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The agent for 49ers WR Eric Rogers (ACL) anticipates his client being cleared for OTAs.

Rogers' progress is notable because he was a heralded signing out of the CFL last year, only to miss the entire season after tearing his ACL early in training camp. Entering camp, one beat writer predicted Rogers would win the Niners' third receiver job. There is a ton of opportunity in San Francisco's receiver corps. 26-year-old Rogers stands 6-foot-3, 206 with 4.5-flat speed.
Feb 24 - 10:25 PM

The Oakland Press considers the Lions a landing spot for free agent Alan Branch.

Branch doesn’t have ties to Detroit, but did go to college at Michigan. He would be an upgrade next to Haloti Ngata on a defense that struggled to stop the run. Branch shouldn't have a huge market despite anchoring the Patriots’ line the last two seasons. He's 32 years old and made just $2.75M in 2016.
Feb 24 - 8:06 PM

49ers signed DT Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract.

He'll get $5.5 million in year one. Mitchell drew a surprising amount of interest for a nearing-30 defensive tackle who hasn't recorded a sack in two years, and hasn't earned a positive run-defense grade from Pro Football Focus in a half decade. A 6-foot-2, 296-pound undersized nose tackle, Mitchell's on-field play has been nondescript at best. He has also missed 11 games the past two seasons due to injury. The 49ers need to keep searching for good football players. They have very few of them right now.
Feb 24 - 7:52 PM

The Browns could move RG John Greco to center.

Moving Greco would allow Cam Erving to play right tackle after his disastrous 2016. The Browns also want to add a starter at guard with Greco and Joel Bitonio recovering from Lisfranc surgeries. Greco isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 7:24 PM

The Seattle Post Intelligencer suggests the Seahawks could pursue free agent OT Breno Giacomini.

Giacomini was a two-plus year starter in Seattle before signing with the Jets. The Seahawks could have interest in him as a fallback option at right tackle given his experience in Tom Cable's system. Giacomini is recovering from back surgery but expects to be cleared for training camp.
Feb 24 - 6:09 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman is open to re-signing free agent LT Matt Kalil.

It falls in line with previous reports Minnesota wants Kalil back. The Vikings reportedly "felt good" about Kalil before losing him to a hip injury last season. Kalil's health and declining play could force him to settle for prove-it offers.
Feb 24 - 5:46 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman wouldn't commit to DT Sharrif Floyd returning in 2017.

Floyd missed all but one game last year to a clean-up knee procedure. He's the Vikings' best interior lineman behind Linval Joseph, but health concerns have his status up in the air. Minnesota has until March 9 to pick up Floyd's $6M option.
Feb 24 - 5:25 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci passes along "a lot of buzz" that the 49ers could draft Alabama ILB Reuben Foster with the No. 2 overall pick.

Carucci is one of the NFL's most well-connected beat writers, having worked for multiple teams and as a reporter for NFL.com. Even if he gets past San Francisco at No. 2, Carucci fully expects Foster to be drafted in the single digits. After watching Foster's college tape, ESPN's Louis Riddick described him as "everything I want in a run-and-hit linebacker," and "vicious" on the field. Foster, however, is presently recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
Feb 24 - 5:02 PM

ESPN's Katherine Terrell said drafting a running back in the first round is "not out of the question" for the Bengals.

We agree with Terrell's assessment that Cincinnati's backfield "isn't great at the moment." Giovani Bernard is coming off ACL surgery and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman are both free agents. Jeremy Hill is entering a contract year and has averaged an underwhelming 3.67 yards per carry over his last two seasons. The Bengals hold the No. 9 pick in this year's draft. LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook could both go in that range.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 5:00 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci considers DT Kyle Williams' roster spot "extremely vulnerable."

Especially if the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor, they will have to make some cap-saving moves. Turning 34 in June, Williams carries an $8.3 million cap number and would save the Bills $6.8 million if released. Williams would make a lot of sense in Philadelphia as a replacement for impending free agent NT Bennie Logan. Williams had a monster year under Eagles DC Jim Schwartz with Buffalo in 2014, dominating as both an interior pass rusher and run defender.
Feb 24 - 4:57 PM

The Vikings will meet with Adrian Peterson's agent next week to discuss his future with the team.

The Vikings will also sit down with Terence Newman's agent. Newman is contemplating retirement, while Peterson wants to play but isn't in the Vikings' budget. Peterson could be facing a relatively quiet market if the two sides part ways, which seems likely. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week that many GMs have balked at the idea of paying Peterson $5 million annually. Peterson has beaten long odds before, but that's not something teams can bank on.
Feb 24 - 4:25 PM

Coach Mike Mularkey said the Titans' starting running back job will not be opened to competition for 2017.

"DeMarco Murray is the guy," Mularkey stated. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy." Derrick Henry averaged 4.45 yards per carry, scored five touchdowns, and caught 13-of-15 targets in a promising rookie year, but he will open 2017 as a complementary, game-plan-specific back. "Derrick, as you saw, some games he was more involved than others," Mularkey explained. "And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent."
Feb 24 - 4:12 PM

49ers signed WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.

Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, spending time with the Ravens, Raiders and most recently the Patriots. The 23-year-old has yet to play an NFL snap.
Feb 24 - 4:06 PM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.

Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert.
Feb 24 - 4:03 PM

Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny is expected back for a seventh season with the team.

New EVP Tom Coughlin spoke highly of Posluszny at Friday's press conference. Posluszny had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, leading the Jags in tackles (133) as usual and earning PFF's No. 4 inside linebacker grade among 59 qualifiers. Signed only through 2017, "Poz" turns 33 in October.
Feb 24 - 3:52 PM



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