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The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman wrote the Eagles seem "bullish" on sophomore CB Jalen Mills.

Mills was routinely burned as a rookie, but that is not surprising considering he was a seventh-round pick thrust into a big role. He should take a step forward this offseason and could be a useful depth piece in what should be an overhauled cornerback room.
Feb 23 - 11:34 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer mentions Florida State RB Dalvin Cook's "off-field questions" as a reason he may not pass LSU's Leonard Fournette to be this year's first running back drafted.

Breer didn't elaborate, but it's not the first time "off-field issues" have been mentioned regarding Cook. Cook was suspended for allegedly punching a woman outside a Tallahassee bar in 2015 -- it wasn't caught on video like Joe Mixon -- and Cook was also cited in 2014 for leaving three pitbull puppies chained up by their necks in an unsheltered area, resulting in a $550 fine. Cook apparently had two more non-detailed run-ins with police at Florida State.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 11:12 AM

ESPN's Sarah Barshop wrote Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) "will probably not play" in 2017.

It is a safe assumption after Newton tore the patellar tendon in both knees last October. Although he is reportedly making "solid progress" in his rehab, it is a gruesome injury which will at the very least alter Newton's career arc. The Texans would be wise to find a replacement, and Barshop believes it "would make sense" for them to "use a high draft pick" on a tackle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 11:04 AM

Impending free agent LB Stephen Tulloch is unlikely to re-sign with the Eagles.

Tulloch played just 69 snaps on defense his first year in Philadelphia and offers nothing on special teams. The Eagles should look for cheaper and more versatile depth behind starters Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham. The 32-year-old will likely have to settle for one-year offers if he wants to continue playing.
Feb 23 - 10:54 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles will retain LT Jason Peters.

The Eagles have some cap concerns and needs at high-priced positions, so there had been some speculation they would move on from the veteran tackle or at the very least ask him to take a pay cut. Neither option appears like it will happen, so Peters will make $10.7 million in salary and bonuses to protect Carson Wentz's blindside in 2017.
Feb 23 - 10:20 AM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein wrote the Lions "might end up overhauling" the tight end position this offseason.

Eric Ebron has improved each of his three years in the league, but Detroit will have to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason, and they could use more help at the position either way. The Lions can make their "big splash" by targeting a top-of-the-market option like Martellus Bennett in free agency or using a first-round pick on an elite prospect like Alabama's O.J. Howard or Miami's David Njoku. Either way, it will not be surprising if Ebron faces competition for targets come September.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Spotrac projects impending free agent Rick Wagner to become the second-highest paid right tackle in the league.

Lane Johnson currently tops the list at $11.25 million per year, but he is being paid like a future left tackle. Bryan Bulaga is the highest paid true right tackle at $6.75 million and is closely followed by Mitchell Schwartz, who signed a five-year, $33-million deal including $20.7 million guaranteed with the Chiefs last offseason. Schwartz's deal should be the starting point for Wagner's negotiations.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:00 AM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans and impending free agent S Quintin Demps have yet to open contract negotiations.

Negotiations usually do not kick into high gear until the Combine, but it is somewhat surprising considering Demps has already said he wants to re-sign with the Texans. "You never know with this league," Demps said of his future. "I'm just grateful to be in a good position right now and just kind of hit it up in the offseason and take it one day at a time." The veteran has played on a one-year deal each of the last five years with three of those in Houston. Coming off a six-interception season, Demps should be looking for a multi-year contract.
Feb 23 - 9:52 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "no guarantee" Jay Cutler plays in 2017.

"He's one of several veterans who are still considering whether they want to play," Rapoport continued. "It is a consideration. It's something he's confided in people." Cutler will be 34 in April and has dealt with several injuries the last couple seasons including the torn labrum he is currently rehabbing, but it would be shocking if he decided to retire. This is almost certainly a ploy to scare away any potential trading partners, forcing the Bears to release him and allowing him to pick his next destination. With so many quarterback-needy teams, Cutler should have a healthy market once he is cut.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 9:02 AM

Derek Carr (broken leg) told LT Donald Penn he is "almost 100 percent."

Penn relayed the news while sharing an NFL Network set with David Carr, who added his brother plans to get in a "full offseason." Perhaps the Raiders take it slow with their franchise quarterback during OTAs, but there is no reason to worry about his availability. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Carr should land a long-term extension before the start of the season.
Feb 23 - 8:50 AM

Impending free agent LB A.J. Klein told SiriusXM NFL Radio he is looking for a starting job.

The comment all but rules out a return to the Panthers, who are set with Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Shaq Thompson. Klein has played an important role as an injury replacement the last couple seasons, however. Considering Davis' age and Kuechly's concussion history, the Panthers will need to replace Klein. The 25-year-old should be given a chance to compete for a starting job with several linebacker-needy teams in the market.
Feb 23 - 8:44 AM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports the Giants "would like" to re-sign WLB Keenan Robinson.

Robinson has already said he wants to re-up with the Giants, so it sounds like this deal should happen. Signed to a one-year deal last March, Robinson played a lot of snaps as the Giants' nickel linebacker, but he struggled against the run. New York should be aiming higher as they look to upgrade their linebacking corps.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 8:35 AM

Browns NT Danny Shelton underwent wrist surgery after the season.

"I'm all good," Shelton wrote on Twitter. "Just had my wrist cleaned up so I can kill it this season. No worries, I'll be ready for the season!" Shelton's agent said Danny's operation was a "small cleanup." After a rough rookie year, Shelton made major sophomore strides and earned PFF's No. 5 run-defense grade among 73 qualified defensive tackles. Shelton turns 24 in August.
Feb 22 - 10:13 PM

Sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo the Ravens "may balk" at paying Dennis Pitta's $5.5 million salary.

The Baltimore Sun hinted at this after the season. Turning 32 in June, Pitta's 86 receptions led all NFL tight ends last year, but he averaged an anemic 6.02 yards per target and didn't have a positive impact on offense beyond catching short passes and immediately falling down. Pitta also wasn't a big part of the Ravens' red-zone passing game. In Maxx Williams and Darren Waller, Baltimore has younger tight ends with more potential, and could use salary cap relief.
Feb 22 - 9:53 PM

Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday the Titans will continue to view DeMarco Murray as "the guy" in their backfield for 2017.

Mularkey called sophomore Derrick Henry "an important part of our offense," but confirmed Murray will enter 2017 as Tennessee's workhorse. Now 29 years old, Murray averaged 4.39 yards per carry and logged 346 touches last season, although his effectiveness waned down the stretch due to a toe injury. While Henry will remain a threat for short-yardage and complementary carries, Murray's superior all-purpose ability keeps his feature back role secure.
Feb 22 - 9:08 PM



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