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Browns NT Danny Shelton underwent wrist surgery after the season.

"I'm all good," Shelton wrote on Twitter. "Just had my wrist cleaned up so I can kill it this season. No worries, I'll be ready for the season!" Shelton's agent said Danny's operation was a "small cleanup." After a rough rookie year, Shelton made major sophomore strides and earned PFF's No. 5 run-defense grade among 73 qualified defensive tackles. Shelton turns 24 in August.
Feb 22 - 10:13 PM

Sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo the Ravens "may balk" at paying Dennis Pitta's $5.5 million salary.

The Baltimore Sun hinted at this after the season. Turning 32 in June, Pitta's 86 receptions led all NFL tight ends last year, but he averaged an anemic 6.02 yards per target and didn't have a positive impact on offense beyond catching short passes and immediately falling down. Pitta also wasn't a big part of the Ravens' red-zone passing game. In Maxx Williams and Darren Waller, Baltimore has younger tight ends with more potential, and could use salary cap relief.
Feb 22 - 9:53 PM

Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday the Titans will continue to view DeMarco Murray as "the guy" in their backfield for 2017.

Mularkey called sophomore Derrick Henry "an important part of our offense," but confirmed Murray will enter 2017 as Tennessee's workhorse. Now 29 years old, Murray averaged 4.39 yards per carry and logged 346 touches last season, although his effectiveness waned down the stretch due to a toe injury. While Henry will remain a threat for short-yardage and complementary carries, Murray's superior all-purpose ability keeps his feature back role secure.
Feb 22 - 9:08 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey assured Wednesday that Marcus Mariota's (broken fibula) rehab is "doing very well."

The Titans plan to hold Mariota out of OTAs, an approach confirmed when GM Jon Robinson stated the "most important thing this offseason is to make sure Marcus Mariota is healthy." The Titans remain pleased with Mariota's rehab, which he is currently doing in Oregon. He should be 100 percent well before training camp. Adding to Mariota's weapons should also be a Titans priority.
Feb 22 - 9:01 PM

The Steelers "really like" second-year OT Jerald Hawkins.

A 2016 fourth-round pick out of LSU, Hawkins "redshirted" his rookie year due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. Hawkins stands 6-foot-6, 305 with long arms. He could emerge as Pittsburgh's swing tackle as a sophomore.
Feb 22 - 8:13 PM

49ers announced assistant GM Tom Gamble has left the organization.

In a statement, rookie GM John Lynch announced he and Gamble "agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities" after working together for the last month. With a rookie general manager and head coach at the controls, the 49ers are losing an experienced and well-respected personnel man who could have eased the transition. Gamble is a 29-year scouting/front office veteran, including ten years with the 49ers.
Feb 22 - 7:58 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez views free agent LB Malcolm Smith as expendable.

Smith led Oakland in tackles last year but his production declined across the board. It sounds like the Raiders only want him back on a team-friendly deal. The Raiders view suspended OLB Aldon Smith as a potential weak-side replacement.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 7:10 PM

Colin Kaepernick had a "really positive" meeting with the 49ers on Wednesday.

49ers GM John Lynch said his evaluation of Kaepernick is "still very much fluid." Kaepernick recently sold his house in San Jose and is staying in New York. Due $16.9 million, it remains unlikely Kap is back at his current salary, but it's possible the Niners could bring him back at a reduced price.
Feb 22 - 7:01 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison wants a two-year contract.

Harrison's agent opened talks with the Steelers this week. He's fully expected to return after grading as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker last season. Harrison deserves a raise on the two-year, $2.75 million deal he signed in 2015.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 6:21 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) is making "solid progress" in his recovery.

Newton has been shut down since tearing both his patellar tendons in Week 7. It's good he hasn't had any setbacks, but his 2017 status remains shaky at best. Newton is likely to miss most of training camp and doubtful to be ready for the start of the season. He's a strong candidate for reserve/PUP.
Feb 22 - 6:12 PM

Free agent ILB Kevin Minter indicated he'd be open to signing with the Jets.

Minter has ties to coach Todd Bowles, who coached him the first two years of his career in Arizona. The Jets don't have a huge need at inside linebacker, but Minter could be an option if Darron Lee moves outside. Minter is Rotoworld's No. 6 free agent inside linebacker.
Feb 22 - 5:40 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests the Patriots could transition tag free agent ILB Dont'a Hightower.

The Patriots want to keep Hightower but haven't had any talks since the end of the season. There's some concern over giving him a multi-year deal after durability concerns surfaced in 2016. Transition tagging would be cheaper than franchising Hightower but only guarantees New England the ability to match any offer. Hightower is reportedly targeting more than $10 million annually.
Feb 22 - 5:31 PM

Free agent RG Larry Warford is expected to test the open market.

One of the top interior linemen available, Warford is going to price himself out of Detroit. The Lions are more interested in bringing back free agent RT Riley Reiff. 2015 first-rounder Laken Tomlinson is Warford's in-house replacement.
Feb 22 - 5:10 PM

The Detroit Free Press doesn't expect the Lions to re-sign free agent DE Devin Taylor.

Taylor took a step back in his first stint as a 16-game starter last season. The Lions can't afford to keep him with Ziggy Ansah and Haloti Ngata in the final year of their contracts. Despite his sacks dropoff, Taylor should generate solid interest heading into his age-27 season.
Feb 22 - 4:57 PM

The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala expects the Broncos to give free agent LT Andrew Whitworth a "serious look" when the market opens.

The offensive tackle market -- both in free agency and the draft -- is expected to be pretty barren, which bodes well for Whitworth, who is easily the best one available despite his advanced age (35). Whitworth has said he'd be open to a return to Cincinnati, but he also wants to test the market. He's a candidate for a massive payday with so many teams looking for offensive line help.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 22 - 3:40 PM


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