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Seahawks fired DC Kris Richard and LBs coach Michael Barrow.

It's been clear for a week that Richard would be out, though Barrow's firing was previously unknown. Richard has been replaced by ex-Raiders DC Ken Norton Jr. Norton is arguably a clear downgrade, but coach Pete Carroll was determined to shake up his staff. Carroll is something of a de facto coordinator for the Seahawks, so the move won't have as big of an effect as what the Seahawks do with their player personnel.
Jan 16 - 6:25 PM

Seahawks hired ex-Colts QBs coach Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator.

It was time for the Seahawks to try something new on offense. It was not time for them to hire Schottenheimer, who has overseen one ineffective offense after another at the NFL level. Some of Schottenheimer's struggles can be blamed on the defensive-minded coaches he coordinated for — namely, Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher — but he's simply provided zero reason to believe he is someone who should be leading an NFL attack. Throwing out an injured and aging Brett Favre, Russell Wilson will be the best quarterback Schottenheimer has worked with. It's not a good development for Wilson, who has been tasked with carrying far too heavy of a load since Marshawn Lynch's decline and departure from Seattle.
Jan 16 - 6:18 PM

Steelers re-signed CB Mike Hilton to a one-year, $555,000 contract.

The Steelers' slot corner, Hilton was an exclusive rights free agent. In other words, he could only become a free agent if the Steelers let him. Playing his first regular season snaps, the 2016 UDFA was an asset at nickel back this season, and should retain his job for 2018. He will be a restricted free agent in 2019.
Jan 16 - 4:51 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes the Panthers will have a tough time re-signing impending free agent DT Star Lotulelei.

The Panthers gave fellow DT Kawann Short a big-money deal last spring, and Lotulelei is coming off arguably his worst season. Last summer, the Observer believed Lotulelei's future would depend on Vernon Butler's 2017 play. The 2016 first-rounder took a (small) step forward. Veteran Kyle Love is also signed cheaply for 2018.
Jan 16 - 4:23 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes the Panthers are in danger of losing LG Andrew Norwell in free agency.

The Panthers already have a ton of money invested in their offensive line, and 26-year-old former UDFA Norwell is coming off another excellent season. Beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue believes Norwell could be in for a reunion with ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman in New York.
Jan 16 - 4:19 PM

Impending free agent Drew Brees says he has no plans to test the market, and that he hopes to re-sign with the Saints before the start of the new league year.

"I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive," Brees said. "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, cannot be franchise tagged, giving him a little leverage even if he insists he doesn't want to test the market. Brees' main goal could be some guaranteed money for 2019.
Jan 16 - 4:15 PM

Leonard Fournette was "OK" and able to drive home following a Tuesday fender bender.

The story had some currency on social media, but seems barely worth reporting. We will update the situation if it somehow affects Fournette's practice status.
Jan 16 - 1:14 PM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports a group of the Steelers' limited partners want coach Mike Tomlin fired.

Tomlin has never had a losing season in 11 years with the Steelers while winning at least 10 games eight times, but that record has not prevented his name from popping up in rumors the last couple years. To be fair to the rabble-rousers, the Steelers have not been to the Super Bowl since 2010 and have made the Championship Game just once over that run, arguably an underachievement given the talent on the roster. Still, it remains unlikely Tomlin is shown the door, but perhaps the discontent will lead to changes to his staff. For what it is worth, Tomlin did not throw his support behind OC Todd Haley when given the chance during his season-ending press conference.
Jan 16 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo is expected to get a second interview for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

DeFilippo is also thought to be Panthers DC Steve Wilks' top choice for an offensive coordinator if he lands a lead job, but DeFilippo remains in the running in Arizona himself. DeFilippo did surprisingly well as the Browns' coordinator in 2015 and has played a large role in Carson Wentz's development. It is only a matter of time until he lands a head coaching job.
Jan 16 - 11:30 AM

On his radio show, Ben Roethlisberger hinted he wants Todd Haley to remain the offensive coordinator in 2018.

"The least amount of change the better," Roethlisberger said. "We don’t want to have big changes because we’re right there. We’re on the cusp." Ben went on to say the issues between he and Haley were "perceived as a bigger deal" than they were. Haley is not under contract for 2018, but these comments from Roethlisberger at least give him a shot to return.
Jan 16 - 11:20 AM

Titans GM Jon Robinson has "zero concern" about Marcus Mariota playing for his third head coach since entering the league in 2015.

"Marcus is a pretty resilient guy. He’s a very mentally tough guy," Robinson said. "I have zero concern in Marcus being able to adapt and learn, and do what’s best to get the offense going." Yet another coaching change is a concern for Mariota's development, but having him play another year with a coaching staff he regressed under in 2017 was a bigger worry. Assuming Robinson finds the right coach, this move should be good for Mariota's future.
Jan 16 - 11:15 AM

Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) said he is back to full health.

Kikaha was specifically asked about his availability for OTAs, but he said he is "ready right now." A second-round pick in 2015, Kikaha has been plagued by injuries since entering the league including his third career ACL tear in 2016. He does have eight sacks in 27 career games, however, and would be an asset if he could stay healthy. Kikaha is owed $1.15 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jan 16 - 11:03 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak will have a second interview for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

Arizona will give other coaches a second interview as well, but this indicates Munchak is a serious candidate. Munchak spent 17 seasons with the Titans before being promoted to head coach in 2011, going 22-26 over three seasons. He has been with the Steelers since 2014.
Jan 16 - 10:46 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo is interviewing for the Browns' offensive coordinator vacancy.

And Browns fans thought Mike Mularkey being linked to the job was as bad as it would get. McAdoo did have some success early in his run with the Giants, but his offenses were among the worst in the league the last two seasons even when Odell Beckham was on the field. Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan has also been linked with the job.
Jan 16 - 10:41 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett believes it is "highly unlikely" Coby Fleener returns to the Saints on his current deal.

Coming off a season in which he caught just 22 passes in 11 games, Fleener is set to count $8 million against the cap with a $6.3 million salary. There is almost no chance he sticks around at those numbers, and while a pay cut is possible, it is more likely the Saints cut him outright. Doing so would save $3.2 million against the cap.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 10:29 AM

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