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Date: Team: Pos:

Broncos signed DL Bobby Richardson.

Richardson made 11 starts for the Saints in 2015 after signing as an undrafted free agent. He was released at the end of training camp last summer and later spent time on the Chiefs' and Redskins' practice squads. The offseason just started but already the Broncos seem to be putting an emphasis on their run defense, which ranked near the bottom of the league last season.
Feb 24 - 1:14 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) said he will "for sure" be ready to play Week 1.

"Uh, yes," Gronkowski said when asked if he'll be ready to go for the season opener. "No doubt." Gronkowski is coming off his third known back surgery after he required 2009 and 2013 operations to repair herniated disks. As for his playing future, Gronk said he's not yet even thinking about retirement. Still just 28 (in May), Gronkowski's body has been through a lot in such a short period of time, but he keeps coming back better than ever. He averaged a monstrous 21.6 yards per catch on 25 grabs in 2016. Gronkowski is still the TE1 in fantasy.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 12:18 PM

Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.

However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 11:43 AM

Giants re-signed LS Zak DeOssie to a two-year contract.

DeOssie has handled the longer-than-normal snaps in New York since 2007.
Feb 24 - 11:25 AM

Josh Doctson (Achilles') has progressed to running receiver drills.

In a series of Snapchat videos on Friday, Doctson is seen doing some ladder drills and route-running at Redskins Park. Doctson didn't look to be running at full speed, but it's certainly progress. Coach Jay Gruden had hoped February would bring more results in Doctson's rehab, and it appears the sophomore is on track for OTAs. If DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garcon leave as free agents, and Doctson can stay healthy, he could be in for a big year-two leap.
Feb 24 - 10:37 AM

Free agent OLB/DE Trent Cole plans to continue his playing career.

Cole will be entering his age-35 season. He missed nine games last season due to a back injury but was able to return late in the year and is now healthy. Cole managed just five sacks across two seasons with the Colts as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He's spent most of his career as a 4-3 end. The Colts aren't expected to re-sign him. Cole will likely have to settle for one-year offers.
Feb 24 - 10:25 AM

Chiefs signed RB C.J. Spiller.

Spiller has name recognition, but he hasn't been a factor on the field for years. He was a massive free-agent flop in New Orleans in 2015 and bounced around between the Saints, Jets, and Seahawks last season before eventually being released in December. Spiller will turn 30 before the season. He'll try to carve out a pass-catching role in K.C., but we won't hold our breath.
Feb 24 - 10:11 AM

The Jets were interested in free agent LT Kelvin Beachum last offseason.

Beachum chose the Jaguars instead, but now the Jets again need two starting tackles after cutting LT Ryan Clady and RT Breno Giacomini. Swing tackle Ben Ijalana is also a free agent. Beachum had a down year in Jacksonville but should be better a year removed from ACL surgery.
Feb 24 - 9:50 AM

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano thinks it's a "good bet" the Jets will ask Eric Decker to take a pay cut.

Coming off major shoulder and hip surgeries, Decker is due a $7.25 million salary and slated to count $8.75 million against the cap. He's not expected to be ready for spring practices. If Decker declines a pay cut, the Jets could end up releasing him and save $5.75 million against the cap. Brandon Marshall seems more likely to be cut, but it's not out of the question both could be gone.
Source: SNY
Feb 24 - 9:31 AM

SNY reports the Giants are "planning to be aggressive" with free agent Jason Pierre-Paul.

The G-Men have made it clear through the media that keeping Pierre-Paul is a priority. The franchise tag makes the most sense for the team, but reporter Ralph Vacchiano makes it sound as if they aren't ruling out a long-term deal. JPP has said he wants to avoid a one-year contract. The reasons are obvious for a 28-year-old pass rusher who suffered a career-threatening injury in 2015. Pierre-Paul is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent edge rusher.
Source: SNY
Feb 23 - 9:25 PM

The Giants hosted free agent LT Russell Okung for a visit last March.

It suggests they may have at least a sliver of interest this time around. Okung's Broncos option was declined on Thursday, vaulting him back into free agency. The Steelers, 49ers, and Lions also expressed interest in Okung last year, and the Seahawks made him a contract offer, details of which were never disclosed. Still only 28 years old, Okung's market will be strong again.
Feb 23 - 9:23 PM

Ex-Chiefs S Sanders Commings is pursuing a career in baseball.

He's signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves. One month shy of his 27th birthday, Commings was a 2013 fifth-rounder. He made only two NFL appearances, both of which came in 2013, before washing out of the NFL. Commings has not played baseball since high school. His odds of carving out a professional career are extraordinarily slim.
Feb 23 - 9:22 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis suggests free agent LT Andrew Whitworth as a potential target for the Broncos.

The Denver Post has speculated about this match, as well. Klis says the Broncos are moving to a "power scheme," an offensive approach in which Whitworth has spent almost his entire career. Although Whitworth is 35 years old, he will be the best tackle on the market if the Bengals let him get there. Klis notes new Broncos coach Vance Joseph spent 2014-2015 on Cincinnati's coaching staff. The Broncos declined incumbent LT Russell Okung's option on Thursday.
Feb 23 - 9:17 PM

SNY expects the Giants to "at least make an attempt" to re-sign free agent DT Johnathan Hankins.

Reporter Ralph Vacchiano believes Hankins could "come close" to Damon Harrison's five-year, $46.25 million contract. If that's the case, the odds that a team already paying Olivier Vernon and hoping to retain Jason Pierre-Paul could keep Hankins are next to none. Going on 25, Hankins is one of the best interior linemen headed to the open market. His relative youth will really work in his favor.
Source: SNY
Feb 23 - 8:56 PM

Free agent CB Alterraun Verner says he's already drawn interest from "multiple teams."

Verner was released by the Bucs on Thursday afternoon. Verner has drawn universal plaudits for his attitude and professionalism, but mostly struggled on the field in Tampa. He's not a starting-quality corner at this stage of his NFL career. He'll hunt for a sliver of guaranteed money in free agency.
Feb 23 - 8:13 PM



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