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Ravens OT Austin Howard could be an offseason cap casualty.

Howard hasn't lived up to his contract after signing a three-year deal last offseason. The Ravens can save $4 million from making him a post-June cut with only $1 million in dead money. Despite a middling year, Howard won't struggle for interest if he's released.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 8:02 PM

Ravens OG Matt Skura is a candidate to start at center in 2018.

A 2016 UDFA, Skura made 12 starts in place of Marshal Yanda last season. He was exclusively a center at Duke and could be an in-house option if Ryan Jensen leaves in free agency. Skura had negative PFF grades in his first year as a starter, but may benefit from returning to his college position.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 7:40 PM

The Texans plan to move Romeo Crennel back to defensive coordinator.

Crennel spent last season as an assistant head coach after Mike Vrabel was promoted to defensive coordinator. With Vrabel gone, he'll resume playcalling duties for the Texans. Crennel is one of the best schemers in the league, so there won't be any dropoff. Houston had the top-ranked defense under Crennel in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:37 PM

Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

Smith suffered a torn MCL in the Divisional Round but it won't impact his status for OTAs. A third-round pick, Smith made 13 starts as a rookie and flashed playmaking upside despite a limited pass-game role. With a new coaching staff and Delanie Walker due $7 million in the final year of his deal, it's possible Tennessee moves forward with Smith as their No. 1 tight end.
Jan 20 - 6:27 PM

The Falcons plan to extend Matt Bryant this offseason.

Bryant took a step back from 2016 but was still one of the better kickers in the league last year, converting 34-of-39 field goals and making every extra point. The Falcons should bring him back despite Bryant entering his age-43 season. Bryant has been with Atlanta since 2009.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 6:05 PM

Titans hired Mike Vrabel as head coach.

A Pro Bowl linebacker as recently as 2007, Vrabel climbed the coaching ranks quickly, pitstopping for three years at Ohio State before spending 2014-2016 as the Texans' linebackers coach, then succeeding Romeo Crennel as Texans defensive coordinator in 2017. Albeit in large part due to unfortunate injuries, Vrabel's 2017 Texans defense was a bottom-ten unit, particularly struggling against the pass. Arguably more important than Vrabel's hire will be whomever he chooses to run Tennessee's offense. The development of 24-year-old Marcus Mariota will have the biggest impact on the direction of the Titans' organization.
Jan 20 - 6:01 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins may not be willing to meet free agent ILB Zach Brown's asking price.

The Redskins want to keep Brown but there's a "decent gap" in contract talks between the sides. After settling for a prove-it deal, Brown is looking to cash in coming off another strong season. Brown could push for $7 million annually.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 4:29 PM

The Cardinals could give Eagles DC Jim Schwartz a second interview next week.

The Cardinals gave Panthers DC Steve Wilks a second interview and may look to do the same with Schwartz. After drawing interest from multiple teams, Schwartz has faded over the last few weeks but remains one of the top retreads available this cycle. Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, Patriots LB coach Brian Flores, Cardinals DC James Bettcher, and Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong are among the finalists for Arizona's head-coaching job.
Jan 20 - 3:39 PM

The Tennessean considers Texans DC Mike Vrabel the "early favorite" for the Titans' head-coaching job.

Vrabel was the first candidate to interview with Tennessee this week. The Titans also met with Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Rams OC Matt LaFleur, but neither are expected to get the job. Vrabel has ties to GM Jon Robinson from his New England days and fits what Tennessee is looking for as a coach on the rise. Despite a rough first year as a coordinator, Vrabel looks ready to make the jump to the head-coaching ranks.
Source: Tennessean
Jan 20 - 2:35 PM

Steelers WR Eli Rogers underwent ACL surgery on Wednesday.

Rogers tore his ACL in the Divisional Round against Jacksonville. This injury will set him back multiple weeks into the 2018 season, making for a tricky situation this offseason as he's a restricted free agent. The No. 4 receiver on Pittsburgh, the Steelers will likely look to replace him.
Jan 20 - 1:30 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed almost all of the Steelers' final walkthrough the day before last week's Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin has told players and coaches to arrive two hours before kickoff for games. Bell (and reportedly one coach) arrived to last Sunday's playoff loss "much later than that," even after skipping all but the final five minutes of Saturday's walkthrough. Bell is headed for intense contract negotiations, of course, and the Steelers have leaked negative info about players in similar situations before, most notably Antonio Brown. Whether it be from the Steelers or another team, Bell is going to get paid this offseason.
Jan 20 - 11:53 AM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reports the Seahawks have "strong interest" in hiring ex-Redskins coach Jim Zorn to coach their quarterbacks.

A blast from the past, Zorn hasn't been in the league since 2012, when he coached quarterbacks for the Chiefs. He spent two years as the Redskins' head coach in 2008 and 2009 after serving seven seasons as Seattle's quarterbacks coach. Zorn also spent most of his playing career in Seattle. He turns 65 this May.
Jan 20 - 10:56 AM

Bengals owner and president Mike Brown thinks the team can "quickly rebound" under Marvin Lewis.

Brown was largely encouraged by late-season wins over the Lions and Ravens, and he seems to think the team was a bit unlucky despite issues throughout the roster. "We lost a handful of games that were games we could’ve, should’ve won," Brown said. "And if we had managed to win our share of those, we would’ve been out of that middle group of teams." Despite Brown's optimism, the Bengals have several roster holes to fill, especially along the offensive line.
Jan 20 - 10:43 AM

Ian Rapoport reports Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice.

After getting four stitches to his knuckle early in the week due to a collision with Rex Burkhead, Brady should be good to play against the Jaguars. Without any structural damage, his injury shouldn't impact his passing. Brady is a top-tier play despite the tough matchup against the Jaguars.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 10:09 AM

The Falcons will move Vic Beasley back to defensive end in 2018.

Beasley's sack total dipped all the way from 15.5 in 2016 to 5.0 in his 2017 transition to strong-side linebacker. "I have re-assessed it," coach Dan Quinn said. "I’m going to put him full-time, all-the-time back at pass rusher. I thought it was best for the team even though some of his production would go down. His best role is doing what he does. He won’t go back to linebacker."
Jan 19 - 8:41 PM



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