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MMQB's Peter King "wouldn't be shocked" if Jay Cutler ends up with the Cardinals.

That would mean Cutler chooses to settle for a backup job behind Carson Palmer for 2017 with an eye on taking over as the starter in 2018 if Palmer retires. It would be somewhat shocking to see Cutler take a back seat when there are so many open jobs out there, but his fit in Bruce Arians' gunslinger offense makes sense. The Cardinals have said finding a quarterback is their No. 1 goal this offseason. The Jets and 49ers could also be landing spots for Cutler.
Source: MMQB
Feb 20 - 10:36 AM

The Ravens can create $2.3 million in cap room by releasing C Jeremy Zuttah.

Zuttah is firmly on the bubble as the Ravens look to shake things up a bit after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Zuttah turns 31 this summer and is an undersized center at right around 300 pounds. He was PFF's No. 14 center out of 37 qualifiers in 2016, grading out well in run blocking.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 10:28 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's still a "ways to go" in a potential Branden Albert-for-Julius Thomas trade.

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero first mentioned this as a possibility last week before the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Sunday that the two sides were finalizing the swap. Apparently Albert has agreed to play in Jacksonville, but the Dolphins and Julius Thomas are still working on their end. By all accounts, Thomas loves coach Adam Gase after having his breakout years with him in Denver. Ultimately, we'd expect this deal to come together in a couple weeks.
Feb 20 - 9:39 AM

Citing league sources, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending Branden Albert to the Jaguars in exchange for Julius Thomas.

The Miami Herald reported this late in the week, but the Sun-Sentinel got credit for the story on multiple media outlets today. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't (accurately) broken an NFL story in years. Either way, it's clear the Albert-for-Thomas deal has legs and at this point seems inevitable. Officially, no deal can be consummated until the start of the new league year on March 9.
Feb 19 - 5:49 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo's agent, Donald Yee, represents Saints coach Sean Payton, with whom Bears GM Ryan Pace worked for ten years in New Orleans.

There are all kinds of connections to be made like this around the NFL, but Pace's connections to Garoppolo especially stand out. Payton and Pace's Saints were rumored to be infatuated with Garoppolo in the 2014 draft and allegedly considered taking him toward the end of the first round. Payton, Pace, and Garoppolo are all alums of Eastern Illinois. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "Yee knows well just how much Payton and Pace valued Garoppolo in the (2014) draft," and "putting a deal together between those two wouldn’t be difficult."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 5:38 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Tony Romo is willing to "massage" his contract in order to facilitate a trade.

This flexibility is critical if Dallas is going to get trade compensation. Romo must be willing to restructure his contract for any deal to get done, and if he wasn't it's entirely possible Romo would already have been released. The Cowboys should have a better idea of what they may be able to get for Romo when NFL teams convene at the Combine, which begins on Tuesday, February 28.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 5:17 PM

Free agent DT Earl Mitchell will visit the Seahawks on Monday and Tuesday.

Mitchell's schedule is jam-packed. After Seattle, he'll visit the 49ers on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Broncos on Thursday. Mitchell will meet with the Falcons on Thursday night and Friday morning. Mitchell would make sense for a Broncos defense that struggled against the run last year. It would also reunite him with Vance Joseph, who was Mitchell's defensive coordinator in Miami.
Feb 19 - 12:22 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.

The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value, but the landscape has changed now that Cousins supporters Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco, while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible.
Source: MMQB.com
Feb 19 - 10:32 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer expects the Cowboys to "do right" by Tony Romo.

That means either trading Romo to a team of his choosing or releasing him and letting him test the market. This belief is shared by a number of Cowboys staffers. Romo is expected to meet with owner Jerry Jones before or during the Combine. Arizona, Denver, Houston, and Kansas City are Romo's preferred landing spots.
Source: MMQB.com
Feb 19 - 10:12 AM

According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign impending free agent Jacob Tamme.

The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers just signed Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though it wouldn't hurt to bring in a veteran to implement Shanahan's offense. Either way, Austin Hooper is slated for a bigger role.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 9:36 AM

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.

Bernard tore his ACL last November and seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft.
Source: bengals.com
Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal believes the Patriots will "make a run" at free agent Martellus Bennett.

Daniels believes Bennett will command "top dollar" as the best tight end available on the market. Outbidding teams in free agency has never been New England's MO, though the Patriots have over $61 million in cap space. Bennett finished third among tight ends with seven touchdowns despite playing through painful knee and ankle injuries. With Rob Gronkowski coming off his third back surgery, keeping Bennett would be a wise investment for the Patriots.
Feb 19 - 9:06 AM

Mark Eckel of NJ Advanced Media believes DE Connor Barwin will have plenty of suitors if the Eagles cut or trade him.

Following years of success as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Barwin struggled at defensive end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. Barwin is due $7.75 million and has already said he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. Eckel named the Colts, Packers and Ravens as teams that could be interested in Barwin.
Feb 19 - 8:20 AM

The Browns don’t plan to franchise free agent Terrelle Pryor.

This conflicts with a previous report the Browns were leaning toward the tag with Pryor. It sounds there's more optimism for an extension after the Browns met with Pryor’s agent this week. The Browns have until March 1 to make a decision on Pryor. Pryor is targeting $10-11 million annually.
Feb 18 - 8:04 PM

Free agent LT Kelvin Beachum played through "consistent knee pain" in the second half of last season.

It’s both a red flag and partly explains Beachum’s struggles. Beachum only missed one game despite never looking fully healthy. There’s rebound potential with Beachum over a year removed from ACL surgery. Beachum is Rotoworld's No. 4 free agent tackle.
Feb 18 - 7:40 PM



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