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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it's not "crucial" for him to sign a contract extension this offseason.

Lewis said he was hoping for an extension last month but so far there hasn't been any progress. "I don’t think it’s critical or crucial," said Lewis when asked about an extension. "If things work out we would look to do that." Lewis has yet to win a playoff game in his 14 years in Cincinnati. Heading into a contract year, 2017 could be make-or-break for Lewis.
Source: bengals.com
Feb 26 - 11:30 AM

In a statement released Sunday morning, the Ravens announced that impending free agent S Matt Elam is "not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens."

The Ravens were unlikely to bring back Elam anyway after declining his fifth-year option for 2017. Now the 25-year-old is facing three felony drug charges and is being held on $15,000 bond. It's fair to wonder if the former first-round pick has played his last down in the NFL.
Feb 26 - 11:15 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Latavius Murray is expected to test the open market.

Per Anderson, "the door will remain open" for a return to Oakland, but the Raiders will let the market set Latavius' price. Murray lost work to rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard last year, and the Raiders have spent the last two offseasons trying to replace him. If Murray leaves, Oakland will likely add a power back in the draft. Oklahoma's Samaje Perine would fit.
Feb 26 - 10:50 AM

Darrel Young could replace Mike Tolbert as the Panthers' fullback.

Young wasn't in the league last season after getting cut by the Bears, but he resurfaced on a futures deal with Carolina. Young had success as a lead blocker and short-yardage option during a seven-year stint in Washington. Young is younger and cheaper than Tolbert, whom the Panthers released last week.
Feb 26 - 10:19 AM

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune said he would be "stunned" if the Cardinals didn't franchise-tag impending free agent Chandler Jones.

Holder isn't a Cardinals beat reporter, but his belief that Jones will be tagged seems to be shared league wide. Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he's had "great dialogue" with Jones, but the sides are running out of time to reach a long-term deal before Wednesday's franchise-tag deadline. One of the league's premier pass rushers, Jones is almost certain to be back in Arizona.
Feb 26 - 9:46 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini considers Brandon Shell a leading candidate to replace Breno Giacomini at right tackle.

The Jets are overhauling their offensive line after cutting Giacomini, Ryan Clady and Nick Mangold. Shell made three starts as a rookie last season, all at right tackle. Albeit in a small sample, Shell earned strong PFF marks and shined as a pass blocker. Unless the Jets upgrade in the draft or free agency, there's a good chance Shell will open the year as their starting right tackle.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 9:30 AM

Darrelle Revis hinted that he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Jets.

Interacting with fans on Instagram, Revis admitted he no longer deserves top-10 cornerback money. Now facing multiple charges for his alleged role in a Pittsburgh brawl, the Jets may simply move on regardless of how big of a pay cut he's willing to take. If Revis' career continues, there's a good chance he'll have to convert to safety after losing his vertical speed last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 9:21 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini doesn't think the Jets have given up on impending free agent Geno Smith.

While Cimini agrees Smith might benefit from a change of scenery, he also points out that it wouldn't cost much to retain him. Smith hinted at a return to New York with a cryptic tweet earlier this week: "Don't act surprised ... that's all I'm going to say!" Smith could be agreeable to a one-year, prove-it deal. Smith's Week 7 ACL tear will keep his suitors few and his price tag down.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 9:14 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots could be interested in bringing back free agent Michael Floyd, but only at the right price.

Reiss believes the Patriots value Floyd's "physical presence," though his questionable chemistry with Tom Brady raised red flags. Floyd didn't grasp New England's offense as quickly as the team hoped, which led to him being a healthy scratch for the last two playoff games. It probably won't cost much to keep Floyd, which could work to the Patriots' advantage. But if Floyd's price rises, it's doubtful New England would get in a bidding war. Floyd is currently serving a 120-day jail sentence following his second DUI.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 8:52 AM

Impending free agent S Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges Sunday in Miami.

Elam was pulled over for driving recklessly. When police searched his vehicle, they discovered 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone. He was booked at 3:45 a.m. on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis with the intent to sell or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun believes the charges are serious enough to threaten Elam's career.
Feb 26 - 8:41 AM

According to the Florida Times Union, Julius Thomas' poor blocking was one reason the Jaguars decided to move on.

One source called Thomas' blocking "non-existent" and said his presence was a "giveaway" to the defense that the Jaguars were passing or running to the other side of the field. Signed by the Jags to a five-year, $46 million contract, Thomas only played about 25-32 snaps a game while often battling injuries. After coaching him in Denver, Dolphins HC Adam Gase should have a better feel for Thomas' strengths and weaknesses than Gus Bradley's staff did.
Feb 26 - 8:25 AM

The Jets declined ILB Erin Henderson's $2.6 million option, making him an unrestricted free agent.

He'll officially hit free agency on March 9. Henderson was due a $250,000 roster bonus on Wednesday, but the Jets declined to pay it after mysteriously placing him on the non-football/injury list last October. Turning 31 in July, Henderson's NFL future is entirely unclear. He has a history of alcohol issues.
Feb 25 - 9:27 PM

Restricted free agent TE Darren Fells is a non-tender candidate.

Fells had a decreased role last year, playing 371 snaps as a blocker behind Jermaine Gresham. The Cardinals want to avoid paying him $1.8 million on a low tender. Fells should re-sign closer to the $600K he made in 2016.
Feb 25 - 8:17 PM

Free agent Alan Branch could be open to a team-friendly deal with the Patriots.

"If it’s smart to stay on the team that I’ve been productive on and the money is not too much different, then who knows," Branch said. Branch set a career high in tackles (49) last year and was a top-10 run stopper at PFF. Re-signing with New England could be his best option entering his age-32 season. The Patriots have 23-year-olds Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine behind Branch.
Source: NESN
Feb 25 - 7:16 PM

Tyler Bray is expected to compete for the Chiefs' backup job.

Bray held off Aaron Murray for a roster spot last preseason, but spent the year as a third-stringer behind Alex Smith and Nick Foles. He'll get a chance at the No. 2 role with Foles not expected back. Kansas City should add competition for Bray through the draft/free agency.
Feb 25 - 5:12 PM



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