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A league source told PFT's Mike Florio that the Dolphins quickly franchise-tagging Jarvis Landry is "being interpreted as a desire" by Miami to trade Landry.

The Dolphins slapped the tag on Landry on the first day teams were allowed to do so on Tuesday, which is pretty quick. Typically, tags come closer to the early-March deadline each year after both sides have exhausted all avenues in extension talks, buying the sides until July to hammer out a long-term deal. That very well could be the case here, as well, but the way the Dolphins have spoken of Landry the past year-plus makes this report believable. Prior to Tuesday, Miami's front office had been lukewarm at best when talking about Landry's Dolphins future. A trade would be complicated, as Landry would likely have to agree to a new long-term deal with the acquiring team, while the Dolphins would also want significant compensation. Landry being in Miami for 2018 doesn't appear to be a lock at this point.
Feb 20 - 10:08 PM

Dolphins assigned the franchise tag to WR Jarvis Landry.

Tuesday was the first day teams were allowed to use their franchise tag. Miami is wasting no time, and this hints the two sides may be close on an extension. If Landry does play 2018 under the franchise tag, he'll be guaranteed roughly $16 million, making him the league's third-highest-paid receiver for the year, behind only Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant. It's a large chunk of change for a slot receiver who didn't crack 1,000 yards last season despite leading the league with 112 catches. Landry's 8.8 YPR average in 2017 ranked 114th of 118 qualified receivers. Landry, however, did score a career-best nine touchdowns, and the Dolphins obviously believe he's capable of replicating that in the future. This could be bad news for DeVante Parker, who has just one year left on his contract with Miami needing to make a decision on his 2019 fifth-year option this offseason.
Feb 20 - 8:20 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jarvis Landry.

This pretty much goes against everything that has been hinted at by the Dolphins and the local media for the past year or so. It had previously been expected that Landry would leave the Dolphins as a free agent, especially since they have Kenny Stills on a big contract and former first-rounder DeVante Parker at receiver. Perhaps the organization isn't as high on Parker after a really disappointing 2017 and is choosing to build around Landry at the position. On the tag, Landry will at least be guaranteed around $16 million for 2018, though both sides could be close on an extension. Landry led the league in catches last season.
Feb 20 - 8:00 PM

Speaking in a Tuesday interview, Andrew Luck (shoulder) insisted he does not need another operation.

"That is not an option for me right now," Luck said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." Luck was speaking in a pre-recorded interview at a Colts "town hall." Skeptics could latch onto the "right now" in Luck's statement, but he seems to genuinely believe he won't need to go back under the knife. His comments come the same day coach Frank Reich said the team is "hopeful" Luck will participate in OTAs. Luck also said he was "in the middle of sort of a little bit of throwing" and plans to soon progress to "heavier throwing."
Feb 20 - 7:31 PM

DT Sharrif Floyd is awaiting resolution of a grievance he filed against the Vikings in September.

Battling a lingering, and likely career-ending, knee injury, Floyd spent 2017 on the reserve/NFI list. That got the Vikings out of paying his entire $6.757 million salary. Teams can pay "an amount of their choosing" to players on the NFI list. The Vikes settled on $2.006 million. Floyd contends he should have been on the PUP list instead of NFI, and entitled to his full salary.
Feb 20 - 6:46 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas hopes to have a decision on his 2018 status by the start of free agency.

"Whether I’m going to come back or retire, I think, from their perspective, having a certain need going into free agency is important," Thomas said. The reality is, the Browns will need to know even sooner than that so they can begin planning for the future if Thomas hangs up his cleats. We doubt he will leave the Browns in a lurch.
Feb 20 - 6:29 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports "billionaire hedge fund manager" David Tepper has emerged as the "frontrunner" to buy the Panthers.

One of the richest men in the country, Tepper is currently a minority owner in the Steelers. He is the founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a "global hedge fund firm based in Miami Beach." Regardless of whether or not it's Tepper, someone extremely rich is going to buy the Panthers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 6:22 PM

New Colts coach Frank Reich is "hopeful" Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be ready to throw in OTAs in April.

We've learned not to put much stock in the Colts' "hopes" for Luck's surgically-repaired shoulder but it's still better than the alternative. There figures to be dozens of updates on Luck's progress, or lack thereof, between now and training camp. The smartest thing to do is to consider Luck questionable for Week 1 until genuine signs of progress are demonstrated.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM

Titans re-signed K Ryan Succop to a five-year, $20 million contract.

Succop had been set for unrestricted free agency. The deal includes $7.5 million guaranteed and is one of the richest ever for a kicker. The Titans' kicker since 2014, Succop converted 83.3 percent of his field goal attempts last season. That was actually his worst number as a Titan but still above the "acceptable" threshold of 80. With a career long of 54, Succop doesn't have a particularly big leg.
Feb 20 - 5:33 PM

Eagles promoted RBs coach Duce Staley to assistant head coach.

Staley was passed over for offensive coordinator duties by WRs coach Mike Groh but gets a new title by way of apology. Staley has been on the Eagles' staff since 2011, and is widely considered a future coordinator.
Feb 20 - 4:58 PM

The Bears have declined LG Josh Sitton's $8 million team option for 2018, making him a free agent.

Sitton remained one of the league's best guards in 2018, but the Bears evidently want to go younger. Sitton has also battled the injury bug in Chicago, missing three games each of the past two seasons. The ex-Packer turns 32 in June. He will not lack for interest on the open market. Since Sitton isn't being released, and is simply having an option declined, he isn't eligible to sign until the start of free agency.
Feb 20 - 4:49 PM

The Jaguars declined their 2018 option on WR Arrelious Benn, making him a free agent.

Somewhat surprisingly, Benn spent all of 2017 on Jacksonville's 53-man roster, catching one pass in nine games. The 2010 second-round pick has 10 total grabs since the end of the 2011 season. He turns 30 in September.
Feb 20 - 4:06 PM

The Jaguars declined their 2018 option on TE Mychal Rivera, making him a free agent.

The ex-Raider spent all of 2017 on injured reserve with a wrist injury. A 2013 sixth-rounder, Rivera caught at least 30 passes each of the first three years of his career but was phased out his final year in Oakland (2016). Rivera, who turns 28 in September, will struggle for guaranteed money in free agency.
Feb 20 - 4:06 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers are fully expected to use the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell ahead of the March 6 deadline.

Both sides seem ready to finally hammer out a long-term deal, but the franchise tag will buy time to do it. Fowler reports the Steelers have already budgeted the $14.5 million tag into their salary cap plan for free agency. The deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term deals is July 16.
Feb 20 - 3:29 PM

Bucs released DT Chris Baker.

Baker signed a "three-year, $15.75 million" contract last March but was a huge disappointment his first year in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times reported in December that both teammates and coaches had questioned Baker's effort. Baker faced similar questions with the Redskins. His entire $4.875 million cap hit comes off the books. Baker, who notched 0.5 sacks in 15 games in 2017, turns 31 in October.
Feb 20 - 3:25 PM



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