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Impending free agent RT Jordan Mills said his preference is to re-sign with the Bills.

Mills said his agent plans to meet with Buffalo this week at the Combine. "The Bills are in the mix and they know they’re in the mix, but it comes down to negotiations with my agent, knowing other things could happen," Mills said. "They really appreciated what I did since I’ve been here. I talked to [GM Doug] Whaley and I know he’s going to make an effort to get me back there." A fifth-round pick by the Bears in 2013, Mills has rehabbed his value somewhat in Buffalo after bouncing around the league in 2015. Still, he is a below average starter who might be better suited to a swing role. His market will not be strong.
Feb 28 - 9:39 AM

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are unlikely to re-sign impending free agent Kenny Stills.

Salguero reports the Dolphins will "make a strong pitch" at the Combine this week, but Stills is "more likely to leave via free agency than stay in Miami." Considering Salguero has already reported the receiver is likely to land around $12 million a year on the open market, it is not surprising the Dolphins are struggling to match that price. Only 24, Stills likely will be one of the hottest names when the legal tampering period opens next week.
Feb 28 - 9:34 AM

ESPN's Tim McManus reports "several free-agent wide receivers" are "drawn to the idea" of playing with Carson Wentz.

It is great news for the Eagles, who need a No. 1 receiver in the worst way. Still, no receiver is going to take significantly less money just to play with an ascending quarterback, and Philadelphia might not have the financial muscle to be serious contenders for someone like Alshon Jeffery. Kenny Stills might be more in their range, but there are reports he will fetch around $12 million per year. If the Eagles really want to upgrade their receiver position via free agency, they will have to spend top dollar.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 9:19 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss reports using the franchise tag on impending free agent LB Dont'a Hightower is not "a serious consideration" for the Patriots.

The two sides do not seem particularly close in contract negotiations, and the Patriots likely do not want to risk paying Hightower upwards of $15 million on a one-year tender if they cannot reach a long-term agreement. Reiss believes New England could handle the situation similarly to the way they handled negotiations with S Devin McCourty, who was allowed to test his value on the market before ultimately re-signing. If that is the path they choose to take, it is possible if not likely they end up losing Hightower.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 9:10 AM

Fred Roggin of NBC Los Angeles reports the Chargers are hiring LaDainian Tomlinson for a front office position.

It is not clear what the job is or what Tomlinson's role will be. Considering he is still employed by the NFL Network, which is based in Los Angeles, he is likely being added in a ceremonial or community outreach role. Rolling out a Hall of Famer at team events is not a bad idea as the Chargers attempt to gain a foothold in LA.
Feb 28 - 9:01 AM

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports impending free agent LT Matt Kalil (hip) will be a "full-go" for OTAs.

It is good news for his potential market, but he still heads to free agency carrying some significant baggage. While he is healthy now, Kalil was limited to two games last season by the aforementioned hip injury, and he has not put many good things on tape since his rookie season. Kalil will almost certainly have to settle for prove-it offers. Vikings GM Rick Spielman has said he is open to re-signing the left tackle, and that might end up being the best option for both sides.
Feb 28 - 8:57 AM

Speaking on Adam Schefter's "Know Them From Adam" podcast, impending free agent Eddie Lacy said the Packers have been "very vocal" about re-signing him.

It makes a lot of sense. Lacy could use a place where he feels comfortable to rehab his value after weight issues and injuries derailed his career, and the Packers could use cheap backfield help to pair with Ty Montgomery and perhaps a rookie. A one-year deal might be the best option for both sides. As for the ankle injury which ended his 2016, Lacy said he should be able to "do everything" by OTAs.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 8:35 AM

ESPN's John Keim reports the 49ers are the only team Kirk Cousins is willing to sign a long-term contract with "right now."

Keim adds Washington will likely try to trade Cousins as there is a slim chance the two sides work out a deal, but this report puts a serious dent in his trade market. Teams are not going to give up any significant trade chips without assurances Cousins will agree to a long-term deal when he gets there, and it seems clear the quarterback's ultimate goal is to reunite with old OC and new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in 2018 if not sooner. Washington has bungled this situation from the start, and it does not look like it will get any better anytime soon.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 8:31 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports there is "no shortage of teams inquiring about" free agent LT Russell Okung.

La Canfora reports the Giants, Jets, Vikings, and Chargers have shown interest. The Chargers' interest could indicate they are moving on from King Dunlap, who has struggled to stay on the field and was recently arrested. With weak offensive tackle classes both in free agency and the draft, Okung should be able to better the essentially one-year, $8-million deal he played on in 2016.
Feb 27 - 10:23 PM

Free agent WR Andrew Hawkins said he has spoken to "quite a few teams" since his release from the Browns on Monday.

It would be shocking if a new free agent said different. Hawkins added he requested his release several weeks ago. It is an understandable decision considering he has seen just 97 total targets the last two years and the Browns' quarterback situation, but the 31-year-old slot man is unlikely to find a hot market.
Feb 27 - 9:56 PM

Colts NT David Parry was arrested Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence, auto theft, robbery, criminal damage, and resisting arrest.

After hitching a ride on a "transportation cart" from a downtown bar, Parry allegedly hit the driver in the head, stole the cart, and crashed it into a gate. A 2015 fifth-rounder, Parry has been a liability in 32 starts to open his career. Under new front office, his roster spot may not be secure if these charges prove to be well-founded. He will almost certainly face league discipline.
Feb 27 - 9:43 PM

Agent Doug Hendrickson said the Giants and franchise-tagged DE Jason Pierre-Paul are "nowhere near a deal."

Hendrickson might just be attempting to gain leverage in negotiations, but the decision to tag Pierre-Paul with two days left before the deadline suggests a deal is not imminent. With the franchise tag for defensive ends set around $17 million, the Giants obviously would like to work out a long-term deal prior to free agency to free up cap space and improve their flexibility, but it sounds like they are facing a steep climb to get the deal done before next week.
Feb 27 - 8:51 PM

The Bucs tendered exclusive rights free agent WR Adam Humphries.

They also tendered CB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton, and WR Freddie Martino. All four must accept the tender or sit out 2017. Undrafted out of Clemson, Humphries has 82 catches for 882 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Bucs working primarily out of the slot. Even with Tampa Bay looking to upgrade the receiver corps, he should win a roster spot in camp.
Feb 27 - 8:40 PM

Chargers assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to OLB Melvin Ingram.

The non-exclusive tag means Ingram is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers can match any offer sheet and be entitled to two first-round picks if they decide not to match. Ingram's tag costs around $15 million, prohibitive for a team with limited cap space and a long list of free agents, but Ingram has become one of the NFL's top pass rushers after an injury-marred start to his career. He would have landed a massive deal on the open market, and keeping him with Joey Bosa gives LA a dynamic pass-rushing duo. The Chargers will do their best to work out a long-term and cap-friendlier deal before free agency opens next week.
Feb 27 - 8:26 PM

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said Alex Smith will "be our starter going into 2017."

Hunt has now joined coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey in standing behind Smith as the starter going forward. The Chiefs' seemingly clear intention to stick with Smith has done nothing to tamp down the chatter, however, and they will likely continue to be linked with Tony Romo until he lands with a new team.
Feb 27 - 8:18 PM


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