges will be filed against free agent DB Jarrett Bush.

Vacaville (CA) police detained Bush at an Italian restaurant/bar on Sunday. He was later released. Previous reports had the special teams dynamo booked on disorderly conduct under the influence charges.
Mar 2 - 11:30 AM

Free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney said he will not retire yet.

Freeney, a 13-year NFL veteran who is 35, had 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles in 16 games for the Chargers last season. He did lead the team in hurries with 40. Freeney will be looking for nibbles on the open market as a situational rusher.
Mar 2 - 11:21 AM

ESPN Boston says the Patriots are more likely to use the franchise tag on K Stephen Gostkowski than S Devin McCourty.

Tagging Gostkowski would cost the Patriots roughly $4.5M while McCourty would be closer to $9.5M. Gostkowski has been one of the league's best kickers ever since the Patriots scooped him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, converting 243-of-280 (86.8 percent) field-goal attempts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 2 - 11:18 AM

Free agent KR/WR Jacoby Jones is visiting the Bengals.

Jones would be an upgrade on free agent Brandon Tate, who filled the return man/receiver depth role for Cincy last year. Jacoby ranked ninth in punt return average and second in kickoff return average for the Ravens in 2014. His next visit is expected to be with the Titans.
Mar 2 - 11:07 AM

The Bucs reportedly believe SS Bradley McDougald has a chance to emerge as an elite player.

McDougald, a 2013 UDFA out of Kansas, started the final five games of last season in the wake of the Mark Barron trade. During that time, he totaled 36 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups. Elite is a strong word, but McDougald showed signs of being a plus player at strong safety in Lovie Smith's Cover-2.
Mar 2 - 10:53 AM

Chiefs franchise tagged OLB Justin Houston will not sign his tender immediately.

Clearly unhappy with the tag, a league source tells PFT that Houston is already considering waiting until Week 10 to sign his tender. By protesting the lack of a long-term deal via that path, he minimizes his risk of getting hurt while still accruing a year toward free agency. At the very least, we'd expect Houston to skip OTAs and minicamps. Meanwhile, Houston is also consulting with the NFLPA to decide whether he should file a grievance on his positional status. The Chiefs tagged him as a linebacker, worth roughly $13.17M. Defensive end franchise tags are worth roughly $14.78M.
Mar 2 - 10:45 AM

VP John Elway has made it "pretty clear" the Broncos would like Cody Latimer to be their No. 3 wideout in 2015.

Demaryius Thomas will be the No. 1, Emmanuel Sanders the No. 2 and the hope is that Latimer makes enough strides as an NFL sophomore to be No. 3. That would normally be a really exciting role for a player in a Peyton Manning offense, but we're expecting more two-wide formations and run-centric gameplans from new head coach Gary Kubiak. Still, Latimer is in position to make a major statistical leap after he played just 37 snaps as a rookie.
Mar 2 - 10:31 AM

A source tells ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure that free agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to end up in Atlanta.

The Falcons are in need of both pass-catchers and tight end help. But breaking the bank on Thomas wouldn't make a lot of sense considering how many holes there are all over this roster. GM Thomas Dimitroff should be able to see through Julius' Peyton Manning-inflated numbers and settle on a more affordable tight end option like Jordan Cameron or Charles Clay.
Mar 2 - 10:15 AM

The Lions announced they will not use the franchise tag on DT Ndamukong Suh.

Due to previous contract restructures, franchising Suh would have cost the Lions an unruly $26.7M. So now it's official: If there's no long-term deal with Detroit in place by March 10, Suh will hit the open market as the NFL's No. 1 free agent. He'll obviously command interest from cap-rich teams all over the league even though he wants to be the NFL's highest paid defender -- topping J.J. Watt's six-year, $100M extension that included $51.8M in guarantees. The Detroit Free Press speculates bidders will include the Lions, Jaguars, Jets, Colts and Raiders. Suh has been a top-4 tackle in PFF's grades in each of the last three seasons, anchored 2014's No. 2 overall defense and has missed just two games in his five-year career.
Mar 2 - 9:44 AM

Chiefs placed the franchise tag on OLB Justin Houston.

Houston's one-year tender will be worth roughly $13.1M. It's a bargain deal for a player that has emerged as a truly elite edge defender, leading the league in sacks with 22 last season (just a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's NFL record). Over the last three years, Houston has ranked first, first and fourth in PFF's 3-4 OLB grades -- and he's just 26 years old. The Chiefs will continue to try to get a long-term deal worked out, but they were never going to let Houston play anywhere else in 2015. If Houston had hit the open market, he would have rivaled Ndamukong Suh for the richest free-agent contract.
Mar 2 - 9:42 AM

Free agent DB Jarrett Bush was arrested on public intoxication charges Sunday.

Bush was booked in Vacaville (CA), about 60 miles northwest of San Francisco for Disorderly Conduct Under the Influence. The nine-year veteran was the Packers' special teams captain in 2014.
Mar 2 - 9:40 AM

Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the Eagles have not approached LeSean McCoy about restructuring his contract.

McCoy's $11.95M cap charge is steep, but this is a 26-year-old player who is one year removed from a first-team All-Pro campaign. Chip Kelly's run-heavy offense needs McCoy, who certainly had a down year in 2014 but is more than capable of revving it back up in 2015. Perhaps McCoy agrees to a restructure that kicks the salary can down the line, but we'd be surprised if he wasn't an Eagle in 2015.
Mar 2 - 9:13 AM

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