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"Sources around the league" tell Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that free agent Michael Crabtree's market has "crashed."

Cole's sources are just stating the obvious. Per Cole, Crabtree apparently believed he was going to make $9-$10 million per year before the start of last season. It would be a miracle for Crabtree to get even half that. The most likely outcome is Crabtree accepting $2-$3 million on a one-year, "prove-it" deal. To date, his lone visit has been to the Dolphins.
Mar 31 - 2:21 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht called Florida State QB Jameis Winston's Tuesday Pro Day "outstanding."

Winston drew mixed reviews from a Twitter crowd that insisted on documenting every last throw, but ended up completing 94-of-102 passes. His pass catchers committed four drops. Regardless of how he performed today, Winston was going to remain the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall to Licht's Bucs.
Mar 31 - 2:04 PM

49ers re-signed LB Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.

Signed in late December, Bishop appeared in two games for the 49ers after being waived by the Cardinals. Four months shy of his 31st birthday, the former Packers starter will fight for a spot on special teams.
Mar 31 - 2:02 PM

Ravens agreed to terms with QB Matt Schaub, formerly of the Raiders.

The rapidly-declining veteran was supposedly also drawing interest from the Cowboys, Titans and Falcons. Going on 34, Schaub was picked twice in 10 attempts for the Raiders last season, also taking three sacks. Arguably the league's worst starter in 2013, Schaub will be a shaky backup for Joe Flacco, but more experienced than Tyrod Taylor. Flacco hasn't missed a game in seven NFL seasons, a trend that Ravens are obviously counting on for 2015.
Mar 31 - 1:50 PM

XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki reports free agent Rob Housler is drawing interest from the Bengals as well as the Ravens, and would like to make a decision "by the end of the week."

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday morning that there was "mutual interest" between Baltimore and the ex-Cardinal. Housler offers legit receiving upside, but was inconsistent in a Cardinals offense that doesn't feature tight ends catching passes.
Mar 31 - 1:43 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports there's "mutual interest" between the Ravens and free agent Rob Housler.

The sides can't get on the same monetary page, but "are expected to keep talking in search of a financial compromise." Housler has plus-starter athleticism and the Ravens' only bankable tight end for 2015 is currently Crockett Gillmore. Still only 27 years old, Housler's fantasy outlook would get a big boost in Baltimore, where Marc Trestman will call plays and the wideout talent is suspect.
Mar 31 - 12:58 PM

Toby Gerhart will reportedly line up at fullback some in 2015.

A year ago, the Jaguars signed Gerhart to a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the intent of making him their feature back. He completely face-planted, fighting a foot injury but also getting badly outplayed by Denard Robinson. Now the Jags are just looking for ways to get some kind of return on their investment. At best, Gerhart will fill a big back role in a committee and do some blocking.
Mar 31 - 11:39 AM

Jaguars waived FB Bradie Ewing.

Ewing appeared in no games for the Jags last year. They now have no fullback on the roster.
Mar 31 - 11:13 AM

Free agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers is visiting the Bears.

Rodgers can't provide much as a runner (career 3.65 YPC on 305 carries), but can protect and catch the ball out of the backfield. The Bears are looking for some depth behind Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey.
Mar 31 - 11:10 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer said he's excited to get Teddy Bridgewater into the Vikings' new indoor stadium in 2016.

Although Bridgewater performed well in his five cold-weather situations as a rookie, he has relatively small 9 1/4-inch hands. Playing more games under perfect conditions is a boost to all quarterbacks, not just Bridgewater. Note that QBs playing indoors since 2007 have a 64.1 completion percentage, 7.37 YPA and 60.0 QBR. QBs outdoors since 2007 have a 61.6 completion percentage, 7.18 YPA and 56.6 QBR. There's also a strong negative correlation between passing stats and declining temperatures.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 11:04 AM

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said ILB Derrick Johnson's roster spot is safe.

Johnson is coming off a torn Achilles' tendon, is 32 years old and the cap-strapped Chiefs could free up $5.2 million by cutting him. But they're counting on his return (as well as Mike DeVito's) to correct a run defense that ranked 28th in the league last year. "In terms of the modern era of the Chiefs, it’s hard to think about the club without thinking about Derrick at inside linebacker. ... We’re looking forward to having him back this year, hopefully good as new," Hunt said.
Mar 31 - 10:14 AM

Andre Johnson is expected to be an underneath receiver for the Colts.

Johnson is certainly an upgrade on Reggie Wayne, but don't get fooled into thinking he'll be resuscitated into early-career form. The 34-year-old (in July) was less productive on a per-target basis than DeAndre Hopkins and Damaris Johnson last year, and is clearly losing explosion. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief will be the lid-lifters for Andrew Luck, with the tight ends and Johnson working in possession roles.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 9:39 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms Miles Austin was not signed as a Jeremy Maclin replacement.

Austin's one-year, $2.3 million contract is backup-type money. In fact, we wouldn't even consider him a stone lock to make the final roster. Austin projects as the No. 4 receiver right now and the Eagles are expected to use a priority draft pick on a wideout. It's hard to carry a No. 5 receiver that doesn't play on special teams.
Mar 31 - 9:19 AM

Golden Tate said he's focusing on learning the playbook a little better this offseason.

Tate seemed to know the plays just fine in his first year as a Lion, ranking sixth in the league in catches (99), seventh in yards (1,331) and third in total YAC (691). It will be nearly impossible for him to improve on those numbers with Calvin Johnson shaking off his nagging injuries and Eric Ebron expected to come on as an NFL sophomore. Even if Tate does get more comfortable in Joe Lombardi's scheme, expect a volume regression.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 8:57 AM

The Eagles have not approached ILB Mychal Kendricks about an extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

Kendricks is just 24 years old, has difference-making sideline-to-sideline ability and can really cover from the inside linebacker spot. But the Eagles didn't like the way he rehabbed off a calf injury in 2014, and have since traded for Kiko Alonso and extended DeMeco Ryans. Now there's speculation Kendricks could be part of a draft day trade, something we can't rule out with hyper-aggressive Chip Kelly at the controls.
Mar 31 - 8:45 AM



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