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Trevor Siemian (shoulder surgery) said he expects to be ready for OTAs.

Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. "I am out of the sling and everything is going really well so far," Siemian said. "I should be good for OTAs but we'll see." Even if he is "ready" for OTAs, Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reports Siemian is unlikely to practice in full until training camp. Siemian will compete with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch if the Broncos do not add anyone else this offseason.
Source: Denver 7
Feb 25 - 11:25 AM

ESPN's Tim McManus speculates Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Eagles if he is released.

Charles is set to count almost $6.2 million against the salary cap, and the Chiefs can save all of that by releasing him. Considering he is coming off two lost seasons due to knee issues, it is almost a given Kansas City will move on. If they do, the Eagles make a lot of sense. Coach Doug Pederson was his coordinator in Kansas City, and they need backfield help even if they do not cut Ryan Mathews. Signing Charles will be a gamble, but it could prove a smart, low-cost move for an Eagles' organization pinching pennies as they attempt to surround Carson Wentz with weapons.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:05 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini would "be surprised" if Jay Cutler ended up with the Jets.

Cutler to the Jets seems to be the rumor du jour, but Cimini has consistently shot those rumors down. Still, the dots are easy to connect with Cutler's former position coach and former teammates in New York, and the Jets are likely looking for a veteran bridge of Cutler's ilk to get them to their future quarterback. The noise is unlikely to die until the Jets add someone else or Cutler signs with a different team.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 9:53 AM

Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the Ravens are looking to add a possession receiver.

"I think we're looking for a guy that can catch the ball, move the chains and get critical first downs when needed," DeCosta said. Brandon Marshall would seem to fit that description, and The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec has already written the Ravens "would at least inquire" if the Jets release him. Baltimore also has a long history of signing veteran receivers at the tail end of their careers, and Marshall would not count towards the compensatory pick formula if he is released. It all makes too much sense to actually happen.
Feb 25 - 9:24 AM

Impending free agent Robert Woods said he is content with the No. 2 role in Buffalo.

"Sammy [Watkins] deserves being the number one," Woods said. "As long as we are progressing, moving the ball down the field and making plays, I have no problem with that." The comments suggest he is open to re-signing with the Bills, who have no receiving talent behind Watkins and Woods. The former second rounder has averaged 51 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns his four years in Buffalo.
Feb 25 - 9:10 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman praised 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell's work ethic.

"He is maybe the hardest-working kid I’ve ever seen. He is so determined to be a good player, and he has the skill set to do it," Spielman said. "He is going to be a good player with us. I do believe that in my heart." OC Pat Shurmur called this offseason "very critical" for Treadwell after essentially a lost rookie season, but it sounds like the front office believes he is up to the task. With Cordarrelle Patterson an unrestricted free agent and Charles Johnson (RFA) not bringing much to the offense, Treadwell should be given every opportunity to carve out a big role.
Feb 25 - 8:59 AM

The agent for 49ers WR Eric Rogers (ACL) anticipates his client being cleared for OTAs.

Rogers' progress is notable because he was a heralded signing out of the CFL last year, only to miss the entire season after tearing his ACL early in training camp. Entering camp, one beat writer predicted Rogers would win the Niners' third receiver job. There is a ton of opportunity in San Francisco's receiver corps. 26-year-old Rogers stands 6-foot-3, 206 with 4.5-flat speed.
Feb 24 - 10:25 PM

ESPN's Katherine Terrell said drafting a running back in the first round is "not out of the question" for the Bengals.

We agree with Terrell's assessment that Cincinnati's backfield "isn't great at the moment." Giovani Bernard is coming off ACL surgery and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman are both free agents. Jeremy Hill is entering a contract year and has averaged an underwhelming 3.67 yards per carry over his last two seasons. The Bengals hold the No. 9 pick in this year's draft. LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook could both go in that range.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 5:00 PM

The Vikings will meet with Adrian Peterson's agent next week to discuss his future with the team.

The Vikings will also sit down with Terence Newman's agent. Newman is contemplating retirement, while Peterson wants to play but isn't in the Vikings' budget. Peterson could be facing a relatively quiet market if the two sides part ways, which seems likely. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week that many GMs have balked at the idea of paying Peterson $5 million annually. Peterson has beaten long odds before, but that's not something teams can bank on.
Feb 24 - 4:25 PM

Coach Mike Mularkey said the Titans' starting running back job will not be opened to competition for 2017.

"DeMarco Murray is the guy," Mularkey stated. "He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy." Derrick Henry averaged 4.45 yards per carry, scored five touchdowns, and caught 13-of-15 targets in a promising rookie year, but he will open 2017 as a complementary, game-plan-specific back. "Derrick, as you saw, some games he was more involved than others," Mularkey explained. "And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent."
Feb 24 - 4:12 PM

49ers signed WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.

Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, spending time with the Ravens, Raiders and most recently the Patriots. The 23-year-old has yet to play an NFL snap.
Feb 24 - 4:06 PM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.

Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert.
Feb 24 - 4:03 PM

The Redskins will meet with their impending free agents at next week's Combine.

That includes Chris Baker, Vernon Davis, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as well restricted free agents Will Compton and Chris Thompson. Jackson has expressed interest in remaining with the Redskins, though the team is "lukewarm" about that possibility, according to the Washington Post. Garcon and Jackson are both expected to command $9-11 million annually. It's a near certainty that at least one will move on.
Feb 24 - 2:53 PM

According to Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver, it's unlikely Trevor Siemian (shoulder) will practice fully until training camp.

Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. He's still expected to be ready for OTAs, but won't be given a full workload until training camp opens. Siemian had his moments last year, but remains a placeholder for the Broncos while first-round pick Paxton Lynch continues his development.
Feb 24 - 2:33 PM

Cardinals re-signed WR Jeremy Ross to a one-year contract.

Ross joined the Cardinals late last season, logging 39 snaps and parlaying four targets into 37 yards and a touchdown. The 28-year-old gives Arizona some wide receiver depth and should be a core player on special teams.
Feb 24 - 2:11 PM



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