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New Bills OC Greg Roman said he'll give E.J. Manuel "a very clean slate" as they head into the offseason.

"I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. I'd say we just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater," Roman said. "What [he] might've been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask him to do." Those are the most glowing words we've heard on Manuel from the Bills since the season ended. Manuel isn't going to be handed anything. Top beat writer Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to address quarterback in free agency and the draft.
Jan 28 - 1:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee calls 49ers WR Stevie Johnson a "presumed starter" for 2015.

Michael Crabtree is a free agent and seems unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers. Brandon Lloyd is also headed for free agency, leaving Anquan Boldin and Johnson atop the depth chart. Johnson played just 305 snaps this past season, catching 35 balls for 435 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 3 receiver. Johnson is a crisp route runner with good hands, but the 49ers desperately need a field stretcher out wide. Johnson and Boldin are carbon-copy clones as possession receivers.
Jan 28 - 11:09 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel doesn't envision the Packers even making an offer to restricted free agent WR Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin entered the season as the Packers' clear No. 3 receiver, but got hurt and was passed by rookie Davante Adams and left in the dust. He played just 122 offensive snaps after Week 3. Even if the Packers can't re-sign free agent Randall Cobb, Boykin appears on his way out. He's a slow possession receiver.
Jan 28 - 9:55 AM

The Dallas Morning News names WLB Sean Lee's contract one of the three worst on the team.

It's hard to disagree. Lee inked a seven-year, $42 million deal in August 2013 and has appeared in just 11-of-32 regular-season games because of various injuries in 2013 and a torn ACL in 2014. When on the field, Lee was worth the money. But he's no longer expected to man the middle for the Cowboys, and will instead shift to the weak side in DC Rod Marinelli's scheme. The Cowboys will hope to bring back impending free agent MLB Rolando McClain. Cutting Lee isn't an option, as the Cowboys would take on a $9 million-plus dead money hit.
Jan 28 - 9:49 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jimmy Kempski mentions OLB Jason Worilds as a free agent the Eagles could target.

Interestingly, ESPN's Adam Caplan tweeted back in August that Worilds "would have signed with the Eagles" had he not been slapped with the transition tag by the Steelers last offseason. It indicates there was mutual interest from both sides. The Eagles will be on the hunt for a starting outside linebacker with Brandon Graham heading for free agency and Trent Cole a lock to be cut.
Jan 28 - 9:19 AM

Former DT Aubrayo Franklin has joined the 49ers' coaching staff as an entry-level assistant.

Franklin, 34, last played in the NFL for the Colts in 2013, starting 15 games as the run-plugging nose tackle. He had his best days as a 49er from 2007-2010, and was even San Francisco's "franchise" player in 2010. New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula was Franklin's position coach in San Francisco.
Jan 28 - 9:06 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the 49ers have "discussed" Eagles WRs coach Bob Bicknell as a candidate for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Bicknell, 45, has been the Eagles' WRs coach the past two seasons. Before that, he was a position coach for the Chiefs and Bills from 2007-2012, coaching offensive line, tight ends, and receivers. Like 49ers coach Jim Tomsula, Bicknell spent a good amount of time coaching in NFL Europe in the late-1990s and early-2000s. He was the OC for the Berlin Thunder and Cologne Centurions.
Jan 28 - 8:56 AM

Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) expects to be 100 percent for the start of OTAs.

"I’ll be 100 percent," Posluszny said. "That shouldn’t be an issue for us." Posluszny tore his pectoral in October and missed the final nine weeks of the season. He's the leader of the Jaguars' defense as a tackling machine in the middle, but Poz's play has gone downhill the past three seasons. Due a $7.45 million salary in 2015, Posluszny is a candidate to be cut this offseason.
Source: jaguars.com
Jan 27 - 8:13 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Richard Sherman has torn ligaments in his elbow.

It's the first we've heard of any torn ligaments, but Sherman has continually insisted it's not an issue. Sherman has been practicing in full ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl. Per Werder, Sherman is "improving daily," and "finished with treatment." It's possible we'll learn that Sherman is dealing with a more serious injury than he's letting on following SB XLIX.
Jan 27 - 7:21 PM

Colts agreed to terms with WR Duron Carter.

The deal isn't expected to be officially announced until next month, but all signs have been pointing Carter toward the Colts for weeks. Carter has been a hyped prospect for years, but couldn't make the Vikings as a 2013 undrafted free agent, due in part to character concerns. He then headed to Canada where he had a productive two-year stint for the Montreal Alouettes. Carter boasts imposing size at 6-foot-4, 200-ish pounds, but sure-thing prospects don't spend two years north of the border. He's a high-upside flier for the Colts, but not one that's guaranteed to make the roster, let alone earn a starting job.
Jan 27 - 7:01 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent WR Duron Carter is "closing in" on a deal with the Colts.

This has been the expectation all along. Carter will be joining a crowded receiver corps, but offers oodles of upside at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. Cris' son is coming off two very productive years in the CFL.
Jan 27 - 5:50 PM

Saints owner Tom Benson says the decision to leave the team to his wife instead of daughter and grandchildren was a "deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision."

Benson's decision prompted an immediate lawsuit, with his daughter and grandchildren alleging that he is no longer mentally competent, and under the spell of his wife, whom he married 10 years ago. Benson insists he made every effort to groom his daughter and grandchildren to take control of the team upon his death, but that they "never rose to the task." A protracted legal battle appears likely.
Jan 27 - 5:23 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Colts associate head coach Rob Chudzinski's new contract is for only one year.

Per Rapsheet, Chud is the "likely heir apparent" to OC Pep Hamilton, whose name popped up in head-coaching searches this year. Be that as it may, a one-year deal keeps Chud's options open for 2016 if Hamilton doesn't move on.
Jan 27 - 5:18 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports free agent WR Duron Carter is already free to sign with any team.

It was previously believed Carter couldn't sign before Feb. 10. The Indianapolis Star has tabbed the Colts as the "frontrunner" for Cris' son, but reports the Vikings remain in the mix. Despite all the hype surrounding his free agency, Carter would be far from a guarantee to crack anyone's 53-man roster.
Jan 27 - 5:03 PM

Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane (hamstring surgery) expects to be "full go" by April.

Mebane tore his hamstring in early November, and required surgery. Now 30, Mebane is due $5.5 million in 2015. That's a steep price for a rotational run plugger who just missed half a season, though Mebane was among the league's better defensive tackles in 2013.
Jan 27 - 3:48 PM

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