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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

The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects free agent DT Nick Fairley to seek $10 million per season.

The New Orleans Advocate guessed a similar number a week ago. Reporter Larry Holder "can almost guarantee" the Saints will not be willing to pay that much. Holder expects New Orleans to get interested if Fairley's average annual value is in the $6 million range. Coming off an excellent year — and his 29th birthday — Fairley has every reason to seek top dollar.
Feb 23 - 6:13 PM

Bucs released CB Alterraun Verner.

The no-brainer move creates $6.5 million in cap space, and leaves behind no dead money. Signed to a four-year, $25.5 million contract in March 2014, Verner was a comprehensive bust in Tampa, losing his starting job in 2015. Despite good health, he made just nine combined starts over the past two years, playing 838 replacement-level snaps. The ex-Titan turned 28 in January. He'll search for fourth corner work.
Feb 23 - 4:00 PM

Jets released OT Breno Giacomini.

The move creates $4.5 million in cap space. Coupled with Nick Folk's release, Giacomini's departure saves the Jets a total of $7.5 million. Going on 32, Giacomini is recovering from back surgery. He's been a liability for years now. He won't be signed as a locked-in starter in free agency. Perhaps his ex-team Seattle will be interested as they pick up the pieces along their offensive line.
Feb 23 - 3:59 PM

Jets released K Nick Folk.

The move creates $3 million in cap space. Now 32, Folk had been the Jets' kicker since 2010. Folk converted 27-of-31 field goal attempts last season, though he did shank two extra points. Folk was effective enough to keep his job, but the rebuilding Jets would rather save money. Folk will likely be kicking somewhere in 2017.
Feb 23 - 3:58 PM

Free agent DT Earl Mitchell completed his Broncos visit on Thursday.

He'll visit the Falcons next. The ex-Dolphin has also drawn interest from the Seahawks and 49ers.
Feb 23 - 1:55 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman was noncommittal when speaking about Adrian Peterson on Thursday.

Spielman said the team is still mulling its options, but that Peterson will "always be a Viking." Spielman's words confirm there's a strong chance the Vikings move on from one of the best players in franchise history. Both sides seem ready for a divorce.
Feb 23 - 1:43 PM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman declined comment on contract-year QB Sam Bradford's situation.

Spielman did say he would make the trade for Bradford again in a "millisecond." With Teddy Bridgewater's career in doubt, Bradford will be under center in Week 1, but there's not much reason for Minnesota to rush into an extension that would give Bradford guaranteed money in 2018. Due $17 million between salary and bonuses, Bradford turns 30 in November.
Feb 23 - 1:39 PM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said "everybody's hoping" Teddy Bridgewater (knee) can resume his career.

Spielman passed up an opportunity to guarantee his 24-year-old quarterback will ever play again. Bridgewater has yet to resume football activities, and is without a timeline for doing so. Headed into the final year of his contract, Sam Bradford will be under center in Week 1.
Feb 23 - 1:33 PM

The Cardinals and Cowboys will play in the 2017 Hall-of-Fame Game.

The league's annual preseason opener will take place on a Thursday (Aug. 3) as opposed to its traditional Sunday this year. Last year's game was canceled because of an unplayable field. We can only assume The Shield has since pumped some money into the Canton stadium. Carson Palmer and Dak Prescott will play a few snaps before giving way to the bottom of the 90-men rosters.
Feb 23 - 1:09 PM

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports the Broncos will not pick up LT Russell Okung's four-year, $48 million option.

Okung would have landed $19.5 million guaranteed including an $8 million bonus if the Broncos had picked up the option. The decision makes Okung a free agent, although the Broncos may look to bring him back on a deal which guarantees less and pays less up front. That might be easier said than done in a thin left tackle market of which, even coming off a down year, Okung is now near the top.
Feb 23 - 1:04 PM

Free agent Josh McCown said he has spoken with four or five teams since being released by the Browns earlier this month.

McCown said he wants a chance to win and to go somewhere he can "mentor a young quarterback and work with him to make him better," comments which are not surprising considering his bright future as a coach. Going on 38, McCown is not going to get a look at a starting job, but he seems to be realistic about his market. He would be a solid backup signing for a team with a young starter.
Feb 23 - 12:54 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Ryan Tannehill (knee) is "healed" and will be ready for OTAs.

Tannehill did not require surgery to repair the partially torn ACL and sprained MCL which ended his season in Week 14. Salguero reports the team could manage his workload, but he will be good to go for the "entire offseason program." Coming off one of his best seasons, another full offseason in coach Adam Gase's system could allow Tannehill to take another step forward.
Feb 23 - 12:33 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer wrote his "sense" is new Bills OC Rick Dennison wants to keep Tyrod Taylor.

Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014, Taylor's final year in Baltimore, so he knows the quarterback well. Despite Dennison's desire to keep Tyrod, Breer correctly points out "cash will be the deciding factor." Taylor is due $30.75 million guaranteed over two years if the Bills pick up his option.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 12:12 PM



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