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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

Ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy will interview for the Cardinals' offensive coordinator job.

Former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell interviewed for the same position earlier today and is reportedly "pondering his options." McCoy is coming off a disappointing tenure as Denver's offensive coordinator, though he had little chance to succeed with Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler at quarterback. McCoy is also a candidate to replace Pat Shurmur as Minnesota's OC.
Jan 23 - 2:24 PM

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely said Gisele Bundchen asked him to convince Tom Brady to retire after last season.

Feely, a college teammate of Brady's at the University of Michigan, wasn't much help, advising the five-time Super Bowl champ to "play as long as [he] can." It's not the first time Bundchen has expressed this sentiment as Brady admitted his wife begged him to hang up his cleats after defeating the Falcons in last year's Super Bowl. Brady may have hid a concussion in 2016 and has battled various injuries throughout this season, though he still turned in another MVP-caliber year. Despite his wife's wishes, there's no indication the 40-year-old has any desire to call it quits.
Source: Boston.com
Jan 23 - 2:08 PM

Derek Carr admitted his back injury affected him throughout the season.

Carr never looked the same after suffering the injury in Week 4. "When you break three bones in your back, it doesn’t feel good," he said. "I had to deal with it." Carr probably came back too soon, missing just one game after originally being given a 2-4 week recovery window. The 26-year-old will have his work cut out for him in 2018 working under demanding head coach Jon Gruden.
Jan 23 - 1:54 PM

Vikings signed WR Cayleb Jones, OT Dieugot Joseph, TE Cedrick Lang, DE Caushaud Lyons, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, CB Horace Richardson and LB Antwione Williams to reserve/future contracts.

Jones spent all of 2017 on the Vikings' practice squad after failing to make the team out of training camp. His younger brother is Bills receiver Zay Jones.
Jan 23 - 1:15 PM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (foot) said he should be ready for the Combine.

Rudolph is sitting out the Senior Bowl because of a mid-foot sprain, but it should be healed up by early March. The quarterback did show up to the Senior Bowl for interviews and the weigh-in, coming in at 6-foot-4, 229 pounds with a 9 1/8 inch hand span. Rudolph is one of several quarterbacks who could come off the board in the first round.
Jan 23 - 12:30 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cardinals DC James Bettcher is scheduled to meet with the Giants and Titans about their defensive coordinator vacancies.

Bettcher has not been let go by the Cardinals, but it seems to be a fait accompli after Arizona hired Steve Wilks to be their new head coach. The coordinator since 2015, Bettcher has overseen quality defenses during his time in Arizona. He would be a good hire for either team.
Jan 23 - 11:25 AM

Derek Carr said he wants new coach Jon Gruden "to be tough" on him.

Gruden has said he will "demand more" from his quarterback moving forward, and it sounds like Carr is fine with that. "I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me," Carr said. "Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships." Carr has plenty of problems to fix coming off a down season, but he has shown in the past he can be a quality quarterback. His willingness to accept criticism and work with Gruden is a good sign he will get back to that level again.
Jan 23 - 10:32 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said C Pat Elflein needs surgery on his left ankle.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the injury is a fractured ankle. Tomasson reports the center could be ready for OTAs, but ankle injuries can be tricky. A third-round pick last year, Elflein struggled in 14 rookie starts.
Jan 23 - 10:25 AM

ESPN's John Keim wrote "it's hard to see" S Su'a Cravens returning to the Redskins.

Cravens flirted with retirement last September before leaving the team and spending the season on the exempt/left squad list. Cravens' agent said the safety was suffering from post-concussion syndrome during that episode, but he has been medically cleared now and is "looking forward" to the 2018 season. Even so, Keim doubts Washington trusts Cravens enough to keep him around, and they have found a replacement in Montae Nicholson. A second-round picking in 2016, Cravens should draw interest if Washington puts him on the block.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 10:05 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Dez Bryant's behavior on the sidelines "can be a distraction."

In addition to his behavior, Jones questioned Bryant's fit with Dak Prescott and his place on the team. "The chemistry between Dak and Dez is different between Tony (Romo) and Dez. ... It hasn’t hit on all cylinders on how the connection works. It’s a work in progress," Jones said. "And we just have to really get our hands around, when you put all the full body of work together, where that's headed." Owed $12.5 million and coming off one of his least productive seasons, Dez was by no means a lock to return, but these comments make it seem like Dallas is seriously considering a divorce. Of course, Jones also might be trying to soften up Bryant before asking him to take a pay cut, an idea Dez shot down in December. Cutting Bryant would save the Cowboys $8.5 million against the cap but leave them with nothing resembling a No. 1 receiver.
Jan 23 - 9:53 AM

Wyoming QB Josh Allen said he wants "to be the guy that turns around" the Browns.

"The guy that does that is going to be immortalized in Cleveland forever," Allen added. "If I’m fortunate enough to become a Cleveland Brown, you can expect everything from me." This is almost a subtweet of UCLA QB Josh Rosen, who said he would rather "be a lower pick" than play for the "wrong team." A scout reportedly told MMQB's Peter King there is "no way" the Browns pass on Allen, so it is possible the quarterback gets his wish.
Jan 23 - 9:10 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Lions are parting ways with QBs coach Brian Callahan.

It is a bit of a surprise despite the change at head coach. Callahan seems to be respected in coaching circles, and his name popped up in offensive coordinator searches this cycle. He should not have a problem finding another job. Callahan leaving could be an ominous sign for OC Jim Bob Cooter.
Jan 23 - 9:05 AM



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