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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette "wouldn't expect" the Steelers to re-sign free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton missed a ton of time with a shoulder injury last season and required surgery to repair a torn labrum in early January. He ended up catching just four passes for 51 yards and one score across three games following somewhat productive 2014 and 2015 seasons. Wheaton turned 26 earlier this month. He'll likely have to settle for one-year, prove it-type offers in free agency.
Feb 21 - 8:16 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign impending free agent Martellus Bennett.

Per Rapsheet, the Patriots and Bennett have a "mutually respectful relationship," but that may not be enough to keep him in Foxboro. Bennett is in line for a big payday after leading New England with seven touchdown catches in 2016. ESPN's Mike Reiss previously reported the Patriots won't get in a bidding war for Bennett, which means he's likely headed elsewhere. With Rob Gronkowski coming off yet another surgery, the Patriots are sure to address tight end in the draft.
Feb 21 - 7:30 PM

49ers signed CB K'Waun Williams to a one-year contract.

The Vikings, Dolphins, Jets and Lions were also in pursuit of Williams. The 25-year-old missed all of last season while recovering from ankle surgery. When healthy, he'll give San Francisco a viable nickel corner and perhaps allow the 49ers to move Jimmie Ward to free safety.
Feb 21 - 7:06 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears have "actively started seeking" a trade partner for Jay Cutler.

The Bears will try their darnedest to get something for Cutler, though there's a good chance they'll end up cutting him. Cutler plateaued and arguably regressed after a promising beginning to his career in Denver, and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2009. With that said, a quarterback-needy team like the Jets could be desperate enough to take the bait. The Bears are expected to target Jimmy Garoppolo, but they'll face plenty of competition.
Feb 21 - 6:12 PM

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune believes the Saints "have to take a look" at impending free agent LG Ronald Leary.

The Saints may need to address right guard with Jahri Evans headed for free agency. With Dallas committed to La'El Collins at left guard, Leary will likely be looking for a new team. Leary played well for the Cowboys last year and won't cost as much as T.J. Lang or Kevin Zeitler. Leary turns 28 in April.
Feb 21 - 6:07 PM

Dolphins signed LS Winston Chapman.

It's the offseason, so we're blurbing long snappers. Chapman will compete with John Denney for the starting long snapper job in training camp. Denney is expected to win that battle.
Feb 21 - 5:30 PM

Jaguars re-signed restricted free agent G/C Tyler Shatley to a two-year contract.

A fourth-year player who's bounced around practice squads, Shatley made the first four starts of his career last year, struggling mightily according to PFF's grades. Shatley's ability to play both guard positions and center does give him reserve "swing" value. He should still have to fight for his roster spot.
Feb 21 - 5:11 PM

49ers hired former NFL LB DeMeco Ryans as Defensive Quality Control coach.

The 32-year-old never officially retired but was out of the league last season after getting cut by the Eagles. A two-time Pro Bowler and former Defensive Rookie of the Year, Ryans will begin his coaching career under first-time head coach Kyle Shanahan. The Niners also hired John Benton (OL coach), Daniel Bullocks (Assistant DBs), Michael Clay (Strength and Conditioning Assistant), Stan Kwan (Assistant ST), Vince Oghobaase (Assistant DL), Adam Stenavich (Assistant OL), and Bobby Slowik (Quality Control). Slowik spent last season working for Pro Football Focus.
Feb 21 - 4:24 PM

In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Saints coach Sean Payton said he's always in the "quarterback business."

"I think we’re in the quarterback business always because they’re so difficult to find," said Payton. "And certainly you pay attention to it when your quarterback’s older." Payton has now hinted several times at the Saints pursuing a successor to Drew Brees. The 38-year-old led the NFL in passing yards last season but Father Time remains undefeated. The Saints have plenty of other needs, but it would be a mild surprise if they left draft weekend without a quarterback.
Feb 21 - 3:37 PM

Robby Anderson will train with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson this offseason.

Anderson also worked with Johnson leading up to last year's draft. Johnson has dabbled in coaching before, working as a guest instructor at Browns training camp last summer. He and Anderson share some similarities as thin-framed outside receivers with game-changing speed. Anderson's arrow is pointing up after finishing sixth among rookies with 587 receiving yards last season.
Feb 21 - 3:21 PM

CSN Bay Area reports free agent CB K'Waun Williams has received a contract offer from the 49ers.

He's also received offers from the Dolphins, Jets and Lions. Williams is scheduled to meet with the Vikings on Wednesday and could make his decision shortly after. The 25-year-old went undrafted out of Pitt in 2014 but has proven to be a useful nickel back when healthy. He sat out all of last season after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle.
Feb 21 - 3:12 PM

Speaking on PFT Live, Newsday's Bob Glauber said the Giants believe Eli Manning has two or three good years left in the NFL.

It's a bold stance after Eli's play took a stark turn for the worse last season. His 6.7 yards per attempt were a near-decade low, while New York's offense finished 25th in yards per game (330.7) and 26th in points (19.4). Eli showed a dead arm on downfield throws. 36-year-old Manning's starting job isn't in danger, but the Giants need to start thinking about life after him.
Feb 21 - 2:35 PM

Darrelle Revis' court hearing has been pushed back to March 15.

It was originally scheduled for Thursday. Revis is facing five charges—four felonies and one misdemeanor—stemming from his involvement in a brawl earlier this month. Coming off a dismal season, the 31-year-old may be out of a job by the time he goes to court.
Feb 21 - 2:23 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hoping to re-sign impending free agent TE Dion Sims.

Sims would be a worthwhile insurance policy for newly-acquired Julius Thomas, who has sat out 11 games the past two seasons. The question is whether Sims would be willing to return as a backup. Primarily a blocking tight end, Sims caught 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Feb 21 - 2:16 PM

The Steelers are interested in re-signing impending free agent OLB James Harrison.

Apparently the feeling is mutual. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's just "a matter of time" until the sides agree to a new contract. Going on 39, Harrison was a beast last season, grading out as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker.
Feb 21 - 2:07 PM


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