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The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Jaguars will acquire LT Branden Albert from the Dolphins in exchange for a conditional late-round 2018 draft pick.

It was reported Sunday by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Jaguars and Dolphins had agreed to an Albert-for-Julius Thomas swap, but the Sun-Sentinel apparently jumped the gun on the story, and several other media outlets ran with it. Thomas isn't part of the deal, and the return the Dolphins are getting is very minimal. Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, and the teams need him to sign off on the deal before making it. He's expected to land an extension from the Jaguars.
Feb 20 - 12:27 PM

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Julius Thomas will not be going to the Dolphins as part of the Branden Albert trade to the Jaguars.

Salguero is the one to trust on this deal, and he reports the current structure of the trade is Albert to the Jaguars for a conditional late pick in the 2018 draft. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting the Jaguars' higher-ups, and it's important that Albert signs off on the trade because Jacksonville won't make the move if Albert won't report to the team. If he signs off, Albert is expected to stay on his current contract and possibly even land an extension. As for Thomas, he likely will end up getting released at some point and could still wind up in Miami as a free agent.
Feb 20 - 12:23 PM

Impending free agent LT Andrew Whitworth confirmed his agent is currently in talks with the Bengals, and he hopes to stay in Cincinnati.

Beat writer Paul Dehner would be "stunned" if the two sides don't work out a new contract. Although he turned 35 in December, Whitworth remains one of the more stable left tackles in the sport. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 3 left tackle last season, finishing No. 2 in pass blocking. Whitworth has been manning that spot for a decade now. He's a candidate to re-sign before March.
Feb 20 - 12:15 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan considers the franchise tag a real possibility for impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul.

The franchise number for defensive ends is expected to come in around $17.05 million, according to MMQB's Albert Breer. On any long-term deal, JPP is expected to command $15 million-plus annually, so slapping him with the tag would allow for an extended negotiation period and not be an overbearing price for a top-end pass rusher who is still just 28. The Giants cleared $10 million in cap space last week by cutting Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings. Raanan puts the chances that JPP is back with the Giants for 2017 at 70 percent.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 11:31 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner believes bringing back free agent RT Andre Smith could be an option for the Bengals.

Smith signed a one-year pact with the Vikings last offseason only to suffer a torn triceps in Week 4 and miss the rest of the season. He wasn't playing well before going down and turned 30 last month. Smith played for the Bengals from 2009-2015 and could take back over at right tackle if Cincinnati lets RG Kevin Zeitler walk as a free agent and kicking RT Jake Fisher inside to guard.
Feb 20 - 11:24 AM

MMQB's Peter King "wouldn't be shocked" if Jay Cutler ends up with the Cardinals.

That would mean Cutler chooses to settle for a backup job behind Carson Palmer for 2017 with an eye on taking over as the starter in 2018 if Palmer retires. It would be somewhat shocking to see Cutler take a back seat when there are so many open jobs out there, but his fit in Bruce Arians' gunslinger offense makes sense. The Cardinals have said finding a quarterback is their No. 1 goal this offseason. The Jets and 49ers could also be landing spots for Cutler.
Source: MMQB
Feb 20 - 10:36 AM

The Ravens can create $2.3 million in cap room by releasing C Jeremy Zuttah.

Zuttah is firmly on the bubble as the Ravens look to shake things up a bit after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Zuttah turns 31 this summer and is an undersized center at right around 300 pounds. He was PFF's No. 14 center out of 37 qualifiers in 2016, grading out well in run blocking.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 10:28 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's still a "ways to go" in a potential Branden Albert-for-Julius Thomas trade.

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero first mentioned this as a possibility last week before the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Sunday that the two sides were finalizing the swap. Apparently Albert has agreed to play in Jacksonville, but the Dolphins and Julius Thomas are still working on their end. By all accounts, Thomas loves coach Adam Gase after having his breakout years with him in Denver. Ultimately, we'd expect this deal to come together in a couple weeks.
Feb 20 - 9:39 AM

Citing league sources, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending Branden Albert to the Jaguars in exchange for Julius Thomas.

The Miami Herald reported this late in the week, but the Sun-Sentinel got credit for the story on multiple media outlets today. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't (accurately) broken an NFL story in years. Either way, it's clear the Albert-for-Thomas deal has legs and at this point seems inevitable. Officially, no deal can be consummated until the start of the new league year on March 9.
Feb 19 - 5:49 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo's agent, Donald Yee, represents Saints coach Sean Payton, with whom Bears GM Ryan Pace worked for ten years in New Orleans.

There are all kinds of connections to be made like this around the NFL, but Pace's connections to Garoppolo especially stand out. Payton and Pace's Saints were rumored to be infatuated with Garoppolo in the 2014 draft and allegedly considered taking him toward the end of the first round. Payton, Pace, and Garoppolo are all alums of Eastern Illinois. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "Yee knows well just how much Payton and Pace valued Garoppolo in the (2014) draft," and "putting a deal together between those two wouldn’t be difficult."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 5:38 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Tony Romo is willing to "massage" his contract in order to facilitate a trade.

This flexibility is critical if Dallas is going to get trade compensation. Romo must be willing to restructure his contract for any deal to get done, and if he wasn't it's entirely possible Romo would already have been released. The Cowboys should have a better idea of what they may be able to get for Romo when NFL teams convene at the Combine, which begins on Tuesday, February 28.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 5:17 PM

Free agent DT Earl Mitchell will visit the Seahawks on Monday and Tuesday.

Mitchell's schedule is jam-packed. After Seattle, he'll visit the 49ers on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Broncos on Thursday. Mitchell will meet with the Falcons on Thursday night and Friday morning. Mitchell would make sense for a Broncos defense that struggled against the run last year. It would also reunite him with Vance Joseph, who was Mitchell's defensive coordinator in Miami.
Feb 19 - 12:22 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.

The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value, but the landscape has changed now that Cousins supporters Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco, while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible.
Source: MMQB.com
Feb 19 - 10:32 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer expects the Cowboys to "do right" by Tony Romo.

That means either trading Romo to a team of his choosing or releasing him and letting him test the market. This belief is shared by a number of Cowboys staffers. Romo is expected to meet with owner Jerry Jones before or during the Combine. Arizona, Denver, Houston, and Kansas City are Romo's preferred landing spots.
Source: MMQB.com
Feb 19 - 10:12 AM

According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign impending free agent Jacob Tamme.

The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers just signed Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though it wouldn't hurt to bring in a veteran to implement Shanahan's offense. Either way, Austin Hooper is slated for a bigger role.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 9:36 AM



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