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Seahawks assistant Tom Cable has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy.

The news comes the same day it was reported Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan has emerged as the odds-on favorite to replace Chip Kelly. Cable will return to Seattle, where he has been one of Pete Carroll's top lieutenants since he made the jump from USC.
Jan 17 - 6:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers will offer their head-coaching job to Kyle Shanahan at the conclusion of the Falcons' season.

The sides will reportedly conduct a second interview after the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers can't officially hire Shanahan until the conclusion of the Falcons' playoff run, but it appears there's already a wink/nod agreement. It's why Seahawks executive Trent Kirchner "withdrew" from the general manager search on Tuesday. Kirchner was believed to want to pair up with Seahawks assistant Tom Cable. Successfully coordinating offenses since 2008 in Houston, Shanahan has earned the chance to lead a team.
Jan 17 - 5:43 PM

Bills hired ex-Rams OC Rob Boras as TEs coach.

This speaks to the "quality" of Jeff Fisher's offensive — literally and figuratively — staff during his time as head coach in St. Louis/Los Angeles. Aside from his two-year sabbatical coordinating the Rams' offense, Boras has been an NFL TEs coach since 2004.
Jan 17 - 5:20 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports it's "clear" Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is the favorite for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy.

It appears Seahawks assistant coach Tom Cable could be pulling his name from the running, presumably because he believes he doesn't have a legitimate chance to replace Chip Kelly. Shanahan has done an all-world job with the Falcons' offense this season, and had success wherever he's been, including Cleveland.
Jan 17 - 5:10 PM

Packers signed CB Bene Benwikere to the practice squad.

Benwikere hasn't appeared in a regular season game since getting cut by the Panthers in October. He was recently let go from the Dolphins' practice squad. Benwikere will likely sign a reserve/future contract adding him to the offseason roster once the Packers' playoff run is through.
Jan 17 - 4:46 PM

Seahawks executive Trent Kirchner has withdrawn from the 49ers' general manager search.

Kirchner's personnel partner Scott Fitterer is apparently still under consideration. Often, when a candidate publicly withdraws, it means the team has zeroed in on someone else, but that can't be assumed to be the case with the dysfunctional 49ers.
Jan 17 - 4:39 PM

Speaking at his introductory presser, new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said the team would speak to Gus Bradley about the defensive coordinator position again on Tuesday.

Los Angeles is Bradley's best bet for a job right now, but there's been speculation he's waiting to see if Tom Cable gets the 49ers' job. Bradley coached alongside Cable in Seattle. San Diego, with its Joey Bosa-led defense, would be the much better career choice.
Jan 17 - 2:56 PM

The Chargers will retain Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator.

This was the expectation even before Anthony Lynn, himself an offensive mind, was hired. Whisenhunt coordinated Philip Rivers in 2013, earning himself a second chance as a head coach with the Titans. He failed spectacularly, and was back with the Bolts in 2016. Whisenhunt's 2016 unit was effective, but plagued by the typical inconsistency and chaos that's been a mainstay for the Chargers. Lynn's presence should be a huge plus for Melvin Gordon.
Jan 17 - 2:52 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports impending free agent Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) is "six weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Reporter Michael Gehlken posted a video of Woodhead running with great velocity and even doing some cutting. Woodhead is four months removed from going down. He should still have at least 2-3 months of intensive rehab remaining, but it appears he could be close to 100 percent for training camp. One week shy of his 32nd birthday, Woodhead is one of the league's best pass-catching backs, but missed the majority of two of the past three seasons with injury.
Jan 17 - 2:17 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports suspended WR Martavis Bryant has applied for reinstatement.

Bryant won't be returning for the AFC Championship Game or a potential Super Bowl appearance, but is trying to get his ducks in a row for 2017. Bryant was suspended a minimum of one season last March. As we've seen with Aldon Smith, it's not a guarantee the league will reinstate him simply because he's eligible. Bryant turned 25 last month.
Jan 17 - 1:31 PM

Free agent QB Aaron Murray is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

A fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Murray was the only member of the Eagles' practice squad not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season. That is obviously not a great sign for his future, but he should latch on with someone as an offseason arm. Backups Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are both under contract with the Panthers for 2017.
Jan 17 - 12:48 PM

Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl has resigned.

Proehl is stepping down to spend more time watching his kids play college ball. While that excuse usually means someone was asked to leave, that likely is not the case here. Proehl has earned nothing but praise for his work in Carolina since joining the staff in 2011, and he reportedly is well liked and respected in the locker room. It would not be a surprise if he got back into coaching at some point in the future.
Jan 17 - 12:46 PM

Jets RG Brian Winters received $15 million guaranteed in his four-year, $29-million extension.

It is a big guarantee for an upper-middle-class starter, and the $7.25-million average puts him inside the top-ten at the position. The Jets are obviously banking on the 25-year-old taking a step forward from solid starter to Pro-Bowl caliber during the life of the contract. The deal is great news for impending free agents like T.J. Lang, Ronald Leary, and Larry Warford.
Jan 17 - 12:31 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison is dealing with shoulder and triceps injuries.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the injuries will limit him early in the week, but there is almost no chance he sits out the AFC Championship Game. Harrison continued his monster season in the win over the Chiefs Sunday night, and he should do the same this week against the Patriots.
Jan 17 - 12:24 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green remains in the concussion protocol.

Green did not seem particularly close to playing in the Divisional Round, but Tomlin did say he has a chance. He will need to get in some practice reps early in the week to have any shot at returning. The Steelers could certainly use Green as they head to New England.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: It's looking very much like we won't see Green again this postseason. His history with concussions was concerning before this season, and things haven't improved at all in his first year with the Steelers. Green was acting as the next-in-command to Antonio Brown among the receiving corps, and his presence would theoretically make it tougher for the Patriots to heavily attack Brown with double coverage. Jesse James would draw another start and while he's a good bet to play the large majority of the snaps, his volume is still concerning. You can do worse on a two-game slate if you're looking to punt the TE spot, however.
Jan 17 - 12:17 PM



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