The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Seahawks will pursue free agent CB Tramon Williams when the market opens.
Seattle GM John Schneider played a role in signing Williams as a UDFA when Schneider was in Green Bay's front office, and the Seahawks need a replacement for free agent Byron Maxwell. The Packers offered Williams a two-year, $8 million deal but were quickly rejected. Williams reportedly wants "at least" $5 million annually from his next team. Seattle has nearly $25 million in cap room.
After dealing LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Eagles coach Chip Kelly to "more evenly distribute the carries to three tailbacks as he did at Oregon."
Beat writer Jeff McLane expects the Eagles to "add a lead back" in free agency or the draft. We wouldn't be shocked if Philadelphia brought in two more running backs of relatively high quality, as change-up back Darren Sproles is going on age 32 and Chris Polk is an oft-injured restricted free agent. Either way, we'd be stunned if Polk or Sproles entered 2015 as the Eagles' lead runner.
A source close to LeSean McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer that McCoy is "ready to move on" after initially being "frustrated" over his trade to Buffalo.
It's good news for the Bills, although McCoy's contract may become the next obstacle. There is some belief he may want money added to the deal, or for guarantees to be added in future years. Just $1 million of McCoy's 2015 salary of $9.75 million is guaranteed. His 2016 salary of $6.9 million is without any guarantees. McCoy has $350,000 more in bonuses in each year.
Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix hears the 49ers are "closing in" on signing free agent DE Darnell Dockett.
Staying in the NFC West with San Francisco would give Dockett a chance to face the team that cut him twice per year. He would compete with Tank Carradine and others for the starting defensive end job vacated by Ray McDonald.
After watching their college tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell came away believing Alabama's T.J. Yeldon "may" be a better fit as a "true foundation back" in the NFL than Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
Gordon is a bit of a boom-or-bust runner, while Yeldon is a consistent chain mover with NFL-ready three-down tools. "The guy I really like (is) T.J. Yeldon out of Alabama," said Cosell. "I think his running style and his mentality is well suited to the NFL. He has a very intuitive feel to attack downhill with conviction, and he has great ability to work effectively between the tackles. He's very compact in his movement and he gets through small cracks. That is so critical in the NFL for backs, to be able to get through small cracks at the point of attack." A projected day-two pick, Yeldon has the skill set to play early in the NFL.
Based purely on tape study, NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Georgia RB Todd Gurley is "the best back in the draft."
We agree wholeheartedly. "I like Gurley more (than Melvin Gordon)," Cosell said. "Gurley, to me, has elements of Steven Jackson in his prime and Marshawn Lynch. He's that kind of runner. He's got an excellent combination of size, power, short-area quickness and burst, and top-end acceleration. I like Gurley a lot. And he looks like an NFL foundation back. I think he can be the starting point of an NFL offense." If Gurley's ACL looks recovered at next month's Combine medical recheck, he should have a chance to be a first-round pick.
Multiple league sources tell Yahoo's Rand Getlin that the Dolphins and Colts are poised to make the "strongest pushes" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.
Getlin reports Suh's guarantees could "exceed" $60 million, topping J.J. Watt's $51.8 million. A source "close to Suh's camp" told Getlin this year's top free-agent prize has a "slight preference" for the Dolphins, although the Colts and Lions "aren't far behind" in the Suh sweepstakes. The NFL's negotiating window opens Saturday. The free agent signing period begins next Tuesday.
Following Wednesday's meeting with Vikings brass, Adrian Peterson issued a statement saying he "still" has "concerns" with returning to the team.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer flew to Peterson's home in Houston. "I appreciate Rick and Coach Zimmer coming down to see me today," Peterson's statement reads. "We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content." Peterson did not state he suddenly wants to return to the Vikings. His 2015 whereabouts remain in limbo.